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Realogy makes case to index all IDX listings at franchisor websites

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CORRECTION: This article has been updated to fix an error. Realogy is seeking permission for franchisors to index affiliated brokers' IDX websites to provide enhanced search results on brand websites. WASHINGTON -- A year ago, members of the National Association of Realtors' Multiple Listings Issues and Policies Committee recommended that NAR's Internet Data Exchange (IDX) policy be updated to make it clear that search-engine indexing is not tantamount to "scraping" -- the unauthorized duplication of listings by third-party websites.Ultimately, NAR adopted a policy in November making it clear that brokers can allow "recognized search engines" to index their listings.Meeting Thursday at NAR's Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, the committee heard a new request related to search-indexing from Alex Perriello, president and CEO of the Realogy Franchise Group. Perriello put forward a case that franchisor websites like those Realogy operates ...