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Three Quick Flexmls Changes

Flexmls rolled out three small changes today, and while they aren’t groundbreaking, you may find them helpful:

  1. Additional language was added when selecting preview mode on subscriptions but the functionality remains the same. The added wording aims to clear up a common misunderstanding of the feature.
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  2. Hot Sheets have a new look but same purpose.
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  3. A Select All on the photos screen allows you to delete up to 50 photos in bulk. Keep in mind, you must leave at least one photo of the front exteriorly with the listing.
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The History of the “I Voted Today” Sticker

The election is being held today and those who vote in-person are rewarded with an “I Voted Today” sticker. The sticker is ubiquitous, but have you ever thought about it? What is the connection between REALTORS® and voting? We wanted to uncover the history of the “I Voted Today” sticker and here’s what we found.

The Phoenix Association of REALTORS® provided an article via our Facebook Page: “In 1985, The Phoenix Board of REALTORS® developed the now famous I Voted Today sticker.” The article goes on to state that over 20 million stickers were donated to Maricopa County and City of Phoenix Election departments.

Diane Scherer says via Facebook, “The Phoenix Association has proudly provided these stickers for all elections since 1985. Showing REALTOR involvement in their community and encouraging all citizens to vote.”

Mystery solved. See the article mention above here and visit our Facebook Page for more engaging content.

This article was originally posted on August 8, 2012.

Baseball in the Valley

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Riverside Park (1884-1937) 1929 Tigers

Spring Training is in full swing this year. If you’re not a baseball fan, you may be ignoring a large influence in our market. There are 15 major league teams at 10 ballparks across the Valley which generate an estimated $300 – $400 million of economic benefit each year. Events that bring visitors to the Valley, especially reoccurring events like Spring Training, are good for the real estate industry as frequent visitors often consider investing in a property or rental during their stay. Some may be surprised to know that baseball has been contributing to our economy pre-Cactus League (1947).

People have been watching and traveling to the Valley to watch baseball since the late 1880’s. For example, Riverside Park (pictured above) was built around 1884. The park hosted minor league baseball and major league exhibition games when teams passed through Arizona to California. The park was the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers in 1929. They played visiting teams such as the Cubs, Pirates, and Angels that year. It was located at Central Avenue and the Salt River but was demolished shortly after 1937 when Phoenix Municipal Stadium (I) was built (pictured below).

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Phoenix Municipal Stadium (I) (1937-1963)
Located at Central Avenue & Mohave, it opened 10 years before the Cactus League was founded but continued to serve until Phoenix Municipal Stadium (II) replaced it at another location. The stadium hosted the Giants, Yankees and many others.


Phoenix Municipal Stadium (II) 1964-2014
Phoenix Municipal Stadium (II) 1964 – ? (now home to ASU baseball)
The replacement of Phoenix Municipal Stadium (I). This stadium hosted the Giants at first and then Oakland A’s. It’s now the home of ASU Baseball since the A’s left for Hohokam park in 2014.

Images courtesy of the Arizona Collection.

HOA Addendum / Documents in Flexmls

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The Arizona Association of Realtors has created a new HOA Addendum document for buyers and sellers to complete before closing. The Arizona Association of REALTORS® Form Workgroup Chair explains the motivation behind this new form:

“Parties were often surprised at close of escrow by previously undisclosed HOA fees that neither the buyer nor seller had agreed to pay. In an effort to avoid this scenario, an AAR forms workgroup created a revised HOA Addendum that promotes a greater level of disclosure of the various fees that are payable upon close of escrow. This greater level of disclosure should allow for fewer surprises, happier clients and successful closings.”

Visit the AAR HOA Info page to find more information about the HOA addendum, as well as to view a sample addendum. You may be prompted for a password when accessing the page.

As a reminder, new documents in Flexmls are Private by default when uploaded for ARMLS Subscribers. A document description selector is also available to aid Subscribers in choosing the correct document visibility setting.

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Before posting a document as Public, check out the ARMLS Rules & Regulations and Inappropriate Language Policy to check what can be displayed publicly.

 

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!”

 

No MLS Access? Restore Your MLS Service

To restore MLS service after being shut-off for non-payment of MLS fees, please make a payment at http://ARMLS.com/PayFees. Use your Flexmls user id and password to log in. If you have trouble logging in, click this link. Once a payment has been made, service will be restored in 30 minutes but may take up to 2 hours if there is high traffic volumes.

If you are having trouble with the payment screen or if processing fails, please call our Billing department at: 480-303-7248 or email them at: Billing@ARMLS.com (Do not send your credit card number via email).

Don’t know if you were shut-off for non-payment?
To check, log in to http://ARMLS.com/PayFees, if you have a balance on your account, make a payment to restore service. If you have no balance, please call 480-303-7020. A $15 reinstatement fee has been added to all delinquent accounts.

Monsoon® Tax System Coming to Prescott Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) Members Soon

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We are pleased to announce that the Prescott Area Association of REALTORS® (PAAR) will soon add the Monsoon tax system as a member benefit. ARMLS Subscribers have been using Monsoon, a local Arizona grown tax system, since April 2014. The partnership to provide Monsoon to PAAR members was made possible in-part because Monsoon has statewide tax data coverage.

Starting July 1, ARMLS Subscribers will see PAAR listings and vice-versa in Monsoon but not in Flexmls. Sensitive information, like commissions and showing instructions will not be shared between MLSs. Please note there is no offer of compensation across MLSs.

What happens if I am a PAAR and ARMLS member?
You will continue to have two MLS log-ins to use Monsoon. While you will be able to see most data in Monsoon with either log-in credential, to see sensitive fields (like commissions or showing instructions) you will need to be logged-in to that particular MLS.

Penalty Policy Enforcement to Start

Starting July 9, fines will be issued for penalty violations. For the past several months, fines for non-lockbox penalty violations were not being issued while we educated Subscribers.

To better prepare Subscribers for enforcement, from July 9, 2015 until January 1, 2016, all non-lockbox penalties will be assessed at 50% of the listed amounts. This phased approach will help Subscribers understand the new policy.

Additionally, the fine for Contact Information in Media (8.23) was changed from a $500 fine to a $200 fine.

Read The Penalty Policy Here

Posting IDX Listings to Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

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Generally, advertising the listings of others without their permission on social media is against ARMLS Rules (10.11), but there are provisions in the IDX Policy which makes these limited displays acceptable if you follow the guidelines we’ve established below.

To advertise an IDX participating listing on social media without prior permission, you must do the following – all criteria must be met:

1. The listing you promote must be participating in the IDX program at the time of posting and at all times.

2. The post must link to a live full IDX display page, specific to that property, which complies with the ARMLS IDX Policy.

3. The post (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) must be less than 200 characters in length, excluding any link previews (that automatically generate) and the IDX URL.

4. Only 6 or less fields may be displayed (we consider address to be one field) in the post.

5. The social media post must be updated at least every 12 hours and display when the data was last updated, or if it can’t be updated then removed (Tweets for example). All data must be verified to still be accurate.

This post is not in compliance:

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This post is in compliance:

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Keep in mind advertising your own listings or having written permission to advertise someone else’s listings is different and doesn’t need to follow the guidelines above. These guidelines only apply to limited displays like those used in social media. whereas print and other displays have other rules.

Online Rules Class & Rules Videos

Ahead of enforcement of the new ARMLS Penalty Policy, we’ve created a recorded Rules Class video and two shorter videos to help Subscribers understand the Rules / Penalty Policy. The Rules Class video incorporates the Top 5 Violations video. The videos below are best watched at full screen, which can be turned on by clicking the full screen the icons after clicking play.

Recorded Rules Class (14:39)

Top 5 ARMLS Violations (4:54)

What & What – Find the ARMLS Rules (3:48)

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