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THE THING is an interactive online market analytics tool integrated into connectMLS™.   It uses MRED data to deliver to our real estate professionals easy to understand charts, graphs and housing trends for specific marketing areas.  Be the Expert in your marketplace!

To access THE THING, please log in to connectMLS™, click on the Tools, Resources and Links icon in the upper right hand corner, and choose THE THING.

Mapping too!

You define the areas you want statistics for!  The Thing allows you to define, by drawing boundaries on a map, the specific area you want statistics for.




The newest version of the interactive market analytics tool known as The Thing is live!

Called "Infosparks", the highlights include:

• Works on iPad and other tablets
• Choose multiple areas
• More search options
• Expanded statistics
• Customizable price ranges
• Embed live data links on your website
• And much more!

The Thing will remain as the default tool

• Infosparks will be a choice you can click on in The Thing
• Eventually, Infosparks will replace The Thing


Please monitor MRED Communications and this page for announcements regarding future enhancements to THE THING


Where can I find ...


Training Classes

  The Thing Classes

Video Guides

  The Thing Videos

Training Manuals

  The Thing Manuals

The Thing FAQs

  The Thing FAQs



“Quick and easy way to get stats about different areas of the market”

Lauren Leonardi



“I use The Thing on all my pre list presentation to establish the market trend for the area before presenting the complete CMA. It helps get the sellers mind set along the lines of the area trend before doing the detailed comparables discussion. It is crisp, clean and easy for clients to visualize and understand.”

Peggy Katsulis
Coldwell Banker Northwest



“Great tool! Good to send to clients about today's market in their area.”

Marguerite Blassingame
Weichert Realtors McKee Real Estate



“I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ability to create preset areas. It makes customer reports easy to make and track!”

Scott Nowling
Prudential Starck



“I like it because it is just another visual to help the seller understand where the market is. I can show the seller the market in the county, in their town and right down to their individual neighborhood.”

Jane Haynes
Century 21 Kreuser & Seiler



“I like how easy it is to see the charts and get the different statistics with the click of one button!”

Jill Bronkhorst
Realty Executives Premiere



“The Thing is a great tool that is easy to use and gives relevant information when you need it.”

Mark Manz
Prudential Rubloff



“The Thing is awesome, simple and powerful”

Rita Liberatore
RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals



“The graphs are easy to create and LOVE that they can be shared on social media. I set reminders for myself for the first of each month to update my graphs and charts for my specific town using The Thing and post on all my social media pages.”

Jean Marella
The "Spouses Selling Houses" Team of Keller Williams Realty



“I use The Thing on every listing presentation. It is a great tool to have.”

Barbara McDonald
Coldwell Banker Residential Orland Park



“The Thing is a great tool to use in a listing presentation and for a buyer making an offer.”

Stephanie Crenshaw
Prudential Vision Realty



“Best and simplest tool we have. Anyone can understand what it's showing. It does what a graphic should do. Few words are needed to explain the content.”

Ken Spengel
Prudential Rubloff Wheaton



“It's a great tool to add to the CMA in a listing presentation. It is more detailed and informative than the area statistics portion of the CMA.”

Stella Petridis
Procure Realty Group, Inc



“Love The Thing!”

Yvonne King
RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals



“Along with being a real estate broker, I am also an appraiser. As an appraiser, I perform detailed comprehensive market research and I find it helpful to check The Thing afterwards which more times than not, it verifies my own research is accurate.”

Robert D. Olson
Prudential Starck Bloomingdale



“I am so pleased with the ease of use for The Thing. And it is so impressive to clients! I have recently emailed several charts to an out of town client, who was very grateful for the quick visual report.”

Susan Ani
Baird & Warner



“The Thing is one of my favorite statistical research tools because it is so fun to play with and be inquisitive about the market dynamics.”

John Gamble
RE/MAX Excels



“The Thing is a great tool for real estate professionals to use to guide their clients.”

Debbie Bergthold-Smith
Classic Real Estate



“The Thing is a great statistical tool for attached and detached properties. Several breakouts of data combined with 10 different indices showing relational data and trends. It also offers relational data not available in any other tool.”

Jerry Hoffman
Keller Williams Success Realty



“The Thing works well and continues to improve.”

Tom Guttilla
Coldwell Banker Today's Realtors LLC



“I use The Thing regularly in listing presentations. I find that clients find graphics confirming of the information I am presenting.”

Susan Ferry
Keller Williams Success Realty



“The Thing is an excellent tool!”

Cindy Carlson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Naperville



“I love The Thing! I use it on every listing appointment. I am now using it to educate buyers on the market!”

Bruce Hackel
RE/MAX Synergy Flossmoor



“The Thing is a very handy tool! Clients love the information.”

Judy Horrigan
Baird & Warner Lincoln Park



“I think The Thing is one of the most useful tools we've been given with our MLS. I love it and have use the graphic over and over again. I'm glad to know about "the areas" search as I have never noticed that before and will now be able to search a specific subdivision.”

Sandry Andry
RE/MAX Town & Country



“I LOVE The Thing! I have told other realtors about it. It makes my reports/presentations so easy to do.”

Holly Wyckoff
Baird & Warner, Barrington

“The Thing allows me to show my buyers how competitive certain neighborhoods are with the market time and perfect of listing price tabs.”

Andy Ogorzaly
Exit Strategy Realty


“The Thing is really good!”

Sergio Garcia
Netgar Properties


“The Thing provides good information when trying to convince a seller of the appropriate list price.”

Nykea Pippion McGriff
Dream Town Realty


“When you added the "My Areas" mapping section, you took this product from good to GREAT!”

Aimee Derylo
Baird & Warner Downers Grove


“I find The Thing very helpful with understanding the market and demographics. The graphs make it simple!”

Edina Huskic
ACM Realty Services, LLC


“Using The Thing is a quick way to give clients information about a specific area.”

Evelyn Santiago
Dynamic Real Estate Network, Inc.


“Great listing tool!”

Zia Sargis
Baird & Warner Lincoln Park


“It is awesome; love the breakdowns by town and counties. It is a great tool to overcome client objections and accurately inform our clients of what is going on in their area (pricing, months supply inventory, days on market)”

Patrick Binning
RE/MAX All Pro Bloomingdale


“Love it! Very useful for appraisal, CMA and BPO research. Would love the ability to add a trend line though.”

Michael Pragit
Jack Pragit, Realtor


“The Thing is very nice. I use it in my marketing postcards and also in my CMA's.”

Keith Dickerson
Keller Williams Infinity


“Absolutely love The Thing! Easy to use, quick and it looks pretty when I am done!”

Amy Robey
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®


“I love it!”

Nancy Karp
@properties Highland Park


“The Thing is a great tool for quickly communicating supply, demand, average and median prices, etc. to our sellers and buyers.”

Bruce Hackel
RE/MAX Synergy


“Very simple to use, extremely fast way to get good macro data to share with clients.”

Chris Chesne
Redfin Corporation


“Great tool for statistics!”

Eve Tarm
Coldwell Banker Residential Glencoe


“The Thing is an insanely easy for a quick answer to current market stats.”

Casey Meyers
Prudential First Realty Woodstock

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