FHAT Link Added to Listing Input Form

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Another small enhancement to save you time! We’ve added a link to the Flood Hazard Assessment Tool (FHAT), provided by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, to the listing input form in REsearch! Now when you’re entering property details, you can quickly check the FHAT for the Flood Zone for a parcel (if available).

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REsearch is designed to serve the specific needs of Hawaii real estate professionals. This addition comes from member feedback, and we’re always happy to hear your suggestions!

New Form 1004MC Tool in REsearch

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Our First Appraiser Tool in REsearch!

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Appraisers are an important part of our real estate community, and many of them are also members of our MLS. Over the past few months, we have been working with local appraisers (see below!) to build a special tool to help save them time in preparing a standard appraisal report.

The Fannie Mae 1004MC

REsearch can now help appraisers complete a Form 1004MC (Market Conditions) Addendum, which is required under Fannie Mae appraisal policy.

Form 1004MC is intended to provide lenders with a clear and accurate understanding of the market trends and conditions prevalent in the subject neighborhood, and provides appraisers with a structured format to report data and to more easily identify current market trends and conditions. (Click here for more information on the form.)

How To Use the Appraiser Tool

There are two ways to select listings to include in the Form 1004MC statistical market analysis. First, you can conduct a search for listings using the standard MLS 1-Line format, select the listings to include, then select ‘Appraisal Report’ from the ‘More’ menu.

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Or secondly, you can just click the new ‘Appraiser‘ item in the main REsearch menu, then enter the MLS numbers to include in the analysis.

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This appraisal tool is a work in progress, and is being released as a “beta,” meaning that we are still adjusting and improving it. But we were eager to get it into the hands of all of our member appraisers, and now look forward to receiving more valuable feedback on how it can be improved.

Mahalo & More to Come!

We’d like to especially thank local appraisers Rob Olchin, Molly Hart, and Moj Scheidler for their help in designing and testing this tool. It’s just the first dedicated tool for appraisers that we’re introducing in REsearch, and we plan to add more! If you are an appraiser and have suggestions on how to improve this or other aspects of our system, please drop us a line!

The enhancements featured in this series were developed in response to feedback from members; the best ideas on how to improve REsearch often comes from people like you! If you have a suggestion on how REsearch can be even better, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Combine Offices in REsearch Market IQ

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Market IQ Enhanced for Brokers!

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Market IQ in REsearch is a powerful statistics tool that provides information on agent, broker, and board-level activity. As part of our goal to better support our member brokers, we’ve enhanced Office ID searches in Market IQ!

How to Combine Offices in Market IQ

You have always been able to find information on more than one office in Market IQ by entering multiple Office ID numbers separated by a comma. Now you can combine numbers for multiple offices into a single row by grouping them between parentheses. This is especially useful when researching brokerages with several offices.

Examples Office ID Searches:

  • 2519, 2259, 4041, 4131 – Show Market IQ data for these four offices.
  • (2519, 2259), 4041, 4131 – Show Market IQ for Office IDs 2519 and 2259 together, and 4041 and 4131 separately.

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And by selecting “Show All Offices” in the Office ID search box, you can see how the offices you’ve selected or combined together compare to other offices in REsearch!

More to Come!

Statistics and market reports are a valuable tools for real estate professionals, and we are constantly looking for ways to provide more information and insights in REsearch. (We recently updated our Market Statistics, for example!) From small changes to all-new features, if there’s something that you’d like to see in REsearch, please drop us a line!

This enhancement was developed in response to feedback from members; the best ideas on how to improve REsearch often comes from people like you! If you have a suggestion on how REsearch can be even better, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Exclude Areas in REsearch Map Searches

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Even More Flexible REsearch Map Searches!

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Map searches in REsearch allow you to go beyond search fields and filters and draw areas on a map to define where you’d like to look for properties. Now, you can take these drawing tools to the next level with the ability to exclude areas as well!

How to Exclude Areas in a Map Search

When searching for listings, you can show (and hide) the map on which you can both see search results as well as use drawing tools to measure distances and areas and add map-based criteria to your search. REsearch supports rectangle, circle, polygon, and freehand area searches, and you can already define more than one area on your map.

Now, you can select one or more of your map search areas, and with a click, turn them into exclusion zones. Just switch from the “Include” option to the “Exclude” option to change the search area setting.

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This simple but useful enhancement allows you to create even more powerful searches, combining MLS and TMK fields with both inclusive and exclusive search areas on the map to find exactly the properties you’re looking for.

For example, you can run a map search covering an entire neighborhood, but use exclusion zones to omit properties near a busy intersection or shopping center. Or you could exclude areas along a busy highway, while including listings with a minimum number of bedrooms below a maximum price.

See it in action!

More to Come!

We are constantly looking for ways to make REsearch maps more useful, including updating and adding layers from multiple sources. If there’s a map feature or map set that you’d like to see, please drop us a line!

This new feature was developed in response to feedback from members; the best ideas on how to improve REsearch comes from people like you! If you have a suggestion on how REsearch can be even better, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Import Contacts into REsearch

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Have Your Contacts Ready to Go!

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We know that REsearch is just one of many important tools you use to serve your clients and run your business. Now, you can save both time and effort by importing your address book into REsearch, so your contacts are easy to find and easy to set up as Prospects!

How to Import Contacts into REsearch

Our new “Import Contacts” feature works with two popular email clients: Microsoft Outlook and Google’s Gmail. In fact, it works with any contact management system that can export data in the standard Outlook CSV format. You can find instructions on how to export your contacts into an Outlook CSV format here in our Knowledge Base.

Once you have your export file, you can click the “Import Contacts” button in the REsearch Contacts screen.

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On the “Import Contacts” screen, you’ll be able to select your export file, and then choose how you’d like REsearch to handle any duplicate contacts. Any pair of contacts with the same name and email address are considered duplicates. You can:

  • Keep Old, Skip New (Recommended): Add all contacts that don’t already exist in REsearch.
  • Replace Old with New: Add all contacts and replace information for contacts in REsearch with the information being imported.
  • Keep Old, Create New: Add all contacts, even if there are already duplicate contacts in REsearch.

Note that some contact export files can contain hundreds of entries, so you might want to review yours before importing it into REsearch. Google, for example, helpfully provides a “My Contacts” export (separate from an “All Contacts” export) that only includes addresses for people you’ve contacted regularly.

More to Come!

We plan to support contact imports for other systems, and if you’d like to recommend the one you use, please drop us a line! And this enhancement is only the first in a series of improvements that we are working on right now to make Prospects in REsearch easier to use and more useful.

This new feature was developed in response to feedback from members; the best ideas on how to improve REsearch comes from people like you! If you have a suggestion on how REsearch can be even better, please don’t hesitate to let us know!


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