Due to COVID, the MLS allowed and encouraged videos and virtual tours to replace in-person showing and open houses. The MLS Board suspended the Berkshire MLS showing requirement policy, allowing agents to leave property active in the MLS despite the inability to show in person.
At their meeting this week, the MLS Board reviewed this policy and voted unanimously to RESCIND the suspension and reactivate the requirement that a property must be available for showing to be listed in the MLS.
What this means to you: If you have a property currently listed in the MLS that you are still unable to show, it must be withdrawn from the MLS promptly. This is the time to have a discussion with your seller about the ability to show the property with proper social distancing and cleaning procedures in place, or to remove the property from the MLS until they are comfortable doing so.
Staff will continue to monitor listings as normal, and will contact the listing agent and broker prior to removing a listing from the MLS if it does not conform to the policy. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions and thank you for your assistance in withdrawing any of your own listings that you cannot show.