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Meet MRED’s newest Board members

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We’re excited to announce five new members on our Board of Managers. Chad Gilbert, Ruth “Drussy” Hernandez, David Naso, and Royal Hartwig were each individually selected for Board seats through election by their peers. The existing Board also added Luigui Corral by unanimous vote to fill a vacated seat during its most recent meeting.

The election took place as part of our unique initiative that allows brokerages to own their MLS. MRED brokerages that become a Preferred Unit Owner have the opportunity to run for and elect 13 of the 15 voting seats on the MRED Board of Managers, attend and vote at PUO meetings, and co-create MRED’s annual Strategic Plan.

MRED PUOs are broken down into three categories based on brokerages’ number of transactions in a year. Category 1 consists of the top 10 brokerages in MRED’s coverage area based on that transaction data, with Category 2 being brokerages ranked 11-160, and Category 3 covering the remaining firms. This allows every MRED firm to be represented on the Board, no matter its size or location.

Gilbert was elected as a Category 1 representative, Hernandez and Naso are from Category 2, and Hartwig will represent Category 3.

We’d also like to thank the outgoing members of the Board: Jeff Gregory, John Murray, Tom Poulos, and Molly Ryan for their years of dedicated service.

The following new Board Members will take their seats at the start of 2019:

Chad Gilbert – Co-Owner of REMAX Suburban and Precision Title Company

Chad has successfully led RE/MAX Suburban for more than 3 years after a successful sales leadership career in the public and private sector for over 15 years. RE/MAX Suburban is the largest RE/MAX company in Illinois and one of the largest in the United States. His focus continues to be on the strategic growth of the company and support for the Realtors. He received the prestigious Broker Owner of the Year award in 2017 from RE/MAX, LLC. In 2017, Chad purchased Precision Title Company to continue to expand its service offerings.

Ruth “Drussy” Hernandez – Managing Broker, Compass

Hernandez has been a participating representative at MRED as a Preferred Unit Owner since 2010 and a past member of the Board of Managers. She is also a current Board of Director member of the Chicago Association of Realtors as well as a participant in other committees within the association. Hernandez has more than 30 combined years of real estate experience.

David Naso – Managing Broker, Keller Williams Lincoln Park

Naso has served the membership of the Chicago Association of Realtors in various roles during the last 6 years, having served on Professional Standards and Forms and Contracts committees, and has been a Director for the Association since 2015. He manages an office of 190 agents, overseeing compliance of MLS data and acting as the liaison for his agents’ MRED matters. Naso has been selling real estate for nearly a decade.

Royal Hartwig – Managing Broker / Owner, The Royal Family Real Estate

Royal has 14 years of real estate experience, starting his career with Coldwell Banker, where he was named rookie of the year and soon became his office’s top agent. In 2015, Royal opened up his own real estate brokerage called The Royal Family Real Estate. Royal and many agents in his office rank in the top 1% of Realtors in terms of number of home sales per year. He is also a member of The Schaumburg / Hoffman Estates Rotary Club and serves on the club’s Foundation Board.

Luigui Corral – Managing Broker Owner, RE/MAX American Dream

Corral is a real estate industry veteran, serving as a Broker Owner at RE/MAX, Wheeling for nearly 12 years. Currently, Corral is the Managing Broker Owner at RE/MAX American Dream in Round Lake Beach. He’s been named as one of the top 250 Latino Agents in the United States for 6 consecutive years and was President of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP) for 2 years.

Livingston County Board of Realtors® joins MRED

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Please join all of MRED in welcoming the Livingston County Board of Realtors® (LCBR) as our newest association partner. Growing our marketplace aligns with our pursuit of continually improving MLS data, offering brokers the very best in functionality and service.

As the fifteenth Realtor association to join MRED, we are thrilled to help LCBR benefit from our extensive line of products and services. Our best-in-class multiple listing service connectMLS currently offers more than 85,000 active listings.

We’re excited to begin LCBR’s transition process to connectMLS. This conversion will not cause any disruption to the services MRED currently provides.

LCBR President Jill Thompson, Association Executive Gina Manker, and their fantastic team will continue to operate in central Illinois’ Livingston County, the fourth-largest county in the state and the twenty-second county in MRED’s service area. LCBR covers the county’s nearly 40,000 residents in 15,000 households across 16,000 housing units.

Thank you for being a part of the growing MRED family!

We’re always ready to help answer any questions you have. You can contact MRED’s Help Desk at 630-955-2755 or send us an email.

Team members: Is the right name on your ShowingTime request?

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ShowingTime is a useful program in connectMLS that manages your showing appointments for you. For those who contribute to a team, you can avoid confusion and a potential Code of Ethics violation by making sure the correct name is on showing requests in ShowingTime.

The name that appears on requests is determined by the account you used to log in to connectMLS for that session. This may be your personal account or team account.

It is highly recommended that team members confirm they are using the desired account before accessing ShowingTime. You can do this by clicking on your profile photo at the top right of your My MLS homepage and selecting “Switch Account”. This ensures the listing agent is correctly informed of who will be showing the listing.

Questions? Contact the MRED Help Desk at 630-955-2755 or help.desk@MREDLLC.com

Send connectMLS search results to your clients through Homesnap!

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We have some exciting news about saved searches and listing alerts for clients: We’ve integrated Homesnap into connectMLS to create an even better experience for you and your clients!

What this means:

  • You can choose to “send results via Homesnap” when setting up saved searches and listing alerts using modern search
  • Your saved searches and listing alert emails with this option selected can be branded with your headshot and contact information
  • Clients will be directed to view the listings on Homesnap and they’ll be able to easily rate properties so you immediately know their interest level
  • Clients can even send you a personal note with their rating, which you can see in connectMLS

All this adds up to an improved client experience with MLS search in partnership with Homesnap.

 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Set up a saved search for a client in connectMLS

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  1. Click “Save Search” and choose Homesnap to send a saved search alert to your client (make sure “Automatic Search” is selected to view this option)

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  1. Your client will get an agent-branded email from Homesnap with saved search results

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  1. Clients can click on listings and will see them on Homesnap

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  1. Clients can choose their interest level (Interested, Maybe, Not Really) on the property listing and leave a note for you

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Additional notes:

  • You don’t have to do anything to enact this change, it’s automatically available to you
  • This option is only available in modern search
  • Only new searches can utilize this option: Previous searches will not be automatically converted

 

This is just the first integration of its kind in connectMLS on the way to full Homesnap integration; keep an eye out for more to come!

Haven’t downloaded Homesnap yet? What are you waiting for?

Get it in the App Store

Download with Google Play

Do you use exempt forms? You’ll want to read this…

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MRED provides a Listing Exemption form as a way to document properties that are being withheld from the multiple listing service at the specific request of sellers. The only time an exemption form should be used is if you have a listing that you are not publicly marketing.

Exemption forms do not allow for listings outside the MLS to be publicly marketed.

Examples of publicly marketing a listing:

  • For sale signs
  • Coming soon signs
  • Public-facing websites
  • Print media

So where can you input listings that your seller doesn’t want in the Standard Listing Network (SLN)? The Private Listing Network (PLN) provides an option that meets all the requirements.

PLN listings can be openly advertised and do not appear in traditional SLN search results. Additionally:

  • PLN listings are not sent to third-party portals or distributed through IDX or VOW.
  • PLN listings are not included in emails to clients through connectMLS.

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Any listing that’s being publicly marketed must be in the SLN or PLN within 24 hours of the marketing going public to avoid a $1,000 fine. This works to ensure that all agents have access to information about any listing a client might happen to come across and inquire about.

You can view the entire listing exemption policy in connectMLS here

Read up on more information about the PLN here

Compare and contrast the PLN, SLN, and exempt listings here

Still have questions? The best bet is always to check with our Rules and Regulations Department. You can reach them by email here or by calling 630-955-2755.

MRED welcomes new realtor association, expands service area

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MRED is thrilled to welcome the Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors® (BNAR) as our newest Association partner. The addition of BNAR is part of MRED’s pursuit of improving offerings and expanding reach to provide brokers with the very best in functionality and service.

Bloomington-Normal becomes the fourteenth realtor association to join MRED and benefit from our game-changing line of products and services. That includes the best-in-class multiple listing service connectMLS containing more than 85,000 active listings.

BNAR’s transition process to connectMLS is already underway and going smoothly. There will be no disruptions to the services MRED provides to current associations and their members.

Bloomington-Normal supplies resources to real estate professionals in central Illinois’ McLean County, the largest county in the state by land area. Founded in 1921, BNAR covers the county’s 170,000 residents in 65,000 households across 70,000 housing units. Bloomington-Normal President John Armstrong, Association Executive Diane Cote, and their wonderful team will continue to serve their members well as an MRED Association partner.

Join us in welcoming the Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors® to the MRED family!

We’re always ready to help answer any questions you have. You can contact MRED’s Help Desk at 630-955-2755 or send us an email.

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