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Notification of Changes to MLS Rules

Please be advised that changes concerning lockboxes have been made to the MAAR MLS Rules, specifically Section 6. SERVICE CHARGES. The changes are as follows:

NOTE 1:           Waiver of Usage Fee:  The Participant can be exempt from payments of the Usage Fee for a licensee of his or her firm who:

(i): can demonstrate subscription to a different MLS where the principal broker participates, provided that the Participant and the licensee sign a “Certification of Non-use” of MLS services;

or

(ii): is engaged solely and exclusively in a specialty of the real estate business separate and apart from listing, selling, leasing or appraising the type(s) of properties that are required to be filed with the MLS as defined in Section 1. LISTING PROCEDURES, provided that the Participant and the licensee sign a “Declaration of Non-Engagement” stating the licensee is engaged solely and exclusively in a specialty of the real estate business separate and apart from listing, selling, leasing or appraising the type(s) of properties that are required to be filed with the MLS.

This shall not preclude the agent from listing, showing, selling, buying, or advertising his or her personal residence located within the Association’s jurisdiction as long as the MLS and related Lockbox/SentriCard system are not utilized in any way. Any change in status of these licensees must be reported to the MLS.  Failure to report to the MLS a status change for the waived licensee shall be considered a violation of these Rules and Regulations, and a sanction may be imposed according to Section 7.e. The Usage Fee shall not be prorated or refundable for a status change for the waived licensee.

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