On-line free advertising boards, the two most popular Kijiji and Craig's List seem like perfect opportunities to expose listings en mass for free.
Consider this. In Canada there is ongoing and mounting pressure by the public, the government and especially by corporate interests to take our control of or to dissolve completely the MLS System developed, owned and operated coast to coast by us, members of the Canadian Real Estate Association.
I am unaware if similar efforts are taking place in the United States.
The arguement is that mls.ca monopolizes Real Estate because members of the public can not advertise properties directly without being under contract to a Real Estate Brokerage.
The position of the Canadian Real Estate Association is that it is vital to our industries survival. This position is weakened when the argument can be made that there are other alternatives for Realtors to advertise listings.
Using alternative online resources other than our own or our companies website to display homes for sale undermines our position and increases the chance of loosing our National MLS.system
I will continue posting snippits encouraging readers to link to my personal real estate websites and view listings, but I will not post my listings to their sites and increase the risk of loosing one of the best resources we have as a Realtor.