at 5Million. Now: Streetview, 4x faster, More data

After 5,000,000 page views served and 40,000 Wiki added photos, (Frankly MLS) has done it again.
A new round of 1sts for MLS Search engine features! And you might have been wondering what I was up to.


  1. First with Keyword search of remarks, subdivisions, zips, city, schools, agent name etc. (like Arlington bank owned)
  2. First Wiki site. Over 1300 buyer agent reviews and photo albums. (details)
  3. First with 4x larger mls photos. (example)
  4. First to Scrub remarks for Short Sales adding a * (blog post)
  5. First to Scrub remarks for Open Houses (since 50% of agents enter them wrong)
  6. First with a cell phone mode (see video how-to, or see cell mode)
  7. First to sort by Tax Assessment as % of List price. Bargains!
  8. First to show both Days on The Market DOMM & relisted DOMP (what’s that?)
  9. First with spreadsheet searching. (more data on 1 page)
  10. First with password free email alerts.Video showing the latest features:Link to video

New round of FIRSTS:

  1. First to incorporate both Google Streetview & MS Virtual Earth Aerialview on one page. Photoless listings come alive (see ex: 1, 2, 3)
  2. First with Price history & Previously listed price history! (ex: 1, 2, 3) (so far not on all homes)
  3. First with Open House history. See how often they have opens.
  4. Now 80% faster! Fastest site out there.

Other new features:

  1. New design. You voted for it, apprentice style.
  2. Export the data to Excel
  3. New Search syntax. Now you can search by
  • Negatives. Remove words or areas you don’t want. Like: McLean -22102
  • Bedrooms. Want only 2 bedrooms? Use 2bdr or you can remove 1 bedrooms with -1bdr
  • Home Type. Add to your search: detached, condo, townhouse
  • Phrases. Search for “bring all offers”
  • Partial words. Use the *. Like: PW* for all MLS #s that start with PW. or: Water* for Waterfront and Waterview.
  • Actives only? Add the word Active. Like Arlington Condo Active

So hope you enjoy the changes, hope you will offer some feedback. Coming up next… MLS sold data!

Agent Update: Ask about the Free Branded Version of FranklYMLS for your blogs and free-branding. Also it is now easier to become a top contributor on the WIki MLSs. Just review about 10 homes and get free visitors to your site.

Written by Frank Borges LL0SA
twitter= franklyrealty

ps. Funny story, so my favorite post is my Frankly CRA post, so I decided to get the domain name , only to realize that it spells Frank Lycra. So don’t think it is a site with me wearing Lycra!

pss. If you have a friend looking to buy, have them try out and for keyword sake: Frankly mls .

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15 Responses to “ at 5Million. Now: Streetview, 4x faster, More data”

  1. Anonymous says:

    You already have the option to choose the price range (Up to) at the top.

    In the Sort By option list, please add Sq. Ft./High, so we can narrow the selection by sq. ft.

    For example, if we want a town house at lease 2500 sq. ft., we can pull up a price range and then sort by sq. ft.

  2. Cara says:

    It’s sweet!!! I love the bird’s eye view!

    And the best new syntax is being able to search multiple zip codes at a time.

    The only additional information I would like is the purchase price history. Perhaps you skip this because you say it can be inaccurate from the tax records? But I still think it’s a useful starting point.

  3. FRANK LL0SA Va Broker- says:

    Hey Cara,
    I was going to get that data from the tax records (actually through a 3rd party supplier) but instead I’m gonna leap-frog that and go straight to SOLD data, INCLUDING seller subsidy information. Again, nobody has that on a non-passworded site.
    NOw the question is, do I put it into the spreadsheet mode? or is that getting too full?


  4. FRANK LL0SA Va Broker- says:

    Your wish is my command. I’ll work on it.

    But what about the fact that so few agents put the sqft?


  5. Cara says:

    The spreadsheet is getting a bit tight, and you would need both price and date… I don’t think it’s something people are going to search by, just information that would be strategically useful.

    That’s totally awesome that you’re going to do the real SOLD data!! You have enough agents that someone from your office will be available to work with me when we’ve finally got our act together to buy, right?

  6. FRANK LL0SA Va Broker- says:

    Hey Cara,

    As for sold data, yeah very cool. I will think about the sold price. People won’t search by it, but they might want to sort by it to see which homes are selling for less. Also it can give you a snapshot view if homes in an area are less or more than 2004 or 2005.

    Maybe I can do it with a mouseover, or let the column collapse if you dont want it.

    As for helping you, you just hit on my next blog post.

    Has to do with a couple that was looking for months on their own. They also were a blog reader and wanted to use me. They found a place and weren’t able to get a hold of me in 1 hour and just wrote the contract with a random Open House agent…

    So my point is, email me offline, and don’t just wait for the last second.

  7. Missy Caulk-Ann Arbor- Realtor(R)- Ann Arbor Real Estate (Keller Williams-Ann Arbor) says:

    Frank you are such an inspiration to us.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Your wish is my command. I’ll work on it.

    But what about the fact that so few agents put the sqft?


    Since the person can also elimiate those that are also under the sq. ft. they are looking for, it helps to either include or exclude all homes where the agents put the sq. ft.

    It reminds me of the plamsa TV selections on Circuit City and Best Buy web sites. They have numerous filters to help reduce the customers selection in order to help them select the right TV by allowing them to include or exclude other TVs.

    For example they filter resolution (1080p), refresh rate (120Hz, 480Hz, etc), screen size, etc., to enable them to find the TV right for them.

    And, if eliminating units (at least those marked by the agents) under a certain size provides the person with a better list for them, then it would be helpful. :-)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Apologies if this is a dupe, not sure if the first attempt took..

    Great site – love it. Two suggestions:

    – has titles (“Bedroom #2”) and comments (occasionally) for each photo. Include that data with each photo.

    – (a) Have the spreadsheet columns be sortable both ascending and descending. (I use tablestools firefox extension to do this currently, but it would be cool to have the page do it naturally)
    (b) Once (a) is done, separate the address column into two columns – one for the house number and other for the street. Sorting on address is useless because of the house number. Sorting on street is very useful. Often times I see multiple properties on the same street and I want to see those properties grouped together.

    – I’m still debating in my head if I like this idea… If there is only one result after a search query, immediately go to that property’s page rather than displaying a one item spreadsheet. Perhaps just for mls number queries.

  10. Anonymous says:

    For long term plans, say 2 years down the road, check out:

  11. FRANK LL0SA Va Broker- says:

    Hey Anonymous, (can you at least use a fake name? Lets use “Jake”)

    As for the sorting, we do have sorting for most columns using the drop down. I would like to have header sorting. There are 2 ways to do this. 1) by only sorting the homes on the 1 page (up to 150 homes). That would be easy.

    2) A harder solution is sorting (by column header) for each of the 10-15 pages of data 2,000+ homes.

    SO I might just have both. Keep the scroll to sort ALL, and use the header to sort just the page.

    I’ll look into taking out the street #. Remember you can always add that street name or subdivision to the search to get just that.

    As for photo title, I guess I could do this. But with all the other more important stuff like getting sold data and previous pricing history of a relisted property, I don’t know if it will make it up the list. Does one really need to know that a Kitchen is a “Kitchen.”

    As for jumping directly, I was considering that for the MLS#

    Have you added any reviews? Added photo albums yet?


  12. FRANK LL0SA Va Broker- says:

    Sqft Sorting is now available.

    Let me know if it is quirky.

    Also you can add the word townhouse to see only House type= townhouse.

    (test this out by searching also for: -townhouse to make sure an agent hasn’t mis-listed their home)


  13. Anonymous says:


    This is ‘Jake’ again. Since housing prices are dropping and probably will be for quite some time, how about doing a similar wiki search engine for rental properties? Especially since rentals are popular here in the DC area.

    Include such info as how much the property rented for the last time it was rented, including other rentals in the neighborhood.

    Call it

  14. Anonymous says:

    I have used your listing service for almost a year now, and find it to be the most informative and useful real estate site I have ever found. The latest improvements have added to that experience. So thank you from one frustrated would-be home buyer for giving me access to information that I can use and need.

  15. Tim says:

    I just found your site. I love it!

    One request, I would love to be able to search by county.

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