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Oct 6 15

Paul Hagey leaves Inman News

by Greg Robertson


After nearly four years as a reporter at Inman, I’m moving on to work as a content writer, editor and strategist for real estate firms, brokers and agents. My last day is today, Friday, October 2.

Working for such a top-notch organization with a dogged focus on quality and intelligence has been a gift. I’ve learned a lot from my bright, hard-working colleagues Amber Taufen, Andrea Brambila and Teke Wiggin and my two former editors Matt Carter and Glenn Roberts, Jr.

I’ve gleaned tons from Inman Publisher Brad Inman, including where to get an excellent steak in New York City, that adventurous love is possible in marriage (from he and his wife Yaz’s glorious Facebook feeds) and how to cut a sentence to the bone. I’m extremely grateful to have worked for a company with such a passionate, smart owner. Thank you for the opportunity, Brad.

When I first started writing for Inman in November 2011, I didn’t know the difference between a brokerage and a franchisor, whether IDX was a policy or a disease (found out it’s both), that a real estate portal wasn’t a rip in the universe that would transport you to your childhood home or who the readers are that depend on Inman for fast, accurate, insightful real estate news.

I came to know what was what, and the latter — you — well. The desire to provide you with thorough, intelligent, accurate information drove my reporting. You’ve inhabited my brain for years, and now I’m one of you: I sign up for Select on Saturday.

Good luck Paul. I’m sure we’ll be reading you again soon!

Oct 5 15

Back in the day

by Greg Robertson

Just in time for CMLS I found this gem on Facebook. How many can you recognize? Click the photo for a hires image.

RSI Spring Workshop 1993 Photo-HIRES

Here’s a cheat sheet

via: Stan Cowen

Oct 1 15

ShowingTime acquires 10K Research

by Greg Robertson

More consolidation news, ShowingTime just acquired 10K Research.

10K Research and Marketing Joins ShowingTime

““Adding 10K’s wide array of research and marketing tools to ShowingTime’s offering will give customers an even greater ability to offer exceptional service and market knowledge to clients,” said ShowingTime President Michael Lane. “We look forward to providing additional capabilities to customers over time.”

Congrats to Scott and Mike. I know Greg and the team at 10K have to be super excited!

Oct 1 15

Move, Inc acquires Reesio

by Greg Robertson

reesio® Operator, Move, Inc., Acquires Reesio, Allowing Real Estate Professionals to Simplify Home Buying and Selling Process

“Reesio provides brokers and agents with a platform to collaborate and communicate with home buyers and sellers, mortgage professionals, title and escrow companies, inspectors and other service providers, making the transaction process transparent and speeding communication to relevant parties. Reesio’s secure online platform allows collaborators to share, edit, sign and store transaction documents such as offer letters, inspection reports, and loan information in one place, and helps brokers and agents to reduce transaction errors and risk by allowing workflow templates to guide the steps and requirements for closing.”

The industry consolidation continues…

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. I don’t think Reesio was generating much cash, so this deal was an obvious strategic deal to counter Zillow Group’s acquisition of dotloop.

I’ve written about Reesio and their CEO Mark Thomas before. They hustle and Move needs that kind of spirt to compete.

So, congrats to Mark and his team on an successful “exit”.

Oct 1 15

1000watt partners with Lion & Orb

by Greg Robertson

Lion & Orb | 1000watt Partnership Logo 2Some of my favorite people in the industry are getting together to help real estate related business in the PR game.

Audie Chamberlain (former Director of Social Media Marketing at recently started, Lion & Orb, a public relations agency with a lot of big clients in the luxury real estate space. Brian, Joel, Marc and the rest of the team at 1000watt are great storytellers. They help brokerages and other real estate industry companies get their message out, above the noise.

1000watt partners with Lion & Orb to bring savvy public relations services to the residential real estate and mortgage industries

“1000watt has developed brand messaging for many companies, but has never offered public and media relations to its clients. The alliance with Lion & Orb enables 1000watt to extend its services in this area with a trusted partner. Lion & Orb will continue to maintain its own client roster, but will work closely with 1000watt.”

Sep 30 15

Calling all RE data geeks!

by Greg Robertson

Looks like NAR is hosting a meetup for real estate data geeks at the NAR Annual Conference in San Diego this year.

From Todd Carpenter
Data science in real estate meet up

REALTORS® are welcome to attend, but this is really geared toward coders, data scientists, business analysts, and maybe even a few economists who work in the housing industry. Heck, I hope 90% of the discussion is completely over my head.

Sounds cool. Click on the link above for more details.

Sep 29 15

Best Ways To Use MLS Printouts

by Greg Robertson

My company, W&R Studios, is starting a new Facebook video campaign highlighting Cloud CMA. We have about 12 to 15 different videos that talk about the “Best Ways To Use MLS Printouts”. It’s a bit tongue in cheek (duh!). I hope you like, and stay tuned for more.

Like the Cloud CMA Facebook Page so you won’t miss the rest!

Sep 29 15

Zillow Group to host a “hackathon”

by Greg Robertson

ff_hackathons_fMy thanks to Zillow Group for sponsoring Vendor Alley in support of their upcoming “zip.code” hackathon event.

The event is November 6-8 in San Francisco at the Trulia offices. They are giving away $25,000 in prize money. The event will focus on developers creating products using MLS listing data and using Zillow’s new Public Data API. For the MLS listing data they have received written permission from the respective MLS provider.

I think these type of “hackathon” events are great crucibles for spurring on ideas and innovation. I’m hoping they get a great turnout. They have room for 300 participants.

At the end entrants will need to give a live 3 min demonstration of their product. Note to Zillow please, please, please, live stream the demos!!

For more information click the ad on the upper right hand side of this page or just click:

zip.code 2015
Real Estate & Public Data

Sep 29 15

Is NorthstarMLS’ implementation of “RPR View™” a peak at AMP?

by Greg Robertson

NorthstarMLS announced a data share solution powered by RPR, dubbed “RPR View™“.

MN State Data Sharing

“RPR View™, consolidated into RPR, is already available to you through your NorthstarMLS subscription. You may now access listings in RPR (including offers of compensation) from these Minnesota State MLS’s:

Duluth Area Association of Realtors
Greater Alexandria Area Association of Realtors
Lake Region Association of Realtors (Fergus Falls)
Northwest Minnesota Association of Realtors (Bemidji)
Realtor Association of Southern MN (Mankato)
Southeast Minnesota Association of Realtors (Rochester/Winona)
West Central Association of Realtors (Willmar)

A couple things:

1. I guess this could count as part of the “alternative front end” trend we are seeing.

2. A clever way to using RPR data, and a proof of concept for its backend services (which is what they are pushing for with AMP)

Sep 28 15

MLS Roundup…

by Greg Robertson

Go read Matt and Gregg’s “MLS Roundup for Summer” now.

Here’s a taste…

“The Miami Association of Realtors (38K members) and Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors (1.5K members) plan to merge, forming a new 40K member association and MLS. Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, which is contiguous to Jupiter, was spurned in favor of Miami, and there was a bit of a local dust-up initiated by Palm Beaches. Hopefully at some point all of these organizations will start working together or just merge. If you think big organizations across a wide geography can’t make that work, consider the next two stories:”