Think tank says MLSs should be investigated for antitrust

Report says limiting third-party access to real estate listing data restricts competition and harms consumers
  • A nonpartisan think tank is calling for federal regulators to investigate MLS actions restricting listing data from third-party websites.
  • The think tank also says state lawmakers should require brokers to provide open access to real estate listings.

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A Washington, D.C.-based think tank is calling for federal regulators to investigate multiple listing services that restrict data from listing websites for possible antitrust violations. The nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), is also asking for state lawmakers to require brokers to provide free, unrestricted access to real estate listings.