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San Diego broker pulls listings from third-party sites

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San Diego-based ARG Abbott Realty Group has taken a very public stance in its decision to immediately stop syndicating listings to third-party websites -- including Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com -- with Jim Abbott, the company president and managing broker, explaining the decision by his 25-agent firm in a YouTube video posted Thursday.The company's action echoes a similar move announced in November by Edina, Minn.-based Home Services of America subsidiary Edina Realty Inc., a brokerage company with about 2,100 sales associates and 60 offices."All listing syndicators ... act as middlemen and post our valuable listing data alongside the contact information of other agents and brokers who rent ad space on their sites," Abbott stated in the video."Usually they do this ... while claiming that exposure of our listings in any way on the Internet is a good thing. Time and results prove absolutely that it is not."While ARG's listings received "hundreds of thous...