Has anyone ever heard of, or used Realist? What are your thoughts on this?

Asked by Real-a-tor, Irvine, CA Mon Feb 2, 2009

I want to use a tax based system to help me understand the non-MLS sales and other information (foreclosures, etc.) . Has anyone ever used Realist before?

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Daniele Summ…, , Charlotte, NC
Tue Feb 3, 2009
I'm in Charlotte, NC and Mr. Ewing It's built right into our MLS system. I use it all the time! It's quite helpfull when you need all the information about a property on one sheet of paper. Also I use it when an agent only publishes one photo in the MLS. If it's an active listing it'll pull all the previous listings for you without you leaving the page and searching the address in the MLS directly to see if any of the other listings offers additional photos.

In searching for foreclosures and general information on a property, if you know any of the search paramaters, it can be quite helpful and should only be used as a guide as I have seen the square footage to be a little off. Good question!

Daniele Summerfield,
Wilkinson & Associates
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Jason Ewing, Agent, High Point, NC
Mon Feb 2, 2009
I use Realist all of the time. Our MLS is linked to Realist, so it is easy for me to toggle back and forth with different properties. What are your expectations of Realist? You can run fairly detailed searches, but it does not really generate good reports for analyzing. One of the best features with Realist is that you can export searches to Excel and build your own report with the data or even export to mailing labels. Feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions. Thanks.

Jason Ewing, GRI/CNS
Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors
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Jen and Mark…, Agent, Holmes Beach, FL
Wed Feb 4, 2009
In GA, I use Realist all the time. It is great for finding out the details of a home, especially when I'm listing it. They also have a new feature that helps determine values. It's really pretty accurate from the homes I have tested it on, more than a dozen. I used it yesterday to show a seller one of the ways I came up with the list price for her house. She thought it should be selling for $100K more than I thought. Well, the numbers on there and comps from our MLS helped a lot.

Jen Bowman, Broker Associate
Success Realty
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Hugo Torres, Agent, Arcadia, CA
Tue Feb 3, 2009
Our agents use REALIST to research title information on homes without leaving the MLS system or toggling over to the title co.

I have found the information to be good for agents eyes only.

For CMAs and presentations, I still think the data from Title is more attractively displayed.
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Lynn Bowen, Agent, Sebastopol, CA
Tue Feb 3, 2009
What system is this new system that will be implemented by California MLS?

That I am not sure of. A local broker was speaking at our local chapter meeting and mentioned seeing it at a CAR meeting recently that he had been to. It sounds like when this new MLS is up and running it's going to be very nice! Sorry that I don't remember the name of the tax part of it.
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Real-a-tor, , Irvine, CA
Tue Feb 3, 2009
What system is this new system that will be implemented by California MLS?
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Lynn Bowen, Agent, Sebastopol, CA
Tue Feb 3, 2009
Our MLS is BAREIS and it is connected to Realist. I use it all the time. It does it's job of providing tax info, maps etc. It's ok but a bit clunky at times. I have heard rave reports about the new California MLS coming on down the pipes and that the company it will be using for tax type info is going to be much easier and smoother to use.
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