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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

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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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Get your share of the 1 million FREE leads delivered by the Broker Public Portal with Homesnap!

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Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) offers a way for you to get FREE leads from potential buyers and sellers. And you can use the same tool to invite all your clients and prospects to join you to search for properties with one click of a button.

Check out Homesnap! A group of brokers and MLSs from across the country formed an initiative called the Broker Public Portal (BPP) to deliver a way for you to get listing exposure, leads and referrals in your market. All these benefits are included as part of your MLS dues – it’s completely FREE to get exposure to a network of 850,000 agents and their clients across the country.

The progressive group of MLSs and brokers that created the Broker Public Portal with Homesnap saw the ever-increasing prices of advertising on the large listing portals and said it was time to provide agents and consumers with an alternative way to get listing exposure without spending thousands of dollars a month.

Broker Public Portal’s technology solution – Homesnap – has delivered 1 million FREE leads to agents and brokers just like you!

The Broker Public Portal with Homesnap is available to all MRED customers. All you have to do is register for Homesnap and download the free app in the App Store or Google Play.

To learn more about Homesnap.com, go to Homesnap Pro University.