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Editor's note: This guest piece, originally published at the FBS Blog (view here), is republished here with permission of the author. As a part of an essay competition, Inman News is seeking contributions from our readers about change, trends and important issues for multiple listing services. Click here for details. By MICHAEL WURZER Inman News recently issued a call for essays on "A new look for MLS," asking: What changes do you believe are necessary and imminent for MLSs, and what types of changes do you believe will require the toughest battles?Will VOWs (Virtual Office Web sites) catch on? Will they ever replace IDX (Internet Data Exchange) as the dominant model for sharing property information with consumers?What MLS rules and policies, if any, need tweaking? Are any new rules needed?How will the debate over MLS-operated public-facing property-search sites be settled?Should MLSs send property listings information on their participants' behalf to third-p...