GRAR Technology News
Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • MLS Rules Update
  • Realist News
  • GoMLS Mobile App Update
  • Lone Wolf/TransactionDesk News
  • Homesnap - Guide to Mastery during COVID-19
  • Weekly Webinar Update
MLS Rules Update
The NY State Alliance of MLS’s, a regional joint venture of the Multiple Listing Services in Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, adopted updated MLS Rules on May 4, 2020.   The updates in this case help our combined MLS staff assure that the MLS operates in a manner which satisfies the requirements of Local, State and National rules, regulations, and laws while meeting the needs of participating REALTORS® and the interests of the buying and selling public.
 
The minor clarifications to the rules are with regard to what is appropriate in Public Remarks and in listing photos. As the rule already stated, information in Public Remarks are to be related to characteristics of the property itself only. This means call to action and or marketing info is not permitted. 
 
To avoid any possible violation notices, please review the Public Remarks within all of your current listings by May 31, 2020.   Words like "call" are no longer acceptable.   The only exceptions will be if another MLS rule states that something must be displayed within the Public Remarks. For example, Delayed Showing/Negotiation info and or a recommendation from the MLS that certain verbiage is allowed such as what is temporarily recommended until in person open houses are allowed “Until the NY executive order is lifted, a virtual open house is available. Please do not go to the property.”.
 
In addition, the rules now clarify that a banner on a photo is considered “personal promotion” and is not allowed .
 
View these clarifications to the rules which are noted in red text .
Realist News
Revised Market Trend Report
The newly revised Market Trend report is now available in Realist. View an example of this new report here which includes incorporated dashboard data that wasn’t previously available in prior versions of this report. 

The Market Trends report is available to view in the Realist application, as well as a Quick Print option. At this time, this report is not available in the Customized Print or Email options however this functionality is planned for release in a future build.

Realist Mobile To be Discontinued
As previously announced, with the successful launch of the new Realist platform, a separate mobile app to access Realist from their iOS and Android devices is no longer needed. The new Realist has a mobile-friendly interface that adapts to any screen resolution and aspect ratio, making it a perfect replacement for Realist Mobile which will be discontinued on June 30, 2020. Please note that you may already access the new version of Realist via your mobile web browser instead.  
GoMLS Mobile App Update
From CoreLogic: Updates continue on the GoMLS app as we discover areas for improvement and uncover bugs in need of resolution. The most recent version of the app is now 3.1.23. As ever, we suggest that you update your app, or ideally enable auto-updates.
The most impactful issue in the latest version is that they have fixed an issue caused by a Google library that made ShowingTime unusable on some Android devices. As an added bonus, this fix also improved performance on older Android devices.

See more info about recent updates to the app here:

CoreLogic has also created a new training video for GoMLS that addresses the most common questions shared by agents in the app feedback. You can view this short training video via this link:  GoMLS - Search And Filters (7 mins).
Lone Wolf/TransactionDesk News
The following forms are now in TransactionDesk and on the Contracts and Forms page on GRAR.org.

  • Disclosure - (Fair) Housing Discrimination NYS (4/20)
  • Disclosure - Agency + Fair Housing Bundle NYS (4/20)
  • Fair Housing Notice
On May 11, Lone Wolf released “Marketplace”, where you can find the digital solution for everything you do, and an end-to-end real estate experience for your buyers and sellers. Here's a sneak peek at what you'll find:
Head over to Marketplace to plug and play any of the tools, services, and solutions into your transactions today. Click here or look in the Partners tab in TransactionDesk.
Homesnap - Guide to Mastery
From the Broker Public Portal (BPP):  The BPP with Homesnap has always sought to make agents more productive and successful. Their lives and businesses aren't on hold during this pandemic, and neither are we. We're proud to introduce our BPP Agent Guide to Homesnap during COVID-19 , a resource to help agents use Homesnap's tools to keep moving forward during social distancing. We hope it will help you emerge from this crisis stronger and more productive than before. 
If you missed the HomeSnap 101 session for GRAR Members on Monday, May 18, you can Watch the Recording (58 mins)
Weekly Webinar Update
If you're not “webinar-ed” out and want to spend a little time learning about our tools and/or you missed a webinar over the past weeks, we have a lot of info to share. Visit our online learning page where we have been adding recordings from many sources including recent webinars offered by:

  • Matrix
  • Realist
  • TransactionDesk
  • ShowingTime
  • HomeSnap Pro
  • ListHub
  • eProperty Watch
  • Supra
  • Recorded Webinars From Current and Past Instructors
  • NYSAR Friday Mastery Webinar series
  • REALTORS Property Resource (RPR)
  • realtor.com