After several months of dragging this decision out, ARMLS has just informed us that they do not wish to continue to provide IMAPP to its members. As you are probably aware, there was an agreement in place to provide IMAPP to the ARMLS membership through the end of February of 2016. We at PropertyKey are very much willing and able to continue to provide the same product under the same terms of the original contract. Our position is that this product has been promised to members and budgeted as a portion of your dues through February 2016, and as such we want to do everything in our power to live up to the spirit of that contract. We think that it’s unfortunate that the ARMLS leadership does not feel the same way.
We would very much like to continue to offer our product in Arizona and we are currently investigating a variety of alternatives that would allow us to continue to provide that to your market. Quality data is expensive and offering data-intensive services like ours requires a significant investment. Thanks to factors such as the size of the combined membership, we are able to provide our service to ARMLS at an average cost of a few cents per day per member. While it may not sound like much, it is enough to ensure that not only can we continue to offer IMAPP but also invest in improving the product for the long term. As noted in a recent WAV Group whitepaper:
a technology solution that may cost an individual $20 to $40 per month will be priced around $.50 to $2 per user per month for an MLS or large brokerage firm
We continue to believe that site licenses provide the best option for products like ours and we’re continuing to pursue options that hopefully will allow us to continue to offer IMAPP at the best possible price to at least a portion of the current users.
As always, remember your MLS & Association leaders are supposed to be working for you, to help you succeed, in part by supplying the products and services that best serve your needs. Let them know that you value having a choice in tax products. Or if nothing else, ask them if you’re going to get a refund on your dues that were budgeted for IMAPP, or if that amount is being funneled into another product or if it’s just disappearing into that dues black hole. Here are some links you might find useful:
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If you would to stay informed about the status of IMAPP in Arizona now and into the future, we have established an email list to distribute future updates.
We hope to be able to answer any questions and fill you in on the missing details over the coming days and weeks.
Thank you for your continued support for IMAPP.
We’re an optimistic bunch here at PropertyKey and we hope that we can maintain a presence in the Phoenix area for the months and years to come.