ARMLS Bare Essentials

Our Bare Essentials guide was just updated and is a handy guide for all Subscribers. We want everyone to take a look at the new document, you might learn something new.

New Subscribers
Being a new Subscriber is tough! That’s why we originally created ARMLS Bare Essentials, a PDF document with only the important stuff you need to know. Inside you’ll find how to get started with flexmls, Rules and other ARMLS essentials.

Seasoned Subscribers
We bring on or replace resources, change rules, add / remove products, create new classes and start new training programs all the time. Our Bare Essentials guide is one of the best ways to stay updated.


Who Invented the Internet? And Why? See in 6 Minutes

Who was the genius who came up with all of that? The internet is such a crucial tool in our daily lives today that we hardly remember that it hasn’t been here forever. But yeah, it is actually not that old. We still have fuzzy memories about the time before the first thing in the morning was to check email and browse our favorite blogs and youtube channels. Well, let’s explore how the internet came into existence and why.

No Photo – An Animated Photo Blog

We’ve all seen this before, the dreaded ‘no photo’ photo:

For many, a listing without photos is crazy! (he’s just sleeping)

Others just skip your listing and keep looking


There is a 4 day grace period, then DI takes action


No Exterior Photo of the Front of the Dwelling
Listing Agents have 4 days to provide a qualified photo or secure written permission from the homeowner indicating otherwise. Check out the rules, right meow.

FBS flexmls / Yahoo Email Problems

This issue has been resolved:

Over the weekend, Subscribers with Yahoo email addresses that sent auto-emails or manual emails out through flexmls may have been blocked when sending to Gmail, MSN and others. Additionally, there are reports that Yahoo recipients in general are having trouble receiving messages out of flexmls. FBS, the creators of flexmls, are working on this issue. This is an evolving issue and therefore we’ve created a page to check for updates and possible work-arounds here:

Hey! Remember The ’90s? Part 2

In part 1, we looked at a few old pages from a market report from 1991. So, how much has the market changed from then to now? Comparing sales volume is easy, in 1991 there were a total of $2.3 billion in sales, in our last full year on record (2013) that number was 11.4 billion. The number of builds since then and inflation skews the relevance of this number.

In the report from 1991, the average sales price for a 2-bedroom single-family detached home was $69,290, today it is $196,578. For a 3-bedroom single-family detached home in 1991 the average price was $90,820 and today that average price is $217,540.


Q: What has 8,000 Square feet, numerous wagging tails & purrs?

A: The new Lost Our Home Pet Foundation shelter! Lost Our Home is an agent-run organization and their new shelter grand opening celebration is on April, 5 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy:

Getting ready for the grand opening

Getting ready for the grand opening

• Free giveaways by Valley Honda Dealerships
• Ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m.
• Enjoy tasty treats from The Roasted Shallot food truck
• Tour the new facility
• Face painting
• Discounted pet supplies on sale
• $50 off Dog adoption fees and $20 off cat adoption fees
• and more…

If you’ve ever had interest in volunteering, this event is a great opportunity to get started. For more information on volunteering visit: this page.

Location: 2323 S. Hardy Drive, Tempe, AZ. 85282

“Study Suggests MLS Played Little or No Role in Nearly Half of 2013 Home Sales”

Really? This recent headline from INMAN has us scratching our heads. We have a simple way to test the headline in our market, let’s compare non-MLS sales to MLS sales. We have the MLS data for our coverage area and public/tax records from The Information Market, a local public tax records company. Our numbers are nowhere near 50%. The number of non-MLS sales in 2013 for Maricopa county was 23%. Wow, that’s a lot! Not so fast, let us explain.

Dr-evil-dataNew Construction & More
35% of non-MLS sales were new construction and were not part of the resale real estate market. Excluding new construction from the study, 16% of sales in 2013 were non-MLS sales. What’s in that remaining 16% dataset? Flips, GSE purchases, FSBOs, pocket listings, bank sales, and normal non-MLS sales.

What’s the trend?
Are non-MLS sales increasing or decreasing (we kept New Construction in for this calculation)?

2012 – 21% non-MLS sales
2013 – 23% non-MLS sales
2014* – 23% non-MLS sales

* partial year to date.

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