Real estate agents are tough. They adapt, change and grow. In these trying times, they look for opportunities and face challenges head-on. To help, we would like to introduce a new feature to the MLS: Virtual Open Houses.
This feature is for agents who want to show a home virtually instead of in-person by using a tool like Zoom, GoToMeeting or Facebook Live. Use it to host an open house for prospective buyers or to schedule a virtual tour of homes for a group of agents in your sphere. To add, simply access the Open House section when editing your listing.
Links to virtual open houses must be from one of these services:
- Facebook Live
- Google Meet
- Microsoft Teams
- YouTube Live
- Zoho Meeting
Please note that:
- Only post links to live online events that will be held at a scheduled date and time.
- Post pre-recorded videos and virtual tours in the Videos and Virtual Tours section of the listing instead.
- Virtual open houses are not the same as virtual tours.
NAR has guidance on open houses in relation to COVID-19 as well as for showings and other real estate activities. In some markets, MLSs have a rule that showings are required for active listings. ARMLS does not have this rule as showings are the decision of brokerages and their sellers. Nonetheless, the latest data from ShowingTime shows a sharp decrease in showings. Stay up to date on any changes to ARMLS services on our COVID-19 information page at ARMLS.com/covid-19.
James leads marketing, business development and training as Director of Brand. He’s seen tremendous change at the MLS in his nine-year tenure. He’s a Lumberjack having studied advertising at NAU.