Some changes have been made to Coming Soon (CS) status in Matrix:
- Any listing submitted into CS status will have Showing Information stripped and will not have access to the Open House Input Form and CSS Showing Instructions links.
- Once a listing is submitted into Active (A) status, Showing Information will need to be entered and will then display, as normal. The Open House Input Form and CSS Showing Instruction link will also reappear for an Active (A) listing.
Why these changes?
When Coming Soon (CS) status launched in July 2016, listing agents were presented a new option to gain listings some early marketing exposure (aka get the “hype train” rolling) while putting some finishing touches on the home. As the months unfolded and we heard your feedback about CS status, some confusion and questions had arisen on how the status should be treated. Namely, the practices and behaviors of showings and CS listings came into question: Is a CS listing allowed to be shown to other agents and/or the public?
The answer is, no, CS listings should not be shown to other agents and/or the public. However, up until October 31, 2017, Matrix had allowed Showing Information fields to display on CS listings, as well as allowing CS listings access to the Open House Input Form and CSS Showing Instructions setup.
CS Status = NO Showings / Active (A) = YES Showings
Well, it’s a new future (and present) for Coming Soon (CS) listings! Matrix will no longer allow CS listings to save and display Showing Information fields, and the Open House Input Form and CSS Showing Instructions will not be accessible by a CS listing. As soon as the listing is switched to Active (A) status, a listing agent will need enter the Showing Information fields and will have access to the Open House Input Form and CSS Showing Instructions.
When wondering if you’re allowed to show a listing or not, just remember this simple rule: Coming Soon (CS) = NO showings / Active (A) = YES showings
For more information on these changes, including the CS Business Rules and FAQs, please visit ABoR.com/ComingSoon.