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MLS Announcements

The Privacy Property Type
Posted on: Thursday, April 30, 2020

The new Privacy property type was created as an option for sellers concerned about privacy and wide spread exposure of their property for sale. The Privacy listing type meets the MLS mandatory submission requirement, satisfies the privacy needs of the seller, and promotes cooperation among brokers.

MLS Clear Cooperation and New Privacy Listing Type
Posted on: Thursday, April 9, 2020

Effective May 1st, 2020 within one (1) business day of marketing a property to the public, the listing broker must submit the listing to the MLS for cooperation with other MLS participants.  Public marketing includes, but is not limited to, flyers displayed in windows, yard signs, digital marketing on public-facing websites, brokerage website displays (including IDX and VOW), digital communications marketing (email blasts), multi-brokerage listing sharing networks, and applications available to the general public. The Clear Cooperation FAQ includes additional information on the policy.

Why the SBMLS is not freezing days on Market
Posted on: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The SBMLS Board of Directors has decided not to move forward with a freeze on Days on Market (DOM). The Board examined all considerations around this issue and strongly feel that this is the best approach during these unprecedented times. Freezing DOM distorts the accuracy of the data in the system. It is important that we maintain this data to understand the true impact of the COVID pandemic on real estate.

How the MLS is responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Posted on: Monday, April 6, 2020

Here's a summary of changes the MLS has made in response to COVID-19. We will continue to follow CAR guidelines and consider ways to modify our rules and create new MLS features to help our members during these uncertain times.


Removal of 21 day limit on Coming Soon Listings
Posted on: Monday, March 23, 2020

The Board of Directors has approved a rule change to remove the 21 day limit on Coming Soon listings. A listing may now be entered into the MLS for the duration of the listing contract.

MLS Clear Cooperation Policy
Posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

At it’s November 11th meeting, the National Association of REALTORS’ Board of Directors approved MLS Statement 8.0, also known as the Clear Cooperation Policy. The policy requires listing brokers who are participants in a multiple listing service to submit their listing to the MLS within one business day of marketing the property to the public.

New Customizable Menu in Flexmls
Posted on: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

You now have access to a new, easy to use menu in Flexmls. The new design provides a modern look, and allows one-click access to your favorite menu items. Initially, the new menu will be optional, so you can choose to turn it on or choose to continue using the old menu. After 30 days, the new menu will no longer be optional; all users will be moved over to the new menu. Please read the full announcement that describes the changes in detail.

Zillow Group & ListHub Presentations Available
Posted on: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

As a member of the Santa Barbara MLS, your listings can now be syndicated to Zillow Group and ListHub.

Listing Syndication, Zillow and ListHub
Posted on: Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Santa Barbara MLS has entered into agreements with Zillow Group and Listhub to syndicate your listings. This broker-controlled option will push your listings out to third party sites after your listing is added to the flexmls system. Brokers do not have to opt in if they don't want their listings advertised on these sites. We will be holding live training sessions at the Association office with representatives from Zillow Group and Listhub to show you how to use the platform and answer all of your questions on syndication. Brokers and Agents are encouraged to register for a training session(s) at your earliest convenience at Space is limited!

Lockbox System Conversion
Posted on: Tuesday, January 3, 2017

At the end of January we are converting to the SentriLock Lockbox system. Next week you will receive an email with important information from SentriLock on how to pre-register for the lockbox exchange event. To receive these important email messages, make sure your email address is updated with our office. You MUST pre-register for the exchange event; we will NOT allow walk-ins. At the event you will be able to do a 1-for-1 exchange for your Supra lockbox with a SentriLock box and receive training on the new system. We will only accept the current Supra BT/BTLE lockbox. Old lockboxes (shorter iBox) will not be accepted. All key users must attend the event to be trained on the new system, get your key card, smartphone user name and password and set up payment.

New Flexmls Portal
Posted on: Thursday, August 25, 2016

The new, redesigned customer portal is now available for desktop, mobile web, and iOS. The new portals bring a fresh, new interface as well as several new features, including the ability for your contacts to run searches, and an agent-branded iOS app available to consumers through the Apple App Store. Click here to watch a video introducing the new portals. 


Coming Soon Status Now Available in Flexmls
Posted on: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The Coming Soon listing status is now available in flexmls for properties that are not ready for full listing exposure. The status is intended for properties that are scheduled and planned to be marketed on the MLS within 21 days and a valid listing ...

Important Change to Portal Login
Posted on: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

On June 15th the Flexmls Portal login process will be changed. Customers with existing Portals will be prompted to update their account to use their email address as their Portal username. For new Portal users, the agent no longer needs to select a username and password. These changes are needed to prepare for the new Consumer version of Flexmls for iPhone. A full announcement on the new app will be released later this summer. Please click on the link below for details on this important change.


Changes to Flexmls Auto Email to Improve Email Delivery
Posted on: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Some of you may have experienced Flexmls emails severely delayed or even blocked entirely when trying to send to your clients. Web security companies have been repeatedly blocking emails sent from the Flexmls system and is identifying them as spam. On September 29th, changes will be made to minimize the number of emails blocked by spam filters, helping to ensure that automatic notifications of new listings reach their intended recipients. Please read the announcement here that describes the changes in detail.

New Member Benefit- Text/Call Button on SBAOR.COM
Posted on: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
We are pleased to announce a great new member benefit, our new property search portal on We have partnered up with Citrix to create a portal with the most accurate information direct from the MLS and a site that will generate leads to our ...

Important MLS Rule Changes
Posted on: Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The following MLS rules changes will be implemented on Monday, July 13th. To review the revised MLS Rules and Regulations, click here. Please contact the MLS office with any questions. Sold Data on IDX IDX display now includes active and sold ...

RPR is now avilable to REALTOR members through flexmls
Posted on: Monday, July 6, 2015
RPR is now available to REALTOR members through flexmls. A link to RPR can be found under the flexmls Search menu. You can also view a property detail report on a listing by clicking on the RPR icon under the Detail tab. First time users will have ...

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