He’s B-A-A-A-C-K!

Saul Klein, a real estate technology visionary has stepped in to lead his local MLS in San Diego as its new CEO. Saul has helped drive adoption and engagement with real estate technologies for about 40 years starting the ePro technology training program, running one of the most well-trafficked MLS forums for years and has continued to contribute to MLS policy and programs throughout his career.

The San Diego Association of REALTORS(R) has tapped him to bring stability and improved customer engagement to San Diego MLS after the exit of its former CEO under a cloud of alleged inappropriate financial behaviors.

I am confident that Saul has the leadership abilities, depth of experience, courage and communication skills to do a great job in his new position.

Congratulations Saul!

See full press release below:

Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® Welcomes Saul Klein as CEO and Director of the San Diego Multiple Listing Service (SDMLS)

San Diego (January 2, 2024) – The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® (SDAR) is pleased to announce the addition of industry-leading professional Saul Klein as the CEO and Director of the San Diego Multiple Listing Service (SDMLS). San Diego MLS stands as a wholly owned subsidiary SDAR and is the only locally based MLS in San Diego County.

In this new role, Klein will spearhead daily operations, elevate the subscriber and participant experience, and propel SDMLS into the future as a leader in delivering invaluable real estate data to its brokers, agents, and consumers alike.

“I am thrilled to once again participate in the operation and growth of the MLS in San Diego County, at this critical period in the history of MLS nationwide. San Diego is my home and where I began my real estate career forty-eight years ago,’ said Klein. ‘I participated in dramatic changes in MLS at various points throughout my career, and I look forward to once again playing a key role in the evolution of the MLS as CEO of SDMLS. Working with our new Board of Directors, our vision is to bring to the real estate professionals of San Diego County the best in MLS service, providing them with the tools they need for success in the changing world of residential real estate sales.”

Klein has spent nearly fifty years in real estate and is most notably known as the father of technological integration and internet adoption in the residential real estate industry. He was the creator of one of the first online real estate communities, RealTalk, and an original member of the REALTOR.com team. He also created and delivered ePRO®, the online Technology Certification Program of the National Association of REALTORS for 10 years, and was an innovator in MLS data distribution, creating “Opt Out Syndication” for MLSs. In 2003, he was named one of the “Twenty-Five Most Influential People in Real Estate” and was chosen ten consecutive times as one of Inman’s “100 Most Influential People”. His knowledge and innovation have allowed him to garner widespread industry respect and he is consistently regarded as a technological pioneer and one of the first internet real estate evangelists.

“Saul’s stellar reputation precedes him, and we are privileged to welcome him as the CEO and Director of MLS,” added SDAR CEO Cory Shepard. ”With an unparalleled track record as a technological trailblazer in real estate and a seasoned data expert, Saul brings a wealth of experience to SDMLS. Under his leadership, SDMLS is on the verge of implementing an innovative and carefully crafted long-term strategy, securing its ongoing status as the county’s exclusive locally owned and operated MLS.”

For more information, contact SDAR at (858) 715-8000 or visit www.sdar.com.


 The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® is the largest trade association in San Diego County and one of the largest local REALTOR® associations in California. We help our members, who adhere to a code of ethics and professional standards, sell more homes. We also help people realize the dream of home ownership, and we are dedicated to protecting private property rights. You can follow SDAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.