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Brokers’ love-hate relationship with MLS

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Editor's note: This is Part 2 in a series of stories based on an Inman News survey of nearly 200 real estate brokers. Part 1 explored brokers' views of the government's role in the industry. Part 2, below, details' brokers attitudes about rules and policies established by the industry itself -- what's helpful, what's harmful, and what could be changed for the better. Part 3 will detail the segments in which brokerages are gaining or losing busines. Part 4 will look at cost-cutting measures implemented by brokerages, and Part 5 will explore what brokers see as their company's competitive advantage. Real estate brokers surveyed by Inman News say multiple listing services and Realtor associations create some of their biggest headaches, but that they couldn't live without the services they provide. Issues with MLSs and Realtor associations -- including disparities in rules and standards, restrictions on the use and display of listings data, and the need to belong to and pay dues...