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Listing syndication debate heats up

Philadelphia-based broker defends Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com

The real estate industry's debate about listing syndication continues to heat up. Less than a week after a San Diego-based brokerage announced via YouTube video it would no longer display its listings on third-party websites, Philadelphia-based real estate and mortgage broker Fred Glick has posted his own video rebuttal defending listing syndication. Jim Abbott, president and managing broker of San Diego-based ARG Abbott Realty Group, last Thursday publicly announced his brokerage's decision to stop syndicating listings to third-party websites, including Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com. Abbott complained that the exposure listings receive on third-party sites was of little benefit to the firm's clients. The sites "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 said.  Wednesday, Glick released his response to Abbott's announcement in a video titled "Buyer ...