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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.

Blog Post via ARMLS Blog

MRED Responds to Its Customers with Responsive Design

Chicagoland MLS Delivers Consumer Web Pages Fit for Any Device

responsive designLISLE, ILLINOIS (June 18, 2014) – Every month Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS), reviews how many people are accessing their property database. Early on, MRED realized how prolific the use of mobile devices was among both Realtors® and consumers. With that in mind, MRED today rolled out phase one of its project to deliver MLS data and services in a more mobile friendly manner. The result being that Consumer Web Pages, the method through which Realtors® collaborate with their clients via the MLS system, can now be delivered in a format utilizing responsive web design (RWD) – a method that creates dynamic changes to the appearance of a website, depending on the screen size and orientation of the device being used to view it.

MRED research revealed that of those consumers receiving property listings from their broker, nearly 50% use a mobile device with which to view them. In April alone, close to one million accesses to Consumer Portals were made via iPhones. These numbers are staggering, and will only increase as the mobile web overtakes desktop and laptop computers.

MRED, in partnership with dynaConnections, Inc., creators of connectMLS™, MRED’s core MLS system, has committed to making connectMLS more “mobile friendly”. With the responsive web design approach MRED will deliver a user experience that provides an optimal viewing experience on all devices. The result is that it will be easier to read and navigate, with a minimum of resizing, panning and scrolling.

Migrating to responsive design is a massive undertaking. The plan is for MRED and dynaConnections to transition in stages – prioritizing those system features that get the most use allowing for the introduction of useful modifications to the MLS system over time, rather than waiting for the completion of an entire overhaul.

“MRED is thrilled to introduce this latest enhancement to our customers,” said Russ Bergeron, MRED President and Chief Executive Officer. “Whenever we can make it easier and more convenient for our customers to be able to communicate with their clients, we feel we have accomplished one of our major goals – the facilitation of real estate transactions. Every day we strive to take MRED to the highest level – this latest achievement and our continued efforts in this area are obviously a high priority for MRED and dynaConnections.”

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.

About dynaConnections Corporation

dynaConnections Corporation is an Austin-based company that is renowned for its constant innovation and dedication to service. dynaConnections provides an MLS solution, connectMLS™, that is second to none with its millisecond response time and ease of access via all browser platforms. connectMLS™ is created to be both powerful and easy to use, and exceeds all standards of what the real estate industry expects from their MLS provider. For more information, visit dynaconnections.com.

MRED Gives Company Website a Facelift

MRED Launches the New Look and Enhanced Functionality of MREDLLC.com

LISLE, IL–(Marketwire – Aug 20, 2012) – Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), announced that it has launched the new MREDLLC.com. This redesigned website gives real estate professionals across the Midwest a more interactive and user friendly site with which to learn about the extensive set of products and services provided by MRED, including easy access to its workhorse MLS system, connectMLS™. This new site is the place to find tools Realtors® can use and to get all of the information and training on how to use them.

MRED retained the services of Warren McKenna Design Group (WMDesignGroup.com) of Chicago, Illinois, for the planning, design and building of the new site. WMDG was chosen based on its excellence in execution in creating and updating websites for other organizations in the real estate industry. “It’s all about creating an experience that anticipates subscribers’ needs and delivers results in the field,” Warren McKenna, Principal of WMDG, adds.

Users will find the new MREDLLC.com to be easy to navigate and very user friendly. The tabs across the top of the site give the visitor quick and easy access to general information on various topics. The powerful search feature allows you to enter a keyword and all documentation, links and information matching that keyword will be immediately available and accessible.

A substantial amount of MREDLLC.com is dedicated to MRED’s products and services. By hovering over the Products and Resources tab, you are given an extensive drop down menu with links to descriptions of MRED’s products by category, including: MLS and Public Records; Enhanced Property Info; Transaction Assistance; Marketing Tools; Statistics and Analytics; Mobile; Public Service Apps; Real Estate News and Views; and Data Licensing. Visitors can then click on the desired item and get all the information needed on a single page dedicated to that product. They can even sign up for training right then and there.

The Training tab itself has been enhanced and organized for ease of use. The Class Finder functionality has made searching and registering for classes, or scheduling custom training and webinars easier than ever.

“We are very excited about the launch of the new MREDLLC.com,” said MRED CEO Russ Bergeron. “The new MREDLLC.com allows our customers to easily access all the products and services that MRED offers. We love the much cleaner, more up to date look. One of our goals is to be able to communicate quickly and effectively with all of our customers. MREDLLC.com allows us to do that 365/24/7.”

MRED encourages its customers to take full advantage of the functionality that exists at the new MREDLLC.com. The site is not a static page but is a living, breathing entity that will be updated to accommodate new ideas and suggestions, as well as any changes and new products that are added to the mix. Viewing activity will be measured in order to identify areas that might need improvement and areas that get the greatest use, helping MRED to focus on those areas of its operation that might need immediate attention. MRED will be continuously updating the site to keep it at the cutting edge of MLS websites.

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, agents 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. For more information, visit http://www.mredllc.com/.