Breaking: NAR Puts a Hard Stop to Hip Pockets With New Rule

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Troy Aikman’s home on Normandy in Highland Park went up in price within the first week on MLS, showing strong demand in the luxury market. However, many celebrity and luxury properties are marketed off MLS before hitting the public. (Photo: Shoot2Sell)

The National Association of Realtors’ Board of Directors has adopted the Clear Cooperation policy at its Nov. 11 meeting, which essentially puts an end to hip pocket marketing. Also known as MLS Statement 8.0, the policy requires listing brokers who participate in multiple listing services to submit their listings to the MLS within one business day of marketing a property to the public.

The rule was proposed by NAR’s MLS Technology and Emerging Issues Advisory Board to address the proliferation of off-market (hip pocket) listings. The board believes that circumventing the MLS “excludes consumers, undermining Realtors’ commitment to provide equal opportunity to all.” 

Brokers can still use “office-exclusive” listings and use other means to protect the privacy of their clients, but public-facing marketing campaigns for properties not on MLS will be verboten. Brokerages can adopt the new rule at any time, but it becomes mandatory for all Realtors on May 1, 2020.

Here is the full text of the new policy:

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. Public marketing includes, but is not limited to, flyers displayed in windows, yard signs, digital marketing on public-facing websites, brokerage website displays (including IDX and VOW), digital communications marketing (email blasts), multi-brokerage listing sharing networks, and applications available to the general public. 

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for CandysDirt.com. While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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  1. Margaret Manser says

    Looks as if there’s a six-month compliance window. Just enough to get through spring market (and figure out a workaround?)

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