Bemis and Zillow – It’s Getting Harder Here in the Foxhole

Even as another client called last night and asked if I’d heard of this website called Zillow that seemed to have so many more listings than I was able to find, I remained determined to stay here in my foxhole, ignore as best I can the seemingly momentous (and possible less important) battle over listings data and do both what I do best and what puts food on the table – sell some homes.

But then there was this whistling sound overhead and, while I don’t think I caught any direct flak, there’s a more than decent chance there will be some collateral damage from this minor bombshell …

On February 13, 2012, at a Special Called Meeting of the ARMLS Board of Directors, Bob Bemis tendered his resignation notice as ARMLS CEO, to accept the newly created position of Vice President of Partner Relations for Zillow, Inc. in Seattle. Over his four years at ARMLS, Bob built a legacy of strong leadership, and is widely credited within the MLS industry with moving ARMLS to world class status.

So … our incredibly forward thinking of CEO is leaving ARMLS to go to Zillow which, if it ever finds a way to tear down contractually the so-called Chinese Wall between Zillow and IDX provider Diverse Solutions, will then have access to the entire Phoenix-area Arizona Regional MLS.

Which I’m not certain is a good thing. Or maybe it’s less bad than I think. I’m not sure. I’m putting my head back down for a little while and going back to the offers I have out.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at