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Gene Millman selected to be REColorado’s new CEO

Gene Millman

Gene Millman Named REcolorado CEO

“Gene comes to REcolorado with more than 30 years of real estate experience. Before transitioning to MLS executive, he served in the roles of agent, broker-owner, and MLS Board of Director. Currently, Gene is the CEO of the Northern Nevada Regional MLS (NNRMLS) where his focus has been on guiding the success of the organizations members by providing a variety of products and services that create an efficient and successful marketplace. Prior to leading NNRMLS, Gene served on the Board of Directors for TREND and was Chairman from 2013-2016. He also served on the MAPS Task Force/Vision Team/MLS Evolved to successfully form Bright MLS and was Vice Chair of the Bright Board of Directors.”

I interviewed Gene about a year ago on my podcast Listing Bits almost exactly a year ago. Northern Nevada Regional MLS (NNRMLS) furthers its reputation as being a fountainhead of MLS talent in the industry. Congratulations to Gene and REColorado.

Back to the future for Palm Springs MLS members

Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® listened to their members

“VESTAPLUS, the newest MLS system to enter the MLS industry and serving over 20,000 REALTORS® to date, inked a deal to bring back their software to the members of the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® (PSRAR) due to strong demand from PSRAR subscribers. The MLS/CLAW a luxury MLS services provider in Beverly Hills and Malibu is the provider of VESTAPLUS™. The VESTAPLUS™ software will be delivered via a 3-way agreement between the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS®, The MLS/CLAW and California Regional MLS (CRMLS)”

With CRMLS latest expansion it looks like they have 4 MLS System of Choices: VESTAPLUS, Matrix, Paragon, and FlexMLS. It’s good to be an MLS Vendor these days.

Ernie Graham, Homebot CEO, named to HousingWire Vanguard list

Ernie Graham

Introducing the HW 2019 Vanguards – 50 executives leading the housing industry

“The HW Vanguard Award recognizes leaders of businesses contributing to the growth of the housing economy and its various sectors, including mortgage, fintech and real estate. And this year’s winners distinguished themselves as some of the top leaders innovating the housing industry today.”


Lots of great people on this list including Chris Heller, now of OJO Labs, Pat Stone of WFG, and Drew Uher of HomeLight. Congrats to Ernie and the rest.

Lone Wolf and CREA ink deal

Lone Wolf and CREA Announce Major Transaction Management Deal

The new CREA WEBForms® will be powered by Lone Wolf’s TransactionDesk®, an industry-leading document and transaction management system. The new CREA WEBForms® includes unlimited document storage, forms, MLS® integration and agent-level transaction management.

“Our members’ business needs have changed since the creation of CREA WEBForms® and they continue to evolve,” stated Michael Bourque, CREA’s CEO. “CREA WEBForms® needs to adapt to changing needs in a timely fashion, integrate with board and association MLS® Systems and other third-party tools used by members across the country.”

If I’m reading this right it sounds like Lone Wolf just site licensed a whole country. Nice work!

T3 Sixty releases “scorecards” for real estate technology companies

Comprehensive scorecards for real estate tech companies

“The T3 Tech Scorecards consist of an independent, standardized survey of each company’s users, an analysis of the company’s products with a detailing of the pros and cons, a description of the ideal customer for each product and best practices for effective agent adoption. Additionally, an overall description of the product and the company is included as well as an actual scorecard grade.

According to Jack Miller, President and Chief Technology Officer of T3 Sixty, these are but the first four T3 Tech Scorecards and they will be followed by at least one new assessment every month “until we’ve reviewed and analyzed all meaningful quality technology offerings in the market that brokers and agents should consider.”

Here’s a link to a scorecard they did for BombBomb ====> BombBomb – Tech Satisfaction Report – Scorecard – August

Nice data viz on the results.

You can see more scorecards at http://t360.com/scorecards

Ebby Halliday finds success with Buyside

Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Inc. Reports Early Success Generating New Listings Following Brokerage-wide Launch of Buyside

“Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc, one of the largest brokerage firms in the country, is reporting strong initial results after a brokerage-wide launch of Buyside this summer. Buyside, a data-driven marketing solution, aggregates buyer data from the brokerage’s own website and other major real estate portals, helping agents show prospective sellers the real-time demand for their home. After just over 60 days on the platform, Ebby Halliday is reporting positive results with Buyside, including hundreds of seller-leads generated and listings signed.”

I’ve always thought Buyside’s value proposition was simple yet extremely powerful.

SIBOR adds voice enabled search

Staten Island REALTORS® Select Voiceter Pro 
As Voice-Powered Home Listing Search Provider

“By saying “Alexa, Open Staten Island Real Estate” or “Hey Google, talk to Staten Island Real Estate,” consumers can have a conversation with their favorite personal assistant, who will guide them through their search of home listings.

Free to use, consumers can specify their desired location, price range, number of bedrooms and other information to find homes that meet their needs. Alexa and Google will verbally report the top three matches and consumers will receive an email with complete listing details for all results with links to the listings at siborrealtors.com.”

I’ve seen a few demos from Voiceter and they are impressive. I think the use cases for real estate are interesting. Search is a tough use case in my opinion. My thought would be for market updates/listing alerts. As in…”Hey Alexa, tell me about homes for sale in my neighborhood.” Then I could passively listen to listing details, almost like when I ask “Alexa, how is the weather today.”

Still, I wonder how far they have gone to incorporate the colloquialisms of Staten Island natives.

“Hey Alexa, find me a house that’s dope!”

“Hey Google, find me a new condo that’s banging”

MARIS launches new website.

MARIS MLS launches content-first website

“The new marismls.com utilizes a ‘related’ feature that integrates products, education, news and support – making it easy to learn how to leverage MLS tools and access a wide range of business products. On-demand education is available 24 hours a day in the form of a brand-new video library, and online support materials. This content is available widely, outside of any login or paywall, to streamline access.

Website design was crafted by 1000watt, a creative and strategic agency for real estate, who also used the website launch to roll out a new visual identity they designed for MARIS. The new visual identity system was designed to be digitally native and reflect the company’s friendly and professional approach to serving its membership.”

Can’t say enough how impressed I am with this new design. I just love the vibe of the site. The site is not at all corporate, which works well for some, but not others. The site has a really simple, friendly feel to it but is full of forward thinking features. I believe the Products section is a re-skinned Clareity Dashboard –clever!

I had a chance to talk to Quinn Nichols, MARIS’ new Director of Marketing Communications about the challenge of educating their membership of the choices available and what products were best for what task. This can be daunting since there may be feature overlap in some products. That’s why I think the “Learn” section is really smart. It gives members a quick way to learn about products, watch videos and sign up for upcoming webinars all in one place.

I also love the “MARIS Asks” section just below the fold on the home page. MARIS asked several industry thought leaders “Why is the MLS important?”. Glenn Kelman’s response is just priceless.

I also sat down with MARIS’ CEO Tim Dain at the recent Fall RESO Conference and record a Listing Bits episode about launching the site and other MLS industry issues, look for that coming out later this week.

I’m glad to see more and more MLS providers taking the time to focus on their own company website. MARIS’ new site is going to be hard to top. Kudos to Tim, Quinn, and 1000watt for raising the bar.

Trestle Web API goes Platinum


“Reaching the Platinum Web API standard is an important milestone for Trestle,” said Amy Gorce, principal of business development for CoreLogic Real Estate Solutions. “Platinum certification verifies that Trestle implements 100 percent of the RESO Web API functionality, providing maximum flexibility and interoperability. This achievement supports the efforts of clients and real estate technology providers to create a new class of solutions with on-demand access to the most up-to-date listing information available.”

We have had some limited interaction with CoreLogic’s Trestle group and I’ve been impressed with their responsiveness. I know the team wants to create something that will work in “the real world”.

I’m looking forward to RESO’s Fall Conference in a couple of weeks. I’m still not clear on how vendors, like W+R Studios, can help the effort. It seems that there is a lot of work to be done before vendors can start successfully using the new Web API. And I’m not sure where’s the bottleneck. Right now, I don’t see it being vendors.

Jim Speer named CEO of newly formed regional MLS.

MLSLI and HGMLS Merge to Form Regional MLS

“he Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc. (MLSLI) and the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS) have merged to form the New York MLS, LLC. The new MLS will consist of approximately 40,000 real estate professionals, serving Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Orange Counties.
Jim Speer, the Sr. Vice President of Operations for MLSLI for over 30 years, will serve as Chief Executive Officer for the new MLS. Speer says, “With the alliance of two successful MLSs, members gain entry to a vast selection of integrated technology tools and resources which will better serve their buyers and sellers.”

Combined it looks like the new MLS will be over 40,000 agents. I saw Jim speak at the CMLS conference, along with Richard Haggerty of the Hudson Gateway Assn. where they went over some of the details. While I’m sure there were some bumps in the road (and a few ahead) it really sounded like the process wasn’t overly dramatic for a MLS that size. Big Congrats to Jim, MLSLI and HGMLS.

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