Victor Lund

zavvie Breaks with the Status Quo at the Big Tech Show

Inman Connect SF is next week, and it’s so great to see the spirit and spunk that a startup called zavvie is bringing to our industry’s biggest real estate tech conference. The headline of the news release they issued this week touting their appearance at Connect SF: “Real Estate Startup zavvie Breaks with the Status Quo at the Big Tech Show.”  The subhead is nearly as sassy: “Taps Top Pros for Inman Connect to Educate Agents, ‘Debunk’ Tech Hyperbole.” Turns out zavvie will be at Startup Alley and they are sponsoring one of the coveted “Learning Lab” tracks in Parlor 8 at [...]

By |2018-08-20T12:55:51-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Main category|0 Comments

CRMLS Agrees to Offer Remine to its 82,000 Subscribers

by MARILYN WILSON on MAY 16, 2017 Remine is at it again!  In recent months, the company has forged partnerships with several of the nation’s largest MLSs. CRMLS will be launching the product to its 82,000 members according to the press release issued today.  Remine is taking the industry by storm.  Every MLS I work with across the country seems to be looking at this exciting new product. Remine is an intelligent service marrying social media profiles with home ownership factors to help agents identify prospects and then use social media to advertise to them.  The company has deep expertise in [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:22:49-07:00May 16th, 2017|MLS Insights, Press Releases|0 Comments

LIBOR and BNAR getting serious about REALTOR(R) safety

Did you know that nearly 1/3 of REALTORS(R) STAY in situations where they feel unsafe as they strive to make a sale.  Nearly 4 in 5  do NOT ask for Identification/Verification before meeting a client.  Just about everyone (88%) of agents are alone when showing a home to new prospect. Bottomline, many agents put themselves at risk REGULARLY.  While real estate is an amazing industry that provides exciting career opportunities to nearly 2 million people every year, it’s a job that deals with the public.  By definition, it puts agents at risk. The Long Island Board of REALTORS® and the Buffalo [...]

BOLD Move – Pacific Union Names Selma Hepp New Vice President, Business Intelligence

In an email dated January 25, 2016, Pacific Union CEO Mark McLaughlin writes: "In a bold move within the residential real estate industry, Pacific Union names Selma Hepp to the newly created position of ‘Vice President, Business Intelligence'.  Selma joins Pacific Union from her position as Chief Economist for Trulia. Prior to Trulia, Hepp was Senior Economist for the California Association of Realtors and Economist for the National Association of Realtors, both trade organizations dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. Selma’s Ph.D. in Urban Economics, complemented by her deep expertise in understanding market dynamics in the western [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:23:24-07:00January 25th, 2016|Main category, Press Releases|0 Comments

Just Spell My Name Right

It’s a new year and you are, no doubt, plotting your communications strategy for 2016. We published an article about the top 10 posts of the year on Facebook recently that ignited deeper thought about communication strategies that work. Entertainment is certainly one of them. If the Disney family is the first family of Entertainment in American History, P.T. Barnum is certainly a cousin. Legend has it that he is also responsible for one of the most famous quotes in the PR business: “I don’t care what you say about me, just spell my name right.” If you read the [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:23:25-07:00January 21st, 2016|Main category, Marketing, Our Services|1 Comment

Making Vendor Partnerships Work

The tragedy of software in real estate is lack of adoption by agents. Brokerage firms and MLSs who invest dearly in technology solutions start out with the hope that agents will use it and success will come. Since hope is not a strategy, more work is required to find success. First of all, there is a difference between a site license and a user license. As you enter into partnerships with vendors, consider user licenses. That will bind both the vendor and the company to a mutual goal of driving agent adoption of the application.  Companies should not pay license [...]

The 7 Keys to A Successful MLS Conversion

If my history recollection serves me, Vancouver is where Canada’s first real estate board was formed in 1888. The current Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) has been in continuous operation since 1919. They are also members of a leading regional MLS that encompasses the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board as a partner and the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board and the British Columbia Northern Real Estate Board as customers. Together they transitioned 16,000 Realtors to Black Knight’s Paragon system. Many industry insiders are touting it as the smoothest conversion in history. WAV Group connected with Eileen Day, [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:23:25-07:00January 12th, 2016|Main category, MLS Insights|0 Comments

Top 10 Facebook Posts of The Year

AdAge is the heartbeat of understanding how marketers are engaging with consumers online, and a great place to keep track of trends. I was attracted to this article that talked about the top 10 posts on Facebook in 2015. My intrigue was to understand if there was something that real estate could learn by looking backwards. Robert Plant Breaks Down into Tears When Ann Wilson Covers “Stairway to Heaven” – My conjecture is that a sincere emotional reaction (tears) combined with a recognized celebrity (Plant) that we can relate to (everyone knows the words to Stairway to Heaven). Optimistic People [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:23:26-07:00January 8th, 2016|Main category|1 Comment

Enroll Now for WAVes of Change

WAV Group is entering into the second year of offering our WAVes of Change™ webinar series. WAVes of Change is a quarterly webinar that is produced to keep executives and board members current on industry changes and opportunities for operational excellence. Program Overview The purpose of the WAVes of Change Series is designed to help Associations and MLSs across North America make well-informed decisions that will help propel their organizations forward. It is intended to keep your team up to speed without having to travel to multiple events around the country spending significant time and money. The quarterly (4) 1-hour [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:23:26-07:00January 6th, 2016|Main category, Our Services|0 Comments

New Jobs: Submit Your Interest Confidentially or Call Us

WAV Group consulting will often involve recruiting key leaders to join a company and support the execution of their strategic plan. WAV Group is searching for a number of key positions now. If you are looking for a new adventure, be sure to let us know. Confidentiality is paramount for most of the recruiting that we do here at the WAV Group. Most often, we are seeking C –Level executives – Chief Executive Officers, Chief Technology Officers, etc. We support our clients in the effort to find alignment with experienced leaders. Here are some of the positions that we are [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:23:26-07:00January 5th, 2016|Main category, Our Services|0 Comments

The Future is Now: Thought Leadership from Two of Inman’s Top 101

We're proud to announce that our founding partners, Marilyn Wilson and Victor Lund, were recently named to Inman's annual list of the top leaders in the real estate industry. The award recognizes their forward thinking visions about how the industry can and must adapt to change. Marilyn, according to Inman, is "an articulate spokesperson about the threats and the challenges faced by the industry," while Victor is "an advocate for big strategic initiatives that the legacy industry must undertake to survive." "It's interesting to be acknowledged as one of the industry leaders because we operate a very small business," Victor told [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:23:27-07:00December 17th, 2015|Main category, Our Services|1 Comment

MLS Policy for Days On Market

Depending on where you are, Days on Market could be a hot topic. Perhaps the most sensitive area to Days on Market is San Francisco. I had a chance to talk to Steve Mavromihalis of Pacific Union about this topic last week. Steve is one of the most productive agents in the nation. Every year, WAV Group watches the listing count for Pacific Union go down by two thirds starting just before Thanksgiving and lasting until March or April – that’s 5 months of the year. Clearly this has P&L implications and budgeting implications for the brokerage. The truth is [...]

By |2018-05-03T21:23:27-07:00December 16th, 2015|Main category|1 Comment