New MLS *Police* Feature. Great For Everyone!

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP 0524642

I can't tell you how frustrating it is to have misinformation on our MLS. As a Realtor I rely on my fellow agents to correctly upload their listings to the MLS. Once a listing hits the MLS it automatically syndicates out to hundreds of websites like Zillow and Trulia. So it all starts from the MLS. Routine mistakes include inaccurate subdivision names, bad directions or one of the many MLS violations.

Realtors are required per MLS rules to enter their properties on the MLS correctly or else they run the risk of being fined. There are currently 43 pages of rules and guidelines that Realtors must follow. Fines range from $100.00 to $1,000.00. And they can double for repeat offenders. 

If an agent saw something that was a nuisance they had to call the Association, get put on hold and tell someone over the phone about a particular violation. Now, the Association, has made tattling on your fellow agent a whole lot easier:

report it,

We now have the Report it  button at our disposable. A simple click and you can notify the Association of any common or any MLS violation you find. 


You may wonder why an agent would want to report a violation. It's pretty simple. The continuity of our MLS depends on agents simply playing by the rules. Period. 

In 10 years I have never been fined, but I have been reported. We all make honest mistakes, but some of the more obvious one's deserve to be fined and not just warned. Some blatant violations include coding a neighborhood in the wrong mls area to attract more potential buyers. I've also seen Listing Agents make threats under Agent Remarks (if I show the house your commission will be reduced) such language is not permitted. Realtors cannot type anything they want on the MLS. 

Other common mistakes include not having enough photo's (or not providing written proof the seller doesn't want photo's). I once saw a picture of an agent who uploaded a photo of himself with his dog on the sellers couch. Not only was the shot silly, it was embarrassing and unprofessional. That photo was clearly a violation.

Another time I saw a picture of the White House instead of the actual home, again a clear violation and worthy of a fine if not removed and replaced with an actual photo of the home. 



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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)




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Emmary Simpson
Las Cruces Homes and Land - Las Cruces, NM
Serving Las Cruces, NM

I love our report button. It's hard not to get addicted to it ;)

Jan 02, 2015 06:09 AM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I try to take a sympathetic view of mistakes on the MLS but some clearly need to be reported since they look like,truly deliberate "mistakes"

Jan 02, 2015 07:32 AM #2
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

We have a few agents that frequently abuse the system.  This is a great tool.  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 02, 2015 07:47 AM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I guess it would be nice if they were not also the political correct police. My MLS gave me a warning with threat of fine for using the word retirement in my listing... Greg Nino 

Jan 02, 2015 07:55 AM #4
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I have called fellow agents when I have seen what would be a common mistake and have also had warning emails to correct issues.  We are ail her to serve the public and errors just make us all look bad

Jan 02, 2015 09:53 AM #5
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

we have that too, have for a long while.  Actually I'm shocked your MLS didn't have it already in such a large area.

Jan 02, 2015 09:53 AM #6
Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

I love our REPORT button also - we've had it for quite awhile.  I just wish our MLS would truly enforce fines and fees.  It would generate some $$

Jan 02, 2015 10:03 AM #7
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Greg, We have an anonymous (at least that's what they tell us) report button here too and I've made use of it to have things corrected (e.g. don't call an attached ranch condo a single family home just because you've priced it well over the price of every condo in the area so you think you'll get found better if you categorize it SFH...that doesn't fly).

Jan 02, 2015 11:20 AM #8
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

I wish we had a Report Button. Right now there are 7 condos listed as townhomes in my city. Several of these listing agents have sold in that subdivision and clearly know better.

Jan 02, 2015 10:26 PM #9
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

LOL a photo of the White House . . . too funny and what the heck was the listing agent thinking?!?  I love the report button.  I notice that listing agents will WITHDRAW their listing, and then RE-LIST with a new MLS.  Both statuses are  considered ACTIVE and both the WTH status and the new listing are picked up by the third-party leech sites.  So the listing agent has the same listing circulating twice.  Gosh, they're like inmates coming up with new ways to game the system!!

Jan 03, 2015 05:55 AM #10
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

This is a feature we've had for awhile.  I don't go searching for mistakes but when I find them I hit the report button.  One of the common one is an agent's sign in the listing photos.  Followed by in directions saying "use GPS."  

Jan 04, 2015 06:28 AM #11
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

We have a "report" button as well. In theory this goes to the Board Secretary then to the MLS committee.

Click the damn button all you like, but we still have fair housing violations "Great house for a growing family", photos with people in them, and my favorite, the listing agent's sign.

Jan 05, 2015 09:26 PM #12
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Greg Nino our MLS just began fining those who do not change information within 72 hours, no questions asked.  FINALLY!  

Jan 07, 2015 11:28 AM #13
Sharon Harris
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Hanover, PA

Everyone makes mistakes. But irks me is the Realtors that refuse to go back and correct the mistake. No report button in Hanover PA

Jan 13, 2015 05:54 AM #14
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Dana Point, CA
Capo Beach Realtor® -

Its been 17 days since this post, Greg ... I keep checking, to see if you've written something new.  Come on Bud ... I feel like I'm a Junkie, and need to read what Greg Nino has written, every couple days or so.  I bet I'm not the only one.

Jan 19, 2015 09:19 AM #15
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Hi Raymond,

I'm down with the flu...or something. =(

Jan 19, 2015 09:59 AM #16
Raymond Denton
Homesmart / Evergreen Realty - Dana Point, CA
Capo Beach Realtor® -

Get well soon, Greg ... I hear the flu this year isn't any fun, and mutating rapidly.

Jan 21, 2015 05:25 AM #17
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Greg - It's nice that you finally have an opportunity to report "mistakes/errors" that are found on your MLS. Hopefully the end result will provide consumers with more accurate data.

Jan 23, 2015 07:05 AM #18
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