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Showing Info on Mobile

Being able to easily see showing information while in the field is a big feature. The flexmls mobile site (m.flexmls.com) and the flexmls by FBS iPhone app now make this information easy to access.

On the listing detail screen, many will see an eye icon. Others will see an ” i ” with a circle around it. Both do the same thing when tapped, display showing instructions.

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This is the showing information screen (the layout and fields shown may differ on your device depending on the selections made by the Listing Agent):
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On the showing info screen, tapping on the Listing Member will bring up their contact info:
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Mobile Torque is an ARMLS® blog post series dedicated to advancing mobile and educating Subscribers on mobile and mobile MLS access.

Supra Key Service Invoices Are Due

As a reminder, if you haven’t paid your Supra key invoice, Supra may soon turn off your service. Key / Lockbox services are handled directly from Supra to our Subscribers. In a recent billing reminder they had the following instructions on payments:

To make payment online please visit SupraWEB. To make a payment through our automated pay by phone system, call toll free at 1-877-699-6787, you will need your key serial number and your 4-digit PIN Code. If you wish, you may also speak to a representative directly by calling 1-877-699-6787.

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Mother, May I Post Another Broker’s Listing?

Note: this is a re-post of a popular post from last year. check out this post on how you can help us with this problem.

Posting a listing that belongs to another Agent on Craigslist is very much like the children’s game, Mother, May I?  You may not take the step if you don’t get permission from Mother, or the listing Broker. This requirement for permission includes not just Craigslist, but also your personal website, promotional displays, newspaper advertising, flyers and non-IDX sites like Facebook, Google, Postlets, Trulia, Yahoo and Zillow.

Mother May I - childrenSome make the case that additional postings give a listing more exposure, and that’s good for the Seller.  But ARMLS Rule (10.11 Advertising of Listings Filed With ARMLS), Article 12 of the Code of Ethics (specifically Standard of Practice 12-4 and 12-5) and the Internet Data Exchange  (IDX) Policy all require permission from the listing brokerage before advertising another Broker’s listed property.  Further violating ARMLS Rules concerning the posting of another Broker’s listing without permission is a violation of the ARMLS Penalty Policy.  The Arizona Administrative Code (R4-502. Advertising by a Licensee) cautions that all advertising contain accurate claims and representations and not create false or misleading impressions. If you include a link back to an IDX-enabled website, make sure you are abiding by all IDX Rules.

Agents who post information about another Broker’s listings should regularly review the posts for accuracy, and remove the post if the property is no longer Active.

There are plenty of listings now on Craigslist that are posted by Agents who are not the listing Agent. Care to share any experiences with postings of your listings by other Agents?

What’s a Phablet?

With the release of the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Note 4, the term phablet has been thrust back into the public realm. Wikipedia puts it well: A phablet (/ˈfæblɪt/) is a class of mobile device designed to combine or straddle the functions of a smartphone and tablet. The word Phablet is a portmanteau of the words phone and tablet. There are two components of a phablet, the ability to make cellular calls and size. This photo from MCPR explains the size component:

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Increasingly, more mobile users want to make calls and use a tablet without carrying two devices. In the next month Apple will release a new line of iPads, some think an iPad Mini with cellular calling capabilities will be released while others think the iPhone 6 Plus is an indication that’s not going to happen.

Samsung just announced the Samsung Note 4 and Nokia has a phablet coming out as well. The Galaxy and Note series of Samsung devices is well worth exploring.

Mobile Torque is an ARMLS® blog post series dedicated to advancing mobile and educating Subscribers on mobile and mobile MLS access.

Pictorial: Lockboxes Gone Wild

This is a re-post of a popular blog we published last year, it’s back by popular demand.

Lockbox placement is a hotly debated topic, which we explored in Where Not to Place a Lockbox earlier this year. To further the conversation we’ve created a pictorial of additional places you shouldn’t place a lockbox.

Cacti have a menacing look, are hazardous to Subscribers but easy work for a criminal as they are not a permanently attached fixture to the property.

Cacti have a menacing look, are hazardous to Subscribers but easy work for a criminal.

Skinny tree branches.

Skinny tree branches.

Avoid objects not permanently attached to the structure.

Avoid objects not permanently attached to the structure.

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Water spigots, the valve handle can be removed with a screwdriver allowing someone to slide the lockbox right off

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ARMLS at the SEVRAR Expo 2014

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The SEVRAR Expo was held last week. Among the vendor booths were the ARMLS Training booth and the Monsoon Tax System booth. Events like this give us an extra opportunity to talk to Subscribers 1-on-1. Over at the trainer’s booth, Office Visits were the talk of the day. At the Monsoon booth, the new tax system generated a slew of questions.

IMG_2125-small2How much does Monsoon cost? It’s a Subscriber benefit, there is no additional cost.

Where does Monsoon get its data? The Information Market (which is also the source for iMapp) and the MLS.

How do I get to Monsoon? See this blog here or go directly to MyMonsoon.com.

Is there an app to download? No, to use Monsoon on your mobile device, just enter MyMonsoon.com in you mobile browser. Being able to access full tax info via mobile is a new and exciting thing.

We would like to thank SEVRAR for hosting a great event and our Subscribers for coming out to see us.

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