February’s MLS Office Meeting Slides

February’s MLS News and Updates slides are now available for your next meeting!

February MLS Sales Meeting Message (.pptx) >>
February MLS Sales Meeting Message (.pdf) >>

MLS Sales Meeting Message Highlights:

  • Just Released – Multi-Tab Search
  • Tech Tip – Microsoft to Stop Support for I.E. Versions Below 11
  • 2015 Utah Housing Market Report
  • Free C.E. Class Dates and Times

If there is anything that you would like addressed in future messages, please let me know! I’d love to hear from you: kat@utahrealestate.com (801-676-5408).

Thank you for your participation, I hope you find these short messages useful.

Note: You can access past messages through the “Sales Meeting Messages” category in MLS news.

Tech Tip – Edit your Account Profile

If you need to change the address, phone number, or email address in your agent settings, you need to edit your Profile. The profile is also the place where you can upload or change your agent photo.

To edit your Profile, click on Account Settings in the light gray bar at the top of Utah Real Estate. Under Profile click on View.

In here, you can edit everything except the name listed in your account. Make any changes that you wish to make, then click on Save Changes. Keep in mind, this information can be viewed by the public and other members in your public profile. We recommend that you display the professional address that you wish to be seen by the public. See our recent MLS News Piece, Update Your Profile to Take Advantage of the New Listing PageContinue reading

Tech Tip – Common Questions about Listing Input

Entering listings to the MLS should be a fairly easy process. In this Tech Tip, we will try to cover some of the common questions and give some general tips about entering listings to the MLS.

1. To enter a listing to the MLS, click on My Listings, in the blue bar at the top of UtahRealEstate, then Create New Listing. Give your listing a name (such as the name of your client, or the address of the property), and click on Start Listing. You can see step-by-step instructions and screen shots of the Listing Input Wizard here.

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Tech Tip – Understanding IDX/RETS (How to search the MLS from your website)

With our recent changes to the IDX/RETS feed, we have had many questions about how IDX works, how to set up the IDX on a website, and how to choose an IDX Vendor. In this guide, we will try to explain the basics to IDX/RETS.

IDX stands for Internet Data Exchange. RETS stands for Real Estate Transaction Standard. Essentially, RETS is a standard data dictionary used by MLS’ and vendors for the fields included in an IDX feed. IDX gives you the ability to search the MLS from your own website, allowing you to direct your clients (and potential clients) to use your website for their real estate searches, and potentially use your services as their Realtor. IDX can also give you access to a lot more. With access to the raw data of an IDX feed, and through a tech savvy vendor, you can build reporting tools, build your own version of an automated hotsheet system, and add better lead generation to your website. In today’s real estate market, it is essential to have an internet presence, to have a great web site, and to have the ability to search the MLS from your own website. But where to start?

Start with finding and selecting an IDX Vendor. Some vendors offer complete website building packages, if you want to have your website and IDX search through one company. Some vendors offer a template or frameable IDX search that you can use on a pre-built website, or when using a different web development company. It is good to find out what different vendors are offering and what they charge for their services. As of this year, fees to the MLS for the IDX/RETS feed are just a one-time, $50 domain registration fee (which must be paid for each separate domain). But fees to vendors can vary quite widely. You can see a list of vendors by clicking on Tools, IDX Listing Feeds, and then View Current Vendors.

If you have an IDX vendor that you want to use, and they are not on our vendor list, ask them to consider becoming an IDX/RETS vendor with WFRMLS. They can sign up and get full information on our vendor site.

Once you have selected a vendor, you can go through the IDX RETS Setup Wizard to set up your feed. You will need to know the vendor and the domain of your website, and will need to pay the $50 domain registration fee. Your broker will need to give permission for any IDX/RETS feed. We have a downloadable guide to Set Up Your IDX Subscription here.

Finally, some members have complained that they do not want their listings to be shown on other agent and brokerage websites. Listings shown on IDX feeds are like free advertising – more people will have the opportunity to see your listings, which will help your listing sell faster. Remember that no one will get paid until the listing closes. IDX gives you the opportunity to have your listing shown on hundreds of websites.

You can find more information and guides to UtahRealEstate.com in our Tech TipsTraining Videos, and our Help section. We also have training classes available in person and online at Praedo.com (click on Continuing Education, and look for the UTRE free classes). If you have any questions, or suggestions for future tips, please contact our Technical Support department at support@utahrealestate.com, or by calling 1-800-236-1462, between 8am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Thanks!

WFRMLS.com email will be gone this month

As we reported in November, the WFRMLS.com email system will retire at the end of this month. This means that anyone using a wfrmls.com email address will lose access to their saved emails, and will not be able to receive emails sent to them from UtahRealEstate.com.

Please make sure that you update the email address in your Account Settings, and that you notify anyone who might use your wfrmls.com email that your email address has changed. If you have any emails saved in the wfrmls.com system that you would like to keep, make sure that you forward those emails to your new email address. You can login to your WFRMLS.com email by going to the Home page on UtahRealEstate, then clicking on Login to WFRMLS email on the left side of the page.

If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact our Technical Support department at support@utahrealestate.com, or by calling 1-800-236-1462, between 8am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Thanks!

January’s MLS Office Meeting Slides

January’s MLS News and Updates slides are now available for your next meeting!

January MLS Sales Meeting Message (.pptx) >>
January MLS Sales Meeting Message (.pdf) >>

Or via Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8knoOWsgnVsbUFHN3ZISGg1SlE 

MLS Sales Meeting Message Highlights:

  • IDX Annual Subscriptions Now Free to All MLS Subscribers
  • Press Release – RETS Certification
  • Just Released: Address/House Number Search for Mobile
  • Just Released: The New Consumer Website
  • How to Edit Your Agent Profile
  • Educational (C.E.) Class Dates and Locations

If there is anything that you would like addressed in future messages, please let me know! I’d love to hear from you: kat@utahrealestate.com (801-676-5408).

Thank you for your participation, I hope you find these short messages useful.

Note: You can access past messages through the “Sales Meeting Messages” category in MLS news.

Microsoft to stop support for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10

Microsoft announced that they will stop support for all but the newest version of Internet Explorer as of January 12, 2016. (See this article from The Verge). This means that anyone using Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, or 10 will stop receiving security updates, and will experience more problems and frustration trying to use Internet Explorer with modern websites, apps, and programs.

If you are using a computer running Windows 7 or above, make sure that you are running the newest version of Internet Explorer (version 11). To do this, run and install all windows updates.

If you are using a computer running an operating system older than Windows 7, such as Windows Vista or Windows XP, we strongly recommend that you upgrade your operating system or computer to a more modern operating system. You will only experience more frustration, delay, and problems on older machines.

Finally, while we do still support Internet Explorer 11, we strongly recommend using another browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari. We see more problems with Internet Explorer than in any other browser. Our analytics show that most users on UtahRealEstate are using Chrome (48%), with the next popular browser being Safari (24%). After that drags Internet Explorer (11%), Firefox (9%), and then the others (can you believe Opera is still a thing?). With almost 89% of our members using a browser other than Internet Explorer, we suggest that you make the change to a more modern browser as soon as possible.

You can see other browser suggestions in our tech tip here: Browser Settings (improve your experience on the MLS)If you have any questions, or suggestions for future tips, please contact our Technical Support department at support@utahrealestate.com, or by calling 1-800-236-1462, between 8am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Thanks!