Multiple Listing Service

All board MLS participants, are members of the Southwestern Michigan Regional Information Center (SWMRIC). SWMRIC is a limited liability company owned by six Associations of REALTORS® covering an eleven county area in Southwestern Michigan. The Associations are Branch County, Battle Creek, Greater Kalamzoo, St. Joseph County, Southwestern Michigan and Western Michigan Lakeshore. The counties that are covered are: Allegan, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Hillsdale, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, St. Joseph, and Van Buren.

The purpose of SWMRIC is to provide to the REALTORS® of our Member Associations a common database and computer system, including software, that will enhance their ability to obtain real property information in the market places that they serve. The SWMRIC currently provides service for 3,160 REALTORS. The SWMRIC charges each member Association or their MLS a monthly user fee based on the number of users they have. The SWMRIC Office in Kalamazoo has three full time employees that work for our current vendor providing agent training, support services on a toll free number and the running of the computer system and communications network for system access.

The SWMRIC is not an MLS and does not make any rules of engagement. There is, however, by mutual agreement an offer of cooperation and compensation for all listings in the system.

The body that makes the computer system decisions is the SWMRIC Managers. Each member Association has two managers with each having an equal vote, even though the ownership interest and the capital investment required was based on the number of members the association had when the SWMRIC was formed in May of 1996.

As an organization, SWMRIC has served the Member Associations well, allowing each to maintain their own MLS and their own fee structure for the services that they provide to their members.