UPDATED: March 24, 2022
This article covers the rules for specifying parking in the MLS. For a complete guide on how to use the SFARMLS field set to specify parking, please see this related article SFAR Parking Fields - A Complete Guide.
When SFAR, BAREIS or MetroList members input listings into our MLS system where those listings fall within the counties of San Francisco or San Mateo, they will be using our locally specified parking fields system. For SFAR members specifically, any listing input in the counties not governed by another Rapattoni system for BAREIS or MetroList use these fields. So, if you are a user of the SFARMLS system, and your listing is in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito or Monterey, you will always see our specialized parking fields system.
As an SFARMLS user, when using these locally specialized Parking Fields, there are specific SFARMLS Rules & Regulations that apply. This article covers the rules and also provides a complete guide to using all of those parking fields.
Part 1 - Rules & Regulations
Our most current rules and regulations are very specific on the topic of parking in the MLS. This rule has been updated as of March 2022, to reflect feedback from members and discussion by the committee. The important section reads as follows:
Rule 7.27 is not optional and is not open to loose interpretation. Parts (a), (b), (c) and (d) above clearly mean to completely exclude the practice of indicating that the numeric parking field is = 1 (or more) when the space is totally off-site, unrecorded, oral or "general understanding" in nature, or anything that expires or can be terminated independently of the ownership of the property. If the parking space your seller is using is any of those, you must NOT include Parking Spaces = 1+. You must specify 0 (zero), but, you CAN describe the valuable nature of any situationally included parking options in both the Public Remarks and/or in the Private Remarks. This recent adjustment was implemented based on feedback and discussion through your MLS & Technology Committee!
This rule is specified with two important goals in mind; primarily to ensure that the current, on-market, representation of a listing is correct and truthful, but also to make sure the process of doing comparable sales with and without parking is easier after the listings has closed. It is a disservice to the professional agent community to represent a listing with a tenuously connected parking space today that won't exist several years later when the listing is used as a comparable against another property that has a real and valid parking space. Data integrity goes hand in hand with Agent integrity and ethics.
NOTE: a violation for misrepresentation parking is attached to Fine Level B ($250) in our published rules.
Please make sure you properly use the fields for specifying parking in the MLS. For a complete guide on how to use the SFARMLS field set to specify parking, please see this related article SFAR Parking Fields - A Complete Guide.