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Notorious P.O.D. Episode 8: CMLS Thoughts With Bob Bemis, Greg Robertson



Episode 8 is a tragedy. I have a great conversation with the Notorious B.O.B. Bemis of Procuring Cause, and with Greg Robertson, of Vendor Alley and of W&R Studios (the creator of CloudCMA). We discussed CMLS, The Realty Alliance, big issues in the conflict between MLS and brokerages, future of the industry, and so on.

But apparently, something was wrong with my microphone. The three of us could hear me just fine, but apparently, the recording device could not. So my voice was simply not captured. [That might actually be an improvement to the podcast, of course….]

So I have had to cut and edit this so that you can at least hear what these two industry veterans have to say. There are some fantastic insights into what went on, what’s going on, and what is likely to go on. I personally think Bob’s prediction as to what might be coming from The Realty Alliance group might be on target. Listen and learn.

Thanks again to Bob and Greg, and my deepest apologies to you all for the audio fail.


Notorious POD, Episode 7: Breaking Bad With Bob Bemis



I think every single podcast episode I do these days is my newest favorite. This one is really special, really amazing. I’m only sorry that due to travel, work, and life in general, I couldn’t post this sooner. We recorded this a couple of weeks ago, right after Bob’s first post on Notorious but these topics are evergreen.

Bob Bemis, formerly of Zillow, formerly of Arizona Regional MLS, is the special guest on this episode of Notorious P.O.D. With his decades of experience in the real estate industry, especially in the MLS side which is oft-shrouded in mystery, as well as his time at Zillow, there isn’t anyone in the real estate industry who knows more, has worked more on, and has thought more about some of the hottest issues in the real estate industry than almost everyone alive today.

We begin talking about his post, about buyer agency, about the trends and warning signs confronting the industry, but the topics range all over from MLS, syndication, MLS consolidation, Associations, brokerages, agents, the big portals, data accuracy, etc. etc. If you don’t learn something from this podcast, then you’re the smartest person in the real estate industry, because I took away so much personally.

Your comments/thoughts are always welcome, but particularly on this one, I’d love to hear from you all. There will be a second podcast as soon as we can arrange it.

Once again, thanks to Bob, and if you’re interested in his posts, you can check out his author page.


Introducing… the Notorious B.O.B.

As longtime readers know, this has always been my personal blog since I started it in 2008. But, honestly, over time, it’s become far more of a real estate industry blog. It’s probably time I recognized that.

One way to recognize such a shift is to bring on other writers, other voices who have interesting things to say and fearless observations about this industry of ours. Well, I’d like to introduce you all to a man who frankly doesn’t need much of an introduction — at least to the Notorious Audience.

Please welcome Bob Bemis to Notorious ROB.


In case you’re not in the real estate industry, Bob is one of the most respected executives in the MLS/data/technology world with, as he puts it:

  • 22 years in school
  • 20 years in TV broadcasting
  • 24 years in real estate technology

His most recent foray was at a small startup in Seattle you might have heard of by the name of Zillow as the VP of Partner Relations. Prior to that, he was the CEO of ARMLS, one of the largest MLS’s in the country with some 32,000 members.

He’s launched his own blog, Procuring Cause, and I suspect he’ll be cross-posting quite a bit from Notorious to there and vice versa. But I figured this audience would probably find his thoughts and observations interesting.

Plus, he will easily fit in with the blog.

In any event, please welcome the Notorious BOB to the blog, and check out his first post ever on Notorious. It’s likely to carry on the tradition of fearless inquiry that is our hallmark here.