NAR may delay action on public-facing MLS sites

Big brokers said to oppose giving MLSs right to charge members for providing public access to listings

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WASHINGTON – A committee in charge of recommending policies to the National Association of Realtors' board of directors has removed language from a controversial policy amendment that would have allowed multiple listing services to charge all members for the costs of establishing and promoting public-facing websites. NAR's Executive Committee has pulled language stipulating that the "establishment, maintenance or promotion of public-facing websites" be included on a list of services that MLSs should be allowed to define as "basic," according to NAR Director Shad Bogany, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. Bogany serves as a member of the Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee, which on Thursday approved a proposed amendment to NAR's model MLS rules that would have made that and other changes. The Executive Committee said it would recommend revisiting the issue of public-facing websites at NAR's annual meeting in November, Bogany said. None of the other ...