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    Tips for Using Bright MLS Listing Numbers

    To consolidate listings from many MLS systems, we need to ensure each listing has its own unique identifier. All TREND listings now have both an TREND and a Bright MLS listing number. Below are some questions and tips for using these numbers when searching for listings.

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    When does my listing get a Bright ID? (When will I see it?)

    This number will appear after you enter a new listing in TREND. Sometimes a Bright MLS number can take a while to appear on your listing, which impacts the ShowingTime ‘Schedule a Showing’ link.

    Where can I find the Bright MLS Number in the MLS?

    The new Bright MLS number is available on listings within TREND search and on the Member Full report below the current MLS Number.

    You can also search using the new Bright MLS number for TREND listings in the speed bar, which is available at the top of the screen within TREND search and report. The Bright numbers are not searchable within the standard MLS number search but the TREND MLS numbers is. Keep in mind that you will only be able to search listings that are within the current TREND footprint.

    TIP: You can also add the Bright MLS number to your one-line displays by clicking on any column and then clicking Insert Column. Search for Bright MLS#, select it, and click Apply.

    Why don’t TREND MLS numbers work in ShowingTime?

    ShowingTime uses the new Bright MLS numbers instead of the TREND MLS number. If you’re adding properties to your ShowingCart directly in ShowingTime, you must use the Bright MLS number for those listings. You can locate the Bright MLS number on listings on the Member-Full report below the current MLS Number.

    Do I need to start searching using only the Bright MLS number?

    You can, but you don’t have to. TREND listings can still be searched by their original MLS numbers within TREND search. It’s best to be aware of both the TREND and Bright MLS numbers so that you are prepared for any inquiry you get from a client or for a search you need to do. After you convert to the Bright system, the new listings you enter will only have Bright MLS listing numbers.

    TIP: If you do want to search for listings by the Bright MLS number in TREND search, you can do so by putting that number in the Speed Bar.

    What MLS number will my clients see?

    Some syndication sites don’t use MLS numbers for search while others do. Here’s a breakdown of popular syndication sites and which numbers they use:
    • BrightMLShomes.com lets you use the Bright MLS number and the TREND MLS number to search.
    • Realtor.com only lets you search listings using the new Bright MLS number.
    • Homesnap allows you to search by MLS number and uses the new Bright MLS number for Central PA only. You should continue to use the TREND MLS numbers if you are searching for listings by MLS number in Homesnap.
    • Zillow, Trulia and Homes.com do not use MLS numbers for search.
    TIP: Because only the Bright MLS number will be searchable on some of these websites, you may want to include the new Bright number on printed or online materials that include an MLS number.

    Emily Schaffer • Senior Communications Writer / Coordinator

    Emily is the Senior Communications Writer and Coordinator. In addition to writing about TREND tools and functionality, she oversees communications about updates to the MLS, as well as the editorial content. Meet more TREND staff...

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    John Stewart
    3/22/2018 9:05 AM

    Sally: A full history of previous MLS numbers will be available for each listing in the new Bright system.

    Sally Wickman
    3/17/2018 10:12 AM

    Once our Trend numbers disappear, will we be able to look up older listings using Trend MLS numbers?

    Susan Bosnjak
    3/11/2018 3:05 PM

    I used to memorize the Trend numbers....
    Hard to work in the car on the phone with these huge numbers!

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