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May 12 15

Todd Costigan joins Down Payment Resource

by Greg Robertson

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Costigan to manage customer relationships for the growing company

“Todd Costigan joins Down Payment Resource as Vice President of Customer Relations. Costigan is responsible for account management of the company’s real estate customers, including Multiple Listing Services (MLS) and Realtor Associations.”

Congrats to Todd and DPR.

May 8 15

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® is looking for a MLS Manager. See this job and more on the Vendor Alley Jobs Board.

May 5 15

Join me at Midyear next week!

by Greg Robertson

NAR_midyear_logo_hp2014_conventionLooking forward to catching up with everyone next week. I want to highlight a few events that I’ll be attending/participating in.

Tuesday

CMLS BRINGS IT TO THE TABLE WORKSHOP : CERTIFIED
May 12, 8 a.m. ?12:45 p.m.

The City Club of Washington
555 13th Street, NW
Columbia Square
Washington, DC 20004

Registration ends today, so hurry and register if you haven’t already. It includes lunch people, get on this!

Wednesday

MLS Association Executives Session
May 13, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

I just spoke to Chris Carillo and they have a strong session planned. They have asked me to moderate a panel on Syndication (what else?) at this session. My esteemed panelists include the Cameron Paine, the Jim Harrison and Matt Consalvo. Should be fun so get there early for a good seat.

Thursday

We (W&R Studios) are co-sponsoring the ListHub Party (Cirque du Mystique)
May 14, 8:00PM to 1:00am

Maimasion
3401 Water Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Also I’ve got a few slots left open for meetings about Cloud CMA and our newest product Cloud Streams. Katie and I would love to give you a demo and show you the latest. Just contact Katie at the link below:

katie@wr-studios.com

See you there!!

May 5 15

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

by Greg Robertson

Still one of my favorites.

May 4 15

An attorney, a pair of consultants, and an MLS exec walk in to a bar….

by Greg Robertson

Interesting, if not a little bizarre, read from The Notorious R.O.B. on the much rumored RPR pivot (I think) ….

Project Trim Tab: From Dream to Reality

“The dream of fundamentally improving the MLS technology platform has been one that the industry has talked about for years. We have seen a surge in credit-taking amongst the “thought leaders” within the industry in recent weeks, as RPR has started to shed light on their Advanced Multi-List Platform, aka AMP™. But the concept of a flexible MLS, powered by modern API’s (Application Programming Interface), which allows for flexibility and innovation has been around since at least the mid 2000’s when technology companies like Google, Facebook, and Salesforce debuted the concept of API’s and “mashups”.

As is said, success has many fathers. But in this case, many of those were absentee dads at best. The real story of what is possibly the biggest advance in the MLS industry since the advent of the Internet itself cannot be told without mentioning the central role of SIRMLS.

As I was the author and architect of this overall effort, I know better than most just how valuable SIRMLS and its leadership have been, and remain.”

May 4 15

T3 Tech Guide

by Greg Robertson

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This might be a little late, but one of things that I was totally impressed with at the T3 Summit in Vegas earlier this month was their T3 Tech Guide. Jack Miller did an excellent job putting this together.

And I know what you are thinking…”Tech guide huh?, isn’t that just a bunch of product ads?” Not this baby, they really did an excellent job really giving each of the products they selected the run down (alas Cloud CMA or Cloud Streams didn’t make the list, maybe next year).

I was also struck at how much the quality of real estate software applications has improved. The guide is over 212 pages and chock full of screen shots and use cases. I also like the product matrix they do to compare core features.

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Stefan already had a good business with his yearly “Trends” report and this looks like another winner.

If you were at the T3 Summit you got one for free. If not they have a site up where you can order and see other various events they are doing around the launch.

Check it out at t3techguide.com

May 4 15

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Lots of postings on the Vendor Alley Job Board. Take a looksey…

Product Manager
The MLS (Beverley Hills, CA)

Senior Customer & Community Marketing Manager
MOVE, Inc. (Westlake Village, CA)

Director of Industry Relations
MOVE, Inc. (San Jose, CA)

Systems Administrator
NWMLS (Kirkland, WA)

Apr 30 15

The MLS/CLAW adds Cloud Streams as MLS member benefit

by Greg Robertson

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The MLS™/CLAW Adds Cloud Streams as Free MLS Member Benefit

“Cloud Streams is a perfect way for agents to stay connected and engaged with their clients” stated The MLS™/CLAW CEO, Annie Ives. “Our members already love Cloud CMA, and know they are going to love Cloud Streams as well,” concluded Ms. Ives.

With the addition of The MLS™/CLAW now over 85,000 members have access to Cloud Streams as a free MLS benefit.”

As an MLS vendor themselves The MLS™/CLAW has found a way to grow in a very competitive environment. A couple years ago they added the Palm Springs Association of REALTORS and more recently the Imperial County Association of REALTORS signed up for their THEMLSPRO(r) system. Even with efforts to bring a statewide MLS system to California. That’s why I call Annie, The Wolf of Rodeo Drive.

Apr 28 15

Last chance to advertise on Vendor Alley

by Greg Robertson

I have one Ad Box become available! Ad boxes are the ads you see on the right of this page. If you are interested let me know soon.

All other Ad Boxes have been purchased for a 12 month period.

For information please read this.

This won’t last long. Contact me at the email address below:

vendor.alley@gmail.com

Apr 28 15

Broker Public Portal elects “board of managers”

by Greg Robertson

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Broker Public Portal Elects First Board of Managers

“There is a tremendous amount of support and momentum throughout the MLS and brokerage communities to create a new choice for how and where to display their listings,” commented Robert Moline of Home Services of America. “And the formation of our Board of Managers is a significant step forward in our ability to deliver on that goal through the creation of a national broker public portal.”

Having Moline as part of this and making a statement is pretty legit. Still a bit skeptical, but they seem to be hitting their goals at a good clip.

That logo tho….