The MLS power struggle

News analysis: Competition and cooperation don't always mix

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The housing market depends on a smooth, functioning Multiple Listing Service that effectively compiles home listings data and redistributes it back to its real estate agent and broker members. For an MLS to function properly, competitors have to cooperate to meet a common goal.

However, cooperation in some markets is fading as the struggle over politics and listings control grows louder and the stakes become higher.