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As we work together to understand and implement the changes required by the preliminarily-approved NAR settlement which will go into effect August 15th, we're committed to equipping you with the tools you need to succeed. Bookmark this page now and check back frequently.

The path forward: key dates


An Overview of the Changes

What's ahead

Effective midnight on Thursday, August 15, 2024, compensation fields will no longer be available at any level (list, active, sold) for any property type (residential, lease, commercial) within ROAM MLS.  

In addition to the changes regarding the communication of compensation, NAR Policy Statement 8.13 requires all agents working with a buyer will be required to have a written Buyer Representation Agreement in place prior to touring a home.  

All written Buyer Representation Agreements must include, at a minimum, the following:

a. a specific and conspicuous disclosure of the amount or rate of compensation the Participant will receive or how this amount will be determined, to the extent that the Participant will receive compensation from any source.

b. the amount of compensation in a manner that is objectively ascertainable and not open-ended.

c. a term that prohibits the Participant from receiving compensation for brokerage services from any source that exceeds the amount or rate agreed to in the agreement with the buyer; and

d. a conspicuous statement that broker fees and commissions are not set by law and are fully negotiable.

Failure to have an executed, compliant buyer representation agreement prior to touring a residential for sale property will result in the imposition of the following fines:

  • 1st Offense: $1,000 Fine
  • 2nd Offense: $2,500 Fine
  • 3rd Offense: Immediate 90-day suspension of MLS Services for MLS Participant/Subscriber.

Upon the effective date of state law, ROAM shareholders will report the offense to LREC. In the event a fine is not paid within 20 days of the issue date, MLS access will be suspended immediately. 

MLS input fields that will no longer be available:

Matrix: All listing types

  • Commission to Cooperating Member Participant
  • Commission TCMP Type

Matrix: Lease listing type

  • How Commission Paid
  • When Commission Paid

Paragon: All listing types

  • Commission Type
  • Commission Amount

Concessions fields will not change. This field must not include any compensation information.


Bookmark this page now and check back frequently, as we will update it accordingly as new resources and information become available.
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Broker Input Form

We know this is a time of great change, but we are united in purpose and committed to supporting you in professional excellence. If you have questions, comments, feedback, or suggestions, please share them with us.

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