“Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), has announced it has hired Rebecca Jensen to be the new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MRED.
Rebecca has worked in the MLS industry since 1998, and has been the CEO of the UtahRealEstate.com MLS since 2007. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and has earned an MBA in Technology Commercialization from Westminster College. She sits on the Executive Committee of the COVE MLS Group and also serves on the MLS Policy Committee of the National Association of REALTORS®.”
Wow! Congrats to Rebecca and MRED!
“Market View 360 offers up reports on agent and office performance, including productivity numbers on both the buy and sell sides; agent rankings to quickly identify potential recruits; and agent- and office-level details such as average days on market, average days to settlement, average list price, price ratios and a “fell through” metric counting the number of listings that were in contract or contingent status and changed back to active status.”
I love this. I’m not clear whether this was something RBI was always offering as part of their platform or something new. But if implemented correctly I think they have a hit on their hands. Broker’s love this kind of data, but I was aware of anyone else doing this but Terradatum.
Equally as cool was the hiring of Dr. Elliott Eisenberg as their Chief Economist. I’ve seen Elliot speaks at numerous events. He’s got that rare gift of breaking down complicated issues and making them understandable while being entertaining at the same time. Congrats Dr. Eisenberg and RBI!
“”With Dr. Eisenberg’s help, we are turning RBI’s current and MLS-direct data into actionable information that every real estate professional needs to better understand their markets at hyper-local levels. Subscribers to RBI’s SmartCharts Pro service tell us they enjoy a tangible competitive advantage,” said Jon Coile, RBI board chairman and CEO of Champion Real Estate.”
FBS has been busy. At NAR in New Orleans they debuted what they call their “Flexmls Mobile Suite”. When I first heard Mike talk about their plans a few months back I thought it was super ambitious. Most MLS vendors had been out-sourcing their mobile development to third party companies. From the beginning FBS wanted full control, and with there Spark API infrastructure they were a unique position actually make that happen. This video does a great job of what showing off that vision.
I happen to think CoreLogic’s acquisition of DoApp and their 17 employees was a direct result of what FBS is implementing.
Yesterday FBS announced their new Flexmls for Android. Below is a quick video.
Based on what I see in this video, and the introduction of what they call “map clusters”, FBS now has the best Android app for MLS systems, period. And I think this is going to be huge. I’m an iPhone guy myself but you can’t argue the fact of what a huge install base Android has.
You can read more about this on their website:
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Last month we did a “Hack Week” at W&R Studios. We picked two products and had our devs pair up for a week and make something. Then the following Monday they presented their “finished” products. It was super fun! I documented a lot of the process and even recorded their final presentations.
So starting today there is a 4 part series about our “hack week”. The two products we choose were code named, Cloud MLX and Cloud Open House.
The first product, Cloud MLX, is an alternative front-end to an MLS system. Which I thought might be of interest to VA readers. I was really impressed with some of the ideas our team came up with, and I think it will cause a good amount of discussion. I video recorded their final presentation and it will give you a fly on the wall view of how the teams thought about the products.
This post from HousingWire.com is a good one to read to get a better (another?) perspective on the Zillow and ListHub kerfuffle.
““ListHub has been negotiating in good faith a new listing distribution and reporting agreement with Zillow on terms that reflect the best interests of the brokerage industry,” Move said in a statement. “As communicated in public announcements, Zillow decided to end those negotiations and announced the launch of their own platform. Zillow chose their own route for their business model and interests.”
It reminds me of a breakup where both parties claim that it was they that broke off the relationship, not the other way around.
Another nice scoop from RISMedia.
“I am pleased to welcome Gino as CEO of HSF Affiliates,” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America, Inc., which is the majority owner of HSF Affiliates. “He is a strong leader with extensive experience in the real estate brokerage business. He is just the right professional to grow our brands and help position affiliates for even greater success.”
Blefari joined HSF Affiliates in June 2014 and succeeds Earl Lee, who retired Dec. 31. “I’m honored by the opportunity to lead HSF Affiliates and its brands,” Blefari said. “I look forward to helping our affiliates and agents grow their businesses and to solidifying the reputation of our brokerage networks as the finest and most respected in real estate.”