MLS Policy Change

To All NGLRMLS Participants

At the NAR Midyear Meeting in Washington D.C. a change was made in the MLS Policy 7.85 that you need to be made aware of as it was deemed effective immediately.  Why is this important to NGLRMLS users? We’ve received complaints about the unauthorized reuse of listing information and photos by persons other than the broker who originally created that content. This NAR policy language addresses that issue and allows the MLS to monitor for compliance and set violation criteria for those who use the content without authorization. In essence this policy language deals with the rights to the content of a listing because:

NAR mandates brokers obtain and grant licenses to MLS content. No more will scrapping information or photos from previous listings or other copyright sources be permitted AND brokers must agree to license this data for use by the MLS.

Before submitting a listing to the MLS, the listing broker should own or have the authority to license all listing content to be published in the MLS.

Brokers cannot be required to transfer ownership rights, including intellectual property right, in their listings or listing content to participate in the MLS.

But MLS’s may require brokers to grant the licenses necessary for storage, reproduction, compiling and distribution of listings and listing information.


For more information and answers to some FAQ’s this link to the NAR webpage will provide more details.


Nine Story RiverWest Traverse City Development Update

There continues to be a lot of activity around the proposed nine story building in Downtown Traverse City. To keep you informed on the topic here is some of the latest news as well as two videos put together by the developers of the RiverWest project, so you can check it out for yourself. For those interested, there is a  City Commission Public Hearing  this evening  (Monday, December 7th)   at 7 pm  held in the Commission Chambers on the second floor of the Governmental Center  (400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City).

Traverse City Planning Commission Approves Nine Story Development Site Plan -

Traverse City Heads to Court Over Tall Buildings -

RiverWest TC Development Promotional Video -

RiverWest TC Development Short 3D Model Video -

Maximize Your Potential Business with NAR CIPS Designation Courses

First time these NAR CIPS designation courses have been offered in West Michigan. The NAR CIPS course curriculum offers you hands-on experience with international real estate transactions, as well as a focus on the critical aspects of these transactions, including:

  • Currency and exchange rate issues
  • Cross-cultural relationships
  • Regional market conditions
  • Investment Performance
  • Tax Issues
  • And more!

Check out the flyer  for more information here,

Transnation Title is Moving

Transnation Title is moving to their new location, 600 E. Front St., Ste 100, across from the Holiday Inn!  They will have limited access to phones and email on Friday, Nov. 6 while they transition over to the new office.  If you need assistance, please contact John Klingelsmith at the Transnation-Elk Rapids office, 231-346-3870 or  Phones and email will be working again on Monday.

Call for Candidates for the Board of Directors

Full REALTOR® Members who   desire a leadership role in the Association should act now!  

Four positions on the TAAR Board of Directors will expire on December 31, 2015, and two New Director positions were added to the TAAR Board by the new Bylaws action.  This is a total of six Director Positions for three (3) year terms.   We are looking for forward thinking and innovative members who would like to play a leadership role in their association.  

1) Candidates must be Full REALTOR® Members of the Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® for at least one (1) full year.   

2) A petition   with 25 signatures from Full REALTOR® Members of the Traverse Area Association of REALTORS® must be submitted to the Association office by Monday September 14, 2015 at 4:25 p.m. 

For additional information contact 


It's that time of year again! Register for the 2015 TAAR Affiliate Golf Outing!

Hole Sponsorship $100/hole
The golf sponsorship provides prizes and support for the TAAR Affiliate events and golf outing. Sponsorship includes a sign with name and color logo, registration sign with spronsor logos and a special mention of all sponsors. 
Hole sponsorship registration due by July 30th 2015


Golf Registration $65
10:00 Shotgun Start at The Crown Golf Club
Fee includes 18 holes of golf, dinner, fun and more!
Golf registration due by August 14th 2015


Dinner Only $20
Dinner only registration due by August 14th 2015

e-mail for a registration form

Message from the General Manager

Dear NGLRMLS Participant
As you know the Listhub arrangement died April 6, per Zillow/Trulia’s decision.
As your regional MLS we have no recourse but to try and figure out if NGLRMLS even has a role in developing any kind of a direct syndication solution going forward as the current and familiar syndication tool for us is Listhub and of course, this shall not be an option anymore for brokers wanting to display listings on Zillow/Trulia.
We sent out a survey to broker/owners in our regional MLS to measure the level of interest among broker/owners in having us pursue an arrangement. The email open rate was over 50% but the response rate to the actually survey was very low and so we’re trying to figure out next steps but our feedback information is wanting. Currently our “read” on this situation, based on the survey, is that we should not rush to a decision nor craft a hasty agreement with Zillow.
The regional NGLRMLS (TAAR, NEMBOR, CMAR) met yesterday morning in Cadillac with Jim Bridges the Zillow rep and representatives of the Paul Bunyan Association of REALTORS. At this time the regional has not determined if an MLS centered relationship with Zillow/Trulia is warranted. Most of the large franchise operations have already struck their own deal with Zillow leaving small and medium sized brokerage operations with no recourse at this time except to strike their own arrangement/agreement with Zillow/Trulia. We caution those that choose this path to carefully review such agreements as some of the ones we’ve seen are not altogether favorable to the broker.
Also, NGLRMLS does not have an IDX or RETS feed option for populating Zillow/Trulia at this time so any arrangement brokers may make would require manual data input. We had pointed out this fact to our broker/owners several weeks back knowing that an agreement may not be reached prior to the cut-off date.
Should the NGLRMLS decide to negotiate with Zillow for a direct RETS feed this will take several weeks. Nationally some MLS operations have established agreements but conversely, almost as many have not. Brokers fall into an almost evenly split category of those that favor syndication and those that do not. As to what agents want, well this must first be determined by the Broker/Owner because the control of the listings as you know belongs to them.
There are many spinning plates out in the industry right now around syndication, data feeds and data security issues. We are first and foremost trying to insure that our members and their MLS data are sufficiently protected and secure, now and in the future.
We’ll keep you and all of our members posted on further developments as this evolves and again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your clients. Like you we are subject to frustrating and changing events occurring that fall well beyond our sphere of influence.
Kimberly R. Pontius CAE, RCE, GREEN, E-Pro
General Manager
Northern Great Lakes REALTORS MLS


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