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Buffini & Company's Latest Networking Tool Changes Game for Real Estate Agents
The new Buffini Referral Network connects thousands of top-notch real estate professionals, creating the most powerful agent network in North America CARLSBAD, Calif., Jan. 27, 2020 -- Buffini & Company's latest networking tool has made it easier than ever for real estate agents to connect with professionals across North America. The Buffini Referral Network is an online tool linking Buffini & Company members to top-notch, like-minded real estate professionals dedicated to the working by referral system. "The Buffini Referral Network was intentionally designed to help our members go from local agents to national agents," says Dermot Buffini, CEO of Buffini & Company. "This is an essential membership benefit that taps into the most powerful agent network in North America, connecting our clients directly with the best in the business." Available through Buffini & Company's productivity tool Referral Maker CRM, the powerful Buffini Referral Network is more than just a means of giving and receiving referrals. It is a platform for agents to cultivate their own personal database of Buffini & Company members, with the ability to search for others based on attributes like credentials, affiliations and state, and then connect. Exchanging referrals through the platform is simple, convenient and straightforward. The database isn't just for real estate agents in the states either — it includes Canadian members as well as lenders. The Buffini Referral Network is free for current Buffini & Company One2One Coaching, Group Coaching and Referral Maker PRO members. About Buffini & Company Buffini & Company is the largest coaching and training company in North America. Founded by real estate legend and master motivator Brian Buffini, the company provides a unique and highly-effective lead generation system. Buffini & Company's comprehensive business coaching, training programs and cutting-edge content have helped more than 3 million professionals in 37 countries improve their business, increase net profit and enhance their quality of life. Buffini & Company is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. Learn more at buffiniandcompany.com.
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OJO Labs: Five Months, Eight Major Awards
AI Tech firm, OJO Labs, among leading companies drawing world-class talent to Austin AUSTIN, Texas, May 28, 2019 – OJO Labs, a leading-edge technology company on a mission to empower consumer decision-making through its conversational AI assistant, OJO, won the highly coveted 2019 A-List Award among mid-sized companies from the Austin Chamber of Commerce in partnership with SXSW. This brings OJO Labs' major award count so far this year to eight, dominating national and local "Best Places to Work" lists, including Inc. Magazine's "Best Workplaces 2019," Fortune Magazine's 2019 list of "Best Places to Work," Austin Business Journal's "Best Places to Work in 2019," and Built in Austin's "Best Places to Work in 2019." The Austin-based company was also a winner of the "Artificial Intelligence Excellence Award" from Business Intelligence Group, named the "Best Digital Property Search Platform" by Corporate Vision Magazine, received HousingWire's biggest honor, its TECH100 list, and honored with the prestigious "2019 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award." Winning the Red Herring award, which is judged by industry experts, insiders and journalists on a wide variety of criteria including financial performance, innovation, business strategy, and market penetration, is a significant achievement with previous winning alumni including Alibaba, Google, Kakao, Skype, Spotify, Twitter and YouTube. "These awards are a reflection of the incredibly talented and passionate people we have working at our company," said John Berkowitz, CEO of OJO Labs, "our vision and dedication to developing technology, products and exceptional customer experiences is a part of the fabric of our culture. Inherent in these awards is the character of an intelligent team collaborating to solve some of the biggest challenges and executing on our goals. As we continue to hire across all departments and office locations, we are accelerating our scale to serve millions more consumers." Angela Dunham, COO of OJO Labs, notes that the "Best Places to Work" awards were based on independent surveys of its team members. "When you win an award recognizing the company, it's a special honor. But when you win an award that is rooted in how the people you hire feel about working at their company, it's priceless," she said. OJO, the machine-powered assistant, helps consumers with answers to any questions and access to all kinds of real estate information through vast databases of online and offline sources. Accessing listing details, home features, neighborhood selection, budget or financing guidance, and education surrounding one of their largest purchases, is in their hand all the time. Consumers have the control and ability to source information without pressure, or get connected to a professional when they are ready. OJO works in partnership with leading REALTORS® and matches them with highly qualified agents who can best serve their needs based on their customized profile. By providing both parties with a foundation of information through a warm hand-off, OJO helps to establish trust between the agent and the consumer from the start. Now in its ninth year, the 2019 A-List Award from the Austin Chamber of Commerce and SXSW honors breakthrough local, homegrown companies. Some 165 firms were nominated and considered for the award. A panel of independent judges evaluated businesses in three investment stage categories: start-up, mid-size and scaling. OJO Labs' A-List Award was for a Mid-Size firm receiving more than $10 million in funding. "Austin was recognized as the number one city to live by U.S. News this year, and it is a growing hub of incredible talent," noted Berkowitz, "Our founding headquarters was launched in Austin to bring together generations of talent, build an exceptional company and have an impact on the community of such a vibrant, expanding city." Recently, OJO Labs raised $45 million in Series C funding to accelerate its development and expansion. The company has increased its market-leading position as it continues to hire and build world-class data science, engineering, product and design teams. OJO Labs is rapidly expanding in each of its three offices — Austin, where OJO Labs' headquarters is based; Minneapolis-St. Paul, where last fall, OJO Labs combined with leading real estate data services provider, WolfNet; and St. Lucia, where the company operates its AI training and customer service teams. A list of current career opportunities with OJO Labs is available at https://corporate.ojo.me/careers. About OJO Labs Inc. OJO Labs is on a mission to empower people to make better decisions through the fusion of machine and human intelligence. The company's unique, patented AI technology products can conduct text conversations with consumers at scale. By combining natural language understanding with data and personalization, the products allow consumers to deeply engage in a purchase process before interacting with a salesperson. OJO Labs is backed by the two most active VC firms in Texas, leaders in real estate and financing industries, as well as key industry executives. OJO Labs has been recognized as a Best Places to Work in Austin by the Austin Business Journal, an Austin A-List and 50 On Fire winner, recognized in Comparably's 2018 Best Company Culture Awards, named a Built In Austin 2019 Best Company to Work For, and a 2019 Artificial Intelligence Excellence Awards recipient. The OJO team has decades of combined success scaling businesses and deep experience in data science, engineering, product marketing and operations.
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Second Century Ventures Announces 2019 Accelerator Class
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Moderne Ventures Announces Its Newest Passport Class
Moderne Ventures accepts eight new companies into its Passport program; companies address seismic shifts in real estate, finance, insurance and home services CHICAGO--Moderne Ventures, a venture investment fund, announced today the eight new companies accepted into its 2019 Moderne Passport Program, an intensive 7-month industry immersion program where companies receive strategic guidance, participate in over 100 one-on-one mentor meetings with senior executive leaders and administer pilots with corporations in the Moderne Network. The 2019 Passport Class companies are marketplaces, services and solutions using technologies, like blockchain and artificial intelligence, to help progress 100+ year old industries. This class has collectively raised over $150M in funding with collective valuations north of $700M. The new companies are: ByteGain — Los Altos, CA: Artificial Intelligence platform that increases lead quantity, quality and performance Eusoh — Los Angeles, CA: Spread the Love - the only community-based care plan for insuring pets Payfully — New York, NY: Get commissions paid while in contract Porch — Seattle, WA: Porch gets the Job Done: home service and maintenance for residential homes and buildings Sagegreenlife — Chicago, IL: Green living walls for greater spaces, places and life Snappt — Los Angeles, CA: Instant identity and financial verification to prevent fraud StreetWire — New York, NY: A data network for faster transactions and operational efficiency WattBuy — Washington, DC: We empower residents to find the best rates and take charge of their electricity "With every Passport class, we bring in the most innovative solutions addressing our industries. We help companies understand complexities, optimize their products and services and connect partners that can benefit most from them," said Constance Freedman, Moderne Ventures founder and managing partner. "This is one of the most interesting classes we have had yet, and we are excited to help them make an impact." About Moderne Ventures Moderne Ventures invests in technology companies in and around real estate, finance, insurance. Moderne operates both a Venture Fund and the Moderne Passport, an Industry Immersion Program designed to foster innovation, partnership and growth between industry partners and new emerging technology companies. Moderne works with over 700 executives and corporations within its core industries and evaluates over 4,500 emerging tech companies each year. Its principals have invested in over 80 companies including DocuSign, Updater, August, Better, Hello Alfred, TaskEasy, Homesnap and Leaselock.
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Moderne Ventures Announces Its New Class of Seven Passport Companies
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eXp Realty Continues to Invest in Proprietary Technology for Agents
SEATTLE — Nov. 1, 2017 — eXp Realty, LLC, a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc., the agent-owned cloud brokerage®, today announced new tools as part of its continuing investment in proprietary technology for real estate professionals. It's a New World As eXp Realty grows, the place where our agents communicate, collaborate and have fun needs to grow right along with it. The company recently launched a new version of its cloud-based office "eXp World." It includes creative elements as well as performance, stability and usability improvements. After a long day in the virtual office, agents can take one of the new speed boats out for a spin. Based on feedback, many agents say they want to work alongside others instead of by themselves in eXp World. A popular workplace trend is a shared, community workspace. To that end, eXp Realty is testing a shared working environment where users can build community and collaborate in a team room. eXp World MobileWork Anywhere, Anytime Real estate agents are inherently mobile and eXp Realty allows them to work anywhere, anytime through eXp World and its new mobile app. eXp World Mobile gives agents the convenience and flexibility to audibly join eXp World meeting rooms from anywhere. This app is perfect for helping on-the-go agents participate in trainings and events, along with company and team meetings from nearly anywhere. Match Agents to Powerful Solutions eXp Realty provides agents with the best tools and services to grow their business. eXp has a proprietary platform called eXp Enterprise that manages all of the company's critical processes and information. It gives eXp agents autonomy and greater visibility into data that's crucial to their real-time needs. A new dashboard in eXp Enterprise provides agents a quick view into their important business metrics such as production, transactions, commissions and capping status. "eXp Realty believes in constant innovation to provide the best technology tools and services for agents to help them manage and grow their business," said Scott Petronis, chief product and technology officer at eXp Realty. "We built eXp Enterprise with the entrepreneurial agent in mind. Agents can access their data when they want and how they want. eXp World offers a unique cloud technology solution that allows agents to gain instant, live support from eXp's agent services, technology and finance experts from wherever an agent or team is located." About eXp Realty eXp Realty, LLC, a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI), is the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage®. eXp Realty (exprealty.com) is changing the way that agents, brokers and consumers work together in an adaptive, sustainable environment. It is an agent-designed and agent-owned company. As the leading, national, cloud-based real estate brokerage, eXp Realty provides 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training and socialization for real estate brokers and agents through its 3-D, fully-immersive, cloud office environment. It is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerage firms in North America with more than 5,000 agents in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada. As a publicly traded company, eXp World Holdings, Inc. uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn company stock for production and contributions to overall company growth. For more information, please visit the company's websites at expworldholdings.com and exprealty.com.
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Amazon Alexa Skills Are Changing the Voice of Real Estate Education
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate Builds New Skill for Amazon Alexa to Showcase Property Listings and Connect Consumers with Local Agents
Coldwell Banker pursues voice control as the Echo Dot joins the Smart Home Staging Kit Madison, N.J. 06-06-2017 — Amazon Alexa users are one step closer to finding the home of their dreams. Today, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC is announcing its first Skill for Amazon Alexa. By prompting Amazon's voice assistant with "Alexa, Ask Coldwell Banker for the Home of the Week," users will hear a one-minute description of a featured Coldwell Banker listing and can be connected to their local Coldwell Banker office. In January, a Coldwell Banker consumer survey found that 72 percent of Americans with smart home products want voice control, which prompted development of the Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa and the addition of the Echo Dot to the Smart Home Staging Kit. The kit, available at smarthomestaging.com, is a curated slate of smart home products that meet the Coldwell Banker / CNET Smart Home definition. The kit easily and affordably turns any home into a smart home through smart lighting, smart temperature controls as well as smart security locks and cameras. The Echo Dot joins products from August, Lutron and Nest in the kit. Now homeowners and agents showing smart homes can control the house's core functions through simple voice commands. "As the real estate leader in smart home Coldwell Banker is focusing on what's resonating with our network and consumers, voice control," said David Marine, senior vice president marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "By developing our first Alexa Skill, Coldwell Banker is deepening the connection between consumers and our agent network." "The Home of the Week skill provides agents with a new and modern way to showcase their most prominent listings," said Jade Mills, global luxury ambassador and estates director for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Beverly Hills, CA. "Not only does it provide users with a look into the most luxurious homes, the skill also connects users to their local Coldwell Banker office, opening a new line of contact between potential clients and agents." "Consumer demand for homes with smart technology has been rising exponentially," said Danny Hertzberg, sales associate of The Jills® for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Miami, FL. "The Home of the Week Skill and addition of the Echo Dot to the Smart Home Staging Kit proves that Coldwell Banker is keeping a pulse on what homebuyers want and providing agents with the tools needed to help buyers transform their homes into smart homes." "We're always looking to bring Alexa to customers in new ways, and we think having Echo Dot in the Smart Home Staging Kit will provide a delightful experience for home buyers and real estate agents. With the introduction of the Echo Dot to the Coldwell Banker network, even more customers can experience the convenience and ease of Alexa," said Daniel Rausch, vice president for Amazon Smart Home. The Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa is an extension of the Coldwell Banker Home of the Week video series. The Home of the Week series currently profiles one active Coldwell Banker listing per week in a video that takes viewers on a tour of a breathtaking home. The first Home of the Week listing featured on the Skill will be 1006 Laurel Way in Beverly Hills, listed for $34.9 million by Jade Mills, global luxury ambassador and estates director for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Beverly Hills, CA. The Coldwell Banker Skill for Amazon Alexa will provide an interactive narration of the same Home of the Week listing and will provide users with more information on the listing. Users will also receive contact information for their nearest Coldwell Banker office via the Alexa app. The Home of the Week Skill will be listed under the Business & Finance category. Coldwell Banker recently surveyed nearly 1,000 Coldwell Banker real estate professionals to gauge their opinions on smart home technology and learn more about home buyer demand for smart home technology. Seventy-nine (79) percent of respondents report that home buyers are interested in smart home technology, underscoring growing demand for voice controlled assistants and other smart home devices. About Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage services. Coldwell Banker Real Estate is the oldest national real estate brand and franchisor in the United States, and today has a global network of 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 49 countries and territories with more than 88,000 affiliated sales professionals. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by taking a leadership role in the smart home space, being the first national real estate brand with an iPad app, the first to augment its website www.coldwellbanker.com for smart phones, the first to create an iPhone application with international listings, the first to develop an iPad application (CBx) to easily bring big data into home listing presentations, and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. Coldwell Banker is a leader in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program delivering exceptional experiences for all consumers served.
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Survey Finds Voice Control Next Big Thing in Smart Home Technology
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Second Century Ventures Accepting Applications for 2017 REach Accelerator Class
  CHICAGO (December 1, 2016) - Second Century Ventures, the National Association of Realtors®' strategic investment arm, is accepting applications for its 2017 REach® accelerator class now through January 31, 2017 at www.narreach.com. REach offers education, mentorship and exposure for technology companies to enter into the real estate market, advance their businesses and expand into adjacent markets such as insurance, mortgage and financial services. The program accepts organizations in later growth stages, not just early-stage companies. The nine-month program provides a unique opportunity for technology companies to get intense exposure into real estate, a market that represents more than $1 trillion in revenue, consists of more than 100,000 small- and medium-sized businesses and generates more than $12.5 billion in annual advertising spend in the U.S. The program has attracted technology startups of all types, ranging from big data and marketing automation to business productivity and lead generation companies. Previous REach classes included a company that raised $50 million before entering the program and another with a revenue run rate greater than $10 million, along with graduates from other accelerator programs - including Y Combinator - and those backed by prominent investors in the venture community, such as Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer, Madrona and Maveron. Benefits of participating in the REach program are abundant. Some include: Mentorship from 300-plus real estate and technology thought leaders and executives from major real estate brands and brokerages, real estate technology companies and venture capitalists.  Participating organizations meet on average with 50-plus of these advisors for 30-minute one-on-one sessions throughout the program. Access to NAR's Insight Panel, a group of more than 5,000 real estate practitioners who provide feedback on user experience, product viability and pricing. This guidance has proven vital to many companies' success. Education on how to navigate the trillion-dollar real estate industry with the backing of the largest trade association and NAR's $5 billion brand. "By leveraging NAR's network and brand, SCV aims to help REach accelerator companies better define their business and find their value in the real estate industry," said NAR President William E. Brown, a Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties, a division of his family real estate business. "REach also brings great benefits to NAR and its members because of the equity in and access to the latest and greatest technology and innovations that are helping change the face of our industry." Companies that have participated in past REach classes show impressive results: In aggregate, the companies have raised almost more than $60 million of follow-on financing Revenue, customer and/or user growth rates from 50 percent to over 5,000 percent Key partnerships with major companies, including Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, RE/MAX, Century 21, Realty Executives, realtor.com® and Facebook "Our participation in REach helped us grow from a nascent startup into a nationally recognized brand," said Andrew Flachner, CEO and co-founder of RealScout, and a 2016 REach graduate. "The mentorship, connections and platform contributed towards 1,000 percent growth in customer accounts, as well as additional funding." The early application deadline is December 20, 2016. Companies selected early into the program are given the opportunity to kick-start their entry into the marketplace. The final deadline for applications is January 31, 2017. Companies will be selected by the end of February 2017, with the nine-month program kicking off at the end of March and running through November 2017.  For more information about REach or to submit an application, visit www.narreach.com. Second Century Ventures (SCV) is an early-stage technology fund, backed by the National Association of Realtors®, which leverages the association's 1.2 million members and an unparalleled network of executives within real estate and adjacent industries.  SCV systematically launches its portfolio companies into the world's largest industries including real estate, financial services, banking, home services, and insurance. SCV seeks to define and deliver the future of the world's largest industries by being a catalyst for new technologies, new opportunities, and new talent. REach is a unique strategic accelerator created by Second Century Ventures, the investment arm of the National Association of Realtors®, which helps technology companies launch into the real estate vertical and its adjacent markets. REach is a 9-month program that provides education, mentorship and market exposure to help its portfolio companies access the trillion-dollar real estate market and leverage NAR's strategic expertise. REach accepts fewer than a dozen companies each year to access one of the world's largest industries. The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.
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Coldwell Banker Introduces First-ever Smart Home Staging Kit
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Realogy Announces Formation of ZapLabs As Innovation and Technology Hub
EMERYVILLE, Calif. and MADISON, N.J. 06-16-2016 — Global real estate leader Realogy Holdings Corp. today announced the formation of ZapLabs LLC as the company's innovation and technology hub. Formerly operated as ZipRealty's technology development group, the company's new positioning as ZapLabs more clearly identifies its focus on accelerating change within the real estate industry, and also distinguishes it from the existing ZipRealty residential real estate brokerage operations that will continue to be operated under that name by Realogy.Realogy acquired ZipRealty in August 2014, including its company-owned brokerage offices and technology development operations. The company's flagship technology platform, Zap®, has since become a key differentiator for Realogy's franchise brands. Going forward, ZapLabs will expand the scope of its technology development efforts to encompass all of Realogy's business segments. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, ZapLabs is well-positioned to build on its technical expertise and continue to foster a culture of innovation among its employees who deliver intuitive solutions that add real value to the experience of buying, selling and owning a home. Quotes: "Our new branding as ZapLabs reflects our accelerated drive to innovate, create and bring transformation to the business of real estate. More than 48,000 real estate agents affiliated with a Realogy brand are already using Zap, our flagship technology solution, and that is just the beginning. Every day we continue to deliver the Zap ecosystem deeper into Realogy's franchise networks – and we are passionate about developing new technologies that have the power to transform the consumer experience." – Jamie Wilson, President and CEO, ZapLabs "We are all about creating meaningful and effective technology solutions for affiliated brokers and agents so they can offer a cutting-edge experience for the online consumer, and our new company name reflects that mission. We will always be proud of our founding DNA as a real estate brokerage." – Jake Lyman, Chief Product Operations Officer, ZapLabs "It's important for Realogy to have its technology development hub located in the heart of tech innovation – the San Francisco Bay Area. While ZapLabs is currently focused on the successful rollout of the Zap platform across our franchise brands, eventually it will focus its creative energy on the application of emerging technologies more broadly." – Richard A. Smith, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Realogy Holdings Corp. "ZapLabs serves as a supercharged engine for technology and innovation at Realogy. These talented individuals are above all, problem-solvers and innovators, and we look forward to their exciting, new contributions in the future." – Alex Perriello, President and Chief Executive Officer, Realogy Franchise Group The Zap® Platform: The proprietary Zap platform is the highlight of ZapLabs' technology offerings and, year-to-date, Zap has been rolled out to over 880 Realogy brand-affiliated brokerages and over 48,000 sales associates across the nation. The fully integrated Zap platform currently includes: Zap broker and agent websites Zap Customer Relationship Management Tool (ZapCRM) Zap Mobile CRM (iOS and Android) Zap Mobile app (iOS and Android for consumers) ZapLeads, a search-engine marketing (SEM) program for lead generation ZapStore, a first-of-its-kind real estate appstore of third-party technology providers Connect With Us: Visit the new zaplabs.com website to learn more about the company's solutions. You can also connect with ZapLabs on Twitter (@zap_labs). About ZapLabs LLC ZapLabs is the innovation and technology hub for global real estate leader Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), and the driving force behind inventive technology for brokers and agents affiliated with Realogy's world renowned real estate brands. ZapLabs delivers its highly effective consumer, sales associate and broker solutions in support of Realogy's leading franchise brands and is positioned to expand the scope of its technology development efforts to encompass Realogy's other business segments, including residential brokerage, relocation and settlement services. ZapLabs is headquartered in Emeryville, California. About Realogy Holdings Corp. Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY) is a global leader in residential real estate franchising and brokerage with many of the best-known industry brands including Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, CENTURY 21®, Coldwell Banker®, Coldwell Banker Commercial®, The Corcoran Group®, ERA®, Sotheby's International Realty® and ZipRealty®. Collectively, Realogy's franchise system members operate approximately 13,600 offices with more than 257,200 independent sales associates conducting business in 110 countries and territories around the world.  NRT LLC, Realogy's company-owned real estate brokerage, is the largest residential brokerage company in the United States, operates under several of Realogy's brands and also provides related residential real estate services. Realogy also owns Cartus, a prominent worldwide provider of relocation services to corporate and affinity clients, Title Resource Group (TRG), a leading provider of title, settlement and underwriting services and ZapLabs, its innovation and technology development subsidiary.  Realogy is headquartered in Madison, New Jersey.
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate and CNET Define "The Smart Home"
MADISON, N.J., May 10, 2016 -- Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the original Silicon Valley real estate start-up founded in 1906, in collaboration with CNET, the world's largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews, announced today a joint definition of the term "smart home." The definition is the first of its kind in the real estate industry and will help sales associates, as well as home buyers and sellers, accurately identify smart homes. The definition will provide a clear and unified designation to keep up with rapidly evolving technology in the home. Property listings that meet the definition will be identified with a smart home icon on coldwellbanker.com. The full smart home definition is below: Smart Home: A home that is equipped with network-connected products (i.e., "smart products," connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or similar protocols) for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself. In order to be categorized as a smart home, the property must have a smart security feature that either controls access or monitors the property or a smart temperature feature, in addition to a reliable Internet connection. It must also include at least two additional features from this list: Appliances (smart refrigerators and smart washer / dryers) Entertainment (smart TVs and TV streaming services) Heating / Cooling (smart HVAC system, smart fans or vents) Lighting (smart light bulbs and lighting systems) Outdoors (smart plant sensors and watering systems) Safety (smart fire / carbon monoxide detectors and nightlights) Security (smart locks, smart alarm systems or cameras) Temperature (smart thermostats) Must Have Must Have At Least Three*One of the categories must be security or temperature "With close to five million homes bought and sold in the U.S. each year, it is imperative that there are standardized guidelines for identifying smart homes on the market," said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. "The new smart home definition will allow our network of independent sales associates to educate their home buyers and sellers regarding what defines a smart home and how the technology is making our lives more comfortable and convenient. We worked with CNET and tapped into the findings of their smart home testing facility in order to create a definition that is easy to understand and representative of the best smart home technology." As demand for smart homes steadily increases, a consistent and clear definition is crucial. The technology experts from CNET and the real estate professionals from Coldwell Banker Real Estate worked together to create a definition that captures the complexities of the rapidly evolving technology landscape and provides clarity for a mass audience. This definition is part of the Coldwell Banker Real Estate initiative to embrace smart home technology through an agent education program, a dedicated online search tool to help home buyers find smart homes, research with CNET and sponsorship of the Smart Home Marketplace at CES. "Eighty-seven (87) percent of Americans acknowledge the value of smart home technology, but only one in four has this technology in their homes," said Lindsey Turrentine, editor-in-chief of CNET.com. "The term 'smart home' can be intimidating and overwhelming. We want to make it easy for everyone to better understand what a smart home is, in order to simplify the process in helping them choose the right devices for their homes. Smart home technology today is fragmented, much like the PC industry 15 years ago. An official smart home definition for consumers and real estate agents will provide clarity and credibility to the term." To learn more and to find smart homes near you, visit coldwellbanker.com/smart-home. About Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier provider of full-service residential and commercial real estate brokerage services. Coldwell Banker Real Estate is the oldest national real estate brand and franchisor in the United States, and today has a global network of approximately 3,000 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 47 countries and territories with almost 85,000 affiliated sales professionals. The Coldwell Banker brand is known for creating innovative consumer services as recently seen by taking a leadership role in the smart home space, being the first national real estate brand with an iPad app, the first to augment its website www.coldwellbanker.com for smart phones, the first to create an iPhone application with international listings, the first to develop an iPad application (CBx) to easily bring big data into home listing presentations, and the first to fully harness the power of video in real estate listings, news and information through its Coldwell Banker On LocationSM YouTube channel. Coldwell Banker is a leader in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® marketing program delivering exceptional experiences for all consumers served.
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Zillow Launches Mortgage Pre-Approval Tool for Home Shoppers
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It also provides Realtors® and the home sellers they represent with the Internet’s largest real estate marketplace, reaching more than 10.42 million consumers in December 2010. Agents and companies have the power to customize Realtor.com® resources to maximize their brand and productivity.   This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management's view of Move's future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the results of Move, its subsidiaries, divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents Move files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. 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HomeGain Announces 2010 Top Performing AgentEvaluator® Real Estate Agents
Emeryville, CA - January 25, 2011 - HomeGain, a leading online real estate resource that connects home buyers and sellers with real estate professionals, today announced its 2010 Top Performing AgentEvaluator® Real Estate Agents.For the past decade HomeGain has annually recognized its most successful and productive real estate agents and brokers who are members of its AgentEvaluator® product in each of six regions across the United States, as well as the overall top performing agents in all 50 states.Overall, in 2010 HomeGain's top five real estate professionals earned an average of $103,122 in gross closed commissions from their HomeGain AgentEvaluator® business and an average of 13 closed transactions."We are delighted to recognize these HomeGain members for their high level of accomplishment," stated Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain. "We are pleased that HomeGain is able to contribute to their success by connecting them with qualified home buyers and sellers."HomeGain's 2010 Nationwide Top Performer in total number of home sales for the fifth consecutive year is Barbara Tidwell with Keller Williams Realty in Texas, closing 18 home transactions from AgentEvaluator® business. The 2010 Nationwide Top Performer by total commissions earned for the sixth consecutive year is Eric Pakulla with RE/MAX Advantage Realty in Maryland, earning $148,300 from AgentEvaluator®. Barbara and Eric are also the Top Performers in their regions and states.“I am honored to be named the HomeGain National Top Performer for 2010, said Eric Pakulla, who was the first agent to earn over one million dollars in gross commissions from HomeGain business. “HomeGain has been an incredible business partner for 10 years, and they continue to provide high-quality, motivated leads. I love the AgentEvaluator® program. It allows me to keep my expenses at a minimum because I only have to compensate HomeGain when I receive a commission. Keep the leads coming!  I will continue to close them.”Regional HomeGain 2010 AgentEvaluator® Top Performer award recipients include: Mid-West Region by Highest Dollar Volume: Karen Breen Elia, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties in Illinois Southeast Region by Highest Dollar Volume: Andrea K. Dugan, RE/MAX Premier in Virginia Southeast Region Highest Volume of Home Sales: Ron Maruca, Charles Rutenberg Realty LLC in Florida South Region Highest Dollar Volume: Scott Myers, Century 21 Scott Myers Realtors in Texas West Region by Highest Dollar Volume and Volume of Home Sales: Sara and Steve Gerhart, RE/MAX Masters in California For a complete list of AgentEvaluator® top performing real estate agents, including honorable mentions, top performers listed by state and HomeGain end-of-year highlights, visit the HomeGain Real Estate Blog.AgentEvaluator® is a marketing program for real estate agents who are looking to connect with online home buyers and sellers. To learn about the program, visit www.homegain.com/agentevaluator.About HomeGainHomeGain is a leading provider of online marketing solutions that connect real estate agents and brokers with home buyers and sellers. HomeGain offers free services to find and compare real estate agents, research home values, and view homes for sale. Since 1999 REALTORS® have used HomeGain's real estate marketing programs to connect with consumers, promote their services and grow their business. HomeGain.com has been a top-visited real estate website since 1999. HomeGain is your real estate connection.  
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Authentisign™ Digital Signatures in the Real Estate Mainstream
Atlanta, GA – December 31, 2010 – More than 10 years ago, the ESIGN law was enacted when U.S. President Clinton signed the E-Signature bill giving the same legal validity to an electronic signature as a signature in pen and ink. As REALTORS® and consumers become increasingly comfortable with the security and authenticity of digital signatures, MLSs and Associations are embracing this technology. Today several such organizations have taken a leadership position in the industry providing digital signatures as a benefit to their members. Instanet Solutions announced today that Authentisign™, an integrated digital signature platform, has been selected as the product-of-choice for more than 50,000 REALTORS®. These REALTORS® include members of the Central Virginia Regional MLS (CVRMLS), Georgia MLS (GAMLS), REALTOR® Association of Ft. Lauderdale (RAGFL), and the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® (SFAR). In each organization, Instanet is providing a single, integrated system that provides seamless access to Authentisign right from the software with which members are already familiar. Richard Boone, CEO of GAMLS, said “Our organization made this choice as a means to streamline the business of our members while providing them with a secure electronic audit trail for every activity - from listing to closure. It put us in a great leadership position in a competitive market, as well. We know the enhanced Authentisign service from Instanet will streamline transaction management for our members, helping them to be much more productive and ultimately make more money.” “We're always looking to "raise the bar" of professionalism of the industry in our area”, said CVRMLS CEO Laura Lafayette. “We believe that digital signatures will allow us to do just that. And, of course, we knew we'd have no better partner in this endeavor than Instanet Solutions. We've utilized Instanet as our vendor for electronic forms for many years and they've been a great partner. Partnering with Instanet to bring our members document storage and electronic signature capability was a natural fit.” “We are excited to add Authentisign in these key real estate markets. This tool makes it very easy and fast for REALTORS® to manage their real estate transactions from beginning-to-end,” according to Martin Scrocchi, Instanet Solutions CEO. “Instanet is tightly integrated with the local MLS and public records systems, in addition to real estate forms and document/transaction management software already being used. Translated, Agents can quickly create a package of contract documents which are automatically populated with detailed property data, share them electronically and securely with their clients, then sign them with an ESIGN- compliant tool. No need to log into three or more disparate systems. The idea is to truly make the entire real estate transaction easy for the Agent and with far less paper.” About Instanet Solutions: Instanet Solutions is a leading provider of real estate technology with approximately 390,000 licensed, paid, user accounts of their various real estate focused products - InstanetForms™, TransactionDesk™, DocBox™, DocBox2Go™, InstanetFax™ and Authentisign™. Instanet Solutions began delivering residential real estate technology in 1992. To learn more about Instanet Solutions, please click here.  
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DotLoop Announces Nationwide Agreement With Keller Williams Realty
 CINCINNATI, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DotLoop, the trusted source for sharing and signing documents online, announced an agreement with Keller Williams Realty, the third largest franchise operation in the U.S., to provide its services to 80,000 agents in nearly 700 locations in North America. The agreement, approved by Keller Williams Associate Leadership Councils, makes the DotLoop platform a central component of the company's eEdge initiative, which will allow agents and clients to access, share, and sign documents at the click of a mouse.  The agreement is the largest of its kind in the history of the real estate industry. DotLoop has developed the only platform for the real estate industry where users add, adjust, approve, and sign documents in one secure, online environment. The current real estate transaction process can be inefficient and cumbersome. Piles of paperwork are delivered, emailed or faxed and become more complicated with each offer and counter-offer.  Both real estate agents and their clients will enjoy the benefits of the DotLoop System: Increased efficiency: documents can be sent and signed electronically, saving time and automating certain steps in the transaction process; Improved accuracy: in addition to tracking all changes that are made within the documents, all activities are logged and time-stamped to maintain a thorough record; Convenience: documents can be accessed online and viewed securely at any time from the comfort of your home, office or mobile phone; Reduced costs: fewer copies, less storage space required, and less time spent on administrative functions. "Keller Williams is determined to stay ahead of the curve to provide the most services and support in the industry to our entire network -- especially in today's real estate climate," said Mark Willis, CEO of Keller Williams Realty. "This is just the latest demonstration of our commitment to helping our agents accelerate their leadership internationally as well as in their local markets." DotLoop is an online platform that promotes efficiency for all parties involved in a real estate transaction, including consumers and real estate agents from other brands.  Any agent can work with a Keller Williams associate at no cost, which is facilitated through a simple email invite granting access to the DotLoop platform. "In today's connected world, consumers expect the kind of accessibility and convenience that DotLoop provides," said G. Austin Allison, CEO of DotLoop.  "Keller Williams and their associates are committed to delivering only the greatest level of service to their clients; we are proud to be part of this effort." About Keller Williams Realty Founded in 1983, Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the third-largest real estate franchise operation in the United States, with 690 offices and more than 80,000 associates in the United States and Canada.  The company, which began franchising in 1990, has an agent-centric culture that emphasizes access to leading-edge education and promotes an economic model that rewards associates as stakeholders and partners.  The company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes and commercial real estate properties.   For more information, or to search for homes for sale, visit Keller Williams Realty online at www.kw.com. About DotLoop Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, DotLoop is transforming the real estate industry by providing a secure online platform where any real estate agent can share and sign transaction documents.  As the leading provider of collaborative negotiation services, DotLoop is available to service all real estate professionals throughout the United States and Canada.  The innovative DotLoop platform is a collaborative, wholly web-based negotiation platform that lets users add, adjust, approve, and sign documents digitally - addressing the challenges of security, efficiency, and overhead costs in today's real estate industry.   For more information, please click here.  
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Telivant Reports New Open House Lead Capture Technology
Someone finally figured out what the most important part of an Open House is? The sign in sheet. Think about it! The chances of selling the open home itself are very slight (5% according to NAR), so the two biggest dividends from the open house are potential new buyers and getting to know the neighbors in your chosen farm area. Right? But just because you are in front of this potential client doesn't mean you have "captured" them. So what happens when you put that piece of paper and pen out for visitors to sign up? If you're like me you always write the name of a previous customer with his information on the top line (nobody wants to be the first to sign in) to break the ice. But is the sign in sheet an ice-breaker or an awkward moment? The success or failure of your Open House depends on you capturing the info at the event. And what if you misplace that list, or lose it or what if you can't read the visitors sign in? Now a new REALTOR® app for iPad has a solution to the sign in sheet question. Open Home Pro uses technology as an ice breaker AND to capture your leads. Anyone who has ever handed someone an iPad knows what happens. People are like little kids when handed an iPad for the first time. Open Home Pro uses this moment to help you break the ice and get your visitor to open up. The first thing the visitor sees on the screen is a single question, "What is your name", the iPad keyboard pops up to input this. The app then guides the visitor through entering email, phone number, and whether they are an agent. Lastly it asks the visitor how many bedrooms he or she is looking for. The brief session ends with "Please hand the iPad back to the Agent". Assuming he is not working with an agent the visitor is now a client.Open Home Pro will increase your lead capture at Open Houses. Open Home Pro then allows you to enter notes about this client. You'll probably want to capture some details if the client has opened up already. Or you might want to wait until the new client has left. Once you end the open house Open Home Pro will prompt you to email your new clients thanking them for visiting and telling them you will provide them some more info about the home or their search parameters. All before you leave the home! How cool is that? Open Home Pro is a free app for the iPad, you can download it at iTunes. If you would like to learn more about Telivant, please click here.  
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ReachFactor Adds Four New Features
Earlier this week ReachFactor announced several new product enhancements to their lead generation and online marketing tool. ReachFactor allows real estate agents and brokers to connect with Facebook, share listings on Twitter and instantly post listings to Craigslist. The four updates include: 1. Import Listings from Realtor.com You can now import your listings from Realtor.com. In the “Listings” click on “Import Listings” and select Realtor.com from the dropdown. Then just paste in the address for your listing. Voila! No more entering listings by hand. If you need us to add another site, just send us an email. 2. Get Rated in Your Surveys We added a question to the survey. We want to make sure the survey is short so your clients will fill it out, but the 5 star rating of your service needs to be included. Now you can show off five star ratings in addition to great feedback. 3. Search Engine Optimization We added a bunch of data to your websites that will allow google and other search engines to show a little extra data when your ReachFactor pages come up in search results. If it’s your profile page they’ll be able to add a rating (1-5 stars) and a count of the number of reviews you have. 4. Changing Endorsements to Reviews Endorsements and reviews what’s the big deal? Everyone’s talking about reviews so even though they have very similar meanings its much more useful to you if your clients see review tabs. It’s a name they know and are likely looking for anyway. We went ahead and changed the terminology throughout the entire ReachFactor app, on your public sites and on the Facebook tabs. To learn more about ReachFactor, please click here.
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Home87.com Launches Free Unlimited Single Property Sites & Virtual Tours
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PropertyMinder Launches New Interactive Map Search Platform
San Jose, CA – December 3, 2010-- PropertyMinder, Inc. is proud to announce its new Interactive Map Search (IMS) platform using Google Maps, for Realtors® and brokers. Built using the newest technology available, the IMS will allow visitors to draw shapes to find homes, search in multiple locations simultaneously, show Google street views, save Favorites, and much more! Your users will love the new search interface and will spend more time on your PropertyMinder website. Knowing that nine out of ten buyers use the Internet during their home buying process, PropertyMinder kept in mind that the new search platform has to load fast, be easy to use, and must contain plenty of options for lead capture. When a visitor searches by either the location or the drawing tab, the results are plotted immediately on the map while the listing details show below, on the same page. The results can be sorted, saved, and browsed very simply on the same screen. Home searching through the IMS drawing tool is a simple affair as well. The visitor can just draw the area they want to search in and the system will show the results instantaneously. The drawn shape can be easily manipulated to become bigger, smaller, or cover a different area, according to the users’ liking. As in our original home search interface, there are various advanced search options as well such as fields for REO’s, waterfront, or short sale listings. Commenting on the IMS launch, Boris Gruzman, CEO of PropertyMinder, said, “Updating and improving our original home search platform was a very high priority for us and we will continue to do that for all of our product lines. PropertyMinder will always be creating the best web tools to help our clients reach their maximum potential online.” A webinar on the Interactive Map Search feature will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 7th at 10am PST (1pm EST). Click here to register. About PropertyMinder: PropertyMinder has been an innovator in the areas of Internet Marketing, Web Technology, Content Management, Post Sales Follow-up, SEO Marketing and Management. We have successfully partnered with real estate agents and brokerages through our superior products and unmatched Customer Service.
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Trendgraphix Expands Relationship with Windermere Real Estate
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Zillow Launches A Free Online Agent Endorsement System
Today, Zillow launched Zillow Ratings and Reviews - or basically an endorsement system on the site for real estate professionals.  It is a way for consumers to review real estate agents they've worked with in the past to assist other consumers in the agent selection process.  But want to know the other big winner here?  Great agents!  They are the ones that will flourish and rise to the top. How can I easily collect reviews from past clients? Email individual clients and ask them to fill out a review form on Zillow.  To streamline this process, you can pre-populate the form with the address of the home you helped them buy or sell, and fill in the service you provided (buyer's agent, seller's agent, etc). Email up to 50 clients a day with a standard form asking them to review you on Zillow. If a past client is viewing your Zillow profile, they can click the ‘write a review' button and will be directed to the ratings and reviews form. Who can review me? Any client, past or present, can review you regardless of when the transaction closed. The reviewer must have an active profile on Zillow. Agents cannot review other agents. How are reviews moderated? Zillow's customer service team personally looks at every single review before it is published, to ensure that it adheres to Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy and is respectful and appropriate. If we feel a review does not comply with our Guidelines and Policies, or is generally inappropriate or off-topic, we won't post it. Can I respond to reviews? Yes. Agents will be notified when a review has been written about them and have the opportunity to publically respond to all reviews. Additionally, agents can flag reviews they feel are inaccurate or unjust for further review by Zillow's moderators.   What I really want to highlight is that Zillow understands the power of reviews for both consumers and agents, and has a dedicated customer service team in place that will personally look at EVERY SINGLE REVIEW before it is published. As I said in the beginning, this new endorsement system is going to be an excellent opportunity for great agents--similar to how great restaurants thrive on Yelp.  In the NAR 2010 Home Buyer and Seller survey that just came out, it said that 87% of consumers would recommend or use their agent again in the future.  Now these past clients can tell your future clients why! The above announcement can be found on Sara Bonert's Active Rain blog.  To view the original post, please click here.  
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HomeGain Launches New HOMEGAIN150 Promotion
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Condo.com Announces Joint Marketing Program
Miami, FL (November 22, 2010) – Condo.com, the world’s largest condo marketplace, today announced a partnership with condo powerhouses ST Residential and The Marketing Directors. ST Residential is comprised of a hand-picked group of the most successful private equity investors, which form a powerful, world-class asset management company and the private component of a unique public-private partnership with the FDIC. The Marketing Directors is an Atlanta-based sales and marketing firm specializing in high-density real estate marketing. Condo.com will initially launch an online sales and marketing program for the Mosaic Houston, a luxury two-tower condominium owned by ST Residential and exclusively represented by The Marketing Directors. By leveraging their massive site traffic of over 1 million visitors per month, Condo.com will provide lead generation services to help sales and rental activity at the project. ST Residential is stabilizing a portfolio of design-driven residences with an unmatched level of design, detail, amenities and services.  With billions invested in real estate assets and loans, ST Residential is assembling strong online and offline marketing teams to successfully manage and sell their portfolio across the country. Condo.com and The Marketing Directors are amongst the list of partners chosen based on their industry-specific marketing experience.Condo.com will promote Mosaic’s unsold inventory consisting of approximately 200 units for sale and rent on the website and route buyer and renter leads in real time to the sales center operated by The Marketing Directors. The Mosaic luxury condominiums are centrally located across from Hermann Park and steps away from the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, the historic Museum District, Rice University and a mile and half from the city center. Prices range from $150k to $500k for one and two bedroom units in the towers.   “We are thrilled to be partnering with ST Residential and The Marketing Directors for this unique project and look forward to delivering qualified leads,” said Richard Swerdlow, CEO of Condo.com. About Condo.com Condo.com is the world's largest condominium marketplace with over 2,000,000 listings valued in excess of $500 billion. The site receives over 1 million visitors monthly and is dedicated to the evolution and prosperity of the condominium real estate market. Condo.com improves and simplifies the way people buy, rent, sell, manage, market and enjoy the condo lifestyle. Condo.com lists condominiums for sale and for rent in the United States and 70+ countries around the world. The Company cost-effectively delivers exposure and qualified leads to developers, brokers and owners through the seamless distribution of its listings to a global network of real estate websites visited by over 15 million viewers per month. Condo.com is privately held and headquartered in Miami, Florida. For more information, visit www.condo.com.   About ST Residential ST Residential leads a public-private partnership between the FDIC and a consortium of esteemed private-equity investors, and manages a nationwide condominium-construction project portfolio. Members of the private equity consortium include Starwood Capital, TPG, Perry Capital and WLR LeFrak. By managing its portfolio with an unmatched level of detail and tailoring projects to the communities they serve, the company strives to be the standard bearer for luxury condominium projects. For more information, visit www.stresidential.com.   About The Marketing Directors The Marketing Directors, LLC, was founded in 2007 by David Tufts.  He and Adrienne Albert, Marketing Directors, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer collaborated to create a team of the most highly experienced real estate professionals in the Southeast to service developers specializing in high density residential sales and marketing. With over 30 years of experience, The Marketing Directors is well positioned to be the solution to developers in any market condition. The Marketing Directors, LLC, represents real estate clients and developers throughout Atlanta; Houston; Boca Raton, Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Huntsville, Ala.; and Memphis and Nashville, Tenn. The Southeast offices are headquartered in the Four Seasons Tower at 75 14th Street, Atlanta, Ga., and 121 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1500 in Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit www.themarketingdirectorsinc.com or find us on Facebook.  
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Realtor.com Launches Windows Phone 7 Real Estate Search App
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HomeGain and AgencyLogic Partner to Provide Single Property Websites
Emeryville, CA (PRWeb) November 16, 2010 – HomeGain®, a leading website that connects real estate agents with home buyers and sellers, today announced that it has partnered with AgencyLogic to provide single property websites to its real estate agent and broker members. The HomeGain Property Websites enable real estate agents and brokers to showcase a single home listing to potential buyers and sellers. Each single property website provides a custom domain name, ability to add videos and unlimited photos, syndication to the major search engines, and sharing on social sites like Facebook and Twitter. “We are always searching for ways to help our agent members, and these single property websites are an excellent marketing tool for them to help sell their clients’ homes,” said Louis Cammarosano, General Manager of HomeGain. Last year HomeGain and AgencyLogic partnered to provide HomeGain’s instant home value tool to AgencyLogic’s extensive single property website network.   “This partnership builds upon our existing and long standing relationship with HomeGain, a premium brand in the real estate industry,” said Stephen Fells, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of AgencyLogic. “Single property websites are a perfect addition to the existing HomeGain product line and compliment the many other ways the company helps  REALTORS® .” Real estate agents can learn more about HomeGain Single Property Websites by visiting http://pws.homegain.com or calling (866) 512-7913. About HomeGain: HomeGain® is a leading provider of online marketing programs that connect real estate agents and brokers with home buyers and sellers. HomeGain offers free services to find and compare real estate agents, research home values, and view homes for sale. REALTORS® use HomeGain’s real estate marketing programs to connect with consumers, promote their services and grow their business. HomeGain.com has been a top visited real estate website since 1999. About AgencyLogic: AgencyLogic is a division of Network Earth, Inc., a technology company founded in 1995 that specializes in Web-based software development for businesses. Network Earth’s expertise includes application and Website development with the company recently moving into the social networking world with the formation of Social Gears, LLC. Today, PowerSites™ are the company’s main product, and are revolutionizing the way REALTORS® are marketing properties online by allowing them to affordably create a single Website for every listing. To learn more about single property websites from AgencyLogic visit: http://www.agencylogic.com.  
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Sentrilock Adds Three New Features
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ShowingTime Expands Appointment Center
Chicago, IL – Nov. 2, 2010— ShowingTime, the real estate industry’s leading showing management technology provider, announced it has reached agreements with appointment center service providers in Tennessee and Pennsylvania to assume their operations and take over managing their customers’ showing management requirements. Offices and agents who were customers of The Appointment Desk in Tennessee and Showing Center Services in Pennsylvania have been migrated to the ShowingTime Appointment Center. Customers notice right away that ShowingTime’s Appointment Center offers a distinctive feature: representatives answer calls as though they are in the customer’s office. For example, calls are answered, “Hello, this is ABC Realty, how many I help you?” to extend the customer’s branding, a feature not offered by other vendors. “We’re thrilled to partner with these two regional service providers and have increased staffing at all our Appointment Center locations,” said ShowingTime Chief Executive Officer Scott Woodard. “Our new customers will experience excellent customer service and can expect many new product enhancements along the way.” ShowingTime’s Appointment Center provides offices and agents with a highly configurable solution that gives them maximum flexibility for managing showing appointment requests, confirmations, notifications, feedback and reports. It takes full advantage of ShowingTime’s extensive experience delivering best-in-class showing management tools, currently used to manage more than 2 million showings every month. “Our Appointment Center is open seven days a week and offers the longest hours in the real estate industry, plus an easy-to-remember number: 800-SHOWING,” said ShowingTime Executive Vice President Michael Lane. “The experience we’ve gained handling millions and millions of showings, coupled with extensive research we’ve done into what offices and agents want from an appointment center, has made the ShowingTime Appointment Center the appointment center of choice.” About ShowingTime ShowingTime equips real estate offices and MLSs with products and services to schedule showings, solicit feedback, generate activity reports, track leads and measure marketing effectiveness. Collectively, its products and services are used by 6,000+ offices nationwide and integrated with more than 160 MLSs to manage 2 million showings every month for 340,000+ real estate professionals.  
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LPS Applied Analytics Announces Realtor Valuation Model
Wed, 2010-10-27- Lender Processing Services Inc. (LPS), a provider of integrated technology and services to the mortgage and real estate industries, has announced the release of the Realtor Valuation Model (RVM) from its LPS Applied Analytics division. The LPS RVM is the only automated valuation model (AVM) with duly licensed multiple listing services (MLS) data drawn from the Realtors Property Resource (RPR). The RPR is a parcel-centric information database launched by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), covering all of the more than 147 million property parcels in the country as a resource for NAR members. By leveraging this information for the development of the RVM, LPS Applied Analytics expands the reach of traditional automated valuation, bringing listing and pending sale data into the equation. "With the introduction of the LPS RVM, users now have housing supply information at their fingertips," said Robert Walker, managing director, valuations, for LPS Applied Analytics. "By factoring listings and pending sales in the report, it becomes easier to better understand the external factors impacting the value of a specific property." In testing, the LPS RVM has proven extraordinarily accurate when compared with other comparative AVMs. In a sampling of Maricopa County, Ariz. (Phoenix) properties, for example, the LPS RVM correctly predicted the selling price of a property 72 percent of the time. According to Walker, this high accuracy is the direct result of the addition of MLS data fully licensed by RPR. "Think of the LPS RVM as adding the market knowledge of a REALTOR®," Walker said. "Imagine how difficult it would be for a REALTOR® to accurately price a property without access to MLS data. Many times the listing value defines the upper end of value for a particular property. Knowing the current listing information is a big advantage in terms of valuation accuracy for the LPS RVM."    
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New Features Added to SpatialMatch!
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PropertyMinder Adds SmartZip Investment Ratings to Website Platform
San Jose, CA–October 4th, 2010–PropertyMinder, Inc. and SmartZip Analytics, Inc., have entered a technology partnership which will integrate SmartZip Score investment ratings on listings on PropertyMinder’s AccelerAgent™ website platform. SmartZip, an emerging leader in real estate analytics, has analyzed and rated over 70 million U.S. properties based on both home ownership and as rental investments. SmartZip’s analytics bring transparency to the industry and help buyers make more confident, financially sound purchase decisions. Confident buyers and more realistic sellers, in turn, enable agents to sell more homes in less time. The integration of SmartZip Scores into the AccelerAgent platform also gives real estate agents an easy, automated way to generate SmartZip home reports based on the most up-to-date listing data. SmartZip reports, in combination with an agent’s Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) for a listing, can be very effective across every step of the agent’s marketing and sales process, from farming for listing leads to winning new business and retaining clients after the sale. Commenting on the partnership, Jane Ellsworth-Purcell, Vice President of PropertyMinder, said, “SmartZip’s independent rating system and extensive database of housing-related insights allow for better transparency for each listing while at the same time making the agent more knowledgeable and resourceful. Not only that, SmartZip Scores greatly increase lead capture opportunities on PropertyMinder websites as well.” “SmartZip’s ratings and reports help bridge the gap between a home’s current market price and its long-term value,” noted SmartZip Vice President, Avi Gupta. “And their integration on PropertyMinder-powered websites allows home buyers to easily compare and contrast listings across neighborhoods, cities or counties. This helps agents boost confidence among their buyer clients, accelerate purchase decisions and more efficiently grow their business.” To learn more about the PropertyMinder and SmartZip partnership, please call (800) 743-5820. About PropertyMinder: PropertyMinder has been an innovator in the areas of Internet Marketing, Web Technology, Content Management, Post Sales Follow-up, SEO Marketing and Management. We have successfully partnered with real estate agents and brokerages through our superior products and unmatched Customer Service. About SmartZip: SmartZip Analytics is a leading provider of insight and analysis that helps people be smart about real estate. SmartZip products are used by real estate professionals seeking efficient ways to find and service new clients as well as home buyers looking for the best places and properties to buy. SmartZip ratings and reports are available for over 70 million residential properties across the United States. The company is privately held, funded by Intel Capital and is based in Pleasanton, California. SmartZip can be found on the Web at www.smartzip.com. Solutions for real estate professionals can be found at www.smartzip.com/pro.
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REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc. Syndicates with Point2 Technologies
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Want to Learn about Increasing Your Income AND Your Work-Life Balance?
This Tuesday Market Leader is hosting a free webinar featuring Mandy Eads, a real estate agent who uses a system to ensure she only works with 'active, motivated, ready buyers.' When: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern Cost: NONE Who should attend: New and experienced agents looking to close more business If you want to achieve work-life balance while increasing your income, sign up now. This gives you an opportunity to learn more about the system Mandy uses to balance her work and family, so she only spends her time with active buyers. As a 20-year veteran of sales, marketing and customer service, Mandy can show you how to make your career more rewarding than ever. Attract motivated buyers and sellers who contact you directly Enhance your business to generate new prospects Quickly identify your most motivated prospects Convert prospects into closed business To hear Mandy's secret and receive the $25 American Express gift card, simply click here and register now. Talk to you soon! The Market Leader Team
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W&R Studios Announces Special September Promotion for Cloud CMA
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA August 31, 2010 – Web software company, W&R Studios, announced today it is starting a special promotion in September for its innovative product, Cloud CMA. Cloud CMA, launched in January of 2010, is a web-based software application designed for real estate professionals to create reports for their buyers and sellers.  Cloud CMA is available on a monthly subscription basis. For the month of September, Cloud CMA will be free to try without a credit card.  Cloud CMA will also have lower pricing plans for subscribers who wish to continue the service after the free trial period. “The response to Cloud CMA has been extraordinary.  We wanted to do something special so that everyone could try Cloud CMA with no strings attached,” stated Greg Robertson, co-founder of W&R Studios. Cloud CMA is now available in several metro markets in the United States including Southern California, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, and Portland areas.  These areas comprise over 175,000 real estate professionals.  Additional markets are expected to be announced soon. “As part of this special promotion, we have revamped our Cloud CMA landing page and announcing Cloud CMA Weekly Webinars,” concluded Mr. Robertson. For more information about Cloud CMA, or to sign up for a free trial, please visit http://CloudCMA.com.  To sign up for a Cloud CMA Weekly Webinar, please visit http://CloudCMA.com. About W&R Studios Founded in 2008, W&R Studios (http://wr-studios.com) is a privately held web software company. W&R Studios focuses on creating the next generation of web applications for real estate. By providing a “less is more” approach to software design, elegant user interfaces, and using the latest in agile programming, W&R Studios’ software applications are at the same time powerful, yet accessible to everyone. W&R Studios? products include Dwellicious, a social book-marking site for real estate, Dwellicious Pro, and Cloud CMA. Co-founders Dan Woolley and Greg Robertson each have over 18 years experience developing and marketing software solutions. To read the original press release, please click here.
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New Direction - Roost Focuses More on Social Media, Less on Home Search
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Connect Tungle.me to Facebook Events
Tungle.me recently announced that users can now connect their Facebook Events to their Tungle.me account. With this new integration, users can now: See their full schedule in one, simple calendar view Factor Facebook events into their availability Prevent double bookings As users RSVP to new Facebook Events, those events will be added to their Tungle.me calendar. Their availability on their Tungle.me page and in any pending meeting invitations will be automatically updated. Facebook joins the growing number of sources that users can connect to Tungle.me, along with Plancast, TripIt, Windows Live and Yahoo! calendars. Read about those here. The integration with these sources is read-only. That means, events from Facebook or Plancast will be updated in their Tungle.me account, but Tungle.me will not be able to send new events to users' Facebook account. To connect Facebook events to Tungle.me: Sign into Tungle.me Click “Management”, then “Synced” in the left menu Click “Add new Calendar & Contacts sync source” and select Facebook to get started
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ActiveAgent: Now Featuring Google Maps and Major Upgrades!
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CoreLogic and HAR Extend Data Licensing Agreement
SANTA ANA, CA, August 2, 2010 – CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, today announced that it has renewed and expanded its longstanding data licensing agreement with the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR). The agreement extends the permitted uses of HAR’s listing data beyond automated valuation models (AVMs) to other risk management solutions.  Under the agreement, HAR will also join the CoreLogic MarketLinx Data Co-op, which facilitates the sharing of real estate listings with other multiple listing services (MLSs) around the country, and will provide its members with CoreLogic MLS-enhanced AVMs through the MarketLinx TEMPO MLS system. “We have been licensing data to CoreLogic since 1999 and it has been a very beneficial relationship,” said Margie Dorrance, chair of the board of the Houston Association of REALTORS®. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with CoreLogic and are confident in their ability to represent our interests.” “We are privileged to serve Houston and to be entrusted with this responsibility,” said Ben Graboske, Chief Executive Officer of CoreLogic MarketLinx. “Tremendous opportunities exist for MLSs that want to derive more value from their listing data. As the world’s largest MLS technology provider, we have a vested interest in helping MLSs succeed and the resources to keep their data safe. The trust that our customers place in us is one of our most important assets.” About CoreLogic CoreLogic is a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information, analytics and services to business and government. The company combines public, contributory and proprietary data to develop predictive decision analytics and provide business services that bring dynamic insight and transparency to the markets it serves. CoreLogic has built the largest and most comprehensive U.S. real estate, mortgage application, fraud, and loan performance databases and is a recognized leading provider of mortgage and automotive credit reporting, property tax, valuation, flood determination, and geospatial analytics and services. More than one million users rely on CoreLogic to assess risk, support underwriting, investment and marketing decisions, prevent fraud, and improve business performance in their daily operations.  Formerly, the information solutions group of The First American Corporation, CoreLogic began trading under the ticker CLGX on the NYSE on June 2, 2010. The company, headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., has more than 10,000 employees globally with 2009 revenues of $2 billion. For more information visit www.corelogic.com. CoreLogic, MarketLinx and TEMPO are registered trademarks of CoreLogic.  
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ADVANTIS Global Services Recruits DocuSign
Seattle – July 28, 2010 – DocuSign®, the market leader and global standard for electronic signature, today announced that ADVANTIS Global Services, a leading IT staffing and technology consulting firm for Fortune 500 companies and mid-market, has selected the DocuSign eSignature service to complete its contracting process. ADVANTIS uses DocuSign to quickly and easily finalize client recruiting contracts and consultant application packages online—thereby avoiding the hassle of printing, signing and faxing or mailing bulky, multi-page documents. ADVANTIS will migrate to a paperless process by deploying the DocuSign electronic signature service at all seven regional locations. “When one of our recruiting channels used DocuSign to finalize a contract with us, a light bulb went off—we have to be doing this,” said Jeff Taylor, chief operating officer of ADVANTIS Global Services. “As one of the major IT staffing and consulting companies in the high tech corridor, we process a large volume of candidate applications and client contracts so DocuSign just made sense. We needed the latest technology to support and accelerate processes throughout our various offices across the country and the solution had to accommodate the unique needs of each office. We found DocuSign to be the market leader and the best electronic signature solution available to meet our needs.” According to Taylor, ADVANTIS wanted an electronic signature solution that was fast, flexible and easy for its growing staff, remote clients and candidates. DocuSign proved easy to use with the ability to streamline workflows while offering the document customization necessary to better brand and support each regional office. DocuSign enables ADVANTIS to manage large volumes of contracts by seamlessly connecting to ADVANTIS’ customer relationship management (CRM) tool. PDFs created in the CRM can be quickly prepared for e-signing through the DocuSign Console. The recipient receives an email notification indicating a document is ready for signature, adopts an electronic signature and in minutes is guided through the e-sign process. Once completed, an email notification is sent to all parties with a link to the final executed document. ADVANTIS can then save the signed digital document back into its CRM or archive within DocuSign. “The synergy of DocuSign and Salesforce CRM creates a powerful, comprehensive and cohesive relationship that extends beyond product, customer and distribution,” said Steve King, president and CEO of DocuSign. “DocuSign is excited to align with the leader in enterprise cloud computing. We look forward to collaborating with salesforce.com to further extend the power of DocuSign and Salesforce CRM in streamlining business processes, reducing costs and ensuring the continued success of our joint customers.” “ADVANTIS Global Services successfully leverages technology to accelerate business in a highly competitive environment,” said Steve King, president and CEO of DocuSign. “DocuSign is pleased to be working with ADVANTIS to further streamline their business processes, increase efficiencies and enhance their service model for clients and candidates alike.” About ADVANTIS Global Services ADVANTIS Global Services is an industry leader in providing IT Contingent Staffing and Technical Resource Services for the Fortune 500 and leading Mid-market companies nationwide. Since 2001, ADVANTIS has specialized in placing highly skilled talent to drive the development, deployment and support of Enterprise Software Systems and Applications. We partner with our clients to ensure the success of IT Infrastructure and align initiatives and goals.  About DocuSign, Inc.  DocuSign, Inc. is the market leader and global standard for electronic signature. DocuSign provides the world’s largest and fastest growing electronic signature platform, empowering businesses to complete transactions online quickly and securely while improving compliance and dramatically reducing costs. DocuSign is the only cloud computing-based electronic signature platform that entirely replaces slow, expensive paper transactions with a fast, efficient and completely digital solution. Accessible from any Internet-connected device, DocuSign supports virtually any document and form type in simple and complex workflows, and provides broad user authentication options, data collection, secure document/data storage and retrieval, as well as real-time negotiation and collaboration tools. DocuSign employs the industry’s only multi-site enterprise class, SAS-70 data centers delivering 99.9% uptime for customers over the last four years. With more than 5 million unique signers processing millions of transactions per year, DocuSign is trusted by more people, more companies, more times than any other electronic signature provider in the world. In addition, DocuSign is the official and exclusive provider of electronic signature for the National Association of REALTORS® 1.1 million members, under the REALTOR Benefits® Program. To learn more about DocuSign, click here.  
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Wise Agent is Now Integrated with DocuSign
06.23.2010 – DocuSign®, provider of the most trusted SaaS-based electronic signature platform, today announced that the DocuSign eSignature Service is now accessible from within the Wise Agent family of virtual office applications. Wise Agent, creators of the Wise Agent online business and contact management applications which is used by thousands of real estate professionals nationwide, has extended the integration of DocuSign within Wise Agent. Wise Agent users can now seamlessly access the DocuSign service for an end-to-end virtual document management system. DocuSign’s advanced eSignature functionality provides Wise Agent users the ability to accelerate the real estate document signing process and ensure deals close faster, while leveraging complete visibility into the document process. In a competitive market, minutes can literally make the difference when closing a deal. With Wise Agent, real estate professionals can more quickly prepare documents for client e-signature anytime from anywhere. With a simple click of the mouse, real estate professionals can access DocuSign from within Wise Agent Client Summary or Transaction Checklist. It takes just minutes for the user to tag any document with DocuSign’s familiar yellow Stick-eTabs®. Once the document eSignature process is initiated, the client receives an email notification, is authenticated and is quickly navigated through the e-signing process. By extending the integration of DocuSign within Wise Agent, real estate agents can further simplify the real estate contract signing process, save hours of time each week, eliminate signing errors and accelerate deal close rates. Plus, all e-signed documents can be easily stored within Wise Agent for quick online access. “DocuSign is the standard so integrating with Wise Agent just made sense for us and our customers,” said Brandon Wise, president of Wise Agent. “The convenience and ease is unparalleled as Wise Agent users can quickly send forms to clients for electronic signature with DocuSign while permanently storing the signed documents to the transaction all from within their Wise Agent. Now the Wise Agent transaction management system really is the easiest way for real estate professionals to facilities a paperless transaction from the listing appointment to the permanent storage of documents after the close of escrow. DocuSign and Wise Agent are a great fit.” Wise Agent users now join more than 30,000 real estate professionals eliminating paper and expediting real estate transactions with DocuSign. Rather than driving across town to get a signature or forcing clients to find a fax machine, real estate professionals use DocuSign to execute agreements with buyers and sellers electronically, eliminating the old process of printing, faxing and waiting for the return fax. With real estate forms signed in minutes, not days, DocuSign real estate professionals achieve higher sales, increase client satisfaction and maintain a competitive edge. Safe and secure, the DocuSign e-signature process is also easy to use and legally compliant. “The relationship between Wise Agent and DocuSign is a natural as both services provide real estate professionals with state of the art technology to better manage workflows and close real estate transactions faster and easier,” said Dave Thorpe, market director at DocuSign. “Real estate professionals can now leverage the power of DocuSign electronic signatures directly from Wise Agent anytime, anywhere for a rich, complete and convenient end-to-end document management process. This partnership with Wise Agent is an example of DocuSign’s leadership as the standard in electronic signature solutions for real estate professionals.” Continue to watch a video outlining the integration of the two technologies...
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eNeighborhoods Launches Neighborhood Envoy
Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) July 13, 2010 – eNeighborhoods, the nation's premier compiler of home and neighborhood information and a division of Dominion Enterprises, today announced the release of a new localized neighborhood information resource called Neighborhood Envoy. Neighborhood Envoy enables agents, brokers, and multiple listing services (MLSs) to deliver neighborhood knowledge in person and through Web and mobile channels. Neighborhood Envoy provides access to information about schools, demographics, employment, housing, climate, and local points of interest from traditional web and mobile device browsers. Neighborhood Envoy is an upgrade to the Neighborhood Report module within eNeighborhoods' popular NEXT marketing system. eNeighborhoods is providing this latest upgrade and its additional features to subscribers at no additional charge. Neighborhood Envoy features three primary resources: Neighborhood Envoy Reports enable agents to quickly produce professional localized presentations to print, email or post on the Web. Reports can be quickly personalized and include school ratings, local demographics, sold properties, local points of interest, Google Maps and more. Neighborhood Envoy Mobile - How far is this house from my office? Where's the nearest elementary school? Who lives nearby? Never again will an agent be caught without these answers when touring homes with clients. Neighborhood Envoy Mobile is accessible from any Apple or Android mobile device to get all the details about the surrounding neighborhood. Neighborhood Envoy Web enables agents to add a localized neighborhood information and map "mashup" widget to their website or blog. This innovative widget allows agents to provide their website visitors with localized neighborhood, school, and points of interest details to enhance their website stickiness and generate more leads. "eNeighborhoods created the first neighborhood information product for real estate professionals in 1997. After more than a decade of refinement, real estate's most popular neighborhood information resource has evolved into what has become Neighborhood Envoy," said Andy Woolley, eNeighborhoods vice president and general manager. "Along with the constant improvements we've made to the quantity and quality of our data, we've recognized that faster, more versatile distribution options were also needed. The ability to deliver neighborhood information through paper and digital reports, on the Web, and through mobile devices is a critical component in meeting consumer expectations for responsiveness and high service levels." A fourth component, Neighborhood Envoy API, is available to MLS providers, website vendors, brokers, and other enterprise customers for embedding localized neighborhood and school data into real estate applications. Neighborhood Envoy API is an upgrade to eNeighborhoods NDX, and is available to enterprise customers as a web service or hosted private label widgets. About eNeighborhoods, LLC Since 1997, eNeighborhoods, the nation's premier compiler of home and neighborhood information, has been providing real estate professionals with a comprehensive set of tools to attract and retain home buyers and sellers with the most up-to-date, localized information about property, neighborhoods and schools. In 2002, eNeighborhoods achieved the REALTOR Benefits® status with endorsement from The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The company also has strategic alliances with major real estate franchisors: Realogy, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, GMAC, Prudential, Keller Williams, EXIT Realty and RE/MAX, as well as many of the major independent brokerages.  About Dominion Enterprises Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. The company's businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, Web site design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 40 market-leading Web sites reaching more than 17.6 million unique visitors monthly, and more than 280 magazines with a weekly circulation of 2.4 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has 4,900 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide. For more information about Dominion Enterprises, visit www.dominionenterprises.com.  
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Free Webinar: DocuSign in Your Technology Toolbox
If you have ever been curious about what the term "esignature" means, or wondered how and why you should use this new technology, DocuSign is hosting a free webinar training this coming Monday for real estate agents and brokers.  Titled "Work Smarter, Not Harder with DocuSign in Your Technology Toolbox," this real estate webinar allows participants to hear answers to consumers' most asked questions.  Topics include: Is it legal? How does it work? What exactly is an electronic signature? Is there more to DocuSign than eSignature? This 30-minute call is live and interactive, so you'll get the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the product. Date: Monday, June 28, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET Cost: Free DocuSign is the official and exclusive provider of ESIGN services for the National Association of REALTORS® members, under the REALTOR Benefits® Program.  
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Intel Capital Announces Smart Zip as One of Three Investments
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 3, 2010- Intel Capital, Intel Corporation's global investment organization, today demonstrated its ongoing support for technological innovation with the announcement of three U.S.-based investments totaling approximately $15 million. The deals include eldercare website Caring.com, real estate investment ratings provider SmartZip Analytics and infrastructure services provider Virtustream. In addition to these three investments, Intel Capital also highlighted several recently announced investments. These include educational gaming company Tabula Digita, Carrier Ethernet solutions provider Overture Networks and advertising technology company BlackArrow. "Technological innovation is an important driver for growth across all economies," said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital and Intel executive vice president. "New ideas require an ecosystem to take root and grow to encourage the formation of new businesses and creation of new industries. These three investments, ranging from IT infrastructure to digital health and the consumer Internet, reflect the core emphasis Intel Capital places on cultivating the most promising areas of innovation to foster the development of the technologies of tomorrow." Details on the new investments follow: Caring.com (San Mateo, Calif.) is an online destination for family caregivers facing myriad challenges of eldercare, a rapidly growing category within digital health. Its offerings include thousands of original articles, helpful tools, advice from more than 50 leading experts, a community of caregivers and a comprehensive directory of eldercare services. With 1 million unique monthly visitors, Caring.com is a trusted source of eldercare information and community on the Web. Caring.com will use the new funding to support the company's continued expansion, including further development of the Caring.com site, its local eldercare services directory and new marketing programs. SmartZip Analytics (Pleasanton, Calif.) offers independent investment ratings and analysis on over 70 million U.S. residential properties. The company's products are used by homebuyers, investors and real estate professionals to find, compare and assess the best places and best properties to buy. Built using proprietary analytics, SmartZip ratings bring efficiency to the real estate market by helping consumers make better informed, more confident home purchase decisions. Intel Capital's investment will be used to expand availability of SmartZip's home investment ratings and reports nationwide. Virtustream (Washington, D.C.) is an infrastructure services firm committed to helping clients fully actualize the enterprise cloud by providing strategy, integration and managed services utilizing virtualization technologies, and xStream, the company's secure cloud platform. Virtustream delivers efficient infrastructure solutions backed by guaranteed service levels and a resource-based pricing model. The company offers three pillars of service including professional services, cloud services and managed services. The investment from Intel Capital is earmarked for the continued development of Virtustream's infrastructure and the expansion of the xStream cloud computing platform. Funding for all six investments comes from the $200 million Intel Capital Invest in America Technology Fund. Announced in February, the fund invests in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries to foster economic recovery and growth, and to anchor the nation's competitiveness on the global stage. To read the original press release, click here. To learn more about SmartZip, click here.  
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Prudential California Realty Selects Showing Suite, Inc.
RISMEDIA, May 21, 2010—Showing Suite, Inc., a leading provider of Internet-based tools that help real estate professionals sell homes faster, announced that Prudential California Realty, Southern California will implement Showing Suite’s technology in their 58 offices. According to the company, since 2001, Showing Suite’s HomeFeedback system has been the industry leading solution for gathering showing feedback in over 150 U.S. and Canadian markets. Agents average a 71% response rate across the United States and Canada. Agents are able to customize the feedback questions for each property as well as eBlast every Showing Agent that has viewed the property updates on any price reductions or property changes with the click of one button – making the system a true time saver! Mark Johnson, Vice President of Marketing and Technology for Prudential California Realty, states, “HomeFeedback is very valuable for our sales associates; it saves time and simplifies the buyer-feedback process. We are confident Showing Suite’s tools will help our agents enhance their service to their clients.” The system will allow every agent complete automation of sending feedback to showing agents after a property showing, allowing them to keep their clients better informed on what potential buyers think about their property.  
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Announcing the Multi-Install Synch Feature Release for Real Estate DashboardTM
Escondido, CA – GoPaperless Solutions is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the multi-install synch feature for their product Real Estate Dashboard, the leading software for Real Estate professionals using a tablet PC to go mobile and paperless.   This new feature for Real Estate Dashboard will enable the user to install, access and modify the contents of their Vault documents from multiple computers. In addition to be able to send/receive faxes as well as having full feature access. In the previous version of Real Estate Dashboard, although any computer could be used to view/download/upload the documents online, only one computer per Real Estate Dashboard account had full feature access. The new multi-install synch feature grants document modification and full feature access to the same Real Estate Dashboard account from your tablet, office desktop, home desktop...etc.  This makes it possible for a Realtor and his/her transaction coordinator/assistant to both access the same Vault from their respective computers and modify the files within.    The release date for the new multi-install synch feature is slated for mid-April 2010.  All users will be prompted for a mandatory update to this new version.  GoPaperless Solutions is your one source for paper-free hardware/software mobile computing solutions. Our team of IT professionals and industry experts will show you how to save time and money by utilizing technology to help manage your transaction documents and contracts without paper and without being bound to the office.   
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Goomzee Connects with Three More MLSs
Missoula, Montana – May 05, 2010 – Home buyers in Illinois, Oregon, and Texas will soon be able to receive for-sale home information, pricing, and photos, sent directly to their phone using text messaging (SMS) thanks to Goomzee.  Peoria Area Association of Realtors® (PAAR), Willamette Valley MLS (WVMLS), and Temple-Belton Board of Realtors (TBBOR) recently joined the growing number of REALTOR® associations, multiple listing services (MLS), brokerages and real estate agents connecting with Montana’s Goomzee, a nationwide text message marketing solution provider for real estate professionals. Goomzee’s real estate text message marketing solution, Realty Connect®, helps connect buyers and sellers using mobile technology and integration with MLS data systems.  Real estate professionals place signs or ads prompting homebuyers to send a text message with a unique property code to receive for-sale property information.  Potential buyers just have to send the property code as a text message to 44133 and within seconds they receive for-sale information, and optionally photos, on their cell phone.  The real estate agent is alerted, and may connect with buyers in real time, providing timely follow up.  “This is an essential tool for today’s real estate professional.  Goomzee’s technology allows agents to reach the growing population of consumers who rely on their mobile phone to access information anytime, anywhere,” says Mike Sparr, Goomzee’s CEO. Jay Gordon, CEO of the Willamette Valley MLS, says “Our goal is to provide Realtors with the best tools and information available in the industry. We are very happy to create a relationship with Goomzee that will improve our members’ productivity, professionalism, and relationships with buyers and sellers.” An increasing number of Americans look to their cellular phones for instant access to information.  According to the International Association of Wireless Telecommunications, also known as CTIA®, there are 285.6 million US mobile phone subscribers, representing 91% of Americans. Text messaging has rapidly become one of the most commonly-used features on mobile phones.  Wireless carriers have reported that over 1.5 trillion text messages were delivered in the U.S. in 2009 and average monthly messages per subscriber was 357.  Cellular text communication has surpassed voice calls since November 2007.  Once a technology primarily for chatting amongst friends, text messaging is now the preferred source for instant information.  With Goomzee’s text message marketing service, Realty Connect, real estate professionals have yet another arrow in their quiver to reach America’s home buyers. About Peoria Area Association of Realtors The Peoria Area Association of REALTORS® serves over 1,000 REALTOR® members and 145 Affiliates. The PAAR Mission is "To be recognized by the public and our peers as an Association dedicated to equal opportunity in housing, to the protection of private property rights and to high ethical standards of professional conduct; to provide an opportunity for a productive life in sales by providing the education and resources necessary for growth, keeping alive the American Dream." About Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service Located in Salem, OR, the Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service is a member-owned cooperative MLS, serving the Mid-Willamette Valley since 1949.  The WVMLS mission is to provide the highest quality, preferred real estate products and services the industry has to offer, maintain and encourage a high level of member cooperation and professionalism, and expedite real estate transactions by providing accurate and timely information and services for the benefit of our membership and the public. About Temple-Belton Board of Realtors The Temple-Belton Board of REALTORS® is based in Temple, TX.  The TBBOR mission is to provide support and resources in an effort to build, maintain and educate our membership to establish and promote a professional, ethical business atmosphere in which the membership can properly serve the public.  About Goomzee Goomzee Corporation provides a mobile marketing technology platform that connects buyers and sellers at the point-of-interest.  Goomzee’s flagship product, Realty Connect, and Mobile Virtual Tours, specifically assists real estate professionals to win more listings, acquire more leads and close more sales.  The Company was established in 2003 offering hosted online storefronts to small businesses as well as consulting for some of the world’s largest companies and brands.  Goomzee is an industry leader in text message marketing and continues to innovate from a client first perspective.  We connect buyers and sellers at the point-of-interest.  To learn more, visit us online at www.goomzee.com or contact us at (877) 324-1796 (toll free). For more information about Goomzee, click here.  
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First American Title Announces AgentFirst Real Estate App For iPhone and iPad
  April 27, 2010, SANTA ANA, CA: First American Title Insurance Company, a leading provider of title insurance and settlement services and the largest subsidiary of The First American Corporation, today announced that its AgentFirst™ app for iPhone®, iPad™ and iPod touch® devices is now available for free download from the App StoreSM. The new AgentFirst app gives real estate and lending professionals mobile access to the nation’s largest source of property and ownership information, which covers 97 percent of all U.S. real estate transactions. With First American Title’s new AgentFirst app, users with active AgentFirst accounts can easily look up property addresses while in the field to gain access to complete property information and characteristics, historic sales information, tax data and more. “We are very excited about the potential the AgentFirst app offers to increase the efficiency of our highly mobile work force,” said Stefan Peterson, director of operations of Zip Realty, which serves 35 major markets in 22 states and employs more than 3,000 agents. “In our view, the more steps of the real estate transaction that can be completed away from the desktop, the better.” First American Title’s new AgentFirst app also allows users to place customer service orders for complimentary property profiles and recorded documents around the clock. Users can receive orders back on their iPhone via email or within the secure AgentFirst website. According to a 2010 study conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® Center for REALTOR® Technology, more than 85 percent of real estate agents say they use a smartphone to conduct real estate business. Of those, 26 percent indicated that they currently use an iPhone, while another 15 percent stated that they are likely to switch to an iPhone within the next 12 months. “Our new AgentFirst app gives iPhone users unprecedented mobile access to real estate data while enabling them to connect instantly with their local title sales representative,” said Larry Godec, chief information officer for First American. “We are committed to giving our customers the data and services they need, when and where they need them, so we are actively working to extend the mobile AgentFirst experience to other popular devices as well.” The AgentFirst app is currently available at no charge from the App Store. For more information, or to establish an AgentFirst account, real estate professionals may contact their local First American Title sales representative. AgentFirst is a trademark of First American Title Insurance Company. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple, Inc. About First American Title Insurance Company First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), traces its history to 1889. One of the largest title insurers in the nation, the company offers title services through its direct operations and an extensive network of agents throughout the United States and abroad. The company has its headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif. Information about The First American Corporation’s subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.
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Leading Real Estate Brokerages Adopt the Roost Facebook App
  Solution drives engagement and maintains brand integrity for real estate companies seeking to expand and improve their social media efforts SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., APRIL  20, 2010 -- Roost, Inc. (www.roost.com), a real estate technology company that displays over four million real estate listings and provides advertising solutions to real estate agents and brokers, announced today that 12 of the country’s top real estate brokerage companies have signed on to its Facebook-based platform, Social Real Estate?. Roost’s brokerage solution is an extension of the free Social Real Estate? Toolkit it released earlier this year and is the first Facebook application to integrate a full, MLS-compliant property search. Companies that have executed agreements with Roost include Michael Saunders & Company, Intero Real Estate Services, Surterre Properties, Real Estate One, Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate, RE/MAX Alliance Group, Amelia Bullock Realtors, Century 21 Advantage Gold, Zephyr Real Estate, FresYes Realty, Seven Gables Real Estate and Jordan Baris Realtors. “It was clear to us that Facebook was full of opportunities for our company, but we had concerns about approaching it in a way that was both effective and coherent from a brand perspective,” said Chris Meyers, COO of Houlihan Lawrence, a real estate brokerage in New York with over 1,200 agents. “Roost’s solution made it easy to move forward confidently because it’s based upon content we know consumers want and customized to reflect the values of our brand.” Gino Blefari, President and CEO of Intero Real Estate Services, a Silicon Valley-based brokerage with over 1,800 agents said, “Facebook is a now mainstream phenomenon – one any real estate company that expects to continue engaging consumers simply cannot ignore. Roost helped us cut through the hype and confusion around Facebook to connect meaningfully with home buyers and sellers.” Agents within each brokerage can also take advantage of MLS search on their Facebook presence via a premium application that will be available early this summer. Brokers pay Roost a monthly flat fee for the solution. “The fact that so many leading companies have partnered with us so quickly is gratifying, and signals a shift toward a more proactive and strategic approach to social media within the real estate community,” said Alex Chang, Roost’s CEO. “We plan to continue expanding the Social Real Estate? Toolkit to support this movement.” To review the first two “live” brokers on the platform, go to: http://www.facebook.com/InteroRE?v=app_4949752878 (Intero Real Estate Services) http://www.facebook.com/HoulihanLawrence?v=app_4949752878 (Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate) More information about the Social Real Estate? Toolkit can be found on Roost’s Facebook Fan Page or Roost’s Facebook Application Page. About Roost, Inc. Founded in San Francisco, Calif. in 2007, Roost is a real estate technology company that develops social applications that compliment its award-winning search engine. When combined, this Social Real Estate? Toolkit allows real estate agents and brokerages to establish a professional presence within various social media networks and leverage those networks to engage with their social graph to generate business. To discover more information about Roost’s industry-changing applications, please visit http://www.facebook.com/RoostApp. To start your home search, visit http://www.roost.com. For Press Inquiries, Please Contact: Derek Overbey Roost.com 415.742-8059 [email protected] For Sales Inquiries, Please Contact: [email protected]
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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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