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16 10, 2018

Are You a Protectionist or a Progressive?

By |2018-10-16T11:10:06-07:00October 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leaders that are confident in their abilities and passionate about the value their organizations deliver welcome new competition. They KNOW in their hearts they have what it takes to deliver value to their customers.  They have strong relationships with their key stakeholders and they course correct regularly to meet the ever-changing needs of the market. 

25 09, 2018

Impact of the WolfNet Pipeline

By |2018-09-27T12:09:03-07:00September 25th, 2018|Clients|0 Comments

There is a silent battle going on in real estate search. As consumers visit multiple websites and have numerous searches saved, the website that delivers the first alert to the consumer gets the click. All subsequent alerts from other sites are rendered as old news: they’re unread and deleted. It’s only natural. Today, WolfNet announced a new service level of managing IDX data optimized for speed called Pipeline.

24 09, 2018

WolfNet speeds up Property Alerts to benefit 250,000 agents, brokers and their clients

By |2018-09-24T20:20:53-07:00September 24th, 2018|Broker-Agent Information, IDX, MLS, Technology|0 Comments

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 [...]

19 03, 2018

A Tech View on Consolidation

By |2018-03-19T06:00:21-07:00March 19th, 2018|IDX, Strategic Planning, Technology|1 Comment

Consolidation of Associations and/or Multiple Listing Systems (MLS) at any level has its pros and cons. Consolidation can tip the scale in the way that it improves the business, the industry and most importantly, how it impacts all the stakeholders. This of course includes the consumer who is at the top of pyramid!

31 05, 2017

Upstream Adjusts and Improves

By |2018-05-03T21:22:47-07:00May 31st, 2017|Broker Technology Research, MLS Insights|0 Comments

WAV Group has played a humble role in the evolution of Upstream from a concept to where it is today. The effort has been shaped by the deep involvement of leading technologists from across the brokerage and franchise community. This week, we have been pummeled by questions arising out of their recent announcement during the 2017 Midyear REALTORS LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS & TRADE EXPO in Washington D.C. Upstream is a bright concept for improving data management in real estate today. If you understand the laws of America, you understand that Licensed Real Estate Brokers supervise agent and consumer real property transactions [...]

14 06, 2016

Backed by Google, Zillow Set to Become Online Brokerage

By |2018-05-03T21:23:13-07:00June 14th, 2016|Broker Technology Research, Broker-Agent Information|0 Comments

Real Estate is not just an online thing. It’s a global thing. People buy houses all around the globe, and in many nations – the notion of online real estate is hot.  In the small nation of England, companies valued at £312m, or £40m Housesimple along with easyProperty and eMoov are all trying to make a go of it with significant venture backing. Online real estate is ripe for the taking. Zillow Group will not need to go out for additional funding to pivot to online real estate.  The company is valued at over $5B and is operating at a run [...]

6 10, 2015

A TRULY Broker-Centric MLS – What a Concept!

By |2018-05-03T21:23:34-07:00October 6th, 2015|Main category, MLS Insights|0 Comments

The now infamous GRIPE List issued by Craig Cheatham back in 2013 has led to a plethora of new ideas and initiatives. From the momentum of RESO Data Standards, to the Broker Public Portal and Upstream, the confrontation has led to more innovative ideas and initiatives than we’ve seen in many, many years. Last month MRIS and TREND announced a ground-breaking intention to find a way to partner with each other to create a brand new organization built with the fundamental goal to create a truly broker-centric MLS. According to David Charron, President and CEO of MRIS, “We are committed [...]

6 10, 2015

How about MLS coverage defined by individual broker needs?

By |2018-05-03T21:23:34-07:00October 6th, 2015|Main category, MLS Insights|0 Comments

Last week MRIS and TREND announced a ground-breaking intention to find a way to partner with each other to create a brand new organization built with the fundamental goal to create a truly broker-centric MLS. If the taskforce formed that has been at work for over ten months can be successful, they will open up a huge market opportunity for brokers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Collectively, TREND and MRIS cover 31,000 square miles, 17 million consumers, 7 million on and off market properties, and 10 million property parcels. The group has drafted a Shared Commitment and Vision paper to help [...]

31 10, 2012

How MLSs and MLS vendors are failing brokers

By |2018-05-03T21:24:48-07:00October 31st, 2012|Broker Technology Research, Broker-Agent Information, Main category, MLS Insights|0 Comments

Let me begin by saying that the remarks that follow do not apply to all MLSs. There are many that do an excellent job at servicing the data needs of brokers. The focus of this article is to talk about some of the common failures seen by WAV Group consultants trying to help brokers fix complex data problems. There is a fundamental understanding of the MLS which has been lost. Although MLS systems provide excellent services through the MLS software, many are failing at providing data services to the brokers and agents to power the many applications that live outside [...]

22 11, 2011

Great Vendors Embrace Rules

By |2018-05-03T21:25:22-07:00November 22nd, 2011|Broker Technology Research, Main category, Marketing, MLS Insights, Product Management, Strategic Planning, Technology Evaluation|0 Comments

There has been a lot of conversational concern about companies that enter into new verticals of data management and service offerings. Four such instances were announced this year. REALTORS® Property Resource contracts with LPS for data services and LPS subcontracts to Real Estate Digital. Zillow purchased an IDX vendor, Diverse Solutions. MOVE purchased Threewide, the providers of the popular Listhub syndication service. CoreLogic launched a new appraisal tool leveraging MLS data. In every case, the vendor has been virtuous and adhered to contracts and data use rules. In each of these cases, many feared that data could be misused or [...]

15 09, 2011

RPR is in good hands with LPS and RED

By |2018-05-03T21:25:29-07:00September 15th, 2011|Main category, MLS Insights|0 Comments

It would seem that some MLSs were a bit concerned about the bifurcation of service being provided to RPR by LPS. According to the announcement, Real Estate Digital, or RED will be continuing to do what that group has always done in terms of data aggregation. Only now, RED will be a subcontractor to LPS. In a letter today, RPR CEO Dale Ross submitted the following: This e-mail is a courtesy message from RPR about the press release issued yesterday from Real Estate Digital (RED), announcing a management buy-out of select assets of LPS Real Estate Group and the formation [...]

14 09, 2011

Real Estate Digital Spins Out of LPS Real Estate Group

By |2018-05-03T21:25:29-07:00September 14th, 2011|Broker Technology Research, Broker-Agent Information, Main category, MLS Insights, Press Releases, Strategic Planning|0 Comments

Real Estate Digital (or RED), announced a management buy-out of select assets of LPS Real Estate Group and the formation of the new company. RED, the new privately-held corporation, will focus on the support of 12 core technology products offered to the real estate industry today: rDesk® Websites, rDesk®  CRM, rDesk®  CMA, rDesk®  IDX, Real Estate & Living Media®, reDataVault, TransactionPoint®, DocCentral, FormCentral, Data Aggregation System, Neighborhood and School Reports and MLS Portal. Executive leadership of the company includes current LPS Real Estate Group President Jay Gaskill, CTO John Hensley, CSO Prem Luthra, and CFO Mike Kovar. The company expects [...]