Recent Articles by Andrea V. Brambila

Is growth of Zillow Group’s Bridge platform hype or substance?

Is growth of Zillow Group’s Bridge platform hype or substance?

During Zillow Group's annual MLS Forum in Las Vegas this week, the real estate giant took the opportunity to announce that more than 10 multiple listing services with more than 180,000 agents combined had signed up for a listing input tool from its B...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, April 21, 2017
5 ways to market your real estate brand after a name change

5 ways to market your real estate brand after a name change

A little over a week ago, Michigan real estate agent Lisa Kay VanderMeer eloped with her now-husband, Steve. In getting back to business, she's grappling with a common question for many agents who change their last names after marriage or divorce: Ho...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Court rejects Zillow’s insurance claim for legal expenses in VHT case

Court rejects Zillow’s insurance claim for legal expenses in VHT case

The real estate industry has been following the VHT lawsuit closely, in part because the photos at issue in the case were provided to Zillow by real estate agents, brokers and multiple listing services -- possibly under misattributed rights. The case...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Guard Llama lands $100K investment from ‘Shark Tank’s’ Barbara Corcoran

Guard Llama lands $100K investment from ‘Shark Tank’s’ Barbara Corcoran

It's not every day that real estate entrepreneurs walk onto a national TV stage with a real, live llama -- and walk out with a $100,000 investment ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Fair Housing Act covers LGBT people, federal court rules

Fair Housing Act covers LGBT people, federal court rules

In April 2015, landlord Deepika Avanti refused to rent one of her townhouses to the Smith family in the tiny town of Gold Hill, Colorado, in Boulder County. Avanti denied the Smiths, spouses Tonya Smith and Rachel Smith, who is transgender, and their...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Real estate regulators crack down on individual agent, team branding

Real estate regulators crack down on individual agent, team branding

California's real estate regulator appears to be getting fed up with agents who mislead consumers into believing they are brokers -- and with the brokers that support the practice -- and it's not alone. ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, April 10, 2017
National Association of Realtors advises agents and brokers on legal marijuana

National Association of Realtors advises agents and brokers on legal marijuana

When it comes to marijuana, there's a crosshatch of laws that real estate brokers and their agents must navigate. The drug is illegal under federal law, but 30 states and Washington, D.C., allow medical use of marijuana ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, April 7, 2017
San Antonio Board of Realtors gears up for tense membership vote

San Antonio Board of Realtors gears up for tense membership vote

One of the largest local Realtor associations in Texas is gearing up for what is likely to be a contentious meeting next week where two board officers will respond to allegations and members will vote whether to depose them ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, March 31, 2017
Double exposure? 4 San Francisco Bay Area MLSs strike data share deal

Double exposure? 4 San Francisco Bay Area MLSs strike data share deal

In a market where million-dollar real estate listings often sell in days, a fragmented MLS market and the inefficiency it brings can be frustrating and potentially costly for a real estate agent ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, March 30, 2017
San Antonio Board of Realtors to hold vote on whether to eject directors

San Antonio Board of Realtors to hold vote on whether to eject directors

Here's something that doesn't happen every day: One of the largest local Realtor associations in Texas will hold an emergency meeting next week to vote on whether two of their officers should be removed from the board of directors ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, March 28, 2017
CoreLogic’s Trestle now open for business — will tech vendors bite?

CoreLogic’s Trestle now open for business — will tech vendors bite?

Opening its doors to tech companies yearning for a single, combined, standardized data feed from multiple MLSs, real estate data company CoreLogic launched its data marketplace, Trestle, to vendors this week. ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, March 24, 2017
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