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Brokers get OK to push IDX listings to mobile

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected to note that NAR's 2012 and 2013 operating budgets will both add to the association's reserves. WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Realtors has approved changes to its model rule for MLSs that will allow brokers greater leeway to distribute shared listing data via mobile devices. At its midyear meeting in Washington, D.C. Saturday, NAR's board of directors also voted to keep the trade group's annual dues at $120 in 2013, including a controversial $40-a-year increase introduced this year to fund political activities. In updating NAR's policy governing the display of Internet Data Exchange (IDX) listings -- pools of listings for an entire market -- the trade group sent a message to Realtor-affiliated MLSs that it expects them to allow brokers to distribute IDX listings via mobile devices. Although brokers already have the freedom to publicize their own listings via mobile devices, some MLSs have maintained that IDX listings s...