CRMLS and the Clear Cooperation Policy – Top Questions

  • The Clear Cooperation Policy is a NAR-mandated policy that governs the public marketing of listings and their entry into the multiple listing service. Within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS participants.

  • Marketing and advertising includes, but is not limited to, any information about the property or its availability for sale displayed on any: signs, websites, social media, brokerage or franchise operated websites, communications (verbal or written), multi-brokerage or franchise listing sharing networks, flyers or written material, applications available to the public, or open houses or showings.

  • CRMLS is proposing that after the Seller signs the contract, the Listing Broker has two (2) business days from the listing contract date to enter the listing into the MLS under Registered, Coming Soon, or Active status. Within one (1) business day of marketing the property, the Listing Broker must ensure that the listing is in the Coming Soon or Active status.

  • Business days are Monday through Friday, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and federal/state holidays.

  • Here is a table comparing the three statuses:

    Required for Registered Status: Address, Listing Contract Date, Price, Expiration Date, Marketing Start Date.

  • Residential, Vacant Residential lot, and Residential 1-4 unit properties.

  • Yes. An office exclusive will be covered under the Registered status. More details will be confirmed at the Board of Directors meeting on March 23rd.

  • Yes. The seller still has the ability to exclude their property from the MLS; however, no marketing of the property can be done, and a seller instruction form must be signed. If any marketing does take place, then the property must be entered in the MLS within one business day. By keeping the property off of the MLS, the seller is agreeing that the listing broker will only share the property with the listing broker’s own clients.

  • Until May 1, 2020 you will continue to use the same processes for reporting Off-MLS statuses. As of April 1, 2020, CRMLS will have all rule changes in their finalized state. Check our website for updated information.

  • CDOM (Cumulative Days on Market) will reset after 90 days off the MLS.


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