This is certainly not new news to me, as I’ve had to deal with these very issues (not being allowed to show sold comps to my readers unless they register first), with sfnewsletter, and Kevin Boer in the comments on this post says it right:
Here’s what’s ironic: You guys are in the industry, so you have to abide by MLS rules. That means your consumers have to log in to get, for instance, property addresses.
But if these same consumers head over to Trulia.com, they can find property addresses without logging in.
Ergo … MLS rules make their clients within the industry less competitive than folks outside the industry.
Tell me if this makes any sense!
Kevin, it makes absolutely no sense, and why on Earth would MLS continue to hinder those of us actually in the industry trying to do right by providing some transparency in this all too clouded world of real estate data?
(I probably should have just commented on the thread, but thought it worthy of a post.)
–CondoDomain gets slapped [Boston Condo Domain Blog]