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NAR Offers Members TeleHealth to Realtors at No Cost in Response to COVID-19 Crisis
CHICAGO (April 1, 2020) -- The National Association of Realtors announced Wednesday that it will be expanding access to Members TeleHealth at no cost to its members for those who register before April 15. The program comes as part of NAR's larger "Right Tools, Right Now" initiative -- relaunched on March 27 -- which is making numerous valuable resources available to the association's 1.4 million members at reduced or no cost. "While the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, we are doing everything we can to ensure our members and their families can stay safe, healthy and secure," said NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. "After launching 'Right Tools, Right Now' last week, we promised to closely monitor the effects of this pandemic and update the initiative as needed. I'm pleased to announce today the addition of Members TeleHealth, a long-term REALTOR Benefits® partner offering, to the RTRN toolkit." Members TeleHealth provides around-the-clock access to non-emergency healthcare from more than 2,300 board-certified U.S. physicians. Common issues addressed through telemedicine include allergies, asthma, rashes, joint aches, flu and nausea, among others. Beginning today, NAR is funding two months of services for members who currently lack access to telemedicine and enroll in this program by April 15. Recognizing that the opportunity will likely draw significant interest from its members, NAR has also negotiated a discounted rate for those who wish to retain coverage following the two-month, no-cost period. "As we continue to solicit input from our members regarding COVID-19's impact on their lives and businesses, NAR is grateful to be able to offer expanded access to potentially lifesaving telemedicine services," said NAR President Vince Malta, broker at Malta & Co., Inc., in San Francisco, CA. "Medical professionals are urging Americans who are sick to stay home, and telemedicine is playing a critical role protecting our communities and our health care workers. We continue to encourage members to limit their exposure and decrease the chance of spreading illnesses to others." Through RTRN, which was initially launched during the financial crisis in 2009, Realtors® can also access webinars with tips for managing finances in uncertain times; educational resources to build or hone professional skills; and a free copy of the widely-used Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, among other business-critical resources. The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Redefy Launches RedefyDIY, the First 'Do It Yourself' Residential Real Estate Listing Platform
Proprietary Technology Makes it Faster, Easier and Less Expensive to List Residential Real Estate for Sale DENVER, June 17, 2019 -- Redefy Corporation, a technology and data-enabled company that seeks to disrupt the way people buy and sell residential real estate, today announced the launch of RedefyDIY, the First "Do It Yourself" residential real estate listing platform. Built with proprietary technology, RedefyDIY makes it faster, easier and less expensive for homeowners to list residential real estate for sale. RedefyDIY is initially available in Florida and Texas through RedefyDIY.com, with plans to expand nationally. Florida and Texas were selected as preliminary launch states due to their economic growth, real estate market dynamics and perceived market receptivity. "In an environment where customers are demanding easier and more cost-efficient ways to sell their home, we are excited to expand our service offerings to include a 'Do-It-Yourself' platform," said Chris Rediger, Chief Executive Officer of Redefy. "We believe the residential real estate industry is on the cusp of significant innovation that will make it faster, easier and less expensive for homeowners to sell real estate. It wasn't too long ago when consumers had to call their stockbroker to buy or sell securities. Today, they can accomplish the same task entirely online, in less time and at lower cost. We believe the innovation introduced through RedefyDIY will transform how homeowners sell their residential real estate." Homeowners visiting RedefyDIY.com start the listing process by typing in their property's address. In the background, Redefy automatically collects information from multiple data sources to help customers complete the listing process faster, easier and more accurately. The homeowner is provided with three flat-fee pricing and service options, including self-service, limited-service and virtual full-service, then enters custom information about the property, and uploads or schedules photography. After the homeowner makes their selection, Redefy's proprietary software coordinates the process of selling the home. RedefyDIY provides three pricing and service options, where applicable by law: Self-Service ($379) includes listing posted on the sellers local MLS, Zillow, Realtor.com and Trulia (as well as other sites), a yard sign, contracts, addendums and disclosures and up to 10 photos on MLS. This option does not include agent support and prospective buyers contact the customer directly. Limited Service ($499) includes all Self-Service benefits, plus email, text & live chat support, as well as an additional 15 photos on the MLS listing. Virtual Full Service ($2995) includes all Limited Service benefits, plus full, virtual-agent support (contract review, negotiation and closing services, as well as fielding all buyer inquiries) and a professional photographer. RedefyDIY is the first platform to use data from multiple sources to prepopulate home information once an address is entered, thereby saving home sellers time in completing the listing process. There are more than 600 Multiple Listing Services used by real estate agents to share information and each requires hundreds of fields of information about the features of a property. Since each field is determined by local real estate professionals and uses different terminology or data fields, we overcame a significant challenge to create the foundation for a national residential real estate listing platform. "We took the new Real Estate Standards Organization's (RESO) recommended standards for listing fields to create a solution that translates all of the database fields to the MLS of the property location," said Scott Petronis, Chief Product and Technology Officer for Redefy and Board Member of RESO. "This is the fastest, easiest and lowest cost process to get homes listed for sale." About Redefy Corporation Redefy is a technology and data-enabled company that seeks to disrupt the way people buy and sell residential real estate. The company's mission is to make it faster, easier and less expensive for customers to buy and sell residential real estate. We offer a broad range of real estate sales services for a flat fee, saving homeowners thousands of dollars in real estate commissions. We conduct business in key states and major metro markets across the U.S. Acknowledged for its innovation and growth by several leading sources Redefy was named one of "Inman's 2017 Most Innovative Brokerage" award finalists; was one of Inc. 500 List's 2016 "Fasting Growing Companies" (Final Rank #103), "2016 Top 5 Real Estate Companies", "2016 Top Denver Company" and "2016 Top Colorado Company"; Denver Business Journal's 2016 "Top 10 Best Places to Work (Medium Sized Company category); and was named a finalist for "Inman's 2015 Most Innovative Real Estate Company" award. For more information about our company, please visit: www.Redefy.com.
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Second Century Ventures Announces 2019 Accelerator Class
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Terradatum Partners with Voiceter Pro in Real Estate Conversational Search
Partnership blends voice search with real-time data for the real estate industry. Overland Park, KS -- Terradatum has announced a new partnership with best-in-class Voiceter Pro to provide real-time analytics in conversational search, turning popular products like Amazon Echo and Google Assistant into valuable, interactive tools for the real estate industry. "Voice response is an exploding new channel for content delivery," says Terradatum CEO, Mark Spraetz. "Terradatum seeks out best-in-class technology partners, and we believe the Voiceter Pro platform will enable us to bring hyperlocal real estate metrics to consumers and open up new lead generating services for our clients." With Voiceter Pro, consumer voice searches for real estate content can be leveraged to build new relationships and serve as potential leads. The tool can be used in countless ways for brokers and their agents as well, including showcasing features of open houses and more. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Terradatum to enhance our branded voice skills and increase their value to our clients. Consumers want to know about housing market conditions where they are selling and buying. By providing this information, we're creating a destination skill for our clients. Consumers will keep coming back to get the latest information," adds Miguel Berger, CEO of Voiceter Pro. Terradatum is an industry leader in real estate market analytics. Aggregating millions of data elements drawn nationally from MLS and third party sources over many years, analytics derived from its services provide clarity and vital insights to real estate professionals. These insights enable better forecasting, compensation modeling, and market performance analysis. Learn more at www.terradatum.com. Voiceter Pro is the conversational search company that will bring companies and consumers together through meaningful conversations with Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. Starting with its flagship product, the Real Estate Skill for Amazon's Alexa-powered devices, Voiceter will revolutionize AI-assisted searches in all markets. With millions of Amazon Echoes and Google Homes being sold, we know consumers want smarter homes and smarter ways to find products—by asking for what they want. Visit www.voiceterpro.com for more.
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eXp Realty Continues to Invest in Proprietary Technology for Agents
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Realogy Announces Agreement with Artificial Intelligence Real Estate Technology Company, OJO Labs
Leading provider of residential real estate services to provide innovative AI-powered virtual assistant to serve agents MADISON, N.J. and AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 7, 2017 -- Realogy Holdings Corp. has entered into an agreement with OJO Labs, Inc. to provide its leading-edge, machine-powered assistant known as "OJO" to real estate sales agents across select markets affiliated with Realogy's renowned consumer brands, which include Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Corcoran®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty®. OJO, a conversational AI-powered assistant, uses mobile messaging and innovative web experiences to redefine how consumers access personalized information throughout their home transaction process. OJO focuses on lifestyle, neighborhood and home preferences to deliver more effective, customized information. Consumers will have competitive marketplace advantages through proactive OJO insights and immediate intelligent responses. OJO nurtures the communication with the consumer through the research process until the consumer is ready to be in direct communication with an agent. Delivering the highest-quality leads to sales agents enables them to focus their time on buyers and sellers who are more likely to transact. Participating brokerages from the Realogy Franchise Group and NRT will be determined in the next several months as the companies move from the planning phase to execution. "We are committed to a strategy of leveraging the power of Realogy to make our affiliated sales agents more productive and their businesses stronger," said John Peyton, president and chief executive officer of the Realogy Franchise Group. "We are excited to get OJO and this innovative technology into the hands of our affiliated agents. We hope the results of the program will support our belief that an AI assistant could lead to increased agent productivity and higher conversion rates for online leads. This is just one of many new concepts we plan to learn from in the months ahead." "In the discovery phase of the home buying and selling process, consumers often are not ready to speak to someone yet and don't want to be sold by third parties looking to inundate the client as a lead," said John Berkowitz, co-founder of OJO Labs. "OJO helps consumers navigate the early processes of buying or selling in the most effective way." OJO Labs engineered a patent-pending technology to enhance the home decision process by creating a highly personalized, consumer-centric experience through the fusion of machine and human intelligence. "When we connect consumers with Realogy's affiliated agents we will be delivering a more engaged, informed and ready client," added Berkowitz. "Consistently communicating with, and nurturing home buyers and sellers as they explore the decision-making process gives them the comfort and privacy that will ultimately deepen the connection to the agent." "In determining who we brought this powerful technology to market with, it was very important to us that we found a company deeply committed to its affiliated agents and to working with business partners who are truly interested in innovation. It is clear there is an extremely impressive team at Realogy that is laser-focused on pushing the industry forward and creating meaningful value," noted David Rubin, co-founder of OJO Labs. "Even though we are an AI company we are still in the business of people. Partnership and values are of the highest importance to us, and we have found the executives at Realogy, along with their brands, to be committed to innovation, collaboration and a better future for the real estate industry." Beyond its new relationship with OJO, Realogy continues to move ahead with its strong focus on technology and innovation. The Company will host the 5th annual Realogy FWD Innovation Summit tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at the Microsoft Technology Center in New York City. Fifteen tech start-up companies have been selected to compete for the right to be named the most innovative technology product or service designed for the real estate industry. The Realogy FWD event will be livestreamed on Facebook Live beginning at 10 a.m. eastern time. About OJO Labs, Inc. OJO Labs is on a mission to fundamentally improve the way people make their most important decisions through the fusion of machine and human intelligence. The company developed a unique, AI-based technology that can conduct text conversations with consumers at scale. By combining natural language understanding with data and personalization, the product allows for consumers to deeply engage in a purchase process prior to interacting with a salesperson. OJO Labs is backed by the two most active VC firms in Texas and was recently recognized as an Austin A-List and 50 On Fire winner. The OJO team has decades of combined experience scaling businesses together and has deep experience in engineering, data science, product development and operations. 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®, Corcoran®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty® and ZipRealty®. Collectively, Realogy's franchise system members operate approximately 14,250 offices with more than 281,000 independent sales agents conducting business in 114 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 LLC, its innovation and technology development subsidiary. Realogy is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey.
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Coldwell Banker Releases Skill for Amazon Alexa to Share Weekly News with Real Estate Community
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Keller Williams Unveils New Product Strategy, Technology Roadmap and Vision
AUSTIN, TEXAS Feb. 15, 2017 — Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, unveiled its latest solutions in front of more than 15,000 real estate agents in Las Vegas at the franchises' annual Family Reunion conference. Josh Team, chief innovation officer, Jonathan Berkowitz, chief strategy and product officer, and Steve Peterschmidt, chief technology officer, co-presented on Keller Williams' product strategy and roadmap. "World-class technology companies do not outsource their technology roadmap or their vision," said Team. "It's imperative that we control our destiny, and that we create the real estate platform that agents and consumers choose to use." Keller Williams announced its product strategy core values: Technology worth building provides beautiful, uncomplicated experiences. Technology built specifically for real estate industry will outperform technology built for masses. Real estate-focused technology will be smart; the more agents use it, the more it accomplishes. "Our goal is to dramatically simplify the technology experience agents and their consumers have with Keller Williams, enabling us to create the world's simplest and most personalized discovery, transaction and ownership experience in residential real estate," said Berkowitz. With that goal in mind, the franchise unveiled The Keller Cloud, positioned as the industry's simplest and smartest platform for agents to learn and earn. With consumer facing elements embedded, The Keller Cloud will provide a fully integrated experience to run a business. The Keller Cloud provides agents with an integrated platform to learn and earn. It will: Simplify the day-to-day experience agents have running their business, from generating leads, through managing transactions to home ownership. Use the best practices in the forthcoming The Millionaire Real Estate Agent second edition to transform the traditional CRM into a customer experience solution Provide a fully integrated referral solution for KW agents to send, receive and track referrals. Integrate Keller Williams' artificial intelligence (AI) solution to provide both agents and their clients with real estate specific AI assistance for discovering and transacting homes. Enable the expansion of the agent's circle of influence through smart, automated social media marketing, monitored and optimized in real time. Grant access to industry-leading training materials from Keller Williams University and a rich library of agent generated content. Agents in attendance previewed The Keller Cloud experience in the Family Reunion exhibition hall. "We are revolutionizing the solutions agents, like you, use to manage your business and achieve your goals," said Peterschmidt. "Remember this is technology happening with you, not to you. So get involved." About Keller Williams Realty, Inc.Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams Realty, Inc. is the largest real estate franchise by agent count in the world with more than 800 offices and 154,000 associates across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2017, Training magazine named Keller Williams the No. 1 training organization across all industries worldwide. Since 1983, Keller Williams has grown exponentially and continues to cultivate an agent-centric, education-based, technology-driven culture that rewards agents as stakeholders. The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes, commercial and farm and ranch properties. For more information, visit kw.com.
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Second Century Ventures Accepting Applications for 2017 REach Accelerator Class
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Black Knight Financial Services Introduces Tax for Loan Estimation to Help Lenders and Real Estate Professionals Quickly and Accurately Estimate Property Taxes
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 16, 2016 -- The Data & Analytics division of Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. today announced the introduction of Tax for Loan Estimation (TLE), a new solution that helps lenders and real estate professionals quickly and accurately estimate property taxes during the residential real estate loan application process. TLE provides an immediate tax estimate and features nationwide coverage. In addition, the solution supports lender compliance with property tax tolerance rules for good faith loan estimates under TRID. TLE, which can be tailored to meet a user's specific needs and delivers most estimates in real time, also provides tax bill values for new construction homes, saving lenders time by eliminating the need to review complicated builder reports. The information provided by TLE includes property address, parcel number, current tax bill data, assessment data, escrow to collect at closing and estimated tax bill amounts. "Black Knight is pleased to provide this tool to help our clients solve complex problems related to tax estimation," said Kevin Coop, president of the Black Knight Data & Analytics division. "We understand that instant responses are valuable when making business decisions, and we also realize the challenges associated with estimating taxes on new construction homes. When developing the solution, we worked closely with clients to create a tax estimation product that delivers a positive user experience." TLE results are provided through Black Knight's LoanSphere Exchange, a Web-based technology that enables lenders and service providers to do business electronically through a secure, standards-based platform. Later this year, clients will be able to access TLE directly through Black Knight's LoanSphere Empower, a comprehensive loan origination system that supports originations of first mortgages and home equity loans, and is used by lenders to manage retail, wholesale and consumer direct channels. Results from TLE can also be delivered in XML format – batch or bulk – or through the PropertyTaxDirect.com website. About LoanSphereLoanSphere is Black Knight's premier, end-to-end platform of integrated technology, data and analytics supporting the entire mortgage and home equity loan lifecycle – from origination to servicing to default. The platform delivers business process automation, workflow, rules and integrated data throughout the loan process, providing a better user experience, cost savings and support for changing regulatory requirements. By integrating lending functions and data, Black Knight's LoanSphere helps lenders and servicers reduce risk, improve efficiency and drive financial performance. About Black Knight Financial Services, Inc.Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: BKFS), a Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF) company, is a leading provider of integrated technology, data and analytics solutions that facilitate and automate many of the business processes across the mortgage lifecycle. Black Knight Financial Services is committed to being a premier business partner that lenders and servicers rely on to achieve their strategic goals, realize greater success and better serve their customers by delivering best-in-class technology, services and insight with a relentless commitment to excellence, innovation, integrity and leadership. For more information on Black Knight Financial Services, please visit www.bkfs.com.
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Realogy Announces Formation of ZapLabs As Innovation and Technology Hub
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Realtors® Help CFPB Director Cordray Unveil New Know Before You Owe Online Tools
  WASHINGTON (September 17, 2015) — Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray today joined National Association of Realtors® 2015 First Vice President-Elect Elizabeth Mendenhall to highlight the agency's Know Before You Owe initiative in advance of upcoming changes to the mortgage closing process. At the event, the CFPB rolled out a set of online tools to help consumers get better acquainted with what the Know Before You Owe initiative means for them. As part of this initiative, the Truth in Lending Act - Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure rule, or TRID, will integrate existing closing disclosures with new requirements from the Dodd-Frank Act. The new tools released today are intended to improve consumers understanding of the mortgage process, aid in comparison shopping and help prevent surprises at the closing table. Rule changes associated with Know Before You Owe go into effect October 3. "Realtors® play an important role in keeping consumers educated about changes in the home buying process, and that includes rules related to the Know Before You Owe initiative," said Mendenhall. "The journey to homeownership begins with Realtors®, and CFPB's new online tools are a great resource for agents to help clients shop for a mortgage and prepare for the changes coming their way." The CFPB's online tools are directed at consumers who may still be unaware of the Know Before You Owe initiative. "Our new mortgage forms reduce the information gap between lenders and consumers, shedding light on a process that often feels like a mystery," said Cordray. "It is time consumers have more power in the mortgage process, and our new forms and online tools will help make that a reality." The toolkit offers a guide to the new mortgage closing forms, a closing factsheet, a disclosure timeline and educational videos to assist consumers. Realtors® across the country have worked through the summer to educate themselves on rule changes related to Know Before You Owe so they can continue providing expert advice to clients when the new rules go into effect. The event also featured a panel of industry experts, including Patricia McClung, CFPB assistant director for Mortgage Markets; Nick D'Ambrosia, senior vice president and managing broker at Long & Foster Real Estate; Joe Gormley, assistant vice president, regulatory counsel at the Independent Community Bankers Association; and attorney Andrew Pizor, National Consumer Law Center. NAR has worked closely with the CFPB to address Realtor® concerns related to Know Before You Owe rule changes. In May, NAR President Chris Polychron testified before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee that a proposed August 1 TRID implementation date presented a challenge to the industry during the busy summer buying and selling season. The CFPB later moved implementation to October 3, in recognition of those challenges. The CFPB also responded to concerns from NAR and others in the industry by announcing it would be "sensitive" to companies making a good-faith effort to comply with the new rules. When the new rule goes into effect, Realtors® and their clients will encounter new forms and procedures at the closing table. "NAR is pleased that CFPB Director Richard Cordray could join us for this important event," said Mendenhall. "CFPB's cooperation is important to ensuring Realtors® have what they need to educate clients on what's ahead. We look forward to working with CFPB in the months ahead to ensure Realtor® concerns are considered throughout implementation and thank them for their continued attention to our issues." The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing over 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Video: CFPB Director Richard Cordray's Remarks Video: Elizabeth Mendenhall's Interview with Richard Cordray
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NAR Selects CEO of Leading Tech Company to Speak at REALTORS® Conference & Expo for the Second Straight Year
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Midwest Real Estate Data's Hunger for Innovative Technology Is No Game
LISLE, IL--(Mar 22, 2012) - Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), the Chicagoland multiple listing service, announced that Chris Lambrou, MRED Director of Special Projects, has been named a finalist in two categories of the SearchCIO-Midmarket.com (SearchCIO) 2012 Information Technology Leadership Awards. SearchCIO is the premier source for midmarket-specific technology resources designed to help IT leaders keep pace with the ever-changing demands of managing IT at fast-growing midsized enterprises. SearchCIO's 2012 IT Leadership Awards recognize the most innovative CIOs. They received almost 500 nominations from across the country, which have been whittled down to 13 finalists. Nominees have been awarded points on a scale of 1 to 10 for cultural innovation, technological advancement, business harmonization, green IT and customer experience. Winners will be announced in April. Mr. Lambrou has been named a finalist in: (1) Customer Experience/Integration category, which is given to a leader who has made strides in building customer relationships and enhancing the experience of the external customer; and (2) in the Outstanding Midmarket IT Leader of the Year Award, which is given to a professional whose excellent leadership qualities demonstrate achievement on many levels, including several if not all of the award categories, and who made a substantial business impact to a business or industry. Mr. Lambrou was recognized for his contribution to the customer via real estate technology applications that assist in Fannie Mae short sale situations using MRED's Short Sale Assistance Desk. He has also developed a popular social media app called the Share My Listings widget that provides MRED real estate professionals the ability to easily market themselves and establish relationships on the social web. The Short Sale Assistance Desk has been utilized in over 200 short sale transactions nationally. Over 130,000 consumers have viewed reports generated by the Share My Listings widget. "Any awards MRED receives are considered team awards by our staff members," said Lambrou. "It is great to see our efforts being recognized by the IT community at SearchCIO. The customer experience is an intricate part of my DNA and what we strive so hard for here at MRED. I'm honored and proud for my teammates and our leadership as we continue to work on the perfect marriage of technology helping people." "We are very proud of the high quality staff we have at MRED," said MRED CEO Russ Bergeron. "Chris's recognition is well deserved and fits with our mission at MRED to provide the best and most innovative technology to our customers." About MRED Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED) is the real estate data aggregator and distributor providing the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS) to nearly 8,000 real estate offices and 40,000 real estate professionals, including brokers, agents and appraisers. MRED has expanded well into the "collar" counties surrounding Chicagoland, and its property information encompasses northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.
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BIRDVIEW Technologies Introduces 4-Step System
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Zillow Gains Larger Piece of Online Traffic
Here are the top RE Sites combining all properties running under the top brand names, according to ComScore data. Zillow's Sara Bonert commented on the WAV Group blog saying, "... these numbers don't even tell the whole story as Comscore doesn't include mobile traffic in the numbers they report. Our internal number show that the Zillow Mobile apps are used 8 million times each month, with more than 41 million visits to home detail pages. That's nearly 57,000 home views every hour, or almost 16 home views every single second!"
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Want to Create Videos, But Don't Have the Hardware?
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Learn to Win in the Generosity Generation
Secrets of Top Selling Agents invites you to attend their free webinar on Wenesday, March 30, 2011 from 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EDT. Best-selling Author and top-producing Realtor® Michael J Maher joins Secrets of Top Selling Agents for a fast-paced, engaging Webinar on "How to Win in the Generosity Generation." The Generosity Generation is one of the fastest-growing trends in business and those who know how to best surf this wave will be those who win. You will hear from other agents who went from nothing to top-producer in the last few years by learning how to leverage this profitable and benevolent trend. If your database is not producing as many referrals as you'd like, you're in for a treat! Here are a few of the highlights of what Michael will discuss in this webinar: How some agents went from nothing to top-producing status How to leverage from this profitable and benevolent trend Learn the 3 most powerful referral-generating questions of all time About Michael Maher Michael Maher is a self-described "Leader Who Happens to Sell Real Estate." As the president of real estate, marketing and business development and REALTOR with The Maher Team Residential Real Estate Marketing with Realty Executives of Kansas City. Only 8 years ago, Michael made the transition into the real estate world after a successful teaching career. In first year alone, Michael did $7.1 million in real estate volume in his first year of being a full-time agent in Kansas City. Michael proceeded to explode his business to $19.1 in his second year, and then soared to an astonishing $40.1 million in volume in 2004 and has been in the Top 20 of all Residential Real Estate Agents in Kansas City ever since. Michael and his team are the national model for customer service in real estate. This is indicated in their over 500 documented referrals per year for the last four years and that over 90% of their business is referrals. Michael Maher is also a nationally-recognized speaker and coach appearing at Realty Executives International, RE/MAX International, RE/MAX Satellite Network (RSN Live!), STAR POWER® Annual Conference, several STAR POWER® Universities, the RE/MAX Success Conference and many brokerages around the United States (Realty Executives, Prudential, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and independent). His recent affiliation with Seven Levels Communication, LLC has led Michael to coach many of the top-producing mortgage and real estate professionals infusing the industry. His book, The Seven Levels of Communication, due out later this year, will include much of his highly-sought advice and promises to infuse the real estate industry with new communication strategies vital to survival in these changing times. This webinar is free!
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HomeGain Inducts 15 New Members Into Commissions Based Awards Clubs
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REALTOR.com Introduces New Improvements for REALTORS®
Over the next year, we'll be making ongoing and frequent changes to improve the performance of REALTOR.com® for brokers, agents and real estate consumers. Brokers, agents and real estate clients may notice minor updates and changes to the appearance of REALTOR.com® on an ongoing basis. Some of these changes may be permanent, and others may be temporary as we continuously improve the site for even better results. These minor changes will progressively improve lead capture, increase exposure for your company and listings, and improve the overall website experience for real estate buyers and sellers. For example, recent changes to the REALTOR.com® Listing Detail page and REALTOR.com® mobile apps resulted in an average of 36% increase in email leads for agents and brokers in January 2011.1 Please visit ask.realtor.com/blog/ to stay up-to-date on the ongoing improvements to the most visited real estate site in the U.S.,2 with the freshest data, the most homes for sale, and over 21 million listings viewed via mobile devices monthly.3 To learn more about Realtor.com, please click here.
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New Webinar from Secrets of Top Selling Agents!
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Join MLS-Office and Learn How to Turn Prospects into Loyal Clients
The Fortune is in the Followup: Turning Prospects into Loyal Clients   Monday, February 7, 2011 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM PST In the webinar, we will show you how to keep in touch and followup with your circle of influence, your clients and your prospects effortlessly!   ONLINE TRAINING SCHEDULE You need to register! To provide a high-quality learning environment, our training sessions have limited seats. Reserve yours today! Don't be late! We recommend that you join at least 15 minutes before the specified time. All trainings have a duration of approximately 1.5 hours! (*) Private sessions are also available at only $75/hour. Email us at [email protected] or call 1-888-765-9221 to schedule your session.
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Free Live Real Estate Town Hall Meeting 12/1
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EXIT Realty Corp. International Names VScreen as Video Provider
ORLANDO—Oct. 11, 2010– EXIT Realty Corp. International has chosen Orlando-based VScreen, Inc. as its Preferred Video Provider for corporate online marketing. EXIT Realty Founder and CEO, Steve Morris, cited VScreen's quality of content, production, and experience in the real estate industry as key factors that led to the decision. VScreen will be providing EXIT Realty's corporate and branch offices with customized video production and technology, along with consumer focused syndicated videos, for their website and social media applications. Since over half of all Internet activity is now video based, Morris said partnering with VScreen was a logical and practical way to drive up website traffic and expand corporate branding. Incorporating VScreen video into EXIT Realty's corporate web strategy coincides with the launch of a new website including a comprehensive lifestyle listings search. EXIT Realty currently operates over 1,200 offices in the US and Canada, with over 30,000 agents and brokers. VScreen's co-founder Stephen Schweickart welcomed EXIT Realty to the growing number of real estate firms relying on the Florida corporation to provide both syndicated and custom video production for their online marketing. For more information, contact Susan Harrison, SVP Corporate Communications at EXIT Realty Corp. at [email protected], or VScreen's Amie Jonsson at [email protected] About VScreen: VScreen is a leading Internet video strategy firm and cutting-edge production studio, offering turnkey video solutions for companies looking for the latest in syndicated consumer video content, custom video production and video technology. Specializing in vertical markets such as real estate, health care, and insurance, VScreen is the trusted video source for the most reputable national brands within their respective industry. About EXIT Realty: EXIT Realty is a proven real estate business model that supplies multiple sources of income - for agents, security, stability and direction; for agents' families, security in the form of beneficiary and retirement residuals. In addition, EXIT's top-producing trainers offer the industry's best hands-on, interactive real estate sales training at all levels, including regional, franchise, sales and administration. A portion of every transaction fee collected by EXIT International is applied to its charitable fund and to-date, $1.68 Million has been pledged to Habitat for Humanity in both Canada and the U.S. Please visit www.exitrealty.com for more information.
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MRIS Offers Membership at No Cost to Their Customers, Which Represents a $149 Savings
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Condo.com Partners with Leading Senior Living Providers
Miami, FL (September 16, 2010) - Condo.com, the world’s largest condo marketplace, announced a partnership with two of the leading resources for senior housing, SeniorsforLiving.com and ElderCareLink. The partners will be providing Condo.com with thousands of senior communities to display with a variety of senior living options depending on the level of care desired. The new communities are readily accessible on the Condo.com homepage by selecting the recently launched Senior Living tab. The site now has a dedicated search page to help seniors and their loved ones easily identify the best community to meet their needs and budget. The senior demographic continues to be a growing audience in the real estate market. Today, many fall into the category which usually covers adults over the age of 55. Previously, senior housing was limited to nursing homes and similar living facilities. The baby boomer population created a need for more senior housing options to cater to all types of seniors. SeniorsforLiving and ElderCareLink are amongst the top most reputable sources for senior housing. Since Condo.com seeks to consistently provide the ultimate real estate search experience, the company carefully selected the partners to fuel their new Senior Living page with the best available options. “We are thrilled to partner with leaders in senior housing and excited to showcase the new communities prominently on our homepage,” stated Jason Mizrachi, Senior Vice President of Business Development. Understanding the available options for 55+ adults is important and can be overwhelming. With options ranging from home care and adult day to retirement living, independent living, assisted living and more, finding a housing source to deliver a user-friendly, comprehensive search experience is essential. Seniors can now look to Condo.com for a complete solution to finding the right property for themselves or a loved one.<.p> 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. For more information, click here. About Seniors for Living Seniors for Living is a leading performance-based marketing company that provides senior housing communities and home care companies with the most highly qualified, exclusive lead referrals available. Through SFL's online directory and extended partner network, users actively searching for senior housing or home care can learn about their options, review senior housing and care providers, and request additional information from the senior community or home care provider that best meets their specific situation and needs. For more information, please visit SeniorsforLiving.com. About ElderCareLink ElderCareLink, a division of QuinStreet, Inc., is an internet-based referral service—free to consumers—that specializes in eldercare case matching for elders and their families. ElderCareLink assists families in finding a multitude of services, including assisted living, nursing homes, adult day care, private duty nursing, care management and homecare. With participating providers in all 50 states, ElderCareLink identifies qualified eldercare service providers and product suppliers who meet the specific needs for each family's individual situation.  
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Announcing the Official Launch of Tomato University
It is finally here! We are so excited. We’ve launched Tomato University (beta): “Technology Education For The Real Estate Industry” The success of our first three Virtual BarCamp events made two things very clear: 1. There is an overwhelming interest in learning how to use technology to improve one’s real estate career. 2. Participating from the comfort of your home or office is a hugely popular alternative to learning in person. Please Note: If you were a participant in any of our Virtual BarCamp events, then you are instantly a member of the University. You will have received an email notification of your membership… and if you haven’t, simply login and request a reset of your password. Our mission with Tomato University is to scale back a bit on the intensity of the VREBC experience, and give everyone an opportunity to learn in a much more relaxed and engaging environment. The success of our first three Virtual BarCamp events made two things very clear: 1. There is an overwhelming interest in learning how to use technology to improve one’s real estate career. 2. Participating from the comfort of your home or office is a hugely popular alternative to learning in person. Please Note: If you were a participant in any of our Virtual BarCamp events, then you are instantly a member of the University.  You will have received an email notification of your membership… and if you haven’t, simply login and request a reset of your password.  Our mission with Tomato University is to scale back a bit on the intensity of the VREBC experience, and give everyone an opportunity to learn in a much more relaxed and engaging environment. Rather than spending the day drinking from the fire hose of VREBC (28 live classes over 7 hours), we are launching the University with just 5 classes per week (1 per business day). See University Schedule: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/courses The other major distinction from VREBC is that the classes will be limited to much smaller audiences, allowing for direct engagement with the professors, in real-time, during class.  Classes will last between 1 and 2 hours, and in most cases will be limited to just 40 students. See University Professors: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/professors During this beta period (roughly 45 days), all classes will be held at 11am PST (2pm EST).  In addition to the great schedule we already have in place, we will be adding classes and professors on a regular basis, with constant turn-over and growth. Soon we will be offering intense Labs and Tutoring Options to our schedule.  The labs will be limited to as few as 5 students, and the one-on-one tutoring sessions will be available for those that want our undivided attention. Even though the University is in a beta phase, our commitment remains in providing our students with the most relevant and effective technology training available.  Here are a few of the ways you can instantly take advantage of the University: 1. Sign up for upcoming classes taught by some of the Real Estate Industry's finest minds. 2. Shout out from your Dashboard to the entire community, Twitter style! 3. Hold conversations with any other member(s) in real-time using "@membername" Twitter style! 4. Rate and Comment on classes you have taken to improve our offerings. 5. Friend other members to send direct messages and get updates on their activity within TU. 6. Post your RSS feeds to your profile to gain more exposure to your blog articles. 7. Submit your ideas for classes and/or your application for professorship. 8. Update your profile details. 9. Connect with Twitter and Facebook to broadcast status and connect with others. 10. Manage your email update preferences.   To begin taking advantage of your free membership you will need to register or login: Once logged in: To view your Dashboard: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/members/dashboard To see our Upcoming Classes: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/courses To meet our Professors: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/professors To update your Profile: http://www.tomatouniversity.com/members/edit We are going to be making an enormous amount of usability and functionality improvements in subsequent phases.  Many of these improvements are already in the works, but we would love suggestions from you. Our goal is to create an incredibly resourceful learning environment that thrives as a social network. This initial phase is intended to be interactive, so don't be shy. Near future upgrades we already have planned: - Fan Classes for notification of updates and future related content and classes. - Uploading of instructional videos to a tutorial library by both professors and members. - Direct Message other members, privately. - Participate in a community blog discussing high-level real estate technology topics. - The addition of a Tomato University Blog for system news and updates. - Browse and view an archive of recorded classes from past VREBC events. - RSS/XML Feed of upcoming classes for affiliates and professors to showcase on their websites.
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vFlyer Introduces Facebook Application to Promote Listings
San Francisco, CA, Wednesday, April 7, 2010—vFlyer today introduced a Facebook application for the promotion of listings. Real estate agents, property management firms, and auto dealers have been looking for a simple solution for marketing their listings on Facebook; this application provides such a solution. The new listing application can be utilized on both Profiles and Pages. Having surpassed 400 million members, Facebook has become a destination that online sellers can no longer ignore. Millions of businesses have set up Pages to create stronger ties to their customers and prospects. It is critical to provide up-to-date and relevant content on these pages. The vFlyer Facebook listing application offers two powerful configuration options. Both options display thumbnail images and summary information associated to the active listings in a vFlyer account. One also includes profile information about the business or individual. This new application is available to any vFlyer member with a business subscription Members with vFlyer Personal accounts can easily upgrade to take advantage of this new capability. "Businesses have been asking us for a simple way to promote their active listings on Facebook," says Aaron Sperling, CEO/President of vFlyer Inc. "This solution is a simple and effective way to create more exposure of real estate, auto, and general service listings." For instructions for installing the Facebook application, click here.  
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Goomzee Gets Funded to Help Real Estate Agents Close Deals Via Mobile
Missoula, MT–March 30, 2010–Goomzee, a company that has developed an innovative mobile marketing platform that helps real estate professionals connect with potential buyers announced today that it has secured a $1.5 million Series A round of funding. Led by Highway 12 Ventures along with additional investors in the US and Europe, this investment will enable Goomzee to expand its development, marketing and sales efforts. According to Founder and CEO, Mike Sparr, “We are thrilled to have such a terrific syndicate of investors join Goomzee’s mission to be the solution real estate sales professionals turn to as more buyers demand information on their mobile device.” Goomzee’s text message marketing product, Realty Connect, serves real estate agents nationwide. Agents place signs or ads about a property for sale that prompt consumers to send a text message for information and pricing. Interested buyers send a text message with a unique property ID code and within seconds they receive home information, pricing, and optionally can view photos all on their cell phone. The agent and buyer can then connect in a variety of ways to discuss the properties for sale. “We are completely impressed with what Mike and his team have accomplished with limited resources” said Glenn Michael, General Partner of Highway 12 Ventures who has joined Goomzee’s board of directors in conjunction with the financing. ”Goomzee has already served agents nationwide, and teamed with various associations and multiple listing services (MLS) to get its industry-leading product in the hands of those who need it. It’s exciting to think about what they’ll be able to do with additional financial backing.” The company was launched to address a recognized need in the real estate industry, based on requests from agents themselves. It’s service evolves to meet the needs of its customers, and many new products and uses of its technology platform have emerged. About GoomzeeGoomzee 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. 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. About Highway 12 VenturesHighway 12 Ventures (Boise, ID) is a leading early-stage VC fund investing in high growth, entrepreneurial companies in the Intermountain West. For more information call (208) 345-8383 or visit www.highway12ventures.com. To view the full press release, please click here. To learn more about Goomzee, click here.  
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iseemedia Launches Push Email Service over SMS
MUMBAI, INDIA and TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - Reliance Communications ("RCOM"), India's largest integrated communication services provider and iseemedia, Inc. (TSX-V: IEE), a leading provider of messaging and content handling technology, today announced the launch of a ground-breaking SMS-based email service across Reliance GSM and CDMA wireless network in India, serving more than 92 million subscribers. This Email on SMS service effectively empowers RCOM subscribers to have their mobile phones to behave like smartphones and receive all their desktop email via SMS. The Email-to-SMS technology is provided by Canada's iseemedia, a leading provider of low cost wireless email services to operators in the country. In India, where mobile phones have become an important part of everyone's livelihood, the country is adding more mobile phone subscribes each month than any other. According to Informa Telecom & Media, India had 125 million new mobile phone subscribers for the year ending March 2009. Text-based information services have become particularly popular in agriculture, healthcare and other sectors in India. The challenge for operators has been to deliver more sophisticated services using existing handsets that don't have access to the Internet. iseemedia's technology meets that challenge with the possibility to deliver next generation messaging without the cost of having to replace handsets. Mr. Krishna Durbha, Head - VAS, Reliance Communications said, "iseemedia provides the ideal platform to deliver our next generation service to drive more email usage among our existing subscribers. We believe our push email service can deliver substantial revenue upside over the years to RCOM." RCOM is leveraging iseemedia's multi-platform email solution known as iseemail to enable every mobile handset in India to act as a smartphone and enable users to check, download and retrieve email messages using the SMS interface. iseemail supports all types of email messaging systems in India through standard POP3 & IMAP4. It also offers access to consumer messaging from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo.co.in, Indiatimes emails and more. Anthony DeCristofaro, President and CEO of iseemedia said, "Mobile connectivity has become more important in everyday lives in India. With Reliance we have the opportunity to promote mobile email to its 92 million subscribers and as a mass market solution to provide full email functionality on nearly 100 per cent of devices used in India. This will allow RCOM to increase its customer base as well as drive the adoption of mobile email usage through new value-added services." RCOM is offering iseemedia's email service on its pre-paid as well as post-paid platforms as a subscription service charged at Rs.30 and a usage tariff of 0.50 paise per SMS sent. iseemedia receives a percentage of revenue from every user transaction. About Reliance Communications: Reliance Communications Limited founded by the late Shri Dhirubhai H Ambani (1932-2002) is the flagship company of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group currently has a net worth in excess of Rs. 64,000 crore (US$ 13.6 billion), cash flows of Rs. 13,000 crore (US$ 2.8 billion), net profit of Rs. 8,400 crore (US$ 1.8 billion). Reliance Communications is India's foremost and truly integrated telecommunications service provider. The Company, with a customer base of 100 million including over 2.5 million individual overseas retail customers, ranks among the Top 5 Telecom companies in the world by number of customers in a single country. Reliance Communications corporate clientele includes 2,100 Indian and multinational corporations, and over 800 global, regional and domestic carriers. Reliance Communications has established a pan-India, next generation, integrated (wireless and wireline), convergent (voice, data and video) digital network that is capable of supporting best-of-class services spanning the entire communications value chain, covering over 24,000 towns and 600,000 villages. Reliance Communications owns and operates the world's largest next generation IP enabled connectivity infrastructure, comprising over 190,000 kilometers of fibre optic cable systems in India, USA, Europe, Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. About iseemedia: iseemedia, Inc., is a software development company focused on the commercialization of a Service Delivery Platform (iseemail(TM)) for delivering Blackberry-like email services to the mass market and an advanced Content Delivery Platform (iseedocs(TM)) for rich media adaptation and extremely cost-efficient delivery to mobile devices. The Company maintains a broad portfolio of issued and pending patents that cover content authoring, streaming and interactive viewing on mobile devices. iseemedia is publicly traded in Toronto (Symbol: IEE.V). (C)2010 iseemedia, Inc. All rights reserved. iseemedia and iseedocs are either Registered Trademarks or Trademarks of iseemedia, Inc. in the United States and or Canada. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners. Wise Agent is Now Integrated with DocuSign First American Title Announces AgentFirst Real Estate App For iPhone and iPad Inman's Top 100 Most Influential People
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RISMedia Partners with VScreen.com
November 11, 2009 - In a major move to enhance its online video presence, RISMedia has announced a partnership with a Florida-based video production firm specializing in real estate related video. Located in Orlando, VScreen.com will produce a wide variety of video content for RISMedia, ranging from educational content for brokers, agents and consumers, to coverage of special events and promotions. To view VScreen’s recap of RISMedia & the Top 5 in Real Estate Network’s Leadership Conference, click here. “We are very excited to be partnering with VScreen to better enable our power brokers in capturing the rapidly growing video audience with custom-produced content,” said Darryl MacPherson, Executive Vice President, RISMedia. “VScreen was a natural fit for us, since they have been working within this niche for a few years now…and we look forward to what the future holds as the need for video continues to expand. With a 40% annual growth rate, Internet video has become an industry standard, according to VScreen Co-founder Stephen Schweickart. “Video for both websites and newsletters, as well as social media and mobile applications, is rapidly moving from being an exception to the expectation,” according to Schweickart, whose firm produces tightly focused “short form” videos, designed to effectively engage the brief attention span of today’s online video viewers. The partnership was welcomed by both parties as the next logical step in expanding video content and technology to meet the ever increasing expectations of the online audience.   Authentisign™ Digital Signatures in the Real Estate Mainstream MLSListings Launches Custom-branded IDX Website Market Leader® Provides End-to-End Business Platform for Agents
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Real Estate Listings Going into Cell Phones
ARIZONA DAILY STAR—Searching online home listings on your desktop is becoming oh so 1990s. The push is on in real estate to capture the mobile market—and the elusive 35-and-younger demographic that comes with it. Numerous brokerages and listing companies have launched mobile websites and smartphone applications to showcase homes on cell phones. There are also text feeds that send prospective buyers information on listings. But the founder and president of Tucson-based Nova Home Loans, Ray Desmond, is dialing up something bigger. He has launched a new platform that lets users search listings, prequalify for loans, call up title reports and even submit offers—all by cell phone. Deals could be made—or at least tentatively agreed to—in minutes. The platform, known as Sikku, was launched in Phoenix about a week ago, and it's starting up in Tucson and Las Vegas this week. It soon will be launched in San Diego, Los Angeles and Portland, OR. If it takes off, it could change the shape and pace of real estate as buyers, fueled by instant information, blast out offers. Sikku can be found online like any other website. But the real target is the cell-phone-savvy consumer who no longer uses the phone to talk, but instead uses it for text messages, emails and Internet surfing.   NAR’s Second Century Ventures Invests in Ifbyphone Free Expert Q/A Session! Tighten Up for 2011! Telivant Reports New Open House Lead Capture Technology
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