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Jul 27 22

Industry Relations Podcast: Macro, Housing, and Authenticity with Keith Robinson

by Greg Robertson

Greg was out on vacation so Rob brings in guest host Keith Robinson, Chief Strategic Officer for NextHome.

How much does the economy affect the housing market? Or do we buy and sell homes based on what’s happening in our individual lives more than what’s happening on Wall Street? In this episode, Rob Hahn and guest host Keith Robinson talk about the rollercoaster that is real estate if there ever was a stable housing market, and how authenticity can be the deciding factor in whether or not an agent has long-term success. 

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Rob’s Website

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Greg’s Website

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Jul 26 22

Listing Bits Episode 74: Zillow’s One Data Source Solution for MLSs – with Katie Smithson of Bridge Interactive

by Greg Robertson

NAR’s MLS Policy Statement 8.6 goes into effect on September 1, 2022.

So, what tools are available to make the implementation of the new One Data Source Policy easier for MLSs?

Katie Smithson is Director of MLS Relations at Zillow Group, where she leads the team building their MLS data licensing and distribution platform, Bridge Interactive. Prior to joining Zillow, she spent eight years with W+R Studios as Director of Enterprise Sales and Director of MLS Services.

On this episode of Listing Bits, Katie walks us through Policy Statement 8.6, explaining what problems the mandate does solve and why it’s a problem to provide vendors and brokers with data in a single feed.

Katie discusses the Bridge platform’s current functionality and describes the new feature her team is developing to help MLSs implement 8.6, the One Data Source Solution.

Listen in to understand how MLSs can use Bridge to auto-approve certain vendor agreements and find out if the One Data Source Solution is right for you.

What’s Discussed:  

How MLS Policy Statement 8.6 requires that MLSs offer participants data in a single feed

The security issue with leaving it up to brokers and vendors to know what data can be used in a VOW, IDX or back-office feed

What problems the new One Data Source Policy does solve

How the Bridge platform alleviates pain points around data distribution for MLSs

What differentiates the Bridge platform from CoreLogic’s Trestle

How Katie thinks about asking MLS boards to give Zillow their data (and pay for the service)

How Bridge gives MLSs a simple way to combine existing data feeds for members

The benefit of adding field-specific tags to MLS metadata via the Bridge One Data Source Solution

How MLSs can use Bridge to auto-approve certain vendors or certain types of data access agreements

Connect with Katie:

Bridge Interactive

Katie on Twitter

Katie on LinkedIn

Email: katiesm [at] zillowgrou [dot] com

Resources:

MLS Policy Statement 8.6

CMLS Implementation Guide—One Data Source Policy 8.6

Lone Wolf Technologies

Trestle by CoreLogic

Marilyn Wilson’s TSA Pre-Check Concept

Inman Connect Las Vegas 2022

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Jul 18 22

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Vice President – Multiple Listing Service- MLS of Southern Arizona

“maintenance of all Multiple Listing Services (MLS) and supporting products, including technology and compliance service centers.

Expected outcomes: Achieve measurable improvements in member satisfaction, employee productivity and member service revenues. All performance measures as determined.

The find out about this job or post a job, please visit the Vendor Alley Job Board.

Jul 18 22

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Development Support Manager – FBS

“In this role you’ll manage a hybrid support and engineering team on the cutting edge of the real estate industry’s transition from legacy architecture to modern, API powered products. Our focus is to make the API solutions that FBS offers both effective and simple to use. A crucial piece of that experience is providing stellar, near concierge, developer and administrator facing support to all integrating partners as they begin working with these technologies. Additionally, as the voice of our customers, your team will be relied on to provide a direct line of feedback and strategic insight to our Product team, helping shape the future of the industry.”

The find out about this job or post a job, please visit the Vendor Alley Job Board.

Jul 14 22

Industry Relations Podcast: Beating a Dead Horse That Might Not Be Dead

by Greg Robertson

Sometimes that dead horse you’re beating turns out not to be that dead. In this episode of Industry Relations, Rob and Greg break down the recent lawsuits that are popping up in the Midwest and how they’re going to affect real estate. Could buyers be forced to pay their agent’s commission? If you sold a house in the last nine years, could you be subject to compensation? Is the sky really falling or are Rob and Greg’s predictions coming to fruition? 

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Connect with Rob and Greg: 

Rob’s Website

https://notorious-rob.com/

Greg’s Website

https://www.vendoralley.com/

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Jul 12 22

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

MLS Solutions Supervisor – Austin Board of REALTORS

“Analyze, develop, organize, lead and implement new technology solutions and enhancements that support the organization’s products and services. Manages and directs the activities and operations of MLS product support team. Position can be on site or remote depending on candidate’s experience.”

The find out about this job or post a job, please visit the Vendor Alley Job Board.

Jul 11 22

Matterport acquires VHT Studios

by Greg Robertson

Matterport Acquires VHT Studios in Bid to Expand Marketing Services

“When we looked at VHT Studios and the work they do, it was a natural fit to unite our efforts to reimagine the fragmented process that was in place for brokers and agents to list properties and prospective buyers to view them,” says Matterport CEO RJ Pittman. “We are not only excited for how we can transform the customer experience in the real estate industry but also how we can apply VHT Studios’ expertise to our growing enterprise business as demand for digital twin technology continues to surge.”

Smart. Zillow was ordered to pay VHT Studios 2 million dollars for copyright infringement. Much less than VHT was originally asking for. I wonder if VHT (now Matterport) will appeal that ruling.

Jul 8 22

RE/MAX shuts down “booj”, announces layoffs

by Greg Robertson

RE/MAX to shutter tech platform booj, lay off workers by end of 2022

“RE/MAX first acquired first acquired booj, then a tech startup, in 2018. About a year and a half later, RE/MAX launched its booj platform, which was meant to be an end-to-end solution that would streamline the experience of its agents. At the time of the launch, then-CEO Adam Contos described it as “a landmark moment in the long history of our company.”

We are now seeing the consequences of the “we’re a technology company” rhetoric in the broker/franchisor space. What many brokers, franchisors, and MLS organizations are beginning to realize, this shit is hard.

Jul 8 22

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Property Marketing Manager – PropertyRadar

“We’re looking for a Product Marketing Manager to define and implement our product marketing vision and strategy to drive customer conversion, engagement, and retention. In this role, you will develop and execute marketing strategies designed to drive outcomes through customer-facing onboarding and marketing campaigns.”

The find out about this job or post a job, please visit the Vendor Alley Job Board.

Jul 6 22

Industry Relations Podcast: Opendoor Exclusives and Why MLS Providers Should Lean Toward YES

by Greg Robertson

On this episode, Rob and Greg discuss Opendoor and the “Game of Homes” – should you be able to sell and buy a home as easily as you can sell and buy things on other websites like Amazon? Opendoor’s new approach could cause some waves in the industry as they appear to be removing certain hurdles that for years have impeded the home buying and selling process. Does the MLS industry need to change, and could Opendoor be the catalyst for that change? Rob and Greg break it all down in this heated discussion!

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Listen to the Industry Relations Podcast, available on all podcast platforms:

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Connect with Rob and Greg: 

Rob’s Website

https://notorious-rob.com/

Greg’s Website

https://www.vendoralley.com/

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