David was on stage for the majority of an afternoon at Inman Connect this week where he moderated a few panels and interviewed Denee Evans, the new CEO of The Council of Multiple Listing Services. It was refreshing to hear her take on how she sees the role of an MLS and share ideas for how we can all transition to the next phase of how consumers interact with the real estate industry.
Next up was a conversation about how to forge a relationship between big brokers and MLSs with Tom Phillips, CEO of TREND MLS, and Rajeev Sajja, Vice President of Digital Innovation, Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Realtors. They brought great ideas about how Brokers and MLSs can better work together in the ever changing real estate landscape. Then came a panel on Big Data and real estate, which featured RBI’s own John Heithaus, where everyone came away with a new optimism for how our industry cannot only ride out the wave of Big Data but take it by the helm and use it to our advantage.
David rounded out the afternoon with a discussion about how to create the perfect MLS which got down to some very granular examples of how technological tools can help agents do their jobs. Panelists, including NVAR’s Christine Todd and Century 21 Redwood’s Heather Elias, also discussed the idea that we should move toward having a national database so there isn’t as much duplication of efforts around the country.
It was an information-filled afternoon, just like all the other days of the conference, and covered so many of the topics we hear about everyday at MRIS. If you were able to attend please share your experiences about these panels or Inman Connect in general in the comments. And try to make it to the Inman conference in San Francisco this summer. It’s always worth the trip.