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Adding photos to your listing “later”

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
November 21st, 2014

We always recommend adding all of your photos before your listing goes active. If possible, use our pre listing manager link or email us your photos prior to your listing going active. This will ensure that all 3rd party websites display your photos correctly and quickly.

On rare occasion, it’s just not possible to get all of your photos in before listing day. If this happens, you want to use our private client area to add photos or email the photos to info@congressrealty.com. When the listing goes active, you will receive a login and password to our private client area. This will arrive via email. Once you login, you will see a tab that will say add photos. From here, click the add photo tab and add your updated photos. It typically takes us no more than 1 day to make a change to a listing from the time we receive it.

The thing you want to avoid is adding your photos to our pre listing manager AFTER the listing has gone active. This link should only be used PRIOR to your listing being activated.

Colorado

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
September 5th, 2014

As many Colorado residents are aware, the state of Colorado has done away with all limited service listings. This does not affect Congress Realty. We strive to adhere to the new rules/laws set forth by the state of Colorado by performing the following services at NO additional cost.

  • We will receive and present all offers to the seller.
  • We will answer questions regarding any offer or counter offer.
  • We will speak to the buyer broker and fwd all communication b/w the parties during the negotiation period.
  • We will be available via phone during closing to answer any questions.

While many disagree with the rules/laws set forth by Colorado, we still must comply. All Colorado homeowners who list a property through Congress Realty must conduct negotiations through Congress Realty and not directly with the broker representing the buyer. This is not a Congress Realty rule but now a state Law. While I know this is frustrating to many Colorado residents, we must abide by the laws set forth by each individual state. BEWARE OF ANY COMPANY THAT ADVERTISES THAT THEY WILL SIMPLY LIST YOUR HOME ON THE MLS IN COLORADO!!! This is a violation of Colorado law. Every broker must perform typical full service duties in Colorado. Congress Realty provides these services to Colorado residents at no additional cost.

NOTE – this only affects the state of Colorado.

State Approved Documents Included with every listing!

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
July 16th, 2014

When you list a property with Congress Realty, we send out a listing is active email notification. In this email, you will receive a login and password to our private client area. Once you log in, you will see a blue hyperlink that says “State Files”. Clicking this hyperlink will take you to your specific state documents. Each document is uploaded as a PDF file and can be printed at anytime.

What types of forms are available?

Purchase contracts, Counter Offers, Disclosures, etc…

How do I know what forms I need?

You always need the basic disclosures. Additional disclosure requirements will be mentioned in your purchase agreement.

What if I need a form that I can’t find on your site?

This can happen from time to time for a couple of reasons. If the document needed is a state approved document, we can get it for you. If you don’t see it listed, just email or call us and we will get it for you. If the document is not a state approved document but is requested by your buyer, we can still almost always get it for you. Just let us know what you need.

 

Temporarily Off Market versus Cancelled Status

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
May 8th, 2014

You have your property listed on the MLS and for one reason or another, you need it removed. What should you do?

The first thing to decide is why you want to remove the property and do you want the property to come back on the market in the near future?

Temporarily Off Market status means that the property is coming back on the market in the near future under that same MLS #. The listing is basically on hold. A property really should not be in TOM status for more than 60 days. Let’s say you want to go out of the country for 10 days and prefer not to have any showings while you are gone…TOM is a great option for you. The negative to temporarily off market status is that the days on market counter still ticks away. The advantage is that there is no fee for taking the property to TOM status and then re-activating it again in the future.

Cancelled status means exactly that. You are cancelling the entire listing. Once a listing is cancelled, we can not bring that listing back again under that same MLS #. The only way to list the property again would be to create a new listing. Cancelled status does have it’s benefits. It allows you to bring back the listing in the future as a new listing, thus resetting the Days on Market counter. (provided you are off the market for the MLS required # of days to reset the DOM counter) (In most areas, it is 30 days) Example – Cancelled status would be an appropriate selection for a property that has been rented and will be off the market for more than 60 days.

Realtor.com

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
February 19th, 2014

What is the true value of Realtor.com? How does my home reach Realtor.com?

The first thing to keep in mind is that Realtor.com is not the MLS. Realtor.com is not owned by NAR. Realtor.com is similar to any other 3rd party site in that they take bits and pieces of data from the MLS and publish this info to the public. As you may have guessed, Realtor.com has lost a substantial amount of online traffic to sites like Zillow and Trulia. Zillow and Trulia give agents more flexibility with their listings by allowing agents to edit certain content on their respective websites. Realtor.com on the other hand does not have the technology in place to allow such editing. Furthermore, Realtors(R) can display MLS search features on their own personal websites. To summarize, everywhere you look, you can search the same data that Realtor.com is providing. However, most of these new sites feature ground breaking new technology that make your online experience much more enjoyable and reliable.

Getting your home listed on Realtor.com or any IDX related search is quite simple. You just have to be listed on the MLS. If your home is on the MLS, it will appear on Realtor.com. (barring some sort of error on the part of Realtor.com)

I will give two examples of why Realtor.com is nowhere near as popular as it once was. Let’s look at 2 different markets. In the Houston market, most everyone use the HAR website for public MLS searches. In Tucson, they use TARMLS.com. Both of these sites are sponsored by the actual MLS in that local market. As a result, the information these sites provide is the most accurate and up to date information available in these respective markets. They absolutely clobber sites like Realtor.com for this reason.

Getting your home on HAR.com or TARMLS.com is just as simple as getting your home on Realtor.com. The property just has to be listed on the MLS.

Our Photo tool and how/when to use it

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
January 6th, 2014

http://www.congressrealty.com/Flat-Fee-MLS-Listings/PreListing/default.aspx

The link above will take you to our photo tool. This link should be used to upload your MLS photos prior to listing activation. It is imperative that you upload your photos to this link BEFORE your listing is activated.

The way the site works is fairly simple. You can upload 10 photos at a time. The system keeps track of your photos based upon your name and address. Lets say that you have 25 photos to upload. Add 10 under your address and name…hit submit. Then go back and do it again under the same name/address and so forth… Hit submit and you are done.

What if I want to add my photos after the listing is active? We STRONGLY recommend against this. It is in your best interest to follow the instructions above. However, the alternative is to use our private customer area to add photos after the the listing is active.

Do I have to send my paperwork in before adding my photos to the Congress Realty photo tool? No, you can add your photos BEFORE you ever send us anything. Our system tracks everything by name and address and will store your photos in our system essentially forever.

Congress Realty Recognized by Agent Match

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
December 3rd, 2013

Agent Match was developed by Realtor.com to recognize the leaders in various markets and provide this data to the public. Members of the public can view this information and even rate Realtors(R) they have utilized. What is wonderful about this tool is that Realtor.com is only using the factual data from the MLS. Realtors(R) are notorious for fictionalizing just how many listings they have sold and how many listings they have in one given market. Agent Match takes away the guess work for the public. The public now has access to the exact data via Agent Match.

We are happy to announce that we have been recognized by Agent Match as one of the leading brokerages for listings, listings sold, and average days on market. This tool through Agent Match considers all full service brokerages and limited service brokerages.

Winter/Holiday Months are upon us – What to do?

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
November 1st, 2013

By most all measurable accounts, 2013 has brought everyone an upturn in the Residential Real Estate Market. Whether or not this will continue through 2014…we shall see. Nov and Dec always lead to a slow down in the # of listings that hit the market in most areas, however, this year should be interesting to monitor. As most everyone is aware, inventory has been creeping up over Quarter 3, cooling the high level of appreciation many markets saw in Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 of this year. I’m interested to see if the inventory #’s creep downward in Quarter 4….How might this affect Quarter 1 of 2014. Certainly, a slight decrease in inventory during the Holiday months will be beneficial for Holiday home sellers…but will it lead to a quick flood of new inventory right after the New Year?

What exactly is the MLS?

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
September 26th, 2013

The MLS stands for Multiple Listing Service – but what exactly is the MLS? Is it nationwide?

First – you have to understand the process that a typical Realtor(R) goes through in order to join the MLS: All states license individuals to conduct Real Estate business in that specific state. Once you have a Real Estate license, you then join the board of Realtors in your area. When you join your local board of Realtors, you must also join your statewide association of Realtors(R) and you must also pay dues to the National Association of Realtors(R). The MLS is a product of your Local Association of Realtors(R). For example…let’s say I just acquired my Nevada Real Estate License… I find my sponsoring brokerage. Let’s’ say XYZ Realty is my sponsoring brokerage. I then go to the GLVAR (Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors) and join the GLVAR, the Nevada Association of Realtors(R) and the National Association of Realtors(R). I do this all at one time. Once I have joined/payed…I then have access to the GLVAR MLS system. I can post properties for sale or search for properties for sale in this particular MLS. The GLVAR covers all of Southern Nevada.

 

So what is the MLS – The MLS is a database for Realtors(R) by Realtors(R). It is similar to a private club. Only a Realtor(R) and member of that MLS can access the MLS.

Why is the MLS so powerful? Data – The MLS keeps data meticulously. Realtors(R) have access to sold data, pending data, etc…

What is the difference b/w the MLS and Realtor.com or other sites I see online that say…search the MLS? There is only one MLS and the public can not access it. The MLS does feed data to 3rd party sites like Realtor.com, however, they only feed a portion of the MLS data. You will notice that the MLS does not feed commissions, expiration dates, etc… to 3rd party sites.

How does Congress Realty have access to all of these MLS’s? We join each one individually. We get a license in each state, join each local board, etc… it is a long tiring process to accomplish.

So there is not a nationwide MLS? No, anyone who claims or makes mention of a nationwide MLS is simply lying to you. It doesn’t exist. You can actually verify this statement by calling the National Association of Realtors. There are over 900 local MLS’s across the country right now.

So what is the difference in the Congress Realty website and the MLS? The Congress Realty website is our personal website. It is not the MLS. The our listings tab is a quick flyer view of each of our listings…This does not reflect what the MLS listing looks like. The MLS listing is much much much more detailed.

How do I know my property is listed on the MLS? We send you a screenshot of the listing for you to review and to submit changes to us once the listing is activated on the MLS.

What is the difference in your MLS and the MLS that Remax or Prudential uses? We all use the same MLS locally. There is absolutely no difference.

 

Congress Realty Listings on Television

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
September 19th, 2013

Realtor.com has acquired their own channel through Cox Communications and will be featuring various properties over the course of the upcoming weeks. Congress Realty properties have been selected to appear and will appear on channel 2616.

How can I get my property on the Realtor.com TV channel? Realtor.com does select various properties on their own and features these properties at no cost. Realtor.com has just selected two of our Vegas listings to appear and they will run through Sept 22nd on the Realtor.com channel at no cost to these homeowners.

If I am not selected by Realtor.com, can I still get my property on the Realtor.com channel? Yes, you can. We are working with Realtor.com to determine exactly what the cost will be, however, they are going to sell this feature to individual listings. The ads will run for one month on the Realtor.com channel.