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State laws, MLS rules may prohibit use of other brokers' listings

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Real estate brokers and agents risk violating state real estate licensing laws, MLS rules and NAR’s Code of Ethics if they display listings from another broker on Facebook or other social networking websites, according to an attorney who advises multiple listing services and real estate trade associations.

Brian N. Larson, a Minnesota-based attorney and author of the blog MLS Tesseract, advises that brokers generally can’t advertise another broker’s listings without their permission.