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How to Edit the Vacation Rental Availability Calendar

‘Tis the season when many of our snowbird friends migrate to the desert from northern climates. With a Valley full of potential renters, now is the time to use and perfect the vacation rental calendar. One of the most frequent calls that the ARMLS Help Desk receives about rental listings is,...

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What Goes in the Public Remarks Section?

Seeing inappropriate comments in the Public Remarks section of a listing is a right of passage for most Subscribers. But what you might not know is those comments are not only obnoxious, they can often be in direct violation of the Rules and Regulations. Section 11.6 of the Rules...

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How to Avoid or Fix a Lockbox Jam

There are few things more embarrassing to a real estate agent than taking a client to a home and encountering a jammed lockbox. If this has happened to you before, we feel your pain. If this hasn’t happened to you, here are a few suggestions on how to make sure...

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What is an IDX? How Do I Get One?

What is an IDX?  How Do I Get One? IDX stands for “internet data exchange” and covers a wide range of software products manufactured by third-party vendors for MLS subscribers. While some details may differ between IDX products, they are all public-facing tools that allow clients to search MLS data....

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Green Fields: How to Find Listings with Reduced Energy Costs

Do you know what feels good? Saving money (in the long-run) and reducing your carbon footprint while increasing the resale value on your home. Energy efficient updates are highly sought after additions for future and current homeowners. Nationwide, these are some of the most requested updates. Solar Panels Solar...

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What Does FWA Mean?

Maybe you’ve seen or heard this term but were unsure of its meaning. FWA simply means “Filed With ARMLS”. The official definition and rule can be found in section 1.17 of the Rules and Regulations and states:   “…the filing with or submission of information to ARMLS by a Subscriber, or the Subscriber’s...

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MLSSAZ (TARMLS) / ARMLS Data Share Ending

The MLS of Southern Arizona (MLSSAZ), formerly known as TARMLS, has given notice to ARMLS® that the data share agreement between both parties will end on August 8, 2016. Due to their future technology plans, MLSSAZ needs to remove their feed from ARMLS search options.   ARMLS Subscribers will...

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Get Into The (Sales) Zone

The life of a Realtor takes them all over the Valley, but when it comes to sales area, the data points to a smaller area a little closer to home. The average Listing Agent tends to work within a radius of about 6.65 miles while Buyer’s Agents typically have a slightly bigger area of...

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Flexmls Portal Changes 2016 Explained

  The MLS has undergone a few changes this year. To make it easier, we’ve summed up some of the biggest (and most beneficial) changes in a quick video tutorial. Now, both you and your clients can edit their user name (email address), password and change their dashboards. You can also...

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Search Rentals in Homesnap

The Homesnap app now includes rentals in your property search.   You can filter on status, vacation yes/no and other fields. Clients see Active and estimated rental prices for properties not on the MLS (clients don’t see agent-level information).   Homesnap drills down into the details your clients want to...

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HOA Addendum / Documents in Flexmls

The Arizona Association of Realtors has created a new HOA Addendum document for buyers and sellers to complete before closing. The Arizona Association of REALTORS® Form Workgroup Chair explains the motivation behind this new form:   “Parties were often surprised at close of escrow by previously undisclosed HOA fees...

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TRID Changes to the MLS

TRID (TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures) is upon us, the massive rule designed to protect customers by providing more transparency throughout the home buying process. As of October 3, this regulation will affect business in the home buying process, including the MLS. AAR has many resources about this coming change. To assist in compliance, we’ve...

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New Homes Search & Client Info

There has been great concern over the New Home Search Pro product in our MLS. Some Subscribers have said that NHS Pro is giving builders the names and contact information of their clients when they send information through the NHS Pro application. Rest easy, this isn’t happening! There are two...

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No MLS Access? Restore Your MLS Service

To Restore MLS Service For Non-Payment Shut-Off You can make a payment at http://ARMLS.com/PayFees. Use your Flexmls user id and password to log in. If you have trouble logging in, click this link. Once a payment has been made, service will be restored in 30 minutes but may take up...

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Monsoon® Tax System Coming to Prescott Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) Members Soon

We are pleased to announce that the Prescott Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) will soon add the Monsoon tax system as a member benefit. ARMLS Subscribers have been using Monsoon, a local Arizona grown tax system, since April 2014. The partnership to provide Monsoon to PAAR members was made...

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Penalty Policy Enforcement to Start

Starting July 9, fines will be issued for penalty violations. For the past several months, fines for non-lockbox penalty violations were not being issued while we educated Subscribers. To better prepare Subscribers for enforcement, from July 9, 2015 until January 1, 2016, all non-lockbox penalties will be assessed at...

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Online Rules Class & Rules Videos

Ahead of enforcement of the new ARMLS Penalty Policy, we’ve created a recorded Rules Class video and two shorter videos to help Subscribers understand the Rules / Penalty Policy. The Rules Class video incorporates the Top 5 Violations video. The videos below are best watched at full screen, which...

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Photo Quiz: Violation or No Violation?

Using your knowledge of the rules, can you spot the MLS violations in the questions below? You can review the Rules & Inappropriate Language Policy before you start. The MLS rules haven’t changed but you’ll want to ensure you know them as we have a new Penalty Policy. If...

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Days On Market Calculations

Our Policy on Days on Market Listings accrue Cumulative Days On Market (CDOM) and Agent Days On Market (ADOM) while in either Active, UCB, or CCBS status. When entering a new listing, DOM will begin at zero when more than 90 days have passed from the day the previous...

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Penalty Policy Myths

Earlier last month we published a new Penalty Policy. Some myths about the new policy have been circulating and we would like to address them. Myth: You Only Get One Entry Mistake in Your Lifetime Not true as most unintentional data entry errors are not violations or are non-penalty violations / self-reported...

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