“Start Up Pavilion will provide an area for new products & services from today’s small companies who hope to be tomorrow’s industry leaders. This area of the exhibition offers companies who have not participated in past NAR Conference & Expos the opportunity to reach the real estate industry.
Start Up Pavilion space is limited to a first come, first served basis. Start Up Pavilion will be open on Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 9am – 4pm. Participation in Start Up Pavilion is limited to 2 years and each participant will have limited access to exhibitor amenities.”
Lots of great projects are in the works here at CRT these days. Some so amazing, they still don’t have names!
Today however, I would like to announce the official release (we had a soft launch at the last RESO meeting) of the Appraisal Dashboard. This project was made possible through a 6 month collaboration with RMLS of Minnesota, Live Valuation and the Center for REALTOR Technology. It was actually inspired by an appraiser getting the ear of Ed Newman from RMLS, who then got the ear of CRT who then got real jazzed up about this. This all coincided with some fortuitous events that led us to choose Live Valuation — who by the way, has one amazing programmer (Kannan), which you will soon agree to after you see the demo and the functionality, and the all out pure slick of this application.
(reposted from CRT newletter)
The “cloud”: everyone has been talking about it lately. The simple truth is that the Cloud is as old as the Internet. In fact, it is the Internet. It started with the kinds of services offered online, email, calendaring, contact management and banking. And as the technology improves, the services the cloud is capable of offering only increases.
You have been working too hard if you haven’t seen the commercials for the Motorola Droid phones and that ‘Droid Does’. Well, without getting into too much technicalities, there aren’t many mobile applications out there that use RETS to directly connect to RE Data in a mobile device (there is also a lot of argument if pure RETS connectivity in its current form is even proper on a mobile device – but that is open to ALOT of debate). With that being said, as far as I know, Droid Doesn’t do RETS (please let me know if that I am unaware of a Android RETS project).
Well, that is until now. CRT put some research into understanding the Android Development Environment and what it would take to create a fully native RETS RE Data Download Utility and then build a prototype search interface integrating some of the Android functionality (mapping, email) with pure data from an MLS RETS Feed. The project was a journey in discovery, and proved more difficult than initially thought – however now we are releasing an open source working prototype framework, that could be used in creating bigger better Mobile Android RETS applications.
The project is called AREA-F (Android Real Estate Application Framework) – and today is its offical announcement. You can learn more and comment on the project itself at its project home. The current state of the project is proof-of-concept/prototype, but there is a lot there to not only help with understanding Android development, but also in expanding this initial concept into other applications.
It should be noted, that there were a lot of trials and tribulations with trying to get all the pieces to work for this project. However, through that, we also published a whitepaper documenting the Andorid Development Environment learning process and the creation of the search utility.
Mobile is the next frontier for all industries. Hopefully AREA-F will help some developers out there get a kick start in developing RETS applications for the Android.
Last week was the first 2010 RESO meeting, with the new Executive Director Travis Wright. As always, the RESO meetings are filled with a lot of standards talk and conversation of the direction for the organization.
Some of it was recorded and can be seen via Video Segments.
Of note, the new lists of standard names as submitted by the MLS COVE group was approved, and discussion on the evolution of the RETS Standard to incorporate new efficient web transport technology and data standardization (universal, cross MLS data dictionaries).
Let me just throw this out upfront — do you use your website’s property search to find properties for your clients? I’d bet that you probably don’t, and you prefer the MLS search. Given that preference, why put so much time and effort into having the best possible property search on our sites? The prevailing wisdom is that prospective clients find agents through websites; therefore, websites with the best search will get the most clients (not simply just anonymous visitors).
But I don’t know if I buy that argument. I wouldn’t necessarily pick a real estate agent solely because they have the best property search – I want to work with someone that is good at what they do, and I know I will be able to work with personality wise.
I like the Twitter List Widget – EOM
title: ‘NAR on Twitter’,