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Northwest MLS scraps

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Broker members of Northwest MLS, a regional broker-owned MLS operating in western and central Washington, will soon be on their own in submitting property information for display on popular home-search site The MLS board has voted to discontinue the practice of sending a compilation of member-provided property information for display on that site, which consistently ranks among the most-visited real estate Web sites. "We've always had as our focus the distribution of data to our members, and not to third parties," said Jack Johnson, Northwest MLS president and CEO. "This is just a matter that has come up with our board of directors on several occasions over the years ... and this time it passed." The decision has little to do with cost, Johnson said. "There would be some measure of cost savings -- it would be insignificant I think." The MLS has about 2,100 brokerage-company members that represent about 27,000 sales associates. The MLS will continue to submit members' pro...