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Real estate execs highlight big issues for 2005

Broker service, realty tax, affordability among key topics

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The California Association of Realtors has worked to provide an open environment for alternative real estate business models; the Houston Association of Realtors invited the manager of an alternative real estate business model to participate in its MLS committee; and the Wisconsin Realtors Association has worked toward equal treatment for many business models, said participants in an Inman News conference Thursday. Joel Singer, executive vice president for the California Association of Realtors; Bob Hale, president and CEO for the Houston Association of Realtors; and Bill Malkasian, president of the Wisconsin Association of Realtors, discussed their associations' openness to a range of business models during their participation in an audio conference titled "The progressive Realtor association." "From my standpoint, the California real estate brokerage environment is among the most competitive," said Singer, with a full range of limited fee, limited service and full service business m...