This week, NAR officially approved indexing of websites by search engines as an acceptable use of IDX data. Here is a summary from REALTOR.org:
NAR’s Board of Directors:
“Amended the Multiple Listing and Internet Data Exchange Policy to conform to NAR virtual office Web site (VOW) policy and to make clear that participants may not use IDX-provided listings for purposes other than display on their Web sites but are not required to prevent indexing of their Web sites by recognized search engines.”
This is a clarification that was brought to the forefront when MIBOR (Metro Indy Board of REALTORS) sought to force their members with sites that indexed listings de-index them from major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and etc.