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NAR appoints critic to MLS Committee

Broker, blogger supports search-engine indexing of listings

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The National Association of Realtors has appointed a Phoenix-based broker-owner and blogger who's been critical of NAR's stance on search engines indexing for-sale listings to a committee that's recommended revising the policy."I don't know who is crazier, (NAR) for asking me to serve on the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee, or me for accepting their offer," Jay Thompson said on his blog, The Phoenix Real Estate Guy.At issue is whether NAR's policy governing online listings that brokers share through Internet Data Exchange (IDX) reciprocity agreements give local Realtor boards the authority to require that their members block search engines from indexing other members' listings.The policy, originally intended to protect listings from being duplicated or "scraped" by third-party listing sites, drew little notice when it was adopted in 2005. But in March, NAR was drawn into a controversy when association staff members ruled that search-engine indexing is...