Monthly Archives: September 2008

Marilyn Wilson Voted one of the top 50 women in real estate

I would like to congratulate WAV Group partner Marilyn Wilson for being selected as one of the top 50 women in real estate.  Her thought leadership and work ethic make for an enormous contribution to the WAV Group and thier clients.   Thanks to the ActiveRain and Steven Swanepoel for producting the list of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in leadership roles in the Real Estate Industry. Congratulations to all of the winners - click more to see the list! Adorna Carroll Amy Chorew Andy Capelluto Ann Bailey Ann Defries Anne Randolph Avis Wukasch Barb Schwarz Barbara Corcoran Bernice [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:39-07:00September 29th, 2008|Main category|0 Comments

Rapattoni launches MLS access security without Tokens!

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., September 26, 2008 - Rapattoni Corporation announced today that it will implement advanced technology from RSA to enhance the fraud detection capabilities of Rapattoni Secure Logon and to make the security experience more convenient for its users. Based on PassMark device identification technology, which provides the “know your customer” rule used in online banking, this technology offers customers even more security assurance than traditional hardware tokens. RSA® Adaptive Authentication is an intelligent system that authenticates users by monitoring a series of risk indicators in real-time. This transparent authentication provides a superior user experience as agents are only [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:40-07:00September 26th, 2008|Main category|0 Comments

Pieces of GMAC real estate arm have been sold

Although no information is being reported on Pacific Union, Koneng and Strey and other company owned offices - much of the empire has been sold. NEW YORK (Associated Press) - A unit of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. said Tuesday it is buying the real estate arm of GMAC Financial Services for undisclosed terms. The Toronto-based asset manager’s Brookfield Residential Property Services will buy GMAC Home Services LLC from GMAC Residential Holding Company LLC and Residential Capital LLC. The deal includes GMAC Real Estate, which has about 80 company-owned real estate offices and about 1,000 franchised offices nationwide, and GMAC Home [...]

By |2008-09-24T16:29:42-07:00September 24th, 2008|Main category|0 Comments

A powerhouse product emerges from FNRES – Fidelity National Real Estate Services

For years FNRES has maintained one of the largest data aggregation operations in the real estate industry - Internally code named DAGG.  DAGG is believed to be among the top three MLS feed management teams, joined by Wolfnet andeNeighborhoods. Although it is unclear exactly how many listings are being processed by these firms, our sources indicate that they have eclipsed 5 Million listings representing nearly 98% of all listings in the United States distributed over 900 MLS feeds. For the first time, DAGG is offering their data management services to companies outside of the Fidelity family of businesses.  With this offering, [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:40-07:00September 22nd, 2008|Main category|0 Comments

Real Estate Advertising leads declines at Gannett

Business has been going badly for for publishers throughout the real estate industry. Perhaps the hardest hit have been newspapers. Overall, Gannett reported that Real Estate advertising was down 40% over 2007. By comparison, employment was down 33% and Automotive down 21%. Perhaps more telling is that circulation revenue is also down in line with declines in advertising. What is not clear from the Gannett August release is the cause. Are newspapers seeing the predicted decline in readership caused by the internet, or is the soft economy the source? Furthermore, the release did not offer any guidance on future growth [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:40-07:00September 16th, 2008|Main category|0 Comments

Blip.fm inspires thoughts of buyer and seller networks

Social Networking is entering the real estate market place casually.  It seems that for many agents and brokers, participating in these networks is “nice to have” not “have to have."  It is understandable.  Aside from a few dozen isolated examples, social networking has not generated much new business for real estate practitioners. Today I learned about a new social network titled blip.fm.  It allows people to become DJs, sharing music favorites online.  To get started you simply create a user name and enter in your email address.  Pick a few bands or songs that you like, and blip.fm will instantly [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:40-07:00September 13th, 2008|Main category|0 Comments

GFC CMLS – Connecticut MLS launches Listingbook for all members

New online tool is a huge success so far with Connecticut agents and their buyers and sellers. Listingbook™ announced today that it has launched its system in Connecticut, with the Greater Fairfield County Consolidated MLS (GFC CMLS), expanding the ever growing footprint of Listingbook deployed across the nation’s leading MLSs.  Listingbook is a freeimum service - free to the MLS and members for baseline VOW services, and a small fee is charged to agents who upgrade to the premium service product (includes branding, preimum website, enhanced CMA and reporting). The addition brings more than 8,000 REALTORS® to the companys agent [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:40-07:00September 8th, 2008|Main category|0 Comments

MLSPIN pumps up data center to improve system performance

Hyper-V and Melio clustered file system enable real time infrastructure for the largest Multiple Listing Service in New England. Sanbolic announced that MLS Property Information Network, Inc.(MLSPIN) has deployed Melio clustered file system in conjunction with Microsoft Hyper-V for their new data center. By allowing virtual servers running as file and web servers to concurrently access shared data on SAN storage, Melio FS enables the data center to dynamically respond to changes in web traffic. MLSPIN is the largest MLS in New England and one of the top ten in the nation. It provides service to more than 30,000 real [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:26:40-07:00September 8th, 2008|Main category|0 Comments