NAR says it won’t turn back the clock on antitrust

“NAR has no plans to alter the Modified VOW Policy when the 2008 settlement agreement expires on November 18, 2018,” wrote NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson …

Agents and brokers: Weigh in on ‘MLS of Choice’ while you can

Alright, agents and brokers, now’s your chance: If you have an opinion on whether MLSs can require you to pay for their service even if you don’t want it, it’s time to say your piece before it’s too late …

Irked brokers slam forced MLS membership rule

According to the brokers pushing for change, the policy as-is hurts agent recruiting and retention; forces brokers or their agents to pay for MLS services they do not want or find valuable; and discriminates against newer, tech-enabled business models …

Meet Caitlin McCrory, NAR’s new millennial MLS manager

Over the summer, the National Association of Realtors went on the hunt for a “tech-savvy” manager of MLS. Its aim was to work more closely with the nation’s 700 or so MLSs for the benefit of their mutual members: agents and brokers. The 1.2 million-mem…

NAR mandates brokers obtain and transfer licenses to MLS content

WASHINGTON — Make sure you have the rights to any listing content you — or your agents — enter into the MLS, real estate brokers. And be ready to license that content to your MLS. That’s the message from policy changes approved by the board of direc…

Study sounds the alarm on real estate website scraping and data theft

Multiple listing services and agent and broker website vendors have had more than a decade to figure out how to protect one of the industry’s most valuable assets from theft online, but most haven’t risen to the challenge. Therefore, it’s time to manda…

Update: NAR may require MLSs to allow non-MLS property data on broker listing pages

WASHINGTON — The competition for consumer eyeballs is fierce in online real estate, and third-party portals are winning. But agent and broker real estate sites may get a leg up if national policy recommendations for multiple listing services get final…

NAR may order MLSs to give members more leeway to beef up their websites

Some big changes may be coming to agent and broker listing websites that could help them compete with third-party portals and attract more homebuyers. A committee of the National Association of Realtors will consider policy recommendations this week th…

NAR policy allows MLSs to write their own social media listing display rules

But trade group says MLSs can’t require members to shareread more