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Bright MLS allows agreement with Remine to lapse

MLS cited low adoption and availability of other tools with similar features

Bright MLS, the nation’s second largest MLS, announced earlier this year that it has not renewed its agreement with Remine. This means that starting April 1 the MLS’s 98,000 subscribers across six states and Washington, D.C. in the Mid-Atlantic region will no longer have access to Remine or Remine Pro at no additional cost.

The MLS stated that low adoption and the availability of other tools with similar features prompted it to not renew its contract. Since October 2019, Bright MLS members have had Remine Pro as a free member benefit.

“Bright continuously reviews all the products and services offered to our subscribers to ensure they provide the most value and offer the best return on the investment of our subscribers’ support of Bright MLS,” the MLS said in an announcement on its website.

Much of the same functionality is provided through other core products, such as Homesnap Pro and Bright Search, the MLS said.

Remine Pro features include map-based searches that agents can use for lead generation, market analysis tools that include both on and off-market properties, collaboration tools and a customer relationship management (CRM) system.

According to Bright MLS, some of its member Realtor associations offer Docs+, Remine’s transaction management product as a member benefit. These associations will continue to offer Docs+ even after Bright’s agreement with Remine expires.

Bright is working with Remine to figure out how subscribers can export their data from Remine for later use once they can no longer access the products through Bright, and it is also offering webinars to help its subscribers transition. However, Bright said that it is working with Remine on a new agreement “that would allow subscribers who wish to continue using Remine to pay for a subscription to do so.”

In a message to Bright users, Remine informed subscribers that Bright had not renew its data license and asked users to email Bright CEO Brian Donnellan and “let your voice be heard.”

Remine was acquired in October of 2021 by MLS Technology Holdings, a joint venture formed by four the nation’s largest MLSs: The Austin Board of Realtors’ ACTRIS MLS, First MLS in Atlanta, Heartland MLS in Kansas City and Miami Realtors’ MLS. Remine was launched in November 2015 under the name “Real Deal,” before eventually becoming Remine Inc.

This decision by Bright is not the only hurdle the company has faced since its acquisition. Three Remine shareholders filed a lawsuit against the company earlier this month, demanding that their shares be appraised.

Bright MLS recently announced that it has signed an agreement to collaborate on technology with California Regional MLS, the nation’s largest multiple listing service.