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Sep 20 17

Buyside gets stacked

by Greg Robertson

Industry Experts Join Buyside to Support Further Growth and National Expansion

“Charles Williams, Buyside’s Founder and CEO, has announced the expansion of the company’s senior leadership team with the addition of three tenured real estate industry veterans: Alissa Harper, VP, Growth; Dan McKeehan, VP, Operations; and Laura Scott, Chief Success Officer. Buyside is a data science & marketing company helping brokers transform real-time buyer data into leads, listings and profits.”

Here’s the team:

Alissa Harper, VP of Growth, joins Buyside from Market Leader, Trulia, and most recently, Zillow Group where she built and led the company’s Broker Engagement Team…

Dan McKeehan, VP of Operations, comes to Buyside from Dotloop where helped to scale the nationwide deployment of the platform, with large regional and national real estate franchise brands earning impressive user adoption levels with high customer satisfaction…

Laura Scott, Chief Success Officer is a veteran of Northwood Realty Services and Douglas Elliman, where she spent over a decade overseeing daily operations, driving strategy and recruiting effort…

Very impressive. This is about two thing I like the most, keeping talent in the industry and companies making the right investments. Congrats to Charles and the new team.

Sep 20 17

Industry vet, Dottie Shanley retires

by Greg Robertson

Art Carter, CEO of CRMLS

““I offer my best wishes to industry veteran Dottie Shanley as she enters retirement. Dottie served the MLS/AOR industry as a customer care specialist for 27 years, beginning her career as a bookkeeper with
Buena Park AOR. After Buena Park AOR merged with North Orange County and Pacific West, Dottie
began to get involved with other avenues of the industry. She learned many departments, including the
membership aspect of the industry, before moving into the MLS department. In 2000 Dottie made a
move to SoCal MLS, where she started on the Customer Care team. In 2011, SoCal merged with CRMLS,
and today she hangs up her headset from CRMLS as one of the most fearless and dedicated customer
service representatives around. Dottie is looking forward to retirement and plans to spend more time on
her hobbies, including playing bingo. Congratulations, and thanks for many years of outstanding
service!”

I’m a sucker for these announcements. Anyone devoting as much time to this business deserves recognition, and Dottie has seen it all!

Sep 19 17

CMLS officers announced

by Greg Robertson

I was a bit remiss earlier and failed to mentioned CMLS’ new officers.

“David Charron, chief strategy officer of Bright MLS (Maryland), will serve as president; Chris Carrillo, CEO of Metro MLS (Wisconsin), was named president-elect; and Stephanie Hill, MLS director of Greater Las Vegas Association of REALTORS® (Nevada), was elected secretary/treasurer.”

I’ll be writing soon about the CMLS 2017 conference itself later but wanted to make sure I recognized everyone.

Sep 19 17

MetroList® announces deal with Real Safe Agent

by Greg Robertson

MetroList® Chooses Real Safe Agent

““After several months of extensive research into real estate agent safety options, our staff and Board of Directors believe that Real Safe Agent and the behavioral science behind it, was by far the best choice to further help our subscribers stay safe while conducting their business,” said Bill Miller, CEO of MetroList Services, Inc.
MetroList® is the first MLS in California to adopt Real Safe Agent and joins several other MLS’s and Associations around the country that have already deployed the system; bringing the total number of brokers and agents with access to the new safety system to approximately 85,000.

MetroList is pretty picky so I know they have vetted this solution pretty well. Congrats to Susan and Lee.

Sep 8 17

See you in Austin!

by Greg Robertson

Really excited about seeing and catching up with everyone at CMLS next week!

I’m going to be giving my “Industry Update” again, this year. I’m told it was the highest rated session of CMLS last year in Las Vegas (and the lowest). I’ll be onstage Friday the 15th at 8:50am, Lauren Hansen will be doing an introduction, so don’t go big on Thursday night!

Sep 8 17

Larson Skinner promotes Camille Beshara

by Greg Robertson


Larson Skinner PLLC announces promotion of Camille M. Beshara to member of the firm

“According to firm Managing Member Mitchell A. Skinner, “Camille provides perceptive legal advice coupled with
deep industry insight to our clients. It was natural to bring her further into our team.” The firm’s founder and Of
Counsel attorney, Brian N. Larson, echoed the sentiment. “Clients appreciate Camille’s commitment to
responsive, practical, and insightful advice.”

So cool. Congrats Camille!

*I hope I don’t get in trouble from scrapping Camille’s photo from their website. : )

Sep 8 17

Pro Tip: Soapbox by Wistia

by Greg Robertson

We are a big believer in video at W+R Studios and have used it effectively in our support and marketing efforts. Due to this we are also a big fan of Wistia, a video hosting company out of Massachusetts. They have a really wonderful company culture and their website if chock full of tip and tricks. I’ve attended their last few conferences (WistiaFest) and at this last one they introduced a great new tool called Soapbox. Basically it’s a quick and easy way to make screencasts just using Chrome. It’s free and so easy to use, you really have to try it to appreciate it.

I did one this morning so you could have an idea of how it works. You can also check out this page for more information.

Sep 7 17

New CMLS board members announced

by Greg Robertson

Council Of Multiple Listing Services Names New Officers and Board Members For 2018

“New directors elected to three-year terms include: Glenn Christoph, CEO of Intermountain MLS (Idaho); Mike Cotrill, CEO of Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS® (Oklahoma); Anne Marie DeCatsye, CEO of Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association/Carolina MLS (North Carolina); and Sam Scott, director of information at Houston Association of REALTORS® (Texas).”

Andy Woolley was also named as a new “Business Partner Director”, he joins Lucie Fortier and Mike Wuzer who are already serving.

David Charron (CMLS President this year) is certainly stacked with talent this year. Congrats to everyone!

Sep 7 17

There and back again

by Greg Robertson

Premier Provider of Software and Data and Analytics Solutions Rebrands as Black Knight

” Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. (BKFS) announced today that, effective upon the completion of the previously announced distribution by Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF) of its equity interest in Black Knight Financial Services, Inc., it will be rebranding as Black Knight, clarifying its position as a leading provider of software, data and analytics to the nation’s top financial institutions.”

I love the fact that they don’t mention FNF in the title of this press release. Foley is relentless.

Sep 7 17

Long and Foster sold to HomeServices

by Greg Robertson

Long & Foster sold to Warren Buffett company

“The acquisition price was not disclosed. Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. HomeServices of America gets a company with a 50-year track record, $29 billion in sales volume last year, about 11,000 real estate agents and more than 230 offices across the mid-Atlantic, New Jersey and North Carolina. Long & Foster’s Prosperity Mortgage business originated $3.3 billion in home loans last year.

Long & Foster will continue to be run by its existing management, with founder Wes Foster serving as chairman emeritus. Long & Foster president and chief operating officer Jeff Detwiler will become CEO.

“Finding the right partner to maintain the legacy, culture, and integrity of Long & Foster was of utmost importance to me,” said Foster. “I couldn’t be more pleased that we are joining an organization known for its impeccable reputation and commitment to protecting brands. Joining HomeServices ensures that our history of market leadership and industry expertise continues.”

Monster deal.