Partnership set to move historic project forward with strong identity and message Arroyo Grande, CA – July 23th, 2015 – The Broker Public Portal Project, a partnership between real estate brokerage firms and MLSs across the country aimed at creating a better, simpler digital home search for consumers, has selected 1000watt as the agency that will create the “BPP” brand identity and message. The BPP project has attracted widespread support […]

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Norfolk, Virginia (July 21, 2015) – Homes.com and RE/MAX, LLC (NYSE: RMAX) are renewing and expanding their long-standing technology and advertising agreement. RE/MAX has selected Homes.com to power the remax.com website and the RE/MAX suite of mobile applications through 2017, extending the relationship that began in 2005. “We’re thrilled that RE/MAX has once again selected Homes.com to power the most important elements of their online marketing efforts,” said David Mele, […]

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Staff Promotions Announced at NTREIS, Inc

by Victor Lund on July 20, 2015

July 17, 2015 – NTREIS, Inc., the multiple listing service for over 27,000 licensees serving the North Texas Real Estate community, recently announced two internal staff promotions. David Blake has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer and Cindy Miller now serves as Chief Operations Officer for the corporation. As CTO, David is responsible for developing the overall technology vision for the company as well as maintaining systems. David brings 20 […]

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CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO (JULY 16, 2015) – Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Inc. (“Lone Wolf”), the North American leader in residential real estate software, has appointed Patrick Arkeveld to the position of President, effective July 13, 2015. “I’m excited to welcome Patrick to the Lone Wolf family,” says Lorne C. Wallace, CEO of Lone Wolf. “We’ve experienced a significant amount of growth over the past several years and we’re looking forward […]

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Broker Public Portal Retains Larson Skinner PLLC

by Kevin Hawkins on July 14, 2015

Arroyo Grande, CA – July 14th, 2015 – The Broker Public Portal (BPP) today announced that it has retained the Minneapolis law firm of Larson Skinner PLLC to assist in developing a broker-friendly and MLS-friendly content license agreement for BPP’s projects. BPP continues its progress to bring a national MLS consumer-facing website to market.  As with any other portal, multiple listing services that will be participating in the Broker Public […]

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Does finding information in your database become more of a chore with each passing day? If so, you’re not alone! Between new business, existing business, past business and referrals, your database can quickly grow out of hand and become unmanageable. Even though every client is unique, when you narrow it down, you have three key relationship types to manage at any given time: New Leads/Prospects, Current Clients and Past Clients/Referrals. […]

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Who Will Install The Giant Rats of Real Estate?

by Victor Lund on July 10, 2015

If you visit New York City regularly, you will sometimes encounter a giant inflatable rat on the sidewalk outside businesses experiencing union disputes. Organized labor has also joined in the fight against companies like Airbnb and Uber. Ken Jenny of Trancen often remarks that: “with Airbnb, you have one of the largest hotel companies in the world who does not own a single hotel room. With Uber, you have the […]

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MLSs and their vendors are staring down the barrel of the NAR requirement to become compliant with the RESO RETS Standard. Only 4 MLSs are currently certified, 764 to go. It’s really a double barrel, as MLSs are also adjusting to Listhub’s loss of syndication service to some leading portals. MLS vendors like Corelogic, FlexMLS, Rapattoni, Black Knight Financial, and the others are head-down developing solutions and launch plans to […]

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Greensboro, N.C. – July 8, 2015 – After four years and a six millions dollar investment in its commitment to deliver the best search experience that an agent can provide their clients, Listingbook has recently deployed its new platform in the San Diego MLS market. The addition of San Diego County’s MLS Sandicor marks the 35th deployment of the new Listingbook system, covering over 500,000 real estate agents nationally. Listingbook […]

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ListTrac, known as the “Google Analytics for real estate listings,” today unveiled its revenue model, a breakthrough for the real estate industry as it allows, for the first time, a method for real estate professionals to monetize their own listing content as it’s distributed across the Internet. “Just as musicians are compensated each time their song is played on the Internet, ListTrac wants real estate professionals to be rewarded every […]

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Arroyo Grande, CA – June 30th, 2015 – In the wake of the Broker Public Portal’s first board meeting comes the announcement that Alon Chaver, former Vice President of Industry Services at Trulia, has agreed to join the company’s Board of Managers. The governance of the LLC allows the Board to nominate two outside directors. Mr. Chaver is the first of those two. Mr. Chaver has deep roots in the […]

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Trulia in the Zillow Era

by Victor Lund on June 25, 2015

As an analyst for many brokerages, franchises, and MLSs, WAV Group looks carefully at reports from publishers to understand dynamics that can be leveraged to enhance performance. Sometimes, we encourage firms to keep their strategy the same. At other times we encourage trying something new or redeploying investment. I like Trulia’s reporting. It is something that other publishers (including their parent company) could benefit from. Below I will provide a […]

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5 Ways Towards a More Perfect Panel

by Kevin Hawkins on June 25, 2015

The old cliché “You get one chance to make a first impression” still resonates with me, particularly when I attend a real estate conference and listen to panels and presentations Each speaker, moderator and panelist has the opportunity to make a powerful impression with the audience, but to do that right; most people can’t just wing it. Nearly everyone who speaks at a conference needs to take NFL Quarterback Russell […]

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NAR announced its Core Standard program for local Associations just over a year ago.   In essence it is designed to help every association ensure that they are delivering a minimum standard of code of ethics enforcement communication, advocacy, consumer outreach and fundraising to its members. The program is a good start.   At last count it had led to at least 90 mergers, likely with smaller associations who simply did not […]

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An Industry At Risk

by Victor Lund on June 25, 2015

I am an optimist, so I live under the warm blanket of confidence that everything is going to be all right. But during the past month of traveling to every corner of our nation, I have encountered the twisty, curvy road to progress. I found greatness, and I found stagnation. I found agile innovators alongside good ol’ keep-it-is-ers. It’s hard to characterize our industry. We use most of the same […]

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Austin Board of REALTORS® Seeks New MLS Director

by Jenna Woodruff on June 23, 2015

The Austin Board of REALTORS® is seeking an MLS Director to lead its 11,000 member Multiple Listing Service, ACTRIS. The company is looking for a progressive Leader and Manager adept at creating positive change for MLS systems and services to help increase the value and relevance of their MLS operation. The ideal candidate is someone who thinks creatively about ways to make the MLS more relevant and profitable. The Director […]

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Change and Balance

by Victor Lund on June 16, 2015

WAV Group holds a quarterly webinar called the WAVes of Change. It allows companies and senior executives to get a one-hour overview of change that is happening in our industry. We wear a lot of hats in our capacity as industry researchers, investors, capital markets advisors, consultants, RE Technology publishers, and though our newest endeavor – WAV Group Communications. WAVes of Change webinars aim to pack all of this into […]

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Historically, the words, “location, location, location,” have guided the real estate industry; but today, a strong argument can be made to suggest that, “portal, portal, portal” has replaced location as a symbol of mysterious change and almost certain disruption. Forecasters and trend watchers such as Stephan Swanepoel, Jeremy Conaway, and Steve Murray have, for several years, warned us we were witnessing the final unraveling of our increasingly dysfunctional status quo. […]

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Putting Marketing on Autopilot

by Kevin Hawkins on June 10, 2015

Today, not a single agent among the nearly 3,000 that staff 170 RE/MAX of New Jersey offices is marketing a single listing. That’s because their marketing is on ‘Autopilot.” That’s the name of RE/MAX of NJ’s new marketing automation solution. Not one of their agents has to lift a finger to market a listing: It is being done for them, automatically, for every single listing. Autopilot creates, publishes and distributes […]

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Broker Public Portal Elects Executive Committee

by THE WAV GROUP on June 4, 2015

The Broker Public Portal announces that the Board of Managers has selected the first Executive Committee. Chairman: Merle Whitehead, CEO Realty USA Vice Chairman: John Mosey, CEO NorthstarMLS Secretary: Craig McClelland, Director Metro Brokers Treasurer: Paul Wells, CEO RE/MAX Barrington At Large: Cameron Paine, CEO Connecticut MLS At Large: Chris Heller, CEO Keller Williams Realty “It’s an honor to contribute to this vital initiative,” says Chairman Whitehead. “The resolve to […]

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