Article XVIII

Article XVIII - Multiple Listing

Section l. Authority. The Board of REALTORS® shall maintain for the use of its Members a Multiple Listing Service which shall be subject to the Bylaws of the Board of REALTORS® and such rules and regulations as may be hereinafter adopted.

Section 2. Purpose. A Multiple Listing Service a means by which authorized Participants make blanket unilateral offers of compensation to other Participants (acting as subagents, buyer agents, or in other agency or non-agency capacities defined by law); by which information is accumulated and disseminated to enable authorized Participants to prepare appraisals and other valuations of real property; by which Participants engaging in real estate appraisal contribute to common data bases; and is a facility for the orderly correlation and dissemination of listing information among the Participants so that they may better serve their clients and the public. Entitlement to compensation is determined by the cooperating broker's performance as procuring cause of the sale (or lease).

Section 3. Participation. Any REALTOR® Member of this or any other Board who is a principal, partner, or corporate officer, or branch manager acting on behalf of the principal, without further qualification, shall be eligible to participate in Multiple Listing upon agreeing in writing to conform to the rules and regulations thereof and to pay the costs incidental thereto. However, under no circumstances is any individual or firm, regardless of membership status, entitled to Multiple Listing Service "membership" or "participation" unless they hold a current, valid real estate broker's license and are capable of offering and accepting compensation to and from other Participants or are licensed or certified by an appropriate state regulatory agency to engage in the appraisal of real property. Use of information developed by or published by a Board Multiple Listing Service is strictly limited to the activities authorized under a Participant's licensure(s) or certification and unauthorized uses are prohibited. Further, none of the foregoing is intended to convey "participation" or "membership" or any right of access to information developed by or published by a Board Multiple Listing Service where access to such information is prohibited by law.

  1. A nonmember applicant for MLS participation who is a principal, partner, corporate officer, or branch office manager acting on behalf of a principal, shall supply evidence satisfactory to the Membership Committee that he has no record of recent or pending bankruptcy; has no record of official sanctions involving unprofessional conduct; agrees to complete a course of instruction (if any) covering the MLS rules and regulations and computer training related to MLS information entry and retrieval, and shall
  2. pass such reasonable and non-discriminatory written examination thereon as may be required by the MLS; and shall agree that if elected as a Participant, he will abide by such rules and regulations and pay the MLS fees and dues, including the nonmember differential (if any), as from time to time established. Section 4. Supervision. The activity shall be operated under the supervision of the Multiple Listing Committee, in accordance with the rules and regulations, subject to approval of the Board of Directors of the Board of REALTORS®.

Section 5. Appointment of Committee. The President shall appoint, subject to the confirmation of the Board of Directors, a Multiple Listing Committee. All members of the Committee shall be Participants in Multiple Listing except, at the option of the local Board, REALTORS® or REALTOR-ASSOCIATES®, affiliated with Participants may be appointed to serve in such numbers as determined by the local Board. The Committee members so named shall serve two-year staggered terms. The Chairperson will be designated by the President.

Section 6. Vacancies. Vacancies in unexpired terms shall be filled as in the case of original appointees.

Section 7. Attendance. Any Committee member who fails to attend three (3) regular or special meetings of the Committee within one year, shall be deemed to have resigned from the Committee and the vacancy shall be filled as herein provided for original appointees.

Section 8. Access to Comparable and Statistical Information. Board Members who are actively engaged in real estate brokerage, management, mortgage financing, appraising, land development, or building, but who do not participate in the MLS, are nonetheless entitled to receive, by purchase or lease, all information other than current listing information that is generated wholly or in part by the MLS including "comparable" information, "sold" information, and statistical reports. This information is provided for the exclusive use of Board Members and individuals affiliated with Board Members who are also engaged in the real estate business and may not be transmitted, retransmitted, or provided in any manner to any unauthorized individual, office, or firm except as otherwise specified in the MLS rules and regulations. Board members who receive such information, either as a Board service or through the Board's MLS, are subject to the applicable provisions of the MLS rules and regulations whether they participate in the MLS or not.

Section 9. Subscribers. Subscribers (or users) of the MLS include non-principal brokers, sales associates, and licensed and certified appraisers affiliated with Participants.