The Industry Has Risen

by Victor Lund on May 10, 2017

Consolidation

I had a feeling during the recession that the pillars that held our industry in trust had cracked. The first of two pillars of trust is the National Association of REALTORS® as fully constituted by its local, state, national, and international chapters. The second pillar of trust is the Multiple Listing Service. History has taught us that when you apply pressure to any society or organization it is likely to […]

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RESO

MLSs have done a great job of embracing the Real Estate Standards Organization, the RESO Data Dictionary and RESO Web API. Today, 93% of all REALTORS® in America work with MLSs that are RESO Certified. RESO volunteers have worked tirelessly for years to get us to this stage.  MLSs have done the hard work to make RESO data standards available to their members and technology partners. We’re on the cusp […]

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Fixing Real Estate with People and 2.0 Technology

by Kevin Hawkins on May 10, 2017

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In Colorado there’s a modern brokerage called 8z Real Estate that has become known for its collaborative work environment and home to top producing teams that support one another. And despite all the competition – after all it is in RE/MAX’s backyard – it’s become a dominate player on Colorado’s Front Range. Most recently, 8z Rea Estate garnered the attention of The Denver Post, which selected Boulder-based 8z Real Estate […]

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          —700,000+ Agents to be on Matrix by Yearend— IRVINE, Calif., May 9, 2017—CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, announced today the completion of a large-scale project to convert its Fusion™, MLXchange® and TEMPO® clients to the Matrix™ multiple listing platform. More than 50 clients on CoreLogic legacy systems were migrated to Matrix in less than 30 months. “Successfully converting […]

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RESO Honors its Outstanding Volunteers

by Kevin Hawkins on May 8, 2017

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Real Estate Standards Organization, or RESO, recently showed how massive volunteerism is in real estate. It often goes unnoticed, under the radar. But at its sold-out Spring Summit in Austin, Jeremy Crawford, CEO of RESO, took to the stage and invested time to honor more than two-dozen people in our industry. Jeremy recognized each of them for their outstanding personal contributions with a 2017 Spring Tech Summit Award. What’s amazing to think about […]

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Building a Seller Lead Funnel

by Victor Lund on May 3, 2017

In a conversation yesterday with a large brokerage firm, we discussed a $250,000 online ad campaign that was directed at generating buyer leads. If the vendor had not quoted a $100k price increase over the previous year, the client would have simply stroked the check for $150k without a meeting, as they had done over the past 13 years. The massive price increase caused them to rethink. What came out […]

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CoreLogic Hires John Chipman

by Victor Lund on May 2, 2017

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WAV Group are pleased to announced that John Chipman has joined the CoreLogic Team. Read the full press release from CoreLogic below. It is my pleasure to announce that John Chipman has joined CoreLogic® as a strategic account executive with a focus on real estate brokerage. John has been working with real estate brokerages dating back to his start with Homestore in 1999. Over the years he has become an […]

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5 Steps to an Impactful and Effective Strategic Plan

by Marilyn Wilson on April 28, 2017

Change Switch

We’ve all been involved in those strategic planning sessions where you get locked in a room, hold hands, sing Kumbaya, feel really excited for about 3 days and then everyone goes back to doing everything the same old way they did before the session. They are a total waste of time. I call those sessions “Forced Family Fun”. They give strategic planning a bad name. Let’s talk about a way […]

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If you have a teenager, you know all about Snapchat. Since the earliest days of social media, WAV Group has experimented with a host of social media platforms to discover opportunities for our clients. In lock step, I have been snapping away. Haven’t tried Snapchat for real estate marketing? Don’t bother. Unless you are trying to keep up with your child or other Snapchat enthusiast, there is no place on […]

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – April 27, 2017 – Clareity is excited to announce a new event for the real estate industry: {Integrate}: The Developer’s Workshop. This first-ever, immersive conference is designed for the technical contributors in the industry including developers, coders, engineers, IT professionals, and others interested in real estate technology. This one-day workshop will take place June 1st, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.Speakers will include world-class talent in […]

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Remine Hires Three Real Estate Technology Veterans

by Marilyn Wilson on April 27, 2017

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FALLS CHURCH, Va., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/  Lucie Fortier will serve as Remine’s VP of Product to oversee product development and MLS implementations.  Bill Weis was hired as Director of Data Acquisitions. Joel Shears is Director of Industry Relations. Fortier joins Remine from Corelogic, where she was Senior Director of Operations for Real Estate Solutions, including Matrix and Realist, which is in use by more than 700,000 Realtors® today. “MLS […]

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Digital Designers are Killing the Content!

by Kevin Hawkins on April 27, 2017

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One of two things has happened. Either my eyesight is completely shot or magazines have somehow decided that 8-point font is legible. Unfortunately, it turns out my eyesight isn’t as good as it used to be, and just about every magazine I seem to pick up these days appears to be designed by a prima donna or don who is killing the content because it’s impossible to read. The hard […]

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Upstream May Go Both Ways

by Victor Lund on April 27, 2017

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April 10th marked a big transition for Upstream RE, the broker driven effort to develop a data management system for all firms. As you may know, there are three components to Upstream – data input, data storage, and data distribution. It is also important to remind you what Upstream is not – it’s not an MLS, not a consumer site, and not a data share. Upstream is a replacement for […]

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WAV Group will be hosting a free informational webinar next Tuesday 2nd May at 10am PST (register here) to provide information about the new offer from This Old House to allow brokerage firms to display their award winning video content at no charge. Brokers have been benefiting from video publishing on their listing pages and community pages for years – but the process of getting fresh, high production quality video […]

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Bigger Conferences Are Not Better

by Victor Lund on April 20, 2017

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The real estate industry is going strong. It is healthy and vibrant, full of bloom and experiencing exciting change. As agents, brokers, MLSs, franchises and tech firms explore a deeper understanding of the industry’s best practices, they look to conferences to gain insights and meet the people that are powering new ideas. Conferences are good, and we attend a lot of them. Our annual conference tour includes two NAR conventions, […]

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IRVINE, Calif., April 19, 2017—CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced that Information and Real Estate Services, LLC (IRES) is the first CoreLogic client to make Graphiq data visualizations available to U.S. homebuyers. Working together, CoreLogic and Graphiq provide responsive data visualizations that graphically illustrate property lot, tax and transaction information, as well as local real estate trends, school ratings, commute times, and demographic […]

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BELLINGHAM, WA – (Marketwired – April 17, 2017) – eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI), the holding company for eXp Realty LLC, The Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage®, today announced the addition of industry veterans Kee Wah Chung, Kathy Gordon, Scott Petronis and Mitch Robinson to its management team. “Our daily objective is to be the most agent-centric brokerage firm in the world,” said Russ Cofano, President and General Counsel of eXp […]

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students building robot

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will.” That quote from Vernon Howard sums up why I love being around students. They are so damn smart, engaging and not as jaded as the rest of us older folks. They are open to new ideas, quick to embrace innovative thinking and fast to adapt and explore new approaches. During their high school years in […]

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If you have been to a hotel or purchased a car in the past few years, you have likely received high quality customer service as well as a survey and feedback request. According to Gartner, “Today, 89% of marketers compete primarily on the basis of customer experience.” For major companies and brands, the process of issuing a satisfaction survey after the service is complete is long expired. Today’s companies are […]

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Homesnap Now Available To Over 500,000 Agents

by Victor Lund on April 11, 2017

ROCKVILLE, MD, April 11, 2017 — Homesnap, which is the public face of the Broker Public Portal (BPP), has surged past the 500,000 agent mark and is now available to agents and their clients in over 50 large and small markets across the country. Since the BPP became operational at the beginning of 2017, many MLSs have signed up to participate in the portal, accelerating the growth of the platform […]

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