Do you REALLY know your MLS system?

Real Estate Agent with Benchmark Realty

Today I took a class at our regional MLS headquarters in Nashville. I didn't really NEED to take the class but it was an elective for a part of our mandatory continual education. I thought this class was going to be a breeze and uninformative. Sure it was a breeze but I was WRONG on the information I thought I was going to get. 

I have been using "Realtracs" (Tennesee's MLS search) for two years and felt as if I knew the system pretty well. Of course I can do basic home searches and even very detailed ones but this can do SO MUCH MORE. This system is like those of us that have Blackberrys. Palms, and IPhones but only make and receive calls. Every once in a while we check email, send text, and maybe check the weather forecast but the day that someone sits down with us and says "Let me show you what all this thing can do" is when your world gets turned upside down! You wonder "Why the heck have I not REALLY been using this thing?".Nashville MLS search That was the light bulb that went off in my head this afternoon. 

In addition to using using the system, I was introduced to a program called JingProject. Basically what it does is take screens shots of your computer and saves them as a file. Once you have done that you can add arrows and even text. So how would this be helpful? Let's say you have a client looking to buy a home close to a certain hospital. You can do your MLS search and pull up your map of the area. From there you can take a screen shot of the map, draw an arrow to the subject hospital and write "Hospital". Then you can send the screen shot as an attachment in an email! There are many other helpful ways this tool can be used. 

Most MLS systems offer FREE classes. If you want to be a better agent and more useful to your clients (BUYERS AND SELLERS) then go get caught up on all the latest gadgets etc. 

Stephen Strickhausen

Keller Williams Realty

9175 Carothers Pky Suite 110


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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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Great for you taking advantage of what is free-you can learn a lot from the classes.

Jun 23, 2009 09:57 AM #1
The 1410 Group of Benchmark Realty, LLC
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN

Thanks Pat! It's at our fingertips!

Jun 23, 2009 10:04 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate


Good for you for taking the time to see what your MLS system will do. Ours is constantly upgraded and it is amazing what all it will do. You can even do a virtual tour for a nominal amount!

Jun 23, 2009 10:05 AM #3
Sandra White
John L Scott Real Estate - Port Townsend, WA
Experienced Residential Resale Broker

Interesting, as I took a class from my multiple listing service yesterday (see my blot)  and did learn a lot of important information. I took the class because it was held on a ship in the Seattle Harbor and I thought that would be fun, but it was also very useful stuff that I needed to know.  They are making a lot of changes, so we need to keep up. 

Jun 23, 2009 10:08 AM #4
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Glad you enjoyed the class and picked up a few new tricks.  MRIS seems to have no shortage of great tools plus something new always in development.  I feel very lucky to have this tool to use in my business.

Jun 23, 2009 10:09 AM #5
The 1410 Group of Benchmark Realty, LLC
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN

I feel like I am pretty "updated" on certain things BUT this time I felt like a whole new world had opened up! The best tip I could give all week!

Jun 23, 2009 10:10 AM #6
Chanda Barrick
Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast - Indianapolis, IN
in referral

No matter how advanced or knowledgeable one might think they are, there is almost always something new to learn!  Glad you were able to get some useful information out of the class.

Chanda panda

Jun 23, 2009 10:13 AM #7
The 1410 Group of Benchmark Realty, LLC
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN

Thanks Chanda!!

Jun 23, 2009 10:18 AM #8
Marianne Snygg
ERA Herman Group Real Estate - Monument, CO

I always like to take classes after I've used a system for a while. When you first take the class to learn how to use the software, there's so much to learn that you're sometimes lucky to just get the basics. But, after you've been using the class for a while, you can get past the basics and learn about all the bells and whistles!

Jun 23, 2009 10:56 AM #9
Greg Fox
Realty World Wichita - Wichita, KS
Techy Broker in Wichita Kansas

We recently had 4 MLS providers demo their products.  One of them was our Current provider:

I realized that ALL these systems do TOO many things that most Realtors won't comprehend much less use.

Our current system does a lot more than ALL of us in the room realized.

One system bragged about 30 updates a month.  How do you keep up with that????

Jun 23, 2009 12:55 PM #11
The 1410 Group of Benchmark Realty, LLC
Benchmark Realty - Franklin, TN

It can be hard to keep up with sometimes. I think though the more we know the more we can potentially help our clients. 

Jun 23, 2009 11:20 PM #12
Michael Hoffman
Michael Hoffman & Associates - Pickerington, OH

All I could think when I read your subject line was about how our MLS system USED to work.  They have switched to a new provider and what used to take me 30 seconds now takes several minutes because of "required" items.  I want to get DATA, not have to jump through hoops to get it.  

For the record, I teach on technology related to real estate and auctions, so I'm pretty tech savvy.  I feel sorry for the people out there who have to try and figure out our new MLS.  

Jul 02, 2009 01:12 PM #13
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