March 2008

disney_castle.jpgMarketlinx got the resign with MidFlorida MLS. MidFlorida MLS which is expanding to include other MLS providers (I wonder if the other MLS providers know that.) Upon completion the expansion will bring the membership up to 37,000.

Here’s the full article…
Mid-Florida Regional MLS Chooses MarketLinx to Serve 37,000 Members

Posted By Paige On March 20, 2008 @ 10:34 am In Technology | Comments Disabled

RISMEDIA, March 21, 2008-MarketLinx, Inc., a provider of information technology to the residential real estate industry, announced that it has renewed its multiple listing service (MLS) agreement with the Mid-Florida Regional MLS (MFRMLS), which is in the process of expanding services to five neighboring Realtor® organizations.

Once the expansion is complete, the Mid-Florida MLXchange MLS system will serve approximately 37,000 users from 13 separate real estate organizations, making it the largest MLXchange customer and one of the largest MLS systems in North America. MFRMLS also selected MarketLinx’s Membership Director product to replace its current membership management system.

“We’re extremely pleased that MFRMLS has selected MarketLinx to provide its core information technology,” said Bryan Foreman, executive vice president of MarketLinx and president of MLS Solutions. “MFRMLS is a very progressive organization that is constantly looking to improve its member services. This agreement is the direct result of the strength of our partnership and the relentless pursuit of better solutions for our customers.”

“The high caliber of MarketLinx’s solutions is a big part of our ongoing success,” said MFRMLS President Jack Vahey. “MLXchange’s proven dependability and powerful integration options have helped MFRMLS attract new associations that want to broaden their MLS capabilities. Just as important, MarketLinx has been there at every step to help us get the most out of the system. They offer the right combination of technological leadership, customer service and support.”

“MLXchange is the ideal hub for large organizations like MFRMLS that work with numerous software vendors and data recipients,” said Foreman. “The system’s advanced data management technologies, including RETS Professional and RETS Connector, make it easy for MLS staff to securely administer data distribution for an unlimited number of third parties. And with MLXchange’s SmartLink technology, the system provides single sign-on functions to automatically authenticate and connect to other Web-based applications. MLXchange gives our customers the power to control their data like never before.”

MLXchange version 4.0 was unveiled at the National Association of Realtors® Conference and Expo.

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This just came to me as I was posting.

But doesn’t Alan Dalton look like an older Shaun White? Or maybe Shaun is Alan’s lovechild?

You be the judge…

Alan Dalton

The Flying Tomato


A reader plucked this tid bit from’s recent filings (8K).

Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
On February 27, 2008, Move, Inc. (the “Company”) executed a letter agreement (“Letter Agreement”) with Alan Dalton, President, New Business Venture, and an accompanying mutual release of claims (the “Release”). The agreements provide that Mr. Dalton voluntarily resign as President, New Business Venture effective as of February 29, 2008, but remain as a senior advisor to the Company.
Pursuant to the terms of the Letter Agreement, as senior advisor Mr. Dalton will receive a base monthly salary of $3,000, along with additional compensation for performing special project services. The scope of such services shall be mutually agreed upon by the parties in advance and in writing. Mr. Dalton’s compensation for the special project services is guaranteed at a minimum of $12,000 per month in accordance with Exhibit A to the Letter Agreement.
The Letter Agreement provides for a twelve month term but can be extended upon mutual agreement of the parties (collectively, the “Term”). If Mr. Dalton provides the services through the initial twelve month Term in accordance with the Letter Agreement, in conjunction with his execution of a full release of claims for the period covering the Term: (i) he shall have twelve months after the conclusion of the Term to exercise all of his outstanding vested options of the Company; (ii) Move will pay his Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1986 (“COBRA”) premiums for twelve (12) months following the Term’s conclusion, or until he obtains employment providing health insurance, whichever occurs first; and (iii) if he moves within twelve months of the Term’s conclusion, the Company agrees to reimburse his reasonable cost of shipping (via van lines) household belongings from California to the East Coast of the United States.
The Letter Agreement is only effective if Mr. Dalton does not revoke the Release within the seven day period stated in paragraph 5(b) of the Release, as provided by law. The Release, consistent with Mr. Dalton’s Executive Retention and Severance Agreement dated September 30, 2002, provides for: (i) a full mutual release of claims between the Company and Mr. Dalton; (ii) a severance payment of $675,000, less appropriate taxes and withholdings; and (iii) all of Mr. Dalton’s unvested options described in his September 30, 2002 offer letter and his subsequent stock option grants, to vest as of February 29, 2008.
The Release further provides that Mr. Dalton shall not be entitled to participate in any other bonus programs, including the 2007 Executive Bonus Plan, or receive additional stock options or other equity based incentives, and that he shall forfeit all right, title and interest in and to the restrictive stock unit awards previously granted to him.
The foregoing description of the Letter Agreement and the Release is qualified in its entirety by the terms of the agreements, which are attached hereto as Exhibits 99.1 and 99.2, and incorporated herein by reference.

In my opinion Alan deserves all of this and more….


I don’t care what anybody says, nobody rocks the gold jacket like Elvis!!

Century 21® System teams up with Fashion Futurist Geoffrey Beene to Reintroduce Signature Gold Jacket
PARSIPPANY, N.J., 03-04-2008 —

Century 21 Real Estate LLC today announced its partnership with the legendary fashion house Geoffrey Beene, Inc. to reintroduce its signature Gold Jacket. With more than 35 years of history, the Gold Jacket has long served to provide consumers with a promise of top notch service and reliability in the complex world of real estate.

“The Gold Jacket has been redesigned and is a fresh take on an iconic real estate identifier,” said Bev Thorne, senior vice president, marketing for Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “We are excited to work closely with Geoffrey Beene as they weave their focus on simple originality, innovative use of fabrics and luxurious comfort into our CENTURY 21 Gold Jackets.”

For agents, the Gold Jacket is better than a business card and demonstrates a source of pride not only in the United States, but around the world. The new Gold Jacket mirrors the contemporary spirit and up-to-date knowledge that gives CENTURY 21® agents the ability to help people realize their dream of home ownership.

The new jacket is custom-designed by Geoffrey Beene and produced in partnership with Lanier Clothes exclusively for the CENTURY 21 System, the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization. Fitted for both men and women, the new Gold Jacket is made with a high-performance, wrinkle-resistant poly viscose fabric. The new Gold Jacket was officially unveiled to agents and brokers in late February 2008 when Century 21 Real Estate LLC hosted its annual International Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Philanthropic Program
For every Gold Jacket sold, the CENTURY 21 System will donate $5 to Easter Seals in the name of the purchasing agent or broker, its affiliated office and the CENTURY 21 System. Since 1979, the CENTURY 21 System has raised more than $95 million to support local Easter Seals chapters, making it the largest all-time corporate contributor to the organization. For more than 28 years, CENTURY 21 offices from coast to coast have supported Easter Seals, a non-profit organization that helps adults and children with disabilities lead more independent lives.

“One of the reasons we respect and are pleased to work with CENTURY 21 System is the organization’s shared commitment to philanthropy,” said Russell Nardozza, chief operating officer for Geoffrey Beene, Inc. “Mr. Beene was a dedicated philanthropist and we are proud to continue his vision today through GBGB – Geoffrey Beene Gives Back™ and the CENTURY 21 Gold Jacket project.”

About Geoffrey Beene, Inc.
Geoffrey Beene (, an American fashion icon and design pioneer with a leading designer’s menswear collection, is also in the philanthropic forefront with Geoffrey Beene Gives Back™. All net profits from the Geoffrey Beene products are donated to critical causes. Ranked in the top “Slate 60” for philanthropy, Geoffrey Beene has committed approximately $80 million to charities, including over $46 million to cancer research. Other charitable causes include Alzheimer’s, educational scholarships, programs for women and children and animal welfare.

About Century 21 Real Estate LLC
Century 21 Real Estate LLC ( is the franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, providing comprehensive training, management, administrative and marketing support for the CENTURY 21 System. The System is comprised of more than 8,300 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 58 countries and territories worldwide. Century 21 Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, a global provider of real estate and relocation services.

® 2008 Century 21 Real Estate LLC, A Realogy Company. CENTURY 21 ® Is A Registered Trademark Licensed To Century 21 Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each CENTURY 21 Office Is Independently Owned and Operated.

free-ice-cream.jpgWell, we didn’t get much time to report from the show, it is Vegas after all. So we’ll just hit you with a wrap up.

RE/MAX International put on a good show at its 35th anniversary convention in Las Vegas this year. Dave Liniger dropped from the ceiling in a basket with Las Vegas showgirls at the convention’s general session. Attendance reports were mixed. We heard they had close to 6,000 attend. This was much better attendance than all other franchise shows, so the “Vegas factor” was in full effect.

Once surprising stat I heard at the show was that a full third of RE/MAX attendees were “international”. Meaning if your product was in English and only worked in the U.S. then you didn’t do too well. So, you do the math.

One of the many great things about RE/MAX is how they treat their vendors. This event is no different, whether its access to agents, reasonsable booth policies or free ice cream they really go out of their way to make sure everyone feels welcome.

lasvegassign.jpgWe’re here covering all the sites and sounds of thousands of RE/MAX agents decending upon Las Vegas. It’s a big show so check here for regular updates.