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New MLS Search Site for Macs, Google Chrome, Firefox & Other Browsers

April 23rd, 2012 No comments
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Finally an MLS Search that doesn’t need Internet Explorer!

Core Logic Fusion MLS Screenshot

Photo Courtesy of Core Logic: Use Fusion MLS with Macs, Google Chrome, Firefox, etc

I know from the popularity of several posts I’ve made on using a Mac to search Tempo MLS, that many other Realtors® and real estate agents are looking for a better way to use their Macs and ditch Internet Explorer.  Well, have I got good news!  Our local Triad MLS recently implemented Core Logic’s Fusion MLS Search Platform.  Fusion is an open MLS platform that allows you to use a Mac, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera or most any other browser for that matter.  There are also iPhone and iPad apps to use Fusion MLS on the go.

I love my Mac! But…

I’ve had a Mac for almost three years, and I really like the Apple operating system.  It just works better.  There’s no spinning hour glass and waiting for programs or sites to open (except when I open 20+ tabs in my browser, which I’m bad about doing!).  I had been considering switching my other PC’s and laptops over to Macs, but as a Realtor® the negative was using our MLS to search local real estate listings.  The Tempo MLS requires Internet Explorer to search the MLS.  There was a work around, as you can see from my other posts, but it just didn’t work great.  There was always a lag.

Fusion MLS for Macs, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, etc.

Several weeks ago, I got a preview of the Fusion MLS and man was I excited!  It works great with my Mac and my preferred browser, Chrome.  If you’re familiar with Tempo 5 MLS, then the learning curve for Fusion should be pretty low, because they’re very similar.  You can customize searches and set up notifications for yourself or clients.  You can also do quick CMA’s and run multiple searches simultaneously which is pretty slick.  I can’t tell you enough how much it will make your MLS real estate search so much better! Read more…

Realtors® Access Tempo MLS on Your Mac

April 21st, 2011 8 comments
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I bought my first MAC just over a  year ago, because I was tired of Windows shortcomings (crashes, slow, etc).  As a Realtor®, one of the most important aspects of your business is accessing the MLS.  That’s not so simple with a MAC, because most MLS’s require you to use Internet Explorer by Microsoft.  There are several work arounds, but they aren’t very simple.  They involve installing a full version of Windows on your MAC, which can be costly and complicated if you aren’t tech savy.  Well, if you use the CoreLogic MarketLinx Tempo MLS, I finally found another way to logon to the MLS with your MAC, and it’s FREE!  I’ve probably looked on a thousand different websites trying to find it.  The crazy thing it’s actually on the www.tempohelp.com website.  As Charlie Sheen would say, “Duh, winning!”

UPDATE April 23, 2012:  be sure to check out an updated post about how to access your MLS on a Mac, Google Chrome, Firefox or any other browser.   Fusion MLS Search through Core Logic

I will give you the instructions here, but you should also go to www.tempohelp.com and register on their support site.  Once you’re logged in, click the “Tutorials and Videos” icon.

The way you access the MLS with your MAC is through IDS.

What is IDS?

IDS (Information Delivery System), is a server based solution that allows Mac users to access programs that require running on a Windows computer. Once logged into the IDS application, you will be able to access your MLS Program from an icon specifically for the site that you use every day. All settings are taken care of on the server for the MLS Program that you access.

What are the minimum system requirements?

  • An Intel-based or PowerPC-based Macintosh running OS X 10.4 or later
  • A high-speed Internet connection.
  • IDS is not compatible with the Apple iPad

You will need to go to http://ids.marketlinx.com/nativemac.html to download the application to your computer.  Once you have installed it, the directions will also include a link for your specific MLS to create a short cut for your desktop.

The link below is the pdf that is on the www.tempohelp.com site, but it is specific to my MLS.  Logon to the website and it should direct you to the instructions for your MLS.

How to Access the Tempo MLS on a MAC – Install IDS

I’ve had a chance to use it a few times over the weekend, and it does have some issues.  I had to “force quit’ the application several times, because it would hang up (typical Windows crap!).  So, it’s not perfect, but you can at least logon to the MLS…when it works.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or call your local MLS tech support.  I’m sure they can help you with the installation as well.  Add your comments below to let others know how it’s working for you.

 

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