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Check out the ARMLS Online Rules Class

ARMLS has over 125 rules and regulations. It might seem like a lot, but these rules and policies help ensure the data in the MLS remains accurate and factual. That’s why it’s critical to know and understand the ARMLS rules. To make this process easier for you, we’ve created a new online rules course that teaches...

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

A Share button now lets you share listings to social media from Flexmls with just a few clicks if a listing is (A) yours or (B) participating in the IDX program. This functionality requires you to consider two things to be in full compliance with all ARMLS and ADRE...

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What’s the Bathroom Definition per ARMLS?

ARMLS does not have an official answer of what defines a bathroom. What makes a bathroom to you? Does it need to have a toilet, a sink, a soaker tub? What makes a bathroom 3/4 or a half bath? You may have a good idea of what that looks like,...

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Top 10 Violations of 2017

2018 is here, which means it’s time to look back and see the top 10 violations that occurred in 2017. Last year, the Data Integrity department addressed a total of 16,750 violations, 5,525 of those were self-reported. Remember that your first penalty violation of the year is waived as a courtesy. You...

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Listing Deadlines

When it comes to managing your listings, you need to be aware of some important deadlines. In order to stay in compliance and avoid any penalties, here are the listing deadlines you need to know. Entering a Listing- 2 Days You have two calendar days to enter your listing...

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ARMLS Rules Update 2017

We’ve updated a few of our rules. Here’s what you need to know. Mobile Homes Expanded (1.25) Due to House Bill 2072, we’ve expanded our rules to include two new opportunities to list mobile homes. Used, privately owned and located in a mobile home park. New or used, located...

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The Benefits of Getting Photos Before Going Active

“A picture is worth a thousand words” is a saying we all know. But if you’re a listing agent there might be an another motto to live by, “Get photo(s) before going active.” Here are the benefits of having at least one photo before going active. Because of the “New...

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Top 10 Violations of 2016

It’s that time of year again! It’s our top 10 list of violations. The Data Integrity department addresses roughly 20,000 reports each year, the top 3 do not carry a fine. In addition, remember that your fine for the first penalty violation of the year is waived. You can see...

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How to Prevent a False Close

If you’ve ever had a listing accidentally close in Flexmls before the listing actually closed in reality, you’ve experienced what we call a “false close”. Most Subscribers have had it happen to them at one time or another. Once a listing is moved to UCB, CCBS, or Pending status, Flexmls will automatically...

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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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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.  Rank...

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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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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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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 ‘for...

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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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