Real estate data worth paying for

Perspective: MLS has bright idea with pay-per-view service

Real Estate Information Network, a multiple listings service in Hampton Roads, Va., has decided to charge consumers a nominal fee to access detailed information in the MLS’s database of for-sale homes. There have been some complaints, but the new service is a great idea that’s well worth a fair try.

The ePass service creates a new revenue stream for the REIN and is intended to prompt more prospective home buyers to contact a Realtor earlier in their search.