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Feb 4 20

CRMLS expands services to Louisiana REALTORS®

by Greg Robertson

CRMLS expanding beyond California to service the MLS needs of Louisiana REALTORS®

“In its first deal to offer its best-in-class MLS services outside of California, California Regional MLS (CRMLS) has come to an agreement to provide turnkey MLS services to Louisiana’snew broker-led statewide MLS – Greater Southern MLS (GSMLS).

CRMLS is providing Greater Southern MLS a comprehensive suite of technology products, including Matrix, Paragon, Cloud CMA, Realist Tax, ShowingTime, InfoSparks Market Statistics, and many more. In addition, CRMLS is providing compliance, data licensing services, online and live local training, and 7-day-a-week customer support.”

Holy Shit! I can’t think of an MLS organization providing its services out of state in a wholesale fashion like this…ever. And if I’m doing my math correctly this could potentially add over 20,000 agents to CRMLS. Potentially making its membership over 120,000. Boom.

The other side of the story is this (Greater Southern MLS) being a broker-owned MLS. It has shades of MAP MLS back in the day. I can only imagine the politics in play.

Art and the rest of the CRMLS team are really changing the game here. Congrats!

Feb 4 20

The REALTOR of the future

by Greg Robertson

Watch This Weird ’90s NAR Video of REALTORS® In the Future

“So how exactly did this wacky artifact come to fruition? According to Hathaway Hester, manager of the association archives, the theme of the 1990 town hall meeting was “The Broker’s Office in the Year 2000,” and the futuristic video served as an introduction to the proceedings. The entire thing was filmed and made available to members through NAR’s mail-order service, which was a precursor to today’s REALTOR® Store. It was advertised throughout 1990, then disappeared from the radar until it was digitized and posted online in 2008, the year of NAR’s centennial, Hester says. Over the years, the short video has caught the interest of external publications wanting to highlight the video’s amazing ’90s cheesiness.”

Oh man. This is so fun.

Also, think about this, if the movie Back To The Future was made today, Marty would be going back to the 90s. 🤯

Feb 3 20

ShowingTime inks deal with Canada’s ORTIS/OC Multiple Listing Service

by Greg Robertson

ShowingTime Brings Leading Showing Management Tech, Market Analytics and Online Offer Registration to ORTIS/OC

“ShowingTime, the residential real estate industry’s leading showing management and market stats technology provider, has entered into an agreement with ORTIS/OC to provide all 22 boards and their 13,800+ members full access to its online and front desk scheduling platforms that simplify the showing process for agents and admins, while also providing access to MarketStats market-wide, an in-depth local market analytics reporting tool.”

Congrats! Great to see these guys continue to grow and expand.

Jan 24 20

IRES, REColorado and Pikes Peak ink data -share

by Greg Robertson

IRES, REcolorado and Pikes Peak REALTOR® Services Corp. enter data-sharing partnership

Information and Real Estate Services (IRES), a Loveland-based regional multiple listing service (MLS) that serves Boulder, Weld, Larimer, Logan and Morgan Counties and also holds partnerships with other regional MLSs to expand access across the state, today announced a data-sharing agreement between IRES and REcolorado utilizing RPR. A similar agreement with Pikes Peak REALTOR® Services Corp. (PPRSC) has been in place since December 2017.”

Whoa, I wonder what changed? 🤔

Jan 24 20

Back to the future for Palm Springs MLS members

by Greg Robertson

Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® listened to their members

“VESTAPLUS, the newest MLS system to enter the MLS industry and serving over 20,000 REALTORS® to date, inked a deal to bring back their software to the members of the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® (PSRAR) due to strong demand from PSRAR subscribers. The MLS/CLAW a luxury MLS services provider in Beverly Hills and Malibu is the provider of VESTAPLUS™. The VESTAPLUS™ software will be delivered via a 3-way agreement between the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS®, The MLS/CLAW and California Regional MLS (CRMLS)”

With CRMLS latest expansion it looks like they have 4 MLS System of Choices: VESTAPLUS, Matrix, Paragon, and FlexMLS. It’s good to be an MLS Vendor these days.

Jan 17 20

Kirby Slunaker, CEO of REColorado, resigns

by Greg Robertson

CEO of REcolorado, the state’s largest MLS, resigns

Kirby Slunaker

“Kirby Slunaker has resigned from his position as President and CEO of REcolorado,” Deborah Shipley, the organization’s marketing and communications manager, said in a statement. “This was a personal decision made by Kirby.”

It seems kind of sudden, but I guess when you’re done, you’re done. Kirby came from outside the industry and brought some interesting perspectives to the industry and the job.

Needless to say there are going to be a lot of people interested in this gig.

Jan 14 20

The 2020 Swanepoel Power 200 list keeps it interesting

by Greg Robertson

Rich Barton took the top spot from Ron Peltier this year, with Gary Keller coming in at number 2. So that means two “technology companies” CEOs are on top of the list. 😏

I count about 17 MLS Execs making the list this year, which I think is up 2 from last year.

Bob Hale, CEO of the Houston Association of REALTORS was the highest MLS exec, moving up 1 spot to #26.

The list also includes Art Carter, CEO of CRMLS at #35, up 1 spot from last year, Brian Donnelan, CEO of Bright MLS #75, John DiMichele, CEO of Toronto Real Estate Board, Teresa King Kinney, CEO of the Miami Association of REALTORS #108, Rebecca Jensen, CEO of MRED, LLC, #120, Merri Jo Cowen, CEO of Stellar MLS (formerly MFRMLS) #121 Kathy Condon, CEO of MLSPIN #130, Matt Consalvo, CEO of ARMLS #131 , Dionna Hall #141 CEO of Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale, Jim Speer CEO of One Key MLS (formerly New York MLS) #146 Jeremy Crawford, CEO of First Multiple Listing Service, Tom Hurdelbrink, CEO of Northwest Multiple Listing Service, Anne Marie DeCatsye CEO of Charlotte Regional Realtor Association and CarolinaMLS at #179, John Mosey CEO of Northstar MLS #180, Emily Chenevert, CEO of Austin Board of REALTORS, #183 Brad Bjelke CEO of UtahRealEstate.com, #184, Chris Carrillo, CEO of MetroMLS #185,

Sam DeBord, CEO of RESO was listed at #154 and Denee Evans, CEO of CMLS was listed at #181.

Notable vendors include Errol Samuelson of Zillow Group at #38 (up two spots from last year), Chris Bennett of CoreLogic at #56. Mike Wurzer went up a few spots to #87. Morgan Carey, CEO of Real Estate Webmasters is listed at #129, Grier Allen, CEO of BoomTown is at #133, Joel Macintosh CEO of WolfNet #142, David Anderson, President of LionDesk went from the “Watchlist Group” last year all the way to #148 on the big list, right in front of yours truly, Greg Robertson at #149 (woohoo!). Charles Williams, CEO of Buyside, #157. Brian Boero and Marc Davidson of 1000watt #161, Mark Schacknies & Leo Pareja co-founders of Remine made the list at #164, Andrew Flachner, co-founder of RealScout at #168, Marilyn Wilson and Victor Lund of the WAV Group at #169, Mitch Skinner of LarsonSkinner up a few spots at #173, Suzanne Mueller of Realtor.com #188, John Mazur, CEO of Homesnap came in #199.

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

Jan 10 20

Zillow does a better job of highlighting KW listing agents than the new KW.com

by Greg Robertson

KW launches revamped, neighborhood-centric website

“Our redesigned KW.com is centered on our core efforts to further optimize the home experience for consumers,” Darryl Frost, a spokesperson for Keller Williams, told Inman. “More updates on our web-based home search will be unveiled in sync with the release of our updated consumer app early in 2020.”

I’ve been poking around the new site. There are a few interesting features, and I wanna do a full review later, but one of the first impressions, besides that it is SUPER SLOOOOOOOOOOW, (which I’m sure they will fix), is the attribution. Comparing KW.com listing detail page to Zillow’s page it looks like Zillow does a WAY better job of highlighting KW agents.

Keller Williams listing on KW.com

The agent/office attribution is kind of a joke, even for their own agents. It doesn’t include any way to contact the agent. You can click on “Find Agent” and start filling out a form. Lame.

Now let’s take a look at Zillow.com

Keller Williams listing on Zillow.com

Once you scroll. a bit down you see the agent’s name very clearly, his photo KW logo and telephone number. Nice! This is from what I understand is per an agreement KW did with Zillow.

So, as it stands now if I were a Keller Williams agent, I would consider sending consumers a link to Zillow, not the new KW.com to look at properties.

Jan 9 20

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Senior Developer – W+R Studios

“W+R Studios is seeking a Senior Developer with advanced Ruby on Rails skills to play a key role in a growing, agile product development team. This person will work with our team of programmers, designers, project managers, and senior management on existing and new web and mobile apps for the real estate industry. The primary responsibility of this position is to develop new products, features, and fixes for our subscribers. We have offices in Huntington Beach, CA and Boulder, CO and are open to adding more remote positions in select areas.”

Check out the Vendor Alley Job Board to find the industry’s best and brightest and find out more how you can become a part of the team at W+R Studios.

Jan 9 20

Coverage

by Greg Robertson

Looks like my hashtag, “#PutItOnTheMLS”, which first appeared here, got some love on the cover of the latest issue of REALTOR Magazine.

It’s not the cover of the Rolling Stone, but I’m surprised how much this made me smile.