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The Desert Area MLS is an essential and powerful tool available to the desert's agents. It has come a long way and has improved in all areas from stability and compatibility to advanced features and organized design. In this post, we will look over the most important part of the Desert Area MLS, the searching features and tools.

A quick search has the minimum number of fields required for a search, similar to what you would see through an IDX link on an agent's website. This is great for creating a quick CMA or combing over a broader area. A Standard search will be more thorough and detailed, adding over a dozen more fields for a more precise search. These searches will work well when working together with active clients who need a more focused view of the market.

The toolbar above your search panel is a source for many useful features included in Desert Area MLS. An example of this would be the Export, Maps and Statistics features. They can export your listings, create statistical reports and map out your listings on a virtual map respectively. These features are available in both the search panel and when viewing search results. The CMA, Reports, E-mail and Add to Cart features are only accessible when you have completed a search and are looking at the resulting listings.

Another useful tool is the Preview Count, which is available just above every search panel. By clicking on Preview Count you can get a quick estimate of how many listings match your current search criteria. This is an easy way to see if your terms are too broad or too specific, which will end up saving you time.

Always make sure you check the tool bar for any useful features you may need to use with your listing. For highly specific and more complex searching options, consider creating your own Custom Search. You can find more on custom searching in this post.

Broadband connections, such as cable and dsl, are common expectations in the workplace. When it comes to Internet speed faster is always better, but how do you know how fast your internet connection really is? Do you know your download/upload rate?

Luckily, there is a free online service that can tell you exactly how fast your connection is. offers a variety of various speed tests to evaluate your connection at home, work or wherever you may have an active connection. Go to to be presented with the list of tests they provide. has even added speed tests for mobile and iPhone internet browsing speeds. Select the appropriate test (for most connections we recommend the Flash 8 plugin based test), select a server that is closest to your location and allow the test to begin. After a couple of minutes, you will see exactly how fast your internet connection is. Each test will break down your speed into download (how fast you can receive files) and upload (how fast you can deliver files) rates.

Is your speed slower than what was advertised? Then you may have a program or spyware on your computer that is hogging your connection resources. You may also need to upgrade your computer network hardware as it may be outdated. Your company's network may have a chokepoint or a weak router that could be contributing to slower connection speeds. If none of these issues seems to be the problem, your actual connection service may need a technician to come out and perform some much needed maintenance.



On THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20TH, we were pleased to hold an advanced MLS class which covered the following:

-Advanced Searching Techniques
-Map Searching
-Reverse Prospecting
-CMA Options
-Exporting Data
-Saving Customized Searches
-Timesaving Shortcuts & Tips
-Latest Upgraded Features
-Realist Tax Search
-Mailing Labels


I enjoyed it very much because we had some seasoned users that not only had great questions, but I even learned a couple of items that I had not caught until now.   We also discussed that instead of giving them a long outline for the class they would probably end up losing or throwing away soon, we will try something very cool.  We will use the forum on this site to do followup q&a as well as outlines online.  This will prove to be a great communication tool which will keep the topics fresh, updated and we can keep using it.


So please visit soon and get involved.  Be sure and register on the site, it only takes a minute.


Thanks for all your support and hope to see you at the next class.




Self explanatory!


WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives rejected an historic $700 billion bailout of Wall Street despite legislative leaders and the President's appeals to that the bill was needed to save the U.S. economy from possible catastrophe.


This had an immediate impact on the Dow which immediately plunged as investors watched the dramatic House vote on television, but recovered a bit after.  The legislation was rejected by a 228-205 final vote.  Meanwhile, House leaders were trying frantically to turn some “no” votes into “yes” votes by pointing to the damage being done to our economy.  But by our "economy" did they just mean Wall street?  Honestly who do they think would be served by this generous "bailout"?  Would your neighbors that have no choice but to simply walk away from their homes benefit by this and end up staying in their homes?  Would they be given a financial relief that would allow them to make their house payments?  Or was this another tricky way to "socialize capitalism" as great speaker and author Noam Chomsky explains in his many speeches.  The "bailout" is just another polite example of socialism for the rich which has been the game that's always been played.

I recommend this CD of Noam Chomsky talking at Harvard in 96.  You can find a copy of it at
Chomsky explains that the free market theory sold to the public is just a fantasy. He shows how in the real world, different rules apply to the rich. the rich make sure they have the nanny state to take care of themselves.  When are we going to finally wake up and realize that it is time to go back to the "principles" by which this great Nation was formed?

Is this going to affect our Real Estate market?  Yes but it will not be catastrophic.  Investors will be glad that this did not happen.  At the same time, for those of you who are upset thinking this was going to bring some financial relief to the poor families that have gotten caught in the big lending corporations scams and were losing their homes, don't.  This was really not going to help people from losing their homes.

On July 30th the US government passed a new legislation (Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008) which is to protect homeowners from foreclosure, stop declining home prices, and stabilize the mortgage industry. The FHA Foreclosure Rescue section is designed to help 400,000 homeowners who have unaffordable mortgages and sub-prime loans, by helping them refinance and get new FHA-insured loans.  The original loans must have been originated before 2008 and the borrower’s monthly payment must be over 31% of their income as of March 1, 2008.  Lenders can write down qualified mortgages to 85% of the current appraised value and qualified borrowers would get a new FHA 30-year fixed mortgage at 90% of appraised value. However, borrowers will have to share 50% of any equity realized through a subsequent sale or refinance with the FHA. The loan limit for this program is $550,440 around the nation and is set to go into effect on October 1, 2008 and will be effective all the way to September 30, 2011.  These borrowers were most likely victims of lenders who did not explain fully how these loans work and are now stuck with a payment that they can not afford (i.e. in the case of interest only loans that were the most popular predatory lending practice last year)   While anyone that is signing a loan document should be responsible enough to research and understand what the loan conditions mean, there have been numerous reports of shady lenders who intentionally lied and withheld information in order to make their profits off unknowing victims.

So in conclusion there has already been a legislation passed that does bring some relief to people who are in distress and losing their homes.  And we are concerned about the foreign investors coming in and buying homes by the parcel of 100 homes at a time, 20,30 cents to the dollar.  But then again if we study the charts and the market trend will not see that this happened in the past?  Perhaps but not in such intense degree as we are witnessing today.


Could this bill  which authorized the Treasury to buy up billions of dollars in bad subprime-mortgage debt from reeling Wall Street firms have been  better than not acting at all and risking a financial-system meltdown?    Are we even really going to have a financial meltdown?

You be the voice.  be sure and use my polls on the front page and let me know what you feel may or may not happen.  I love to hear from colleagues and visitors of the website.








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