Brokers' love-hate relationship with MLS

Part 2: Survey shows mixed feelings with associations, MLSs

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 to multiple organizations — topped a list of problematic industry rules or policies cited by survey participants.

But real estate brokers also said Realtor associations and MLSs stand behind some of the rules and policies that are of the greatest benefit to their businesses, including the drafting and enforcement of professional standards and ethics, and the exchange of listings data and offers of compensation.