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Perspective: How NAR could fix the online property listings debacle

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Editor's note: Inman News Publisher Bradley Inman wrote a blog entry offering a solution for the online property listings fiasco that has put the National Association of Realtors in a heated battle with the U.S. Justice Department. We'd like to hear your comments on his idea. Please see the comments section of the blog to add your two cents. Sitting on a National Association of Realtors panel at the Association Executive Institute on Saturday in Reno, Nev., I was reminded of the many good things that the powerful trade group does, such as lobbying the U.S. Congress to preserve the mortgage interest deduction, creating the Center for Realtor Technology, its trade shows, its publications, its efforts to spread home ownership here and abroad, and its powerful education and networking efforts. On a few issues, however, NAR has its head in the sand or is gripped by irrational fear, sometimes taking action that hurts more than helps the industry and the cause of home ownership. The online ...