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DOJ Fires Back at NAR With Court Filing of its Own

October 18th, 2021
The courtroom volley between The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) wages on. This time, the DOJ claims that it should be allowed to investigate NAR because its antitrust settlement wasn’t formalized. “Contrary to...

Op-Ed: Comments Regarding the Proposed Change to the IDX Display of Listing Brokerage and Agent Contact Information

October 28th, 2021
I am an active user of the IDX system to generate new business and have been for over a decade. I have significantly invested time, innovation, creativity and money in both my personal real estate website and our brokerage sites...

NAR Approves Several MLS Policy Proposals, Including Display of Buyer Broker Commissions

November 16th, 2021
NAR Says New Guidance Adopted Reinforces Greater Transparency for Consumers The National Association of Realtors® adopted several changes to its guidance for local Multiple Listing Service broker marketplaces at its Board of Directors meeting Monday, including one that requires MLS...

Fractured MLS Landscape Begins Embracing Tech, Consolidation

January 20th, 2022
It is not the flashiest or most dynamic part of the real estate industry. The concept of a Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, goes back more than 100 years when local boards would meet in a dusty office and exchange...

New Report Demonstrates Robust Competition in Real Estate Brokerage Market

June 3rd, 2018
Later this year, a 10-year-old settlement and consent decree between the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) mandating how listings are displayed by online brokerages will expire. Prior to that, on June 5, 2018,...

Competition and the Consumer: Industry Presents Sides at Workshop

June 6th, 2018
DOJ/FTC Exchange Explores Compensation, Data, the MLS and More Technology, commission rates, real estate portals and overall brokerage competition—these were just a few of the themes discussed this week at a joint public workshop held by the Federal Trade Commission...

4 Reasons Why a National MLS Database Makes Sense

December 27th, 2017
The debate over whether a national MLS would benefit the real estate community seems to be part of an ongoing conversation. But how would it help agents and brokers? Would it provide better governance, make data sharing easier, or open...

The Great Debate: What the MLS Can Be, and What It Should Be

January 14th, 2018
Ask any agent, broker or constituent in real estate: There are challenges facing the Multiple Listing Service. A discussion on the future of the MLS—what it can be, and what it should be—hosted by the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.)...

NAR Amps Up Efforts to Ensure Implementation of RESO Standards

February 11th, 2018
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has amped up its efforts to ensure REALTOR® association-owned MLSs implement RESO standards. NAR acted after an analysis determined there were many MLSs non-compliant with the standards. Adoption is a policy requirement. Approximately 90...

NAR: Competition in Real Estate ‘Vigorous’

April 14th, 2018
Ahead of a June U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) public workshop—in which the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will participate—NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson has issued a statement: “The National Association of REALTORS® asserts that...

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