Annual Changes to Professional Standards, MLS, and Membership Policies

Each year, changes in Professional Standards are approved by the Professional Standards Committee at NAR's national conventions. Likewise, changes in MLS policy are approved by the Multiple Listing Issues and Policy Committee. Changes to Membership Policy (before 2019) were approved by the Membership Policy and Board Jurisdiction Committee.

Read below to view key policy changes from year to year.

Professional Standards Changes

View key changes to Professional Standards for 2019 or for prior years:

201820172016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013

For complete information detailing all changes, review the shaded portions of the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual.

MLS Policy Changes

View key changes to MLS Policy for 2019 or for prior years:

2018 / 2017 / 2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012

For complete information detailing all changes, review the shaded portions of the Handbook on Multiple Listing Policy.

Membership, Model Bylaws, and Association Jurisdiction Policy Changes

View key policy changes for 2019 or for prior years:

20182017 / 2016

View annual changes to Model Bylaws here.

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Copyright

Real estate professionals must be cognizant of copyright issues when it comes to listing content, most notably in connection with listing photographs.

Commitment to Excellence

Developing and enhancing 11 competencies that indicate a REALTOR®'s commitment to ethics, advocacy, technology, data privacy, and customer service.