Sale Terms Now OK in the Property Description Field

Published: October 4, 2007

<p>Effective October 1, 2007, MRMLS has changed the policy regarding the <em>Property Description</em> field. Members are now given greater freedom to enter legal, community, or sales terms into the <em>Property Description</em> field. Be aware, the <em>Property Description</em> field is viewable on REALTOR&reg;.com and other websites that use our IDX feed. Since this information is publicly disseminated, <strong>make sure you have your broker/seller&rsquo;s permission </strong>prior to submitting your listing.<br /><br /> Prior to October 1, 2007, the Data Integrity Policy said the Property Description &ldquo;<em>should only be used to describe the property &ndash; physical and aesthetic characteristics that make the house buyable/sellable.</em>&rdquo;<br /><br />
As of October 1, 2007 the MRMLS Data Integrity policy shall be:<br /><br />
<strong>The property description may only contain a description of the property, its features, its location or community, specific terms to or exclusions from a sale (or lease), or legally required statements.</strong><br /><br />
As a reminder, please make sure descriptions do not contain any of the following:</p><br />
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<ul><br />
<li>Gate/Alarm Codes </li><br />
<li>Lockbox Combinations</li><br />
<li>The term &ldquo;FSBO&rdquo;–If the Listing is legally in the MLS it cannot be a FSBO.</li><br />
<li>The word &ldquo;Vacant&rdquo;</li><br />
<li>Open House Information</li><br />
<li>E-mail Addresses</li><br />
<li>Website Addresses</li><br />
<li>Phone Numbers</li><br />
<li>Agent, Assistant, Co-Lister or Owner Name(s)</li><br />
<li>Language may not be placed in the <em>Property Description</em> field that violates any Fair Housing/HUD guidelines for improper or discriminatory language in Advertising. </li><br />

Last modified: October 4, 2007 at 11:18 am | Originally published: October 4, 2007 at 11:18 am
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