CRMLS Broker Report: July 2020

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July 2020 CEO Update

Thank you for viewing our July 2020 Broker Report. This information is available for you to share with your agents and office staff.

Resources for you and your agents on any modifications to how you do business are available on our webpage: CRMLS COVID-19 Resources. Please make sure to look out for emails from CRMLS and your local association as they become available.

Governor Newsom’s Shutdown Order of 7/13 Does Not Affect Brokers or Offices

On Monday, July 13, Governor Newsom issued a new shutdown order. This order does not affect the current practices of real estate brokers or their offices. Please review the revised C.A.R. Reopening Brokerage Offices FAQ.

Remember to check to see if your city or county has stricter rules.

Guidance on following Cal OSHA guidelines

We’re offering some guidance on how to follow recent guidelines from CalOSHA on how to safely conduct business during the COVID-19 viral outbreak.

It’s important to note that the task of establishing a written COVID-19 prevention plan belongs to the listing brokers, not the MLS. While there are some guidelines, it is up to the individual broker and seller to determine their specific COVID-19 prevention plan.

C.A.R. has posted an extensive FAQ regarding showings that you may find valuable. It includes guidance on where to find C.A.R.-created documents and pictograms.

Please note: When including COVID-19 prevention plans in MLS listings, the best places to do so are:

For Matrix users:

  • As supplements (non-public facing)
  • As a link in Private Remarks (non-public facing)
  • As an uploaded photo; however, it is critical that these photos not be branded by the agent or broker (newly approved by CRMLS Board of Directors)

For Paragon users:

  • As Documents (non-public facing)
  • As a link in Confidential Remarks (non-public facing)
  • As an uploaded photo; however, it is critical that these photos not be branded by the agent or broker (newly approved by CRMLS Board of Directors)

For Flexmls users:

  • Palm Springs
    – As Documents (non-public facing)
    – As a link in Private Remarks (non-public facing)
    – As an uploaded photo; however, it is critical that these photos not be branded by the agent or broker (newly approved by CRMLS Board of Directors)
  • Pasadena-Foothills
    – As Documents (non-public facing)
    – As a link in Agent Remarks or Office Remarks (non-public facing)
    – As an uploaded photo; however, it is critical that these photos not be branded by the agent or broker (newly approved by CRMLS Board of Directors)
  • Ventura
    – As Documents (non-public facing)
    – As a link in Agent Remarks (non-public facing)
    – As an uploaded photo; however, it is critical that these photos not be branded by the agent or broker (newly approved by CRMLS Board of Directors)

Compliance Corner 

Trending Topics for Compliance: July 2020

Learn about this month’s trending topics for compliance in this separate blog post.

Education Corner

CRMLS Connect: learn more and schedule a training for your agents

Even though we are not face to face doesn’t mean we can’t train your agents. We have tons of features that have been added, stay updated! 

This month, we are spotlighting CRMLS Connect. Schedule a training today! Want to learn more about CRMLS Connect? Read more below:

You now have access to CRMLS Connect, a new member benefit available at no additional cost. Collaborate with your clients like never before – empower them to search, save their favorites, and access real-time MLS data using the same intuitive interface that you, the real estate professional, can control. With your new CRMLS Connect account, you can:

  • Search on your own terms. View properties by listing status, property type, number of beds and baths, open house availability, keywords, and more.
  • Go hyper-local. Focus on specific neighborhoods or draw your own areas down to street level.
  • Share your finely-tuned searches with clients. You’ll both receive listing updates by email, text, or through the mobile app.
  • Track your clients’ activity. See what properties your clients have viewed and saved to get ahead of the game.
  • Gain your own web portal. Each web portal has its own unique URL, branded to you, the agent.
  • View hot sheets in real time. With CRMLS Connect, you can access accurate market trends at the click of a button.
  • Educate your clients on the market. With premium market reports included, you and your clients have a wealth of info on properties, neighborhoods, and more.

To get started:

  • Click the CRMLS Connect icon in your dashboard
  • Your account will be setup automatically
  • Login is the same as your MLS system login credentials
  • Start exploring your own live, shareable portal
  • Begin searching in your new modern interface
  • Collaborate with your clients, invite them to your portal, share listings, track their activity

Enhancement & Product Corner

CRMLS App

The CRMLS App by HomeSpotter has a major new update!

Watch a brief video by clicking on the image below:

The release adds a new Activity Feed. Using a new tab, users gain access to a stream of activities, including consumer usage, that they can use to better understand how their clients are using their apps. See when clients add or hide listings and get alerts on status changes for your own favorited properties.

The CRMLS App is available at no additional cost for CRMLS users and their clients to use. Ready to get started? Visit the CRMLS App page on CRMLS.org to learn more or download. 

A major upgrade is coming to Flex in August 2020

In August, major Flex improvements are coming your way!

We’re so excited about the upcoming improvements that we wanted to share some of the highlights with you early.

This isn’t just a system update, it’s a complete upgrade of your Flex platform designed to further support your business needs.

Highlights include:

  • Full RESO (Real Estate Standards Organization) compliance: CRMLS offers nationally standardized data in full compliance with RESO.
  • Standardization of fields: Due to the feedback we’ve gathered from Flex users over time, certain fields will be removed; others may be changed or added. We’re excited to give you an MLS platform that’s easier to use than ever!
  • MLS data in alignment with the rest of CRMLS: Soon, the information on your listings will parallel the rest of CRMLS. This means no more data differences, no more searching for different fields across systems, and a smoother MLS experience overall.

Be on the lookout for more details throughout the summer. 

We’ll be sending you helpful information on your upgraded MLS platform soon, as well as offering no-cost training sessions as we get closer to our launch date. 

We’re looking forward to bringing you CRMLS Flex soon!

A major upgrade is coming to Paragon in September 2020

In September, a major Paragon upgrade is coming your way! We’re so excited about the upcoming improvements that we wanted to share some of the highlights with you early.

This isn’t just a system update, it’s a complete overhaul of your Paragon platform. (Worry not – your system will still look the same, and you won’t have to re-learn everything about Paragon.)

Highlights include:

  • Full RESO (Real Estate Standards Organization) compliance: CRMLS will soon be the only MLS organization in San Diego County to offer nationally standardized data in full compliance with RESO.
  • Standardization of fields: Due to the feedback we’ve gathered from Paragon users over time, certain fields, including room dimensions, will be removed; others may be changed or added. We’re excited to give you an MLS platform that’s easier to use than ever!
  • MLS data in alignment with the rest of CRMLS: Soon, the information on your listings will parallel the rest of CRMLS. This means no more data differences, no more searching for different fields across systems, and a smoother MLS experience overall.

Be on the lookout for more details in the months to come. We’ll be sending you helpful information on your new MLS platform soon, as well as offering no-cost training sessions as we get closer to our launch date. We’re looking forward to bringing you CRMLS Paragon soon!

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