Keep Our County Names in Our MLS

The merger of the "Columbia County Northern Dutchess MLS" and the "Greene County MLS" is a major accomplishment and we greatly appreciate the hard work of the Merger Committee to make this a reality. However, the name chosen by the committee for the merged entity: "Upper Hudson Valley MLS," is inaccurate and misleading, making the search for real estate in our area more confusing and difficult. Upper Hudson Valley suggests a northern region - the Capital Region and beyond - and by definition does not include Dutchess County. In addition, all of us have worked very hard to foster name recognition of our respective counties to potential buyers from outside our area, especially to those from downstate New York. When consumers use the web to search for real estate in our area, they use county names to find us. We insist that we keep our county identities in the name of our merged MLS and suggest the more accurate "Columbia Greene Northern Dutchess MLS." This name contains the same number of characters as the current "Columbia County Northern Dutchess MLS," replacing "County" with "Greene."

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