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One year in, REBNY’s RLS syndication a success

Technology continues to shape our daily lives in every possible way. We communicate and consume news on the go. We shop, travel, and make purchases with one click.

Business transactions that once were in person are now handled via mobile device. Our industry is no exception to this reality, and at the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) we are aligning, our services with the tools our members need to succeed in today’s real estate landscape.

That is why we are celebrating the first anniversary of a major milestone for our Residential Listing Service.

The launch of Syndication at the end of last summer empowered REBNY brokers and salespersons to send residential listings via the RLS to a growing network of local, national, and international consumer websites, centralizing listing data through a single feed. This was a transformation compared to the way listings were disseminated before Syndication. The process involved sending hundreds of listings through multiple individual feeds – a redundant, inefficient and time-consuming practice.

It’s clear from the data that Syndication has been a success. Today we have close to 600 residential brokerage firms participating in the RLS, and 98 percent of them have adopted Syndication. Major consumer websites like,,, and the New York Times are a part of a network of more than 100 sites. We have also added new listing websites such as Freele and The Real Deal, and look forward to welcoming more players entering the NYC market.

The biggest winner of this program, though, has been the consumer. The inefficiency and difficulty of the previous industry practice resulted in fragmented, inconsistent, and potentially outdated information displayed before interested buyers and renters.

But that has now changed. There are more listings across a wider network and those listings are all consistent thanks to the new consolidated process. That means that there are not only more options, but also accurate information that helps consumers make the most informed decisions.


It has long been a goal of REBNY’s to provide New York City’s real estate community with  effective tools for open and transparent listing distribution. As the trade association for the industry, we are deeply committed to treating listing data with the highest standards. There is no better way to ensure that businesses can thrive, and consumers are able to make informed decisions than by ensuring that real estate listings are accurate and distributed by an organization that keeps the


interests of NYC’s residential brokerage community at heart.

The success of RLS Syndication would not be possible without our residential brokerage member firms and their ongoing support. I want to thank the Residential Brokerage Board of Directors Co-Chairs Diane Ramirez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Halstead Real Estate, and Michael Bisordi, President of Tungsten Partners, as well as the RLS Board of Directors led by Co-Chairs Steven O. Goldschmidt, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Warburg Marketing Group, and John N. Wollberg, Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Halstead Real Estate.

We are thrilled with the way Syndication has been received and we are excited to see it evolve. Real estate firms, brokers, salespersons, consumers, and listing websites have all benefited from Syndication and we have more milestones in the pipeline as we continue to meet the changing needs of the industry.

I am proud of the work we are doing to listen to our members and provide services for their businesses to thrive. New York will be better for it.

In Other REBNY News:

Dragan Trajkovski, a Tony Robbins Peak Performance Strategist, will teach a FREE session for real estate professionals this Friday, September 28. The event will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at REBNY. Walk away with an unshakable mindset and renewed momentum to close the gap between where you are and where you want to be. Register now at


Vickey Barron of The Corcoran Group, Douglas Wagner of Bond New York, Robin Schneiderman of Halstead Real Estate, and Aroza Sanjana of Sotheby’s International Realty will address the challenging conversations we face in real estate this Wednesday, October 3 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Donna Olshan of Olshan Realty will moderate “The Inside Secrets of Top Brokers and Industry Leaders – Difficult Conversations, Difficult Times” discussion, which will conclude with networking, cocktails, and hors d’ouvres at the REBNY Bernard H. Mendik Education Center. Register now at

Are you ready for your next career move? Become a Broker by completing our 45-Hour Real Estate Broker Licensing Course this fall. Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays from October 11 through November 15 at REBNY. Tuition is $250 for REBNY members and $350 for non-members. Visit for more information.

Earn 22.5 hours of NYS real estate broker/salesperson continuing education credit and a license in Florida when you complete our 72-Hour Florida Broker Licensing Course. Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 7:20 p.m. on October 19 through 21, and October 26 through 28 at REBNY. Register at

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