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Dave Howe of MetroList Services takes chair position of CMLS

MetroList Executive Dave Howe Named Chair of the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) For 2021

The Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) is an association of over 200 MLSs committed to high standards of professionalism and performance. The CMLS is a leader in defining practices to improves MLS operations and leadership, advance policies to promote innovation, and convene gatherings like the annual conference to foster growth.

“I am very honored to have been selected by my industry peers to serve as chair of the CMLS Board of Directors,” said Dave Howe, Vice President of MetroList. “The CMLS is an invaluable resource to MLSs across the United States and with my passion for our industry, I will continue to build upon the great work CMLS has achieved in building a better marketplace for our member organizations.”

I’ve often said Dave is “the hardest working man in the MLS business”, and it’s great to see that hard work pay off. Congrats Dave, well deserved.

CMLS-Industry Update 2020

Industry Update 2020

Here’s a replay of my Industry Update session from the virtual CMLS conference yesterday. Tell me your favorite joke in the comments.

Matt Consalvo receives Shuttleworth MLS Executive of the Year Award

Matthew Consalvo Named Shuttleworth MLS Executive Of The Year Award Recipient

“In addition to propelling ARMLS forward in Arizona, Consalvo has played significant roles on the CMLS Board of Directors, including its executive committee; a variety of NAR committees and advisory boards; and the board of Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO). He was also a key proponent in founding MLS Aligned, LLC, a non-contiguous collaborative that consists of five
MLS partners and serves more than 100,000 real estate professionals throughout the United States.”

Well deserved and a huge congrats to you Matt!

#ICYMI Friday 10.2.20

Sheeesh is it October already!!??

What I’m reading this weekend.

CMLS has been going on this week, and Day 3 focused on race and real estate. Great panels, so proud that CMLS put this out there. As uncomfortable as these topics are we need to bring them out in the open. One of the best panels was the Author of Color of Law, Richard Rothstein.

Speaking of CMLS, David Charron was inducted into the CMLS Hall of Fame. One of the best moments caught on Zoom this year.

UtahRealEstate.com put a deadline on old RETS feeds.

Zillow co-founder and former CEO Spencer Rascoff and dotLoop founder Austin Allison are launching Pacaso, a place where families can partner to buy second homes. Love this.

Rob and argue what exactly a Zillow actually is?

Don’t miss my Industry Update on Monday (October 5th) as I close out CMLS.

And this kind of shit has got to stop! It has no place in our industry.

Denee Evans: 2020 Housing Wire Woman of Influence

CMLS CEO, Denee Evans

Denee Evans hit the ground running after joining the Council of Multiple Listing Services in 2014.

“As CEO, Evans emerged as a leader and impassioned champion for her collaborative approach in a highly competitive industry. Evans consistently proved her dedication to clients after she highlighted Multiple Listing Services’ desire to better serve brokers and agents by considering the needs of consumers. Evans deemed the strategic evolution of MLS governance and leadership as essential and led to MLS policy advancement. She made a lasting impact in Nevada by developing a low interest, revolving loan fund for energy efficiency retrofits.”

Pretty cool Denee! Congrats!

Industry Relations Episode 41: 10 Defining Moments & Trends in the Last Decade of Real Estate

On January 1, 2010, organized real estate was still reeling from the recession. Dale Stinton was steering the ship at NAR. Zillow was seen as the enemy of the MLS. Real estate software was meh. Agent teams were rare. Nearly all brokerages took a split. Selling your house online seemed outrageous. And we still signed documents in pen.

On this episode of Industry Relations, Rob and Greg are looking back at the last 10 years in real estate. They discuss the passing NAR’s MLS Statement 8.0 Clear Cooperation Policy, debating the significance of the office exclusives loophole and how it might lead to government involvement. Our hosts also express their disappointment around the Newsday investigation in Long Island, Testing the Divide, challenging brokerage leadership to make a strong statement against the egregious racism it uncovered. 

Greg and Rob go on to share their top 10 defining moments and trends with the biggest impact on the industry over the last decade, describing how the rise of agent teams, 100% commission brokerages, the iBuyer model and consolidation have transformed organized real estate. Listen in for insight into how NAR’s decision to fund RPR and Upstream changed the way the MLS saw Zillow and explore how the space has evolved from 2010 through the end of 2019.

Editor’s Note: We did record an Episode 40 that was never aired. It was about Policy 8.0 but wasn’t ready before the vote. After the vote passed we decided it didn’t add to anything to the issue.

What’s Discussed: 

NAR’s passing of the MLS Statement 8.0 Clear Cooperation Policy

Rob & Greg’s take on the Newsday investigation in Long Island

How the loophole in 8.0 could lead to government involvement

The 10 defining trends/events in the last decade of real estate

  1. The end of poorly designed software
  2. The rise and domination of agent teams
  3. The transition in leadership at NAR
  4. Opendoor pioneering the iBuyer model
  5. Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia
  6. 100% commission brokerages
  7. Consolidation and the influx of capital
  8. The practice of buying agents/agent teams
  9. The mainstreaming of digital signatures
  10. NAR’s decision to fund RPR + Upstream

Connect with Rob and Greg:

Rob’s Website

Greg’s Website


MLS Clear Cooperation Policy

Compass Pre-Litigation Letter to Bright MLS

Bright’s Response to Compass

Newsday Documentary: Testing the Divide

Rob’s Blog on the Newsday Piece

1000watt Article on Real Estate Software

The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller with Dave Jenks and Jay Papasan

Ben Thompson Interview with Rich Barton

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Chris Carrillo receives prestigious award from CMLS

Denee, Chris and Merri Jo

Christopher Carrillo Named Peter Shuttleworth MLS Executive Award of Excellence Recipient

The Peter Shuttleworth MLS Executive Award of Excellence is an annual award that recognizes leaders who are determined to have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership within their organizations and demonstrated a dedication to excellence in Making The Market Work®.
“Chris Carrillo never hides his passion and wears it with pride which is why we are pleased to recognize him as the 2019 Shuttleworth Award recipient, the MVP,” said Cowen. “Chris promotes and advocates for the value of MLS every day and is a champion of advancing the MLS both nationally and in his local market.” 

I should have posted this yesterday so I could have both thanked Chris for his service to our country and this industry. Bravo!

Remembering Cathy

Cathy Holefelder Named To CMLS Hall of Fame

“Cathy Holefelder was the epitome of an MLS executive with conviction. I think I speak for all of us in thanking her for the lessons learned,” said Chris Carrillo, CEO of Metro MLS and Chair of CMLS. “She helped move us forward, and I know her work will inspire many future MLS leaders as it inspired me.”
Holefelder, who was senior vice president of Heartland MLS where she was a leader for over 30 years, passed away last Feb. 19. She was 60.”


This was announced a couple weeks ago at the CMLS Conference. She was one of the good ones.

Life is short people, act accordingly.

Merri Jo Cowen awarded the Peter Shuttleworth MLS Executive Award of Excellence

Merri Jo Cowen Named Peter Shuttleworth MLS Executive Award Of Excellence Recipient

The Peter Shuttleworth MLS Executive Award of Excellence is an annual award that recognizes leaders who, through a rigorous nomination and review process, are determined to have observed the highest qualities of leadership within their organizations and demonstrated a dedication to excellence by making substantial contributions to the MLS industry.

I’m still catching up with news after a long trade show season. I was lucky enough to be at the MLS Executive Session to the surprise on Merri Jo’s face. Read the entire post from CMLS, she has accomplished so much and I have a feeling she is just getting started. Well deserved. Congrats Merri Jo!

MLS PIN promotes key executives Melissa Lindberg and Holly Haines

I’m still catching up from the CMLS conference but didn’t want to forget to share this exciting news.

MLS Property Information Network, Inc. Appoints Melissa Lindberg to Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer

“In this new role, Melissa will provide leadership and management while focusing on MLS PIN’s strategic initiatives and opportunities in alignment with the company’s goals for growth. Her responsibilities include industry relations, marketing and communication, expansion, customer engagement and education, product user interface, and the roll-out of company initiatives.”

MLS Property Information Network, Inc. Appoints Holly Haines to Chief Operating Officer

“In this new role, Holly will provide leadership and management while focusing on organizational excellence and technical vision in alignment with the company’s goals for growth. Her major responsibilities include internal operations, software and product development, quality assurance, administration, and human resources.”

In reading both press releases about Melissa and Holly’s accomplishments it easy to see why Kathy has given them these new responsibilities. Congrats to Melissa and Holly.

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