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Bright MLS was created from a desire to be the change that real estate professionals demand. Now serving an area that stretches from central Pennsylvania through Maryland to Northern Virginia back up through Delaware and the Philadelphia metropolitan area, Bright is the largest MLS in the United States, It provides subscribers with access to listing information for a larger geographic area, modern, easy-to-use systems and apps to serve your clients and run your business, and a comprehensive ecosystem of robust property information and analytics.

Latest Updates

November 19th: Release Notes

Entry Floor Number has been renamed Unit Entry Floor – Based on numerous requests, it is now easier to enter and search for what floor the entrance to a condominium or apartment unit is located on. “Entry Floor Number” will now be called “Unit Entry Floor” in both Listing Management and Search.

As this information is extremely helpful to potential buyers, Bright are also making the field required for the following structure types:

  • Unit/Flat/Apartment
  • Penthouse Unit/Flat/Apartment

Please note: If you have an on-market listing in one of these structure types and there is no Unit Entry Floor specified, you will need to add this information before you can update or publish your listing. Learn more here.

Unit Entry Floor

Other updates to Listing Management – 

  • Definitions for the following fields were improved to make them more understandable and applicable across property types:
    • List Price
    • List Agent
    • Co List Agent
    • Selling Agent
    • Co Selling Agent
    • List Agreement Cancel Date
    • Close Date
    • Close Price

    ​​These definitions are integrated directly into Listing Management and are accessible by clicking within the field or on the associated help icon of your display/device.

  • Bright made it easier to find, add, and update information throughout Listing Management by replacing hyperlinks and buttons with more prominent graphics:

UI Updates - Listing Management

The following changes were made to the Financial Calculators –

  • Bookmarks saved from the Preview page of a Buyer Closing Cost or Seller Net Sheet will now redirect you to the input form so the page loads automatically.
  • Clients can now open a Buyer Closing Cost or Seller Net Sheet from an email that was sent from a Bright subscriber using the Act As functionality.
  • For listings in Carroll County, Maryland where the Municipality is Unincorporated, the Transfer Tax on the Buyer Closing Cost now reflects 0.25% of the sales price when First Time Buyer = No and 0% when First Time Buyer = Yes.

Bright Update: Off-MLS Q&A Video

Bright Off-MLS Policy requires submitting listing within 1 business day of marketing

To provide transparency and access to information in the real estate marketplace, a listing must be submitted to Bright within 1 business day of marketing, according to a new policy created by the Bright Board of Directors.

The Bright Off-MLS policy encourages participation and helps ensure an open marketplace.

The MLS system encourages competition in the marketplace while also ensuring cooperation and compensation among real estate professionals. Full participation in the MLS ensures the seller has the largest possible marketplace, and the buyer has the widest possible selection. This policy will help provide transparency and access to information in the real estate marketplace.

Here is the new policy:

Within one business day of marketing a property to the public, the Participant must submit the listing to Bright MLS for cooperation with other Bright MLS Participants. Public marketing includes, but is not limited to, flyers displayed in windows, yard signs, digital marketing on public facing websites, brokerage website displays (including IDX and VOW), digital communications marketing (email blasts), multi-brokerage listing sharing networks, and applications available to the general public.

The policy has been added to the Bright Rules and Regulations. The policy is active as of October 16; however, fines will not be levied for non-compliance until December 1, 2019.

The new policy does not change Bright’s Coming Soon Status.

The Coming Soon status will continue to be available within the Bright system for listings that are not being shown, and actively marketed.

The policy also allows for Office Exclusives, or private listings, on the condition that they are not marketed to the public.  This would be used, for example, for private sales and other situations where the seller has requested that their property not be listed in the MLS for privacy reasons.

Please note: If your seller requests that you not list their property in the MLS, you can submit a waiver. Any listing where the seller has decided to not market their property through the MLS are subject to the new Office Exclusive policy.  Section 1.3 of the Bright Rules and Regulations discusses Waivers and Office Exclusives.

Additional Resources:

Our Accuracy and Policy team is available to help answer questions about this new policy. You can reach them Monday through Friday at (301) 838-7140 or OFFMLSLISTINGS@BrightMLS.com.

Top questions and answers about Bright’s Off-MLS Policy

Off-MLS, Office Exclusive and Coming Soon

Fines and the Appeal Process

Bright Rules and Regulations

New Infographic! Days on Market – The Lifecycle of a Listing

Previous Updates

November 7th: Release Notes

October 17th: Release Notes

October 1st: Release Notes

August 20th: Release Notes

July 30th: Release Notes

July 23rd: Release Notes

July 16th: Release Notes

July 9th: Release Notes

June 18th: Release Notes

June 6th: Release Notes

May 23rd: Release Notes

May 7th: Release Notes

April 25th: Release Notes

April 16th:Release Notes

April 4th: Release Notes

March 19th: Release Notes

March 5th Release Notes

February 21st System Updates

February 12th: Days on Market (DOM) and the Withdrawn Status

January 31st: Release Notes


Bright MLS provides ongoing training, both in-person and through online resources.

Even if you are fairly comfortable with the new system, changes will be ongoing, and even the smallest change can be uncomfortable or difficult to navigate. Your active participation and feedback will help ensure you can use Bright MLS to your best advantage. We ask that you please:

* Read your Bright emails.
* Attend training classes either in person or online.
* Take the actions requested in a timely manner.
* Look carefully at your listing data in Bright and share any discrepancies you find.
* Search the Online Help topics, watch videos, and take advantage of available resources.


Bright’s Support Center works with members to address problems that you may encounter within the system. Members can contact Bright Support 7 days a week via:

Go to brightmls.com for more information.