Lockbox Lease Fee Increase

<p><font face="tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif">As previously announced, the fees to lease Lockboxes through the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS will increase as of January 1, 2007.  The current cost to lease a box is $3.00 per month and the new fee will be $5.00 per month. This is the first increase to the cost of the leased lockboxes since the Association began to offer this service in the 90's.  </font><font face="tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif">In addition, the cost to purchase a lockbox will also increase as of January 1, 2007 to $85.00 per box plus sales tax.  </font><font face="Tahoma">Both of these increases are due to the rising costs of the lockboxes.</font></p>

SRCAR Bylaws Amendment Voting Under Way

<p><font face="tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif">As announced, voting has begun for members to approve the amendments to the Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS Bylaws.  A summary of the changes has been distributed via the Association's December newspaper, the REALTOR Report along with a hard copy mailed to each member eligible to vote.  In order to vote, REALTOR members of SRCAR can visit the Association's website at <a href="http://www.srcar.org/">www.srcar.org</a> and click onto the link which is located on the homepage.  Members will need to have their MLS Public &amp; Private ID in order to vote.  Voting will continue until December 31, 2006.  </font></p>

Tuesday MLS Marketing Meeting Change

<font face="tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif">The Tuesday MLS Marketing Meeting for the Temecula and Murrieta areas will resume after the holidays on Tuesday, January 9, 2007.  The meetings will be held at the Temeku Theatres in Temecula (near K-Mart) and will begin at 8:30 a.m.  All members in good standing with SRCAR are urged to attend and network with other agents and promote your properties.  REALTOR Bernie Thomas will continue to host the weekly meetings.</font>

Access MRMLS Mobile Free-of-Charge!

If you have an Internet plan on your cell phone or wireless device, you can get free wireless access to listings using MRMLS Mobile.<br />
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To test if your wireless device is compatible, go to http://www.google.com. If the site loads, including the Google logo, then your device should also be compatible with MRMLS Mobile.

Need help with a Hot Sheet?

Try the new step-by-step Quick Reference Guides at <a href="http://www.imrmls.com/centsite/training_manuals_matrix.htm" title="null">http://www.imrmls.com/centsite/training_manuals_matrix.htm</a>:<br />
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• How to customize a Residential Hotsheet<br />
• How to customize a Cross Property Hotsheet<br />
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If you want to search multiple statuses or areas, use a Saved Search for each. For example, if you would like to search for Expired listings in Arcadia and Active listings in Alhambra, you can create one Saved Search called “Arcadia Expired Listings” and a second one called “Alhambra Active Listings.” (View the Saved Search Quick Reference Guide for more information).<br />
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If you want to put both the Arcadia Expired and Alhambra Active listings in to a single report, run each search, add selected listings from the results to your Cart, and use those as the basis for your CMA or other reports. (For information on adding results to your cart go to: <a href="" title="null"></a>).<br />
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<strong>Question &amp; Answer:<br />
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Q. What is the difference between a Hot Sheet and a Hot Search?</strong><br />
A. Hot Searches are specially designed Hot Sheets. They have all the functionality of a Hot Sheet, but are organized a little differently. In fact, having the Hot Search area on the Home Tab is like having 10 additional Hot Sheets.<br />
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Q. When do I use a Hot Sheet?</strong><br />
A. A Hot Sheet is used to display a quick market update of the area an agent most frequently works or other area/city of interest. Once an agent customizes their hot sheet and sets its criteria for an area, one or more statuses or all status activity in that area can be shown. (See How to Customize a Residential Hot Sheet Quick Reference Guide).<br />
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Example Usage of a Hot Sheet: An agent wants to see newly active or expired listings within a designated farm area.<br />
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<strong>Q. When do I use a Hot Search?</strong><br />
A. Hot Searches allow easy and quick access to market updates of an agents top-ten Saved Searches from the Home Tab within MRMLS Matrix.<br />
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Example Usage of a Hot Search: An agent has a client who is looking in a specific area for newly active listings within a price range and with a minimum number of bedrooms, bathrooms etc. The agent can set up a Hot Sheet to monitor the daily activity of properties that match their criteria.<br />
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<strong>Q. What is the difference between a Hot Search and a Saved Search?</strong><br />
A. Hot Searches are Saved Searches that appear on and can be accessed from the Home Tab from within MRMLS Matrix. (For information on how add a Save Search to the Home Tab, see the How to Save Hot Searches Quick Reference Guide).

Matrix Training with IMRMLS Instructor December 21st

Matrix Basic Overview Training being held at SRCAR. There are two classes to choose from. One at 10-11AM, and the second one at 1-2PM. Hope to see you there!<br />
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Please RSVP with Leslie Smith at 951-894-2571 or email her at <a href="mailto:Education@SRCAR.org" title="Email to RSVP for Matrix Overview Training.">Education@SRCAR.org</a>

Lockbox Exchange – See if you qualify

The Lockbox Exchange is approaching fast! Be a step ahead of the rest by checking to see if the Lockboxes you have are in you're name!<br />
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<a href="http://www.srcar.org/lockbox_exchange_form.asp" title="Lockbox Exchange Form">Click here to find out.</a>

Holiday Schedule for Tuesday MLS Marketing Meeting

<p><font face="tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">As announced at the Tuesday MLS Marketing Meeting on November 28th, there will be no tour and marketing meetings on Tuesday, December 19th and December 26th. The meetings will resume in January 2007.</font></p><p><font face="Tahoma" size="2">Please make a note of these Holiday Schedule changes and plan accordingly.</font></p><p><font face="Tahoma" size="2">Thank you.</font></p>

MRMLS Marketing Meeting at the Temeku Theater

Happens every Tuesday morning at the Temeku Theater in the K Mart Shopping Center off Ynez Road in Temecula. Doors open at 8:00am, meeting starts at 8:30am. The address is: <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=26463+Ynez+Road,+Temecula,+CA+92591&ie=UTF8&om=1">26463 Ynez Road, Temecula, CA, 92591</a>

Happy Thanksgiving from SRCAR

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