MLS Vendor Selections

by THE WAV GROUP on March 12, 2008

A factor that tends to be considered when choosing an MLS service provider is how many customers they have won or lost recently – particularly when some of those customer losses are large, costly, and well-publicized. And if that is not a formal consideration, when an MLS vendor looses a major customer, it is often on the mind of sourcing MLS organizations. In fact many companies that I have spoken […]


SentriLock goes public with major anouncemnt

by THE WAV GROUP on March 10, 2008

SentriLock, provider of lock box products to REALTORS is making a major stir in the lockbox category with their announcement of NXT Wireless lockboxes, as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer. With expected release this year, Sentrilock will be throwing a lifeline to real estate agents who do not embrace the Palm series of smartphones or eKey required to open the GE Supra lockboxes. By targeting technology that is more widely adopted in […]


2008-03-10 Jessica Swesey of Inman TV and Editor of Inman News interviewed Bob Hale of the Houston Association of Realtors. In this interview, Mr. Hale outlines the upcoming release of the WAV Group Whitepaper on MLS Public Facing Websites.


Free Real Estate Technology

by THE WAV GROUP on March 5, 2008

Yes, that is right!  REALTORS who look around can get some high quality technology for Free. But is free really Free? One of the more successful business models on the Internet today is making money by giving things away.  Much in the same way that Newspapers and Television have done for years.  Unlike those counterparts, the cost of distributing digital media is so cheep that 1% of people paying for […]


Blogging in Real Estate

by THE WAV GROUP on February 28, 2008

I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a leading industry speaker about Web 2.0. I have heard him speak many times and his message is delivered simply and clearly.  In his view, the audience hears what he is saying, but they are not able to ingest it very well. Simply stated, Web 2.0 has killed traditional marketing in real estate.  If you are marketing real estate today, you need two […]


Adobe Air for Real Estate MLS Application

by THE WAV GROUP on February 26, 2008

The race is on to provide a seamless MLS desktop, again.  But this time – no painful data sync. MLS’s seek Service providers/technology leaders to blur the differences between the connected and unconnected computer – code once, deploy on desktop and online. If you have not heard the story, Kevin Lynch, a software developer on sabbatical from Macromedia in 2001 wanted to be able to use his computer to see […]


Belize National Association of Realtors® (“BNAR”) and Point2 Technologies Inc. (“Point2”) today announced BNAR’s new MLS system, based on the Point2 NLS (National Listing Service) platform. BNAR® selected Point2 NLS for its unique opt-in / opt-out reciprocal listing advertising functionality, enabled by Point2’s patent pending technology, HandshakeTM. The technology allows real estate brokers and agents to instantly and selectively share listing data, including listing distribution to Point2 NLS-based peer websites. […]


Take Great Photos

by THE WAV GROUP on February 24, 2008

This video is all over the web. It made me think of two things. 1. Realtors could use this as a tip. 2. Social Media and blogs are very effective when good information is shared. $1 Image Stabilizer For Any Camera – Lose The Tripod – video powered by Metacafe


Property not mapped by Microsoft, Google or Mapquest

by THE WAV GROUP on February 24, 2008

What do you do when the map is wrong? There are many instances when mapquest, google, or Microsoft maps are wrong. This ongoing problem is getting better now that companies are filtering property rooftop locations against multiple databases. Recently I was asked to get a mapquest location fixed and I was able to do it very easily after a few hours of research. To save you the time, for mapquest, here […]


Real Estate Lead Generation News

by THE WAV GROUP on February 20, 2008

Most Home Real Estate Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Most Home Corp. (OTCBB: MHME), today announced the launch of an all new Online Lead Conversion Program designed exclusively for Keller Williams.     The Program, which will enable Teams and Associates to effectively manage and convert their Internet leads, offers proven processes for customer acquisition, response, and cultivation, and call center services provided by a highly skilled, licensed […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]



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.


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 […]


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.  […]


C.A.R. announces partnership with Terradatum

by THE WAV GROUP on January 25, 2008 – 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 […]


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 […]


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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