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s April 30 quickly approaches, the Austin real estate community sits in anticipation of what the anything-but-ordinary day will bring. On that Wednesday, the Austin Board of REALTORS’ (ABoR) decision to terminate its contract with ListHub will go into effect. ABoR and ListHub, a listing asset management system and parent site for several popular third party real estate syndicators,

like Zillow, Trulia and Homes.com, started a business relationship in 2007. Since then, the tech company has been through a variety of acquisitions and leadership changes. The deal provides ListHub with a property-listing feed from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), which is then posted on to its portfolio of syndication sites. In turn, ListHub sells leads back to agents. After a 2012 study by the WAV Group demonstrated that a good percentage of data posted by syndicate websites was inaccurate, ABoR created a task force to evaluate the partnership. One year later, Oct. 9, 2013, the Board announced its decision to stop syndicating listings to non-REALTOR consumer websites. Shortly thereafter, eight real estate agencies in the city followed suit. Even though the decision to pull the plug on non-REALTOR syndicators was announced about six months ago, strong opinions continue to fuel emotions and generate clicks online. Interestingly, the entire country has its eye on April 30. Real estate professionals everywhere are aware of ABoR and ListHub’s contractual demise. It has been written about in large publications like Philadelphia Weekly, and small venues, like Todd Miller TV, a video blog hosted by a Nevada-based real estate consultant. One reason why Austin is so divided on this issue is because a lot of agents and brokers don’t understand ABoR’s decision. “Several conversations [are] taking place under the umbrella of the word syndication. [It] has muddied up the conversation,” says Jack Stapleton, Williamson County Association of REALTORS’ president-elect. Stapleton explains that the primary reason for terminating the relationship with ListHub was due to the integrity of listing data. By publishing inaccurate information, syndicators were compromising the National Association of REAL-

TORS (NAR) Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice, which hold brokers and agents liable for the dissemination of bad listings. Among other inaccurate data, the WAV Group, a national real estate consultancy, found that up to 37 percent of listings that appear on syndication websites were no longer for sale and that 20 percent of homes listed on the MLS, the portal agents use as a syndicator go-between, are never posted. The biggest syndication “offenders” are Zillow and Trulia. Incidentally, a Google search for “Austin Real Estate” shows that these sites appear on the first page, often in the top three to five positions – arguably the most valuable spots on the page. This point is not lost on Todd Miller, the owner of Nevada Reality Solutions. On his Oct. 10, 2013 broadcast, Miller said that Zillow and Trulia’s Google rankings could be used as leverage by Austin brokers. “I think [terminating the ListHub contract] is a shortsighted idea,” said Miller in his video blog. “If I were an agent in that market, I would bring this article with me and say, ‘Look, you can list with them, but your house is not going to show up on Zillow and Trulia. If you list with me, it will.’ Miller was referring to the Oct. 10th press release indicating that eight Austin brokerages would also stop listing properties on third party syndication websites. (ABoR fully supports agents’ advertising their listings on any website they choose, including ListHub sites.) Rob Hahn, a managing partner at 7DS, a real estate marketing and technology firm in Houston, is another professional who sees ABoR’s move as imprudent. But, unlike Miller, rather than using ABoR’s decision as a way to divide the real estate community, Hahn takes to his popular website, The Notorious

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Upcoming Events Wednesday, April 23 AYREP Happy Hour Moontower Saloon - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24 Santa Rita Ranch S REALTOR Preview Luncheon 101 Norcia Loop -11 a.m. to 2 p.m. HBA Parade of Homes VIP Preview Party Willie Nelson's Tierra Vista - 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday April 26 HBA Parade of Homes Opens Willie Nelson's Tierra Vista 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday April 26-27 Santa Rita Ranch S Grand Opening 101 Norcia Loop - 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 1 HBA Parade of Homes REALTOR Day Willie Nelson's Tierra Vista 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hay Darby 5th Annual Open House 402 West 7th Street - 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8 ABoR TREPAC Golf Party Top Golf Austin - 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 19 WC 25th Annual Golf Classic Cimarron Hills Golf Club - 11:30 a.m. More at www.myRealtyLine.com


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in mind that there are potential legal consequences if your advertisement is out of date or inaccurate. To set up a RETS feed, visit Abor. com/MLS/DAL.cfm. ABoR is also working on alternative syndication options but these may not be ready before April 30.

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pril is here, and as many of you know, ABoR will discontinue its agreement with ListHub this month. After April 30, brokers will have to make independent decisions with their agents and clients about syndication. Our clients demand and depend on accurate data, so let’s give them what they are asking for! To do that, we need to ensure that consumers have access to accurate, up-to-date listing information. With so much unreliable property data available online, many buyers and sellers are left questioning the credibility and integrity of our profession. While the idea of spreading a listing’s information as far and wide as possible may seem like a good idea for maximum exposure, data is left to sit for months without any updates, even if the property is sold. The further this inaccurate information travels, the more potential damage can be done, and the worse we look. Websites that display this inaccurate information are not only damaging the reputation of REALTORS, they mislead buyers and sellers by setting unrealistic expectations about the market. However you look at it, bad

data is bad for real estate. As brokers and agents, we have a responsibility to make informed, deliberate decisions about syndication and take a more active role in our online advertising practices. The days of “set-it-and-forget-it” syndication are over. It’s up to us to take ownership of where our data is being displayed and how it’s being used. ABoR will continue to offer syndication to REALTOR-friendly websites AustinHomeSearch. com, TexasRealEstate.com, and Realtor.com. These sites protect your data and are closely aligned with the principles of the REALTOR Code of Ethics.

But, what if syndication is right for my client and me? A RETS (Real Estate Transaction Standard) feed allows brokers to independently syndicate to any third-party website. When you set up a RETS feed through ABoR, you become responsible for the independent dissemination of the data by way of a RETS vendor. It’s up to you to keep track of the data that’s out there, and keep

Please visit ABoR.com/Syndication for downloadable educational resources. You will also find information about the history of syndication and your online advertising options after April 30. In the coming weeks, take the time to speak to your colleagues about syndication and the ways your business will change after

Take the power back

The end of April brings the end of automatic syndication with ListHub

This decision was made to give us the power over our data once again. I’m tired of being blamed for inaccurate data; it’s time to take the power back. But, as with any major transition, there will be some growing pains. I want to make sure you are ahead of the game when April 30 arrives. ABoR has resources available to help us all through the transition period.

April 30. I have become weary of explaining data inaccuracies to my clients and colleagues, and I believe that returning syndication decisions to the brokers will benefit our industry. I’m eager to see our real estate community step up to the plate and protect our reputation as REALTORS. RL

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NAPMW President Laura Rosales and Becky Hopkins of Austin Title parade around the NAPMW Mardi Gras Masquerade in style with their fabulous tiaras. The event was held at the iPic Theatre.

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Wow, what a great turnout at the WC REALTORS Bowling for TREPAC event at Mel’s Lonestar Lanes. The event sold out this year!

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Matthew Posey, right, of AmeriPro Funding compliments Michelle Goldberg on her very festive mask at the NAPMW Mardi Gras Masquerade event. We’re still wondering what George Light, left, had to do for those beads (wink). All three serve as officers on the NAPMW board of directors. Buy photo: RL_040114_A.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

The Independence Title team is ready to knock down some pins at the WC REALTORS Bowling for TREPAC event at Mel’s Lonestar Lanes in Georgetown. The event was a huge success, selling out weeks before it happened.

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Austin has such a tight-knit real estate community, you’re sure to run into people you know when going to an AYREP mixer. Mark Bennet of Austin City Living, Rich Coffey of Hay Darby LLC and John Schutze of Supreme Lending relaxed a bit after a long day of hard work.

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Aimee Randle and Monica Middleton, both of Capital Title, attend the AMBA monthly meeting to network and drum up new business for the company.

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ere at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS we take pride in providing industry education, networking, and charitable giving opportunities that build our community in a fun, creative atmosphere. Being professional does not mean ignoring the lighter side of life. On the contrary, blending professional growth opportunities with fun activities improves participation and desired outcomes. On May 19, we'll celebrate our 25th Annual WC Golf Classic at Cimarron Hills Golf Club. This provides a wonderful opportunity for our members to meet each other and affiliate member vendors. We accomplish many of our association goals while having a lot fun in the sun. Our members have a chance to meet new people or catch up with old friends in a warm and friendly format. Our affiliated real estate service providers can showcase their teamwork and congeniality. Strong connections can develop over time that serve our members well. These relationships forged in water hazards and sand traps help create an improved overall buying and selling expe-

rience for our clients, and more referral/income generation for our members. All this can happen while we stretch our legs, breathe fresh air, and sink a few putts. Sports columnist Grantland Rice once said that "Eighteen holes of golf will teach you more about a person than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk." We certainly agree! Even as we are blessed in this time of prosperity to live in the fastest growing county in the United States, there are some among us who do not share in our good fortune. Eighteen percent of Texas residents live with food insecurity. That means they aren't always sure they will be able to eat three nutritional meals each day. Most people who suffer from food insecurity are children who have one or two parents working in full or part-time jobs, but can't afford to keep food on the table. I'm so proud of our members at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS. They give back to the community, and they have a fun doing it. We are organizing a food drive this July, and we encourage you to participate in this event. Details on how you can help will be

www.myRealtyLine.com “coming soon.” In can be difficult keeping track of what's going on in Williamson County but it's become so busy. And our members have often requested the use of our calendar or e-mail system to help promote their events. For all the new residents and our members, we have compiled a list of resources they need to navigate Williamson County. We call this new website, WCLIFE. We

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invite you to check it out at http://www.wclife. org/. REALTORS and affiliate members can use WCLIFE as a great resource for their clients, but they can also advertise their services and list their events in our calendar. We're very pleased with the results. Have a great Spring! Stay busy, but remember that you can have some serious fun at WCREALTORS. RL

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Susanna Boyer of 1st Source Realty is ready to hand out trophies at the WC REALTORS Bowling for TREPAC event at Mel’s Lonestar Lanes.

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Sarah Holmes and Brian Pitman, both of Independence Title, welcome Veda Jablan of ERA Colonial Real Estate to the company’s Open House event celebrating the grand opening of its new headquarters. The big event also helped raise money for the American Heart Association and included live music, outdoor trailer food and drinks.

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Tommy Holmes, left, of Capital Title loves to hear ABoR President Bill Evans of Austin Real Pros when he speaks. Bill updated the group about the works of the Austin Board of REALTORS and provided insights on what is critical to ensuring success between lenders and REALTORS.

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Rough Hollow Lakeway hosts the second annual Heart & Sole Epilepsy Walk/5K. The event kicked off at the community's Welcome Center.

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Realty Austin owner Yvette Boatwright, front center, and her team of agents support the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign. Pictured clockwise from left center are  Lori Goto,  Cristina Valdes, MJ Moran,  Darcy Newton,  Caren Upshaw, Evonne Gottsch, and Charla Housson. Submitted Photo

Black Fret founders Eric Anonsen and Matt Ott discuss the possibility of a house concert with Jim Smith of The Property Management Company. They were attending the launch party at The Belmont for Pure Gold Realty, which benefitted Black Fret, a non-profit for patrons of local music, and the Capital Area Food Bank.

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Rodney Rodriguez of Longhorn Real Estate Group accepts a top three production award from Keller Williams Realty Cedar Park broker/team leader Christy Gessler.

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The Pin Masters show off 1st place trophies after winning the WC REALTORS Bowling for TREPAC tournament. Pictured left to right are Bill Spencer and David Drawhorn, both of Spencer Properties, Karen Trevino and Randy Downing, both of Georgetown Mortgage and Ronnie Wooten, front, of Wooten Enterprises.


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Marilyn VanUum, Connie Wooster and Mona Breeze, all of Independence Title, are ready to rock and roll at the company’s open house event showcasing its new office headquarters in Austin.

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Time management specialist Scott Carley gives some tips to Lori Bolton of Central Metro Realty and Denise Guerrero at the AYREP Happy Hour event.

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Now who wouldn’t want to attend an AMBA meeting when greeted by these two smiling faces? Gretchen Rossington of Cadence Bank and Dan Rushing of Highlands Residential Mortgage check people in as they arrive to the meeting at the Austin Country Club.

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Sue Elliot and Natalie Hoover, both of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS, learn about new tools at the company’s Regional Sales Rally at the ABoR office.

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WCR president Victoria Reviel, far right, and vice president of membership Ruby Johnson, second from right, welcome several new members at a recent meeting.

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HBA members honored for industry excellence at 2014 MAX Awards

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• $150k $230k: Grand Haven Homes • $230k $250k: Brohn Homes • $250k - $300k: Centerra Homes • $300k - $350k: Centerra Homes • $350k - $400k: Scott Felder Homes • $400k - $500k: Scott Felder Homes • $500k-$1,000,000: Brohn Homes • Over $1,000,000: Scott Felder Homes • Specialty Product: Legacy DCS Best Product Design, Custom Builder (lot price not included) • $250,000-$300,000: Aubrey Homes • $300,000-$420,000: Casa Sereno Homes • $420,000-$500,000: Vogel Builders • Over $500,000: Joseph Fowler Homes • Specialty Product: Foursquare Builders Best Green Home

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• Solluna Builders Best Custom Spec Home • Integrity Builders Best Custom Home Kitchen • Foursquare Builders Best Custom Home Master Bath • Integrity Builders Best Outdoor Living Space • Seven Custom Homes Best One-of-a-Kind Home • Foursquare Builders Best One-Of-AKind Townhome • Novak BrothersSeveral HBA members received awards for their remodeling projects. Best Remodeled Project under $200,000 • PGM Design+Build Best Remodeled Project over $200,000 • David Wilkes Builders Best Kitchen Remodel under $75,000 • David Wilkes Builders Best Kitchen Remodel over $75,000 • David Wilkes Builders Interior Merchandisers were also recognized for their work in HBA Builder members’ model homes. Best Interior Merchandising for a Model Home $200,000-$250,000 • Wes Peoples Homes (Interior Merchandiser: Mary DeWalt Design Group) Best Interior Merchandising for a Model Home $250,000-$300,000 • Wes Peoples Homes (Interior Merchandiser: Mary DeWalt Design Group)

Best Interior Merchandising for a Model Home $350,000-$400,000 • Scott Felder Homes (Interior Merchandiser: Linfield Design Associates) Best Interior Merchandising for a Model Home $400,000-$450,000 • Scott Felder Homes (Interior Merchandiser: Linfield Design Associates) Best Interior Merchandising for a Model Home $450,000-$500,000 • Standard Pacific Homes (Interior Merchandiser: Mary DeWalt Design Group) Best Interior Merchandising for a Model Home Over $500,000 Mary DeWalt Design Group Other winners included: Best REALTOR of the Year • Jacquelyn Foreman of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS for her work with Scott Felder Homes HBA member SmartTouch Interactive took home several MAX Awards for its advertising efforts including the following categories: • Best Color Print Ad – Developer • Best Television Ad – Developer • Best Online Ad – Volume Builder • Best Online Ad – Developer Members were also honored in many other categories including: • Ad Campaigns, Billboards, Direct Mail • Electronic and Internet Media • Sales Brochures and Promotions • Sales Office/Design Center/Showroom View the complete list of MAX Award winners at www.HBAAustin.com under “Latest News”. Contact any of these award-winning HBA members for your next home building or remodeling project at www.HBAustin.com (click on “Find a Member”). RL

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WCR vice president of membership Ruby Johnson of Nextage Lone Star Realty tells members about the ongoing retention and membership drive, which will feature an iPad mini giveaway at the April luncheon.

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Brooke Konopacki, left, of Champions School of Real Estate congratulates Sheri Brummett of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS for being recognized as part of the company’s International Diamond Society. Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS hosted its Regional Sales Rally at the ABoR office.

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Parsons. She taught me many lessons about people and contacts. She taught me warm calls. She taught me referrals. Re-fer-ral: An act of referring someone or something for consulting, review, or further action. In the age of Internet advertising and social media marketing, where everyone is a “friend,” many agents have lost track of the cultural nature of real estate. While technology provides many wonderful tools we use daily to assist us in making and maintaining contact, they cannot replace the human connection. When first time homebuyers or a budding young professional or empty nesters, etc. decide to buy or sell, they ask around. They want to be “referred” to an agent based on the opinion of a person they know and trust. Trust is the unifier that brings agents and prospective buyers and sellers together. Technology cannot replace personal service, genuine care and experience in a real estate transaction. When someone, somewhere, somehow, believes you are so good at what you do; they are willing to put their own reputation on the line and recommend you, it creates an instant level of trust. With over 9,000 REALTORS in the

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Austin area; even more, considering our license allows us to sell anywhere in Texas, how and why do you stand out? The CRS designation is someone who is a “Certified Residential Specialist.” When I speak to various groups around the country, I define CRS as the “Cash Referral System.” The referral system is the entrance for new relationships. However, the value placed on developing that relationship and earning someone’s trust is what really builds your strong and successful business.

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The Austin Area CRS Chapter is offering an opportunity to begin your mastery of referrals. April 28-29, we are offering you an opportunity to master the referral method. CRS-210 is being held at ABoR, as well as CRS-103 (Positive Change) on the 30th. I challenge you to set yourself apart from the other 9,000 plus REALTORS in our area and begin (or affirm) your mastery of referral business. Class size is limited, so call ABoR today at 512454-7636 and reserve your seat! RL

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irst American Title has serviced the Greater Austin Area since 1984. For more than 25 years, First American Title has provided its clients with an exceptional customer experience from a knowledgeable and friendly staff. This customer-first attitude personifies itself with the service provided to its clients. A centralized title plant allows for prompt turnaround time on all Travis, Hays and Williamson County title requests. At First American Title, a belief that personalized service ensures success drives the company’s goals. Innovative technology combined with skilled professionals enables First American Title to provide precision and exceptional service through every aspect of the closing process. First American Title is dedicated to leading the industry in customer satisfaction by providing consistently high-quality service; in innovation by developing and marketing new systems, products and services; in profitability by demanding efficiency; and in growth. First American Title Insurance Company is the largest subsidiary in The First American Corporation family. As the largest title insurer in the nation, the company offers title services through a network of more than 300 offices and 4,000 agents throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, the Bahama Islands, Canada, Guam, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the United Kingdom. Closing services are also available in many First American offices.

The expertise of a successful national company with the attentiveness of a local customer-focused business – that’s what you experience when working with First American Title. “Austin is such a close-knit community,” says Jason Vasek, Austin divisional president for First American Title. “While it’s a national company that has done business in 70 countries, we pride ourselves on remaining locally focused and investing back into the communities we serve.” The company focuses its efforts on its core business lines, which include title insurance, closing and settlement services, title plant management services, title and other real property records and images, valuation products and services, home warranty products, property and casualty insurance, and banking, trust and investment advisory services. Previously located in Houston, Vasek, who has been with First American Title for 12 years, was recently brought to the Austin market to continue growing the First American Title brand. “Our focal point and vision is to continue to deliver our services with integrity,” Vasek says. Within the past year alone, First American Title has experienced tremendous growth in the Austin area, which is a true testament to Austin’s booming real estate market and the strength of the company’s offerings. Since 2013, the company has added 13 new employees and plans to add more in the coming months.

www.myRealtyLine.com The company’s roots date back to Orange County in 1889 when two title firms opened in the recently developed county. Five years later, the companies merged and created the Orange County Title company, which is the predecessor to First American Title Insurance Company. In 1957, in an effort to become a powerhouse in Southern California, the company began extensive expansion plans. By 1982, First American Title served every region of the country. Then in 2010, the company separated its real estate information business from its title insurance and financial services business. This created two independent companies: CoreLogic, Inc., and First American Financial Corporation, respectively. Today, First American Title’s business presence extends throughout the U.S. and into nearly 70 countries. However, while this global company is evolving and growing, the customers in the individual markets are experiencing the benefits, particularly in regard to technological tools, of working with a company that has a sound financial standing and high-quality innovation. First American Title has been investing in its technology to provide its customers with accessible resources, all at the touch of a button. From mobile apps to comprehensive, full-service sites, Vasek says that one of First American Title’s greatest assets is its ability to provide customers with the resources they need to do their jobs in an efficient and productive manner. “We have an array of tools to help our clients and customers increase their business from a variety of marketing standpoints,” Vasek says. These technological tools are websites and apps that specifically tailor to the needs of REALTORS, homebuilders, homebuyers, sellers and more. Some specific examples of these technological tools include myFirstAm.com, a system

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that allows REALTORS to quickly and easily send property information and data, including aerial maps and Excel spreadsheets, to their customers through their smartphone or computer. In May 2013, this app was made Influencer’s Top iOS Apps for Real Estate List. To better manage the closing of a property, First American Title has two innovative resources. The CostsFirst Mobile App lets you calculate closing costs, make updates to files and e-mail, print or save the estimated HUD1. With Digital Docs, this free service automatically delivers closing and post-closing documents electronically, and customers are able to access these important documents in a secure, authenticated cloud. For more than 120 years, First American Title has been providing the real estate market with exceptional and innovative customer service and resources on an international, national and local level. Here in Austin, Vasek and his team provide the real estate community with proficiencies of a nationwide business while maintaining a customer-focused approach locally. RL

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WC REALTORS Association Executive Marge Phillips and Avis Wukasch of Keller Williams Realty are elated that the WC REALTORS bowling event to raise funds for TREPAC was a sell out.

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Penny Green of Willow Bend Mortgage and Jill Smith of Patten Law Firm share the spotlight with Alpha Rev, one of four Austin bands that performed at the launch party for Pure Gold Realty at The Belmont.

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Rob (http://www.notorious-rob.com), to hold thoughtful debates about one of the more exciting things to happen to the Austin real estate community since the invention of the internet. “First, there’s sort of a general sense of people looking and watching and see what happens,” says Hahn. After all, the eight agencies ending syndication listings, while they may be some of the largest brokerages in Austin, still only make up 5 percent of brokers and agents here. Even without MLS listings, Zillow and Trulia stand to maintain a relationship with 95 percent of Austin REALTORS. Since the ListHub websites are already displaying just 80 percent of agent-listed homes, according to the WAV study, those syndicators should have nothing to worry about. Supposing third party syndication websites do take a major hit in the Austin market, the fact is that ABoR will have facilitated the move that corrected a serious problem for area agents. “My opinion is we need to put the brokers back in charge of where they want to advertise their properties,” says Bill Evans, ABoR president. “The ABoR is charged with educating the membership, not making recommendations but giving members the information they need to make an informed decision.” If top syndication websites continue to list available properties on a seven to nine day delay, and feature dozens of homes that are no longer for sale (37 percent for Trulia and 36 percent for Zillow) after April 30, Evans and Stapleton can at least feel vindicated that the NAR Code of Ethics is not being violated by Austin agents. It should be noted, of more than 6,000 listings in 11 U.S. markets that the WAV Group analyzed, none were in Texas. The conversation about pulling the plug on

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The "Tool Belt Divas" take home the prize for Best Dressed Team at the WC REALTORS' Bowling for TREPAC event at Mel's Lonestar Lanes.

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Diana Brown, left, Toni Halseth, second from right, and Kara McGregor, right, all of Independence Title, thank Johnny and Claudia Cuchia, both of Gold Key Real Estate, for taking time out of their day to attend the company’s Open House celebration event.

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Jim Smith of The Property Management Group trades business cards with Charlie Pitkin of Outlaw Realty, a Private Label Company, as they enjoy music from Alpha Rev at launch party for Pure Gold Realty.

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Amy Keillor, center, of Pure Gold Realty thanks Sal Zuniga, left, of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, and David McMillan, right, of United Lending as they arrive at The Belmont, to support Pure Gold’s launch and enjoy music from four Austin bands.

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Thumbs up for TREPAC! Amy Kobza, left, of Keller Williams Realty, Karen Williams Williams, second from left, and Tiesa Hollaway, third from left, both of North American Title, Suzanne Gantner of Sky Realty, Phillip Moreno, left in back, of Liberty Mutual, Michael McSpadden of Principle Mortgage Partners and Jim Smith, right, of Property M anagement Company help raise money for TREPAC at the WC REALTORS Bowling for TREPAC event.

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Former Women’s Council of REALTORS president Anita Farrell, right, thanks Chef Michael Wards for providing a delicious luncheon and also is appreciative of Stacye Blake of Landmark Warranty for being one of the event sponsors.

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was taught in school to not make mistakes. My teachers would always count my incorrect answers, compare them to my correctly memorized answers and calculate the ration between the two. 75 percent. 83 percent. 90 percent. They never asked me what I learned, only what I memorized. We learn via trial and error. We were designed to make mistakes. We learn how to walk, talk, and drive: almost everything we know we learn via correcting our mistakes. I loved playing football. We practiced almost every day. Practice consisted of repeating the same play over and over until it was approved by the coach. We kept correcting our mistakes until we got it right. Once we mastered one play from the playbook in that fashion, we were taught another one using the same method. Mistake, correct. Mistake, correct. Eventually we learned the entire play book. We learn real estate the same way. Try as we might, we cannot teach you how to take a listing in class. The environment is too sterile.

If it were a traditional class, we would cover all the steps involved in taking a listing and have the student memorize each and every step until they could recall the list perfectly. Then we would hand them a test and say, “Tell us what you know about listing a house by answering these 50 questions.” The student who paid the most attention and had the best memory would receive the highest ration score and would be deemed to be “smart.” Those whose mind wandered during the “teaching process” or who didn’t memorize as many answers would be deemed less smart. The real problem is that no matter who scored what, no one knew anything about how to take a listing. The only way to learn how to become a top notch professional listing agent is to go out into the breakfast rooms of the city and mess up 10, 12 or 15 presentations. You can now successfully discover what you don’t know. You discover what did not work. You correct your mistakes. Go again. Make some more. Correct those. Go again. Make some new mis-

takes. Correct them. Go again. Mistake, correct. Mistake, correct. Then the marketplace will grade you. It will tell you when you have passed your exam, not by memorizing the “right answers” but by having the courage to face the unknown and master your craft using nature’s prescribed method: trial and error. How will the marketplace tell you? Sellers will begin to list with you. The more you repeat this process, the more you learn and the “smarter” you become. This is the process the most successful among us understand. They fail their way to success. When we memorize answers, we have knowledge of the subject. But we don’t truly know it until we can do it. Talking isn’t teaching, listening isn’t learning, and memorization of right answers is no indication of a person’s intelligence or ability. I heard a story long ago that has stuck with me. I grew up in a small town near NASA. In 1969 we landed a man on the moon. What percentage of the time was the Apollo spacecraft on course? I heard 3 percent. It was on the correct course only 3 percent of the entire

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time! What was it doing 97 percent of the time? Correcting its flight path. Mistake, correct. Mistake, correct. Mistake, correct. Success! Do you know someone who makes the same mistakes over and over again? It’s seems like they just don’t learn from their mistakes. They do the presentations but still don’t know how to respond to simple concerns like “I don’t want to give out a key.” Or “I don’t want a sign in my yard.” “My home is worth more than that.” The home sits on the market until it expires because it is overpriced, fewer people know it’s for sale and the people who do know have trouble getting in it. Ego is the biggest obstacle to learning. Show me someone who makes the same mistakes over and over and I will show you someone with a huge ego. True professionals handle their mistakes graciously and with humor. They know mistakes are a gift from Heaven. They appreciate them because they just learned something new; they just got smarter; they just, once again (thank goodness) successfully discovered something else they did not know! So, do true professionals justify their mistakes? Do they blame others for their mistakes? No, of course not. They get the lesson. Personally, I have made millions, maybe even billions of mistakes. That’s why I know so much. Now go out there, take action, and discover what you don’t know! Then, at the end of the day, review your mistakes and ask yourself this question “What did I learn today?” RL


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Please join us at the Historic Bremond House for an afternoon of music and networking at our 5th annual Firm Open House. Network with those in the legal, real estate and banking community while enjoying delicious bites by Alfred’s Catering, wines by Spicewood Vineyards, and music by Aaron Navarro.

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Ann Buck, Leslie Buck and Amanda McGee, all of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS, welcome fellow agents to the company’s Regional Sales Meeting.

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Real Estate News & Notes Georgetown Mortgage hires reverse mortgage veteran Georgetown Mortgage’s reverse mortgage division Reverse Mortgage Focus announced that reverse mortgage veteran David Cook has been recruited to help expand its retail channel. In 2004, after nearly 40 years in mortgage banking, David joined Financial Freedom and soon after determined he would devote the balance of his career to the Reverse Mortgage space. Since then, David has worked for Senior Lending Network, Network Funding and most recently, as national wholesale manager with Liberty Home Equity Solutions. “I have learned from some of the very best and it is always a difficult decision to leave a team like the one Liberty has put together,” says Cook. “I have known David for nearly 10 years. I consider him a friend and mentor, and it is a privilege to have him join our team,” says Barry Scoles, national sales manager for the Reverse Mortgage Division of Georgetown Mortgage. Cook states that, “Despite the many opportunities I have had in this industry, my heart has always been at the kitchen table working

with seniors. Georgetown Mortgage is everything I was looking for in order to get back into retail. They are locally owned in Georgetown, Texas, a Full-Eagle Correspondent for forward and reverse mortgages, and well known for doing what is in the best interest of the borrowers.” “With David’s experience and reputation in Texas mortgage banking and his deep desire to work with seniors, Georgetown Mortgage has hit a home run,” says Georgetown Mortgage CEO Roy Jones. Cook will divide his time working with Texas real estate professionals promoting the now available reverse mortgage purchase, helping to attract additional production channels to Georgetown Mortgage, and working directly with seniors.  RL

Legacy International donates $1,000 to LISD Virtual Library Legacy International’s President and CEO Philip Jalufka presented a $1,000 check to the Hill Country Education Foundation for the district’s virtual library called OverDrive during its annual Gala. “We are honored to help enhance our educational system and make the great schools in our community even better,” said Jalufka. “LISD’s digital online library gives us an opportunity to

make a direct benefit to our students as they take advantage of today’s technology while at the same time focusing on the fundamentals like reading." “We continue to chart increases in eBook usage by our students and staff and this donation will allow us to purchase additional content to meet the growing demand of our patrons,” said Becky Calzada, LISD library coordinator. RL

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Independence Title licenses new technology to access instant property information for its customers Independence Title is licensing Zonability to gain faster access to useful, data driven insights about thousands of parcels of land in seven central Texas cities. Zonability is a powerful, new web application that converts multiple sources of data into innovative, graphically rich reports and interactive maps for PCs and mobile devices. By licensing the Zonability application, Independence Title staffers will be able to quickly uncover unique insights into real estate opportunities for their clients derived from zoning rules, public record data, FEMA status, and calculations to show estimates of maximum building size and height for a specific address or parcel of land. Clients will benefit by having greater transparency into important rules that control property potential.

With Zonability, Independence Title will be able to instantly access in-depth information about thousands of parcels of land in Austin, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Round Rock, Bee Cave, and Lakeway. The company plans to add more Texas cities soon. “Zonability is an amazing new technology product,” says Erik Wanson, director of customer service for Independence Title. “We are always looking for cutting edge tools that solve problems for our customers. Frequently, we receive questions regarding potential uses for a property and potential locations for businesses. Now, Zonability instantly compiles and presents answers to these questions that previously would have required hours of manual research.” RL

RE/MAX 1 takes top honors at RE/MAX statewide convention RE/MAX 1 in Cedar Park, owned by Tim and Tammy Kress, recently captured big honors at the RE/ MAX of Texas statewide convention in Las Colinas.

Among the 30 plus RE/MAX offices in the greater Austin area, RE/MAX 1 captured first place in listing units, listing volume, selling units, selling volume, total sales by units and volume, and commissions paid. Tim and Tammy Kress were additionally recognized among over 250 RE/MAX offices in Texas with approximately 4,800 agents, as the Broker/Owners of the Year, metro division.  RL

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The “Brainy Bunch” team lands a trophy at the WC REALTORS Bowling for TREPAC event for the “Dead Ass Last” category. Pictured left to right are Lori Hartman, Tara Lopez, Renee Massey and Rina Peiffer, all of Bella Casa Realty.

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Beth Helberg of ABoR, Kandis Wilberforce and Anne Ford, both of Brohn Homes, show off their “lip blankets” at the NAPMW Mardi Gras Masquerade.

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Alpha Rev's Casey McPherson sings "New Morning," at the Pure Gold Realty launch event at The Belmont. Chad Goldwasser, bottom right, formerly of Goldwasser Realty, started the new company.

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