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NAR to revisit IDX indexing policy

MLSs can require brokers to block search engines

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The National Association of Realtors is hoping to smooth over a flap that erupted when it backed a local Realtor board's decision to force one of its brokers to prevent search engines like Google from indexing other brokers' for-sale listings. Many real estate brokers display not only their own listings on their Web sites, but those of other members of their multiple listings service (MLS) through Internet Data Exchange (IDX) reciprocity agreements. NAR has an IDX policy that requires brokers participating in such reciprocity agreements to "protect IDX information from misappropriation by employing reasonable efforts to monitor and to prevent 'scraping' or other unauthorized accessing, reproduction, or use of the MLS database." Responding to a complaint from one of its members, the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors (MIBOR) last month sent real estate agent Paula Henry and her broker cease-and-desist letters demanding that they take steps to prevent oth...