April 2019, Issue 1


WAV Group Newsletter

By Victor Lund

For most people, real estate occupies the greatest percentage of family wealth – far more than investments in stocks or other wealth building accounts. Back in the 40s, my relative’s grandfather and his brother purchased a very modest two-bedroom cinderblock home in a nice neighborhood in St. Petersburg, Florida as a winter getaway. One brother ended up owning the property after his sibling and his wife passed. When he passed, the property was inherited by his child, who is now 89 years old and intends to either leave it to her grandchild or sell it and leave the money to [...]

By Kevin Hawkins

When Zillow launched Zestimates, no one realized at the time how radical the impact of what they did then would become later. There are a lot of Sunday quarterbacks who would like to re-write history and say they knew it would result in helping to catapult the firm to $7 billion valuation. But no one predicted back then that Zestimates would fuel a phenomenon dubbed “real estate porn” that helped it drive more than 100 million unique visitors to Zillow’s website each month. Recently, another company that starts with a "z" called zavvie has launched what I believe is an [...]

By David Gumpper

Google continues to enhance the tools available with a G-Suite subscription. My eyebrows frown when I learn an organization’s Marketing or Operation teams are not taking advantage of one of the Business Intelligence (BI) tools like Google Data Studio. Last week, the Data Studio team just released a bunch of new enhancements and training for their G-Suite customers.

By Victor Lund

This year’s REAL TRENDS 500 REPORT is now released and available for view. The process that Steve Murray has followed in collecting the sales data for the report is rigorous. They collect the data directly from the franchise organizations and directly from independent firms.