Editor's note: This is the fourth of a five-part series.A major conflict from 2001 that is just as controversial today involves who owns the listing data, who has the rights to publish it, and how that data should be displayed.The battle over whether multiple listing services should have the right to display listings online or whether that right should be limited to brokers was raging with equal intensity back in 2001.Should Realtors post their listings on Realtor.com? In fact, in 2007, I had the CEO of a major franchise organization tell me before a speaking gig, "Under no circumstances do I want you recommending that our agents send any of their listings data to Realtor.com." The industry was also very concerned about there being a national MLS. That fear still exists today, even though Realtor.com and just about every major real estate company has a website where you can search listings on a national basis. In some cases, the online property links take the co...
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