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Oct 21 14

SentriLock wins in Las Vegas

by Greg Robertson

“4 years, 3 Leadership teams, 2 AEs and 1 beautiful signed contract!”

Nice win for Kim and Sentrilock. Congrats!

Full Press Release Below:

Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® Partners With SentriLock, LLC
Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® (GLVAR) has partnered with SentriLock, LLC, the official lockbox solution of the National Association of REALTORS®, to provide its members with SentriLock’s REALTOR® Lockbox System.

GLVAR is the local representative of the National Association of REALTORS® and the largest professional organization in Southern Nevada. GLVAR is one of the top 10 largest REALTOR® Associations in the United States. GLVAR serves more than 11,500 real estate professionals in the Greater Las Vegas area, providing local members with the highest level of education, training and political representation.
Heidi Kasama, 2014 GLVAR President, said, “After researching this issue, we chose SentriLock for this important service because we determined they were the most qualified and offered the best, most cost-efficient solution for our more than 11,500 GLVAR members.”

SentriLock CEO and founder Scott Fisher has led the company through 11 years of consistent growth to serve more than 280 REALTOR® Associations and MLS customers throughout North America.
“We’re extremely excited about partnering with a proven leader like Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS®, which is an outstanding organization with a great staff,” Fisher said. “I believe GLVAR recognizes that our 100% REALTOR®-focused company will be an excellent fit for their members. As with all of our customers, SentriLock is committed to providing GLVAR members with the best product and service available.”

Contact Information Greg Sheldon SentriLock, LLC. (513) 618-5821

Oct 21 14

Pro Tip: Scotch Tear-by-hand tape

by Greg Robertson

So here’s the situation, you are packing up the booth and putting everything back in their boxes. If your marketing team was smart enough they included packing tape so you could tape all the boxes up.

But then you need scissors to cut the tape. Not anymore! Enter Scotch Tear-by-hand tape! Totally works too.


You’re welcome.


Oct 21 14

Tanqueray No. 10 Imperial Shaker

by Greg Robertson


Wondering where this will fit in the office.


Oct 20 14

Phil Tedesco takes top spot at Rhode Island Association of REALTORS

by Greg Robertson

CEO Tedesco to lead Rhode Island state association

““It is with deep regret and mixed emotions that we accept Phil’s resignation. Since becoming our CEO, he has been instrumental in putting our association in solid administrative, financial and operational position. We wish him well in his new position,” said 2014 TAR President Steven Redmond.
The Rhode Island Association of REALTORS® is one of the largest professional organizations in the state. It has some 4,000 members in 600 offices who collectively closed 14,000 homes worth about $4.3 billion in sales last year. TAR has about 4,700 members who sold about 13,950 homes in 2013 for a total sales volume of $2.7 billion.

Sounds like a great gig for Phil. And still they say climate change isn’t real.

Oct 17 14

Down Payment Resource (DPR) launches in two new markets

by Greg Robertson

DPR Blog:

“We’re excited to bring Down Payment Resource™ (DPR) to two new multiple listing services—Southeast Michigan’s Realcomp II Ltd. and Richmond, Va. based Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service (CVR MLS).
DPR is now available to more than 335,000 real estate professionals through 20 multiple listing services and REALTOR® Associations.”

I really think this is a great resource for agents and consumers. We recently launched this as a report page option in Cloud CMA.

Oct 16 14


by Greg Robertson

RapMy thanks to Rapattoni for being a sponsor of Vendor Alley. I’m here at SFAR Member Appreciation Day along with Kayte and Laura from Rap. Good times.

See you in New Orleans!

Oct 14 14


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Oct 14 14

1000watt website – don’t call it a refresh

by Greg Robertson

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 1.48.04 PM 1000watt just updated their website today. Which means every other website in the industry now looks like shit. Thanks guys. ; )

But seriously. I love, love, love the new design and company logo. It’s so hard to get this right. You want to have a proper layout, makes things easy to navigate, and that’s just for starters. But the great sites set a tone, a vibe for the people and work they do. And 1000watt nails it. You can read about their new design and the thought process behind it at their blog.

Looking to make your brokerage or MLS cool? Looking to grow your market share? Looking to ways to increase communication and engagement with your members/agents? Looking for a smart team to bounce ideas off of and get great feedback? Call them.

Congrats to Marc, Brian, Joel and the rest of the 1000watt crew. Amazing job!

Oct 9 14

Rumor Alert: Brian de Schepper set to join Zillow

by Greg Robertson

im backWell, that didn’t take long.

Word on the street is former Tarasoft and Corelogic industry vet Brian de Schepper is set to join Zillow’s Industry Relations team. Brian had just left Corelogic back in June. No word on start date.

Oct 6 14

CMLS 2014 afterglow and hangover

by Greg Robertson

It was the biggest CMLS conference by attendance and sponsorship. I remember when it was a small group (Northwest Council of MLS), say less than 90, for the whole conference. Compare that to today, where FBS took out over 90 of their customers to dinner on Thursday night. Things have changed. I may be biased but I also have to say it was the best location as well. The weather was perfect. The hotel was fantastic. The food was amazing. You have to give it up to Art Carter, Patty Connor and the rest of the CRMLS staff for pulling off such and incredible event.

Before the event I heard a few people complaining about the agenda. They were wondering why all the “non-industry” speakers. Art Carter made it clear from the beginning, he wanted to craft an event, “I would like to see”. As it turns out the outside speakers were a huge hit. So much so, I bet future conferences you’ll see more of them than less.

Then there were the parties. My company held an “Open House” at our W&R Studios headquarters down on Main Street on Tuesday night. It was a huge hit, even if it required you to go big on the first night. Trulia and Zillow held separate events, one at Red O restaurant in Newport Beach (very che’che’). And of course there was Mini-Kiss event at Hurricanes on Wednesday night (I heard the band was spotted later and a local I-Hop around 1:30am, can you imagine the stares?)

Again, I may be biased, and I think I say this every year, but CMLS 2014 was best CMLS conference ever.

And then Craig Cheatham took the stage.

It was about 4:15PM on Friday afternoon and Art had a big smile on his face. He even commented, “If you are wondering why I have a big smile on my face its because I see so many of out there.” Having Craig Cheatham, the CEO of The Realty Alliance, as the last presenter was no coicendence. It was a master stroke from Art and did exactly what he hoped, keep people in their seats for the entire conference.

It’s hard to blame Mr. Cheatham for what happen next. And I have to give him credit for showing up, the expectations were pretty high. But he seems to be just a messenger, and a poor one at that, to the whims of The Realty Alliance masters he serves. Kind of like a Roger Goddell, with much less pay and prestige.

The Realty Alliance had gotten the MLS industry’s attention with Mr. Cheatham’s declaration last year, of “You’ve got 10 days”. One year later they had nothing to show or really talk about. Mr. Cheatham’s responses were, at best, oblique. I think John Mosey, CEO of Northstar MLS, put it best in a follow up question, Mr. Cheatham’s statements were “clear as mud”.

The subsequent interview was, at best, awkward, at worst insulting and a waste of everyone’s time. It’s a shame because the audience was full of MLS professionals who truly wanted to help make things better. It reminds me of the old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.”

But lets move on, and not waste anymore time on these Keystone Cops.

My thanks again to everyone at CRMLS, the CMLS board of directors (you too Sarah), for putting together a truly spectacular event. And see you next year in Kansas City!