Import MLS data with just a few clicks

Written by on August 4, 2015

Many appraisers still spend at least 20-30 minutes retyping comp data from their MLS to the report. TOTAL's MLS Text Importer can do the same work in just one minute. This feature is always a popular topic at Roadshows and in our Tech Tip e-mails since it's a great time saver and helps reduce errors.

The MLS Text Importer utility, which is included with TOTAL at no extra cost, lets you easily configure TOTAL to be able to "read" the files that come from your MLS. After a quick one-time setup, it should only take you about one minute to complete the entire process per report going forward.

Here's how it works (links are to more detailed instructions):

  1. Do your comp search normally on your MLS, and download the results as a text file or .CSV. This process is specific to each MLS, so if you're having trouble, you'll need to call your MLS for help; our technicians cannot help you with this step.
  2. Start the MLS text import utility from the Comps Side-by-side PowerView. Select (or create) your MLS from the list, then Browse to your downloaded file and select it.
  3. If you've already set up your MLS field mapping, click Next. If you're creating your MLS mapping template, select corresponding fields on each side, and click Match. Use the Clean Up button if necessary. Then, click Next.
  4. If all these comps are to go into the Sales Comparison grid, click Finish. If some are listings or rentals, choose the appropriate option in the drop-down.

Try out this feature in TOTAL today. WinTOTAL Aurora Members can upgrade to TOTAL for free as part of their Membership. Just click here to log into your account to download it. Or, click here to get a free trial.