Russ Bergeron, president and CEO of one of the largest multiple listing services in the nation, is fed up, and he wants the world to know it. There seems to be a "constant barrage" of MLSs announcing they will "take control" of listing syndication by restricting the distribution of listing content in some way and making decisions on behalf of their brokers, he says -- even if those decisions aren't kosher with the brokers themselves. These are not insights that he's sharing privately with industry insiders -- Bergeron made his views known in a press release issued this week. The press release referred to recent moves by some of his MLS colleagues across the country. The Austin Board of Realtors and the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, both of which own and operate their own MLSs, have both said they will stop sending listings to third-party portals on their members' behalf through listing syndicator ListHub in the spring. Last fall, North Alabama MLS cut its fee...
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