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And the winner is … Revive tops 12 hot startups in the “Pitch Battle” at NAR iOi Summit

The two-day National Association of Realtors fourth annual iOi Summit in Los Angeles hit its crescendo just minutes before it adjourned with the biggest announcement of the conference. Revive Real Estate, the fast-growing startup that’s blazing the presale renovation trail, was named the 2022 winner of the highly coveted “Pitch Battle.” It was a moment that embodied the conference acronym: innovation, opportunity and investment as Revive snagged the winner-take-all $15,000 prize and benefits that will help pole-vault it massive industry awareness. Revive’s four-minute pitch was handled deftly by its CEO and Co-Founder Michael Allawadi. Then Michael faced four more minutes [...]

Florida’s Largest Real Estate Event of the Year Set for Orlando Aug. 24-25

This year's annual Florida Realtors® Convention & Trade Expo takes place Aug. 24-25, 2022, at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla. Realtors from around the state will discuss crucial issues that shape their profession, selecting from nearly 40 education sessions. Topics run the gamut, from how to sell luxury homes, the post-pandemic future of global real estate, how traditional brokerages can increase their profit margin, how to create videos people will watch, and proven strategies for "irresistible" listing presentations. The convention and workshop schedule is here. According to the Florida Realtors, the top keynoter is entrepreneur, celebrity, and self-made billionaire Martha Stewart, [...]

NFTs in real estate: Temporary faze or an enduring fixture?

Is the crypto world and NFTs sunsetting? Or is what's happening simply a reset shaking out the con artists, scams, and the hyperbole that had run amok? If you ask Joe Jesuele, he will tell you it's the latter. And Joe knows crypto and NFTs. Joe is a real estate entrepreneur, a tech innovator, a passionate problem solver, and a remarkably humble leader. Yet, he's purposefully remained an under-the-radar type of guy – until recently. As the Founder & CEO of HomeJab, the leading on-demand professional real estate photography and video marketplace for real estate pros, Joe is one of [...]

NCRMLS continues to expand: Now covers more than half of North Carolina

North Carolina Regional MLS has created an impressive and unique alternative to the data share models promoted by other MLSs. Through NCRMLS’s wholesale cooperative model, they have proliferated in North Carolina and now reach into southern Virginia with their latest announcement. What’s the big buzz? Jody Wainio, the current President of NCRMLS, explains the significant advantage of their wholesale cooperative model is that it brings everyone under one set of rules. It also ensures data integrity and fosters broker cooperation. But, most importantly, it eliminates duplicate MLS memberships and the accompanying fees. The data share models, Jody says, “can have [...]

By |2022-07-13T17:04:01-07:00July 13th, 2022|MLS, News, Press Releases|0 Comments

Irvine-based PropTech Firm Revive Launches Presale Renovation App

The Power Buyer category among PropTech startups is rapidly growing. Instead of recommending that homeowners rush their property to the market for sale, Revive has a presale renovation program that has helped homeowners maximize their sales price and net proceeds by making key repairs and/or improvements to make the home move-in ready.

By |2022-04-05T10:24:08-07:00March 30th, 2022|Press Releases, PropTech, Real Estate Technology|0 Comments

The Color of the Year is “Very Peri”

In describing the selection of the Color of the Year 2022, Pantone notes, “We are living in transformative times.” Like the hue of the newest color of the year – Very Peri, a muted purple tone – that may be an understatement! For those needing the Pantone number for their next printing project (wait, does anyone print much anymore?), it is Pantone 17-3938 on your Color Guide. Don't have your formula guide? You can get this special edition "Color of the Year" one at B&H in New York City for just $188 plus shipping. Back to the newest color of [...]

By |2022-01-27T07:25:10-08:00January 26th, 2022|Marketing, Research|0 Comments

RESO Unveils 2022 Board of Directors, Executive Committee Leaders

Every December, the election results are revealed that announce the new Board of Directors for the Real Estate Standards organization or RESO. And every year, a stellar slate of industry leaders take the helm at RESO to help guide its vision for a streamlined real estate technology industry. The real estate industry is well represented by this group, which includes: Rebecca Jensen, MRED; Michael Wurzer, FBS; John Breault, State-Wide MLS; and Richard Renton, Triad MLS; Todd Carpenter, NAR; Jason Normandin, NAR; Matt Cohen, CoreLogic; Bob Evans, Move, Inc.; and Mark Lesswing, T3 Sixty; Turan Tekin, Zillow Group; Andy Woolley, Homes.com; [...]

By |2021-12-09T05:49:44-08:00December 9th, 2021|Associations, Uncategorized|0 Comments

HomeJab Reveals Top Trends in Pro Real Estate Photos, Video, 3D Tours, Aerial and more

Do your agents use professional real estate photographers to shoot every listing? They should if they want to stay competitive, as today, 73% of all agents use professional photography to promote every property they list. Professional photos, video, virtual staging immersive 3D tours, aerial photography, and the use of twilight photos by agents are all covered in a brand-new survey from HomeJab. If you use professional photographers and other visual assets to promote your property listings and don’t know HomeJab, you should. Go to HomeJab.com and see for yourself how they connect you with top local photographers and deliver a [...]

Delta Media’s “Fresh” take on real estate advertising

Every so often, a real estate-related advertising campaign emerges that cuts through the clutter to make a strong audience connection. Not too long ago, Zillow, like the old AT&T tv ads, tugged at our homeownership heartstrings. The National Association of Realtors' ads used fictional Realtor Phil Dunphy from Modern Family to make us laugh. Go back 30 years to find the groundbreaking Great Western Bank commercials featuring Dennis Weaver. These brilliant TV ads spoke to both a B2B audience (Realtors) and B2C (consumers) with the same powerful "use a Realtor" message. My favorite one has Dennis walking in front of [...]

North Carolina Regional MLS continues its statewide expansion

North Carolina Regional MLS is quickly creating one of the most expansive MLSs in the state through building an innovative "alliance" with other North Carolina MLSs and Associations that run other MLS. NCRMLS now covers 38% of the Tar Heel state, announcing it just increased its coverage from 315 cities and towns in 27 counties to 361 cities and towns in 31 counties. Its strategy is straightforward: to simplify data access across multiple MLS boundaries throughout North Carolina. Its momentum is growing. NCRMLS is demonstrating there's great value in offering "one set of rules with a robust, streamlined MLS system [...]

By |2021-09-01T07:10:03-07:00September 1st, 2021|MLS, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Two Mega-MLSs Connect on Common Data Platform

MARIS and NorthstarMLS understand that data is one of the most coveted resources on the planet. Today, data is the water in real estate’s ecosystem. Without water, there would be no life, just as data is essential to making real estate markets function. These two mega-MLSs are working to provide agents friction-free access to data. And that ultimately benefits consumers. How? MARIS and NorthstarMLS are working together, using NorthstarMLS’s Common Data Platform, to make real estate markets in the Greater Midwest work better by unifying the marketplace around shared listing data. This effort removes the toll gate that currently forces [...]

The role of real estate agents in an iBuyer, Bridge buyer world

Last week, zavvie, the creators of the first marketplace for real estate agents to help homeowners see all their selling choices, announced securing a $1.75 million inside round. zavvie strategically has carved out a way for agents to remain at the center of every real estate sales transaction. Brokerages using a zavvie-powered platform – one that is often white labeled to the brokerage’s brand – can help homeowners sort through all of their choices. Most importantly, homeowners employ the guidance of a trusted professional: their real estate agent.

By |2021-05-25T14:52:06-07:00May 26th, 2021|Real Estate Technology, Technology|3 Comments