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Mother, May I Post Another Broker’s Listing?

Note: this is a re-post of a popular post from last year. check out this post on how you can help us with this problem. Posting a listing that belongs to another Agent on Craigslist is very much like the children’s game, Mother, May I?  You may not take the step if...

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What is the Best Way to Find a CBS Code?

Every lockbox is programmed with a 7-digit CBS code, which stands for “Call Before Showing”. Sometimes you need to know the code for another agent’s lockbox, and sometimes you need to know it for your own lockbox. How to Get the CBS Code For Another Agent’s Lockbox Have you...

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Are You Using The Default Map in flexmls?

There might be a time saving tip you’re not using – the default map. Begin a map search in your neck-of-the-woods. Instead of starting out with the full map of the Valley in a map search, a default map starts you out in a section of your choice. Most...

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Feeling Too Blue? Monsoon Themes

The default color in the Monsoon Tax System is Monsoon Blue. It’s a great shade of blue, but did you know there are five other color themes in Monsoon? After logging-in to Monsoon, choose Preferences: Themes.   Then, select a new theme using the arrows . Don’t forget to...

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Monsoon Definitions

GSE? Reverted? Bulk? In the Monsoon Tax system, there are several categories of transactions and other terms you may not know. Here is a short list of definitions: 3rd Party Successful Trustee’s Sale purchase. Bulk Multiple property sale, properties may be scattered across the Valley with a single transaction recorded, usually...

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Rules & Regs Update

This week we published changes to some rules and policies. These changes were approved by the ARMLS Board of Directors as an ongoing effort to continue to improve ARMLS® rules and policies for our Subscribers. See a full list of changes in the summary of rules / policy changes table...

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Monsoon Season is Here

It’s not the monsoon season you already know but Monsoon, a new tax system choice for ARMLS Subscribers from The Information Market. Today it officially launched. Brokers were given a sneak preview a couple months ago but now the system is ready for all Subscribers. Monsoon information can be...

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The Top 3 Syndication Myths

Whenever the topic of syndication re-enters the real estate trade news, we see an increase in inquires about syndication here at ARMLS. So, what a better time than now to answer some common syndication myths. Myth 1. ARMLS Sells Data to Third Parties We don’t sell listing data, it’s not...

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Keep in Contact

Not getting any offers? No phone calls? Keep your contact information current in Flexmls. It’s not only a good idea, having a valid email address is also a rule (16.2). A valid updated email address is also how the ARMLS Billing department will send your official annual invoice for...

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YouTube and The MLS

Embedded YouTube videos are not allowed in the video field of the MLS for two reasons: 1. The embedded YouTube allows a user to contact the video uploader, in many cases this is the Listing Agent. Rule 8.23 says “Media may not be used to advertise or promote an agent, broker or a...

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The Top 10 Violations of 2013

Earlier this week we started a buzz with a Tweet we sent out: 19,334 listing violations were addressed by the ARMLS Data Integrity department in 2013. — ARMLS (@ARMLS) January 30, 2014   The tweet was from research we did for an upcoming SEVRAR Magazine article due out next...

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MLS: Worldwide

In the United States there are hundreds of MLSs, a vast fragmented landscape. How does the rest of the world list property for sale online? Today, we’re taking you on a grande tour. Canada (National) – CREA is Canada’s national MLS, yes national. They have more than 100,000 members over...

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Smartphones: Avoid Going Vertical

Taking a photo on your smartphone is different than on a regular camera as the aspect ratio, the relationship between the length and width of a photo, is not the same. Smartphone cameras are not best for portrait or vertical orientations. For example, a point-and-shoot camera uses an aspect...

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What Happens to DOM When a Listing is Temporarily Off Market?

When a listing is placed in Temporarily Off Market (TOM) status, the Days On Market (DOM) count is paused and will not accrue days. When the listing goes back to Active/UCB/CCBS, DOM will continue – the TOM days are not added on. Still confused? See the example below. If...

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Map Master: Dual Maps

Visiting a new listing? Dual Maps is a tool that shows you three different views of an address all at the same time. The Google Street View, Bing Bird’s Eye view and Google Road Map view have been combined, shown in the image below. As you move one map,...

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No, You Can’t Post Another Broker’s Listings Without Permission

It’s a hot topic – posting another Broker’s listings without permission outside of IDX. It is an ARMLS rule violation and the Data Integrity department is on the case. But we need your help. When reporting a possible 10.11 rule violation, the Data Integrity department needs the following information....

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Going Beyond YouTube for RE Video

For many years YouTube was the network of choice for online real estate video, it still is, but some social networks are now joining in. Vine, a Twitter owned company, lets users create 6-second looping videos. Instagram, which was purchased by Facebook for $1 billion, now allows you to...

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How to Remove Unnecessary or Unwanted Personal Data Online

The rise of social networks, smartphones, and consumer reviews means a lot more of data about “you” is now online. Maybe you created a Myspace account before Facebook came around. Maybe you want your blog to be the first thing that comes up when your name is typed.  ...

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ARMLS Email Never Stops

Postal worker Newman said it all when he explained why some postal workers go crazy: it’s because the mail never stops. ARMLS Subscribers may feel similarly about ARMLS emails. Some, like Cosmo Kramer, may even want to stop all ARMLS email, or simply delete it unread. But wait, there are some compelling reasons to...

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What Home Searchers Could Learn from The Beatles

Okay, we’re not really going to talk about The Beatles in this post, but we wanted to make a point – coming up with unique real estate blog content is hard. The post idea came from Portent’s content idea generator based on keywords we entered. Real estate search tactics...

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