BLOG

Category Archive for "Flexmls"

Read The Plano Before Entering

We’re not a big fan of being stern on our blog as this is normally a fun place for ideas, but there is a serious issue we must address today. The plano (planogram), officially known as the Listing Detail Report, gives showing instructions that must be followed prior to...

Read More

We Can’t Rewrite History

The history of a listing is unchangeable, even when mistakes are made. The history must reflect the true history of a listing. If an incorrect value is entered, if even for a second, that was the true state of the listing at that time. The ARMLS Data Integrity department...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

Don’t 99 Yourself

There are 457 residential listings, listed by 392 Subscribers who may be losing buyer traffic because of the “99” pricing gimmick. Online buyers most often search in zeros, on many sites they have no choice. If a Buyer is looking for a home priced $100,000 to $110,000, your $99,999 listing...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

Blur Photos Quickly

In our recent blog post, Blurred Signs – A Photo Blog, we explained that Subscribers can’t post photos with contact information. One of the fastest ways to correct a photo with contact information is to simply blur the sign. You don’t need to run out and buy a copy...

Read More

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...

Read More

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 recent...

Read More

Chop, Copy, Dismantle and Reassemble

We produce a lot of numbers, stats and research at ARMLS – and we do it all for you! Really! Subscribers are welcome to take our statistical products and chop, copy, dismantle and then reassemble however they like. All we ask is that you credit us as the source of...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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,...

Read More

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....

Read More

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...

Read More

Obscure MLS Fields are the Real Superstars

In the world of MLS fields, List Price is the superstar. Yet, there are other lesser known fields that can shine for the right client. These seemingly random fields can represent specific client needs and niches. Bath Roll-In Shower (Accessibility Feature) Home searchers who require the ability to access...

Read More

When Does Days On Market Reset? (CDOM & ADOM)

Cumulative Days On Market, also known as CDOM, resets 90+ days after a listing is canceled or expired. Listing on the 90th day won’t reset the CDOM but the 91st day will. ADOM, Agent Days On Market, is similar but the count will also reset if the listing is...

Read More