Operational Issues, Section 4: Inclusion of Exclusive Agency Listings in MLS Compilations and Databases
Multiple listing services shall not establish or maintain any rule or policy prohibiting inclusion of exclusive agency listings that would be otherwise acceptable for inclusion in the compilation of current listing information.
Explanation: This policy shall not be construed as requiring participants to accept exclusive agency listings if they determine acceptance is not in their best interest or the best interest of clients or customers. However, this policy does preclude collective agreements between participants affiliated with different firms or others to refuse to accept exclusive agency listings or to refuse to accept offers of compensation extended through the multiple listing service or otherwise. This policy contemplates multiple listing services will clearly distinguish between exclusive right-to-sell and exclusive agency listings in multiple listing compilations and databases to prevent confusion about the rights and obligations of brokers who cooperate in the sale of such listings. (Amended 11/04) M