Postponed: "Other Structure" Field Set in FlexMLS
Updated: Sep 21, 2022
We are excited to launch a new field set in FlexMLS, but the planned date has been postponed, and the new release date is TBA very soon!
The new Other Structure field set will allow you to enter details for a detached structure on your listing's parcel. These details will enhance search capabilities and listing clarity going forward. Before you utilize these fields or search by them, please read the details below so that you understand the guidelines.
The first field in the set, "Other Structure?" will be a required field for all listings. You will enter either yes or no. If no, you will not see any additional related fields. If yes, the full Other Structure field set will appear on the Details tab.
STEP ONE: Answer yes or no here
STEP TWO: If yes, answer these on the Details tab
The Structure Types that may be entered into this field are below. The structure MUST be detached from the main house, and on the parcel.
Pool House Second Garage Guest House
Once you've answered yes to the initial Other Structure field, you then may enter, if applicable, these fields over on the Details tab:
Other Structure Bedrooms Other Structure Bathrooms Other Structure Square Footage Other Structure Notes
Why is it called "Other Structure" instead of something more specific?
This field name is part of a standardized system that is used across the nation. CHS MLS strives to meet the highest certification for this standard, which increases data accuracy and usability.
Can I use this for an ADU on my listing?
It is important to note that an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a very particular type of additional structure and requires certification. If there is a certified ADU on your listing's parcel, then you can definitely use this field set to provide the vital details, and you may also like to mention its certification in the Other Structure Notes field. Be sure to consult your Broker-in-Charge on ADU classifications across different municipalities.
If your additional structure is NOT a certified ADU, but is detached and on the parcel, you may still enter the details here, but should not refer to it as an ADU.
Always consult your Broker-in-Charge in regard to ADU classifications across different municipalities.
How do I search for a property with an "Other Structure" on the property? If you are looking for a home that includes detached living space, this new field set will make your search much easier as more data is entered by your peers! How you narrow down your criteria is up to you - remember less is more. We recommend beginning with a criteria to return listings with any potentially livable Other Structure Type (i.e. Guest House, Pool House). From there, you could define the needed bed/bath count for the Other Structure, etc.
What if the additional space is attached? If there is an additional structure on your listing's parcel that is attached to the main home, it should NOT be detailed in this field set. It is a part of the main home, not a separated, additional structure.