Press Releases

Congratulations to our friends at eXp REALTY for achieving yet another important milestone. In addition to doubling the size of their agent count in less than 1 year, they have been able to do it while keeping their employees very happy – not an easy thing to do! What’s the their secret?   Here’s the secret sauce from where I sit. 1. Unique business model that focuses the money where it should be – in the hands of those creating value for the company – the agents 2.  Consistent training and coaching because of centralized management support 3.  Passion – these guys LOVE what they do and they work their butts off to make it happen! Read the rest of the press release to get the juicy details below! ******* eXp Realty Founder Glenn Sanford Named a Glassdoor Top CEO in 2018 Company Earlier Recognized as Glassdoor 2018 Best Place to Work BELLINGHAM, Wash., June 20, 2018 — eXp Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPI), today announced that Founder Glenn Sanford was named a Top CEO in Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards. Glenn was ranked No. 40 among all small and medium businesses on Glassdoor. Currently on Glassdoor, Glenn has a 97 percent approval score. Among the 770,000 companies reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 69 percent. “Glenn has shown extraordinary leadership in a continuously evolving industry, pushing us to expand our thinking and capabilities,” said eXp Realty Chief Operating Officer Mary Frances Coleman. “What’s most inspiring about Glenn is his vision to affect positive change, a commitment he champions in our culture and core values. I want to thank all of our agents, brokers and staff for the work they do every day to build this company and embrace that vision.” The award is based solely on anonymous employee feedback via Glassdoor, where employees rate various factors about their employment experience. As part of these ratings, employees are also asked to rate whether they approve, disapprove or are neutral about the job their CEO is doing. See the complete list of all Top CEOs in 2018: https://www.glassdoor.com/Award/Top-CEOs-at-SMBs-LST_KQ0,16.htm About eXp Realty eXp Realty, LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America, is a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPI). eXp Realty (exprealty.com) is changing the way that agents, brokers and consumers work […]

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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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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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The Secret to Having the Best PR Program

by Kevin Hawkins on April 16, 2018

When I meet the “father of Public Relations,” Edward Bernays, he was in his 90s. I was a USC grad student in the School of Journalism working on my Masters in Public Relations (MPR). A small group of us had gathered at a Public Relations Student Society of America reception at a national conference to meet the living legend. His body may have been feeble, but his brain was still wickedly razor sharp.

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New Thinking Can Create a MUCH Stronger Board

by Marilyn Wilson on February 28, 2018

You’re sitting in your board room thinking through a tough decision that needs to be made.  Many of the board members are passionate, engaged real estate professionals who have lived in the local area for their entire careers. 

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Elm Street Technology Announces Acquisition of Agentjet

by Victor Lund on February 12, 2018

Elm Street Technology

February 12, 2018 – Greensboro, NC – Today, Elm Street Technology (EST) announced the acquisition of Agentjet, Inc., a digital marketing, lead generation and technology provider for top producing agents and teams. Today’s announcement marks the fourth transaction in the company’s two-year history and provides a scalable lead generation compliment to the company’s Elevate productivity suite of technology and client servicing platforms.

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WAV GROUP has gotten acquainted with myPlanit and it’s CEO Adrienne Meisels. Adrienne is a fantastic person who is super smart and developing a very creative application that lets agents look at a map to see the places they have gone (like listing appointments, open houses, etc) and visualize their journey on a timeline. It’s a lot more than that, but you can appreciate how this example would benefit an agent. Adrienne uses the term The Internet of You. myPlanit does the work for you by privately and securely tracking the things that you do, for you. Inman News gave myPlanit the first ever 5 star review. That is a big kudo. If you are thinking about app development, you may want to look at the functionality of myPlanit. If you are looking for an app to broaden your mobile strategy for agent retention and recruiting, you may want to look at myPlanit. Here is the release. myPlanit Receives First Ever 5-Star Product Rating from Inman myPlanit’s newly launched real estate app receives major accolades FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. New York, NY, (February 8, 2018): myPlanit, the patented personal data platform that delivers the Internet of You, receives the first ever 5-star product rating from Inman News. The mobile app automatically interconnects and contextualizes data scattered across calendars, contacts, places, videos and photos into a single map- and time-based user experience. Launching in February, myPlanit for Real Estate already has brokerages and other real estate companies lining up to license the app. Northwood Realty Services, and its 1,000 sales associates in Pennsylvania and Ohio, is the first brokerage to be launching the app. myPlanit’s launch strategy will focus on the top 100 brokerages in real estate, representing 45% of the total addressable U.S. real estate market, or about 500,000 real estate agents. In some progressive markets, myPlanit will also introduce its product to MLSs and real estate associations that have more than 5,000 agent subscribers. “myPlanit is a high-concept, visually-enthralling product designed around how the brain processes memories,” describes Craig Rowe, Inman’s technology columnist, who has been writing about real estate and software for 15 years. “It’s an original and practical business app wrapped in a user experience other developers should be emulating on their whiteboards. myPlanit can replace multiple software tools, which means adoption could render other products useless.” “We are honored and thrilled to be the very first recipient […]

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HUNT Real Estate Buys Large Boston Brokerage

by Victor Lund on February 7, 2018

Another member of The Realty Alliance is kicking up activity on the acquisition trail. As Real Trends CEO Steve Murray has spotted, large firms are getting larger. HUNT Real Estate, the second largest ERA franchise in the world has expanded from the Upstate New York market into the Boston, MA market by acquiring ERA Key Realty. WAV Group congratulates the Hunt family and the Taylor family for opening another major demographic market area. I would expect that HUNT Mortgage and other affiliated companies in commercial, property management, insurance, and title will get added to the Boston market area. HUNT will now be integrating their company into MLSPIN, one of the largest and most successful broker owned MLSs in America. HUNT is already an owner in MLSs spanning Upstate New York. This is off topic, but I am more than a little surprised that in this era of consolidation of MLSs, doesn’t anyone see the natural consolidation of the broker owned MLSs in the northeast? MLSPIN (custom system), Upstate New York (Matrix), Pittsburg (Matrix). Between NRT, Howard Hanna, HUNT, BHHS, Northwood, etc. Here is the full press release:   ERA Key Realty Services merges with HUNT Real Estate ERA Combination creates family of real estate brokerage companies boasting a strong foothold in Upstate New York and New England Buffalo, NY and Northbridge, MA (February 7, 2018) – HUNT Real Estate ERA, the second largest brokerage firm in the ERA® network, today announced it has joined forces with ERA Key Realty Services, which also ranks in ERA’s top ten. This merger significantly expands the reach of the combined companies, increasing options for homebuyers and sellers, especially in the Northeast. HUNT Real Estate ERA brings to the merger its expertise and deep connections in four fast growth real estate markets in Upstate New York – Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester and Albany, as well as Phoenix, Arizona. ERA Key Realty Services brings markets in Massachusetts – north and west of Boston, as well as Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The combined company will have more than 50 offices and nearly 1600 experienced affiliated agents. The offices will continue to do business under their existing trade names and local management will remain in place. To support the continued growth and achieve the full potential of this merger, this combined organization will continue to leverage the suite of digital tools and best-in-class infrastructure provided by the […]

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IRVINE, Calif., February 7, 2018—CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced it is adding DisclosureSave to the Clareity® SSO Dashboard to enable nearly twenty-thousand California agents simpler access to natural hazard disclosure reports required to close each transaction. Three multiple listing organizations throughout the state now display DisclosureSave as an option for their members—allowing them to conveniently select and order reports directly from the Discover Network panel within the Clareity SSO Dashboard. “We brought DisclosureSave into the CoreLogic family to offer real estate professionals in California a high quality, data-powered product and a simpler way to order,” said Chris Bennett, executive leader of Real Estate Solutions for CoreLogic. “Home sellers must provide natural hazard reports in California—and we have leading edge underlying data and world-class processes to stay current. That’s product quality that agents, escrow officers and home buyers can feel confident about.” “We touch over 1.2 million agents, almost every day, with our combined Matrix™, Realist®, and Clareity platforms,” adds Bennett. “With this volume of daily agent-touch, we’re always asking ourselves how we can take more work off an agent’s plate by making it as simple as possible to do a job they spend time worrying about today. And we’ve done that with DisclosureSave by adding it to the Clareity SSO Dashboard. We think our California members will find it easier than ever to order a report they’re tasked to chase down for every closing.” For more information about DisclosureSave, visit DisclosureSave.com About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. The company’s combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources includes over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on CoreLogic to help identify and manage growth opportunities, improve performance and mitigate risk. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic operates in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.    CORELOGIC, the CoreLogic logo, CLAREITY, MATRIX and REALIST are trademarks of CoreLogic, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective […]

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Inside Real Estate Acquires Circlepix

by Victor Lund on February 1, 2018

Circlepix has sold everything. They operated an extensive network of photographers that they sold to VHT Studios in January. Now they have sold the rest of their company to Inside Real Estate. If you have not followed Inside Real Estate lately – pay attention. Inside Real Estate is the incredible company that recently landed Keyes – one of the largest firms in South East Florida among others. They are taking a piecemeal approach to purchasing world class software providers to complete their suite of an end-to-end solution for brokers, teams, and agents. At the heart of Inside Real Estate is Kunversion – a competitor with Commissions Inc and Boomtown. What’s different is that Commissions Inc. and Boomtown do not really have an enterprise broker solution. Inside Real Estate invested a year of development to extend the original Kunversion platform to make it a fully enterprise broker solution. For brokers looking to run significant digital marketing campaigns, you need to look at systems like Inside Real Estate. Inside Real Estate calls their broker platform KVCore. It’s great website solution for lead capture off of online media buys. Behind the lead capture, they have an impressive CRM. It does everything that other CRMs do, but is built to look fresh and impressive to agents. It is among the best broker-in-a-box solutions – broker facing website and co-branded agent websites with impressive integrations supporting SSO and Web APIs.  WAV Group has written extensively about how brokers can remargin their business by generating online leads and referring consumers to their agents for a referral fee. What is interesting about Inside Real Estate is that they are building their application stack by purchasing known companies with lots of customers. Kunversion was their first big purchase. Reimagined as a platform, KVCore provides broker website, intranet, and agent websites. It also incorporates an excellent CRM that is pretty competitive to other CRM leaders. Inside Real Estate handles digital marketing and lead capture on Social Media and other platforms as well. Inside Real Estate is integrated with around 450 of the 690 MLS markets supporting RESO certified data feeds. Their system internalizes about 85% of all listings in America. Inside Real Estate purchased an amazing company called BrokerSumo a few months ago. They have a commission accounting solution that is lighter than LoneWolf, AccountTECH, or ProfitPower – but pickup up the full accounting ledger with Quickbooks integration. With […]

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A number of years ago, ShowingTime purchased a number of companies that focus on market stats. Those products were listing centric, providing brokers with the capability to look at the market activity around a single property, neighborhood, city/town, zip code, etc. The charts are beautiful, and easily embedded into a broker’s website. Track Competition and MarketShare With this new product, they are developing market charts that change the focus from listings to the brokers and agents that sell them. You can look at the trend of an agent or broker’s production either on the buy side or the sell side, and dice that market penetration however you like  – you can look at company market share by county, zip code, neighborhood, agent. Recruit and Retain Agents MarketView Broker is also purpose built for recruiting and retention. It will allow firms to do the functions that are commonly performed in BrokerMetrics, Trendgraphix, and Collateral Analytics. These applications all query the same data from the MLS. So the differences between them come down to ease of use, design, and price. In all cases, they are looking at the MLS facts about transactions by broker and agent ID. WAV Group believes that it is an important best practice to constantly look at your performance relative to other firms, and explore data to find attractive recruiting opportunities. Now there is a new option that claims to have an advantage in mobile. WAV Group has not seen MarketView yet, but we expect to take a peek very soon. Every one of our broker clients is leveraging this product category. Interestingly enough, The Realty Alliance firms tend to use Collateral Analytics more because of their partnership on BPOs. Leading RE firms tend to use a combination of BrokerMetrics, and Trendgraphix. It will be interesting to see how the landscape changes. Press Release follows: ShowingTime Introduces MarketView Broker, a Browser-Based Application for Brokers to Recruit Top Performers and Determine Market Share Major Asset for both Large and Small Companies to Improve Competitive Positioning and Measure Company Sales Productivity Chicago, IL – Jan. 18, 2018 — ShowingTime today announced the release of MarketView Broker, a browser-based application that helps a brokerage’s management team  identify and recruit, manage and coach top-performing agents, review and analyze competitive market share, and determine the best opportunities for growth. “We believe MarketView Broker will become an essential tool for brokers to recruit top […]

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IRES and Pikes Peak Launch Data Share Using RPR View™

by Victor Lund on December 19, 2017

IRES

Realtors Property Resource® (RPR) offers a feature called RPR View™ which is now the largest MLS data share in the U.S.  Since its initial Residential Platform launch in 2010, MLSs licensing their information to RPR have a choice to display their active and sold records “only to their subscribers,” or to a wider audience like “statewide,” or “all REALTORS® nationwide.” MLSs can also selectively opt into sharing with specific markets. All 1.2 million REALTORS® have access to RPR and over 700,000 REALTORS® have accounts.  RPR also has over 665 licenses with MLSs and Associations, with the majority having a policy within RPR where they will “share their data with everyone who shares with them.” What IRES and Pikes Peak are doing with RPR View is more than just “turning on” listings. They are adding fields of information that are not typically shared with RPR, a feature specific to RPR View. These are fields that are fundamental to enabling transactions. Members of each market will have the ability to “view” the Confidential fields including offer of compensation, showing instructions, agent remarks, etc. The basic RPR sharing provides listing information to REALTORS® out of area, but the Data Share with RPR View goes further. A group of MLSs in Minnesota do this as well. Another key difference in this level of data sharing is that each MLS is also licensing their sold records to RPR for display between the two MLSs. As you should all know, Realtors Property Resource, including RPR View with these data sharing features is an exclusive member benefit of the National Association of REALTORS®. WAV Group likes to refer to this data share as data sharing lite – all of the great taste of a full data share, but less filling. RPR view is free to the MLS and the Realtor®, but does not involve managing reciprocal links, managing data feeds, etc. A full data share would include lock box integration, forms reciprocity, IDX/Vow integration, rules integration, etc. Full bodied data shares would come with a price tag of $1 to $6 per member per month and take upwards of a year to launch. Depending on your circumstances, RPR View may be appropriate to meet the needs of some of your MLS subscribers with little or no overhead to operate. Contact Kristen Carr for more information. If you do not have her phone numbers and email address – […]

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FBS Acquires Solid Earth

by Kevin Hawkins on December 4, 2017

If 2018 does indeed turn out to be “The Year of Consolidation” in the MLS world, then the stage was set today in the MLS technology world by FBS. One of the most respected and innovative tech firms serving the real estate industry just helped with the consolidation trend. Michael Wurzer, who heads up FBS, creators of Flexmls System and the API that started it all (Spark Platform), announced today the acquisition of Solid Earth’s Spring software platform and the hiring of the Spring team, including its CEO Matt Fowler. This marks FBS first acquisition. Ever. Considering the company was established over 30 years ago, this is a BIG deal. FBS is known for industry “firsts” in the MLS tech world. It was the first to offer a native mobile app, first to create a Web API with its Spark API technology, and earlier this year, first to power on-demand IDX websites for agents with AgentSquared. Now it has its first acquisition. Read the full news release here: FBS acquires Solid Earth’s Spring software platform to achieve powerful industry vision Fargo, North Dakota – December 4, 2017 – FBS, creators of the industry-leading Flexmls® System and Spark Platform, announce acquisition of Solid Earth’s Spring software platform and the hiring of the Spring team. The trio of the Spring® Portal, the Spark® API, and the Flexmls® System creates a new, powerful platform that puts MLSs, brokers, and agents in full control of their data and brand to clearly and beautifully showcase their unique value propositions to their client-bases on both web and mobile platforms. Michael Wurzer, CEO of FBS, says he looks forward to building on the foundation established when FBS and Solid Earth announced a partnership earlier this year to build the Spring Portal on the Spark API. “Spring is the best MLS consumer portal in the market and powering it with the Spark API reduces duplicate entry and data lock-in for brokers and agents,” Wurzer said. “Today, MLSs, brokers, and agents need to clearly and beautifully communicate the full-breadth of the powerful value proposition they deliver together, and Spring is laser-focused on creating the best portal to deliver on that value proposition.” With Spring MLS consumer portals already being deployed in a number of MLS markets, both Wurzer and Solid Earth CEO and co-Founder Matt Fowler (who will continue his role leading the Spring team at FBS as a […]

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Exciting news from one of the hottest new technologies in the MLS space – REMINE.  They have recently partnered with First American to include detailed property information for 100% of the properties in America. This will allow REMINE customers to conduct even deeper searches to uncover prospecting opportunities through their local MLS. For those that haven’t heard about this new company, their platform analyzes property records, transnational history, consumer data and delivers actionable insights on an intuitive user interface.  With just a few clicks an agent can identify a specific type of audience they would like to target – investors, long-term homeowners, etc. and then seamlessly create a Facebook ad to target those specific customers.  Many of our MLS customers are pretty excited about this solution. Here’s the full press release below: Irvine, CA — (November 10th, 2017) — Remine, a real estate intelligence platform for Agents, now includes detailed property information on 100 percent of the U.S. housing stock from First American Financial Corporation, a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions. The Remine platform analyzes property records, transactional history, homeownership data and delivers actionable insights on an intuitive user interface. “Our MLS clients want deeper data integrations, including autopopulation of property information, our machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions. The demand for this service exceeded our expectations; 2018 is going to be a transformative year,” said Jonathan Spinetto, COO of Remine. “We’re pleased to provide our industry-leading property data to the MLS industry and realtors through our work with Remine, a true innovator in the MLS market,” said George Livermore, executive vice president of First American’s Data and Mortgage Solutions division. “The integration of our data with Remine’s best-in-class platform reflects our commitment to provide innovative businesses in the real estate industry with the data needed to achieve their goals.” About Remine Remine is a real estate intelligence platform for Agents that is delivered exclusively through the MLS. The platform analyzes property records, transactional history, consumer data and delivers actionable insights on an intuitive user interface. Many of the nation’s largest MLSs representing more than 500,000 Realtors have signed up for Remine. Visit Remine.com or call 855-217-0171. About First American First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a leading provider of title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions that traces its heritage back to 1889. First American […]

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IRVINE, Calif., October 30, 2017—CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced it has successfully converted 46 data recipients of the Central Texas Multiple Listing Service (CTXMLS) to Trestle™.  CTXMLS is a regional service provider operated by five REALTOR® associations with approximately 3,600 members. Trestle by CoreLogic is a leading real estate data management and distribution platform that offers RESO Platinum-certified data access to real estate brokers and technology providers. “Customers are seeing the benefit of moving their data feeds to Trestle as they are able to offer RESO compliant feeds, managed with sophisticated digital license agreements and ecommerce,” said Kevin Greene, senior leader of Product Management for CoreLogic. “CTXMLS is among the first clients to migrate the majority of its data recipients to Trestle, and we’re extremely pleased with how smoothly the transition has gone.” According to Beth Gatlin, consulting director of CTXMLS, their technology vendors and other data recipients recognize the value Trestle delivers, such as improvements to listing delivery speed and data consistency. Many of their vendors were already using Trestle in other markets, making the CTXMLS integration a familiar and straightforward process. “Forcing change is never easy,” said Gatlin, “But we are already more than halfway through the conversion with 46 companies moved over. We hope to have everyone moved over in early 2018.” Gatlin also said Trestle’s contract and billing features are outstanding new tools that simplify the management of CTXMLS data licenses. Interested technology providers can visit http://trestle.corelogic.com to get technical information about integrating CTXMLS data and electronically submit their data license application, which will then be routed to CTXMLS staff for review. About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. The company’s combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources includes over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on CoreLogic to help identify and manage growth opportunities, improve performance and mitigate risk. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic operates in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.    […]

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Stan Martin Promoted to MLS Director in Austin

by Marilyn Wilson on October 24, 2017

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We’re very excited to see the news that Stan Martin has been promoted to MLS Director for the Austin Board of REALTORS®! We have had the pleasure and honor of working with Stan on several projects. He has an impressive depth of understanding of where MLSs need to go and the best ways to serve ABOR members’ technology needs. He is extremely customer-centric and always looking for ways to better serve the needs of brokers of all sizes.  He is focused on continuing to improve ABOR’s MLS services for ALL members – he has worked diligently to improve the organization’s services for appraisers, property managers and affiliates in addition to agents and brokers. He will now oversee the progressive ABOR technology programs including the company’s RESO Reference Server designed to encourage developers to create innovative technologies built with RESO certified data among others. Congratulations Stan!  Well-deserved! Here’s the full press release:   Austin Board of REALTORS® Promotes Stan Martin to MLS Director Martin to support 13,000-subscriber Multiple Listing Service in Central Texas AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 24, 2017 – The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR), one of the nation’s most progressive Multiple Listing Services (MLSs), announced today that Stan Martin has been promoted to Director of MLS. Effective immediately, Stan will assume the responsibility for leading efforts to continue to drive strategic relevance and operational excellence of the MLS for ABoR in partnership with its Board of Directors. An experienced MLS executive, Martin provides a strong combination of product management and operational expertise to ABoR, building on trusted relationships gained with both ABoR members and industry leaders, while also contributing to significant growth for the Association. Brandy Guthrie, President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, says, “Stan has a depth of understanding about what Central Texas REALTORS® need from the technology of the MLS. He knows how to deliver timely and superior service to our participants and subscribers. Under Stan’s leadership and guidance, satisfaction of the technology services our Association offers is strong. We are thrilled to see him step into the role to lead our entire MLS operation.” Prior to accepting this role, Martin served as interim MLS Director at ABoR. He began his tenure with ABoR in 2003, serving multiple roles ranging from Data Support Services to MLS Supervisor. For the past 14 years, Martin has been instrumental in numerous MLS system conversions and product implementations. Most recently, Martin […]

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CoreLogic Launches Partnership with SavvyCard

by Victor Lund on October 24, 2017

In the press release below, CoreLogic announces a partnership with SavvyCard that will allow CoreLogic MLSs to consider this new optional service. As you may recall, CoreLogic has been focused on enhancing the buyer portal within Matrix to make is a more full service solution for agents providing MLS information to their clients. On the mobile side, this is also accomplished with GoMLS. This new service is an alternative that combines a variety of important agent applications into a unique and simplified service that has some outstanding connectivity to social media marketing. According to Chirs Bennett, General Manager of Real Estate Service for CoreLogic, “SavvyCard a platform. That looks and feels like a mobile website. That has simple apps on it that any agent or client would know intuitively what to do with. It works smoothly on the backside to promote new listings straight into the agent’s Facebook page (with handholding along the way).  So now, an agent doesn’t have to find a responsive website template, drop apps on it, test it, remember to push their listings into Facebook, or act like a technical webmaster. It’s all done for them. It really is a responsive website in-a-box that looks beautiful on a mobile phone. And couldn’t be simpler.” A great example of a SavvyCard can be viewed and experienced at https://www.savvycard.com/tomscaglione/tom/6a13b_scid Here you can see the core functionality at a glance – the consumer can call, email, or text their agent; view the agent’s listings and search the MLS, view the agents profile, view the office locations and contact information of the agent’s brokerage, an most importantly…..social sharing the agent’s SavvyCard or listings is easy by both the agent and the consumer. There are lots of agents who do not have basic websites today. Savvycard gives consumers everything they need to find property information though the application. Going into the CoreLogic agreement, SavvyCard has already developed relationships with Associations and MLSs that reaches 70,000 agent subscribers. The hope is that CoreLogic can extend that footprint across the many additional markets that CoreLogic serves. Press Release to follow:       CoreLogic to OFFER SAVVYCARD TO MULTIPLE LISTING CLIENTS IRVINE, Calif., October 24, 2017—CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today announced an agreement to offer SavvyCard® to its multiple listing clients as a new social marketing service that helps subscribers deepen relationships with clients […]

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Lone Wolf Acquires Instanet Solutions

by Marilyn Wilson on October 16, 2017

The Transaction Management software space is one of the most competitive categories of real estate technology.  Today, Lone Wolf, one of the leading providers of broker accounting and management solutions, announced its acquisition of fellow Canadian company, Instanet Solutions.  This is the second transaction management software acquisition in the past two weeks.  Fidelity National Financial, Inc. recently acquired a majority interest in Skyslope, another highly regarded transaction management solution. Instanet provides Transaction Desk to over 500,000 REALTORS® through its partnership with MLSs and Associations across North America. Transaction Desk is a transaction management solution comprised of several cloud-based products for document and file management, electronic forms, eSignatures, and file review and compliance. In the last year alone, real estate professionals completed ten million signings through Instanet, while also submitting over 22 million documents and creating 31 million forms. Lone Wolf currently provides services to 10,000 brokerages offices serving 180,000 REALTORS®. The relationship between Lone Wolf and Instanet started as an integration partnership in 2014. The vision for an end to end broker solution has been in the works at Lone Wolf for several years.  We at WAV Group have been talking about this concept since 2010. Here’s a white paper we published in November 2010 entitled Brokerage Real Estate Technology, an Industry in Need of a Backbone. We wrote a follow-up piece in June, 2011 further articulating the vision for a broker-centric technology company seamlessly connecting to MLS data and delivering all of the functionality needed by a brokerage to secure new listings, effectively promote listings and then efficiently process transactions. It’s great to see the vision of a true end to end solution for brokerages coming to life. We had the pleasure of interviewing Patrick Arkeveld, CEO of Lone Wolf Technologies about the acquisitions implications for MLSs/Associations MLSs and Associations will remain a KEY priority. Given that Lone Wolf is clearly a broker-centric company we wanted to understand whether MLSs and Associations will remain a key priority. Lone Wolf was clear to reinforce to us that MLSs and Associations will remain a key priority.  They told us: “Instanet’s MLS customers are a major factor of the company’s success, and we plan to continue to invest in those relationships and the MLS space to enhance our value to the industry as a whole”. Corelogic/Instanet Partnership to Remain Unchanged We were first interested to find out what changes, if any that […]

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MMSI Posts Record Sales Quarter for Membership Director

by Victor Lund on September 12, 2017

Davidsonville, MD – September 12, 2017 MMSI, makers of Membership Director have announced that the third quarter sales for the company have set a record. In the third quarter of 2017, the company added four major Association of REALTORS® and MLS customers including San Diego Association of REALTORS®, Greater Fairfield MLS(via the SmartMLS merger), Dayton Area Board of REALTORS®, and Maine Listings. In total, the firm reports adding 42,500 active members to the platform this quarter. Membership Director is among the leaders in providing Realtor® Associations and MLSs with software to manage their members. The most important component of association and MLS management systems is the member portal – allowing agents to pay their dues, register for courses and events, vote in online elections, and stay engaged with the organization. For the San Diego Association of REALTORS®, “Membership Director has so much more of the functionality that we need to support the array of services we provide our agents,” says Michael Mercurio, SDAR CEO. “Based on the needs of our 17,000 members, SmartMLS selected MMSI as our membership system.  The new membership portal gives agents and brokers seamless access to update their profiles and pay their bills easily.  The new membership portal allows the MLS to more effectively communicate and engage with our subscribers with targeted messaging.  The portal is a one stop shop for member services, account management, and MLS-related needs.  The conversion was quick and accurate, and our members love their new membership portal,” says SmartMLS CO-CEO, Kathy Elson. According to CEO James Yockel, the key for the Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS® (GRAR) was “being able to put our entire value proposition for our members on a single clean, modern page.  This ‘consumer-grade’ level of design and polish is the future of our industry and it’s what agents nationwide have been demanding for years.” Before switching to Membership Director by MMSI, Maine Listings was managing software they built internally for membership management. “For a very long time, we were unable to find software that was customizable enough to handle the needs of our MLS,” said Cathy Libby, CEO of Maine Listings. A key piece of functionality developed for Maine Listings was the ability for brokers to Add, Edit, transfer, or drop agents from the broker roster. “Together with Maine Listings, we are pushing the boundaries of agent and broker self-service, from anywhere, on any device, 24/7.  The […]

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IRVINE, Calif., September 11, 2017—CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, announced today that its focus on innovation in real estate solutions is helping drive its market penetration to record heights. Across all its solutions for residential real estate—which include listing, property information, and brokerage management platforms—CoreLogic now serves more than one million real estate agents throughout the United States and Canada. The most widely used CoreLogic solutions are Matrix™, North America’s leading multiple listing platform with approximately 750,000 users, and Realist®, the real estate industry’s most popular property information and advanced mapping system with more than 800,000 users. Many clients use both Realist and Matrix, but the combined unique user count is over a million. “Serving a million unique users is a tremendous milestone,” said Chris Bennett, executive leader of Real Estate Solutions for CoreLogic. “We’ve worked hard to deliver the forward-looking solutions our clients need to thrive in the modern real estate economy, and this is the result. Now we’re focused on Matrix 360, a project that will combine Matrix and Realist on the same platform, culminating in a groundbreaking property-centric system that will set the standard for the entire industry. We showed off many innovative ideas for future development at our annual Real Estate Solutions User Group Summit in Dana Point, Calif., and our clients just loved it.” CoreLogic recently completed a multi-year conversion project to consolidate its legacy multiple listing platform clients on Matrix. Version 7.0—the latest upgrade currently rolling out to customers—introduced a responsive client portal that agents can use to collaborate with buyers on the home search process. “Our agent members are raving about the new Matrix client portal,” said Merri Jo Cowen, CEO of My Florida Regional MLS. “The design, the usability, the mobile-friendly interface… everything is great. Most importantly, homebuyers and sellers are loving it too.” About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. The company’s combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources includes over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on […]

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