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Clash over NAR’s MLS rules for photos, disclosures

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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. The group has asked NAR's Multiple Listing Policy Committee to issue a policy statement clarifying that individual MLSs have the right to require listing brokers to submit one or more photos and seller disclosures with listings. The issue is on the committee's agenda at NAR's Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, which takes place next week in Washington, D.C...