SWMLS Best Practices during COVID-19 Crisis

Southwest MLS has put together a list of articles, tips, and best practices that can help you manage your real estate business safely during the current COVID-19 crisis.  (Boomark, or check back to this blog frequently as it will be updated with new information as we receive it).


The Open House feature in Flexmls was temporarily disabled in March 2020. The SWMLS Board of Directors is currently looking at ways to promote Virtual Only Open Houses on Flexmls listings.  

Days On Market (DOM) will continue to accrue on an Active listing in Flexmls. If the seller wishes to temporarily stop showings the listing can be changed to Withdrawn status. Once the listing is changed back from Withdrawn to Active the DOM will continue counting again. When utilizing, do not confuse two different MLS statuses; Withdrawn means Temporary Off Market while Cancelled means the Listing Agreement was Terminated.

View How to Add a Virtual Tour to your Flex listing:


SWMLS has created a short video that provides some Best Practice Tips using ShowingTime. 

Topics Covered:

  • How to turn off Overlapping Appointments
  • Why you should not allow Overlapping Appointments
  • How to Promote or Request a Virtual Showing Appointment 

More ShowingTime Resources


Remine is adding new features on Wednesday, April 15th.   If you are wanting to do "live" open houses with your seller and do not want other people in the home you will be able to add a "Live Open House Date" to your Active listing in ReMine.   You will also be able to use the ReMine mobile app to conduct your own Live Open House, using your phone's camera and ReMine technology.  If you are still struggling with learning how to do Facebook Live or Google/Zoom for your video streaming ReMine is making it easy for REALTORS to continue showcasing your listings during these troubled times.

Click here to learn more about Remine Live, coming on April 15th to SWMLS.

HomeSnap Professional

The HomeSnap Professional app added a new feature that allows you to create custom video content to promote with your listings. With HomeSnap Stories, you can add unique, engaging marketing content right to your active listings through the HomeSnap Pro app. Click here to learn more about HomeSnap Stories.

Other Web Conferencing Apps for Virtual Showings or Virtual Open Houses
  • Facebook Live
  • Zoom
  • Google Meet
  • Microsoft Teams
  • YouTube Live
  • GoToMeeting
  • GoToWebinar
  • GoToMeet.Me
  • Skype
  • WebEx
  • join.me
  • Whereby
  • BlueJeans
  • Zoho Meeting
  • Ring Central
  • Live Webinar

Addtional Resources

Are you conducting live virtual open houses or showings? Please share your stories, tips or other information on how you are making accomodations during this COVID-19 crisis to mls@gaar.com.