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Member Central

MLS

GKAR MLS Emergency Hotline

Phone: (269) 382-1985 
Hours: Monday - Friday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Go to flexmls (GKAR Members) 

GKAR uses the FBS flexmls system and is one of 11 REALTOR® associations in the Michigan Regional Information Center, L.L.C. (MichRIC) which allows REALTORS® access to listings in over 20 counties in southwest Michigan. 


MLS Training and Education

At GKAR, we pride ourselves on providing a high level of service to ensure our Members are ethical, professional, and successful. MLS Training is part of that service and is provided at no additional cost to Members to attend any or all MLS Trainings conducted by our Director of Multiple Listing Service.

We also publish monthly MLS guides and articles in our MLS Intranet to facilitate our Members' success with our MLS system. When logged into flexmls, click on the Daily Functions tab, on MLS Intranet, and then on MLS Tips.

MichRIC

MichRIC was formed in 1996 with the purpose of reducing expenses for all parties involved by utilizing collaborative buying power and eliminating barriers between associations by having access to one another's listings and forms. Currently, MichRIC is a consortium of 11 local associations sharing data for ease of transaction while still maintaining their own membership and MLS rules.

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Participating Associations

  • Battle Creek Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Branch County Associatin of REALTORS®
  • Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS®
  • Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS®
  • Hillsdale County Board of REALTORS®
  • Mason, Oceana, Masnistee Board of REALTORS®
  • Montcalm County Association of REALTORS®
  • Southwest Michigan Association of REALTORS®
  • St. Joseph County Association of REALTORS®
  • West Central Michigan Association of REALTORS®
  • West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS®

The GKAR MLS Committee maintains GKAR's MLS rules. For example, there maybe a MLS system required field, but GKAR decides how its members actually use the field. 

MichRIC is goverened by a Board of Managers who meet regularly throughout the year. Two members from every local association serve on the board and all associations have equal voting rights regardless of association size.  

Non-MichRIC Login Information

Several associations adjacent to MichRIC Associations reciprocate MLS logins for the purpose of searching and viewing listing information. If you need to search for listings outside of the MichRIC area, please follow these simple instructions:

  1. Log in to MichRIC.com
  2. Click the MLS Intranet menu item
  3. Click the plus symbol next to Non-MichRIC MLS Reciprocal Logins to expand the section
  4. Click the Non-MichRIC MLS Reciprocal Logins link

Reciprocal access logins change on a monthly basis. 

ShowingTime Feedback Software

ShowingTime is an optional software to assist our Members in scheduling showings for their listings and requesting feedback with delivery and sending options for both email and text.


Online Registration for MLS Training

MLS Training is a valuable benefit of your GKAR membership and is provided at no additional cost to Members. Trainings and courses are conducted by our Director of Information Services and Multiple Listing Service.

Upcoming Trainings

2018 Dates Coming Soon...




MLS Training Descriptions

 

ENTERING A LISTING...AND ALL THAT GOES WITH IT

This training will provide you with a deeper understanding of how to enter a listing and the MLS Policies that govern the information you enter. 

Gain a deeper understanding of:

  • Efficiently entering listing information in the MLS system
  • Attaching external documents (i.e. required disclosures, inspections, legal descriptions, etc.)
  • Uploading property photos
  • Adjusting the map pin placement on a property
  • MLS deadlines for entry of listings and changes
  • Required listing information
  • Linking Virtual Tour and Videos

Training class size is limited to thirty (30) Members. Laptops are welcomed for those attendees who would like to follow along during instruction. This is not a mobile training, so tablets should not be used.

MLS CONTACTS

Learn how to efficiently and effectively provide your contacts with access to listing information, keep them up to date with price changes and new listings, and increase exposure for your listings by marketing to agents who are working with qualified buyers.

This training is designed to help you:

  • Create Contacts and attach search criteria, then automate listing notifications to be sent
  • Set-up a Client Portal for your contacts to view listing information
  • Manage groups to create distribution lists for sending emails or printing address labels
  • Import and export client and customers’ contact information
  • Run Reverse Prospect searches to match your listings to other agents’ buyers

 

Training class size is limited to thirty (30) Members. Laptops are welcomed for those attendees who would like to follow along during instruction. This is not a mobile training, so tablets should not be used.

MLS Customization

Streamline listing information and maximize your efficiency when searching and viewing listing information via the Preferences menu in the MLS.

Let us teach you how to make this system work best for YOU with:

  • My Views: creating columns of the most pertinent listing details that will display on the List tab for viewing search results more efficiently
  • My Saved Sorts: setting up multi-level sort orders for viewing search results (i.e. sort by Status, then by Area, then by Price)
  • My Quick Searches: choosing which fields you want in your searches and putting them in the order that makes sense to you
  • My Map Overlays: saving frequently drawn shapes on the map (i.e. neighborhoods) to be used as criteria in future searches
  • General Preferences: setting preferred reports and defaults so flexmls works the best way for your needs

Training class size is limited to thirty (30) Members. Laptops are welcomed for those attendees who would like to follow along during instruction. This is not a mobile training, so tablets should not be used.

MLS Searching

Master the fundamental skill of searching in flexmls and increase your confidence in finding all of the listings available that meet your client's needs. This training will help you master the following types of Searches in flexmls:

  • Historical/Address searches
  • Map and Radius searches
  • The Hotsheet search
  • Saved Searches

You'll also learn to:

  • Save listings in Listing Collections which can be accessed in the flexmls app
  • Save email settings and more efficiently send listings to your contacts
  • Use Views and Sorts to reduce your time analyzing search results
  • Combine search results from multiple searches to simplify sending listings to your contacts

Training class size is limited to thirty (30) Members. Laptops are welcomed for those attendees who would like to follow along during instruction. This is not a mobile training, so tablets should not be used.

Statistics

This course will help you learn how to find and utilize statistics that will give you a glance at your past sales and comparisons.

Master:

  • My Production: view your individual listing and sale statistics
  • Market Summary: find graphs and tables describing the state of your market
  • My Market: graph inventory, DOM, price, units, price changes
  • Inventory and Production Reports: breakdown listings/sales, new/expired/etc statuses
  • Market Trends: view the overall status of your MLS market
  • Rosters: generate a list of your office/members and their contact information

Training class size is limited to thirty (30) Members. Laptops are welcomed for those attendees who would like to follow along during instruction. This is not a mobile training, so tablets should not be used.