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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Not if they are copied and pasted. The reason why is that consumers often skip right over a pack of numbers. Making the market report blog interesting with more than just a boat loa of data is the key to getting anyone to read it. 

Jul 21, 2016 10:12 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

If applied properly and adapted with explanations, then yes. If just raw data; not understandable for laypeople.

Jul 21, 2016 10:29 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Its like reading your tax return....

Jul 21, 2016 10:47 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

They should be more than just cutting and pasting raw data. We see that often by some people, with no commentary or explanation

Jul 22, 2016 12:21 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


If they are copied and pasted, they are someone else's work, not yours.  If they are used as a point of reference and discussed point by point, then that is fine.  Otherwise, I think they are not acceptable.  A

Jul 21, 2016 11:59 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Scott Godzyk is correct, we have to make it an interesting post regardless, but they are acceptable. Not all our blogs are for the members, many are directed at the public. In my e-mails & auto responders: I use my blog to list my team so people can click a link at a glance. I use blogs for vacation notices so people can click a link at a glance know who to call in my absence. Etc. But, we do use market stats posts to grow our Localism.

Jul 21, 2016 10:24 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

I think it depends on the data used --- if it's merely cut and paste, then my answer is they are not acceptable.  If it's a part of a post, the information should be cited and hopefully interpreted by the author/member but I'm not an expert on AR protocol.  

Jul 22, 2016 01:26 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Roy Kelley They do provide factual data, but I don't know how many people really do read and analyze them.

Jul 21, 2016 10:56 PM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Don't see why not.

Jul 21, 2016 10:37 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

As acceptable as the hundreds of them on how to host an open house.

Jul 21, 2016 10:02 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I take the data from mls and make my own pie charts....

Jul 22, 2016 01:34 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Well, there are 100's in my area that are posted every month with just 2 sentences & a photo of what is available in the MLS for that town.

Suddenly that is not ok?

I don't see any in your threads.

Jul 22, 2016 12:59 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Why not?  Isn't our real audience the buyers & sellers in our market area.

Yes, some are more interesting than others, but 'number guys' don't care.  "Just the facts, sir/ma'am!

Ignore complaints.

Jul 21, 2016 11:09 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I think the MLS reports are pretty inaccessible for consumers and need to be explained.

Jul 21, 2016 10:58 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Why not? It's the most accurate source of information for us in Charlotte. Then again, I might be misunderstanding the purpose of your question.

Jul 21, 2016 10:52 PM
Toronto, ON

I am not aware of any AR restrictions on such content.

Jul 21, 2016 10:48 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I do not see why not. They do need some additional explanation. 

Jul 21, 2016 10:32 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I think they are acceptable if they are easy to interpret by consumers.

Jul 21, 2016 10:30 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I would recommend RPR reports.

Jul 21, 2016 10:07 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Roy we do take the stats from MLS and use in our formats, not MLS produced charts.  But I am pretty sure other agents may use some MLS charts and I don't see any issues with that as long as MLS provides them for their use.

Jul 22, 2016 06:36 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

 We all base our market reports on mls data. If your mls provide with a great looking marketing updates for agents to use why not? 

Jul 22, 2016 04:48 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I believe if one copies and pastes an MLS report and ads no isight as to what that report means or analysis of the numbers they should simply click the (not my content, but I have permission to use it) box.  I don't see taking ponts for non original content one did not create... as those are the rules here on AR. But I think it's still fine to put in a blog post to share the information. 

Jul 22, 2016 03:51 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes.  There is a category for them, so they must be.

Jul 22, 2016 02:54 AM
Chrissi Chapman Topoleski
Coldwell Banker Realty - Woodbridge, VA
Helping agents live an exceptional life!

I thought market reports were encouraged. How one decided to post them or interpret them should be up to their own creative (or not) devices.

Jul 22, 2016 01:26 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Yes. Absolutely Yes.  I believe they need to be dressed up a little to capture and keep readers attention.

Jul 22, 2016 01:24 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sure, why not, different people use their blog for different things.

Jul 22, 2016 12:57 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

IMO they should be accompanied by some narrative of the agent - which I do

Jul 22, 2016 12:07 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I would have to say one must take time to develop a graph or chart to make it personal so the consumer can understand it.

Jul 21, 2016 10:25 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow, so many of us do them, I hope so.

Jul 23, 2016 12:53 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

yes - if the MLS stipulates that it may be republished with attribution

Jul 22, 2016 11:18 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree with Patricia Kennedy.

Jul 22, 2016 09:35 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Roy Kelley -  yes, I have used it in past. They are 'facts' and not stealing content from anywhere.

Jul 22, 2016 04:24 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I think you have to provide some in site as to what it all means Roy. I like to do a write up and put a report at the end.

Jul 22, 2016 01:22 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Roy, of course, the use of raw MRIS data in any original post where the blogger interprets this data for the public is fine.  

But when a blogger takes a report that either MRIS or some other organization has published with data and interpretation and then does a cut and paste of the entire post as if the interpretation was his own, that is not cool.

Any time you use other writer's articles or notices verbatim without attribution and permission, you are violating ActiveRain guidelines.  And when you use other writer's articles and notices verbatim with permission and do not check the box stating this is not your material but you have permission to use it, you are violating ActiveRain guidelines.  


Jul 22, 2016 01:16 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

yes -of course! 

Jul 22, 2016 12:30 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I don't think I have seen one, but as long as there is commentary to go along with it.

Jul 22, 2016 12:00 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Absolutely. This is a real estate platform and real estate market reports give good data and information to the consumers. 

Jul 22, 2016 11:30 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

That's a good question for the AR staff, but if attribution is given I would think it would be OK. 

Jul 22, 2016 09:53 AM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

It depends on what your objective is, hehehe, 

If you just want points and don't care about anything else, then go for it. 

If you want buyers to call you , then no , dont' do it, because they don't understand half the lingo on there. 

If you want sellers, never do it, you look like a poor marketer and that means you look like you won't be blogging about your listings. 

If you want to connect with members here on ActiveRain, don't do it for most members will be turned off by it. 

Does that help? 

BUT if you are enhancing your market reports with the data from the MLS< go for it! That works! 

Jul 22, 2016 09:30 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Using that info is the most accurate, but it needs to be put forth in a more friendly way

Jul 22, 2016 07:06 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Roy - While I generally create my own graphs and tables, I occasionally use some graphics generated by our MLS. But I always include and feature analysis and other content.

Jul 22, 2016 05:56 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

For public not for realtor with private remarks.

There is a website showing owners name etc. not professional.

Jul 22, 2016 05:01 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Seems to be a reliable source of data ... just need to add something like pictures and some of your own thoughts to make it your own.

Jul 22, 2016 04:56 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sure, why not?

Jul 22, 2016 04:09 AM