Stellar MLS updates rules to accommodate social distancing

Published Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Stellar MLS leadership has updated Article 4.6 Listing Remarks in the MLS rules to temporarily accommodate virtual viewings in place of in-person showings for active listings. Agents and brokers can also now advertise unbranded virtual tours in the public and Realtor-only remarks.

“Active” Listing Status Now Permitted with Virtual Tours

Sellers who do not want in-person showings at this time can offer virtual tours instead. As long as a virtual tour is publicly marketed through the MLS for an active listing, the broker/agent/seller will remain in compliance with Clear Cooperation Policy 8.0.

The virtual viewing may not include signs or other types of branding that might deter a consumer away from the agent they are working with. Virtual tour URL’s are now also allowed in the Public and Realtor-Only remarks fields in an effort to help assist with the public marketing of a property. If there is not a virtual and/or in-person showing option being advertised for an active listing, it must be put into the Temporarily Off Market (TOM) status.

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