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Subscriber Satisfaction Series: The “Front of House Photo” Rule

This post is part of our series focusing on the feedback we received from our Spring 2019 Subscriber Satisfaction Survey. We value the opinions of our subscribers and welcome comments and questions any time. Read other posts in this series here. A comment from our survey asked: “Why does ARMLS make me use...

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Showing Instructions Made Simple

Flexmls recently introduced new Showing Instructions fields, which are easier to understand and follow. Now it’s clear to know if permission is required or if the listing agent just wants to be notified before the showing. Be sure you understand the rules in order to avoid potential fines! There are now two...

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New and Improved Showing Instructions

After many focus groups, submitted feedback and collaboration with agents over several months, we are improving showing instructions by implementing conditional logic to prevent conflicting selections. This will help all subscribers by setting clear, definitive expectations on the permissions required to show a listing. This change will go into effect...

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Top 5 Things to Know About the Rules

Understanding the ARMLS rules can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve broken down the top five rules subscribers must know. 1. Data Integrity enforces the rules to ensure accuracy Our Data Integrity department works at our headquarters in Tempe. Whenever the system flags a potential violation or someone...

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Can I List Auction Properties on the MLS?

Yes. If you’ve been wondering if that auction property you saw is allowed in the MLS, they are allowed. So before you click the Report an Error button, take a second look at the rules, specifically 7.5.22 and 8.1 of the Rules and Regulations. 8.1. TYPES OF PROPERTY (a) Listings...

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The Vacant House Trap

It can be tempting to sneak a peek in a vacant house without checking the showing instructions. Maybe the remarks say “Lockbox Vacant”, or it just came on the market and you’re nearby. Or maybe you’d like to see it before showing it to your client. Regardless of the reason, accessing...

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Top 10 Violations of 2018

2019 is here, which means it’s time for our annual list of the top 10 most common rules violations of 2018! Last year, the Data Integrity department addressed a total of 15,717 violations, which is down from previous years. You can see how last year compares to 2017, 2016, and 2015. You’ll notice that...

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Penalty Policy Myths

  This is a re-publish of a post from last year on common Penalty Policy myths. 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 violations where no fine is issued. The first time each...

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Can You Copy Photos? ARMLS Rule 8.23 Explained

Flexmls provides access to every listing in the system since 2000, whether it sold or not. If you’re listing a property, there’s a good chance that it already exists in the system. You might be tempted to reuse some of the information in the listing. Before you copy anything, be...

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Does the Main Photo Need to be the Front Exterior?

Does the main photo on a listing have to be an image of the front exterior of the property? The answer is no! There aren’t any ARMLS rules or regulations that say the main picture on your listing needs to be the front exterior. Have a listing with an awesome kitchen? Lead...

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Why A For Sale Sign In The Listing Photo May Be A Violation

The for sale sign. It’s typically installed when the listing is taken and displays the name of the brokerage and the agent listing the property. But did you know that it’s a violation of the ARMLS rules to have that sign visible in the listing photos in many cases? Per Section...

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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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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...

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