Broker snubs limited-service listings

Part 1: Flat-fee brokers push for exposure

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With the backing of its multiple listing service, one of Wisconsin’s largest real estate brokerages, Shorewest Realtors, is blocking exclusive-agency listings and those under contract with limited-service brokers from appearing on the company’s public-facing Web site.

Some limited-service brokers in Southeastern Wisconsin say they thought the public’s right to view their listings was protected by a March 2008 consent order between their MLS, Multiple Listing Service Inc., and federal regulators.