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Jan 15 16

Matrix users top 500,000

by Greg Robertson

Matrix By CoreLogic Exceeds Half a Million Users

““This is a truly momentous milestone,” said Chris Bennett, general manager of Real Estate Solutions for CoreLogic. “Historically, the MLS industry has been fractured by many competing vendors, with no one system able to emerge as the dominant standard. Matrix has changed that.”

The 500,000 figure does not include accounts where Matrix operates in parallel with another multiple listing platform, nor does it include clients in the Matrix implementation queue, which represents more than 100,000 additional users.”

If I had to pick one of the smartest acquisitions in the modern MLS industry CoreLogic buying Tarasoft would have to be one of the top 3. Think about it. Where would CoreLogic be without it? A huge congratulations to Chris Bennett and his team, its easy to see why Chris is receiving many accolades, including being listed on Swanepoel’s POWER 200 of “The Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate 2016”

Jan 15 16

MRIS and TREND to combine data feed

by Greg Robertson

MRIS and TREND Announce Combined Real Estate Content Feed

“Last fall, MRIS and TREND announced their intention to consolidate their MLSs to create the next era of MLS that will preserve compensation and cooperation, promote the expansion of an orderly and efficient marketplace and provide brokerage firms greater control of and access to their listing content. MRIS and TREND are starting now to find concrete ways to serve the combined brokerage community. The first product to be delivered will be a new feed with listing content from both MLSs.”

Another blow to the narrative that MLS providers aren’t serving or listening to the needs of their (big) brokers members.

“When brokerages operate across multiple marketplaces, they must aggregate information from multiple data feeds, apply the appropriate display rules for each MLS, and pay redundant technology costs, all in order to have a unified IDX search on their own websites or improve brokerage operations,” said Sandra Troccoli, Director of Information Technology & Website Services for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Homesale Realty. “This is a new opportunity that will reduce technology costs and cumbersome management of duplicate feeds. It highlights the importance of MLS consolidation from a technology standpoint.”

Moves like this and CRMLS and MLSListings’ previous announcement are showing that MLS providers can come up with ways to address the concerns of big brokers. But big brokers must make MLS providers part of the solution.

Jan 8 16

News Corp promotes Celeste Starchild.

by Greg Robertson

From Inman News, Celeste Starchild promoted to SVP of professional software at Move

“In her expanded role, she helps drive Move’s family of professional software offerings ranging from lead generation and response tools to CRM and transaction management,” said Move in a statement, adding that Starchild will continue to serve as ListHub’s general manager.”

Looks like she also keep her current responsibilities at ListHub as well.

Congrats to Celeste!

Jan 6 16

Vendor Spotlight: TourSimply

by Greg Robertson

I had a call with Brad Chitty today. He’s the founder of TourSimply. It’s basically a property showing management solution.

Here’s the video.

They are based out of the Atlanta area. Not a lot of fluff, does exactly what it says on the tin. If any of you MLS peeps are interested, I’m sure Brad would love to hear from you.

Jan 6 16

Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday

by Greg Robertson

Web developers rejoice; Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday

Internet Explorer has long been the bane of many Web developers’ existence, but here’s some news to brighten your day: Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 are reaching ‘end of life’ on Tuesday, meaning they’re no longer supported by Microsoft.

I wonder how many REALTORS know this? Or MLS system devs for that matter.

Jan 4 16

Will Xome be rebranded?

by Greg Robertson

Nice detective work from Ben Lane of In his article “Is Nationstar about to completely rebrand itself?” he finds this little tidbit on Nationstar’s job board.

“The look into Nationstar’s plans is actually found on a job posting on the company’s job board. The job? Content writer. And the posting provides a glimpse into Nationstar’s future.

Not exactly the traditional place to disclose company-shaping plans, right? But there it is, in black and white.

According the job posting, the successful candidate will join Nationstar’s marketing team and be a “key player in the company’s transformation from a large but little-known mortgage servicer to a highly visible full lifecycle real estate brand.”

But that’s not all. Nationstar apparently intends to transform itself into the mortgage industry’s first “go to” brand and potentially completely rebrand the entire company and all of its brands.”

Rebranding a stupid name is the least of Nationstar’s problems. It’s been a bumpy ride in 2015. The stock has tanked. The launch of XOME has been less than spectacular, to say the least, as MLS providers raised many questions on XOME’s use of IDX data. It appears that former wrecking ball CEO, Kal Raman, did so much damage he “resigned” after serving only a year.

As many of you know Nationstar bought Real Estate Digital (RED) back in late 2014. A lot of good people over there and they deserve better leadership. Let’s hope 2016 fares better for everyone involved.

Jan 4 16

2015 “Brass Balls” list

by Greg Robertson

Lists, lists, and more lists. I’ve read a lot of lists in the past couple weeks. So, in honor of our site mascot, a picture of Alec Baldwin playing “Blake” in the film Glengarry Glen Ross holding two brass balls, I thought I’d kick off 2016 with a list of my own. These go individuals who made the news last year that have displayed that they have a pair, for better or worse.

Art Carter – California Statewide MLS
The day CRMLS launched the site it showed that Art wasn’t afraid to stir things up.

David Charron and Tom PhillipsMLS Evolved
The narrative has always been that the egos of MLS executives would mean consolidation at any meaningful level would be impossible. David and Tom proved them all wrong by changing the game.

Chris Crocker The Zillow “Whistleblower” letter
You can argue about his motives but the guy knew the possibility his identity would be revealed.

Dale Stinton and Dale Ross – Upstream and AMP
The relationship between NAR and MLS providers has never been great (or even good.) The launch of RPR (Realtor Property Resource) only served to increase the acrimony. But when NAR announced that RPR would be funding Upstream and AMP (both initiatives aimed directly to disrupt MLS providers) it took the more than brass, but maybe titanium balls to say “our members told us to do it”.

Kevin Tomlinson and “The Jills”
South Florida. Those two words can cause a involuntary eye roll in most. I don’t know which took more balls, “The Jills” who appear to have knowingly manipulated MLS data to protect their “1 percent” clients, or Kevin Tomlinson who looks to be caught on recording “blackmailing” both of them, (and subsequently being forcible arrested by the cops) and later declaring its all a “misunderstanding”.

Dec 24 15

The best Christmas gift ever

by Greg Robertson

ColeRHe was born on December 22nd 2004. He was a healthy beautiful baby boy. I wanted to name him Coltrane, but my wife thought that was crazy so we settled on Cole. After a couple days in the hospital we came home on Christmas Eve.

The house smelled like Christmas, and filled with bright decorations. An extra stocking already hung on the mantel.

Still sleeping in his car seat, I placed Cole under the Christmas tree. I haven’t been the same since.

Happy Holidays everyone.

Dec 24 15

New RESO elected officers announced

by Greg Robertson

RESO Elects 2016 Officers, New Directors to Its Board

Newly elected Officers of the Board of Directors:
Art Carter, CEO of California Regional MLS or CRMLS, Chair
Rob Overman, Chief Technology Officer of Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, Vice Chair
Richard Renton, Chief Executive Officer of Triad MLS, Treasurer
Rebecca Jensen
, President & CEO of Midwest Real Estate Data LLC or MRED, Secretary

Newly appointed members to the RESO Board of Directors:
Cary Sylvester, Vice President of Industry Development of Keller Williams
Tom Flanagan, Vice President of Technology of Alain Pinel Realtors
Glenn Shimkus, VP Product of DocuSign

Newly elected member to the RESO Board of Directors:
Pace Davis, Owner/CEO of Bridge Interactive Group LLC

Re-elected members to the RESO Board of Directors:
Richard Renton, CEO of Triad MLS
Michael Wurzer, President of FBS (Flexmls)
Justin LaJoie, VP of Industry Solutions, Zillow (appointed)

Let’s do this!

Dec 15 15

Bill Andrews joins Zillow

by Greg Robertson

AAEAAQAAAAAAAARDAAAAJDVmMzE4NWYyLTc2YzEtNGI5YS04ZjI0LTAyMjZlNzhhMjBhNASpeaking of Zillow, looks like the old Tarasoft team is getting back together.

Bill Andrews – Director of MLS & Industry Relations at Zillow Group Inc.