Zillow hires MLS CEO to smooth industry relations

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Real estate listings and valuation site operator Zillow Inc. has recruited the top executive at one of the nation's largest multiple listing services to help the company improve its relations with brokers and MLSs.Bob Bemis, CEO of Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service Inc. (ARMLS), submitted a notice of resignation to the MLS's board of directors at a special meeting Monday, ARMLS said. Zillow announced that it had hired Bemis as vice president of partner relations the same day."Bob's deep industry knowledge will help Zillow engage with brokerages and MLSs in a mutually beneficial way as we bring expanded communication and cooperation to our current and potential partners," Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff said in a blog post.In recent months, Zillow and other listing portals have been swept into a debate over the advertisements they run next to listings they receive from brokers, MLSs and companies that syndicate listing data.Some brokers who object to having ads next to list...