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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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Texas Map

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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Changing Trends

With 2017 in full swing there is no better time to get prepared for the year ahead. WAVes of Change will provide you with most effective ways to help prep your association for the inevitable evolutions and revolutions the real estate industry may experience this year. We Attend the Events so You Don’t Have To We know how costly travel, hotel and expenses can be, especially for multiple people from […]

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Tim Dain, MLS Director at the Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR) is known for being a tech innovator. He can now add creating an industry first to his resume, thanks to the vital support of his forward-thinking Board at ABoR, plus a big assist from Jeremy Crawford, CEO of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO). What ABoR announced today busts open a door for real estate tech developers that has […]

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Independence, Ohio— January 23, 2017. This week InstaView 3.0, the newest release of Property Panorama’s category-leading virtual tour platform, became the first virtual tour to publish Structured Data. Structured Data allows search engines like Google to render Agent Profiles, Office Profiles, Open Houses, and Property Detail summaries within search results, dramatically improving the search optimization of real estate listings. “Structured Data makes it easier to find and deliver information and […]

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Broker Public Portal Inks Deal to Become Homesnap

by Victor Lund on January 19, 2017

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●     Homesnap will be a national MLS consumer search portal ●     Portal will adhere to Fair Display Guidelines   ROCKVILLE, MD, January 19, 2017 — Broker Public Portal, LLC and Homesnap, Inc. have executed final agreements to create the National Broker Portal, LLC, a joint venture that is equally owned by the two companies. The parties agreed that the best path to success would be served by forming a […]

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Looking for a Killer CTO position?

by Marilyn Wilson on January 12, 2017

EXP Realty

We work with tons of brokerages that say they want to look at their business in completely new ways. Companies that have been in the business for a long time though, cannot fundamentally change their approach for fear of losing agents and decreasing their market share. eXp REALTY is different. This company came out of the gate with a fundamentally different business model and an extremely unique approach to sales […]

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Establishing Roots in Real Estate After working as the Director of Marketing & Professional Services at the Naples Board of Realtors in Florida, Paine moved on to the head position at the Bonita Springs-Estero Association, which, at the time, was a small association sandwiched between a megaboard in Fort Myers and another in Naples. As a contiguous market, all three were collaborating on building a jointly-owned and controlled MLS called […]

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NYC Party Next Week – Hamilton

by Marilyn Wilson on January 11, 2017

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Every year a bunch of us industry road warriors get together while we are in NYC to have an late night off campus party. This year, we will be meeting up at Tonic West. And as usual, John Heithaus has pulled together some of the best NYC musicians who will be playing a few sets of good old rock and roll along with some features from the hit musical Hamilton. […]

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RESO Standards Adoption Report

by Victor Lund on January 11, 2017

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The Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) has driven the most important data solution for real estate brokers over the past year. With support from the National Association of REALTORS®, all NAR® affiliated MLSs (think association-owned) are required to adopt the RESO standard for MLS data. This change compelled CoreLogic®, the nation’s largest MLS provider to make the changes to the MLS data feeds. Zillow Group also jumped into the mix […]

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Brokers Need To Fix Their YouTube Channel

by Victor Lund on January 11, 2017

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WAV Group has studied the effectiveness of video marketing for brokers over number of years. By and large, firms are not seeing the level of engagement on video marketing that justifies the trouble or expense. Having a video on YouTube with 2 or 3 views is not a conveyance of success. The promises of video marketing are pretty significant. By using video, a property is marketed more dynamically than photo […]

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About MLS Client Portals

by Victor Lund on January 10, 2017

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This afternoon I was able to enjoy a delightful conversation between two very bright, very experienced real estate CEOs – Greg Robertson of W&R Studios – makers of CloudCMA and CloudStreams, and Michael Wurzer, CEO FBS Data Systems, makers of FlexMLS (America’s second largest MLS vendor). The discussion centered on speed, design, delivery, among other things. It all went down on Twitter. If you love real estate technology – @gregrobertson […]

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The impact of the annual reveal of both the Inman Influencer List and the Swanepoel Power 200 is like a social media cannon shot: you can hear the buzz everywhere. The fact that this year, these leadership lists were released nearly simultaneously makes the buzz near deafening. The rush you get seeing your name on either – and in some cases, both – of these prestigious lists never gets old. […]

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Should Brokers Do REALTOR Background Checks

by Victor Lund on January 4, 2017

Background Check

Too often, brokers and managers get caught up in recruiting goals that they skip some basic best practices – Background Checks, Customer Satisfaction Checks, etc. Perhaps agents should be checking out the backgrounds of their broker too. Before the New Year, Todd Kohlhepp, a real estate broker was linked to 7 murders and a kidnapping. Todd was the broker in charge of TKA Real Estate. Inman news reported that the […]

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How Will You Expand in 2017?

by Victor Lund on January 3, 2017

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Businesses have a simple strategy – MORE! If you are brokerage, you want more revenue. To get more revenue you need more transactions. If you want more transactions, you need more productivity per agent, or more agents. If you are an MLS or a technology company, you want more subscribers. More, More, More. The problem with more is that it typically does not involve listening to your current customers. In […]

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Companies Are Not Designed to Merge

by Victor Lund on January 3, 2017

Merger Puzzle

WAV Group has participated and observed the mass amounts of merger activity that has hit a high pitch in 2016. It is happening at all levels of our industry – agents merging into teams, brokers merging into mega brokers, Association of REALTORS® mergers, and MLS mergers. Based upon our work schedule for Q1 of 2017, this trend does not seem to have any ebb in sight. WAV Group will facilitate […]

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Hacker Connect Agenda Released

by Victor Lund on December 29, 2016

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WAV Group is excited to sponsor Hacker Connect. If you want to get the most out of Inman and you are in the technology side of the real estate industry. You want to attend this one day event on Monday before the full conference. Note: You can attend this for one day, or send your technical staff for one day without doing the entire conference. Connect is one of my […]

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Send Your Techies to Inman Hacker Connect

by Victor Lund on December 20, 2016

WAV Group is sponsoring Inman Hacker Connect. It is a one day conference for your product managers and technology staff. For this group of constituents, this may be the best one day event of the year. Our sponsorship does not pay the whole fee, but we are paying for a lot of it. Please take advantage. Reasons to Send Them Technology is always changing, but real estate technology is going […]

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