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Nov 26 14

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

There are two more job postings on the Vendor Alley Jobs Board:

1. Software Developer Engineer – Property Panorama

For the right candidates, we will consider telecommuting and participating in relocation costs.
Property Panorama, Inc. is an established, profitable software development company with Headquarters moving to Independence, OH. We will be moving into the NORMLS offices January 1. It is a wonderful working atmosphere. Find out more.

2. VP, Industry Relations – Move, Inc.

The VP, Industry Relations (Associations) is a key position on the Move Inc. Industry Relations team. This position is directly responsible for working with state REALTOR associations and large local REALTOR associations within a large geographic territory to build Moves presence within the association and its members and deliver an association-related value proposition through Moves trade marketing program. Find out more.

Nov 24 14

Hitler Blows a Gasket After Learning the Truth About Zillow zestimates

by Greg Robertson


Too funny!

Via The Lighter Side of Real Estate

Nov 24 14

Cloud CMA on the red carpet?

by Greg Robertson

audie and leslie

Well kinda. Real estate marketing guru, Audie Chamberlain, and Leslie Appleton-Young (C.A.R.’s Chief Economist) hit the red carpet at a recent Partners Trust event. Audie, always the trend setter, sported a ivory white Cloud CMA baseball cap. Leslie wore Gucci (I think).

Nov 20 14

RIP Beverly Faull

by Greg Robertson

Bev


November 20,2014

Dear Friends and Partners,

Our team is heartbroken to share the news that our colleague and dear friend, Beverly Faull passed away earlier this week after a brave battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. An accomplished real estate industry veteran, Beverly became a member of the Down Payment Resource team in 2009 and recently celebrated her fifth anniversary with the company.

We have all admired her professional spirit and tenacity over the years. Beverly believed wholeheartedly in the company’s mission of helping homebuyers access down payment programs. She worked tirelessly to grow DPR to 21 MLSs and Realtor Associations. Prior to DPR, Beverly served in countless leadership roles in the real estate industry, including CEO of the Tucson Association of REALTORS and MLS, CEO of North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, vice president of operations at HomeSeekers.com, head of the MLS division for Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions and ran her own consulting company. Her long standing relationships across the industry demonstrate her strong work ethic.

We were also privileged to witness the dedication she has to her family and faith. She leaves behind three sisters, two daughters and two grandchildren, Ciarra (17) and Zaylor (3), whom she adopted and was raising over the past two years.

Beverly’s family requested that any donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We’re also compiling messages and memories from her real estate colleagues in a special book for her family. If you wish to share a message, please send it to us at info@downpaymentresource.com.

Our team has the highest admiration for Beverly, both personally and professionally. We will miss her dearly.

Sincerely,

Rob Chrane and the DPR team

Oh Bev, I had no idea. Hard to process this right now. I worked with Bev at HomeSeekers.com, she gave so much to this industry and was so passionate. My thoughts go out to her family.

Nov 20 14

FBS fights screen scrapers to protect MLS data

by Greg Robertson

Flexmls IDX: First to Gain Security Against Screen Scrapers

“In 2013, Clareity Consulting Chief Technologist, Matt Cohen wrote a blog that laid out the need for an industry-wide solution with important criteria for evaluating solutions available. In the end, he announced Distil Networks met that very specific criteria and endorsed them as a preferred partner for industry professionals seeking protection from screen scraping.

Here at FBS, we’re focused on delivering the very best product supported by world class service. Naturally, providing the highest level of security is part of that equation. To this end, we’re proud to be the first MLS provider to implement Distil’s powerful product as an extra security layer protecting Flexmls IDX websites.”

What I like about this is the industry collaboration aspect. Matt at Clareity has been banging the security drum for awhile now. Nice to see an MLS vendor is listening and take the lead on this. Gives me hope that more best practices will be implemented. Great win for Distil as well.

Nov 19 14

“Micro-flats” in Hong Kong

by Greg Robertson

In Hong Kong, One-Bedroom Apartments That Could Fit in a Bedroom

“Real estate in Hong Kong defies logic. The city is one of the most expensive places in the world to live and it has smashed one real estate record after another for years. As property costs continue to soar, even once improbable living spaces are now getting snapped up at astronomical prices.

At Le Riviera, three-quarters of the units sold so far have been microflats like the one Mr. Wu purchased. And Hong Kong developers are putting smaller and smaller units on the market — one recently built 165-square-foot apartments.”

Crazy.

Nov 17 14

Zillow shuts down Agentfolio

by Greg Robertson

Agentfolio End of Life

“Thus, we’ve decided to phase out the Agentfolio service and transition the Agentfolio team to work on other strategic initiatives at Zillow. Until we fully discontinue the service (see our schedule below), Agentfolio will be free for those continuing to use it. However, no new agents will be able to sign up.”

If there are any Agentfolio users that would like to try something else, I would humbly suggest this great new tool. : )

Nov 14 14

Homes by Tinybop

by Greg Robertson

New game for the future real estate aficionados in your house…

Homes by Tinybop

“Explore unique homes around the world. Wander in, make meals, decorate, and play games. Investigate electricity and utilities, from sparking wires to bubbling toilets. Clean up, or make a mess. Personalize each space with your own photos, drawings, and decorations. From the United States to Mongolia, Yemen to Guatemala, make yourself at home. For children ages 4+.”

via KOTTKE

Nov 13 14

SkySlope is being sued by DocuSign

by Greg Robertson

Looks like SkySlope is being sued by DocuSign for trademark infringement.

I’m no lawyer but it looks like it has to do with SkySlope’s use of the “no paper” logo, which is a registered trademark of DocuSign and has been featured in SkySlope advertising.

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Also DocuSign isn’t thrilled with SkySlope’s logo for DigiSign

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I’ve scanned the court docs and if DocuSign prevails it could be pretty serious problem for SkySlope. Let’s hope they come to some sort of agreement.

Nov 13 14

Walk Score -300,000,000

by Greg Robertson

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The Rosetta comet landing has made history

“It’s like doing archaeology, but instead of going back 1,000 years, we can go back 4.6 billion.”