In the ever-evolving landscape of real estate, recent legal battles and settlements have shed light on the significance of examining non-REALTOR MLS subscriptions. We discussed this topic recently in our webinar 350,000 agents don’t have to be REALTORS® anymore – Is your MLS ready? 


While much is still undetermined from the recent settlement, there is a  key takeaway – a notable shift in the landscape concerning NAR (National Association of Realtors) membership requirements. Specifically, recent settlements, including one with Keller Williams, have highlighted that brokerages representing a staggering 550,000 agents are either unable or unwilling to mandate NAR membership or the associated three-way agreement.

This revelation carries profound implications for the real estate market. The sheer magnitude of brokerages involved underscores the need for a closer examination of the role and necessity of NAR membership and its affiliated agreements. As these brokerages, which include significant industry players, contemplate adjustments to their business models, the question arises: How can industry stakeholders, including MLS providers, offer support during this transitional phase?

Wilson’s inquiry underscores a fundamental truth: the real estate landscape is constantly evolving, and industry players must adapt accordingly. As brokerages navigate legal settlements and potential shifts in membership requirements, it is incumbent upon service providers to proactively address the needs of their clients.

For many MLS providers, the implications are significant. The potential departure of brokerages representing a substantial portion of the market demands a strategic response. Understanding the unique challenges and considerations faced by these brokerages is paramount in offering effective support and solutions.

In conclusion, Wilson’s insights serve as a poignant reminder of the dynamic nature of the real estate industry. As legal settlements and potential policy changes unfold, stakeholders must remain vigilant and proactive in addressing the evolving needs of the market. The examination of non-REALTOR MLS subscriptions emerges as a crucial consideration in this ever-changing landscape, underscoring the importance of adaptability and foresight in navigating the complexities of the real estate market.