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Mar 21 20

Some People

by Greg Robertson

I’ve seen this post written by Jason Kottke (one of my favorite bloggers) being passed around and I thought it would be good to share it here too.

It’s called, “Some People” and you can go read it here.

Mar 20 20

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Sales Development Director – Relitix

“Founded in 2017, Relitix uses advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence tools and techniques to analyze real estate listing and transaction data. We use powerful software to allow our clients to visualize data in ways unthinkable just a few years ago. Our analytical products provide insight and decision support to the managers of over a dozen of the nation’s largest and most prominent real estate brokerages from coast to coast.”

To find out about this job and more please visit the Vendor Alley Job Board.

Mar 20 20

Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Showings

by Greg Robertson

Impact of COVID-19 on Real Estate Showings in North America

“Through mid-March, year-over-year showing activity was higher nationwide compared to 2019. The current downturn is indicative of the industry’s response to COVID-19, which is changing daily.
We’ll be updating this chart daily to reflect the most recent data on showings.”


I continued to be inspired by the ways the vendor community is stepping up. I’ve always been a fan of ShowingTime’s Showing Index, and seeing it used this way gives you an incredible insight into how the COVID-19 is affecting real estate.

Mar 19 20

Industry Vet, Luke Glass, launches RealX, a property rights exchange

by Greg Robertson

Second Century Ventures Makes Investment in Top Property Exchange Network

“RealX has had over 6 million acres registered in its exchange since its official launch in late 2019 and continues to increase both acreage and offers received at a rapid pace. RealX’s mission is to unlock the value of every property, both for the landowner and corporations that may need access to the land. This investment will allow RealX to expand its offering nationwide to Realtors® who can then register their client’s land in RealX, making the land available for offers from third party corporations across energy, communications, agriculture and building materials sectors.

“Individual landowners are met with a host of difficulties when thinking about how to use their land in the best ways possible, including how to identify all the opportunities for their land to generate revenue, how to market it broadly, what to negotiate and who to trust. Now they can partner with their trusted real estate professional using a known exchange that provides accuracy, transparency and automation,” said RealX co-founder and CEO, Luke Glass.”

Great idea. RealX is a property rights exchange — mineral (oil, gas), solar, and air rights — that makes it easy for any agent to reach out, from home to all their clients with 10 acres or more of land to offer a way to tap into more revenue for their land — immediately. This becomes an additional way for agents to generate income (via a 3% commission) from their current SOI. Congrats Luke and best wishes on your new venture!

Mar 19 20

Join us for a Virtual Lobby Bar tonight at 4:30PM PT

by Greg Robertson
The Good Stuff!

Virtual Lobby Bar @ Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:30pm – 5pm (PDT) via Katie Smithson

“In response to the positive feedback I received about hosting a virtual lobby bar, I invite you to join me tonight for a cocktail. Grab your drink of choice and don your most comfortable WFH attire.  I realize this may be a little early for the West Coast folks, but assuming tonight goes well, we can try again at a different time. Hope to see you tonight!”

Katie Smithson is hosting a “Virtual Lobby Bar ” tonight from 4:30PM to 5:00PM (PDT). So pour yourself a drink and join us.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 639 823 434

Mar 18 20

Redfin to host Livestream this Thursday, about running a brokerage during a Pandemic

by Greg Robertson

Redfin Livestream for Thursday Afternoon: What We’ve Learned So Far Running a Brokerage During a Pandemic

“At 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday, March 19, Redfin is broadcasting a live presentation followed by a question-and-answer session on what we’ve learned about running a brokerage during the coronavirus pandemic. The intended audience is the real estate industry, including agents, brokers and folks working at Multiple Listing Services (MLSs), but anyone is welcome to attend.”

No link to register yet.

Mar 18 20

NAR Midyear to go virtual

by Greg Robertson


NAR to Deliver Virtual Solutions for 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo

“We are all watching the development of the coronavirus pandemic with uncertainty and serious concern.
On behalf of the NAR Leadership Team, CEO Bob Goldberg, and the NAR staff, your well-being and your business are of paramount importance to us at this unprecedented time.

Due to recent restrictions and recommendations implemented by the federal and Washington, D.C. governments, NAR will deliver previously-planned programming and committee meetings virtually.

With the Centers for Disease Control issuing guidance limiting discretionary travel and gatherings of more than 10 people for the next eight weeks, and Washington, D.C. also instituting a state of emergency to limit the spread of COVID-19, we will no longer hold the 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in person from May 11-16 in Washington, D.C.

Had to happen, but still….

Mar 18 20

Jeff Lasky is new CEO of North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors

by Greg Robertson

NSBAR’s new CEO is a familiar face

Midwest Real Estate Data Chief Operating Officer Jeff Lasky will be taking over as CEO of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors next month. The position was left vacant after their former leader, Steve Volkodav, took a position as CEO of the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors in Colorado. 

The news was announced at the association’s 2020 Vision event yesterday, where Lasky told members he’s looking forward to focusing on the challenges posed to organized real estate in Chicagoland. “I wouldn’t be here if your leadership and I didn’t speak the same language when it comes to the big rocks for this association,” he said. “We can play a critical role in improving business done and money made by our members too, and that’s important. I’m taking charge of these efforts and I’m ready to go.”

Chicago Agent Magazine

I’m a bit late on this, but happy to spread the news. Congrats Jeff and good luck on your new position.

Mar 17 20

Secrets of a Smarter MLS podcast: Bill Miller

by Greg Robertson

 Bill Miller, CEO of MetroList MLS | Everyone Has a Voice at the Table

“By constantly soliciting open-ended feedback, northern California MLS MetroList has built a winning organization that both staff and over 18,000 members are proud to be part of.  Andy queries Bill on the customer-centric  ethos that drives their success.”

Bill is one of my favorite guys in the industry. Don’t miss the bonus content where Bill talks about how they manage data sharing for 7 large California MLS providers and the inside story on MetroList’s cyber attack!

Mar 17 20

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from W+R Studios

by Greg Robertson

A little distraction for a tough week. Be safe!

Want even more distractions? Check out our YouTube page of W+R Studios “Office Shenanigans”.