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Realtors protest erasing listings from public MLS site

Cincinnati MLS plans to end home listings display Jan. 1

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A group of Realtors in Cincinnati is fighting a recent decision by the Greater Cincinnati Multiple Listing Service to eliminate public access to home listings on the MLS Web site starting Jan. 1. The group says the move is a loss for consumers and smaller brokerages that rely on the exposure they receive from the site. At the center of the controversy is the online display of listings information. Some brokers prefer to display their listings on their own Web sites, while others would prefer consumers find them through a comprehensive MLS site. Sandra Butler, president of the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors, said the decision was made because many brokers already display the majority of MLS listings on their own Web sites through the broker reciprocity program that was adopted about four years ago. "The broker sites are able to display the majority of the MLS listings on the market, which eliminates the need for a public Web site," Butler said. Consumers looking for h...