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eXp Realty Launches New Home-buying and Selling Instant Offer Platform
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Oct. 3, 2019 -- eXp Realty, The Real Estate Cloud Brokerage and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc., today launched Express Offers, its new home-buying and selling platform for U.S. eXp Realty agents and their clients. Express Offers allows eXp Realty agents to submit homes on behalf of their clients to a number of institutional buyers who are interested in purchasing homes in a particular local market. This gives sellers another option to sell their home quickly without the hassle of showings, staging and uncertainty. For home sellers, properties may qualify to be submitted to more than one buyer, yielding multiple cash offers. Express Offers ensures a real estate agent is part of the transaction. eXp Realty agents are required to take a training program to become certified on the Express Offers platform. When a home seller expresses interest in selling their home with Express Offers, they will be matched with a certified eXp Realty agent and receive a thorough disclosure that walks them through every detail of the process. "Express Offers was designed with the agent in mind and will disrupt an industry still in its infancy. We believe it is the most agent-centric instant offer platform because agents remain at the heart of every transaction as well as have additional opportunities to engage with home sellers," said Ted Laatz, Vice President, Affiliated Services, eXp World Holdings. "eXp agents also can introduce new institutional buyers to the Express Offers platform and earn a percentage of the transaction fee each time that buyer successfully closes a deal." Express Offers currently is available in California with plans to open in 10 more states by year end. About eXp Realty eXp Realty is an eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPI) company. eXp World Holdings also houses eXp World Technologies, LLC, which operates the VirBELA platform. eXp Realty, The Real Estate Cloud Brokerage, is the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America. It is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerage firms in North America with more than 23,000 agents across 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and six Canadian provinces. The company recently announced expansion into the United Kingdom and Australia. As a subsidiary of a publicly traded company, eXp Realty uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn eXp World Holdings stock for production and contributions to overall company growth. VirBELA offers a modern, cloud-based environment focused on education and team development with clients in various industries from government to retail. VirBELA developed eXp Realty's current cloud campus, which provides 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training and socialization for the company's agents and staff. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.expworldholdings.com.
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Six More Partners Launch zavvie iBuyer Platform
Top Real Estate Brokerages Empower Agents with Offer Optimizer™ Technology BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 21, 2019 -- Today, six leading real estate brokerages across the US announced partnerships with zavvie in order to empower their agents with the Offer Optimizer™ Suite, zavvie's complete iBuyer solution for brokerages. With these new partners, over 8,000 agents are now leveraging the zavvie platform to bring all options to the table for their home sellers, including selling to an iBuyer. zavvie's new broker partners include: Allen Tate Realtors in North Carolina, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene in Texas, Smith and Associates in Florida, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties in California, PARKS Realty in Tennessee, and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Winans in Texas. With the rapid expansion of iBuyers, top brokerages are mobilizing to give their agents a comprehensive iBuyer strategy. "Our agents are already adjusting to and working with iBuyers, and have had some great wins. We're empowering every agent to take advantage of this new way to sell, be the expert, and have confidence in the living room," says PARKS Realty CEO, Bob Parks. "zavvie gave us an all-in-one solution that is easy to implement and fast." The Offer Optimizer™ suite provides brokerages and their agents with a complete solution and leading-edge tools to assist their clients. Partnering with zavvie allows brokerages to increase their listing conversion ratio with existing clients, attract new sellers, and ultimately grow market share. Leading iBuyer analyst Mike DelPrete agrees. "zavvie gives brokers a seat at the table in the world of iBuyers," says DelPrete. Learn more at zavvie.com. About zavvie zavvie is a technology company committed to adding ease and clarity to broker relationships with iBuyers. With Offer Optimizer™ Suite, zavvie connects brokerages, agents, and their clients with iBuyers. Currently operating in iBuyer markets and rapidly expanding, zavvie delivers brokerages and agents all they need to thrive: easy to use tools, technology, training, marketing and strategy. zavvie Offer Optimizer™ received an Inman Innovator award for Most Innovative Real Estate Technology, and the company is a graduate of the National Association of REALTORS® REach program. Brokerages interested in licensing Offer Optimizer™ technology visit http://zavvie.com/.
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Keller Williams Latest Kelle Skill Taps Nextdoor's Insights to Empower Agents
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Alain Pinel Realtors Unveils Dynamic, 'Best of Breed' Technology Strategy
Multiple partnerships with software innovators creates powerful, flexible solution for agents and great experiences for homebuyers and sellers. SARATOGA, CALIF. (SEPTEMBER 06, 2018) -- Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) has announced a new technology strategy that will empower its 1,400 agents to work more efficiently, leverage the power of data and better serve Northern California home buyers and sellers. Partnerships with real estate software companies known as leaders in their respective categories are the cornerstone of the strategy. This dynamic strategy was informed by over a year of research with APR agents and is rooted in the belief that an integrated bundling of the very best applications better serves agents than a single technology suite built by a vendor or in-house by a brokerage. "As sole proprietors of their own business, agents deserve the confidence of knowing that their data and tools belong to them exclusively. We have chosen a model that gives agents flexibility and options without extra cost on their part," said Zane Burnett, Vice President of Digital Innovation & Technology at Alain Pinel. APR has inked partnerships with the following companies: ActivePipe: Automated email marketing with exclusive property feed integration Adwerx: Automated, geo-targeted social and display advertising of property listings Cloud CMA: Deep property, comparable sale and buyer reports presented in a branded format RealScout: Collaborative home search between agents and buyers and email alerts powered by "computer vision" Contactually: An intelligent CRM that automates common tasks required of agents Several of these applications are integrated; all will be available to APR agents through a single sign-on (SSO) dashboard within the company intranet. "Building a strategy around the idea that a single company, with one software suite, can keep up with the pace of change simply doesn't make sense anymore," said Burnett. "The technology world is moving faster than ever before, and we were determined to pursue a course that enabled us, and our agents, to respond to change, and pursue innovative solutions, with more agility than our competitors." APR, founded in 1990, was among the first real estate companies in the nation to deploy desktop computers company-wide, created a groundbreaking partnership with Steve Jobs' NEXT Software and launched the country's first real estate website. "Taking the lead on technology is part of our DNA, but we also embrace a humility born from the recognition that any one real estate company, no matter how technologically adept, can satisfy the demands of a changing marketplace on its own," said Mike Hulme, APR's President. "With this strategy, and with these partners, Alain Pinel Realtors is positioned to extend its leadership into a future that will require adaptability, speed and a ceaseless effort to innovate." "Ultimately, for us, technology is a means to deliver outstanding experiences for our agents and home buyers and sellers," said APR Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rainy Hake Austin. "That is our core difference at Alain Pinel Realtors and this strategy serves that end." About Alain Pinel Realtors® Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) is the largest privately owned residential real estate company in Northern California and is consistently ranked among the top 10 largest residential real estate firms in the United States based on closed-sales volume. The firm has 1,400 agents in more than 30 offices throughout Northern California. APR was founded in 1990 by Chairman and CEO Paul L. Hulme, and is based in Saratoga, Calif. Visit us at apr.com.
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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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DotLoop Further Penetrates the Bluegrass State, Powering Five New Real Estate Offices
05/18/2011– REALTORS® throughout Kentucky are committed to simplifying the lives of home buyers and sellers by leveraging technology for simpler transactions. In response to this commitment, DotLoop, the collaborative workspace for real estate is powering five new offices in addition to adoption success by REALTOR® Association members of the Bluegrass State. Kentucky REALTOR® Associations powered by DotLoop have achieved more than 75 percent adoption by their members. These real estate agents recognize DotLoop as a necessary platform for their business as a means of completing deals faster, with more transparency and efficiency. With today's home buyers and sellers constantly connected with various technology, REALTORS® require a solution that's as convenient as it is effective. DotLoop's unique "Version-Now" technology breaks the barriers of traditional real estate transactions by encompassing document sharing, adjusting and electronic signatures. Contrary to eSignature and file-sharing software that relies on PDFs, DotLoop's collaborative workspace makes online transactions more transparent as all parties work from the most recent version of a document at all times. Many of today's home buyers and sellers communicate with that same transparency on a daily basis through online shopping and banking, using smart phones and tablets to facilitate instant and virtually limitless connectivity. Performing entire transactions online eliminates the need for agents and their clients to travel across town or chase down a fax machine to acquire signatures. Therefore, each party saves immeasurable time throughout their day as they complete transactions online in real time. Home buyers and sellers expect and demand simplicity without having to budget their time around a transaction. "By using a contract-based system that employs electronic signatures, I am able to just shoot things off and not be concerned with all the paper," said Heather Shaw, REALTOR® with Sibcy Cline. "It helps with organization and the ability to serve clients." As technology continues to flourish in the emerging marketplace, REALTORS® with the right technology solution will provide a higher level of return and customer satisfaction over those who do not. The Kentucky real estate offices and associations currently adopting DotLoop are enabled to meet the needs of home buyers and sellers. With 75 percent adoption among the Kentucky REALTOR® associations that offer DotLoop as a member benefit, indicates a growing demand and acceptance for technology solutions in real estate that work. The growth in users has allowed DotLoop to flourish in the Bluegrass State as a leading provider of transactions solutions to individual real estate offices and REALTOR® Association members as well. The continued growth is a testament to Kentucky agents, as well as those across the country, to simplify the home buying and selling process to better serve their clients. About DotLoop Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, DotLoop is transforming the real estate industry by providing a collaborative workspace 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 sign documents digitally – addressing the challenges of security, efficiency, and overhead costs in today's real estate industry.  
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Homes.com Announces Mortgage Calculator App
NORFOLK, VA – May 5, 2011 – Homes.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, announced today the release of its new Mortgage Calculator application for the iPhone. The Mortgage Calculator app joins Homes.com’s already extensive mobile suite, which includes home search applications for iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7 and Android users, as well as a mobile website, making Homes.com the first real estate portal to reach consumers on all major mobile platforms. Homes.com’s Mortgage Calculator app offers a variety of tools to help home buyers and renters searching for their next home. The “Buy or Rent” tool, which calculates the home searcher’s best financial option based on factors like monthly expenses, local market conditions and taxes, is the first of its kind offered in a mobile app designed by a real estate search site. Other tools on the app include: A debt-to-income calculator that offers feedback on whether now is a good time to buy based on the consumer’s financial circumstances A monthly payment calculator A refinance calculator All tools are seamlessly integrated into Homes.com's property search, linking consumers using the app directly to properties in their local market and real estate professionals on Homes.com. “The release of this Mortgage Calculator app reinforces our commitment to serving consumers through every step of the home search process, starting with the very first step—deciding whether to buy or rent,” said Jason Doyle, Homes.com vice-president and general manager. “Using intuitive mobile technology, this user-friendly app links consumers directly to homes for sale or rent depending on their needs.” The Mortgage Calculator is a free app now available on the Apple App Store. Click to download now. Multimedia – Download screenshots of Homes.com’s Mortgage Calculator by clicking here. About Homes.com Homes.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is a leading provider of real estate marketing and media services, including brand advertising, property listing exposure and syndication, search engine marketing and instant response lead generation. Over 6 million consumers visit Homes.com each month to search nearly 4 million properties for sale or rent, to locate real estate agents in their area and to find useful home buying tips. Homes.com provides premier advertising solutions for real estate professionals reaching active homebuyers and sellers. For more information, visit www.Homes.com. About Dominion Enterprises Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, website design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 40 market-leading websites reaching more than 17.6 million unique visitors monthly, and more than 280 magazines with a weekly circulation of 2.4 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, the company has 4,900 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide. For more information, visit www.dominionenterprises.com.  
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WolfNet to Post a Tip of the Week Blog Series
Starting this month, WolfNet Technologies will publish a weekly tech tip to help you better leverage your WolfNet IDX solution. This blog series will feature everything from the most basic “getting started” tips for new customers to more involved posts for seasoned veterans, including integration and customization strategies targeting webmasters, developers and programmers. Featured clients will be guests on selected posts in order to provide additional insight and showcase live examples of the selected topic. Each post in the series will feature a “difficulty rating.” Much like ski trails are rated on terrain, each blog will feature a symbol to identify the topic as “Easy” (green circle), “Intermediate” (blue square) or “Expert” (Black Diamond). Of course, even experts can benefit from “Easy” topics, and novices may pick up useful tips on the “expert” posts. So subscribe to the WolfNet blog today and get ready to take your WolfNet IDX solution to the next level! The first tip will arrive soon! Learn more about WolfNet Technologies.
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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
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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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FBS Releases A WordPress Plugin and the API that Powers It
Disclaimer: This post promotes a new IDX product from FBS that costs money. If you use our IDX system to develop your site, you should probably read the post. If not, you've been warned. On Monday, FBS released two new sites and two new products for users of our flexmls IDX system. First, we released a WordPress plugin that works with our IDX search. Second, for developers creating sites for agents and brokers using flexmls IDX, we've also made available the API (application programming interface) that powers the WordPress plugin, so that you can have ultimate control over the sites you're developing for your agent and broker customers. You can check out details about the plugin on our demo and documentation site for the plugin and you can check out details on the API in our new flexmls Developer Center website. First, let's check out the WordPress plugin, which allows you to publish a lot of content to your WordPress blog site that can be indexed by search engines. For example, you can publish market stats like this: Fargo Home Prices 134950.00, 139900.00, 142500.00, 134949.50, 136447.50, 169900.00, 160000.00, 144900.00, 147900.00, 149900.00, 139125.00, 159950.00 134825.50, 138000.00, 140000.00, 135449.50, 139050.00, 164000.00, 160000.00, 143250.00, 142230.00, 146950.00, 136349.00, 156250.00 Information is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. © 2011 In addition to price trend graphs, there are graphs on DOM, inventory, sale/list price ratio, and volume, and you can target the graphs at specific cities or zips or even map overlays you've drawn in flexmls Web. These statistics automatically update over time, so you can build neighborhood pages that are continually current. The plugin also includes a listing slideshow widget you can insert into your blog posts or pages or your sidebar, like this: Fargo Open Houses 0 Listings The slideshow can be customized to show new listings, recent price changes, open houses (like the one above) and, if your MLS allows, recent sales. I'm hopeful this widget becomes popular, because I think it could lead to agents getting photos in faster and making sure their open house and other information is up to date in the MLS, because the live nature of these widgets makes it pretty clear when new listings don't have photos yet and open house info isn't entered. Another widget you can insert into your sidebar, pages or posts is a targeted search form, like this one for horse lovers: Find Horse Properties Price: to Bedrooms: to Bathrooms: to Square Footage: to You can create these forms by pointing the basic form (location, price, bedrooms, etc.) at a saved search IDX link that has more specialized criteria in it like Horse Property or, if your MLS allows, short sale or foreclosures. You also can add a bunch of links for popular areas or saved searches for 1-click entry points into your IDX search: Popular Cities Fargo West Fargo Moorhead Horace Dilworth Harwood Mapleton Casselton As mentioned above, you can combine the various widgets in a lot of ways to create pages for each community in which you specialize. We look forward to seeing what types of pages you create. In that regard, please let us know if you have some pages you'd like us to feature here or on our plugin site. We're hoping many agents and brokers find the WordPress plugin useful. We know, however, that not everyone uses WordPress and that many developers will want to help their agent and broker customers create a custom look and feel to their pages integrating flexmls IDX. To meet that need, we're also making available the API on which we built the plugin so you can do your own thing. You can check out documentation on the API in our new flexmls Developer Center. Importantly, the API is only for our IDX customers and it does require a $240 additional annual fee (which also includes the the WordPress plugin; well, technically, the plugin is free, but the API access requires the license fee), but we think the combination of the WordPress plugin and the API will have a lot of value for developers wanting to leverage the flexmls IDX solution without having to re-host or synchronize any data or images. We take care of all of that for you, ensuring the data on your website is always up to date and accurate directly from the MLS IDX program. As mentioned above, we're excited to see what you create with these new tools and we're excited for the many upgrades we have planned as well. If you would like to know more about FBS, please click here.  
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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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HomeGain Announces 2010 Top Performing AgentEvaluator® Real Estate Agents
Emeryville, CA - January 25, 2011 - HomeGain, a leading online real estate resource that connects home buyers and sellers with real estate professionals, today announced its 2010 Top Performing AgentEvaluator® Real Estate Agents.For the past decade HomeGain has annually recognized its most successful and productive real estate agents and brokers who are members of its AgentEvaluator® product in each of six regions across the United States, as well as the overall top performing agents in all 50 states.Overall, in 2010 HomeGain's top five real estate professionals earned an average of $103,122 in gross closed commissions from their HomeGain AgentEvaluator® business and an average of 13 closed transactions."We are delighted to recognize these HomeGain members for their high level of accomplishment," stated Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain. "We are pleased that HomeGain is able to contribute to their success by connecting them with qualified home buyers and sellers."HomeGain's 2010 Nationwide Top Performer in total number of home sales for the fifth consecutive year is Barbara Tidwell with Keller Williams Realty in Texas, closing 18 home transactions from AgentEvaluator® business. The 2010 Nationwide Top Performer by total commissions earned for the sixth consecutive year is Eric Pakulla with RE/MAX Advantage Realty in Maryland, earning $148,300 from AgentEvaluator®. Barbara and Eric are also the Top Performers in their regions and states.“I am honored to be named the HomeGain National Top Performer for 2010, said Eric Pakulla, who was the first agent to earn over one million dollars in gross commissions from HomeGain business. “HomeGain has been an incredible business partner for 10 years, and they continue to provide high-quality, motivated leads. I love the AgentEvaluator® program. It allows me to keep my expenses at a minimum because I only have to compensate HomeGain when I receive a commission. Keep the leads coming!  I will continue to close them.”Regional HomeGain 2010 AgentEvaluator® Top Performer award recipients include: Mid-West Region by Highest Dollar Volume: Karen Breen Elia, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties in Illinois Southeast Region by Highest Dollar Volume: Andrea K. Dugan, RE/MAX Premier in Virginia Southeast Region Highest Volume of Home Sales: Ron Maruca, Charles Rutenberg Realty LLC in Florida South Region Highest Dollar Volume: Scott Myers, Century 21 Scott Myers Realtors in Texas West Region by Highest Dollar Volume and Volume of Home Sales: Sara and Steve Gerhart, RE/MAX Masters in California For a complete list of AgentEvaluator® top performing real estate agents, including honorable mentions, top performers listed by state and HomeGain end-of-year highlights, visit the HomeGain Real Estate Blog.AgentEvaluator® is a marketing program for real estate agents who are looking to connect with online home buyers and sellers. To learn about the program, visit www.homegain.com/agentevaluator.About HomeGainHomeGain is a leading provider of online marketing solutions that connect real estate agents and brokers with home buyers and sellers. HomeGain offers free services to find and compare real estate agents, research home values, and view homes for sale. Since 1999 REALTORS® have used HomeGain's real estate marketing programs to connect with consumers, promote their services and grow their business. HomeGain.com has been a top-visited real estate website since 1999. HomeGain is your real estate connection.  
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eMerge™ Launches SMS / Text Messaging & Expanded Social Media
Slidell, LA  -  NMD, the technology firm behind the eMerge™ interactive marketing suite, announced this week the launch of SMS text messaging within the EasyEmerge.com interface.  This new functionality complements the already existing email marketing and social media services available within the software, offering users a comprehensive set of interactive marketing services all within one affordable interface. "With over 1 trillion text message sent per year, eMerge™ offers our more savvy marketers the ability to reach customers immediately," states eMerge™ VP of Sales and Marketing, Natalie Guess.  "Team eMerge™ is working to educate our users on effectively using email, social AND text marketing to maximize exposure and engage their customers.  The best part is that it's never been easier or more affordable to run a comprehensive interactive campaign than with EasyEmerge.com." SMS, which stands for short message service, allows users to send and receive text messages through their eMerge™ account.  This feature offers a great opportunity for appointment reminders, RSVPing for events, opting in for special offers and providing immediate updates.  The service is affordable too.  Users must have an active eMerge™ account in order to get started.   After a  $25 setup charge that includes a telephone number license and 100 FREE credits, users pay $10/month for their telephone number license and pre-purchase SMS credits on an as-needed basis ranging between six cents to four cents per message based on quantity purchased. Although users cannot select their telephone number, they can select their desired area code within the continental US.  The service is currently limited to the continental US only and users must agree to follow the eMerge™ 'spam free' acceptable use policy in order to use the service.  "It's exciting to be a part of our customer's business success," shares Natalie Guess.   "This new functionality is just another way that we can help our customers succeed in their marketing endeavors." Also launched this week within eMerge is expanded social media management.  Users may view and respond to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn posts all within the eMerge™ Desktop Report Monitor that sits on their computer's task bar.  This easy to use report monitor not only allows users to view their latest posts and pending comments / tweets but also to quickly respond and get back to work without having to log into their various social media accounts.  "No other interactive software features this level of functionality," says CEO, Bondilyn Jolly.  "Our goal with developing the desktop monitor was to provide our users a quick and convenient way to manage their latest interactive pushes without the tedious, time-consuming need to log in and out of their different social media channels.  The desktop monitor also allows eMerge™ users the ability to view the results of their latest email runs and will shortly encompass SMS / text reports as well.  Our goal is to help our users overcome their marketing challenges and succeed at the highest communication level they can."
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Authentisign™ Digital Signatures in the Real Estate Mainstream
Atlanta, GA – December 31, 2010 – More than 10 years ago, the ESIGN law was enacted when U.S. President Clinton signed the E-Signature bill giving the same legal validity to an electronic signature as a signature in pen and ink. As REALTORS® and consumers become increasingly comfortable with the security and authenticity of digital signatures, MLSs and Associations are embracing this technology. Today several such organizations have taken a leadership position in the industry providing digital signatures as a benefit to their members. Instanet Solutions announced today that Authentisign™, an integrated digital signature platform, has been selected as the product-of-choice for more than 50,000 REALTORS®. These REALTORS® include members of the Central Virginia Regional MLS (CVRMLS), Georgia MLS (GAMLS), REALTOR® Association of Ft. Lauderdale (RAGFL), and the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® (SFAR). In each organization, Instanet is providing a single, integrated system that provides seamless access to Authentisign right from the software with which members are already familiar. Richard Boone, CEO of GAMLS, said “Our organization made this choice as a means to streamline the business of our members while providing them with a secure electronic audit trail for every activity - from listing to closure. It put us in a great leadership position in a competitive market, as well. We know the enhanced Authentisign service from Instanet will streamline transaction management for our members, helping them to be much more productive and ultimately make more money.” “We're always looking to "raise the bar" of professionalism of the industry in our area”, said CVRMLS CEO Laura Lafayette. “We believe that digital signatures will allow us to do just that. And, of course, we knew we'd have no better partner in this endeavor than Instanet Solutions. We've utilized Instanet as our vendor for electronic forms for many years and they've been a great partner. Partnering with Instanet to bring our members document storage and electronic signature capability was a natural fit.” “We are excited to add Authentisign in these key real estate markets. This tool makes it very easy and fast for REALTORS® to manage their real estate transactions from beginning-to-end,” according to Martin Scrocchi, Instanet Solutions CEO. “Instanet is tightly integrated with the local MLS and public records systems, in addition to real estate forms and document/transaction management software already being used. Translated, Agents can quickly create a package of contract documents which are automatically populated with detailed property data, share them electronically and securely with their clients, then sign them with an ESIGN- compliant tool. No need to log into three or more disparate systems. The idea is to truly make the entire real estate transaction easy for the Agent and with far less paper.” About Instanet Solutions: Instanet Solutions is a leading provider of real estate technology with approximately 390,000 licensed, paid, user accounts of their various real estate focused products - InstanetForms™, TransactionDesk™, DocBox™, DocBox2Go™, InstanetFax™ and Authentisign™. Instanet Solutions began delivering residential real estate technology in 1992. To learn more about Instanet Solutions, please click here.  
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DotLoop Announces Nationwide Agreement With Keller Williams Realty
 CINCINNATI, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DotLoop, the trusted source for sharing and signing documents online, announced an agreement with Keller Williams Realty, the third largest franchise operation in the U.S., to provide its services to 80,000 agents in nearly 700 locations in North America. The agreement, approved by Keller Williams Associate Leadership Councils, makes the DotLoop platform a central component of the company's eEdge initiative, which will allow agents and clients to access, share, and sign documents at the click of a mouse.  The agreement is the largest of its kind in the history of the real estate industry. DotLoop has developed the only platform for the real estate industry where users add, adjust, approve, and sign documents in one secure, online environment. The current real estate transaction process can be inefficient and cumbersome. Piles of paperwork are delivered, emailed or faxed and become more complicated with each offer and counter-offer.  Both real estate agents and their clients will enjoy the benefits of the DotLoop System: Increased efficiency: documents can be sent and signed electronically, saving time and automating certain steps in the transaction process; Improved accuracy: in addition to tracking all changes that are made within the documents, all activities are logged and time-stamped to maintain a thorough record; Convenience: documents can be accessed online and viewed securely at any time from the comfort of your home, office or mobile phone; Reduced costs: fewer copies, less storage space required, and less time spent on administrative functions. "Keller Williams is determined to stay ahead of the curve to provide the most services and support in the industry to our entire network -- especially in today's real estate climate," said Mark Willis, CEO of Keller Williams Realty. "This is just the latest demonstration of our commitment to helping our agents accelerate their leadership internationally as well as in their local markets." DotLoop is an online platform that promotes efficiency for all parties involved in a real estate transaction, including consumers and real estate agents from other brands.  Any agent can work with a Keller Williams associate at no cost, which is facilitated through a simple email invite granting access to the DotLoop platform. "In today's connected world, consumers expect the kind of accessibility and convenience that DotLoop provides," said G. Austin Allison, CEO of DotLoop.  "Keller Williams and their associates are committed to delivering only the greatest level of service to their clients; we are proud to be part of this effort." About Keller Williams Realty Founded in 1983, Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the third-largest real estate franchise operation in the United States, with 690 offices and more than 80,000 associates in the United States and Canada.  The company, which began franchising in 1990, has an agent-centric culture that emphasizes access to leading-edge education and promotes an economic model that rewards associates as stakeholders and partners.  The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes and commercial real estate properties.   For more information, or to search for homes for sale, visit Keller Williams Realty online at www.kw.com. 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 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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Telivant Reports New Open House Lead Capture Technology
Someone finally figured out what the most important part of an Open House is? The sign in sheet. Think about it! The chances of selling the open home itself are very slight (5% according to NAR), so the two biggest dividends from the open house are potential new buyers and getting to know the neighbors in your chosen farm area. Right? But just because you are in front of this potential client doesn't mean you have "captured" them. So what happens when you put that piece of paper and pen out for visitors to sign up? If you're like me you always write the name of a previous customer with his information on the top line (nobody wants to be the first to sign in) to break the ice. But is the sign in sheet an ice-breaker or an awkward moment? The success or failure of your Open House depends on you capturing the info at the event. And what if you misplace that list, or lose it or what if you can't read the visitors sign in? Now a new REALTOR® app for iPad has a solution to the sign in sheet question. Open Home Pro uses technology as an ice breaker AND to capture your leads. Anyone who has ever handed someone an iPad knows what happens. People are like little kids when handed an iPad for the first time. Open Home Pro uses this moment to help you break the ice and get your visitor to open up. The first thing the visitor sees on the screen is a single question, "What is your name", the iPad keyboard pops up to input this. The app then guides the visitor through entering email, phone number, and whether they are an agent. Lastly it asks the visitor how many bedrooms he or she is looking for. The brief session ends with "Please hand the iPad back to the Agent". Assuming he is not working with an agent the visitor is now a client.Open Home Pro will increase your lead capture at Open Houses. Open Home Pro then allows you to enter notes about this client. You'll probably want to capture some details if the client has opened up already. Or you might want to wait until the new client has left. Once you end the open house Open Home Pro will prompt you to email your new clients thanking them for visiting and telling them you will provide them some more info about the home or their search parameters. All before you leave the home! How cool is that? Open Home Pro is a free app for the iPad, you can download it at iTunes. If you would like to learn more about Telivant, please click here.  
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Sentrilock Showcases New Login Screen Features
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ReachFactor Adds Four New Features
Earlier this week ReachFactor announced several new product enhancements to their lead generation and online marketing tool. ReachFactor allows real estate agents and brokers to connect with Facebook, share listings on Twitter and instantly post listings to Craigslist. The four updates include: 1. Import Listings from Realtor.com You can now import your listings from Realtor.com. In the “Listings” click on “Import Listings” and select Realtor.com from the dropdown. Then just paste in the address for your listing. Voila! No more entering listings by hand. If you need us to add another site, just send us an email. 2. Get Rated in Your Surveys We added a question to the survey. We want to make sure the survey is short so your clients will fill it out, but the 5 star rating of your service needs to be included. Now you can show off five star ratings in addition to great feedback. 3. Search Engine Optimization We added a bunch of data to your websites that will allow google and other search engines to show a little extra data when your ReachFactor pages come up in search results. If it’s your profile page they’ll be able to add a rating (1-5 stars) and a count of the number of reviews you have. 4. Changing Endorsements to Reviews Endorsements and reviews what’s the big deal? Everyone’s talking about reviews so even though they have very similar meanings its much more useful to you if your clients see review tabs. It’s a name they know and are likely looking for anyway. We went ahead and changed the terminology throughout the entire ReachFactor app, on your public sites and on the Facebook tabs. To learn more about ReachFactor, please click here.
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Home87.com Launches Free Unlimited Single Property Sites & Virtual Tours
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PropertyMinder Launches New Interactive Map Search Platform
San Jose, CA – December 3, 2010-- PropertyMinder, Inc. is proud to announce its new Interactive Map Search (IMS) platform using Google Maps, for Realtors® and brokers. Built using the newest technology available, the IMS will allow visitors to draw shapes to find homes, search in multiple locations simultaneously, show Google street views, save Favorites, and much more! Your users will love the new search interface and will spend more time on your PropertyMinder website. Knowing that nine out of ten buyers use the Internet during their home buying process, PropertyMinder kept in mind that the new search platform has to load fast, be easy to use, and must contain plenty of options for lead capture. When a visitor searches by either the location or the drawing tab, the results are plotted immediately on the map while the listing details show below, on the same page. The results can be sorted, saved, and browsed very simply on the same screen. Home searching through the IMS drawing tool is a simple affair as well. The visitor can just draw the area they want to search in and the system will show the results instantaneously. The drawn shape can be easily manipulated to become bigger, smaller, or cover a different area, according to the users’ liking. As in our original home search interface, there are various advanced search options as well such as fields for REO’s, waterfront, or short sale listings. Commenting on the IMS launch, Boris Gruzman, CEO of PropertyMinder, said, “Updating and improving our original home search platform was a very high priority for us and we will continue to do that for all of our product lines. PropertyMinder will always be creating the best web tools to help our clients reach their maximum potential online.” A webinar on the Interactive Map Search feature will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 7th at 10am PST (1pm EST). Click here to register. 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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Trendgraphix Expands Relationship with Windermere Real Estate
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Zillow Launches A Free Online Agent Endorsement System
Today, Zillow launched Zillow Ratings and Reviews - or basically an endorsement system on the site for real estate professionals.  It is a way for consumers to review real estate agents they've worked with in the past to assist other consumers in the agent selection process.  But want to know the other big winner here?  Great agents!  They are the ones that will flourish and rise to the top. How can I easily collect reviews from past clients? Email individual clients and ask them to fill out a review form on Zillow.  To streamline this process, you can pre-populate the form with the address of the home you helped them buy or sell, and fill in the service you provided (buyer's agent, seller's agent, etc). Email up to 50 clients a day with a standard form asking them to review you on Zillow. If a past client is viewing your Zillow profile, they can click the ‘write a review' button and will be directed to the ratings and reviews form. Who can review me? Any client, past or present, can review you regardless of when the transaction closed. The reviewer must have an active profile on Zillow. Agents cannot review other agents. How are reviews moderated? Zillow's customer service team personally looks at every single review before it is published, to ensure that it adheres to Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy and is respectful and appropriate. If we feel a review does not comply with our Guidelines and Policies, or is generally inappropriate or off-topic, we won't post it. Can I respond to reviews? Yes. Agents will be notified when a review has been written about them and have the opportunity to publically respond to all reviews. Additionally, agents can flag reviews they feel are inaccurate or unjust for further review by Zillow's moderators.   What I really want to highlight is that Zillow understands the power of reviews for both consumers and agents, and has a dedicated customer service team in place that will personally look at EVERY SINGLE REVIEW before it is published. As I said in the beginning, this new endorsement system is going to be an excellent opportunity for great agents--similar to how great restaurants thrive on Yelp.  In the NAR 2010 Home Buyer and Seller survey that just came out, it said that 87% of consumers would recommend or use their agent again in the future.  Now these past clients can tell your future clients why! The above announcement can be found on Sara Bonert's Active Rain blog.  To view the original post, please click here.  
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HomeGain Launches New HOMEGAIN150 Promotion
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Condo.com Announces Joint Marketing Program
Miami, FL (November 22, 2010) – Condo.com, the world’s largest condo marketplace, today announced a partnership with condo powerhouses ST Residential and The Marketing Directors. ST Residential is comprised of a hand-picked group of the most successful private equity investors, which form a powerful, world-class asset management company and the private component of a unique public-private partnership with the FDIC. The Marketing Directors is an Atlanta-based sales and marketing firm specializing in high-density real estate marketing. Condo.com will initially launch an online sales and marketing program for the Mosaic Houston, a luxury two-tower condominium owned by ST Residential and exclusively represented by The Marketing Directors. By leveraging their massive site traffic of over 1 million visitors per month, Condo.com will provide lead generation services to help sales and rental activity at the project. ST Residential is stabilizing a portfolio of design-driven residences with an unmatched level of design, detail, amenities and services.  With billions invested in real estate assets and loans, ST Residential is assembling strong online and offline marketing teams to successfully manage and sell their portfolio across the country. Condo.com and The Marketing Directors are amongst the list of partners chosen based on their industry-specific marketing experience.Condo.com will promote Mosaic’s unsold inventory consisting of approximately 200 units for sale and rent on the website and route buyer and renter leads in real time to the sales center operated by The Marketing Directors. The Mosaic luxury condominiums are centrally located across from Hermann Park and steps away from the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, the historic Museum District, Rice University and a mile and half from the city center. Prices range from $150k to $500k for one and two bedroom units in the towers.   “We are thrilled to be partnering with ST Residential and The Marketing Directors for this unique project and look forward to delivering qualified leads,” said Richard Swerdlow, CEO of Condo.com. About Condo.com Condo.com is the world's largest condominium marketplace with over 2,000,000 listings valued in excess of $500 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. For more information, visit www.condo.com.   About ST Residential ST Residential leads a public-private partnership between the FDIC and a consortium of esteemed private-equity investors, and manages a nationwide condominium-construction project portfolio. Members of the private equity consortium include Starwood Capital, TPG, Perry Capital and WLR LeFrak. By managing its portfolio with an unmatched level of detail and tailoring projects to the communities they serve, the company strives to be the standard bearer for luxury condominium projects. For more information, visit www.stresidential.com.   About The Marketing Directors The Marketing Directors, LLC, was founded in 2007 by David Tufts.  He and Adrienne Albert, Marketing Directors, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer collaborated to create a team of the most highly experienced real estate professionals in the Southeast to service developers specializing in high density residential sales and marketing. With over 30 years of experience, The Marketing Directors is well positioned to be the solution to developers in any market condition. The Marketing Directors, LLC, represents real estate clients and developers throughout Atlanta; Houston; Boca Raton, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Memphis and Nashville, Tenn. The Southeast offices are headquartered in the Four Seasons Tower at 75 14th Street, Atlanta, Ga., and 121 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1500 in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit www.themarketingdirectorsinc.com or find us on Facebook.  
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Realtor.com Launches Windows Phone 7 Real Estate Search App
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HomeGain and AgencyLogic Partner to Provide Single Property Websites
Emeryville, CA (PRWeb) November 16, 2010 – HomeGain®, a leading website that connects real estate agents with home buyers and sellers, today announced that it has partnered with AgencyLogic to provide single property websites to its real estate agent and broker members. The HomeGain Property Websites enable real estate agents and brokers to showcase a single home listing to potential buyers and sellers. Each single property website provides a custom domain name, ability to add videos and unlimited photos, syndication to the major search engines, and sharing on social sites like Facebook and Twitter. “We are always searching for ways to help our agent members, and these single property websites are an excellent marketing tool for them to help sell their clients’ homes,” said Louis Cammarosano, General Manager of HomeGain. Last year HomeGain and AgencyLogic partnered to provide HomeGain’s instant home value tool to AgencyLogic’s extensive single property website network.   “This partnership builds upon our existing and long standing relationship with HomeGain, a premium brand in the real estate industry,” said Stephen Fells, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of AgencyLogic. “Single property websites are a perfect addition to the existing HomeGain product line and compliment the many other ways the company helps  REALTORS® .” Real estate agents can learn more about HomeGain Single Property Websites by visiting http://pws.homegain.com or calling (866) 512-7913. About HomeGain: HomeGain® is a leading provider of online marketing programs that connect real estate agents and brokers with home buyers and sellers. HomeGain offers free services to find and compare real estate agents, research home values, and view homes for sale. REALTORS® use HomeGain’s real estate marketing programs to connect with consumers, promote their services and grow their business. HomeGain.com has been a top visited real estate website since 1999. About AgencyLogic: AgencyLogic is a division of Network Earth, Inc., a technology company founded in 1995 that specializes in Web-based software development for businesses. Network Earth’s expertise includes application and Website development with the company recently moving into the social networking world with the formation of Social Gears, LLC. Today, PowerSites™ are the company’s main product, and are revolutionizing the way REALTORS® are marketing properties online by allowing them to affordably create a single Website for every listing. To learn more about single property websites from AgencyLogic visit: http://www.agencylogic.com.  
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CoreLogic Selects Onboard Informatics as a Strategic Partner
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What is the Solution to the Erosion of the MLS?
What the BLC® listing service IS Have you heard of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval? How about Grade A eggs? Like these examples, the BLC® trademark is our industry seal of approval. This registered, collective membership mark identifies the product as a resource for REALTORS® only. Because REALTORS® abide by a code of ethics, in turn, the BLC® mark is a stamp of approval that tells home buyers and sellers our system is a trusted source of proprietary data — and it's available only to those professionals and the consumers they serve.   What the BLC® listing service ISN'T The BLC® listing service has NO impact on the technology side of a listing service's operation. The protected BLC® trademark is merely a replacement for the existing term "MLS." By becoming a Broker Listing Cooperative® system licensee, you offer a seal of approval. You ensure that your listings are accurate, timely, credible and — most importantly — protected. It's simple to adopt and implement the BLC® brand for use in your own organization. We can even provide an easy-to-use graphic standards guide and materials for a turnkey transition. To learn more about the Broker Listing Cooperative® listing service, visit our new website, www.WhyBLC.com. Here, you can take the BLC® quiz, search for answers to your questions among our FAQs and view testimonials from current BLC® licensees. Or better yet, in New Orleans visit booth 1701 or contact Karen McGuire at 317/448-0671 or [email protected]
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Grande Prairie & Area Association of REALTORS Chooses Point2
Vancouver, BC – November 3rd, 2010 – Point2 (www.Point2.com) today announced that Grande Prairie & Area Association Of REALTORS® Inc. (GPAAR – www.gpaar.ca) has deployed Point2’s national real estate listing syndication and online marketing technology solution program for MLSs (Multiple Listing Service) and Associations (www.listingsyndication.com). GPAAR becomes the first organized real estate organization in the province of Alberta to implement the national listing data distribution solution, following an aggressive start by the province of Saskatchewan last year that saw eight real estate Associations and Boards roll out the advanced system. The Point2 solution will enable GPAAR broker and agent members to automate and control online listing advertising, seamlessly through their Association’s online listing management dashboards, to post listings across Point2’s network of more than 20 popular Canadian consumer real estate search sites and top search engines, with a single click of the mouse and at no added cost to them. Users can also access traffic intelligence reports, also free of charge, to support and substantiate recommendations to clients and key decisions such as advertising focus and budgeting. “We are excited to partner with Point2 to bring the benefits of automated listing syndication to our members, primarily in the forms higher productivity and data integrity online,” said Grande Prairie & Area Association Of REALTORS® executive officer, Karen Bilodeau. “The fact that leads generated through this effort are funneled to our members at no charge, and that they can avail of effective conversion systems to capitalize on the exposure, give them a significant new competitive advantage.” “The Canadian consumer realizes that they now have more choices and are frequenting a number of online venues to do their real estate research. They also expect high quality, up to date information,” said Saul Klein, Senior Vice President, Point2. “Real estate MLSs, Associations and Boards, the authoritative sources for real estate listing data, are progressively taking initiative to enable their members to benefit from this evolving trend.” Google, Hometrader.ca, househunting.ca, RealEstateChannel.ca, Point2 Homes and ZooCasa are amongst the key sites within the Canadian Point2 listing syndication network that will now draw GPAAR listings through a live feed, from Point2’s data aggregation systems, helping to ensure consumer access to the most up to date and accurate listing information on the increasingly popular sites. Under the program, GPAAR members will also gain seamless, optional access to the subscription based Point2 Agent (www.Point2Agent.com) software suite, also through their listing management dashboard, to help maximize online lead conversion and revenue through advanced, built-in detailed traffic reports and predictive marketing tools. For more information about Point2’s MLS and Association solution, please visit www.listingsyndication.com. About Point2 Point2 (www.Point2.com), a Yardi Systems Inc. (www.Yardi.com) brand, provides inventory management and online marketing software solutions to the real estate and heavy equipment industries across 120 countries. More information about Point2 can be found here. 
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Sentrilock Adds Three New Features
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ShowingTime Expands Appointment Center
Chicago, IL – Nov. 2, 2010— ShowingTime, the real estate industry’s leading showing management technology provider, announced it has reached agreements with appointment center service providers in Tennessee and Pennsylvania to assume their operations and take over managing their customers’ showing management requirements. Offices and agents who were customers of The Appointment Desk in Tennessee and Showing Center Services in Pennsylvania have been migrated to the ShowingTime Appointment Center. Customers notice right away that ShowingTime’s Appointment Center offers a distinctive feature: representatives answer calls as though they are in the customer’s office. For example, calls are answered, “Hello, this is ABC Realty, how many I help you?” to extend the customer’s branding, a feature not offered by other vendors. “We’re thrilled to partner with these two regional service providers and have increased staffing at all our Appointment Center locations,” said ShowingTime Chief Executive Officer Scott Woodard. “Our new customers will experience excellent customer service and can expect many new product enhancements along the way.” ShowingTime’s Appointment Center provides offices and agents with a highly configurable solution that gives them maximum flexibility for managing showing appointment requests, confirmations, notifications, feedback and reports. It takes full advantage of ShowingTime’s extensive experience delivering best-in-class showing management tools, currently used to manage more than 2 million showings every month. “Our Appointment Center is open seven days a week and offers the longest hours in the real estate industry, plus an easy-to-remember number: 800-SHOWING,” said ShowingTime Executive Vice President Michael Lane. “The experience we’ve gained handling millions and millions of showings, coupled with extensive research we’ve done into what offices and agents want from an appointment center, has made the ShowingTime Appointment Center the appointment center of choice.” About ShowingTime ShowingTime equips real estate offices and MLSs with products and services to schedule showings, solicit feedback, generate activity reports, track leads and measure marketing effectiveness. Collectively, its products and services are used by 6,000+ offices nationwide and integrated with more than 160 MLSs to manage 2 million showings every month for 340,000+ real estate professionals.  
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TrendGraphix Launches New e-Marketing System
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Rapattoni Customers Implement New Universal Logon Product
VALLEY, Calif., October 29, 2010 – Rapattoni Corporation (Rapattoni) announced today that the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS® (GNIAR) and the Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (GAAR) implemented Rapattoni's new Universal Logon product. Rapattoni Universal Logon is a plug-in module that enables any MLS or association to embed Rapattoni's two factor authentication into its website. Once embedded, the customers' members can securely login to the customer's website first, and then be presented with single sign-on (SSO) links offered by the customer. For example, once a member is authenticated to an association's website through Rapattoni Universal Logon, the member then has one-click access to commonly used services, such as the MLS, dues payment, and any other offering from the association, all without having to re-enter security credentials. In addition, an association or MLS can utilize the Rapattoni Universal Logon technology to assign different rights to its members, allowing the website to change based on the credentials of the individual that is logged in. Rapattoni has been the real estate industry leader in secure technologies for the past four years, introducing Rapattoni Secure Logon in 2006. Rapattoni Secure Logon, which features adaptive authentication, has been adopted by a large number of Rapattoni's MLS customers and provides secure login technology to more than 100,000 real estate professionals throughout the United States. Peter Novak, Jr., chief executive officer of GNIAR, said, "Rapattoni Universal Logon provides our association with the ability to tailor our website to our many types of members and it provides a secure solution that allows our members to navigate to their most important websites." GNIAR serves over 2,400 members across 48 total counties, including 38 in Indiana, eight in Illinois, and two in Michigan. Janice McCrary, executive vice president of GAAR, said "We are thrilled with the flexibility and power of Rapattoni Universal Logon. The seamless access between our association website and the MLS will save our users time and allow greater productivity when navigating to our many real estate related websites." GAAR serves over 3,300 members across Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Torrance, and Valencia counties in New Mexico. Nick Rapattoni, president of Rapattoni, said, "The launch of Rapattoni Universal Logon marks another milestone for Rapattoni. This is truly an identity portal administered by real estate associations or MLSs, which puts them as the central hub for all of their members' needs. We pride ourselves on being the industry leader in security technologies, and we are sure that this product is going to become the industry standard, as it provides security, convenience and flexibility for our associations, MLSs and their members." About Rapattoni MLS Rapattoni MLS is setting the standard with advanced features such as integrated GIS parcel mapping, an integrated member management and billing system, the most advanced RETS data exchange system, integrated aerial photography, a robust statistics and trends analysis package, language translation, the Rapattoni Secure Logon system featuring Adaptive Authentication technology, and the ability to operate a convenient Single Sign-On (SSO) identity portal. The Rapattoni MLS is compatible with the Internet Explorer®, Safari® and Firefox® web browsers and can be operated natively on PCs and Mac® computers. About Rapattoni Rapattoni Corporation has been serving the real estate industry under the same name and management for 40 years. The company provides an array of integrated products and services for real estate associations and MLS organizations, including an internet-based MLS, association management software, and key-less Rapattoni Secure Logon with SSO identity portals for online security and convenience. Rapattoni's MLS products are serving approximately 300,000 users nationally and its association management customers represent more than 85% of the nation's REALTORS®. Rapattoni's headquarters are in Simi Valley, California. If you would like to learn more about Rapattoni, please click here.  
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New Features Added to SpatialMatch!
Home Junction just announced that it has added new features to SpatialMatch™! For the past few months, they have been busy setting up SpatialMatch™ on their first batch of websites. Having installed the platform on over 50 agent and broker websites, Home Junction says that the response has been incredible from their customers as well as the press. To learn all about these new features, sign up for one of their Product Demos. SpatialMatch™ is a "Lifestyle Search" engine that allows users to search for real estate by its proximity to coffee shops, schools, grocery stores, and hundreds of other lifestyle layers. Now with their latest release, users can narrow their searches to one or several specific brands. So, if you want to live 1/4 mile from a Whole Foods or a Trader Joe's, simply type in the names of the brands you love, and the map will update to display only those stores. Home Junction has also been working hard to deliver new ways to share with friends directly from the platform. Say you found a restaurant you're curious about while searching with SpatialMatch™. Users can now share that restaurant, or any other object, with their Facebook friends by posting a comment and a link to the search results on an agent or broker website right to their wall from within SpatialMatch™. And the best part for an agent is that, starting next week, they'll get an email alert when users on their website post search findings to their walls.  Another feature Home Junction developed to enable sharing is SpatialMatch™ Bookmarks. Say an agent has a potential client who is looking for a home close to their child's high school, while also wanting to be near a Starbucks and a gym. Now they can prepare a search for them and create an email containing a unique link to the search results right from SpatialMatch™. Or if they want to get really fancy, they can build specific searches for their local neighborhoods and post the pages on their website for anyone to view. There are endless possibilities for how agents and brokers can use SpatialMatch™ Bookmarks to help your users find their dream homes. Home Junction is looking forward to showing real estate professionals the incredible new functionality they've added to SpatialMatch™. Sign-up for a  Product Demo and Home Junction will show you around their platform, and in the meantime, you can check out this video to see some of their new features in action.
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Prudential California/Nevada Realty Names Two Co-Presidents
During the past six months alone, under Shea and Gardner’s direction, the Prudential California/Nevada Realty has implemented a slew of new tools and technologies for its real estate agents. Most notable are the Short Sale Toolkit, TransactionPoint with DocuSign with the duo’s related Transaction Management Department, in addition to the KWKLY mobile texting solution. Shea and Gardner are very committed to further growing the company’s online presence and lead generation opportunities for their agents. Read the press release below: Pleasanton, Calif. (PRWEB) September 25, 2010 Prudential California Realty has named David Gardner and Pat Shea as Co-presidents, according to CEO Ed Krafchow. With more than 1,900 real estate agents, the company has 36 offices throughout northern California and northern Nevada. Both Shea and Gardner have extensive backgrounds in the real estate industry, each starting their careers as REALTORS®, listing and selling properties in the 1980s before moving into management. Company CEO Ed Krafchow commented, “My job is to ensure the legacy of this company, which to me is a family; and by conferring the presidency on Pat Shea and David Gardner, this has been accomplished. I can’t think of two better qualified individuals who are more passionate about the welfare of the agents and offices than these two than Pat Shea and David Gardner, and I want to congratulate them on all the great work they’ve done and will do in the future.” Pat Shea holds a twenty year history of high unit volume in residential real estate sales. Early in 2002, he accepted the Branch Manager position at the Elk Grove office of Mason McDuffie dba Prudential California Realty. This branch moved swiftly into the company’s Top Five ranking for units sold. In 2007, Pat assumed operational responsibilities over the entire Sacramento region. His branches subsequently delivered a 50% increase in units sold for the calendar year 2008 despite market challenges throughout the entire state. Pat’s continued success prompted his 2009 move into the Managing Director role where he accepted leadership over all branch offices in our California & Nevada operations. Prior to Prudential California Realty, David Gardner worked at Zip Realty, where he started as an agent/manager and was promoted through the ranks to Director of Market Expansion, followed by numerous District Director positions that led to Regional Director of Northern California. David assumed his management role with Mason McDuffie dba Prudential California Realty in March of 2006 and immediately initiated the turnaround of the Walnut Creek office. In his first full year, 2007, the office moved from #20 to number #9 in Branch contribution and #1 in recruiting. In 2008 the Walnut Creek was the # 3 office and was # 2 in 2009. David was appointed Managing Director in 2009, taking on a leadership role over all branch offices as well as continuing his role as manager of the Walnut Creek office. “Exciting times are on the horizon for this company and our agents. Two heads are better than one, and working together, David and I can accomplish much more, with greater speed,” Shea said. He added that being the 123-year-old company’s eighth and ninth presidents since 1887, is a great honor that comes with very significant responsibilities. The former managing directors have been instrumental in implementing the company’s new tools, technologies and training seminars. Pat & Dave will continue to work in the field daily so that as co-presidents, they will build deeper relationships with our company’s agents, managers, and staff. During the past six months alone, under Shea and Gardner’s direction, the company has implemented a slew of new tools and technologies for its agents. Most notable are the Short Sale Toolkit, TransactionPoint with DocuSign with the duo’s related Transaction Management Department, in addition to the KWKLY mobile texting solution. Shea and Gardner are very committed to further growing the company’s online presence and lead generation opportunities for our agents. “It is priority one that our agents reach their full potential in building their businesses using tools, technology and training provided by our company,” said Gardner. “One of the things Pat and I will remain focused on is evolving the company’s training programs, whether its luxury homes, short sales or 203k loans. This company has always been an industry leader in technology and best-in-class brokerage solutions. We plan to stay on top.” About Prudential California/Nevada/ Realty Founded in 1887 as Mason-McDuffie Real Estate and transitioning to the Prudential name in 1997, Prudential California Realty and its sister affiliation in Nevada are a leading innovator of real estate technology solutions to its agents and clients. Prudential California/Nevada Realty provides comprehensive real estate solutions when buying, selling and owning a home with more than 7,600 transactions and $2.8 billion in annual sales for 2009. The company offers consumers full MLS access to home listings through its website www.PruRealty.com. Owned by Ed Krafchow, the organization cumulatively has more than 1,900 agents and 36 offices. Prudential CA/NV is an independently owned and operated member of the Prudential Real Estate Affiliates. To read the original press release, please click here.
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Want to Learn about Increasing Your Income AND Your Work-Life Balance?
This Tuesday Market Leader is hosting a free webinar featuring Mandy Eads, a real estate agent who uses a system to ensure she only works with 'active, motivated, ready buyers.' When: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern Cost: NONE Who should attend: New and experienced agents looking to close more business If you want to achieve work-life balance while increasing your income, sign up now. This gives you an opportunity to learn more about the system Mandy uses to balance her work and family, so she only spends her time with active buyers. As a 20-year veteran of sales, marketing and customer service, Mandy can show you how to make your career more rewarding than ever. Attract motivated buyers and sellers who contact you directly Enhance your business to generate new prospects Quickly identify your most motivated prospects Convert prospects into closed business To hear Mandy's secret and receive the $25 American Express gift card, simply click here and register now. Talk to you soon! The Market Leader Team
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ListHub Expands Syndication to 5 New Distribution Channels
ListHub has approved five (5) new national channels for addition to the ListHub distribution network. LiquidusMedia - Comcast VideoOnDemand, Real Estate Central, Foreclosure.com, HouseHunt and HomesByLender.com. These sites will be live on the ListHub Channels Tab for brokers on Sept. 1, 2010. Read below to learn more about the new options that will soon be available to your members, and as always, please let ListHub know if you have any questions or concerns. About LiquidusMedia - Comcast Homes OnDemand LiquidusMedia, an advertising production platform for web, mobile and VideoOnDemand, works in partnership with Comcast and other leading cable providers to deliver Video Homes On Demand. Through the VideoOnDemand (VOD) platform, over 17 million cable TV home viewers can browse home listings in their local area. Through this partnership, ListHub listings can be featured on the largest screen in the house - the TV. LiquidusMedia creates the video utilizing the available listing photos and data provided by ListHub. The listing agent's phone number is displayed with the ad. An example of a video listing is found here. Note: Since there is no way to display every listing in VOD at this time, listings will be selected by LiquidusMedia at random on a weekly basis to be displayed on the cable networks. Those listings that are selected for video broadcast will also be posted on the corresponding Web site, www.HomeTVOnDemand.com for a one-week period in support of the video ad (consumer registration required). Through the ListHub network there is no cost for this service. Agents and brokers may also elect to utilize the Liquidus advertising video platform to create VideoLink, BannerLink and MobileLink extensions as well. To learn more visit www.LiquidusMedia.com. About RealEstateCentral.com StarNine, an established online marketing solutions company focused on SEO and analytics will soon launch their newest venture, RealEstateCentral.com. The Web site is a consumer centric destination site for buying and selling real estate and managing home maintenance. RealEstateCentral.com allows consumers to search for up-to-date listings and view available real estate and home service providers across the country. The site is designed to provide a simple search experience while driving listing inquires back to the listing agent. The site will launch in Beta in September of 2010. View screenshots of the new site in advance of the launch of RealEstateCentral.com by clicking here. About Foreclosure.com Established in 1999, Foreclosure.com is a virtual marketplace, connecting lenders, buyers and agents nationwide to facilitate the sale of distressed properties. They are a leading distressed real estate resource on the Internet with more than 2.3 million listings nationwide. The Web site offers a comprehensive, accurate and current collection of pre-foreclosure, short sale, foreclosure, Sheriff sale, auction, bankruptcy and tax lien listings in one convenient location. Each month more than 6.5 million serious buyers from around the world visit Foreclosure.com to search for the best deals on homes and/or investments.  NOTE: Only properties that Foreclosure.com identifies as foreclosure, short sale or bank owned will appear on the site (as determined by the status in the data feed). To learn more visit www.Foreclosure.com. About HouseHunt.com Since 1995 HouseHunt.com has been a successful consumer oriented Web site that provides valuable free services and information to homeowners, homebuyers and home sellers. HouseHunt.com attracts homebuyers and home sellers throughout the world where they can access over 2.6 million active listings, as well as property history and public information on over 70 million homes. Consumers can search properties by such community types as beach, gated, horse property, and many others. HouseHunt.com's nationwide network of community websites have generated over 18,000,000 buyer and seller leads for Realtors® throughout the United States. To learn more visit www.HouseHunt.com.  About HomesByLender.com Established in 2003, HomesByLender.com is a consumer-facing Web site featuring REOs, HUD homes, Fannie Mae Homepath properties, bank owned properties, short sales and other distressed properties. The site is marketed to buyers seeking to purchase distressed properties and provides numerous tools such as daily property alerts. HomesByLender.com will launch a new version of their site in late September of 2010 with a new look, new and improved search functions, and an up-to-the-minute mobile phone technology. With HomesByLender.com consumers get a free, easy way to find all of their local foreclosure listings without the need for a subscription. Consumer registration is required in some regions. NOTE: Only properties that HomesByLender.com identifies as foreclosure, short sale or bank owned will appear on the site (as determined by the status in the data feed and by keywords such as "Short Sale" or "REO"). To learn more visit www.HomesByLender.com. If you have any questions about the new channels, please feel free to ask! To learn more about ListHub for Brokers, please click here.  
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CoreLogic Launches Industry's First Short Sale Monitoring Solution
SANTA ANA, CA, Aug. 30, 2010 — PRNewswire — CoreLogic, a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information and business services, today announced the lending industry's first short-sale fraud prevention and pricing solution, Short Sale Monitoring Solution™. The new service allows lenders to receive alerts on "risky" pending and closed short sales to minimize unnecessary losses related to fraud and property underpricing, which CoreLogic estimates at $41,500 per transaction. Short Sale Monitoring Solution provides real-time access to lenders' concurrent transactions on short-sale properties through the CoreLogic Mortgage Fraud Consortium, the largest repository of application and transaction data, representing 65 percent of annual loan applications. "Short-sale fraud is costing lenders $310 million a year and those losses may increase if lenders cannot proactively identify risks in real time," stated Tim Grace, senior vice president of Fraud Analytics, CoreLogic. "Prior to our solution, lenders were disadvantaged by not being able to cross reference pending loan applications on the same property. Our Short Sale Monitoring Solution gives lenders unique and immediate pre- and postclosing perspectives on short-sale transactions."   Freddie Mac reported that it has seen short-payoff volume grow more than 1,000 percent, and that the upward trend in volume leaves the short-sale market ripe for fraud. To prevent short-sale fraud preclosing, CoreLogic Short Sale Monitoring Solution matches details against other pending loan applications in the consortium database and public records for the same property. When a matching record is found, an alert goes instantly to the lender, recommending a decision to delay pending further investigation. The service also has the ability to identify the entity or entities perpetrating the potential fraud. For short sales that have already closed, Short Sale Monitoring Solution continues to watch the property for a period specified by the lender. Any subsequent loan closed on the property generates an alert to the original short-sale lender and the resale lender, if different. Although too late to avoid the original sale, the postclosing alert notifies the first lender to review sale terms for violations. It also alerts the new lender that it could be party to fraud discovered in the dual transactions. Another benefit Short Sale Monitoring Solution offers lenders is preventing missed-opportunity losses. Pricing properties excessively below market value allows savvy investors to resell for a sizeable profit, claiming money lenders may have inadvertently left on the table. Short Sale Monitoring Solution watches for and evaluates short-sale resales for 90 days, enabling lenders to refine pricing methods on an ongoing basis. Another option available is a retrospective short-sale analysis that allows lenders to detect fraud, assess pricing-method accuracy and pinpoint problematic geographies. Isolating and analyzing these issues enables lenders to avert future losses. CoreLogic defines short sales as risky when either the second sale amount is vastly higher than the initial short sale and/or the second sale transaction happens too soon after the first. In its recently released research study, "The Cost of Short Sales," CoreLogic estimates that short-sale volume has increased to 400,000 transactions per year and provides sample scenarios of short-sale fraud schemes. More information about Short Sale Monitoring Solution can be found at http://www.corelogic.com/Products/Short-Sale-Monitoring-Solution.aspx. About CoreLogic CoreLogic is a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to business and government. The company combines public, contributory and proprietary data to develop predictive decision analytics and provide business services that bring dynamic insight and transparency to the markets it serves. CoreLogic has built the largest and most comprehensive U.S. real estate, mortgage application, fraud, and loan performance databases and is a recognized leading provider of mortgage and automotive credit reporting, property tax, valuation, flood determination, and geospatial analytics and services. More than one million users rely on CoreLogic to assess risk, support underwriting, investment and marketing decisions, prevent fraud, and improve business performance in their daily operations.  Formerly, the information solutions group of The First American Corporation, CoreLogic began trading under the ticker CLGX on the NYSE on June 2, 2010. The company, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., has more than 10,000 employees globally with 2009 revenues of $2 billion.  If you would like to learn more about CoreLogic, please click here. Short Sale Monitoring Solution and CoreLogic are registered trademarks of CoreLogic, Inc.    
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Major Texas Real Estate Firm Changes To Realty Broker Office
Arcadia, CA – August 30, 2010:  Technology Mix, Inc., a software development and consulting firm, announced today that Stanberry & Associates Inc has selected to use the company’s Realty Broker Office software for its offices operations. “We are pleased to have them select the Realty Broker Office software as their platform”, states Jerry Franklin, Technology Mix’s Marketing & Sales Executive.  “It continues to validate our products and services.  Our goal is to always go the extra mile to give our clients technology tools that helps them to win in the market place.” Stanberry & Associates will be utilizing the software in all offices for their transactions and commissions; and will routinely load their MLS listings into the system.  Kathy Pratt, who was the lead Stanberry & Associates evaluator for the software, states she likes the “user friendliness” of the system; plus “they have been able to navigate the system and have a real understanding of how it works”.  Kathy is also a big believer in customer service, and she praised the support efforts provided to her and her team during the evaluation period. About Stanberry & Associates Inc Stanberry and Associates is an established, privately owned, well respected real estate company with Residential and Commercial Sales Divisions. The company has served Central Texas for 27 years and has five office locations: Austin, Cedar Park, Bastrop, Dripping Springs, and Elgin. Stanberry and Associates enjoys a reputation for highly professional and ethical real estate practices, community service and service to the real estate industry. About Technology Mix, Inc. Technology Mixis the leader in internet real estate software; headquartered in Arcadia, California.  Real estate software solutions provided by Technology Mix include Realty Broker Office, RBO Commercial, RBO Rental, RBO Residential, and RBO Land.  Technology Mix delivers it client-driven real estate software solutions through strategic alliances, internet and a direct sales force.  For more information, visit www.TechnologyMix.com.
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Supra eKey Now Available on iPhone and iPod Touch
After months of anticipation, Supra released it's eKEY Basic for iPhone and iTouches everywhere. With eKEY software, real estate agents can use their iPhone or iTouch as their lockbox key. eKEY updates wirelessly so real estate professionals can do business anywhere. There are two service levels available: eKEY Basic which provides basic keybox functions. eKEY Professional (coming late this year)adds MLS data saved to your phone, links Google maps to the listings, and delivers showing details to your phone.   eKEY Basic Features: (device shown to the right) Wireless Updates and Alerts Obtain Listing Keys Keep track of all the agent's key boxes right from their phone Manage and Program all keyboxes Easily place and remove keyboxes from listings using a phone Change shackle codes Supra eKEY Adapter (device shown to the right) They have created a Supra iPhone Adapter which plugs into the 30 pin dock connector.  It adds Infrared to the iPhone.  It is designed to hang from a key chain when not in use.  When an agent is ready to show a house, they can just slide it out of its cover, and plug it into their iPhone. When will eKEY for iPhone be available? eKEY Basic for iPhone is available now!  eKEY Professional for iPhone will be available in December of 2010. Will the Supra iPhone Adapter require batteries?   No!  The Adapter gets its power from the iPhone, thus no batteries to change and it will never need to be charged.  It only uses power when a box is opened, thus it has very little impact on the iPhone's battery. Will eKEY for iPhone work with the eKEY Fob (the one that works with the BlackBerry)? The eKEY fob used for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices will not work with the iPhone.  It was necessary to design an accessory specifically for the iPhone.  They decided to create an adapter that would plug directly into the phone.  In this way the eKEY for iPhone is a fully integrated solution. How do I get eKEY for iPhone? eKEY for iPhone is issued just like the other eKEYs.  The Supra iPhone Adapter is available for purchase directly from Supra and from most Boards and MLSs.  After an agent has their adapter, they can download the software from the App Store, and get an eKEY serial number and authorization code from their Board or MLS.  Once the authorization code is entered into the software, they are ready to open lock boxes with their iPhone. Moving from DisplayKEY or ActiveKEY is a very simple process.  It will only take a few minutes at an agent's local Board or MLS (whoever issued their current key), and they will be opening lock boxes with their iPhone. What models of iPhones will be supported? eKEY for iPhone will run on all current models of iPhone (2G, 3G, 3Gs).  It will also run on the new iPhone 4.  Note that for 2G, 3G, and 3Gs devices, you must have iPhone OS 3.1.3 or above. How do I get the software on my iPhone? The eKEY for iPhone app is on Apple App Store.  The download is free.  While the software itself is downloaded free, there will be an ongoing monthly charge for the key service. Download it now to check out the demo mode. Is there a way to see how eKEY for iPhone works before I buy it? Yes.  There is a demo version of the software.  It is on the App Store and it will let you check out all the eKEY Basic features.  To start using it to open lock boxes an agent will just need to speak to his/her Board or MLS and get an authorization code (once the Supra eKEY Adapter is available). If you would like to learn more about Supra's eKEY for iPhone and iTouch, please click here. If you would like to view a demo of the eKEY software, please click here.
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Condo.com Auction Platform- A Valuable Marketing Vehicle
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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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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DocuSign and FBS Announce New Time-Saving Functionality for Real Estate
RISMEDIA, July 22, 2010—DocuSign, a market leader for electronic signature, announced advanced functionality of the DocuSign electronic signature service within flexmls Forms. DocuSign and FBS, creators of the flexmls family of Web applications which is used by more than 90,000 real estate professionals, have extended the integration of DocuSign to provide pre-tagged flexmls Forms. This advanced functionality provides flexmls Forms users heightened convenience with DocuSign pre-tagged flexmls forms to accelerate the real estate document signing process and ensure deals close faster. In the competitive real estate market, minutes can literally make the difference when closing a deal. Through flexmls Forms Web solution, real estate professionals can more quickly prepare documents for client electronic signature. According to the company, with a simple click of the mouse, real estate professionals can select pre-tagged forms within flexmls Web application, then electronically “send” to clients using DocuSign. The client receives an email notification, is authenticated and quickly navigated through the e-signing process. By extending the integration of DocuSign within flexmls, real estate agents can further simplify the real estate contract signing process, save hours of time each week, eliminate signing errors and accelerate deal close rates. “Our goal at FBS is to help agents complete more transactions and this new time-saving functionality from DocuSign to our Forms system will help in realizing that goal,” said Michael Wurzer, president and CEO of FBS. “As the standard in the real estate market, DocuSign improves the speed, accuracy and efficiency of getting contracts signed, and with pre-tagged flexmls Forms, these benefits are further magnified.” Rather than driving across town to get a signature or forcing clients to find a fax machine, real estate professionals use DocuSign to execute agreements with buyers and sellers electronically, eliminating the old process of printing, faxing and waiting for the return fax. According to the company, with real estate forms signed in minutes, not days, DocuSign real estate professional subscribers achieve higher sales, increase client satisfaction and maintain a competitive edge. Safe and secure, the DocuSign electronic signature process is also easy to use and legally compliant. “The relationship between the flexmls Web applications and DocuSign is a natural as both services provide real estate professionals with state-of-the-art technology to complete real estate transactions faster and easier,” said Dave Thorpe, business development director at DocuSign. “FBS has made it possible for its customers to leverage the power of the DocuSign electronic signature platform directly from their flexmls user interface and receive ongoing support from FBS for maximum convenience.”    
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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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Prudential Improves Search Engine, Market Presence
If you have not yet heard, PrudentialHomesale.com, the new real estate website and lead management system of Prudential Homesale Services Group, is getting quite a bit of attention. Though PrudentialHomesale.com was launched by Delta Media Group nearly one year ago, it has recently undergone significant changes to improve its usability, search engine presence, and Pennsylvania real estate market information. Prudential Homesale Services Group specializes in Harrisburg homes for sale, Lancaster homes for sale, Reading homes for sale, York homes for sale, and real estate in several additional markets throughout the southern and southeastern Pennsylvania real estate areas. With Delta Media Group's new real estate search engine optimization enhancements and website revisions, PrudentialHomesale.com has worked to best cater to the services the company provides. Below is the press release Prudential published: Lancaster, PA July 16, 2010- If you’re searching for homes in the Harrisburg, Reading, Lancaster or York areas of Pennsylvania, you might notice a new face in town. Prudential Homesale Services Group launched a ground breaking new real estate website and lead management system, designed to provide home searchers the best user experience. “Buyers and sellers today require a more robust user experience,” said Rod Messick, CFO at Prudential Homesale Services Group. “Buyers want to find listings quickly and easily, find market information, see the listing on a map, and receive a near-instant response from an agent when he or she decides to request more information on that listing. “Sellers want to know their listing is getting the most exposure, through the website, mobile devices and search engines. They want to search for their listing by address and find it on your website with full details without digging through pages of search results.” Though Prudential Homesale Services Group’s www.PrudentialHomesale.com officially launched nearly one year ago, the site has undergone several recent changes to help boost performance for home searchers and sellers. Among those are new market landing pages for York, Reading, Lancaster, Harrisburg and surrounding markets, easy drill-down property search options, a calendar system showing new listings by date and more. Perhaps the most significant change to the website, however, is its placement among search engines. Prudential Homesale Services Group listings are easy to find through search engines with first page placement when searching by address. Pair with that the improved search engine presence for market-based searches, and PrudentialHomesale.com has seen a spike in search engine activity. In fact, the website has had a 250 percent increase in search engine visitors in a recent three-month span. “The search engine traffic has been great,” Messick said. “It’s nice knowing buyers not previously familiar with us are finding our website through search engines, and sellers are confident in their listings’ presence and exposure on search engines.” Visit www.PrudentialHomesale.com to view the Prudential Homesale Services Group real estate website or to search for homes in York, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster and surrounding Pennsylvania areas. About Prudential Homesale Prudential Homesale offers customers a menu of services including realty, mortgage, settlement, insurance, warranty, relocation, builder/developer services, career services, and a complete customer care center. The only regional real estate company with headquarters in the area, Prudential Homesale offers its services to 11 contiguous south central and southeastern Pennsylvania counties. According to REALTrends, Prudential Homesale Services Group, Inc. is the #16th most successful real estate brokerage in the country in the combined delivery of home services: real estate sales, mortgage closings, title closings and home warranty sales. “We help people achieve their dreams” is the core purpose of its associates as they strive each day to help others achieve the American dream of homeownership. To contact Prudential Homesale visit www.PrudentialHomesale.com for more information. About Delta Media Group: Canton, Ohio-based Delta Media Group is a national real estate technology developer. Serving more than 32,000 broker and agent real estate professionals, Delta Media Group builds one of the most profitable tools for major brokers in the real estate industry. Delta Media Group has been in business since 1994 and works with independent and franchise brokerages across the country. Delta Media Group specializes in real estate websites, real estate lead management, mobile applications, IDX property search, and real estate search engine optimization (SEO). Prudential Homesale Services Group is a paying real estate website and SEO customer of Delta Media Group. To learn more about Delta Media Group, click here.  
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Free Webinar: DocuSign in Your Technology Toolbox
If you have ever been curious about what the term "esignature" means, or wondered how and why you should use this new technology, DocuSign is hosting a free webinar training this coming Monday for real estate agents and brokers.  Titled "Work Smarter, Not Harder with DocuSign in Your Technology Toolbox," this real estate webinar allows participants to hear answers to consumers' most asked questions.  Topics include: Is it legal? How does it work? What exactly is an electronic signature? Is there more to DocuSign than eSignature? This 30-minute call is live and interactive, so you'll get the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the product. Date: Monday, June 28, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET Cost: Free DocuSign is the official and exclusive provider of ESIGN services for the National Association of REALTORS® members, under the REALTOR Benefits® Program.  
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Crye-Leike Selects ListHub for Managing Online Listings
Morgantown, WV — May 6, 2010 — Crye-Leike, a leading independent real estate company has recently implemented Threewide Corporation's ListHub® platform to power listing distribution and online metrics reporting. Leaders in their market areas, Crye-Leike has contracted directly with ListHub to create a custom solution for their brokers and agents. "Crye-Leike accomplishes two major goals by working with ListHub," said Gurtej Sodhi, CIO & Corporate Executive Vice-President of Crye-Leike Group of Companies. "ListHub's robust system provides increased flexibility and breadth of exposure to our existing listing distribution strategy, and the ListHub reports empower our company and our agents with marketing intelligence that enable better decisions about advertising expenditures and other critical aspects of our business. We are pleased to accomplish both of these important objectives through our agreement with Threewide Corporation." "We are very proud to be working with a forward-thinking company like Crye-Leike," said Celeste Starchild, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Threewide Corporation. "Our goal is to continue providing Crye-Leike with a competitive marketing advantage through ongoing enhancements to ListHub." ListHub provides a seamless flow of data to popular Internet sites where consumers search for property information. Listing information is kept up-to-date to provide today's homebuyers with the most accurate information available. Multi-level reporting options for brokers and agents, along with tools for customization make ListHub the premier solution for listing syndication. ListHub powers listing distribution for more than 25,000 brokerage firms nationwide and continues to show steady growth. About Threewide Corporation Threewide Corporation was founded in July of 1999 and has specialized in solving data management issues in the real estate vertical since its inception. In mid-2000, the company began to focus on the digital capture, packaging, and transport of data for brokerages, Multiple Listing Services, and other industry vendors. In 2007, Threewide launched ListHub, the nation's first listing asset management system for brokers. ListHub pushes MLS listing information from the Multiple Listing Service or other reliable data source to an array of online marketing sites and provides the brokerage with reporting and analysis of online advertising results. For more information about Threewide Corporation and ListHub, visit www.listhub.com. For a product demonstration, call 877-847-3394, and press 1. About Crye-Leike, REALTORS Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977. Today, Crye-Leike, the nations 6th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 3,600 licensed sales associates based out of 130 corporate and franchise offices located through-out the nine-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Oklahoma. Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in: residential and commercial sales, mortgage, title, insurance, business brokerage and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services. In 2009, Crye-Leike attained a sales volume in excess of $3.9 billion with 24,983 homes sold. This press release contains various forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding future results of operations and market opportunities that are based on Threewide's current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the company and its industry. Investors are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements as a result of the success of Threewide's branding and consumer awareness campaign and other marketing efforts; competition from existing and potential competitors; and Threewide's ability to continue to develop and integrate new products, services and technologies. To learn more about ListHub for Brokers, click here.
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IDX Broker Improves Property Search Process
Eugene, OR, May 05, 2010 --(PR.com)-- The IDX, Inc. team is more than happy to announce today, its newest client addition Willis Allen Real Estate- The Sullivan Group's very own J.R. Sullivan in joining the rapidly expanding network of real estate professionals choosing to give the search sections of their websites an upgrade and a new sense of organization and efficiency, with the incorporation of a custom IDX solution. This original and unique IDX software has the technology and capabilities to extract raw listing data details from the San Diego Regional MLS (Sandicor), and formats the information onto Sullivan's website, to be viewed as though it is seamlessly integrated. Prospective home buyers in La Jolla, California and its surrounding areas will now have access to thousands of the most current and up-to-date property listings and details on the market, and all without ever being redirected to a different site. Comprehensive and well-rounded search quarries enable home seekers to browse literally every aspect and detail they could ever imagine, concerning a new home, helping to narrow the search results, in efforts to find their truly ideal home, in the most time efficient manner possible. Each listings page supplies convenient and user-friendly links for consumers to email property details, view large photo galleries, schedule a showing, print a flyer, contact the listing agent for more information, pinpoint their chosen location on an interactive Google Map and even calculate probable mortgage payments, creating a nearly effortless online real estate search experience. Potential home buyers are also given the option to save their search specifications and can choose to receive automatic email updates the moment a property matching their preferences arrives on Sandicor. Sullivan has the ability to view his website visitors saved search information, via an administrative login dashboard, giving him the resources to get to know each individual on a more personal basis, and therefore can create a more face-to-face feel with each client, which is often lost when dealing with real estate online. He has the capabilities to edit the look, layout, design, format and search options available, developing a true sense of unique branding and individuality throughout each page of his website. He can receive daily MLS updates, coming directly from Sandicor, informing him of property additions and removals on the La Jolla, California real estate market, as well as price variations. Sullivan also has the tools to create dynamic title tags and custom XML codes, increasing his listings visibility, along with their chances of syndication to popular real estate search engines, such as: RSS Feed, Google Base, Real Estate for Sale Network and Zillow, to name a few. About J.R. Sullivan J.R. Sullivan has sold real estate since 2003 when he earned his Broker’s License. He grew up in La Jolla, and moved to California to attend UCLA, where he graduated in 1991 with a degree in Political Science. Sullivan then pursued two areas of Real Estate: home sales and property management. The Sullivan Group has many clients who buy property as a second home or as an investment. About IDX, Inc. Based in Eugene, Oregon, IDX Inc. is nationally known as a leading provider of real estate search applications. IDX, Inc. actively manages over $1 trillion worth of active listings data from over 340 Multiple Listings Services (MLS). IDX Broker is IDX, Inc.’s principle real estate software utility and myAgent IDX is its principle mobile application available for the iPhone. The easy to manage and customizable software helps real estate professionals display home listing data from their multiple listing service (MLS) on their individual and/or office websites. For more information on all the services provided by IDX, Inc. please visit www.idxbroker.com. IDX, Inc. Cara Anderson 800-421-9668 [email protected] http://idxbroker.com PO Box 71866 Eugene, OR 97401    
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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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New Vendor Partnership to Raise the Bar on Home Search
April 6, 2010—EXIT Realty Corp. International and Onboard Informatics today announced a strategic alliance to bring a fresh, online home search experience to today’s savvy consumer. Based on Onboard’s revolutionary “Lifestyle Listings Engine,” instead of being restricted to searching for their new home by price, bedrooms and bathrooms, consumers will also be able to search for homes within a specified commuting distance to work or family, proximity to neighborhood amenities or myriad other search criteria in keeping with the way they live their lives today. “EXIT Realty has thoroughly researched the players in the real estate data industry and are proud to align with such an innovative and well-respected company as Onboard,” said Steve Morris, EXIT Realty’s Founder and CEO. “EXIT Realty is a company who recognizes the importance of providing cutting edge search technology to both broker and consumer websites,” says Marc Siden, Onboard Informatics’ CEO. “The integration of lifestyle search parameters with our core data sets, enable a powerful IDX solution for brokers and website visitors. We are pleased to be an integral part of EXIT Realty’s strategic initiatives and are honored that they have selected us as their key partner.” The website, which will be designed entirely in-house by EXIT Realty’s expert team of web developers, is scheduled to launch later this year and will integrate Onboard’s extensive Listings Web Service Platform, their Internet Data Exchange solution, with their highly accurate and robust community and demographics data pools. Onboard’s service is designed to allow integration of IDX search capabilities into MLS approved broker websites quickly and efficiently with consistent searches across markets. Onboard has designed a highly efficient system designed to streamline the process with the various MLS services and have implemented high security measures to ensure listing display compliancy. “We strategically delayed incorporating a home search feature on our corporate website until the perfect storm of players and technology was achieved,” said Susan Harrison, EXIT Realty’s Senior VP Web Development. “That time is now.” About EXIT Realty: Founded in Canada in 1996, EXIT Realty is a proven real estate business model that supplies multiple sources of income—for agents, security, stability and direction; for agents' families, security in the form of beneficiary and retirement residuals. Taking the U.S. by storm starting in 1999, EXIT Realty sold over half of the regional rights by population in under 365 days, was named as one of the Top 10 Trendsetters of 2007 by the Swanepoel Trends report, and Steve Morris was named one of REALTOR® Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Thought Leaders. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT International is applied to its charitable fund and to-date, $1.68 million has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity in both Canada and the U.S. Please visit EXIT Realty Corp. International for more information. About Onboard Informatics: Since 2001, Onboard Informatics has provided comprehensive local, regional and national real estate data solutions, powerful Web tools and Web services to some of the most innovative companies in the real estate, publishing, and technology. Onboard delivers seamless integration of property listings, community, school, neighborhood, geographic and demographic information to support clients in achieving business objectives on Web and mobile platforms. Privately held since its founding, Onboard is located in the heart of the world's financial center in the Wall Street area of New York City. For more information about Onboard Informatics visit www.onboardinformatics.com. To view the original press release, click here.  
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CARETS Data Now Available in Clarus MarketMetrics®
LOS ANGELES (March 22) – Real Estate Business Services, Inc., (REBS®) today announced that more than 106,000 members of CARETS now can utilize the Clarus MarketMetrics® database on either an individual subscription or member benefit basis. CARETS provides an all-inclusive database of properties for sale covering six counties in Southern California. Current participating CARETS MLSs include: CRISnet, i-Tech MLS, MRMLS, SoCALMLS, and The MLS®/CLAW. VCRDS and California Desert data are coming on board soon. “Having the ability to access timely market statistics for an entire region without using different log-in credentials is a huge time saver for our users,” said REBS® Chairman Robert Bailey. “As an added bonus, members who have Clarus MarketMetrics® as a member benefit now can take advantage of the CARETS relationship to convey regional market expertise.” To date, 15 MLSs and local associations of REALTORS® in the CARETS system offer Clarus MarketMetrics as a free member benefit: The Arcadia Association of REALTORS®, Burbank Association of REALTORS®, The MLS®/CLAW, Conejo Simi Valley Association of REALTORS®, East Valley Association of REALTORS®, Inglewood Board of REALTORS®, Inland Valleys Association of REALTORS®, Montebello District Board of REALTORS®, Orange County Association of REALTORS®, Palos Verdes Peninsula Association of REALTORS®, Southland Regional Association of REALTORS®, Southwest Riverside County Association of REALTORS®, The Inland Gateway Association of REALTORS®, Tri-Counties Association of REALTORS®, and Ventura County Coastal Association of REALTORS®. Individual subscribers of the remaining CARETS’ associations and MLSs also can take advantage of this site-wide implementation by purchasing an account at www.clarusresource.com. California Real Estate Technology Services, Inc. (CARETS) is a not-for-profit corporation that aggregates Multiple Listing Services data for sharing throughout the Southern California Region. CARETS represents approximately 100,000 real estate professionals and 30 REALTOR® associations throughout the Southland, which account for approximately one-third of the MLS users in California. CARETS provides those professionals an all inclusive database of properties for sale of approximately 80,000 active listings covering six counties in Southern California. For more information, visit www.ca-rets.com. Clarus MarketMetrics® generates market and price-point analysis charts and reports derived from MLS data for REALTORS® to share with their clients. These reports are invaluable as a prospecting tool, an aid to setting seller expectations, or as a companion set of data to justify a buyer’s offer. Clarus MarketMetrics® is powered by Terradatum, Inc., a provider of real estate technology products based in Glen Ellen, CA. All agreements regarding the MLS data are between Terradatum and the participating MLS. Terradatum has been generating real estate technology solutions since 1994. In addition to Clarus MarketMetrics®, Terradatum has several other bold and exciting real estate technology products: BrokerMetrics® and BrokerMetrics® Web Tools. Memo REBS® is a subsidiary of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) and is the leading provider of real estate products and services to practitioners in California. For more information on providing ClarusMarketMetrics® as a member benefit call (213)739-8214 or e-mail [email protected] Leading the way... in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with nearly 150,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.    
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