March 2020 Issue
  • Clear Cooperation - Rule Clarification
  • Matrix News and Tips - New User Interface Coming Next Week and School Deep Links from Matrix to RPR Available Today
  • The ALL-New Homesnap Pro is Here
  • ShowingTime News - Keep Your Clients in the Loop
  • RPR Corner - Sign up for "The ABCs of RPR Webinar"
  • MLS and Tech Classes - Tech Tuesday Topic: TransactionDesk Templates
Clear Cooperation Rule Clarification
Regarding Clear Cooperation, we have received a couple of clarifications from NAR. NAR has confirmed that the agent is responsible for their seller’s and vendor’s actions and if the seller or vendor do something that violates the rule, the agent will be held responsible. The three most common instances are:
  1. The seller posts photos, videos, etc. on social media more than 1 business day prior to listing
  2. A sign vendor puts a sign in the yard more than 1 business day prior to listing
  3. The seller posts coming soon or for sale on Zillow (or other social media) and posts: contact agent

Please make sure you take a moment to explain the Clear Cooperation Rule to both sellers and vendors so there are no issues. We realize that sometimes sellers and vendors act without consulting you, and the best way to avoid a fine is to explain the requirements of clear cooperation very early in your relationship.

Also, NAR has clarified that past clients and prospects that you are not actively seeking homes for/showing homes to are considered members of the public for advertising purposes. This is much stricter than their initial guidance, so please note this change if you are taking an office exclusive listing. You are only permitted to discuss an exclusive listing with your clients who are actively seeking to buy a home and the other agents in your firm.

To review all there is to know about Clear Cooperation so far, please see these links:

  • Click here to learn more about how this policy will be handled locally including FAQs (published 12.19.19)
  • Click here for additional Q & A's (published 1.27.20)
  • Click here to see the fine schedule (Appendix A) for UNYREIS
  • Click here to learn more from NAR including a recorded webinar on this topic
Matrix Tips

Matrix Add/Edit and Search Pages to be Updated

Starting Monday, March 2 and continuing on March 3, you may notice some subtle changes to Matrix Add/Edit and also on the Search screens. CoreLogic will be doing some updating to the user experience in Matrix. This will not cause any downtime for users but you may notice if you log out and back on those days subtle changes like not having to scroll down to in a field to select more choices and or no longer needing to use the CTRL key to select multiple choices in a pick list.

School Deep Links From Matrix to RPR

Starting Tuesday, February 25, “School Deep Links” will be enabled on Agent Displays in Matrix.

Deep links are simply hyperlinks found on the Internet or apps, that allow users to drill down directly into specific information. Found within all sorts of digital content and applications, these links let users save time by skipping a site’s homepage or other unnecessary steps. As it relates to RPR usage, deep linking allows an MLS product to link directly to a “deep” interior page of RPR.

With this new feature powered by RPR, school names on your listings will now be hyperlinked starting today. Clicking on the link will allow you to generate a report with details about the school, including the school and district ratings, school facts and reviews.
School Reports will be:
  • Fully Agent branded
  • Available for Elementary, Middle, High School and District
  • Easily customized
  • Can be printed or shared
The ALL-NEW Homesnap Pro Has Arrived!
Say hello to the All-New Homesnap Pro — free to agents as a UNYREIS membership benefit. With property heat maps to help agents find seller leads, in-depth historical property records, new search filters, and unlimited homeowner contact info, it’s one of the most powerful real estate agent tools in the country!

Start exploring now. Visit your app store to download the Homesnap app. Log in as an agent by selecting your MLS first (select UNYREIS – Upstate NY Real Estate Information Services). Claim your "UNYREIS Identity" if a first time Homesnap user and then log in with your Matrix credentials. You will be using HomesnapPro as an agent and have access to many more features vs. using that app as a member of the public!

View the video below for a quick overview of what's new!
ShowingTime Newsletter
Do your clients often ask who is visiting their home for a showing? Now, ShowingTime has released a new setting in ShowingTime that gives you the option to display these details to your clients. This setting puts you in control of what showing agent’s details you’d like to share with your clients. Up until now, this setting was controlled by your MLS or brokerage and if you do not edit it, this will remain the default option.

Sharing settings include:
Sharing Setting>>

No, do not share

Yes, share agent's company only

Yes, share agent's name & company
Yes, share all agent contact details
What Appears in "My Home"

Contact your agent for information regarding the showing agent

An agent with Show Street Realty

Carol Barna with Show Street Realty

Carol Barna with Show Street Realty
Contact: Mobile - (312) 555-5555
Visit the preference section in your profile to set sharing options for all current and future listings. If you have a specific listing that you would like handled differently, you may set sharing options at the listing level.
RPR Corner
The ABCs of RPR Webinar

When considering adoption of a new business tool, new and seasoned REALTORS ® want to know “what will it do for me and how will it help my business?”

Join this webinar to gain a basic understanding of how to use RPR’s dynamic data and best-in-class tools to help attract, retain and lead clients to the closing table.

  • Tue., March 3 at 3:00 pm
  • Tue., April 2 at 3:00 pm
  • Tue., May 5 at 3:00 pm

* If you can’t make the online workshop, sign up anyway! They’ll send you the recording.
Upcoming MLS/Tech Classes
March Tech Tuesday Topic

"TransactionDesk Templates - Save time and effort!!"
Date: March 3
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
CE: 0 hours
Instructor: Andrea Noto-Siderakis and Christine Whites
Cost: Free but registration required

GRAR's Technology Committee sponsors Tech Tuesdays on one Tuesday each month! Join us for an informal session about various topics to help you get a better handle on some of our technology benefits and other tech topics.

Join Tech Committee Members and REALTOR®'s, Christine Whites and Andrea Noto-Siderakis, at the March 3 session to learn about Transaction Desk Templates . Templates save time and effort! Set-up the system once and let the system do the work for you. You can set up Templates for forms, teams, documents, checklists and transactions and even pre-fill certain fields that you almost always fill in the same way . If you need it to be different for a certain transaction, you can change any field on the fly.

Register now for this informative seminar, as seating is limited.

Matrix Webinar at GRAR Geared to Appraisers

Date: Tuesday, March 3
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
CE: 0 hours
Instructor: Willie Fluck, CoreLogic National Instructor
Cost: Free but registration required

Become a Matrix™ power user!

This course is geared towards appraisers but all are welcome, teaching the advanced features of Matrix 360 with appraisal processes and practices in mind.

Start with customizing the Matrix displays to work the way you do. Learn how to use the many search functions to find comparable properties and relevant market data for analysis, including how to create custom searches and displays.
Discover how to avoid redundancy, by saving your searches and search results for easy storage and retrieval.

See new ways statistical tools and reporting options can be leveraged to identify area trends and market adjustments. In situations where more advanced analytics are necessary, learn how to export data from Matrix for use in other applications.

Also, observe ways to quickly validate property characteristics, confirm sales transactions, find tax information and identify neighborhood demographics using Realist®.