Puzzle image via Shutterstock. Rivals come together at data standards 'plugfest'

Rivals come together at data standards 'plugfest'

Apple and Samsung do it. Google and Microsoft do it. And in the real estate industry, CoreLogic, FBS and Rapattoni do it. Next week, competitors in the industry will come together in Las Vegas for the industry’s first-ever “plugfest”...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, October 17, 2014
First-time homebuyers image via Shutterstock. More MLSs offer down payment assistance tool

More MLSs offer down payment assistance tool

More than 335,000 real estate professionals in 20 multiple listing services and associations now have access to a tool that allows them to see which homes may qualify for down payment assistance programs. The latest MLSs to license Down Payment ......
By Inman News | Thursday, October 16, 2014
Homesnap Pro serves up details on listings and sales for every agent in the local MLS. Agent-only version of popular consumer mobile app a hit

Agent-only version of popular consumer mobile app a hit

Five multiple listing services representing 76,000 real estate professionals have taken real estate tech firm Homesnap up on a promotional offer on an agent-only version of the company’s popular real estate mobile app that provides the first 1...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Postcard from New Jersey image via Shutterstock. New Jersey MLS feeding listings to Zillow

New Jersey MLS feeding listings to Zillow

Brokers belonging to New Jersey Multiple Listing Service Inc. can now send their listings directly through the MLS to Zillow, the most highly trafficked online real estate portal in the nation. Realtor-owned New Jersey MLS is the latest MLS to join ...
By Inman News | Monday, October 13, 2014
Flexmls screen shot Flexmls now serves nearly 160,000 agents and brokers

Flexmls now serves nearly 160,000 agents and brokers

Two Realtor associations representing nearly 3,800 members are switching over to FBS’ multiple listing service system, Flexmls, bringing the system’s user count to nearly 160,000 agents and brokers in 130-plus MLSs. The Palmdale, Califor...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Knight image via Shutterstock. Ben Graboske joins CoreLogic rival Black Knight

Ben Graboske joins CoreLogic rival Black Knight

Ben Graboske, formerly a high-level exec with real estate tech and data firm CoreLogic, is now putting his experience with multiple listing service and real estate data products to use for competitor Black Knight Financial Services. Graboske has jo...
By Inman News | Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Hypothetical .realestate domain names. NAR put in charge of new .realestate domain

NAR put in charge of new .realestate domain

The National Association of Realtors has bested three other applicants for the right to manage a new .realestate domain, marking the trade group’s first successful bid to control a top-level domain based on a generic term. The Internet Corporat...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, October 6, 2014
Tulsa's "Golden Driller" statue of oil worker image via Shutterstock. Zillow signs up Northeastern Oklahoma MLS

Zillow signs up Northeastern Oklahoma MLS

A multiple listing service in Oklahoma has agreed to send its listings directly to top real estate portal Zillow on behalf of participating brokerages. The MLS, Northeast Oklahoma Real Estate Services, is owned and operated by the Greater Tulsa Assoc...
By Inman News | Monday, October 6, 2014
Screen shot comparing a Cloud Streams listing alert with one from an MLS. MLS listing alert tool now available to 200,000 agents

MLS listing alert tool now available to 200,000 agents

A multiple listing service listing alert tool from real estate software firm W&R Studios is now available to members of six large MLSs that collectively represent about 200,000 real estate professionals. The firm first launched the tool, Cloud St...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, October 3, 2014
Screen shot of RPR Android app from the Google Play Store. Realtor-owned tech firm offers mobile version of property database

Realtor-owned tech firm offers mobile version of property database

Realtor-owned technology company Realtors Property Resource has rolled out its first mobile application, offering all 1 million-plus Realtors on-the-go access to its parcel-based property database at no additional cost. National Association of Realto...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Wedding cake image via Shutterstock. Why NAR gave News Corp its blessing to acquire realtor.com operator Move

Why NAR gave News Corp its blessing to acquire realtor.com operator Move

The National Association of Realtors is giving its blessing to plans by publishing giant News Corp to acquire realtor.com operator Move Inc. because of the potential “multiplier effect” for realtor.com if owned by the “world’s pre...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Shadowy figure image via Shutterstock. MLSs have critical role to play in safeguarding members

MLSs have critical role to play in safeguarding members

The disappearance of Realtor Beverly Carter in Little Rock has heightened my concerns about Realtor safety. My wife, Kayelin, is in her 11th year of real estate sales. We have a precious 2-year-old son, Houston Travis Wright. If anything ever ......
By Travis Wright | Monday, September 29, 2014
Mysterious unknown image via Shutterstock. Brokers say mysterious 'Upstream' initiative not intended to replace MLSs

Brokers say mysterious 'Upstream' initiative not intended to replace MLSs

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Multiple listing services and associations have nothing to fear from a mysterious initiative by a coalition of some of the biggest names in real estate, the head of a large brokerage network told hundreds of MLS ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, September 29, 2014
Screen shot of a pared-down RealTracs listing on Zillow with limited photos and a truncated listing description. Zillow taking truncated listings from MLS until brokers can sign up to provide direct feeds

Zillow taking truncated listings from MLS until brokers can sign up to provide direct feeds

Zillow is publishing the pared-down listings it is now receiving from a large multiple listing service that serves nearly 10,000 members in Tennessee, northern Alabama and southern Kentucky, but says it will cut off the feed after a transition peri...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, September 29, 2014
Partnership image via Shutterstock. MLS teams up with 'online town square'

MLS teams up with 'online town square'

WikiRealty, a website that crowdsources information from real estate professionals for public consumption, has partnered with the Miami Association of Realtors (MIAMI) to “enhance the exchange of real estate knowledge” in the area. Wiki...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 25, 2014
Showing image via Shutterstock. More MLSs helping members schedule showings online

More MLSs helping members schedule showings online

Two multiple listing services, Colorado-based Information and Real Estate Services LLC (IRES) and Florida-based M.L.S. of Naples Inc., are the latest to offer their agents the ability to schedule real estate showings online. The Naples MLS is one of ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sarasota, Florida image via Shutterstock. Merger creates 'Suncoast Realtor Association' on Florida's Gulf Coast

Merger creates 'Suncoast Realtor Association' on Florida's Gulf Coast

Two Southwest Florida Realtor associations will soon merge, a move their leaders say will allow them to provide better services to members, give them a bigger voice at the state and national level, and maybe even lower their dues. After ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The Council of MLS' sourceMLS badge identifies listings delivered to websites directly by an MLS. Why 'sourceMLS' badges could soon be all the rage

Why 'sourceMLS' badges could soon be all the rage

With consumers searching for real estate listings on any number of websites — some more trustworthy than others — a nonprofit trade group comprised mostly of multiple listing services has launched an initiative it says will help consumers...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, September 19, 2014