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Property Class Definitions:

  • Residential - If the property being listed falls under the following categories, the property must be entered into the Residential property class. Listings may also be entered into multiple property classes as long as they are in accordance with Article 4.7. It is the responsibility of the broker participant and subscriber to properly classify the class of property listed. By specifying the class of property listed, the listing broker affirms that the listing falls under the classification designated. The MLS shall have no affirmative responsibility to verify the property class of any listing filed with the service. However, the MLS shall have the right to make a determination as to the classification of the property class and if the listing broker does not reclassify it accordingly they may receive a fine per Article 11.4.
    • 1/2 Duplex
    • Co-op
    • Condo
    • Condo - Hotel
    • Dock / Rackominium
    • Farm
    • Manufactured / Mobile Home
    • Modular
    • Single Family House
    • Townhouse
    • Villa
  • Income - If the property being listed falls under the following categories, the property must be entered into the Multi Family property class. Listings may also be entered into multiple property classes as long as they are in accordance with Article 4.7. It is the responsibility of the broker participant and subscriber to properly classify the class of property listed. By specifying the class of property listed, the listing broker affirms that the listing falls under the classification designated. The MLS shall have no affirmative responsibility to verify the property class of any listing filed with the service. However, the MLS shall have the right to make a determination as to the classification of the property class and if the listing broker does not reclassify it accordingly they may receive a fine per Article 11.4.
    • 5 or More Units
    • 4 Units
    • Triplex
    • Duplex
  • Vacant Land - If the property being listed falls under the following categories, the property must be entered into the Vacant Land property class. Listings may also be entered into multiple property classes as long as they are in accordance with Article 4.7.  It is the responsibility of the broker participant and subscriber to properly classify the class of property listed. By specifying the class of property listed, the listing broker affirms that the listing falls under the classification designated. The MLS shall have no affirmative responsibility to verify the property class of any listing filed with the service. However, the MLS shall have the right to make a determination as to the classification of the property class and if the listing broker does not reclassify it accordingly they may receive a fine per Article 11.4.
    • Billboard Site
    • Business
    • Commercial
    • Crop Producing Farm
    • Dude Ranch
    • Duplex Use
    • Farmland
    • Fish Farm
    • Four Units Use
    • Groves
    • Home & Income Housing
    • Industrial
    • Land Fill
    • Mining
    • Mixed Use
    • Mobile Home Use
    • Multi-Family
    • Other
    • Plant Nursery
    • PUD
    • Ranchland
    • Residential Development
    • Single Family Use
    • Sod Farm
    • Triplex Use
    • Well Field
    • Working Ranch
    • Timberland
    • Trans / Cell Tower
    • Triplex Use
  • Rental - If the property being listed falls under the following categories, the property must be entered into the Rental property class.  Listings may also be entered into multiple property classes as long as they are in accordance with Article 4.7. It is the responsibility of the broker participant and subscriber to properly classify the class of property listed. By specifying the class of property listed, the listing broker affirms that the listing falls under the classification designated. The MLS shall have no affirmative responsibility to verify the property class of any listing filed with the service. However, the MLS shall have the right to make a determination as to the classification of the property class and if the listing broker does not reclassify it accordingly they may receive a fine per Article 11.4.
    • 1/2 Duplex
    • 1st Floor Multi Story
    • 2nd Floor Multi Story
    • 3rd Floor Multi Story
    • Apartment
    • Condo
    • Condo-Hotel
    • Co-op
    • Efficiency
    • Fourplex
    • Garage Apt
    • Manufactured / Mobile Home
    • Modular
    • Single Family Home
    • Stilt Home
    • Townhouse
    • Tri-Level
    • Triplex
    • Villa
  • Commercial - If the property being listed falls under the following categories, the property must be entered into the Commercial property class. Listings may also be entered into multiple property classes as long as they are in accordance with Article 4.7.  It is the responsibility of the broker participant and subscriber to properly classify the class of property listed. By specifying the class of property listed, the listing broker affirms that the listing falls under the classification designated. The MLS shall have no affirmative responsibility to verify the property class of any listing filed with the service. However, the MLS shall have the right to make a determination as to the classification of the property class and if the listing broker does not reclassify it accordingly they may receive a fine per Article 11.4.
    • Acreage / Ranch / Grove
    • Aeronautical
    • Agricultural
    • Bar / Club
    • Beauty / Barber
    • Business Opportunity
    • Business Opportunity No RE
    • Business Opportunity with RE
    • Car Wash
    • Churches
    • Cold Storage Distributor Construction Service
    • Construction Service
    • Community Shopping Center
    • Day Care
    • Distribution
    • Routine Ven Free
    • Executive Suites
    • Fashion / Specialty
    • Flex Space
    • Food / Drink Sell/ Service
    • Standing
    • General Commercial
    • Grocery
    • Group Housing / ACLF
    • Heavy Weight Sales Serv
    • Industrial
    • Manufacturing
    • Light Items Sales Only
    • Marine / Marina
    • Medical Offices
    • Mini-Warehouse
    • Mixed Use
    • Mobile Home / RV Park
    • Motel / Hotel
    • Neighborhood Center
    • New Leased
    • Office
    • Other
    • Outlet Center
    • Outside Storage Only
    • Personal Services
    • Power Center
    • Recreation
    • Regional Mall
    • Research and Development
    • Restaurants / Bars
    • Retail
    • School / Institute
    • Self-storage
    • Service / Fueling Station
    • Showroom / Office
    • Single Family Home
    • Special Purpose

Article 1 - Name and Objective

Article 1.1: Name

Section 1: Name

The name of this organization shall be Stellar Multiple Listing Service. (Stellar MLS). All the shares of stock are solely and wholly-owned by:

Article 2 - Membership Qualifications

Article 2.1: REALTOR® Association Member Brokers

Section 1: REALTOR® Association Member Brokers

All persons who are a sole proprietor Broker or a Designated Broker member, or are a principal, partner, corporate officer, or branch manager acting on behalf of a principal, of any Association of REALTORS® shall automatically qualify for membership and participation in Stellar MLS upon agreeing in writing to conform to the rules and regulations there of and to pay the cost incidental there to. There shall be no “waiting period” before a Participant is eligible to submit listings to the Multiple Listing Service.

Article 3 - Orientation and Training

Article 3.1: Orientation

Section 1: Orientation

Any applicant for MLS participation and any licensee (including licensed or certified appraisers) affiliated with an MLS participant who has access to and use of MLS-generated information shall complete an orientation program of no more than eight (8) classroom hours devoted to the MLS rules and regulations and computer training related to MLS information entry and retrieval and the operation of the MLS within sixty (60) days after access has been provided.

Article 4 - Rules and Regulations

Article 4.1: All Listings Subject To Rules and Regulations

Section 1: All Listings Subject To Rules and Regulations

Any listing filed with Stellar MLS is subject to rules and regulations of Stellar MLS within five business days, excluding weekends and federally recognized holidays, upon the latter of 

Article 5 - Listing Procedures

Article 5.1: Submission of Listings

Section 1: Submission of Listings
Participant’s listings of real property of the types shown below which are located in the counties of Stellar ’s service area shall be submitted to the Stellar MLS within five business days excluding weekends and federally recognized holidays, upon the latter of a) the dated signatures of the owner(s) of record or b) the beginning date on the Listing Agreement or within one business day of public marketing, whichever is sooner.

Article 6 - Selling Procedures

Article 6.1: Showing and Negotiations

Section 1: Showing and Negotiations

All dealings concerning property exclusively listed, or with buyers/tenants, who are exclusively represented, shall be carried on with the Listing Participant/ User, and not with the customer, except with the consent of the Listing Participant/User or when such dealings are initiated by the customers. Appointments for showing and negotiations with the owner(s) of record for the purchase of listed property filed with the Stellar MLS shall be conducted through the Listing Participant except under the following circumstances:

Article 7 - Refusal to Sell

If the owner(s) of record of any listed property filed with Stellar MLS refuses to accept a written offer satisfying the terms and conditions stated in the listing, such fact should be transmitted immediately to Stellar MLS and to all Participants by withdrawing the listing.

Article 8 - Prohibitions

Article 8.1: Information for Participants Only

Section 1: Information for Participants Only

Any listing filed with Stellar MLS shall not be made available to any broker or firm not a member of Stellar MLS without the prior written consent of the Listing Participant.

Article 9 - Compensation

Article 9.1: Division of Commissions

Section 1: Division of Commissions

The listing broker shall specify, on each listing filed with the multiple listing service, the compensation offered to other multiple listing service participants for their services in the sale of such listing. Such offers are unconditional except that entitlement to compensation is determined by the cooperating broker’s performance as the procuring cause of the sale (or lease) or as otherwise provided for in this rule. The listing broker’s obligation to compensate any cooperating broker as the procuring cause of the sale (or lease) may be excused if it is determined through arbitration that, through no fault of the listing broker and in the exercise of good faith and reasonable care, it was impossible or financially unfeasible for the listing broker to collect a commission pursuant to the listing agreement. In such instances, entitlement to cooperative compensation offered through MLS would be a question to be determined by an arbitration hearing panel based on all relevant facts and circumstances including, but not limited to, why it was impossible or financially unfeasible for the listing broker to collect some or all of the commission established in the listing agreement; at what point in the transaction did the listing broker know (or should have known) that some or all of the commission established in the listing agreement might not be paid; and how promptly had the listing broker communicated to cooperating brokers that the commission established in the listing agreement might not be paid.  

Article 10 - Fees and Service Charges

Fees are set by the Stellar MLS Board of Directors to offset the annual costs of operating the service and are subject to change from time to time.  “On-time payment” is defined as “having been received by the close of business on the Due Date at the regional service center or a local service center.”  MLS fees are not refundable.  All fees are set by the Stellar MLS Board of Directors and reviewed annually.  This information can be obtained from Stellar staff.

A.   Participant Application Fee:  An Application Fee will be charged to any shareholder member broker or non-member broker joining as a Participant as determined by Board of Directors.

B.   Participant/Subscriber Reinstatement Fee:  A Reinstatement Fee to the Participant and User will be charged upon reapplication to any Participant/User suspended or terminated for non-payment of fees or charges or who is not in good standing with Stellar MLS. A reinstatement fee on all past due invoices must be brought current before reinstatement will be considered.

C.   Subscriber Application Fee:  An Application Fee will be charged to any shareholder user.  This fee doesn’t apply to any Participant paying the Application fee to join.

D.   Unlicensed Assistant Fees:  Upon submission of required application form for broker, office or agent personal assistant, there will be an application fee of and an annual renewal fee of unlicensed assistants are subject to the rules and regulations.

E.    Annual Participation Fee:  An annual Participation Fee is assessed to Participants and non-member (“Thompson broker”) Participants based on the number of licensed salespersons, licensed or certified appraisers and broker salespersons who have access to and use of the Service, whether licensed as a broker, salesperson or a licensed or certified appraiser, and who are employed by, or affiliated as an independent contractor with, the Participant.

However, MLSs must provide participants the option of a no-cost waiver of MLS fees, dues, and charges for any licensee or licensed or certified appraiser who can demonstrate subscription to a different MLS where the principal broker participates. MLSs may, at their discretion, require that broker participants sign a certification for non-use of its MLS services by their licensees, which can include penalties and termination of the waiver if violated.* (Amended 8/18) M(Automatic Fine Schedule, Level II)

i.        Direct User Billing:  As a courtesy to Participants, Subscribers licensed with them are billed directly for that portion of the Participant’s Annual Participation Fee attributable to them.  However, Participants are ultimately responsible for payment of the total fee

ii.        Due Date:  Annual Participation Fees are due by close of business on May 15th each year.  Participants or Subscribers whose payments are received after this date will incur a late fee for payments received after the due date.  Any payments received after May 31, will incur an additional reactivation fee and MLS and services related to the MLS will be suspended on June 1 until all required payments and late fees, if applicable, are paid.

iii.        Suspension of Service to Participants/Subscribers:  Participants and/or their Subscribers who fail to pay by 5:00 p.m. on the May 31st Due Date will have their individual services suspended. The account will remain suspended until their portion of the Participation Fees and reactivation fees are paid.

iv.        Termination of Participant:  Failure of the Participant to ensure payment of the total Participation Fee and any Late Fees within 45 days after the due date will result in termination of the Participant’s membership and the immediate termination of service for the Participant and all Subscribers in the Participant’s firm, including the Participant and any Subscribers who may have paid their individual portion of the total fee.  Participants terminated for non-payment may regain membership by settling any outstanding fees or charges and paying the Reinstatement Fee.

F.    Service Center Fee:  In the case of a non-member Participant/Subscriber, the Board of Directors will establish an additional annual service center fee payable to Stellar MLS.

G.   Miscellaneous Fees:  These are any charges other than Annual Participation Fees such as fines, account activation fees, personal assistant access fees, ancillary service fees, late payment surcharges or any other fees charged to a Participant or User as set by the Board of Directors. 

i.        Late Payment Penalties:  Failure to pay miscellaneous charges by the due date shall result in a late fee as determined by the Stellar MLS Board of Directors annual review and suspension of the individual’s service once the account is past-due.
ii.        Termination for Non-Payment:  Failure of the Participant to ensure payment of the original miscellaneous fee invoices and/or surcharges within 45 days of the due date shall result in the Participant and all Subscribers in Participant’s firm being terminated. The Participant is responsible for payment of all fees for subscribers in their firm. Ancillary Service Fees: Fees and charges for additional, optional or ancillary MLS services are determined by the Board of Directors and billed to the Participant or User at the periodic payment interval established by the Board of Directors.

H.   Ancillary Service Fees:  Fees and charges for additional, optional or ancillary MLS services are determined by the Board of Directors and billed to the Participant or User at the periodic payment interval established by the Board of Directors.

Article 11 - Compliance With Rules

Article 11.1: Authority to Impose Discipline

Section 1: Authority to Impose Discipline

By becoming and remaining a participant or subscriber in this MLS, each participant and subscriber agrees to be subject to the rules and regulations and any other MLS governance provision. The MLS may, through the administrative and hearing procedures established in these rules, impose discipline for violations of the rules and other MLS governance provisions. Discipline that may be imposed may only consist of one or more of the following:

Article 12 - Enforcement of Rules or Disputes

Article 12.1: Consideration of Alleged Violations

Section 1: Consideration of Alleged Violations

The Stellar MLS Board of Directors shall give consideration to all written complaints having to do with violations of Stellar MLS Rules and Regulations.

Article 13 - Confidentiality of Stellar MLS Information

Article 13.1: Official Information of Stellar MLS

Section 1: Official Information of Stellar MLS

Any information provided to the Participants shall be considered official information of Stellar MLS. Such information shall be considered confidential and exclusively for the use of Participants and Users and those Participants who are licensed or certified by an appropriate state regulatory agency to engage in the appraisal of real property and licensed or Certified Appraisers affiliated with such Participants.

Article 14 - Ownership of the Stellar MLS Compilations and Copyrights

Article 14.1: Submittal of Listing

Section 1: Submittal of Listing. By submitting any property listing to MLS, the Participant represents that:

By the act of submitting any property listing content to the MLS, the Participant represents that:

Article 15 - Use of Stellar MLS Information

Article 15.1: Limitations on Use of Stellar MLS Information

Section 1: Limitations on Use of Stellar MLS Information

A. Use of Statistical Reports

Article 16 - Reproduction Use of Copyrighted Stellar MLS Compilations

Article 16.1: Distribution

Section 1: Distribution

Participants shall at all times maintain control over and responsibility for  any Stellar MLS compilation available to them and shall not distribute this data  to persons other than those affiliated with Participants as Subscribers or licensees or those individuals who 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 Stellar MLS 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 Stellar MLS where access to such information is prohibited by law.

Article 17 - Arbitration of Disputes

By becoming and remaining a Participant in Stellar MLS, each Participant agrees to arbitrate disputes involving contractual issues and questions, and specific non-contractual issues and questions defined in Standard of Practice 17-4 of the Code of Ethics with MLS Participants in different firms arising out of their relationships as MLS Participants, subject to the following qualifications.

A.   If all disputants are members of the same Association/Board of REALTORS® or have their principal place of business within the same Association/Boards territorial jurisdiction, they shall arbitrate pursuant to the procedures of that Association/Board of REALTORS®.

B.   If the disputants are members of different Associations/Boards of REALTORS® or if their principal place of business is located within the territorial jurisdiction of different Association/Boards of REALTORS®, they remain obligated to arbitrate in accordance with the procedures of the National Association of REALTORS®.

Article 18 - Standards of Conduct for Stellar MLS

Standard 18.1
MLS participants shall not engage in any practice or take any action inconsistent with exclusive representation or exclusive brokerage relationship agreements that other MLS participants have with clients.

Standard 18.2
Signs giving notice of property for sale, rent, lease, or exchange shall not be placed on property without consent of the owner(s) of record/landlord.

Standard 18.3
MLS participants acting as sub-agents or as buyer/tenant representatives or brokers shall not attempt to extend a listing broker’s offer of cooperation and/or compensation to other brokers without the consent of the listing broker.

Standard 18.4
MLS participants shall not solicit a listing currently listed exclusively with another broker. However, if the listing broker, when asked by the MLS participant, refuses to disclose the expiration date and nature of such listing (i.e., an exclusive right-to-sell, an exclusive agency, open listing, or other form of contractual agreement between the listing broker and the client) the MLS participant may contact the owner(s) to secure such information and may discuss the terms upon which the MLS participant might take a future listing or, alternatively, may take a listing to become effective upon expiration of any existing exclusive listing.

Standard 18.5
MLS participants shall not solicit buyer/tenant agreements from buyers/tenants who are subject to exclusive buyer/tenant agreements. However, if asked by an MLS participant, the broker refuses to disclose the expiration date of the exclusive buyer/tenant agreement, the MLS participant may contact the buyer/tenant to secure such information and may discuss the terms upon which the MLS participant might enter into a future buyer/tenant agreement or, alternatively, may enter into a buyer/tenant agreement to become effective upon the expiration of any existing exclusive buyer/tenant agreement.

Standard 18.6
MLS participants shall not use information obtained from listing brokers through offers to cooperate made through multiple listing services or through other offers of cooperation to refer listing brokers’ clients to other brokers or to create buyer/tenant relationships with listing brokers’ clients, unless such use is authorized by listing brokers.

Standard 18.7
The fact that an agreement has been entered into with an MLS participant shall not preclude or inhibit any other MLS participant from entering into a similar agreement after the expiration of the prior agreement.

Standard 18.8
The fact that a prospect has retained an MLS participant as an exclusive representative or exclusive broker in one or more past transactions does not preclude other MLS participants from seeking such prospect’s future business.

Standard 18.9
MLS participants are free to enter into contractual relationships or to negotiate with owner(s) of record/landlords, buyers/tenants or others who are not subject to an exclusive agreement but shall not knowingly obligate them to pay more than one commission except with their informed consent.

Standard 18.10
When MLS participants are contacted by the client of another MLS participant regarding the creation of an exclusive relationship to provide the same type of service, and MLS participants have not directly or indirectly initiated such discussions, they may discuss the terms upon which they might enter into a future agreement or, alternatively, may enter into an agreement which becomes effective upon expiration of any existing exclusive agreement.

Standard 18.11
In cooperative transactions, MLS participants shall compensate cooperating MLS participants (principal brokers) and shall not compensate nor offer to compensate, directly or indirectly, any of the sales licensees employed by or affiliated with other MLS participants without the prior express knowledge and consent of the cooperating broker.

Standard 18.12
MLS participants are not precluded from making general announcements to prospects describing their services and the terms of their availability even though some recipients may have entered into agency agreements or other exclusive relationships with another MLS participant. A general telephone canvass, general mailing, or distribution addressed to all prospects in a given geographical area or in a given profession, business, club, or organization, or other classification or group is deemed general for purposes of this rule.

The following types of solicitations are prohibited:

Telephone or personal solicitations of property owners who have been identified by a real estate sign, multiple listing compilation, or other information service as having exclusively listed their property with another MLS participant; and mail or other forms of written solicitations of prospects whose properties are exclusively listed with another MLS participant when such solicitations are not part of a general mailing but are directed specifically to property owners identified through compilations of current listings, for sale or for rent signs, or other sources of information intended to foster cooperation with MLS participants.

Standard 18.13
MLS participants, prior to entering into a representation agreement, have an affirmative obligation to make reasonable efforts to determine whether the prospect is subject to a current, valid exclusive agreement to provide the same type of real estate service.

Standard 18.14
MLS participants, acting as buyer or tenant representatives or brokers, shall disclose that relationship to the owner(s) of record/landlord’s representative or broker at first contact and shall provide written confirmation of that disclosure to the owner(s) of record/landlord’s representative or broker not later than execution of a purchase agreement or lease.

Standard 18.15
On unlisted property, MLS participants acting as buyer/tenant representatives or brokers shall disclose that relationship to the owner(s) of record/landlord at first contact for that buyer/tenant and shall provide written confirmation of such disclosure to the owner(s) of record/landlord not later than execution of any purchase or lease agreement.

MLS participants shall make any request for anticipated compensation from the owner(s) of record/ landlord at first contact.

Standard 18.16
MLS participants, acting as representatives or brokers of owner(s) of record/landlords or as sub-agents of listing brokers, shall disclose that relationship to buyers/tenants as soon as practicable, and shall provide written confirmation of such disclosure to buyers/tenants not later than execution of any purchase or lease agreement.

Standard 18.17
MLS participants are not precluded from contacting the client of another broker for the purpose of offering to provide, or entering into a contract to provide, a different type of real estate service unrelated to the type of service currently being provided (e.g., property management as opposed to brokerage) or from offering the same type of service for property not subject to other brokers’ exclusive agreements. However, information received through a multiple listing service or any other offer of cooperation may not be used to target clients of other MLS participants to whom such offers to provide services may be made.

Standard 18.18
MLS participants, acting as sub-agents or buyer/tenant representatives or brokers, shall not use the terms of an offer to purchase/lease to attempt to modify the listing broker’s offer of compensation to sub-agents or buyer/tenant representatives or brokers, or make the submission of an executed offer to purchase/lease contingent on the listing broker’s agreement to modify the offer of compensation.

Standard 18.19
All dealings concerning property exclusively listed or with buyer/tenants who are subject to an exclusive agreement shall be carried on with the client’s representative or broker, and not with the client, except with the consent of the client’s representative or broker or except where such dealings are initiated by the client.

Before providing substantive services (such as writing a purchase offer or presenting a CMA) to prospects, MLS participants shall ask prospects whether they are a party to any exclusive representation agreement. MLS participants shall not knowingly provide substantive services concerning a prospective transaction to prospects who are parties to exclusive representation agreements, except with the consent of the prospects’ exclusive representatives or at the direction of prospects.  

Standard 18.20
Participants and subscribers, prior to or after their relationship with their current firm is terminated, shall not induce clients of their current firm to cancel exclusive contractual agreements between the client and that firm. This does not preclude participants from establishing agreements with their associated licensees governing assignability of exclusive agreements. (Updated 6/2011)

Standard 18.21
These rules are not intended to prohibit ethical, albeit aggressive or innovative business practices, and do not prohibit disagreements with other MLS participants involving commission, fees, compensation, or other forms of payment or expenses.

Standard 18.22
MLS participants shall not knowingly or recklessly make false or misleading statements about other real estate professionals, their businesses, or their business practices.

Standard 18.23
MLS participants’ firm websites shall disclose the firm’s name and state(s) of licensure in a reasonable and readily apparent manner.

Websites of licensees affiliated with a participant’s firm shall disclose the firm’s name and the licensee’s state(s) of licensure in a reasonable and readily apparent manner.   (Adopted 11/2007)

Standard 18.24
MLS participants shall present a true picture in their advertising and representations to the public, including internet content, images and the URLs and domain names they use, and participants may not:

    1. engage in deceptive or unauthorized framing of real estate brokerage websites;
    2. manipulate (e.g., presenting content developed by others) listing and other content in any way that produces a deceptive or misleading result;
    3. deceptively use meta-tags, keywords or other devices/methods to direct, drive, or divert Internet traffic;
    4. present content developed by others without either attribution or without permission; or
    5. otherwise misleading consumers, including use of misleading images.

(Updated 8/2018)

 

Standard 18.25

The services which MLS participants provide to their clients and customers shall conform to the standards of practice and competence which are reasonably expected in the specific real estate disciplines in which they engage; specifically, residential real estate brokerage, real property management, commercial and industrial real estate brokerage, land brokerage, real estate appraisal, real estate counseling, real estate syndication, real estate auction, and international real estate.

MLS participants shall not undertake to provide specialized professional services concerning a type of property or service that is outside their field of competence unless they engage the assistance of one who is competent on such types of property or service, or unless the facts are fully disclosed to the client. Any persons engaged to provide such assistance shall be so identified to the client and their contribution to the assignment should be set forth. (Adopted 6/2011)

Article 19 - Stellar MLS IDX Rules and Regulations

Stellar MLS is a participating partner in MLS GRID and may utilize MLS GRID’s technology, licenses, rules, and/or auditing procedures in the process of accomplishing Stellar MLS duties under these IDX Rules. All capitalized terms carry the definitions in the as defined below and are applicable for all IDX websites and electronic displays. “Member Participant” means a Participant who is the managing broker and Designated Realtor for the brokerage firm. “Participant” is defined in Section 1.3 of the Stellar MLS Rules and Regulations. “Subscriber” means a non-principal broker, sales licensee or other person having a real estate license issued by the State of Florida or other state jurisdiction, who is affiliated with a Participant who is a member of Stellar MLS.

Article 20 - Virtual Office Website Rules and Regulations

Article 20.1: Definitions

Section 1: Definitions

A A Virtual Office Website (“VOW”) is a Participant’s Internet website, or a feature of a Participant’s website, through which the Participant is capable of providing real estate brokerage services to consumers with whom the Participant has first established a broker-consumer relationship (as defined by state law) where the consumer has the opportunity to search MLS listing information, subject to the Participant’s oversight, supervision, and accountability.  A non-principal broker or sales licensee affiliated with a Participant may, with his or her Participant’s consent, operate a VOW.  Any VOW of a non-principal broker or sales licensee is subject to the Participant’s oversight, supervision, and accountability.

Article 21 - Changes in Rules and Regulations

Article 21.1: Amendments

Section 1: Amendments

Amendments to the Rules and Regulations of Stellar MLS shall be by majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors

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Property Class Definitions

  • Commercial – If the property being listed falls under the following categories, the property must be entered into the Commercial property class. Listings may also be entered into multiple property classes as long as they are in accordance with Article 4.7. It is the responsibility of the broker participant and subscriber to properly classify the class of property listed. By specifying the class of property listed, the listing broker affirms that the listing falls under the classification designated. The MLS shall have no affirmative responsibility to verify the property class of any listing filed with the service. However, the MLS shall have the right to make a determination as to the classification of the property class and if the listing broker does not reclassify it accordingly they may receive a fine per Article 11.4.



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