Author Stefan Swanepoel began writing a series of Trends Reports in 2006. His 2019 report does not disappoint. The report chronicles the top 10 trends that he recognizes as material topics for our industry to think about. Swanepoel believes that this year will be “the single largest industry transformation in living memory.”
The Keller Williams pivot is beginning to make sense to me. At a time when many franchise companies are focused on systems integration, KW is trying to become a systems developer of bespoke software.
Here's a great Holiday gift and it's free: a new, four-part real estate Podcast series that's available today featuring the wisdom and a little wit from Ben Caballero. Ben is the world's #1 ranked real estate agent. He's also the first and only agent in U.S. history ever to exceed the $1 billion mark for residential sales transaction volume in a single year, a feat he has achieved in each of the last three years. At the WAV Group, we've been working with the legendary Ben Caballero and HomesUSA.com for a few years now. We've had the honor of working with him [...]
It is that time of year again when budgeting for next year takes hold of your company. There were a few economic indicators released by First American and by the National Association of REALTORS® which provide some very interesting economic truths that need to be factored into your forecasts – especially when they are factored together. Our advice to brokers and to the technology companies that serve them is to cut fixed costs by 15%.
Sometimes Zillow Group does something that aggravates the industry, like displaying agent reviews. Other times Zillow does things that not only aggravate the real estate industry, but they point to profound best practices that are a roadmap to success. When brokers pay attention, they can learn a lot.
The October financial numbers have come in and it is not pretty. Many brokers experienced their worst GCI numbers of the year in October. The market is frozen. Low inventory and low transaction volume. Smart brokers are hunkering down for a cold winter.
In this week’s article, we are revisiting our iBuyer story published last June. The property sold in July and there are some interesting insights about iBuyer financial outcomes.
There have been a ton of exciting mergers lately including the MLSLI/HGMLS merger, but this one brings a whole new twist!
WolfNet Technologies LLC has become the quiet data giant in real estate. Think about it. WolfNet provides Websites/IDX to Keller Williams (a client since 2002), the largest real estate brokerage in the world. WolfNet also is believed to be the leading company that normalizes MLS data. WolfNet’s digital footprint is massive: it’s a data goliath managing over 100 million property recordsthat covers 99% of all active MLS property listings in the U.S. and Canada. It hosts 89 million property photos for IDX solutions alone and provides more than 100,000 IDX and Websites to real estate agents and brokers – reaching [...]
WAV Group partner, Victor Lund will be traveling to Paris again this year for what has become an annual journey to share and learn with our European counterparts in real estate. The conference is being held October 3rd and 4th.
The National Association of REALTORS® put forth a great concept for REALTOR® Associaons to launch in their local markets called Open House Weekends™. The idea is born around cooperation between advertising companies and local Associations to pull together an open house blitz.
When you meet someone for the first time, it is not uncommon for the question to arise “What do you do?” The answer that I should use is, "that we run a research company that informs business strategy in real estate for the capital markets, brokers, MLSs, REALTOR® Associations, and the technology companies that serve them."