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Comp Importing Software

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Marty Davis

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I recently relocated from Indianapolis to St Pete. In Indy, I used a little software importing program called mlsscan to convert MLS data into a file to import into my Appraise-it software. Saved me MANY minutes of time typing the report. Now with the relocation to Florida and a different MLS system, the software will not work with the exported data. Does anyone know of any programs to do this conversion of data for import into Appraise-it? :?:

Marten Davis, SRPA
 

EDWARD BERRY

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I used that same program for many years. The very best.

We have changed to Quest MLS which has an excellent export program> however we changed to ACI(because they had the 32 bit program before SFRES) and now cannot find anyone that can tell me how to import to comps base.

We would export each month the sales from MLS and use the appraisal program to search, then bang them into the grid.

IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS IN TOTAL OR ACI I will pay $500 for it.

Thanks in advance-ed in arkansas.
 

Marty Davis

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I used that same program for many years. The very best.

We have changed to Quest MLS which has an excellent export program> however we changed to ACI(because they had the 32 bit program before SFRES) and now cannot find anyone that can tell me how to import to comps base.

We would export each month the sales from MLS and use the appraisal program to search, then bang them into the grid.

IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS IN TOTAL OR ACI I will pay $500 for it.

Thanks in advance-ed in arkansas.

Edward:

How much time did it save you on each appraisal? 15 minutes? That adds up in a year of work!!!

Marten Davis
 

Russ

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I have used this program a couple of years ago and it worked however I had a little tweak that I could not fix. I heard through the grapevine that the tweak is now fixed so you may want to give it a shot!

They give you a chance to try it first, it is a little tricky and I highly recommend reading the insturctions very carefully! It was VERY promising awhile back, I will have to try it again and see if I can get it goin!

p.s. 15 minutes to type in the comps? What if you have a complex property with the need of 6 comps which is my norm these days! These programs are a huge time saver.

http://www.johnpcollins.com/sys-tmpl/downl...eurarmakerdemo/
 
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Bemis Pownall

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give me a break you guys are too lazy to type in the grid??

what the heel do your clients get for $350.?
 

Francois K. Gregoire

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Marty,

Not quite on topic, but relevant nevertheless - Before you spend a lot of time and money securing software to import comparables from the MLS, you should know the local asssociation is changing MLS vendors within the next six months or so.

Take a look at MLS CONVERSION WATCH

 

Marty Davis

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Marty Davis

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give me a break you guys are too lazy to type in the grid??

what the heel do your clients get for $350.?

Bevis:

NOT to lazy, just smart! BTW, you must miss your spell checker! :oops:

Marten Davis
 

EDWARD BERRY

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There are appox 200 keystrokes on each comp, not counting the spaces, in addition to the calculated fields.

As much as I have been screwed by clients(please change from FHA to Conv, etc) if it took me only 13 seconds to complete the form for $350 I would gladly take it.

There is more to just the saving in time. The accuracy(?) of the MLS data is important. Also it gives credance as to the data source. Of course some fields must be retyped(ie fireplace-big, good mantel, etc).

Another factor is that this way several comps can be inserted and analyzed very quickly---because the major adjustment factors are automatically calculated, it is interesting as to the initial indicated range. Those that render a tight range in most cases are truly comparable. Those that do not , indicate that they are NOT comparable.

Those that do not fall in THE HAPPY indicated range, are still useful for other appraisal work. OR the subject is just not worth the SP.

Also, if a comp from another location falls in a reasonable range, that is some proof that the other SD is comparable.

Thus, having the MLS data in the appraisal comp base, makes appraisaing what it should be--market analysis - rather than filling in the blanks.

I always use 6 comps for relos in the final report just to show the upper and lower indicators.

Hopefully this important tool can be developed for 32 bit programs as it was for 7 years with DOS progrqams.

Backward in Arkansas-ed
 

Mike Unser

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Texas
Saving keystrokes (time) and minimizing transcribing errors are two values software and technology vendors can bring to the table. Two really visible examples of where we (a la mode) do that are with our field software, Pocket TOTAL, and our Mercury platform.

Some incorrectly believe the Mercury platform is simply an Internet EDI conduit for delivering appraisals to larger, national clients. I guess that impression is our fault for not speaking out.

Mercury’s much more than that. Point in case, we’re about two weeks out from releasing to our beta members new Mercury plug-ins that connect to web-based MLS vendors. It’s really nifty. Mercury grabs exported MLS data and shoots it right into the appropriate fields of your comps database. You do the query searches using your MLS, use their export or download feature, then click on a button in Mercury and, bingo, those comps are in your database ready to be auto placed in your report whenever you need.

Currently, that’s happening with WinTOTAL’s Comparables Database. But, we’re working on Mercury plug-ins that do the same with other formfilling packages. The Mercury platform, like InterFlood, is not about making you switch form packages. It’s about making your job easier in several phases of your business. When we do that, you pay us money. Like all of you, we want to make our clients happy AND get paid for it. <grin>

Mike Unser
Product Line Manager
a la mode, inc.
 
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