Reminder: MLS® data removal is against Board policy

An increasing number of members have engaged in the practice of removing important information from their MLS® listings, such as photos, room dimensions, room descriptions, and REALTOR®, Public and Internet remarks, just prior to the listing becoming inactive.

Removal of listing information from the MLS® System degrades the quality of the data that all members rely on, to provide the best information and service to their clients. This practice will not be permitted to continue at our Board.

A new Board policy was created and came into effect on December 4, 2019:

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board will not accept requests to make certain special edits on listings which have become inactive (Expired, Sold, Withdrawn, Cancel Protected or Terminated). Specifically, requests to remove photos, room dimensions, room descriptions and information in the REALTOR®, Public or Internet remarks will be denied.

In addition, circumstances in which a Member has removed the information noted above from an active listing and then shortly thereafter the listing has expired, been withdrawn, cancelled, terminated, or has been marked as sold, will be forwarded to the FVREB Professional Conduct Committee for review.

Please be advised:

Members removing listing information from the MLS® System will be in contravention of this Board policy and could face discipline by the Professional Conduct Committee.

Your cooperation is appreciated to ensure the MLS® System continues to remain a valuable resource for all members.

First publication: NewsReal, December 4, 2019.