REALTOR® Beware – MLS® products not always as advertised

Friday, December 16th, 2011


Many companies market real estate products and services to our members. We caution you to always make sure you fully understand what you’re getting when purchasing one of these products.

As an example, a recent email received by Board staff (and likely many members) positions a simple remote desktop program as a solution to “run MLXchange on your iPad or iPhone” for a high yearly subscription fee.

In reality, this program will not allow you to run MLXchange on your iPad or iPhone. It’s a simple remote desktop program that allows you to access your home computer through a mobile device like an iPad. Programs like these are available for as little as no cost (they can range up to $40) with no subscription fees. Because these remote access programs can vary greatly, the Board cannot offer technical support for them.

It’s always a good idea to do research and get advice when considering these kinds of products. If you have questions about Board-specific programs or services, check with the Help Desk at 604.730.3020.

In other news, Kurio now in use by 25 percent of members

Kurio, the free mobile service that delivers MLXchange data to REALTORS® on the go, has registered nearly 2,500 users at the Board since it was released in September. Kurio can be used on your mobile devices, including iPads or other tablets as well as smartphones.

Kurio allows you to stay connected to the latest market information when you’re out in the field. You can find the nearest open houses, the latest price changes, the most recent sales, search for specific properties and more.

There’s no extra cost for Kurio, but you must register with the site to begin using it; visit to learn more and get registered.

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