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Consumers looking for homes in the Cincinnati area will no longer be able to browse for-sale listings on CincyMLS.com, the Multiple Listing Service of Greater Cincinnati's public access Web site. Members of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors voted this week to remove home listings from the site. A group of small-sized brokerages that voted against closing down the listings portion of the Web site is planning a lawsuit against the association to try to get the site back up. The group says the move is a loss for consumers and smaller brokerages that rely on the exposure they receive from the site. Geoffrey W. Barnes, president of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, today said he was not aware of plans for a lawsuit. Ed Rothenberg, a local broker with Ed Rothenberg Realty in Cincinnati, is one of the MLS members who voted against eliminating listings on CincyMLS.com. He believes that erasing home listings from the public Web site will impact the business of the some 250 ...