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San Diego MLS fights for Zillow, Trulia exposure

 Agency wants agents’ info to be listed prominently on popular search sites

Article by U~T San Diego here: “San Diego MLS fights for Zillow, Trulia exposure“.  This story was updated Wednesday Feb. 8 with additional comments from a real estate syndicator and housing search sites.

Sandicor - MLSA debate over listing data continues between real estate brokers and websites like Zillow and Trulia as the San Diego region’s Multiple Listing Service seeks to control content to outside parties.

Sandicor, the county’s MLS, has added a text field to its listings that allows members to enter contact information, including names, email addresses and brokerage websites. The information, along with the usual listing data, would be disseminated by syndication websites such as ListHub and Point2, which are sources of information for popular real estate sites.

The main idea is that the contact information in the extra field would be displayed prominently for home hunters to see, nixing any confusion over the listing agent and an agent who is advertising on Trulia or Zillow.

The change, in the works since October, follows last week’s heated discussion after a San Diego brokerage cut ties with those two real estate behemoths.

“I think it will be clear to consumers if they want to contact the listing agent, they can,” Sandicor CEO Ray Ewing said. “If not, they can contact others who have ads around (the listings.) We give them the choice.”

Real estate brokers, who can opt-out of filling out the new field, also will benefit because the extra information will help drive traffic back to their websites, Ewing added.

It is believed Sandicor is the first MLS to make such a system change, Ewing said…

Want to read more about Sandicor’s latest change? Visit MLS Fights Back for Its Brokers, a blog from a real estate IT consulting firm.

Read more from this article by U~T San Diego here: “San Diego MLS fights for Zillow, Trulia exposure“. 

What do you think about this issue?  Obviously, this move to my local MLS, Sandicor, affects me–in that my listings have less visibility online.  But it does affect me on the flip side, with Zillow and Trulia not allowing my contact information to show up on my own listings.  

Event: Holiday of Lights

With all the Christmas festivities during this month, it was hard to pick just one thing to do this week–but this holiday activity looks promising!

Thanksgiving - January 1, 2012

The Holiday of Lights at Del Mar is the largest animated drive-through light show on the west coast. Over 400 sparkling, twinkling, lively displays located around the racetrack at Del Mar will delight your family. Make it your holiday tradition.

Hours:
Sundays-Thursdays, 5:30 – 10:00 pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 5:30 – 10:30 pm
Closed three Mondays: Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12

The drive-through Holiday of Lights in Del Mar runs until January 1, 2012. 

Because of safety concerns, motorcycles and other two-wheeled vehicles are not permitted to tour Holiday of Lights.

Price:
$14.00 per vehicle, up to 5 people
$19.00 per vehicle, 6 or more people
This light show is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd in Del Mar. For more information, you can call 858-755-1161 or view the event online at www.SanDiego.org.

Holiday of Lights FAQ

What is the Holiday of Lights?
The Holiday of Lights at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a spectacular drive-through light show and exhibit, themed for the holiday season, with more than 400 crowd-pleasing, family-oriented displays. The displays are organized into themes, which include: Candy Cane Lane, Toyland, San Diego County Fair, Treasures by the Lake, Del Mar Racetrack, the Twelve Days of Christmas and Elves at Play.

How do people view the displays?
Visitors view the lighted and animated holiday creations from the comfort of their vehicles as they drive along a 1.5-mile route through the Fairgrounds while enjoying festive holiday music.

How many displays are there?
About 400 lighted and animated displays.

How long does it take to view the displays?
It takes most visitors 15-20 minutes to complete one trip around the route and view all of the displays.

How long does it take to set up the displays?
Set-up takes about one month, starting in late October.

This Weekend’s Event: The Taste of North Park

Taste of North ParkHave you heard of the Taste of North Park, in San Diego?  This event sounds fabulous–with tastings from diverse chefs from all different restaurants.  If you’re free on Saturday (event is from 11am to 4pm), this may be a great event to plan on going to.  Here are the details from the official website (www.TasteofNewport.com):

Delight your appetite and let it guide you at the 3rd Annual Taste of North Park.  On Saturday, October 8th, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, the charming neighborhood of North Park welcomes gourmands to partake in the season’s most memorable dining event. Fresh local seafood, buono Italian pastas, flavorful ethnic plates, All-American favorites, tantalizing sweets and devilishly delicious drinks can all be experienced within this cozy San Diego neighborhood.

Feed your hunger while also feeding your creative side, by stopping into the North Park boutiques and art galleries offering free samplings of a variety of locally-made microbrews and ales.

Tickets cost $30 prior to the day of, while costing $35 at the door.  You can buy tickets here.

Old Town Art Festival

San Diego Art FestivalThe San Diego Art Festival is coming up in Old Town; the festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 6pm.

According to the official website, the Old Town San Diego Art Festival “features contemporary artists, fine craft, fashion and home decor artisans. This event brings together the essence of Southern California; beautiful San Diego weather, the Flavors of Old Town international foods, a wine tasting pavilion and continuous live entertainment.  The festival runs along San Diego Avenue from Conde Street into the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.”

Information on the festival, including the featured artists, is available online at www.OldTownArtFestival.com.

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