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Jan 17 19

Begun, the Clone Wars has

by Greg Robertson

MoxiWorks Delivers Alternative to Upstream

Leading real estate technology company, MoxiWorks, announced today that their alternative to Upstream is available to enterprise brokerage customers nationwide. The MoxiCloud open platform provides brokerages with a comprehensive suite of data management services designed to protect and enable the broker to fully control the distribution, licensing and use of the brokerage’s listing, agent, and consumer data.
 
For years, brokerages waited patiently for Upstream to deliver a solution, but their recent announcement of an unresolved technology provider shift has made the future uncertain. “Brokerages need to take control of the data that powers their business, period. Own your data! It’s high time, and brokerages have waited long enough for this to be delayed any longer,” said York Baur, CEO of MoxiWorks. 

Space abhors a vacuum. It’s not clear in the press release if they have a listing input system as part of the “Moxi Cloud”, so I’m a bit unsure as whether their solution captures any data “upstream”. But the timing is epic as UpstreamRE has yet to announce their new vendor, and Alex Lange’s strange LinkedIn postings. With other listing input modules entering the game like Bridge Interactive, and more “in development” like, Remine, its clear this is going to be a crowded field.

Jan 17 19

Gino Blefari takes top spot at HomeServices.

by Greg Robertson

HomeServices of America® Expands its Executive Leadership Team


HomeServices’ Executive Chairman Ron Peltier appointed Gino Blefari, current CEO of HSF Affiliates, as CEO of the company. HSF Affiliates is the HomeServices’ subsidiary operating the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living franchise networks. Peltier and Blefari will lead the growing business of HomeServices of America, formulate and execute strategies consistent with the mission, values and culture of the organization, and drive its continued acquisition strategies

This is huge news in the franchisor/brokerage space. Gino is a force, I remember back when he founded Intero Real Estate. Gotta love the timing on this as Ron Peltier, moves on to become the companies executive chairman, after just ranking #1 on the 2019 Swanepoel Power 200 list of the the most powerful people in real estate. No pressure Gino!

Jan 16 19

MLS Execs and vendors featured on Swanepoel 200 list of ” Most Powerful People in The Residential Real Estate Brokerage Industry in 2019″

by Greg Robertson

Ron Peltier took the top spot from Gary Keller (#2) this year. The report cited that as CEO Peltier was only the second brokerage to surpass 100 billion in sales.

Bob Hale, CEO of the Houston Association of REALTORS was the highest MLS exec, moving up 5 spots to #27. HAR’s Chairwomen, Kenya Burrell-VanWormer, was recently named Inman News’ 2018 “Person of the Year” for taking a public stand against NAR raising dues.

I count about 15 MLS Execs listed including Art Carter, CEO of CRMLS at #36, up 4 spots from last year. Tom Phillips #52 and David Charron #84 of Bright MLS, Teresa King Kinney, CEO of the Miami Association of REALTORS #120, Rebecca Jensen, CEO of MRED, LLC, #128, Matt Consalvo, CEO of ARMLS #133, Merri Jo Cowen, CEO of MFRMLS #134, Kathy Condon, CEO of MLSPIN #138, Dionna Hall #159 CEO of Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, Jim Harrison, CEO of MLSListings #165, John Mosey CEO of Northstar MLS #179, Jim Speer CEO of New York MLS #183, Tim Dain (first timer?) #194 CEO of MARIS and Anne Marie DeCatsye CEO of Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and CarolinaMLS at #195. Denee Evans, CEO of CMLS was listed at #175.

Notable vendors include Errol Samuelson of Zillow Group at #42, Chris Bennett of CoreLogic at #45. Mike Wurzer pushed in to the double digits at #91. Joel Macintosh CEO of WolfNet #146, Marilyn Wilson and Victor Lund of the WAV Group at #149, Brian Boero and Marc Davidson of 1000watt #151, and Me (Greg Robertson) was listed at #154 (up 26 spots, woot!) Zvi Band CEO of Contactually is listed at #169, Leo Pareja CEO of Remine #177, Mitch Skinner of LarsonSkinner #180, Charles Williams of Buyside #181, Andrew Flachner of RealScout #182, Suzanne Mueller of Realtor.com #193 and Alex Lange, CEO of UpstreamRE at #200 (whew!)

I apologize in advance if I missed anyone. Congrats to everyone!

Jan 16 19

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Council of MLS (CMLS)
Membership Coordinator

“Are you passionate about the MLS industry and want the opportunity to make a national impact? Do you have strong industry knowledge and excellent communication skills? Do you know someone who would be a great fit? CMLS is seeking an individual to join our team and help us serve our members and the MLS industry.

The Membership Engagement Coordinator is responsible for the daily execution of member engagement programs and development of marketing and communications to further those programs. The ideal candidate will possess an in-depth knowledge of the real estate industry and excel in a small team environment that leverages adaptability and initiative.

This is a remote position on our five-member team. CMLS is proud to offer a competitive compensation package which includes salary, bonus potential, 401k, medical, dental and vision insurance, PTO and paid holidays.”


Find out about this job and more on the Vendor Alley Job Board. You can also read about this position at the CMLS website.

Jan 16 19

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO)
Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of the Real Estate Standards Organization (www.reso.org) announces the immediate availability of the Chief Executive Officer position of our standards making organization.
 The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) and promulgation of its standards and products. The CEO will act according to the guiding principles of RESO and take direction from the Board of Directors, fostering the coordination, development, implementation, utilization, compliance, marketing and training of RESO’s standards.”

To find out about this job and more please visit the Vendor Alley Job Board. You can also download a PDF of this job description by clicking here.

Jan 14 19

W+R Studios announces management restructuring

by Greg Robertson

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (January 14, 2019) – Real estate software company W+R Studios announced management restructuring to help with boosting growth at the company.

Co-founder Dan Woolley will now take over responsibilities for choosing where to go to lunch on 2nd Friday’s of each month. Previously W+R Studios co-founder Greg Robertson held these responsibilities, which will now be switched to choosing company snacks and soft drinks. “Greg has done a great job choosing places to eat for lunch, and the company has done well under his stewardship, but we must change to move forward, and I welcome the challenge” stated Dan Woolley.

The company has a long time tradition of “Free Lunch Fridays” where team members located at W+R Studios’ Huntington Beach headquarters are treated to lunch every Friday of the month at local restaurants.  Deciding where to go to lunch every Friday has been deemed to be a crucial part of the company’s success.

“I’m more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy.” Stated Greg Robertson. “I’m looking forward to Dan opening up the company’s palette of lunch choices.”

These changes will be put in to place on February 8th, 2019.

About W+R Studios‍

Founded in 2008, W+R Studios is a privately held web software company located in Huntington Beach, California. The company focuses on creating the next generation of web-based software solutions for the real estate industry. By providing a “less is more” approach to software design, elegant user interfaces, and using the latest in agile programming, W+R Studios’ software applications are at the same time powerful, yet accessible to everyone. Co-founders Dan Woolley and Greg Robertson have over 26 years of experience each developing and marketing real estate software solutions.


Jan 10 19

Greetings from FMLS

by Greg Robertson
Streaker?

I had a chance to attend FMLS‘ “First Look” event for brokers. The event was really well done and kicked off by a speech by noted economist Rajeev Dhawan from Georgia University. It was great to spend time with Cantey, Marsha and the rest of FMLS staff.

They were nice enough to include me in an official event photo.

Happy Trails Cantey!

Photo Credit: Jim Ross

Jan 8 19

RPR touts record engagement for 2018

by Greg Robertson

Realtors Property Resource® Sees Record 2018 Engagement

As of December 31, 2018, engagement with RPR among NAR members soared to a record 14.7 million sessions—a notable 29.5 percent increase from 2017. Throughout 2018, Realtors® spent more than 100 million minutes researching properties and creating reports for consumers using the RPR platform. 

29% is impressive. Congrats to Jeff and his team.

Jan 8 19

Event Calendar

by Greg Robertson

Glad to see Inman News to put together a comprehensive event calendar for the industry. I’ve been thinking of doing this myself but their list looks pretty good. Check out the link below:

The Essential Guide to 2019 Real Estate Events

“Take a look at the major real estate events happening throughout 2019. If you know of an event we missed and think should be included on this list, please email us at Andrea [at] inman.com with the event name, date and website, and we’ll consider adding it.”

Dec 31 18

Industry Relations Episode 30: A Closer Look at the Compass Vision Statement

by Greg Robertson

We know that Compass is built around technology and that the real estate company has a shit ton of money—$4.4B, to be exact. But what else do we know about the tools and resources Compass offers its agents or the direction the company might take moving forward? Lucky for us, the firm’s most recent vision statement was published online, and while it was incredibly inspiring, the presentation also raised a number of questions.

Rob and Greg welcome special guest Sunny Lake Hahn, partner at 7DS Associates, to offer a broker’s perspective as they discuss the Compass vision statement. Greg offers an overview of the presentation, covering the suite of products and services that Compass offers their agents and CEO Robert Reffkin’s inspiring personal story and message of empowerment. Sunny explains why she was impressed by the company’s COO offering for agents as well as their technology feedback loop.

Rob, Greg and Sunny debate whether Compass can provide a consistent user experience, describing how the company does offer continuity in terms of tools, resources and consumer-agent interaction. Greg shares his take on why wooing agents with a payout might be problematic, and Rob speaks to Compass’ potential play to generate revenue through preferred vendors. Listen in for Sunny’s perspective of Reffkin’s emphasis on female entrepreneurs and learn more about what differentiates Compass—and what makes it just like all the other brokerages.

What’s Discussed: 

Compass’ strategic decision to publish their vision statement

The suite of products and services Compass offers their agents

CEO Robert Reffkin’s inspiring personal story and message

Sunny’s insight on the value of Compass’ tech feedback loop

Compass’ contract provision around using the tools provided 

Why Compass cannot guarantee a consistent user experience

How Compass can provide continuity in terms of resources

Greg’s take on why wooing agents with a payout is problematic

The potential for Compass to leverage the ‘referral economy’ 

Sunny’s view of Reffkin’s message on female entrepreneurs

Sunny’s idea for brokers to execute on the COO offering locally

Resources:

Compass

The Compass Vision

Women Up

Glenn Kellman’s Gender Pay Study

The Red Dot

Connect with Rob and Greg:

Rob’s Website

Greg’s Website