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Listingbook is a must have for every MLS

There is little doubt that Listingbook is a must-have for MLSs today. To begin with - it provides a member benefit for free!  Imagine if an MLS gave Top Producer to every agent for free, or a flyer software program for free, or an e-mail marketing product for free, or showingtime for free. Listingbook is a little bit of all of these products.  It alows agents to communicate with buyers and sellers in the best possible way within a secure Virtual Office Website environment. Property searches are easy to set up for clients by agents and they give clients the [...]

foreclosure rates in California

Inman ran a story today about foreclosures across the United States.  California led the nation with 39,992 filings acording to data collected by Realtytrac. California is home to 12% of the U.S. Population with 37,700,000 people.  Only 1 in 325 homes went into foreclosure.  Considering the median priced home at $497,110, 1 in 325 homes is very reasonable.  Home ownership is well beond the reach of most people living in the state, so foreclosures can, and will happen - and should happen in a healthy, well balanced economy. I think the media has blown things a bit out of control [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:48+00:00December 19th, 2007|Broker-Agent Information, Main category|0 Comments

HGTV launches frontdoor.com

Ok, you gotta check this out.  I am not sure real estate agents really understand where thier listings may go when they are advertised in magazines or newspapers. Frontdoor.com has launched a property search website and they source their listings from media companies like homesandland.com and realestatebook.com. In advertising, all press is good press, right?  Well - maybe, maybe not. Monthly magazines update their listings every month and some leave the listings up for multiple months without updating the listing. If you want to see something really interesting - read the property descriptions.  These are the descriptions that the agents [...]

By |2007-12-19T13:02:01+00:00December 19th, 2007|Broker-Agent Information, Main category|0 Comments

Contract Negotiations

Our executive team has personally negotiated hundreds of MLS and broker software contracts over a span of 24 years.  We understand MLS and broker contracts from both the vendor and customer side and can help you successfully navigate through this process.   We will make sure you have the right support and product guarantees at the best possible price. A good contract will make sure that any new installation, conversion or extension provides the necessary safeguards your members deserves.  It also will take into account changes in technology, pricing and services that have occurred and that you should benefit from such [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:48+00:00December 17th, 2007|Technology Evaluation|0 Comments

MLS System Conversion and Implementation

Selecting the MLS vendor is only one part of a successful technology solution. Managing the actual system conversion and installation has more impact on member satisfaction than the actual technology in many cases.Understanding exactly what the roles of the vendor, the MLS staff and the membership are and coordinating resources appropriately is not something many MLS staff have time or training to do effectively. The process of launching a new product or service is very different from the ongoing management of products and services.   We have experience successfully installing hundreds of MLS systems.  Our team understands the critical points at the MLS [...]

By |2007-12-17T16:06:30+00:00December 17th, 2007|Technology Evaluation|0 Comments

MLS System Review and Selection

MLS System Review and Selection   There isn't one solution to fit all MLS needs. Established MLS vendors bring quality products with different strengths to market while MLSs with in-house systems have proven they can develop real solutions for their members. What's the right way to go, build or buy? Are you missing key technology that could really make a difference for your members? What about transaction management? Should that be a service provided by your MLS? Is it really working anywhere? The choices and product capabilities available today are impressive but the challenges of selection and implementation can be [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:48+00:00December 17th, 2007|Main category|0 Comments

Internet Strategies for Real Estate

Turn Your Web Efforts Into Money Makers!   The Need For an Internet Strategy Whatever your role in the real estate industry the Internet is a critical part of your professional life today.  It isn't just about email anymore.   The number of people who begin looking for property on the Internet is increasing dramatically each year and the dynamic of the Internet savvy shopper is different, but attractive.  They come to REALTORS® better informed.  They buy in shorter time and they typically buy more expensive homes.  Understanding how to find, serve and satisfy consumers that rely on the Internet in [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:49+00:00December 16th, 2007|Reports|0 Comments

RFP Process

Request for Proposal Process   Our RFP process is a comprehensive program that begins with understanding your needs and objectives and ends with system conversion and implementation.   The key is to start with a clear understanding of your specific needs and objectives.  Then, with a good foundation we move through the vendor selection process in a way that allows your leadership to clearly understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various vendors and systems available.  The result is an optimum vendor selection and a negotiated agreement that will meet your objectives at the best price. The following chart shows the [...]

By |2007-12-16T21:55:34+00:00December 16th, 2007|Technology Evaluation|0 Comments

Request for Proposal Process

Our RFP process is a comprehensive program that begins with understanding your needs and objectives and ends with system conversion and implementation.   The key is to start with a clear understanding of your specific needs and objectives.  Then, with a good foundation we move through the vendor selection process in a way that allows your leadership to clearly understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various vendors and systems available.  The result is an optimum vendor selection and a negotiated agreement that will meet your objectives at the best price. The following chart shows the steps that we normally follow [...]

By |2007-12-16T16:08:27+00:00December 16th, 2007|Technology Evaluation|0 Comments

WAV Group Online Surveys

Online Surveys Surveys are an effective way for your organization to measure progress against your strategic objectives, to determine member satisfaction with technology or services and to take the pulse on any number of issues.  WAV Group Internet surveys are  fast, affordable and efficient.  Our state of the art survey tools allow for the ultimate in flexibility in survey design and our design team has extensive experience in building survey instruments that meet your objectives. WAV Group has built surveys for NAR, MLSs and corporations to meet their specific business objectives.  Unlike some consulting companies that provide boilerplate surveys designed for some other MLS or [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:49+00:00December 15th, 2007|Suveys and Research|0 Comments

MLSs and Associations

The WAV Group PRO Plan is a comprehensive strategic planning process which helps an organization uncover major opportunities for improvement and then build and execute action plans to achieve these breakthroughs. In order for a strategic plan to be effective, it needs to incorporate both internal and external perspectives.  It needs to examine the Association’s strengths and weaknesses from the perspective of the internal staff and members as well as home buyers and sellers.  In addition, it needs to compare the organization relative to broader market trends observed from similar associations within the real estate industry and overall real estate [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:49+00:00December 15th, 2007|Strategic Planning|0 Comments