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Dec 17 14

Berkowitz out as CEO at Move, Inc.

by Greg Robertson

News Corp Announces New Leadership at Move, Inc.

“News Corp announced today that Ryan O’Hara will become Chief Executive Officer of Move, Inc. (“Move”), effective January 5, 2015.

Mr. O’Hara will replace CEO Steven Berkowitz, who has led the company since January 2009. News Corp acquired Move, a leading provider of online real estate services, including®, last month.Mr. O’Hara will replace CEO Steven Berkowitz, who has led the company since January 2009. News Corp acquired Move, a leading provider of online real estate services, including®, last month.

“We are excited to have secured Ryan O’Hara to take the helm at Move, given his record of transforming businesses in the digital age and his clear determination to accelerate the growth of the company. We are also extremely grateful to Steve Berkowitz for his years of astute and principled leadership, during which period he secured greater operating flexibility for the business and put the company on a solid growth trajectory,” said Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp.”

Dec 12 14

Dave Linger replaces Margaret Kelly as CEO of RE/MAX Holdings

by Greg Robertson

RE/MAX Holdings Announces CEO Transition, Replaces Margaret Kelly with Board Chairman Dave Liniger

“Liniger said, “We owe Margaret our deepest gratitude for the contributions she has made over the last three decades. Her leadership during her tenure as CEO allowed us to emerge from the recent financial crisis as a stronger company and led us through an initial public offering. Due to Margaret’s management, our business is performing exceptionally well and we’re positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Whoa! This is interesting a lot of levels. As many of you know Dave Linger went through some major health issues is the past few years. I remember being at the T3 Summit in Las Vegas earlier this year. In an interview with Swanepoel, Dave recounted part of his recent health scare, along with some other great stories. He got a standing ovation at the end. Dave is the real deal and a true bad ass. So I gotta believe this means his health is back. Good news for him, not so much for his competitors.

Nice scoop for RIS Media on this story. Although it seems like the nice bow they put on Margaret’s departure is a bit too perfect.

Dec 5 14

Denee Evans hired as first CEO of Council of MLS (CMLS)

by Greg Robertson

Denee in Dallas

Council of Multiple Listing Services Names Denee Evans CEO

“As CEO, Evans will become the point person to implement the organization’s strategic plan and oversee its daily operations to raise the presence of the organization while empowering members to stay ahead of advancing technology, legal issues, and cutting-edge management.”

I had a chance to meet and work with Denee this past week. She is wonderful and is going to be a great fit for CMLS. Congrats Denee!!

Dec 4 14

Tough week for Zillow

by Greg Robertson

Zillow Accused of Subjecting Female Employees to “Sexual Torture”

“The suit goes on to describe Zillow’s Souther California office as an “adult frat house” where “sexual harassment and misconduct are normalized, condoned, and promoted by male managers.”

When you have hundreds of young people in their twenties in a sales environment this stuff is going to be super hard to control.

Move Inc. sues Beardsley over stock sale

“The Move lawsuit charges Beardsley sold more than $200,000 worth of Move Inc. stock after learning “non-public, inside information that legally prohibited him from selling that stock.”

Hopefully we won’t see any “FREE CURT” t-shirts anytime soon.

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


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, 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

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


Rob Chrane and the DPR team

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

UPDATE 12/6/14
Here’s a link to Bev’s obit.

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.”