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Tell on Yourself

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Yes, we’re talking to you and you’re much cooler than these stock photo people.

Data, Data, Data; it’s a core value at ARMLS®. In that spirit, there is a loophole to avoid penalties when you’ve made an error on your listing(s). Simply, tell on yourself. If you let us know about a listing data error before a violation notice is sent out, we will guide or help you correct the listing data error without assessing a penalty*. You can self-report yourself by email, phone and “Report an Error” button. Why? Because quality data is most important.

* The issuing of monetary fines has been temporarily suspended while we educate Subscribers on the new penalty policy.

Bluetooth Lockboxes

Some MLSs around the United States have started the process of migrating to Bluetooth enabled next generation Supra lockboxes. These new lockboxes won’t require a FOB for most smartphones, among other new benefits. ARMLS will start a 1-for-1 lockbox exchange process in late 2015. It’s too early for details or to answer questions, but we’ll have detailed communication out in the next few months.

While you’re here, who remembers these?

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Rules Week Quiz

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Below you’ll find 9 questions regarding the Rules & Regulation and Inappropriate Language Policy. A perfect score will demonstrate your knowledge of the rules.

How well do you know the ARMLS Rules & Regulations?

Like this quiz? Click here to take our Photo Violation Quiz.

Blurred Signs – A Photo Blog

Subscribers often ask about “For Sale” signs uploaded to the MLS, signs can be in the MLS but cannot contain contact information. Contact information will soon be a $200 fine because it can allow a client to bypass their agent. See how to blur photos here.

Rule (8.23) states,”A ‘for sale’ sign located on the property may appear in an image of the exterior of the home or property so long as the sign does not convey any specific contact information or company identification.

We created some examples below for a fake Subscriber, James Holland, who works at Zeppelin Realty LLC, a fake company. Zeppelin is known for their distinctive airship logo signs.

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Not Okay – This photo has a telephone number, name, company name, and company branding.

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Still Not Okay – The company name and distinctive company branding are still showing.

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Great! Success – There is no contact information visible or company branding. We can’t tell which company holds the listing.

Note: Photos are judged at all sizes, If we can blow-up/enlarge the photo and still see contact information – a violation notice will still be sent.
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This is part three of our Rules Week blog series aimed at educating Subscribers on the MLS rules.
To see all rules week posts, click here or visit our Rules Week landing page.

Public Remarks Errors

Some things just don’t belong in the public remarks field. Phone numbers, Web addresses, and your name for example. Take a look at these common examples based on real listings. The problems have been underlined in red and violate the Inappropriate Language Policy, which now carries a $200 fine under the new Penalty Policy. Our examples below are not exhaustive, see the Inappropriate Language Policy for more information.

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Section 1A of the Inappropriate Language Policy prohibits website addresses (and phone numbers) for any reason in public remarks.

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It’s violation of section 1A for the phone number but also section 2D for title information in public remarks. Title information is only allowed in private or semi-private remarks. Check the section for other prohibitions on title information as there are some restrictions on what can be said relating to title in semi/private remarks as well.

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Section 1B prohibits Open House information in public remarks.
This is part two of our Rules Week blog series aimed at educating Subscribers on the MLS rules.
See part 1 here or visit our Rules Week landing page.

Why The New Penalty Policy Matters

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Earlier today we sent the new Penalty Policy to all ARMLS Subscribers. Instead of a progressive level system where fines escalate, there will now be flat automatic fines based on the seriousness of the violation for non-lockbox violations. Our efforts are aimed at reducing the number of errors through increased education and an improved policy.

The ARMLS board, the Rules Committee and Subscribers helped determined the fines based on how each type of violation affected the business of others. Essentially, not all violations are equal and that’s where a level based system can fail. Right now, the issuing of fines has been temporarily suspended while we educate Subscribers on the new policy and increase understanding of the rules.

New Penalty Policy PDF | Outline of changes PDF

Common Violations & Fines:

Incorrect Listing Status
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Listings that are not really Active waste the time of others. Under the new policy, this is a $100 fine. Under the old system, a $50 fine was assessed on the 3rd level.

Incorrect Sales Price
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Entering the wrong sales price wreaks havoc with comps and the ability for other Subscribers to price listings correctly. Great pricing data is vital. Under the new policy, this is a $500 fine. Under the old system, a $50 fine was assessed on the 3rd level.

Contact Information in Media
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Contact information in a photo / vitural tour / video, etc., allows a client to bypass their agent and go directly to the listing agent. Under the new policy, this is a $200 fine. Under the old system, a $50 fine was assessed on the 3rd level. Please note that Stacy Long and Wild Places Realty are fictitious.
This is part one of our Rules Week blog series aimed at educating Subscribers on the MLS rules.
See part 2 here or visit our Rules Week landing page.

ListHub likely to remove Trulia option but we have you covered

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Many brokers use ListHub to syndicate their listings to third-party websites. It was recently rumored that Trulia will no longer be an option in ListHub. While this sounds concerning, there is already a way to send listings to Trulia without using ListHub, as Trulia has been a syndication option in flexmls for over a year. Sending or not sending listings to third parties is always a broker decision, not an ARMLS decision (read more about syndication here).

If you’re a broker who wants to continue to send listings to Trulia and haven’t set up the option in flexmls, our Helpdesk (480-303-7020) can give you steps to enable it. Here is a screenshot of the flexmls syndication options page, all options are off by default:

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Once selected brokers can then choose if syndication is on by default and if their agents can override them:
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