Rock the (ARMLS) Vote!!

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You have the ability to join our

Board of Directors!

Up for grabs are FOUR spots on the Board available to all eligible subscribers. Those interested in running must meet the below qualifications.

(A) You must be an active Subscriber now and at all times during the election process. AND
(B) You must have been an active Subscriber on July 31, 2015 and continuously since then. AND
(C) You must have one of the following ARMLS Membership types: Realtor, Designated Realtor, Appraiser, or Salesperson.

The top 4 candidates with the most votes will win a term based on their place in the election.

  • 1st place = 3 year term
    2nd place = 2 year term
    3rd place = 2 year term
    4th place = 1 year term

The nominations portal opens today and closes on September 9 at 11:59 p.m. If you’d like to run, submit your candidacy using our online Election Nomination Form.

For more details, including an elections calendar, head over to the ARMLS elections page.

You’re Not Getting Larger, Homes are Getting Smaller

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Duck your head and watch your elbows as homes are starting to shrink.

The median size of dwellings across the nation have deflated by approximately 40 square feet since the first quarter of 2015, according to a report from the Commerce Department. This is in stark contrast to the beginning of 2015, when the median size of a home swelled to an unprecedented 2,519 square feet, the highest on record for new homes.

The reason behind this modest shrink can be attributed to more new homebuyers looking for starter homes. The number of first-time buyers is projected to eat up 18% of new home sales, up from last year’s 16% according to the National Association of Home Builders. As more of these first-time buyers tiptoe down the rabbit hole of real estate, builders have begun anticipating this burgeoning market by revving up production of smaller entry-level houses.

Looking at our MLS statistics, the national home size dwindle is consistent with what we are seeing across the Valley. Although local data is beginning to echo the shift towards small houses, it’s too early to tell if this is the reality of real estate or just a mad dream. You can read the full article at RealtorMag.com.

Bedroom Definition

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Many of you have wondered what defines a bedroom. Does a bedroom have to have a closet and a window? A ceiling height requirement? All of the above? The official answer is there is no official answer. ARMLS does not have an established description of what constitutes a bedroom. If you’re eager for a definitive answer, we suggest speaking with your broker. Often times they will have a set interpretation you can use when entering listings.

It’s important to be aware that another brokerage might not have the same definition as yours. When this happens, we can help with discrepancies but because we don’t have a concrete classification, there is no rule being violated.

Join Our Board of Directors

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Want to shape the future of your MLS? Nominations are now open for brokers in the B & E groups. If you’re not a broker, let your broker know! See the 2015 Elections page for more information.

Not a broker but want to run for the ARMLS Board of Directors?
For the first time in our history, we will hold an all-Subscriber election in September. Most ARMLS Subscribers will be eligible to run for our Board of Directors. More details will be released soon.

ARMLS Lockbox Exchange 2015

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The current Supra IR lockboxes will soon be exchanged. The current lockboxes are being replaced with Supra Bluetooth LE lockboxes. The eKEY and ActiveKEY keys will still be used. These new lockboxes will replace the aging Supra IR lockboxes used today. The exchange is 1-for-1, at no extra cost to Subscribers. Visit this page for more information.

You have been assigned an exchange appointment, access your appointment here: Click here to look up your exchange appointment.

Don’t like your time? You may switch with another Subscriber or have another Subscriber exchange on your behalf using the Authorization form.

For Support, please contact: Support@ARMLS.com or 480-303-7020.

New Homes Search & Client Info

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There has been great concern over the New Home Search Pro product in our MLS. Some Subscribers have said that NHS Pro is giving builders the names and contact information of their clients when they send information through the NHS Pro application. Rest easy, this isn’t happening!

There are two workflows when you send information out of NHS Pro:

1. When you, as a Subscriber, send information to your own email account which is tied to Flexmls, you receive a client-friendly report AND the builder is sent your email address. This is done so the builder can establish a relationship with you. Builders have poorly understood these emails and treated them as consumer leads instead of agent introductions. For example:

“Dear James,
Thank you for your interest in _______ in Buckeye. My name is _____________, home consultant at ________ Homes. Of course, I’m happy to help you out any way I can. To help with your home search and find the right home for you, it will be helpful to know the answers to a few questions. If you don’t mind, please take a quick moment and answer these questions about your new home needs………..”

This is where the trouble begins, as Subscribers test the product before using it with clients, not knowing that what they receive is different than what a consumer receives out of the application. This leads us to why Subscribers are saying NHS Pro emails their clients. This has been the case in all our tests and Subscriber complaints we investigated.

2. When you send information to a client, the client receives a client-friendly report which is careful not to direct a contact away from you. They receive nothing else, their information is not given to the builder.

What is ARMLS doing about it?
We are working with NHS Pro to ensure builders stop treating agent introductions as leads, it’s confusing! We have been successful in this already with some builders. For example, here is a message from a builder who has recently corrected the message they are sending to agents:

“Hey James!

As I was reviewing your information request, I noticed that you are a fellow realtor.  My name is ________, and I am the New Home Specialist for the Greater Phoenix Area.  My position here at ________ Homes is to be the source of information for all of our communities, rather than just one particular neighborhood.  With that in mind, I have just a few brief questions that will help me serve you best!”

 

Flexmls Email System Clean-Up

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FBS, the vendor that provides our MLS system, performed emergency maintenance on the email system in Flexmls. Any contact that had not clicked a link in an auto-email in more than 45 days was opted-out of receiving emails through Flexmls. This one time clean-up was due to Flexmls emails being blocked by major email providers.

We regret that we did not alert Subscribers ahead of this event and know that this may have caused an inconvenience for some of our Subscribers. ARMLS has made clear to FBS that such actions cannot occur without warning in the future.

How to see if any of your contacts were opted-out and how to opt them in:

Contacts > Contact Summary > ‘Opt In’ link in the second to last column.
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If a contact shows as “Out” in the Opt column, they have been opted-out. Simply click “Opt In” to allow them to receive emails again.

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