Paragon Map Options Updates

Are the new Paragon map search options confusing to you? That’s normal…research shows that resistance to change is a completely human condition. *  Rest assured, they may have moved our cheese, but they didn’t take it away. You might even like it better!

So what changed? The biggest difference is the menu options across the top of the map.

New Drawing Tools can be hidden or displayed and they contain labels for quick reference, where the old drawing tools were always present but you had to hover over the option to read the label. mapsearch1

One of the best Changes is to the Address Search The new map tools include a single address field instead of 4 fields, making it much easier to enter, clear and change addresses. Users can also include a mileage value to draw a radius around the address. Mapsearch3

Another major change is called “Clustering.” When search results are returned, the new control will cluster the results. The previous tool would bunch them up making it very difficult to isolate properties. Clicking on the cluster number will zoom the map in to view the properties in the cluster. Clustering also allows us to double the result size. Thee maximum results returned on the map used to be 250 but now it’s 500!Mapsearch4

The new Layers control has some nice features. First, you can select multiple layers…the previous tool only allowed one selection at a time, which forced users to have to toggle back and forth between layers. Magnifying glasses are displayed on the layers that are not viewable at the current zoom level. Clicking on the magnifying glass automatically zooms the user to the viewable level to see the layer. There is also a toggle with each layer to show/hide the labels.mapsearch2

 

All in all, some great changes. And as they say, resistance is futile.  :)

*An interesting article on managing resistance to change

RPR (Realtors Property Resource) Is Here!!

RPR and Willamette Valley MLS have partnered to provide REALTORS® with an exclusive integration.  Come join us to learn how you can start taking advantage of this no-cost member benefit.

Great news!  We have a live class and even upcoming webinars available for you to learn how you can start taking advantage of the new integration between RPR and Willamette Valley MLS.  However you prefer to learn, we have an option for you.

  1. Register for RPR Class here for our class on Wednesday, 9/2 from 9-10 AM!!   (Email RPRreservations@wvmls.com)
  1. Webinars. Register for a live webinars here.  Learn more about RPR, including how to use RPR, while never leaving the house or office.
  1. On-Demand Learning. Learn more about RPR! Go at your own pace whenever you’d like with RPR’s video learning.

 

Safety Alert for Real Estate Brokers

This was circulated by one of our WVMLS Member companies.  This happened in the Seattle area, but these kind of people often move around to avoid being caught. Scary stuff – please stay safe!!
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URGENT: Agent Safety Alert

It was brought to our attention today that there is a suspicious man, who goes by the names Aaron White or GM Goodrich, who is demonstrating threatening behavior towards real estate agents. He has been looking at rental properties in the Seattle area and recently met with agents from Windermere and at least one other company that we are aware of. In both instances, Mr. White made comments about killing real estate agents and animals. To the best of our knowledge he has only made verbal threats, but the nature of his comments are extremely alarming and raise serious concerns. They include statements such as, “You just met me, don’t have a copy of my license… but here we are meeting at a home in the middle of nowhere. This garage is where I would kill a agent like yourself, perfect place to store the bodies.”

Should anyone receive an inquiry from someone going by Aaron White or GM Goodrich, use extreme caution. The phone number he has been using has a 661 area code. In prior cases his wife was also involved in communicating with agents. Her number has an 818 area code. The recent incidents have been reported to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, as well as local law enforcement.  Should he appear in your market, please notify your local MLS and police with this information.

These incidents are a good reminder for everyone to think again about their safety practices. NAR publishes a number of excellent resources for both offices and individuals at http://www.realtor.org/topics/realtor-safety. The suspect’s statements in this case illustrate again why it’s a good idea, if meeting a new client or prospect for the first time, to insist on meeting at your office, introducing them to another agent or staff member there, and taking a copy of his/her ID as routine precaution. If meeting at the office is not possible, meet in a public place like a coffee shop, and text a picture of their ID back to the office. Make sure they know that somebody else knows where you are and who you’re with. Trust your gut, and if anyone starts to make you feel uncomfortable, remove yourself from the situation and get to safety immediately.

If you are contacted by the individuals described above, or have any additional information, please share it with us immediately so we can pass it along to the rest of the network.

Thank you, and stay safe.

WVMLS Mobile App: Learn to use Goomzee!!!

You can always go to http://support.goomzee.com/home to see the latest schedule and register for a class.

Notice on July 15th will be the more in-depth feature training.

Week of 7/6

3 Easy Steps to Use Your Mobile MLS App occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8687286818153236993

15 minute webinar showing you how to Install, Login and Use your Mobile MLS
Webinar dates (pick any when registering):

Tues, Jul 7, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Tues, Jul 7, 2015 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM MDT (4PM EST, 3PM CST, 1PM PST)

Wed, Jul 8, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Thurs, Jul 9, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Week of 7/13
3 Easy Steps to Use Your Mobile MLS App occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1173478341118078977

15 minute webinar showing you how to Install, Login and Use your Mobile MLS

Webinar dates (pick any when registering):

Tues, Jul 14, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Tues, Jul 14, 2015 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM MDT (4PM EST, 3PM CST, 1PM PST)

Wed, Jul 15, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Thurs, Jul 16, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Mobile MLS App In-Depth Product Training on July 15, 2015 12:00 PM MDT (2pm EST, 1pm CST, 11am PST) at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6657236509557890049
30 minute webinar showing you how to Get the most out of your Mobile MLS App

1- All the ways to Search
2- Listing Details, Including Sharing and Saving a listing
3- Help, My Account and the other features of the App

Week of 7/20

3 Easy Steps to Use Your Mobile MLS App occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1119262522264081665
15 minute webinar showing you how to Install, Login and Use your Mobile MLS

Webinar dates (pick any when registering):

Tues, Jul 21, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Tues, Jul 21, 2015 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM MDT (4PM EST, 3PM CST, 1PM PST)

Wed, Jul 22, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Thurs, Jul 23, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Week of 7/27

3 Easy Steps to Use Your Mobile MLS App occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6004863275449545729
15 minute webinar showing you how to Install, Login and Use your Mobile MLS

Webinar dates (pick any when registering):

Tues, Jul 28, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Tues, Jul 28, 2015 2:00 PM – 2:15 PM MDT (4PM EST, 3PM CST, 1PM PST)

Wed, Jul 29, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

Thurs, Jul 20, 2015 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM MDT (11AM EST, 10AM CST, 8AM PST)

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Mastering Online Marketing with ListHub (WEBINAR)

Early this summer, we offered this class in-house.  If you missed it, now’s your chance to take it in the comfort of your own office/home!

Mastering Online Marketing with ListHub  ●  Wednesday, July 22  ●  2-3 PM
Join us – from your own convenient location – on Wednesday, July 22 for a free webinar, exclusively for members of Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service. Attend the ListHub webinar from the comfort of your own desk and learn about the latest trends in online marketing and a suite of tools to help you communicate more effectively with clients.

During the presentation, you’ll learn:
* How leading brokers  in charge​ are arming their top-producing ​brokers with simple tools to win listings and get referrals

* How to gain insights on which properties and zip codes are getting the most traffic and where the best leads are coming from
* How to manage and respond to leads even faster
* Tools for engaging clients and demonstrating the value only a Realtor can provide

Wednesday, July 22
2​-3 ​P​M
Click Here to RSVP

Firefox Blocking Picture Uploads

IMPORTANT: Firefox may block your ability to do Multi-Upload of Listing Images in Paragon.

Firefox had elected to block all versions of Flash Player until Adobe released a patch to resolve two critical flaws. As of this communication, Adobe has reportedly resolved the issue.

Consequently, users are encouraged to update their browsers, if an automatic update has not already been performed for Firefox, Chrome or IE 10 & 11.

Supra Updates, July 14, 2015

We received some member feedback that your DisplayKeys are taking a lot longer to update…not just once, as we had expected…but every time.  We called Supra and asked them to investigate.

Turns out there WAS an issue, which should be resolved early next week.  Hang in there, and your keys MAY go back to their normal, speedy updating.

“MAY” go back to normal?  Well, yes. It will go back to normal if-and-when all the lockboxes assigned to you have been updated (by you or anyone with an updated key) AND all the lockboxes assigned to any broker in your office have been updated.

Feel free to call on us if you have questions or concerns!

WVMLS Staff