Joseph Walter Realty Frequently Asked Questions

The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is a private database that’s created, maintained, and paid for by real estate professionals to help clients buy and sell property. The MLS provides Realtors and their clients powerful tools to aid in custom searches, comp reports, showing scheduling and much more.

Agents with Qualified Buyers, set up custom, automated searches using the MLS that automatically alert their clients with lists of homes which align with the buyers ideal home search criteria. Agents almost never use Zillow or other marketing sites to find homes for their clients, only the MLS.

The primary benefit of being on the MLS is that your home will be seen by 1,000s of Buyers and Buyer Agents looking in your area for similar homes. These Buyer Realtors have ready and qualified buyers who are actively seeking to purchase a home.

Your Listing will also automatically post to 100s of 3rd party marketing sites such as Zillow, realtor.com, etc., and will be electronically searchable anywhere, anytime. This means that as soon as your listing is Active on the MLS, it will soon also go live on 100’s of other websites.

Zillow, Realtor.com, and other sites are considered 3rd Party Marketing sites. 3rd party Marketing sites receive Homes for Sale data directly from the MLS and present the Homes to potential Buyers.

Please Note: We do not have control of these Marketing sites and we cannot Modify, Change, or Alter the information shown publicly on the Marketing sites.

An MLS only listing generally refers to a Limited-Service listing on the MLS. This type of listing occurs when a Real Estate Broker places a property into the local MLS (Multiple Listing Service) for a flat, upfront fee, instead of charging a large percentage fee at closing. Being a limited-service Listing, the For Sale By Owner(FSBO Seller) handles all tasks of the sale including calls, showings, contracts, and closings.

  • Local MLS Posting
  • Your Contact Info On MLS
  • Active MLS Listing Within 24 Hours of receipt of forms and photos
  • 6 Month or 12 Month Terms
  • Multiple Photo Options
  • Unlimited Updates/Changes (1 request for changes per Day)
  • Home Showing Management
  • Auto-Post To 3rd Party Sites
  • Detailed Instructions and Docs sent to Your Email
  • Optional Title Services
  • Optional Free Listing On “List With The Otter”

A Transaction Coordinator is an experienced person who will help guide you through the real estate sales process, including Home Preparation, Home showing Dos and Don’ts, negotiating, process guidance, and closing doc review.  They can start at any point in the transaction – from day or after you get an offer, all the way until you get to the closing table and collect your check.  Transaction Coordinators are licensed real estate professionals – Realtors, agents, or brokers.  Transaction Coordinators will review your offers, suggest responses to the offers, and assist with the tasks required to guide you to a smooth closing.

  • Purchase Agreement Review
  • Discuss Offers/Counter Options
  • Assist in Ordering Title
  • Track Progress
  • Inspection Support
  • Appraisal Review
  • Addendum Review
  • Closing Docs Explained

Since the MLS takes priority over 3rd party sites, your previous FSBO listings will be overwritten and replaced with the new MLS Listing.  

Please Note: We do not have control of these Marketing sites and we cannot Modify, Change, or Alter the information shown publicly on the Marketing sites.

All Buyer and Agent call that come into our office regarding your property will be provided your contact info, First Name and Phone Number.  Agents will contact you directly for showings and offers.

On the MLS, Your number will be listed in the Primary Contact field, Agent Remarks, and Showing Instructions for licensed realtors to see.  We provide your contact information to the 3rd Party sites, they very often remove your information from the sites, our Brokerage information will be shown and they can contact us to get your name and phone number.

Please Note: We do not have control of these Marketing sites and we cannot Modify, Change, or Alter the information shown publicly on the Marketing sites.

Zillow, Realtor.com, and other sites are considered 3rd Party Marketing sites. 3rd party sites only pull data from the MLS and present them for marketing. We provide your contact information to the 3rd Party sites , but as stated, We do not control how data is transferred between MLS and 3rd Party Sites like Zillow, realtor.co, Redfin, etc. For the protection of the seller, only the listing Brokerage information is made public.

Please Note: We do not have control of these Marketing sites and we cannot Modify, Change, or Alter the information shown publicly on the Marketing sites.

To unconditionally withdraw a listing, we only require written notification from the seller. Please send us an email to fsbo@josephwalterrealty.com with your address in the subject line and describe that you wish to have it removed. The update will take around 24 hours to reflect online.

Please Note: Some State Boards charge a fee to remove a listing prior to it’s expiration date.

Following your online payment, a receipt and specific listing instructions will be sent to your email.

Our processor will then call to verify the Address of the home or property you are selling and match it to the appropriate document and forms. Please be patient with our caller!  Average verification time is about 5 minutes and will occur during normal business hours (EST).

Following address verification, an email containing a link to your docs will be sent to you. The email will come from “Dotloop”, this is our secure E-Signing service provider.

Follow the email link to your documents, all required documents for the specific real estate MLS your property falls under are provided.  IMPORTANT: Only use a computer or tablet to fill out and sign docs.

  • Limited-Service Agreement (Gives us written permission to list)
  • MLS Input Form (Collects all info required, including specific details regarding your property)
  • Seller Disclosures (Explains condition and history of your property, not required in all states)
  • Lead Based Paint Disclosures (Lead Paint status of property, not required in all states)
  • Showing Time Form (How to be contacted for showings, not available in all MLS systems)

Please fill the listing agreement, disclosures, and input forms out to best of your ability. Required info on input forms will be highlighted or asterisked. Missing listing Info can result in delays in Listing your home, please fill out forms as thoroughly as possible! Please include taxes, legal description (can be found online or on tax bill), and any other required fields.

Each account/ signature is attached to an email, please only sign for a single seller. If you would like an additional signature added please contact us or send us an email request.

DOTLOOP DOES NOT AUTOSAVE. Please save your work if you plan to leave your computer for more than 10 minutes. To save on Dotloop, click “I’m done” or “share back” buttons. You will get an email confirmation for every share to confirm. Open link from first Dotloop email to continue forms where you left off.

  •  Information in the public remarks shall only relate to the attributes, description and condition of the property.
  • No contact information is permitted, including names, phone or fax numbers, email addresses or website addresses (including virtual tours and transaction tracking URLs).
  • No calling instructions that request or suggest calling the listing agent are permitted.
  • No showing instructions are permitted, including references to lockbox, alarm, gate or other security codes, or the vacancy of the property. However, a statement that the property shall be delivered vacant is not a violation.
  • No information directed toward real estate agents or brokers, including compensation or bonuses offered to cooperating brokers may be shown in public remarks.
  • No other information may be provided that goes beyond the description and condition of the property.
  • We will Automatically add your contact info from your order information. For custom remarks, these are the allowable fields.
  • Contact information is permitted, including names and phone numbers
  • Showing instructions are permitted, including references to lockbox, alarm, gate or other security codes, or the vacancy of the property.
  • Information directed toward real estate agents or brokers, including compensation or bonuses offered to cooperating brokers may be shown.

No, you may not use any photos or virtual tours from the previous listing agent unless you have written permission from the agent who owns the photos.

MLS Listings share ownership and enforces copyright for listings on the service. Photos taken of your home are considered creative property, and you must have permission from the photographer to use them.

If you want your photos to be displayed in a specific order, you must RENAME them before sending.

Rename them Numerically such as 1 (for the first photo) 2, 3, 4, 5, …….. 24, 25.  By doing this they will be in the order you chose.

Upload photos directly on our website through your client portal

Alternatively, you can use ww.wetransfer.com to send the photos. Simply create a free account, add your files, and send them to sold@mylistpics.com

WE will ONLY accept Photos In JPEG (.jpg) format, all other formats are NOT ACCEPTABLE to the MLS.

To process your listing smoothly we ask that you send all photos at once in a single transfer. Please do not send individual files or individual replacement photos.

Google specific instructions based on the format you received from your camera or photographer.

If any changes are required, please submit a Listing Update Request through our site or send us an email to FSBO@JosephWalterRealty.com with a list of any changes required. Please include your listing address in the subject line. Listing updates are free and unlimited to help you sell!

Please contact us or update listing on site as soon as the status of your Home Sale changes.

Pending – Notify us your home is PENDING when you have a fully signed and accepted Purchase Agreement.

Closed – Notify us your you has closed, After you complete the sale (typically at a Title Company) and you received your money from the sale.

Fines can be levied by the MLS if a listing is not marked Active/Pending/Sold in a timely manner.

Changes to listings are made in the order we receive them. Office hours are 9am to 5pm EST Monday through Friday. Changes made outside of these Business Hours will be made the next day. We do work weekends, but hours and availability vary based on staffing.

Add an open house by submitting a Listing Update Request on our site or send us an email to FSBO@JosephWalterRealty.com. Please include your property address, the date of the open house as well as the start and end times. Listing updates are free and unlimited to help you sell!

Pending Date

Buyer’s Agent or Coordinator Information (Full Name and Brokerage)

Pending – Notify us your home is PENDING when you have a fully signed and accepted Purchase Agreement.

Fines can be levied by the MLS if a listing is not marked Active/Pending/Sold in a timely manner

Final closings with the correct cooperating broker information (if any) and the correct sales information must be reported to the listing broker also by the end of the next day after the close of escrow.

Closed – Notify us you’re your home has closed, After you complete the sale (typically at a Title Company) and you received your money from the sale.

Fines can be levied by the MLS if a listing is not marked Active/Pending/Sold in a timely manner

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