Notorious P.O.D. Episode 8: CMLS Thoughts With Bob Bemis, Greg Robertson

  Episode 8 is a tragedy. I have a great conversation with the Notorious B.O.B. Bemis of Procuring Cause, and with Greg Robertson, of Vendor Alley and of W&R Studios (the creator of CloudCMA). We discussed CMLS, The Realty Alliance, big issues in the conflict between MLS and brokerages, future of the industry, and so […]

Law of Unintended Consequences: The ACTRIS Version

The law of unintended consequences, often cited but rarely defined, is that actions of people—and especially of government—always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended. – Library of Economics & Liberty I’m in St. Paul, MN, where the sun has conspired with the river to create a hundred gorgeous pleasures. Like conversing with new and […]

The Next Lion . . . the Next Hill: Thoughts from CMLS 2013

The Council of Multiple Listing Services held its annual conference in Boise, ID this past week. In keeping with the high standards of excellence (which may be redundant, but I liked the phrase) of past conferences, our host, Greg Manship from Intermountain MLS, the local host, and his staff put on a top notch program. Many of the […]

Be Careful What You Wish For: The MLS As Public Utility

This post, like every post in the month of October, is brought to you by our sponsor, Teardowns.com (and its subsidiary 2Elm), the winner of the Ebay Auction for sponsorship of this blog for October. I’m at the CMLS 2013 meetings, and thought I’d post some further thoughts about a discussion/debate I had on Twitter […]

What is a Listing? On the SourceMLS project from CMLS

I’ve been invited to speak at CMLS on the topic of what MLSs should do to help brokers make smart decisions about syndication. The invitation is surprising for a couple of reasons:  I’m no longer in the MLS business nor do I work for a recipient of said broker syndication efforts and decisions.  Also, after […]