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Archive for August, 2012

When do I add my photos?

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Thursday, August 30th, 2012

It is ALWAYS best to add your photos BEFORE you send in your paperwork.

How do I accomplish this?  You can add your photos before sending your paperwork by visiting the Congress Realty Pre listing manager or by emailing your photos along with your property address to info@congressrealty.com.

What is the direct link to the Pre Listing Mang? https://www.congressrealty.com/Flat-Fee-MLS-Listings/PreListing/default.aspx

Why can’t I add my photos after my listing is activated? You can do this, however, please understand that by delaying, your initial listing will be broadcast to the MLS w/out photos.

How do I add my photos if I failed to add them before I sent in my paperwork? Once the listing is active, we will send you a confirmation email with access to the private client area. This will include a login and password for you to utilize. From this interface, you can add your photos.

Why is Congress Realty so aggressive regarding the timing of my photos. After all… it’s my property? We want to sell properties, not just list properties. By adding photos with your initial listing, we increase the chances of ALL 3rd party websites picking up and displaying the listing correctly from the start. This GREATLY increases your positive exposure.


Updated Service area For Electronic Lockboxes

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Friday, August 24th, 2012

We currently offer boxes in the following markets:

***Remember – these areas below include all surrounding areas, not just the city listed below***

Austin/Round Rock

San Antonio


Dallas/Fort Worth




Bisbee, Sierra Vista

Green Valley, AZ

All of Nevada

Western part of Washington State (Seattle, Olympia, etc..)

San Diego

Boise and Twin Falls

Santa Cruz County, AZ


Bullhead/Lake Havasu


***If you do not see your area listed – Call us. We can typically order a box and have it to you within 7 days for every area we service with our MLS listing package***

Why do I have to fill out the MLS profile sheet to list my property?

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

One of the most common questions we receive is why can’t I just provide your with my generic property information online like so many other websites? Simple answer – We want you to sell your property, not just list it. We provide the exact MLS profile sheet that traditional 6% Realtors(R) fill out for each of their own listings. This profile sheet is very detailed and matches the actual MLS data input screen perfectly. By filling out this form, you are giving your property the absolute most exposure possible.

How does this get me more exposure? The MLS is a searchable database by key terms and key words, not just price. The selections on the MLS profile sheet match up with these searchable key terms. By filling out the profile doc, you ensure that your property will come back in the most possible searches on the MLS.

We believe in attention to detail. It can be the difference in selling your property and just listing your property. If you come across another MLS service website that allows you to simply input generic info into an online form… stay away. If they aren’t willing to take the time to acquire the proper MLS forms to help you maximize your exposure, move on to a company like ours who will.

How important is this really? On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it an 11. I’ll give you an example… a generic online form might list the term waterfront under lot. The MLS profile sheet might list Lake Front, Ocean Front, Ocean View, Lake View, etc… you get the idea. If I am a buyer in France searching for Malibu ocean front property… I won’t find your property under the generic term water front.