Tech Tip Tuesday #002 – The MLS Speed Bar

The Speed Bar will allow you to run a search from any screen:

The Speed Bar accepts two types of input:

    • Speed Bar Shorthand: a series of simple codes you enter into the Speed Bar. Matrix translates your entries into search criteria and runs the corresponding search.
    • Speed Bar Shortcuts: any Matrix search that you’ve Saved As a Speed Bar shortcut. Enter its name in the Speed Bar and Matrix runs that saved search.

Shorthand Tips:  

    • Keep it simple and case doesn’t matter
    • Combine your Shorthand codes in any order (except for bedrooms and bathrooms)
    • Put spaces between Shorthand codes, not commas
    • Check the criteria on the results page to ensure it searched for what you asked for

Speed Bar Shorthand Examples:  

    • ML Numbers: 516373 or 516373 519347
    • Status: A for Active; X for Expired; L for Leased; C for Closed, etc. Example: “L COML” (without quotes) for Leased Commercial
        • RES, LOT, COM, FARM, COMLProperty Type:
        • Examples: LOT for Lots and Land or COM for Commercial and COML for Commercial Lease, “A CP” (without quotes) for Active Cross Property
    • Street Number and Name: 123 Main (enter exact Street Number and Street Name as in “959 Norman Eskridge Hwy” but without quotes)
    • City: City name; Example:  “Millsboro $100-150” (without quotes) for properties between $100-150 thousand in the city of Millsboro.
    • Price (In Thousands): $500-550 or $500+ or $500-(this is the current price for Actives; the Sales Price for Solds)
    • Bedrooms and Bathrooms: 4+ 3+ for 4 or more bedrooms and 3 or more bathrooms
    • Approx Square Feet: 2000+ sqft or 2000-2500 sqft
    • Acres: 20 acres or 2.5+ ac
    • Open Houses: OH 7/20/2014 or OH 0 (0 means today)
    • Agent Search: AG Brown or AG Adam Brown
    • Office Search: OFF Century*

Combining Shorthand Codes – Examples:  

    • A COM for Active Commercial listings
    • C LOT for Closed Lots and Land
    • A 19975 for Active listings in Zip Code 19975
    • A 19975 $800+ 4+ for Active in 19975 at $800,000 or above with 4 or more bedrooms

Field Examples: Status: A, X, L, P, C, W, K Type: RES, COM, COML, LOT, FARM Price (in Thousands): You must use a ‘$’ before the dollar amount.  

    • $300 –> Price equals $300,000
    • $300-350 –> Price between $300,000 and $350,000
    • $650+ –> Price equal to or greater than $650,000
    • $300- –> Price equal to or less than $300,000

Beds:  You may add a space and “beds” or “bd” after the number, but are not required to do so.  

    • 3 –>  Exactly 3 Bedrooms
    • 3-5 –> Between 3 and 5 Bedrooms, inclusive
    • 3+ –> Equal to or greater than 3 Bedrooms
    • 3- –> Equal to or less than 3 Bedrooms

Full Baths:  You may add a space and “baths” or “ba” after the number, but are not required to do so.

    • 3 ba –>  Exactly 3 Full Baths
    • 3 baths –>  Exactly 3 Full Baths
    • 3-5 ba –> Between 3 and 5 Full Baths, inclusive
    • 3+ ba –> Equal to or greater than 3 Full Baths
    • 3- ba –> Equal to or less than 3 Full Baths

Zip Code: Enter a 5 digit Zip Code  

    • 19973
    • 19973 19944

Approx Square Feet: You must add “sqft” or “sf” after the number.

    • 3000+ sqft –> Equal to or greater than 3,000 sqft
    • 2000-2750 sqft –> Between 2,000 and 2,750 sqft, inclusive

Approx Acres: You must add “ac” or “acres” after the number; but it does not matter which shorthand code you use.

    • 1 acres –> Exactly 1 Acre
    • 3.5+ ac –> Equal to or greater than 3.5 acres
    • 2.5- ac –> Equal to or less than 2.5 acres
    • (Note that ac or acres may be used)

Introducing our new DelMLS App!

DelMLS App Available Today:

Today, we are excited and proud to announce the all new DelMLS app. This app was designed to be used by both real estate professionals and future home buyers in Sussex County, Delaware and surrounding areas.  App features included are: • Agents see their branding on login and can easily share and communicate with clients in the app! • Interactive map searching. Using the GPS location based technology in the Android platform you can easily find listings located around you or search by entering a specific location. • View properties on maps, including satellite view. • Search using all of the criteria you are used to, including price range, beds, baths, etc. • Easily see all property details including multiple photos, price, property details and descriptions. • Find your way to the front door with ease with turn by turn direction capabilities. • Save properties for easy review later, or share them via text, email, Facebook or Twitter. Download today on the iTunes App Store or Google Play!  

Sussex Realtors Attend National Conference in San Diego


As they do every year, a contingent from the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) spent several days recently with thousands of their colleagues from throughout the country at the annual convention of the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

SCAOR 2015 President Fred Dean, along with past presidents Brad Riedle, Bob McVey and Bruce Plummer, incoming president Frank Serio, incoming president-elect Brigit Taylor and Chief Executive Officer Ruth Briggs King were in San Diego from Nov. 13-16, attending educational seminars on issues of importance to the nation’s real estate community.

“Realtors are known for their efforts in advancing real estate policies and strengthening local communities, and that work ripples out in ways that have a broader impact, says Dean. “The conference was another opportunity for me and other Realtors to reflect on the successes we shared this year and strategize to further build on those efforts in 2016. “That means redoubling the efforts to keep real estate matters at the front of the political agenda and solving issues that are holding back a full restoration of the nation’s real estate markets.”

Every November, Realtors from across the United States come together for the annual four-day conference and expo. The gathering includes more than 100 educational sessions, most led by speakers who are experts in their respective fields.

There are also hundreds of vendors on hand, presenting tools for Realtors, as well as networking opportunities and special events. This year’s theme was “Be Here. It’s Your Time to Shine,” meant to build on the momentum established in recent years of recovery and growth nationwide. Among the panelists and speakers at the 2015 convention were NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, Federal Housing Administration Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ed Golding, Charlie Cook, political analyst and publisher of the “Cook Political Report,” Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae and Jim Costello, senior vice president of Real Capital Analytics.

There were also senior staff members on hand from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Aviation Administration and Moody’s Analytics.

Approximately 20,000 Realtors and guests attended the 2015 convention. The Sussex County Association of Realtors was chartered in 1949 and has steadily grown in size, scope and mission during its more than six decades in Sussex County. It is a professional trade association with goals of carrying out a program of education and advocacy for real estate in the county.

SCAOR is a resource for the public, as well as a recognized advocate for property rights and property owners in Sussex County. The association also monitors legislative issues on the local, state and national levels that may impact home ownership in the area.


Join Us For a Trip to the Big Apple!



Want to experience New York City during the beauty & wonder of the Christmas season? Love the idea of experiencing all the sites, shows, and shopping of the Big Apple, but hate dealing with the stress & hassle of all that traffic and driving?

Now you can!

Go shopping, see the sites, or just take in a show, and leave the driving to us. Enjoy a fun, relaxing day-trip to NYC aboard one of the nicest buses you’ve seen.   We’ll be leaving from SCAOR at 6:30 AM on Thursday, December 10th, for a refreshing, self-guided trip to NYC. There’ll be stops at Radio City Music hall & 45th St. We’ll return to SCAOR at 10PM the same day.   Tickets will go fast, so be sure click here to grab yours today!


NYCity Tour



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Phone: 302-855-2300 | Fax: 302-855-2319

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