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Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors®

Bright Community Facebook Group - Bright has launched a private group for subscribers moderated by Jay Thompson, a licensed broker, Inman News columnist, and former Director of Industry Outreach for Zillow. You will just need to answer three simple questions to verify your subscriber status for approval to join the group. Access the group here.



We Promise to:

Listen to you –we hear you, and we are committed to making sure the system performs as it should. We encourage you to join the Bright MLS Facebook group that has been created as a forum to address issues and provide feedback  You can join the group here

Advocate for you – we will work diligently on your behalf with Bright MLS management and other associations to bring about changes based on your feedback.

Communicate with you – we will provide ongoing updates through this page on gcaar.com, via email, on our social networks, and office visits.

Bright MLS Update: We Hear You.

We're Working to Make it Better.

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We recognize the frustration that many of you are experiencing related to the Bright MLS transition and we want to assure you that we are working to make it better. Going forward, this page will be the resource for status updates related to Bright MLS. 

 

Updates as of May 7, 2019

In this release we made various updates to Market History Reports, Public Records, and Search including:

  • Additionally owner names now display and autofill from tax records in Listing Management
  • Enhanced picklist options for Commercial property types
  • You can now enter Street Name when creating a listing from a tax record that is missing this information
  • Condo/HOA fees now autofill when creating a Buyer Closing Costs or Seller Net Sheet from a listing

To review the entire list of enhancements released on May 7, click here.

 

Updates as of April 25, 2019

In this release we made various updates to Market History Reports, Public Records, and Search including:

  • Residential Activity Report is now available in Bright
  • Frequently used reports are now displayed as print options
  • Fireplace Total available in Public Records where provided by the county
  • Cleanup of subdivision names across 18 counties
  • For Brokers: Selling Agents dashboard alert and email summary

To review the entire list of enhancements released on April 25, click here.

 

Updates as of April 16, 2019

In this release we made various updates to Listing Management and Search and reports including:

  • Daily listing alert emails for Listings Expiring Soon, Pending Listings Past Expected Close Date, and Listings Closing Soon
  • Cleanup of subdivision names across 5 counties
  • New field created for Section 8 Approved
  • City and ZIP code now included in Three-Up Print to PDF report

To review the entire list of enhancements released on April 16, click here.

 

Updates as of April 4, 2019

In this release we made various updates to Listing Management, Public Records, and Search and reports including:

  • Pets allowed Y/N now available on Residential Sale
  • Open House usability and fixes
  • Property Sketches now available as full-page PDFs
  • Results Statistics available for CMA reports
  • Appraiser Parcel One-Page display added to Search
  • Change or update your login name.

To review the entire list of enhancements released on April 4, click here.

 

Updates as of March 25, 2019

In this release we made various updates to Search and reports including:

  • Fixes to Financial Calculators
  • Condo/Coop Association OR HOA field added to residential searches
  • Central Air updates to commercial lease listings imported from TREND
  • Updates to Public Records

To review the entire list of enhancements released on March 25, click here.

 

Updates as of March 19, 2019

In this release we made various updates to Listing Management and Search and reports including:

  • Removal of fields for Residential Lease properties
  • The ability to view and edit license number information directly from Listing Management
  • New Ocean and Bay location types
  • A new filter for Auto Emails that enables you to filter searches by Currently Active

To review the entire list of enhancements released on March 19, click here.

 

Updates as of March 12, 2019

In this release update, we made the following enhancements:

  • Corrected listing fields and information that were incorrectly mapped into Bright from TREND and MRIS.
  • Updated Financial Functions compatibility with Mac OS and mobile browsers.
  • Performed fixes to the Listing Performance Reports and Market Performance Reports.
  • Added Showing Contact information to the Directions page.
  • Added Active Under Contract to Change Type in History Search.

To review the entire list of enhancements released on March 12, click here.

 

Updates as of March 5, 2019 

In this release we made various updates to Listing Management and Search and reports including:

  • Bright status definitions automatically display in Listing Management
  • Street Number and Street Suffix Modifier now display properly
  • Unit numbers are denoted by a hashtag in the full address in Search
  • For Brokers: Listing Syndication Dashboard now works in Internet Explorer 11

To review the entire list of enhancements released on March 5, click here.

 

Updates as of February 26, 2019

In this release update, we made several enhancements which included:

  • Updates and recent changes to Days on Market (DOM)
  • Street Directional Prefix field now displays and exports correctly on mailing labels
  • You can now sort agents in an individual office on the Our Agents Search page by first or last name or by any of the column headers
  • Fixes to Financial Calculators

To review the entire list of enhancements added, click here.

 

Updates as of February 21, 2019 

For information on past system releases, click here.

1. Historical listings and media: The importing of historical listing data and the associated media from the TREND and MRIS systems completed early this week. Some listings have not been loaded due to errors. We’ll continue to work through those errors and add those listings to Bright.

2. We made changes to correct history, which was creating some issues with DOM/CDOM accumulating in the Coming Soon status, as well as all previously entered listings that were affected. View the recent and upcoming changes to DOM/CDOM here.

3. Tax information is now being automatically updated as it becomes available in Bright. Learn more here.

4. Street Directional Prefix now displays/exports correctly on Mailing Labels.

5. When looking at an individual office from the Agent or Office Directory of Search page, you are now able to sort the agents listed on the Our Agents Search page by First Name, Last Name or any of the column headers.

6. Fixes to the financial calculators:

  • Credits now display correctly when emailing a Seller Net Sheet report.
  • When selecting the municipality of Tredyffrin Township, the transfer tax on both the Buyer Closing Costs and Seller Net Sheet now show correctly as 1.25%.
  • When loading a Buyer Closing Costs with a dollar amount for a down payment, the Buyer Closing Costs now loads correctly.
  • When doing a Buyer Closing Costs, the FHA loan limit is 6%. You can now choose 6% as an option with FHA.

 

Updates as of February 7, 2019

Bright added a new report agent production report called “ Agent Awards Report”. It allows agents to use a custom time-period and generate a report with all their production and calculated volume, grouped by property type. Learn more about this report.

  • A different disclaimer is now showing on the CMA based on the state of the subscriber's office.
  • Block and Lot were added to the Agent and Client Full Reports.
  • Directions has been added to the Client Full and Portal displays.
  • Listings associated with inactive offices were not showing in an agent's inventory. These listings are now showing in their inventory. For example, if an agent transferred to a new office and old office was inactive, the listings associated with the old office were not showing previously.

Updates as of January 31, 2019

Here are are few of the January 31 updates as posted in the Release Notes.  To get full list of updates, please view the Release Notes.

Agent and Client Gallery Reports.

Because of your feedback, we’ve added the Agent and Client Gallery Reports to your Residential Sale report options in Bright. These reports offer more listing information than the Thumbnail Report in a format that’s easier to scan and print than the Full or One-Page Reports. They will be added to the other property types soon. Learn more about this report here.

Listing Performance Report now available in Bright.

You now have access to a Listing Performance report for your active listings. These detailed reports show how buyers interact with your listing and compares that listing activity to the activity on competitive properties in local markets. These are deep-dive, statistical reports that give you information to share with your clients to help them to make critical decisions during the buying or selling process. Learn more about this report here.

Launch of Bright Knowledgebase.

We are launching a new online help system at https://support.brightmls.com. Our Support team will be adding help topics to this database to use as an ongoing resource. It is purposely designed for ease of use, so you can quickly find information and related articles based on your search criteria and browsing history.

Improved process for entering Comparable listings.

When you select Comparable Y/N = Y, the system will now automatically set the Status to Closed and the List Agent ID to 12345, a generic ID assigned to non-subscribers of Bright MLS.

  • Comparable listings with any other List Agent entered will be updated to reflect the 12345 ID.
  • Where Comparable Y/N = N, you may enter 12345 for the Selling Agent if the listing was purchased by a consumer who did not use a Bright MLS agent.

Days on Market no longer accumulating for Coming Soon listings.

Days on Market was accumulating for some listings in the Coming Soon status. This issue has been corrected for current Coming Soon listings. Listings in the Coming Soon status have had any accumulating DOM cleared, and that DOM will not continue to accumulate. Listings not in the Coming Soon status that were previously affected by this issues have not yet been corrected.

Automatically update your listing’s tax information from Public Records.

We’ve created a new process that will automatically update your listing’s tax values when the data becomes available in Public Records. There is a new field titled Automatically Update Tax Values Y/N. All existing on-market and new listings will default to having Yes selected. This will ensure that your listing is always using the most up-to-date information available in Bright. A message will indicate which fields can be updated from the Tax Record, while selecting No will require you to update these fields manually.

Please note: The processes that will automatically update tax information across listings in Bright are scheduled to begin February 18. If you choose to opt out of Automatically Update Tax Values for any of your on-market listings, please select No prior to February 18.

Here is our help text and fields that can be updated:

Auto Update Tax Values


Training

Bright MLS provides ongoing training. View the latest training modules by visiting the Bright MLS YouTube channel.

Even if you are fairly comfortable with the new system, changes will be ongoing, and even the smallest change can be uncomfortable or difficult to navigate. Your active participation and feedback will help ensure you can use Bright MLS to your best advantage. We ask that you please: 

* Read your Bright emails.
* Attend training classes either in person or online.
* Take the actions requested in a timely manner.
* Look carefully at your listing data in Bright and share any discrepancies you find.
* Search the Online Help topics, watch videos, and take advantage of available resources.

 

 

Go to brightmls.com for more information.  

Bright Support
Phone: 1-844-552-7444
Email: support@brightmls.com