In 2005, WAV Group looked at Transaction Management adoption and wondered why it hadn’t taken off.  Everyone was saying they wanted it and everybody said it was a good idea, yet, the more we delved into it the more we found a lack of real adoption.  The study, which is still available for download here. identified many of the issues affecting adoption and why there was a gap between what the […]

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WAV Group Releases Localism Whitepaper

by THE WAV GROUP on April 30, 2009

For more than two years, WAV Group has been doing research that provides insight for real estate companies to focus on strategies that will accelerate their online business opportunities. We have studied consumer and broker opinions of MLS Consumer Facing websites, Broker websites, the effectiveness of listing syndication, broker lead response and even mobile search. All of these studies were focused on measuring components of online strategies deployed today around […]

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Stop Advertising and start “EDUtising”

by THE WAV GROUP on April 29, 2009

Most of us tune out when we hear companies telling us how great they are in commercials. We have become pretty cynical about advertising. Traditional advertising like radio and TV have gotten slammed as ineffective tools for generating leads. There are whole technologies that have been built to help us zap advertising so that we can get to the content we are really interested in. Well, what if our advertising […]

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Virtual Office Website in the New York Times

by THE WAV GROUP on April 25, 2009

If anyone has doubts about the power shift that is taking place as a result of Virtual Office Websites – think again.  Virtual Office Websites are putting real estate agents back into the center of the conversation between consumers and the property information in the best possible way. Check out the fantastic article from Sundays NYT entitled “Brokers Enrich Their Web Tactics.” This is what one broker had to say about […]

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Luxury Real Estate gets Social in Las Vegas

by THE WAV GROUP on April 23, 2009

Victor Lund of the WAV Group will be joining Jim Walberg of Caribbean Islands Realty, Jon Larrance of Perry & Company, Bruce Hiatt of Las Vegas’ Luxury Realty Group, and Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner of Australia to produce a seminar on Social Networking at the Luxury Real Estate Conference in Las Vegas next week. The Seminar topic is titled “The Power of Social Networking: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Blogging Tactics of Top Luxury Professionals” The success that […]

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We think it is interesting to note that during these very difficult times in real estate a new comer to the U.S. real estate market is successfully expanding their franchise operations. As Stefan Swanepoel reported today in Inman news (http://www.inman.com/node/94265)  Engel & Völkers announced that it signed its 555th license, worldwide, with the signing of the license region for Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Westwood in California. By way of […]

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We think it is interesting to note that during these very difficult times in real estate a new comer to the U.S. real estate market is successfully expanding their franchise operations. As Stefan Swanepoel reported today in Inman news (http://www.inman.com/node/94265)  Engel & Völkers announced that it signed its 555th license, worldwide, with the signing of the license region for Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Westwood in California. By way of […]

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We all see way too much negative press about the real estate market in the mainstream press these days.  Its nice when we see a company that has launched a product to help the REALTOR® take back control of communication of the localized market trends in their region. Real Estate Business Services, division of the California Association of REALTORS launched a product a few months ago that allows agents to […]

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to err is human, in terms of social MLS

by THE WAV GROUP on April 14, 2009

Portland is the site for the Connections 2009 conference, welcoming a select group of real estate dignitaries to discuss the evolution of our industry and the painful realities that hold us back. I will be speaking briefly to the lawyers who write the pages of rules that govern order in the vast lands of MLS – I applaud their work. Sharing – the cornerstone of web 2.0 – is the terrorist […]

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In 2008, WAV Group did three studies that observed and measured scenarios of real estate listing websites.  The Broker Website Effectiveness study measured 1 million consumers and thier engagement with Broker Websites across the country. The MLS Consumer Website effectiveness study measured conusmer and member satisfaction with HAR’s successful public website.  The Listhub Listing Syndication Study reviewed the number of consumers and leads that were driven to brokers as a result of syndicating […]

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2009 Reports

by THE WAV GROUP on April 9, 2009

Edutizing WAV Group Study outlining how real estate market information can be used in Advertising Make More Green by Going Green WAV Group Study on how to attract more customers and become more profitable with a green real estate operation Virtual Tour WAV Group Study outlining leading virtual tour practices for REALTORS and review of leading Virtual Tour products Localism WAV Group Study that illustrates how Geo Domain Targeting assists […]

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A Document a Day Keeps the Paper Away

by THE WAV GROUP on April 7, 2009

Real estate is a very paper-intensive business.  There are millions of dollars spent every year printing, processing and storing paper.  Finally, the concept of processing real estate paperwork online is coming into its own.  A few years ago when WAV Group completed its 2005 WAV Group Transaction Management Adoption Study, it appeared as though the industry was not that interested or even ready to complete its transaction online. Today, all […]

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Instanet has demonstrated phenomenal growth over the past couple of years. They have experienced huge increases in participation with their electronic faxing, online forms, document management and transaction management product suite.They are expanding their sales team and are looking for another National Account Manager to continue to expand their presence throughout North America.  WAV Group has been retained to help find a terrific candidate to continue to drive new growth […]

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Do you know where your listings are going? Realtor.com and realestate.yahoo.com have been battling it out for the top spot in the nation for real estate property search.  Now a rising contender is in the mix, zillow.com in a move that could break the virtual tie between zillow and trulia forever. An early secret to realtor.com was the extension of thier property search site to more than 100 other prominent […]

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Real Estate Connect Future of the MLS by Inman News

by THE WAV GROUP on March 31, 2009

If you did not have an opportunity to attend the Inman News conference, Connect – you missed a great session titled The Future of the MLS.  The video of that session is reprinted here courtesy of Inman News

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What To Do When Your Hard Drive Crashes – and Before!

by THE WAV GROUP on March 31, 2009

If you have had the fun experience of losing a drive anytime you know how frustrating it is as well as potentially damaging to your business.  I have lost a number of drives over the years on PCs but luckily my data was backed up or the content was not that important.  Then, I lost my drive I was using to back up my PCs and due to needing to […]

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Maintain Long-term Customers with VOW Part Five of a Five part series “Roadmap to using VOWs in your business.” In this fifth of a series of five articles about Virtual Office Websites or VOW’s we are going to discuss the ways to use a VOW to work more effectively with past clients. Many REALTORS fail to stay connected to clients they have already done transactions with. Evidence of this is […]

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AEI Presentation View more presentations from RealEstateZebra.

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More about Twitter for Real Estate or Twitterstate

by THE WAV GROUP on March 22, 2009

I joined twitter in June, 2007. Here is my first tweet. Trying to figure out why Brad Inman has selected a guy like Hugh MacLeod, a self professed twitter-head to be the key note speaker Connect1:42 PM Jun 26th, 2007 from web In retrospect – I Brad was onto something very early on, but oddly enough he did not post to Twitter until April 18th, 2008. We posted a very […]

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New Problems emerge in mortgage bailout

by THE WAV GROUP on March 21, 2009

This is the beginning of an article found on Blown Mortgage that frames this discussion quite well…. “Stimulus funds need to be infused into the economy as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to stimulate growth,” said David Williams, leader of Deloittes Financial Advisory Services practice. “However, the legislative process as well as the publics desire for transparency surrounding how stimulus funds are allocated do not bode well for getting stimulus […]

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