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NAR's MLS Policy Changes Set for Aug 17th, 2024

NAR Practice Changes: Reviewed & Adopted

Under practice changes that will take effect Aug. 17, real estate professionals will no longer be able to communicate offers of compensation in the MLS. However, offers of compensation will continue to be an option consumers can pursue off-MLS through negotiation and consultation with their real estate professionals. 

Per the requirements stipulated in the proposed Settlement Agreement, NAR has reviewed and made the following updates to its MLS policies and model MLS governing documents:

  1. Eliminate and prohibit any requirement of offers of compensation in the MLS between listing brokers or sellers to buyer brokers or other buyer representatives.
  2. Retain, and define, “cooperation” for MLS Participation.
  3. Eliminate and prohibit MLS Participants, Subscribers, and sellers from making any offers of compensation in the MLS to buyer brokers or other buyer representatives.
  4. Require the MLS to eliminate all broker compensation fields and compensation information in the MLS.
  5. Require the MLS to not create, facilitate, or support any non-MLS mechanism (including by providing listing information to an internet aggregator’s website for such purpose) for Participants, Subscribers, or sellers to make offers of compensation to buyer brokers or other buyer representatives.
  6. Prohibit the use of MLS data or data feeds to directly or indirectly establish or maintain a platform of offers of compensation from multiple brokers or other buyer representatives.  Such use must result with the MLS terminating the Participant’s access to any MLS data and data feeds.
  7. Reinforce that MLS Participants and Subscribers must not, and MLSs must not enable the ability to filter out or restrict MLS listings that are communicated to customers or clients based on the existence or level of compensation offered to the cooperating broker or the name of a brokerage or agent.
  8. Require compensation disclosures to sellers, and prospective sellers and buyers.
  9. Require MLS Participants working with a buyer to enter into a written agreement with the buyer prior to touring a property.

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