Realtor.com, which displays 3.9 million homes for sale and has 7 million unique visitors each month, will lose the Northwest Multiple Listing Service’s feed at the end of their contract. According to sources at NWMLS, the reason why the feed will be stopped is that a majority of the Board of Directors felt that it was inappropriate for the NWMLS to provide a service to a for-profit organization that is outside of their sphere.
Apparently, there was some dissent from a minority of the Board, but the majority felt that it was an inappropriate use of copyrighted data.
Realtor.com was already at a disadvantage because Windermere Real Estate has never allowed their listings to appear there via the NWMLS (though individual agents could buy an ad or webpage there and post their listings.) But now, with this move, Realtor.com will become even more irrelevant to local real estate buyers and sellers.
Realtor.com will finish out its contract through Spring, and then be discontinued, unless it goes up again for a vote or they reach some other compromise.
NWMLS serves over 2000 companies and 27,000 individual agents in Washington and Oregon.