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The weather might be cooling down, but the market isn’t — which is why I’m proud to be sharing the latest ways the Austin Board of REALTORS is working to support you and your business well into the future. We’ve already made some big changes for our Association and MLS this year and are excited to deliver more innovative tools and platforms headed into 2021.

NEW ABoR.com and Property Search Website

Later this month, ABoR will debut a new ABoR.com and property search website. Get ready for a dramatically improved online experience that puts you — our members — front and center.

Our new ABoR.com will have a cleaner, more modern design that’s fully searchable and easier to use across multiple devices. You’ll be able to search and register for classes and events more easily; find important forms, reports and resources in one place; and submit membership applications and forms quickly online. What’s more, our new “Find an Agent” tool directly promotes agents alongside their listings.

The new property search website will replace our current portal, AustinHomeSearch.com, and be more directly integrated with ABoR.com, so that Central Texas homebuyers, sellers and renters can find their next home more easily. In addition to a sleeker, more streamlined interface, our new property search portal includes Google maps-based searches, any array of educational pages on Central Texas communities, and consumer resources.

Following the launch of our new website, ABoR will also launch a new Member Portal experience in 2021-Q1 that will greatly improve how you register for classes and events, submit payments, update your profile and more. Keep an eye out in your inbox for news about the new ABoR.com launch soon!

Embracing Innovation with our Matrix Update

In mid-September, the ACTRIS MLS launched a Matrix Update to provide a streamlined subscriber experience and align our MLS with RESO Data Dictionary standards. This update included shifting to a web API-based interface that allows ACTRIS to more efficiently share data with our vendors, brokerages and data licensing partners.

While no transition like this is ever easy, it was necessary for ACTRIS to continue to deliver on our promise of unparalleled market data and innovation. Prior to the Matrix Update, our MLS’ data transmission framework was 20 years old and out of sync with technology standards today. Think of it as VHS versus Betamax, floppy disks versus diskettes or even DVDs versus streaming. Over time, one technology eventually wins over the other, and by making the move to open standardization with our Matrix Update, we’ve adopted a shared language that allows for more successful agent transactions, a stronger MLS marketplace and the ability to innovate with emerging technology.

Learn more about this update and get access to the resources we’ve created to help you with the transition at ABoR.com/MatrixUpdate.

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