October 2009

10kThis space seems to be heating up. I can think of 4 companies providing research and marketing data to MLS and brokers.

Check out 10K’s Press Release below (if you can call it that). I like these guy’s style: Congrats to 10K!

10K Partners with GCAR

Minneapolis, MN (October 30, 2009). 10K Research and Marketing is pleased to announce a Market Reporting Partnership with the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS®, Inc. (GCAR). GCAR has elected to roll with our Monthly Indicators, Local Market Updates, Housing Supply Outlook, and Skinny Video, and this thrills us.

Said James Ader, Chief Executive Officer of GCAR, “GCAR decided to partner with 10K Research and Marketing because our Board of Directors feels the products they provide will further advance our membership as the primary source for real estate information in the Capital Region. We are confident the products will be accurate, timely and professional. GCAR is excited about this new member benefit.”

We’re excited that they’re excited. And we’re also, like, excited…and stuff. Sorry, we wanted to sound all press releasey, but Mr. Ader made most of our verbiage obsolete with his words. We hope you’re moved to check us out.

10K works with the likes of Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. (MRIS), the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR), and Metrolist, Inc. We serve the research and marketing needs of local associations, state associations, MLS systems and brokers. All real estate is local. Let’s explore your market together. 10K is a subsidiary of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®.


It’s official! The Tucson Association of REALTORS MLS has selected FBS and their flexmls as their next MLS system.

Word on the street was that the two finalists were FBS and Tarasoft, with their current provider, Rapattoni, coming in a distant third.

FBS’ flexmls system also powers the Arizona Regional MLS (ARMLS). This is a great win for FBS and all their employee owners. Congrats!!

[Via FBS Blog]

The short answer is, yes it does.

Head on over to W&R Studios’ company blog, “Lightning | Twice“. We are blogging about the creation of our latest web application, Cloud CMA.

Here’s a link to Part I
Does the world really need a new CMA program?

Here’s a link to Part II
The DNA of today’s CMA!

Part III will come later this week.



Cloud CMA Logorama!

Check it out before it’s firewalled!

Longtime innovator gives voice to vendors

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Suzanne Harris has joined LPS Real Estate Group. Suzanne was most recently the director of MLS Affairs at OnBoard, LLC. OnBoard closed it’s office in South Florida when it announced it had failed in its efforts in creating an IDX aggregation platform. Suzanne was the the director of Dominion Data Services (Dominion Enterprises is the parent company of eNeighborhoods). Suzanne was instrumental in launching the IDX resource center of eNeighborhoods where she managed a team to help launch the network of broker IDX sites for RE/MAX International. Suzanne also held a position in the marketing department of eNeighborhoods.


Great news for Rap. Not so much for calREDD.

I had a chance to catch up with Jim Branscombe at CMLS in Lake Tahoe. Lately he had been a no show at most the industry events, it was good to see him back in the wild.

A lot of the spotlight centers about CARETS down south. But the Quattro iniative in Norcal really is a good thing for REALTORS and vendors alike.

Full Press Release below:

Bay Area Real Estate Information Services, Inc. Signs Contract Extension for the Rapattoni MLS

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., October 22, 2009 – Rapattoni Corporation (Rapattoni) announced today that the Bay Area Real Estate Information Services, Inc. (BAREIS MLS®), which services approximately 10,000 real estate professionals in northern California, signed a contract extension for the Rapattoni MLS software.

As part of the extension, BAREIS MLS® will be implementing the latest version of Rapattoni Secure Logon, featuring Adaptive Authentication. Adaptive Authentication eliminates the need for hardware tokens and utilizes risk analysis features to assist MLSs in preventing unauthorized access to their data. BAREIS MLS® adopted Rapattoni Secure Logon in 2006 and became one of the first MLSs to implement a secure solution for its members.

Jim Branscombe, president and CEO of BAREIS MLS®, said, “Rapattoni has been our technology partner for many years now, and we are very excited to implement Adaptive Authentication, which will enable our members to have security without a hardware token.” BAREIS MLS® currently provides MLS services in Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties, and it is a part of the Quattro initiative, a cooperative data access concept that provides direct open reciprocal access to nearly 60,000 agents in northern California.

“The Quattro concept secures open access to multiple MLS systems through Rapattoni’s Single Sign-On technology and continues to expand, both regionally and nationally,” said Branscombe. “MLS organizations recognize the need to provide their members expanded access to data while maintaining the expertise and governance of their locally owned MLS. Providing reciprocal access directly to other MLS systems through a single sign-on process magnifies the need for secure logon to protect the participating organizations’ data.”

Nick Rapattoni, president of Rapattoni, said, “We are honored that BAREIS MLS® extended its contract with us. The advanced security of Adaptive Authentication will be of great value to BAREIS MLS® and its members, and I know they will be even more excited about the features we will be implementing in the coming year.”

About Rapattoni MLS
Rapattoni MLS is setting the standard with advanced features such as integrated GIS parcel mapping, an integrated member management and billing system, the most advanced RETS data exchange system, integrated aerial photography, language translation, the Rapattoni Secure Logon system featuring Adaptive Authentication technology, and the ability to operate a convenient Single Sign-On (SSO) identity portal.

About Rapattoni
Rapattoni Corporation has been serving the real estate industry under the same name and management for nearly 40 years. The company provides an array of integrated products and services for real estate associations and MLS organizations, including an internet-based MLS, association management software, and key-less Rapattoni Secure Logon with SSO identity portals for online security and convenience. Rapattoni’s MLS products are serving approximately 300,000 users nationally and its association management customers represent more than 85% of the nation’s REALTORS®. Rapattoni’s headquarters are in Simi Valley, California.

For more information, contact Rapattoni’s Public Relations department at (800) 722-7338 or visit the Rapattoni website at http://www.rapattoni.com/.

Snowflake: formation (DI00310)

I’m counting the days. 22 days, to be exact. 22 days until San Diego is engulfed with the Realtors and Vendors from all over the country. “Chart a winning course” is the theme for the 2009 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.

3 things I know:

A lot of deal making is going on…
A lot of typing is being done by developers…
And a whole lot of bullshit is being thrown around…

3 things I’m curious about:

How many people will show up?
Anyone got any money to spend?
How do they feel about the future?

What I also know is that 2, maybe 3 big announcements have a chance of being announced, one of them a game changer.

What should you be looking out for? Here’s a few clues….

The Amalgamator
The Swoop
and The Tumbler

But then again, every N.A.R annual convention is a snowflake, no one is like another. Then, just before you know it, it all it melts away….

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