The saga among real estate brokers in the Chicago area took another turn when the Chicago Association of Realtors reversed its position on an all-in or all-out brokerage listing policy.


The board of directors for the Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois approved a motion in early June to require that if a brokerage firm participates in the MLS service, all of its offices within the market area must participate. But last week, the CAR board of directors reversed its position on the policy and will cast its vote against the policy at the upcoming MLSNI board meeting.


For the last several months, the MLS has been at war over what the organization can do with broker property listings. Some brokers would like to selectively have their listings published on the MLS while others in the MLSNI argue all or none.


The CAR memo did not outline why it had reversed course on the policy, except to say that “CAR directors did not feel it was in the best interest of its membership, who are MLSNI users, to implement the policy at this time.”


Darcy Dougherty, CEO of CAR, was not available for comment Thursday afternoon.


The all-in or all-out policy was not on the agenda for the June 23 meeting of the MLSNI board of directors as originally planned. That’s because shareholder boards in addition to CAR felt “passing the policy now would close doors on active policy debate that would be hard to reopen,” according to the memo.


The original decision would have prohibited member brokers from putting listings from some offices, but not others in the MLS database.


MLSNI is one of the largest association-owned MLSs in the country, with about 39,000 members in more than 6,900 realty offices.


Coldwell Banker was the first Chicago-area brokerage to begin pulling listings from certain offices out of MLSNI. The brokerage in March pulled all of its for-sale listings from 10 of its offices in Chicagoland’s North Shore region, and instead posted the listings exclusively with MAP MLS, a smaller-broker owned operation based in nearby Palatine, Ill.


Koenig & Strey GMAC, which has 13 offices and 700 sales agents in the Chicago area, followed suit and pulled the listings from its Northshore offices out of MLSNI in favor of MAP. Baird & Warner apparently has done the same.


Send tips or a Letter to the Editor to or call (510) 658-9252, ext. 140.

Show Comments Hide Comments
Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive marketing emails from Inman.
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Only 3 days left to register for Inman Connect Las Vegas before prices go up! Don't miss the premier event for real estate pros.Register Now ×
Limited Time Offer: Get 1 year of Inman Select for $199SUBSCRIBE×
Log in
If you created your account with Google or Facebook
Don't have an account?
Forgot your password?
No Problem

Simply enter the email address you used to create your account and click "Reset Password". You will receive additional instructions via email.

Forgot your username? If so please contact customer support at (510) 658-9252

Password Reset Confirmation

Password Reset Instructions have been sent to

Subscribe to The Weekender
Get the week's leading headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Top headlines from around the real estate industry. Breaking news as it happens.
15 stories covering tech, special reports, video and opinion.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
Unique features from hacker profiles to portal watch and video interviews.
It looks like you’re already a Select Member!
To subscribe to exclusive newsletters, visit your email preferences in the account settings.
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription