One of the most coveted honors in real estate is the Inman Innovator Awards from Inman News. Just being nominated is a huge honor and CoreLogic just scored a nomination for Trestle. Andrea Brambila, Deputy Editor of Inman News, who adroitly covers the MLS industry, recently wrote about Trestle: “CoreLogic unveils a marketplace for real estate data; New tech gets agents closer to ‘plug-and-play’ tools.” Her 3 takeaways nail why this product is getting […]

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Upstream Nominated for Real Estate Innovation Award

by Victor Lund on June 20, 2016

UpstreamRE™, a collaborative venture between real estate brokerages, has been nominated for the coveted Inman Innovator Award. The Inman News Innovator Awards are given each year to recognize and celebrate industry innovation and accomplishments. Over the past year, Upstream has been forging forward and capturing Inman News headlines with the nomination of their Board of Managers, selecting Realtors Property Resource® as their vendor, and hiring industry veteran Alex Lange as […]

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Congratulations to Annie Ives for being featured as a Power Player in Angeleno Magazine. For those of us not from Los Angeles, Angeleno Magazine is a highly respected local journal. She was touted for her leadership of TheMLS/Claw since 2002. Congratulations Annie! Read the entire article here!   https://themlsblog.com/2016/05/25/news-ceo-annie-ives-profiled-in-angeleno-magazine/

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MRED Takes Bold Step to Elect Outside Director

by Marilyn Wilson on June 15, 2016

MRED

We are so excited to see how MLSs are starting to cross-pollinate talent across markets. Congrats to MRED in Chicago for electing Art Carter, CEO of the California Regional Multiple Listing Service, the nation’s largest MLS to their Board of Directors. We, at WAV Group often promote the idea of inviting diverse talent and perspectives to sit on MLS Boards. Boards in most industries elect participants with diverse backgrounds in […]

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What I Learned From Muhammad Ali

by Kevin Hawkins on June 14, 2016

Mohammed Ali

When I was growing up in Chicago in the 1960s, professional boxing was a big sport that my dad followed and heck, like a lot of kids, I enjoyed many of the things my parents did. My dad exposed me at a very young age to a gold-medal Olympic boxer named Cassius Clay, who would later changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Ali was the classic showman who pontificated by […]

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Are You Selling To Your Competitors

by Victor Lund on June 14, 2016

Communications

Companies across the real estate spectrum who are selling to their competitors are having fantastic results. The process of expanding your communication strategy to include competitors is found to drive more new business than ever imagined. In the old days, companies locked down their communications plans to hide from sharing information with their competitors. Today, the overwhelming trend is to occupy more share of voice to position your company as […]

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This is YOUR Year!

by Marilyn Wilson on June 14, 2016

2016

Doesn’t it seem like life just keeps getting faster and faster?  It forces us to put our head down and just DO all the time.  We’re not always thinking about where our organization is focused or why they are even focused on it.    We’re so busy surviving the day to day that sometimes we can’t see the forest for the trees! So how do you get yourself back to a […]

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Zillow

Real Estate is not just an online thing. It’s a global thing. People buy houses all around the globe, and in many nations – the notion of online real estate is hot.  In the small nation of England, companies valued at £312m, or £40m Housesimple along with easyProperty and eMoov are all trying to make a go of it with significant venture backing. Online real estate is ripe for the taking. […]

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Are Real Estate Agents Dishonest?

by Marilyn Wilson on June 14, 2016

Diagram Trust Agents

A few months ago I spoke to the owner of a start-up company who was completely convinced that consumers do NOT trust their real estate agents to help them find service providers. He believed that agents were not the best group to help a home buyer secure all of the services they need to complete a transaction. He passionately believed that consumers believe that real estate agents are dishonest and […]

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How MLSs Stand To Benefit From Upstream

by Victor Lund on June 14, 2016

Upstream Logo

The pessimist MLSs among you will look upon the title of this article with raised hairs. The lens that we have adopted here is for a single focus. Namely, to search for specific context within the databases of Upstream that may be of value to MLSs. Remember, Upstream does more than manage listings, but it does  start with the MLS destination in mind. The MLS does not need to change […]

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Mary Meeker

One of my favorite research rituals is the annual release by Mary Meeker of her Internet Trends Report, the latest of which was issued on June 1. Meeker was catapulted into the financing world spotlight as the lead manager at Morgan Stanley for Netscape’s IPO in 1995. Later that year, she and Chris DePuy at Morgan published The Internet Trends, and it quickly became the definitive digest of the current […]

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trulia

              WAV Group provides brokers with consulting on online marketing. One of our services includes benchmarking the effectiveness of listing syndication strategies. We have been tracking the performance of a real estate broker’s listings dating back to 2006 by publishing channel. As these reports show, Trulia effectiveness has decreased to a remarkable volume of no leads per week on 367 listings. The same report […]

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RESO

COMPLETE THE SURVEY NOW The Real Estate Standards Organization, RESO, has been hard at work creating consistent data across MLS regions and across the country by creating the RESO Data Dictionary.  To date 1.1 mm agents across the country now have access to RESO Data Dictionary thanks to the hard work of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, The Realty Alliance, NAR, MLS system providers and MLSs across the […]

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What happens if Your Tech Leader is Hit by a Bus?

by Kevin Hawkins on June 8, 2016

Future-Proof-

Bob Rosecrans and Michael Koval at Pixces Consulting Group are a little more subtle in addressing this subject in their new White Paper “Real Estate Brokers: Is your CIO future proofing your business?” But the title of the paper’s first chapter really says it all: “I love my CIO but…” What follows in an exceptionally candid and insightful examination of the conversations that Chief Executive Officers or broker-owners must have […]

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RESO

As you probably know MLS Policy requires that every MLS gain certification for the RESO Web API by June 30th, 2016. For those that are do not live, eat, sleep and breathe technology, even the words Web API can be confusing and even a little intimidating! CMLS recognizes the need for all of us to get a better handle of the important goals that putting a Web API in place […]

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Marketing Automation Can Be a Huge Risk

by Victor Lund on May 27, 2016

Marketing segmentation

This week I have gotten four open house notifications from a Realtor®. She is a friend of mine that has served in various capacities on the Board of Directors for an MLS 2,000 miles away from where I live. She sends me a monthly snapshot of what is happening in the housing market in her area, along with a note when she lists a new property. That is all good. […]

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The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) Board of Directors voted yesterday that all MLSs currently Data Dictionary Certified – which is the majority of the MLS world – will now be able to get Web API Certified for free. RESO also announced that CMLS will host a soup-to-nuts dive into the RESO Web API Certification process featuring Michael Wurzer, President of FBS, and Rebecca Jensen, President & CEO at Midwest […]

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What’s Your Loyalty Program?

by Victor Lund on May 26, 2016

realtor-service (1)

A loyalty program is such a simple thing to construct, and they work. I buy from Amazon because I get Amazon Prime – free shipping – a loyalty program. I fly with American or United because they give me priority boarding, upgrades, and other perks – a loyalty program. In the latter example, I continue to use American and United even though I am not delighted with their service or […]

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 WAVES OF CHANGE QUARTERLY INDUSTRY UPDATE is just around the corner! Reserve your organization’s seat at the table by signing up for the series TODAY! WAV Group Hosts NAR Recap / Industry Update Webinar on Thursday, May 26th Your subscription provides an opportunity for your members to participate in an online recap of NAR Midyear policy issues, announcements and news as well as important industry updates and best practices. Thought-provoking […]

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Risk-Taking is Back and so is Rampant Innovation

by Kevin Hawkins on May 18, 2016

risks

My wife woke up this morning to the voice of Alec Baldwin telling her “Wake up Sunshine. Let me tell you something, I’ve been up since the crack of dawn…” before I shout out “off” and silence Alec in midsentence. No, Alec isn’t in our bedroom. Alec’s voice is an alarm option in Alexa, our household’s digital assistant that’s built into both our Amazon Echo and Dot. It’s simply the […]

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