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NAR postpones vote on Web indexing

Realtor trade group's board could revisit policy in November

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The National Association of Realtors' board of directors has postponed until at least this fall a decision on whether brokers who participate in data-sharing agreements are violating NAR policy if they allow search engines to index other brokers' for-sale listings. Convening at NAR's midyear convention in Washington, D.C., the Realtor association's Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee last week recommended that a 2005 policy be amended to clarify that brokers may allow search engines to index listings shared through Internet Data Exchange (IDX) reciprocity agreements (see story). But the full board voted Saturday to send the matter back to a work group studying other changes to the IDX policy. Since the committee and board won't meet again until November, an existing policy remains in place that allows Realtor boards to require that their members block search engines from indexing IDX listings. NAR found itself embroiled in controversy after association staff me...