In an effort for members to better understand the control they have over listing distribution and what websites your listing shows up on, the ‘Export’ tab of listing input will be labled to ‘Broker Distribution’ and the ‘Syndication’ preference for office level managers will be relabeled, ‘Broker Distribution Preferences.’ These are not new features – they are just re-named features in order to empower participants around their rights and responsibilities.
CCIMLS is strong in our commitment that listings are only distributed where brokers and agents want their listings distributed. Brokers and agents can control and restrict their distribution to the websites CCIMLS has a direct relationship with or through the distribution to ListHub for their partner websites. ‘Excluded from the Internet’ would mean the listing would not be available via IDX, Internet Data Exchange under the broker reciprocity rules where brokers agree to share each others listings online for display on their websites, according to established guidelines.
Read more about how CCIMLS empowers participants to control where your listings show up on Zillow, Trulia, REALTOR.com, etc. and that the broker and agent have control rather than the MLS.
The Export tab found on the Add/Change screens has been relabeled as the Broker Distribution tab. Additionally, export and syndication options available to office-level users have been relabeled as well. These changes only affect labels and will not impact functionality. The change in terminology will make the intent of listing distribution options more obvious to end users. Also, keeping terminology consistent for all users helps define the relationship between functionality at all levels.
WHEN WILL IT CHANGE
These labels will be updated on January 31, 2018.
WHO WILL BE AFFECTED
All members who add and edit listings will see the changes on the Add/Change screens. Additionally, office-level users will see their Syndication options relabeled (as authorized by the DR of the company).
WHAT WILL CHANGE
Member Distribution Options
At the member level, the Add/Change screens will relabel the Export tab as the Broker Distribution Tab. When adding or editing a listing, the final tab will be labeled Broker Distribution. If your MLS has additional distribution options for members, they will appear under the heading Broker Listing Distribution Options. Selecting a distribution option will include the listing in the feed for the selected option.
When viewing your own listings, clicking the drop-down chevron will display an option for View Broker Distribution (previously labeled View Listing Exports) which will bring you to the Broker Distribution tab on the Change Listing screen.
Broker Distribution Preferences
If your MLS allows offices to set default opt-in options for Broker Distribution Preferences on the BrokerDistribution tab, office-level users will see Broker Distribution under the Preferences menu (formerly labeled Syndication).
Using the Broker Distribution Preferences page (formerly Syndication Preferences), the office can set the default options for their members (as allowed by the MLS) which determine whether a feed is enabled, whether listings are sent to the feed by default, and whether agents can override the options.
WHY ARE WE MAKING THESE CHANGES
The terminology change helps clarify the connection between office, and member-level listing distribution options by using the same terminology for all users. Doing so helps make Flexmls more intuitive and easier to use.