Category: Matt’s Real Estate Technology Blog

Matt Cohen’s editorials on security and the real estate industry.

Just How Easy Should Software for Professionals Be?

When I’m leading a technology selection process, I ensure my client has a deep understanding of the companies involved, the software, the service, the business implications of contract provisions, the feature differences between systems, and so much more. But for

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Computer Vision and Improving Real Estate Search

Last week I was on a panel at the RESO conference where we talked about software personalization as an important trend. Back in 2008, I wrote some articles about improving prospecting and real estate search, one aspect of which was

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RESO 2016 Fall Conference

Following are my meeting notes from the Real Estate Standard Organization’s 2016 Fall Conference. It isn’t meant to be comprehensive, but covers what happened at key sessions for those who couldn’t attend. Some of the presentations should be available at

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MLS Best Practices for “Coming Soon” Listings

Not every MLS market allows for “coming soon” listings. Various articles have been written about the benefits and pitfalls of these listings and we also discussed them extensively a few years ago at Clareity’s MLS Executive Workshop. But this article

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Attend the RESO Fall Conference for the “Six Forces” Session

What’s the potential impact of AI, IoT, algorithmic business systems, and more on brokerages, consumers, and MLS operations? You can find out – if you attend the RESO Fall Conference. I’m on a panel that will discuss six trends from

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NAR and Others Support xDTM: What Does This Mean to You?

Information security in the real estate industry is a huge, multi-faceted challenge. Much is at stake, including, ultimately, trust in the Realtor brand. The hardest part of the challenge, from my perspective, is that there are a large number of

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MLSs Win with Their Business Rules in RETS

For the past few months I’ve been a bit quieter than usual on the blog because I’ve been working on a number of time-consuming projects including MLS regionalization, MLS selection, strategic planning sessions, and information security audits. But one very

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DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Drones

Over the past few years many hundreds of articles have been written promoting real estate industry drone use and/or explaining the limitations on their use – but it’s only today that the DOT and FAA have released the finalized rules

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MLS Regionalization: Beyond the Needs of Any One MLS

I was talking the other day with my friend Kevin McQueen about MLS regionalization. Both of us help MLSs through the process, and we like to talk and share our experiences with each other in order to help our clients

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RESO Standards Meetings – Spring 2016

Last year, there were about 130 people at the RESO Spring meeting. This year, we had about 230 people, including many more brokers and vendors than in years past. There’s a lot of energy around the RESO meetings these days,

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