Tech Tip – Changes to the Advanced Property Search

This week, we released an update to UtahRealEstate.com to improve the advanced search options.

Specifically, the concern was with the Includes, Includes Only, and Excludes options available in certain fields, such as the Interior Features, Basement, and Amenities fields (available in the Residential – Full Search).

Prior to this update, these fields gave the option to:  Includes, Includes Only, and Excludes.

To make these options more clear and user friendly, we have changed the language to Has Any Of, Has All Of, and Excludes.

If you select Has Any Of, and select multiple options from within that field, the system will search for listings that have any of those options selected. Use this search if you need to find one of a few options, such as when searching for an accessory or mother-in-law apartment.

If you choose Has All Of, and select multiple options from within that field, the system will search for listings that have all of those options selected. Use this option if your client needs a home with a Master Bath, and a Jetted Bathtub, and a Walk In Closet.

And, of course, if you need to Exclude certain items from your search, you can choose the Excludes option.

If you do not see these Advanced Search options, make sure that Advanced Search is set to Yes, in the yellow bar at the top of the search page.

These changes were made as a direct result of member feedback.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, 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!

Tech Tip – Understanding the Analytics Report

The Analytics Report is the report that shows how many times your listing has been viewed. The Analytics Report can be accessed from your listing inventory page. To access this report, click on Profile, in the blue bar at the top, then Inventory. To the right of your listing, click on the number under the Views column.

This will open the Analytics Report. To understand this report, let’s understand the two main categories. The term Private indicates a member of WFRMLS – an agent, broker, or appraiser. The term Public indicates a client or public user.

The number shown in each column shows the number of hits, or Views, that your listing has had in each category.

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Free Listing Presentation Class Next Week

Do your listing presentations need a little oomph?

Cloud CMA listing presentations are the biggest opportunity to gain new clients and drum up business so now is the time to sharpen those skills and start winning more listings!

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • What the most successful agents do right before every listing presentation
  • How to respond when your seller asks about Zillow – because you know they will!
  • Why listing appointments are so much more than simply “meeting with a client”
  • How to make a 3 minute CMA in preparation of your Listing Presentation
  • How and why you must ASK for your seller’s business

Damon Alton from Cloud CMA will be presenting classes that include free 30 day demos of the software and discount pricing for UtahRealEstate.com members.

The dates, times, and locations are:
http://www.eventbrite.com/o/cloud-cma-utahrealestatecom-4489247287

August 27th Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors

1PM Class time REGISTER HERE

August 28th Salt Lake Board of Realtors

10AM REGISTER HERE or

1PM REGISTER HERE 

 

Recording of Jim Abbott’s Syndication Presentation

Jim Abbott: Saving Organized Real Estate

To view the recording click here.

 It’s 9 AM on Saturday, you have a home for sale, but do you REALLY know who is answering questions about it?

Since pulling all of his broker listings from third party websites back in 2012, Jim Abbott has been a key voice in the syndication debate.  As he would say, “business has never been better!”  Abbott Realty Group (ARG) is the leading real estate in San Diego, CA and has been hailed as one of the most innovative brokerages in the nation due in part to their decision to stop all listing syndication outside of the MLS.

The webcast will show you why listing syndication may not always be the best strategy for advertising your property and what you can do instead!

To view the recording click here.

Did you already watch the presentation? Let us know what you think with our follow-up survey by clicking here.

August Sales Meeting Message

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

August MLS News and Updates PowerPoint >>
August MLS News and Updates .PDF >>

MLS Sales Meeting Message Highlights:

  • Policy Update: Off MLS Listings
  • Changes to the Exclusive Listing form (reflecting new Off-MLS Policy)
  • Work Off Your Fine: Take our new 1 hour (C.E.) MLS Policy Class
  • Tech Tip: Logging into Praedo for free C.E. classes
  • Educational (C.E.) Class dates and locations
  • User Group Information
  • Free Cloud CMA class dates with discount pricing for MLS members

If there is anything in particular that you would like to see in future messages, please email kathleen@utahrealestate.com with your request. You can access past messages through the monthly archives of MLS news.

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

Tech Tip – Take an online class at Praedo!

Did you know that we have online classes available that offer MLS training and free CE credit?

Our online classes are available through The Praedo Institute, an American Fork company specializing in Real Estate and Mortgage CE courses.

We are currently offering four free classes through Praedo:

Quickstart for UtahRealEstate.com

Introduction to MLS Policies for UtahRealEstate.com

Auto Hotsheets for UtahRealEstate.com

CMA for UtahRealEstate.com

To find and take these classes, see our guide here, or follow these easy steps below:

  1. Go to Praedo.com, and register for an account. You will be asked to enter your real estate license number.
  2. Once you are registered and signed in, click on Real Estate in the top bar.
  3. Select Utah, and then select Continuing Education.
  4. Scroll through the classes until you find one of the free classes listed above.
  5. Once you have found the class, click on Add, and then Confirm.
  6. Click on Check Out, Next, and then Purchase (the class is free, but you must complete the check out process).
  7. Click on Complete.
  8. To view the course, click on the name of the course. You may pause, stop, and restart the course at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact our Trainer Kevin Dolan at kevin@utahrealestate.com or 801-676-5412, or our Technical Support department at support@utahrealestate.com, or by calling 1-800-236-1462, between 8am and 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Thanks!

Last Day For Early-bird Special

Today is the last day to save $50.00 on Convention registration. Register now!

Register at: http://utahrealtors.com/programs-and-events/annual-convention/

September 10-12, Snow King Resort, Jackson, Wyo.

  • Live consumer panel
  • 30 hours of education classes
  • REALTOR® party night
  • Chance to earn new REALTOR® Business Management designation*
  • Results of UAR’s survey of Utah home buyers and sellers

UAR Convention 2014 Video

*This professional designation is not affiliated with the National Association of REALTORS®.

 

Tech Tip – Realtor Designations

This morning, we released an update to our Realtor Designations on the MLS. We now include the following designations:

Military Relocation Specialist (MRP)

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

Property Management

If you have completed the requirements for these designations, you may display them in your profile on UtahRealEstate.com.  To do this, log into your account on UtahRealEstate.com, and click on Account Settings, in the light gray bar at the top. Then, under Profile, click on View. Put a check next to the correct designations, and click on Save Changes, in the green bar at the top.

The selected designations will appear next to your name in the Agent Roster, and in the Agent Details page on the public site.

Most of the designations on the MLS are taken from the NAR’s Designations and Certifications list.

We also released a database change that will allow a partial number in the Water Shares field. Starting today, if you need to enter a partial number of Water Shares (such as 1.25, or .81, anything less than a whole number), you may enter this number in the field without an error.

If you have any questions, 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!

RSVP for our MLS Broker Luncheon

We have a few seats left for our Broker Luncheon next week with guest Speaker Jim Abbott! If you haven’t saved a seat yet, REGISTER HERE. You won’t want to miss this!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/broker-listing-syndication-luncheon-with-jim-abbott-tickets-11831597627

It’s 9AM on Saturday, you have a home for sale, but do you REALLY know who is answering questions about it?

Join us for a luncheon about the potential dangers of sending out your listings to third party portals and hear what you can do instead!

Thursday, July 31
11:30 – 2PM
REALTOR® Auditorium
230 West Towne Ridge Parkway
Sandy, UT 84070

Keynote educator: Jim Abbott with Abbott Realty Group

Since pulling all of his brokerage’s listings from third party websites back in 2012, Jim has been a key voice in the syndication debate. As he would say, “business has never been better!” Abbott Realty Group (ARG) is the leading real estate brokerage in San Diego, CA and has been hailed as one of the most innovative brokerages in the nation due to their decision to stop all listing syndication outside of the MLS.

This 90 minute lunch event will showcase why listing syndication may not always the best strategy for advertising your property and what you can do instead! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/broker-listing-syndication-luncheon-with-jim-abbott-tickets-11831597627