October 2008

Hard to believe forty is no longer in sight! Knowing Victor, he won’t go down without a fight. There’s some good to be said about forty one: You’re still able to have a lot of fun! There is a sober reality that lies ahead. Fifty certainly doesn’t mean one’s dead! However, when that AARP letter arrives, One starts to ponder being able to survive. Let’s not move ahead too fast! Alexandra’s childhood has to last. While Marilyn keeps Victor in line, Alexandra will keep Victor’s heart divine. So as Arroyo Grande continues to be home, Victor and Marilyn continue to roam. Regardless of back East and Buffalo weather, Margaret and I hope you can celebrate together… a very Happy Birthday!! Daniel A. Roblin III, CFP® Divisional Vice President Investment Management Consultant UBS Wealth Management USA  

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FNIS Earnings report released today

by THE WAV GROUP on October 28, 2008

Strong organic growth across all business lines Integrated Financial Solutions increases 9.0% Enterprise Solutions increases 3.7% International increases 25.5% Pro forma free cash flow of $118 million JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (NYSE: FIS), a leading global provider of technology services to financial institutions, today announced consolidated financial results for the third quarter of 2008. Consolidated revenue increased 25.4% to $893.8 million, including approximately $142.8 million in revenue from eFunds, which FIS acquired in September 2007. Excluding eFunds, organic revenue increased 9.4% over the comparable 2007 quarter. GAAP net earnings from continuing operations totaled $0.24 per share, compared to $0.68 per share in the third quarter of 2007, which included an after-tax gain of $0.58 from the sale of Covansys stock.

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2008 Reports

by THE WAV GROUP on October 27, 2008

Listhub Listing Syndication Effectiveness – February 1st, 2008 – Case Study of the Impact of MLS Listing Syndication. Your Reputation – Dec-08-2008 – How to take credit for the terrific customer service you provide. WAV Group Broker Website Effectiveness Study – Sep-25-2008 – WAV Group Broker Website Effectiveness Study WAV Group 2008 Midyear Technology Report- Jun-20-2008 – WAV Group 2008 Midyear Technology Report WAV Group MLS Consumer Website Effectiveness Study – Mar-11-2008 – Consumers and Brokers react favorably toward MLS Consumer Facing Websites. WAV Group Mobile Search Whitepaper – Feb-12-2008 – Mobile Search for the Real Estate Industry: Property Buyers Go Mobile Top Producers Sell More Real Estate using Smartphones, survey says. – Jan-03-2008 – WAV Group survey indicates that smartphone usage in real estate improves agent responsiveness, timely communication with clients, and real time-access to mls data anywhere WAV Group Smart Phone Satisfaction Survey Report 2007 – Jan-02-2008 -

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Fools rush in – first impressions of the android

by THE WAV GROUP on October 24, 2008

I must say that I am underwhelmed.  Thankfully I have an iphone as my primary and a blackberry as my first backup.  I was hoping for brilliance from google.  Ho Humm. My 5 year old just got her first phone, i guess. Set up was totally great.  I did not need to connect my device to a computer!  I just logged in using my gmail account – all of my contacts and calendar were there (thanks to free backup from Google). So I just turned it on, put in my gmail account name and address, 4 minutes later I was ready to roll. For zhiing purposes, I went straight to the maps – after a few minutes and no map – I gave up.  iPhone and Blackberry work great at my house (both AT&T) T-Mobile sucks. Camera takes nice pictures, but is super slow. I have no idea how to get more apps – in this regard having the app store connected to the iphone is waaaay better. It is really heavy It is hard to type with my right thumb. Marilyn hates the feel of the device. The text on the browser does not get big for ……. people with short arms. First site I went to was zhiing.com – it has a really cool flash intro – check it out if you have not already So I followed the adobe flash download instruction and selected the Linux version – no love – I screwed around with different downloads for 20 minutes. IMHO, Amazon is the best mobile site.  Worked perfectly.  The browser is super fast – faster than the safari browser and way, way, way faster than my Blackberry 8800 series more tomorrow if I am still inspired……positively or negatively. But before I go.  Here is my list of smart phones in order of functionality iPhone Blackberry Android Palm  

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2007 Reports

by THE WAV GROUP on October 23, 2008

WAV Group 2007 Mid Year Technology Report Jun-22-2007 – WAV Group 2007 Mid Year Tech Update – now available for download

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2006 Reports

by THE WAV GROUP on October 22, 2008

WAV Group 2006 MLS Technology Survey Report Dec-21-2006 – WAV Group 2006 MLS Tech Survey Report – available for download WAV Group 2006 Mid Year Tech Update Jun-01-2006 – WAV Group 2006 Mid Year Tech Update now available Telecom Lifecycle Management Apr-25-2006 – To receive a copy of our new whitepaper “Telecom Lifecycle Management” click here…

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2005 Reports

by THE WAV GROUP on October 21, 2008

WAV Group 2005 MLS Technonolgy Survey-Summary Report Dec-06-2005 – WAV Group 2005 MLS Tech Survey Report – Available for Download WAV Group 2005 Transaction Management Adoption Study Aug-19-2005 – WAV Group 2005 Transaction Management Adoption Study-Available for Download WAV Group 2005 Mid Year Tech Update Jun-16-2005 – Wav Group 2005 Mid Year Tech Update – Available for Download

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2004 Reports

by THE WAV GROUP on October 20, 2008

WAV Group 2004 MLS Tech Survey Report Oct-15-2004 – WAV Group 2004 MLS Tech Survey Report 2004 Mid-Year Tech Update Jun-01-2004 – For a copy of the 2004 Mid-Year Tech Update click here!

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Santa Barbara company zhiing.com has launched their new website. WAV Group partner, Victor Lund consults with zhiing on online marketing. The zhiing product is designed to send text messages to your friends along with your location.  It works best on smartphones like iphone and blackberry, but is unique in that it works on all phone across all networks in the USA and Canada.  It makes giving friends directions easier. The site is due to launch on Monday, but it is available for view in Alpha today.  visit the site and check out the blog.  

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Great idea from Tom Kunz, CEO Century 21

by THE WAV GROUP on October 17, 2008

I was socialzing with friends of mine who operate 10 Cenutry 21 offices along the Central Coast of California.  Thier spirts where high, which impressed me given the challenges facing brokers and agents today.  Fortunately for us, all is not lost in this unique corner of our Nation. I asked them about being a Century 21 Franchise, and how that helps them.  They responded in unison with acclaim “Tom Kunz just gave us a great idea!” And went on to explain: “Buyers are looking at houses, but not making offers.  Tom suggested that we sit down with our sellers and make the buyer an offer.  Get the seller to agree to the very best price that they will offer the home for sale to the buyer, and submit that to the buyer’s agent.” Turn the tables!  They suggested that it is working for them.  Sellers go on the offensive.  

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LeadingRE Launches Cutting-Edge Video Program

by THE WAV GROUP on October 14, 2008

Contact: Stephen Schweickart / Realty Video USA / 866.720.0204 / Stephen@RealtyVideoUSA.com LeadingRE Launches Cutting-Edge Video Program Video content tool helps LeadingREs 700 firms tap into the power of Internet Video CHICAGO (10/09/08) Enabling their members to take advantage of the rapidly growing trend in real estate video, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global real estate network, has named Realty Video USA™ as its newest vendor associate for its Leading Real Estate Solutions™ division, which endorses leading edge real estate products and services for the networks 700 member firms. Realty Video USA™ has just released a turnkey video content solution to help real estate firms tap into the power of online video. Its innovative new VScreen™ product features a variety of broker-branded real estate video programs on a multi-channel widescreen player to help educate and inform clients, while providing a point of differentiation in the local marketplace. Content includes regularly updated home design topics, buyer/seller tips, industry news, virtual tours and more. To experience VScreen™, click here: http://player.realtyvideousa.com/player.php?p=f5k23rpc “We are pleased to present our members with the opportunity to be first-to-market with Realty Video USAs pioneering VScreen™ product,” Phil Edwards, vice president of Leading Real Estate Solutions™ said. “Given that one-third of all consumer Internet activity is viewing video, incorporating this technology can make a real impact in attracting and retaining customers online.” “When deciding which national real estate organization to launch VScreen™ with, we found LeadingRE to be the obvious choice,” said Stephen Schweickart, Co-Founder of Realty Video USA™. “Real estate video has become one of the fastest growing trends in the industry and empowering brokers with the ability to meet this trend head-on, has been where we find our greatest satisfaction. VScreen™ enables brokers to differentiate themselves, drive more traffic to their website, and deliver quality content to the consumer – all through the use of video.” For more information on Realty Video USA™, please visit www.RealtyVideoUSA.com or call 866.720.0204. For more information on Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, please visit www.LeadingRE.com or call 800.621.6510. About Realty Video USA™ Realty Video USA™ offers a turnkey solution enabling brokers and agents to capitalize on the rapidly growing popularity of Internet video. From the latest trends in home design, buyer/seller strategies, and industry news, to luxury home tours, agent profiles, and virtual tours…Realty Video USA is a “one stop shop” for the latest in video technology and […]

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Frogpond Report previewing NAR Convention in Orlando

by THE WAV GROUP on October 13, 2008

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Evolution from Talk to Text in Real Estate

by THE WAV GROUP on October 13, 2008

“Evolution from Talk to Text” read the headline today in the New York Times today. Yesterday there was an announcement on TechCrunch about Verizon raising their SMS fees 15% According to Nielsen Mobile, the typical subscriber sent or received 357 text messages compared to 204 phone calls. Here are some more Nielson Stats from Q2, 2008: 43 Million US mobile subscribers use mobile internet 33 Million receive text alerts 32 Million use instant messaging 4 Million subscriber to mobile video   CALL TO ACTION Mobile Search in real estate is lagging behind consumer demand…..again. MLS and Brokers should strongly consider deploying consumer facing mobile applications now. Broker yard signs should all have mobile response mechanisms. WAV Group produced a Smart Phone Satisfaction Survey Report in January, 2008; a Top Producers Sell More Real Estate using Smartphones at the end of January,2008; and a WAV Group Mobile Search Whitepaper in February, 2008. All of these surveys can be downloaded for free by clicking the reports navigation tab.  

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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) – Trulia.com, the best place to start a real estate search, has created a new business development group to form partnerships with Multiple Listing Service (MLS) providers. The move is in response to growing interest from MLSs and the Association of REALTORS® who want to ensure their members’ listings are available and accurately represented to consumers searching for real estate online. Trulia offers MLSs and associations several unique marketing and educational benefits, including: – Syndication of listings to Trulia.com, with 5 million unique monthly users and 250% annual traffic growth, at no cost – Trulia’s partnership with Threewide (ListHub) and Point2 make syndicating listings an easy process for both MLSs and their members – Free consumer facing search functionality for MLSs and association websites. An example of this can be seen at http://www.silvar.org – Free website tools for your site that include innovative new applications like Trulia Stats, TruliaMap, TruliaVoices, and Trulia Searchbox. More information on these tools can be found at http://www.trulia.com/tools – Free reporting tools and online profiles to help MLS and association members boost their online presence and brand – Valuable educational classes in a variety of online marketing topics, including how to rise above the competition in the crowded online real estate space, and how to make the most of free opportunities to connect with serious buyers and sellers online. Industry leaders recognize the value Trulia provides to Multiple Listing Services and their members: “With the fear of the Internet now put to rest, our agents and brokers realize that the name of the game is maximum exposure,” said Russ Bergeron, CEO of SoCal MLS. “At SoCalMLS we have made it easy for our customers to be able to syndicate their listings to sites like Trulia. Via ListHub they can easily control the destinations of their listings, and in return get back statistics on how effective their advertising venues are. The increased number of eyeballs has resulted in increased website traffic for our listing brokers. SoCalMLS is pleased to provide services like this because we recognize the value of sites like Trulia.” Over 15 MLSs and associations are now providing member benefits through Trulia, including Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR), MLS Property Information Network (MLSPIN), the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), MLS Long Island (MLSLI), Southern California MLS (SoCalMLS) and CLAW MLS. For more information about […]

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