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Keller Offers Partners with Offerpad
Two leading real estate companies partner to further scale iBuyer offering AUSTIN, TEXAS August 14, 2019 -- Keller Offers, the iBuyer offering of Keller Williams (KW), the world's largest real estate technology franchise by agent count and the U.S. leader in units and sales volume, announces a partnership with Offerpad, a leading real estate technology company and iBuyer. On average, Offerpad receives a new offer request from a homeowner every 30 seconds and acquires a home every 20 minutes throughout regular business hours. "With Keller Offers, consumers no longer have to pick between all the options available to sell a home without having an advocate to advise them," said Josh Team, president, KW. "In our pursuit to drive the best end-to-end consumer experience, we're giving consumers the most choice available. And, we believe an agent-driven consumer experience is best to deliver that choice." The new iBuyer partnership will be operational by August 31 in Phoenix and Dallas. With the partnership, Keller Offers will scale to 10 other Offerpad U.S. markets by the end of Q4 '19. Initial markets for 2019 will include: Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; Orlando, Florida; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and Tucson, Arizona. "We're excited to partner with Offerpad, a true pioneer in the iBuyer market, to further ensure our agents are providing today's informed consumers with the most robust selling choices and valuable guidance on those options," said Gayln Ziegler, director of operations, Keller Offers. Under this mutually beneficial agreement, consumers have the freedom of working with a trusted KW agent, working on behalf of their best interests, when choosing Keller Offers powered by Offerpad. "As KW is a highly respected brand with more than 180,000 associates and Offerpad is a massive buying platform that provides convenience and certainty to the homeowner, this partnership was a natural fit," said Brian Bair, founder and CEO, Offerpad. "My background as a real estate agent, having sold thousands of homes and participated in countless living room conversations, I know that the consumer desires and deserves the best selling process that works for their individual situation," said Bair. "Offerpad was founded with a purpose to deliver more consumer-centric solutions in real estate – this partnership further supports that mission." How the Partnership Works To leverage the partnership, KW agents will be required to become a Keller Offers Certified iBuyer agent. Once certified, agents are able to submit a cash-offer request via Keller Offers. With a request in hand, Offerpad quickly generates an offer using proprietary, in-house real estate experience and technology. Then, the assured offer routes back to the KW agent, who presents it to their seller. The KW agent will remain the seller's consultant in understanding all their options to move them onward. Should the seller choose to accept the instant-offer path, the KW agent will guide the seller through the process. "Offerpad is an amazing partner, allowing us to quickly scale the convenience and simplicity that's inherent with instant offers," said Ziegler. About Keller Williams Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate technology franchise by agent count, has more than 1,030 offices and 181,000 associates. The franchise is also No. 1 in units and sales volume in the United States. In 2019, Fast Company named Keller Williams the No. 1 "Most Innovative Company" in real estate. In 2015, the company 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 Offerpad Offerpad is revolutionizing the real estate industry by providing an innovative and convenient way to sell or buy a home. Founded in 2015, the leadership team brings decades of real estate experience that collectively has purchased, renovated, and rented or sold more than 100,000 homes. Offerpad is a privately held company, headquartered in Arizona, with markets in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Tampa and Tucson with San Antonio opening soon.
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Austin Homeowners Can Now Get a Cash Offer from RedfinNow
RedfinNow Buys Homes Directly from Sellers, Allowing Them to Move on with Less Hassle and More Certainty AUSTIN, Texas, July 8, 2019 -- Redfin, the technology-powered real estate brokerage, announced that homeowners in the Austin metro area can now get a cash offer for their home from RedfinNow, a convenient and fast way to sell a home. By selling to RedfinNow, homeowners get the certainty of an all-cash offer direct from Redfin, the flexibility to pick their move-out date, and the convenience of selling without any prep work, private showings or open houses. For homes that qualify, owners have been able to get an offer in 48 hours or less and complete a sale in as few as seven days. "RedfinNow makes home-selling simple so you can focus on what's next in your life. Skip the repairs, showings, and uncertainty of a traditional home sale and move on your timeline," said Kari Ledgerwood, Austin market manager for RedfinNow. "In a competitive market like Austin, move-up buyers want the convenience and certainty of an instant offer, so they can use the cash from their first home to buy their next." RedfinNow is also available in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, Inland Empire and Orange County, and plans to expand to additional markets this year. RedfinNow charges a service fee of 7 percent of the sale price and complements Redfin's full-service listing product for sellers who want to put their home on the open market with a local Redfin agent. For full service, Redfin charges sellers in Austin a listing fee of 1 percent. Combined with 2 to 3 percent that sellers typically pay for the buyer's agent commission, sellers who list with a Redfin agent pay 3 to 4 percent in total commission fees. "Consumers want choices, and with Redfin, sellers can assess all their options and choose the service that best meets their needs," said Adam Wiener, Redfin's chief growth officer. "For homeowners who want to put the most money in their pocket from selling their home, Redfin's full-service, low-fee listing product fits the bill. To avoid the time and stress of selling a home, RedfinNow is the option many homeowners are looking for." In Austin today, people can sell homes to RedfinNow, buy and sell homes with full-service Redfin agents, and get home loans with Redfin Mortgage. To learn more about RedfinNow and to request an offer for your home, visit www.redfin.com/now. About Redfin Redfin is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 90 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has helped customers buy or sell homes worth more than $85 billion.
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8z Real Estate Launches 8z Offers, a Local iBuyer in Colorado
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MoveEasy Adds Amazon Alexa to Entire Platform
New Automation Service Gives Brokerage Clients a 'Concierge for Life' COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 23, 2019 -- Consumers using Amazon Alexa now can access a free "Concierge for Life" service to help them move into a new home, and keep their home in great shape. Real estate's leading customized moving and post-transaction service for brokerages, MoveEasy, announced today that it has fully integrated its entire platform with Amazon Alexa. The fast-growing start-up MoveEasy provides brokerage clients with broker-branded moving assistance and after-the-transaction services that fuse a human concierge with technology and automation. "MoveEasy's entire platform is now powered by Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa," said MoveEasy co-founder Ven Ganapathy. "Any moving service or home services assistance that can be requested online or in a conversation with a concierge can be done with Alexa," he explained. "We're taking MoveEasy to the next level by combining online technology with human assistance and automation, allowing brokerages to give every one of their clients a free 'concierge for life.'" Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty, based in Mason, Ohio, is set to debut the MoveEasy Alexa skillset in early May, giving access to the clients of its more than 550 agents and brokers. MoveEasy is making its Alexa feature free to all its existing brokerage customers, making it available to the clients of more than 30,000 agents and brokers nationwide by the end of May. MoveEasy will include its Alexa feature for new broker customers as part of its standard broker-branded offering. How Alexa works with MoveEasy With the new Amazon Alexa integration with MoveEasy, a brokerage's agents provide every client access to that brokerage's unique Alexa skillset. After the client takes a few steps to set up their MoveEasy account on Alexa, they can access the entire skillset. For example, a client can say, "Alexa, ask my concierge if they know of a good moving company." Alexa will reply using the local brokerage's name, saying, "Your My Town Realty concierge has found three movers rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau." The MoveEasy integration with Alexa even connects each client to the original agent that helped them with their transaction. If a client says, "Alexa, are there any carpet cleaners that my agent recommends?" then Alexa will answer, "Your My Town Realty concierge has found one carpet cleaner that your agent, Jane Smith, recommends. Would you like me to have them call you?" If the client answers yes, this information is shared with a MoveEasy human concierge who places the call. The client does not have to lift a finger – and neither does the agent. Harnessing the full power of Alexa's capabilities, MoveEasy taps into Alexa's ability to schedule tasks and appointments. For example, a client can say, "Alexa, remind me next Thursday to file a change of address with the Post Office," something MoveEasy can do automatically. To stay on track with their own move, a client can also ask Alexa for help, by saying, "Alexa, what are my moving tasks for this week?" and Alexa will share the most recent updates from their MoveEasy checklist. "The best part is agents and brokerages get immediate access to the power of Alexa," explains Ganapathy. "Alexa helps keep the agent and brokerage top of mind, something research tells us agents struggle doing. But most importantly, communications channels have evolved from email to text to Facebook and now Alexa. To compete in today's market, MoveEasy empowers agents to tap into the way more and more consumers are communicating. Alexa is where agents and brokerages need to be and MoveEasy puts them at the cutting edge of this innovation." A new MoveEasy brochure featuring the Alexa services offered is available as a PDF download. More information about MoveEasy and its new Alexa-powered platform also can be found online at moveeasy.com. About MoveEasy MoveEasy is the fastest-growing moving concierge service for the real estate industry. Its human concierge plus tech and automation service connects brokerages and their agents to a client's move and throughout the client's homeownership experience. MoveEasy is a Diamond Supplier for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and a Realogy Preferred Alliance partner. Clients include several leading BHHS and Realogy firms, as well as members of The Realty Alliance and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Based in Columbus, Ohio, discover more at moveeasy.com.
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Redfin Launches Concierge Home-Selling Service in Seattle
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Keller Williams Selects CognitiveScale to Speed Real Estate Smartcloud Efforts
Software provides continuously improving insights to boost KW's data and AI advantage AUSTIN, TEXAS - CognitiveScale, the leader in augmented intelligence software and Responsible AI, announced that Keller Williams (KW), the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, has selected Cortex5, CognitiveScale's AI software, to enhance its own Keller Cloud and AI platform with more AI-based predictive decision support and learning capabilities. The partnership will also allow the real estate franchise to increase the pace of R&D and add significant value into its proprietary next-gen agent and consumer smart apps. Focused on providing the best agent-driven consumer experience, Keller Williams is currently applying its proprietary artificial intelligence, Kelle, to a range of existing and emerging products, domains, and tools in development. Austin, Texas-based KW has more than 975 offices and 186,000 associates. In 2015, the firm began its evolution into a technology company, initiating the development of its Keller Cloud. A real estate-specific cloud service ecosystem, the Keller Cloud now leverages the collective power of the largest real estate sales force: 186,000 Keller Williams associates. Using CognitiveScale's Cortex5, Keller Williams will increase the velocity of its AI initiative implementation. Rather than working serially, KW's data scientists will tackle AI-based projects in parallel, speeding new innovations to agents and consumers. "Keller Williams has 35 years of rich, complex real estate data. We will use CognitiveScale's AI platform to harness our data to surface more insights for our teams and to accelerate innovation," said Neil Dholakia, chief product officer, Keller Williams. "As KW agents increasingly use Keller Cloud apps, the AI platform will learn from their interactions and subsequently offer intelligent decision support and recommendations to strengthen agent service to consumers. For example, as our agents write offer contracts, they will be advised as to the strength of their offer and how to further strengthen it. Additionally, KW agents will be provided hyper local market analysis, enabling them to best advise clients on the sale or purchase of a home," added Dholakia. "We are excited to be working with a leader like Keller Williams to drive data and AI-powered intelligent user experiences and business processes. We share their enthusiasm for making every agent their best agent and look forward to helping Keller Williams build on their data advantage and provide valuable insights to their team through Cortex5," said Nij Chawla, chief customer officer, CognitiveScale. About CognitiveScale CognitiveScale's Cortex5 software helps businesses apply artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to solve complex business problems at scale for financial services, healthcare, and digital commerce markets. Our award-winning software is being used by global leaders such as USAA, Morgan Stanley, NBC, JPMorgan Chase, ExxonMobil, and MD Anderson to increase user engagement, improve decision-making, and deploy self-learning and self-assuring business processes. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, CognitiveScale has offices in New York, London, and Hyderabad, India, and is funded by Norwest Venture Partners, Intel Capital, IBM Watson, M12, and USAA. For more information on the company, please visit us at cognitivescale.com. 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.
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Redfin Launches Owner Estimate to Give Homeowners More Control in Assessing Their Home's Value
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Alain Pinel Realtors Unveils Dynamic, 'Best of Breed' Technology Strategy
Multiple partnerships with software innovators creates powerful, flexible solution for agents and great experiences for homebuyers and sellers. SARATOGA, CALIF. (SEPTEMBER 06, 2018) -- Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) has announced a new technology strategy that will empower its 1,400 agents to work more efficiently, leverage the power of data and better serve Northern California home buyers and sellers. Partnerships with real estate software companies known as leaders in their respective categories are the cornerstone of the strategy. This dynamic strategy was informed by over a year of research with APR agents and is rooted in the belief that an integrated bundling of the very best applications better serves agents than a single technology suite built by a vendor or in-house by a brokerage. "As sole proprietors of their own business, agents deserve the confidence of knowing that their data and tools belong to them exclusively. We have chosen a model that gives agents flexibility and options without extra cost on their part," said Zane Burnett, Vice President of Digital Innovation & Technology at Alain Pinel. APR has inked partnerships with the following companies: ActivePipe: Automated email marketing with exclusive property feed integration Adwerx: Automated, geo-targeted social and display advertising of property listings Cloud CMA: Deep property, comparable sale and buyer reports presented in a branded format RealScout: Collaborative home search between agents and buyers and email alerts powered by "computer vision" Contactually: An intelligent CRM that automates common tasks required of agents Several of these applications are integrated; all will be available to APR agents through a single sign-on (SSO) dashboard within the company intranet. "Building a strategy around the idea that a single company, with one software suite, can keep up with the pace of change simply doesn't make sense anymore," said Burnett. "The technology world is moving faster than ever before, and we were determined to pursue a course that enabled us, and our agents, to respond to change, and pursue innovative solutions, with more agility than our competitors." APR, founded in 1990, was among the first real estate companies in the nation to deploy desktop computers company-wide, created a groundbreaking partnership with Steve Jobs' NEXT Software and launched the country's first real estate website. "Taking the lead on technology is part of our DNA, but we also embrace a humility born from the recognition that any one real estate company, no matter how technologically adept, can satisfy the demands of a changing marketplace on its own," said Mike Hulme, APR's President. "With this strategy, and with these partners, Alain Pinel Realtors is positioned to extend its leadership into a future that will require adaptability, speed and a ceaseless effort to innovate." "Ultimately, for us, technology is a means to deliver outstanding experiences for our agents and home buyers and sellers," said APR Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Rainy Hake Austin. "That is our core difference at Alain Pinel Realtors and this strategy serves that end." About Alain Pinel Realtors® Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) is the largest privately owned residential real estate company in Northern California and is consistently ranked among the top 10 largest residential real estate firms in the United States based on closed-sales volume. The firm has 1,400 agents in more than 30 offices throughout Northern California. APR was founded in 1990 by Chairman and CEO Paul L. Hulme, and is based in Saratoga, Calif. Visit us at apr.com.
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Terradatum Partners with Voiceter Pro in Real Estate Conversational Search
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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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Realogy Announces Agreement with Artificial Intelligence Real Estate Technology Company, OJO Labs
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Coldwell Banker Releases Skill for Amazon Alexa to Share Weekly News with Real Estate Community
Coldwell Banker advances its voice control capabilities to connect with agents, brokers and the real estate community MADISON, N.J., Aug. 1, 2017 -- Voice control is helping agents get smarter about the business of real estate. Today, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC is unveiling its second Skill for Amazon Alexa – the Coldwell Banker Gen Blue News Skill. This Skill was developed to provide the brand's affiliated sales associates and other real estate professionals with the latest company news and real estate industry trends. By prompting Alexa with, "Alexa, open Gen Blue News," agents will hear the latest Coldwell Banker news and access additional resources through the Alexa app. The first episode of the Skill will be hosted by Brad Inman, founder and owner of Inman News, the preeminent source for real estate trade news. The Gen Blue News skill for Amazon Alexa Skill is targeted towards tech-savvy agents and brokers who consume news on-the-go. The Gen Blue News Skill for Amazon Alexa will be listed under the Business & Finance category in the Alexa Skills Store. This announcement comes on the heels of the brand's first Skill for Amazon Alexa released earlier this summer which gave users a look into the brand's most exclusive listings via an audio recording. This second Skill for Amazon Alexa was prompted by a June survey of Coldwell Banker brokers and agents, which found that 79 percent of respondents would be interested in a smart home speaker, like an Amazon Echo device, which was equipped with Coldwell Banker news and insights. The Gen Blue News Skill for Amazon Alexa enhances the Coldwell Banker technology suite, which was unveiled to agents and consumers in May to amplify how the Coldwell Banker brand can uniquely support their buying and selling needs. "We've heard from agents that they are interested in voice-enabled technology and smart home devices, so we wanted to make sure there was another Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa available to help the community keep a pulse on the latest trends and breaking real estate headlines," said David Marine, senior vice president of marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "We're excited to work with Amazon again to create our second Alexa Skill and expand our tech offerings for agents." "Having led one of the fastest growing real estate teams within the Coldwell Banker network, I know that agents want a fast and convenient way to stay on top of the latest brand news," Bob Burns, president for Coldwell Banker Mid-America Group, REALTORS® in Des Moines, IA. "The Gen Blue News Skill for Amazon Alexa provides quick and smart real estate insights for agents who are always looking to stay updated on the latest trends." The Coldwell Banker Gen Blue News Skill for Amazon Alexa is the second Skill by Coldwell Banker, following the recent launch of the Coldwell Banker Home of the Week Skill. The Skill for consumers was prompted by a recent Coldwell banker consumer survey that found 72 percent of Americans with smart home products want voice control. 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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Keller Williams Unveils New Product Strategy, Technology Roadmap and Vision
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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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Black Knight Financial Services Introduces Tax for Loan Estimation to Help Lenders and Real Estate Professionals Quickly and Accurately Estimate Property Taxes
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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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NAR Selects CEO of Leading Tech Company to Speak at REALTORS® Conference & Expo for the Second Straight Year
  CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO, NOVEMBER 3, 2014 – The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has selected Lorne C. Wallace, CEO of Cambridge, Ontario-based Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, as a featured speaker at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is the second year in a row that Mr. Wallace has been chosen to present at North America's largest conference for real estate professionals. Lorne's session, titled Opportunity Knocks! Open the Door to Additional Revenue Potential, will focus on how brokers can identify additional revenue opportunities and implement tactics to grow their real estate business. Attendees will learn how to identify processes and people that are reducing profitability and efficiency, how to discover strategies to assist agents in continued growth, and how to use past trends to implement new profitability tactics in the future. "I'm excited to present at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo again this year," said Lorne C. Wallace, CEO of Lone Wolf. "Profitability is a hot topic in real estate. Understanding your business and having the infrastructure in place to see what's under the surface helps brokers plan and prepare for the future. In my session, we'll discuss how brokers can evaluate their operations and tools to ensure their brokerage is on the path to continued profitability and sustainability for the future." Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, celebrating its 25th year in business, focuses on providing products and services to help real estate brokers and agents maximize profitability opportunities and efficiency in their business. This year's REAL Trends rankings show that 54% of the top performing brokerages in the U.S. and 94 of the top 100 performing brokerages in Canada use Lone Wolf's brokerWOLF back office solution to run their business*. Brokerages that have visibility and pay attention to the numbers behind their business are better prepared to leverage their data to improve business decision making and operational performance. "We are pleased that Lorne Wallace, CEO of Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, will be joining us at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo," said Roz Kriener, Program Director of the Conventions Division at NAR. "We choose dynamic speakers that include the latest real estate experts, as well as trusted industry veterans, who provide best practices and tips on how to take business to a higher level." The REALTORS® Conference & Expo will be held November 7-10 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event includes 100 education sessions, the largest real estate industry tradeshow with 400 exhibitors, and the opportunity to network with 17,000 real estate professionals and guests. For more information on the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo and to register, visit www.REALTOR.org/Conference. For more information on Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies, visit www.lwolf.com. *As ranked by the 2014 REAL Trends 500 and 2014 REAL Trends Canadian 250; excluding proprietary systems and Quebec. About Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Inc. is the North American leader in real estate solutions and services with almost 10,000 offices utilizing their fully integrated product lines. Lone Wolf's Complete Enterprise Solutions is comprised of its core products and services – brokerWOLF back office management solution, WOLFconnect front office management solutions, globalWOLF website solution, loadingDOCS paperless office solution, mobileWOLF mobile solution, WOLFmedia ad revenue generation service, WOLFwatch accounting service and Lone Wolf's newest service specific to the agent marketplace, agentWOLF. The Complete Enterprise Solution is ideal for real estate offices looking to seamlessly manage their data from the back office to the front office to brokerage and agent websites, providing a single point of entry for data, significant time savings and profitability opportunities. The Complete Enterprise Solution is an invaluable component of a successful real estate brokerage. Lone Wolf has offices in Cambridge, ON, Langley, BC, Las Vegas, NV and Show Low, AZ. For more information, please visit www.lwolf.com.
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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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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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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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Free Live Real Estate Town Hall Meeting 12/1
(San Diego, CA)(November 17, 2010) – Southern Californians who feel trapped or simply lack confidence in today’s real estate market can get some relief from business and real estate experts who will gather on Wednesday, December 1 from 7 – 9 pm at the Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, at a free Real Estate Town Hall meeting to offer their expert insights and forecasts for the nation’s real estate market. San Diego resident and 1parkplace CEO Steve Hundley is leading the charge to offer the first in a series of free live Real Estate Town Hall meetings in his effort to educate homeowners and non-homeowners about the pulse of the real estate market today and what to expect going into 2011 and beyond. Hundley has gathered a panel of regional and national experts that includes:  Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA)—calling in from Washington DC to participate in the discussion; Allan Dalton, former CEO of REALTOR.com and one of the top 25 National Association of Realtors most influential people in real estate; Greg Schwartz, CFO of Zillow.com; Mark Marquez, president of the San Diego Association of REALTORS®; Doug Smith, vice president, home loan manager, Bank of America; Karen Bates, president of Veterans Home Programs and Gregg Neuman of Neuman and Neuman Real Estate. "The real estate market has always has been one of the most important economic issues affecting our country, especially now more than ever," says Hundley.  "Improved consumer confidence will transcend to a more robust real estate market which will translate to higher home values, more job opportunities and a stronger and more vibrant community/economy.  The Real Estate Town Hall meeting will reveal the depth and breadth of what is shaping up to be one of the most opportunistic real estate markets we have encountered in over 50 years." The expert panel will discuss a variety of topics including: 7 steps to improving home and neighborhood value today Little known government programs that provide huge opportunities for first time buyers, move up buyers and VA buyers How local short sale and foreclosures are affecting the marketplace Information consumers should know about how the new health care bill that may negatively affect real estate values Investment strategies to capitalize on the current market; how local charities and business organizations can help consumers save money and connect with the community Methods for getting your voice heard – consumers have the power The two-hour event will include an interactive format that addresses the state of the real estate market today and a Q&A for attendees.  Questions must be submitted in advance at www.RealEstateTownHall.org. To RSVP for the free Real Estate Town Hall meeting, visit www.RealEstateTownHall.org. Seating is limited so RSVP early.  Self parking at the Hotel del Coronado is $10 for this event. Participants can opt to spend the night at the Hotel Del Coronado for a special rate of $179 by using the "1parkplace" event code when making a reservation.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-468-3533. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the U. S. Marines “Toys for Tots” program.  The event will also be broadcast live on Facebook.  For more information, visit www.RealEstateTownHall.org or call 1-800-833-1333. Real Estate Town Hall sponsors include 1parkplace, Inc, RISMedia, Bank of America Home Loans, San Diego Association of REALTORS and the San Diego Union Tribune.
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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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PCMS Announces New Technology Partnerships
In its continued quest to offer innovative solutions to the brokerage community, PCMS Consulting today announced two new technology partnerships within its Internet Services Group. The company has signed strategic marketing agreements with 1CAVO of Denver, CO and DigitalDocs.net of Orlando, FL. 1CAVO provides an outsourced internet lead management solution which combines lead management software with a call center that guarantees calls on internet inquiries within 15 minutes, 7 days a week. Founder, Bradley Miller, notes some disturbing statistics that is making this service very attractive to brokerages who believe they are missing revenue opportunities as a result of the fact that: 48% of internet leads are not responded to (California Association of Realtors); 7% of internet consumers are not ready to buy within 30 days but remain interested in more information (California Association of Realtors); and, 52% of internet consumers expect a response within one hour (California Association of Realtors). DigitalDocs.net, founded in 2001, optimizes real estate brokerage sales and profits through their Digital Closing Docs with Forever Marketing™ platform. This one-of-a-kind technology dramatically improves automated post-closing client contact for the real estate agent and also notifies the agent and broker when the client returns to the market, thus increasing repeat business. Since Digital Closing Docs™ integrates with the title agency it also increases agent capture rates (and monthly order count) of the broker’s owned (or affiliated) title agency. “Our Forever Marketing™ platform is the only technology of its kind that automatically keeps the agent linked to the client for as long as the homeowner owns their home.” states DigitalDocs.net founder Robert Reich. “Our industry needs to reinvent itself. Every service we offer and technology we represent helps brokerages do just that.” says Jose Perez, President of PCMS. “These two exciting partnerships directly address two of the most glaring weaknesses our industry struggles with: internet lead management and professional client follow up.” PCMS client, The Strata Group, a 200 agent, seven office brokerage in the Baltimore, MD area is in the process of implementing both of these products simultaneously and is optimistic they will provide significant returns. “We want to be leaders and innovators in our market. Both of these products will not only result in more business, but they will be excellent listing and recruiting tools that will clearly differentiate us from the competition.” states William Yerman, President and CEO of Strata. While 1CAVO began operations earlier this year, in addition to Strata, they already boast several other leading multi office brokerages as clients. “Many companies are struggling with internet leads due to the fact that it is not cost-effective enough to establish their own call center.” states Miller. “That being said, they realize there is a significant opportunity cost due to missed internet lead conversions.” DigitalDocs.net is an established player in the title industry with customers in 18 states. Their engagement with PCMS is a result of their desire to bring this highly successful and necessary service to brokerages that either have an existing in-house or outsourced title relationship. In less than 30 days, through the assistance of the PCMS team, DigitalDocs.net has already closed three transactions with brokerage companies and is in talks with several other large industry players.  
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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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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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