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RISMedia, June 8, 2011—ShowingTime, one of the real estate industry’s leading showing management technology providers, announced recently that Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS)—the largest MLS in the nation with 45,000 customers—has selected ShowingAssist to help customers manage showings directly through the MLS. The system is planned for implementation in the third quarter of 2011.

“ShowingAssist will give MRIS customers time-saving tools to schedule showings and get showings on their own listings,” says MRIS Chief Marketing Officer John L. Heithaus, who notes that MRIS currently has approximately 80,000 active listings. “That will enable them to provide better service to buyers and sellers. ShowingAssist works with many of the other showing services and the SentriLock lockbox system to provide real time business intelligence to real estate professionals in the MRIS system,” he adds.

According to the company, using ShowingAssist, listing agents can post showing instructions and enter available hours on an interactive appointment calendar to indicate when a listing is available for showings; showing agents can request showings by clicking the “Schedule a Showing” button next to a listing. Showing notifications are routed instantly according to the listing agent’s preferences. Agents can also carbon copy smart phones and receive automatic voice notifications so they are informed of showing activity while in the field.

Hundreds of offices in MRIS also use ShowingDesk Web Edition, ShowingTime’s web-enabled front desk software. For them, showing requests made via the MLS download automatically into a “Task List” to facilitate prompt follow-up.

“We are pleased MRIS has selected ShowingAssist to be part of its Gen M (next generation) of MLS tools,” says ShowingTime Executive Vice President Michael Lane. “ShowingAssist removes some of the obstacles to showing a home, which can be very helpful especially during challenging economic times.”

The ShowingTime Appointment Center, a service for offices that want to outsource showing tasks, is also available to MRIS agents and offices and works seamlessly with ShowingAssist. The Appointment Center provides fully or partially outsourced showing management services, a dedicated appointment center staff to fully confirm showings, and branded phone calls, as if the appointment center staff is in the subscriber’s office.

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