Update 2/1: Some folks using Internet Explorer had problems with the links in this post earlier today. WAVGroup fixed the problem on its server. They should work now.If your MLS is considering … Read more about WAVGroup white paper on RPR is a must-read for MLSs
We obtained a copy of the RPR MLS Content License Agreement (CLA) from an MLS client of our law firm on January 27. Our client provided a copy and said we could review it and blog about it but did not … Read more about RPR’s Content License Agreement: What am I missing?
UPDATE: Link to second part of this series.With RPR now on the scene seeking to license listing data from essentially every MLS in the country, Brian and I figured it was a good time to review the way … Read more about Where are the copyrights? Copyrights in MLS listing content Part I
"If a spectacle is going to be particularly imposing I prefer to see it through somebody else's eyes, because that man will always exaggerate. Then I can exaggerate his exaggeration, and my account of … Read more about The report of RPR’s birth is an exaggeration…
Tom Jacobson and John Rees have a new blog post explaining some of NAR's recent clarifications of the VOW policy. They're less wordy than I'm prone to being, so I figured I'd link to their good work … Read more about StrategicMLS.com post on VOW policy clarifications
Government entities frequently approach MLSs looking for listing data for various purposes. Perhaps the most common is the local property authority seeking property information in order to value … Read more about Making MLS data available to the government
As MLS boards of directors consider which optional VOW rules to adopt, here are our thoughts on them. There are two groups of optional rules (references here are to the model VOW rules published on … Read more about Comments regarding optional provisions of VOW rules II – “VOW Only Options”
As MLS boards of directors consider which optional VOW rules to adopt, here are our thoughts on them. There are two groups of optional rules (references here are to the model VOW rules published on … Read more about Comments regarding optional provisions of VOW rules I – “Parity Options”
We always advise MLS clients that they should never provide access to listing data unless the access is subject to a written agreement. Data access for VOWs is no exception. I've written a summary of … Read more about License agreements for VOWS
Fannie Mae wants MLS data. Should MLSs and brokers give it to them? See my post over on the Geek Estate blog on this subject. You can post comments here or there, whatever rings your bell. -Brian … Read more about Will MLSs helping Fannie Mae help the market?
(Updated 12/3 to reflect the correct implementation deadline as published by NAR.) Judge Kennelly signed the settlement between NAR and DOJ on November 18, 2008, by its terms, the settlement requires … Read more about MLSs under the gun