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HomeCity Offers New iBuyer Services to Homeowners in San Antonio, Austin
SAN ANTONIO – November 7, 2019 – Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate HomeCity, a leading forward-thinking real estate brokerage based in San Antonio, announced today it is offering HomeCity Offer Optimizer to give homeowners multiple instant offers on their home with the push of a button. Offer Optimizer allows homeowners throughout San Antonio and Austin to easily compare as many as a half-dozen iBuyer offers side-by-side before they decide to sell their home. A trusted HomeCity agent provides local knowledge and highly personalized service for the path a homeowner chooses. HomeCity is providing homeowners purchase offers from Zillow Offers, Opendoor, Offerpad, RedfinNow, abodewell, and Perch. These online firms are called iBuyers because they offer to "instantly buy" homes. HomeCity Offer Optimizer helps local homeowners make the best choice for their circumstances, as sellers sell their home on the open market, accept an iBuyer offer, or choose not to sell. "Working with a real estate agent is more popular today that it was 20 years ago," notes said Jim Pfirrmann, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate HomeCity. "Homeowners want the expertise of a local trusted agent to make the right sales decision," he added. According to research, today 90 percent of consumers use an agent to sell their homes, up 5 percent from 2014, and 9 percent higher than 2001. "When a seller accepts an iBuyer offer, they have a HomeCity advocate who can expertly guide them through the sales transaction and be with them every step of the way," Pfirrmann added. BHGRE HomeCity partnered with zavvie, creator of that Offer Optimizer™ Suite, which powers the iBuyer platforms of top brokerages across America. Using online tools that provide current, reliable, and market-specific data, zavvie connects agents and their clients to iBuyers so homeowners can make informed decisions with the help of a trusted real estate agent. "While it only takes the push of a button to get an instant offer, selling your home to an iBuyer while swift, it is not instant," said Lane Hornung, CEO and Founder of zavvie. "Sellers still want the expertise of a local agent. Someone who has a deep knowledge of the local market and can provide guidance, and often help sellers with the emotional side of selling a home." "HomeCity is building a real estate brokerage of the future to neighborhoods throughout San Antonio and Austin. Now HomeCity agents have the latest iBuyer technology to give homeowners access to multiple instant offers at a push of a button, backed by an exceptional customer service team. It's game-changing," Hornung added.Find more information at homecity.com. About Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate HomeCity Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate HomeCity is an innovative real estate brokerage with an award-winning culture with over $1 billion in sales and more than 4,000 transactions annually. HomeCity serves neighborhoods throughout San Antonio, Austin, Temple/Belton, and Corpus Christi. Named to the Austin Business Journal's Fast 50 list as one of the Fastest Growing Companies in Central Texas, HomeCIty has been named a Best Place to Work by the Austin Business Journal and the Dallas Business Journal, a Top Workplace by the Austin American Statesman, and made the Entrepreneur Magazine's Top Company Cultures list. About zavvie zavvie is a technology company that connects agents and their clients with iBuyers. zavvie's Offer Optimizer™ Suite bridges the gap for consumers who may not be aware of all their options for selling. Currently operating in iBuyer markets and rapidly expanding, zavvie gives top brokerages and agents all they need to thrive by serving their clients in today's evolving real estate landscape: easy to use tools, technology, training, marketing, and strategy. Discover more at zavvie.com. 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. For brokerages interested in licensing Offer Optimizer™ technology, visit zavvie.com.
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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
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Keller Williams Latest Kelle Skill Taps Nextdoor's Insights to Empower Agents
Clients four times more likely to stay on Kelle Market Snap landing pages fed by neighborhood insights AUSTIN, Texas--Keller Williams (KW), the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count and the U.S. leader in units and sales volume, announces its data insights partnership with Nextdoor has been a key value driver of recent engagement with KW's Kelle Market Snaps artificial intelligence skill. "Nextdoor has created and continues to collect a trove of hyperlocal insights sourced from people that live in over 180,000 neighborhoods," said Neil Dholakia, chief product officer, Keller Williams. "Through our exclusive partnership, we are combining these insights with our robust real estate data set, the industry's largest, to empower agents to strengthen their local market expertise." "Kelle, our proprietary artificial intelligence-based personal assistant, makes it all easier by providing a simple voice interface for agents to access and share this data," said Dholakia. A Kelle Market Snap blends neighborhood boundary data from Nextdoor with the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to deliver real-time, hyperlocal market reports. Agents can access a neighborhood's number of active listings, median home price, days on market and more and share it - 'in a snap'. The Kelle Market Snaps skill rolled out to agents in the U.S. and Canada on June 7, 2018 via Kelle. Since launching in mid-February, the Kelle mobile app has racked up more than 130,000 downloads. Keller Williams has found that a client is four times more likely to stay on a Kelle Market Snap web page link when an agent sends market information that leverages Nextdoor-driven neighborhood boundary insights versus a zip or postal code-based Market Snap. More information on Kelle Snap web pages is available upon request. Partnership Momentum In February of 2018, Keller Williams first announced that it was leveraging insights from Nextdoor as part of its holistic efforts to give consumers a better and more intuitive agent-driven home-buying experience. "From the very beginning, some of the most popular neighborhood conversations on Nextdoor have been about homes for sale and the local real estate market," said Lauren Nemeth, Chief Revenue Officer, Nextdoor. "This partnership not only puts Nextdoor's unique hyper-local insights at the fingertips of Keller Williams agents but also provides a natural way for agents to provide true value for neighbors by engaging in real-time neighborhood chatter on real estate through our neighborhood sponsorship program," said Nemeth. As part of the partnership, Keller Williams agents receive a free business page and can feature their listings on Nextdoor. Keller Williams agents are also encouraged to sponsor a neighborhood ZIP code, through Nextdoor's Neighborhood Sponsorship program, which positions agents as the local expert and helps them stay abreast of local neighborhood happenings and trends. Recently, Nextdoor announced a new Neighborhood Sponsorship feature that allows agents to promote their listings, share market trends and direct conversations within the neighborhood. Keller Williams agents not yet on Nextdoor can sign up at realestate.nextdoor.com. Kelle and Kelle Market Snaps Skill Momentum "Clients care about what the people in a neighborhood think about their neighborhood," said Dholakia. "And, by providing these hyper local insights, Keller Williams agents become not only the local expert but also a trusted advisor." To date, 579,905 Kelle Market Snaps have been created and shared with clients. Screenshots of Kelle Market Snaps are available. "We strive to put the best data in front of our agents; as such, we are adding new sources of data and leveraging artificial intelligence to discover new insights, all to create a leading advantage for our agents," said Dholakia. In Q4 '18, Keller Williams' agents will be able to tailor their Kelle Market Snap stats to the level of data they want to emphasize, from a given neighborhood, zip code, and real estate office to an agent- and team-specific area of operations. Kelle won the "Best Real Estate Technology of 2018" award from Inman News in July 2018. The real estate franchise has released many Kelle features and benefits YTD. Details are available online. About Keller Williams Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, has more than 975 offices and 186,000 associates. The franchise is also No. 1 in units and sales volume in the United States. In 2015, Keller Williams began its evolution into a technology company, now building the real estate platform that agents' buyers and sellers prefer. Since 1983, the company has cultivated an agent-centric, technology-driven, and education-based culture that rewards agents as stakeholders. For more information, visit kw.com. About Nextdoor.com, Inc. Nextdoor is the free and private social network for neighborhoods available on Web, iOS, and Android. On Nextdoor, neighbors create private online communities where they get to know one another, ask questions, and exchange advice and recommendations. More than 180,000 neighborhoods across the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands are using Nextdoor to build stronger and safer places to call home.
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eXp Realty Continues to Invest in Proprietary Technology for Agents
SEATTLE — Nov. 1, 2017 — eXp Realty, LLC, a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc., the agent-owned cloud brokerage®, today announced new tools as part of its continuing investment in proprietary technology for real estate professionals. It's a New World As eXp Realty grows, the place where our agents communicate, collaborate and have fun needs to grow right along with it. The company recently launched a new version of its cloud-based office "eXp World." It includes creative elements as well as performance, stability and usability improvements. After a long day in the virtual office, agents can take one of the new speed boats out for a spin. Based on feedback, many agents say they want to work alongside others instead of by themselves in eXp World. A popular workplace trend is a shared, community workspace. To that end, eXp Realty is testing a shared working environment where users can build community and collaborate in a team room. eXp World MobileWork Anywhere, Anytime Real estate agents are inherently mobile and eXp Realty allows them to work anywhere, anytime through eXp World and its new mobile app. eXp World Mobile gives agents the convenience and flexibility to audibly join eXp World meeting rooms from anywhere. This app is perfect for helping on-the-go agents participate in trainings and events, along with company and team meetings from nearly anywhere. Match Agents to Powerful Solutions eXp Realty provides agents with the best tools and services to grow their business. eXp has a proprietary platform called eXp Enterprise that manages all of the company's critical processes and information. It gives eXp agents autonomy and greater visibility into data that's crucial to their real-time needs. A new dashboard in eXp Enterprise provides agents a quick view into their important business metrics such as production, transactions, commissions and capping status. "eXp Realty believes in constant innovation to provide the best technology tools and services for agents to help them manage and grow their business," said Scott Petronis, chief product and technology officer at eXp Realty. "We built eXp Enterprise with the entrepreneurial agent in mind. Agents can access their data when they want and how they want. eXp World offers a unique cloud technology solution that allows agents to gain instant, live support from eXp's agent services, technology and finance experts from wherever an agent or team is located." About eXp Realty eXp Realty, LLC, a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI), is the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage®. eXp Realty (exprealty.com) is changing the way that agents, brokers and consumers work together in an adaptive, sustainable environment. It is an agent-designed and agent-owned company. As the leading, national, cloud-based real estate brokerage, eXp Realty provides 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training and socialization for real estate brokers and agents through its 3-D, fully-immersive, cloud office environment. It is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerage firms in North America with more than 5,000 agents in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada. As a publicly traded company, eXp World Holdings, Inc. uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn company stock for production and contributions to overall company growth. For more information, please visit the company's websites at expworldholdings.com and exprealty.com.
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Amazon Alexa Skills Are Changing the Voice of Real Estate Education
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate Builds New Skill for Amazon Alexa to Showcase Property Listings and Connect Consumers with Local Agents
Coldwell Banker pursues voice control as the Echo Dot joins the Smart Home Staging Kit Madison, N.J. 06-06-2017 — Amazon Alexa users are one step closer to finding the home of their dreams. Today, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC is announcing its first Skill for Amazon Alexa. By prompting Amazon's voice assistant with "Alexa, Ask Coldwell Banker for the Home of the Week," users will hear a one-minute description of a featured Coldwell Banker listing and can be connected to their local Coldwell Banker office. In January, a Coldwell Banker consumer survey found that 72 percent of Americans with smart home products want voice control, which prompted development of the Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa and the addition of the Echo Dot to the Smart Home Staging Kit. The kit, available at smarthomestaging.com, is a curated slate of smart home products that meet the Coldwell Banker / CNET Smart Home definition. The kit easily and affordably turns any home into a smart home through smart lighting, smart temperature controls as well as smart security locks and cameras. The Echo Dot joins products from August, Lutron and Nest in the kit. Now homeowners and agents showing smart homes can control the house's core functions through simple voice commands. "As the real estate leader in smart home Coldwell Banker is focusing on what's resonating with our network and consumers, voice control," said David Marine, senior vice president marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "By developing our first Alexa Skill, Coldwell Banker is deepening the connection between consumers and our agent network." "The Home of the Week skill provides agents with a new and modern way to showcase their most prominent listings," said Jade Mills, global luxury ambassador and estates director for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Beverly Hills, CA. "Not only does it provide users with a look into the most luxurious homes, the skill also connects users to their local Coldwell Banker office, opening a new line of contact between potential clients and agents." "Consumer demand for homes with smart technology has been rising exponentially," said Danny Hertzberg, sales associate of The Jills® for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Miami, FL. "The Home of the Week Skill and addition of the Echo Dot to the Smart Home Staging Kit proves that Coldwell Banker is keeping a pulse on what homebuyers want and providing agents with the tools needed to help buyers transform their homes into smart homes." "We're always looking to bring Alexa to customers in new ways, and we think having Echo Dot in the Smart Home Staging Kit will provide a delightful experience for home buyers and real estate agents. With the introduction of the Echo Dot to the Coldwell Banker network, even more customers can experience the convenience and ease of Alexa," said Daniel Rausch, vice president for Amazon Smart Home. The Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa is an extension of the Coldwell Banker Home of the Week video series. The Home of the Week series currently profiles one active Coldwell Banker listing per week in a video that takes viewers on a tour of a breathtaking home. The first Home of the Week listing featured on the Skill will be 1006 Laurel Way in Beverly Hills, listed for $34.9 million by Jade Mills, global luxury ambassador and estates director for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Beverly Hills, CA. The Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa will provide an interactive narration of the same Home of the Week listing and will provide users with more information on the listing. Users will also receive contact information for their nearest Coldwell Banker office via the Alexa app. The Home of the Week Skill will be listed under the Business & Finance category. Coldwell Banker recently surveyed nearly 1,000 Coldwell Banker real estate professionals to gauge their opinions on smart home technology and learn more about home buyer demand for smart home technology. Seventy-nine (79) percent of respondents report that home buyers are interested in smart home technology, underscoring growing demand for voice controlled assistants and other smart home devices. 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 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 49 countries and territories with more than 88,000 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
  CHICAGO (December 1, 2016) - Second Century Ventures, the National Association of Realtors®' strategic investment arm, is accepting applications for its 2017 REach® accelerator class now through January 31, 2017 at www.narreach.com. REach offers education, mentorship and exposure for technology companies to enter into the real estate market, advance their businesses and expand into adjacent markets such as insurance, mortgage and financial services. The program accepts organizations in later growth stages, not just early-stage companies. The nine-month program provides a unique opportunity for technology companies to get intense exposure into real estate, a market that represents more than $1 trillion in revenue, consists of more than 100,000 small- and medium-sized businesses and generates more than $12.5 billion in annual advertising spend in the U.S. The program has attracted technology startups of all types, ranging from big data and marketing automation to business productivity and lead generation companies. Previous REach classes included a company that raised $50 million before entering the program and another with a revenue run rate greater than $10 million, along with graduates from other accelerator programs - including Y Combinator - and those backed by prominent investors in the venture community, such as Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer, Madrona and Maveron. Benefits of participating in the REach program are abundant. Some include: Mentorship from 300-plus real estate and technology thought leaders and executives from major real estate brands and brokerages, real estate technology companies and venture capitalists.  Participating organizations meet on average with 50-plus of these advisors for 30-minute one-on-one sessions throughout the program. Access to NAR's Insight Panel, a group of more than 5,000 real estate practitioners who provide feedback on user experience, product viability and pricing. This guidance has proven vital to many companies' success. Education on how to navigate the trillion-dollar real estate industry with the backing of the largest trade association and NAR's $5 billion brand. "By leveraging NAR's network and brand, SCV aims to help REach accelerator companies better define their business and find their value in the real estate industry," said NAR President William E. Brown, a Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties, a division of his family real estate business. "REach also brings great benefits to NAR and its members because of the equity in and access to the latest and greatest technology and innovations that are helping change the face of our industry." Companies that have participated in past REach classes show impressive results: In aggregate, the companies have raised almost more than $60 million of follow-on financing Revenue, customer and/or user growth rates from 50 percent to over 5,000 percent Key partnerships with major companies, including Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, RE/MAX, Century 21, Realty Executives, realtor.com® and Facebook "Our participation in REach helped us grow from a nascent startup into a nationally recognized brand," said Andrew Flachner, CEO and co-founder of RealScout, and a 2016 REach graduate. "The mentorship, connections and platform contributed towards 1,000 percent growth in customer accounts, as well as additional funding." The early application deadline is December 20, 2016. Companies selected early into the program are given the opportunity to kick-start their entry into the marketplace. The final deadline for applications is January 31, 2017. Companies will be selected by the end of February 2017, with the nine-month program kicking off at the end of March and running through November 2017.  For more information about REach or to submit an application, visit www.narreach.com. Second Century Ventures (SCV) is an early-stage technology fund, backed by the National Association of Realtors®, which leverages the association's 1.2 million members and an unparalleled network of executives within real estate and adjacent industries.  SCV systematically launches its portfolio companies into the world's largest industries including real estate, financial services, banking, home services, and insurance. SCV seeks to define and deliver the future of the world's largest industries by being a catalyst for new technologies, new opportunities, and new talent. REach is a unique strategic accelerator created by Second Century Ventures, the investment arm of the National Association of Realtors®, which helps technology companies launch into the real estate vertical and its adjacent markets. REach is a 9-month program that provides education, mentorship and market exposure to help its portfolio companies access the trillion-dollar real estate market and leverage NAR's strategic expertise. REach accepts fewer than a dozen companies each year to access one of the world's largest industries. The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Coldwell Banker Introduces First-ever Smart Home Staging Kit
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Realogy Announces Formation of ZapLabs As Innovation and Technology Hub
EMERYVILLE, Calif. and MADISON, N.J. 06-16-2016 — Global real estate leader Realogy Holdings Corp. today announced the formation of ZapLabs LLC as the company's innovation and technology hub. Formerly operated as ZipRealty's technology development group, the company's new positioning as ZapLabs more clearly identifies its focus on accelerating change within the real estate industry, and also distinguishes it from the existing ZipRealty residential real estate brokerage operations that will continue to be operated under that name by Realogy.Realogy acquired ZipRealty in August 2014, including its company-owned brokerage offices and technology development operations. The company's flagship technology platform, Zap®, has since become a key differentiator for Realogy's franchise brands. Going forward, ZapLabs will expand the scope of its technology development efforts to encompass all of Realogy's business segments. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, ZapLabs is well-positioned to build on its technical expertise and continue to foster a culture of innovation among its employees who deliver intuitive solutions that add real value to the experience of buying, selling and owning a home. Quotes: "Our new branding as ZapLabs reflects our accelerated drive to innovate, create and bring transformation to the business of real estate. More than 48,000 real estate agents affiliated with a Realogy brand are already using Zap, our flagship technology solution, and that is just the beginning. Every day we continue to deliver the Zap ecosystem deeper into Realogy's franchise networks – and we are passionate about developing new technologies that have the power to transform the consumer experience." – Jamie Wilson, President and CEO, ZapLabs "We are all about creating meaningful and effective technology solutions for affiliated brokers and agents so they can offer a cutting-edge experience for the online consumer, and our new company name reflects that mission. We will always be proud of our founding DNA as a real estate brokerage." – Jake Lyman, Chief Product Operations Officer, ZapLabs "It's important for Realogy to have its technology development hub located in the heart of tech innovation – the San Francisco Bay Area. While ZapLabs is currently focused on the successful rollout of the Zap platform across our franchise brands, eventually it will focus its creative energy on the application of emerging technologies more broadly." – Richard A. Smith, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Realogy Holdings Corp. "ZapLabs serves as a supercharged engine for technology and innovation at Realogy. These talented individuals are above all, problem-solvers and innovators, and we look forward to their exciting, new contributions in the future." – Alex Perriello, President and Chief Executive Officer, Realogy Franchise Group The Zap® Platform: The proprietary Zap platform is the highlight of ZapLabs' technology offerings and, year-to-date, Zap has been rolled out to over 880 Realogy brand-affiliated brokerages and over 48,000 sales associates across the nation. The fully integrated Zap platform currently includes: Zap broker and agent websites Zap Customer Relationship Management Tool (ZapCRM) Zap Mobile CRM (iOS and Android) Zap Mobile app (iOS and Android for consumers) ZapLeads, a search-engine marketing (SEM) program for lead generation ZapStore, a first-of-its-kind real estate appstore of third-party technology providers Connect With Us: Visit the new zaplabs.com website to learn more about the company's solutions. You can also connect with ZapLabs on Twitter (@zap_labs). About ZapLabs LLC ZapLabs is the innovation and technology hub for global real estate leader Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), and the driving force behind inventive technology for brokers and agents affiliated with Realogy's world renowned real estate brands. ZapLabs delivers its highly effective consumer, sales associate and broker solutions in support of Realogy's leading franchise brands and is positioned to expand the scope of its technology development efforts to encompass Realogy's other business segments, including residential brokerage, relocation and settlement services. ZapLabs is headquartered in Emeryville, California. About Realogy Holdings Corp. Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) is a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage with many of the best-known industry brands including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, The Corcoran Group®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty® and ZipRealty®. Collectively, Realogy's franchise system members operate approximately 13,600 offices with more than 257,200 independent sales associates conducting business in 110 countries and territories around the world.  NRT LLC, Realogy's company-owned real estate brokerage, is the largest residential brokerage company in the United States, operates under several of Realogy's brands and also provides related residential real estate services. Realogy also owns Cartus, a prominent worldwide provider of relocation services to corporate and affinity clients, Title Resource Group (TRG), a leading provider of title, settlement and underwriting services and ZapLabs, its innovation and technology development subsidiary.  Realogy is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey.
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET Define "The Smart Home"
MADISON, N.J., May 10, 2016 -- Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the original Silicon Valley real estate start-up founded in 1906, in collaboration with CNET, the world's largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews, announced today a joint definition of the term "smart home." The definition is the first of its kind in the real estate industry and will help sales associates, as well as home buyers and sellers, accurately identify smart homes. The definition will provide a clear and unified designation to keep up with rapidly evolving technology in the home. Property listings that meet the definition will be identified with a smart home icon on coldwellbanker.com. The full smart home definition is below: Smart Home: A home that is equipped with network-connected products (i.e., "smart products," connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or similar protocols) for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself. In order to be categorized as a smart home, the property must have a smart security feature that either controls access or monitors the property or a smart temperature feature, in addition to a reliable Internet connection. It must also include at least two additional features from this list: Appliances (smart refrigerators and smart washer / dryers) Entertainment (smart TVs and TV streaming services) Heating / Cooling (smart HVAC system, smart fans or vents) Lighting (smart light bulbs and lighting systems) Outdoors (smart plant sensors and watering systems) Safety (smart fire / carbon monoxide detectors and nightlights) Security (smart locks, smart alarm systems or cameras) Temperature (smart thermostats) Must Have Must Have At Least Three*One of the categories must be security or temperature "With close to five million homes bought and sold in the U.S. each year, it is imperative that there are standardized guidelines for identifying smart homes on the market," said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "The new smart home definition will allow our network of independent sales associates to educate their home buyers and sellers regarding what defines a smart home and how the technology is making our lives more comfortable and convenient. We worked with CNET and tapped into the findings of their smart home testing facility in order to create a definition that is easy to understand and representative of the best smart home technology." As demand for smart homes steadily increases, a consistent and clear definition is crucial. The technology experts from CNET and the real estate professionals from Coldwell Banker Real Estate worked together to create a definition that captures the complexities of the rapidly evolving technology landscape and provides clarity for a mass audience. This definition is part of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate initiative to embrace smart home technology through an agent education program, a dedicated online search tool to help home buyers find smart homes, research with CNET and sponsorship of the Smart Home Marketplace at CES. "Eighty-seven (87) percent of Americans acknowledge the value of smart home technology, but only one in four has this technology in their homes," said Lindsey Turrentine, editor-in-chief of CNET.com. "The term 'smart home' can be intimidating and overwhelming. We want to make it easy for everyone to better understand what a smart home is, in order to simplify the process in helping them choose the right devices for their homes. Smart home technology today is fragmented, much like the PC industry 15 years ago. An official smart home definition for consumers and real estate agents will provide clarity and credibility to the term." To learn more and to find smart homes near you, visit coldwellbanker.com/smart-home. 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 47 countries and territories with almost 85,000 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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Zillow Launches Mortgage Pre-Approval Tool for Home Shoppers
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Market Leader Reports Revenue Rises for 5th Quarter
Online marketing and "software as a service" company Market Leader, Inc., posted a $4.3 million net loss during the first quarter, even as revenue grew by 25 percent from a year ago, to $7.2 million. Market Leader -- which closed out 2010 with a $14.3 million loss for the year -- is transitioning from selling leads generated by sites like HouseValues.com to providing customized websites and tools for agents and brokers. The company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that revenue from its software-as-a-service products was up 61 percent from a year ago during the first quarter, and that the company has seen five consecutive quarters of revenue growth. That's due in part to the fact that Market Leader is now including revenue and expenses generated by real estate blogging network ActiveRain in its results, after becoming the majority stakeholder in the company in September. Before paying $450,000 to boost its ownership of ActiveRain's outstanding voting stock from 34 percent to 51 percent, Market Leader treated its stake in ActiveRain as an equity investment in its financial disclosures. Although most of ActiveRain's 200,000 users have free memberships, more than 5,000 customers use the company’s subscription-based blogging syndication software services, Market Leader said in its most recent annual report to investors. ActiveRain generated about $681,000 in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010. Looking ahead, Market Leader CEO Ian Morris said Tuesday he expects even stronger revenue growth and diminishing losses in the months ahead, thanks in part to the five-year agreement the company signed with Keller Williams Realty to provide the lead management, contact management and marketing design components of Keller Williams' new eEdge platform. Market Leader had previously disclosed that the company will receive a minimum of $10 million from Keller Williams during the initial five-year term of the eEdge agreement. The company expects to generate additional revenue by "upselling" premium software and services to nearly 80,000 Keller Williams agents. Keller Williams agents pay the franchise $15 a month for eEdge, and can choose to subscribe to a Market Leader Professional Edition with additional capabilities for $99 a month. The eEdge payments and potential upselling "is expected to begin to significantly contribute to revenue growth" in the second half of 2011, the company said in its annual report. Morris said Market Leader added nearly 200 new broker customers during the first quarter. Company officials say customer acquisition is a key to becoming profitable, and that in 2010 Market Leader expanded its marketing programs through leading real estate franchise networks. Market Leader generates revenue by charging one-time setup fees and monthly fees for services, including personalized websites, customer relationship management (CRM) tools, marketing materials, training and support. The significant majority of new brokerage customers signed in 2010 were responding to offers that waive setup and software-as-a-service fees during a promotional period, Market Leader said in its annual report. "Initially, the acquisition of these customers has a substantial negative impact on our near term operating results as related expenses exceed the revenue that they contribute," the company said. The $23.9 million the company spent on sales and marketing in 2010 nearly equaled the $24.4 million in revenue those efforts helped generate. That trend continued in the first quarter, with $7.4 million in sales and marketing exceeding total revenue by $191,000. Additional expenses for technology and product development ($1.84 million) and general and administrative services ($1.6 million) helped push total first-quarter expenses up 28 percent from a year ago, to $11.7 million.  
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Roost to Launch New Product for Small Businesses
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VisualTour Simplifies Mobile Marketing with QR code integration
Pompano Beach, Florida:  VisualTour®, a leading provider of internet marketing solutions for the real estate industry, now makes it easy to use QR codes for superior mobile marketing impact. "So many Realtors are confused over what they need to change, buy or implement to attract today's smart phone user to see their listings when driving or walking by the property. We designed VisualTour to be mobile phone friendly in early 2010. At the recent NAR convention in New Orleans we showed thousands of Realtors how to leverage the mobile enabled VisualTour search feature into their own yard sign marketing. Now, we've automated creating QR codes on the fly to take mobile marketing to another level for our customers", states J. L. Winn, V. P. of Marketing for VisualTour. "As NAR's own surveys show, both the Internet and yard signs are key tools used by home buyers," continues Winn. "And buyers value photos, virtual tours and property details more than any other information. So by placing a QR code on your yard sign rider directing passersby to your rich media VisualTour, agents expand their potential home buyer exposure, deliver more value to the home owner client and make themselves more appealing to today's smart phone savvy consumer." About VisualTour® Featured Tour Provider with REALTOR.com®. For more information, please contact    J. L. Winn at 800.873.0700 x1220 or by email at [email protected] VisualTour.com and VisualTour are trademarks of TRF Systems. To read the original post, please click here.  
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Realtor.com Android App Showcased at 2011 Mobile World Congress
  CAMPBELL, Calif., (February 10, 2011) – As the leading developer of mobile real estate search apps, Move, Inc. 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On average, Realtor.com mobile search app users view more than 10 properties each day and account for 20 percent of all weekend page views on Realtor.com listing detail pages. Realtor.com search apps have been downloaded more than 3 million times across multiple mobile platforms. The Realtor.com Real Estate Search Android app is free and compatible with version 2.1 or higher of the Android platform. It can be downloaded at http://www.realtor.com/mobile, or directly from Android Market™ at http://market.android.com/details?id=com.move.realtor. The Android™ smart phone, according to The Nielsen Company, is the #1 most sold smart phone in the United States. The Realtor.com Real Estate Search Android app empowers Android users to easily find fresh and reliable information about properties or open houses within one to 20 miles of a user’s location. Users can also instantly locate properties using the GPS feature, look at it via Google Maps™ with Street View, and connect with an agent in real-time to schedule a tour. Home buyers using their Realtor.com Android app can easily dictate and save notes as they tour a home, and they can share a listing with family or friends by using the app’s one-touch call or e-mail features. The GSMA Mobile World Congress event combines the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a congress featuring prominent chief executives representing mobile operators, vendors and content owners from across the world. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organizations. 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It also provides Realtors® and the home sellers they represent with the Internet’s largest real estate marketplace, reaching more than 10.42 million consumers in December 2010. Agents and companies have the power to customize Realtor.com® resources to maximize their brand and productivity.   This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management's view of Move's future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the results of Move, its subsidiaries, divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents Move files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Move's future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Move cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, Move expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.   [1] comScore Media Metrix, December 2010 2 NAR Existing Sales 11/2010, Case Shiller Q3 Home Price Index 11/2010, Altos Research – Chart of the Day 12/30/10 If you would like to learn more about Realtor.com, please click here.   
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Keller Williams Realty Agents Close Over $330 Million Transactions With Market Leader
Market Leader, an innovator in online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals, announced that its Keller Williams Realty customers have closed more than $330 million in real estate transactions to date with Market Leader. This success is being led by the more than 250 Teams and Market Centers that are using the company's RealtyGenerator product to close more deals, grow their market share, and recruit and retain agents. "As a Team Leader, RealtyGenerator offers the utmost accountability on our leads and how well we're working new business from click to close," said Frank Ioimo, Team Leader for Keller Williams Chino Hills. "It's a great agent retention tool, and it has helped us exceed our business goals." In addition to the 1,377 closed deals to-date, these customers are managing an additional 167,000 future buyers & sellers in their pipelines. The success of these top-performing Keller Williams Teams played a significant role in broadening the relationship between Market Leader and Keller Williams, which now includes collaboration on the eEdge marketing and business technology platform to be delivered starting next month to 80,000 Keller Williams professionals. "We're very proud of the success our Keller Williams customers have achieved thus far, and expect to extend these market-leading results to even more Teams and Market Centers in the months to come," said Ian Morris, CEO of Market Leader, Inc. Market Leader's RealtyGenerator is a profit-generating solution for real estate offices, helping them take market share from their competition and turn the Internet into a profitable new line of business. It includes a host of lead generation, lead management, agent recruiting and management systems, and marketing best practices designed to build strong customer relationships that lead to closed business. "We'd been looking at new and creative ways to introduce new leads into our business, and found RealtyGenerator," said Glen Neely, a Keller Williams Team Leader from Los Angeles, Calif. "It's a great return on investment. Everything we expected when we signed up has absolutely come true." Keller Williams Teams & Market Centers have until January 31st 2010 to take advantage of an exclusive RealtyGenerator offer available only to Keller Williams professionals. To learn more, please call 1-800-984-7037. About Market Leader Market Leader (NASDAQ:LEDR - News) provides real estate professionals with innovative marketing and technology solutions that enable them to grow and manage their business. Founded in 1999 by a second-generation real estate agent, Market Leader provides real estate agents, agent teams, and brokerage companies with subscription-based real estate marketing software and advertising products that enable them to generate a steady stream of prospects, as well as the tools and training they need to convert these prospects into clients. With a long history of innovation, Market Leader pioneered online lead generation for real estate professionals a decade ago and today is the leading marketing partner to the real estate industry. The company also provides consumers with free access to the information and tools they need throughout the home buying and selling process, such as determining house values by address, and providing access to real estate listings, through its national consumer real estate sites. These websites enable Market Leader to provide its customers with access to millions of future home buyers and sellers while providing these consumers with free access to the information they seek throughout the home buying and selling process. To learn more about Market Leader, please click here.  
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Robot Workshop to Release Lifestyle Search Engine By March
NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina – January 7th, 2011 – Robot Workshop, a real estate technology provider announced a strategic partnership, today, with Onboard Informatics, the premier data services & technology company for top tier organizations in real estate, media and technology . Robot Workshop will release a lifestyle?based homesearch engine, allowing shoppers to select neighborhoods based on attributes such as: proximity to shopping and pet friendliness. The solution will be powered by millions of data points provided by Onboard Informatics. Seth Siegler, CEO of Robot Workshop, LLC, says that the search interface will be available to real estate professionals and brokerages, for use on their consumerfacing websites. “We are offering a product that homebuyers have craved for years,” says Siegler, “A lifestyle search option allows home?shoppers to search based on the way they live. People can search for neighborhoods based on school quality, average commute, local culture or many other attributes.” According to Siegler, the Robot Workshop Lifestyle Search Interface will cost $98 per month, making it less expensive than many standard (non?lifestyle) homesearches. “Robot Workshop understands the life and budget of most real estate agents. We want our Lifestyle Search Interface to be a superior technology that’s affordable for everyone in the industry.” “Our partnership with Robot Workshop allows a vital part of the real estate market to gain access to this innovative search engine, driving traffic to their site and increasing their business. We are excited to partner with companies that understand what homebuyers want in their very emotional purchasing process, and Robot Workshop is certainly one of those companies,” says Marc Siden, CEO,Onboard Informatics. The partnership with Onboard Informatics will also allow Robot Workshop to offer its renowned IDX solution, IDX Robot, to agents and brokerages in over 100 MLS’s and REALTOR® Boards.  
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Market Leader® Provides End-to-End Business Platform for Agents
KIRKLAND, WA--(Marketwire - January 10, 2011) - Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR) (http://www.MarketLeader.com), an innovator in online marketing and technology solutions for real estate professionals, in conjunction with Keller Williams Realty International, and DotLoop, will launch the real estate industry's first single-platform business system to more than 80,000 real estate professionals next month. The new eEdge platform from Keller Williams, the third-largest real estate franchisor in the country, represents the first time that real estate agents will be able to manage all of their daily activities on one seamlessly integrated, easy-to-use business system. The eEdge system will provide agents with the ability to create and operate their website, including full MLS integration; generate traffic and leads; manage and engage with their contacts and clients; electronically manage their transactions; and design, create, and manage their marketing campaigns. Keller Williams Realty International is launching the innovative eEdge platform to its more than 80,000 professionals in the United States and Canada at its annual Family Reunion event next month. "The launch of this platform is a bold move by Keller Williams and a major product innovation for Market Leader," said Steve Murray, editor of REAL Trends, a leading source of analysis and information on the residential brokerage industry. "The real estate industry has talked for years about the need for integrated solutions, but to my knowledge, this will be the first time it's been done." Market Leader will also make available the Market Leader Professional Edition to all Keller Williams associates beginning at the company's annual Family Reunion event. The Market Leader Professional Edition integrates with eEdge while offering numerous valuable enhancements to agents that want to take their business to the next level. The Professional Edition will provide associates with systems that are proven to drive more leads, build and manage an active pipeline of prospects, and help convert those prospects into clients. Additionally, the Professional Edition provides everything an agent needs to stand out from the crowd with unlimited access to the finest library of customizable online and offline marketing materials, all fully integrated with MLS listings and a contact management system to save associates time and money. "Market Leader is proud to have been chosen by Keller Williams to provide a single, seamlessly integrated system to manage their associates' websites, lead generation, contacts, and all of their marketing materials," said Ian Morris, CEO of Market Leader. "This innovative solution will help tens of thousands of agents manage their business while also providing them with ongoing access to a wealth of other services designed to help them accelerate their growth and success." "Market Leader's technology leadership played a strategic role in helping bring our agents' vision of an integrated solution to reality. There is no doubt that these products will help our associates to achieve a new level of business success," said Mary Tennant, president and COO of Keller Williams Realty. The Market Leader Professional Edition will be presented live for the first time at the Keller Williams' annual Family Reunion next month. For a sneak preview, Keller Williams associates can visit http://www.marketleader.com/professional. For more information on Market Leader and its products, please click here.  About Market Leader Market Leader (NASDAQ: LEDR) provides real estate professionals with innovative marketing and technology solutions that enable them to grow and manage their business. Founded in 1999 by a second-generation real estate agent, Market Leader provides real estate agents, agent teams, and brokerage companies with subscription-based real estate marketing software and advertising products that enable them to generate a steady stream of prospects, as well as the tools and training they need to convert these prospects into clients. With a long history of innovation, Market Leader pioneered online lead generation for real estate professionals a decade ago and today is the leading marketing partner to the real estate industry. The company also provides consumers with free access to the information and tools they need throughout the home buying and selling process, such as determining house values by address and providing access to real estate listings, through its national consumer real estate sites. These websites enable Market Leader to provide its customers with access to millions of future home buyers and sellers while providing these consumers with free access to the information they seek throughout the home buying and selling process.
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We’re pleased to have worked with Microsoft on the first Windows Phone 7 real estate search app, and remain committed to placing the search power of Realtor.com into the hands of every consumer with a mobile device.” This newest Realtor.com mobile search app delivers all of the popular search features offered by Realtor.com on other mobile platforms, while integrating Windows Phone 7's unique design capabilities including Panorama, which allows users to access content by panning left or right with the swipe of a finger. From the home panel, users can instantly swipe through the Local, Recent Searches and the Feedback panels, and browse a listing’s overview, photos, details, contact, and notes and ratings panels on the Listing Detail Pages. "Windows Phone 7 is backed by a rich developer ecosystem that is creating a variety of quality apps and games,” said Todd Brix, senior director, Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft Corp. “Realtor.com leverages the platform’s unique features and is a good example of the sort of apps that can be found on Windows Phone Marketplace, all of which are designed to help consumers get the most out of their phone.” Other notable features include Create Notes and Rate Listings, which empower buyers to better compare and consider each property by saving decision-making information within the app. Notes can be quickly retrieved and reviewed later when visiting a property again or for comparing properties at open houses. Personalized content features and powerful property-based search capabilities with refined search filters also make the application a versatile and valuable real estate search tool. Additionally, Realtor.com has included a surface feedback tool within the Windows Phone 7 app that makes it easy for users to provide feedback to Realtor.com specific to this newest mobile real estate search app. Similar to other Realtor.com mobile search apps, the Realtor.com Windows 7 app was designed so consumers can quickly connect with agents throughout the home search process. If a property looks interesting, the one-tap call capability effortlessly connects potential buyers with the listing agent for additional details or to arrange a tour. At the same time, buyers can also use their Realtor.com Windows 7 search app to instantly reach out to their Realtor to share a listing of interest they found that fits their search criteria. If time is short, simply touch the Ask a Question button, and buyers can instantly send an e-mail to an agent. “By expanding the Realtor.com search experience to the Windows 7 platform, we’re creating greater opportunities for today’s on-the-go buyers to search for homes at their convenience, and to connect with local real estate experts in real time to ask questions or perhaps schedule an appointment,” said Errol Samuelson, president of Realtor.com. “Based on the popularity of our other mobile search apps, we expect the Realtor.com Windows 7 app to become the most helpful and popular real estate search app available for the Windows platform.” The Realtor.com® Windows Phone 7 app is compatible with all Windows Phone 7 devices and can be downloaded by visiting the Windows Phone Marketplace at http://social.zune.net/redirect?type=phoneApp&id=61bf0d9a-61e1-df11-a844-00237de2db9e ABOUT MOVE, INC. Move, Inc. 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Saskatoon, SK and Vancouver, BC – September 22, 2010 – Point2 Technologies (“Point2”) today announced that the REALTOR® Association Of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc. (RAGFL), www.R-World.com, one of the largest REALTOR® Associations in the State of Florida, has completed the roll out of a national online property listing advertising distribution program powered by Point2’s listing syndication solution for real estate MLSs (Multiple Listing Service) and Associations. Offered by RAGFL as a complementary benefit to its over 8,600 members, the new technology will automate the publication and advertising of approximately 20,000 Florida listings on Point2’s syndication partner network that covers 45 high traffic real estate consumer websites, major search engines and nearly 300 regional newspaper sites around the United States. “We are very excited about the competitive advantage syndication on the Point2 network will bring to our members and happy to be able to bring such value to our constituents,” said Richard W. Barkett, RAGFL Chief Executive Officer. “Florida is one of the most desirable places to live and today offers incredible real estate value never seen before. Locals and out of state buyers can now more easily find our members’ listings online whether they search on Google and Yahoo!, Zillow and Trulia, or Homefinder and Cyberhomes/AOL.” “RAGFL continues as a leader in this industry,” said Saul Klein, Chief Executive Officer, Point2 Technologies. “Major organizations are deploying Point2’s syndication solution at an accelerated pace to enhance member efficiency and for the unique built-in lead management and conversion tools to help users maximize revenue.” RAGFL members throughout Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties, can now select, publish and update their listings simultaneously to their MLS system and on the Point2 network, through a single, easy to use dashboard. A highly intuitive interface also gives users access to traffic reports detailing lead sources and browsing patterns, for more informed decision making. Optional subscription to the industry’s leading syndication and website solution, Point2 Agent (www.Point2Agent.com) also seamlessly puts the user in control of more detailed traffic reports and information, and automates lead management and predictive marketing to maximize conversion from browsing prospects to clients. Chosen by 154 MLSs and Associations in the United States, Point2’s enterprise solution today facilitates listing syndication for nearly 250,000 REALTORS®. About Point2 Technologies Point2 Technologies (www.Point2.com) develops, markets and supports 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 at www.Point2.com. For ongoing news about Point2, please visit www.point2.com/news.asp. Point2® is a trademark of Point2 Technologies Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.    
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W&R Studios Announces Special September Promotion for Cloud CMA
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA August 31, 2010 – Web software company, W&R Studios, announced today it is starting a special promotion in September for its innovative product, Cloud CMA. Cloud CMA, launched in January of 2010, is a web-based software application designed for real estate professionals to create reports for their buyers and sellers.  Cloud CMA is available on a monthly subscription basis. For the month of September, Cloud CMA will be free to try without a credit card.  Cloud CMA will also have lower pricing plans for subscribers who wish to continue the service after the free trial period. “The response to Cloud CMA has been extraordinary.  We wanted to do something special so that everyone could try Cloud CMA with no strings attached,” stated Greg Robertson, co-founder of W&R Studios. Cloud CMA is now available in several metro markets in the United States including Southern California, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and Portland areas.  These areas comprise over 175,000 real estate professionals.  Additional markets are expected to be announced soon. “As part of this special promotion, we have revamped our Cloud CMA landing page and announcing Cloud CMA Weekly Webinars,” concluded Mr. Robertson. For more information about Cloud CMA, or to sign up for a free trial, please visit http://CloudCMA.com.  To sign up for a Cloud CMA Weekly Webinar, please visit http://CloudCMA.com. About W&R Studios Founded in 2008, W&R Studios (http://wr-studios.com) is a privately held web software company. W&R Studios focuses on creating the next generation of web applications for real estate. By providing a “less is more” approach to software design, elegant user interfaces, and using the latest in agile programming, W&R Studios’ software applications are at the same time powerful, yet accessible to everyone. W&R Studios? products include Dwellicious, a social book-marking site for real estate, Dwellicious Pro, and Cloud CMA. Co-founders Dan Woolley and Greg Robertson each have over 18 years experience developing and marketing software solutions. To read the original press release, please click here.
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Roost.com, formerly known for their home search portal and their social media toolkit, have restructured their focus and are dropping the home search from their arsenal.  Without a doubt, Roost's Facebook application and other social media tools bring value to real estate; they will now be focusing on these solutions.  This morning Roost sent us the following report: "We are reaching out to inform you of some changes that will take place at Roost.com. Starting on September 1st, Roost will discontinue its home search business at Roost.com. This change will mean that any alerts you have set will stop. Roost’s new products and services will focus on providing tools for real estate professionals to build business using social networks like Facebook.  You can see our new social marketing tools offering here. We have enjoyed providing you with a home search, and we hope the experience has made your buying process easier. We apologize for any inconvenience this announcement might have caused and wish you success in your home search." We wish you the best Roost.com! Looking forward to other social media innovations!  
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Major Texas Real Estate Firm Changes To Realty Broker Office
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Connect Tungle.me to Facebook Events
Tungle.me recently announced that users can now connect their Facebook Events to their Tungle.me account. With this new integration, users can now: See their full schedule in one, simple calendar view Factor Facebook events into their availability Prevent double bookings As users RSVP to new Facebook Events, those events will be added to their Tungle.me calendar. Their availability on their Tungle.me page and in any pending meeting invitations will be automatically updated. Facebook joins the growing number of sources that users can connect to Tungle.me, along with Plancast, TripIt, Windows Live and Yahoo! calendars. Read about those here. The integration with these sources is read-only. That means, events from Facebook or Plancast will be updated in their Tungle.me account, but Tungle.me will not be able to send new events to users' Facebook account. To connect Facebook events to Tungle.me: Sign into Tungle.me Click “Management”, then “Synced” in the left menu Click “Add new Calendar & Contacts sync source” and select Facebook to get started
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ActiveAgent: Now Featuring Google Maps and Major Upgrades!
August 19, 2010- Google Maps, easy to format text, document uploads AND realPING automatically enabled? Could it be true that all of those enhancements are for ActiveAgent? YES! ActiveAgent just got a major makeover complete with a new, modern design and significant upgrades.  This agent web-site solution remains at the same affordable cost while adding new features like Google Map search, which was previously only available to ActiveAgent Professional subscribers.  Now, regular ActiveAgent subscribers can see the huge benefits of having an interactive search right on their website. ActiveAgent new features: The Rich Text Editor:  This is BIG!  So long HTML Code, because now you can format text, images and link documents and websites as easily as you would in Microsoft Word.  Upload any documents or images to the Image Library  and then link in the Rich Text Editor.  Choose from different fonts and place and drag photos and logos. realPING:  For ActiveAgent subscribers that also have a realPING subscription, the realPING functionality will be automatically enabled.  Just one more way to encourage consumers to contact  you with the click of a button! Google Map Search:  This is a completely new feature! Your consumers will beyond appreciate the ability to plot searches right on a map and view by Satellite, Hybrid or Terrain.  You can even “Jump to” a selected State, County or Zip Code to narrow your search.  What’s more? Balloon icons on the houses indicate an upcoming open house.  The photo here is in the Hybrid view. Active Agent Upgrades: HomesProspector is out and Property Wizard is in!  Your clients will love the Property Wizard and its ability to save their searches! Saved searches means ActiveAgent can automatically provide email updates for listings that match their search criteria. So long manually adding listings to your ActiveAgent site!  ActiveAgent will automatically update from the MRIS database and listings will appear under the “My Listings” button.  You don’t have to use stock… photos, that is! Upload your own images to the Image Manager to make your website unique.  In addition, you can upload your own agent photo to your ActiveAgent site! ActiveAgent sites will now have the subdomains of www.myhomesdb.com.  Customers will not have to change their web site addresses on their business cards.  For example, www.homesdatabase.com/test will now redirect tohttp://www.myhomesdb.com/test. ActiveAgent is affordable and the AdTracker feature shows which listings are getting the most views and which methods of advertising are generating visitors.  For new agents who don’t have any listings yet, ActiveAgent is a great way to advertise their services and knowledge.  ActiveAgent is available to licensed agents for $325 your first year and an activation fee of $99.  Renewals are $350 per year. ActiveAgent fees have not increased with the new upgrades.
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Condo.com Adds Thousands of Senior Housing Rentals
Miami, FL (August 13, 2010)– Condo.com, the world’s largest condo marketplace, today announced a partnership with SeniorOutlook.com, a product of ForRent.com and division of Dominion Enterprises. The partnership will provide Condo.com users with access to thousands of senior communities for rent nationwide along with valuable resources available through the portal’s Resource Guide. With an aging population of baby boomers and increasing life span, there is tremendous demand for all types of senior living. 10 baby boomers are expected to turn 50 years old every minute between now and 2010, according to a recent article published by Turkel. “We have noticed this growing audience on our site and everywhere…Being the largest in the condo vertical and continuously striving to fill the demand by home-seekers nationwide, it was of essence to cater to a senior demographic,” states Senior Vice President of Business Development Jason Mizrachi.  Condo.com is now able to satisfy this need by connecting site visitors with a variety of senior living options, including assisted living, independent living, Alzheimer's / memory care, skilled nursing, continuing care and adult day care. Each community type provides a varying level of care and services. The new properties are accessible on Condo.com’s Apartments For Rent tab.  By selecting the 55+ Communities advanced search filter on Condo.com, all available senior communities are displayed. Condo.com currently showcases a small number of 55+ communities for rent and for sale. Adding the Senior Outlook properties will not only increase inventory on the site, but will also enhance the senior housing search experience by helping two types of active users – those who seek a home for themselves, and those seeking for an elderly loved one. The additional community types accommodate seniors with different physical or medical needs allowing these home-seekers to make informed decisions. According to Condo.com CEO Richard Swerdlow, “the partnership with SeniorOutlook.com enhances our senior housing search experience and helps this growing market segment to find the right housing for their specific needs and lifestyle preferences.” “We felt it was essential to choose a partner known for delivering the best available housing alternatives for seniors and are also proud to work with Senior Outlook’s parent company, ForRent.com, known as the largest publisher in the rental space,” adds Swerdlow. About Condo.com 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. About SeniorOutlook.com® Recognized as the “Most Useful Site” on the Internet for adults 50 and better, SeniorOutlook.com is a website dedicated to finding appropriate housing for Baby Boomers planning their retirement, aging adults, and adult children who are researching housing options for their parents. End users can choose from apartments and independent living communities to assisted living and nursing homes. SeniorOutlook.com offers more than 4,700 apartment listings, catering to the 55 and older audience. Listings include slide shows, virtual tours and a variety of online tools to ensure the comfort of an easy move.
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ADVANTIS Global Services Recruits DocuSign
Seattle – July 28, 2010 – DocuSign®, the market leader and global standard for electronic signature, today announced that ADVANTIS Global Services, a leading IT staffing and technology consulting firm for Fortune 500 companies and mid-market, has selected the DocuSign eSignature service to complete its contracting process. ADVANTIS uses DocuSign to quickly and easily finalize client recruiting contracts and consultant application packages online—thereby avoiding the hassle of printing, signing and faxing or mailing bulky, multi-page documents. ADVANTIS will migrate to a paperless process by deploying the DocuSign electronic signature service at all seven regional locations. “When one of our recruiting channels used DocuSign to finalize a contract with us, a light bulb went off—we have to be doing this,” said Jeff Taylor, chief operating officer of ADVANTIS Global Services. “As one of the major IT staffing and consulting companies in the high tech corridor, we process a large volume of candidate applications and client contracts so DocuSign just made sense. We needed the latest technology to support and accelerate processes throughout our various offices across the country and the solution had to accommodate the unique needs of each office. We found DocuSign to be the market leader and the best electronic signature solution available to meet our needs.” According to Taylor, ADVANTIS wanted an electronic signature solution that was fast, flexible and easy for its growing staff, remote clients and candidates. DocuSign proved easy to use with the ability to streamline workflows while offering the document customization necessary to better brand and support each regional office. DocuSign enables ADVANTIS to manage large volumes of contracts by seamlessly connecting to ADVANTIS’ customer relationship management (CRM) tool. PDFs created in the CRM can be quickly prepared for e-signing through the DocuSign Console. The recipient receives an email notification indicating a document is ready for signature, adopts an electronic signature and in minutes is guided through the e-sign process. Once completed, an email notification is sent to all parties with a link to the final executed document. ADVANTIS can then save the signed digital document back into its CRM or archive within DocuSign. “The synergy of DocuSign and Salesforce CRM creates a powerful, comprehensive and cohesive relationship that extends beyond product, customer and distribution,” said Steve King, president and CEO of DocuSign. “DocuSign is excited to align with the leader in enterprise cloud computing. We look forward to collaborating with salesforce.com to further extend the power of DocuSign and Salesforce CRM in streamlining business processes, reducing costs and ensuring the continued success of our joint customers.” “ADVANTIS Global Services successfully leverages technology to accelerate business in a highly competitive environment,” said Steve King, president and CEO of DocuSign. “DocuSign is pleased to be working with ADVANTIS to further streamline their business processes, increase efficiencies and enhance their service model for clients and candidates alike.” About ADVANTIS Global Services ADVANTIS Global Services is an industry leader in providing IT Contingent Staffing and Technical Resource Services for the Fortune 500 and leading Mid-market companies nationwide. Since 2001, ADVANTIS has specialized in placing highly skilled talent to drive the development, deployment and support of Enterprise Software Systems and Applications. We partner with our clients to ensure the success of IT Infrastructure and align initiatives and goals.  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, click here.  
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IDXPro Service Now Includes Eight New Realtor Association MLS Boards
iHOUSE Web SolutionsTM, a leader in realtor website design, hosting, and online marketing services, now offers eight additional realtor associations' MLS-IDX feeds. The IDXPro service is available for all Web sites, not only iHOUSE websites. With IDXPro, clients can search through the entire MLS without ever leaving a realtor's website. IDXPro also includes an interactive Google map, which maps property listings to specific geographic searches, so clients can easily grasp property locations. The new MLS-IDX data feeds include: • California: CA-SHASTA, the Shasta Association of Realtors • California: Inglewood Board of Realtors • California: Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors • Colorado: the Montrose Association of Realtors • Illinois: Quad City Area Realtor Association • Montana: Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors • North Dakota: Bismark Mandan Board of Realtors • Virginia: The Real Estate Information Network (Brokers only)  
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Cushman & Wakefield to List on Rofo's LinkedIn App
NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO– July 22, 2010– Rofo, a leading real estate and office space search engine, and commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield (www.cushwake.com) today announced that Cushman & Wakefield’s brokerage professionals can now provide their exclusive listing content on Rofo’s new LinkedIn application, Real Estate Pro. Launched today, Rofo’s Real Estate Pro application is the first real estate app on LinkedIn, an innovative social media hub that attracts 70 million users, making LinkedIn the world’s largest professional social network. The free app creates a clear path for brokers to utilize social media in a way that directly impacts their business. The Real Estate Pro application is the first-ever plug-and-play social media tool for brokers, agents and landlords, creating a powerful localized real estate marketplace for professionals on LinkedIn. Available for free, the application acts as a market activity dashboard, populated with up-to-date property listings, completed transactions and market data directly from a LinkedIn user’s profile page. “We are honored to work with a global commercial real estate industry leader like Cushman & Wakefield,” said Alan Bernier, chief executive officer of Rofo. “Not only do we win by galvanizing top brokers, but the end-user is provided with access to more listings, ultimately creating a better user experience.” To download or learn more about the Real Estate Pro app on LinkedIn, please click here, and see today’s press release, “LinkedIn and Rofo Bring First Real Estate Application to World’s Leading Professional Social Network.”To view a short how-to video, click here. About Cushman & Wakefield Cushman & Wakefield is the world's largest privately held commercial real estate services firm. Founded in 1917, it has 221 offices in 58 countries and more than 15,000 employees. The firm represents a diverse customer base ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. It offers a complete range of services within five primary disciplines: Transaction Services, including tenant and landlord representation in office, industrial and retail real estate; Capital Markets, including property sales, investment management, investment banking, debt and equity financing; Valuation and Advisory Services; Client Solutions, including integrated real estate strategies for large corporations and property owners, and Consulting Services, including business and real estate consulting. A recognized leader in global real estate research, the firm publishes a broad array of proprietary reports available on its online Knowledge Center at www.cushmanwakefield.com. 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.
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RealDirect Launches RealDirect for Buyers
New service from real estate tech brokerage will save time & money for buyers looking to find the right home; Rebate would equal nearly $9K savings on a median Manhattan sale price NEW YORK, July 21, 2010--Next generation real estate technology company and brokerage RealDirect is now giving potential home buyers a unique double benefit through their new service RealDirect for Buyers: providing access to new tools and guidance to manage their apartment search, and offering the opportunity to earn a 1% rebate check on the sale price of a home at closing.     This rebate amounts to a savings of $8,990 for a home at the median sale price for a Manhattan apartment (according to a Q2 2010 Miller Samuel report). Using its proprietary buyer survey and structured sales information database, RealDirect can create a list of homes that a buyer is more likely to purchase. In order to participate, home buyers will fill out a free, online survey which RealDirect analyzes to understand all of the buyers needs and sensitivities. Taking the survey does not obligate the buyer to work with RealDirect in any way. At the completion of the survey, the buyer will receive a synopsis of what’s important to them, broken down into three categories: "Must Haves," "Wish List" and "Deal Breakers.” RealDirect then provides a list of the 5-10 properties that best fit the buyers’ needs. The list will also periodically flag a listing as a "RealBargain" if the data shows the property to be a particularly good deal. “By analyzing approximately 70 data points gathered from our buyers survey and hundreds of property criteria culled from listing data and closed transactions, we have a strong sense of the properties they are most likely to buy – and can get buyers in front of the right properties quickly and painlessly,” said Doug Perlson, co-founder and CEO of RealDirect. Through its partnership with Buyfolio, RealDirect will provide an online account in which users can review the listings and provide feedback – what they like and don’t like about the potential homes. RealDirect continues to update the account with new listings and gather client feedback. Rejected listings will never be suggested again. RealDirect for Buyers kicks into high gear when the buyers find something they like. A RealDirect agent can set up home showing appointments, but buyers have the choice of seeing the homes with or without a RealDirect agent. If a match is found, and the buyer is ready to make an offer, RealDirect offers a professional consultation to determine the right offer price and negotiation strategy – and a licensed agent negotiates on the buyer’s behalf should they want this assistance. RealDirect also provides vetted contractors and architects to give professional opinions on questions of feasibility and cost of renovations. When the offer is accepted, RealDirect coordinates the closing and assists with any closing needs, including board packages. On close, the buyer receives a rebate check in the amount of 1% of the sale price. “In the end, our goal is to bring sellers and buyers together in a more efficient way, and pass the savings onto our clients,” said Mr. Perlson. RealDirect is a real estate technology company that makes selling and buying a home easier, and more efficient. Whether you want to handle the transaction yourself, or have an agent work with you, RealDirect provides clients with all the tools and assistance they need to get from listing to close. RealDirect is located in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan.
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Lone Wolf Launches Mobile Website Product
RISMEDIA, June 24, 2010 — Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies announced the launch of the newest feature available for their Global Wolf website clients, Mobile Websites. Mobile Websites are the easiest way for brokers and agents to take their Global Wolf websites mobile and establish a presence in today’s fastest growing marketing medium. This innovative technology automatically adapts Global Wolf website features and views for access on any data-enabled mobile handset. This addition to Lone Wolf’s ever-evolving product suite offers today’s mobile-minded market the next level in technology tools. Mobile Websites are offered through an automated mobile Internet platform which integrates with the Global Wolf websites and uses the same URL, making it hassle-free for mobilizing office and agent’s websites. Samantha Tino, Vice President of Lone Wolf’s Global Wolf Division stated, “The rapidly expanding use of web-enabled cell phones within our client base made it an easy decision to develop a mobile website solution now, rather than waiting for market saturation. The key home shopping demographic is choosing Smartphones as their primary communications device, so it is exciting to help our clients offer their customers a great mobile website experience that will serve them whether they are at home, at work or on the go.” Mobile Internet usage is growing faster desktop Internet did when it was brought to consumers and it is being said that mobile Internet will be bigger than desktop within five years. With the trends in technology in mind, Lone Wolf’s plan is to ensure that the products and services they offer compliment the needs of today’s real estate professionals. Lone Wolf sees the value in applications such as Mobile Websites to aid in driving more business to agents and offices by allowing home buyers and sellers instant access to websites. For more information about Lone Wolf Technologies, click here.   
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KWKLY Named Preferred Mobile Solutions Provider
RISMEDIA, JUNE 21, 2010—KWKLY has been selected by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World as a preferred provider for its network of 600 real estate firms. KWKLY provides a text messaging solution for real estate brokers at the point of interest for consumers, using the same keyword and short code on every sign installed by a brokerage. When the brokerage’s keyword is texted, home buyers are prompted to either enter the address of the property of interest or click a URL that uses the phone’s GPS to display the five closest properties within a browser page–all branded to the participating brokerage without requiring downloads to the user’s phone. According to LeadingRE Vice President Phil Edwards, KWKLY presents a unique offering. “Using a technology accessible to almost everyone, KWKLY provides home buyers requested information almost immediately, while sending the lead to the agent for follow-up. It is a great example of customer service tailored to this technical age.” “From my experience at the recent LeadingRE conference, it was clear to me that these brokers are focused on customer service,” said Tony Romeo, KWKLY president. “With our tool, they are able to grab customers at the exact moment they need help. What better way to demonstrate responsiveness and, ultimately, win more business?  
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Goomzee Connects with Three More MLSs
Missoula, Montana – May 05, 2010 – Home buyers in Illinois, Oregon, and Texas will soon be able to receive for-sale home information, pricing, and photos, sent directly to their phone using text messaging (SMS) thanks to Goomzee.  Peoria Area Association of Realtors® (PAAR), Willamette Valley MLS (WVMLS), and Temple-Belton Board of Realtors (TBBOR) recently joined the growing number of REALTOR® associations, multiple listing services (MLS), brokerages and real estate agents connecting with Montana’s Goomzee, a nationwide text message marketing solution provider for real estate professionals. Goomzee’s real estate text message marketing solution, Realty Connect®, helps connect buyers and sellers using mobile technology and integration with MLS data systems.  Real estate professionals place signs or ads prompting homebuyers to send a text message with a unique property code to receive for-sale property information.  Potential buyers just have to send the property code as a text message to 44133 and within seconds they receive for-sale information, and optionally photos, on their cell phone.  The real estate agent is alerted, and may connect with buyers in real time, providing timely follow up.  “This is an essential tool for today’s real estate professional.  Goomzee’s technology allows agents to reach the growing population of consumers who rely on their mobile phone to access information anytime, anywhere,” says Mike Sparr, Goomzee’s CEO. Jay Gordon, CEO of the Willamette Valley MLS, says “Our goal is to provide Realtors with the best tools and information available in the industry. We are very happy to create a relationship with Goomzee that will improve our members’ productivity, professionalism, and relationships with buyers and sellers.” An increasing number of Americans look to their cellular phones for instant access to information.  According to the International Association of Wireless Telecommunications, also known as CTIA®, there are 285.6 million US mobile phone subscribers, representing 91% of Americans. Text messaging has rapidly become one of the most commonly-used features on mobile phones.  Wireless carriers have reported that over 1.5 trillion text messages were delivered in the U.S. in 2009 and average monthly messages per subscriber was 357.  Cellular text communication has surpassed voice calls since November 2007.  Once a technology primarily for chatting amongst friends, text messaging is now the preferred source for instant information.  With Goomzee’s text message marketing service, Realty Connect, real estate professionals have yet another arrow in their quiver to reach America’s home buyers. About Peoria Area Association of Realtors The Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® serves over 1,000 REALTOR® members and 145 Affiliates. The PAAR Mission is "To be recognized by the public and our peers as an Association dedicated to equal opportunity in housing, to the protection of private property rights and to high ethical standards of professional conduct; to provide an opportunity for a productive life in sales by providing the education and resources necessary for growth, keeping alive the American Dream." About Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service Located in Salem, OR, the Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service is a member-owned cooperative MLS, serving the Mid-Willamette Valley since 1949.  The WVMLS mission is to provide the highest quality, preferred real estate products and services the industry has to offer, maintain and encourage a high level of member cooperation and professionalism, and expedite real estate transactions by providing accurate and timely information and services for the benefit of our membership and the public. About Temple-Belton Board of Realtors The Temple-Belton Board of REALTORS® is based in Temple, TX.  The TBBOR mission is to provide support and resources in an effort to build, maintain and educate our membership to establish and promote a professional, ethical business atmosphere in which the membership can properly serve the public.  About Goomzee Goomzee Corporation provides a mobile marketing technology platform that connects buyers and sellers at the point-of-interest.  Goomzee’s flagship product, Realty Connect, and Mobile Virtual Tours, specifically assists real estate professionals to win more listings, acquire more leads and close more sales.  The Company was established in 2003 offering hosted online storefronts to small businesses as well as consulting for some of the world’s largest companies and brands.  Goomzee is an industry leader in text message marketing and continues to innovate from a client first perspective.  We connect buyers and sellers at the point-of-interest.  To learn more, visit us online at www.goomzee.com or contact us at (877) 324-1796 (toll free). For more information about Goomzee, click here.  
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Time for a Group Tungle?
Introducing Tungle.me Groups! You can now organize your contacts by groups in Tungle.me, making it even easier to bring together the people you want to meet with. Let’s say you regularly meet with the same 3 people from your Sales team. Create a new “Sales” group and add those 3 people. The next time you want to meet with them, simply select the group and send the invite—no more adding each invitee individually. Tungle Us! Want someone to book time with you and your Sales team? Add the group name to your personal Tungle.me URL to get a special group page for others to schedule meetings with you and your group, without signing up. For example, My URL is http://tungle.me/Jacou. I’ve created a group for the Tungle.me Management team, and I’ve named it “Management.” If I add that to my URL like this—http://tungle.me/Jacou/Management—I get a page showing the overlaid availabilities of me and everyone in the group. People I share that new URL with can now easily schedule meetings with me and the group without signing up. Group Meetings Without the Group A business associate wants to meet with you and two of your colleagues. You and your colleagues all have Tungle.me pages. Add each person’s personal URL to your own, separated by commas, to create a quick, ad-hoc group page. For example, to create a page with my, Marc and Rod’s availability, I would type the URL http://tungle.me/Jacou,Marc,Rod (Marc’s URL is http://tungle.me/Marc and Rod’s is http://tungle.me/Rod) and send it out. I send the new URL to whomever wants to meet with us, and they can now easily schedule a meeting with all three of us without ever signing up. Check out the screenshot below for an example, or watch Marc Gingras demo the new features—watch the video. It’s All About Making Meeting Happen Calendars are not confined behind company walls anymore. Meetings are taking place across organizations, platforms and even time zones. Team members are dispersed, telecommuting is growing, companies are outsourcing projects, working with people in other organizations and building partnerships, and people are even now broadcasting their events with tools like Plancast. With Tungle.me, we’re breaking down the barriers that impede the simple task of scheduling. Being able to create a simple group page that brings together people from different companies or locations is a huge step forward in that effort.    
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Stewart Renews eSignature Contract
March 29, 2010—Silanis Technology, Inc., today announced that Stewart Information Services Corp. will extend the use of Silanis’ ApproveIt electronic signature platform for its internal operational processes. The real estate information and transaction management company expects its internal processes to benefit from significant time and cost reductions, as has its settlement and title services since integrating Silanis’ solutions in 2004. “Early results from a cross-section of Stewart offices have demonstrated that a closing can be conducted in as few as 15 minutes when the consumer has had access to SureClose® and the eSignature solution,” said Travis Wright, president and director of business development for Stewart Transaction Solutions. “Stewart’s decision to standardize on Silanis’ electronic signature solutions demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investing in technology that will increase our own productivity and effectiveness, and thus improve customer service.” In 2004, Stewart Title Co. and Silanis co-developed the patent-pending eClosingRoomTM, which is integrated with the SureClose® online transaction management system, becoming the first and only system to handle all real estate closing documents electronically. Prior to the closing meeting, homebuyers electronically review all closing documents and electronically sign all non-notarized documents. The remaining documents can then be electronically signed in the presence of a notary using the system’s eNotary capability. The electronically signed documents are also made available to participating county recorders, where permitted by law. Homebuyers benefit because they can take the time they need to review the documents in advance of the closing meeting, thereby reducing their time at the closing. Settlement agents benefit because they can process closings faster and therefore accommodate a larger volume of closings at the end of each month. And lenders will benefit because they will receive a QA’d eMortgage package within minutes after closing and eliminate paper-related, processing costs. In 2006, Stewart plans to use Silanis’ enterprise signing platform for a variety of internal processes, including employee hiring and on-boarding processes. The platform will enable Stewart to increase its productivity and operational efficiency, while maximizing its investment in other IT applications by ensuring that processes requiring signature approvals remain electronically connected and do not fall back to paper. Stewart can also expect to decrease its cost of doing business as paper, shipping, handling, data verification, scanning and data re-keying will be reduced, and in many instances eliminated entirely. Stewart chose Silanis as its preferred electronic signature partner because of the success of the eClosingRoom, as well as for the flexibility and scalability provided by Silanis’ solutions. The Silanis ApproveIt platform is designed to integrate with enterprise and vertical business applications, business portals, and content management systems. ApproveIt Desktop integrates seamlessly with common native formats, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Adobe PDFTM, and IBM WorkplaceTM forms, while the ApproveIt Web Server is an enterprise business application server solution for external applications with legally enforceable records and audit logs. In addition, the ApproveIt Transferable Records Manager provides a solution for controlling the access, transfers, and ownership of high-value, eNote transactional records. “At the end of the day, whether widespread paperless transactions are three, five or eight years down the road, when we get a seamless transaction it’s better for all the participants,” said Wright in an interview with Real Estate Technology News (February 8, 2006). About Silanis Founded in 1992, Silanis Technology, Inc., is the largest and most experienced provider of electronic signature solutions. More than 1,100 government and commercial organizations, representing two million users, depend on Silanis' solutions to accelerate operations, improve service, and reduce costs. The company’s solutions not only eliminate the inefficiencies of paper, they provide reliable and auditable business records needed to demonstrate compliance with applicable laws, standards, regulations and policies. http://www.silanis.com. About Stewart Stewart Title Co. and Stewart Transaction Solutions are wholly owned subsidiaries of Stewart Information Services Corp. (Stewart) (NYSE-STC), a technology-driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 8,500 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, default management solutions, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at http://www.stewart.com.  
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New House Hunting Android Application
EMERYVILLE, CA—(Marketwire)—03/18/10—Leading online real estate brokerage ZipRealty (NASDAQ: ZIPR) today released a version of its popular mobile house-hunting application for Android-based phones. House hunters can use the Android application, similar to the already well-received iPhone and iPod Touch version, to search for actively-listed "for sale" homes and view property photos of each listing in more than 4,000 U.S. cities and neighborhoods nationally. The application displays search results on Google Maps, including homes currently on the market, as well as a comprehensive list of recently sold homes with sale prices. Android app users can also view search results through Google's Street View option, which gives a home buyer a "drive up" feel for each property. The application also provides access to third-party home value estimates and access to a local ZipRealty agent with one click. "The release of our real estate application for Android-based phones reinforces our commitment to providing home shoppers with 'for sale' home information on whatever mobile device they use," said Myron Lo, Vice President of Innovation at ZipRealty. "Our iPhone app has been downloaded already more than 125,000 times, and we're confident that prospective home buyers using Android-based phones will enjoy having this vital information about homes and neighborhoods at their fingertips." Home buyers who use Android-based phones also have mobile access to their ZipRealty.com accounts, allowing them to search for homes on-the-go and view full information on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) listed homes. Clients can also begin new geo-targeted searches for homes that meet their unique home buying criteria, like price range, number of bedrooms or bathrooms, and property type. The application is free and easily available by searching for ZipRealty in the Android Market store (www.android.com/market). The minimum operating system users will need to run this application is Android OS 1.5. For additional information and screenshots of the application, please visit www.ziprealty.com/android. About ZipRealty, Inc. ZipRealty is a full-service residential real estate brokerage firm. The Company utilizes its user-friendly website and employee real estate agents to provide home buyers and sellers with high-quality service and value. ZipRealty's website provides users with access to comprehensive local Multiple Listing Services' home listings data, as well as other relevant market and neighborhood information. The Company's proprietary business management system and technology platform help to reduce costs, allowing the Company to pass on significant savings to consumers. Founded in 1999, the company operates in 35 major markets in 22 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on ZipRealty, visit www.ziprealty.com or call 1-800-CALL-ZIP.    
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