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MLS that withheld listings makes peace with realtor.com

North Alabama MLS turns feed back on with attribution for listing agents

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Realtor.com now identifies the listing agent on all for-sale listings, and will soon give them the opportunity to provide linkbacks to their own websites from their profile pages on the site, prompting North Alabama Multiple Listing Service to turn its listings feed to the portal back on. North Alabama MLS, which serves close to 3,000 members of seven Realtor associations, suspended the feed in May over concerns about a lack of attribution for listing agents and a desire that realtor.com include a linkback to its website, valleymls.com. Realtor.com still doesn't provide a linkback to the MLS site, but it made enough other changes that North Alabama MLS was comfortable turning its listing feed to the site back on last Friday, said CEO Kipp Cooper. Realtor.com rolled out listing agent attribution on all listings site-wide about five months ago -- it formerly provided information on the listing broker -- but had not made an official announcement, a Move spokeswoman said. ...