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While multiple listing services can and do change, in many cases it's in small steps rather than giant leaps and massive mutations. Some ambitious plans hit a wall of bureaucratic red tape and internal feuding, and that's to be expected. Power struggles and money can cast a cloud over the regionalization or nationalization of MLS information, and the merger of two or more MLSs. This month, Inman News will highlight change, new approaches and ideas, and emerging issues with multiple listing services. The coverage continues the dialogue on a list of top issues surfaced through the Inman News Roadmap to Recovery editorial project, which launched in November 2008. This project, and a subsequent 10 Points List, has challenged industry participants to re-envision the real estate industry and plot a course ahead -- while avoiding the same pitfalls that landed us here. We want your input: What changes do you believe are necessary and imminent for MLSs, and what types of changes d...