Well, as 2016 has come to an end I thought I would take a minute to give you an update on the biggest project your leadership team has worked on this year; the merge with the Yosemite Gateway Association. Functionally we are DONE! There are a couple of ways this will positively affect you and your business.
First of all, we are now all one bigger, happy family! The F.A.R. and YGAOR members have long maintained a good relationship, and now it is even better. We are keeping a branch office in Oakhurst, so if you need Association assistance when you are in the Oakhurst area or just want to check it out, feel free to stop in and say Hi!
Also, in the middle of November, we did a key and lockbox exchange for the (previous) YGAOR members. They are now on the same IBoxes (bluetooth) F.A.R. has been using for the last few years, and all the keys are coded together. This will better facilitate members from either area to work in a broader geographical area, if you so choose, without having to worry about technology conflicts. And, the members from YGAOR will no longer have to use a key fob (remember those?) to access the lockboxes from their phones if they are using the eKey app. It is a win-win for everyone!
And, how about MLS? ALL YGAOR members merging into F.A.R. will automatically become members of the Fresno MLS and will have mandatory submission of their listings into the Rapattoni system. This will give Fresno MLS a more complete data set now covering Fresno County and the 41 corridor.
AND, it gets BETTER! YGAOR’s MLS vendor, as many of you know was the California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS). It covers a significant portion of California including Madera County and others to our North. Many of our agents have secondary memberships in other Associations in order to have access to that system. Well… NO LONGER. F.A.R. is now able to offer access to CRMLS right from the Fresno office and at a price of ONLY $140 for a six month membership!! Are you interested in expanding your MLS marketing abilities or transferring your CRMLS services, call the Fresno Association of REALTORS® today!
In the near future, F.A.R. will be providing CRMLS training, keep an eye out in the Grapevine.