Recent Articles by Andrea V. Brambila

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
California MLSs pool real estate listings for more exposure

California MLSs pool real estate listings for more exposure

Three California multiple listing services have inked a data-share deal, continuing what they say is a trend to remove barriers to real estate data ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 26, 2017
Free MLS data feed could speed up real estate innovation

Free MLS data feed could speed up real estate innovation

Those kids in a garage dreaming up what could be the latest and greatest real estate tech tool are in luck. Three real estate industry players have joined forces to offer what they say is a "groundbreaking" industry first: a free, standardized MLS da...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 26, 2017
What’s NAR’s role when Realtor associations go to war?

What’s NAR’s role when Realtor associations go to war?

More local Realtor associations and MLSs are likely to merge in 2017. But as some high-profile cases show, consolidation does not necessarily last forever and fights between associations can be costly ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, January 25, 2017
A mushroom cloud Is your MLS doomed?

Is your MLS doomed?

NEW YORK -- First things first. The multiple listing service (MLS) itself is not doomed. But yours might be ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, January 23, 2017
The benefits – and dangers – of real estate reality TV

The benefits – and dangers – of real estate reality TV

NEW YORK – Being on a real estate reality TV show can be a great way to gin up business, but it can have its downsides, too ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, January 20, 2017
Zillow Group rolls out ‘end-to-end’ listing management

Zillow Group rolls out ‘end-to-end’ listing management

Real estate technology and media giant Zillow Group today unveiled what it says is an "end-to-end listing management solution for brokerages and MLSs." ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 19, 2017
A ribbon cutting The new National Broker Portal is here – and it has a familiar face

The new National Broker Portal is here – and it has a familiar face

The nation’s first national public-facing MLS website is now a reality, though real estate consumers and agents won't notice -- at first ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 19, 2017
How W+R Studios’ new landing pages stand out

How W+R Studios’ new landing pages stand out

NEW YORK -- Leads drive real estate businesses. Agents need a constant pipeline of potential buyers and sellers to thrive ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 19, 2017
Courthouse pillars in shadow 5 tips for avoiding legal landmines this year

5 tips for avoiding legal landmines this year

NEW YORK -- Some surprises are nice. But a letter threatening legal action is about the worst kind for a real estate agent or broker ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Zillow and VHT gear up for trial over sold-listing photos

Zillow and VHT gear up for trial over sold-listing photos

What happens to listing photos displayed on third-party websites after a property sells? Real estate photography company VHT Inc. and real estate technology and media giant Zillow Group are set to square off on that question at trial. ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, January 13, 2017
Bright MLS reveals giant six-state service area

Bright MLS reveals giant six-state service area

What's giant, hard-won and brand spanking new? The nation's newest mega multiple listing service ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 12, 2017
MLS auctioned for $250K after years of association infighting

MLS auctioned for $250K after years of association infighting

It didn't feel like a typical auction, the fast-talking auctioneer and prospective buyers shouting numbers in rapid-fire succession nowhere in sight. The room was quiet. About two dozen people witnessed an unprecedented event ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, January 11, 2017