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Iowa Regional MLSs Go Live with Massive Mergers and Redesigns

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., May 10, 2017 – Rapattoni Corporation (Rapattoni) announced today that the Iowa Association of REALTORS® (IAR), located in Clive, has successfully completed an ambitious statewide realignment, implementing mergers and redesigns to combine 13 local Rapattoni MLS systems into four large regional MLS sites. IAR currently serves approximately 6,600 members throughout the state.

The new Rapattoni MLS sites include:

  • Mid Iowa Regional MLS
  • Northwest Iowa Regional MLS
  • Heart of Iowa Regional MLS
  • North Central Iowa Regional MLS

In addition to these mergers, Rapattoni and IAR implemented a full redesign for the Southeast Iowa Regional MLS and West Central Iowa Regional MLS sites, making new features and options available for members. The new setup and design was then implemented across all of IAR’s new MLS sites in order to provide a consistent experience for members who belong to multiple MLSs.

IAR’s redesigned Rapattoni MLS sites will make it easier for members to find listings and conduct business across all of the state’s market areas. The new MLS sites will also give their members access to a wealth of cutting-edge resources, including Rapattoni’s new interactive map search powered by the Google Maps™ mapping service. IAR members can also download the free Rapattoni MLS Mobile App from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store for instant access to listings and other MLS data using mobile devices.

Rapattoni’s conversion process for these mergers included all listings, pictures, history, and attached documents, as well as all active member and office records. In order to ensure a smooth transition for IAR’s agents and brokers, their preferences, profiles, carts, and prospects were all transferred to the new MLS systems.

Destyn Dagle, Director of MLS Software at Rapattoni, said, “This was a tremendous project with the final conversion covering 82,028 listings across 58 property types from 13 different MLS sites, plus all membership data. IAR’s dedicated staff was exceptionally helpful throughout the process.”

Gavin Blair, Chief Executive Officer at IAR, said, “These mergers and redesigns were an important step forward for our member associations. Standardizing our database design across all of our MLS sites has positioned us to take advantage of the next generation of emerging technologies and services.”

Ralph Hoover, President of Rapattoni, added, “Regional MLS mergers are becoming more common as associations consolidate their membership to provide better coverage across larger market areas. Our implementation and data management teams have a great deal of experience facilitating these mergers and large-scale data conversions to help our MLS customers meet the evolving needs of their members.”

About Rapattoni MLS
Rapattoni MLS provides advanced features such as integrated GIS parcel mapping, an integrated member management and billing system, the industry's most advanced RETS 1.7.2 data exchange system with RESO Web API support and RESO Data Dictionary 1.5 Platinum certification, integrated aerial photography, a robust statistics and trends analysis package, and language translation. Rapattoni MLS is compatible with the Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome web browsers, can be run on PCs and Mac computers, and works seamlessly on popular smartphones and tablets with a native app available for iOS and Android devices.

About Rapattoni
Rapattoni Corporation has been serving the real estate industry for over 46 years. The company provides an array of integrated products and services for real estate associations and MLS organizations, including an internet-based MLS, association management software, and Integrated Website Services, along with hosting and technical support for each product. Rapattoni's association management customers represent more than 80% of the nation's REALTORS®. Rapattoni's headquarters are in Simi Valley, California.

For more information, contact Rapattoni's Sales department at (800) 722-7338 or visit the Rapattoni website at http://www.rapattoni.com/.

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