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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has won the MLS trade case in which I testified back in 2007. You may recall the posts where I described the part I played in this case in Washington, DC.
No surprise, the Judges found that an MLS may not treat MLS listings of discounters differently than the listings of traditional listing brokerages. There were four Judges, and all four Judges agreed that MLSs can’t discriminate.

BuySelf Realty's Lead Broker Albert Hepp was quoted in another Inman Real Estate News story on November 1st.
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I've had more than one interview where I was concerned that the reporter didn't adequately understand the topic, but this was the opposite extreme. The reporter for this article really hit the ball out of the park, in my opinion.
Angie's List just published an article entitled "Home buyers, sellers empowered by online information" and the reporter Paul Pogue did an excellent job. Granted, he has thoroughly investigated and learned about the real estate industry over the years, unlike some reporters who have to approach it brand new with a short deadline.

We are starting to see more and more listings with video tours of the property. When tours are done well, they are a great tool for increasing buyer interest in the property. The videos are still new enough that they make a listing stand out from other listings.
The best news is that in most areas posting a video is free.

While Flat Fee MLS Listings are new to most people, they have been around since the late 1990s and the industry is starting to mature. Most consumers are not aware of flat fee MLS as an option, but that awareness is growing (MLS=Multiple Listing Service). How do you decide where to get your flat fee MLS listing? This simple checklist will help you make the smart decision:

What is the MLS?
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a list or database of all homes for sale in an area. The MLS is used by Realtors to list properties for sale and find properties for buyers. In most markets, the MLS is used by agents at all large, medium, and most small real estate companies.

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