Interested in Appearing on HGTV?

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We just had the pleasure of chatting with the casting producer for Beachfront Bargain Hunt on HGTV.  The channel is filming its 13th season and is exploring filming an episode near one of Delaware’s beaches. This is a fun, positive show that offers great exposure!

Here’s the email the sent us:

HGTV’s hit television series, Beachfront Bargain Hunt takes viewers on a personalized journey following homebuyers (and their agents) on the hunt for their dream house all for a bargain price!

I am contacting you because we are currently casting for upcoming seasons. We are looking for young buyers actively on the search for waterfront, water view, or water access properties under $375k. We will also consider buyers who have closed on their homes in the past 6 months. Homebuyers and their agent will be featured in one half hour episode.

Please pass this along to any agents or homebuyers who you think may be interested. Compensation will be provided for any network-approved stories. I’m looking forward to speaking with you and answering any additional questions you may have.

Please email with some info on yourself and to find out more info.

Tech Tip Tuesday #005 – How to Police an MLS Listing

  Today we’re looking at how you would go about policing a listing in the MLS.  When you’re searching in the MLS, and arrive at the detail page, click on the yellow exclamation point icon.  This will take you to a page where you can briefly, courteously share what you believe the issue is.  Once you submit, this info goes to the broker, the listing agent, and SCAOR® compliance team.  It’s good to know that this information is completely anonymous which helps reinforce data integrity and keeps accurate information for both our membership and the consumers.  So that’s how you police a listing, and that’s today’s tech tip Tuesday.

Tech Tip Tuesday #002 – The MLS Speed Bar

The Speed Bar will allow you to run a search from any screen:

The Speed Bar accepts two types of input:

    • Speed Bar Shorthand: a series of simple codes you enter into the Speed Bar. Matrix translates your entries into search criteria and runs the corresponding search.
    • Speed Bar Shortcuts: any Matrix search that you’ve Saved As a Speed Bar shortcut. Enter its name in the Speed Bar and Matrix runs that saved search.

Shorthand Tips:  

    • Keep it simple and case doesn’t matter
    • Combine your Shorthand codes in any order (except for bedrooms and bathrooms)
    • Put spaces between Shorthand codes, not commas
    • Check the criteria on the results page to ensure it searched for what you asked for

Speed Bar Shorthand Examples:  

    • ML Numbers: 516373 or 516373 519347
    • Status: A for Active; X for Expired; L for Leased; C for Closed, etc. Example: “L COML” (without quotes) for Leased Commercial
        • RES, LOT, COM, FARM, COMLProperty Type:
        • Examples: LOT for Lots and Land or COM for Commercial and COML for Commercial Lease, “A CP” (without quotes) for Active Cross Property
    • Street Number and Name: 123 Main (enter exact Street Number and Street Name as in “959 Norman Eskridge Hwy” but without quotes)
    • City: City name; Example:  “Millsboro $100-150” (without quotes) for properties between $100-150 thousand in the city of Millsboro.
    • Price (In Thousands): $500-550 or $500+ or $500-(this is the current price for Actives; the Sales Price for Solds)
    • Bedrooms and Bathrooms: 4+ 3+ for 4 or more bedrooms and 3 or more bathrooms
    • Approx Square Feet: 2000+ sqft or 2000-2500 sqft
    • Acres: 20 acres or 2.5+ ac
    • Open Houses: OH 7/20/2014 or OH 0 (0 means today)
    • Agent Search: AG Brown or AG Adam Brown
    • Office Search: OFF Century*

Combining Shorthand Codes – Examples:  

    • A COM for Active Commercial listings
    • C LOT for Closed Lots and Land
    • A 19975 for Active listings in Zip Code 19975
    • A 19975 $800+ 4+ for Active in 19975 at $800,000 or above with 4 or more bedrooms

Field Examples: Status: A, X, L, P, C, W, K Type: RES, COM, COML, LOT, FARM Price (in Thousands): You must use a ‘$’ before the dollar amount.  

    • $300 –> Price equals $300,000
    • $300-350 –> Price between $300,000 and $350,000
    • $650+ –> Price equal to or greater than $650,000
    • $300- –> Price equal to or less than $300,000

Beds:  You may add a space and “beds” or “bd” after the number, but are not required to do so.  

    • 3 –>  Exactly 3 Bedrooms
    • 3-5 –> Between 3 and 5 Bedrooms, inclusive
    • 3+ –> Equal to or greater than 3 Bedrooms
    • 3- –> Equal to or less than 3 Bedrooms

Full Baths:  You may add a space and “baths” or “ba” after the number, but are not required to do so.

    • 3 ba –>  Exactly 3 Full Baths
    • 3 baths –>  Exactly 3 Full Baths
    • 3-5 ba –> Between 3 and 5 Full Baths, inclusive
    • 3+ ba –> Equal to or greater than 3 Full Baths
    • 3- ba –> Equal to or less than 3 Full Baths

Zip Code: Enter a 5 digit Zip Code  

    • 19973
    • 19973 19944

Approx Square Feet: You must add “sqft” or “sf” after the number.

    • 3000+ sqft –> Equal to or greater than 3,000 sqft
    • 2000-2750 sqft –> Between 2,000 and 2,750 sqft, inclusive

Approx Acres: You must add “ac” or “acres” after the number; but it does not matter which shorthand code you use.

    • 1 acres –> Exactly 1 Acre
    • 3.5+ ac –> Equal to or greater than 3.5 acres
    • 2.5- ac –> Equal to or less than 2.5 acres
    • (Note that ac or acres may be used)

Introducing our new DelMLS App!

DelMLS App Available Today:

Today, we are excited and proud to announce the all new DelMLS app. This app was designed to be used by both real estate professionals and future home buyers in Sussex County, Delaware and surrounding areas.  App features included are: • Agents see their branding on login and can easily share and communicate with clients in the app! • Interactive map searching. Using the GPS location based technology in the Android platform you can easily find listings located around you or search by entering a specific location. • View properties on maps, including satellite view. • Search using all of the criteria you are used to, including price range, beds, baths, etc. • Easily see all property details including multiple photos, price, property details and descriptions. • Find your way to the front door with ease with turn by turn direction capabilities. • Save properties for easy review later, or share them via text, email, Facebook or Twitter. Download today on the iTunes App Store or Google Play!  

Sussex County Association of Realtors

Phone: 302-855-2300 | Fax: 302-855-2319

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