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What Happened to that Error/Violation I Reported?

If you’ve ever reported an error, you may have found yourself wondering if anything came of it as you check your email for an update. Currently, we do not dispatch the results of the resolution back to the reporting Subscriber (it is something we are seriously considering). This causes it to appear that...

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Top 10 Violations of 2015

It’s the beginning of the year and time for the annual Top 10 Violations list. Our Data Integrity department has sorted through 21,366 total violations from 2015 to uncover the ten most common offenses. You can see how we compare to 2014, 2013 and 2012 and read up on each listed rule.   ...

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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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Posting IDX Listings to Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Generally, advertising the listings of others without their permission on social media is against ARMLS Rules (10.11), but there are provisions in the IDX Policy which makes these limited displays acceptable if you follow the guidelines we’ve established below.   To advertise an IDX participating listing on social media...

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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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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...

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Tell on Yourself

Data, Data, Data; it’s a core value at ARMLS®. In that spirit, there is a loophole to avoid penalties when you’ve made an error on your listing(s). Simply, tell on yourself. If you let us know about a listing data error before a violation notice is sent out, we...

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Rules Week Quiz

Below you’ll find 9 questions regarding the Rules & Regulation and Inappropriate Language Policy. A perfect score will demonstrate your knowledge of the rules. If you’re viewing this quiz via RSS or email, Click here to start the quiz Like this quiz? Click here to take our Photo Violation...

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Blurred Signs – A Photo Blog

Subscribers often ask about “For Sale” signs uploaded to the MLS, signs can be in the MLS but cannot contain contact information. Contact information will soon be a $200 fine because it can allow a client to bypass their agent. See how to blur photos here.   Rule (8.23) states,”A...

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Public Remarks Errors

Some things just don’t belong in the public remarks field. Phone numbers, Web addresses, and your name for example. Take a look at these common examples based on real listings. The problems have been underlined in red and violate the Inappropriate Language Policy, which now carries a $200 fine...

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The Top 10 Violations of 2014

  With 2014 complete, it’s time for our Top 10 MLS Violations of 2014. In 2014, the Data Integrity department addressed 18,322 violations. See the 2013 and 2012 lists. You can read up on each rule on our Rules and Regulations page.   Rank Violation Name Violation Type 1 Self Reported Non-Penalty 2...

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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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Pictorial: Lockboxes Gone Wild

This is a re-post of a popular blog we published last year, it’s back by popular demand.   Lockbox placement is a hotly debated topic, which we explored in Where Not to Place a Lockbox earlier this year. To further the conversation we’ve created a pictorial of additional places...

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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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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...

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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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Photo Manipulation, Draw A Line

  Something isn’t right here! Can you spot what’s wrong in this front exterior photo? Is the photo acceptable to you, did they cross the line? Comment below if you’ve figured it out. If you’re stumped, click here for a video hint. We’ve explored a similar theme in a...

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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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Break Into Me!

‘Tis the season to think twice about what you place in Public Remarks. The Public Remarks field should only contain things that market the property. Placing information about when a house is vacant, when it shows or that it doesn’t have a deadbolt might lead to inadvertent safety hazards...

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