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Ask not for whom the MLS toils . . .

…it toils for brokers.

Pittsburgh Homes Daily has news of a new IDX policy for agents: None. Mere agents will not be able to syndicate or even frame data from the West Penn Multi-List’s Internet Data Exchange (IDX). Only the main site of each brokerage will be able to feature the feed, and agents will not even be allowed to frame that on their own web sites.

In other words, if a prospective buyer wants to search the MLS, he or she will have to go to the main web site of a brokerage. As Larry Cragun points out at RealEstateUndressed, any leads captured by the broker will probably not be shared with agents for free.


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    1. [...] Ask not for whom the MLS toils . . . Greg at Bloodhound discusses how the Pittsburgh MLS works for the brokers not the agents. [...]

    2. Linda Davis November 29th, 2006 7:03 pm

      I would be interested in the make-up of the Board of Directors and whether it is a Broker-Owned Board? I can’t imagine agents are going to be very happy about this once they figure it the implications. I’d be planning a mutiny.

    3. Braxton Beyer November 30th, 2006 5:14 am