Brokers protest charging consumers for real estate data

Group asks MLS board to lift fees

Consumers would be outraged if they showed up at a car dealership and were told by the salesperson that they need to fork over a fee before they can look at the cars for sale. That’s one of the arguments being made by a group of brokers and agents in Hampton Roads, Va., who are irate at their multiple listing service’s decision to charge consumers to view home listings data.