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Archive for July, 2012

I want to renew my MLS listing with Congress Realty – How do I do it?

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

If your listing is about to expire or you previously cancelled your listing…and now want to renew with our firm, the process is quite simple. You need to fill out your listing agreement again and fax or email this to us. You do not need to re-submit photos or the MLS profile sheet. All in all, the process should take you no more than 3 minutes to complete. If you do not have a blank listing agreement, just shoot us an email at info@congressrealty.com and we will email this over to you. When you receive the listing agreement, simply fill it out and return it. It’s as easy as that. The cost for the re-list is $175.

CSS in Texas

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Monday, July 23rd, 2012

CSS stands for centralized showing service. Recently, new copycat companies have emerged to try and compete with CSS. Basically, what CSS does is simple… they schedule showings, request feedback on behalf of the property, and they email the feedback acquired to the owners. Pretty simple stuff. What makes CSS valuable is that everyone knows who CSS is. The term is as common as “Dallas Cowboys” around the DFW area. Thus, when an agent sees CSS on a listing… they know exactly what to do and how it operates. When they see a copycat showing service listed… they haven’t the slightest idea as to what to do. (Realtors(R) like things made as easy as possible for themselves)

The point I want to make is that as a seller you want to utilize CSS, not a copycat cheaper alternative. Buyer Agents from respected full service brokerages do not use copycat cheap alternatives, they use CSS. As a seller, if you are going to use a showing service, use CSS. This holds true in DFW, Houston, and San Antonio.