California Model MLS (Multiple Listing Service) Rules , (Word version ) eff. August 2013 - revisions in red (These are not the calREDD™ Statewide MLS Rules)
These are the suggested rules and regulations for an MLS operated as a committee of a local Association of REALTORS® in California.
Legal Brief - Participation in Private MLSs/MLS Clubs , October 2011
This brief addresses risks and liabilities associated with participation in Private MLSs or MLS Clubs.
This Issues Briefing Paper provides information on the newly revised CAR Model MLS Rules, NAR’s IDX Franchise Display policy and NAR’s proposed CIVIX patent infringement license/settlement agreement.
IDX Internet Data Exchange, Aug. 3, 2010 revised
Find out about NAR's mandated IDX policy, C.A.R.'s model policy, local options, broker and agent information and more.
Model Letter for MLSs to Enforce New Membership Requirement* (NAR password required), June 2009
NAR has created a letter that AORs/MLSs may use when contacting participants who may not meet the requirements of the revised definition for "Participation" established between NAR and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Virtual Office Websites ("VOWs"), April 28, 2009
This Legal Q&A provides a comprehensive discussion of the many facets of NAR’s VOW policy, VOW information specific to California, and useful information for practitioners interested in operating a VOW and/or understanding how their listing data will be displayed on a VOW.
Overview of MLS Considerations Regarding Adoption of VOW Discretionary Areas , 2/2009 (This document will aid your MLS in assessing whether to mirror the C.A.R. Model MLS Rules in including all of the optional parity and non-parity VOW rules in your local MLS rules.)
Sample VOW License* (NAR Password Required) - NAR has drafted a sample license agreement for use by MLSs to license a data feed to a MLS participant's VOW.
REO Related Sharp Practices, March 16, 2011
Learn more about how the Code of Ethics and MLS Rules are implicated in certain sharp practices associated with the plethora of distressed and REO properties on the market.
MLS Short Sale and REO Issues, June 16, 2008
Short sales and REO transactions can present distinct MLS challenges when making offers of compensation or status changes. This legal article should help all involved better navigate the obstacles and comply with MLS Rules.
REO “Net” Commissions, Dec. 1, 2008
Additional information on the REO “gross-selling price” vs “net selling price” dilemma, including a proposed “seller concession” working definition.
An exception to the MLS policy against conditional offers of compensation: short sales and probate sales.
Relisting or "Churning" a Listing, Oct. 10, 2006
With the changing market, real estate practitioners representing sellers face new challenges marketing their listings. Some have engaged in the practice of relisting or "churning" a listing--removing it from the MLS and then shortly thereafter placing back on the MLS. This legal article addresses the subject of "churning" and some of the related problems and issues.
Submitting Listings to the MLS, Feb. 20, 2008
The obligations, legal and otherwise, associated with submitting a listing or not submitting a listing to the MLS.
Data Distribution on the Web* by REIS Innovations Vol. 1, Issue 1, May 2007
Are you aware of the risks regarding giving up rights to your data and web contents to your online vendors? Do you put your data on Backpage.com? Craigslist? eBay? Livedeal? Edgeio? Oodle? Yahoo? If so, you may be granting worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licenses to others to your data without realizing it. Read this document for moreinformation.)
Antitrust Compliance and California REALTORS®, Oct. 5, 2005
Learn more about the antitrust laws and avoid costly litigation and the significant consequences associated with anti-competitive conduct, including criminal penalties, harsh fines and massive triple damages.
The Master Agreement establishing reciprocal MLS access and/or privileges between participating Associations and Boards throughout California.
View the current participants and the level of reciprocity they offer. Readers should contact Patricia Sellers if they believe this list is inaccurate or does not include an MLS which should be represented. Viewers can contact their local boards/MLS if they have questions about their MLS's participation in the master reciprocal agreement.
California Model Bylaws , Jan. 2011 revised
Suggested bylaws used by most local boards/associations.
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