March Training Schedule

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Below is the schedule of upcoming online training classes for the month of March. If you’re new to REsearch, we strongly encourage you to attend the “Orientation” session on March 14. And for a preview of the changes coming in REsearch, please sign up for a “What’s New with REsearch 4.5” session.

Even if you’ve participated in a session before, it’s often a good idea to get a refresher. Our live trainers can answer your questions and help you get the most out of REsearch. Descriptions of each webinar can be found here.

To sign up immediately, simply click on the links below. Space is limited so please RSVP soon! If you are going to participate/watch online classes as a group, only one person needs to sign up.

This Week

Prospecting & Contacts
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/925623651

Farming & Labels
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/213500562

What’s New in REsearch 4.5
Friday, March 4, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:-00 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/221233811

Basics to Formats
Friday, March 4, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/907775378

Next Week

The Calendar
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/537854451

What’s New with REsearch 4.5
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/459730587

Customizing
Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/268317826

Downloading
Thursday, March 10, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/654852763

March 14-18, 2011

Orientation

Monday, March 14, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/809044642

The Basics
Monday, March 14, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/310711315

What’s New with REsearch 4.5
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/948811443

How to Enter & Manage Listings
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/804496786

Contract Forms & Downloading the Roster
Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/813756187

Updates & CMA Features
Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/117370290

March 21-25, 2011

Basics to Searching
Monday, March 21, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/737916827

Advanced Search Techniques
Monday, March 21, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/454473194

Maps I
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/663138482

Maps II
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/252958122

Basics to Formats
Friday, March 25, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/779627834

What’s New with REsearch 4.5
Friday, March 25, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/990139899

March 28-31, 2011

Farming & Labels
Tuesday, March 29, 2011  from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/737656802

Prospecting & Contacts
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/958954690

What’s New with REsearch 4.5
Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/566046395

The Calendar
Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/558457859

In Person Training

TMK Essentials
Friday, March 25, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Register inside REsearch

Instructions on how to register for online classes:

  • To register, please click on the applicable link located below the class. The link will then take you to the registration site.
  • Please complete all the required fields marked by a red asterisks (First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Phone, Organization AKA Office Name).
  • Click “Register Now” to complete the registration process. Once registered a confirmation email will be sent to your email address to confirm your registration along with a unique web ID number and instructions on how to login to the session on that day.
  • If you need login assistance, please feel free to contact our Customer/Technical Support team at 800-628-3121, press # and then 457.

Remember, after you have participated, please make sure to fill out the survey or e-mail me your feedback so we can continue to improve upon our training efforts! Mahalo.

System Requirements for Online Classes

  • PC-based attendees – Required: Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7
  • Macintosh®-based attendees – Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer

System requirements apply only to the GoToMeeting webinar service, not to the REsearch system.

Questions? Comments?
Please feel free to contact us via
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or call (808) 599-4224 or (800) 628-3121.

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Entering & Searching for Foreclosures

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Among the most requested improvements to REsearch is a better way to enter and search for Short Sale and REO listings. Whether agents specialized in them, or wanted to exclude them, the current setup often resulted in incomplete or even conflicting information. In REsearch 4.5, we’ve made working with foreclosures as straightforward as possible.

Please read on for details on the planned improvements to both the data entry and searching side of REsearch.

This is part of a series of bulletins that are designed to help you prepare for REsearch 4.5. See our previous features on the simplified Fees section and the changes to the Rentals section, and be sure to bookmark our REsearch 4.5 information page.

Lost in the Shuffle

Implemented as part of the substantial changes delivered with REsearch 4.3 and the database reorg, the current positioning of Short Sales and REOs within REsearch is problematic.

Responding to comments that these property classifications did not always involve (and thus did not belong under) “Restrictions on Commission,” we added ‘REO/Lender Sale” and “Short Sale” to the “Disclosures” section as well. Putting these options in two places was confusing. In addition to this duplication, there was the separate issue of the different terms used in the system — “Lender Sale” versus “Pre-Foreclosure” versus “Short Sale,” and so on. Finally, the checkboxes were mixed in among over a dozen other unrelated options and easy to miss.

Because it was difficult for agents to correctly list these properties, it was similarly difficult to search for them. The setup even prevented you from including “Pre-Foreclosure” and “Short Sale” listings in a single search. Agents lost confidence that they had all the foreclosure information that they needed to serve their clients.

One Field to Rule Them All

We went back to the drawing board, compiling dozens of comments and consulting with top agents and brokers that specialized in these properties. We standardized the terminology, and decided to give Short Sales and REOs the prominence they deserved given the level of activity in today’s marketplace.

As a result, REsearch 4.5 features a single “Short Sale/REO” field with two straightforward options: “REO/Foreclosure” and “Pre-Foreclosure/Short Sale.”

“Pre-Foreclosure/Short Sale” remains an option under “Restrictions on Commission,” but only needs to be checked if commissions are indeed restricted. On the other hand, if an agent checks “Pre-Foreclosure/Short Sale” under “Restriction on Commission,” we will automatically select the appropriate option in the new, primary “Short Sale/REO” field.

Finding Short Sales and REOs

The simplified data entry process for Short Sale and REO listings will help ensure that you’re again seeing (or excluding) one hundred percent of the affected listings. The revised search form in REsearch 4.5 makes finding REO/Foreclosure and “Pre-Foreclosure/Short Sale” properties easier than ever:

We hope that this key change once again restores the accuracy and completeness of data within REsearch, and that you get the information you expect and need to run your business.

Data Conversion Notes

REsearch 4.5 will include a data conversion process to reorganize the information in the current set of fields into the new set. We have set up a process to identify Short Sale and REO listings based on the most common selections used under the current, confusing setup.

While we are confident we’ll be able to identify and convert all affected properties, we do encourage you to verify your listings after REsearch 4.5 is released.

Our data conversion will also impact users who have customized their default search screen. We will identify users who have added the current “Restrictions on Commission” field to their search view, and automatically replace the section with the new “Short Sale/REO” field.

Parts of the data conversion process are complex, and the individual rules are too numerous to detail in this bulletin. If you have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Live Webinars

We have scheduled several live, online “What’s New in REsearch 4.5” training sessions in which you can get an overview of the changes and get your questions answered.

Click above to RSVP, and mark your calendars!

Learn More!

Find all the information you need to be ready for this planned release here:

http://www.hawaiiinformation.com/45

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