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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

GCAAR members use Bright MLS, formerly the Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS). Bright MLS is a new multiple listing service created from the consolidations of nine REALTOR®-owned MLS systems including GCAAR. The new entity is one of the largest in the nation with approximately 85,000 real estate professionals and 10 million property records. The Bright market area spans nearly 40,000 square miles throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including parts of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia. Get the details here.

The MRIS to Bright MLS Conversion Is Coming October 30! Are You Ready?

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The MRIS to Bright MLS conversion has begun!  MRIS, the multiple listing service, will be converted to Bright MLS on Tuesday, October 30, and with that will come a new operating system. Bright MLS is working to make sure you have the tools and resources you need to help you through the conversion or "powering up" process. Here's a summary: 

Initiate - Happening now: Learn about the upcoming process: This is the pre-preview. It is a chance for you to learn about Bright, what the new system offers, and what to expect from the conversion. You can access this information here.

Calibrate - Week of October 9: Set up your Bright account and preview the MLS: During this 3-week preview phase, called "Calibrate", you will receive your login information for by email. Learn the 10 things you need to do during this phase.

Activate - October 30: Bright is now your primary MLS: This is the day you will power up on Bright MLS and begin to work in the new system. Your activation start date will be based on the county where your office is located.  See the conversion schedule.

Ongoing support
Bright's Support Center will be working with members to provide a smooth transition and accurate conversion of your MLS data and work. The Center will be available seven days a week to support you throughout this process and beyond.

Bright MLS will provide ongoing training to help you throughout the process. Access the training schedule (you will need to login to Bright). Additionally, on-line training modules can be found by visiting the Bright MLS YouTube channelView the Rockville, MD training dates.

Even if you are familiar with the Matrix system, there will still be changes, and even the smallest change can be uncomfortable or difficult to navigate. Your active participation during this process will help ensure you can use Bright MLS to your best advantage. We ask that you please:

* Read your Bright emails.
* Attend class either in person or online.
* Take the actions requested in a timely manner.
* Look carefully at your listing data in Bright and share any discrepancies you find.
* Search the Online Help topics, watch videos and take advantage of other resources that will be available.

We know this conversion marks a major change in your business processes, but we encourage you to be engaged, aware, and embrace the changes to come.

Go to for more information.  

Bright Support
Phone: 1-844-552-7444