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WAV Group will be hosting a free informational webinar Monday, July 9th at 10am Pacific. The most rapid growth in real estate brokerage has happened with 100% commission firms, otherwise known as Transaction Fee Brokerages. 

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NAREE Conferences Continue to Break New Ground

by Victor Lund on June 18, 2018

WAV Group attended the NAREE conference for the fifth consecutive year. For more than a few of team members like Kevin Hawkins, they have attended nearly every year of their career. Here is the inside word. If you want to be heard, you need to be a newsmaker. The key to getting access to be heard is establishing a relationship with journalists – otherwise, you are a whisper.

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Cloud CMA Resets UI To Drive Usability and Growth

by Victor Lund on June 18, 2018

WAV Group has known the founders of W+R Studios long before they broke away from eNeighborhoods and founded the company. The partners have invested their lives and careers in developing real estate software that makes a difference. Cloud CMA was their first product, mobile friendly, easy to use, beautiful CMA reports. They launched at a time when building a CMA on your phone or tablet was impossible. They took a mobile first approach and were able to drive market adoption with impressive speed.

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In a video announcement released yesterday, Tom Hosack, President and CEO and Broker of Record of Northwood Realty announced the acquisition of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty, creating what may be the largest real estate company in the greater Pittsburgh marketplace. The combined company forecasts more listings, more closings and more sales volume than any other competitor. 

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CoreLogic’s strategic partnership team has been very busy lately. Last month they introduced a relationship with Homes.com for MLS consumer websites and with Prospects for agent CRM. In an announcement today, they have added Elm Street Technology’s Elevate brokerage solution to the mix of offerings.

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At WAV Group, we like to look under the hood at what the top property search sites in America are doing to engage consumers and boost performance. In some cases, we work with the site owner and have access to their analytics (ie Google Analytics or other). In other cases, we use benchmarking tools like Hitwise and ComScore to get a glimpse into what these top performers may be doing. The results are interesting.

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When Daniel Castro from the Internet Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) took the stage at Inman in New York on January, we all thought he was going to provide an academic view of our industry and provide us with some food for thought. What we didn’t know was that he was going to tell us how the consumer needs Open Data because we have somehow been holding back on them.   We also didn’t know at the time that the ITIF had been promoting Zillow for many years.  Castro published an articles on the Federal Government’s Economic and Statistics Administration website featuring a promotional video from Zillow in 2015 entitled “Open Data Impact:  How Zillow Uses Open Data to Level the Playing Field for Consumers.”

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Stop Speaking Geek

by Victor Lund on June 4, 2018

If you have traveled abroad, you have undoubtedly experienced the discomfort of communicating in a foreign language. I can tell you that in hotel speak, a salon is not a suite. The language barrier can create all kinds of misunderstandings. Where I see this happening frequently in real estate is the amount of geek speak that is in the board room.

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When Your Product Is Your Brand

by Victor Lund on June 4, 2018

Brand

I look at technology products every day. I do not want to lay any hate on any particular company.  But, I have observed a number of company brands who offer real estate technology that have not differentiated the company name from the product name. For clarity, Apple is a company brand, iPhone is a product, and X is a product version. Kleenex is an example of a company brand name and product name that are the same.

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My First Forbes Column: A Writer’s Journey

by Kevin Hawkins on May 28, 2018

It was exciting to be invited to interview to become part of the Forbes Real Estate Council last year. The biggest attraction for me was the opportunity to be published on Forbes.com. Forbes, for me, is the gold standard when it comes to business publishing.

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Hilton Head MLS – Leading RESO Adoption

by Marilyn Wilson on May 28, 2018

The Hilton Head MLS is small, but mighty.  They take their job of serving the brokers in their community very seriously. 

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Milestones. Every career has these extra special events. So what qualifies something for milestone status? I think it’s when all you have to do is mention what you did and the immediate reaction from others is: “Wow.” Lifelong Realtor Ben Caballero’s career is filled with milestones. 

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NAR Midyear: Looking For The Tech Enablers

by Kevin Hawkins on May 14, 2018

Tech enablers. That’s what I will be looking for at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 14-19 in Washington DC this week, best known as NAR Midyear. I’ll head down to the trade show floor and spend the rest of my time shuttling between the Marriott and the Omni lobbies talking to influencers and tech leaders.

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Homes Nails New Website Design

by Victor Lund on May 14, 2018

Homes.com

Homes.com has been running in 4th position in the portal race, tucked in behind Zillow, Realtor, and Trulia. I thought that their old site was fine, but their new site adds in Artificial Intelligence in ways that make the consumer experience fantastic. In a world of sameness, Homes has changed the game.

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REALTOR Associations and Government

by Victor Lund on May 11, 2018

More than any other time in my 20-year career in real estate, I am seeing significant unrest in the relations between the various tiers of the REALTOR Associations. The struggle for power is real, and the center of that struggle is technology. As we head to midyear, we are expecting to see the sparks fly.

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TOH

When Elm Street Technology partnered with This Old House, the primary goal of the partnership was to allow brokerages and MLSs to have access to the high-quality video content.

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Registration Marks Do Not Belong In News Releases

by Kevin Hawkins on May 7, 2018

No Registration

Allow me to share a professional rant. We have to stop listening to the lawyers on this one. Companies are habitually adding registration marks to their news releases. I confess. I have more than one client that requires them. But I have to stop, raise my hand and ask one question. Why?

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Zillow Logo

Since its early days, Zillow Group has maintained a position that the consumer interest is best served by allowing listings from all sources, including For Sale By Owner, to be posted to their site. This may be, in part, why Zillow sites had up to 187 Million unique users visit their sites last year.  Recently, WAV Group has noticed a new type of broker support that is in line with this policy.

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RESO sold out its Spring Tech Summit in Denver last week three times, organizers said. Demand by industry tech and business leaders wanting to attend within the last two weeks forced the nonprofit to re-open registration twice until it pushed to capacity. The Real Estate Standards Organization filled the main ballroom to the brim, with just short of 300 people, at the hip Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver. Art Carter, RESO Chair and head of the largest MLS in the nation CRMLS, noted how far the organization had come in the last five years. One of the most vital breakthroughs: the number of women attending RESO – and presenting on stage. Two other big highlights were the announcement of the two winners of its Innovation Competition and the honoring of more two dozen of RESO members and leaders for “thousands of volunteer hours” to create, implement and advocate for real estate industry standards. Innovation winners Shawn Whitaker of MLS Data Tools based in Boise, Idaho and Robert Humphreys of Predicted Property based in British Columbia, Canada, were the Innovation winners. They were flown in to present their breakthrough ideas that leverage artificial intelligence and automation at the summit, built on top of a standardized RESO data set that was provided to them by Austin Board of REALTORS®, CoreLogic, and RESO. Predicted Property, founded by Robert Humphries, collects micro insights from predictive speech analytics enhanced by artificial intelligence to give agents intelligence on properties and improve their ability to close sales. Tapping into the RESO provided data feed, he discovered that standardized data can be used to surface actionable data points about properties that match clients’ interests. The result is a more efficient and cost-effective lead generation tool for agents. MLS Data Tools, created by Shawn Whitaker, developed software that solves for the tremendous amount of technical labor that is required to aggregate MLS data nationwide using automation. Its white label software and tools can significantly decrease the amount of time startups, brokers, and agents would spend aggregating RESO standardized data that powers industry solutions. RESO Volunteers honored Summit host Jeremy Crawford, CEO of RESO, honored 19 individual members, eight Chairs of RESO Workgroups and a key committee, as well as four RESO leaders for their outstanding personal contributions with 2018 Spring Tech Summit Awards. Crawford noted that collectively these individuals contributed “thousands of annual volunteer hours to RESO Workgroups, and […]

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TOH

WAV Group will be hosting a free informational webinar on Thursday 10th May at 10am PST to display the benefits for MLSs and Brokerages to participate in the This Old House Real Estate Network. TOHREN will introduce Condo.com, an existing partner to demonstrate benefits and assist in illustrating how real estate firms can participate.

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