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Associations not allowed to display listings under .realtor domain

According to the news from Domain Forum of China on April 27th,there is a rift between Move Inc. and the National Association of Realtors, reports that associations will not be able to display or even link to property listings on a .Realtor domain. So far there are about 96,000 .Realtor registrations.

From the article:

Come May 7, U.S. and Canadian brokerages and associations who want to make sure their home on the Web reflects their Realtor affiliation will be able to claim their own .realtor URL.

But associations won’t be able to link to or display property listings at that URL — something many, if not most, currently do on their websites.

That’s because a noncompete clause in the operating agreement between Move Inc. and the National Association of Realtors prohibits NAR from directly or indirectly engaging in the electronic display of listings to the public.

That restriction and others may limit the appeal of the new .realtor domain for NAR’s 1,400 or so local and state associations, some of which have their property search function front and center on their current website.

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