Weekly Roundup


The best mobile apps of the future, going green beats being blue, a perspective on Google listings, and more in this week's Roundup. • A look at how information providers (like us!) are reshaping the MLS community (via Inman):

"With consumers now expecting to see a comprehensive set of for-sale listings, agents, brokerages, multiple listing services and third-party aggregators are seeking to differentiate themselves from their competitors by pulling onto their Web sites anything and everything from the growing universe of information that might conceivably be connected with a home purchase."

• Can green properties impact employee health and productivity? A new CB Richard Ellis/U of San Diego study thinks so (via Hot Property Blog):

"A new study found that tenants in green buildings experience increased productivity and fewer sick days. The research also found that that green buildings have lower vacancy rates and higher rents than non-green counterparts."

• ReadWriteWeb profiles the top 10 mobile applications of 2012 according to Gartner:

"For many of the categories on this list, there are a number of mobile apps that are already available today. But what Gartner makes clear is that we're just getting started when it comes to their use."

• Google is incorporating listings into map applications (via 1000Watt blog):

"Forget the RPR. If you’re interested in the future of real estate, you need to be watching Google closely these days. A couple weeks ago we noted the company’s move to include a real estate overlay on Google Maps, which put listings smack-dab in front of millions of Google users who likely had no idea the company has spent the last several years quietly aggregating this content."

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