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The Technology and Trends Committee is dedicated to helping all members and affiliates achieve their technology goals through cutting edge platforms focusing on efficiency, customer service and marketing. We will provide educational training that will help ease the transition to digital age technology for both the realtor and the consumer. Overall, the Tech and Trends Committee is dedicated to vetting new technologies and ensuring that the technology that is provided is productive and an asset to end users.

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  • Technology Summit - April 21; 8:30AM - 12:30PM

Are You Nomophobic

Nick Bejelis

Trends/Technology

ARE YOU NOMOPHOBIC?

 “If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about our world? The answer? I possess a device, in my pocket that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man. I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in to arguments with strangers.” This was an excerpt from the online forum Reddit demonstrating the significance of mobile technology. In 90% of American adults hands/pockets/purses lies this device with virtually unlimited capabilities. You can watch live TV with subscription streaming services. You can check on a live camera feed or close your garage door from across the world with home automation. You can swipe right in hopes to find true love. You can even search and find your next house on the internet. Oh, and you can actually make calls with these things too. But like Spiderman’s great Uncle Ben said “with great power comes great responsibility”.  

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3-D Matterport Technology

Glenn Kouns

Trends/Technology

Using 3-D scans in Real Estate

3-D MatterportTechnology

A trend here to stay?

Local business publications are providing numerous articles on utilizing 3-D Scans for a more realistic tour of real estate. Will this technology replace the current picture based advertising we now commonly see? Is the new-tech cost prohibitive for agents without a large budget to promote their listings? What is this new technology, and what does it offer to the Realtor, and more importantly, buyers?

In 2013 a company called Matterport, located in Sunnyvale, California introduced the equipment to help real estate agents in cities like Houston, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois, provide realistic walk-throughs.

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  • Monday Minute – Week of May 22, 2017

    Both the Senate and House are in session this week, but the focus will be in the House where a few issues of importance to REALTORS® will be discussed. The Financial Services Committee has a hearing tentatively scheduled for May 25 on flood insurance. The Science, Space, & Technology Committee will discuss expanding the role of States in EPA rulemaking.  The Energy & Commerce Committee will discuss how new technologies (i.e. drones) have impacted delivery services available to consumers  and  businesses, and regulatory challenges at the federal, state, and local... Read More

  • Second Century Ventures adds Adwerx and immoviewer to 2017 REach® Accelerator Class

    WASHINGTON (May 17, 2017) — Two more innovative technology companies have been selected to join REach®, a growth technology accelerator program from the National Association of Realtors®' strategic investment arm, Second Century Ventures. Adwerx, a digital advertising provider, and immoviewer, a 3-D virtual tour technology company, will join the seven other companies announced last month as part of the fifth REach class.

    REach provides early-to mid-stage companies... Read More

  • 'Upstream' Listing Management Tool to Simplify MLS Integration

    Listing data that enters Upstream may now have the option to be downstream of the MLS.

    That's the gist of an announcement made Tuesday at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., by UpstreamRE, a data management company formed by a group of brokers and franchises to give brokerages greater control over how their listing data is used and shared online.

    Upstream was originally conceived and developed to enable brokers to enter their listing data in one place and easily set how it's shared with others, including the MLS, their own... Read More