SIMI VALLEY, Calif., October 2, 2019 – Rapattoni Corporation (Rapattoni) announced today that the Michigan Regional Information Center, LLC (MichRIC®), located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, launched the Rapattoni MLS on Tuesday, July 30. As one of the country’s larger regional associations, MichRIC® encompasses 11 local associations in 22 counties in the Southern and Western of Michigan’s lower peninsula.
MichRIC®, formerly known as SWMRIC® (Southwestern Michigan Regional Information Center), used Rapattoni MLS until 2014 and has now brought the latest version of the software back as part of a “front end of choice” solution for their expanded coverage area. The new Rapattoni MLS is available for all 7,400 MichRIC® members as a standalone option or as part of a premium package that grants access to both of MichRIC®’s MLS systems. This “front end of choice” approach can scale to any size MLS in the market and MichRIC®’s system is one of several similar solutions that Rapattoni operates in different regions of the country.
Rapattoni President Ralph Hoover commented, “After MichRIC® switched to a different MLS vendor in 2014, we immediately started receiving calls from many of their agents saying they wanted Rapattoni MLS back. Our ‘front end of choice’ solution became the perfect way to make the Rapattoni MLS available for them once again.”
The new Rapattoni MLS gives MichRIC®’s members access to a wealth of cutting-edge resources, including Rapattoni’s powerful Custom Report Writer, which allows MLS staff, brokers, and agents to create elegant, professional looking reports and flyers in a variety of styles. It also features a redesigned home page with customizable dashboards showing market activity, prospecting results, and other important information at a glance.
Gary Walter, Chief Executive Officer at MichRIC®, said, “We’re pleased to be working with Rapattoni again as we always enjoyed our relationship and this updated Rapattoni MLS offers an alternative front end for our members. Rapattoni’s software has evolved quite a bit since we were using it last, the redesigned interface looks great and our members are already appreciating the new interactive map search as well as the mobile MLS apps.”
MichRIC®’s new Rapattoni MLS also includes Rapattoni’s interactive map search powered by Google Maps™, with custom map layers developed by Rapattoni’s in-house Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team. Map layers include county recorded sales, foreclosures, schools, zoning, NFHL flood data, and transportation, plus an Automated Valuation Model (AVM) layer that provides property valuations based on mathematical modeling of aggregated data.
Single Sign-On (SSO) links to third-party services such as ShowingTime, Zipforms, and DotLoop are integrated within the MLS, as well as links for posting listings to Facebook and Twitter. MichRIC® members can also download the free Rapattoni MLS Mobile App from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store for instant access to listing information and other MLS data on mobile devices.
Leading up to the launch of the new MLS, Rapattoni presented a series of trainings for agents and staff at several of the local associations’ offices and nearby venues. Topics included searches, mapping, grouping listings on grid displays, and more. The trainings were advertised to MichRIC®’s agents with an email campaign managed by Rapattoni. In addition, Rapattoni sends post-training materials to agents with helpful links and support information.
“It’s been fantastic working with MichRIC® again, their staff helped us deliver a smooth launch and their agents have been really enthusiastic about learning the MLS’s new features,” added Destyn Dagle, Director of MLS Software at Rapattoni. “Our ‘front end of choice’ solutions provide large regional associations like MichRIC® with a number of compelling options for taking advantage of the Rapattoni MLS’s advanced features.”
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 v1.6 Platinum certification, integrated aerial photography, and a robust statistics and trends analysis package. Rapattoni MLS is compatible with the Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, 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.
Rapattoni Corporation has been serving the real estate industry since 1970. The company provides integrated products and services for real estate associations and MLS organizations, including an online 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/.