NTREISAfter agents began getting emails alerting them that someone had attempted to log in to their North Texas Real Estate Information System (or NTREIS) accounts, the MetroTex Association of Realtors warned its members.

The message some received said, “We were notified of a log in attempt on your account from El Paso, TX. This may have been an error. Please verify the below information. Once received we will send you a link to reset your password. We do not store your information on file due to security reasons.”

The message then asked for the user’s log in and password. (more…)

 

Sabrina Bell (left) returns to Allie Beth Allman & Associates; Kelly Bills lands at Century 21 Nathan Grace Fine Homes and Estates

In this week’s Agent Migration column, we check in with Sabrina Bell, who recently returned to Allie Beth Allman, and Kelly Bills who joined Century 21 Nathan Grace Fine Homes and Estates.

Bell Comes Home Again

Sabrina Bell has returned to Allie Beth Allman and Associates. This time she says it’s for good.

“I shouldn’t have left to begin with and I don’t plan on going anywhere else,” Bell said. “I’m really happy with how Allie Beth and how the Berkshire Hathaway Company works.”

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Realtors face this every day. The RESA Staging to Sell class can help you solve these problems.

What is the going rate for a staging consultation? What does it cost to stage a vacant property? What updates will bring a seller the best return on investment? Should a Realtor stage their own properties?

Realtors, investors, and builders can learn a lot from the Staging to Sell: What Every Agent Should Know class offered by The Real Estate Staging Association through MetroTex Association of Realtors. It’s a three-hour, three-MCE-credit course that provides an enormous amount of information for $25. Talk about bang for your buck.

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The Real Estate Staging Association has an online directory of stagers in every state and Canada.

The course is taught at various MetroTex locations by one of only three accredited RESA-PRO teachers in the Metroplex — Amy Fedosky, Karen Otto, and Karen Eubank. Yep, that’s me. So here’s the inside skinny on why this is going to be one of the best classes you can ever take.

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Sure, Zillow and Trulia are popular portals for consumers to shop for homes, and there are a lot of fantastic luxury properties marketed as hip pockets, but does that spell the end for MLS systems everywhere?

Sure, Zillow and Trulia are popular portals for consumers to shop for homes, and there are a lot of fantastic luxury properties marketed as hip pockets on select sites, but does that spell the end for MLS systems everywhere?

Inman contributor Creed Smith wrote a column published on the real estate news site suggesting that the system real estate agents use to access listing information, the Multiple Listing Service, was on the way out. It ignited a heated debate among Inman staffers and commenters, earning a reply from Inman managing editor Matt Carter. 

If the real estate industry were invented today, there would be no NAR (National Association of Realtors) or MLS (multiple listing service), and perhaps no franchises — there might not even be real estate brokers.

The MLS was built for three reasons:

  1. To place all information on homes for sale and sold homes into a central location for brokers.
  2. To create a percentage of sale price payment agreement between brokers.
  3.  To elevate NAR and the MLS companies to almost godlike status with monopoly power.

The marketplace now demands a system built on their desires, not those of NAR. How would you build a system for selling and buying homes based on market desires with today’s technology and market dynamics? You would offer an open-source international database (website … portal).

You can read Smith’s full-length piece on his Demon of Marketing website, but we wanted to get the perspective of local brokers and Realtors on the cutting edge of real estate here in North Texas as to whether we should be writing a eulogy for the MLS system.

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