Subdivisions and the Arizona Regional MLS

avatarthumbnail.jpgIt doesn’t happen often, but Jeff Brown’s been proven wrong …

In a post this afternoon on, Paul Kriewall announced that agents can use a subdivision’s common name in the Subdivision field instead of only the subdivision’s legal name.

Paul earlier this week had written that ARMLS was going to begin enforcing the letter of the law regarding the subdivision field, which would cause many homes in smaller sections of larger subdivisions to not appear on public searches (or many searches by agents.)

Aside from my own Arrowhead Ranch listing that was going to be impacted, I listed several other areas where enforcement of the rule to that extreme degree would be detrimental both to buyers and sellers.

Paul’s post also indicates that those agents who intentionally use the wrong subdivision – such as those Steve Belt has mentioned who will list a home in McDowell Mountain Ranch when it’s really not in that subdivision – will be subject to the violation process.

Kudos to Bob Bemis, Paul and the crew at ARMLS not only for making the change but in responding to the feedback they received and making such a swift decision.

Mr. Brown, it seems to be a new day with this MLS after all.

[tags]Phoenix real estate, MLS, real estate marketing[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • BawldGuy Talking 10 years ago

    Imagine — a take-charge guy leading a region sized MLS. For a problem to be solved this quickly, the gnats in the way, whining about ‘procedure’ had to have been swatted away like flies on a horses butt.

    If this small test is an indicator of the future for ARMLS, I”d be encouraged if I was a member. Let the followers take orders, and the leaders lead. This one act play was fun to watch.

    If I’m gonna be wrong, this is exactly what I love to be wrong about.

  • Gary Sattelberger 10 years ago

    I didn’t catch the post about this on yet. I’ll have to skip over there and have a read next.

    It is very encouraging to see ARMLS respond so quickly. And I think it bodes well for the future. It also gives me hope that the move to flexMLS we be handled professionally as well.

  • Dave Montgomery 10 years ago

    Curious… why would you want to use multiple names for searching subdivisions? Seems like an inconsistent database approach.

    All the best to ARMLS and flexMLS… (We are on our 3rd contract with flex. Best system we have ever had.)

    Dave Montgomery, MLS Chairman
    Pocono Mountains Association of REALTORS® (PA)

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Not sure it’s a question of wanting to use multiple names, Dave, but more of a necessity since the subdivision name in the tax records doesn’t always jive with what people are trying to find.

    I only know Los Altos on the Dobson Ranch because I grew up there. But I’ve never heard anyone say “I want to live in Los Altos.”