Recent Articles by Andrea V. Brambila

Colorado MLSs embark on ‘highly charged’ merger talks

Colorado MLSs embark on ‘highly charged’ merger talks

Colorado's two largest MLSs -- REcolorado and Information and Real Estate Services (IRES) -- have agreed to merger talks shepherded by T3 MLS, a division of real estate research and management consulting firm Swanepoel T3 Group, on the heels of a dec...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, March 23, 2017
Do Zillow leads to lenders violate RESPA? CFPB mum

Do Zillow leads to lenders violate RESPA? CFPB mum

Are the agents and lenders who participate in Zillow's lender co-marketing program violating a federal anti-kickback law? The CFPB has not issued any guidance in regards to whether participating in Zillow's lender co-marketing program violates RESPA,...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Bright MLS launches political advocacy grant program for Realtor associations

Bright MLS launches political advocacy grant program for Realtor associations

Jamie Ridge knows local public policy decisions can have a big effect on home sales. "We’re really the only watchdogs," Ridge told Inman in an interview. "When it comes to real estate transactions, the local associations really end up being the mon...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, March 17, 2017
Zillow Group’s Bridge Interactive vs. Upstream: A data management arms race?

Zillow Group’s Bridge Interactive vs. Upstream: A data management arms race?

Listings, listings, listings. Debates about where they go online, when, and in what form -- plus who controls all of that -- have fired up the real estate industry since the advent of the internet ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, March 16, 2017
5 MLSs, 1 county: SmartMLS advances consolidation in Connecticut

5 MLSs, 1 county: SmartMLS advances consolidation in Connecticut

If real estate agents and brokers want to do business in all of Fairfield County, Connecticut, they are virtually required to join more than one multiple listing service. Five MLSs cover the county. Five ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, March 14, 2017
SmartZip acquires Reach150 and gets financing boost

SmartZip acquires Reach150 and gets financing boost

SmartZip has acquired Reach150, a company that offers a referral management system. At the same time, a key investor in Reach150, Toba Capital, made an equity investment in SmartZip to help integrate Reach150 and SmartZip's SmartTargeting product and...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, March 10, 2017
Ranking blocks Clareity’s 2017 MLS satisfaction rankings: Would you choose your system again?

Clareity’s 2017 MLS satisfaction rankings: Would you choose your system again?

Even as new real estate gadgets are constantly introduced into the market, the MLS remains agents' no. 1 technology tool. So when choosing whether to stay with a current system or make a change, how can MLS executives separate the best from the rest ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Agents beware: Fake ‘Florida Board of Realtors’ demands $225 in scam

Agents beware: Fake ‘Florida Board of Realtors’ demands $225 in scam

If you've recently received an invoice from an organization claiming to be a Realtor board, take a good look: It may be a scam ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, March 6, 2017
VHT rival PlanOmatic changes photo copyright terms after Zillow lawsuit

VHT rival PlanOmatic changes photo copyright terms after Zillow lawsuit

Earlier this month, a federal court awarded real estate photography company VHT $8.3 million in a copyright infringement suit against Zillow Group. Now, in what may seem like a counterintuitive move, VHT rival PlanOmatic announced that it will assign...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, February 27, 2017
Two roads merging into one Austin and San Antonio MLSs explore consolidation

Austin and San Antonio MLSs explore consolidation

No rings have been exchanged yet, but two Texas MLSs are considering tying the knot ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, February 24, 2017
Railroad crossing San Francisco Bay Area MLSs to share ‘coming soon’ and pocket listings

San Francisco Bay Area MLSs to share ‘coming soon’ and pocket listings

When "coming soon" listings blazed into the spotlight nearly three years ago, MLSss had a choice: support what agents and brokers were already doing among themselves or try to quash it ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, February 23, 2017
Rob Hahn and Greg Robertson launch ‘Industry Relations’ podcast

Rob Hahn and Greg Robertson launch ‘Industry Relations’ podcast

What do you get when two of real estate's most well-known, outspoken bloggers get together to hash out controversial topics about the industry you know and love ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
RPR beefs up agent training as Upstream enters next phase

RPR beefs up agent training as Upstream enters next phase

Upstream will begin beta testing its platform sometime this year. To get agents and brokers up to speed, the company building the Upstream platform -- Realtors Property Resource -- has signed an agreement with a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kansas ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, February 17, 2017
Zillow Group posts net loss of $220M in 2016

Zillow Group posts net loss of $220M in 2016

In an earnings report today, Zillow Group, the operator of listing portals Zillow and Trulia, posted a net loss of $220 million in 2016. The loss includes the impact of a $130 million legal settlement with archrival Move Inc ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, February 7, 2017
A woman sitting in the window of an office building ‘NAR Girl Boss 2017’ Facebook group urges CEO selection transparency

‘NAR Girl Boss 2017’ Facebook group urges CEO selection transparency

Say you feel the process for selecting the next leader of more than 1 million real estate professionals is less than transparent. Are you going to sit by and grumble or do something about it? Sunny Lake, a managing broker at eXp Realty, chose the lat...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, February 7, 2017
MLS cuts off data share after rejection of buyout offer

MLS cuts off data share after rejection of buyout offer

Looks like Colorado's two largest MLSs won't be joining forces anytime soon. Information and Real Estate Services (IRES), the Centennial State’s second-largest MLS, has rejected a multimillion-dollar buyout offer from the state's largest MLS, REcol...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, February 3, 2017
CFPB orders real estate brokers, lenders to pay $4M in fines

CFPB orders real estate brokers, lenders to pay $4M in fines

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has fined two mortgage lenders and two real estate brokerages for what the federal agency says was an "illegal kickback scheme" in which one of the lenders allegedly paid for mortgage business referrals...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, February 2, 2017
Live: The ‘portal like’ consumer experience from Florida’s largest MLS

Live: The ‘portal like’ consumer experience from Florida’s largest MLS

The consumer website that My Florida Regional MLS (MFRMLS) told us about in December has gone live. "By giving its user interface a facelift and adding a predictive analytics tool from tech company TLCengine, the multiple listing service hopes to not...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, January 31, 2017