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Austin Realtors won’t require identification of listing agent

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The board of directors of the Texas-based Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) has rejected a controversial proposal that it change its Internet Data Exchange (IDX) policy to require prominent display of listing agents.At a May 30 meeting, ABoR's board did, however, vote unanimously to update its IDX policy to come in line with a policy update approved by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) at its midyear meeting in Washington, D.C., last month. The update clarifies IDX policy on the use of mobile devices and abbreviated (200 characters or fewer) listing announcements through social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.ABoR's action gave a "business-as-usual" nod to what had become a hot-button issue for some members, said ABoR board chairman Leonard Guerrero. As of now, ABoR's IDX policy clarification mirrors NAR's: "Properties aggregated via IDX will identify the listing firm on a stand-alone line that reads 'Property listed by.'" As such, the ...