Thanks to your feedback, Keystone is receiving some exciting enhancements!
First off, we are adding new fields and useful perks to Keystone. Don’t worry – these items will not impact your current Keystone workflow, but they just might make your job easier. Here’s a quick rundown:
Low resolution photos may look blurry on Matrix, MRIShomes, IDX sites and other sites displaying the image. Keystone will alert you when you’ve uploaded photos that are lower than the minimum recommended photo size of 1024 x 768 pixels or greater with a Low Resolution Warning message. The maximum photo size you can upload is 2048 x 1536. Photos that are larger are automatically resized.
We’re also making significant reductions in the upload time of photos. Changes we’ve made to the upload process are expected to reduce your total upload time by 30-50% (depending on your network, of course). Save time and upload all 30 photos at once!
Don’t know what a particular field name or Picklist option means? We’re adding definitions for almost every field name and almost every Picklist option. You’ll be able to simply click the field name label to view a definition.
Some significant improvements are being made to Search. You’ll be able to Search by Address and perform searches using the search box on your Keystone Homepage. If your simple search doesn’t yield any results, you’ll be prompted to perform an Advanced Search using a more detailed search form.
Also, the My Office link will offer one-click access to all of your office’s listings, if your broker has authorized this feature.
Adding rooms to your listing will require fewer clicks, and you’ll be able to sort your rooms so that they display in the most marketable order! When submitting listings without rooms, you’ll get a reminder to add them. You can continue adding your listing without rooms included, if you prefer, but keep in mind that buyers find rooms information valuable.
New Water Fields
New fields have been added to the Water section of Keystone to improve the marketability and search for water-oriented properties. These new fields include (click here for a screenshot):
- View/Accessibility – you can now multi-select items from Water Front, Water Accessible or Water View
- Body Of Water Type – Choose from a picklist of types of bodies of water (e.g. bay, lake, river, etc)
- Distance To Body Of Water – From distances of less than .25 of a mile to greater than 1 mile, you can detail how far a property is to its nearest body of water.
- Water Use Types – Let buyers know what they are able to do on the water (e.g. fishing, boating, kayaking, etc)
- Waterfront Features & Improvements – Choose from an extensive list of waterfront features and improvements such as exclusive easement, boat/launch ramp, pipestem, rip-rap and more!
- # of Slips – In addition to number of docks, you’ll be able to add the number of slips to the listing as well.
- Dock Features & Improvements – What material is the dock made of? Is it a private or public pier? Is the hoist electric or manual? Let the buyer know by filling out this field!
- Dock Slip Conveyance – Assigned? First come/first served? Available by lease? Select the best option here.
- Mean Low Water Feet – What do we mean by “Mean Low Water”? MRIS defines Mean Low Water as the average depth of water (in feet) at the existing or potential dock or mooring. This is important in relation to the draft of a boat which is a measurement of how far the boat’s hull will extend underneath the water. The mean low water depth provides a means for a prospective purchaser to determine if the water is navigable for the purchaser’s boat(s).
Note: Typically, the term Mean Low Water applies to tides. However, we worked with agents with listings on bays, oceans, lakes and rivers to put a real estate spin on this term to assist buyers interested in water-oriented properties.
Other cool items coming with this release:
Remarks Clarification – We adjusted the label on the two remarks fields to help agents understand which group will see the remarks (agent-to-agent vs. agent-to-consumer).
Standard Transaction Type – We removed the word “Sale” from the transaction type “Standard Sale” since it is used by both sale and rental listings.
What’s next for Keystone?
Planned future releases of Keystone will include some exciting updates to school boundaries and listing alert email notifications. We are also creating a “Find” feature. This will help you locate a specific field or Picklist option on the listing form. Also, we are adding more new fields to Keystone throughout the year, so if you have suggestions about fields you feel we are missing, please let us know either in the comments below or by using the Feedback link at the bottom of the screen when you’re in Keystone. All suggestions will be considered.
Stay tuned for more information on Keystone updates!