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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
While you could get overwhelmed trying to wade through a now remarkably massive trade expo at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (NAR) Annual Convention, NAR Midyear in DC is a much different story. Navigating next week's Midyear Trade Expo in Washington, DC at the Marriott Wardman is downright manageable, and much more intimate than its big sister. It's not only smaller – about 140 exhibitors – but it lasts just two days: Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, May 16, from 10am - 6pm. Best of all, there are several tech firms with exhibits worth visiting, whether you want to see what's new or what may be new to you. Here's a quick preview:
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Boise Insider Tips for RESO Tech Summit Attendees
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Can't Miss Spring and Summer 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 2019. Here is a list of favorite events happening this spring and summer.
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Boise RESO Spring Tech Summit Is Headed for a Sellout
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Forefront of Technology: The Importance of the RESO Web API Workgroup
Paul Stusiak, President and Owner of Falcon Technologies Corporation, has been involved with RESO for 15 years. With more than 20 years of IT experience, he currently co-chairs RESO's Web API Workgroup, formerly known as the Transport Workgroup, along with Scott Petronis, Chief Product and Technology Officer for eXp Realty. In this video, Stusiak summarizes the main goal of the RESO Web API and the work of the RESO Web API Workgroup as "helping people get data from 'point A' to 'point B' in a standard way so a new entry into the market can do this easily and successfully." Acknowledging that the Web API Workgroup is RESO's most technical in nature, Stusiak emphasizes that prospective members should not to be intimidated and welcomes newcomers. "It's important to have a voice at the table," says Stusiak, emphasizing the critical functions of a standardized Web API. Although the RESO Web API Workgroup is predominantly comprised of server-side technology professionals, Stusiak invites client-side implementers, builders of websites, apps, and other agent real estate technology to join. He notes this will give the Workgroup a "better understanding of what they are doing with their agents and make sure that we incorporate that into the standards so that it can be built properly." Stusiak details several features of the latest version of the RESO Web API and discusses the upcoming version, which will deliver new features to the industry. Stusiak explains the importance of including an organization's technology professionals in the discussion. He encourages participation, inviting technologists to join in on Workgroup conference calls or attend an upcoming conference. He says it's the best way to understand "where we're going with standard, [and] how it's going to affect them in the future." 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, but ends this Thursday, February 28th. The RESO Web API Workgroup meets in-person at the Boise conference on Wednesday, May 1 for two hours. The latest event information, special hotel rates for attendees, and early bird registration discount information are available here.  
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Why Brokers Should Join RESO and Attend RESO Conferences
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RENT Conference in Paris: Real Estate and New Technologies Conference
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. Here is the link to RENT where you can look at the agenda. RENT is like Inman Connect for Europe. If you plan on attending, WAV Group will be hosting a reception and we would love to extend an invitation to enjoy our hospitality.
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Takeaways from the First NAR iOi: Innovation, Opportunity & Investment Summit
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The Best Inman Connect Moments
Flying back to Seattle from San Francisco gave me a couple of hours to reflect on Inman Connect SF. When I bumped into founder Brad Inman midway through the event, he looked at me and said with a proud smile and on his face and in his eyes, "It reminds you of the original Connects, doesn't it?" It sure did.
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NAR Opens Registration for the iOi Summit
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Innovation Winners, 30 Industry Leaders Honored by RESO in Denver
RESO sold out its Spring Tech Summit in Denver last week three times, organizers said. Demand by industry tech and business leaders wanting to attend within the last two weeks forced the nonprofit to re-open registration twice until it pushed to capacity. The Real Estate Standards Organization filled the main ballroom to the brim, with just short of 300 people, at the hip Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver. Art Carter, RESO Chair and head of the largest MLS in the nation, CRMLS, noted how far the organization had come in the last five years. One of the most vital breakthroughs: the number of women attending RESO – and presenting on stage. Two other big highlights were the announcement of the two winners of its Innovation Competition and the honoring of two more dozen RESO members and leaders for "thousands of volunteer hours" to create, implement and advocate for real estate industry standards.
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It's Game On for Data Standards at RESO Denver Spring Tech Summit
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RESO Confabs are Real Estate's Club 33
Denver will be my fourth RESO Spring Tech Summit. Compared to many of the RESO leadership, who, like WAV Group, work for companies that are charter members, I'm still a newbie. Even so, RESO conferences have come a long way from the Chicago spring meeting I attended in 2015 at the NAR HQ. This year's tech summit is set for the pop-themed Denver Curtis Hotel, April 24-26. There's the Jimmy Buffett and Star Trek-themed guest rooms. Others have Pac Man machines in them, an inspiration for the conference theme: "It's Game on for Data Standards." RESO conferences have become our Club 33. For the non-Disney super fans, Club 33 is the exclusive, private club side of Disneyland and Disneyworld that only a limited number of people get to experience. I make the analogy because RESO Conferences are limited to 300 people, attract the brightest tech minds around, and are attended by many industry key decision makers and influencers. It's a genuine VIP crowd. It is so intimate that you can get face time with anyone attending. And when you leave, you often feel like you were part of something special. That's not hyperbole: ask a first-timer what his or her experience was after a first RESO meeting, post-2015.
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Top 10 Takeaways from Inman Connect #ICNY
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RESO San Diego Hits a Homer with DataComp and Other Highlights
The first time you attempt anything is a risk. But when you back that risk with $25,000 in cash prizes and invest $15,000 in hosting the event, you are especially delighted when the result is a success. Everyone involved in the RESO DataComp at our recent San Diego conference should celebrate what was achieved. Our terrific event sponsor RPR, Realtors Property Resource and our prize sponsors FBS, the creators of Flexmls and Stratus Data Systems, Inc. Our remarkable panel of top-level judges, including Mark Birschbach of NAR and Second Century Ventures; Chris Heller of Keller Williams; Kyle Campbell of Hack Capital; Glenn Shimkus, who sits on the DocuSign Advisory Board; and Craig Rowe, a tech reviewer and reporter for Inman News. The participants, winners and the innovations based on RESO data standards that they all created within the 30-day window we gave them were simply incredible. We had more than a dozen entries from all over the U.S. The competitors' live presentations for the RESO DataComp on the first day of the RESO Fall Conference at the plush Pendry Hotel in San Diego were truly the highlight of the conference. The "Best Overall Product" was My Drawbridge, a highly interactive web app that allows real estate investors to find and develop opportunities in searching for land parcels, which won the overall prize and received the $10,000 Cash Prize. My Drawbridge also won "Best Use of Non-Listing Data" and snagged another $5,000 from the DataComp. letsbutterfly, a beautiful mobile app that creates CMAs, won the RESO DataComp "Crowd Favorite" and $5,000. Swim Lanes, a Blockchain app for real estate, won the $5,000 Cash Prize for "Best Use of Listing Data."
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Is Real Estate's Next Genius Idea at San Diego's RESO DataComp?
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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 Connect SF, with a dynamite lineup of speakers who are all General Session-caliber: Jimmy Mackin, Co-Founder, Curaytor; Noelle Bortfeld, CMO, Windermere Real Estate, Victor Lund, Founder and Partner, WAV Group, author Bruce Gardner (Seven Styles: How To Design Your Real Estate Career of Success and Significance), and Director of Agent Development for Your Castle Real Estate—and that's just on Wednesday, Aug. 9, from 2pm to 5pm.
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Imprev Hosts Stellar Learning Labs at Inman Connect SF
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Sold Out RESO Tech Summit in Austin Has Come a Long Way
Michael Wurzer, RESO board member who is celebrating his 20th year at the helm of FBS, a RESO charter member and creator of Flexmls, flew into O'Hare Airport for his first RESO conference in 1999. "There were actually quite a few people at that first meeting," Michael recalls, "I'd estimate about 50." That RESO conference was held in a conference room at a hotel that was attached to the airport. Fast-forward 18 years later to Austin and next week, five times as many people – more than 250 attendees – will pack a 3400 square-foot ballroom at the Omni Downtown Austin Hotel as well as the Austin Board of Realtors' Canyon View Event Center for two and a half days of meetings, presentations and panels. The RESO Austin Tech Summit will feature nearly three dozen presenters and panelists covering more than two dozen technology and real estate data standards-related topics. All the details are in our free RESO conference app, available in the App Store and Google Play. Summit Preview The theme of the RESO Spring Technology Summit is "Orchestrating Collaboration and Innovation," and RESO is collaborating with a host of partners and member firms to put on what has become a massive undertaking - when compared with the early years of RESO conferences. We have been working closely with the local Austin Board of Realtors or ABoR, our Platinum Sponsor that will host most of our workshop meetings on Monday at their incredible facilities. We will shuttle folks to ABoR on Monday morning, after the Internet Tracking Workgroup meets at the Omni from 9-10:00 am. We're also collaborating with sponsors that include CoreLogic, host of our Welcome Reception on Sunday night, April 23; Homes.com, hosting our Monday night reception, April 24 at ABoR's Canyon View Event Center; and Realtor.com, who is hosting our Tuesday night, April 25 reception at Old School Bar and Grill.
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Bigger Conferences Are Not Better
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Independent Brokers Find Their Secret Sauce
Real estate is among the most competitive industries in America. On Main Street, only clothing stores and restaurants have as many offerings. Although Leading Real Estate Companies of the World is the clear leader in the independent broker category, they focus primarily on the largest independent brokerage in a given community. Franchise organizations have set their eyes on the independent broker for many years, offering their brand, technology services, and business guidance as reasons to give up independence and join their flock. For too many years now, the independent broker has been isolated, alone, without a family to call their own. Inman News and 1000Watt Consulting Team Up on the Indie Broker Summit On Monday, August 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the San Francisco Hilton (the day before Inman Connect begins), Inman News will be preparing a special one-day seminar restricted to indie brokers. If you have been a long time fan of Inman Connect, you may have nostalgia for the years when 1000Watt Consulting's Brian Boero, Marc Davison, Joel Burslem, and Jessica Swesey ran the company and its conferences. For this special event, Brad Inman has put the team back together.
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RESO Tech Summit in Austin is headed for a sellout
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Hacker Connect Agenda Released
WAV Group is excited to sponsor Hacker Connect. If you want to get the most out of Inman and you are in the technology side of the real estate industry, you'll want to attend this one-day event on Monday before the full conference. Note: You can attend this for one day, or send your technical staff for one day without doing the entire conference. Connect is one of my favorite conferences in the industry for scheduling meetings with clients and leaders in our industry. It's a conversation that is stimulated by counterpoint. Inman Connect breeds thesis and antithesis in a way that either divides or generates synthesis on many of the leading topics in our industry. But Hacker Connect is different. As the agenda will illustrate, it is about learning. 9:00 – 9:30 DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet Connected home technologies have the potential to leave clients vulnerable to harassment and attack. Get an inside look at the historical nature of technological disruptions, how cyber weapons have been used in the past and the very real implications of leaked information on the industry. Molly Sauter, author and researcher 9:30 – 9:50 API Successes to Replicate and Pitfalls to Avoid "Build it, and they will come." Maybe. How you design, market and align you API makes all the difference. Learn what works and what doesn't, straight from the trenches. Peter Goldey, WitLytic
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Deducting Travel to Conferences and Seminars
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NAR Annual: Looking for 2017 Trends, Tech and Tactics
This week, Orlando is more than home to Disney World and tens of thousands of happy tourists across the globe: it also will house nearly 20,000 enthusiastic REALTORS®, other industry organizations (RESO Booth #609), MLSs executives and staff, lenders, title firms, closing agents, technology providers of every shape and size and, of course, the Scarf King. Navigating through the maze of more than 400 exhibitors is challenging, but kudos for the NAR for making it highly accessible. The Trade Expo kicks off on Friday afternoon with its Grand Opening at 3:00 pm, running to 6:00 pm. The official hours: Expo Hours Friday, Nov. 4, 3:00pm–6:00pm (Grand Opening) Saturday, Nov. 5, 9:00am–4:00pm Sunday, Nov. 6, 10:00am–5:00pm Monday, Nov. 7, 9:00am–1:00pm If you are not planning to access the terrific sessions, seminars, workshops and NAR meetings, and you just want to spend your time checking out the latest and greatest at the Expo, the NAR has made it VERY affordable: Admission for all four days is just $50.
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Freshly Back from RESO Fall Conference: A Real Estate Event with Passion, Innovation, and Whiskey
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Learn About RPR at the 2016 REALTORS Conference & Expo
It's hard to believe November is just about the corner, and that means one thing—it's time for the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida. For those of you attending the conference this year, as you plan your schedule of events and prioritize your meetings, we want to make sure you are aware of a few RPR sessions and learning opportunities. Visit the RPR Booth / #327 Be sure to stop by the RPR booth (#327) in the NAR pavilion during convention hours. RPR staff will be around to answer questions and demo the RPR platform, the RPR app, and your questions. For REALTORS® RPR is always looking for ways to help REALTORS® become more efficient and profitable. Come and see Impressing Clients and Closing Deals with RPR ... Anytime, Anywhere on Friday, Nov. 4, 2PM, room W315 A, Orange County Convention Center West.
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RESO looks to sell out Nashville Conference with broker-heavy agenda
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Inman Connect: Envisioning Tomorrow – Not Your Same Old Future
Inman Connect in San Francisco is the industry's biggest and splashiest showcase for the latest and greatest in real estate technologies and practices, and it just keeps getting better. Over the past two decades, an amazingly long list of the game-changing real estate technologies, management practices and productivity products, which are currently impacting the American real estate experience at all levels, can trace their first public exposure to various Inman Connect programs. The driving force behind the Inman Connect program is, of course, award winning Inman News publisher Brad Inman. For a few weeks each summer for the past 20 years, he has transitioned from media executive to center stage impresario. His efforts have created an attendee experience that floats somewhere between a Woodstock festival for technology groupies, an Academy Awards show for the serious industry guru, and a mental Olympics for attendees who just can't get enough of their favorite drug called innovation. Inman Connect has also become the place for over 2000 of the industry's challengers, aspirants, survivors and elite to meet, greet and evolve their professional relationships. During each event, significant personal interactions take place and important enterprise and developmental relationships are created. For would-be technical stars, Inman Connect is clearly the place to be discovered.
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Show off your whiz, bang, wow, killer app at RESO Fall Conference
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LeadingRE, Miami Beach and Marketing Automation
The Fontainebleau in Miami Beach this week is home to LeadingRE. It’s happening during what I like to think of as the real estate brokerage convention season. Keller Williams had its Family Reunion last week and RE/MAX R4 follows in Las Vegas, Feb. 29-March 3. If you really want to get a feel for the real estate market in America, these conferences are a great place to gauge what is really happening on the ground because the preponderance of attendees are broker-owners. Conferences that target industry leaders or tech companies or the intelligentsia of real estate are great for forward thinking, but there’s nothing like visiting the exhibit areas and listening to agents engage face-to-face with vendors that are trying to convince them that they have a solution to their pain points. It’s refreshing and it’s real. A LeadingRE conference, if you have not been to one, is packed with practical information and vendors that speak about brokerage. LeadingRE has become a juggernaut for luxury real estate with growing global reach, comprising a group of brokerages that really are a cut above the competition: 500 firms, 120,000 associates, 3,500 offices in 50 countries. In fact, 14 of the 25 top brokerage firms in the U.S. are part of LeadingRE.
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At NAR, focus is on real estate customers and technology
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5 Hot Trends in 2016 to Look for at NAR
This year's REALTORS® Convention & Expo in San Diego traces its origins to the first Chicago meeting of the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges held May 12-14, 1908. One hundred and seven years later, some 20,000 real estate professionals will visit the San Diego Convention center where more than 400 organizations will display their offerings and pitch their products. 2016 promises to be a pivotal year of rapid adoption of sweeping innovations and the emergence of new powerhouses in the residential real estate matrix. Here are five hot trends to look and listen for at the workshops to learn how to get the most out of NAR to help you next year. Full disclosure: All of these trends identified here come from my own personal biases and prejudices, having delved deeply into these subjects over the last several months. Trend #1: Marketing Automation It's is a no-brainer that marketing automation will dominate the minds of broker-owners in 2016. This is what solves the low adoption rates by agents of new technology offerings their firms provide. It's also a huge boost for broker ROI as it removes agents from the quagmire of self-created marketing materials. Agents waste a huge amount of time creating marketing materials to promote a listing and themselves, and marketing automation allows them to focus instead on the things they are good at—generating listings and closing sales. Take the agent out of the equation when it comes to creating, deploying and promoting listings by automating the marketing for them and you have 100% agent adoption and deliver zero wait time to promote properties for every seller. Bill Yaman, President of Imprev, a leader in this effort, has written extensively about this topic in his blog, here.
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The RESO 2015 Fall Conference: Green Data, Broker Standards Adoption, and more
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Top 10 Reasons NOT to Attend the Fall RESO Conference
I figured I needed an attention-grabbing headline to draw you in. And while this is certainly a tongue-in-cheek top ten list, I'm going to do my best to keep in line with the title. 10. What's there to do in Austin, Texas anyway? Well, if you don't like drinking good beer and bourbon, eating awesome barbecue or listening to some of the best music in the country...you'd probably do best to stay away. But I'll be at 6th Street when not at the conference! 9. I'm not into golf, games or free drinks...but especially free drinks. I despise them. Honestly, I'm kind of a fan of free drinks. And the Zillow party at the last conference was my time to shine. I'd actually prefer if there were fewer people between me and the bar when DynaConnections hosts what will undoubtedly be an awesome party at TopGolf. 8. I'm not really into meeting and networking with smart people. I prefer the underwhelming average types. RESO Fall Conference is probably not for you. But I'm sure there's a Meetup out there with your name on it! The RESO Plugfest is going to be filled with a bunch of overly smart, smarty smart pants anyway. And who wants to see the latest APIs and get to play around with them for a day?
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RESO Fall PlugFest: Where the techiest real estate Geeks will go
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Unintended Consequences That Cause Spectacular Results
I just returned, as some 3,000 other folks have, from attending Inman's Real Estate Connect in San Francisco. For many of the industry leaders whom I spoke with, it was one of the most successful Connects that they have attended and certainly the busiest. I found myself squarely in the same camp. I discovered something incredibly special about what I think makes Inman Connect unique: It fosters the creation of what I call "unintended consequences that cause spectacular results." I have a few great examples from this most recent Connect to illustrate what I mean. Origins of Real Estate Connect In the spring of 1997 I left Fannie Mae, most recently as Director of Housing Impact for its highly successful Seattle Partnership office that I had opened, and forged out on my own. When Brad Inman heard the news, he asked me to meet with him. I had worked with Brad since the mid-1980s. He was a friend and I was a fan of his business acumen. I immediately said yes, as I wanted to talk to him about my new company. So I brought my "team," which at the time consisted of my wife, Kyanne, who handled the financial side of the business, and my father-in-law, Keith Willis, a skilled businessman and savvy investor, to a restaurant near the Hyatt in Bellevue, WA where we met with Brad.
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Following #ICSF: Day 3 at Inman Connect SF
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Following #ICSF: Day 2 at Inman Connect SF
Day Two of Inman Connect San Francisco launched with a full schedule that included sessions like "Taking Advantage of the Portal Wars" and "Franchise vs. Indie." The Broker Public Portal project was also a subject of debate ("Visionary or Stupid Idea?"). A session featuring our co-founder, Marilyn Wilson, and consultant Rob Hahn put the viability of the project on the hot seat. For the second day (see our coverage of day one here), we followed the conference's Twitter hashtag, #ICSF, for the best tweets of the day. Here's our round-up of the most insightful comments from the conference floor. *** Cindy - If you are using your Iphone to take photo's of your listings, you deserve to lose those listings. #icsf realtor.com® pro - Super Sonic Agents Tip: Even if someone is new (to the industry), they will have something that you don't. Don't silo. #ICSF @ChrisHellerKW - Marilyn Wilson on Broker Public Portal: "Core focus is to help brokers win w/o games being played with their listings." @marilynwilson #ICSF
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REALTOR® Broker Summits Return this fall to Provide Insights into Management Strategies and Tech Trends
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Experiencing the Real Estate Master's Event
The Masters golf tournament held each year in early April is, without doubt, the premier golfing event of the year. Its legacy and traditions in many ways define the very game of golf. The American residential real estate industry also sponsors a defining "Masters" level event. It is known as the "Gathering of Eagles" (sometimes just the "Gathering"). The responsibility for hosting this event belongs to the now 29-year-old Real Trends organization that hosted the 2015 edition of the Gathering of Eagles event in mid April at the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver. Over the past few years, the rate of change and transition within the American residential real estate industry has been nothing short of historic. Virtually every element of the industry, the marketplace, its demographic and its transaction has been or is being recast and repositioned. Accordingly, perhaps more than ever before, the task and challenge of defining the parameters of the contemporary industry through the eyes of the Gathering event approached herculean. Without question, Steve Murray and his impressive Real Trends cast of thousands (actually just 14 in number) rose to the challenge. The 2015 edition of the Gathering of the Eagles event did indeed provide attendees with a finely tuned and spectacularly accurate portrait of the leading edge of today's industry environment. The event was launched with a presentation by national award winning Director of Marketing for Coldwell Banker International, Sean Blankenship, who established the fact that defining the industry in 2015 meant taking another look at the configuration of the housing inventory, especially as it relates to the ideas of the "smart" or (for the cool set) the conscious structure. Sean's comments set the stage for a Coldwell Banker produced seminar on that same subject that took place later that day.
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Real Estate Innovations from NY TechDay 2015
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T-3 Summit: Another Swanepoel Masterpiece
As everyone knows, there is a plethora of industry conferences these days. Some serve as open markets for industry programs, products and services, while others serve as cultural gatherings for specific industry communities, and yet others serve as destinations for those whose annual budgets provide for a wide range of discretionary travel. Each services the needs of a specific industry constituency. Over the past three years, Stefan Swanepoel has become the Michelangelo of the real estate conference circuit and his T3 Summit has become its Sistine Chapel ceiling event. Swanepoel has achieved this status through innovative program design, quality production, the right attendance mix and attention to detail. This author has had an opportunity to be involved in the production of all three T3 events and is in an excellent position to share the wonderment of the "inside track" that makes T3 an astounding experience. Anyone who has ever experienced a Swanepoel presentation, publication or analysis can testify to the thoroughness and expertise that goes into its design and substance. The T3 Summit is the flagship of this standard. Swanepoel and his team spend months designing the T3 experience. By way of example, going into the initial planning for the 2015 event last fall, the Swanepoel team was tracking 23 specific and unique game changing issues. Over the three days of the 2015 T3 Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, participants and attendees had an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about the historic basis of each of these issues, plus another five that didn't even exist six months ago, their up-to-the-minute status and their likely destination over the next year. Each of these discussions incorporated the expertise of its own "recognized" industry thought leader(s), from a cast of 29 such experts, as well as the benefits of a superb facilitator who was responsible for the full range of each subject being developed.
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Following #T3Summit
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WAV Group Partner Victor Lund to Speak at Swanepoel T3 Summit
WAV Group partner Victor Lund will be attending the Swanepoel T3 Summit in Las Vegas, April 8th-10th. He will be giving a presentation entitled, "The Perspective of a Consultant." Our firm is honored to be invited to this conference, which has quickly evolved into one of the most valuable conferences for CEOs in our industry to discuss big issues and opportunities for real estate. T3 is the flag that represents the three areas that the conference aims to deliver for attendees: Transcend, Transform, Thrive. What to Expect Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow Group, will be sharing his thoughts on the future of our industry and the role that portals can have in supporting the industry and consumers. Zillow Group engages more consumers in real estate than any other entity and they are always willing to share their best practices that have driven their success. Alex Perriello, CEO of Realogy Franchise Group, will share his perspective as the world's largest real estate franchise organization. His expertise operating differentiated consumer brands and the enterprise organizations that support those brands is beyond comparison. Ryan O'Hara will be introduced as the new CEO of MOVE – operators of Realtor.com. I was able to meet Mr. O'Hara at Inman Connect in New York City in January. I look forward to hearing his perspective now that he has been in office almost 100 days. Organizations take on the personality of their leaders, and I am excited to get a feel for the future of MOVE with him at the helm.
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Following #LeadingRE 2015
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#ICNY Day 2: Rupert Murdoch, Big Data, and Beyond
The second full day of Inman Connect NY began with Rupert Murdoch's highly anticipated keynote speech. Murdoch offered a glimpse of what realtor.com may become under News Corp's guidance, including how he intends to grow the portal by promoting via News Corp's other media properties like the Wall Street Journal. Day two also saw other real estate luminaries like Trulia's Pete Flint and RE/MAX CEO Dave Liniger take the stage. We continued to follow the action today by keeping up with the conference's attendees via Twitter (see our coverage of day one here). See below for our compilation of the best tweets of the day. ### Rosemary Buerger - Why Realtor.com? It has the most up to date data and attracts transaction ready consumers via Rupert Murdoch #ICNY Ben Kinney - Rupert Murdoch to leverage media assets ie papers, tv, etc to grow realtor.com #ICNY @rupertmurdoch humble well spoken gentleman Chris Nichols - Is REALTOR.com the right name? "I think so, what the hell does Zillow mean? - @rupertmurdoch #ICNY .LUXURY - "Be ambitious, take risks, and don't be afraid of failure." - Rupert Murdoch #ICNY #wisewords Robert Gil - Rupert Murdoch on Move acquisition: "We don't want to replace agents; you are crucial" #ICNY" Ethan Beute - "We want the shortest distance between the American dream & a family's reality to be through @realtordotcom" - Rupert Murdoch #ICNY
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A 'Boojer' is a Good Thing
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What You Missed at #RealTech2014
RealTech 2014 kicked off in Las Vegas today. Attendees of Reesio's one-day conference heard from thought-leaders like Better Homes and Gardens CEO Sherry Chris, Zillow's newly-minted VP of Industry Development Curt Beardsley, Joel Burslem of 1000watt, and more. The big topics of the day ranged from dual agency to consumer search and data--lots of data. Because this up-and-coming annual event is still flying under of most real estate pros, we took to Twitter to follow it. Below is a compilation of the best 140-word snippets of wisdom from #RealTech2014. If you couldn't make the conference, you still have a chance experience Reesio live! Register today for their upcoming webinar with RE Technology to learn how brokers are taking control of their data and integrating applications to solve problems for agents and consumers. Wendy Lee - "Followers are not like knick knacks, once you collect them you need to interact with them" @JoshFlagg1 #RealTech2014 Chris&Karen Highland - Quote of the day, "Information wants to be free, information wants to be expensive." Stuart Brand #RealTech2014 Pendo Rent - It's not about who owns the data, it's about who delivers the data to the consumer best. @JanOBrien #RealTech2014 pic.twitter.com/InFQEUA1Lx Curt Whitesell - The #MLS can't provide the data the way consumers need it #blc @MIBORBoard #RealTech2014
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Rise to New Heights at NAR 2013
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Following #NARMidyear - Day 2
We're back with coverage of the second and final day of NAR's Trade Expo. It's the fourth full day for the Midyear Legislative Meetings, however, and we took to social media to follow all the sessions, meetings, and events. Below is a selection of our favorite tweets from hashtag #NARMidyear. We looked for the most informative tweets, which is why you'll see links in many of the entries. Several of these link to posts on NAR's Midyear Live Blog--click to see more in-depth coverage of the event each tweet is referencing. NAR Midyear REALTORS Insurance Marketplace gives members a roster of health insurance plans http://live.blogs.realtor.org/2013/05/16/nar-presents-the-realtors …®-insurance-marketplace/ #narmidyear Todd Carpenter How NAR and Google can partner to build a member centric real estate “portal”: http://bit.ly/104NUDz #narmidyear #rethink @gahlord REALTORS® You asked, we have it! From the Midyear Live blog: NAR 360: The complete footage http://ow.ly/l5wId #narmidyear
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REALTORS® Really Hitting It Off a Few Rows Back on Airplane
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Three Tips For Making the Most of Real Estate Trade Shows
As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we're right in the thick of trade show season. Every show, we learn something new and we think, no matter how much experience a REALTOR® may have, trade shows still provide valuable learning opportunities and are an important part of business strategy. The true benefits of attending can be difficult to measure, but three of the most important in our eyes are: Networking: Meet and get reacquainted with as many of your peers as possible and make efforts to introduce yourself to people you interact with through social media. The ultra-connected world we live in can give us access to great minds across the globe, but nothing beats a real face-to-face interaction. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to make connections with other REALTORS®.
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Midyear Recap: RPPSI, Listings on Social Media, and the Franchisor IDX Policy (and Why I Will Opt In)
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Looking for Great Restaurants for Business Meetings at NAR Mid-Year?
Airlines have the benefit of a captive audience when it comes to their reading material. After all, nowhere else would SkyMall® catalogues (filled with roll-up electric pianos, dragon-shaped mailboxes, and massaging footbaths) manage to capture my attention. Sometimes, however, in-air reading material can prove valuable. Case in point: an article about where to eat in Washington, D.C. Inspired by an article from US Airways “Washington Flyer” and in preparation for the May 8th kick-off of the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear Conference, I’ve done some research on must-taste Washington, D.C. eateries. These are places I haven’t eaten, but would love to try. Here’s what I found.  
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Gear Up for Conference Season with the 2011 Buyer's Guide
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Get the Best Bang for Your Buck at Inman's Real Estate Connect
"Real Estate Connect brings together two very important things for everyone in the real estate marketplace: the ability to learn about current trends and the ability to network with the movers and shakers of the industry," explains WolfNet's Rich Bailey, who will be attending his 15th Real Estate Connect conference next week. "Being a Gold Sponsor and sponsoring the Demosphere lets Wolfnet keep our hands on the pulse of what's happening around the real estate industry to the benefit of our customers." Inman's Real Estate Connect differs from other real estate industry conferences in that it brings industry leaders in the fields of real estate and technology together in one place twice a year (San Francisco and New York). Many participants find the event so useful and important to their success that they return year after year. The conference is produced by Inman News a leading source of independent real estate news, information and commentary.
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Market Your Real Estate Business With QR Code Apparel
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When is it Time for Brand Transformation?
If you think of a camel smoking, a tiger eating cereal or a castle sprinkled with fairy dust, what three brands come to mind? Camel, Kelloggs, and Disney: three very resilient brands. How well does your memory serve you? Do you remember this roadside jingle? “To kiss a mug that's like a cactustakes more nerve than it does practice."- Burma-Shave What happened to Burma-Shave? We know that like seasons, popular brands have their own winters and sometimes have to hope for a spring. What keeps your brokerage’s logo from aging into ignominy? Sally Jenkins, Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Symantec presented at WITI’s Women in Technology Summit last week and discussed how to recognize a brand that is at risk, and how to transform it. She and her team diagnosed and resurrected Norton Antivirus by applying the advice she shares below. She says that there are four main questions to ask yourself about your brand, to discover if anything needs to be done: What is the hard data telling you? (Website hits, leads generated, etc.) Are you growing? Who is? What is the purchase intent? Who’s buying? Do they like your brand? Are you listening to your customers? Do you respond to their concerns, questions?
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What's All the Buzz About Cloud Computing?
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Re-Connect with Inman
Some of the most popular national real estate conferences to attend in the country are Inman Connect conferences.  Packed with engaging speakers, technology trade shows, interesting topics and networking opportunities, Inman conferences provide distinct value for real estate agents and brokers.  For those of you who are on the fence about attending future Inman Connect conferences, or were unable to make the journey to San Francisco, but would like to hear a re-cap on the most popular topics this year, stay tuned.
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Closing.com Interview with Victor Lund
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Skeptics of RPR Database Voice Worries
San Diego, California, www.inman.com -- Executives with a new subsidiary created by the National Association of Realtors® to build a national property database are facing some skeptics and critics as they hold briefings on the product at NAR's annual conference. The database is expected to eventually include records on every parcel in the U.S., residential and commercial, combining public property records with data from multiple listing services and commercial information exchanges (CIEs). MLS executives at the conference say they want additional assurances that it won't compete with services they offer. In addition, some NAR members -- particularly appraisers -- aren't happy that the project's business model relies on selling automated valuations to lenders and government agencies. Some skeptics at the conference have even referred to the Realtors® Property Resource database (RPR), as "Reaper" -- as in the Grim Reaper -- fearing its potential to harm their business. Because it will not include offers of cooperation and compensation and will only be accessible to NAR members, the database won't function as a national MLS, NAR says. Not all are ready to take NAR's word for it. "I have to say, that is a very fancy MLS you have there," Cameron Paine, Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Multiple Listing Service, Inc., said jokingly after a demo of the new database for NAR members Saturday, one of more than a dozen presentations planned during the the annual conference. While NAR has been talking about creating a national property database for more than a year, some members were caught by surprise by the implications of last week's announcement that the Realtor® association had formed a subsidiary, Realtors® Property Resource LLC, and purchased technology and licensed data from LPS Real Estate Group, the operator of Cyberhomes.com.
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