JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (February 19, 2008) – Fidelity National Information Services, Inc. (FIS) today announced that LandAmerica has signed an agreement to implement FIS’ SoftPro Select, a title and closing production package that will power LandAmerica Link, LandAmerica’s enterprisewide title and escrow system. Built on Microsoft’s .NET platform, SoftPro Select is a technologically advanced real estate solution that can easily scale to serve LandAmerica’s more than 8,000 users in more […]

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Speed re-finance the Fidelity way

by THE WAV GROUP on February 14, 2008

Consumers are desperate to refinance and lenders are overwhelmed with workouts. Fidelity National Information Services just launched a web-based loan-modification and electronic-signature utility for their ClosingStream e-mortgage platform that make the process painless for everyone. Mortgage may be the leader in Transaction Management The benefit to lenders is a reduction in costs associated with servicing the new loan agreements. The benefit to consumers is that they can cut down a […]

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Speaking in Tongues

by THE WAV GROUP on February 12, 2008

Multi Language Property Search   If you drive through the rust belt of America stretching from New York State to Michigan, you cannot help but to be dismayed by the dilapidated plants that line our state highways – specifically Highway 90, but there are many others.  Somehow we lost touch with manufacturing, and many factories went abroad. Now they are coming back. Along the country roads of Alabama, little more […]

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Why Newspapers are like Nursinghomes

by THE WAV GROUP on February 3, 2008

Advise to REALTORS – Budget your online advertising first and make it 50% of your total marketing budget. Advertising in newspapers is overly expensive, few people under 50 use them, and many who do are just a little out of it. Professionals today are reading their Blackberries iPhones and iPads every waking hour of the day and consuming news in real time, shopping for summer homes, and waiting for business opportunities […]

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MicroYahooSoft

by THE WAV GROUP on February 1, 2008

There may be a landslide shake up happening in the search engine industry which could form a company to rival Google’s 50% marketshare of search. This consolidation could lead to disapated competition in pay per click, and drive up costs for real estate online marketing.

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First Saul Klein, now Walt Baczkowski at Point2

by THE WAV GROUP on January 31, 2008

Today’s announcement by Point2 Technologies may be a signal of what is to come next under the new leadership at Point2. Saul Klein is well known through his efforts in delivering agent products and services under the e-Pro program and via REAL TOWN. Now with Walt Baczkowski on board (pun intended), I would suspect that Point2 will begin to roll out a plan to deliver thier products and services to […]

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Lucy, you got some splaining to do!

by THE WAV GROUP on January 30, 2008

As a student of philosophy I often found value in considering the extremes of an issue before trying to understand the balance. An article published this week in The New York Times gave an extreme example of an International real estate market that provides valuable consideration of where we are today in our real estate market. In Havana, Cuba, 100% of the real property is owned by the socialist state.  […]

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C.A.R. announces partnership with Terradatum

by THE WAV GROUP on January 25, 2008

ClarisResources.com – Valuable tools for providing real estate market logic to consumers During the California Association of REALTORS meetings this week, Real Estate Business Services, Inc. (REBS) announced a partnership with Terradatum to offer two terrific new services for agents to help them better serve the information needs of their clients. “Consumers are exposed to constant housing market chatter, and these tools provide meaningful information, specific and relevant to the […]

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Make MLS Listings work harder

by THE WAV GROUP on January 24, 2008

One Simple Method for Improving MLS Listing Data Accuracy For many MLSs around the country, missing photos consistently rank as one of the most prevalent problems with MLS listings. Not only does it create the potential for a subscriber to receive a fine, it significantly limits the ability to market a property. Now that digital cameras are included in just about every cell phone and digital cameras cost as little […]

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Smartphones in Real Estate Off The Charts

by THE WAV GROUP on January 23, 2008

Smartphones in Real Estate Off The Charts Smartphones are becoming extremely popular, especially now that AT&T, the largest mobile phone service provider in the United States is heavily promoting $99 smartphones.  Growth of the smartphone market is being driven by adoption of BlackBerry and other brands, but NOT by phones with the Palm operating system. The market is projected to have 30% compounded annual growth for the next five years. […]

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What Happens When You Turn Off Your Blog

by THE WAV GROUP on January 23, 2008

One of my favorite jokes goes something like this. What happens when you play a country music song backwards? Your wife moves back in, your dog is revived, you get a new truck.. I had a very interesting conversation last night with Bill French, one of the brightest minds in the world of Blogging.  We discussed what happens when someone turns off a blog that they have had for a […]

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Plain Language Real Estate Search

by THE WAV GROUP on January 21, 2008

It’s time for Plain Language in Real Estate Property Search I was reminiscing this weekend about the fun of my childhood which largely centered on Western New York lakes and lake cottages.  It inspired to do some research around Buffalo and neighboring waterfront areas on the Canadian shores as well.  I know the area pretty well, but I was not sure of waterfront home values so I began to do […]

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Lather, Rinse, Repeat – the secret to clean hair and real estate success I attended the Inman Connect conference in New York last week. I attended several of the sessions and spoke on a panel about productivity tools. Throughout the couple of days, I got the distinct impression that many of the agents were there to get “the secret” about how to survive and thrive in a down market.  In […]

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Listingbook is a must have for every MLS

by THE WAV GROUP on December 21, 2007

There is little doubt that Listingbook is a must-have for MLSs today. To begin with – it provides a member benefit for free!  Imagine if an MLS gave Top Producer to every agent for free, or a flyer software program for free, or an e-mail marketing product for free, or showingtime for free. Listingbook is a little bit of all of these products.  It alows agents to communicate with buyers […]

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foreclosure rates in California

by THE WAV GROUP on December 19, 2007

Inman ran a story today about foreclosures across the United States.  California led the nation with 39,992 filings acording to data collected by Realtytrac. California is home to 12% of the U.S. Population with 37,700,000 people.  Only 1 in 325 homes went into foreclosure.  Considering the median priced home at $497,110, 1 in 325 homes is very reasonable.  Home ownership is well beond the reach of most people living in […]

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HGTV launches frontdoor.com

by THE WAV GROUP on December 19, 2007

Ok, you gotta check this out.  I am not sure real estate agents really understand where thier listings may go when they are advertised in magazines or newspapers. Frontdoor.com has launched a property search website and they source their listings from media companies like homesandland.com and realestatebook.com. In advertising, all press is good press, right?  Well – maybe, maybe not. Monthly magazines update their listings every month and some leave […]

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Contract Negotiations

by THE WAV GROUP on December 17, 2007

Our executive team has personally negotiated hundreds of MLS and broker software contracts over a span of 24 years.  We understand MLS and broker contracts from both the vendor and customer side and can help you successfully navigate through this process.   We will make sure you have the right support and product guarantees at the best possible price. A good contract will make sure that any new installation, conversion or […]

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MLS System Conversion and Implementation

by THE WAV GROUP on December 17, 2007

Selecting the MLS vendor is only one part of a successful technology solution. Managing the actual system conversion and installation has more impact on member satisfaction than the actual technology in many cases.Understanding exactly what the roles of the vendor, the MLS staff and the membership are and coordinating resources appropriately is not something many MLS staff have time or training to do effectively. The process of launching a new product or […]

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MLS System Review and Selection

by THE WAV GROUP on December 17, 2007

MLS System Review and Selection   There isn’t one solution to fit all MLS needs. Established MLS vendors bring quality products with different strengths to market while MLSs with in-house systems have proven they can develop real solutions for their members. What’s the right way to go, build or buy? Are you missing key technology that could really make a difference for your members? What about transaction management? Should that […]

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Internet Strategies for Real Estate

by THE WAV GROUP on December 16, 2007

Turn Your Web Efforts Into Money Makers!   The Need For an Internet Strategy Whatever your role in the real estate industry the Internet is a critical part of your professional life today.  It isn’t just about email anymore.   The number of people who begin looking for property on the Internet is increasing dramatically each year and the dynamic of the Internet savvy shopper is different, but attractive.  They come […]

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