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Mar 14 23

CubiCasa adds 5 more MLS organizations

by Greg Robertson

CubiCasa Welcomes Five More MLS Organizations to its Growing MLS Partnership Program

“With the mission of putting a floor plan on every U.S. listing as the driving factor behind the creation of CubiCasa’s MLS Partnership Program, the company now has agreements with prominent MLS organizations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont and even Latin America.

“We’re thrilled with the number of MLS organizations that have joined our program to provide their agents with the tools needed to succeed in today’s evolving real estate environment,” said Jeff Allen, president of CubiCasa. “As we continue to bolster our program offering, we welcome MLSs that are looking to provide their members with an easy-to-use, free floor plan tool that will help them better serve their customers. Together we can make floor plans the new standard on home listings across the U.S.”

I recently spoke at the Tri-State MLS Summit and the subject of MLS data came up in the program’s Q&A portion, and floorplans were a big topic.

There is a real opportunity for an MLS Organization to go all in on floorplans. Think about it. I know many MLS execs trying to come up with solutions to help their membership and community. Who will be the first market that will have floorplans on all listings? It’s going to happen. The only question is “what MLS will do it first”?

Mar 13 23

Troy Rech leaves MoxiWorks. Joins Black Knight as VP of Sales

by Greg Robertson
Troy “Don’t call it a comeback” Rech

I pinged Troy for a comment. Here’s what he said.

“I’m excited for the opportunities ahead with Black Knight. I’ve admired their leadership and can-do culture for many years. And I look forward to continuing on with this role in the MLS Industry; an industry which has meant so much to me for the last two+ decades”.

Black Knight has been teasing a reboot of their MLS system. Things could get interesting. Welcome back Troy!

Mar 12 23

Silicon Valley Bank Real Estate Ripples

by Greg Robertson

If you are looking for a good resource to understand the current situation with SVB and the effect it could have on the entire banking system I would recommend the latest “All In” podcast.

I’ve received a few texts over the weekend. This is not a “too big to fail” situation or a “tech bail out” this is a miss-management situatation. There are many companies in proptech (and some people you know) that are going to be effected. This needs to be solved (either by the federal government or an acqustions facilated by the fed) quickly.

Mar 8 23


by Greg Robertson

My thanks to CoreLogic for sponsoring Vendor Alley this month. If you are an MLS organization be sure and check out MLS-Touch a great tool for your members that need to stay connected to critical listing data, tax data, and client activities while you’re on the go. I’ve admired what Charles and his team at Prospects have bulit for a long time now and happy for the success they are experiencing. My thanks again to CoreLogic.

Mar 8 23

Revive and NextHome partner to deliver move-in ready homes to Millennials

by Greg Robertson

Revive and NextHome Partner to Deliver More Move-In Ready Homes to Agents

“In today’s market, the largest proportion of homebuyers — Millennials, comprising a full 43 percent of the homebuying population — are seeking homes that are ready for them to move in today. The latest research shows that 70 percent of Millennial home buyers will choose a smaller home that’s move-in-ready over a larger home that needs some attention.

Revive, the most complete presale home renovation solution for sellers, and NextHome, the No. 1 real estate franchise in the country in owner satisfaction, are joining forces to deliver more move-in ready homes to more than 5,500 NextHome agents in 610 offices across 48 states.

Revive’s concept is super interesting. Going beyond just “carpet and paint” can yield a huge potential upside on many properties. As someone who goes to open houses for fun I’ve seen many houses where one bad bathroom, or ugly tile in the kitchen makes the whole house a stinker. And, I’m sure many NextHome agents have seen tons more than I have.

Mar 3 23

NorthstarMLS discontinues Homesnap Pro license

by Greg Robertson

From an email to members: NorthstarMLS discontinuing MLS wide license for Homesnap Pro in March

“NorthstarMLS was an early champion and is a current supporter of Broker Public Portal (BPP), an initiative spearheaded by brokers and MLSs to provide a new option for public display of listings. BPP and technology vendor Homesnap entered a joint venture that facilitated BPP’s introduction of Homesnap Pro. At that time, NorthstarMLS added Homesnap Pro as part of its subscriber offerings. 

In 2022, Homesnap and BPP ended their joint venture. Given this change, the NorthstarMLS Board of Directors decided to discontinue offering Homesnap Pro effective March 20, 2023. “

Me thinks there is more to this story than what is being said…

Mar 2 23

A Little Chat About ChatGPT and the Recent CoStar Move

by Greg Robertson

Why is Andy Florance not acquiring Could ChatGPT help us finally determine what the value of an MLS is? Just what is and isn’t copyrightable when it comes to real estate data? This episode of Industry Relations dives into recent Co-Star moves, how AI is infiltrating real estate, and whether Rob and Greg are just making a big deal out of nothing. Toward the end of this episode, Rob and Greg dive into Sam DeBord’s recent article “The Value of MLS: ChatGPT, Commissions and the Other 4Cs,” which you can read here!

Watch us on YouTube!

Connect with Rob and Greg: 

Rob’s Website

Greg’s Website

 This podcast is produced by Two Brothers Creative 2023.

Mar 2 23

NMAR puts brakes on SkySlope Launch

by Greg Robertson

NMAR Pauses SkySlope Launch

“At this time, the NMAR Executive Committee has made the decision to pause the transition to SkySlope as the state’s Form Provider. There is a misalignment between member needs and SkySlopes’ Forms Platform and until that can be resolved, the decision to postpone the launch date was made. For now, NMAR will continue to offer Instanet/Transaction Desk as its membership benefit Forms Provider. “


Feb 23 23

The MLS™/CLAW offers free floor plans to members via CubiCasa

by Greg Robertson
The MLS/CLAW CEO, Annie Ives

Free Floor Plans are Now Available to The MLS™/CLAW REALTOR® Members Through CubiCasa

“The CEO of The MLS™/CLAW, Annie Ives, says “Advancement is essential for The MLS™, especially when it comes to technology. We’re pleased to be offering easy floor plans to members as this is a key feature that clients look for during their property search. Agents can now provide their clients a more comprehensive property outlook.”

Super smart!

CubiCasa is building a lot of momentum. A little birdie told me that other big announcements are coming soon. My thanks again to CubiCasa for sponsoring this month of Vendor Alley!

Feb 23 23

Vendor Alley Sponsorships Available

by Greg Robertson

Looking to promote your product or service? Or maybe you got some big news to share?

This year I have started something new. Month-long sponsorships. This is the only way to promote your product or service specifically to Vendor Alley’s audience of Real Estate insiders, geeks, vendors, MLS peeps, Association staff, Brokers, and Franchisor heavies.  If you want your message to reach the top decision-makers, influencers, and connoisseurs of fine satire in Organized Real Estate (ORE) you’ll only get it at Vendor Alley. More information can be found here.

I’ve got March available. Hit me up if you are looking for a deal: