The Notorious POD Ep 23: John DiMichele of Toronto Regional Real Estate Board

The Blockchain and Real Estate series continues. I speak with John DiMichele, CEO of Toronto Regional Real Estate Board, the largest REALTOR Association as well as the largest single-Association MLS in North America, about their efforts to include blockchain technology in the MLS.

As John has long been one of the biggest proponents of this technology in the space, and one of the leaders pursuing innovation using blockchain in real estate, I wanted to learn more about what TRREB is doing and what his vision for the technology is.

Again, as before, this conversation gets technical at times, not to the level of true technologists but possibly beyond the interest of everyday agents. Nonetheless, I thought it worth capturing so we all can understand whether and how blockchain could apply to use cases in real estate.

Ep. 23: John DiMichele, TRREB

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Bio of John DiMichele

John DiMichele is the Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB). TREB is recognized as the largest real estate board in North America with over 48,000 members and serving over 56,000 users in the Greater Toronto Area.

John has worked as a real estate professional and as an association leader bringing together a wealth of experience, the practitioner’s perspective, and an intimate understanding of the real estate landscape. John worked in the Real Estate profession initially as a salesperson and then as a Broker/Manager prior to joining TREB’s staff as Chief Information Officer.

As TREB’s CIO John was responsible for introducing and overseeing a variety of notable initiatives. Promoted to the role of CEO in 2014, one of his key priorities has been to better understand, examine and optimize the economic competitiveness and livability of the Greater Toronto Area. To that end John initiated and spearheaded TREB’s Market Year in Review & Outlook Report in 2016. This ground breaking report utilizes scientific data, evidence based initiatives and consults stakeholders from various sectors across the region on key areas of improvement for a better future.

John has served in several capacities as a REALTOR® member of three Real Estate Boards of varying sizes including the Toronto Real Estate Board of Directors. Over the years John has also contributed to the efforts of the Ontario Real Estate Association, served on the Canadian Real Estate Association Board of Directors while Chair of the national MLS® and Technology Council. John’s efforts and leadership have been recognized over the years. He was named in the 2017 and 2018 Swanepoel 200 and the Real Estate Professionals of Canada Hot list for 2017 as an influential force.

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Rob Hahn

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Managing Partner of 7DS Associates, and the grand poobah of this here blog. Once called "a revolutionary in a really nice suit", people often wonder what I do for a living because I have the temerity to not talk about my clients and my work for clients. Suffice to say that I do strategy work for some of the largest organizations and companies in real estate, as well as some of the smallest startups and agent teams, but usually only on projects that interest me with big implications for reforming this wonderful, crazy, lovable yet frustrating real estate industry of ours.

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