BlackKnightInfrastructure

Black Knight (Paragon MLS) will be performing regular monthly “system-wide” infrastructure maintenance during the date/time listed above. There may be some intermittent outages within the Paragon system during this time.

This includes Paragon, Mobile, Connect, PXL, and BKFS Hosted LAMPS Products.

 

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LSAR Member’s License Availability In Paragon MLS Agent/Membership Roster Search

Members who have access to the LSAR MLS (Paragon) can now search the license numbers of members who participate in the LSAR MLS. If you go to the Membership tab on the homes screen in Paragon, you can search by clicking on the Agent Roster or the Membership Roster and fill in your criteria to see the license numbers along side the members information. Refer to the screenshots below to see how this can be done.

AgentLicense

LicenseLocation

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Some of Your Paragon Tools Have Moved With the New Update! (Where Did My Assume Identity Go?)

Platform Update

Paragon’s New User Menu and Common Questions

We’re introducing a new user menu in 5.73. This change brings all the main user actions into a single drop-down in the top right hand corner of Paragon along with displaying the logged in user along with their agent photo. For those of you who routinely use Assume Identity, this change makes it very clear which identity is being used.

The actions in the menu include (if applicable):

  • Agent Ability to select/change their Paragon photo
  • Assume Identity
  • MLS Switcher
  • Board Switcher
  • Displays the User’s Organization name
  • Displays the Logoff Button

We’ve received a few questions about how it works. Two common questions we’ve been asked are about the log off confirmation screen and the MLS Switcher.

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Log Off Confirmation Screen

The log off screen (right) has been eliminated

MLS Switcher

The MLS Switcher functionality will continue to operate as it currently does, and will retain the same format (e.g. displaying as Switch: MLS Name or MLS Switcher). However, it will now be accessed using the user menu.

+ Systems to Switch Between

MLS Switcher-Presents dialog box with list of systems to select

2 Systems to Switch Between

Switch: MLS Name-Automatically toggles between systems

       

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Action Required: Download New Supra eKEY app for iOS 13 (Apple Products) September 19th 2019

Apple will release a new operating system, iOS 13, for iPhones and iPads, on Thursday, September 19 2019. A new version of Supra eKEY app is now available in the Apple app store.

Important! Please update your eKEY app to this new version before you update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 13. You may not be able to access keyboxes if you use a previous version of the eKEY app with iOS 13.

To update to the latest version of the eKEY app:

  1. Go to your iPhone or iPad home screen and tap the App Store icon
  2. Tap the Updates icon in the bottom right of the screen
  3. Scroll to locate the eKEY app and select Update or select Update All at the top of the screen to update all of your apps.
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MLS Options Task Force Update

The MLS Options Task Force was established to explore merger or other service and cost sharing options with neighboring MLSs.

Based on feedback from LSAR members, the Task Force is negotiating a proposal to the LSAR members on a NorthStar MLS merger.

The Task Force continues to work towards finalizing a proposal for consideration by the LSAR membership.  Updates on their progress is included below.  Once a final proposal is ready, a membership meeting and electronic membership vote will be held.  Should the vote to merge prevail, an MLS merger would be scheduled for Q1 2020.

Resources (Members-Only Login Required):

  • 2019-20 Proposed Dues & Fees Comparison:  The document compares the difference between MLS fees and LSAR Dues as are currently proposed for the 2019-20 fiscal year and proposed MLS fees and LSAR Dues in event of a merger.  Proposed Dues & Fees Comparison
  • NorthStar MLS/LSAR MLS Field Comparison:  This document summarizes the Task Force recommendations on reconciling field differences between the two MLSs.  Please note that the ONLY items on this spreadsheet are where differences exist between the NorthStar MLS and the Lake Superior MLS.  For example, “Price” does not exist on the spreadsheet because there are no differences in this field between the two databases.  NorthStar MLS/Lake Superior MLS Field Comparison
  • August 8th Membership Meeting Playback:  CEO Maranda DeSanto discusses field differences and answers questions in the August 8th meeting.August 8th Meeting Playback
  • MLS Options Comparison Sheet:  Compares differences between all three original options (NorthStar MLS, Northwestern WI MLS, LSAR MLS).  LSAR MLS Options Comparison Sheet

Please send any questions to maranda@LSARealtors or info@PortCitiesRealty.com

Sincerely,

MLS Options Task Force

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Lockboxes are hot, hot, hot!!

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MN Hands-Free Law – August 1!

The hands-free bill was signed by Gov. Tim Walz on April 12, 2019, and becomes law on Aug. 1, 2019.

What can I do under the new law?

The new law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts and get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone.  Remember, hands-free is not necessarily distraction-free.

What can’t I do with my phone under the new law?

You may not hold your phone in your hand. Also, a driver may not use their phone at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using non-navigation apps, reading texts and scrolling or typing on the phone.

Can I ever hold my phone?

Yes. Hand-held phone use is allowed to obtain emergency assistance, if there is an immediate threat to life and safety, or when in an authorized emergency vehicle while performing official duties.
MN Department of Public Safety Page:  https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/hands-free/Pages/default.aspx
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MINNESOTA REALTORS® FORMS USE POLICY CHANGE AND ACCESS BY UNLICENSED ASSISTANTS

The Minnesota REALTORS® recently became aware that many of our REALTOR® members were allowing their administrative staff to access and use the Minnesota REALTORS® approved forms which was prohibited under the Minnesota REALTORS® Forms Use Policy (“Policy”).
The Minnesota REALTORS® Risk Management Committee and the Executive Committee reviewed the current Policy and determined there is value to our REALTOR® members in allowing administrative staff to access the Minnesota REALTORS® approved forms to assist in tracking transactions and, if they are licensed assistants, to assist in drawing up the contracts.
Therefore, the Risk Management Committee recommended, and the Executive Committee approved, a modification to the Forms Use Policy to allow for administrative staff employed by or affiliated with a REALTOR® member to have access to the Forms for the purpose of providing lawful and permissible assistance related to use of the Forms.
– IMPORTANT LEGAL INFORMATION-
In modifying this Policy to allow administrative staff access to the Forms it is imperative that you are aware of the legal and ethical restrictions and risks associated with unlicensed persons accessing legal contracts.
Unlicensed assistants and unlicensed administrative staff may NOT draw up or assist in drawing up the forms. Doing so would be in violation of Minn. Stat. § 481.02, unauthorized practice of law. Licensed real estate brokers, salespersons, and closing agents are allowed to draw up legal contracts as specifically permitted under Minn. Stat. § 481.02, Subd. 3a.
Also note that each licensed broker is responsible for the acts of any and all of the broker’s salespeople, closing agents, employees, or other persons while acting on the broker’s behalf. (See Minn. Stat. § 82.63, Subd. 3 and 82.82, Subd. 1).
Broker’s, salespersons, or closing agents are prohibited from engaging or authorizing any person, except one licensed per Minn. Stat. § 82, to act as a real estate broker, salesperson, or closing agent on their behalf. Make sure that all licensed activity is being performed by a person properly licensed under Minn. Stat. § 82.
See the Real Estate Assistants section of the Minnesota REALTORS® Desktop Reference Guide for further information regarding assistants.

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Get Ready For Forms Changes August 1st 2019

The MN REALTORS® Forms Committee is finalizing the FY 19 changes for the MN REALTORS® approved forms (“Forms). The revised Forms will be released and become effective August 1st 2019. Members should begin using the revised Forms on and after August 1st. Please watch for a detailed description of what is changing in the July and August publications. Please follow the link below to see the upcoming changes!

Get Ready For Forms Changes PDF

 

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REVISED MN RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

The Minnesota Legislature has adopted new requirements for residential leases that are EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

The revised law (Minn. Stat. § 504B) now requires that a written residential lease MUST:

  1. identify the specific unit the residential tenant will occupy before they sign the lease (for a residential building with 12+ units);
  2. identify the lease start date and lease end date;
  3. indicate the amount of prorated rent on the first page of the lease (if the lease requires the tenant to move in or out on a date other than the first or last day of the month and the rent is prorated);

REVISED RESIDENTIAL LEASE AGREEMENT: The legislative changes above have been reflected in the 05/19 revision to the Minnesota REALTORS® Residential Lease Agreement which has been posted to Instanet for your immediate use.

Other Statutory Changes Affecting Residential Leases:

For those REALTOR® members that may use or encounter other residential leases, please take note that this legislation also requires that the landlord must give the tenant the option to choose the notice period if of residential lease provides a time period for the landlord to give notice to quit the premises or notice of a rent increase that is different than the time period the tenant is required to give for notice of intention to quit the premises.

The tenant will be allowed to give notice of an intention to quit the premises using either:

  1. the time period provided in the lease for the tenant to give a notice of intention to quit the premises; or
  2. the time period provided in the lease for the landlord to give a notice to quit the premises or notice of a rent increase.

The landlord however will not be able to give notice to quit the premises or notice of a rent increase that is shorter than the time period the lease provides for the tenant to give notice of an intention to quit the premises.

ALL OF THE ABOVE PROVISIONS MAY NOT BE WAIVED OR MODIFIED BY THE PARTIES TO THE RESIDENTIAL LEASE. ANY WAIVER (ORAL OR WRITTEN) VOID AS AGAINST PUBLIC POLICY.

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MN Radon Update – Effective 1/1/19

The Minnesota Radon Licensing Act (Minnesota Statutes 144.4961) was passed by the legislature and signed into law in May 2015. This act gives Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) the authority to write rules and enforce laws related to the radon industry in the state.

Professionals and companies that measure for radon, mitigate for radon or perform radon analysis in the State of Minnesota will be required to be licensed and use system tags.

Licensing requirements went into effect on January 1, 2019.

However, on December 28, 2018, a Ramsey County District Court judge issued an order in an on-going lawsuit filed against the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Under the order, MDH for the time being cannot regulate or enforce the statutes and rules that apply to radon mitigation professionals that conduct mitigation in residences. All other parts of the statute are in effect.

Visit the MN Health website for more information including licensee search!

https://radon.web.health.state.mn.us/serviceProviders.faces

 

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Entering Listings for Comp? Remember These Steps

Question:  How do I enter a listing for comparable purposes in the MLS?

Answer:  MLS users are permitted to input listings in the MLS as comparable properties even when the sale itself did not originate out of the MLS.  Examples include when an agent represents a buyer in a FSBO listings, when an agent facilitates a transaction between a buyer and seller who already knew each other, or one-time showing contracts.  While it is not required to input these properties, it is encouraged for the benefit of other MLS Participants and for our market statistics.  There are some steps you will need to ensure you still take in order to input these properties:

  • Get Permission:  Make sure permission to enter the property data is granted in writing from both parties of the transaction.  This may already be part of your contract but double check
  • Enter ALL Required Information:  All required information as with any other listing, is required for a comparable input.  This includes, at a minimum, a main exterior photo of the property and all fields marked with “R.”  Use the correct dates as stated on contracts rather than the day you are entering the listing.
  • Be Generous with Details:  Appraisers often need information beyond the required fields in order to use the properties for comparable purposes.  Please try to gather and enter data such as room dimensions, condition/updates to the property, and additional photos.  Remember, it may lead to additional and unnecessary time calling for information on properties if it’s not entered in the beginning.
  • Inform MLS Office:  If you did not represent the seller, the “FSBO” or “Nonmember” agent/office will need to be entered as the listing office.  MLS staff are the only users able to make this change for you.  Email info@daar.com with the MLS number to make the change.
  • Indicate Comparable Input:  Commonly this has been entered in the agent remarks should also be added under the “Listing Type” field.  You may still receive a warning email for entering a listing past the two-day “listing date” grace period.  MLS staff reviews all of these warnings and looks in the MLS to verify if the listing was input for comparable purpose prior to assessing any fines.

If you have further questions, please contact our office:  (218) 728-5676 or info@daar.com

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EMAIL OPT-OUT MESSAGES

Paragon has been receiving quite a number of emails kicked back due to an invalid email address. They have put into place a solution to help eliminate these kickbacks.

If an email is kicked out, the system will automatically “opt out” this email address. The agent who sent the email will receive an email from ParagonMessaging that this email address is opted out. You must enter a valid email address before emails can be sent. Before you contact your client, we recommend you check the spelling of the email address you entered into Paragon.

Your contacts can opt back in at: http://p100.paragonrels.com/paragonsubscriptions/optin.aspx

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