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International MLS Forum event graphicD’abord Paris, Puis le Monde!

Real estate leaders from more than 30 countries gathered in December 2023 for the first International MLS Forum in Paris, France.

The event was led by the European Association of Real Estate Professions (CEPI) and the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) with a cross-continental focus on the benefits of data standards and multiple listing services (MLSs) to professional estate marketplaces, consumers and governments.


Kickoff and Keynote
Conference host Joe Schneider introduced the audience to CEPI Director General Guy Valkenborg and President Jan Boruvka. They delivered an analysis of the current European real estate market.

CEPI’s goals include making the marketplace more transparent and liquid, moving more inventory, and encouraging cross-border relationships.

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RESO CEO Sam DeBord and Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) CEO Denee Evans outlined the many benefits that rules-based MLS organizations offer to marketplaces and the importance of a rules-based standards ecosystem that allows technology systems to freely and efficiently operate. | WATCH VIDEO (44:00)

Brad Inman, founder of the seminal Inman News and a resident of both the U.S. and France, shared his insights on the experience of covering real estate and buying real estate locally and abroad.

His purchase of a home in Paris, without an MLS to assist in the process, was a particularly powerful story about the value of listing services.

Brad InmanDozens of impactful speakers and organizations were involved, including Stellar MLS in Florida, the Canadian Real Estate Association and Realtyna, the title sponsor.

The speakers and their experiences with real estate were diverse and fascinating. The overarching theme of the forum was harmoniously aligned with RESO’s mission to create and promote the adoption and utilization of standards that drive efficiency.

Forum AV event monitorPresentations and panels drove home the fact that every real estate practitioner, trade organization representative and government official benefits from making data standards and/or an MLS-driven marketplace a priority for improvement and efficiency.

What follows is a sampling of the presentations and speakers.

As time and space permits, RESO will continue to promote this groundbreaking event. Be watchful of the International MLS Forum YouTube channel for more videos.

Global Real Estate 101 – The Ecosystems of Real Estate in Countries Around the World (Alireza Memar, NAR Global Coordinator, Middle East and Africa; Ileana Preda, Keller Williams/MLS Romania; Zola Szerencses, NAR Global Coordinator, Central and Eastern EU; Marika Abuashvili, International Chamber of Commerce in Georgia) | WATCH VIDEO (34:28)

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Jeff TurnerArtificial Intelligence and the Talking House (Jeff Turner of Tangilla and Venture MLS) | WATCH VIDEO (19:32)

Emily ChenevertInvestment Opportunities in Emerging MLS Markets (Jeff Turner, Tangilla, Venture MLS; Shayne Fairley, Stellar MLS; Matthew Embrescia, 2nd Generation; Carlos Grass, Stratus Data Systems) | WATCH VIDEO (39:33)

Technologies and Trends Powering MLS (Bill Fowler,; Emily Chenevert, Unlock MLS, Austin REALTORS®; Mathew Kallumadil, Stellar MLS; Jeremy Crawford, First MLS; David Charron, Bright MLS) | WATCH VIDEO (39:27)

Technology That Understands Your Agents (Denee Evans, CMLS; John DiMichele, Toronto Regional Real Estate Board; Fayyad Sbaihat, Supra; Raza Khan, AgentBook) | WATCH VIDEO (29:54)

Denee Evans, John DiMichele, Fayyad Sbaihat and Raza Khan. Saul Klein

The MLS – Past, Present and Future (Saul Klein, San Diego MLS) | WATCH VIDEO (36:51)

Artificial Intelligence for MLSs (Akhilesh Majumdar, Styldod) | WATCH VIDEO (15:55)

New MLS Ecosystems and Dynamics (Giselle Abadi, Realtyna) | WATCH VIDEO (15:29)

Giselle Abadi Patrick Pichette

A Global Look at Standards (Patrick Pichette, Canadian Real Estate Association; Andrew Coca,; Cezar Nasui, CENTRIS; Ileana Preda, MLS Romania) | WATCH VIDEO (21:23)

Tech That is Powering Brokers and Agents’ Business (Joe Schneider, Realtyna, RESAAS; Martin Mucha, Igluu; Ata Hassan Jr., ListTrac; Giselle Abadi, Realtya; Akhilesh Majumdar, Styldod) | WATCH VIDEO (32:48)

Benefits of Standardized Data Sets to Public and Private Institutions (Merri Jo Cowen, Stellar MLS; Khatia Bukhrashvili, ICC Georgia; Magda Olysarova, White & Case; Claudine Speltz, CEPI.) | WATCH VIDEO (38:22)

Merri Jo Cowen, Khatia Bukhrashvili, Magda Olysarova and Claudine Speltz. Sam DeBord, Jeremy Crawford, Bill Fowler and Mathew Kallumadil

Rules and Regulations to Keep Data Consistent (Terri Murphy, The Data Advocate; Zola Szerences, NAR Global Coordinator; Dan Negulescu, NAR Ambassador for Eastern Europe; Marika Abuashvili, ICC; Irena Perfanova, CEPI) | WATCH VIDEO (33:29)

Innovation Driving Industry Interoperability (Sam DeBord, RESO; Jeremy Crawford, First MLS; Bill Fowler,; Mathew Kallumadil, Stellar MLS) | WATCH VIDEO (18:01)

With the first International MLS Forum wildly exceeding our expectations for scope, content and engagement, we’re already fielding inquiries from trade organizations in Europe and Canada about making this an annual event and hosting in new locations each year.

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Many thanks to those who joined us this year. Be on the lookout for more news in the near future.

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Merci Beaucoup closing slide of International MLS Forum slides


About RESO
RESO provides the foundation for streamlined real estate technology through the creation and certification of standards. Our international member organizations include MLSs, brokerages, REALTOR® associations and technology partners serving more than one million real estate professionals. |


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