NTREIS adds Cloud MLX as Free Member Benefit

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Ca. (04/13/2017) – North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. (NTREIS) announced today the debut of Cloud MLX, an alternative MLS front end that offers a clean and simple way for agents to search their MLS.

NTREIS members already enjoy Cloud CMA and Cloud Streams as part of their membership. With the addition of Cloud MLX, NTREIS now delivers a fully integrated tool set to members demanding a more modern interface.

Cloud MLX gives agents a more streamlined way to search the MLS, share information with their clients and other agents, and seamlessly integrates with Cloud CMA and Cloud Streams. Cloud MLX’s innovative search bar grows smarter the more it’s used, which gives the agent a more personalized MLS experience. Cloud MLX recently won Inman News “Most Innovative Technology Award” in 2016.

“Front End of Choice” is a term being used in the MLS industry to describe the ability for developers to have easy access to MLS databases via APIs or other methods so they can more rapidly create software applications or integrations. These applications can be very specific or may have the potential to disrupt traditional MLS vendors.

“‘Front End of Choice’ is catching on” explains Greg Robertson, co-founder of W+R Studios. “In today’s world, ‘that’s just the way it is’ is no longer an excuse. Broker and agents are frustrated with outdated MLS interfaces and appreciate when their MLS gives them a choice on how to access that data. Along with forward thinking MLS providers like NTREIS we have six other MLS providers who are providing Cloud MLX to their membership and more coming soon.”

“W+R Studios is a great partner to work with,” says John Holley, CEO of NTREIS, Inc. “NTREIS has long been a leader in providing product choices to its subscribers. Cloud MLX brings a modern, intuitive approach to the MLS search process and is the latest addition to the suite of products we offer to NTREIS real estate professionals in providing top notch service to their clients.”

To learn more about Cloud MLX, please visit cloudmlx.com

About W+R Studios
Founded in 2008, W+R Studios is a privately held web software company located in Huntington Beach, California. The company focuses on creating the next generation of web-based software solutions for the real estate industry. By providing a “less is more” approach to software design, elegant user interfaces, and using the latest in agile programming, W+R Studios’ software applications are at the same time powerful, yet accessible to everyone. Co-founders Dan Woolley and Greg Robertson have over 24 years of experience each developing and marketing real estate software solutions.
About NTREIS, Inc.
North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. (NTREIS) is a real estate information and technology solutions provider serving the real estate community in a coverage area exceeding 48,000 square miles in North Texas, including the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. NTREIS provides information management services to over 30,000 MLS subscribers of its 15 Shareholder REALTOR® Associations, including over 6,000 real estate offices. www.ntreis.net .

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NTREIS signs license with Remine to bring Big Data to North Texas

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Dallas, Texas. (February 23, 2017) – Remine and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. (NTREIS) are pleased to announce an agreement to make Remine available to its more than 30,000 MLS subscribers. The Remine platform will connect exclusively through the MLS platform leveraging Big Data to the NTREIS market for the first time.

“Remine complements our existing MLS systems by adding a beautiful visualization of all our data,” said John Holley, CEO of NTREIS. “An incredible feature is their ability to reconnect with past clients, and see their propensity to sell. And then even if you’ve lost their contact info, Remine can update it.”

Leo Pareja, CEO of Remine, said “Remine will be deeply integrated with the existing front end system to create a seamless experience. We’ve designed Remine to meet the unique needs of real estate professionals; we look forward to delivering our core functionality to the community in North Texas.”

About NTREIS, Inc.

North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. (NTREIS) is a real estate information and technology solutions provider serving the real estate community in a coverage area exceeding 48,000 square miles in North Texas, including the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan Area.  NTREIS provides information management services to over 30,000 MLS subscribers of its 15 Shareholder REALTOR® Associations, including over 6,000 real estate offices.  www.Ntreis.net.

About Remine

Remine delivers predictive analytics and big data visualizations to real estate professionals exclusively through their MLS. We analyze property records, transactional history and consumer data to determine someone’s propensity to buy or sell a home. Our user interface utilizes heat maps and other visualizations to help real estate professionals extract intelligence, identify new leads and win more business. www.Remine.com or call 855-217-0171.

 

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Instanet Solutions adds over 32,500 new Authentisign® and InstanetForms® subscribers

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North Texas Real Estate Information Systems adds Authentisign, InstanetForms and Listing Upload as member benefits

Austin, TX – September 6th, 2016 – Subscribers of North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) will now have the full TransactionDesk® suite as an MLS member benefit including TransactionDesk, InstanetForms, Authentisign, DocBox® along with a robust set of brokerage tools. Members will also be able to create MLS listings using InstanetForms.

The member benefit will include unlimited form creation, electronic signings, document cloud storage, etc. Members will have access to the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) forms. Those that are Texas Association of Realtors® (TAR) members will also have access to the TAR forms library. Also included is brokerage dashboard, brokerage reporting, brokerage branding, brokerage set-up and configuration tools.

The Listing Upload function allows members to complete a NTRIES MLS listing input form in InstanetForms and then upload the data to the Matrix® MLS system, creating a new listing with the click of a button. In the case of a company that prefers broker-load, the agent can save the form and a brokerage administrator can create the MLS listing using the form data without having to retype any information, Listing Upload reduces redundant entry for those using the listing input sheet and also provides an alternate point of entry for listing data.

“There simply isn’t another paperless solution that is this complete and which integrates so tightly with our MLS and tax systems, Matrix™ and Realist®,” said NTREIS CEO John Holley. “Add the Listing Upload piece and the decision was a no-brainer for both me and my Board of Directors.”

“By providing the full TransactionDesk platform, NTREIS is providing its members a complete paperless solution for both agents and brokers. Agents and brokers can collectively save millions of dollars a year because they won’t need to continue to subscribe to other redundant e-signature and transaction management solutions.,” said Martin Scrocchi, CEO of Instanet Solutions. “Using the Listing Upload feature will not only save money but countless work hours by reducing redundant data entry. Listing Upload is already used by over 200K Realtors® across North America.”

About Instanet Solutions: Instanet Solutions is a leading provider of real estate technology with over 500,000 licensed, paid user accounts of their various real estate focused products – Authentisign®, TransactionDesk®, InstanetForms®, DocBox®, InstanetOffers® and InstanetFax®. Instanet Solutions began delivering residential real estate technology in 1991 and is proud to be celebrating our 25th year of providing technology to the real estate world. Further information about Instanet Solutions and its products is available at http://www.instanetsolutions.com.

About North Texas Real Est ate Information Systems, Inc. (NTREIS): is a real estate information and technology solutions provider serving the real estate community in a coverage area exceeding 48,000 square miles in North Texas, including the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. NTREIS provides information management services to over 32,500 MLS subscribers of its 15 Shareholder REALTOR® Associations, including over 6,000 real estate offices. In addition to its information management platform; NTREIS researches, develops and delivers various technology products and services through strategic alliances, utilizing a sales and distribution network which includes its Shareholder REALTOR® Associations.
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Over 30,000 Texas REALTORS® to get TransactionDesk® by Instanet Solutions

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North Texas Real Estate Information Systems to deploy TransactionDesk as member benefit

Austin, TX – May 3, 2016 – Subscribers of North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) will now be able to leverage the power of the real estate industry’s leading paperless transaction platform. TransactionDesk® by Instanet Solutions is a full-featured transaction and document management system that includes a comprehensive set of tools for both agents and brokerages to manage their business.

TransactionDesk features advanced integrations with Matrix™ and Realist®, the listing management and property information solutions used by NTREIS members. Matrix and Realist are provided by CoreLogic®, North America’s leading provider of enterprise solutions for multiple listing organizations.

The tightly integrated applications combine to give NTREIS members a powerful solution for managing listings and sales from contract to close. TransactionDesk will allow users to start transactions from MLS listings or tax records, post documents stored in their transactions and reduce redundant data entry.

“We believe TransactionDesk has the best document and transaction management tools in the industry,” said NTREIS CEO John Holley. “Not only will our agents get powerful new tools to manage their transactions, but our brokers will also get the opportunity to use a system-as a member benefit-that is as good or better than what they are paying for now. This will be a great advantage to the agents and companies in our market.”

“We are excited to have NTREIS leverage the unmatched integrations between CoreLogic and Instanet,” said Martin Scrocchi, CEO of Instanet Solutions. “30,000 real estate professionals in the state of Texas will now be able use our TransactionDesk platform fully integrated with their MLS and tax roll services.”

“This is an outstanding example of a CoreLogic client benefiting from our relationship with Instanet Solutions,” said Chris Bennett, general manager of real estate solutions for CoreLogic. “Instanet provides an unbeatable combination of advanced functionality, deep integration and competitive pricing. That’s why we teamed up with Instanet Solutions-and why so many of our clients are jumping on board with TransactionDesk.”

About Instanet Solutions: Instanet Solutions is a leading provider of real estate technology with over 500,000 licensed, paid user accounts of their various real estate focused products – Authentisign®, TransactionDesk®, InstanetForms®, DocBox®, InstanetOffers® and InstanetFax®. Instanet Solutions began delivering residential real estate technology in 1991 and is proud to be celebrating our 25th year of providing technology to the real estate world. Further information about Instanet Solutions and its products is available at http://app.systememerge.com/emaill-5738571-1049379682-9310201.html.

About North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. (NTREIS) is a real estate information and technology solutions provider serving the real estate community in a coverage area exceeding 48,000 square miles in North Texas, including the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. NTREIS provides information management services to over 30,000 MLS subscribers of its 15 Shareholder REALTOR® Associations, including over 6,000 real estate offices. In addition to its information management platform; NTREIS researches, develops and delivers various technology products and services through strategic alliances, utilizing a sales and distribution network w hich includes its Shareholder REALTOR® Associations.

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NTREIS Announces Staff Promotions

NTREIS recently announced two internal staff promotions. David Blake has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer and Cindy Miller now serves as Chief Operations Officer for the corporation.

As CTO, David is responsible for developing the overall technology vision for the company as well as maintaining systems. David brings 20 years of networking, hardware and application development and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. David has served the last 8 years as NTREIS Senior Network Administrator and has been integral in the virtualization of the MLS systems and data exchange.

Cindy is assuming a new role as COO and in addition to new responsibilities, will continue previous duties overseeing the Customer Care Team and as Communications liaison with NTREIS’ 15 Shareholder REALTOR Associations. Cindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin University and joined the NTREIS staff in 2012 after 14 years serving other roles in REALTOR Associations. She has been instrumental in training and support of Association partners through a recent system conversion and in streamlining data export approvals.

“We are proud of our entire NTREIS Team and look forward to the leadership both David and Cindy bring to our Executive Staff”, says John Holley, CEO. “In this fast-evolving industry, we are confident that NTREIS provides, and will continue to provide, the best technology tools to support our Shareholders and their members.”

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NTREIS Signs Direct Feed to Zillow

The Board of Directors of the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. has approved an agreement with Zillow to provide a direct feed of MLS Listing data. NTREIS Listing content is currently provided to Zillow through a third party syndication partner and various direct feeds from Brokers. In light of upcoming changes to the syndication agreement, NTREIS Participants that wish to send listings to Zillow would be required to find an alternate means of delivery. By approving a direct agreement, the NTREIS Directors have ensured that marketing of North Texas listings for sale will not be interrupted. Brokers and their sellers who do not wish to participate in distribution of content to Zillow or other syndication sites continue to have the ability to opt out. There are a number of websites in addition to Broker owned sites that market listing content to consumers and NTREIS will continue to provide the technology to deliver such content in accordance with the wishes of property owners and their representatives.

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Got eMail?

– by Cindy Miller

In light of Yahoo! Mail’s recent changes to their authentication policy  (See article in TechWorld), NTREIS’s vendor is reviewing the way we send emails on behalf of agents.  Currently,  when an agent generates an email from the MLS to send property information to their customers,  the MLS email server is sending that email “on behalf of johndoe@yahoo.com”.    The problem is that this is technically “spoofing” the agent’s email.   We have all heard how hackers “spoof” a legitimate email to SPAM thousands of people and have likely been the recipient of such emails.    What Yahoo! implemented this weekend, and other email providers are also likely to adopt, is a policy for its servers to compare “who” is sending the email with “who” the email says it is being sent from – if these do not match,  Yahoo! is inserting code into the email authenticator to alert the receiving email service that this yahoo email is not really originating in yahoo – beware!  If the recipient’s email service chooses to heed that warning, they will reject the email.

Though this is an excellent security measure to block spammers,  it also creates a huge hurdle for MLS email services and all other large list email services that are legitimate.   For our industry, the solution will be that future emails to your clients will continue to be sent from the MLS servers but they will now say they are coming from the email server, with information in the subject that identifies the agent.

Could this have been avoided?  In the short term,  this is only affecting those of you that choose to use a Yahoo! account as your business email address (more on that below).   Over the long term, these changes are expected to be far reaching and any large email service is constantly having to review ways to send legitimate emails while navigating the roadblocks that are intended to deter SPAM.    However, if you choose to use any free email,  Yahoo!, Hotmail, gmail, etc., you are subject to their policy changes and they may or may not provide advance notice of changes.

There are many reasons that business and marketing consultants advise purchasing and using your own domain name for business use:

  • Professionalism –  our industry is all about branding and reputation;  which email are you more likely to respond to –  livingright@Hotmail.com or SueSmith@livingright.com?
  • Service –  it is difficult to get support from a free service;  in the real estate business, email is your lifeline to communicating with clients.
  • Deliverability –  aside from the email providers’ SPAM filters, you also have to get past your recipients’ personal junk mail filters – in the example above,  the livingright.com domain has a much greater chance of passing authentication tests than a free domain used by millions.

The only advantage I can think of to a free email, is the cost – free is great, right?   But with all the potential drawbacks, just how good is free?  Did you know you can purchase your own domain name for about $12 a year?   Many brokers offer a broker branded email to their agents at no charge.   Having a branded email is good for your professional image and also gives  you more control over handling junk mail.    If you really love using the Yahoo! or gmail interface,  use your branded email for sending out emails but have your received emails forwarded to your gmail account.

Ready to change your email address?   Contact your MLS Provider Association to update your profile information or use their online member profile system to update where available!

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