Prepare for changes coming in August..

posted by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated ]

I went to a class dealing with the new New TILA - RESPA Disclosure Forms last year.  There was the chance it could come in to effect in '14 but it came and went.  Apparently, it is now coming this year in August.  I will learn more and pass along but in the meantime best that you read this ARTICLE.  Thank you.

Our next office meeting is Tuesday, April 7 at 9:30am..

posted Mar 29, 2015, 2:05 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 29, 2015, 2:05 PM ]

If you have any topics you would like to forward in advance to me please do.  I will cover the ins and outs of using Dropbox.  Thank you!

NORMLS is offering Dotloop as a membership benefit..

posted Mar 29, 2015, 2:04 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 29, 2015, 7:52 PM ]

I have had a couple inquiries asking if we will be switching to Dotloop because of above and the answer is no.  Many hours were spent setting up templates and learning Docusign and recently I spent a bunch of time investigating digital signature platforms and I still find Docusign to be the best available.  NORMLS claims that Dotloop has 35% marketshare but unfortunately did not spend the time using it and studying it and so they have chosen a substandard product for our memberships use.  Dotloop's idea of combining their digital signature platform with a transaction management platform is a good one, however, I have investigated it and found its use to be convoluted and the only feedback I have received from our people has been negative.  I have also received feedback that it is unreliable recently from a past user.  You are welcome to take advantage of the free offering but I would not advise it and support for it will come from NORMLS only as I do not know it.  Thanks very much.

Contingent vs Pending Status..

posted Mar 19, 2015, 7:41 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 7:42 AM ]

Contingent: Listing has a contract which contains a “contingency” clause that allows the Seller to continue to market, but requires notice to the Buyer before the Seller may void the agreement and enter into another agreement for the sale of the same property.  Market time clock continues to run and listings still flow through to syndicated websites such as: remax.com & zillow.com.

Pending: Listing does not allow the Seller to enter into another agreement for the purchase of the same property in a first position.  Market time clock stops and listings no longer flow through to syndicated websites such as: remax.com & zillow.com.

Krista Viola has joined RE/MAX Pros..

posted Mar 12, 2015, 2:34 AM by Brian G. Walsh

I am happy to announce that Krista Viola has joined our team of professionals.  Please welcome her when the opportunity presents itself.  Thank you!

Thoughts on classes, training, CE's & the like..

posted Mar 8, 2015, 8:44 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 8, 2015, 8:44 PM ]

I have been pondering the above and came up with the following.. It seems I am best and most comfortable helping on a one on one level. The reason being 1) my personality & 2) the issues are usually focused whatever they might be. This does not mean I am unwilling to contribute in other ways it just helps to know what is needed because what I might think you need could certainly be different then what you need. With all of the above being said.. I would ask that if you would like CE classes taught on a certain subject to please let me know and please be as specific as you can as broad or generic subjects trip me up and I will do my best to accommodate. If I don't feel I am qualified or confident to handle it I will say so and try to find someone that is. If there are topics that you would like to discuss at the office meetings please let me know before the meeting so they get addressed. Individually, I am available and willing to help with computer set up, your down and out because business is not where you would like it, you have an idea you are considering, the usual day to day stuff of course, etc. I do not have all the answers but I am available and will do my best to help. Thanks!

MLS Photo Degradation & Temporary Fix..

posted Mar 5, 2015, 5:30 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 10, 2015, 1:44 PM ]

For a few years now I have been complaining to the MLS about ruining our photos.  The message seems to have gotten through and Carl DeMusz is working on a fix.  He is also working on increasing description limit to 1,500 characters from the 1,250 that I got them to last year.  In the meantime, when with our switching over to remax.com for syndication to Trulia & Zillow there is an angle we can use to increase photo quality (at least at T, Z, homes.com & remax.com).  It is extra work for front desk but probably worth the effort if you hire out photography and you can add more than 25 photos, too!  Click HERE for details on how this will work if you are interested.

Buying a computer?

posted Mar 4, 2015, 9:25 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 8, 2015, 7:57 PM ]

For those of you considering purchasing a new laptop or desktop PC please keep in mind that I would be happy to help you pick one out.  I would also point you in the direction of the gentleman who sets my machine up (Tane Maselli) properly so it lives a long, drama free life and lastly I can configure it based on the tools I use the way you want to help you in your day to day business.  Thank you!

Trulia / Zillow Syndication Dilemma & Fix..

posted Mar 4, 2015, 8:27 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 10, 2015, 1:42 PM ]

For those of you who haven't heard Zillow will not be renewing their agreement with Listhub (our syndication vendor) on April 7th.  Zillow has just went through the acquisition of Trulia and there is the threat of Trulia being cut off by Listhub as well.  Here is a descent article explaining what is happening.  Some see this as good, some see it as bad and some don't care.  There are certain things I don't like about syndication but I do not want to be a party to not being on these sites.  With all of the challenges we were having I switched our office from RE/MAX's syndication to Listhub a while ago. Listhub has been more dependable and timely but will now have this void so to fend off future disaster I have switched the Trulia & Zillow syndication back to RE/MAX.  It appears we are good to go but in the event this presents a challenge on the short or long term we will have to switch to an independent vendor.  You don't need to do anything but I would ask that you not change any of the syndication settings in RE/MAX Mainstreet as I have taken care of all of that.

We need your help..

posted Mar 4, 2015, 8:11 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 4, 2015, 8:16 PM ]

When status changes are required on one of your listings please instruct staff accordingly.  Expirations and solds take care of themselves but contingent, pending and reactivation statuses and the like will only be handled if staff are told to do so.  Transactional documents sent to the front desk or the pipeline inferring a status change will not signal staff to to execute status changes.  Thanks!

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