“I’ll trade you these Vikings versus Packers tickets for a list of homes that are pending – deal?” Seems like a great offer, but did you know that you would be in violation of MLS rules (subject to a $1,000 fine) if you accepted it?

The NorthstarMLS Rules and Regs department has received complaints about a use of MLS data not allowed by MLS rules. A recent example of this was a local moving company asking an agent for a list of pending and recently sold homes to generate business. Be on guard for these and other third parties that may attempt to strike a deal with you to access your data or share your system access (if so, please inform NorthstarMLS immediately).

Remember, only authorized agents, appraisers and office staff may access the system. Do not share your access information under any circumstances with anyone, including colleagues, customers, non-member agents, assistants, friends or family. Thank you for helping ensure that MLS data is accessed and used consistent with the rules.

Questions? Our rules & regs staff is here to help! If you have questions about NorthstarMLS rules and regs, contact us at help@northstarmls.com or call 651-251-3210.

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