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Sep 13 16

Tipping point for Cali MLS consolidation?

by Greg Robertson

Gregg Larson, of Clareity Consulting, thinks so….
MLS Consolidation in Southern California – Finally?

“I recently had the privilege of being on the “MLS Symposium” program to talk about MLS trends and the future of MLS held in northern San Diego and I saw first-hand how ready the brokers there are for their MLS to merge with CRMLS. Normally I don’t discuss these types of meetings on the blog, but between the news stories about the legal conflict in San Diego and the video of the event that has been released, it seems like the right thing to do.”

The video put together by Jim Klinge (local San Diego REALTOR) is a must watch.

Sep 12 16

Jeff Lobb joins Revaluate

by Greg Robertson


Jeff Lobb Joins Team Revaluate

““We are thrilled to bring Jeff’s knowledge and background to our team. He’s known for helping brokers, brands and agents strategically grow. Additionally, his charisma, technical aptitude and drive have been evident to me for more than 10 years. We are also fortunate to be retaining the services of SparkTankMedia alongside such a good person and tremendous talent.” Said Revaluate CEO Chris Drayer.

Revaluate is one of the under the radar products that is really interesting. They’ve done a great job with the UI/UX of the product. Jeff is a great addition, he was a early supporter of Cloud CMA, which makes him pretty smart in my book ; )


Sep 7 16

Vendor Artifact 9.7.16 – IRIS website circa 1996

by Greg Robertson

IRIS website 1996

The site actually still works =>

“IRIS LIGHTNING for Windows is a telecommunications program designed to help real estate professionals make better use of their Multiple Listing Service. It works with all of the major MLS systems, including Moore Data’s Compass ™ and Super-Trieve ™, PRC’s Stellar ™, BORIS ™, RISCO ™, FBS ™, TRW Redi-Data ™, Data-Quick ™, or just about any other system accessible with ProComm ™ or Crosstalk ™, including regular BBS systems. It is especially useful for accessing Compass and Stellar because it gets beautiful photographs of the houses as well as the data”

Check out the “IRIS People” link and see if you recognize any names.

Sep 6 16

Powered by RPR?

by Greg Robertson

Something struck me as not quite right about this recent video from Upstream (at least I think Upstream made it). I think the video is well produced (the worse parts are anytime the Upstream logo makes an appearance). The video is kind of like one of the “Prop XX” videos you see during election times, you can’t really tell who is benefiting if it passes, “Consumers” or “Big Tobacco”!

First I find it super interesting that they are hitting on the “re-keying of data”, as Upstream’s main value proposition. The real reason (as I see it), brokers wanting things to go back to how they were in 1995, is nowhere in the messaging. It’s all about saving “significant costs” and “risk of data being entered incorrectly” now. Which I think is smart on their part.

What I don’t get is the “powered by RPR” moniker. To me RPR is just the vendor on this project. I just can’t figure out who wanted this, RPR or the peeps at Upstream?

Cui bono?

Sep 6 16

Lone Wolf lays off over 60 employees.

by Greg Robertson

Mass-layoffsAfter taking full control it looks like new management is making some serious cuts. This is the second cut I’m aware of. I’m told the 60 people recently let go represents over 20% of total staff. Brutal. I know a lot of brokerages depend on Lone Wolf, methinks this space is about to get a lot more competitive.

Sep 6 16

NTREIS adds TransactionDesk Suite from Instanet Solutions

by Greg Robertson

Instanet Solutions adds over 32,500 new Authentisign® and InstanetForms® subscribers

” Subscribers of North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) will now have the full TransactionDesk® suite as an MLS member benefit including TransactionDesk, InstanetForms, Authentisign, DocBox® along with a robust set of brokerage tools. Members will also be able to create MLS listings using InstanetForms.

The member benefit will include unlimited form creation, electronic signings, document cloud storage, etc. Members will have access to the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) forms. Those that are Texas Association of Realtors® (TAR) members will also have access to the TAR forms library. Also included is brokerage dashboard, brokerage reporting, brokerage branding, brokerage set-up and configuration tools.”

Remember when N.A.R. thought they were going to lock down the forms and transaction management space by providing zipLogix as a free member benefit? good times….good times….

Aug 29 16

Greg Manship joins Clareity Security

by Greg Robertson

Clareity Security Names Real Estate Veteran Greg Manship as Vice President of Operations

“Manship is a well-regarded professional that brings over 20 years of real estate industry management expertise to Clareity Security. He has been the CEO of Intermountain MLS since December, 2004. He has served as chair of the National MLS Users Group and as the Idaho State representative for the National Association of REALTORS® MLS Issues & Policies Committee. In addition, Manship was the 2012 President for the Council of Multiple Listing Services, an industry trade group serving the MLS organizations in North America. Manship has also served on several advisory groups including Black Knight (Paragon), Supra and”

Congratulations to Clareity Security! Greg is a huge get and is going to be a great fit.

Aug 24 16

MetroList Services Inc. adds RatePlug

by Greg Robertson

MetroList® Gives Agents Powerful New Mortgage Affordability Tool

“RatePlug brings mortgage transparency to the home buying process, helping buyers better understand affordability issues at the very beginning of the home searching process, and it helps consumers “buy local,” as local lender data is provided by mortgage providers. RatePlug has become the nation’s leading mortgage technology integrated into the MLS and is now available to more than 60 percent of all real estate agents and brokers in the U.S. — or nearly 750,000 REALTORS® nationwide.

“MetroList agents can now provide homebuyers a clear picture of what they really can afford upfront and as they are viewing a property,” said Dave Howe, Director of MLS Operations at MetroList. “Setting accurate consumer expectations will help buyers and real estate agents reduce the number of surprises that can come from purchasing a home.”

Nice get for RatePlug. One quibble, I wish RatePlug would offer this data as an API. I know a few vendors (including W+R) that would love add this type of data but need to have formatting control to match their apps.

Congrats to Brad and his team.

Aug 24 16

MLSListing implements first RESO Web API Certification in the U.S.

by Greg Robertson

MLSListings Wins the Gold & Platinum, First RESO Web API Certification in the U.S.

“MLSListings, the premier multiple listing service for real estate professionals in Silicon Valley and the northern California region, is the first Multiple Listing Service in the nation to be RESO Web API Certified. Known for its forward-thinking approach to providing services to its more than 15,000 real estate professionals and their clients, MLSListings received its Certification from the Real Estate Industry Standards Organization, a nonprofit organization that creates data standards for the real estate industry.

“We are extremely proud of our RESO certifications. As we elevate data standardization, we also elevate the ability for brokers and agents to align with buyers and sellers. Data standardization is an important part of our platform to enable seamless real estate transactions, without technological or unnecessary business barriers,” said James Harrison, R.C.E. C.A.E., President and CEO of MLSListings Inc.”

This is cool. Any developers that want more information on the RESO Web API check out documentation here.

Aug 22 16

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Senior Product Manager, CoreLogic

“The Senior Product Manager – Real Estate Solutions is responsible for defining and communicating the strategic path of both current and future CoreLogic products as well as being engaged in the day-to-day decisions regarding product development and product releases. This includes new product conception, definition, launch, and post-launch activities, including increasing the profitability of existing products. “

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