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NAR Policy Statement

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The following Statement of Multiple Listing Policy became effective upon approval by the NAR Board of Directors on May 22, 2000.

Associations of REALTORS and their Multiple Listing Services are encouraged to immediately, and must by January 1, 2002, enable MLS Participants to display on Participants' public web sites aggregated MLS active listing information through, at Participants' option, either downloading and placing the data on Participants' public access web sites or by framing such information on the MLS or association public access web site (if such a site is available) subject to the requirements of state law and regulation.

Unless state law requires prior written consent from listing brokers, listing brokers' consent for such display is presumed unless a listing broker affirmatively notifies the MLS that the listing broker refuses to permit display (either on a blanket or on a listing-by-listing basis). If a Participant refuses on a blanket basis to permit the display of that Participant's listings, then that Participant may not download or frame the aggregated MLS data of other Participants.

In addition, the following guidelines are recommended but not required to conform to NAR policy. Pursuant to these guidelines, MLSs may:

1) prohibit display of confidential information fields intended for cooperating brokers rather than consumers.

2) require that any listing displayed identify the listing firm.

3) require that the identity of listing agents be displayed.

4) require that information displayed not be modified.

5) require that any display of other Participants' listings indicate the source of the information being displayed and require Participants to refresh all downloads and refresh all data at least once every seven (7) days.

6) prohibit sharing of the MLS database with any unauthorized third party and may require Participants to indicate on their web sites that the information being provided is for consumers' personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing.

7) may establish reasonable limits on the amount of data/number of listings that consumers may retrieve or download in response to an inquiry.

8) limit the right to display other Participants' listings to a Participant's office(s) holding participatory rights in the same MLS.