Big Updates to the SentriSmart App

SentriLock has released an update to the SentriSmart® app that was made available May 29th, 2018.  The two new features include:

  1. Touch ID and Facial Recognition
  2. Agent Safety

Touch ID and Facial Recognition

 

Android and iPhone users will now have the ability to set up Touch ID and Facial Recognition to quickly and easily access your most used functions. You are able to use the new recognition feature in place of your PIN to help you be more efficient.

 

 

 


Agent Safety Feature

 

You can also use the new touch ID with the agent safety feature.  When using SentriSmart®  to open a Lockbox, the Agent Safety Feature will launch. This feature will automatically alert your designated emergency contacts when you do not or cannot confirm you are safe.

 

 

 

Once you’ve downloaded the newest version of our app,  opt-in to activate this feature.  To manually turn on the agent safety feature, take the following steps:

To learn more about SentriLock’s mobile app features, click here.


Unsure about a feature?  SentriLock has resources to help you out!

Want to learn more about SentriLock’s newest features? Visit the SentriLock Help Page for detailed how-to’s, feature videos and additional tips.

PHOTO COPYRIGHT – ARE THE IMAGES YOURS?

Lots of REALTORS work with a professional photographer on a regular basis for their listing photos, and why wouldn’t they?  Just like consumers trust REALTORS to guide them through the home-buying process, many real estate professionals trust the ‘photo experts’ to guide them through the intricacies of getting just the right photos for their listings.

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There are many questions to ask a potential photographer such as the type of equipment used, what kinds of shots will be taken, and much more.  However, one of the most overlooked questions is potentially the most important.

Who owns the photos?

When you ask the photographer this question the answer should always be a resounding YES.  Not only should you own them, but there should also be no restrictions or limits on the photos.  Just like your latest real estate transaction, the key is to get everything in writing.

Be sure you receive a written release and save it with the other paperwork for that particular listing.  Your time is valuable; the last thing you want to get involved in is a legal fight over who owns the listing photos.  Be sure to check out NAR’s resources for sample work for hire, assignment, and exclusive license agreements available for your use.


This article is adapted in part from Inman News and was initially contributed by Laura Ure, CEO of Keenability, a full-service marketing agency specializing in lifestyle and creative real estate marketing.  View her full bio and other articles at https://www.inman.com/author/laura-ure/.

The original Inman article can be viewed in its entirety at https://www.inman.com/2018/04/16/hiring-a-professional-photographer-ask-these-7-questions-first/.

Not Making Changes Just for the Sake of Change

Have you ever observed RealTracs make a change to something small, and you were left scratching your head? Did you ask “why,” or “how does this affect me?” If so, you shutterstock_599090141were probably not alone, and it is certainly worth further explanation.

As you can imagine, there is an enormous amount of data, which brokers authorize RealTracs to send on their behalf, to hundreds of website providers, back-office tool providers, showing services, statistical companies, advertisers, and more. Not only do all these vendors receive data from RealTracs, but they also get listing information from other MLSs, literally from coast-to-coast.

That’s a lot of data.

Not only that, but it has to be understood by everyone to make it worth sending. This is where the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) Data Dictionary comes in. The RESO data dictionary is the “Rosetta Stone” for listing information. It ensures that technologists, MLSs, and vendors all speak the same language on how to describe your listing data. Why does this matter? Because it saves you time and money!

Historically, real estate technology vendors had to onboard different sets of data from multiple MLSs with different rules and different meanings and…well, you can see how time-consuming and expensive that would be when repeated for 700+ MLSs across the

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country. With platinum data dictionary compliant MLSs – like RealTracs – the vendor knows that a listing in Tennessee will be described the same as it would be anywhere else. RealTracs’ Chief Technology Officer, Doug Powers, the force behind RealTracs’ RESO certification, said it best. “Every market is different, but we all have bedrooms and bathrooms. Where we can agree to a standard, we can simplify the organization, delivery, and presentation of data for the products and brokers that transcend markets.”

You will soon see the latest example of this type of data field update with how sewer is described in add/edit. There will be selections for a public or private sewer, septic tank, and Septic Tank Effluent Pumping (STEP) system.  As RealTracs moves toward 100% RESO compliant data fields, you will see more data field updates over time, and helpful information will be posted in the RealTracs Help Pages under Add/Edit: Data Dictionary. The page explaining available sewer fields can be viewed here.

If you have questions about these changes or anything else, do not hesitate to contact our technical support staff via an online chat, email, or by phone.

MLS GRID LAUNCHES SERVICE

BRENTWOOD, TN, April 10, 2018 — The MLS Grid, of which RealTracs Inc. is a founding member, has officially launched in its first market. Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), which services the Chicagoland area, was selected as the first organization to receive MLS Grid service. Carolina MLS in Charlotte, NC and then RealTracs will soon folloMLS Grid Logo (1)w, along with other markets as part of a nationwide effort to make MLS listing data more readily available.  The MLS Grid platform removes barriers related to accessing multiple listing service data for real estate brokers and their vendors by providing a consolidated source of IDX and VOW information with a single, universal license agreement.

The MLS Grid was founded in 2016 as a cooperative venture between eight MLS organizations. Today, this network has grown to include ten large MLSs, providing service to more than 200,000 real estate practitioners throughout the country. The current MLS Grid network comprises Austin MLS (Texas), Carolina MLS (North andSouth Carolina), Heartland MLS (Kansas City), MARIS (St. Louis), MIBOR (Indianapolis), MRED (Chicagoland), MyFloridaRegional MLS (Central Florida), Northstar MLS (Minnesota), Northwest MLS (Seattle), and RealTracs (Tennessee).

“RealTracs, which serves brokers in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northern

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Alabama, is one of the founding members of MLS Grid and is excited to announce the launch of this exciting and collaborative effort,” said RealTracs President & CEO Stuart White.

 

The MLS Grid compiles data directly from MLSs to create the single data feed, unifying compliance, display, and usage standards to ease the distribution process for all involved.

“This is an immensely exciting day for the real estate industry,” said MLS Grid CEO Joseph Szurgyi. “We’re tearing down all the roadblocks that once stood in the way of data access and efficiency.”

REALTRACS GOES PLATINUM IN MUSIC CITY

In addition to, and in support of, MLS Grid, RealTracs is also pleased to announce their Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) data dictionary Platinum RESO_Certified_Platinum_RGBCertification. The Data Dictionary serves as the real estate industry’s “Rosetta Stone” for real estate data and ensures technology providers will be able to interpret the data the same way regardless of the MLS from which it is procured.

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RealTracs Chief Technology Officer, Doug Powers, the force behind RealTracs’ RESO certification, echoed that statement.  “Every market is different, but we all have bedrooms and bathrooms.  Where we can agree to a standard, we can simplify the organization, delivery, and presentation of data for the products and brokers that transcend markets.”  So, in true Nashville, Music City style, what better way to mark the occasion than our very own RealTracs/RESO inspired record?

 


ABOUT MLS GRID

The MLS Grid is an MLS-owned company that provides a unified data platform based on RESO Standards as well as a single license agreement, all for the benefit of brokers. The MLS Grid is currently comprised of ten large MLSs across the USA that jointly represents more than 200,000 subscribers. Members include Austin MLS (Texas), Carolina MLS (North and South Carolina), Heartland MLS (Kansas City), MARIS (St. Louis), MIBOR (Indianapolis), MRED (Chicagoland), MyFloridaRegional MLS (Northern Florida), Northstar MLS (Minnesota), Northwest MLS (Seattle), and Realtracs (Tennessee). For more information visit MLSGrid.com.

ABOUT REALTRACS

RealTracs was established in 1996 and is owned by seven REALTOR® associations.  RealTracs provides multiple listing service, data aggregation, training, and support in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, and Northern Alabama for more than 13,500 users in over 1,400 offices.  RealTracs is dedicated to the delivery of quality products and services to its customers, both internal and external, through a system of core values that are the basis for every decision and standard of service throughout the organization.

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