NAR Approves New MLS “Clear Cooperation” Policy

NAR’s Board of Directors has approved MLS Statement 8.0, also known as the Clear Cooperation policy. This policy requires listing brokers who are participants in a multiple listing service to submit listings to the MLS within one business day of publicly marketing the property.

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 consumer, undermining REALTORS®’ commitment to provide equal opportunity to all.  the policy doesn’t prohibit brokers from taking office-exclusive listings, nor does it impede brokers’ ability to meet their clients’ privacy needs.

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.