New Jersey Multiple Listing Service, Inc. Your Independent Source for Real Estate Data Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:40:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Value Added Product Alert: Homesnap Pro Training Available This Week Wed, 13 Mar 2019 16:24:37 +0000 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. Learn more about how to use Homesnap by signing up for their in-person training. Click on Read More for details.]]> The NJMLS will soon be offering you another value-added product, free of charge, 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.

Learn more about how to use Homesnap by signing up for their in-person training.

In-person training at 3 locations:

Wednesday, March 20th:  Hilton Woodcliff Lake – 200 Tice Boulevard, Woodcliff Lake, NJ
Thursday, March 21st:  Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel – 801 Rutherford Ave, Rutherford, NJ
Friday, March 22nd:  DoubleTree by Hilton – 690 Route 46 East, Fairfield, NJ

In Person Training Links (click link below):

Click on the Homesnap image below for more details:

Look for additional announcements on the XL Paragon Desktop and in your email updating you on the launch of this exciting product.

Change in NJMLS Lyndhurst Office Hours Thu, 24 Jan 2019 21:38:38 +0000 9:00am to 4:00pm, and will not close between 12:00pm and 1:00pm. The days of operation remain Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.]]> To better accommodate members, we are modifying our Lyndhurst office hours. Beginning Monday, February 4, 2019 the office will be open from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and will not close between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

The days of operation remain Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

System Tools That Add Value to Your Membership Tue, 18 Dec 2018 17:29:16 +0000 The NJMLS offers our members many system-integrated, value-added products as part of the membership fee. Additionally, we offer helpful training on these enhancements, so if you are uncertain on how to use them, please give us a call and we will tell you the best resource to use to get started or see the descriptions below for upcoming training offered on these products:

Cloud CMA:  The NJMLS is the only MLS in the state of New Jersey to offer this product free of charge, passing along a savings of $349.95 per year to our members. 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 are the only MLS in New Jersey to offer integration of this transaction management service free of charge to our members. 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.

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 assess 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.

Cloud CMA is Now Available in XL Paragon as Value-Added Product to Our Members Fri, 12 Oct 2018 15:39:34 +0000 The NJMLS is pleased to announce that Cloud CMA, a comparative market analysis and presentation product, has been integrated into XL Paragon and is offered free of charge as a value-added product, passing along an annual savings of $349.95 to our members. It can be found under “CMA Reports” in the navigation bar, or from any search results page in the reports menu. The first time you access Cloud CMA you will be asked to complete your account profile and then enter the information you want displayed on reports, including your photo and office logo.

Cloud CMA gives users the ability to easily create attractive, customized CMA Listing Presentations, Buyer Tours, Property Reports, and Property Flyers from any device. These interactive reports may be designed and presented on a computer, notebook, tablet, or phone. Cloud CMA users will find a variety of report options, including the following:

CMA Report:  Type in the address of the subject property, press one button, and generate a complete CMA which includes:

  • Explanation of a CMA
  • Explanation of Home Values
  • Table of Comparables
  • Map of Comparables
  • Comparable Statistics for chosen market
  • Valuation Analysis
  • Sold Property Analysis
  • Helpful information for sellers about commission distribution, curb appeal, showings and Open House Checklist
  • NJMLS Member Benefits Flyer

Or you may also create your own custom CMA with properties you have selected and pick and choose the sections that display as part of the report.

Buyer Tour:  Let your buyer know what properties you will be showing them, and give them information about the neighborhood including amenities in the area by simply entering in the MLS numbers of the listings that you will be visiting:

  • Listing details and photos
  • Area school information
  • Area restaurant information with Yelp ratings
  • Tips about the home-buying process

Property Report:  Give your buyers and sellers the benefit of a detailed flyer with customized report pages. Choose how data is viewed, change color schemes and fonts and more:

  • Customize report pages to include information about schools, neighborhood information, and restaurants
  • Include area photos
  • Outline different loan scenarios

Property Flyers:  Create beautiful one-sheet flyers including photos and property description.

We will be offering webinar training on how to use Cloud CMA, stepping through how to create each of the reports and explaining many of the options.

User Preferences Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:40:27 +0000 There are some simple ways on our member site, XL Paragon, to engage consumer attention from our public site,  Take some time to complete a few pieces of information in the User Preferences section of the Toolkit.  It will only take a few minutes and may help garner some leads.  Here are some of the highlights you may want to try, outlined according to the section in which you’ll find them in User Preferences:

Section 2
Load/Change Your Agent Photo:  If you’re only going to do one thing, upload a photo into the system.  Not only will this appear when you email a customer report to someone from XL Paragon, it will also filter over to so that consumers will know who you are.  It’s a very visual world, and when people know who they’re going to meet, for example before they’re going to an appointment, it may work in your favor.

Section 5
Accreditations:  If you took the time to get certified and trained in a special area of real estate, for example, Military Relocation, Training in Green Building Features, At Home with Diversity, Senior Residential Specialist, or the many other specialties that are available to Realtors, then let consumers know that if they need someone with your expertise, you’re available.  Choose these in this section by checking the boxes that apply; they will filter to the public site and display on your Agent Page.

Languages Spoken:  If you speak another language (or up to five) you may choose them here.  They will display on the public site and are a searchable option for consumers looking for someone who speaks their language.

Section 8
Biography and Accomplishments:  We have two sections; one where you can create a biography and another to list your accomplishments.  Both of these display on as your Agent Page.

Towns Serviced:  You may choose up to 10 towns where you specialize.  These will filter to the public site, and if a consumer is searching for an agent in one of those towns, your profile will display as part of their search results.

Periodically we offer a webinar to review the features in User Preferences.  If you’re interested,   please  call Michele Cucci at 201-387-1150, ext. 527 to put your name on a list for an upcoming session.

The Many Conveniences of ShowingTime Fri, 29 Jun 2018 22:11:47 +0000 If you’re not using ShowingTime, you’re missing out on a convenient tool which is integrated into XL Paragon; as a member of the NJMLS this is a value-added feature included free with your membership. ShowingTime is a great way to schedule and manage appointments, solicit feedback on showings, and generate feedback and showing activity for sellers, allowing you to optimize your time and help you accomplish more during your busy day.

When you list a property, it is very simple to enable ShowingTime. When you’re in Listing Maintenance and viewing your Current Listings, look in the Action menu – the option to Set Up ShowingTime is displayed. Simply click on this link to access the ShowingTime settings page. Additionally, there is a feature to enable ShowingTime globally on all your listings, giving agents added convenience when requesting showing appointments.

The convenience of using ShowingTime doesn’t end with the ability to request and schedule showing appointments. Did you know there are also features which allow you to create Activity and Showing reports, as well as send Notifications to other NJMLS member agents regarding listing activity, such as a price change?

Reports – There are several reports that can be generated from ShowingTime, including:

  • Listing Activity Report: Review all activity details for the life of the listing. Easily review feedback from showings, document open houses and display other basic information that can be shared with sellers using the Homeowner version of the report. Group emails to showing agents may be sent from here notifying them of upcoming open houses or price adjustments.
  • Showings I Have Requested: View all the appointments you have scheduled on any listings using ShowingTime.
  • Send Notifications: Send price change or other notifications to agents that have shown your listing or to all agents in your office, by going into Listing Maintenance in XL Paragon, highlighting the listing you want to send the notification on and then choosing Set up ShowingTime>Listing Activity Report>Send Notifications.

Feedback – You are able to schedule requests for feedback to go out automatically via email at specific intervals to showing agents. ShowingTime also allows you to modify the design and settings on the feedback form.

Look for subsequent articles about additional ShowingTime features, including the ShowingTime Mobile App.

Are You Using the Watch List? Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:00:10 +0000 If your goal is to keep your eye on a single property (or properties) in XL Paragon, either by MLS # or by address, you should be using the Watch List. This feature is ideal if you are:

  • Tracking for price reduction for interested buyer, in which case you may want to add contact information for the buyer in the “notes” section so you have it readily available.
  • Watching for closing information for a potential new comp on a CMA.
  • Tracking accurate reporting information on a transaction you are involved with.
  • Tracking an off-market property that your buyer has shown interest in. Adding a property that is not listed to your Watch List adds it to a section labeled Watching for Future Listing.
  • Track activity in building complexes. Working often in named building complexes? You can set up your Watch List to notify you of listing activity in the entire complex in one simple set up.

Watch Building Complex

The Watch List link is found at the top of Full and Customer Reports. If you want to add a property to your Watch List, click on the link. You will be given the option to either Watch by Address (which allows you to continue getting alerts if the property is relisted) or to Watch by MLS Number.

To access listings saved to your Watch List, use the “New Watch List Activity” button that is found under “My Updates” on the XL Paragon Desktop or for more convenience, activate the “Email Alerts” option to receive these notifications in your inbox.

Maintaining the Integrity of the NJMLS Data Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:10:31 +0000 If you’re relying on statistics to keep up to date on market trends and conditions, or you’re compiling listings for comparables to send to customers to assist them in buying or selling a home, you depend on the data you retrieve from XL Paragon.  This data comes from the information you provide when entering and managing your listings, so it is very important that this is timely and complies with the guidelines the NJMLS provides for you in our Rules and Regulations regarding putting listings into the system and status changes.

As a reminder, most of these follow the “24 Hour Rule.”  Although we don’t formally call it that, it’s an easy way to remember how long you have to complete certain tasks.  Basically, you have 24 hours from the time you have fully executed paperwork (all owners on the deed and your broker must sign) to:

  • Enter a listing into XL Paragon
  • Withdraw a listing from the system
  • Extend a listing (up to midnight on the date of expiration)
  • Make a price change

These two changes do not require paperwork but they do need to be made in the system within 24 hours:

  • Change the status of a listing from Active to Attorney Review in Progress (ARIP)
  • Change the status of a listing from ARIP to Under Contract (UC)

The one change that does not follow this rule is marking a listing from Under Contract to Sold.  We allow seven calendar days from the time of closing to make this change in the system.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please call us or refer to the NJMLS Rules and Regulations, which can be found in the Toolkit in XL Paragon.

Using zipForm® Plus just got easier! Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:59:01 +0000 We are pleased to let you know NJMLS is providing our members with an upgrade to the zipForm® Plus transaction management service available through NJ Realtors. NJMLS members now have the MLS-PUSH feature that lets you push data directly from a listing in XL Paragon to a zipForm® transaction. Plus, you’ll have the convenience of Single Sign-On integration so you are automatically logged in when you go from our XL Paragon system to the zipForm® Plus site. This time-saving solution lets you quickly auto populate contracts/forms and gives you a streamlined experience when navigating between systems.

To initiate the process, simply click on the “Start Contract” link located at the top of all Full Reports. The first time you do, you will see an interim screen that prompts you to buy what is normally a fee based service.  Since NJMLS is providing this service to our members FREE of charge, just click on the “BUY” button and you will be brought straight into zipForms to start your contract. After this, you should no longer see this interim screen.

Only after you complete this initial process you will also be able to use the zipFormMLS-Connect® option on the zipForm site which lets you enter an NJMLS number and pull the listing data directly from XL Paragon.  So no matter which site you’re on, XL Paragon or zipForm, you can populate contracts and forms with NJMLS listing data quickly and easily!

Engage Your Prospects with Client Connect Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:27 +0000 There is a new feature in Prospects that lets you offer your customers the ability to run and save a simple property search in their Client Connect Prospect Page. Here’s how it works:

You control the option: A new option labeled “Enable Property Search” will appear on the “Set-Up” screen when you create a new Prospect, and will also appear at the top of the “Run Matches” screen to allow you to add the feature to any of your current Prospects.

Your prospects are informed: The first time your customers go to their Client Connect Prospect Page after you turn on this option, they will see an alert explaining the new feature which allows them to run a simple property search based on limited criteria. When they save a search, a message will let them know you will be notified of their additional interests.

You are kept in the loop: After your customers save a search, you will receive an email that lists the search criteria they have saved. This gives you the opportunity to engage with your customers by suggesting you set up their additional search to generate email alerts when there are new matches.

For more information on the changes to Client Connect, please click on the link below: