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RESO 2019 Fall Conference Wrap - St. Louis
By Matt Cohen, CoreLogic, and RESO Staff Welcome and State of the Standard Art Carter, RESO Chair and CEO of CRMLS, welcomed us to St. Louis and the conference. Sam DeBord, CEO of RESO, thanked the Board of Directors and workgroup chairs, as well as the RESO staff and the sponsors. Sam opened with the theme, "Consumers Choose the Winners," stating that they expect systems to work together and connect. We haven't had that in the industry, and that is a primary focus of RESO going forward – providing interoperability. The focus needs to be on "business impact" and "results" – time, speed, efficiency, goals and profits. What are the workgroups doing? In a nutshell:
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Fall and Winter REALTOR Conferences and Expos for 2019
The best way to further your education and develop new real estate knowledge and skills is by attending local and national conferences. Ranging from $10 to few hundred dollars, chances are a real estate convention is happening near you in the latter half of 2019. Here is a list of upcoming events happening this fall and winter.
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Real Estate Leaders Are Taking Off the Gloves
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The RESO Conference: The Best Conference in Real Estate; Early Bird Discount Ends on Wed July 17th
The early bird registration discount for the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) Fall Conference in St. Louis September 9-12 ends this Wednesday, July 17. This is a timely reminder of the remarkable value that one of real estate's leading nonprofit organizations offers. If you have never been to a RESO conference and want to be in the know about what's coming next in real estate, you need to attend. RESO conferences are all about data standards, and frankly, this is the arena that's going to drive future change for our industry.
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Tech Helpline and Form Simplicity are on the road again!
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Meet the RESO Broker Advisory Group
For 16 years, David Gumpper helped Florida-based Michael Saunders & Company become one of the nation's most tech-centric real estate brokerages. He transformed its business with strategic and innovative technology business initiatives. He directed all aspects of systems integration, training of staff and sales team, project management, and software development. Today, Gumpper, who now heads the Technology Consulting division at WAV Group, leads one of RESO's newest efforts for member collaboration: the Broker Advisory Group. In this video, Gumpper discusses the emergence of the Broker Advisory Group as an aggressive effort to provide more ways for brokerage leadership to become more involved in RESO.
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NAR Midyear Trade Show: Top Tech to Check Out
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Boise Insider Tips for RESO Tech Summit Attendees
Perhaps the greatest unsung feature of a RESO conference are the cool cities the RESO board selects. Places most real estate conference don't (or can't because of size) schedule. RESO conferences have made me a fan of Kansas City and Milwaukee – who knew? The Boise RESO Tech Summit starts next week, and St. Louis is in the fall. This year, I know both cities pretty well.
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Can't Miss Spring and Summer REALTOR Conferences and Expos for 2019
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Boise RESO Spring Tech Summit Is Headed for a Sellout
Over 225 attendees have already registered for the RESO Spring Technology Summit, "From Broker Innovation to Web APIs: Blue Chip Tech in Boise," set for April 29 to May 2. We're fast closing in on a sellout six weeks before the event, so if you are thinking about attending – or bringing someone with you – now is the time to act! RESO conferences have a well-earned reputation for offering exceptional content and incomparable networking opportunities. They not only attract some of the industry's top decision makers and brightest tech minds, but our Summit schedule allows for people to spend time together, meeting face-to-face. RESO summits like this one are also are unique because space is limited: it's another reason why we keep selling out. The "Blue Chip" Tech Summit Boise is well-known internationally for its blue football field — a.k.a. "Smurf Turf" — and home of the Boise State University Broncos. But Boise is also a home for major operations of leading blue chip technology firms, including HP and Micron. In November, USA Today reported Boise as a "Top 25 Most Innovative City in the US." The lineup of topics and speakers for our RESO Summit are equally stellar. Among the Spring Technology Summit highlights: Auto-Populating Green Data Into Listings: The Regional Multiple Listing Service (RMLS™) was the first MLS in the US to add green fields in the spring of 2007. In the fall of 2017, RMLS became the first MLS to auto-populate Home Energy Scores from a real-time data service, Earth Advantage's Green Building Registry API. Hear how the City of Portland's Home Energy Score program jump-started the effort and got data flowing in a way that is easy for listing agents and energy assessors. Speakers: David Heslam, Executive Director at Earth Advantage Institute and Greg Moore, Chief Technology Officer at RMLS, who also Chairs the RESO Research & Development Workgroup. Sí, Hablamos Espanol: A discussion on implementing the Data Dictionary in Spanish: The latest version of the RESO Data Dictionary 1.7 provides Spanish-language capabilities. Moderator: Amy Gorce, Principal, Business Development at CoreLogic. Panelists: Jonelle Simmons, Team Lead Product Management Group at My Florida Regional MLS (MFRMLS); Michael Mckay, MLS IT Coordinator at Greater El Paso Association of REALTORS® and Greg Moore, Chief Technology Officer at RMLS™. Mapping MISMO to RESO Data Dictionary: MISMO® is the standards development body for the mortgage industry. MISMO and RESO are both making strides for standards development in the mortgage and real estate industries. Dr. Harigopal has mapped the RESO Data Dictionary to MISMO and will share his work with the audience in this exciting development. Speaker: Dr. Umesh Harigopal, Co-Founder & CEO, PropMix.io LLC Everything You Need to Know to Succeed with Web APIs: Learn why APIs are the way forward for real estate, the problems they solve, opportunities they create and how to implement them today. Speakers: Developers and API experts from the Zillow Group. The Unstoppable Power of Blockchain: Making Data Transparent, Provable and Immutable: A dive into the impact of blockchain on real estate and what is happening today. ULedger Inc is a local Boise company. Speaker: Peter Anewalt, Co-Founder / Chief Operating Officer at ULedger Inc. Decide the future of real estate, in person Another huge highlight in Boise will be the in-person RESO Workgroup meetings. This is where volunteers can meet face-to-face and put in the hard work it takes to get standards in place to advance the future of our business. During the three days of the Spring Tech Summit, the Broker Advisory Group, along with seven of the eight RESO Workgroups (which meet monthly by conference call), will meet in person. These Workgroups include Cross-Platform Interoperability, Data Dictionary, Distributed Ledger, Internet Tracking, Research and Development, Universal Property Identification and Web API (formerly Transport). The preliminary conference agenda schedule of Workgroup meeting times is online here. Great value, good times Finally, RESO Conferences also are known for their affordability. RESO is an independent, not-for-profit trade organization with limited staff and primarily depends on volunteer support. That's why we rely on sponsors to help us keep our conferences both affordable and fun! For this year's Technology Summit, our local host, Intermountain MLS, is a Platinum Sponsor, along with realtor.com and Zillow Group. FBS, CoreLogic, Centralized Showing Service, Inc. and Auth0 are all Gold Sponsors. DynaConnections Corporation, Lone Wolf and ShowingTime are Silver Sponsors. CRS Data, remine, RPR | Realtor Property Resource, RE/MAX and Austin Board of REALTORS® are all Bronze Sponsors. All of this incredible support allows us not only to host amazing after-hours receptions, but your low-cost Summit registration fee includes a full breakfast for three days of the event, two days of lunches, and evening receptions that include food and drinks, hosted by our top Sponsors. If you are not a RESO member, there's no better place to understand the value of a RESO membership than to join us in Boise. If you are a RESO member and haven't yet registered, it's time to go online now and reserve your space before we are all filled up. It looks to be a blue chip event in every sense in Boise! To register online go to https://www.reso.org/spring-mtg.    
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Forefront of Technology: The Importance of the RESO Web API Workgroup
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Why Brokers Should Join RESO and Attend RESO Conferences
Carlos Pegado is an Oxford University graduate and 30-year industry veteran who emphatically believes in the need for standards across and within the real estate industry. An early advocate for real estate standards, Pegado wanted to become a force for change within the industry, which lead him to join the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO). As an active RESO member and volunteer, Pegado is involved in both the Data Dictionary Workgroup and the Universal Property Identifier (UPI) Workgroup, contributing both his knowledge and vast experience to these groups. According to Pegado, the UPI is critical, especially for brokerages with a broad suite of services, to ensure that listing or customer data is easily accessed across business silos. As Pegado says in this video interview, the UPI is "the only way to track a listing and the customer across all the different platforms." Pegado emphasizes the need for the adoption and consistent use of data standards by insisting that all of his brokerage's vendors and software providers are either members of RESO or RESO Certified. He says, "working with a company that has not joined RESO would be detrimental in the long run and contrary to our beliefs in what we should be doing." Pegado also encourages brokers to attend RESO conferences. He cites the plethora of learning that takes place as well as exposure to numerous new vendors that make their debut at the conference. Such variety, he says, allows brokerage to see the "best of breed" solutions. According to Pegado, it was "simple to convince" the other leaders of his firm to attend RESO conferences, asserting that participating in the event and workshops is the only way to have a say in the direction of the industry as well as the future of real estate. "You need to part of a larger group," states Pegado, noting that in order to be part of what's coming, and have a voice in the changes that are happening, makes attending RESO conferences a must. Don't Miss the Early Bird Discount for Boise Don't miss your opportunity for a seat at the table to influence real change in the real estate industry. Act soon as the early bird registration discount for the RESO Spring Technology Summit in Boise, Idaho, April 29 to May 2 is still available. The latest event information, special hotel rates for attendees, and early bird registration discount information are available here.  
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RENT Conference in Paris: Real Estate and New Technologies Conference
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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. For me, it was a last-minute decision to attend as my founding partners Marilyn Wilson and Victor Lund were going to be there. But when I realized I had at least four clients attending the San Francisco meeting with two presenting on stage, I scrambled to get down to catch at least the final day. I took a 5:30 am flight from Seattle to the Bay Area which allowed me to miss just 15 minutes of the last day's morning program. It was well worth the investment in every way.
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The Best Inman Connect Moments
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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 29-30.
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Innovation Winners, 30 Industry Leaders Honored by RESO in Denver
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It's Game On for Data Standards at RESO Denver Spring Tech Summit
The mile-high City of Denver will play host to the RESO Spring Tech Summit set for downtown at the pop-themed Denver Curtis Hotel, April 24-26. We only have 10 registration slots left for full-conference attendees. That means you will need to move fast to take advantage of a packed agenda that features winners of the RESO Innovation Competition and a nearly full-day "deep learning" workshop. And if you are registered but haven't reserved your guestroom with your own Pac Man machine or a Jimmy Buffett or Star Trek-themed-room at the Curtis, you may have to settle for another eclectic choice.
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RESO Confabs are Real Estate's Club 33
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Top 10 Takeaways from Inman Connect #ICNY
For those of you who have not had the opportunity to attend an Inman event, imagine this: Thousands of the industry's vendors, franchises, brokerages, and agents congregating into a couple floors of a hotel for five days. There's more combined influence, brain power, and sheer know-how in a single location than nearly any other event can create. Now come the sessions – usually set up in 15-25 minute segments rotating through speakers each time. Inman brings in CEOs, trainers, coaches, broker/owners, social influencers, marketers, and agents to facilitate some of the most heavy hitting topics shrunk down into easily digestible pieces. These are my top 10 takeaways on threats, trends and opportunities discussed at #ICNY last month:
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RESO San Diego Hits a Homer with DataComp and Other Highlights
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Is Real Estate's Next Genius Idea at San Diego's RESO DataComp?
Colleges have given birth to some of the most exciting and innovative startups of our lives today. You know the obvious ones: Page and Brin at Stanford created Google; Zuckerberg with Moskovitz, Saverin, McCollum and Hughes at Harvard created The Facebook; Ferdowski and Houston at MIT created Dropbox; and Michael Dell as a freshman at the University of Texas created PCs Limited (which became Dell). Then there is Reddit (University of Virginia), Snapchat (Stanford), WordPress (University of Houston) and Yahoo! (Stanford again) just to name a few more. In real estate, legend has it that ZipRealty was born in visiting lecturer Brad Inman's class at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. At RESO, we want to help give birth to genius ideas to improve real estate. The mission of RESO is to find ways to drive efficiency throughout the real estate industry by creating and promoting the adoption and utilization of standards. So why not reach out to our colleges and universities, as well as the incubators and tech startups even outside our own industry, and bring in fresh ideas and some of the brightest young minds to help us look at how to improve the real estate ecosystem through data standards?
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zavvie Breaks with the Status Quo at the Big Tech Show
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Imprev Hosts Stellar Learning Labs at Inman Connect SF
One of the greatest innovations that Brad Inman added to Inman Connect in recent years is a hidden treasure that not everyone may be aware of: the Learning Labs. These are held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, Aug. 9 and 10, from 2pm to 5pm. Learning Labs have become, in my experience, one of the best places where agents and brokers can learn tangible business practices that can be implemented immediately. A company that perfected the Learning Lab concept out of the gate is Imprev, a pioneering sponsor of the Inman Lab concept. Imprev, America's largest real estate marketing technology firm (based on the total number of U.S. real estate agents and brokers who are Imprev users), was once known as a tool for building flyers and postcards, and for powering the RE/MAX Design Center. Today, the company is rocking the real estate brokerage world with many of the biggest and best brands for its Automated Marketing Services. Imprev Learning Lab Lineup
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Sold Out RESO Tech Summit in Austin Has Come a Long Way
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Bigger Conferences Are Not Better
The real estate industry is going strong. It's healthy and vibrant, full of bloom and exciting change. As agents, brokers, MLSs, franchises, and tech firms explore a deeper understanding of the industry's best practices, they look to conferences to gain insights and meet the people that are powering new ideas. Conferences are good, and we attend a lot of them. Our annual conference tour includes two NAR conventions, two Inman Connects, CMLS, two RESO conferences, T3, RISMedia, and a variety of franchise, state AOR, LeadingRE, The Realty Alliance, 1000Watt, Clareity, and large AOR or MLS events. Yup – that is a lot of travel. If you add up the flight costs, hotel costs, convention fees, etc., it's expensive, especially when you have multiple people attending. I remember a conversation with the event manager at Trulia a few years ago before the Zillow deal. They were attending over 450 events a year at the time. Yikes! It's old school business development – belly to belly, burnin' shoe leather. With the economic rebound, these conferences have become overwhelming. When you have thousands attending a conference, it gets out of control. Hotels are sold out, restaurants are impossible, service everywhere is stressed out. But most importantly, you can go to conferences without seeing or meeting many of the people that you want to see. It's a struggle, not fun. I remember a few years ago when conference guru Brad Inman expanded ConnectSF to New York, London, and Miami. New York stuck, Miami and London did not. I think that Inman must feel the same as I do regarding conferences. His conferences have always had tracks, but he is building micro events at his Connect conferences now. This year, he is launching the Indie Broker Summit – a meeting for independent brokerage firms that will examine how they can pursue success and excellence in the wake of franchise domination. Also, Inman is returning to his roots for CEO Summit by returning to the site in Sonoma where it all started.
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Independent Brokers Find Their Secret Sauce
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RESO Tech Summit in Austin is headed for a sellout
We just released the preliminary agenda for the next RESO Conference, our Spring Technology Summit "Orchestrating Collaboration and Innovation" scheduled in Austin, Texas at the Omni, Monday, April 24, to Wednesday, April 26. It will be two-and-a-half days jam-packed with not only the latest in standards that every real estate industry technology leader needs to know about, but we will also hear extensively from the brokerage community about their needs and where data standards can help them get over the stumbling blocks they continue to encounter. With a stellar line-up already in place – and growing – we expect the RESO Spring Technology Summit to be our third consecutive conference to be sold out. We only have made space for 250 registrants and, despite the fact that it's two months away, we have already filled over half of the seats! Early bird rate ends Valentine's Day If you haven't yet registered for the Spring Technology Summit and booked a room at the Omni Downtown Austin, our headquarters hotel, I urge you to do so now before the Valentine's Day (Feb. 14) deadline expires to get our early bird discount. RESO conferences are open to both members and non-members and Early Bird Registration by Feb. 14 saves members $125 compared to registering after April 2, assuming we are not sold out. Non-members save even more—$200. To save your spot at the Summit, you can do everything online. Register for the Tech Summit here (non-members will need to create an account first, members will need to sign in), and reserve your Omni hotel room at our special convention rate (a savings of as much as $100 a night for downtown hotels during these dates in Austin).
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Hacker Connect Agenda Released
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Deducting Travel to Conferences and Seminars
Travel to business-related conventions, seminars, or similar meetings can be tax deductible. This can include deductions for your transportation, lodging, and 50 percent of your meal expenses while on business. Learn about how to do this, as well as some of the IRS restrictions. It is much easier to deduct trips to destinations that are within North America. Such trips need only be an "ordinary and necessary" expense to be deductible. That is, these trips must benefit your business in some way. Trips outside North America are deductible only if it was reasonable to hold the event in such a distant location. For example, it would be hard to deduct a convention for New York plumbing contractors held in Tahiti. For this reason, you should generally avoid attended business conventions outside North America. Fortunately, the IRS has recently expanded the definition of what constitutes "North America."
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NAR Annual: Looking for 2017 Trends, Tech and Tactics
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Freshly Back from RESO Fall Conference: A Real Estate Event with Passion, Innovation, and Whiskey
First off, I didn't come back with cowboy boots, a cowboy hat, a southern drawl or even a hangover. Not sure what's up with me lately, but it was still a great time. This was a pivotal event in many ways. I was absolutely blown away at the crowd. It's not a massive conference, but at over 300 people, attendance was up almost 40 perceny%! Hats off to Jeremy Crawford, the RESO Board of Directors and the entire crew at RESO who made it all happen. There were more real estate brokers than ever before, which means word's getting out about what standards can do for your business. Everyone I spoke to (even the cynical ones) could see the tide is turning and many were there to see and hear just what that meant. Even more than the crowd, though, the topics covered were also quite pivotal. Some highlights by day: DAY ONE RESO is no longer just about RETS – The first day was dedicated to workshop meetings, but the RETS 1.x group did not meet. CoreLogice's Matt McGuire noted that RESO is now about across-the-board standards for real estate, not only RETS. People are excited about standards (REALLY!) – The participation in the workgroup meetings was, I think, the best I've ever seen. Unfortunately, I couldn't get to all of them, but the ones I did showed an increased passion, drive and determination from both the workgroup chairs and the audience. Attendees were not afraid to speak up and take part in the discussion which is always the goal. Innovation is alive and well in real estate – There were demos galore during the Show-n-Tell, albeit with various technical difficulties. Attendees got to see the innovation being sparked in the industry live and up close. I also had the chance to present AddressReport and briefly describe how data and API standards made it possible. HomeSpotter won "best in show" and TrustFunds and Agent Inbox got honorable mentions, so congratulations to all! After a long day, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the pub crawl sponsored by Realtor.com.
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RESO looks to sell out Nashville Conference with broker-heavy agenda
Thirty spots. Remarkably, that's all of the registration slots we have left for the RESO Fall Conference coming up October 24-26. Just like the theme of this year's conference – "Accelerating the Reach of Data Standards" – we've accelerated the number of people who have registered early in record numbers. We are now expecting to sell out the Nashville meet with 300 total attendees. Broker topics abound This Fall Conference is loading up on content for our highly successful Business Track to supplement a stellar Technology Track. RESO was once thought of as being just for geeks, but now top real estate executives who understand the vital importance of new standards are helping us fill the room. We've responded with beefing up our topics for real estate brokerages, because they are the ones that new real estate standards are going to impact the most. RESO needs more real estate broker-owners and franchised executives to have a seat at the table. That means the brokerage community not only needs to be present at the RESO conferences, but also become deeply involved as members in our RESO Workgroups. The RESO R&D Workgroup is an ideal place to start. We like to describe R&D as the top of the funnel for all new topics and initiatives. It's really where new RESO real estate standards begin, such as IDX Data Feeds, Saved Searches and Standardized Showing Information. In fact, these are a sample of new standards ideas we were shared at the CMLS Conference in Las Vegas last week. We asked RESO members attending to rank these ideas, or come up with some of their own. At CMLS, RESO passed out postcards to solicit ideas – as well as rank current ideas under consideration. And we gave away a Amazon Echo and that drove great participation.
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Inman Connect: Envisioning Tomorrow – Not Your Same Old Future
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Show off your whiz, bang, wow, killer app at RESO Fall Conference
The Show N Tell session at last year's Spring Conference in Chicago was such a hit, we had to bring it back for the RESO Fall Conference in Nashville, Oct. 24-26. Since this could be the biggest RESO conference to date – we already have nearly 100 registrants and will have to close the door at 300 – this will clearly be the place for companies ready to unveil their latest data-related innovations that use RESO standards. What is Show N Tell? Hosted by our Vice Chair Rob Overman, the CTO of Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, RESO 'Show N Tell' is a place where companies take to the stage to demonstrate some of the newest breakthrough innovations in real estate. In the audience will be the industry's "movers and shakers," attending what has become real estate's most coveted data and technology conference. Both top management and technology leaders from MLSs, associations, technology companies and brokerages will be coming to Nashville. The audience will also be the judges: At the end of the Show N Tell, winners will be announced and recognized as a "RESO Standards Innovator," and will be included in a news release issued nationally. What are we looking for? The Fall Conference theme is a good indicator of what we are looking for: "Accelerating the Reach of Data Standards."  Do you have a product that is ready to take off? Is your product leveraging the RESO Data Dictionary and/or the RESO Web API in new and interesting ways? Does your innovation rely on MLS data, connecting to an MLS or other data source(s)? Do RESO Standards play a big part – or will they play a big part – in the success or uniqueness of your innovation? If the answer is yes to one or more of these questions, your firm should apply.
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LeadingRE, Miami Beach and Marketing Automation
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At NAR, focus is on real estate customers and technology
Last week, my colleagues and I were lucky enough to attend the REALTORS® Conference and Expo in San Diego. The conference hosts 20,000 Realtors and guests in just four days and is considered the largest real estate industry trade show all year. Real estate professionals from all over the US traveled to California to experience the latest trends, ideas, and technology in real estate. Here were some of the big take-aways: Getting Closer to the Customer Certainly in the agenda, everything from Decoding the Customer Mind to Buyer Preferences were on the minds of those in attendance. It seems that with the latest trends in buyer habits, more agents and brokers are working toward staying relevant to today's consumer. Providing outstanding customer service isn't only a good way to stand out from other real estate professionals, it's a great way to win loyalty among your customer base. Some interesting trends include a focus on a greener home, proximity to parks, and environmentally friendly features becoming more important to home-buyers today. The group seemed to feel that understanding what matters to customers and having the ability to educate them on properties based on their preferences was important in today's sales process. Staying with customers through their entire buying process was also important and was discussed more in the technologies coming out of the conference (below).
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5 Hot Trends in 2016 to Look for at NAR
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The RESO 2015 Fall Conference: Green Data, Broker Standards Adoption, and more
Over 300 Tweets and 836,914 impressions--those are the social media stats for the RESO 2015 Fall Conference. Though just a handful of people were behind those Tweets, the #RESO15 hashtag offered an incredibly informative look into the conference activities. We followed the hashtag for the entire three days that the conference took place. Day 1 saw the U.S. Department of Energy talking about how to incorporate energy data in listing information. Day 2 offered a flurry of activity, including talk of how to brokers to adopt Data Dictionary standards. Our co-founder, Marilyn Wilson, even hosted a broker panel discussion entitled, "How RESO Standards enables innovation for the new brokerage models." To keep you in the loop on conference activities, we followed the hashtag on Twitter and curated the event's best Tweets. Follow along with the conference in the 140-character posts below. * * * Day 1 RESO - DoE has 5 Accelerator Pilots @RMLSweb, @IRESLLC, @MREDLLC , @MRIS_REal_News and the NE energy efficiency partnership #BigData #RESO15 RESO - DoE mentions the feeds coming from @HomesDotCom as part of the #realestate industry's energy accelerator initiative #RESO15 #BigData RESO - DoE focused on RESO Data Dictionary to help define a new kind of Green fields - Green Verification Fields #greeneconomy #BigData #RESO15 RESO - During DoE workshops: Will Energy Score adoption be resisted by #realestate agents as some listings will have low scores? #BigData #RESO15 RESO - @kmalyala suggestion at DoE meeting re: low score homes: Give buyers a game plan to improve now, up future value later #RESO15 #BigData
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Top 10 Reasons NOT to Attend the Fall RESO Conference
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RESO Fall PlugFest: Where the techiest real estate Geeks will go
If you're a Geek, you most likely know what a "PlugFest" is. If you're not a Geek, when you first heard the term, it may have sounded a bit strange. That's okay because the audience for our upcoming RESO PlugFest, held the first day of our Fall Conference in Austin Oct. 27-29, is designed for the techiest real estate Geeks. Don't worry though, we have a full track of sessions for the non-geeks at the RESO Fall Conference that run concurrently during PlugFest. For non-Geeks, a PlugFest is an event where software engineers gather to bring their concepts to life while they test data standards, see how they can exchange data and interpret that shared data so a user can easily understand it. They create a platform of interoperability between data, products, and standards. If what is available "off the shelf" –technologically speaking – are standards compliant, then they should function as expected when they're "plugged" together. It's also a highly collaborative, open, and friendly environment that's devoted to facilitating conversations and exchanging expert experiences, both digitally and face-to-face. PlugFest has two parts, really: The "hack-a-thon," where the Geeks code away, and for those who are watching, we provide an expo area of tables where vendors will showcase their related technology that will include firms such as YoData, MLSListings, TLCengine and more. For example, Onboard Informatics will offer up its "Property Search Engine" API for the PlugFest. It's a RESTful API that offers access to over 148 million property records from CoreLogic collected public records data, including over 120 property attributes, AVM, recent home sales, 10 years of sales history, taxes and assessments. According to Chief Product Officer Scott Petronis, Onboard will provide PlugFest participants access to their developer portal, which includes a free trial account. That account, Scott says, will be available for use afterwards for "non-commercial (e.g. development) purposes."
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Following #ICSF: Day 3 at Inman Connect SF
Move, Inc. CEO Ryan O'Hara talking about Realtor.com's rivalry with Zillow ("Competition will make us both better") and News Corp.'s plans for the portal on day three of Inman Connect SF. The portal also won "Most Innovative Marketing Strategy" for its bus tours of open houses in New York City during Inman's annual Innovator Awards. Other winners included CRMLS for Most Innovative MLS or Association and Redfin for their "Book It Now" consumer facing appointment setting technology. See a full list of winners here. Today, we're continuing this week's coverage of the conference by compiling the best tweets of tech advice and business wisdom straight from conference attendees themselves. (See Day One and Day Two.) *** Redfin - "Empathy is the currency of trust." - Jason Aleem, Redfin District Manager | How To Be Truly Customer Focused #ICSF Paul Hagey - Block out times to make phone calls and follow up. Protect that time block, @timheyl #ICSF realtor.com® pro - Nothing has changed: follow up IMMEDIATELY if you want any chance to get the lead to the next level (think: SALE!) #ICSF Jay Thompson - Before investing in any portal, start working on your profile. Get that built up first. #icsf Paul Hagey - Focus on low-hanging fruit, responsive leads. Don't waste time - Scott Segall #ICSF
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Following #ICSF: Day 2 at Inman Connect SF
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REALTOR® Broker Summits Return this fall to Provide Insights into Management Strategies and Tech Trends
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) will be offering three REALTOR® Broker Summits in the fall of 2015 that provide fantastic opportunities for brokers to learn from industry leaders about critical business strategies and tech tools needed for long-term success. These events are exclusive to NAR designated broker members, managing brokers and broker owners. Industry experts will highlight marketing and management practices at two-day events in Seattle, WA and Charlotte, NC. Panels and presentations will cover topics from agent acquisition and retention to economic trends as well as legislative and legal updates. The Seattle REALTOR® Broker Summit runs Aug. 17-18. The Charlotte Broker Summit is scheduled for Sept. 24-25. A second Seattle event, focused exclusively on technology, called the Broker 'Tech Edge' Summit, will run from the afternoon of Aug. 18 to Aug. 19. About the REALTOR® Broker Summits In creating these events, NAR worked closely with state and local associations to understand the regional climate and specific issues most impacting their markets, including: New Rules: How the Industry is Changing Panel – learn how new developments such as drones, legalization of marijuana and agent reviews are affecting the real estate industry Economic Update – NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will cover industry trends and predictions Safety: Crisis and Response – learn how to respond to and cope with a safety crisis in your office RISMedia Power Broker Roundtable: How to Engage Key Consumer Groups – learn more about working with the next wave of homebuyers including Millennials, first time home buyers and affluent/luxury demographics Business Building Strategies Panel – learn about best methods to expand your business through mergers and acquisitions, starting new offices, building teams and containing culture shifts Full agendas are available for the summits taking place in Seattle and Charlotte. Click on each location's respective links to learn more about the accomplished speakers, networking opportunities, trending topics and more that will be offered at each event.
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Experiencing the Real Estate Master's Event
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Real Estate Innovations from NY TechDay 2015
Last month, Onboard Informatics joined 400+ other technology startups and innovators at NY Tech Day to exhibit Onboard Simplicity to over 10,000 attendees. Companies came together from many different verticals including finance, advertising, social impact, fashion and, of course, real estate. The showroom represented a variety of sizes from big, established and well funded firms to those just getting off the ground. Here are some of the most innovative real estate initiatives from NY Tech Day that impressed our team so much, we had to share for those who may have missed the event: Perchwell With a sleek, modern interface and advanced search functionalities this New York real estate search engine lets real estate agents better serve and expand their client bases.
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T-3 Summit: Another Swanepoel Masterpiece
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Following #T3Summit
This year's T3 Summit kicked off Wednesday evening in Las Vegas with a chat between host Stefan Swanepoel and Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. Day two of the conference offered attendees a whirlwind of panels and star presenters, NAR CEO Dale Stinton, new CMLS CEO Denee Evans, Redfin founder Glenn Kelman, and more. Even our own CEO (and WAV Group partner) Victor Lund got in on the action during a panel called "Redesigning the MLS." The roundtable with experts Ann Bailey, Gregg Larson, Rob Hahn, Jeremy Conaway, and Ken Jenny touched on initiatives like the Broker Public Portal, Project Upstream, and more. To follow the action as it happened, we took to Twitter and followed the official conference hashtag. Below, you'll find a collection of the best tweets, expert quotes, and words of wisdom from the conference (so far). To see the event's itinerary, click here. *** Greg Robertson  "Don't be afraid" - @errolsamuelson Good advice. #T3Summit Lana Vukovljak - Millennials are innately brand conscious, while looking for authenticity - Errol Samuelson #T3Summit Matthew Ferrara - Nobody wants to deal with the broker unless it's to step on them to get to the agent or the consumer. - Boero #T3Summit
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WAV Group Partner Victor Lund to Speak at Swanepoel T3 Summit
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Following #LeadingRE 2015
This year's LeadingRE/Martech event kicked off at a time when portals and syndication are once again hot topics. It's a topic that was touched on in Day 2 of the conference, a day that also saw talk of advertising, teams, data sharing and beyond. We've been watching all the action unfold on Twitter, as told by the attendees themselves on the hashtag #LeadingRE. Below, we've compiled some of the best tweets from event, including some that captured brief snippets of leadership wisdom from former New York Rudy Giuliani's keynote address on Wednesday. --- Avery Hess - "We don't need to remember things, we just need to remember how to find them." Matthew Shadbolt NY Times #leadingre #martech closing session Cathy Harrington - Make an emotional connection; identify and solve home buyer/seller needs #LeadingRE Avery Hess - It's not making a choice of print OR online, it's allocating the right amounts of each based on your target audiences. #leadingre #martech Katie Minkus - "I don't look a luck as a force, I see luck as a result." #matthewferrara #happydos #leadingre
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#ICNY Day 2: Rupert Murdoch, Big Data, and Beyond
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A 'Boojer' is a Good Thing
Unless you are part of The Enterprise Network, you may not know what a "boojer" is. I was invited to speak at their conference this week and it is great to be here, in Denver at the Ritz Carleton. For my work, I travel a lot and attend many conferences. If I were giving the conference a rating, I would give it 5 stars – 5 star for location, 5 star for content, 5 star for content presentation, 5 star for food (just had an amazing lunch), and 5 star for audience. The only conference I attend that is equal to it is the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World conference. Not ironically, there is a lot of cross-over between The Enterprise Network and Leading RE. Booj (the company that powers the Enterprise Network) has some great real estate firms in their network – Ebby, Baird and Warner, Danberry, McGuire, NP Dodge, Gardner, Lyon, and many others. They call it a network because they think that way. Somewhere along the way they built some customer selection principles into their business. In truth, they look for customer partnerships that are unique and enduring. They only partner with one company in a marketplace. They only partner with independent firms. In the modern world of real estate, few brokerages have their own technology departments that are responsible for their website, agent websites, CRM, and other tools. Firms use vendors – and sometimes quite a number of vendors. When you decide to outsource something so material to the operation of a business, you lose a lot. For example, you do not control the product roadmap. You cannot influence service levels. You eat what your vendor feeds you rather than foraging with peers. Booj is like owning a technology company with your peers.
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What You Missed at #RealTech2014
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Rise to New Heights at NAR 2013
Excitement is buzzing in the industry as we quickly approach the 2013 REALTOR® Conference and Expo, in San Francisco, CA, November 8th to 11th. The theme of this year's Conference, 'Rise to New Heights', presents a question for us all. Are we striving to achieve our greatest accomplishments? To reach new heights when it comes to our goals? Whether professional or personal, our goals are a plenty. We all want to make more money, have a bigger house, and spend more time with our family and friends. But what are we doing to reach those goals? As a real estate professional, your days are filled with appointments, meetings, paperwork and so on. You don't have much free time to focus on building new leads and fostering relationships with your current clients. So what can you do about this? In an effort to achieve greater success and reach the goals you once thought unattainable, what about implementing tools to help you do the 'dirty' work? Tools that can ease your daily tasks, the stuff you dread – paperwork, data entry, etc., help you increase profitability opportunities or even help you manage your time more effectively.
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Following #NARMidyear - Day 2
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REALTORS® Really Hitting It Off a Few Rows Back on Airplane
PHOENIX—According to sources currently seated in rows 14 through 18 aboard flight 763, two middle-aged REALTORS® are really hitting it off during the trip to Inman in New York. Using terms like "AVM" and "CMA," the slightly overweight, average-looking men are reportedly engaged in a detailed discussion about overwhelmingly exciting work related topics and, sources said, seem to be getting along great. "They got to talking as soon as we boarded, and you could tell they just clicked right away," said 31-year-old Camille Catteano of 16B, adding that one of the men, upon looking up from his REALTOR® Magazine, immediately recognized the Keller Williams™ logo on the polo shirt of the man sitting down in the next seat. "Since then, they've been going on and on about Zestimates, lead generation, RPR, and commission splits." "I mean, just listen to them," Catteano continued. "You'd think they were old pals. But they just met and just happen to both be in real estate." Nearby passengers confirmed that the men, both wearing khaki pants with cell phones clipped to their belts, began the conversation by exchanging information about their respective listings and recent transactions. Reports indicated they then began to discuss various methods for "social networking" and "search engine optimization" which appear to occupy a sizable portion of the day-to-day work in their profession.
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Three Tips For Making the Most of Real Estate Trade Shows
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Midyear Recap: RPPSI, Listings on Social Media, and the Franchisor IDX Policy (and Why I Will Opt In)
Fair warning: Long post ahead… Three days of mid-May were spent in Washington, D.C. attending the 2011 REALTOR® Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo (more commonly referred to as simply “Midyear”). This promised to be a lively event as there were some major issues on the table: RPPSI, “Franchisor IDX” and “Display of listings via RSS and Social Media.” Thoughts on RPPSI “RPPSI” the “REALTOR® Party Political Survival Initiative” was hotly debated prior to Midyear. The overwhelming sentiment online seemed to me to be against this initiative and its $40 dues increase. Today, however, the NAR Board of Directors “overwhelmingly approved” the initiative and dues increase. This is exactly what I thought would happen when I wrote, Op-Ed: The REALTOR® Party. NAR Proposes the REALTOR® Party Political Survival Initiative.
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Gear Up for Conference Season with the 2011 Buyer's Guide
Every year thousands of real estate professionals and the "who's who" of the real estate industry flock to attend national industry conferences from Washington D.C. to San Francisco. With top notch seminars, engaging networking events, and world-class trade shows, real estate conferences can help re-energize and direct your business. For thousands of professionals, the value far outweighs the cost. For an industry of extroverts, conference season is a juggling act for managing meetings, seminars, and social events. It's easy to overbook and get overwhelmed when faced with so many options.
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Get the Best Bang for Your Buck at Inman's Real Estate Connect
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Market Your Real Estate Business With QR Code Apparel
If you have been following the QR Code craze and are preparing for a conference or upcoming tradeshow, consider using QR codes to grab attention and point attendees to your brand or contact information. Name tags, business cards, banners... how about apparel? RealBird recently discovered a company that can create QR codes on t-shirts, sweaters, etc.  Real estate professionals and vendors can create, share, and buy custom apparel showing your own messages encoded as QR codes.   
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When is it Time for Brand Transformation?
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What's All the Buzz About Cloud Computing?
One of today’s technology buzz phrases is “cloud computing.” In 2010 Google found over 1.4 million blog posts referencing “cloud computing.” Currently there are 23,300,000 Google search results for cloud computing today. While at the WITI Women in Technology Summit, cloud computing made several seminar and keynote topics. One of the best seminars at WITI on cloud computing was Leah Sweet’s “Cloud Computing - The New Normal and the Impact for IT Departments.” Leah is the VP Flagship Advisor for CA Technologies, a cloud computing IT company. Formerly heading American Express’ IT department and the state of Arizona, Leah Sweet’s experience in IT is impressive. She provided a lot of information about what cloud is, and how it fits in modern businesses strategies. What is the “cloud”? Wikipedia defines cloud computing as “Internet-based computing whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to devices on demand.” What does it really mean? Cloud computing is able to provide bandwidth and data capabilities at anytime from anywhere. Rather than hosting your server farm and paying for servers, you can purchase extra space on Google, Amazon, or other network servers to store data at a fraction of the cost. Because your application is stored over many servers across multiple networks, it is believed to be more secure, more stable, and faster. Nikon saved $14 million in five years by switching to cloud computing on Amazon S3 Cloud, and Amazon only takes 90 seconds to sign up for an account. Right Scale is another cloud hosting network that has launched 1 million cloud-based servers. Many enterprise level applications are moving to the cloud, Salesforce.com currently hosts their application for 50,000 unique companies using cloud computing.
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Re-Connect with Inman
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Closing.com Interview with Victor Lund
While at Inman Connect 2010, Julie Han with Closing.com interviewed Victor Lund, CEO of RE Technology, Inc. and founding partner of WAV Group. She asked Victor about Inman Connect and what the highlights of the show are, to explain RETechnology.com, and she asked his opinion on the following topics: 1.) What new tools are emerging for agents? 2.) How does social media help agents? 3.) What technology trends do you foresee in the future? Click play below to see a recording of the interview.
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Skeptics of RPR Database Voice Worries
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