MLS® Update – Are you ready for The Shift?

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Have you been reading about the changes coming to RAHB’s MLS® System before the spring market of this year?  RAHB’s own Matrix system will be making an appearance in the next few months, and RAHB has been providing information to you about how you can prepare for the change.

Be sure to watch your email inbox for issues of The Shift, our specialty publication about all things Matrix.  If you’ve missed some issues, you can find them in REALTOR Link® – just look for the link to The Shift on the right hand side of our home page.

Five fields in Fusion will become mandatory!
The latest issue of The Shift (December 19, 2016) had important news about five fields in Fusion that will become mandatory on January 24, 2017:

  1. Total Area will be mandatory for all commercial property types, excluding business-only listings. The information will be required in the “Total Area” line on the current RAHB Property Information Form.
  1. Heat Source will be mandatory for all residential property types. Use the field for “Fuel” on the current Residential Property Information Form.
  1. Square Footage & Square Footage Source will be mandatory for all residential property types. Place the information in the “Square Footage +/-” line on the current Residential Property Information Form.  You can write the source of square footage underneath.
  1. Assessment Roll Number will be mandatory for all residential and commercial property types. Enter the information in the “Roll #” section of the current Property Information Form.
  1. Zoning for listings located in Brantford, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Oakville/Milton and Simcoe. This will apply to all residential and commercial property types in these areas. Zoning will not be mandatory for listings located in the RAHB area.

For full information about about the five mandatory fields and where to find the information, plus new information about changes to “For Lease or Sale” listings, view the full version of the December 19, 2016 issue of The Shift here or view the December 19 issue of The Shift in REALTOR Link®.

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The NEW GeoWarehouse is here!

As of Monday, December 5, 2016, when you visit GeoWarehouse through RAHB’s single sign on, Fusion or Matrix, you will land on the NEW version of GeoWarehouse.  While GeoWarehouse will not be fully cutting over to the new version until January 2017, they are giving you the chance to become familiar with this new version well ahead of time.  You will still be able to navigate to the more familiar version if you prefer, but you will always be landing on the new version when you visit the site.

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New “Pick” in Fusion

CoreLogic has added a new “pick” called Modular Homes to the Type of Dwelling field in Fusion.  You will see it when you enter your Residential or Farm listing.

This addition was made to differentiate modular homes from mobile homes.   The field will not appear on our current listing form, but is visible in Fusion when you broker load your listing.

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For those of you searching for modular homes, you will be able to specify this in the Type field. For those of you who have active listings that are Modular homes, please edit the Type to indicate Modular. If you have auto email set up for clients who are looking for Modular, be sure to edit the search parameters so that they receive this residential or farm house type in their notifications.

 

Contact the MLS® department if you have any questions – 905.667.4650.

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“X” doesn’t always mark the spot

When your listings are submitted to Fusion and uploaded to Matrix, the listing number assigned by Fusion receives an “X” at the beginning of the number when it appears in Matrix.  So a listing H1234567 in Fusion becomes XH1234567 in Matrix.

When your clients view their listings sent from Matrix to their client portal they will see the MLS® numbers prefixed with the “X”.

If  your  clients  are searching for their listing on REALTOR.ca, they will not be able to find it with the listing number beginning with “X”.  You should let them know that they can find their listing on REALTOR.ca by omitting the X from the beginning of the number.

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Quick link to Matrix on your dashboard

A Matrix icon has now been added to your SSO dashboard, giving you a short and easy way to access Matrix.  It is the first icon in the “Resources” section of your dashboard.

Just remember – even though you can access Matrix through your dashboard, you will still have to sign in with your Matrix user ID and password.  (your Matrix user ID is the same as your Fusion user ID with “HB” at the beginning)

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The Shift – April 27

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April 27, 2016

By now you’ll have heard that RAHB is participating in the development of a regional MLS® system and “shift”ing to a new MLS® platform – Matrix. To help you prepare for The Shift, we will be emailing regular updates with news, training information, links to helpful website and more. Watch your email inbox for future issues of The Shift!


 

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Three more associations cut over to Matrix

(reprinted from notice to all members, via email, April 14, 2016)

RAHB has been notified that the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association (BRREA), Simcoe District Real Estate Board (SDREB) and Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) are planning to go fully-live on Matrix on May 10, and will stop using Fusion at that time.  Those organizations have decided to do this prior to RAHB fully cutting over.  RAHB will support those organizations during the cutover process so any impact to our and their members is minimal.

Just a reminder, as communicated in the March 15 edition of The Shift, all RAHB members should use Matrix for all searches since Matrix contains all listings within the regional area, and after May 10 will also include BRREA, SDREB and NAR listings.  (Note:  After May 10, Brantford, Niagara and Simcoe listings will not be added to nor displayed in Fusion – they will appear only in Matrix.)

To access Matrix, visit http://onregional.ca or click the link from your SSO dashboard. Just remember – even though you can access Matrix through your dashboard, you will still have to sign in with your Matrix user ID and password.  Your Matrix user ID is the same as your Fusion user ID with “HB” at the beginning.

RAHB will not cut over to Matrix until sometime after the spring market, as explained at last month’s AGM.  Until that time, please continue using Fusion to input and edit listings.  Please note that Fusion listings are automatically uploaded to Matrix every 15 minutes.

 

Getting to know Matrix

Did you know…?

In Matrix, the “Sold” status is broken down into two separate statuses:  “Sold Pending” and “Sold Closed”.

Sold Pending – a firm sale that has not closed yet
Sold Closed – a firm sale that has closed

The sold status makes a difference when you are emailing client displays from Matrix:
If the status is “Sold Closed”, the sale information will be displayed
If the status is “Sold Pending”, the sale information will not display

 

“X” doesn’t always mark the spot

When your listings are submitted to Fusion and uploaded to Matrix, the listing number assigned by Fusion receives an “X” at the beginning of the number when it appears in Matrix.  So a listing H1234567 in Fusion becomes XH1234567 in Matrix.

When your clients view their listings sent from Matrix to their client portal they will see the MLS® numbers prefixed with the “X”.

If your clients are searching for their listing on REALTOR.ca, they will not be able to find it with the listing number beginning with “X”.  You should let them know that they can find their listing on REALTOR.ca by omitting the X from the beginning of the number.

(Note:  the “X” will appear only until RAHB cuts over to Matrix.)

 

Fill Your Cart! 

Matrix allows you to put aside listings for review at a later time.  When you are viewing a listing that you would like to review later for a client, or put aside for use as a comparable, click on “Carts” from the “Actions” menu located at the bottom of your screen.  You will then be given a list of carts that you can add the listing to.  You have one cart for each property type, and one for each client.

For the client carts, you can put aside listings that you feel your client may be interested in, but may fall outside of their search criteria.  At any time, you can open the client’s cart from your home page (or from the contacts list), and e-mail some (or all) of the listings in the cart.  The system will automatically keep track of when you emailed the listing to your client, and will display the date the listing was e-mailed beside the listing, or it will read “Never” if the listing has never been emailed.

For a video tutorial on using carts in Matrix, visit https://youtu.be/rVH6XHVmH4A.

 

Important links

Matrixhttp://matrix.onregional.ca
Matrix Transition Guidehttp://www.rahb.ca/email/TransitiontoMatrix.pdf
CoreLogic’s Matrix 6.12 Quick Start Guidehttp://www.marketlinx.com/download/pdf/Matrix_6.12_Quick_Start_Guide_CAN.pdf
New Regional Residential Data Input Formhttp://www.rahb.ca/email/ORTIS_RES_EXPLAIN.pdf
New Regional Commercial Data Input Form http://www.rahb.ca/email/ORTIS_COM_EXPLAIN.pdf

** Remember – do not use the new Regional Data Input Forms until you are able to broker load in Matrix **

Please note: the development of the regional MLS® system is a work in progress. All information provided in the issue of The Shift is correct as of April 27, 2016.

 

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The Shift – March 15

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March 15, 2016

By now you’ll have heard that RAHB is participating in the development of a regional MLS® system and “shift”ing to a new MLS® platform – Matrix. To help you prepare for The Shift, we will be emailing regular updates with news, training information, links to helpful website and more. Watch your email inbox for future issues of The Shift!


 

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Use Matrix to search for listings!

Did you know that Matrix is live and you can use it to search regional listings? 

Matrix is running in parallel with Fusion, so the Matrix listings search functionality is fully ready for use by all RAHB members.

Why search using Matrix?

You should search using Matrix simply because Matrix contains all listed properties from the eight associations involved in developing the regional MLS® system, and that includes Oakville (OMDREB), Kitchener-Waterloo (KWAR), Guelph (GDAR), Cambridge (CAR), Brantford (BRREA), Simcoe (SDREA), Niagara (NAR) and RAHB.  Fusion will also continue to have listings for those in the STARRS area (BRREA, SDREA, NAR and RAHB) during the parallel period.

Update: As of May 10, the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association (BRREA), Simcoe District Real Estate Board (SDREB) and Niagara Association of REALTORS® (NAR) will be fully-live on Matrix and will stop using Fusion at that time.   Listings will not be added to nor displayed in Fusion – they will appear only in Matrix.

 

The situation

Until RAHB makes the final cutover to Matrix and retires Fusion, you must continue to broker load your listings into Fusion.  This is because the listing add/edit functionality within Matrix is not yet enabled for RAHB.  To ensure all RAHB area listings are showing up within Matrix, Fusion listings are automatically uploaded to Matrix every 15 minutes.

The reverse is not true, however.  When anyone who belongs to an association fully live on Matrix (currently OMDREB, KWAR, GDAR and CAR) loads a listing into Matrix, the listing is not copied to Fusion automatically.   If their listing is located in the RAHB area (with the exception of OMDREB members – more about that later), members from those organizations could interboard their listing to RAHB, but not everyone does that, as history has shown.  So, there could be listings located within the RAHB/STARRS area that are in Matrix but not in Fusion.

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This is where having access to Matrix is such an advantage – you can now search Matrix for all those listings which may not be on Fusion.

So what does this all mean for RAHB members?

This situation will exist until RAHB makes the final cutover to Matrix after the parallel period.  In the meantime, there are things you can do to make sure you have the most information for your buyers and, if you are a dual member, the widest exposure of your listing for your sellers.

RAHB Members

• You can continue to search in Fusion, as you have always done. If you want to see if there are listings in the RAHB/STARRS area that may have been taken by a non-RAHB/non-STARRS member, then use your access to Matrix to do an additional search – that way you will have all of the information. You can use Matrix to enhance your searches.

• If you prefer, you can do all of your searches in Matrix, where you will see all listings – those loaded into Matrix and those uploaded from Fusion. This would cut down on one step of your search, and produce the same results.

• You will continue to use Fusion for broker loading and listing maintenance.

If you haven’t been using Matrix, you can find help for how to navigate through Matrix and set up your searches in the Matrix Transition Guide or in the Matrix 6.12 Quick Start Guide, or watch a Matrix webinar.  There will also be Matrix sessions at REALTOR® CONNECTIONS on March 23, and you can always call the RAHB MLS® Help Desk for assistance.

Dual Members:

(members of RAHB plus another association already using Matrix)

Dual RAHB/OMDREB members

• If you have a listing in the RAHB area, remember that the Access Agreement still exists, and you must still place your listing on Fusion. When you load your listing on Fusion, your listing will be automatically uploaded to Matrix, so you won’t have to enter it again into Matrix.

Other Dual members
• To make sure that RAHB members who choose to continue to only use Fusion, also see your listings, please also enter your listings in Fusion even if you have already loaded your listings into Matrix, or interboard your listings to RAHB. Please note that you may also enter your listing just in Fusion, and your listing will be uploaded to Matrix automatically since that process occurs every 15 minutes.

Please note:  If your listing is in another association’s area and the “out of area” code comes up as 999 in Matrix, RAHB staff are automatically notified and will create a duplicate listing in Matrix with the proper district or neighbourhood code.  This will mean there are two listings for that one property in Matrix, but this is the only way to ensure your listing is searchable in the right location at the present time.

More on non-member listings

RAHB has an Access Agreement with the Oakville/Milton association (OMDREB) and any listing that is in RAHB’s market area taken by an OMDREB member should be interboarded (via an access listing) by OMDREB staff to Fusion.  However, OMDREB is the only association with that agreement with RAHB.  RAHB-area listings taken by a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo (KWAR), Cambridge (CAR) or Guelph (GDAR) associations do not necessarily end up on Fusion as there is no agreement saying they must.  The same is true for listings taken by members of other Ontario real estate associations, such as TREB.  So the safe bet for you is to add using Matrix to your searches to find those listings that may not be in Fusion.

One final word

One of the strengths of the Regional MLS® System is that members of the participating associations will have access to listing information for all properties listed in their areas and outside their areas, regardless of which participating member listed the property.  The only way to benefit from that strength is to use Matrix, the regional MLS® system, for your searches.

To get additional help

Please call RAHB’s MLS® Services Help Desk at 905.667.4650.

 

Important links

Matrixhttp://matrix.onregional.ca
Matrix Transition Guidehttp://www.rahb.ca/email/TransitiontoMatrix.pdf
CoreLogic’s Matrix 6.12 Quick Start Guidehttp://www.marketlinx.com/download/pdf/Matrix_6.12_Quick_Start_Guide_CAN.pdf
New Regional Residential Data Input Formhttp://www.rahb.ca/email/ORTIS_RES_EXPLAIN.pdf
New Regional Commercial Data Input Form http://www.rahb.ca/email/ORTIS_COM_EXPLAIN.pdf

** Remember – do not use the new Regional Data Input Forms until you are able to broker load in Matrix **

Please note: the development of the regional MLS® system is a work in progress. All information provided in the issue of The Shift is correct as of March 15, 2016.

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The Shift – February 19

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February 19, 2016

By now you’ll have heard that RAHB is participating in the development of a regional MLS® system and “shift”ing to a new MLS® platform – Matrix. To help you prepare for The Shift, we will be emailing regular updates with news, training information, links to helpful website and more. Watch your email inbox for future issues of The Shift!


 

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More about square footage

Square footage will be a mandatory field in the new Regional MLS® System once we make the final cut over to Matrix.

There will be two parts to the Square Footage field:   the measurement, and how you got the measurement – that is, whether you measured it yourself or used another source.   The five options for the source of the measurement on the Residential Data Input form will be:

  • Builders’ floor plans
  • Floor plans
  • LBO provided
  • Other
  • Public records

Builder’s floor plans
If the house you are listing has a builder’s floor plan, it is acceptable to use it.  You should be aware, however, that the floor plan from before the house was built may differ from the actual floor plan that was built.  While you can cite the builder’s floor plan, it may be worth your while to do a quick check to make sure the rooms are reasonably accurately represented.

Floor Plans
There are a number of companies you can hire to measure square footage, draw floor plans and provide other services for a fee.  A quick internet search gave us four companies close to the Hamilton-Burlington market area:

A more detailed search may produce the names and website of other companies that measure square footage.

LBO provided (or measuring for yourself)
For those of you who will take your own measurements, you should know there is no standardized way of measuring the square footage of a house in Canada.  There are, however, a number of recognized methods to measure square footage.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), with the National Association of Home Builders, developed an American National Standard for Single-Family Residential Buildings.  Their document has a good description of what goes into measuring square footage, although it doesn’t provide a lot of examples of measuring various types of houses.   Read the guideline.

The Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) has developed guidelines that are widely used; they can be found on REALTOR Link® under the MLS® tab or here. They are very similar to the ACRE method developed by the now-defunct Alliance for Real Estate Education (ACRE) and which is still included in the reference guide OREA issues in the Ontario licensing course.   The ACRE method includes examples of a few more types of dwellings than the Appraisal Institute’s guidelines.

An internet search for how to measure square footage brings up a number of sites – appraisers, bloggers, ANSI and more.   There’s no question it would be easier if there was one, approved way to calculate square footage and a website to explain it, but there isn’t.  If you check out those sites, however, most refer to one of the recognized methods mentioned above – ANSI, AIC or ACRE.

What is probably most important, if you are measuring square footage yourself, is that you choose one of the recognized methods, understand the calculations and use that method consistently.   If there are any discrepancies, you should be able to show that you diligently adhered to a legitimate way to calculate square footage.

Public Records – MPAC reports purchased through GeoWarehouse
MPAC offers two reports that provide square footage – the Residential Floor Area Report and the Detailed Level 2 Report.  (The links will take you to samples of the reports.)   You can purchase the reports through the GeoWarehouse Store for $5 and $8 respectively.

Other
If you use any other source than those listed, you have to explain in the comments section of the listing what your source is.

The most important thing to remember when you are determining the square footage of a property you have listed is that you have to do your own due diligence to ensure the information is reliable – you measure yourself, you have a professional measure or you use public or reliable builder’s plans.  It is not enough to rely on the word of the seller or use the information from a previous listing; you should be checking the information yourself so you know it is accurate.

When you are engaged with buyers and sellers as they purchase or sell a home, remember:  you are the professional, so RECO will hold you to a high standard, the court will hold you to a high standard, sellers and buyers will hold you to a high standard and RAHB will hold you to a high standard.

Everything’s New

Members have been asking exactly what the differences are between property information forms used for Fusion and the data input forms that will be used for Matrix.

If you look at the new Regional residential and commercial data input forms (there are links to the new forms below), they look completely different than the forms you are used to.  It makes sense, because you can’t go from the five forms used for Fusion to two forms for Matrix, and expect everything to remain the same.

Once RAHB makes the transition to Matrix, you will have to use the data input forms for Matrix – the property information forms for Fusion will not give you the information you need to broker load your listing information.

It would be a good idea, then, to get to know two Matrix Regional MLS®  data input forms before you need to start using them.   Read the instructions and the guide that preceed the data input form; become familiar with which fields are considered mandatory; get a feel for the general layout of the form so that you are familiar with it when it comes time to fill out your first one.

Check them out now – but remember you can’t use the new forms until you are able to broker load listings into Matrix.

Residential Data Input form
Commercial Data Input form

Important links

Matrixhttp://matrix.onregional.ca
Matrix Transition Guidehttp://www.rahb.ca/email/TransitiontoMatrix.pdf
CoreLogic’s Matrix 6.12 Quick Start Guidehttp://www.marketlinx.com/download/pdf/Matrix_6.12_Quick_Start_Guide_CAN.pdf
New Regional Residential Data Input Formhttp://www.rahb.ca/email/ORTIS_RES_EXPLAIN.pdf
New Regional Commercial Data Input Form http://www.rahb.ca/email/ORTIS_COM_EXPLAIN.pdf

** Remember – do not use the new Regional Data Input Forms until you are able to broker load in Matrix **

Please note: the development of the regional MLS® system is a work in progress. All information provided in the issue of The Shift is correct as of February 19, 2016.

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Addition of ‘Reserved Spaces’ fields

On January 19, 2016, an additional field called ‘Reserved Spaces’ was added to the Matrix system for Residential Property types.  This field was added to accommodate previous listings from other MLS® systems which permitted text in the ‘Garage Spaces’ field.  With text being allowed, some agents were inputting not only the number of spaces, but also the space assignment numbers (e.g “2,A123,B456” where 2 would be the number of spaces and A123/B456 would be the assigned parking spot numbers). Following the addition of the new field ‘Reserved Spaces’, the ‘Garage Spaces’ field data will be copied to the ‘Reserved Spaces’ field and then the ‘Garage Spaces’ field will be changed to a numeric entry only field.  The reason for this change is to allow for a more accurate and flexible way to search for parking/garage spaces using the numeric input fields.

In summary….

Before
Driveway Parking Spaces <numeric character input>
Garage Spaces <freeform character input>
Result:  no easy way to predict what might be typed in the ‘Garage Spaces’ field, making it very difficult to search.

After
Reserved Spaces <freeform character input>
Driveway Parking Spaces <numeric character input>
Garage Spaces <numeric character input>
Result:  easier to search the ‘Garage Spaces’ field now that is a numeric value only.

Also new! Garage Types – New pick value
On January 19, 2016, the value ‘Oversized’ was added to accommodate oversized garages which are commonly referred to as a “1.5 Car Garage” or “One and a Half Car Garage”.

Please note these changes are only in Matrix – this does not affect your listing entry into Fusion.

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The Shift – January 23

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January 23, 2016

By now you’ll have heard that RAHB is participating in the development of a regional MLS® system and “shift”ing to a new MLS® platform – Matrix. To help you prepare for The Shift, we will be emailing regular updates with news, training information, links to helpful website and more. Watch your email inbox for future issues of The Shift!


 

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Matrix requires new password

As of Wednesday, January 6, 2016, users of the Regional Matrix system have been required to change their passwords.

If you haven’t logged into the Matrix since January 6, you will find that when you log in, you will be redirected by Clareity Security to the “Change Password” page, where you will change your password.   Your new password must contain a minimum of six letters and at least one number; your entire password must be between six and 10 characters.

In addition to choosing a new password, you will be asked to answer three security questions.

If this sounds familiar, this is the same process you went through to choose your Fusion password when RAHB began using Clareity Security three years ago.

Please note:  This new password is only for MatrixYou will continue to use your current password to access Fusion.

 

Internet Explorer Users!

Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 on Tuesday, January 12, 2016.  Microsoft will support IE 9 only on Microsoft Vista computers.

This means that Microsoft will no longer be providing updates for these versions of Internet Explorer and significant security vulnerabilities may exist for users who continue to use them.  Clareity Security software solutions will still permit logins from these browser versions, but limited support may be available because of Microsoft’s actions.

If you don’t want to work with a browser that is no longer supported, we recommend you switch to Google Chrome or Firefox.

 

Preparing for Matrix

Special Keys

There are some special keys that will help you when you use Matrix:

  • The plus symbol + or minus symbol will indicate “greater than” or “less than” values.  Example:   10+ for more than 10 and  10- for less than 10. (Enter 10 for exactly 10.)
  • If you are looking for a range, enter it as 10-50 (as an example)
  • The asterisk * is a wildcard.  Example:  enter p* in the Street Name search field to get all the streets beginning with the letter P that meet all the criteria you have entered (region, city, etc)
  • The question mark ? can be used with a letter or number as a length delimiter.  Exampe:   p?? will return pow, pwr, pan, pic, pro, pub.
  • The exclamation mark ! means “not”.Example: !3 in a field will give you all responses except those that equal 3.
  • To select more than one item, hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard while clicking on the desired items with your mouse.
  • To remove a selected item, hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard while clicking with your mouse and the item will deselect.

 

New Picks in Matrix

Addition of ‘Reserved Spaces Field’
On January 19, 2016, an additional field called ‘Reserved Spaces’ was added to the Matrix system for Residential Property types.  This field was added to accommodate previous listings from other MLS® systems which permitted text in the ‘Garage Spaces’ field.  With text being allowed, some agents were inputting not only the number of spaces, but also the space assignment numbers (e.g. “2,A123,B456” where 2 would be the number of spaces and A123/B456 would be the assigned parking spot numbers).  Following the addition of the new field “Reserved Spaces”, the ‘Garage Spaces’ field data will be copied to the ‘Reserved Spaces’ field and then the ‘Garage Spaces’ field will be changed to a numeric entry only field.  The reason for this change is to allow for a more accurate and flexible way to search for parking/garage spaces using the numeric input fields.

In summary….

Before
Driveway Parking Spaces <numeric character input>
Garage Spaces <freeform character input>
Result:  no easy way to predict what might be typed in the ‘Garage Spaces’ field, making it very difficult to search.

After
Reserved Spaces <freeform character input>
Driveway Parking Spaces <numeric character input>
Garage Spaces <numeric character input>
Result:  easier to search the ‘Garage Spaces’ field now that is a numeric value only.

Also  new!  Garage Types – New pick value
On January 19, 2016, the value ‘Oversized’ was added to accommodate oversized garages which are commonly referred to as a “1.5 Car Garage or a One and a Half Car Garage”.

Please note these changes are only in Matrix – this does not affect your listing entry into Fusion.

 

Listing Displays in Matrix

In Fusion, you are used to looking at listing details on “Reports”.  In Matrix they are referred to as “Displays”.  Here are the displays available to you in Matrix:

  1. Member Single Line – allows you to print MLS® number, status, Property type, address, municipality, neighbourhood, city, sqft, beds, baths, DOM, list date
  2. Member Thumbnail – allows you to print MLS® number, address, city, property type, age, DOM, sqft, price, beds,  baths, lot size, taxes, municipality, neighbourhood, heat, water, sellers, listing  salesperson, listing brokerage, REALTOR® remarks
  3. Member Full – allows you to print with or without header and footer, as well as listing information, rooms, open house dates, listing history and photos
  4. Member Full with signature – allows you to enter listing directly into Matrix and print off report to have the Sellers sign. Using this option allows the member to avoid double entry of manually filling in in the listing form AND input in Matrix (available only once we cut over to Matrix)
  5. Member Full One Page with tabs – same as Member full, but also includes the selection of room sizes in imperial and metric
  6. Member Full One Page – allows you to print valuable listing details, excludes rooms and sizes on a one page report
  7. Client Thumbnail – allows you to print address, city, MLS® number, property style/type, heat, water, beds, baths, garage, sqft, age, pool, neighbourhood, listing brokerage, status
  8. Client Full – allows you to print listing details not in conflict with privacy laws
  9. Hotsheet – allows you to print change date, changed info, MLS® number, address, price, city, Property sub type, style, beds, baths, sqft, DOM, listing brokerage

Please note:  personal reports you have created in Fusion will not be migrated over to Matrix.

 

Important links

Matrixhttp://matrix.onregional.ca
Matrix Transition Guidehttp://www.rahb.ca/email/TransitiontoMatrix.pdf
CoreLogic’s Matrix 6.12 Quick Start Guidehttp://www.marketlinx.com/download/pdf/Matrix_6.12_Quick_Start_Guide_CAN.pdf
New Regional Residential Data Input Formhttp://www.rahb.ca/email/ORTIS_RES_EXPLAIN.pdf
New Regional Commercial Data Input Form http://www.rahb.ca/email/ORTIS_COM_EXPLAIN.pdf

** Remember – do not use the new Regional Data Input Forms until you are able to broker load in Matrix **

Please note: the development of the regional MLS® system is a work in progress. All information provided in the issue of The Shift is correct as of January 23, 2016.

 

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Mark YOUR Calendar

Computer

Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd. – Lower Level
C – Chambers Room M – McCullough Room

  • New Member Computer Training Level 1
    Thursday, December 10 – C, 9 a.m. – noon
    Thursday, December 17 – C, 9 a.m. – noon


Board of Directors, Committee and Task Force Meetings

Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd. – First Floor
T – Thompson Room P – Purnell Room

  • Board of Directors
    Thursday, December 10 – T, 9 a.m.
  • Awards Task Force
    Friday, December 11 – T, 9:30 a.m.


Upcoming Events

  • Realty Shoppe Inventory Day
    Wednesday, December 16, 2015
    Shoppe will be CLOSED
  • Realty Shoppe Renovations
    Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 23.
    Shoppe will be CLOSED
  • Annual Appreciation and Awards Gala
    Saturday, January 23, 2016
    Michelangelo Events and Conference Centre
    1555 Upper Ottawa St, Hamilton
    (by invitation only)
  • REALTOR® CONNECTIONS
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    Hamilton Convention Centre
    1 Summers Lane, Hamilton


Office Closures

The RAHB office will be closed from 1 p.m.
Thursday, December 24, 2015 until
Monday, January 4, 2016.

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Matrix is coming!

Later this year, RAHB will be part of a regional MLS® system and members will have a bright, shiny new MLS® system and access to listing information of eight real estate associations (including RAHB).

Here are the basics:

  • RAHB will join with the associations in Brantford, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Oakville-Milton and Simcoe to form the regional group
  • A regional MLS® system means that access agreements, access membership and interboarding will no longer be required among the participating associations
  • The MLS® System is being built specifically for the regional system on CoreLogic’s Matrix platform – a system that is faster and better than Fusion and – best of all – works on all devices
  • The regional system will serve over 7,000 REALTORS®. That means we can expect to see some savings on services and products

Want to know more?

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