MLS & Associations

NAR: Obama’s Zillow-moderated housing chat ‘not a serious discussion’

Trade group explains to members why Zillow got the call and realtor.com did not

The selection of Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff as the moderator of President Barack Obama's chat with America about housing today seems to have the National Association of Realtors scrambling to explain how Zillow, and not NAR, got the call from the White House.A "special report" from NAR's "Internal News Service" appears to lay out talking points for state and local association executives who are apparently facing questions like:"Why isn't NAR involved in this event?""Why is the White House working with Zillow?"Why isn't realtor.com involved?"NAR's explanation to members is that the trade association is deeply involved in public policy issues that can put it in conflict with the Obama administration, and that the "White House wants to attract eyeballs to their live streaming site; this is not a serious public policy discussion."Rascoff and Obama take to the stage today at a time when NAR and realtor.com operator Move Inc. are trying to make realtor.com more compet...