Arizona Association buys regional MLS — what’s next?

(Note: The original version  of this story repeated the WAV Group’s error regarding the name of the new MLS. It’s been corrected below.)


image The board of the Arizona Association of Realtors voted to acquire the state’s largest MLS, the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service Inc. (ARMLS), for $4.75 million. The plan is to work with the state’s 13 other MLSs to create a single entity covering the entire state: the Arizona Multiple Arizona MLS, or AZMLS. (Yes, that’s “Arizona Multiple Multiple Listing Service.”)

Much of the work is already done, at least from an information point of view, thanks to an earlier data-sharing agreement between ARMLS and the MLS’s run by the Santa Cruz and Tucson associations. Together, the three systems cover about 80 percent of properties in Arizona.

It’s likely to grow, too — the association has already been approached by five other local associations and a regional MLS about becoming part of this new platform.

Quoth Duane Fouts, current chair of AAR:

“While the current members of ARMLS will see no dues increase, they will now be able to service their clients anywhere in the state. Smaller local associations who join will be able to increase services as well as take advantage of the cost efficiencies and buying power of the larger organization.”

The current CEO of ARMLS, Bob Bemis, will become CEO of the AMMLS.

Click here for the full story, including the AAR press release.

And click here for an early story at

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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One Response to Arizona Association buys regional MLS — what’s next?

  1. Sage Dillon says:

    It’s actually just one “multiple”–AZMLS (Arizona Multiple Listing Service). Thanks for sharing the news, Andrew!

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