New Orange County Association of Realtors search platform debuts

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New Orange County Association of Realtors search platform debuts

The Orange County Association of Realtors search platform changed from Tempo to Matrix on January 30. 

I can hear your applause from here.  But seriously, why do we need to talk about the Orange County Association of Realtors search platform changing?  If you’re a potential home buyer in Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza, Rancho Santa Margarita, or Ladera Ranch today, you’re probably emotionally attached to the searches you’re doing on Redfin, Zillow or Realtor, right?  Well, we need to talk about the Orange County Association of Realtors search platform change because there are some ripple effects going on from this big conversion, and I want you to be up to speed in case you see some strange symptoms.

 

Here are three things that have happened since January 30 as a direct result of the Orange County Association of Realtors search platform change that have caused some confusion.  And heartburn.

  1. People who were receiving the results of map-based searches from Tempo have seen no updates since January 30.  The conversion did not include map-based searches.  So if you were keeping an eye on Canyon Crest or Pacific Hills in Mission Viejo, for example, you’re stream of real estate information has gone dry.  Unless and until your Realtor sets up a new search for you in her new system.  Buyers especially be aware if you haven’t seen any updates lately – in a market as tight as this, every single minute matters and the longer it takes for you to find out about  a new opportunity, the further away you are from a successful offer.
  2. You are getting your search results and you see a great new listing that’s at a super low price.  You get all excited and text your Realtor that you want to put in an offer.  When your Realtor texts the other Realtor to set things up so you can go see the smoking hot deal of the century, she’s told the listing hasn’t been Active for over a year and that there was a mistake in the conversion from Tempo to Matrix.  Talk about a bucket of cold water splashed on that buyer’s hopes and dreams.  Because that’s what last year’s prices look like today – smoking hot deals!  So anyone who had their house on the market last year, if you get a steady stream of cars cruising past your house and maybe even some hopeful buyers enthusiastically pounding on your front door, you might want to call your Realtor to see if there’s been a mistake.
  3. Speaking of people who currently have their home listed for sale, your Realtor may be coming back to you for some additional information.  Because the new Matrix system has a built in Violation Detector.  It’s not really called the Violation Detector – that’s just my fancy name for the system’s built in monitoring spiders that look for things that aren’t correct, complete, and in compliance with the Orange County Association of Realtors guidelines.  So you Realtor may need to capture some important data to avoid getting slammed with a violation, which can lead to a fine, which can lead to possibly hundreds or even thousands of dollars out of her pocket.  Please be helpful, if this happens to you.  For the sake of all of us Orange County Realtors, I beg you.

 

I’m Leslie Eskildsen.  I blog about what Orange County home buyers and sellers need to know to be successful.

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