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NAR is doing its part to encourage innovation for commercial real estate by expanding the scope of its investment arm, Second Century Ventures. Love that NAR is broadening its emphasis to sponsor better ways of doing business for Commercial Agents too.  If you think your company might be a good fit, don't miss out!  Submit your application by March 31st, 2019! Check out the full release below! Second Century Ventures Launches REach® Commercial Accelerator WASHINGTON (February 19, 2019) — Second Century Ventures, the National Association of Realtors®’ strategic investment arm, has launched REach® Commercial, its first commercial real estate technology accelerator. [...]

Consumer Journey is More Like Chutes and Ladders

A tremendous amount of energy and money has been invested into moving consumers from a digital experience into an agent relationship. Consumer research performed by the National Association of REALTORS® regularly indicates that consumers start their process of buying or selling online before connecting with a Realtor®. I do not think anyone denies it.

By |2019-01-29T14:37:25+00:00January 29th, 2019|Broker-Agent Information, Reports|0 Comments

The Risks of Using Square Footage From Tax Records

Every agent and broker know they SHOULD have accurate square footage that they measured themselves or hired a professional for, yet many today still rely on square footage listed in public records without any verification of accuracy.

By |2019-01-30T08:32:16+00:00January 29th, 2019|Broker-Agent Information|4 Comments

Upstream Charts New Direction

Seattle, Wash., 11 December 2018 – UpstreamRE, LLC, owners of Upstream, the comprehensive real estate brokerage data management project created by a broad-based industry coalition, is finalizing an agreement with a new vendor to power the brokerage data platform. As a result, UpstreamRE, LLC, has amicably agreed to part ways with the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and Realtors Property Resource® (RPR), its wholly-owned subsidiary and Upstream’s technology development vendor.

By |2018-12-11T08:41:46+00:00December 11th, 2018|Main category, MLS, Press Releases|0 Comments

NAR Boston 2018: Home Runs and Strikeouts in Beantown

My dad grew up, pre-Depression, on Beacon Hill in Boston. As a kid, we took a lot of road trips. Because my dad worked for Westin Hotels, we stayed at a lot of nice places in big towns for free. My favorite road trip when we lived in Chicago was visiting Boston and the New England area. I had been back a couple of times for business and always loved visiting this city. After this last week at NAR, I absolutely want to go back – but next time for a vacation.

By |2018-11-07T10:24:37+00:00November 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Breaking News! NAR hires two heavyweights!

NAR hires two heavyweights to take organization to next level! I recently had the pleasure of working with Victoria Gillespie.  When I saw NAR’s announcement about her become their new Chief Marketing and Communications Officer I was thrilled!   She is the consummate professional and she knows a TON about the effective ways to leverage today’s marketing techniques to help an organization engage with its direct customers and their clients!     I’m confident she is going to bring a ton of fresh thinking about the ways to make the REALTOR® brand stronger, while finding ways to deliver content to consumers that will [...]

By |2018-10-03T08:09:31+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Press Releases|0 Comments

Association Powered Open House Surge in Florida

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.

By |2018-09-17T14:35:55+00:00September 14th, 2018|Broker-Agent Information|3 Comments

Takeaways from the first NAR iOi: Innovation Opportunity & Investment Summit

Eric Forsman, Vice President of Technology Services of the Florida Realtors, echoed what I was thinking when I bumped into him at the inaugural National Association of REALTORS® iOi conference in San Francisco. “I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. And like Eric, I had the same reaction: we were both remarkably impressed.

By |2018-09-04T08:19:16+00:00August 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|6 Comments

NAR Opens Registration for the iOi Summit

One of the many ambitions under the leadership at the National Association of REALTORS® is to engage in establishing a beachhead for companies to introduce innovative new solutions in real estate. The manifestation of this strategy is the launch of a conference that will invite innovators to connect with industry leaders to foster collaboration. The conference is called iOi. It was recently brought to my attention by Chris Bennett of CoreLogic is his monthly communication. The conference takes place in San Francisco August 29th-30th.

By |2018-07-23T06:00:55+00:00July 23rd, 2018|Main category|0 Comments

Three Stories for You to Read: Amazon, Cybersecurity, App Dev

In the advent of Inman Connect this week, these were three stories I found which piqued my interest this last week. Will Amazon Uber-ize the Real Estate Industry? Cisco and Juniper Networks stocks slipped last Friday on news from The Information that Amazon was entering the $14 billion data center equipment business. While searching for more news I stumbled upon investment firm, TwinRock Partners, article about Amazon and real estate.

By |2018-08-04T18:15:52+00:00July 16th, 2018|Cyber, Strategic Planning, Technology|0 Comments

Missing Data Points

It was a great week at NAR Midyear to re-connect with fellow colleagues, have sonorous discussions about the industry, and – of course – chitchat about the current controversial brew-ha-ha that seems to occur around these types of events. Over the last month – especially last week – I had the pleasure of talking to many real estate technology companies who provide products and services to brokers and agents. When the discussion would lead to back office architecture, the discussion was segmented into two groups.

By |2018-07-02T02:01:30+00:00May 21st, 2018|RESO|2 Comments