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OJO Labs: Five Months, Eight Major Awards
AI Tech firm, OJO Labs, among leading companies drawing world-class talent to Austin AUSTIN, Texas, May 28, 2019 – OJO Labs, a leading-edge technology company on a mission to empower consumer decision-making through its conversational AI assistant, OJO, won the highly coveted 2019 A-List Award among mid-sized companies from the Austin Chamber of Commerce in partnership with SXSW. This brings OJO Labs' major award count so far this year to eight, dominating national and local "Best Places to Work" lists, including Inc. Magazine's "Best Workplaces 2019," Fortune Magazine's 2019 list of "Best Places to Work," Austin Business Journal's "Best Places to Work in 2019," and Built in Austin's "Best Places to Work in 2019." The Austin-based company was also a winner of the "Artificial Intelligence Excellence Award" from Business Intelligence Group, named the "Best Digital Property Search Platform" by Corporate Vision Magazine, received HousingWire's biggest honor, its TECH100 list, and honored with the prestigious "2019 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award." Winning the Red Herring award, which is judged by industry experts, insiders and journalists on a wide variety of criteria including financial performance, innovation, business strategy, and market penetration, is a significant achievement with previous winning alumni including Alibaba, Google, Kakao, Skype, Spotify, Twitter and YouTube. "These awards are a reflection of the incredibly talented and passionate people we have working at our company," said John Berkowitz, CEO of OJO Labs, "our vision and dedication to developing technology, products and exceptional customer experiences is a part of the fabric of our culture. Inherent in these awards is the character of an intelligent team collaborating to solve some of the biggest challenges and executing on our goals. As we continue to hire across all departments and office locations, we are accelerating our scale to serve millions more consumers." Angela Dunham, COO of OJO Labs, notes that the "Best Places to Work" awards were based on independent surveys of its team members. "When you win an award recognizing the company, it's a special honor. But when you win an award that is rooted in how the people you hire feel about working at their company, it's priceless," she said. OJO, the machine-powered assistant, helps consumers with answers to any questions and access to all kinds of real estate information through vast databases of online and offline sources. Accessing listing details, home features, neighborhood selection, budget or financing guidance, and education surrounding one of their largest purchases, is in their hand all the time. Consumers have the control and ability to source information without pressure, or get connected to a professional when they are ready. OJO works in partnership with leading REALTORS® and matches them with highly qualified agents who can best serve their needs based on their customized profile. By providing both parties with a foundation of information through a warm hand-off, OJO helps to establish trust between the agent and the consumer from the start. Now in its ninth year, the 2019 A-List Award from the Austin Chamber of Commerce and SXSW honors breakthrough local, homegrown companies. Some 165 firms were nominated and considered for the award. A panel of independent judges evaluated businesses in three investment stage categories: start-up, mid-size and scaling. OJO Labs' A-List Award was for a Mid-Size firm receiving more than $10 million in funding. "Austin was recognized as the number one city to live by U.S. News this year, and it is a growing hub of incredible talent," noted Berkowitz, "Our founding headquarters was launched in Austin to bring together generations of talent, build an exceptional company and have an impact on the community of such a vibrant, expanding city." Recently, OJO Labs raised $45 million in Series C funding to accelerate its development and expansion. The company has increased its market-leading position as it continues to hire and build world-class data science, engineering, product and design teams. OJO Labs is rapidly expanding in each of its three offices — Austin, where OJO Labs' headquarters is based; Minneapolis-St. Paul, where last fall, OJO Labs combined with leading real estate data services provider, WolfNet; and St. Lucia, where the company operates its AI training and customer service teams. A list of current career opportunities with OJO Labs is available at https://corporate.ojo.me/careers. About OJO Labs Inc. OJO Labs is on a mission to empower people to make better decisions through the fusion of machine and human intelligence. The company's unique, patented AI technology products can conduct text conversations with consumers at scale. By combining natural language understanding with data and personalization, the products allow consumers to deeply engage in a purchase process before interacting with a salesperson. OJO Labs is backed by the two most active VC firms in Texas, leaders in real estate and financing industries, as well as key industry executives. OJO Labs has been recognized as a Best Places to Work in Austin by the Austin Business Journal, an Austin A-List and 50 On Fire winner, recognized in Comparably's 2018 Best Company Culture Awards, named a Built In Austin 2019 Best Company to Work For, and a 2019 Artificial Intelligence Excellence Awards recipient. The OJO team has decades of combined success scaling businesses and deep experience in data science, engineering, product marketing and operations.
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Second Century Ventures Announces 2019 Accelerator Class
WASHINGTON (April 23, 2019) – Second Century Ventures, the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors®, announced its 2019 REACH® Class today. REACH® is a growth technology accelerator program helping launch companies into the real estate, financial services, banking, home services and insurance industries. The REACH® accelerator focuses on providing early- to mid-stage companies with access to NAR's industry expertise, influence and key relationships as businesses launch into the trillion-dollar real estate space. The vertical focus within real estate industries and the growth stage at which most companies enter the program make Second Century Ventures unique compared to other accelerators. "As the real estate industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, Second Century Ventures has positioned NAR at the forefront of the emerging technology landscape. REACH® continues to recruit and accelerate the most promising new technology companies through education, mentorship and market exposure efforts, driving industry innovation and our ability to deliver new technology to our members," said Bob Goldberg, NAR's CEO. The companies chosen for the 2019 class are: Amarki: A seamless, automated marketing platform that helps real estate professionals integrate their favorite systems in one place; Curbio: Helps agents deliver exceptional results for home sellers through ROI-focused, pay-at-close renovations; Evocalize: A platform that makes sophisticated digital marketing simple, and helps brokerages and agents collaborate to generate demand when and where it's needed; Kleard: Kleard is a safety and productivity app that provides real-time verification for open houses and showings; RateMyAgent: A digital marketing tool designed to help agents easily collect, share and promote verified client feedback; reConsortia: An open, crowdsourced referral consortium that builds transparency, enhances professionalism and provides an improved customer experience; and Staging & Design Network: The first-ever online shared rental pool for home furnishings built for the real estate and home staging communities. "The future of our industry is increasingly dependent on fast, seamless adoption of technology that benefits homebuyers, sellers and investors at every step of a real estate transaction. Companies accepted to the REACH® program are positioned for rapid growth within the real estate, finance and home services spaces, which will help them expand into other verticals and benefit the overall real estate industry," said Mark Birschbach, NAR's Senior Vice President of Strategic Business, Innovation & Technology. Hundreds of applications are received annually. Those chosen for the program have demonstrated solid business models, executable business plans and significant potential to influence our nation's economy. Program participants can expect significant results, as past classes have, on average, doubled their customer base and collectively raised over $300 million in financing following acceptance. REACH® is a unique strategic accelerator created by Second Century Ventures, a strategic technology investment fund backed by the National Association of Realtors®, which leverages the association's more than 1.3 million members and an unparalleled network of executives within real estate and adjacent industries. The REACH® Accelerator program helps technology companies launch into the real estate vertical and its adjacent markets. The 9-month program provides education, mentorship and market exposure to one of the world's largest industries. For more on REACH®, visit www.narreach.com. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Moderne Ventures Announces Its Newest Passport Class
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Moderne Ventures Announces Its New Class of Seven Passport Companies
CHICAGO--Moderne Ventures, a venture investment fund, hosted its third annual Moderne Portfolio Company & Industry Summit last week hosting over 120 leaders in real estate, insurance and finance. The leaders came together with Moderne's 40+ portfolio companies in working sessions to foster partnership, innovation and growth. At the Summit, Moderne announced seven companies selected for its 2018 Midyear Passport Program. These seven companies were selected from over 4,500 companies Moderne reviewed this year. Passport Program participants have demonstrated unique, defensible solutions that are augmenting and challenging real estate, finance, insurance and home services industries – multi-trillion dollar industries ripe for innovation and change. Companies selected into the Passport program will embark on an intensive 7-month industry immersion program where they receive strategic consulting to support the growth of their business, participate in over 100 one-on-one mentor meetings with senior executive leaders who are a part of the Moderne Network, capture pilot opportunities with leading corporations and garner exposure at major industry conferences. Constance Freedman, Moderne Ventures Founder and Managing Partner, who has recently been named one of the most influential women by HousingWire shares, "These companies are addressing some of the core challenges facing our industries on a global scale. They are positioned to make a dramatic impact. Moderne was created to accelerate that growth by helping our companies, and our industry partners, create mutually beneficial relationships, share market feedback, rapidly iterate, and scale." The Moderne Passport 2018 Midyear Class has collectively raised almost $80M in funding prior to joining the class and collective valuations north of $200M. The new companies are: Dwelo – Salt Lake City: Simple, seamless smart building technology platform Geo CV – New York: Truly automated 3D computer vision technology Havenly – Denver: Online interior design that's fun, convenient and affordable PERQ – Indianapolis: Increase online conversions with guided buying journeys powered by artificial intelligence Shyft – San Francisco: A technology and logistics company transforming the moving and relocation industry Sisu – Salt Lake City: Coaching and accountability sales platform Super – San Francisco: Home warranty that makes owning as easy as renting About Moderne Ventures Moderne Ventures invests in technology companies in and around real estate, finance, insurance and home services. Moderne most often looks outside its industries to find game changing innovation that can be applicable within them. Moderne operates both a Venture Fund and the Moderne Passport, an Industry Immersion Program designed to foster innovation, partnership and growth between industry partners and new emerging technology companies. Moderne works with over 700 executives and corporations within its core industries and evaluates over 4,500 emerging tech companies each year. Its principals have invested in over 60 companies including DocuSign, Updater, August, Better, Hello Alfred, TaskEasy, Homesnap and Leaselock.
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eXp Realty Continues to Invest in Proprietary Technology for Agents
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Amazon Alexa Skills Are Changing the Voice of Real Estate Education
Amazon Alexa is being programmed to assist real estate brokers and agents with education, training, and coaching alternatives to traditional live classroom instruction. Ask Amazon Alexa about real estate terms, office policy, and other brokerage operation functions when you enable the skills created by visionary training delivery expert Doug Devitre. ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA (JULY 24, 2017) - You used to have to sit through boring classes in order to acquire the necessary knowledge to get licensed or be equipped to handle a real estate transaction. Not anymore. Amazon Alexa is being programmed to be smarter and faster than your average real estate broker with the help of Doug Devitre, a National Association of Realtors Hall of Fame Educator and visionary in cutting-edge training delivery techniques who says, "It's time we let go of having to know all the answers and learn to ask better questions." Amazon Alexa is commanding a significant stronghold on the voice-enabled assistant market, as much as 82% of the market share compared to Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Microsoft Cortana according to a recent survey by Voicebot.ai. And since real estate agents spend as much as 1-2 hours in their car every day, they need to be able to pull answers fast and be prepared for when customers have very specific questions without having to look up it up from a search engine, locate the right .mp3 file from their sales coach, or wait for their broker to respond. "Amazon Alexa gives a real estate company the ability to structure categorical, sequential, and rote knowledge on-demand for an agent so that they are better prepared to serve today's 'information now' customer." Currently Devitre has several public facing skills such as Office Policy, Real Estate Terms, Real Smarts Real Estate Quiz, and internal skills like Training Calendar, Real Estate Coach, and Real Estate Contracts. All someone has to do is log into their Amazon account, enable the skill, and start asking Alexa about the same things real estate brokers would educate their agents in a typical training course. Devitre confirms, "A couple years ago I assumed it would be better to learn how to program machines than to soon be programmed by them. This is the start of a revolution in training delivery for real estate and it's up to the forward-thinking real estate brokerages to start repurposing their expertise in the most user-friendly technology which is the sound of their own voice." There are recent claims that artificial intelligence will dramatically decrease the number of real estate professionals in the industry but Devitre disagrees. "Amazon Alexa will never replace a real estate agent in the transaction, she will only enhance the customer's experience."
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate Builds New Skill for Amazon Alexa to Showcase Property Listings and Connect Consumers with Local Agents
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Survey Finds Voice Control Next Big Thing in Smart Home Technology
MADISON, N.J. 01-04-2017 — Your kids may not always listen to you but soon your smart home will. A new survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and Vivint Smart Home found Americans are ready to embrace using voice control, with an increasing number already using the feature. According to the survey, 72 percent of Americans who have smart home products – controlled remotely by a smartphone, tablet, computer or by a separate automatic system within the home itself – want voice control. And of that group, 81 percent of parents who have smart home products desire to control smart home products with voice activation. The survey also found that 48 percent of Americans with smart home products currently have voice control capability. So what do consumers want to control using their voice? Entertainment is the clear winner. More than half (57 percent) of Americans who own smart home products with voice control use the feature to control smart entertainment, such as playing music, or controlling smart TVs and speaker systems. In addition to entertainment, the next three most popular functions being controlled by voice activation for smart home product owners are: lighting, security products and shopping (all tied at 33 percent). "We're not surprised that so many Americans want to be able to use their voice to control smart home products because it makes for a much more intuitive user experience," said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "As the smart home leader in real estate, Coldwell Banker is at the forefront of smart home trends and we're hearing directly from our agents that their clients are demanding voice control to make their smart home experience more seamless." "Last year we announced our integration with Amazon Echo and we've been blown away with how consumers are unlocking the full potential of a voice-controlled smart home," said Jeff Lyman, chief marketing officer for Vivint Smart Home. "By simply saying aloud what they want to happen with their locks, lights, thermostats and security system, customers spend more time living and less time managing. The experience is pretty magical." For the full results of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate / Vivint Smart Home consumer survey including demographic breakdowns of Americans with smart home products, please visit here. MethodologyThis survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Vivint Smart Home from November 14-16 and from November 18-22, 2016 among 4,108 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, among which 923 have any smart home products. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please visit here. About Vivint Smart HomeVivint Smart Home is the largest smart home services provider in North America. The company combines innovative products and services to offer homeowners the best smart home experience. As the only vertically integrated smart home company, Vivint delivers its integrated platform and products with in-home consultation, professional installation and support delivered by its Smart Home Pros, as well as 24-7 customer care and monitoring. Dedicated to redefining the home experience with intelligent products and services, Vivint serves more than one million customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.vivint.com. About Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLCSince 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage services. Coldwell Banker Real Estate is the oldest national real estate brand and franchisor in the United States, and today has a global network of 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 48 countries and territories with more than 89,000 affiliated sales professionals. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by taking a leadership role in the smart home space, being the first national real estate brand with an iPad app, the first to augment its website www.coldwellbanker.com for smart phones, the first to create an iPhone application with international listings, the first to develop an iPad application (CBx) to easily bring big data into home listing presentations, and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. Coldwell Banker is a leader in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program delivering exceptional experiences for all consumers served.
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Second Century Ventures Accepting Applications for 2017 REach Accelerator Class
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Coldwell Banker Introduces First-ever Smart Home Staging Kit
MADISON, N.J. 08-23-2016 — Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC, the original Silicon Valley real estate start-up, today announced that it has signed a supplier agreement with Worthington Group, Ltd., to directly supply the industry's first Smart Home Staging Kit directly to sellers who list their homes with Coldwell Banker®. The Smart Home Staging Kit, available on Worthington Group's smart home staging website, allows participating sellers to enhance their homes and meet the guidelines of the newly released Smart Home Definition that was jointly developed by Coldwell Banker and CNET, the leading online technology reviewer. Coldwell Banker agents can then market qualified properties as a Smart Home bearing a Smart Home icon on the listing and inclusion on the brand's smart home resource site, coldwellbanker.com/smarthome. Available on SmartHomeStaging.com, the kit will include: Nest Learning Thermostat Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm Nest Cam Indoor security camera August Smart Lock August Connect Lutron® Caséta® Wireless Lighting Starter Kit Products can be purchased as a complete kit directly from Worthington or separately as individual items. Worthington is offering clients of the Coldwell Banker brand's affiliated sales associates a promotional rate of $999 for the complete kit. On SmartHomeStaging.com, consumers can also opt-in for installation by Pro.com service providers or elect other service providers of their choice. A recent survey conducted by Coldwell Banker found that roughly half of Millennials and 42 percent of U.S. broadband households surveyed would "smart stage" their home to attract buyers. The survey also found that more than one-third of Americans (35 percent) now associate smart home technology with a move-in ready home — something that 71 percent of Americans would want if buying a house today. "Smart Home technology is a consumer driven movement," said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "Our research confirms this technology has a positive influence in the appeal of a home -– and agents agree. Our homes, like cars, are providing convenience and a sense of security like never before.  We want to bring the two together for our customers." The Smart Home Staging Kit is also available for buyers and homeowners who wish to upgrade their homes. Methodology This survey was conducted online by Parks Associates on behalf of the Coldwell Banker brand within the United States between June 6-9, 2016 through a third party via its omnibus product.  The survey was conducted among 1,250 adults (ages 18 and over) among whom 801 own at least one smart home product.  For the purposes of the survey, "smart home technology/products" were defined as products or tools that aid in controlling a home's functions such as lighting, temperature, security, safety, and entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or with a separate automatic system within the home itself.  Survey sample was demographically targeted to be representative of the U.S. general population. All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, the words "margin of error" are avoided as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal. Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in surveys for Research Now. About Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage services. Coldwell Banker Real Estate is the oldest national real estate brand and franchisor in the United States, and today has a global network of approximately 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 44 countries and territories with more than 84,000 affiliated sales professionals.  The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by being the first national real estate brand with an iPad app, the first to augment its website www.coldwellbanker.com for smart phones, the first to create a iPhone application with international listings and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel.  The Coldwell Banker System is a leader in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program delivering exceptional experiences for all consumers served.
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Realogy Announces Formation of ZapLabs As Innovation and Technology Hub
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BoomTown Accelerates Innovation with Open Platform Initiative
CHARLESTON, S.C. – BoomTown, a leading real estate sales and marketing technology provider, has launched an Open Platform Initiative, which will pave the way for an expanded developer ecosystem and strengthen its solutions and services. With new partnerships and integrations, and an expanding product offering and leadership team, BoomTown is poised for further growth on all fronts. "Modern real estate teams and brokerages need a partner that truly understands the challenges and opportunities that the industry currently faces and anticipates what's coming tomorrow," said Grier Allen, BoomTown's President & CEO. "BoomTown is focused on the future of real estate and driving innovation in the industry." Expanding platform and solutions suite Through key integrations and the upcoming release of its Application Program Interface (API), BoomTown is dedicated to building an open environment that will spur rapid innovation on its platform. The company will expand its partner network even more later this year through the upcoming release of its API, which is a core part of its strategy to become an open platform. In addition to its partner integrations, the first large scale initiative for the API will be an agent-facing mobile application, currently in development. "Modern real estate agents want all their tools in one system," said Allen. "We've listened and are building best of breed integrations and opening our platform to drive efficiency and better results." In line with its mission, BoomTown has ramped up integration efforts, recently releasing an integration with BombBomb, a leading provider of video email marketing solutions. "In a digital environment, personalization and breakthrough marketing are critical to ensuring customers feel connected to an agent," said Kristen Fergason, BoomTown's vice president of marketing. "Partnering with BombBomb was a natural fit for us as the integration enables agents to build meaningful relationships with their prospects and customers—from a centralized platform and right from the start." "We've known the BoomTown team for years and have many mutual customers who are equally excited about and are already using this integration with great results," said Conor McCluskey, BombBomb's CEO and co-founder. "BombBomb will help get BoomTown customers face to face with their prospects and clients more often, which will drive engagement and translate to more leads and closed deals." This adds to its roster of integration partners including the popular Mojo Dialer, maximizing real estate agents' telephone prospecting efficiency, Realtors Property Resource (RPR), which provides seamless access to data on more than 166 million parcels of property in the United States and Bandwidth, powering BoomTown's integrated texting feature. When paired with its predictive Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools, these key integrations enable smart prospecting in less time. In the past year, the company has also expanded its suite of solutions, now ranging from its most popular and best-in-class offering for midsize teams and brokerages, to an expansion product for multi-office power users, and a streamlined offering for small teams, currently in pilot with general availability in the coming months. "With BoomTown, I'm confident that I have a technology partner that is committed to my team's continued success and growth," said Ben Kinney, Keller Williams mega agent, long-time BoomTown customer, entrepreneur, speaker and author. "BoomTown is focused on innovation and delivering the tools we need to get closer to our customers." Businesses interested in learning more about Open Platform integration with BoomTown can contact partner[at]boomtownroi.com. Investing in top tech talent and headquarters expansion BoomTown takes a people first approach to technology – recently expanding its senior leadership team and hiring and investing in top talent across the company from The Weather Channel, MLB Advanced Media and Yahoo!, LoopNet and Amazon. Key hires include CTO Chris McClellen, Vice President of Marketing Kristen Fergason, Vice President of Sales Bryan Smith and a Director of Client Enrichment Janet Smith, all hailing from the technology industry with extensive experience in customer success, SaaS, digital marketing and CRM. To accommodate its growing team of more than 200 employees, BoomTown recently announced plans to expand its Charleston office in the heart of Silicon Harbor's new technology corridor. It also maintains offices in San Francisco and Atlanta. About BoomTown BoomTown combines a powerful real estate sales and marketing platform with success management services to help real estate brokerages and teams across the country grow their business and build lifelong relationships with their customers. An established and growing SaaS company dedicated to simplifying and modernizing the business of real estate, BoomTown has nearly a decade of proven results in all stages of a buyer and seller's journey. The BoomTown real estate sales and marketing solution includes: acustomized real estate website integrated with local MLS data, a predictive Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system with real estate marketing automation, client success management—and through its position as  the only Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner in the real estate industry—personalized lead generation services. To learn more, visit www.boomtownroi.com.
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET Define "The Smart Home"
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CoreLogic Launches Homeowner Keys
  August 19, 2015, Irvine, Calif. – CoreLogic®, a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, announced today that it has launched Homeowner Keys, a solution specifically designed to provide insights into consumer real estate activities. Homeowner Keys applies CoreLogic proprietary match logic to the company's extensive homeowner and property databases to characterize a homeowner's historical property ownership, home improvement, mortgage activity and transaction behavior over time—enabling improved consumer targeting strategies and more effective risk management decisions. The advanced linkage technology that is included in Homeowner Keys helps companies pinpoint the most viable prospects and high value consumers. For example, home improvement providers and lenders can identify within a specified timeframe the number of mortgage eventrelated times a homeowner has moved or improved their home – a significant variable bearing on new home services spending and the likelihood and timing of home equity line of credit. It can also distinguish property investment activity across multiple properties such as buy/flip or buy/hold patterns and be used by tax authorities to identify individuals filing for homestead exemptions on multiple properties. "Knowing a potential consumers current status is a good start, but gaining insight into their real estate activity and behavior over time provides even more intelligence that can help better inform acquisition and retention decisions," said Randy Wussler, vice president, Product General Manager at CoreLogic." By leveraging the breadth and depth of our property and homeownership data and combining it with our proprietary match logic engine, Homeowner Keys provide actionable insight that not only can improve marketing campaign performance, but can also minimize lender and mortgage stakeholder risk. About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider. The company's combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources includes over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on CoreLogic to help identify and manage growth opportunities, improve performance and mitigate risk. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic operates in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com. CORELOGIC and the CoreLogic logo are trademarks of CoreLogic, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.
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Zillow Launches Mortgage Pre-Approval Tool for Home Shoppers
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Zapier: Making Happy Grasshopper Easier Than Ever
Happy Grasshopper is proud to be integrated with a pretty awesome list of of applications and tools that help you amp up your business. One of the newest (not to mention one of the coolest) is Zapier. What's Zapier, you might ask? Put simply, it's a free service that integrates the services you use with the other services you use. If you're a Gmail user, Zapier can connect it with DropBox. If you use HighRise, Zapier can connect it with Google contacts. And now, if you're a Happy Grasshopper user, Zapier can connect your account with other services you use, such as Follow-Up Boss. Pretty cool, right? SUPER-cool, actually. We had a chance to sit down and talk with Wade Foster, Zapier's co-founder and CEO, about how they started, what Zapier does, and why we're all really excited about the integration between Zapier and Happy Grasshopper. We mentioned it was cool, right? Zapier was founded in October 2011, in the same way lots of companies get started. They saw a need that the founders, themselves, badly needed to fill and that no one seemed to be doing anything about. Similar to IFTTT (if-this-then-that), a service that enables customers to connect channels with personally created or publicly shared profiles known as "recipes", but for business rather than personal use, Zapier allows you to take one of its integrated services and make a rule or a "Zap" for how it talks to another service. In the case of Happy Grasshopper, if you have contacts that are in your Follow-Up Boss database, you can have them sent directly to Happy Grasshopper, so those contacts get the nurturing attention they need and deserve (how it works is pretty awesome). Wade told us, "Yeah ... in my former life, I was working at a mortgage company and ran into problems like this all the time. I needed the various services I used to talk to each other, but there was no way to make that happen. I'd search through user groups and find comment after comment after comment–some that were as many as four years old–that showed people screaming out for a solution to this problem. So, we created Zapier and now have more than 250 services that we can connect for our users." Zapier makes sure data is where you want it, when you want it. "Our customers make what we call a Zap that says what they need to happen," Wade said. "From there, we do the rest. We make sure the data from one service is connected to the data in another. It's great because not only have we figured out how to make these connections and tap into the APIs of all these services, we've done something that saves our users a ton of time and, by extension, a lot of money, too." If you're looking for ways to make using Happy Grasshopper even easier, pay Zapier a visit. The service is free to use and its setup is super-easy. There are no developers to hire, no outrageous fees. Zapier is, put simply, an easy solution to a problem that plagues lots of people. Give it a try today and make your Happy Grasshopper happier than ever. To view the original post, visit the Happy Grasshopper blog.
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Midwest Real Estate Data's Hunger for Innovative Technology Is No Game
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Xplode Real Estate Conference Features 'The Website Shredder'
Atlanta, Ga June 29, 2011 - Xplode Conference announces our extended partnership with Eric Stegemann & Tribus, a leading technology provider in the residential real estate industry, to deliver the popular 'Website Shredder' sessions at upcoming Xplode Conferences in Chicago, Dallas & Atlanta. Xplode Founder Matt Fagioli says "The Shredder is always one of our most popular sessions at Xplode and we're really glad to have Eric with us for the rest of 2011 and beyond" "Xplode Conference is an amazing opportunity for improving performance for real estate professionals" said Eric Stegemann, VP of Business Development at Tribus. "We are proud to partner with Xplode to provide the latest tools, technology and education for real estate." In addition, Xplode is proud to welcome Eric Stegemann as a featured technology and marketing speaker. Stegemann joins Xplode's roster of nationally recognized experts for the ongoing series of Xplode real estate technology conferences in 2011. "In setting the content that I would provide for Xplode, I wanted something that was unique, and would provide immediately actionable material for attendees, I believe Shredder does all of that with a bit of humor mixed in," commented Stegemann. "The power of technology in real estate marketing is exploding," said Fagioli, "Eric's expertise and effective speaking style will be an invaluable addition to our efforts to equip and train conference attendees." Don't miss the very next Xplode Conference in Chicago, IL on August 19, 2011 About Xplode:The Xplode Conference Series on Real Estate Technology is coming to a city near you! ?Xplode Conference is a product of Helives, LLC based near Atlanta, Ga. ?Xplode builds great conferences for real estate in partnership with local associations and MLS organizations. ?After our super-successful launch event in Austin Texas on February 10, 2011, Xplode features real estate conferences on technology in a host of US cities in 2011. The spring series includes Destin (FL) on May 19th, Orlando (FL) on June 9th and Washington DC on June 23rd. Xplode plans fall 2011 events including Dallas (TX), Chicago (IL) and Atlanta (GA). Xplode Conference also highlights the most powerful real estate technology and marketing products. Sponsors include Market Leader, Mobile Real Estate ID, vScreen, RPR, Realtor.com, Zillow, Homefinder, NCI, Diverse Solutions and more. For more information, please visit XplodeThis.com About Tribus:Based in Orange County, CA, Tribus Real Estate Technologies offers a full suite of tools focused on the real estate brokerage and mortgage industries including custom websites, SEO, CRM, drip/blast email, customer insight and more. The company desires not only to provide the latest tools and technologies, but also assists with the implementation and long term usage to ensure an increase to client's bottom line.
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RPR Version 1.6 Released
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BIRDVIEW Technologies Introduces 4-Step System
BIRDVIEW Technologies has introduced their 4 Step System™ designed to provide real estate agents and brokers with a systematic approach to internet success. The 4 Step System™ is the product of the experience we have gained from generating nearly 4 million leads for our clients in the past 9 years," said Bob Kehoe, National Director of sales. The fundamentals to internet success are the same whether you are practicing real estate in Florida, California, or anywhere else in between," added Kehoe. The 4 Step System™ is a proven guide that successful real estate professionals have employed to reach a high level of success on the internet. Executing on all 4 steps of the system has shown to significantly improve the return on the investment real estate professionals make on their online business. Agents and Brokers can receive information about The 4 Step System™ free of charge by visiting http://www.TheProven4StepSystem.com. In addition, BIRDVIEW clients receive free in-depth training on the system with the licensing of a BIRDVIEW solution. BIRDVIEW Technologies provides websites and related software to real estate offices and agents in 28 States and over 100 local MLS. The BIRDVIEW network of websites generates over 20 million Home Views per month.  
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DotLoop Further Penetrates the Bluegrass State, Powering Five New Real Estate Offices
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Market Leader Reports Revenue Rises for 5th Quarter
Online marketing and "software as a service" company Market Leader, Inc., posted a $4.3 million net loss during the first quarter, even as revenue grew by 25 percent from a year ago, to $7.2 million. Market Leader -- which closed out 2010 with a $14.3 million loss for the year -- is transitioning from selling leads generated by sites like HouseValues.com to providing customized websites and tools for agents and brokers. The company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that revenue from its software-as-a-service products was up 61 percent from a year ago during the first quarter, and that the company has seen five consecutive quarters of revenue growth. That's due in part to the fact that Market Leader is now including revenue and expenses generated by real estate blogging network ActiveRain in its results, after becoming the majority stakeholder in the company in September. Before paying $450,000 to boost its ownership of ActiveRain's outstanding voting stock from 34 percent to 51 percent, Market Leader treated its stake in ActiveRain as an equity investment in its financial disclosures. Although most of ActiveRain's 200,000 users have free memberships, more than 5,000 customers use the company’s subscription-based blogging syndication software services, Market Leader said in its most recent annual report to investors. ActiveRain generated about $681,000 in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010. Looking ahead, Market Leader CEO Ian Morris said Tuesday he expects even stronger revenue growth and diminishing losses in the months ahead, thanks in part to the five-year agreement the company signed with Keller Williams Realty to provide the lead management, contact management and marketing design components of Keller Williams' new eEdge platform. Market Leader had previously disclosed that the company will receive a minimum of $10 million from Keller Williams during the initial five-year term of the eEdge agreement. The company expects to generate additional revenue by "upselling" premium software and services to nearly 80,000 Keller Williams agents. Keller Williams agents pay the franchise $15 a month for eEdge, and can choose to subscribe to a Market Leader Professional Edition with additional capabilities for $99 a month. The eEdge payments and potential upselling "is expected to begin to significantly contribute to revenue growth" in the second half of 2011, the company said in its annual report. Morris said Market Leader added nearly 200 new broker customers during the first quarter. Company officials say customer acquisition is a key to becoming profitable, and that in 2010 Market Leader expanded its marketing programs through leading real estate franchise networks. Market Leader generates revenue by charging one-time setup fees and monthly fees for services, including personalized websites, customer relationship management (CRM) tools, marketing materials, training and support. The significant majority of new brokerage customers signed in 2010 were responding to offers that waive setup and software-as-a-service fees during a promotional period, Market Leader said in its annual report. "Initially, the acquisition of these customers has a substantial negative impact on our near term operating results as related expenses exceed the revenue that they contribute," the company said. The $23.9 million the company spent on sales and marketing in 2010 nearly equaled the $24.4 million in revenue those efforts helped generate. That trend continued in the first quarter, with $7.4 million in sales and marketing exceeding total revenue by $191,000. Additional expenses for technology and product development ($1.84 million) and general and administrative services ($1.6 million) helped push total first-quarter expenses up 28 percent from a year ago, to $11.7 million.  
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Top 10 Zillow Tools for Real Estate Professionals
Guest contributor Sara Bonert: With more than 19 million people visiting the Zillow website and Zillow Mobile applications each month*, this is a huge audience for you to grow your business. Here are my favorite 10 tips to get started. Best of all, they are all FREE. 1. Create a profile. Want links back to your site? Great visibility to millions who visit Zillow every month? It all starts with creating a free account on Zillow. Start by clicking “Register” in the upper right-hand corner of the the site. Be sure to register using the same email address that you use as the contact address on your listings. Check out this video for more information on how and why to activate your account. Rate Your Agent 2. Get Reviews. Agent Ratings and Reviews (see screenshot) are a powerful way to help potential clients understand the high service levels an agent is able to provide. A Zillow Premier Agent with just 5 reviews tends to get about 150% more leads than one with 0 reviews. We offer great tools to help you get more reviews. 3. Zillow Advice. This is a question-and-answer forum that brings home buyers, sellers, owners, rent, landlords, lenders, and other real estate professionals together in a very helpful way. Answering questions helps build your online reputation of being knowledgeable about a particular region or subject matter. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds or get email alerts for any topic and specify your geographic location. 4. Zestimate Accuracy Chart. How many clients have said, “...But Zillow says…?” Equip yourself with the Zestimate Accuracy Chart so you can describe to your clients — using data — how accurate the Zestimate® home valuation is in your specific county. 5. Comment publicly on a Zestimate. As the homeowner or the listing agent, you can leave public comments on a listing on Zillow when the Zestimate is too high, too low, or just right on a particular home. It is yet another marketing opportunity to publicly demonstrate your expertise and explain how the Zestimate relates to the home’s listing price. 6. Local market data: Zillow has data on more than 100 million homes in the U.S. We aggregate all this data and package it up under the Local Info tab. Here you can easily create powerful trend graphs and use the import feature to place this information on your site or blog. Remember — content is king! 7. Zillow Widgets. Want free, relevant, interesting and dynamic real estate data for your website or blog — for free? Then look no further than the Zillow Widget page (see screenshot). We feature many great widgets, such as Most Expensive Local Homes, Local Mortgage Rates, Recently Sold, Agent Review Widgets and more! Zillow iPhone App 8. Zillow Mobile Apps. Download one of our free, popular iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry or Windows Mobile applications. They are all GPS-enabled, meaning that as you are out driving around with clients, you can easily see the estimated values of homes around you. 9. Zillow Profile. Yes, back to this one. Now that you’ve created the account, make sure to fully deck out your profile. This includes adding things like links to your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts; including a video; adding marketing text; and, of course, uploading a photo. Here is a great example of a complete profile. 10. Zillow Academy. This is a lot, isn’t it? And there is much more! If you want to keep on top of all the ways to use Zillow AND learn about other online marketing techniques, please bookmark www.ZillowAcademy.com. We have awesome classes every week! *Source: Internal tracking by Omniture, March 2011.
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SocialBios Launches Facebook App for Adding About Us Functionality to Fan Pages
DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2011) - SocialBios, the service that is revolutionizing business referral generation from a company's About Us page, has just launched the first Facebook App for adding its award-winning functionality to your company's fan page. Over 1.6 million business fan pages can now have a complete About Us page with a built-in social search for business referrals without any special programming. "We knew that the Facebook platform was a natural extension for our service. Businesses are recreating their Internet presence on fan pages and need applications for easily supporting their existing content," said Ernie Graham, SocialBios founder and CEO. "Our Facebook implementation also takes our social search technology to a whole new level for generating new referral business from existing relationships." All types of organizations are using SocialBios to upgrade their existing websites into powerful, referral generating social hubs. Without sacrificing the privacy of the individual user, the SocialBios system enables the aggregation of multiple social profiles for easy visitor discovery of common friends and interests with people at a company. The SocialBios search engine finds this commonality even if two people use different social networks. Currently supported networks include Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Foursquare, and Google. What can SocialBios do for you? Free individual About Me page that aggregates all of your Internet profiles and network status updates. Group About Us pages for organizations to display all of their users' profiles. Integrated social search engine for new business referrals. iFrame support for easy integration of all or select elements of SocialBios pages into existing websites and Facebook fan pages. Signup for your free account today. About SocialBios SocialBios is the only online service that allows individuals and companies to aggregate all of their disparate social network profile and connection data for generating new business referrals. The SocialBios "About Us" page allows your website or Facebook fan page visitors to discover social capital with your agents or employees. The SocialBios beta was launched in January 2011 and won the Inman Connect NYC "Best New Startup" award. SocialBios is based in Denver, Colorado. To view the original press release, please click here.  
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Business Watch: Engaging Email Newsletters for Real Estate Professionals
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Point2 and Proxio Sign Global Marketing Agreement
San Diego, – March 22, 2011 – Online real estate marketing solutions provider Point2 today announced a marketing agreement with Proxio, the international Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and global referral network. The partnership effectively expands market reach for both Point2 and Proxio, and creates new marketing and revenue channels for the real estate professionals who are clients of both organizations. Full system integration to support the two way marketing arrangement is planned for release within the next 90 days. Under the agreement, Point2 Agent platform users will gain access to Proxio's subscription-based Global Referral Network™ in over 100 countries, enabling them to market in areas typically beyond their reach. Proxio's 19-language translation technology will also allow participating agents to market in multicultural clients' own language, including through multilingual websites and social media. Proxio users around the world will be able to tap Point2's listing syndication network of over 60 third party real estate consumer websites, search engines, and auction and classified advertising sites in North America, giving them easy access to one of the largest markets worldwide and enabling them to generate leads at no added cost. "We continue to push the limits of real estate online marketing through technology innovation, partnerships and market expansion," said Saul Klein, senior vice president for Point2. "As we create new markets for our clients, we also look forward to expanding our footprint globally as Proxio's large user base gains exposure to our solutions." "Proxio's mission is to provide technology and tools to real estate professionals on every continent to help them grow their businesses," said Janet Case, chief executive officer for Proxio. "This new listing syndication opportunity through Point2 will further add to the value Proxio subscribers can deliver to their buyers and sellers." Proxio subscribers will also gain seamless access to the Point2 Agent online marketing and lead management platform, through their Proxio account, on a subscription basis. The solution allows agents to monitor online traffic activity, capture leads and engage in real estate prospecting through advanced predictive marketing and drip email lead conversion tools. Point2 today powers listing syndication for approximately 200 MLSs and Associations in the US and Canada. About Proxio Proxio, Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based technology company focused on the 21st century needs of the fast-evolving real estate industry globally. Proxio's platform integrates sophisticated property display technology with agent networking solutions to deliver high-value, mission-critical services that increase revenue for real estate professionals worldwide, and improve services for their clients. Proxio's services operate in 19 languages, and are used by MLSs, associations, brokerages, and agents in 100+ countries across five continents. About Point2 Point2, a Yardi Systems Inc. brand, provides inventory management and online marketing software solutions to the real estate and heavy equipment industries across 120 countries.  
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The Hip Roof Launches This Week
I am so excited that The Hip Roof officially launched this week! This is a real estate educational community for, by and about real estate agents. Of course we do include industry partners as well. The purpose of this site is to create a place where real estate agents can receive coaching, education, interaction, masterminding and much more from the comfort of their own home, office, or marketplace. A peek inside the forums a few weeks ago I am so excited that The Hip Roof officially launched this week! This is a real estate educational community for, by, and about real estate agents. Of course, we do include industry partners as well. The purpose of this site is to create a place where real estate agents can receive coaching, education, interaction, masterminding, and much more from the comfort of their own home, office, or marketplace. When I travel to events, one thing I notice most often is that it is almost entirely the same group of people who are consistently attending. We refer to ourselves as “The RE.net”, that community is not defined as any specific group but anyone who swims in the circles, and it always welcomes others into its folds. I also notice that there are many others who are not able to attend, who follow along on the Twitter stream on the various hashtags. With a tough economy, and a variety of real estate market conditions across the country, a lot of agents are really going back to the basics of coaching, training, accountability, and more.  The classic tools in our arsenals are becoming more and more essential. The difference between a “mega agent” and an “agent” is how disciplined and studied they are in the techniques of the industry. The Hip Roof makes all of these things affordable and accessible to everyone, no matter where you are geographically or economically. It Takes a Community To bring together some of the top minds in the area, and we always welcome more, to provide the content to compliment the learning systems and upcoming eBooks and eCourses – we rely upon many minds. There is no single way to do anything in the social spaces, there are many ways and the techniques and success may vary from market to market. The availability of the live forums allows people to mastermind, post, and develop concepts collaboratively; sometimes the input of someone else makes all the difference. The ability to share personal experiences and have amazing resources in one place is the whole point. To have many contributors, including the members, makes the knowledge share even more powerful. Some people have strengths in areas that others do not. The Hip Roof brings them all together into one place. Premium not Freemium Some people might disagree with this being a membership based site. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinions, we respect that and realize this might not be the right place for everyone. You can not be all things to all people, The Hip Roof will be the best it can be for it’s members; so far the feedback has been very positive. So why premium? The Hip Roof does not have any advertising inside, nor are there any sales inside. The terms of service clearly state the requirements to be a member and the zero tolerance of any sort of platforming. Self-promotion of a business and selling of products are prohibited. The goal is for members to feel comfortable and at home, to be able to kick-off their shoes and share a story with a co-worker. There are things real estate agents can only say to other real estate agent; this is the place for that. The Sandbox is Large There is room enough in the sandbox for a variety of educational and coaching sites. In fact, I encourage agents to belong to more than one. If you only seek knowledge in a single place you might miss out on an opportunity. The Hip Roof gladly acknowledges many of the learning platforms that are already in existence and would be happy to collaborate, isn’t that the point of a community? When I approached my friend Ben Kinney a few months ago and told him what I was doing, knowing he has IMSD.net, I was hesitant to hear his reaction. Ben said “There’s plenty of room for everyone,” and that is the attitude we share. Flexibility The Hip Roof is built upon the vBulletin platform, this incredibly flexible and robust platform gives us nearly unlimited options in what we can do. We have a content management system, we have a blogging platform (currently only offered to “Expert Bloggers”, if you want to learn to blog we will have courses, but Active Rain is still a great place to start), and the forums. We have an amazing calendar of events (actually two calendars), and can create private forums for brands, offices, and more. The Hip Roof is light on its feet, it can be changed, modified, and tweaked easily. We might even add a consumer facing section without access to the real estate member side where consumers can post questions and the “member of the week” can be the forum moderator for the consumers. I am going to try to create a few “tours” of the inside in the coming week so people can get a taste of it. I'm so excited that the site is out there and growing!! I am incredibly grateful for the generosity of Chris Brogan and his company Human Business Works in helping develop and deploy the site. I'm also very thrilled at the caliber of agents who have already stepped up to be “expert contributors” and grow their own presence in the space and in their local market. The beauty for the contributors is that when the site gets contacted to have someone present in a local office, we will turn to our own experts, because The Hip Roof is only virtual, there will be no tours. We always welcome new expert contributors, it isn’t by invitation only. "Expert" is loosely defined as well. So, if you are interested in contributing, or have a great success story to share, feel free to email The Hip Roof and we’ll get back to you. Here’s to happy educational adventures and sharing!
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Grow Real Estate Leads & Reach More Clients With eMerge
SLIDELL, LA — February 25, 2011 - “At eMerge, our goal is to optimize interactive marketing efforts and help realtors build engaged and lasting relationships with clients,” explains Bondilyn Jolly, CEO and President of NMD, Inc. and eMerge. “We know our realtors are busy and we want to provide them with a convenient solution that saves time and produces results.”   eMerge™ offers one of the most comprehensive interactive marketing solutions in one convenient interface, delivering a consistent message through all major online marketing channels - email, social media, mobile and web – and understanding what’s happening with real-time results.   “I’ve been using eMerge for quite a while now.  The eMerge team offers the best technical support I’ve experienced in any program. I highly recommend it. It’s one of the most unique programs I’ve used for my outreach.” says Jim Brown of Keller Williams Realty in Slidell, LA.   “Our goal is to provide high-level online engagement for our realtors with a “set it and forget it” mentality,” states Jolly.  “No other marketing solution allows such a comprehensive suite of services:  lead management, custom email templates, email and social media schedulers and reports and text messaging.  The best part is that our interface doesn’t require high tech knowledge in order to achieve results!  We make it simple and quick to reach out through multiple channels at once.”   eMerge offers more than just a marketing interface as well.  Complementing the eMerge solution are professional design and campaign services for realtors as well as training and education services.   Realtors can create a 30-day free trial account by contacting eMerge and selecting the red tab along the left-hand side.   Connect with Team eMerge today:  Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/eMergeNMD  Twitter -http://twitter.com/eMergeNMD  LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/eMergeNMD   YouTube -http://www.youtube.com/eMergeNMD  
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DotLoop Joins Keller Williams Realty Family Reunion
 DotLoop is gearing up for the Keller Williams Family Reunion, Feb. 19-23 in Anaheim, Calif. for the much-anticipated launch of eEdge, the first lead-to-close business solution for real estate. Family Reunion attendees get an in-depth look at DotLoop’s features; designed to improve the transactional elements of their business.   As the myTransactions component of eEdge, DotLoop provides a collaborative workspace to send and share documents with the added convenience and security of electronic signatures.  It is designed to increase efficiency by eliminating cumbersome practices in traditional real estate such as printing, faxing and driving between appointments.   DotLoop’s collaborative workspace allows buyers, sellers and real estate agents to work together to close more real estate transactions.  Both buying and listing agents utilize a unique invitation process to initiate a loop.  From there, either party can share, electronically sign or revise the documents pertinent to the transaction with DotLoop’s unique “Version Now” software. Rather than drafting several copies of the same document, “Version Now” provides agents and their clients’ with the most recent version without printing a single page.   Once negotiations are complete, transactions are finalized using electronic signatures. When a deal is done, all parties can view a thorough record of transaction activity for improved accuracy and security.   Currently, new Keller Williams associates are experiencing the DotLoop difference in Austin, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina as the result of a recent roll out in the region.   The DotLoop collaborative workspace helps to changes lives for brokers, agents and buyers/sellers.  How?   Brokers: More Confidence and control of their Brokerage by providing more transparency and visibility to all transactions.  Agents: Better time management with a faster, easier way to edit, review and sign documents with clients.  Buyers/Sellers: Buying and selling a home can change people's lives DotLoop helps this happen more often.    The official launch of eEdge at Family reunion begins the national rollout giving Keller Williams’ 80,000 plus agents to access to DotLoop.  Now, agents will close more deals in less time while building better relationships with customers.   Attendees of Keller Williams Family Reunion are encouraged to visit DotLoop at Booth 527 to view demonstrations of how the secure, collaborative environment is where deals get done.   About DotLoop   Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, DotLoop is transforming the real estate industry by providing a secure online platform where any real estate agent can share and sign transaction documents.  As the leading provider of collaborative negotiation services, DotLoop is available to service all real estate professionals throughout the United States and Canada.  The innovative DotLoop platform is a collaborative, wholly web-based negotiation platform that lets users add, adjust, approve, and electronically sign documents digitally - addressing the challenges of security, efficiency, and overhead costs in today's real estate industry.   For more information, please click here.  
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Iris Mobile Enhances the Mobile Solutions for Today’s Real Estate Market
Rolling Meadows, Illinois – February 14, 2011 -  February 14, 2011 - Iris Mobile Corporation, announced today that it has released an enhanced version of its suite of real estate mobile marketing solutions that includes text-messaging, web-to-mobile, QR codes, branded mobile apps, and branded mobile web marketing. Iris Mobile’s real estate product, Iris Listings, is currently available to REALTORs in Northern and Central Illinois and is growing its MLS partnerships. The enhanced Iris Listings now offers QR codes mobile marketing built seamlessly into the existing text- messaging marketing platform. The branded mobile app lets homebuyers search listings on the go with a smart phone. Potential homebuyers can send a text message as stated on the sign code or scan a QR code. The homebuyer instantly receives a text message with property detailed info, crystal clear home pictures on any mobile. While the homebuyer receives the listing info, the agent receives the lead alert either via text message or email. “The most powerful lead capture and mobile solution I have seen! Hands down the best ROI out there,” claims Dave Ablin, RE/MAX. The Iris Listings web-to-mobile solution offers a unique web widget that allows any real estate web site to share property listings to users on any mobile phone. “In today’s mobile driven society, connecting with potential home buyers through allmobile marketing channels convenient to people on the go is a must,” cites Iris Mobile’s President and CEO, Cezar Kolodziej, PhD. “Rather than managing different mobile tools, agents now have one suite of products that applies all the latest mobile technologies to real estate. We are very excited to unveil the latest Iris Listings product suite” adds Kolodziej. About Iris Mobile Iris Mobile's rich media messaging platform delivers the audio, video and image contents to over 93% of the mobile phones on standard messaging rates regardless of carrier, device or plan. Iris Mobile enables marketers, agencies, brands to use the ubiquity of mobile messaging to deliver the most effective marketing ROI. Iris Listings is the company's leading product suite for real estate allowing real state agents to market properties via text-messaging, QR codes, mobile apps and mobile web pages. To learn more about Iris Listings, visit http:// www.irislistings.com.  
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Idaho Data Providers Market Report – February 2011
Idaho Data Providers Market Report – February 2011 More foreclosure paperwork court cases slow NOD filings. Treasure Valley starts 2011 with 568 Notice of Default filings. 4,046 Total Distressed Properties Currently Listed - Up 5.4% from January The foreclosure crisis continues into 2011 but its end looks to be delayed even further with new problems and complaints affecting the first step in the foreclosure process, the filing of the Notice of Default. The filing of the NOD starts the formal foreclosure process in non-judicial states, which means the foreclosure does not go through a court process. Idaho is one of 27 non-judicial states. The arguments by borrower's attorneys are that whoever signs the NOD must have knowledge of the facts of the default and also that many notices are invalid because the employees who sign them work for companies that do not have the standing to foreclose. In many cases the final individual who signs the document is working for a servicer who is an agent of another entity who is in turn an agent for another different agency and so on down the chain. In the past, these arguments slowed foreclosure filings in the judicial foreclosure states. Now, because these arguments are being raised in the non-judicial states, we are already seeing a significant decline in new foreclosure filings while the servicers and lenders review their procedures. "This will cause a delay in the filing of Notices until this process is cleaned up slowing and stretching out the foreclosure crisis even further," said Charlie Nate, president of IdahoDataProviders.com. Ada & Canyon County Notice of Default Statistics Ada County Filings down 13% from December with 328 Notices of Default Filed in January Ada County new defaults dropped 13% in January with 328 notices filed. January's 328 filings is lower than any monthly total in 2010 except for November which had 284 filings. As document procedures are cleaned up look for filings to rapidly increase in the coming months. Canyon County Foreclosures up 31% with 240 Notices of Default filed in January! Canyon County had 240 notices filed in January which is up 31% over December when 183 notices were filed. Canyon County defaults averaged 263 filings per month in 2010. January starts out 2011 well below this monthly average but it should pick up in the coming months. The Treasure Valley started 2011 with 568 NOD filings in January. Short Sales up 3.5% from December with 2,147 Short Sales Listed in January After a significant drop of 12.4% from November to December short sale listings have bounced back and are back up 3.5% in January. As Housing prices continue to struggle locally watch for short sale listings to increase as more homeowners realize their home is not worth what they owe on their mortgage. REO Listings Up 6.6% after Three Consecutive Months of Decline Banks are still taking back a record number of properties from foreclosure auctions and are now starting to release more of these properties into the market. There are now 1,899 REO properties listed in the IMLS. Total Distressed Listings Increase 5.4% after 6 month Consecutive Decline. With both Short Sales and REO properties increasing, total distressed listings have reversed the downward trend that lasted 6 months. There are currently 4,046 distressed properties listed. This is up from 3,838 total distressed listings in December. As springtime approaches and more sellers enter the market look for this number to increase as well. Idaho Data Providers.com is Idaho's and the Treasure Valley's local source for current, accurate and detailed foreclosure listings, with detailed profiles pages for each property in the foreclosure process. Our database is updated and tracked daily. For questions or inquiries about this report please contact Charlie Nate at 208-860-6786.  
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Delta Media Webinars Cover SEO, CRM and Website Updates
This week Delta Media is hosting three webinars on key technology topics for real estate professionals. Topics will include SEO, website upgrades and customer relationship management (CRM). We invite you to click here to select a webinar and attend one of these online events: CRM, Customer Relationship Management: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, from 1:00PM – 1:45PM EST All The Things You Can Do With Your Upgrade Website: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 11:00AM – 11:45AM EST Getting Started with SEO Homepage & Custom Pages: Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 1:00PM – 1:45PM EST Tuesday's webinar will cover the topic of customer relationship management software. Associates will become familiar with Delta's CRM structure, and supporting CRM features and functions. Topics include an overview of CRM features and functions (group, contact, campaign, email letters, blasts, etc.), followed by a live demonstration. This webinar is recommended for associates that have upgraded (gold) Delta sites and agents considering upgrading, as well as office and management users assisting agents. Wednesday Delta's Ray Lester will present two webinars on two topics: The first of these webinars deals with website upgrades. Associates will become familiar with the features and functions included in Delta's upgrade website. Topics include Property Pursuit Atlas Search, Atlas Search Map View Link, Lead Notification via Text Message, Responding to Leads with Your Smartphone, Site Design Expanded Template Library, 99 Custom Pages, E-Card System Expanded Library, CRM Campaigns, CRM E-Blasts, Capturing Customer Registration Detail, Exporting Customer Detail, and the Google Analytics Interface. This webinar is recommended for all agents using or considering the upgrade website, as well as office and management users assisting agents with their website. The final webinar this week will be focused on learning how to ramp up SEO on homepages and custom pages of real estate websites. Associates will become familiar with DeltaNet features and functions supporting Search Engine Optimization strategies. Topics include an overview of SEO terms, suggestions on relevant content and examples of how to enter content for your Delta Homepage and Custom Pages. This webinar is recommended for all agents interested in getting started with Search Engine Optimization using DeltaNet support tools, as well as office and management users assisting agents. To learn more about Delta Media, please click here.
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Fraser, Mich January 4, 2011 — zipLogix, creator of zipForm®, the real estate industry's leading forms software, proudly announces that it has developed a user interface (UI) feature for Spanish-speaking real estate professionals and their clients. Just released to all zipForm® 6 software users across the country is the ability to change the UI language from English to Spanish by toggling between the two. zipForm® 6 is the first real estate forms software to offer a Spanish language interface feature designed to streamline the contract completion process and simplify navigation for many Spanish-speaking users.   zipLogix’s flagship products, the zipForm® 6 Professional (online) and zipForm® 6 Standard (desktop) versions, both feature the Spanish language option. This option allows the user to have a higher sense of transparency with their Spanish-speaking clients and helps clients understand the software interface. The ability to switch between the two languages provides convenience for thousands of Spanish-speaking real estate professionals and their clients during the sometimes confusing transaction process. zipForm® 6 along with zipLogix’s transaction management system, relay®, also includes a Spanish language interface.   Spanish is written and spoken by the second largest population group in the United States. For the segment of this community that practices real estate, using software with only an English interface sometimes presents a problem. This dilemma was identified by the zipLogix team and another industry-leading solution has been implemented into the zipForm® 6 software.   Innovating and improving products for the real estate industry is a priority for zipLogix. To understand and address the needs of users allows them to help move programs forward thus enhancing their software user’s experience. This latest user interface feature further solidifies zipLogix as the nation’s premier real estate form software provider.   For more information about zipLogix’s solutions for today’s real estate industry, contact Wendy Waldrep at 888-318-2660 X130 or [email protected]   About zipLogix The zipLogix family of tech-savvy products is the recognized industry standard for electronic real estate forms and transaction management currently used by more real estate professionals than any other real estate software program. zipForm® is the Exclusive and Official Forms Software of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. zipLogix also offers relay®, the web-based transaction management solution that enhances the value of services delivered to clients while improving productivity and efficiency.   zipLogix is a subsidiary of Real Estate Business Services, Inc. (REBS) and is a joint venture between REBS and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Real Estate Business Services Inc. (REBS) is a subsidiary of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and the leading provider of real estate products and services to practitioners in California.  
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Bellevue, WA, Dec. 5, 2010/ FarFani.com, a Seattle based company that owns Fax87.com, has just launched Home87.com in a closed beta. This website provides unlimited, fully featured single property websites and virtual tours for free. The site Home87.com prides itself in having stunning design templates, smooth transition effects, and full screen slideshow along with all the bells and whistles that come with a property site: Lead generation form Click2Call, Live chat (As widgets) Social network sharing, following Google Map, Streetview, Walkscore Email and text message notification of leads, etc. “Why is it that GoogleDoc, DropBox, Facebook don’t cost a dime and yet yet a simple single property site, virtual tour or a transaction management software can cost an arm and a leg? Why do you have to pay $20 for a .com domain when you can get it for less than $12 on GoDaddy?” says Matt Johnson, while recalling his own experience as a real estate agent. Johnson, the founder and CEO of FarFani.com, was an agent in 2006 with Brier Realty. Home87.com plans to serve the real estate agent community by focusing on their strength, writing great software. This will be a free service. In keeping Home87.com free, there will be a direct relationship in the future between Home87.com and Fax87.com, a sister entity that provides affordable electronic fax service. As an optional service, you can get a .com domain for only $10. To ensure high quality Home87.com is now in closed invite-only beta release. The service will be rolling out incrementally to everyone. Registration is only available with a valid invitation key. The first 100 agents that use the code “retechnology” at www.Home87.com will be able to register and use the service immediately. About FarFani.com FarFani.com is located in Bellevue, Washington. It is a software company that focuses on keeping its employees excited and customers happy.
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We’re pleased to have worked with Microsoft on the first Windows Phone 7 real estate search app, and remain committed to placing the search power of Realtor.com into the hands of every consumer with a mobile device.” This newest Realtor.com mobile search app delivers all of the popular search features offered by Realtor.com on other mobile platforms, while integrating Windows Phone 7's unique design capabilities including Panorama, which allows users to access content by panning left or right with the swipe of a finger. From the home panel, users can instantly swipe through the Local, Recent Searches and the Feedback panels, and browse a listing’s overview, photos, details, contact, and notes and ratings panels on the Listing Detail Pages. "Windows Phone 7 is backed by a rich developer ecosystem that is creating a variety of quality apps and games,” said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp. “Realtor.com leverages the platform’s unique features and is a good example of the sort of apps that can be found on Windows Phone Marketplace, all of which are designed to help consumers get the most out of their phone.” Other notable features include Create Notes and Rate Listings, which empower buyers to better compare and consider each property by saving decision-making information within the app. Notes can be quickly retrieved and reviewed later when visiting a property again or for comparing properties at open houses. Personalized content features and powerful property-based search capabilities with refined search filters also make the application a versatile and valuable real estate search tool. Additionally, Realtor.com has included a surface feedback tool within the Windows Phone 7 app that makes it easy for users to provide feedback to Realtor.com specific to this newest mobile real estate search app. Similar to other Realtor.com mobile search apps, the Realtor.com Windows 7 app was designed so consumers can quickly connect with agents throughout the home search process. If a property looks interesting, the one-tap call capability effortlessly connects potential buyers with the listing agent for additional details or to arrange a tour. At the same time, buyers can also use their Realtor.com Windows 7 search app to instantly reach out to their Realtor to share a listing of interest they found that fits their search criteria. If time is short, simply touch the Ask a Question button, and buyers can instantly send an e-mail to an agent. “By expanding the Realtor.com search experience to the Windows 7 platform, we’re creating greater opportunities for today’s on-the-go buyers to search for homes at their convenience, and to connect with local real estate experts in real time to ask questions or perhaps schedule an appointment,” said Errol Samuelson, president of Realtor.com. “Based on the popularity of our other mobile search apps, we expect the Realtor.com Windows 7 app to become the most helpful and popular real estate search app available for the Windows platform.” The Realtor.com® Windows Phone 7 app is compatible with all Windows Phone 7 devices and can be downloaded by visiting the Windows Phone Marketplace at http://social.zune.net/redirect?type=phoneApp&id=61bf0d9a-61e1-df11-a844-00237de2db9e ABOUT MOVE, INC. Move, Inc. (Nasdaq: MOVE) is the leader in online real estate with 12.29 million monthly visitors to its online network of websites. Move, Inc. operates: Move.com, a leading destination for information on new homes and rental listings, moving, home and garden and home finance; Realtor.com(R), the official web site of the National Association of Realtors®; Moving.com; SeniorHousingNet; Top Producer Systems, and ListHub. Move, Inc. is based in Campbell, California. ABOUT REALTOR.COM® Realtor.com®, where the world shops for real estate online, is operated by Move, Inc., (NASDAQ:MOVE) and is the official web site of the National Association of Realtors®. Ranked as the #1 homes-for-sale site, Realtor.com® currently offers potential home buyers access to over four million property listings, as well as the most brokers and agents. It also provides Realtors® and the home sellers they represent with the Internet’s largest real estate marketplace, reaching more than 10.0 million consumers in October 2010. Agents and companies have the power to customize Realtor.com®resources to maximize their brand and productivity. REALTOR® and REALTOR.com® are registered trademarks of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. REALTOR® is a federally registered collective membership mark, which identifies a real estate professional who is a Member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics. All other trademarks appearing above are the property of Move, Inc., or of their other respective owners.  
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Miami, FL(August 19, 2010)– Condo.com, the world’s largest condo marketplace, has established a proven platform for promoting real estate auctions through a designated portal area on their site. Several auction houses and developers are turning to Condo.com to reach a greater pool of buyers - those searching for a condo, those searching for an auction or those simply looking for a great deal. The site effectively captures a larger audience beyond the auction-niche, yet offers an uncluttered, targeted experience for both the real estate verticals. Auctions are prominently advertised on Condo.com’s homepage and readily accessible on the Auction icon. Auctions are also featured in the homepage Hot Deals rotation, attracting all buyers in search of a deal. Auctioneers are realizing the impact of being in the front and center of the highest concentration of people actively seeking condos and upcoming real estate auctions online. Client testimonials and referrals are confirming the power of Condo.com’s platform.   Real Estate and Auction Company, Max Spann: “We have found Condo.com to be a great resource for referring potential bidders to our real estate auctions around the country" stated Bob Dann, Executive Vice President of Operations. “We are pleased to be associated with Condo.com…it's part of our strategic approach to marketing our auctions," adds Dann. “We have a strategic partnership with Condo.com and use them on all of our projects as we get the national, multinational exposure needed. In Orlando, for example we have tracked a substantial number of leads from advertising an auction on Condo.com," stated Jesus Castanon, Co-Founder of Real Estate Empire, a large Florida-based Real Estate firm who has auctioned off over 300 units over the past 8 months. Auctions on Condo.com and elsewhere are continuing to gain popularity. The real estate auction market has picked up momentum in recent years proving to be a viable solution for sellers to liquidate inventory quickly. Sellers are assured that their home will be sold on a said date and time which is especially attractive to those who have had their homes listed for over a year. Additionally, the real estate bust has placed a huge burden on banks and developers pressuring them to liquidate their properties as fast as possible and rid themselves of the financial burden incurred. As a result, many have chosen the auction route. According to the National Auctioneers Association (NAA), home auctions have increased 10% each year since the early 2000s. In the first quarter of 2010, auction sales have already grown by 17%.   As auctions persist, the need to effectively reach the auction buyer is becoming more critical.  Senior VP of Sales, Jason Mizrachi states: “Given we are the epicenter condo search for sales, rentals and several niche inventory types, we have also strategically partnered and positioned ourselves to the forefront of the auction space. We’ve noticed an uptick in the first half of 2010 with developers opting to promptly liquidate assets and using Condo.com as the prime avenue to do so. It’s a win-win for the developer and the consumer and we excel in connecting the buyers and sellers within the auction vertical.” Real estate marketing giant AcceleratedMP has been advertising on Condo.com for two years and most recently, within the auction platform. Marketing Director Deborah Stevens comments on the company’s experience stating: “We are aware of the typical home-buyer’s search pattern, first they search the internet. Therefore, we utilize Condo.com to get the web exposure needed so our clients’ products are seen best and first.” About Condo.com Condo.com (www.condo.com) is the world's largest condominium marketplace with over 800,000 listings valued in excess of $200 billion. The site receives over 1 million visitors monthly and is dedicated to the evolution and prosperity of the condominium real estate market. Condo.com improves and simplifies the way people buy, rent, sell, manage, market and enjoy the condo lifestyle. Condo.com lists condominiums for sale and for rent in the United States and 70+ countries around the world. The Company cost-effectively delivers exposure and qualified leads to developers, brokers and owners through the seamless distribution of its listings to a global network of real estate websites visited by over 15 million viewers per month.Condo.com is privately held and headquartered in Miami, Florida.
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Premise or Hosted CRM- Which is Right for You?
With all the recent attention on on-demand, or software-as-a-service (SaaS) CRM solutions, it might seem like this is the future of software. Though many are jumping on the on-demand bandwagon, many are also jumping off. Churn rates for on-demand are as high as 30 percent while renewal rates with on-premise software stand in the 80 percent range. There must be a reason an increasing number of organizations that tried hosted on-demand applications have returned to an on-premise solution. In fact, we can think of 10.   Learn which approach is best for your needs, topics include: Total cost of ownership  Ease of customization  Control of data User-interface Disaster recovery Building the business case Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 11:00AM - 12:00PM Pacific Time * All attendees will receive a complimentary "Premise or Hosted CRM - Which is Right For You?- CRM Success Kit" and discover how you can realize these advantages. This webinar is sponsored by FrontRange Solutions. FrontRange Solutions manufactures GoldMine Software used by more than 130,000 companies and over 1.7 million users worldwide to optimize sales, marketing and customer service performance.
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Property Minder Launches CMA Tool for Agents
San Jose, CA - August, 2, 2010- PropertyMinder is excited to launch the first generation of its Comparable Market Analysis (CMA) tool for listing agents. A CMA provides insight for a home seller to determine an appropriate list price for their home. The PropertyMinder CMA searches the MLS* to pickup comparables, creates charts, and is entirely web-based within the AccelerAgent™ Websites. “We have been working diligently this summer to allow agents the ability to create an easy to use, beautiful listing presentation tool to “wow” clients and win listing appointments,” said Vice President Jane Ellsworth-Purcell. There are many options within the CMA section of the website. Agents can create unlimited CMA’s, send, print, and have their visitor access it via a secure login area. Visitors on the website can even submit a Home Evaluation Request (CMA) on the agent’s website. Agents can modify the CMA report pages including the Cover Sheet, Table Of Contents, About Me, Marketing Plan, Closing Comments, and more. As mentioned earlier, the CMA is completely web-based which means no downloading of software and the agent can just login to the admin toolkit. To kickoff the launch, PropertyMinder will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, August 4th at 10:30am PST (1:30pm EST) to breakdown the features of the CMA.  *Available in these MLS areas: MLSListings, ACTRIS, MRIS, MLSPIN, MRED, Sandicor, and SoCal MLS About PropertyMinder: PropertyMinder has been an innovator in the areas of Internet Marketing, Web Technology, Content Management, Post Sales Follow-up, SEO Marketing and Management. We have successfully partnered with Real Estate Agents and Brokerages through our superior products and unmatched Customer Service.    
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DocuSign Hosts 2010 ESIGN Summit in San Francisco
07.27.2010 – SEATTLE – July 27, 2010 – On Wednesday, June 30, DocuSign®, the market leader and global standard for electronic signature, hosted the 2010 ESIGN Summit in San Francisco to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Electronic Signatures in Global National Commerce (ESIGN) Act that President Bill Clinton signed on June 30, 2000 and to celebrate the Congressional Resolutions designating June 30 as National ESIGN Day. DocuSign CEO and president Steve King welcomed more than 300 attendees with the news that DocuSign led a coalition to make June 30 National ESIGN Day. Both houses of the U.S. Congress passed the resolutions to make this happen (see separate press release for details). The ESIGN Summit began with a special message from Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) who commented on the transformation the ESIGN Act has had on how we conduct transactions and commerce today, and applauded DocuSign’s leadership in driving e-signature adoption to increase productivity and efficiency for businesses and government. In his address titled “Embracing Our Common Humanity,” President Bill Clinton greeted the attendees, citing a number of significant anniversaries that are observed by his foundation. Along with presenting a balanced budget to Congress and the Middle East peace process, he noted that the ESIGN Act will have one of the largest impacts over how people live and work. President Clinton spoke about the top challenges the world faces today, and the ways information technology can be used to better the lives of people around the world. He expressed his belief in the transformative power of the Internet and said he was concerned most about expanding its use worldwide to connect more people and remove additional barriers. “We’ve learned throughout all of human history that trust is the basis for all commerce...We have to work harder to get countries not to block it, than keeping bad apples out of it,” he commented. Next Gary Thomas, first vice president-elect, National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), discussed the importance of relationships in the real estate industry. The largest trade organization in America, NAR made a strategic financial investment in DocuSign in November 2009 through its Second Century Ventures fund. “NAR’s 1.1 million REALTORS® are helping people realize the American Dream of home ownership. Our alliance with DocuSign enables REALTORS® and their clients to track business from any place any time. Now real estate closings are radically faster, contracts don’t have to be faxed back and forth, and home buyers and sellers don’t have to come into the office to sign papers—they can even be signed from an airplane 30,000 feet in the sky,” he said, referring to a recent San Francisco Chronicle story about a couple who signed their real estate documents midflight with DocuSign. Kendall Collins, chief marketing officer at salesforce.com, shared the company’s vision for Cloud 2, collaboration that leverages mobility and social networking features popularized by Facebook and Twitter like profiles, status updates and real-time feeds to empower enterprises with a new level of productivity only possible in the cloud. In speaking how electronic signatures are moving to Cloud 2, Collins said traditional wet signatures are slow, provide no tracking and are not environmentally friendly. “I am happy to say that the last mile of every transaction is now done in the cloud. We are delighted today to be talking about our relationship with DocuSign, a leader in electronic signatures.” DocuSign founder and chief strategy officer, Tom Gonser, joined salesforce.com on stage to demonstrate how integrating DocuSign’s electronic signature platform with Salesforce Chatter can foster collaboration within an entire organization, sending alerts when a contract is opened, signed and when a deal is won in real-time. Aaron Levie, co-founder and chief executive officer of Box.net, described the new workplace that takes place outside the walls of a single organization between networks of vendors and partners and business, where content is centralized in the cloud to integrate, manage and access online. Levie announced, “We are excited about the ability to now easily transact business in the cloud through our partnership with DocuSign. The millions of documents on Box.net can now be signed and transacted with DocuSign.” In conclusion, DocuSign’s Tom Gonser spoke about the evolution of how business transactions have been signed through the ages and showcased DocuSign’s latest innovations that are adding new levels of flexibility, collaboration and mobility to core business processes of completing business transactions. Gonser related that electronic signature technology has moved beyond just signing documents and that DocuSign has created a platform that manages the entire document electronic signature process—with powerful collaboration and negotiation tools to accelerate business from anywhere, anytime. He demonstrated the first Apple® iPadTM electronic signature application, illustrating how easy it is to access documents for signature via handheld devices and the rich real-time reporting DocuSign offers. Attendees praised DocuSign for driving the National ESIGN Day resolution and taking the industry lead on raising awareness of the key role of electronic signatures in the growth of commerce trend toward more environmentally friendly and efficient business practices. DocuSign chairman Keith Krach commended the event for bringing together industry luminaries and leaders in markets such as finance, e-commerce and real estate. “DocuSign is not only leading the industry with the most advanced product, the most strategic partnerships and the greatest number of customers, by creating the industry discussion about the future of business transactions, DocuSign is validating its position as the market leader and global standard in electronic signature.” About DocuSign, Inc. DocuSign, Inc. is the market leader and global standard for electronic signature. DocuSign provides the world’s largest and fastest growing electronic signature platform, empowering businesses to complete transactions online quickly and securely while improving compliance and dramatically reducing costs. DocuSign is the only cloud computing-based electronic signature platform that entirely replaces slow, expensive paper transactions with a fast, efficient and completely digital solution. Accessible from any Internet-connected device, DocuSign supports virtually any document and form type in simple and complex workflows, and provides broad user authentication options, data collection, secure document/data storage and retrieval, as well as real-time negotiation and collaboration tools. DocuSign employs the industry’s only multi-site enterprise class, SAS-70 data centers delivering 99.9% uptime for customers over the last four years. With more than 5 million unique signers processing millions of transactions per year, DocuSign is trusted by more people, more companies, more times than any other electronic signature provider in the world. In addition, DocuSign is the official and exclusive provider of electronic signature for the National Association of REALTORS® 1.1 million members, under the REALTOR Benefits® Program. To learn more about DocuSign, please click here.
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Rofo Powers First LinkedIn Real Estate Application
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – July 22, 2010– Real estate professionals are now, at long last, ushered into the world of social media, thanks to the new Real Estate Pro LinkedIn application launched today by Rofo (www.rofo.com), a leading real estate and office space search engine. The Real Estate Pro application is the first-ever plug-and-play social media tool for real estate professionals and landlords, creating a powerful localized social media marketplace for brokers, and businesses seeking office space. Available for free, the application acts as a broker’s professional activity dashboard, populated with real-time property listings, recently closed deals, market data – directly from within a LinkedIn user’s profile page. Turnkey Social Media Solution for Real Estate Professionals With more than 70 million LinkedIn users, Rofo was selected as part of the social network’s strategy to expand its applications portfolio and provide professionals with relevant tools to better promote their real-time work activity directly to their professional network, while also reaching prospective clients. Real Estate Pro allows users to quickly import property listings, view and follow other professionals in their market, as well as share their latest deals with property photos, square footage and amenities, for example. Brokers and agents can update listings anytime, choosing which properties to highlight – showcasing not only the quantity of their listings, but the quality. For the first time, brokers and agents are able to provide a business networking community of millions with an objective sense of who among them is a top performer. Additionally, updates made within Real Estate Pro trigger LinkedIn Network Updates on a weekly basis – providing an easy, sophisticated way to keep business connections apprised of recent work activity. Real estate professionals can now leverage LinkedIn to create more relevant and meaningful connections based on their local real estate markets. Social features, such as sharing a listing or announcing a completed transaction, along with the ability to follow a real estate professional’s updates, creates a powerful discovery mechanism for all players in the marketplace, including mortgage brokers, moving companies, office supply providers and attorneys.  Help for Businesses Seeking More Affordable Office Space As the economy remains tough, securing a more affordable lease is one way to improve the bottom-line. Business owners looking for space have the ability to identify commercial real estate professionals in their market, browse market activity and available properties by zip code or region. They can keep track of new listings, pricing and transactions in order to help negotiate a lease with confidence or discover a better deal for their changing needs. “Working with LinkedIn to provide this app ensures that together we can very rapidly bring a large category of professionals into the world of social media, which is a very important, exciting development,” said Alan Bernier, chief executive officer of Rofo. “This app provides the right features and functionality for enabling real estate professionals to deepen and expand their professional connections, ultimately creating a much richer experience on LinkedIn.” Also today, Rofo issued a joint press release with Cushman & Wakefield (www.cushwake.com), the world's largest privately held commercial real estate services firm. Cushman & Wakefield's brokerage professionals can now provide their exclusive office listing content on Real Estate Pro, ensuring that the application's users easily find relevant office space in their region of interest. About Rofo  Founded in 2007 and based in San Francisco, California, Rofo is a leading real estate technology company. Its flagship product, Rofo, is a real estate and office space search engine, (www.rofo.com). The privately-held company displays listings from local landlords, regional and national brokerage firms, such as Cushman & Wakefield, and institutional landlords such as Hines. With its application Real Estate Pro, the company is the first and only real estate app on LinkedIn and launched the first-ever U.S. commercial real estate augmented reality app for iPhone and Android devices. To learn more about Rofo visit www.rofo.com. To download or learn more about Real Estate Pro on LinkedIn, please click here. To view a short how-to video, please click here.
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RealDirect Launches RealDirect for Buyers
New service from real estate tech brokerage will save time & money for buyers looking to find the right home; Rebate would equal nearly $9K savings on a median Manhattan sale price NEW YORK, July 21, 2010--Next generation real estate technology company and brokerage RealDirect is now giving potential home buyers a unique double benefit through their new service RealDirect for Buyers: providing access to new tools and guidance to manage their apartment search, and offering the opportunity to earn a 1% rebate check on the sale price of a home at closing.     This rebate amounts to a savings of $8,990 for a home at the median sale price for a Manhattan apartment (according to a Q2 2010 Miller Samuel report). Using its proprietary buyer survey and structured sales information database, RealDirect can create a list of homes that a buyer is more likely to purchase. In order to participate, home buyers will fill out a free, online survey which RealDirect analyzes to understand all of the buyers needs and sensitivities. Taking the survey does not obligate the buyer to work with RealDirect in any way. At the completion of the survey, the buyer will receive a synopsis of what’s important to them, broken down into three categories: "Must Haves," "Wish List" and "Deal Breakers.” RealDirect then provides a list of the 5-10 properties that best fit the buyers’ needs. The list will also periodically flag a listing as a "RealBargain" if the data shows the property to be a particularly good deal. “By analyzing approximately 70 data points gathered from our buyers survey and hundreds of property criteria culled from listing data and closed transactions, we have a strong sense of the properties they are most likely to buy – and can get buyers in front of the right properties quickly and painlessly,” said Doug Perlson, co-founder and CEO of RealDirect. Through its partnership with Buyfolio, RealDirect will provide an online account in which users can review the listings and provide feedback – what they like and don’t like about the potential homes. RealDirect continues to update the account with new listings and gather client feedback. Rejected listings will never be suggested again. RealDirect for Buyers kicks into high gear when the buyers find something they like. A RealDirect agent can set up home showing appointments, but buyers have the choice of seeing the homes with or without a RealDirect agent. If a match is found, and the buyer is ready to make an offer, RealDirect offers a professional consultation to determine the right offer price and negotiation strategy – and a licensed agent negotiates on the buyer’s behalf should they want this assistance. RealDirect also provides vetted contractors and architects to give professional opinions on questions of feasibility and cost of renovations. When the offer is accepted, RealDirect coordinates the closing and assists with any closing needs, including board packages. On close, the buyer receives a rebate check in the amount of 1% of the sale price. “In the end, our goal is to bring sellers and buyers together in a more efficient way, and pass the savings onto our clients,” said Mr. Perlson. RealDirect is a real estate technology company that makes selling and buying a home easier, and more efficient. Whether you want to handle the transaction yourself, or have an agent work with you, RealDirect provides clients with all the tools and assistance they need to get from listing to close. RealDirect is located in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan.
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KWKLY Named Preferred Mobile Solutions Provider
RISMEDIA, JUNE 21, 2010—KWKLY has been selected by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World as a preferred provider for its network of 600 real estate firms. KWKLY provides a text messaging solution for real estate brokers at the point of interest for consumers, using the same keyword and short code on every sign installed by a brokerage. When the brokerage’s keyword is texted, home buyers are prompted to either enter the address of the property of interest or click a URL that uses the phone’s GPS to display the five closest properties within a browser page–all branded to the participating brokerage without requiring downloads to the user’s phone. According to LeadingRE Vice President Phil Edwards, KWKLY presents a unique offering. “Using a technology accessible to almost everyone, KWKLY provides home buyers requested information almost immediately, while sending the lead to the agent for follow-up. It is a great example of customer service tailored to this technical age.” “From my experience at the recent LeadingRE conference, it was clear to me that these brokers are focused on customer service,” said Tony Romeo, KWKLY president. “With our tool, they are able to grab customers at the exact moment they need help. What better way to demonstrate responsiveness and, ultimately, win more business?  
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Intel Capital Announces Smart Zip as One of Three Investments
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SmartZip Analytics Secures Venture Funding From Intel Capital
Pleasanton, Calif.  May 3, 2010 - SmartZip Analytics, Inc., a leading provider of independent investment ratings and analysis for residential real estate, today announced that it has secured new funding from Intel Capital. The funding comes from Intel Capital's recently announced Invest in America Technology Fund and will be used to expand availability of its home investment ratings and reports nationwide. Buying a home as a residence or as an investment is a serious decision with significant financial implications, said Mike Buckley, Managing Director of Intel Capital. By utilizing technology, analytics and the internet, SmartZip is well-positioned to help improve the home buying process and reduce loan default risk. Using proprietary analytics, SmartZip has investment rated over 70 million homes across the United States and published the ratings for consumers free of charge via its internet web site www.smartzip.com. Every home has two scores a home owner score for buyers who plan to live in the house and are seeking price appreciation, and an investor score for those that plan to rent the property and are seeking the best monthly cash flow. Using an intuitive 1 to 100 scale, SmartZip ratings offer home buyers and investors a relative assessment of the risk-adjusted investment potential of a property making it easy to find, compare and evaluate the best places and best properties to buy. SmartZip is also making consumer-friendly Home Investment Reports available via licensed real estate agents and its web site. The reports offer detailed insight into a home's investment quality, including neighborhood-level price trends, indicators of housing demand, risk factors and expense and cash flow analyses. Home buyers and real estate professionals have long been focused on what a home costs, but not what it's really worth, noted Tom Glassanos, President and CEO of SmartZip. SmartZip bridges that gap with its objective analysis of a home's fundamental long-term value. This instills confidence in a time of uncertainty, leading to better informed decisions and increased efficiency in the real estate market. We're delighted to receive the investment from Intel Capital to help us expand our market reach. For more information on SmartZip or to get the investment rating on any home in the United States, click here. Real estate agents looking to leverage SmartZip's ratings and home reports to grow their business can visit SmartZip Pro. About SmartZip Analytics, Inc. SmartZip Analytics offers independent investment ratings and analysis on over 70 million residential properties across the United States. The company's products are used by home buyers, investors and real estate professionals to find, compare and assess the best places and best properties to buy. Built using proprietary analytics, SmartZip ratings bring efficiency to the real estate market by helping consumers make better informed, more confident home purchase decisions. SmartZip is a privately held corporation headquartered in Pleasanton, California. About Intel Capital Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet, semiconductor manufacturing and cleantech. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$9.5 billion in over 1,050 companies in 47 countries. In that timeframe, 175 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 241 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2009, Intel Capital invested US$327 million in 107 investments with approximately 50 percent of funds invested outside the U.S. and Canada. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit www.intelcapital.com. To read the original press release, please click here. To learn more about SmartZip, click here. Vail Board of REALTORS® Goes Live with Rapattoni NetMagic Grande Prairie & Area Association of REALTORS Chooses Point2 Discover Software Announces Client Portal, Mobile, and Desktop Versions
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Real Estate Contracts Signed with eSignOnline
Escondido, CA – GoPaperless Solutions is pleased to announce a major ground breaking development in the arena of electronic signatures on sales contracts.  The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issued a Mortgagee Letter on April 8th, 2010 announcing their endorsement and acceptance of electronic signatures on third party documents, such as real estate contracts and sales contracts. Now real estate professionals and their clients who use eSignOnline to electronically sign real estate documents can sign with confidence.  Electronic signatures in real estate has been growing rapidly, however there has been some resistance in the past with some lenders and banks not accepting real estate contracts signed electronically. This is no longer the case with this announcement from FHA that sets precedence for the lending institutions in the United States. A copy of the FHA Mortgagee Letter can be found on the HUD website at  http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/hudclips/letters/mortgagee/files/10-14ml.pdf  eSignOnline uses a simple easy to use interface for navigation and a wizard interface to send documents out for signatures. With 6 simple steps, you can setup and create a new signing session, invite multiple signers to the session, upload multiple documents, drop signature, initial, date, form fields, and checkbox zones on contracts, preview the contract, and send out for signatures. All parties are notified immediately once a contract has been fully executed. Get contracts signed quickly by using eSignOnline to capture signatures of clients who are across town, out of town, out of state, out of the country, or just simply anywhere! To learn more about eSignOnline, click here  
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Announcing the Templates and Packages Release for eSignOnlineTM v2.0
Escondido, CA – GoPaperless Solutions is pleased to announce the upcoming v2.0 release of the Templates and Packages feature for their product eSignOnline, the new and easy way for Real Estate professionals to get electronic signatures on the web.   This new feature enables the eSignOnline user to modify and save their most frequently used documents as templates, thereby saving time and eliminating repetitive tasks. Previously, for every new signing session, the user would have to upload the desired document, typically a pdf or word file, and then drag and drop text and signing fields into each form they sent out to clients. This process, while simple enough, can be time consuming when dealing with a document that has a large number of pages each containing various fields and signing zones to be tagged. Since most users of eSignOnline tend to use the same types of forms on a regular basis, rather than going through the same process of dragging & dropping signature/initial/date/form fields for each document, the GoPaperless team has created the template feature which will enable the user to open a document, add the desired zones (ie: date/time, address, name, signature) and then save that modified document as a template to be used for each subsequent signing session requiring the same form. Now take a large multi-page, multi-signer document, apply a template in seconds and send it out with the confidence that it will contain all the necessary fields to be filled out and signed electronically.       Both the template and package features will be a FREE upgrade for our Silver and Gold plan users at $9.95/month and $19.95/month respectively. NO extra monthly fees!  The scheduled release date is April 15th, 2010.  GoPaperless Solutions is your one source for paper-free hardware/software mobile computing solutions. Our team of IT professionals and industry experts will show you how to save time and money by utilizing technology to help manage your transaction documents and contracts without paper and without being bound to the office. 
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Expand Your Meeting Network with Tungle.me
Making that first connection is great.  But where you go with it after the fact is what defines the relationship. Whether you connect at a conference, exchange emails, connect on LinkedIn or Twitter, or share an event on Plancast, Tungle.me provides the last mile of actually making meetings happen, and getting the relationship started. With Tungle.me Search, it’s now even easier to make that first meeting happen. Using a name, company name or Tungle.me URL, you can now search the Tungle.me Directory to find the people you want to meet with. Once you find them, you can add them to your contact list, or go directly to their Tungle.me page to schedule a meeting with them. Concerned about Privacy?  Don't Be. We Respect Your Privacy and You Have Full Control In an effort to reduce the barriers between companies, and make it easier to schedule meetings with other busy professionals, Tungle allows you to join the growing number of professionals that have agreed to be listed in the Tungle.me directory. FACT: 85% OF TUNGLE.ME USERS AGREE TO BE LISTED IN THE TUNGLE.ME DIRECTORY What does being part of the directory mean? This means that users will be able to find your Tungle.me page when searching for you on Google, Bing, Tungle.me and other partners that integrate Tungle.me on their platform. Go Google yourself, and see if you’re there! The Directory is Your Choice We ask you first before including you in the directory—it’s entirely your choice. If you decide later that you don’t want to be included, simply go to your Management tab, select “Account” from the menu and uncheck the box where it says “Have your Tungle.me page searchable.” Save changes, and you’re done. Your Tungle.me page will no longer come up in Tungle.me search results and people will not be able to find you in the directory. What WILL be indexed (searchable) Your name, title (if you provided it), company name (if you provided it), the link to your Tungle.me page, and any information you chose to add to your page. What WON’T be indexed (not searchable) Your calendar details, your email address, and everything else that is not listed above. You WON’T get spammed The great thing about Tungle.me pages is that others can come to your page and easily schedule a meeting with you without ever signing up. However, we do require them to confirm their email address before a meeting request can be sent to you. What does that mean? It means SPAM bots cannot contact you. Only real people who receive the confirmation email and click to confirm their address can contact you. We have found that people do not abuse your Tungle.me page, because they want to build a relationship with you to conduct real business. No one has ever reported any problems. However, please contact [email protected] if you know of anyone that should be blacklisted. You Can Be Added to a Contact List If you’ve opted to be searchable, people who find you will be able to add you to their contact list. That does not mean they get your email address. It’s more like bookmarking your Tungle.me page. They’ll be able to get to your page and add you to meeting invitations by clicking your name in their contact list, but they won’t be able to contact you any other way unless you’ve added contact info to your page. Remember that people can only search for you by name, company name or if they already know your Tungle.me URL. You Can Contact Us If you need clarification on anything, have more questions we didn’t address here, or want to share your feedback and ideas, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or through the Tungle.me Support Community. We’re ready and waiting to hear from you.
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First American Title Announces AgentFirst Real Estate App For iPhone and iPad
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a la mode Expands SureDocs Mortgage E-Signature Service
RISMEDIA, April 23, 2010—a la mode, Inc., announced that its SureDocs e-signature system, which has already been used for nearly four million mortgage document signing events, is being broadened to include market-specific versions for appraisers and real estate agents. More than 100,000 professionals in the mortgage, finance, agent, appraisal and inspection fields currently utilize a la mode’s desktop and server-side applications to complete various aspects of nearly 50% of all real estate transactions. The deployment of appraisal and agent versions of SureDocs, on the heels of FHA’s confirmation that it now considers e-signatures on third party non-lender documents to be just as valid as previous “wet ink” paper signatures, is a huge step forward in truly creating paperless loans with all of the documents being “first generation” electronic files. As Dave Biggers, a la mode’s chairman noted, “Many of the supposedly paperless loan files out there are full of scanned copies of traditional paper documents. That’s both environmentally and financially expensive. With SureDocs, signatures are applied on screen to purely digital documents, which don’t need to be printed unless the user needs it. It’s better all around.” As an added improvement over old analog processes, the identity of those signing the documents is independently verified and the document custody chain is tracked and documented using an audit file hosted on a la mode’s servers. Any attempt at forging identities, or making fraudulent changes to appraisals, contracts, property condition disclosures, loan files, or any other SureDocs-signed document, is easily tracked and verified using a secure Web browser. Documents are also transmitted to parties using secure GLB-compliant multi-layer protocols. SureDocs for Appraisers SureDocs for Appraisers has already been released, with a version directly embedded at no charge into the company’s new TOTAL 2010 formfilling system. A standalone version compatible with competing forms products is on the way as well. The impact of SureDocs on the appraisal industry is expected to be significant. a la mode’s formfilling products are used by over 50% of all appraisers nationwide, and a la mode’s Mercury Network backbone forms the platform on which the vast majority of appraisals are ordered, managed, or transmitted between lenders, appraisers and AMCs. Appraisers have been vocal about anti-fraud efforts for years, especially as XML-based data delivery has become the norm and Fannie Mae’s Collateral Data Delivery initiative looms on the horizon. XML versions of an appraisal are easily manipulated and then reprinted with the appraiser’s simple “picture” signature intact, so an investor could be unaware that key data in the report has been altered or removed entirely. With SureDocs, PDF appraisals can be transmitted, together with the full XML data, without increasing the risk of mortgage fraud. SureDocs stores a “digital fingerprint” of the PDF files on its verification servers, so auditors can authenticate the version they have versus the original and instantly detect any unauthorized changes. The PDF contains notices to that effect, and each signature imprint contains a serial number unique to that document. Capturing and then re-using a true e-signature on a modified document becomes impractical as a result.  SureDocs for Agents Many of a la mode’s users of SureDocs have actually turned out to be real estate agents who are using the mortgage product for contracts and disclosures. Making a dedicated agent version was a natural next step. SureDocs’ flexible print driver architecture means that any type of document, regardless of industry or source, can be “printed” from any application to the SureDocs application, and immediately displayed on screen ready for signing or transmission. As documents are printed to the SureDocs engine, it learns the formats and recognizes them on subsequent uses. So, a contract from a given board or a particular state disclosure form only has to be set up for signature tags one time. The next time the same type of document is sent to SureDocs, it knows where all the signature tags need to be. Local boards can “train” SureDocs to handle their entire library of hundreds of pre-designed forms in a single day. Plus, the custom Microsoft Word documents often utilized by individual brokers for specialized cases are just as easily set up on-the-fly. If a file can be printed to a PDF, it can be set up as a recognized document by SureDocs. For more information about a la mode, visit www.alamode.com.  
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BIRDVIEW and RealBird Partner to Provide Map Search
April 19, 2010 — RealBird, Inc., a leading provider of online maps and GIS tools tailored for the real estate industry and BIRDVIEW Technologies, a leading provider of Internet based software products for the Real Estate Industry announced today their partnership to work towards providing an integrated set of GIS tools for real estate applications. Under the agreement, BIRDVIEW Technologies will license and build upon RealBirds GIS mapping services a sophisticated set of search and analysis functionalities intended to help home buyers make better informed decisions. RE/MAX A-1 Excellence in Minnesota www.a-1homes.com will be the first BIRDVIEW customer to utilize this new mapping solution based on the RealBird GIS tools. According to David Feerhusen, Broker/Owner, Mapping on real estate websites is an idea whose time has arrived. Based on what we have seen, we are confident that BIRDVIEW and Realbird will deliver an exceptionally valuable tool". Over the last six months BIRDVIEW has conducted a thorough evaluation of mapping alternatives. BIRDVIEWs selection of Realbird was based on the quality of their mapping tools, their product vision and their familiarity with the real estate community," said Michael Kehoe, Executive VP for BIRDVIEW. RealBird is an innovative company that has begun to have an impact in the real estate mapping market. Looking forward, we both see numerous opportunities to utilize mapping tools to improve the consumer experience and increase the ROI for agents and brokers using BIRDVIEWs suite of software." Gabriel Gross, Founder and President of RealBird said: The online mapping industry is evolving very quickly these days, and map-based search tools will soon be found on every real estate website. To achieve a leadership position in the real estate technology market we need strong partners, and BIRDVIEW, as an established industry leader, with a track record of success is best positioned to help us. BIRDVIEWs experience in translating technology into profit for its customers is exactly what we were looking for." Through this partnership, the home buying public is going to realize a dramatic improvement in how they search for homes on the Internet," added Bedros Bedrosian, co-founder and President of BIRDVIEW Technologies. Current search methods will go the way of the horse and buggy. The implications are profound." About BIRDVIEW Technologies BIRDVIEW Technologies (www.birdview.com)is a leading provider of web based software to real estate offices and agents in 28 states, in over 110 local Multiple Listing Services. The Company's scalable software platform provides Lead Generation, Lead Management, Lead Distribution, Communication, and Productivity tools. Each month, BIRDVIEW clients utilize the Companys software to manage over 3.4 million visitors, 100,000 inquiries and nearly 1,000,000 listings. About RealBird RealBirds service (http://www.realbird.com) includes street, aerial and topographical maps, broker-branded driving directions and various visualized data layers, with interactive hotspots that can be linked to photos, websites or virtual tours leading to a superior home buying experience. RealBirds recently announced map-based search service couples the traditional, form-based search with the ability to browse listings on a street or aerial map. Full integration with Google Maps and the Google Earth Viewer are also included. RealBird is a trademark of Realbird Inc. Author: Michael Kehoe BIRDVIEW Technologies
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Touchscreen Mobile Device Sales Will Grow 97% in 2010
STAMFORD, Conn., March 4, 2010—The worldwide market for touchscreen mobile devices will surpass 362.7 million units in 2010, a 96.8 percent increase from 2009 sales of 184.3 million units, according to Gartner, Inc., By 2013, touchscreen mobile devices will account for 58 percent of all mobile device sales worldwide and more than 80 percent in developed markets such as North America and Western Europe. "Touchscreens are no longer the preserve of high-end devices and are now being included in many midrange phones as more companies have been driving the consumer market for affordable touchscreen phones," said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner. "As phone capabilities increase, consumers are becoming much more aware of the benefits of touch interfaces, and vendors are responding." With mobile phone vendors now focused on integrating touch technologies, many are now going a step further and beginning to deliver user interfaces (UIs) that are truly optimized for touch input. They are also increasing their software skills to deliver deeper integration of touch UIs with the underlying platform, rather than software overlays. Ms. Cozza said that the success of the iPhone has shown the viability of capacitive touch technology in mobile phones, which enables more-natural, responsive and intuitive gestures. Gartner predicts that capacitive and resistive touchscreens will coexist in the short term in mobile phones. Capacitive touch will be the mainstream technology; however, resistive touchscreens will still be around because of its lower cost. "As we saw at Mobile World Congress touch interface technology will continue to be one of the key areas of innovation during 2010," said Ms. Cozza. "Vendor and industry focus on touch UI will bring increasing sophistication and spur adoption of touch UI in other consumer electronics devices." However, vendors need to concentrate on delivering an experience rather than just a product. "Consumers won't buy a mobile device purely for the touch UI," said CK Lu, research analyst at Gartner. Touch technology is just an enabler, and ultimately, it is a compelling user experience—which includes good UI design, applications and services—that will make or break a product." Mr. Lu advised vendors to invest in expanding their UI design capabilities and ensure that designs for touch-driven UIs integrate closely with the underlying device software, allowing for an uninterrupted experience. He also said that vendors should consider integrating touch with other form factors, such as numeric or QWERTY keypads, because touch UI cannot fulfill all kinds of operations. From a sales volume perspective, Asia/Pacific is the leading region for touchscreen mobile devices. In 2010, touchscreen mobile device sales in Asia/Pacific are projected to surpass 129.1 million units, accounting for 35.6 percent of the global market. By comparison, Western Europe and North America are expected to account for 26.8 percent and 24.4 percent of global touchscreen mobile device sales. Looking at penetration of touch devices as part of overall sales in their regions, however, Western Europe leads the way with 49 percent, followed by North America at 46.65 percent. Due to the much larger size of the overall market, touchscreen sales will account for just 23.4 percent of total mobile device sales in Asia/Pacific.  “The Asia/Pacific region adapted touch very early since handwriting is great for Chinese input,” Mr. Lu said. “Looking at worldwide performance, touch technology is mainly driven by high end smartphones and feature phones. However, in Asia, the percentage of smartphones are relatively low compared to their sales in Western Europe and the U.S. Although the touch experience is generally welcome by users, price remains an inhibitor for wide adoption of touch phones, particularly in emerging markets.” Additional information is available in the report "Forecast: Touchscreen Mobile Devices, Worldwide, 2006-2013," which is available on the Gartner website at http://www.gartner.com/resId=1288713. About the Gartner Wireless, Networking & Communications Summit 2010 The Gartner Wireless, Networking & Communications Summit 2010 offers new concepts and best practices to increase ROI on wireless investment, insights on the future of wireless, and unbiased perspectives on devices, systems, integration and the latest trends. Gartner analysts will provide advice and best practices for successful wireless and networking implementations at the Gartner Wireless, Networking & Communications Summit 2010 taking place April 19-21 in San Diego, CA. Additional information is available at www.gartner.com/us/wireless. Members of the media can register for the Summit in by contacting Christy Pettey, Gartner Public Relations, at +1 408.468.8312 or at [email protected] Additional information from the event will be shared on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Gartner_inc and at #GartnerWireless. Contacts: Christy Pettey Gartner +1 408 468 8312 [email protected] Ben Tudor Gartner Tel (Media Hotline): +44 (0)1784 267738 Tel: +44 (0)1784 267298 [email protected] About Gartner: Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the indispensable partner to 60,000 clients in 10,000 distinct organizations. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has 4,000 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants in 80 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com. To view the original press release, click here.  
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