MLS Clear Cooperation Policy Approved

New Policy Meant to Fuel Broker Cooperation

 National Association of REALTORS®, Paragon MLS & MAARdata

Published Monday, November 18, 2019

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At its Nov. 11 meeting, NAR’s Board of Directors approved MLS Statement 8.0, also known as the Clear Cooperation Policy. The policy requires listing brokers who are participants in a multiple listing service to submit their listing to the MLS within one business day of marketing the property to the public.

NAR’s MLS Technology and Emerging Issues Advisory Board proposed the policy as a way to address the growing use of off-MLS listings. The advisory board concluded that leaving listings outside of the broader marketplace excludes consumers, undermining REALTORS®’ commitment to providing equal opportunity to all.

Following is the full text of MLS Statement 8.0:

Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS participants. Public marketing includes, but is not limited to, flyers displayed in windows, yard signs, digital marketing on public facing websites, brokerage website displays (including IDX and VOW), digital communications marketing (email blasts), multi-brokerage listing sharing networks, and applications available to the general public.

Read more about the MLS policy update and the rationale behind it on nar.realtor.