THE METRO WORD

My Experience as a First-Time Homebuyer

Navigating the market as a first-time homebuyer was intimidating, with the low inventory and surging home prices over the last few years. Using a highly qualified and experienced Realtor eased the process.

Who is the Selling Agent?

The words “Selling Agent” has a different meaning in casual conversation than it does while being used in the MLS. This blog explains how both terms are used.

Online Live Support Now Available for Members

Are you in a rush and need an answer fast? A Technical Support Specialist can now assist you conveniently through our online Live Support feature.

How to Withdraw an Active Listing

How to Withdraw an Active Listing

Do you have a property in Active listing status that is no longer available for showings? If this is the case, you must move the listing to Withdrawn status. Follow these steps to withdraw your listing.

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What is WIREX?

What is WIREX?

WIREX stands for Wisconsin Real Estate Exchange and is a joint venture between Metro MLS and six other MLSs in Wisconsin. The Door County MLS and Northwoods MLS don’t participate in WIREX.

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Market Reports: January 2022

Market Reports: January 2022

Active listings decreased 16.9%, and sold listings went down 3.8% compared to this time last year. The Months of Supply of Inventory experienced a decrease, falling 13.7% compared to last January.

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Setting the Default Map in Flexmls

Setting the Default Map in Flexmls

Do you know you can set your default map area for searching in Flexmls? The Quick Search map will automatically default to a view of the Milwaukee area. If you prefer the map to default to a different area, you can easily change it.

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Finding Open Houses in Flexmls

Finding Open Houses in Flexmls

In just a few steps, you can quickly find open houses for listings that match your search criteria in Flexmls. To add the Open House filter, scroll down to the Additional Search Options section. You will see Open House Date as a field.

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How to Run a Hot Sheet in Flexmls

How to Run a Hot Sheet in Flexmls

Hot Sheets give you an easy and efficient way to see recent changes in a specific area, such as new listings and price changes, in Flexmls. You have access to two Hot Sheets – the 24-Hour Hot Sheet and the Custom Hot Sheet. The two options are similar but feature some distinct differences.

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Using Reverse Prospecting as a Buyer’s Agent

Using Reverse Prospecting as a Buyer’s Agent

Reverse prospecting is a tool to help listing agents find buyers’ agents whose clients might be interested in their listings. As a buyer’s agent, if you enable reverse prospecting, listing agents can reach out to you when the system thinks their listing is a good match for your buyer’s search.

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CEO Chris Carrillo named to Swanepoel Power 200

CEO Chris Carrillo named to Swanepoel Power 200

Swanepoel Power 200 ranked Metro MLS CEO Chris Carrillo as one of the most powerful and influential leaders in the real estate industry on Tuesday. Carrillo is No. 182 on the 2022 edition of the list, marking his fourth consecutive appearance on the annual report.

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Top 10 Violations of 2021

Top 10 Violations of 2021

It is a new year, and we have tallied up the violations for 2021. Last year, there were 9,023 sanctions. Here is a list of the top 10 sanctions for 2021. The top five sanctions are the same as last year’s top five.

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What is Reverse Prospecting in Flexmls?

What is Reverse Prospecting in Flexmls?

Do you want to generate more leads for your listing? Reverse prospecting matches a listing agent’s listing with a selling agent’s client. The goal is to connect the right property with the right buyer.

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Copying a Listing in Flexmls

Copying a Listing in Flexmls

Building a new listing from scratch can take time and sometimes is unnecessary. You can save valuable time with the Flexmls copy listing feature. The copy listing feature allows you to copy a listing and use most of the existing information without recreating a listing from step one.

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Market Reports: November 2021

Market Reports: November 2021

Active listings decreased 3.1% and sold listings went down 1.8% compared to this time last year. The Months of Supply of Inventory experienced a slight decrease, falling 1.3% compared to last November.

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Creating a View in WIREdata

Creating a View in WIREdata

Do you want to see more information on your results screen in Tax Information? You can view more data by creating a View. A View is the columns you see on the results screen in Tax Information, also known as WIREdata.

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Upload HEIC Photos from iPhone in Flexmls

Upload HEIC Photos from iPhone in Flexmls

Members can now upload High-Efficiency Image Format (HEIC) photos from their Apple devices to Flexmls. If you take listing photos with your iPhone, the change makes it easier and more efficient to upload photos to your listing.

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Creating Labels from the Monsoon Map

Creating Labels from the Monsoon Map

Do you want to send out cards, letters or mailings to potential clients in a specific area? You can use the Monsoon Tax System by Markt to search for properties in a specific area and then create address labels in just a few clicks.

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How to Expand All Fields for Quick Searches

How to Expand All Fields for Quick Searches

By default, Quick Search opens with the search fields collapsed for easy scanning. If you don’t prefer the collapsed fields, you can easily change that. Flexmls allows you to have all the search fields expanded in Quick Search.

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RapidStats Live Free Trial Extended

RapidStats Live Free Trial Extended

Brokers have expressed an overwhelming amount of interest in RapidStats Live. To ensure all brokers have received enough time to learn the product, Metro MLS has extended the free trial for RapidStats Live until Dec. 31. 

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Market Reports: October 2021

Market Reports: October 2021

Active listings are down 2.3% and sold listings are down 11.6% compared to this time last year. The Months of Supply of Inventory experienced an uptick, increasing 10.5% compared to last October.

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BeachesMLS Joins MLS Aligned

BeachesMLS Joins MLS Aligned

MLS Aligned, LLC, is proud to announce BeachesMLS is joining MLS Aligned as an owner and member. BeachesMLS serves approximately 41,000 real estate professionals in Southeast Florida.

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View Status Categories in Flexmls Hot Sheets

View Status Categories in Flexmls Hot Sheets

Flexmls Hot Sheets provide you with an easy and efficient way to see the recent changes in a specific area. You have access to two Hot Sheets – the 24-Hour Hot Sheet and the Custom Hot Sheet. Both offer numerous benefits but feature a few distinct differences.

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Utilizing the Monsoon Drawing Tool

Utilizing the Monsoon Drawing Tool

The Monsoon Tax System by Markt is a modern resource that allows you to find tax records and comparable properties efficiently. One way to find these properties is by using the Map during your search. One Map feature you can use is the drawing tool, which allows you to search specific geographic areas. 

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Using the Radius Search in Flexmls

Using the Radius Search in Flexmls

Does your client want to live within a certain distance from work? The quickest and most effective way to search for properties within a certain distance is by using the radius search in Flexmls.

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Flexmls Mobile App Available to Members

Flexmls Mobile App Available to Members

Do you want to access the MLS while on the go? The Flexmls App for Real Estate Pros provides a fast, easy way for you to search listings and manage contacts from Flexmls. The app is available on your smartphone and tablets.

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Finding Golf Course Properties in Flexmls

Finding Golf Course Properties in Flexmls

The Ryder Cup is currently taking place at Whistling Straits, one of the United States’ top golf courses, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The tournament might be causing some homebuyers to have an interest in living on a golf course.

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How to Update Your Contact Information

How to Update Your Contact Information

If your contact information has changed, it is crucial to update it as soon as possible in Flexmls. Your contact information appears on reports, member searches and emails, so it’s important the information remains up to date at all times.

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How to Create a CMA in Flexmls

How to Create a CMA in Flexmls

Flexmls makes it easy to create a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). A CMA estimates a home’s value based on recently sold data of similar properties in the immediate area. Here is a quick tutorial on how to create a Full CMA in Flexmls.

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How to Embed RapidStats Live Charts

How to Embed RapidStats Live Charts

RapidStats Live allows you to embed the custom-built charts you create in the My Charts feature on your website. After you create a chart in the My Charts feature, you will have the option to embed your chart on your website or download an image or PDF version of the chart. 

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Editing a Saved Flexmls Search

Editing a Saved Flexmls Search

It’s common for homebuyers to change their search parameters throughout the buying process. You can easily edit their saved search in Flexmls to match your client’s needs. But before you make any changes, here are a few nuances to keep in mind.

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Schedule a Report in RapidStats Live

Schedule a Report in RapidStats Live

RapidStats Live allows brokers to share reports they create via email. Brokers can email the reports immediately or set a delivery schedule for their reports. Scheduling reports allows you to receive an automatic email without having to send it each time manually.

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How to Customize Your Flexmls Dashboard

How to Customize Your Flexmls Dashboard

Did you know you can customize your Flexmls dashboard? You can modify your dashboard by selecting from a list of preassembled options or by creating your own. It is easy and convenient, allowing you to set your Flexmls dashboard to your desired preference.

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Check Out the RapidStats Live Online Course

Check Out the RapidStats Live Online Course

Metro MLS has a self-paced online course available to teach brokers about the features and benefits RapidStats Live offers and how it can help you in your daily business. RapidStats Live is an industry-leading interactive reporting and market analytics tool from Markt.

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