Clash over NAR's MLS rules for photos, disclosures

Council of MLSs calls for clarification

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Multiple listing services are asking the National Association of Realtors to stand behind them if they choose to require that brokers submit photos or property disclosure forms with their for-sale listings.

Many MLSs have had such rules in place for years, particularly for photos. But NAR staff members say the trade group’s existing MLS policy does not expressly grant MLSs such authority.

The Council of MLSs, a group representing MLSs, Realtor associations and MLS vendors, maintains that there is nothing in the MLS policy that prohibits them from imposing such requirements either.