One of the real estate industry’s most popular and advanced paperless transaction management solutions, Form Simplicity, recently released its newly redesigned application to more than 200,000 REALTORS® nationwide.

 

The update to Form Simplicity is more than just a designed facelift. The changes improve transaction productivity and speed up agent and broker workflow.

 

Florida Realtors®, the nation’s second-largest Realtor state association that owns and operates Form Simplicity, rolled out the newest version in stages between April and July. Today, 187,000 Realtor members in Florida, 8,300 members of Arkansas Realtors Association, 2,300 members of Wyoming Association of Realtors, 7,300 members of Iowa Association of Realtors, and 10,300 members of Idaho Association of Realtors all have access to the newest version.

 

A robust transaction management platform, Form Simplicity’s Ultimate Edition includes unlimited access to eSign, its highly-secure electronic signature feature, an expanded set of broker management tools to simplify compliance and improve agent-broker workflow, and unlimited document storage.

 

Form Simplicity’s new, uncluttered look includes four key sections in the home page: Menu, Recent Transactions, Upcoming Tasks, and Useful Tools. Among the improvements:

 

  • Menu: The navigation menu has been grouped so that there are fewer tabs while retaining access to all the features.
  • Recent Transactions: A professional’s most recent transactions are visible and accessible from the home page. He or she can also create a new transaction from the home page. Moreover, the flow to creating a transaction will be smoother, with colorful buttons that are easy to identify, and an expanding page to view all information together instead of toggling through tabs.
  • Upcoming Tasks: All future tasks are color-coded and available on the home page for easy access.
  • Useful Tools: Professionals can quickly locate the button to add a new contact, create clauses and more — right from the home page.

The initial launch has generated an avalanche of positive comments, as it is being incredibly well-received by agents and brokers across the country. The most common observation: it’s faster than ever. That’s because Form Simplicity is running on a new and modern application architecture, from hardware to software.

 

Change is never easy, especially when making major changes to something tens of thousands of agents and brokers use every day as the backbone of their business. But rank-in-file agents are expressing their support – and delight.

Matthew Lemons, a South Florida real estate broker, notes that the new Form Simplicity has been a welcome change. “I just tried out the new Form Simplicity style now, and I have to say it is amazing. Love how convenient the new layout is. Extremely professional. I’ll be sticking with you guys for a long time,” Lemons said.

 

Satellite Beach, Florida agent Peggy Hall added, “I began using the new and improved Form Simplicity…(it’s a) super easy transition!” And Shermeka McSwain, a Cutler Bay, Florida agent said, “The recently updated changes are extremely great. Using the navigation, location of information and the program structure is very user-friendly.”

 

Real estate agents also appreciate what hasn’t changed with the new Form Simplicity redesign. All the great features agents and brokers already love remains the same, and the new redesign is giving added attention to how important transaction management is today.

 

Transaction management is no longer a nice to have but a must-have for real estate agents and brokers. For any transaction management solution to effectively serve the greatest number of agents and brokers possible, it needs to be easy to use and inviting. The redesign of Form Simplicity is all about making it easier to navigate, and making sure that it works on any device, because that’s what agents and brokers tell us they want.

 

There are many types of fraud prevalent today in the real estate industry. Property fraud or “house stealing” is a white-collar crime that if left undetected can lead to a variety of issues. Property fraud can happen when a scammer files fake deeds and/or makes it appear as if it is their home when it is not theirs to sell. Along with deed forgery, identity theft and mortgage fraud are top in line for the hottest home crimes happening today, as seen in FBI’s news releases.

 

Let’s look at what types of properties are at the highest risk.

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A house delivered directly to your buyers and placed on-site that is energy efficient and spectacular. This is one of the top growing housing trends for 2019. Why? More and more people care about living in a healthy home that is eco-friendly and safe. Safe meaning the ability to withstand the type of climate where you reside.

Real estate professionals know it’s important to be well versed in the options available for their clients. When you are the source of information, it builds trust and value in what you bring to the real estate experience.

Say goodbye to previous conceptions of a pre-fab home. Pre-fab is short for prefabricated. It is a term used to describe any building or dwelling that is manufactured off-site, in a home building facility, and then transported to the home or building site to be set on a foundation.

Most people think of pre-fab as mobile homes or double-wide trailers.

Today’s pre-fab house is aesthetically designed, cutting edge and in many cases lower priced than traditional homes built on-site.

Architects are leading the way nationally and all over the world in designing pre-fab homes that are custom built to individual needs and tastes.  A pre-fab home in most cases is no longer a cookie-cutter approach to homebuilding.

 

Here are the Top 3 Pre-Fab Home Trends Being Built Today

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More and more homeowners and buyers are looking for ways to save on the costs involved in the daily and monthly upkeep of their homes.  Realistically, this applies to all of us!

This checklist is great to bring with you and provide to your clients to help them plan and meet their goals when purchasing their new home.

These items are at the forefront of importance for today’s buyers looking to increase their home’s efficiency. The checklist below can be used as a resource and as a value proposition for you as their real estate professional.

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Smart Homes and Green Homes are growing in demand in many parts of the country. Yet, when people think of a Smart Home, some may think it is the same as a Green Home.  Yes, they work beautifully together, but they are actually different. This article will highlight each and show you the key features that buyers are looking for now.

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Form Simplicity Moving Deals and Moving Offers

Moving into a new home is always one of the most stressful times in one’s life. Home buyers have many decisions to make during the months leading up to buying a new home as well as the three months following the move. There are movers to hire, utility services to call, appliance pricing to do, and furniture selections to make. These are just a few of the multiple decisions facing home buyers as they look for moving offers along the way.

REALTORS® provide their clients with a bevy of expertise. They research properties, execute marketing plans, offer financing advice, the list goes on and on. However, when it comes to purchases needed for the new home itself, home buyers are often left to their own devices.

Moving Statistics
According to a 2016 New Mover Report, home buyers start their purchasing decisions, other than buying the home itself, up to three months prior to moving into their new home. For example, three months prior they will begin thinking about if they are going to purchase cable, or instead, if they should cut the cord completely. Ultimately, they end up making the decision one month prior to moving.

The top three sources, cited in the report, for new movers’ purchasing decisions come from 1) the vendor itself from driving around the neighborhood 2) friends and family referrals and 3) Internet searches. Nearly 71% of new movers made major purchasing decisions around the time of their move, with furniture topping the list as the most expensive purchase followed closely by appliances. Continue reading

florida realtors 100This week, Realtors throughout the Sunshine State will assemble in Orlando for a meeting that is literally 100 years in the making. “Celebration100” is the Florida Realtors® annual Convention & Trade Expo, taking place Aug. 24-28, 2016, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.

It’s going to be a convention for the ages, from a 100th Birthday Party celebration featuring America’s number one private party band “Party On The Moon,” to the General Session featuring Jay Leno, the 22-year host of “The Tonight Show,” who is considered one of the greatest stand-up comics of all time.

The schedule is jammed-packed with three days of courses, meetings, and educational sessions that will explore the hottest topics of the day. The complete schedule with times and locations is online here.

Meet Us at the Expo
You’ll find our Tech Helpline Internet Café onsite, where you can check email, get technical help from one of our experienced Tech Helpline analysts, or ask the Tech Helpline experts about Form Simplicity, MLSAdvantage, IDX or Florida Living Network.

At the Form Simplicity booth, we can demo the broker tools for you or answer any of your questions. For a little recreational fun, challenge one of our staff members to a foosball table or arcade game.

You’ll find both our Form Simplicity and Tech Helpline teams in the foyer in front of the Sebastian Ballroom where the Trade Expo is located.

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CARMLS members save time with Form Simplicity feature.

We are happy to announce a new feature available to members of Cooperative Arkansas MLS (CARMLS). Members now have the ability to import MLS data directly into their forms in Form Simplicity. This feature eliminates the need to type the data manually or multiple times. And to access the MLS import function, members must be logged into either Form Simplicity or CARMLS.

In the MLS, the user may access the import feature from a general search or a specific search.

In Form Simplicity, the user may locate the MLS Import feature in the Content tab of the active transaction. Members may learn how to import MLS data into an active transaction by logging into their account, selecting ‘HELP’ from the menu at the top of the page, and accessing the Knowledge Base.

Serving over 3,000 members across 19 boards, CARMLS is the largest MLS in Arkansas. Similarly, the Northwest Arkansas Board of REALTORS® and Ft. Smith Board of REALTORS® in Arkansas also have use of the Form Simplicity MLS import feature, and it is available for their respective members.

The Arkansas REALTORS® Association provides Form Simplicity’s Ultimate Edition to all its members; it is an included benefit.

DeathtoStock_Wired5It has been nothing short of a busy past few months for both Form Simplicity and our sister service, the Tech Helpline. From hosting our annual Florida Realtors Celebration and Trade Expo in August, to appearing at four trade shows in the past month, we have been all over the nation and have loved meeting more of our users each week! Along with our travel and launch of new services, we have been featured in numerous publications and websites throughout the real estate community.

Check out our presence in the publications below:

Inman News

http://www.inman.com/2015/09/18/helpline-eases-real-estate-agents-tech-woes/

WAV Group

http://waves.wavgroup.com/2015/09/15/tech-helpline-now-provides-support-for-one-in-three-realtors-in-north-america/

RE Technology

http://retechnology.com/agent/articles/how-to-back-up-your-text-messages-email-calendars-and-more?utm_campaign=lista-daily-ab&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter_21947

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