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Tip of the Week – MLS Update from June Membership Meeting

by Susan Beck | Jun 16, 2016
 For those of you who were not able to attend the Membership Meeting held this week in Crestview, here’s the MLS update. 
  • Drones: What do the MLS rules say about using photography taken by drones. Basically our rules don’t cover this. And as per NAR Legal, we cannot make a rule prohibiting it. However, drone usage for commercial purposes, including the sale of real estate, is very strictly regulated by the FAA. They have some fairly hefty fines for the improper use. PLUS, most of the airspace in our area is considered a “no-fly” zone for both commercial and recreational use. So be very careful before hiring a photographer who plans to use a drone. Make sure they have the proper FAA waivers, insurance, and know all the rules and guidelines so that the FAA doesn’t come after you!
  • Coastal Dune Lakes Protection Zone map overlay: Flexmls support is currently working this overlay and we hope to see it implemented in our MLS maps within the next week. A notice will be posted in the MLS when it’s live.
  • Association Management Name: A new field has been added to the Residential property type MLS in conjunction with the Association Management Company and Association Management Contact fields. The new field, called Association Management Name, should contact the contact name of someone at the professional HOA management company that another agent can contact to get information about the property.
  • ADA Compliance: Did you know that you need to make sure your website is ADA compliant? If not, please contact your website developer and start the conversation now. This was a big topic of discussion at the NAR Legislative meetings last month in Washington DC. As a public website, everyone, regardless of limitations, should be able to access your website. If they’re visually impaired, their text-to-speech program should be able to translate the majority of your website. The difficult part of this issue is that there are currently no specific guidelines to help you make your website ADA compliant. But that won’t stop someone from registering a complaint if they can’t access your website. Start that dialogue with your web developer now to avoid the problem in the future. For more info on this, search for WCAG 2.0 (web content accessibility guidelines) using your favorite browser search engine. This is not a government or ADA guideline but a concerned organization who has put together some starting-point information to help.

 Questions? Call us at 850-244-2411 or email susan@ecaor.com.

Susan Beck, MLS Director
Emerald Coast Association of Realtors®
Fort Walton Beach and Santa Rosa Beach

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