Frank LLosa of Frankly Realty has built a search site that is better than the search site that the MRIS makes agents use to access the MLS. The reason it is better is very simple - his search site is simple and fast and gives you what you need. The Matrix Wireless system is complicated, slow, ackward and is less comprehensive than Frank's site.
FranklyMLS.com is the name of the site and it is lightning fast.
The funny thing is it was not designed as a mobile search site. But it is absolutely the fastest way to search the MLS from a mobile device. I bought a Blackberry several months ago because I wanted to be able to always access email, text and the internet. I knew that Matrix had a site set up specifically for smartphones.
What a disappointment the MRIS built site is. You have to go through a login and a search filter just to get to the quick search page that lets you input your search. That might not seem like a lot but on a mobile phone with a weak connection it is a huge difference. Then you are forced to use their search fields. No city, no price.
Frankly gets you right to the search screen immediately. It lets you pick whatever you want to search by. It gives you a price drop down for speed of use. And it returns the same results faster. Plus it has many more details about the property once you click on it.
Here is a quick YouTube video on how it works.
I only use Franklymls.com from my mobile phone. It is free and it is fast. And anyone can use it, not just realtor members of the MRIS that pay $165/quarter. The MRIS collects $55 a month from 56,000+ agents throughout the Washington Metro area. That is $3Million a month that they spend on useless crap like SAFEMLS tokens while one broker built a search engine using their data feed that blows their own system away.
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