Inman News named Minneapolis-based Mobile Realty Apps the Most Innovative Real Estate Startup for 2012 during the Real Estate Connect conference last week in San Francisco.

We are proud to have been Mobile Realty Apps’ first MLS customer when we launched the smartphone app to all NorthstarMLS users as a core service.

“This has been a breakout year for us and we are honored to have been selected,” said Aaron Kardell, founder and CEO of Mobile Realty Apps. “Innovations such as HomeSpotter and full mobile professional access to the MLS are just a couple of the things we have led the charge on. I am even more excited by the product enhancements and new customers we plan to announce and deliver over the second half of 2012.”

Mobile Realty Apps expanded its mobile app earlier this year by adding a new feature called Homespotter, which is available to all NorthstarMLS subscribers. This feature is the first MLS-branded augmented reality mobile application technology of its kind, which overlays property information on a device’s live camera feed.

The awards selection process begins with nominations from readers and professionals in the industry. Nominations are then evaluated by the Inman News review team and winners are selected based on their ability to push the real estate industry forward by improving the real estate transaction process. This year there were 56 finalists in seven categories.

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In our final spotlight on new features coming soon to Matrix, today we highlight Report/Print Options.

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The current options of Reports and Print Friendly will be combined into one single button labeled “Print”.  Clicking the Print button offers you the same print and report options you have today along with extra customization features.

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If you’re looking to keep up with what’s happening in a certain area of the market, use Market Watch on the MLS home page. You can see what’s happened in the entire market in the last 24 hours, or adjust it for different time frames. You can also use the “Customize” button to narrow it down to a certain area or price range.
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In our continuing spotlight on new features coming soon to Matrix, today we highlight Button Bars.

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All actions that can be performed with listing data are now available in one central location with the button bars at the bottom of your search results.  Because there are so many actions, they are split into four separate button bars organized by function and accessible through subheadings.

The default bar (automatically appears every time you run a search), “Actions,” covers some of the most common actions such as revise (now labeled Criteria), email, print, CMA, scheduling showings, etc.:

Note there are four clickable subheadings above the button bars to change the visible buttons.  If you want to narrow or discard listings, change the sort order or view the listings as a particular client sees them, then click on “Refine” to access those buttons:

If you want to Save your results (as a new saved search, auto-email or speed bar shortcut), then click on “Save” to access those buttons:

And finally, click on “Carts” to access your property type and client carts:

We understand this new organization of action buttons will take some getting used to (particularly with the Narrow and Discard buttons not automatically visible on screen).  However, in the long run this layout will make it easier for CoreLogic to add additional functions to the system and for previously overlooked functions to be more easily accessed (such as viewing the listings as your clients see them).

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Can you remember back to 1987? Ronald Reagan was President, The Cosby Show was the top-rated show on TV, the Twins won the World Series and on November 6, the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota signed with Moore Data and our MLS was born. Take a trip back to 1987 with this video.

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In our continuing spotlight on new features coming soon to Matrix, today we highlight some very exciting features coming soon to mapping.

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  • Map tools incorporated into bar along top of map. Map area is much larger and easier to work with.  All previous map and map search functionality retained.
  • Shapes drawn on Matrix map now auto-fill with listings (map pins) that match your search criteria.
  • You can now easily change your map search area by dragging the shape lines to enlarge or shrink your custom search area.
  • MLS numbers on map pins now link you to the Property Full displays.
  • Click on any map pin (or click and drag groups of pins) to select them, just like you do with select boxes on the single line display.
  • The maximum number of map pins that will display on the map increased from 50 to 500.
  • All of the action buttons you use with displays are also available from the map, including Directions, BookAShowing, Email, Print, etc.
  • Quickly and easily switch views among search criteria, map and your results using the new tabs in the upper right.

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If you want to look at market trends for the Twin Cities, or any portion of our market, use Infosparks. Find Infosparks in the External Links area of the Matrix Home tab.
Once there, click on the Area box. Type in a zip code, neighborhood, or municipality, and the system will generate market trends for just the area you selected (Step 1). You can then tailor your report by using different categories and breakouts (Step 2). Share the report with the links on the bottom left (Step 3).
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Over the next week or two, as we prepare to release the latest version of Matrix, we will highlight the upcoming enhancements one at a time here in the Matrix news items.

Today’s feature: Improved Photo Viewer

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A thumbnail photo viewer is shown inline on displays and a full-size viewer is generated by clicking the resize button or directly on a photo. All existing photo viewing functionality has been maintained in this new version. Also, an infinite photo loop has also been included (ie. loop back to the first photo from the last photo).

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Over the next week or two, as we prepare to release the latest version of Matrix, we will highlight the upcoming enhancements one at a time here in the Matrix news items.

Today’s feature: Improved Navigation

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  1. Less clicks to get to your favorite searches. Hovering your cursor over the Search tab will drop down the available property types.  Hovering over a property type (Single Family in the example below) will drop down all available searches.  Matrix will also remember your most commonly used searches and offer them up in the first drop down (General and Waterfront in the example below).
  2. Three new tabs located at the top right of each screen in the Search function. Allows you to quickly and seamlessly move among criteria, map and results.  Same as now, you will also still have the Results button below the search criteria, and you will still be able to get to the results by pressing the Enter key on your keyboard.

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