IDX debate: Is it fair to block listings?

Part 2: Flat-fee brokers push for exposure

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When Shorewest Realtors, one of Wisconsin’s largest real estate brokerages, stopped information for listings under contract with limited-service brokers from appearing on the company’s public-facing Web site, the local multiple listing service stood behind the company’s right to do so.

The MLS, Multiple Listing Service Inc., last year signed a consent order with federal regulators in which it agreed not to block the publication of "exclusive agency" listings represented by limited-service brokers.