BROKER SIGN-IN

The Broker Site is only accessible to registered brokers. If you have not registered as a Dream Homes broker, you contact our sales staff by clicking on the Email Sales link.

To sign in you must enter:

Sign-In Name: This is the name selected when you registered and is your unique name on dreamhomesmagazine.com. Many people select <first initial>+<last name>, e.g. Mary Smith's Sign-In-Name is "msmith". The Sign-In-Name can contain letters, numbers, and the underscore character. No other special characters or blanks can be used.

Password: This is the Password you entered when you registered or received via e-mail when your account was activated. Be sure you remember this Password and keep it secure. The Sign-In Name and Password ensure that nobody but you can update the information on your account. You should change your Password from time to time.

ERROR MESSAGE: Invalid login! Please try again

If you receive this message when trying to sign in, consider the following:

1.You must have received confirmation of registration by our business office. If you do not complete the total registration process, your Sign-In-Name and Password will not have been saved.

2. If you know you have successfully registered, try to sign in again. Be sure that you clear out both fields and then enter your Sign-In Name and Password correctly (password is case-sensitive).

3. If you are unable to successfully sign in with your Sign-In-Name and Password, you can request a new password by clicking on the Forgot your password? link available on the Sign in page.

ERROR MESSAGE: Your session has expired. Please sign-in again

Our website, as well as many others, requires storing cookies on your hard drive to save login information. Your login information is needed to access and update your account. If you do not enable cookies you are not able to navigate after the login to any application. The web application will bring you right back to the login, because it will check if a valid cookie exists and if the login information is correct.

There are two possibilities where you could enable cookies on your computer. This could be either in your web browser or a security related program like Symantec's or McAfee's Internet Security.

To enable cookies in Internet Explorer
1. Go to Tools > Internet Options > Privacy
2. Move the slider to Medium.
3. Select OK



To enable cookies in a security program please go to that application's help and look for "enable cookies" or contact the manufacturer. Due to the fact that we do not use these programs on our computers we do not know how to configure them.


PASSWORD ASSISTANCE

Forgot your password?

If you were unable to successfully sign in with your Sign-In-Name and Password, you can request a new password. Enter your Sign-in name and the e-mail address registered with dreamhomesmagazine.com. and we will automatically e-mail you a new password.

If you don't remember your Sign-in Name and e-mail address, fill out the fields with your Name and a valid e-mail address and hit GO. A new box will open. Please, provide your First Name, Last Name, Company/office information and an e-mail address, so that our Business Office can process your request.


BROKER REGISTRATION

Once you have received registration confirmation from our sales staff, the status of your account will be changed from TEMP (temporary) to ACTIVE.

You can now enter all of your Broker information and complete your Broker Profile. However, buyers will NOT be able to see the information you have entered (until your status has been changed to ACTIVE).

In order to have your account changed to ACTIVE, all you account information should be completed and you must be completed.

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BROKER TOOLS PAGE

The Broker Tools Page is the control center for brokers. From this page, you can maintain your Broker Profile, Business Account, and Password. In addition, you can view and print new listings in your area.

Warning Messages

Your account status is “Temp": This message informs you that you can add and maintain all of your information. However, until your account has been activated by the Dream Homes business office, your information is not visible on the Buyer Site.

Broker Information: This section contains links for adding and updating all broker information, as well as reviewing your past and present billing summary.

Client Materials: This section contains links for producing various reports for clients (does not contain any private information).

Miscellaneous: This section contains links to the broker agreement, frequently asked questions that can help you with topics of your interest, and tips in preparing your photos.


UPDATE BROKER PROFILE

When you complete the information on this form, you will be able to display and print a professionally designed
Profile for your clients. Also, any buyer may be able to obtain information about you.

In addition, if you provide a mini-portrait, it will be displayed on the broker directory pages.

Published Name: The Published Name will be displayed on all buyer materials. Some brokers have a promotional name that they wish to use, e.g., Team Blackford, Mary & Tanya Brown, etc. This name can be different than the name on your Business Account and can be changed at any time.
(Note: Until you update this data, the Website will use your First Name + Last Name.)

Published Phone 1: Enter a phone number that you wish to appear on the Website to buyers. To give brokers maximum flexibility, you should type this data exactly as you wish it to appear on the broker directory as well as your Broker Profile.

Examples:
(858) 456-1778
(619) 334 -7774 cell
(777) 456-0001 after 6 p.m.
(776) 334-0002 Ext. 121
Warning: 7783432222 If you enter the number like this, that's the way it will appear.

(Note: Until you update this data, the Website will use the business number that you entered when you registered.)


Published Phone 2: Enter a second phone number if you wish. The Published Phone 1 caveats apply here, as well.

E-mail: Enter an e-mail at which buyers can contact you. The Business Office will also use this address.

BROKER PHOTOS

The quality of your photographs and images is extremely important. Appealing photographs will make the Broker Profile a powerful marketing tool for you. You will need digital photographs in the JPEG format, prepared in the size shown for each photograph. You can also utilize images in this section as well (i.e. mortgage rates, charts, etc.).


You will upload the photographs or images in a manner very similar to adding attachments to e-mails.

BROWSE – Click on this button for each photograph you wish to upload. After you click this button, you should select the photograph (image JPEG file) that you have already prepared on your own computer. Click BROWSE for each photograph you are uploading to dreamhomesmagazine.com.

Mini-Portrait Photo – This photograph will be used on the Broker Directory.

Feature Broker Photo – This is the feature photograph on the Broker Profile that is produced through dreamhomesmagazine.com.

Title – Enter the title line for the Feature Broker Photo

Description – Enter the descriptive information for the Feature Broker Photo

Middle Broker Photo – This is the middle photograph on the Broker Profile.

Middle Title – Enter the title line for the Middle Broker Photo.

Middle Description
– Enter the descriptive information for the Middle Broker Photo.

Lower Broker Photo – This is the lower photograph on the Broker Profile.

Lower Title – Enter the title line for the Lower Broker Photo.

Description – Enter the descriptive information for the Lower Broker Photo.

LINKS

APPLY CHANGES – Click when you have completed the updating of information.


UPDATE MY BUSINESS ACCOUNT

Use this form to update your business address and business phone number, as well as your assistant's name and e-mail address.

By completing the assistant's name and e-mail address fields, any administrative e-mail will be copied to the assistant.

If you are changing companies or offices, please contact the business office at businessoffice@dreampublications.com

LINKS

RESET TO ORIGINAL – Click to reset. Use this if you made an inadvertent change to the data and wish to start over.

APPLY CHANGES – Click to update your business account.

PROCEED –This is your notification that your business account has been updated. Click to proceed to your next action.


UPDATE MY PASSWORD

The combination of your unique
Sign-In Name and your private Password is important for the protection of your data.

You are encouraged to change your
Password from time to time, particularly if you think someone else saw your password.

Pick something that is not obvious to others, but one that you can remember!
Most security experts recommend that a
Password contain both letters and numbers. This increases the complexity of the Password.

Current Password: Enter your current Password.

New Password: Enter your New Password.

Re-Type Password: Enter your New Password again. This ensures you entered what you intended.

LINKS

APPLY CHANGESClick to update your Password.

PROCEEDThis is your notification that your Password has been accepted. Click to proceed to your next action.


DREAM BROKER PROFILE

This is the Profile displayed on dreamhomesmagazine.com. Any buyer may be able to obtain information about you from it.

This Profile was created when you signed up. You can modify or update any photo, image, or information on it at any time through your
Broker Tools - Broker Information - Update Broker Profile..

Note: This is the opportunity to market!!! Therefore, we encourage you to provide significant information about you as a professional to attract buyers.

LINKS

PRINTER FRIENDLY COPYClick to print out this report.


ALL NEW LISTINGS

This page gives you all the New Listings added by agents on dreamhomesmagazine.com.

Note: By default this page will show you the new listings added within the last 7 days in your area. However, you can change this selection by choosing the number of days (from 1 to 61) you wish to see - "Show NEW listings from the last <number 1 to 61> days."

You can also produce customized reports by selecting the listings by company and specifying how you want the listings to be sorted.



BROKER AGREEMENT

This is the
Broker Agreement for use of dreamhomesmagazine.com. This agreement mainly outlines the responsibility of the broker to provide accurate and timely data on the Website and to honor the privacy and security of sellers and other brokers' data as well as your own data.

Use of dreamhomesmagazine.com as a broker means that you agree to the terms of this agreement. Failure to comply with the terms may result in barring you from using the Website. If at any time, you do not agree with the terms and you are currently registered as a broker, please notify the business office at businessoffice@dreampublications.com immediately to terminate your account.


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

What happens if I change companies or offices?

If you change companies or offices, a new account will have to be set up for you to reflect your new affiliation. You will need to work with the business office to determine how to handle your current listings. In some cases, the listing will remain with the old company and sometimes the listing will go with you to your new company.

When I print my Home Brochures and Dream Profile, web information is printed on the top and bottom of the page. Can I get rid of these lines?

These lines are controlled by the browser on your PC and/or Mac. Unless you change your default settings in Internet Explorer, your printed Home Brochure and Dream Profile will show a web address at both the top and bottom of the page. To print a professional brochure or profile without a header or footer:

On your PC:
1. Go to File> Page Setup
2. In the field "Header" delete all text. Do the same for the field "Footer".
3. Select OK

On your Mac:
1. Go to File> Print Preview
2. Un-check the box marked Headers and Footers
3. Select Print

When I receive Dream Homes email in Outlook Express I sometimes can not see the pictures?

In Outlook Express, you need to change a desktop setting so you can always see the pictures without additional clicking.
1. Go to Tools> Options
2. Select the tab labeled "Security".
3. Un-check the box which says "Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail."

After logging in to my account, any link I select takes me back to the Sign-in page with the message "Your session has expired. Please sign-in again." Why does this happen and what can I do in order to use the site?

Our website, as well as many others, requires storing cookies on your hard drive to save login information. Your login information is needed to access and update your account. If you do not enable cookies you are not able to navigate after the login to any application. The web application will bring you right back to the login, because it will check if a valid cookie exists and if the login information is correct.

There are two possibilities where you could enable cookies on your computer. This could be either in your web browser or a security related program like Symantec's or McAfee's Internet Security.

To enable cookies in Internet Explorer
1. Go to Tools > Internet Options > Privacy
2. Move the slider to Medium
3. Select OK



To enable cookies in a security program please go to that applicationís help and look for "enable cookies" or contact the manufacturer. Due to the fact that we do not use these programs on our computers we do not know how to configure them.


How do I create photos for my listings or profile?

You need to create digital photographs (images) to put on the Website. The easiest way is to use a digital camera. You may use slides or prints but you will need a way to scan them into your PC or Mac.

Common programs used to prepare digital photographs include iphoto, Photo Album, Paint Shop Pro, PhotoShop and IrfanView. Usually, digital cameras come with software.

Format: All photographs must be uploaded in JPEG format.

DPI: All images must be 72 dpi, which is the resolution of monitors. Higher dpi increases the file size and doesn’t add anything to quality.

Pixel dimensions: Each format of the Home Brochures and the Dream Profile specify the required pixel size of each photograph. For example, the horizontal large picture should have a width of 640 pixels and a height of 400 pixels. For complete list of website pixel dimensions, refer to the table below.

Home Brochure Horizontal Layout
Home List Thumbnail  139 x 87 pixels
Feature Listing Photo  640 x 400 pixels
Lower Listing Photo  300 x 200 pixels
Home Brochure Vertical Layout
Home List Thumbnail  139 x 87 pixels
Feature Listing Photo  380 x 470 pixels
Lower Listing Photo  380 x 270 pixels
Dream Profile
Mini-Portrait Photo  100 x 100 pixels
Feature Photo  260 x 260 pixels
Middle Photo  190 x 140 pixels
Lower Photo  190 x 140 pixels

IMPORTANT:
Images must be correctly cropped to prevent distortion.

Example:
Formatting Image 2 for a HORIZONTAL LAYOUT using a 7 x 5 inch photograph:

The correct size for Image 2 for a HORIZONTAL LAYOUT is 300 x 200 pixels.
The image must first be changed to 72 dpi. The image will remain 7 x 5 inches; however, the pixel size will become 504 x 360. Next, the image has to be correctly sized. Once the width has been changed to 300px, the height of the image will become 214px. In order to prevent the image from appearing squished or shortened 14px have to be cropped from the height of the image. Once the image is cropped to 300 x 200 pixels and saved as a JPEG image it will be ready to upload.


EXAMPLES USING IRFANVIEW

We have prepared the following tutorial using IrfanView software. (Of course, you may use any software you wish; however, our tutorial will show you exactly the steps you need to follow using the Infarn software.)

Photos for the Agent Profile and listings need to have certain pixel dimensions. The challenge is to change the digital photograph you have to the dimensions needed by dreamhomesmagazine.com. Our tutorial has two examples-- one using a Agent photo and one using a listing photo.

The first thing you will need to do is to download the IrfanView software to your PC.

IrfanView Download

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    Your image is the wrong size, but when you resize it, it becomes warped. The image must be resized proportionally. If your image is in a vertical format, it may be necessary to crop(or cut out) an area to avoid the “squished look”.

    INCORRECT
    CORRECT
    Original image
    373pixels x 480pixels
    Resized to
    150pixels x 150pixels
    Cropped and Resized to
    150pixels x 150 pixels

    There are other people or things in the background that you want removed from the photo. Again, you will need to crop(cut out) an area from the original image.

    Original image
    410pixels x 480pixels
    Crop and Resize to
    150pixels x 150 pixels


    EXAMPLE 1 - PREPARING FEATURE AGENT PHOTO

    Open IrfanView Software
    (Click here for download information)

    Open file
    Go to the File menu and select Open.

    Browse your computer until you find the image you want to edit. Select the file and click Open.

    Note: It may be necessary to select All files from Files of type to find the image you are looking for.


    Cropping Images
    Once the file is open, click on the image and the cursor will be replaced with crosshairs (+) Click and drag to select an area - the area you have selected will be marked with a grey border.

    NOTE: The dimensions of your selection are displayed in the title bar of your document
    In this example, the selection is 360 pixels by 360 pixels

    If you would like to adjust the size of your selection, you can click and drag at the corner of the grey border until your selection is the size that you want. Move your cursor to the edge of the grey border and you will see an arrow ( or ) you can then drag the border to the size that you want.

    Once you have selected the area you would like to crop, go to the Edit menu and select Crop selection.

    Your image is now cropped to the selected area.
    You can either resize or save the image now.


    Resizing images
    Open the file you wish to resize. (see open file above)

    Go to the Image menu and select Resize/Resample.

    Set new size
    Select width and height in pixels.
    If Preserve aspect ratio is checked, you will only need to change the size for width or height, and both will change proportionally.

    Preserve aspect ratio
    If you uncheck Preserve aspect ratio you will be able to manually resize both width and height, however your image may appear warped.

    DPI
    Since images on the web display at 72dpi, it is not necessary to save it at any higher of a resolution(dpi). Although your image will display successfully at higher dpi’s (ex. 150dpi, 300dpi) it will also cause the file size to be larger, possibly exceeding website restrictions.
    Input 72 dpi.

    Once you have made all your selections, click OK and you are ready to save your image.


    Saving your image
    Go to the File menu and select Save As.
    Select JPG- JPEG files from the “Save as type” drop down menu. Click Save.
    You have successfully cropped and resized your photo.


    Irfanview Help
    For further information, refer to the help provided by the IrfanView software. (Go to Help and select IrfanView Help or keyboard shortcut F1)


    EXAMPLE 2 - PREPARING FEATURE LISTING PHOTO (HORIZONTAL LAYOUT)

    Open IrfanView Software
    (Click here for download information)

    Open file
    Go to the File menu and select Open.

    Browse your computer until you find the image you want to edit. Select the file and click Open.

    Note: It may be necessary to select All files from Files of type to find the image you are looking for.


    Resizing images
    Once the file is open, go to the Image menu and select Resize/Resample.

    Note: Most likely the proportions of the your image are not the same as the site requirements.
    Resize the image to the closest size and then crop the excess. (Next section describes cropping images)

    Set new size
    Select width and height in pixels.
    If Preserve aspect ratio is checked, you will only need to change the size for width or height, and both will change proportionally.

    Preserve aspect ratio
    If you uncheck Preserve aspect ratio you will be able to manually resize both width and height, however your image may appear warped.

    DPI
    Since images on the web display at 72dpi, it is not necessary to save it at any higher of a resolution(dpi). Although your image will display successfully at higher dpi’s (ex. 150dpi, 300dpi) it will also cause the file size to be larger, possibly exceeding website restrictions.
    Input 72 dpi.

    Once you have made all your selections, click OK.
    You can either crop or save the image now.


    Cropping Images
    Open the file you wish to resize. (see open file above)

    Once the file is open, click on the image and the cursor will be replaced with crosshairs (+) Click and drag to select an area - the area you have selected will be marked with a grey border.

    NOTE: The dimensions of your selection are displayed in the title bar of your document
    In this example, the selection is 360 pixels by 360 pixels

    If you would like to adjust the size of your selection, you can click and drag at the corner of the grey border until your selection is the size that you want. Move your cursor to the edge of the grey border and you will see an arrow ( or ) you can then drag the border to the size that you want.

    Once you have selected the area you would like to crop, go to the Edit menu and select Crop selection.

    Your image is now cropped to the selected area.
    You are ready to save your image.


    Saving your image
    Go to the File menu and select Save As.
    Select JPG- JPEG files from the “Save as type” drop down menu. Click Save.
    You have successfully cropped and resized your photo.


    Irfanview Help
    For further information, refer to the help provided by the IrfanView software. (Go to Help and select IrfanView Help or keyboard shortcut F1)

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