Happy New Year and
Welcome to The GAMLS Connection!
 
 
 
 
As we continue to strive for our goal of providing you with the tools to help you better serve your clients, we'll be connecting you with what is going on in the market and in our service through our quarterly newsletter, The GAMLS Connection. We'll update you on what you may have missed, what to expect in the coming months, new features and more!
 
 
 
 
 
2016 in Review
 
 
2016 was a significant year for real estate in Georgia and a busy year for Georgia MLS. We expanded our membership with significant growth across the state. Having started the year at just over 29,000 members, we ended the year with over 32,300 members!

Georgia MLS has also positioned our members to stay ahead of the technology curve by enhancing . . . READ MORE >

 
Our Member's Success - 2016 Statistics
2016 Units Sold across all property types was an incredible 108,175 sales transactions.  An increase of 10.32% over 2015’s sales of  98,053 units!

The total sales volume across all property types was $25,162,136,895, yes that's BILLION!  An amazing increase of 16.6% over 2015’s $21,580,694,624 . As we know greater sales volume correlates to greater commissions!
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What to Remember in 2017
 
 
 
 
A new year has arrived and with the new year comes new clients, listings, and responsibilities. In order to better prepare for the season and to stay ahead of the curve, take these steps to make sure you and your listings are being noticed and that you are utilizing our service to the fullest!  
 
 
Branded Web Presence & Profile Updates
The first step to enhancing your GAMLS profile is uploading your personal photo and your company logo to your profile. Your personal photo and company logo will appear in various outlets associated with Georgia MLS and can be the first impression that you make on a potential client! At the top of the GAMLS homepage after the login, if you notice . . .  
 
Client Connect in Paragon
Don’t forget about the Client Connect feature in Paragon that allows for you to send properties that match your client’s search criteria and receive instant feedback from your client. Take the guessing out of house hunting and allow your client to directly view property photos and details as well as school and neighborhood statistics. Your client can provide feedback by favoring, rejecting, or commenting so that you can get a better sense of what they are looking for!
 
Education at Georgia MLS
Classes are available from the Georgia MLS Training Institute for brokers, licensees and appraisers! Whether you are new to the real estate industry or need continuing education, we have classes that will help you to better understand how to view the market so that you can better serve your clients.  
 
RE Forms (for non-Realtor members)
For our Non-Realtor members, as an alternative to purchasing GAR forms, Georgia MLS provides comprehensive real estate forms with membership. View the RE Forms by selecting “Contracts” under the Forms drop-down on the homepage or just log-in to Transaction Desk and get started!  
 
Webinar Wednesday
Join Mr. Greg Epps with the GAMLS Marketing and Membership department every Wednesday for Webinar Wednesday! This is a weekly overview of GAMLS products and services and is a tool for new members, as well as seasoned veterans, to learn how to properly use our products so as to better serve their buying and selling clients. To view these Webinars, join us LIVE @ 2:00 PM every Wednesday afternoon or visit our YouTube page to view past webinars! 
 
Find at Realtor.com
Find is an additional member benefit that allows for increased listing exposure and is a resource to view listings outside of GAMLS.  View current or historical information on a listing, public record data, archival photos, and community & school information. Use this tool under the “Listing Exposure” section of the GAMLS homepage to view information on a local listing or view listings across the nation.
 
 
 
New Features
 
 
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To Be Built Listings
To keep up with changing market conditions and to promote new home sales, Georgia MLS has revised our rules to allow listings of “To Be Built” properties. Following are the procedures for “To Be Built” properties.
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Homesnap Facebook Video Ads for Agents! 
Pick your favorite video ad design and Homesnap will localize it for each zip code! Your video ads will be refreshed weekly. 
 
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Quick Tips
 
Mapping: It is important that listings are accurately described in both features and location. When entering a listing in Paragon, it is always beneficial to double check the geocoding of the property so as to ensure that the listing is properly mapped in the system. When maintaining a listing . . . READ MORE >

Email Verification: When first entering the Paragon MLS system, you must verify your email before you can send your clients listings or recurring emails. To verify your email . . . READ MORE >

Non-MLS Agents: When closing a listing and filling in the Sold fields, Paragon requires that a member enter a selling agent’s MLS ID. If the agent is a member of our service . . . READ MORE >
 
 
 
The Compliance Corner: It's for the Collective Good
 
 
A Listing Service is only as valuable as the data that it provides. To safeguard this value, our Data Administration department oversees the quality of your listing data. When errors are found, members are notified through compliance violations and some of these violations can lead to fines if not handled in a timely manner. These fines are not issued to punish our members. Rather, they exist to encourage members to enter correct listing data which benefits all of our members equally. The following is a list of the most common violations in GAMLS. To avoid receiving a violation, keep these things in mind >
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
January 19, 2017
NAMAR Expo
Georgia MLS is a Diamond Partner with the Northeast Atlanta Metro Association of Realtors. Join us at the NAMAR Expo at the Infinite Energy Center on January 19 from 11 am - 4 pm!
 
February 13-16,  2017
2017 GAR Inaugural & Legislative Conference and Expo
Georgia MLS is a Diamond Partner with the Georgia Association of Realtors. Come find us at the 2017 GAR Inaugural & Legislative Conference & Expo from February 13-16th!
 
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