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Mar 22 18

W+R Studios launches Cloud Agent Suite hub

by Greg Robertson

W+R Studios Launches New Product Hub

“On, new and existing subscribers to W+R Studios’ products can easily see what’s available in their market, try all products free of charge, view training videos and launch applications from a single place. Subscribers will have one login for all subscriptions.

“This will also better serve agents in areas where multiple products are site licensed by their MLS provider. With this new hub agents we be able sign up for all site licensed products with one entry. The best side effect of this process is that it will greatly impact adoption numbers across all W+R Studios’ products,” said Greg Robertson, co-founder, W+R Studios.

Super proud of the design team at W+R Studios, they really designed a gorgeous and functional site. W+R Studios has 4 products, developed at multiple times. So that meant four different websites. The new site does 3 things.

Number one is give the agent one place to go to find out about the products offered by W+R Studios and try them all (depending on the market) for free. Unlike most third party software vendors W+R Studios has always had a way for agents to come to the site and begin using its products without having to talk to a sales person first.

Number two is a “Launchpad” that gives agents quick and easy access to all products via one page. W+R Studios believes this will be super helpful with adoption in site license areas.

Number three is a place to learn. W+R Studios recently hired a full-time video producer. Her job is to create instructional, “how to” and “why?” videos that can be accessed from the “Learn” section of the site.

Mar 22 18

Amy A. Ulloa-Zúñiga joins CRMLS

by Greg Robertson

CRMLS Appoints Amy A. Ulloa-Zúñiga as Director of Broker Resources
“California Regional MLS has appointed Amy A. Ulloa-Zúñiga as its Director of Broker Resources. Ulloa-Zúñiga enters the newly created role with over a decade of real estate industry experience, most recently serving as West Coast Regional Director for REALTORS® Property Resource® (RPR).”

Great hire by CRMLS. Congrats to Amy and CRMLS.

Mar 20 18

Century 21 Rebrand

by Greg Robertson

I’m a bit late on this but I got to say I really love Century 21’s new look. They put together a site that shows the new branding in different scenarios. It’s simple, sleek and modern. I really think their marketing team, lead by CMO Cara Whitley, really knocked it out of the park.

This is what I would expect from Century 21’s new CEO Nick Bailey. Good profile of him at Inman News; Zillow exec Nick Bailey to take over Century 21 as new CEO . Nick’s background is diverse and gives him an interesting perspective. He started at Century 21, then held senior roles at brokerages (RE/MAX) and later software company MarketLeader (which was acquired by Zillow).

Overall this kind of experience is very unique and gives Nick a lot of street cred to make some interesting moves.

Lots of things happening at Realogy and with these new breed of executives it will be fun to watch.

Mar 16 18

Say Yes to the MLS!

by Greg Robertson

An email sent out to NORMLS members made a special announcement.

The Shareholders of these two companies voted on January 22, 2018 to consolidate into one new company to be known as Yes-MLS. The combined membership will exceed 12,000 members and will serve 36 Counties in Ohio and West Virginia. Yes-MLS will be the largest MLS in Ohio and is expected to be fully complete by early Spring 2018.

Carl DeMusz, current CEO of NORMLS will serve as CEO of Yes MLS. “This consolidation opens many doors for our members as we empower our brokerages to serve their clientele locally and on a national scale by implementing standards that knock down barriers to their businesses”, said DeMusz.

John Kurlich, current CEO of CRIS who will serve as COO of Yes MLS observed, “The ‘consolidation’, rather than a ‘merger’, enables us to create a new and forward-looking MLS for our members. One that provides accurate data and the technology to use that data in an increasingly data driven real estate environment.”

Congrats to Carl and John. Love the new name!

Mar 16 18

HouseCanary wins $706M in lawsuit

by Greg Robertson

HouseCanary wins $706M after getting sued by Quicken Loans offshoot

“The jury agreed with HouseCanary that Title Source, as the Quicken Loans division was referred to in the case, failed to honor a software licensing contract and then used HouseCanary’s technology and trade secrets to try to construct its own version. Title Source had initially sued HouseCanary, alleging fraud and breach of contract over the software, but HouseCanary countered and won the huge sum.”

Great story. $706M represents 10 times the amount of HouseCanary’s initial funding. This case sounded vaugely familiar, then I recalled this other story…

Collateral Analytics sues Nationstar for allegedly stealing trade secrets

“Because there are no other products on the market with comparable accuracy, coverage, and functionality, (Nationstar and Xome) were unwilling to switch suppliers,” the lawsuit states. “And, because it literally takes decades of research and refinement (not to mention many millions of dollars) to make a product with the accuracy, coverage, and functionality that Collateral Analytics displays, Defendants were unable to develop their own.”

So, the lawsuit claims that Nationstar took matters into its own hands and stole Collateral Analytics trade secrets.”


Mar 16 18

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Sr DevOps Engineer – Real Estate Digital

“Design and implement auto-scaling and CI/CD solutions that improve the ability of the RED IT delivery teams to efficiently deliver solutions with quality.
-Will develop and implement a set of quality criteria and the associated validation method to ensure that any deliverable meets the expected quality levels of our customers
-Coding and scripting and operational tasks using one or more programming or scripting languages, design and implementation of configuration management and service discovery, secrets management, immutable infrastructure, containers, and the use of tools to accelerate the SDLC and improve availability and quality of releases
-Actively review their own and the team’s work processes and implement improvements seen from other teams or in industry to drive continuous improvement of the team’s efficiency, speed, and quality”

You can find out about this gig and more on the Vendor Alley Job Board

Mar 15 18

Clareity MLS Workshop 2018 Recap

by Greg Robertson

Report from Clareity’s 17th Annual MLS Executive Workshop

“Clareity packed a lot of perspectives and content into a ton of sessions over a day and a half – but the Workshop is about more than content – it’s about relationship building. We’ve listened to those attendees with ideas of how to make the event even better – besides the meals together and fun outings on arrival day, the longer breaks have improved the networking possible during the event.”

Good recap from Matt. I gotta say I was a bit cautious about the event, ever since Clareity was acquired by CoreLogic. But Gregg, Matt and team pulled off a great event with diverse content, that didn’t pander to the mothership. Hopefully they can keep this vibe/event going.

Mar 15 18

GSREIN launches Remine

by Greg Robertson

Gulf South Real Estate Information Network Launches Remine

“The Gulf South Real Estate Information Network (GSREIN), the largest multiple listing service (MLS) in Louisiana, serving more than 6,300 Realtors in the New Orleans Metropolitan area today announced Remine’s new, cutting-edge real estate intelligence platform is now live in Louisiana, making it among the first ten MLSs in the country to launch the product.”

Congrats to Jonathan, Leo and the rest of the Remine team. These guys are growing fast (close to 90 employees now and growing). I love the fact these guys are creating new ways for agents to do business. And it’s great to see this type of confidence in the industry.

Mar 14 18

MRED hires new CTO

by Greg Robertson


“This opportunity gave Haran firsthand experience with MRED, as he served on its Board of Managers from 2015-2017. During this time, Haran represented MRED on the Board’s Technology Focus Group. These experiences and more made Haran an ideal candidate to thrive in this vital role.

“Being a pioneer of technology is of the utmost importance to MLSs and I know that Chris is the perfect person to keep MRED at the forefront and push us ahead even farther.” said MRED President/CEO Rebecca Jensen. “Bringing in Chris is a huge milestone for MRED and our customers.”

Haran is a 2005 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. He also spent time as a mentor for the National Association of REALTORS® REach program as well as Moderne Ventures, advising startup companies on business plans.”

Congrats to MRED and Chris!

Mar 14 18

Terradatum Acquires VScreen

by Greg Robertson

Analytics Provider Terradatum Acquires VScreen

““Analytics that Terradatum provides through BrokerMetrics® and its other services are critically important content that elevates a brokerage’s ability to better execute its business strategy,” says Mark Spraetz, CEO of Terradatum. “VScreen and OnHoldUSA’s multimedia content services offer tools that can elevate marketing efforts in a similar manner. Good content, regardless of form, seeks to engage a person with the brand. Their collective content educates and engages, offering utility across the spectrum of digital marketing. The combination of analytics and marketing content will be a differentiator for our clients.”

I get the where they will use VScreen, but OnHoldUSA is a mystery. But I’m more aware of their BrokerMetrics product than anything else.