Our MLS does not fool around.
Pursuant to the rules, NWMLS must publish Notices of Disciplinary Action taken against its members. Windermere, John L. Scott, Keller Williams, ReMax and other assorted companies were fined last month for behavior ranging from visiting a “By Appointment” listing without calling first (fine: $2,500), marketing a listing without inputting it into the MLS (fine: $3,000) to soliciting another Member’s listing (fine: $5,000).
But the largest fines last month were levied against Redfin, probably because this is not the first time they’ve been in violation of NWMLS rules.
Company: Redfin Corp.
Designated Broker/Branch Manager: Kevin Broveleit
Agent: Kevin Broveleit
NWMLS Rule 27 (Republication of Client Handout and Public Open House Database),
Rule 28 (Subscribers â€œFramingâ€ of Membersâ€™ Sites),
Rule 183 (Transmitting Proprietary NWMLS Information to Non-Members),
Rule 190 (Advertising Another Memberâ€™s Listings),
Rule 192(d) (Ownership of NWMLSâ€™ Listing Photographs)
Summary of Complaint: Company advertised other membersâ€™ listings without their permission, republished data taken from NWMLS download in newsletter and blog, and disclosed address of listing input into NWMLS as an undisclosed address.
Penalty: $25,000 fine.
(Thanks to Bruce Phares for the tip.)