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Jul 20 20

Mark Lesswing promoted to CTO of T3 Sixty

by Greg Robertson
Mark Lesswing

T3 Sixty promotes former NAR executive Mark Lesswing to CTO

“While at NAR, Lesswing helped develop the trade association’s blockchain initiatives, including the Realtor Association Blockchain, a system designed to organize the secure management and distribution of Realtor membership information among Realtor associations across the nation. He is also a co-founder of The Real Estate Blockchain Initiative, a group designed to support real estate blockchain standards.
“Mark’s rich depth of real estate technology expertise as well as his excellent management of three of our large technology clients during the past year has undeniably proven he is the right person for the job,” said T3 Sixty CEO Stefan Swanepoel. “The move allows Jack to focus on building an even larger infrastructure to support our over 100 enterprise clients in our management consulting practice.”

Congrats Mark!

Jul 16 20

Nicole Jensen hired as new CEO of realMLS

by Greg Robertson

RealMLS names Nicole Jensen their new Chief Executive Officer

“We at realMLS ultimately chose Nicole because we believe her leadership style is a great cultural fit for our organization. Our customers thrive when we listen closely and adapt our services and support in real-time. Nicole has proven to be a nimble and agile leader with a depth of management skills to inspire rapid change to meet the needs of the market”, says Katherine Karr-Garcia, Chairman of the realMLS search committee.
Nicole will be replacing Ron Stephan, who is retiring after 27 years in the MLS industry. He has positioned realMLS well for a long future of growth and vitality.”

Great hire. Congrats Nicole and realMLS.

Jul 9 20

Dotloop users must request to unplug to stop sharing transaction data with Zillow.

by Greg Robertson

Dotloop will now require agents to opt-out of data sharing

“The biggest change is the requirement for users to opt out of sharing user information with third-party affiliates.

“If you want to opt-out of such Third Party Sharing, please email us with your request at support@dotloop.com,” the updated privacy policy reads. “We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive.”

This is such a chicken-shit move. Just put a toggle switch in the app’s settings. We all know what game Dotloop/Zillow is playing.

I’m surprised they didn’t ask users to fax them a letter too.

Jul 8 20

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Member Advocate -Austin Board of REALTORS

Position Summary: To provide membership and product support to both members and internal staff, to trouble-shoot and rectify existing problems, and to establish a rapport with the customer to build confidence in the Austin Board of REALTORS (ABoR) and ACTRIS products and services.

To find out more about this gig and others, visit the Vendor Alley Job Board!

Jul 7 20

CoreLogic rejects takeover bid

by Greg Robertson

CoreLogic rejects takeover bid, calls it an “opportunistic proposal”

“In a statement, Irvine, Calif.-based CoreLogic today said its board of directors has “unanimously concluded that the unsolicited proposal significantly undervalues the company, raises serious regulatory concerns, and is not in the best interests of its shareholders.”
Chairman Folino said that his company is open to “all viable paths to increasing shareholder value,” and is willing to meet with Cannae and Senator. However, given what he described as CoreLogic’s “strong momentum, increasing margins and accelerating growth,” the company could deliver more value on its own.

He also noted that the proposal failed to address “the serious regulatory concerns” raised by significant overlaps between CoreLogic and the network of companies associated with Cannae’s chairman, including Black Knight and Fidelity National. Cannae is led by Bill Foley, the chairman of Black Knight, a data and analytics company that directly competes with CoreLogic.”

Looks like its gonna be a fight.

Jul 4 20

Do unto others

by Greg Robertson

Our founding fathers were imperfect, as most of us fathers. But they set forth a wonderful goal, “to form a more perfect union”.

We aren’t doing so good with that right now.

And I often ask myself what I can do to help bring this country together we all love so much.

Family is important, as my wife and I try to raise good kids. I also keep in mind the families of all the people that work with Dan and I as we make business decisions. And I always try and do the right thing, and speak out when I see injustice.

But just like most things I find the simplest things are sometimes the most effective. Following The Golden Rule is exactly that, “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you”.

We are all imperfect. We all have different points of view. But we are all in this together.

Happy Fourth of July everyone. Hope to see you soon.

Jul 1 20

You can’t choose your neighbors

by Greg Robertson

😂🤣😂

Jul 1 20

Georgia MLS extends fee reduction/suspension through August

by Greg Robertson

Re: Georgia MLS Extends Fee Reduction and Suspension Through August 2020 To Ease Financial Strain On Brokers, Agents, and Appraisers

“Georgia MLS (GAMLS) is extending the suspension of the broker office dues and the reduction of the appraiser monthly fee through July and August. During this uncertain time, GAMLS has been working to help ease the financial strain on brokers, agents, and appraisers

The country is going to have to hunker down if we are going to defeat this thing.

Also, found this interesting.

“We are also pleased to report that our member numbers have increased during this time period to an all-time high of 42,356 subscribers, up from our previous high of 42,033.”

I’m seeing this with other MLS providers as well. Not many, but some. Plus we are seeing more Cloud CMA reports being generated YOY. Does anybody have any theories? Put ’em in the comments.

Jun 30 20

Greg Manship joins BeachesMLS

by Greg Robertson

BeachesMLS names Greg Manship as Senior Vice President of MLS and Data Integrations

“Manship joins Florida’s fastest-growing MLS from his previous executive leadership positions with Intermountain MLS, CoreLogic and most recently HOUSECHECK.
“Greg is an MLS industry veteran, demonstrating his progressive thinking, leadership and out of box thinking in both his executive positions as well as his industry leadership as former Chairman of the Council of MLS and Paragon User Group Chair” said Dionna Hall, CEO of the Broward, Palm Beaches and St. Lucie Realtors® and BeachesMLS.
“Greg is well-respected among his MLS leadership peers for his strategic thinking, calm demeanor, and ability to inspire his team. Given his accomplished background, we are confident that he will continue to make BeachesMLS one of the most customer-centric, progressive MLS organizations in the nation”, said Kim Hansen, Chief Operating Officer.”

This is an awesome gig for Greg and great to see him back in the game. I think the South Florida lifestyle is going to big a huge change from Boise though. Congrats to Greg and BeachesMLS!

Jun 29 20

Industry Relations Episode 48: Networking in a Virtual World & the 2020 MLS Proptech Symposium

by Greg Robertson

Long-distance relationships are never easy. And if you’re part of the traveling circus that is the real estate conference circuit, you may be struggling to keep your professional relationships going in a virtual environment. Would being an orc help?

In this episode of Industry Relations, Rob and Greg are discussing the current pause in the real estate conference and trade show circuit and mourning the loss of chance meetings that don’t happen in a virtual environment. They explore why massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) like World of Warcraft work to create community and how real estate might replicate that always-on culture until the conference circuit comes back. 

Rob and Greg go on to cover the challenge of sustaining long-distance relationships in an online world, explaining why we just can’t duplicate face-to-face interaction at virtual events. Listen in for insight on how going virtual is impacting MLSs, associations, and vendors and learn about the possibility for a 2020 MLS Proptech Symposium (which Rob wants to rename to the “2020 MLS Herd Symposium”) that would help sponsors make decisions about the feasibility of their own fiscal events. 

What’s Discussed: 

The current halt to the real estate conference/trade show circuit

What Greg covers in his forthcoming book, The Art of the CMA

The chance meetings that don’t happen in a virtual environment

Why we can’t duplicate face-to-face interaction through virtual events

The challenge of sustaining long-distance business/personal relationships

Why MMO games work to create community + how real estate might replicate that always-on culture

When the real estate conference circuit will come back

The impact of going virtual for MLS and association communities

–Increased engagement and attendance

–Eliminates serendipity of networking

How new vendors might build trust in the absence of in-person interaction

What we can do to gauge circuit response to physical events

Connect with Rob and Greg:

Rob’s Website

Greg’s Website

Resources:

CMLS 2020

RESO 2020 Fall Conference

Inman Connect 2020

2020 NAR Realtors Conference and Expo

Cover Art Choices for Greg’s Book

Charles Warnock

VirBELA

Second Life

EverQuest

Asheron’s Call

MMORPG

World of Warcraft

Roblox

Overwatch

Discord

Dungeons and Dragons Online

ARMLS

GoToMeeting

Greg’s Draft Agenda for the 2020 MLS Proptech Symposium ( With Rob Hahn’s suggestions)

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