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AerialSphere and iFoundAgent partner to provide "addictive" 360-degree, interactive, immersive mapping technology for websites
PHOENIX - December 17, 2019 -- AerialSphere, an innovative tech startup creating immersive and interactive 360-degree maps, is offering real estate agents the opportunity to add what some consumers are calling an "addictive" online experience to their websites. Partnering with iFoundAgent, an award-winning marketing service and website provider, AerialSphere is transforming the way Phoenix home buyers shop for a home online. "The world is not flat, so why should the maps we use every day be?" said AerialSphere co-founder and resident DJ Vegh. "AerialSphere powered maps, unlike Google Maps, provide a 3D-type experience that allows you to see the world the way we should see it — as if you are there." Because 90 percent of all consumers begin their real estate search online, iFoundAgent was quick to adopt a new technology "that right now, none of our competitors offer," according to Dave Mason, iFoundAgent founder and owner. Mason says AerialSphere's mapping technology, which iFoundAgent dubbed "The World's First 3D Home Search," creates an online home search experience that is transformational. "When I heard about it, I thought it was just like Google Maps, so who cares?" Mason said. "But when I first saw it, I actually got a chill up my spine — this was something new. It was kind of like when I saw the first iPhone; I knew it was going to change everything." For top-producing Phoenix-area agent Sean Hahn, AerialSphere 360-degree immersive and interactive maps have quickly become a crucial sales tool. The maps are a central component of his iFoundAgent provided marketing platform. Hahn is with West USA Realty, one of the largest real estate firms in Arizona, with some 2,000 agents and 18 office locations. He leverages the new mapping technology throughout his communications with clients and potential clients. Hahn incorporates links to his 3D maps in automated personalized email offers to new clients for free marketing analysis. For existing clients, he provides links to a map showing the final price on recent neighborhood home sales. "The first thing that pops up is this giant 3D map showing homes and an indicator showing the final sales price," Hahn explained. "These maps are interactive and allow you to fly through neighborhoods in a way that feels like you are there. You can see the topography. It's not flat like all other maps. "In Phoenix, we live in a valley, with mountain ranges surrounding us. We also are a very active community. People hike our mountains or want to ride a horse or a bike through them. These maps are the most powerful way to figure out where a house is in relationship to all of our outdoor activities, from mountains to parks to schools. It's simply the coolest thing ever," Hahn said. DJ Vegh co-founder, President at AerialSphere notes his mapping technology appeals not just to residential real estate, but has significant applications for commercial real estate. He said CB Commercial Real Estate is also piloting its maps and using its API (application program interface). Vegh explained that AerialSphere's unique mapping technology has business application opportunities for industries that collectively contribute more than one-third of the US annual GDP (gross domestic product). "AerialSphere serves the four largest drivers of the US economy: real estate, state and local governments, insurance, and travel industries," Vegh said. Real estate (including renting and leasing) is the largest sector of the US economy, accounting for 13% of our national GDP ($1.898 trillion). The housing sector employs more than 1.9 million people. State and local governments rank second and represent 9% of US national GDP ($1.336 trillion) and employ 7.4 million people. Finance and insurance account for 8% of US national GDP ($1.136 trillion). The insurance industry alone employs 2.69 million people. And travel represents 7.8% of our national GDP ($1.1 trillion). The US travel industry employs 5.29 million people. AerialSphere uses a patented four-step process. This patented process includes the rapid capture of immersive aerial maps, the ability to integrate latitude and longitude to match each image pixel, connect location-based API data to its immersive map viewer, and provide detailed user interaction tracking. AerialSphere is mapping the US, rapidly capturing a massive array of 360-degree immersive aerial spherical images over large urban areas. Able to cover an average of 120 square miles per hour, AerialSphere can cover an average-sized US metropolitan area in a few hours. More information about AerialSphere can be found at its website, AerialSphere.com, as well as at iFoundAgent's website, ifoundagent.com. About AerialSphere AerialSphere is changing how the world views maps. Its multi-patented technology mass captures immersive 360-degree aerial photos and then matches each pixel to its longitude and latitude coordinates. AerialSphere enables an immersive, 3D-type experience that is transforming real estate and travel search while powering applications for the insurance industry and governments. Backed by private equity firm Jokake Companies, AerialSphere mapping brings a true perspective to every location, from viewing homes for sale or street addresses to show the most accurate proximity of schools, parks, churches, or other points of interest. Learn more at AerialSphere.com.
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RPR Adds Qualified Opportunity Zones
CHICAGO (August 1, 2019) - Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), a nationwide data resource and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), is pleased to announce the addition of Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ) to its platform. This powerful data layer will allow REALTORS® to use RPR's map interface to analyze and search for properties within the 8,700 Opportunity Zones throughout the U.S. Created in 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the purpose of the federal government's QOZ program is to drive economic growth through long-term investments in economically disadvantaged communities. Designated as "Opportunity Zones," these areas present opportunities for real estate investment and development by offering tax incentives to investors. "With the Opportunity Zone initiative poised to transform American communities that have long been shunned by investors, NAR has developed resources to help facilitate and expedite investments in these areas. As our work continues, REALTORS® are committed to ensuring Americans can take full advantage of this valuable new initiative," said Joseph Ventrone, NAR Vice President, Federal Policy and Industry Relations. Through RPR, REALTORS® will search a geographic area, then choose to display the Opportunity Zones layer, which will then reveal shaded areas that qualify. REALTORS® can then analyze all properties that fall in the Opportunity Zone, review economic and demographic statistics for the area, and create reports for investors about the buying potential. They will also be able to reach out to residents and business owners in the area about selling advantages through RPR's recently launched Mailing Labels feature. "These Opportunity Zones encourage private investment into low-income communities, with the intent of stimulating economic growth and job creation," said Bob Turner, NAR's 2019 Commercial Liaison and RPR Advisory Council Member. "Residential practitioners will notice homes that fall within Opportunity Zones gain a boost to their marketability because of increased attention, while Commercial practitioners will likely see properties once being skipped over turn into desirable investment opportunities." Under the program, taxpayers who reinvest capital gains from a previous sale into a fund for investing (called "Opportunity Funds"), are eligible to defer paying taxes on those gains, and can potentially reduce their tax liability by 10 – 15% (based on the amount of time they hold the investment). Additionally, if the investment is held for at least ten years, any appreciation on it is tax-free. "I'm very excited to see RPR offer REALTORS® another tool to help us serve our clients," said Deena Zimmerman, Vice President of SVN in Chicago, IL. "The benefits of Opportunity Zones are broad, and with the tax benefits on the table for investors, we should see increased attention to properties in these areas." About Realtors Property Resource® Realtors Property Resource, LLC®, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, is an exclusive online real estate database created to support the core competence of its members. The parcel-centric database, covering more than 160 million residential and commercial U.S. properties, provides REALTORS® with the analytical power to help clients make informed decisions while increasing efficiency in the marketplace. Log in to RPR today: narrpr.com. For support on this feature, contact RPR at (877) 977-7576.
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Powerful Map Enhancements Come to the RPR App
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Matterport Enhances Immersive 3D Media Platform with Betas for Google Street View Publishing and Faster Space Capture
Google Street View Publishing and Faster Space Capture Increase ROI for Matterport Customers Across Multiple Industries SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 10, 2018 -- Matterport, an immersive 3D media technology company, today announced open betas for publishing to Google Street View and new camera firmware enabling faster space capture. These two significant initiatives are expected to create more business opportunities for Matterport's thousands of customers across numerous industries, including restaurants, retail, travel and hospitality, real estate, and architecture, construction and engineering. Google Street View Publishing With Matterport's rollout of Google Street View publishing capabilities, Matterport users will be able to quickly create and publish a Google Street View experience from any Matterport 3D Space with the click of a button. Matterport 3D Spaces can now be exported to show up on Google Maps, Google Earth, and the mobile Street View application as fully linked panoramic photo tours, driving additional traffic to businesses' websites. Clients get the best of both worlds, leveraging the highly immersive Matterport 3D experience of a company's space on their website and publishing a 360 tour on Street View. "Google Street View publishing and faster space capture are two of the many initiatives that greatly increase the value of Matterport for camera operators, as well as businesses that want to use Google to drive people to their websites," said Bill Brown, Matterport CEO. "Matterport is the solution of choice for all types of businesses because our automation makes it easy for anyone to quickly capture a space and get a high-quality 3D environment. Now this content can be experienced as a Matterport immersive 3D environment on a business' website and can also be used to published as a Google Street View experience on Google Maps, Google Earth, or mobile Street View." Publishing a Google Street View experience from a Matterport 3D Space only takes a few minutes and enables Matterport Service Providers to expand their services by providing superior walkthroughs for clients and prospective customers. Google Street View photographers can rely on Matterport for a faster and easier publishing process. Since creation of a 3D space is automated, there is no need to manually stitch 360 panoramas, place and orient each of them on a map, and manually link the tours together. Photographers now only need a Matterport camera to get the job done, as opposed to using 360 and DSLR cameras, which often require additional equipment and software. Faster Space Capture to Increase ROI for Camera Owners In addition to expanding its distribution capabilities, Matterport has dramatically shortened the already brief onsite time it takes to capture a Matterport 3D Space, increasing the ROI for customers by reducing the labor cost for content creation. This latest camera firmware update speeds up the camera rotation, enabling customers to scan spaces in a fraction of the time. The speed increase comes from a free firmware update, requires no additional equipment, and will work for all Pro2 and Pro Matterport cameras. The quality of 2D imagery and 3D data will remain unchanged. Check out this video to see just how much faster the Matterport camera can scan. As the only automated all-in-one solution, Matterport empowers users to generate cutting-edge 3D experiences, high-resolution 2D photography, and a wide range of other shareable assets that can be used to differentiate businesses in the market and improve customer experiences. For more information about Google Street View, please click here. For more information about the firmware update, click here. About Matterport Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Matterport is an immersive media technology company that delivers an end-to-end system for creating, modifying, distributing, and navigating immersive 3D and virtual reality (VR) versions of real-world spaces on Web, mobile devices, and VR headsets. The Matterport Pro Camera and Cloud Services make it quick and easy to turn real-world places into immersive virtual experiences. More information about Matterport is available at www.matterport.com. To hire a dedicated Matterport Service Partner, click here.
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Matterport Partners with Google to Help Businesses Better Market Online
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Traffic count data arrives in RPR Commercial and mobile
  Now, RPR offers the industry's most current traffic measurement product to its website and app users with 24-hour average daily traffic counts for highways and roads throughout the United States. Available in both the commercial and residential modes of your RPR app, the tool displays estimated current and historical data based on average daily and average weekday traffic counts. Simply go to any RPR map on your phone or tablet and click the Traffic Counts icon. Then, select a street-level pin to reveal the data. For Commercial practitioners who prefer to access traffic counts through the RPR website, first, search for a property, then choose Bigger Map and click on the Traffic Counts icon from the options provided. The display of various traffic volume levels may be adjusted, for instance if you want to see data only for locations above or below a threshold. To view the original post, visit the RPR blog.
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More Walk Score Data in More Ways
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CoreLogic Expands Location-Based Intelligence to Include Building Footprint Data
  June 27, 2016, Irvine, Calif. – CoreLogic®, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, announced today the expansion of its location-based intelligence data with the addition of structure footprint information to its other parcel and property characteristics data offerings. CoreLogic Structure Footprint enables accurate roof-top geocoding and identifies the location and outline of relevant structures on a parcel, including all known sub-addresses, to provide a more granular and precise property description. CoreLogic residential and commercial structure footprint data covers more than 35 million rural and urban parcels throughout the U.S, including two-thirds of the largest 50 metro areas. When combined with other CoreLogic proprietary property data, including business financial health, natural hazard risks, occupancy information and building characteristics, the added structure footprint data provides a more complete picture of a property than was previously available. Accurate location data is a critically important factor for planning and operations in oil and gas, insurance, geo-commerce, and other industries that need to understand what type of structures and building characteristics are associated with property addresses. The addition of structure footprint data complements the existing CoreLogic property characteristic data which details attributes in 150 distinct categories that provide location intelligence on everything from zoning and land use to details about roof type and number of bedrooms. "The addition of this property data layer which identifies individual structures within a single parcel can improve efficiencies and risk segmentation for everything from geo-commerce to insurance," said Steve Brewer, senior vice president of Insurance and Spatial Solutions at CoreLogic. "It's exciting to see this level of granularity added to location intelligence that was previously not available—granularity that can be used in a variety of decision-making situations including natural hazard risk assessment, marketing, asset management and claims processing." For more information, visit corelogic.com. About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider. The company's combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources includes over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on CoreLogic to help identify and manage growth opportunities, improve performance and mitigate risk. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic operates in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.
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CoreLogic Reaches Milestone with Expanded National Parcel Boundary Coverage
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Onboard Informatics Partners with Maponics
  NEW YORK, NY (JULY 29, 2015)--Onboard Informatics®, a leading provider of technology and services that enable companies to grow revenue through easy access to local information, today announced it has entered into an agreement with Maponics to incorporate Maponics® boundaries into Onboard's full range of products and services. Maponics, a leading provider of boundary-based spatial data, has the largest database ever compiled for neighborhood and school attendance zone boundaries. Integrating databases of this caliber and scope will enhance Onboard's entire offering. "Onboard brings together the biggest and best data providers to foster innovation, growth, and profitability for our clients. This partnership simplifies access to local information for clients of both Onboard and Maponics," said Jonathan Bednarsh, Onboard President and COO. "By incorporating Maponics boundaries, the industry standard, clients can access the best in the entire spectrum of local information from a single resource." Onboard has the most comprehensive set of interlinked local data on the market. The partnership with Maponics will enable businesses using local information in their websites, software applications, or internal applications to expand search capabilities for all the local information Onboard offers, including public records, properties, demographics, community information, amenities, and more. "Maponics boundaries will connect to all the local information available at Onboard, which is a huge scope," said Scott Petronis, Onboard Chief Product Officer. "The real-world mapping capabilities of Maponics data will enable search at an even more granular level than what we offer today. Through this partnership, companies can improve the web and mobile search results, features, and capabilities of their current platform. It's bringing together the best in local data with the best of boundaries – and pulling together the best of the best in local information is what Onboard is all about." Maponics boundaries enable business-owners, marketers, and other professionals to get an accurate view of defined geographies and target market areas. The partnership will enable more businesses with the best in boundaries and local information so they can take their business to the next level, increase customer loyalty and satisfaction and ultimately, drive revenue. "Maponics is focused on continually improving our capabilities to develop the most complete and relevant boundary datasets available to the market. Part of this strategy is ensuring usability and accessibility for end-users are as good as they can be. This partnership with Onboard allows Maponics to maintain our core focus while improving access to our entire boundary product line" said Maponics CEO Dan Adams. Details about the rollout are still being developed, however both companies are optimistic that Maponics boundaries will be available through Onboard before the end of the year beginning with Maponics Neighborhood Boundaries™ and quickly followed by other popular datasets including Maponics School Attendance Zone Boundaries™, Maponics Carrier Route Boundaries™, Maponics +Residential Boundaries™ and ultimately, the entire suite of boundary products that Maponics currently offers. Visit http://www.onboardinformatics.com for more information. About Onboard Onboard Informatics' technology and services enable companies to grow revenue by easily accessing the best in local information. Since 2001, top real estate, media, financial, and technology companies have used this intelligent local information to improve their business, enhance their websites, build better applications, or simply pass onto their customers. Businesses from nearly every sector with a need for quality, consolidated, intelligent local information turn to Onboard. For more information on what local information can do for your business, or to request a demo, visit http://www.onboardinformatics.com. About Maponics Maponics maps areas of interest. The company specializes in the creation of spatial data through the careful collection and analysis of data from qualified, private and government sources. The products Maponics delivers provide customers with real-world boundaries and details about populations of interest. By merging technology and data, it creates innovative products built on real-world location. For more information, please visit http://www.maponics.com.
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Walk Score Launches Crime Grade for Homes and Apartments
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Maponics and Realtors Property Resource Partnership Provides Walkability Rankings to Over 1 Million NAR REALTOR® Members
White River Junction, Vermont (January 13, 2014) -- Maponics, a leading provider of geospatial data, announced today that Realtors Property Resource (RPR), the National Association of REALTORS® online real estate database, is licensing Maponics Context Walkability™. Context Walkability is the most comprehensive and customizable walk rating solution on the market. The product provides a walkability index for US city neighborhoods as well as school attendance zones, subdivisions and other areas. The walkability rating represents accessibility by walking to points of interest such as coffee shops, parks and schools. "We're delighted to provide Walkability rankings to a wide array of real estate professionals through RPR," said Mark Friend, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Maponics. "Studies are finding that housing in pedestrian-friendly areas has higher property values and is more desirable for home buyers and renters. This is important information for the real estate market, for obvious reasons." RPR gathers extensive national, regional and local data that enables Realtors and other members to access data and analytics on properties and market trends. RPR members include Realtors, residential and commercial broker/agents, appraisers, associations and MLSs. Walkability data is increasingly relevant to home buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors 2013 Community Preference Survey, 60% of survey participants prefer a neighborhood with a mix of houses, stores and other businesses that are within easy walking distance of one another. Over half, 55%, would be willing to trade a home with a larger yard for a smaller home within walking distance of schools, stores and restaurants. "RPR's mission is to bring the highest value data sets to NAR's 1 million+ REALTOR® members across the country. With neighborhood and community walkability on the minds of so many consumers, it's vital that our agents and brokers have reliable, comprehensive information to share with their clients and customers," says Dale Ross, CEO of Realtors Property Resource. "The addition of this type of high-demand information to RPR's already robust tools, features and reports will assist in positioning REALTORS® as the local market expert in their communities." Context Walkability ratings range from 0.0 to 5.0 and include 3 scores: Amenity points of interest, including schools, shopping centers and more; Leisure points of interest, such as coffee shops and pizza places; and Overall, a combination of Amenity and Leisure. In addition to points of interest, Walkability ratings take into account street types, speed limits and other features that Walk Score® does not consider (see the infographic comparing Context Walkability to Walk Score®). RPR has been a Maponics customer since 2010. They also license Maponics School Boundaries and ZIP Code Boundaries. About Realtors Property Resource Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of REALTORS®, is an exclusive online real estate database aggregating information on over 166 million U.S. properties. RPR's mission is to empower REALTORS® with analytical tools and reports designed to assist their clients in making better informed decisions while increasing efficiency in the marketplace. For more information about RPR, visit: http://blog.narrpr.com. About Maponics Maponics is the market leader for comprehensive geospatial datasets that underpin today's location-based services and analytics. Maponics creates, publishes and updates geographic files for the areas that define where people spend their time and money, such as Neighborhood Boundaries, ZIP Code Boundaries and School Boundaries. Maponics' customers include many of today's best-known web, social media and real estate brands, including over 70% of the top real estate websites. The company is headquartered in Vermont. For additional information, visit http://www.maponics.com.
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INRIX Teams With RE/MAX To Help Buyers Find The Perfect Home
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Showcase your listings with powerful IDX Broker Platinum System-Wide Map Tools!
Our map search capabilities stand apart from any other product due to the high level of customization available. All IDX Broker map tools are simple, straightforward and easy to implement onto your site. Give your visitors the option to search for properties using a dynamic map tool instead of traditional search forms. Below is an overview of all the amazing things you can do with our map features to create a valuable experience for your site visitors: Add convienient maps widgets to any page, such as Results Pages, featured properties, sold/pending and supplemental pages. Set your map view to hybrid, satellite or street view. Decide to display either Google or Bing maps--the choice is yours! One of our NEW features allows you to set the map location manually by setting the Geocode by Dragging/Dropping Pin onto the Map. Custom CSS tools give you total control to determine the best size to display maps throughout your website flawlessly. Map results automatiically refresh to reflect any further search filtering users select. Visitors can create a My Listing Manager account to save searches or properties to refer to later. Combined with our Custom Links Generator, you can create an unlimited number of Map Search Pages, great for websites that have a lot of community or subdivision focused pages. Include Walk Score Maps so viewers can see schools, parks, restaurants, shopping, etc. all within walking distance from each listing. If you have any questions about our map features or anything else please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 1-800-421-9668. To view the original post, visit the IDX Broker blog.
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Trulia Releases New Map Visualizations to Inform Home Buyers Where Hurricanes, Wildfires, and Tornadoes Historically Strike
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dynaConnections Releases connectMLS 4.1 - Enhances Mapping and User Experience
AUSTIN, Texas – May 3, 2011 – dynaConnections Corporation deployed connectMLS 4.1 to Midwest Real Estate Data’s (MRED) 38,000 members. The latest release of the browser-agnostic and fully customizable MLS system includes multi-function mapping enhancements, heightened end-user functionality, and new tools to help Realtors® increase their client base. Upgraded mapping features allow Realtors® to more efficiently work with listing information while increasing their presence in front of their clients. Realtors® can access the additional mapping tools from their search results and listing reports in connectMLS. Some of the map layers that can be turned on and off to highlight boundaries are parcels, school districts, zip codes, and flood plains. “In connectMLS 4.1, we took the system’s customization one step further by allowing Realtors® to alter their experience to better fit their business needs,” said Tim Ford, dynaConnections President/CEO. “The new features enhance how Realtors® interact with their clients while still providing the MLS staff with a necessary balance of control.” As an integral part of the connectMLS experience, the My MLS Homepage widgets now have additional customization options. Realtors® can add/remove widgets, adjust individual widget sizes, as well as redesign the appearance and functionality of their homepage. New widgets include an enhanced Client Favorites portal, which allows Realtors® to more efficiently manage and monitor clients’ properties of interest. In addition, Realtors® can customize system navigation between different clients and listings to fit their work style and boost their client service. The new Lead Capture widget allows Realtors® to view incoming leads from multiple portals (i.e. websites, social media sites, etc.), through a simple link or an advanced form, generated by connectMLS. Using the Lead Capture widget, Realtors® can easily review each lead and instantly transfer the information to their connectMLS client database. This widget accelerates the process of converting leads into clients, while eliminating repeated data entry. “dynaConnections continued their outstanding track record by being extremely accommodating to our requests for changes and enhancements,” said Russ Bergeron, MRED CEO. “Our customers quickly embraced the new features; again demonstrating the power and ease of use of connectMLS. This was the second major upgrade we have installed this year, and I continue to be very impressed with how expertly and error-free the process has been handled.” dynaConnections will be demonstrating connectMLS 4.1at the 2011 NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 9 – 14 in Washington, D.C. Visit booth #504 for a demo of connectMLS, or schedule a private meeting at http://dynaconnections.com/midyear11.html. 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: www.dynaconnections.com. About MRED Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is a real estate data aggregator and distributor that provides the largest multiple listing service (by listing volume) to nearly 40,000 customers, with property information encompassing northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. For more information, visit http://mredllc.com/ Learn more about dynaConnections Corporation.  
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Donotrent.com Adds Google Map to Search Rentals
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