Dear Bob Bemis, Gary Cumiskey, et al.:
Two days ago I attended one of your focus groups on how ARMLS can improve. Since I have a blog I was in the technogeek focus group, which often left me searching for a dictionary because I don’t have a background in technology. I’m good with Dreamweaver, very light HTML and I can manipulate WordPress. But most discussions about API is TMI as far as I’m concerned.
Most of the suggestions that came from the group dealt with opening up the technology to allow other vendors to come in and provide their service. IDX was a big thing.
But my one suggestion … nay, plea … only tangentially relates to technology because we’re lying to the consumer who searches for real estate online.
Get the short sales out of the MLS. Or, if nothing else, shunt the short sales into their own category. Call it “Fantasyland Real Estate” or “Mythical List Prices” or whatever you choose.
Save the consumer from wasting their time looking at homes where the list price is $100,000 less than what actually is owed at the home – unless, of course, the seller can bring in cash to cover the difference.
Save agents like me from having to explain that what the public is seeing doesn’t really exist; that they’re looking at a bait and switch approved and endorsed by the Arizona Regional MLS.
The public doesn’t have the “Lender/Corp Approval” filter and it doesn’t really work anyway. It eliminates the short sales but also removes all of the corporate and bank-owned homes. Those homes actually are listed at real list prices, though, and shouldn’t be in the same grouping.
Please, Bob and Gary. Make this change. Do it yesterday.
And then we’ll talk about time shares.
Jonathan Dalton and Tobey[tags]ARMLS, short sales[/tags]