New Phone System at BAREIS
Some members may have had trouble calling BAREIS MLS® or experienced dropped calls last week. We are transitioning to a new phone system. We are sorry for the glitches during the switchover.
The new phone system integrates all our offices into one seamless system. You can now reach any BAREIS staff member, regardless of location, at 707-575-8000 or 800-776-5252 if you are outside the 707 area code.
Some MLS Printouts Don’t Go in the Trash
Most brokers and agents already understand that the “file” often contains very sensitive personal and financial data. In fact, the copy of a client’s check (including ABA and routing number) and other financial and identification information found in the file are so sensitive that if a file is improperly accessed, discarded, lost, or stolen rather than properly stored securely and shredded when allowed by state real estate regulations, most state laws require the clients be notified of a security breach – and the outcome can be very embarrassing or possibly even business-ending for a brokerage.
But real estate professionals handle other sensitive information every day – and some may not understand how sensitive it is and the special care required. Specifically, there are some MLS listing reports – often referred to as “agent” reports – that contain information such as agent remarks, commission, and other information – all of which is highly confidential. Sometimes there are showing instructions that no one wants to fall into the wrong hands – “Child home alone between 3 and 5, don’t show”, “Guard dog is really a pussycat”, “Owner on vacation until May – show at will”. Sometimes there is other sensitive information in the report – even descriptions of certain valuables and alarm codes, even though it is generally discouraged to put that kind of information in the MLS.
What does this mean to you? If you handle these kinds of reports, you need to keep them confidential – be careful not to forward them to via email, do not provide those reports to clients, and erase them from your computer when done using them. Also, when you’re done with a printout you should use a cross-cut shredder to destroy it rather than putting it right in the trash or recycle bin. You don’t have to read every report and decide if it has sensitive information on it – just make it a habit to use that shredder.
For more information on what constitutes personal information, data retention laws and practices, breach notification laws and other facts you need to know about information security on a state by state basis, you can download NAR’s “Data Security and Privacy Toolkit” from Realtor.org (requires login) – or visit the Real Estate Information Security Center for that toolkit and many other useful articles.
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WHEN & WHERE
575 Lincoln Ave., Suite 335
Napa, CA 94559
March 29, 9:30am - 10:30am
11:00am - 12:00pm
1:00pm - 2:00pm
2:30 - 3:30pm
Northern Solano Association of Realtors
3690 Hilborn Rd.
Fairfield, CA 94534
March 30, 9:00am - 10:00am
10:30am - 11:30am
Solano Association of Realtors
1302 Springs Rd.
Vallejo, CA 94591
March 30, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm
BAREIS Santa Rosa
153 Stony Cir.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
March 31, 9:00am - 10:00am
10:30am - 11:30am
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Tech Tip: Switch to eKEY and Save Money
BAREIS MLS® offers two Supra key options: XpressKEY and eKEY. XpressKEY is a touchscreen device that we converted to last year. It has some nice features that weren’t available on its predecessor, the ActiveKEY. But did you know that you can actually save money by switching to the eKEY?
eKEY is software installed on your own smartphone. It uses your phone’s hardware to wirelessly communicate with lockboxes. Best of all, it will save you almost $60/year, and is billed monthly so you don’t have a large annual bill.
Please allow us to address some common concerns with the eKEY:
I often work in areas with little or no cell service.
eKEY only needs to check in once per day to obtain authorization. Open your eKEY app wherever you have internet service before heading out to your showing appointments and you can open any BAREIS approved lockbox in even the most remote areas.
I’ll be without a key if I lose, break, or replace my phone.
If your phone is lost or broken, just stop in at any BAREIS service center to obtain a loaner XpressKEY for up to 30 days.
When you replace your phone it’s as easy as reinstalling the eKEY app and then obtaining an authorization code to activate it. You can call BAREIS or Supra for the activation code. You can also login to your SupraWEB account at any hour to get your authorization code.
I don’t want to use a fob to open lockboxes.
Using fobs for eKEY is a thing of the past. The lockboxes we converted to last year do not require a fob for most modern mobile devices. All you need is your phone with the eKEY app and you are good to go!
Call or visit your local BAREIS service center to get switched to the eKEY and start saving money today!
You will need to bring in your XpressKEY and any accessories, as it is a leased product and will need to be returned to Supra. Your pro-rated annual fee will be refunded by Supra.