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Coronavirus Update: We’re Here for You During the Shelter-In-Place

The statewide shelter-in-place order has undeniably altered all of our lives – both personally and professionally. With new information constantly flowing in, we will be continually updating this page with fresh content as developments unfold. We invite you to check back frequently to stay apprised.

Last Updated: 6/1/2020

 

MLSLISTINGS LIVE “SERVING YOU DURING SIP” RECORDING AVAILABLE

If you missed the premiere episode of MLSListings Live – a live webcast hosted by Mark Messimer with special guest, Dave Wetzel (MLSListings President and CEO) – the recorded version is now available on our YouTube channel here.

In this video, Dave and Mark discuss the many ways MLSListings is serving our subscribers during the shelter-in-place (SIP) order.

Watch the video now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYp1hMDA6BM

 

WATCH OUR CEO’S CORONAVIRUS UPDATE VIDEO

As Dave Wetzel, MLSListings CEO, mentioned in his coronavirus update video, MLSListings employees are now working 100% remote and completely available to support our subscribers during the shelter-in-place (SIP) order.

While we can’t be in the office, Dave wants to reassure you that MLSListings is up and running, as always. We are here to serve you, and it is our goal to operate safely and effectively while maintaining the high level of service you’ve come to expect from us.

Watch Dave’s video now.

 

OUR REMOTE STAFF IS READY TO SUPPORT YOU

MLSListings staff is standing by and prepared to help you, business as usual.

You can always reach us – whether you prefer to communicate by phone, email, or chat, our channels are open and we are here for you.

If you need us, you can still contact us in the same way you always have:

  • Phone: (408) 874-0200 / (800) 546-5657

 

TRAINING UPDATE

Given the importance of social distancing to minimize exposure to and decelerate the spread of the virus, we are temporarily suspending all of our live onsite training, including classes at MLSListings, associations, and brokerage offices.

To offset this, we’ve:

1)    Revamped our online training classes with a fuller webinar schedule. Please visit our updated training calendar and sign up for as many online classes as you’d like. https://mlslistings.secure.force.com/pmtx/evt__SiteEventList

2)    Bolstered our on-demand video library with additional online training classes. We are constantly adding more videos, so we highly recommend you Subscribe to our YouTube channel to ensure you never miss out on a new MLSListings video: https://www.youtube.com/user/mlslistingsInc/

 

PRODUCT UPDATES

With our community’s health and safety in mind, the MLSListings Board of Directors made the following decisions:

1)    Broker Tours and Open House listings are suspended on the MLSListings service, effective immediately. This policy will remain in effect until the SIP order is rescinded. This decision includes all Broker Tours and Open House listings that have already been scheduled; no new Broker Tour or Open House postings will be accepted until the SIP is lifted. Read more: http://portal.mlslistings.com/blog/articles/alert-broker-tours-and-open-house-listings-suspended/

 

DAYS ON MARKET (DOM) TO BE REINSTATED ON MAY 16, 2020

The MLSListings Board of Directors decided to reinstate the calculation of Days on Market (DOM) effective May 16, 2020. Beginning on that date, all active listings in the MLSListings system will once again commence accruing DOM.

For additional details, read this article.

 

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE FEATURE NOW AVAILABLE

With virtual open houses increasingly becoming a necessary instrument in every agent’s toolkit, virtual open houses are now available in our Listing Management application.

Read this article for more details.

You can also watch this video for a step-by-step demonstration of how to enter a virtual open house in the Listing Management application: https://youtu.be/qpy3z7ecXu4

 

NEW VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE ENHANCEMENTS ON MLSLISTINGS.COM

We’ve made several enhancements on our public website to make it easier for users to find and search for listings with virtual open house information.

To learn more, read this article.

 

NEW VIRTUAL TOUR ENHANCEMENTS FOR AGENTS AND CONSUMERS

Recognizing the tremendous value of virtual tours in the coronavirus-hampered real estate market, and MLSListings made some important product enhancements to help agents and consumers leverage the power of virtual tours.

  • Virtual Tour Fields in Listing Management
  • VIDEO: Use Additional Fields Search Options to Find Virtual Tours/Open Houses
  • MLSListings.com Public Website More Virtual Tour-Friendly

To learn more, read this article.

 

MATRIX SEARCH: VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSES & TOURS

We’ve now made it easy to search in Matrix for both virtual open houses and virtual tours.

To learn the details, we invite you to:

 

RULES TEMPORARILY RELAXED

The MLSListings Compliance department is temporarily relaxing the following rules:

  • Public Remarks: We are allowing the use of cooperative URLs (web addresses) in the Public Remarks. For instance, agents may place URLs in the Public Remarks for virtual tours and events such as Facebook Live, but are not allowed to place non-cooperative URLs such as their IDX or business/personal websites.
  • Showing Requirement: We are not enforcing the requirement that all Active listings must be shown within 3 days of listing.
  • No Marketing While Withdrawn: We are not imposing penalties for advertising a property for sale while it is in Withdrawn status.
  • 1 Photo in 1 Day: We are suspending the rule that a photo must be uploaded to a new listing within one day after the list date. Courtesy notices are automatically sent, but fines will not be enforced.

Additionally, depending on the violation and on a case-by-case basis, we will still issue a courtesy notice but will not necessarily fine an agent. Egregious or harmful violations (e.g., offensive or inappropriate language or images, or copyright violations such as using another person’s photograph without permission) will still be enforced, however.

 

ACULIST DAILY MARKET STATS

In these uncertain times, it is vital to remain up-to-date on the local real estate landscape. To keep our subscribers fully informed during this critical juncture, Aculist is providing daily charts with key market statistics, free of charge and uploaded to the Aculist site by noon every weekday.

Data including sold homes, new listings, transactions fell through (TFT), and cancelled or withdrawn homes are gathered and summarized for all five MLSListings counties.

To gain access to the daily charts, go to the Pro site and click the “Aculist Daily Market Stats” text link at the top, or bookmark this page: https://www.aculist.com/aculist-daily-stats/

The daily charts are located in the middle of the page. Use the scroll bar to view them all.

You may also download the charts as a PDF and sign up to automatically receive the daily charts via email.

Watch the following videos for more information:

 

PARTNER OFFERS FOR MLSLISTINGS SUBSCRIBERS DURING COVID-19

MLSListings is committed to helping our subscribers succeed during the COVID-19 crisis, and our partners share a similar sentiment. We invite you to take advantage of these special giveaways and discounts that our partners are offering to MLSListings subscribers:

  • dashCMA Free Through August 1
  • Upgrade to HomeSnap Pro+ for Only $99 ($500 in Savings)
  • NEW: Remine Live Open Houses

For more details on these partner offers, read this article.

 

We recommend the following websites for up-to-the-minute updates on the coronavirus and how it affects you:

 

SHELTER-IN-PLACE REAL ESTATE RESTRICTIONS RELAXED IN SOME COUNTIES STARTING AS EARLY AS MAY 4

Local and state Shelter-in-Place (SIP) orders were recently revised, relaxing real estate restrictions in some MLSListings counties.

Below are links to the latest county-specific information posted on the respective Association of Realtors websites:

The MLSListings Board of Directors reminds our subscribers that it is vitally important to comply with these legal requirements. Local and State governments can easily declare that residential real estate is no longer an essential service and is a public health risk if they notice agents violating the shelter-in-place order and the CDC protection and social distancing protocols.

 

AGENTS MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL/STATE UNEMPLOYMENT

The federal government is providing a flat rate of $600.00 per week through July 31,2020 via the CARES Act; this is in addition to any funds received at the state level. Governor Newsom has implemented a temporary state assembly bill allowing independent contractors and the self-employed to apply for unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 epidemic.

To apply for the state and federal unemployment programs, go to the state Employment Development Department (EDD) website. Once you complete the application for the state, it is automatically connected to the federal funds.

Another benefit instituted by Governor Newsom is waiving the waiting period for benefits.  Once approved, applicants will begin receiving funds effective the date of approval.

For additional information on financial relief for REALTORS®, visit the C.A.R. COVID Relief Hotline page.

 

 

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