CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® (CAAR), which serves more than 1,300 real estate professionals and affiliate members throughout the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson, announced it has chosen to partner with Bright MLS.

CAAR shares a vision with Bright for a multiple listing service that transcends the boundaries of yesterday’s MLSs. CAAR has embraced demands that the MLS break down market barriers and provide real estate professionals with expanded property information that exceeds what consumers can get from publicly available websites. In choosing to partner with Bright MLS, brokers and agents will have access to a broader service area through fewer MLS subscriptions and get new tools and functionalities to better serve their customers.

“We are excited to join Bright MLS, so that real estate professionals from our area will need only one system, one fee, one set of rules, and one data feed to run their businesses successfully. Bright MLS offers access to broader data and innovative products and works to understand our local market and align with our everyday needs,” said Anne Gardner, CEO of CAAR. “We look forward to transitioning our members to the Bright system, so they can use new tools that will significantly help them improve their daily activities and better serve their clients.”

“Today’s real estate market is moving faster than ever, driven by consumer demand for data. Bright MLS was created to align with this new reality and break down outdated geographic barriers,” said Tom Phillips, CEO of Bright MLS. “When we formed Bright MLS, we always believed others would share our vision. We’re excited that Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® has joined us in this journey, and we look forward to working with them as a partner to provide these benefits to more REALTORS® in Virginia.”

While details of the transition are in planning, the move to Bright MLS is set for fall of 2018.

About CAAR –
The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® serves more than 1,300 real estate professionals and affiliate members throughout the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. Widely recognized as the leading voice for real estate in Central Virginia since 1925, CAAR members bring professionalism and high ethical standards to every business transaction. The Association advocates for the protection of private property rights and provides tools and technology for members to achieve expertise in serving the needs of customers and clients. The CAAR membership is committed to enriching the region’s neighborhoods by engaging in a variety of educational programs as well as community service events each year. For more information, visit

NOTE: The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

About Bright MLS –
The Bright MLS real estate service area spans 40,000 square miles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. As a leading Multiple Listing Service (MLS), Bright serves approximately 85,000 real estate professionals who in turn serve over 20 million consumers. For more information, please visit

Contact: Rachel Henerson
Warschawski for Bright MLS & CAAR
410-367-2700 x127 

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