Can You Access Your MLS in a Browser Other Than Internet Explorer?

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Real Estate Agent with Prudential CT Realty

Apple LogoMy son keeps talking about how awesome his Macbook Pro is, and I would love to get a Mac for my next computer in the future, as it would definitely help me with working with Milford CT homes for sale digitally. However, as of now, the CTMLS only works in Internet Explorer. That means if I wanted to access any CTMLS listings on a Mac, I would have to run a virtualized copy of Windows with Parallels or VirtualBox...or even run a separate operating system through Boot Camp.

Sorry for the technical mumbo jumbo - that's the stuff my son explained to me a while back. As you can tell just by reading, this is too much of a hassle.

Right now, FireFox is my browser of choice for most tasks, but I'll be fine using Internet Explorer for the CTMLS and my webmail every once in a while :) It gets the job done with Milford CT real estate.

Are there any Mac users out there who find this a problem as well? Or does your MLS actually work on non-Internet Explorer browsers?

 

 

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Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
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Lydia,

I have a Mac book and although it is not for everyone I bought Parallels for Mac.  This program basically opens a "Virtual Machine" that  opens a window that mimics a PC with Windows on it.  That way you can open Internet Explorer and get to your MLS. 

Mar 13, 2011 11:01 PM #1
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Mike Jaquish
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Lydia,

We use TEMPO5 by MarketLinks, and IE is pretty much the solution.  Firefox is a flat "No," and Apple OS's have a plugin and the MLS folks try to dissuade people from using it.

A year ago, MarketLinks said we would be platform-independent soon, and this week, I met the representative at our MLS Tech Fair, and he said "Next Year."  The plan is to take it to the Cloud, and any browser or smartphone will work.

With bated breath we wait........

Mar 13, 2011 11:04 PM #2
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Fred Griffin
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Paragon finally got with the times, the Version 5 now works with Firefox.  Prior to that it was Internet Explorer only.

Mar 13, 2011 11:33 PM #3
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Jim Courtney
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Interesting question. I don't know anyone who uses a Mac to access our local MLS. However a different question might be can they access the MLS through an IDX feed? Our company website has a direct IDX feed which in our opinion works better than the MLS anyway. If the MAC can access a website that the IDX feed, could that be an alternative location? :)

Mar 14, 2011 12:28 AM #4
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Lydia Lucas
Prudential CT Realty - Milford, CT

Larry - that's actually the method I'm trying to avoid, since it's a hassle for me to switch back and forth between OSX and Windows.

Mike - hopefully one day at least Firefox will be compatible

Fred - that's awesome! Unfortunately, I think the CTMLS uses mlxchange.

Jim - I actually utilize our IDX feed for the IDX solution on my personal website. However, Realtors in our area use the mlxchange for also handling client interaction and various other tasks.

Mar 14, 2011 09:06 PM #5
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JoAnn Lee - Realtor - Boca Raton FL - Keller Williams Realty
I look forward to a cloud solution for my iPad & iPhone. I pay for a mobile link thru my MLS for both but it is limited in the search capabilities!
Jul 31, 2011 10:19 AM #6
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dana Ross

I found I can use themls in Chrome and Firefox by allowing http://pro.themls.com to open pop-ups in my browser.

That solved that problem. It's a lot easier to allow pop-ups in Firefox, with Chrome you have to dig deep to find where to make changes.

Both work perfectly now.

That makes me happy because I am using Linux on my computer.

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