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Archive for June, 2010

Updates at Congress Realty!

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

We have joined the Real Comp MLS in Michigan and will be adding the forms to our list now feature this week. We are thrilled to be entering the Detroit metro area. We have also updated our homepage with our first video testimonial and hope everyone checks this out. We will have more video testimonials uploaded shortly.

Can I post my Lockbox code on the MLS?

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The answer varies by which MLS your property is placed in. For a definitive answer in you area, give us a call and we can tell you exactly based upon your city. Most MLS’s still allow an owner to publish a lockbox code in the private remarks of the MLS. In addition, those that did away with LB codes in the past are now starting to come around again. Austin, TX  for example had banned codes in the MLS  for years, but now allows the code to uploaded via an attachment to the MLS listing. NWMLS  in WA State previously banned Mechanical lockboxes all together but now allows for a variance with written permission from the MLS prior to use.

In short, when in question, just call us and ask.

What does this mean to me… the seller?
If an MLS will not let you publish your code in the listing, you can always include something like…”Seller available at xyz phone #. Please call for lockbox code”.

ABOR Luncheon

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I recently had the pleasure of sitting through a Luncheon with about 60 other central TX Realtors(R) and I thought I would pass along some of the tidbits I picked up. During the discussion, other Realtors(R) voiced their likes and dislikes of showing properties. The one constant concerned directions. Multiple individuals expressed displeasure with incomplete MLS directions. Another pet peave noted by other Realtors(R) were listings with no photos. On the flip side, Realtors(R) raved about the attachment feature MLXchange offers and recommended that everyone take advantage of this.

Our sellers could take advantage of this by uploading surveys and disclosures to their listings through this attachment feature. There is no cost for this. The easiest way to do this is to simply email the attachments in PDF format to info@congressrealty.com and ask us to upload these to your existing MLS listing. It’s that easy.

Overall, the luncheon was quite informative and affirmed our belief that the MLS is the single most important tool available in selling your home. Countless times I heard Realtors(R) reference this very same fact during the luncheon. Not a single minute of the luncheon was spent on any other form of advertising other than the MLS. This 2 hour meeting was open for any topic the Realtors(R) wished to discuss……. they spent every minute on issues concerning the MLS.

Why is this important to note? I listened to 60 full service Realtors(R) re-affirm the viewpoint of Congress Realty…. the MLS is the vehicle that sells properties, not the Realtor(R), not the fancy magazines, not the open houses…… it’s the MLS.