Screen Properties First – Then Send To Buyers

Don’t have a solid relationship with your potential buyer yet?

Instead of sending listings automatically, screen them first and call your buyer about new properties, or email/post them to MySite manually with a handcrafted note. This allows you to establish trust over time and solidify the relationship.

How?

On the Prospects screen, still select an automatic run time but…

  1. Change “Post results to MySite?” to “No”
  2. Uncheck “Email Results/MySite Notification”
  3. Uncheck the “Home” email address.

Like this:

Then…

  1. Each day, view the new listings matches on your Messages screen. A link to Messages is located on the Start Screen or under the User Admin menu.
  2. Click “View All Search Results” within the message to bring up the Report Window.
  3. Select the desired listings and either call your client, email them with a special note about the properties, or click the “MySite” button and send your client an email notification with a unique note just for them.

Questions? Give us a call!

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REcolorado and IRES Appoint T3 MLS to Facilitate Expanded Regional MLS Discussions

REcolorado and IRES are pleased to announce the two MLS organizations have joined together to appoint T3 MLS, a division of T3 Sixty, to explore and facilitate discussions between all appropriate stakeholders with the intent of creating a new expanded regional MLS in Colorado.

The official discussions and negotiations are scheduled to start this week and will be led by Stefan Swanepoel and Kevin McQueen. Negotiations will be pursued as a matter of urgency and will involve multiple stakeholders, who will be afforded an opportunity to raise needs, wants, and concerns. All stakeholders involved in the discussions will be asked to refrain from arranging or participating in any other private meetings or discussions to allow T3 to facilitate this complex and highly charged situation. Coordinated communications will be issued as progress is made.

We are excited about this new development and look forward to working together to better serve the brokers and agents of Colorado.

Jim Wanzeck
Chairman: REcolorado

Kirby Slunaker
President & CEO: REcolorado

Dan Kingdom
Chairman: IRES

Lauren Hansen
CEO: IRES

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Setting The Record Straight About IRESis.com

We want to set the record straight about the IRES MLS system.

There have been a few REColorado representatives who have openly criticized IRES for using ColdFusion, a programming code that makes up a part of our MLS system, claiming that it is antiquated and not fit for innovation.

This characterization shows a lack of understanding about what IRESis.com is and why it is loved by our subscribers.

We do use ColdFusion but that is only a fraction of a much larger system. Our system also uses Java, Ruby, Python and all the standard web technologies such as HTML, CSS and Javascript. We have a wide variety of tools at our disposal and we regularly use the tool that will provide us with the most advantage. Our technology stack is primarily based on open-source technologies with ColdFusion being one of the exceptions.

“A 20 year old programming language is hardly a liability and I’d doubt you’d find many enterprise based systems that aren’t using a language that is at least 20 years old,” said Colby Ackerfield, IRES Chief Technology Officer. “Even the web’s darling, Javascript, is 21 years old. ColdFusion is a Java based language. Java technologies are among the most performant and mature technologies on the web.”  Many other technologies in use today have been around for decades: PDF documents were introduced in 1993 and UNIX dates back to the 1960’s.

The chief advantage that IRES has over the competition is that our development is focused on exactly what our brokers want and need. Unfortunately, because of the huge variety in data sets and the number of systems in the MLS world, other vendors are forced to spend a significant amount of time working on features that benefit a fraction of their users and implementing ways to adapt to all the customization different markets demand.

As a general philosophy, IRES is always looking to see what can be provided from vendors before we build new features or modules.

“One of the key roles of any innovative MLS is to be a system integrator. IRES has integrations with many vendors including Realist (Corelogic), CloudCMA, DocuSign, CSS, 10K Research, and Listtrac,” continued Ackerfield. “There are many great vendors in the real estate technology space and IRES prides itself on how well we are to able partner with these innovators, often launching MLS integrations long before national vendors even begin integrating them in their work queues.”

Others are taking notice as well.   IRES was featured in an article authored by Matt Cohen of Clareity Consulting entitled “Homegrown and Happy” And a recent satisfaction survey of IRES customers revealed 92% were either Satisfied or Extremely Satisfied with the IRES system. That speaks volumes.

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Nation: President Signs WOTUS Order

President Trump signed an Executive Order that begins to unwind the Obama administration’s controversial Clean Water Rule. Also known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, or WOTUS, the regulation was written by U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to clarify the reach of the federal government over wetlands and waterways under the Clean Water Act.

While the executive order cannot repeal WOTUS, which was finalized in May 2015, the Executive Order will direct EPA and the Army Corps to begin a formal review of the regulation, an important first step to dismantling it.  Withdrawing WOTUS will have a significant impact on the real estate sector, especially real estate development.

NAR has strongly opposed the rule to eliminate the need for costly and time-consuming permits on waters that were previously unregulated by the federal government.  The rule has been stayed nationwide by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals pending additional litigation and technical procedures.

The Executive Order also directs the EPA to begin a rewrite of the regulation to adhere more closely to the definition of “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act and provide a streamlined permitting process to provide clarity and certainty to the private sector while protecting the integrity and quality of the country’s water resources.

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Nation: NAR Supports Sanford/Sherman G-fee Bill

NAR along with several housing and mortgage industry trade groups sent a letter thanking Reps. Sanford (R-SC) and Sherman (D-CA) for reintroducing H.R. 916, the “Risk Management and Homeowner Stability Act.” The legislation would amend the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 to prohibit the use of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s guarantee fees (g-fees) to pay for government spending. Moreover, the bipartisan bill recognizes that diverting revenue from these risk-based fees both places an additional burden on the backs of homeowners and is bad public policy.

The purpose of the G-fee is to prospectively guard against credit losses at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. G-fees should only be used to protect taxpayers from mortgage. Each time G-fees are extended, increased and diverted for unrelated spending, homeowners are charged more for their mortgages and taxpayers are exposed to additional risk for the long-term. (http://narfocus.com/billdatabase/clientfiles/172/2/2840.pdf)

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Nation: Flood Insurance Hearings

The House of Representatives held the first of several hearings on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Senate held a hearing on March 14. The NFIP must be reauthorized to continue selling flood insurance after September 30 of this year.

The purpose of these hearings is to solicit ideas for how to restructure the NFIP with the goal of developing comprehensive reform legislation this spring. FEMA was the sole witness for the first two hearings.

NAR submitted two letters laying out NAR member priorities for long-term NFIP reauthorization/reform, and one regarding the reintroduction of NAR-supported legislation to encourage the development of a private market in addition to NFIP.

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Colorado: Bi-Partisan Transportation Funding Proposal

Last week a bipartisan transportation funding bill was introduced. “New Transportation Infrastructure Funding” HB-1242 is sponsored by Senate President Kevin Grantham and House Speaker Crisanta Duran, Senate Transportation Committee Chair Randy Baumgardner and House Transportation Chair Diane Mitsch Bush. The bill would refer a ballot measure to the November election to ask voters to: 1) Allow the State to issue TRANS bonds up to $3.5 billion and 2) Approve a state sales tax increase of .62 percent for 20 years.

In all honesty, this is a curious bill. It attempts to gain the support of all types of transportation proponents – urban-loving transit and multi-modal advocates, independent-thinking small rural communities and business groups lobbying for highway improvements. However, by spreading the funding far and wide, one wonders if the bill could really pay for significant improvements anywhere. The bill doesn’t include a state project list; it leaves the project selection to the Transportation Commission setting the stage for a political battle in which commissioners would determine winners and losers.

The bill already faces opposition from conservative Republicans in both houses, even though it reduces the unpopular FASTER fees adopted in 2009 to appease them. There’s nothing like a tax increase combined with multi-modal/transit funding to raise conservatives’ ire. CAR’s Legislative Policy Committee will consider the bill this Friday. A summary of the bill is available here: http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1242

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Colorado Association of REALTORS: Legislative Update

The Legislative Policy Committee adopted the following positions at its March 3rd meeting.
HB-1187 “Change Excess State Revenues Cap Growth Factor” Position – Support.  This bill modifies the excess state revenues cap by allowing an annual adjustment for an increase based on the average annual change of Colorado personal income over the last 5 years, rather than adjusting for inflation and population.

The Committee also voted to support several bills related to marijuana, HB-1220 “Prevent Marijuana Diversion to Illegal Market” and HB-1221 “Grey and Black Market Enforcement Efforts.” HB-1220 is intended to reduce the likelihood of large residential marijuana grows by limiting the number of plants in a single residence to 16. HB-1221, sponsored by Senator John Cooke of Greeley, a former sheriff, creates a grant program to train local law enforcement officers regarding the detection and prosecution of grey or black marijuana operations.

At the LPC meeting, it was announced that lobbyists were scheduled to meet with the Speaker of the House to discuss a potential bill regarding an increase in the State doc fee to fund affordable housing.

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Greeley: Council Approves Zoning Change for Stephens Farm

The City Council approved a change for zoning for the Stephens Farm property, to allow the owners to rezone 156 acres from PUD (planned unit development) low, medium and high density residential. Stephen Farms is located south of 10th Street, west of 83rdAvenue and north of the Sheep Draw.

The change of zoning is the first step towards developing the site. Next the owners, Stephens Family Partnership, will have to submit a development plan and subdivision application for the property. This project could add a significant new residential subdivision to Greeley’s west side with a variety of different housing options.

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Loveland: Council Approves I-25 Companion Projects

In a few years, Loveland drivers will see a third lane on US 34 over the I-25 intersection and a reconfiguration of the SH 402 and I-25 intersection as part of CDOT’s Phase One expansion of I-25. The City Council approved a resolution committing $14 million to include the improvements now rather than adding them at a greater cost later.

Note: The Town of Johnstown and Weld County will also contribute funds to complete these projects. Larimer County announced it will contribute $1 million to the SH 402 interchange. Fort Collins is working on a similar project for the Prospect interchange.

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