October 2008


Vendor Alley made it to the “Notables” section of Inman’s Industry Special Report.

The description they gave the site was…
“Greg Robertson
Founder, Vendor Alley
Greg Robertson led the sales and marketing team at eNeighborhoods and had served
as general manager and vice president for the company prior to his departure this year
from the company. He now serves as an industry consultant for Woolley Robertson
Group and as a corporate director for the Council of MLS, a 51-year-old organization
for representatives of MLSs and real estate vendors. Robertson’s Vendor Alley blog is a
sometimes humorous, sometimes down-and-dirty insider’s look at the real estate industry through the eyes of a vendor. It’s a must-read for anyone who has ever attended a real estate industry conference or plans to.”

I must correct Inman in stating that I’m not an “industry consultant” (not that there is anything wrong with that..) but currently building another real estate software company (yet to be named).

Thanks to all our readers who made this happen!!! Don’t forge that you can also follow us on Twitter.

If you are interested in getting the full report click here.

And don’t forget those super comfy Vendor Alley T-Shirts!

The rumor mill is cranking away today. So it looks like the NAR show next week in Orlando is gonna be interesting.

I’m sitting on 3 HUGE rumors that could be potential game changers in the industry. The first involves agent software, the second involves the NAR “gateway” plan, and the third involves one of the biggest players in our industry.

All I can say is WOW!

This is pretty cool. The article is called “House Hunters.-By tallying the nation’s foreclosures, a California company defines the housing bust.

And there’s Jim in the red shirt about to crush Atlanta with his left foot.

Congrats Jim!

Just spoke to some of the higher ups at the National Association of REALTORS(r). They are approximating close to 20,000 REALTORS attending the 2008 Conference and EXPO in Orlando, FL. That number does not include spouses and Vendors. Sounds like Mickey Mouse is doing his job!

The Virginian Pilot is reporting today that “Landmark suspends sale of most assets, not Virginian-PilotLandmark Communications is the parent of Dominion Enterprises.

Dominion Enterprises owns some of the top brands in real estate technology; Homes.com, eNeighborhooods, Advanced Access, Number1Expert and Harmon Homes Magazine (now Homes.com Magazine)

This has got to be a HUGE BUMMER for Dominion Enterprises. They spent all year working on selling these assets. Maybe they took too long. Might be that minding all those “Ps and Qs” cost them some “$”.

The real question now is; What’s next?

Simply put the owners of Dominion Enterprises wanted out. They wanted the cash. They didn’t want to run a big company anymore. They wanted to relax. Rest on their laurels. Live the good life!

And who could blame them? Who would want to run a complex company like Dominion Enterprises, especially now??

I’m hoping that the leadership at Dominion Enterprises can rally and shift gears. There are a lot of Dominion employees, and their families, counting on them to do so..

I’m starting my NAR training routine today. Thought I would detox a little before the show. Cut down on the alcohol, drink lots of water, and maybe eat something green.

What about you? Any pre “Big Show” rituals?

While you were checking your 401K eNeighborhoods launched their IDX solution on Century21.com, ERA.com and ColdwellBanker.com. A HUGE accomplishment for the boys and girls in Boca. The deal was signed back in November 2007.

Earlier I had posted eNeighborhoods had also re-signed RE/MAX International to provide, among other things, IDX services to remax.com. According to Hitwise, remax.com is consistently in the top five most visited real estate web portals, and the number one most visited brokerage site.

Think about it, one company provides all the IDX data to Century21.com, ERA.com, ColdwellBanker.com, and remax.com. You could say that eNeighborhoods powers online real estate.

Now don’t get me started on how the Realogy brands actually implemented this IDX solution (I’ll save that for another post!), it’s enough that Realogy took the first step in realizing that consumers want to see ALL THE LISTINGS not just theirs.

eNeighborhoods recently announced that they have hired new key executives, Mark Mathis and David Harris.

Being the former General Manager of eNeighborhoods I’m not sure if I should feel flattered that they still haven’t replaced Dan or I yet or feel something else. A big part of us wanted to stay on and see these things through, but I guess a bigger part of us wanted to start something new.

But what I mostly feel today is proud of the eNeighborhoods team that made it happen.

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