MLS & Associations

NAR will allow MLSs to charge members for public-facing websites

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WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Realtors today adopted a policy that spells out "basic" services multiple listing services can charge all members for -- including the operation and promotion of public-facing websites that allow consumers to search for homes for sale. Many MLSs already operate public-facing websites. But some large brokerages objected to NAR taking a formal stance that MLSs that choose to provide those and other services can require members to pay for them, regardless of whether they want them or use them. At NAR's midyear meeting in Washington, D.C., Thursday, a policy committee signed off on an amendment to NAR's model MLS rules to classify not only the operation, but the promotion of public-facing MLS sites, as a "basic" service. But NAR's Executive Committee, which makes recommendations to NAR's board of directors, stripped language addressing public-facing MLS sites from the amendment on Friday. The move -- which some said was made to appease lar...