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NAR policy allows MLSs to write their own social media listing display rules

But trade group says MLSs can't require members to share

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The National Association of Realtors has approved a policy that allows individual multiple listing services to choose whether to allow member brokers and agents to display for-sale listings represented by other, consenting members on social media sites. NAR's Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee approved and recommended the policy on Saturday; NAR's board of directors approved the policy without discussion via a voice vote on Monday at NAR's annual Conference and Expo. For the most part, the policy lets MLSs that choose to allow the display of shared listings on social media sites write their own rules, but the policy also forbids MLSs from requiring that their member brokers and agents allow their listings to be distributed through social media, or other nontraditional channels such as text messaging. NAR had considered adopting a blanket policy for the display of shared Internet data exchange (IDX) listings on social media sites that would have applied ...