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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RFP Process

by THE WAV GROUP on December 16, 2007

Request for Proposal Process   Our RFP process is a comprehensive program that begins with understanding your needs and objectives and ends with system conversion and implementation.   The key is to start with a clear understanding of your specific needs and objectives.  Then, with a good foundation we move through the vendor selection process in a way that allows your leadership to clearly understand the strengths and weaknesses of the […]

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Request for Proposal Process

by THE WAV GROUP on December 16, 2007

Our RFP process is a comprehensive program that begins with understanding your needs and objectives and ends with system conversion and implementation.   The key is to start with a clear understanding of your specific needs and objectives.  Then, with a good foundation we move through the vendor selection process in a way that allows your leadership to clearly understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various vendors and systems available.  […]

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WAV Group Online Surveys

by THE WAV GROUP on December 15, 2007

Online Surveys Surveys are an effective way for your organization to measure progress against your strategic objectives, to determine member satisfaction with technology or services and to take the pulse on any number of issues.  WAV Group Internet surveys are  fast, affordable and efficient.  Our state of the art survey tools allow for the ultimate in flexibility in survey design and our design team has extensive experience in building survey instruments that meet […]

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Broker Management System/Products

by THE WAV GROUP on December 15, 2007

Broker Management System/Products Review – Selection – Conversion – Implementation   There isn’t one solution to fit all broker needs. The choices and product capabilities available today are impressive but the challenges of selection and implementation can be daunting and mistakes can be costly. WAV Group can optimize this process and minimize risks for our clients. Depending on your needs and where you are in your vendor evaluation our services can be […]

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For Real Estate Firms

by THE WAV GROUP on December 15, 2007

Broker Management Systems/Products – Review – Selection – Conversion – Implementation Transaction Management Systems – Review – Selection – Conversion – Implementation

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MLSs and Associations

by THE WAV GROUP on December 15, 2007

The WAV Group PRO Plan is a comprehensive strategic planning process which helps an organization uncover major opportunities for improvement and then build and execute action plans to achieve these breakthroughs. In order for a strategic plan to be effective, it needs to incorporate both internal and external perspectives.  It needs to examine the Association’s strengths and weaknesses from the perspective of the internal staff and members as well as […]

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