New Jersey Multiple Listing Service, Inc. https://www.newjerseymls.com Your Independent Source for Real Estate Data Tue, 07 Jul 2020 15:10:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.14 Realist 2020 https://www.newjerseymls.com/2020/04/realist-2020/ Tue, 28 Apr 2020 22:27:41 +0000 http://www.newjerseymls.com/?p=10866 Realist®, the public-record database integrated into our MLS system, has launched their new Realist 2020 platform. This new user interface no longer requires Flash and is mobile-friendly/responsive, so you can access using any device. New features include:

  • A new View Results field with “count-on-the-fly” feature, displays the number of matches as criteria is added without having to click on the search button.
  • All returned results will be displayed on the map with color coded map pins to indicate the listing status when available.
  • A new Cards View displays a photo and a few fields of key information for each property.
  • A new Sell Score Indicator graph indicates the likelihood a property will be listed for sale in the next 6 months.

For more information, click on the links below to view these videos or print flyer:
Video: An Introduction to the New Realist
Video: How to Use the Realist Search Tools
Flyer: New Realist Interface Features

Click to register for the following webinar:
Realist Webinar on May 14, 2020 10:00 AM

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NJMLS Information Recap https://www.newjerseymls.com/2020/03/njmls-covid-19-information-recap/ Fri, 20 Mar 2020 15:53:14 +0000 http://www.newjerseymls.com/?p=10523 We know you are receiving many emails right now, so to help, here is a summary to keep you up to date on anything you may have missed along with some new information:

Update to NJMLS Statistical Trends
For insight into recent market trends, click here to view a comparison of weekly NJMLS statistics, March to date, 2020 vs 2019. (Ordered from newest to oldest week.)

For insight into the first six months of the year, click here to view a comparison of First Half NJMLS statistics, 2020 vs 2019.

Detailed Showing Instructions
It is extremely important that listing information is clear, accurate and up-to–date, and this is especially true for showing instructions. It is incumbent on listing agents to provide detailed information in the showing instructions of their listings, including whether showings are virtual or in-person, the days and times showings are allowed, whether a COVID-19 waiver is required, limits on the number of people who can attend a showing, etc. Recognizing that situations change quickly, we strongly encourage listing agents to regularly check and update the showing instructions on all their listings. Equally important, showing agents must take care to read and follow these instructions to the letter and contact the listing agent or office prior to a showing if there are any questions.

If the showing instructions specify using ShowingTime, this feature must be enabled. As a reminder, using ShowingTime allows the listing agent to specify the type of appointment (virtual, in-person, or both) and to block the days and times in which showings are not permitted. We’ve also included in Listing Maintenance a new option to choose Virtual Showing Only in Showing Instruction choices (yellow field).

Reminder: Annual Fee
If you have not made payment, this is a reminder that your $222 annual membership fee invoice for the July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 period is due.

To make an online credit card or electronic check payment, click on the large banner on the XL Paragon Desktop. Select Click here to pay or view your charges online. Once you reach the Internet Member Services screen, select Accounts Receivable.

The payment due date was June 30th, but we have extended a grace period until August 31st for those who need it. Please email support@njmls.com to let us know if you need additional time to make payment or if you will not be renewing your membership so we may update our records accordingly.

Open Houses Now Permitted By State
As part of Stage 2 of the lifting of restrictions, the state of NJ is now permitting Open Houses effective June 15th. All parties must wear masks, practice social distancing, and follow indoor gathering restrictions.

We have removed the restriction in our system and you are now able to schedule an Open House or Broker Tour on your listings. The option to schedule a Virtual Open House will remain available.

Please check with your Broker and follow any policy your office may have on holding Open Houses or Broker Tours. In addition, please make sure to obtain approval from homeowners and building/facility management as well.

REALTORS® Care Foundation
During this unprecedented period we are living through, the support the REALTORS® Care Foundation provides to those in need is more important than ever. Please take a moment to view a message from the RCF President and consider making a donation to add your support if you are able.


COVID-19 Waiver
When adding Associated Docs to your listing, a new label option is now available for COVID-19 WAIVER. Agents will have the option to include these documents when emailing the Customer with Documents report from the system.

Watch List Update
An update has been made to the Watch List feature, allowing text message alerts to be received on listings being watched by MLS number. Once there is a change on the listing an alert will be sent to the contact phone number on file. The choice to receive an alert via text message displays when you add the listing to your Watch List.

Governor Extends Executive Order
On May 6th, Governor Murphy signed an Executive Order that extends the Public Health Emergency in New Jersey another 30 days. Please click here for details.

New in Cloud CMA
Cloud CMA has released a new Listing Presentation tool, Cloud CMA Live. This new functionality, accessible in the existing Cloud CMA product, provides the ability to present a live, virtual listing presentation on any device by linking to one of several meeting room/video-conferencing tools provided in a drop-down menu.

Video: Cloud CMA Live Video

New Realist 2020
Realist®, the public-record database integrated into our MLS system, has launched their new Realist 2020 platform. This new user interface no longer requires Flash and is mobile-friendly/responsive, so you can access using any device and includes several new features.

Video: An Introduction to the New Realist
Video: How to Use the Realist Search Tools
Flyer: New Realist Interface Features

ShowingTime™ Updates
ShowingTime has released new listing controls for virtual showings. With this new setting, listing agents can now configure their listings for 1) Virtual Appts Only, 2) In-Person and Virtual Appts, or 3) In-Person Appts Only. Unless you specify otherwise, listings will default to allow both In-Person and Virtual Showings. For more information, please click here.

For showing agents, ShowingTime added a new appointment type called Virtual Showing. For more information, click here.

To view a ShowingTime chart for trends in NJMLS ShowingTime Appointments, click here.

Delayed Showings
Listings with Delayed Showings will temporarily not accrue Days on Market. Please note: the NJMLS can only control the number of “Days on Market” within our own system and not on third party sites like Zillow and realtor.com.

As a reminder, a Delayed Showing Form must be signed by the sellers, listing Broker, and listing agent and uploaded as an Associated Document to the listing when a property cannot be shown for more than three calendar days from the listing date.

Fields for Virtual Open Houses and Realtor Tours
We have released a system enhancement which allows you to display links to Virtual Open Houses and Virtual Realtor Tours on listing reports. These options are available by going to Modify Listing or by using the Tour/Open House link. The Virtual Open House information is also displayed on njmls.com and sites that NJMLS syndicates to such as Zillow, Realtor.com, and Homesnap.

To view the National Association of REALTORS’® descriptions of virtual options, click here.

Remine Live Open House
Remine has launched new Live Open House features. These new features will enable you to create live open houses that other agents and clients can easily search for and watch — while practicing social distancing. As part of your NJMLS membership, you will also get access to Remine Live’s streaming capability, which is exclusively available in Remine Pro. To learn more, click to view the blog article: Remine Enables Live Open Houses.

As a reminder, the Governor’s Executive Order prohibits traditional Open Houses at this time and specifies that real estate showings may be conducted on a one-on-one basis only.

Information from New Jersey REALTORS®
The New Jersey REALTORS’® website contains important information to provide REALTORS® with assistance during this period impacted by COVID-19:

To view New Jersey REALTORS’® list of FAQs for the Real Estate Industry, click here.
To view New Jersey REALTORS’® list of Unemployment FAQs, click here.
To view New Jersey REALTORS’® new Addendum Regarding Coronavirus, an additional addendum to the Standard Form of Real Estate Contract, click here.

March 30 Update from New Jersey REALTORS®
New Jersey REALTORS® received the following response from the Governor’s Office regarding showings and open houses which are now included in the FAQs on their website: Per Governor Murphy’s March 30 clarification to Executive Order 107, “Realtors can operate and show houses to prospective buyers on a 1-on-1 basis or to immediate families. There is a prohibition on open houses.”

System Changes
We have made changes to listings with Delayed Showings and WT listings to temporarily not count Days On Market (DOM). For more information, click here.

Executive Order
To view the statewide Executive Order 107 from NJ Governor Murphy, click here.

NJ Information Hub
For up-to-date information from the nj.gov website, click here.

Supporting You
Though our offices are currently closed, the NJMLS staff is still here to support you via phone, live chat, and email during our regular business hours. To learn more, click here.

Best Practices
For best practices from the National Association of REALTORS®, click here.

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NJMLS Listing Fee Reduced https://www.newjerseymls.com/2020/01/njmls-listing-fee-reduced/ Wed, 08 Jan 2020 16:30:05 +0000 http://www.newjerseymls.com/?p=9745 Providing members with more value has always been our priority. That’s why the NJMLS has maintained or reduced our fees year after year while also adding products and services, like Cloud CMA, Remine Pro, and Homesnap Pro, at no additional cost for our membership. Now we are going one step further — we’re reducing our listing fee for published listings by 25% — from $40 to $30. That’s a $10 savings on each property listed for sale!

The NJMLS Board of Directors voted to reduce the fee effective January 1, 2020. The reduced listing fee will be reflected in the February invoices (when listings entered in January are billed). It’s one more way the NJMLS continues to give members even more value!

We hope this helps kick off a very successful year for all.

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Put ShowingTime to Work for You https://www.newjerseymls.com/2019/12/put-showingtime-to-work-for-you/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:00:58 +0000 http://www.newjerseymls.com/?p=9482 ShowingTime is one of the many integrated products the NJMLS provides free as part of your membership; it streamlines the process of requesting and confirming listing appointments, providing assistance in simplifying a fundamental aspect of your business. Listing Agents enable this feature on their listings, allowing appointments to be requested on line. Showing Agents simply click on the icon which displays on a Full Report to request an appointment.

ShowingTime also provides other tools to help manage these appointments: including creating a Showing Cart for your buyers, messaging agents, creating Feedback reports, and more. To learn about these features, sign up for the ShowingTime Webinar which will take place on Tuesday, January 14th from 1:00-2:00pm. Please login to XL Paragon and use the link on the Desktop to register.

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Spotlight on Training Folders https://www.newjerseymls.com/2019/11/spotlight-on-training-folders/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 21:58:27 +0000 http://www.newjerseymls.com/?p=9188 We provide a valuable training resource for our members that can be accessed anytime. Whether used as a companion to training that you take with an instructor, or to learn something about the system on your own, there is a wealth of information available to you.

These folders include instruction ranging from topics covered in Orientation to very specific instruction on features such as Realist and Homesnap PRO.

Recently, we have started to build a Training Video library, where you will find videos to step you through system features including Prospecting, Cloud CMA, Creating Labels, Watch List, Hotsheets and more. These videos make it easy for you to become more acquainted with how to use this functionality at your own pace.

To find these folders, login to XL Paragon, go to Toolkit, and then choose Forms, Docs, & Gen Info > Training Videos. These will all be labeled beginning with the keyword, “training.”

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Now Available: NJMLS Provides Remine Pro FREE to Members! https://www.newjerseymls.com/2019/09/coming-soon-njmls-to-provide-remine-pro-for-members/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 18:14:52 +0000 http://www.newjerseymls.com/?p=8814 NJMLS is pleased to announce we have added this popular tool to the many resources available to members — free of charge. Remine PRO normally costs Realtors $199 per month versus the Starter plan offered by other MLS organizations. To take advantage of this powerful new integrated tool, login to XL Paragon and go to the Desktop messages to register for upcoming training.

Remine combines MLS data, public records, and predictive analytics in a map-based interface that helps you find new business opportunities.

  • Search for active and off-market properties and get insights such as sell scores, ownership time, property values, and home equity
  • Track properties and get timely alerts based on changes in sell score, occupancy, MLS activity,
    and other data
  • Create CMAs quickly and easily using both MLS and off-market data

With Remine PRO you get these features included at no charge:

  • Contact Information with phone numbers* and email addresses at no cost (normally $3/record)
  • Expanded Cart track up to 10,000 records (normally 500)
  • Buy Scores in addition to Sell Scores, lets you target both potential buyers and sellers
  • Engage with clients with your invitation-only Agent Portal to save search, chat, and more
  • Free Credit Report can be included for your client
  • Free Document E-signing Tool
  • Additional Map Layers:  Absentee Owners, Flood Zones, Neighborhood Maps, Property Value and Equity, School Maps and Distressed Properties

* Do Not Call phone numbers flagged as DNC.

 

Information regarding Remine training may be found in the XL Paragon Desktop messages.

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Mobile Options to Help Agents Work on the Go https://www.newjerseymls.com/2019/07/mobile-options-to-help-agents-work-on-the-go/ Tue, 30 Jul 2019 17:41:34 +0000 http://www.newjerseymls.com/?p=8227 The NJMLS provides several mobile options, each designed for “on the go” solutions:

  • NJMLS Mobile View:  Designed to work on your mobile device, the NJMLS Mobile View allows members to work within the system in real time. There is no app required to use the Mobile View; login to XL Paragon on your mobile device and you will be prompted to choose this option. The work you do in the Mobile View will update automatically in XL Paragon. Currently, features available in this view include Quick Search (by MLS #, Address, Name), View Hotsheets and Watch List Alerts, Search Tools (Near Me, Property, Hotsheets, Tour/Open House, Cloud CMA, Roster), Listing Maintenance (view your listings, make price changes, extend expiration dates, add Tour/Open House dates), view Reports, get Alerts, access Contacts, Communication Logs, and more.
  • NJMLS App:  Agents can easily access listing information on the go, search for listings based on geographic location, MLS #, Address, City or Zip Code. Members may also view tax data, Realtor Tours, Showing Instructions, and more. The consumer version of the NJMLS app provides the public view of NJMLS listings and can be used to generate leads back to agents. Members with IDX service can share a branded version of the app with clients.
  • Homesnap PRO:  This platform provides information on any home, whether or not it is for sale, such as value, last list date and price, listing history, lot boundaries, etc., and combines that with MLS listing data. The NJMLS provides the Homesnap Pro App as a free, value-added service to our members. It provides NJMLS listing and property information to agents on the go, allowing you to research homes, contact other agents, and communicate with clients. Agents can also share the app and work in collaboration with their existing clients, as well as receive leads from consumers searching the public version.
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Changes to Showing Instructions https://www.newjerseymls.com/2019/06/changes-to-showing-instructions/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:58:47 +0000 http://www.newjerseymls.com/?p=7962 There’s nothing more frustrating than finding the perfect property to show to your customer and then not having clear or accurate showing instructions on the listing. Conversely, when a showing agent doesn’t follow the instructions it can be frustrating for everyone. To help make showing instructions more standardized and easier to follow, we recently made a few changes:

1. There is a new, required field with a menu of choices:

  • Use Showing Time
  • Text Listing Agent for Confirmed Appointment
  • Call Listing Agent for Confirmed Appointment
  • Call Listing Office for Confirmed Appointment
  • Call Owner for Confirmed Appointment
  • Call Tenant for Confirmed Appointment
  • Key in Office
  • Go Direct/NJMLS KeyBox Installed
  • Other/See Showing Instructions

2. The text field Showing Instructions/Agent Remarks has be broken into two text fields:

  • Showing Instructions:  to be used for additional details on showings
  • Agent Remarks:  to be used for links or additional confidential information or disclosures to be shared with other agents
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The NJMLS: We Give You More Than Just Listing Maintenance https://www.newjerseymls.com/2019/05/the-njmls-we-give-you-more-than-just-listing-maintenance/ Wed, 01 May 2019 17:34:39 +0000 http://www.newjerseymls.com/?p=7436 The NJMLS continues to offer our members many system-integrated products that are provided at no extra charge as part of the membership fee (which has remained the same since 2007). We strive to always be on the lookout for products and services that help streamline your workflow:

Cloud CMA:  Cloud CMA is an option we are providing to create a customized CMA Report; it also allows users to create Buyer’s Tour Reports, Property Detail Reports, and Property Flyers.

ZipForm Start Contract Integration:  We offer two integrations in zipForm® Plus. First, a quick and simple way to write a Contract of Sale, using the MLS-PUSH feature that pushes data directly from a listing in XL Paragon to a zipForm® transaction. You also have the convenience of being automatically logged in when you go from our XL Paragon system to the zipForm® Plus site. New integration features continue to streamline members’ workloads. Second, a new integration that allows you to send your Listing Agreement, Change of Status Form, or Withdrawal Form PDF directly into a new or existing zipForm® Plus transaction folder for e-signing.

ShowingTime Appointment Scheduling Service:  Save time, reduce calls, and generate showings by enabling ShowingTime on your listings. ShowingTime provides a simpler way to schedule and manage showings, request feedback from showing agents, create listing activity reports, schedule buyer’s tours, and send notifications to agents who have shown your listings.

Realist:  This property database allows users to search for properties and listings, flood maps, assessor maps, and zoning maps. You can also evaluate market conditions and trends, identify comparable properties, search for distressed properties, and more. Tax data is available for all 21 counties in New Jersey and nine counties in New York.

Supra MLS Integration:  Members whose keys have been assigned by the NJMLS are able to access the Supra MLS integration, found on the Full Reports of their listings. Simply use the icons provided to quickly assign a keybox to a listing, access a showing report to see which agents have opened the keybox, and unassign a keybox from a listing when the property is off-market.

Homesnap Pro:  This popular app and its consumer companion, Homesnap, is designed so agents can work in collaboration with their clients from their mobile devices.

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Attention Designated Realtors: Homesnap Has Been Added as a Syndication Option https://www.newjerseymls.com/2019/03/attention-designated-realtors-homesnap-has-been-added-as-a-syndication-option/ Fri, 29 Mar 2019 19:03:13 +0000 http://www.newjerseymls.com/?p=7037 You can now syndicate your office listings to Homesnap and your agents will get FREE leads from consumers who use Homesnap to search for homes every month. Go to your Manage Listing Syndication Page in XL Paragon and select the new option to SUBSCRIBE TO HOMESNAP.

Homesnap Pro is offered by the NJMLS as a value-added product, free of charge. This popular app and its consumer companion, Homesnap, is designed so agents can work in collaboration with their clients from their mobile devices. Homesnap is a market-leading national home search platform that provides real-time MLS data to consumers and free leads for agents. The integrated Homesnap platform provides agents with access to powerful, intelligent mobile tools that accelerate their success.

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