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Feb 4 15

Ohan Antebian leaves RPR, joins HomeSpotter.

by Greg Robertson

3adb415Homespotter (formerly Mobile Realty Apps) has scooped up one of the best dressed vendors in real estate, Ohan Antebian, as their new VP of Industry Relations.

Ohan Antebian Joins HomeSpotter as Vice President of Industry Relations

““Mobile real estate applications are still in their infancy. HomeSpotter can lead the way in developing the tools our industry really needs,” said Ohan, on his decision to join the company. “In the next few years, we will see solutions emerging to serve our changing industry. I am looking forward to working with the amazingly talented group at HomeSpotter to deliver practical, valuable, mobile tools to all segments of our industry.”

Nice to see Ohan back in the game. He had a good run at RPR. Great win for Homespotter!

Also, seems like “VP of Industry Relations” is a thing now….

Feb 4 15

Bob Gottesman leaving RESO as Executive Director

by Greg Robertson

This is a bummer. RESO has made some giant steps since Bob step in to this role. Looks like RESO will begin searching for a replacement.

Gee, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a place you to post real estate industry related jobs? Oh wait, there is

Jan 31 15

NWMLS says, “Go Hawks!”

by Greg Robertson


Jan 27 15

ICNY: It’s on like Donkey Kong!

by Greg Robertson


So far my flight hasn’t canceled. Fingers crossed. Hope to see everyone tonight in New York!

On my way!!

Jan 27 15

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson seeking new CEO

“ seeks a CEO to lead its organization to the next level. The successful candidate will report to the Board of Directors and lead a staff of office and software professionals.”

Find out more on the Vendor Alley Job Board

Jan 27 15

Trulia has direct feeds with 125 MLS providers.

by Greg Robertson


““By working together with Trulia to improve the accuracy of listings, the MLS community isn’t just protecting brokers and their listing agents from legal liability,” added Chaver, “it is helping brokers and agents grow their businesses with better quality leads. In addition, displaying accurate information about a listing is in the best interests of the general public. ”

Looks like they added 21 of them just last quarter. I love Trulia’s style, not a lot of bullshit, no drama, no games, just hard work. That type of attitude comes from the top. Pete Flint, Paul Levine and Alon Chaver are not only smart, but class acts. Their new parents could learn a lot from them.

Jan 26 15

Celeste Starchild pens letter outlining ListHub/Zillow offer and term sheet.

by Greg Robertson

Wow. I fucking love this.

ListHub Releases Details, Terms of Listing Deal Proposed to Zillow.

“Following the announcement, we knew it was important to directly speak with a number of our partners and customers to make sure we had the benefit of your views on the situation. One of the most common requests we received during these discussions was for the terms that were encapsulated in our term sheet with Zillow. In the spirit of transparency, we have included a summary of those terms here:

Kudos to Celeste and ListHub for being open about what went down. The letter is well written too. Here’s a couple of tidbits.

– Price wasn’t a factor, since the term sheet didn’t include anything about price.

– Zillow didn’t even bother to counter the term sheet. That’s straight gansta.

– In fact Zillow didn’t bother to respond at all. The first response ListHub heard was when Zillow publicly announced their Data Dashboard product.

More evidence that Spencer Rascoff is really Frank Underwood.

Jan 26 15

MRIS will provide direct feed to Zillow.

by Greg Robertson

This is the big announcement I was alluding to yesterday. Guess they couldn’t wait to announce the news.

One of the Nation’s Largest Multiple Listing Services, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc., Votes to Establish Direct Listings Feed to Zillow.

“”MRIS’s market is very hot right now,” said Curt Beardsley, Zillow vice president of industry development. “Inventory is incredibly tight in this region so ensuring listings are up-to-date is a top priority for us. Having high quality listing data helps guarantee consumers have the best experience possible. A new direct data feed helps us not only maintain that great consumer experience, but allows for us to better serve the customers of MRIS.”

While every market is different this is a huge win for Zillow. Having one of the largest MLS providers opting to provide direct listings will definitely influence other MLS providers. Curt has been busy.

Jan 26 15

Chip McAvoy Joins Black Knight’s MLS Division

by Greg Robertson

I tweeted about this awhile back.

But now its official!

Chip McAvoy Joins Black Knight’s MLS Division as Vice President of Emerging Products and Technology

“During his career, McAvoy has held positions in both development and management for real estate software firms, where he has been instrumental in delivering solutions for agents, brokers and other real estate professionals. He has product experience with MLS Platforms, agent and broker websites, customer relationship management (CRM) applications, data sharing, document and transaction management, and more.”

Nice get for Black Knight. You have to wonder whether Ben Graboske has his eyes on anyone else?

I had also heard that John Koch, who did a lot of CoreLogic’s RETS and data work has left the company. Not to a competitor, but to open a Brewery in Montana. Sounds like it was a tough decision. ; )

Congrats to Chip on his new gig!

Jan 26 15

Mark Allen joins

by Greg Robertson

thumb.phpGlad to hear Mark Allen has found a new gig! He along with Don Flynn were recently hired to join’s industry relations team. Below is an excerpt from Russ Cofano’s Open letter to state and local real estate associations.

Move Announces New Executive Roles to Strengthen Association Relationships (Vis RISMedia)

“Don and Mark will work collaboratively across both the association and MLS industries with our MLS industry relations team, which includes vice presidents Rhett Damon, Shelley Fowler and Bob Greenspan and directors Susan Young and Kathleen Wayson. The entire team plans to attend the 2015 Joint AE Institute in March in Vancouver and we can’t wait to see you at that great event.”

“Industry Relations” seems to be the job title du jour.’s take is especially interesting. Lots of cooks in the kitchen. This focus on state and local associations and working “collaboratively” with MLS industry relations seems kind of odd. Not even sure what it means or how it will work – “Hey MLS CEO, the AE thinks you should be doing your job this way.” is a listings portal right? They need listings. That means focusing on MLS providers and brokers. It’s not too complicated, or maybe I’m not smart enough to understand all this “strategery”.