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Nov 7 14

NAR levels the playing field with $5 agent websites.

by Greg Robertson

NAR partners with Placester to offer members websites for $5 a month

“Nearly every Realtor can now get a personal website equipped with a listing search tool for just $5 a month.

The National Association of Realtors has partnered with real estate website provider Placester to offer the deal, which is available to all Realtors operating in markets where Placester has Internet Data Exchange agreements with multiple listing services.”

$5.00 is pretty cheap. When Zillow announced IDX websites for $10 a month, I quipped that many IDX vendors might have “pooped their pants” well now I think they shit their bed.

I’m curious if NAR guaranteed Placester a minimum number of sites. That would make sense to me. So that would mean NAR dues are paying for IDX websites whether or not you are utilizing this service. Also what if the MLS has a surcharge on IDX feeds, does Placester eat that cost or do they add it to the $5.00?

Three things strike me about this deal.

1. Big brokers are gonna be pissed. The Realty Alliance has made a big kerfuffle about MLS providers providing agents tools (like websites) for “free”, when brokers would typically want to charge their agents for those same tools.

2. Nice win for Placester! You gotta wonder if MOVE had the option to put a similar deal together.

3. IDX has officially jumped the shark.

Nov 7 14

dotloop to target more Realogy franchises

by Greg Robertson

dotloop Enhances Relationship With Realogy to Enable Increased Technology Offerings for Franchise Affiliates

“dotloop today announced that it has strengthened its relationship with Realogy, the world’s largest franchisor of real estate brokerages, which will result in an expanded online transaction platform opportunity for Realogy brand franchisees. dotloop’s online transaction platform enables everyone involved in a transaction to come together to close deals faster through a single, seamless online experience. By integrating dotloop capabilities, Realogy will be able to enhance its existing technology offerings for its franchise affiliates.”

I haven’t heard much about dotloop in the past few months. Seems like other players, such as Instanet Solutions and SkySlope, are really making this space competitive. I got a chance to play around with a test account for dotloop and was really impressed with its design. Very thoughtful UI/UX.

The wordplay on this release is interesting. I’m not sure what “strengthened its relationship” means (did dotloop pony up some money for Realogy’s Preferred Alliance program?) That being said this is a nice vote of confidence from Realogy. My bet is that dotloop is seeing success in their model of partnering with franchisors (i.e. KW) and now looking for other partnerships.

Nov 5 14

Zillow, 66% growth, $88.6 million, ’nuff said.

by Greg Robertson

beast mode
Zillow grows revenue 66 percent to a record $88.6 million

“Zillow beat analyst expectations on both revenue and profit, sending its share price up about 4 percent. It posted a $16 million loss, compared to a $1.2 million loss in the same period last year.”

Talk about Beast Mode.

Nov 4 14

CRS Data signs 3 year agreement with Springfield Board of REALTORS®

by Greg Robertson

CRS Data Provides Public Records Data to Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®

““We are very pleased to be able to work closely with CRS Data to insure our MLS system is integrated seamlessly with their property data suite,” said Jessica Hickok, association executive for the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®. “We chose CRS Data for their team’s customer service reputation and commitment to providing timely, thorough tax data our members can use to create presentations and produce a range of data for their clients.”

Nice win!

Nov 4 14

FBS wants real estate developers to spark it up at NAR.

by Greg Robertson

Calling all Real Estate Technology Developers – It’s Time to Light it Up at NAR!

“The Spark Platform is the only way that (approved) real estate technology Developers can plug into 100+ MLSs via a RESO standards-driven listings API with one Terms of Use agreement , no up-front fees and gain product exposure with 100,000+ Agents via an App Store within the Agent’s MLS System.”

Not the post I was expecting to read from reading the title. I thought NAR’s Annual Conference had moved to Colorado.

Nov 4 14

Recommendation to MLS Policy – November 2014

by Greg Robertson

Good breakdown from Matt…

Recommendation to MLS Policy – November 2014

“While attending RESO meetings last week in Las Vegas, I heard that the RETS standard data dictionary would soon be ratified by RESO, and that the new Web API would be ratified by the middle of 2015. This is great news! While the data dictionary will continue to be improved, even adopting what we have in the data dictionary now will be a big deal, making it far easier for publishers, brokers, and other aggregators of MLS content to build applications and combine content from multiple MLSs. But, without adoption of these standards at the local level, this great promise will go unfulfilled. So, it is with great pleasure that I share the following information:”

Nov 4 14

Making choices

by Greg Robertson

Like a lot of other vendors I do online meetings and webinars. Just on casual observation many of you are using GoToMeeting. We use it at W&R Studios. While it’s not the best designed software out there it does, for the most part, get the job done.

But one of the most glaring shortcomings is that it doesn’t work with iCal. Meaning when I schedule a meeting I would love it to create an invitation in iCal to send to meeting participants. Nope. I typically have to create an invite manually and copy/paste the meeting details. Since I first subscribed to the service, some time ago, I’ve asked about this feature and they’ve promised “it’s coming”.

Recently GoToMeeting announced a new feature…

“Android Smartwatch App.

GoToMeeting and your Android phone and smartwatch are getting along fabulously these days. If you have all three, you can join, participate and leave a meeting from your watch without ever touching your phone.

Take a jog while you’re taking a meeting. Listen in on a session while rocking your baby to sleep — no squirming into your pockets and fumbling with your phone needed. Plus, you’re going to feel like a super-cool spy.”

What? The? Fuck?

Seriously? Letting someone know WHEN a meeting is scheduled is SUPER Important. “Listen in on a session while rocking your baby to sleep”? NOTSOMUCH.

The choices many companies make to spend their development resources astounds me. Whether its Google Glass for Trulia or this turd.

Nancy Reagan had it right, “Just say no”.

Nov 4 14

ShowingTime inks deal with CarolinaMLS

by Greg Robertson

Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. signs agreement with ShowingTime

““ShowingTime Appointment Center has developed innovative technology solutions that support Realtors® as well as the goals of CarolinaMLS,” said Steve Byrd, vice president and CTO of CarolinaMLS. “Their 24/7 service, best-in-class mobile app, two-way text messaging and analytic reports will not only afford our agents a great experience but will help agents provide even better service to buyers and sellers.”

Its been a good year for ShowingTime. Congrats.

Oct 30 14

Coming soon to MRIS, “coming soon” listings.

by Greg Robertson

Coming Soon Listing Status is Coming Soon

“3. When you select the Coming Soon status for your listing, you’ll need to enter an Expected On-Market Date. This date can be no later than twenty-one days from when the listing is submitted to the MLS under the Coming Soon status. If the house is ready earlier than anticipated, you can change the status for your listing in Keystone.”

Coming soon listings are so yesterday, I’m waiting for “thinking about it” listings. ; )

Oct 23 14

Real Estate On Your Wrist

by Greg Robertson

Real Estate on your wrist: Homesnap for Android wear

“How does Homesnap for Android Wear work? We leverage the location data from your Android phone using battery-sensitive techniques to keep you in sync with nearby real estate listings. Whenever you see a Homesnap card in your context stream, you can swipe through nearby listings to review photos and prices.”

Good luck with that.