Our office will be closed on Monday, May 25..

posted May 14, 2015, 7:48 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated May 14, 2015, 7:49 PM ]

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  Take the day off with pay!  Thank you.

MLS now provides for 1,500 characters in description..

posted May 8, 2015, 12:12 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated May 8, 2015, 12:12 PM ]

It seems after some additional taunting the MLS went live with 1,500 characters yesterday.  I am happy they opened their minds to doing this.  It will not always be needed but will be nice having the ability when it is.  Hoping they will be able to workout the issues surrounding degradation of our photos next.  Onward & upward..

Neat article about listing description..

posted May 4, 2015, 1:29 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated May 4, 2015, 1:29 PM ]

Rarely do I read our industry publications but I found this article in Rismedia about listing descriptions.  It speaks of what I preach about the importance of a well written description.  Please click HERE  Thanks!

The up and coming Truth in Lending 3 day rule..

posted May 2, 2015, 4:56 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated May 2, 2015, 4:56 PM ]

I have met with Bill Craighead of Cleveland Home Title and Chris Hartzell of Union Capital Mortgage about above.  It seems to me that your middle to large local mortgage cos. with their own in house escrow will be the ones (at least initially) to handle the ripples of the new 3 day rules.  I only mention this as they will have the least links in the chain and therefore the least resistance when navigating these new waters.  Again, the advice I continue to receive and pass along to you is leave more time in transaction.  A minimum of an extra 10 days is suggested.  Thank you.

Document requests..

posted May 2, 2015, 4:49 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated May 2, 2015, 4:50 PM ]

On Wednesdays Barb will be requesting documents missing from our files.  We now have updated checklists and I have taken time with Barb & Linda to explain some of the ins and outs so that we don't burden you with unnecessary requests.  There may be a bump or bruise so please hang in there while we get this part sorted out.  We want to try our best to have complete files by the time we file or a listing go lives.  The biggest challenges are with warranty waivers and consumer guides on sale side transactions.  In August we will be renewing our E & O so I am hopeful we can get all on board with getting the waivers in when a warranty is not provided.  Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated.  Thank you.

Just Listed/Just Sold Postcards..

posted Apr 25, 2015, 4:17 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Apr 25, 2015, 4:20 PM ]

Dianna of our office has been having some success with just listed/just sold postcard campaigning in turning up new listings.  If you are interested in pursuing this please click HERE for the company she uses.  They do it all.

Run your total sales in MLS..

posted Apr 25, 2015, 10:28 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Apr 25, 2015, 10:28 AM ]

Click HERE to learn a quick way to generate a report of all of your sales in the MLS for your listing appointments.

Tips & Tricks for New Adobe Reader (for viewing PDF files)..

posted Apr 24, 2015, 8:55 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 9:51 PM ]

I have created a video on setting up and using the new Adobe Reader for you.  We spend an inordinate amount of time in front of this program so making a few tweaks (only takes a couple minutes) and learning some things you can do with it will be beneficial and help you to keep your documents in the cloud.  Below are settings which I would recommend for use (I will include how to in video).  Please click HERE

View > Show/Hide > Toolbar Items > Show File Tools > Check Save & Print icons
View > Show/Hide > Toolbar Items > Show Edit Tools > Check Find icon
View > Show/Hide > Toolbar Items > Show Page Nav Tools > Check First, Previous, Next, Last & Page Number icons
View > Show/Hide > Toolbar Items > Show Page Display Tools > Check Clockwise & Counterclockwise icons

Data Collection Form..

posted Apr 24, 2015, 5:58 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 5:59 PM ]

Please keep in mind that if you sell a warranty and don't provide the data collection form then you won't get paid.  Thank you.

TILA/Settlement changes in August..

posted Apr 23, 2015, 10:56 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Apr 23, 2015, 10:56 AM ]

The three (3) day rule that will apply to purchasers acknowledging settlement charges will include business days and Saturday but will not count Sundays and holidays.

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