Top MLS Violations and How to Avoid Them

Published: May 9, 2008

MRMLS Members would never intentionally commit a violation against the MRMLS Rules and Regulations, but we know it happens. Below are the most common violations and how to avoid them:

  • Property Description Violations: The only text that can be entered into the Property Description field is the physical description of the property and/or sale terms like Foreclosure, Short Sale and Bank Owned.
    • TIP: Do not enter the following in the Property Description field:
      • Contact Information
      • Open House Information
      • The word “Vacant”
  • Commission Violations: You cannot enter an offer of compensation that is based on the net sales price.
    • TIP: Do not enter anything that can be seen as a Conditional Offer of Compensation in either the Property Description or Agent Remarks fields. Common mistakes include phrases similar to the following:
      • “APPROVAL, OF AN OFFER SUBJECT TO BANK’S APPROVAL. COMMISSION TO BE VARIABLE AND TO BE SPLIT EQUALLY ON 6% OR LESS.”
      • “Commission & sale price subject to bank approval. Commission to be split 50/50 between selling office and listing office.”
      • “All Terms, including brokers commission, subject to lender’s approval.”

      Note: Language similar to the above can be used for Short Sales only. Contact your Association/Board for exact wording.

  • No Photo Violations: A photo of the exterior of the structure must be included in the listing.
    • TIP: Do not wait! Add a photo of the exterior of the structure when you enter the listing or very soon thereafter. The listing must have a photo within ten days.
  • Incorrect Information Violations: To the best of your knowledge all information in the listing must be correct and true. Common mistakes include incorrect APN# or Area#.
    • Crosscheck the APN (Assessor’s Parcel Number) with Realist Tax to make sure you have the correct APN for the property.
    • Make sure you list the property in the correct marketing area. Do not enter a nearby area that is more desirable just to get more exposure.

Last modified: May 9, 2008 at 3:12 pm | Originally published: May 9, 2008 at 3:12 pm
Printed: September 20, 2020