CoreLogic Upgrades Trestle

by Steve Cook on March 22, 2017

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Close to 100 multiple listing organizations representing approximately 500,000 subscribers have signed up for Trestle IRVINE, Calif., March 22, 2017— CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced the launch and immediate availability of an upgraded version of Trestle™, the national data marketplace created by CoreLogic to address the fundamental data access problems that real estate brokers, technology providers and multiple listing organizations […]

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Associations gave birth to the MLS, and have maintained a colorful relationship with their technology progeny. Types of MLSs in America include Association owned and member governed; Association owned and broker governed; and of course, broker owned with no Association involvement. The relationship generally couples the non-for profit trade Association with the for-profit MLS technology company. The MLS pays dividends to their Association parent that stimulates non-dues revenue for the […]

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It is a new day in Connecticut, the Constitution State. The Connecticut Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (CTMLS), and the Greater Fairfield County CMLS (GFC CMLS) together representing over 17,000 real estate professionals in Connecticut, will merge to form one MLS that will be called SmartMLS. Connecticut is the third smallest state in America by landmass, but at over 3.5 million people, the state is the 29th in population. It boasts […]

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What Does $1 Billion Look Like?

by Kevin Hawkins on March 10, 2017

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Last year HomesUSA.com’s Ben Caballero, who has been atop of the REAL Trends/WSJ “The Thousand” list of real estate agent rankings for both total dollar volume and number of transactions since 2013, became the “World’s First Billion Dollar Producer.” It’s a feat that’s hard to get our heads around because we toss around the term “billion” so frequently we forget how truly breathtaking this accomplishment is. From a PR point-of-view, […]

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The start of 2017 has been like no other in real estate. We have just completed our cycle of strategic planning for brokers in real estate and every large broker is facing the same issues. Remember the folklore about the dodo bird. The species lived in a world that was so plentiful; it lost its ability to fly. In the end, that was its undoing. If large firms are not […]

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MFRMLS Launches New Consumer Website

by Victor Lund on March 9, 2017

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My Florida Regional MLS (MFRMLS) is one of the five largest MLS companies in America with more than 50,000 subscribers serving the central Florida region, including major US cities of Orlando and Tampa. They have operated an MLS consumer facing website since 2008 at MyFloridaMLSHomes.com . In an effort to improve the effectiveness of their consumer site as a subscriber benefit under NAR’s basic service guidelines, they have launched an […]

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CoreLogic just announced a significant agreement that will integrate its Matrix MLS platform with Centralized Showing Service (CSS). The scope is huge as Matrix is North America’s most popular multiple listing platform and today serves 650,000 real estate professionals. Under the agreement, CoreLogic will integrate and offer CSS appointment scheduling services to clients of Matrix and other CoreLogic real estate solutions. This is a big win for CSS too, which before […]

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Independent Brokers Find Their Secret Sauce

by Victor Lund on February 27, 2017

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Real Estate is among the most competitive industries in America. On Main Street in America, only clothing stores and restaurants have as many offerings. Although Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is the clear leader in the independent broker category; they focus primarily on the largest independent brokerage in a given community. Franchise Organizations have set their eyes on the Independent Broker for many years, offering their brand, technology […]

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MLS Listings

Sunnyvale, CA. – February 23, 2017 – Taking the concept of local real estate to new heights, MLSListings now offers the translation of listing information into Simplified Chinese for agents and their clients. This new program is the first step in removing potential language barriers from the real estate process. “We have one of the most culturally-diverse markets in the country. For many buyers and sellers, English is not their first language. To support […]

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Understanding Push Reporting

by Victor Lund on February 22, 2017

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Many technology companies fail to understand the value of push reporting. WAV Group works with many technology firms to appreciate push vs. pull, but so many fail to grasp the importance. Every broker should pay attention to this example to evaluate how the software licensed in his or her company should leverage push reporting to improve the value. For example, I would love to see data and analytic companies like […]

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Zillow Improves Broker Programs

by Victor Lund on February 15, 2017

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Zillow Group, which includes the websites of Zillow and Trulia have landed on a broker strategy for marketing that works. Zillow Group, which includes the websites of Zillow and Trulia have landed on a broker strategy for marketing that works. Featured listings are dead, and have been replaced with a product to advertise in ways that drive the largest margin opportunity for a brokerage firm – leads to eTeams and Relocation. […]

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Merle Whitehead – Follow The Leader Series

by Victor Lund on February 15, 2017

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Our Follow The Leader Series is an effort to write about the best ideas and best practices of great leaders in our industry who are raising the bar.  In this episode, I am grateful to share the inspirational story of Merle Whitehead, a gentleman who grew America’s 9th largest real estate firm, Realty USA. The intention is to share some background on centers of excellence in real estate that others […]

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Join the WAVes of Change Today

by Camilla Harvey on February 15, 2017

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When conducting strategic plans we hear from brokers and board members that their organization strives to stay current with industry best practices. There are many industry wide initiatives today, spanning areas like MLS Consolidation, New NAR Policy, Broker Public Portal, Upstream, Real Estate Standards Organization, Data Licensing, and more. It’s hard to keep track. WAVes of Change WAV Group has launched a Quarterly Webinar Series to update you and your […]

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Tech Firms Should Sell Solutions, not Software

by Victor Lund on February 15, 2017

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For years, WAV Group has noticed that too many technology firms market and communicate to their customers in the wrong way. They spend all of their time in front of customers showing how their software works. It’s wrong. The only time that customers want to spend time looking at how your software works is when they are looking to replace an existing software system. Even then, the primary reasoning for […]

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Is it really is possible to love your MLS?

by Kevin Hawkins on February 14, 2017

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Every Valentine’s Day, you can smell the roses, taste the chocolates and almost feel that love is in the air. It made me think of how so many companies attempt to “love” their customers, but often few customers actually love them back. In fact, from my own experience, it’s rare when a company consistently gets love letters – and rarely hate mail – from its customers. Over the last couple of […]

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In a press release today, Prem Luthra of Elm Street Technology unveiled his latest venture, a partnership with This Old House. You may know Prem from his work in marketing at MOVE, Cyberhomes, Real Estate Digital, Xome, and the like. One of his primary and lasting impacts to the real estate industry was the innovation around helping brokers and MLSs monetize the consumer traffic on their website. Real Estate content […]

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As always there is chatter in our industry about more MLS consolidation.  After Ann Bailey’s proclamation that there should only be 12 MLSs in the United States at CMLS last year, I often get asked how many MLSs should we have?   Should we go for s statewide MLS? While it is logical in many markets to think about a statewide MLS or even multi-state MLS the politics and emotion surrounding […]

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Few people understand industry standards.  “That’s for the computer geeks,” most of us think.  Our busy schedules and our tenacious focus on business priorities rarely allow us to fully understand how standards directly impact us every day. Our ability to easily communicate with one another relies on standards.  Think of computers and operating systems.  Right now, the giants are Apple and Windows.  They each implemented their own standards for communicating […]

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Upstream is Already an Awesome Tool for Brokerage Firms

by Victor Lund on January 31, 2017

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Brokerage firms and franchises across America are already in the data management business. There are 85,000ish firms in America and each of them struggle to manage their information in one fashion or another. Upstream may be most simply understood as a solution that harmonizes data management into a single solution that is 100% controlled inside the firm, like Google Drive. Given the fiduciary responsibility of firms to comply with real […]

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Why a Smart Home is also a Danger Zone

by Kevin Hawkins on January 31, 2017

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A most provocative talk about Smart Homes and the dangers of the IoT (Internet of Things) kicked-off the first Hacker Connect in New York City last week. Molly Sauter, a PhD candidate and Vanier Scholar from Montreal’s McGill University, gave a presentation that scared the crap out of me when she dove into the dangers of today’s Smart Home. Now I’ve been a fan and even early adopter of affordable […]

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