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MRED users will prospect better, thanks to Remine

Remine Lifestyle

If you’re still taking the “spray and pray” approach to your lead generation efforts, stop. MRED now offers something way better.

Let’s face it: Mass marketing, shotgun marketing whatever title you give it, you can’t call it a reliable strategy. Even if you’re lucky enough to score a usable lead from a 3,000-postcard campaign or a day of door knocking, they still aren’t time- or cost-effective methods.

That’s why hyperlocal targeting has become the standard in real estate marketing. That’s why focusing your limited resources on pursuing better leads is the only way to survive in an increasingly competitive market.

That’s why it’s the perfect time for Remine.

MRED is thrilled to launch this predictive analytics tool, a product that sorts through billions of data points and uses that information to highlight consumers who are likely to buy and sell. That means you’ll be spending less time chasing leads and more time closing them. And now you have this unprecedented opportunity at your fingertips in connectMLS. MRED is providing its subscribers with access to Remine’s starter plan, with upgrades available if you want to take your prospecting to the next level with additional tracking, filters, and discounts on purchasing contact information.

Take a closer look…

Key features:

Ownership time: The majority of homeowners move every 7-12 years. Visualize this data on Remine’s interactive map to see where future housing inventory and buyers might be coming from.

Remine

Last sale price: See trends of how much homes have sold for in your target markets.

Sell score: Remine uses property data to predict the amount of time remaining before a listing is put on the market. This information is broken down in categories ranging from 0-6 months to more than 2 years.

Home equity: This filter is available in upgraded plans and allows you to see consumers who have enough equity in their home to put their property on the market. Use this filter to better target homes for door knocking, cold calling, and email campaigns.

Consumer contact information: Once Remine helps you identify consumers who will need your services, you have the option to purchase household contact information a la carte.

So are you ready to pursue real leads? Are you ready to find opportunities that can actually turn into revenue? Are you ready to Remine? You can start here in connectMLS and click on Remine in the tools section. Want some more tips before you get going? Take advantage of the training options below.

Training:

Get started with this introductory video

Register for live Remine webinars below. These one-hour sessions will give you a walkthrough of the property intelligence platform as you learn how to best utilize its many tools.

Wednesday June 6 – 11:00 AM, Click here to register

Thursday June 7 – 6:00 PM, Click here to register

Tuesday, June 12 – 2:00 PM, Click here to register

Thursday, June 14 – 1:00 PM, Click here to register

Click here and select “Remine” or “Remine Online” under “Course” to register for MRED training.
For any additional help, you can chat with Remine’s support team by clicking the blue and white button on the bottom right of the screen when using Remine. And you can always contact MRED’s help desk by calling 630-955-2755 or sending us an email.

Map with prices and one listing

MRED’s connectMLS just got even better

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More and more real estate professionals are accessing connectMLS from mobile devices and Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is committed to continually improving the mobile experience. We’re excited to roll out some brand new performance and cosmetic updates to the mobile platform to make it even better.

These mobile-focused enhancements came straight from user feedback, so we think you’ll like them! Click on the titles below for the full details on each update, or click here to read up on everything that’s new.

The updates:

Enjoy quick access to all listing action icons on desktop

All of the listing action icons are now accessible above listing search results when your browser window allows for enough room. When the browser window isn’t big enough, the most common icons are shown, with the rest available under a “more” dropdown menu.

All Icons

Combine CMA summary with Quick Stats access

Click the “Generate Statistics” icon from the search results page to open a report with combined access to both the CMA Summary and Quick Stats.

CMA:Quick Stats

View consumer-facing reports directly from search results

You can see the search result reports as your consumers do with a new option to hide agent-specific details (agent remarks and office information). Use the “Client-Friendly” toggle switch at the top of the results to utilize this feature.

Consumer-Facing

There’s even more: Read all the updates

MRED Hacking Away at the Land of Lincoln Hackathon

MLS Giant Helping to Promote the Illinois Open Data Portal

lambrouLISLE, ILLINOIS (October 21, 2015) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), is participating with the Chicago section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE Chicago) and other technology companies at the Land of Lincoln Hackathon, an event promoting the public data found at the State of Illinois open data portal.

The Land of Lincoln Hackathon looks to promote awareness of the great resources for the citizens of Illinois and foster innovation from the academic and professional communities. The 2015 Hack Challenge is for those who submit software solutions that creatively utilize the public data found at the Illinois open data portal. Prizes will be awarded at multiple levels: K-12, Collegiate, Professional, and a special “Women Who Code” award for teams that feature one or more women on their project (designed to help promote women in STEM).

Registration is now open for this month long event. A team of judges will award prizes to be handed out November 2nd at the IEEE Chicago Symposium @ Motorola Solutions Schaumburg Campus.

Chris Lambrou, MRED’s Vice-President of Special Projects/R&D, is Chairman of this year’s event. “It’s important to raise awareness of the State’s portal and bring the data closer to the consumer,” said Lambrou. “Events such as this give software developers the opportunity to utilize public data as a utility to innovate with and enhance the quality of life in the Chicagoland area.”

Sponsors for the event include MRED, IEEE and CVSHealth.

“We’ve had overwhelming support from the Chicagoland IEEE and tech communities.” said Vickie Peters, IEEE Chicago Chapter Chair. “The entire planning committee is excited about the process and can’t wait to view the apps that evolve from the Land of Lincoln Hackathon and interact with the development teams that submit.”

For more information about the Land of Lincoln Hackathon – visit http://ieeechicago.org/

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to more than 40,000 brokers and appraisers and nearly 8,000 offices. MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding “collar” counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. MRED delivers over twenty products and services to its customers, complementing connectMLS™, the top-rated MLS system in the country for two years running according to the WAV Group MLS Technology Survey. MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association, and for five consecutive years the MRED Help Desk has been identified as one of the best small business centers in the United States and Canada by BenchmarkPortal. For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

MRED Staying Plugged In

MLS Giant Well-Represented at RESO Plugfest and
Fall Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

LISLE, ILLINOIS (October 21, 2014) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), is attending the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) Plugfest and Fall Conference October 21 – 23, 2014 at the Monte Carlo Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

RESO is a group of real estate organizations working together to develop and implement data standards and processes that support innovation, ensure portability, eliminate redundancies and obtain maximum efficiencies for all parties participating in the real estate transaction. RESO’s ultimate goal is a fully automated real estate transaction facilitated by data standards and processes accepted by real estate professionals everywhere.

The Real Estate Transaction Standard (RETS) is a common language spoken by systems handling real estate information such as multiple listing services (MLSs). Most of RESO’s work currently involves RETS and data definitions to be utilized within RETS. Standardization of data fields and ease of portability of data are of the highest priority to MRED and other MLSs for efficiency of data delivery and the minimizing of expense related to these activities.

This year, for the first time, RESO is hosting a Plugfest the first day. A “Plugfest” is an event where software developers gather to test the interoperability of their products, designs or concepts with others, and meet and collaborate on solving common technological issues facing their particular community or industry. Working together on this level promises to result in great innovation and special new ideas and initiatives that benefit the real estate industry.

MRED’s Director of Special Projects, Chris Lambrou, and Network Services Manager, Richard Torp, are in attendance at the Plugfest as well as the Fall Conference.

“MRED is very committed to RESO and its work, as evidenced by our being its first Charter Member and our sustained and continuing participation,” said Jeff Gregory, MRED Chairman of the Board. “It is very important for us to attend and participate in RESO events, to stay abreast of all of the progress RESO and its member organizations are making in creating the most streamlined and efficient real estate transaction.”

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to nearly 40,000 brokers and appraisers and 8,000 offices. MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding “collar” counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. MRED delivers over twenty products and services to its customers, complementing connectMLS™, the top-rated MLS system in the country for two years running according to the WAV Group MLS Technology Survey. MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association, and for four consecutive years the MRED Help Desk has been identified as one of the best small business centers in the United States and Canada by BenchmarkPortal. For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

MRED Hacking It at Hack Chicago 2014

MLS Giant Flexing Its Technology Muscle

LISLE, ILLINOIS (October 2, 2014) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), is participating with the Chicago section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and other technology companies at Hack Chicago 2014, a hackathon event promoting the City of Chicago’s Data Portal.

The event is designed to encourage the development of creative apps to engage and serve Chicagoland’s diverse community, while using government data from the City of Chicago.

Chris Lambrou, MRED’s Director of Special Projects, is on the planning committee for the event.  “It’s important to raise awareness of city portals and bring the data closer to the consumer,” said Lambrou. “The City of Chicago’s API offers software developers a source of public data to innovate with and enhance the quality of life in the Chicagoland area.”

Hack Chicago 2014 runs from October 1 through October 15, 2014.  Software development teams in three (3) different categories will compete for cash prizes decided by a panel of judges based on such criteria as overall design, efficient use of data from the Chicago API and innovative creativity.

Sponsors for the event include MRED, IEEE, Google, Motorola, and the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.

“We’ve had overwhelming support from the Chicagoland IEEE and tech communities.” said Lambrou. “The entire planning committee is excited about the process and can’t wait to view the apps that evolve from this hackathon and interact with the development teams that submit.”

More information can be found at the Hack Chicago 2014 website – http://stc-egov.ieee.net/links/hack-chicago-challenge.

About MRED

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to nearly 40,000 brokers and appraisers and 8,000 offices. MRED serves Chicago and the surrounding “collar” counties and provides property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. MRED delivers over twenty products and services to its customers, complementing connectMLS™, the top-rated MLS system in the country for two years running according to the WAV Group MLS Technology Survey. MRED is the 2013 Inman News Most Innovative MLS/Real Estate Trade Association, and for four consecutive years the MRED Help Desk has been identified as one of the best small business centers in the United States and Canada by BenchmarkPortal. For more information please visit MREDLLC.com.

What’s a Phablet?

With the release of the iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung Note 4, the term phablet has been thrust back into the public realm. Wikipedia puts it well: A phablet is a class of mobile device designed to combine or straddle the functions of a smartphone and tablet. The word Phablet is a portmanteau of the words phone and tablet. There are two components of a phablet, the ability to make cellular calls and size. This photo from MCPR explains the size component:

smartphone-phablet-tablet

Increasingly, more mobile users want to make calls and use a tablet without carrying two devices. In the next month Apple will release a new line of iPads, some think an iPad Mini with cellular calling capabilities will be released while others think the iPhone 6 Plus is an indication that’s not going to happen.

Samsung just announced the Samsung Note 4 and Nokia has a phablet coming out as well. The Galaxy and Note series of Samsung devices is well worth exploring.

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