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This is a request to retain the integrity of real estate as a competitive business in its current structure. Real estate agents are trained to lead clients through the home buying/selling maze. In the current "discount" realtor frenzy, working agents are often doing the work of two people without getting compensated for it. Someone has to help the homeowners. If they retain limited services they expect "someone else" to help them out.
The MLS system has integrity and is respected by clients as the most up-to-date source, and available through a professional. Professional real estate agents keep the home buying and selling moving forward in a rational, orderly way. To open MLS up to the public would diminish its value to everyone.
Pat Lynn Poison
1st USA Realty Professionals, Inc.