I predicted last fall that there would be 100,000 web sites with VOW capabilities by the end of 2010. I rarely make predictions, because I hate to be wrong. Fortunately, I made this prediction with a … Read more about Progress toward 100,000 VOWs: Can I count ListingBook as 50,000?
In response to my request for readers to supply topics for MLSTesseract, I received this: "[W]e have a real estate portal site currently providing IDX for a participant of our MLS. The portal site … Read more about Who can be an AVP? Anyone (and his uncle)
Government entities frequently approach MLSs looking for listing data for various purposes. Perhaps the most common is the local property authority seeking property information in order to value … Read more about Making MLS data available to the government
February ended up being an unintentional hiatus from blog posting for me. Between the NAR VOW policy implementation deadline in the middle of the month, and a much-needed vacation to a warmer climate … Read more about MLSTesseract: Post-hiatus posting topics
This should have literally no effect on readers of this blog, but starting today and over the next couple days, MLSTesseract is underoing a behind-the-scenes change. Our feed publisher, … Read more about Feedburner’s move to Google
As MLS boards of directors consider which optional VOW rules to adopt, here are our thoughts on them. There are two groups of optional rules (references here are to the model VOW rules published on … Read more about Comments regarding optional provisions of VOW rules II – “VOW Only Options”
As MLS boards of directors consider which optional VOW rules to adopt, here are our thoughts on them. There are two groups of optional rules (references here are to the model VOW rules published on … Read more about Comments regarding optional provisions of VOW rules I – “Parity Options”
We always advise MLS clients that they should never provide access to listing data unless the access is subject to a written agreement. Data access for VOWs is no exception. I've written a summary of … Read more about License agreements for VOWS
I posted previously with things I suggested that MLSs do in order to implement the new VOW policy. Unfortunately, time is so short that many MLSs will find it difficult to do all, or even many, of the … Read more about Triage for VOW implementation
I posted today over on GeekEstateBlog with my ideas about what MLSs of the future need to be doing to stay strategically relevant. I'm on a panel at Inman's RE Connect this week in NYC on the subject. … Read more about My GeekEstate post regarding MLSs of the future
I was talking with a friend recently, a mortgage banking executive, who expressed amazement at the extent to which the government seemed to be allowing mergers of big banks that would previously have … Read more about Antitrust enforcement in eras of financial crisis
Fannie Mae wants MLS data. Should MLSs and brokers give it to them? See my post over on the Geek Estate blog on this subject. You can post comments here or there, whatever rings your bell. -Brian … Read more about Will MLSs helping Fannie Mae help the market?