phipatbig/Shutterstock Tech companies sound off on frustrations with MLSs

Tech companies sound off on frustrations with MLSs

NEW YORK — There’s a lot of talk in the industry about building tools to improve the efficiency of real estate transactions. But what happens when a tool designed to do that confronts the inefficiency of the industry itself? Frustration, ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | 15 hours ago
MilindArvindKetkar_246239908 125 MLSs now sending listings directly to Trulia

125 MLSs now sending listings directly to Trulia

Trulia, the nation’s second most popular real estate listing portal, has signed direct feed agreements with 125 multiple listing services, 69 of them in 2014. The agreements are a sign that MLSs are increasingly comfortable sending listings dir...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
mris_zillow_hero Zillow on the brink of deal for 50,000 MLS listings

Zillow on the brink of deal for 50,000 MLS listings

Zillow is on the brink of a deal with one of the nation’s largest multiple listing services that would help the top real estate portal weather the end of a contract with listing syndicator ListHub. The board of Rockville, Maryland-based ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, January 26, 2015
showingtime_heroa MLSs around the country offer agents showing tool

MLSs around the country offer agents showing tool

Showings are an essential part of an agent’s job — people rarely buy homes sight unseen. In order to help agents tackle the logistics of getting prospective buyers inside properties, more and more multiple listing services are helping the...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Sunday, January 25, 2015
Amenic181/Shutterstock National broker portal initiative raising seed money

National broker portal initiative raising seed money

A group of multiple listing services, franchisors and brokers is on the hunt for seed money to build the first national MLS consumer-facing listing portal. The initiative is being called the “National Broker Portal Project,” although it h...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 22, 2015
DougBelshaw_Flickr MLSs tracking listing performance for 210,000 agents

MLSs tracking listing performance for 210,000 agents

The old “spray and pray” method of listing distribution is becoming a thing of the past. Real estate professionals are becoming more selective about where they send their listings and insisting on seeing results. ListTrac, a free tool fro...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 22, 2015
education_hero 4 subjects all real estate agents should master

4 subjects all real estate agents should master

You won't learn everything necessary to grow your business through continuing education requirements. Real estate is woven into the fabric of our lives and has connections to many other fields ......
By Deidre Woollard | Thursday, January 22, 2015
distil_ires MLS fights 'bad bots'

MLS fights 'bad bots'

Multiple listing service data is highly coveted in the real estate and mortgage industries. Like any other such asset, it is vulnerable to theft. In mid-2013, data security firm Distil Networks launched what it hoped would be an “industrywide ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Space Monkey Pics_119463337 What do HBO, CBS and MLSs have in common?

What do HBO, CBS and MLSs have in common?

If I were to ask 100 people how they watched the latest episode of "Sons of Anarchy," chances are I'd find a good number of folks who used an app on one of their devices. Likewise, if I were to ask 100 people where they'd go to find out about propert...
By Jeff Nieto | Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Hero-RealSatisfiedBeachesMLS MLSs integrate agent review service

MLSs integrate agent review service

More than 47,000 real estate professionals now have access to a platform that will send customer satisfaction surveys to buyers and sellers at the close of every transaction straight from the multiple listing service. Boston area-based MLS Property I...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Andy Dean Photography/Shutterstock More agents getting access to new-homes data through their MLS

More agents getting access to new-homes data through their MLS

More than 45,000 real estate professionals who are members of Mid-Atlantic multiple listing service Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS) now have free access to a trove of new-home listings and specifics about developments under cons...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 15, 2015
RESO_hero MLSs will soon speak the same language

MLSs will soon speak the same language

By the end of this year, hundreds of multiple listing services must take a step that is widely expected to set the stage for tech developers to build more, better, and cheaper agent and broker tools powered by real estate ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, January 15, 2015
Showingsuite.com Showing Suite offers free showing scheduling system to MLSs

Showing Suite offers free showing scheduling system to MLSs

Real estate showing management service Showing Suite has launched a new automated showing scheduling system for multiple listing services for a price that can’t be beat: free. In rolling out its new MLS-integrated system, Showing Suite catches ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Las Vegas welcome sign image via Shutterstock. 11,500 Las Vegas Realtors have new association leader

11,500 Las Vegas Realtors have new association leader

After a nationwide search, the 11,500-plus members of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors have a new CEO: Realtor veteran Michele L. Caprio. Caprio comes to GLVAR from Rhode Island, where she was CEO of the Greater Providence Board ......
By Inman | Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Stefan-Schurr/Shutterstock Competition in mobile MLS apps heats up

Competition in mobile MLS apps heats up

Mobile access to one of a real estate agent’s most valuable tools — the multiple listing service — is often a top priority when MLSs choose their vendor. Today, FBS — an MLS system vendor that serves nearly 160,000 real ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, January 12, 2015
B_Isnor_124646221 MLSs should guide, not override, portal feeds

MLSs should guide, not override, portal feeds

ListHub will quit sending listings to Zillow in April. And now Zillow is in full pursuit of MLSs and brokers to feed listings to them directly, as should be expected. MLSs will undoubtedly feel pressure from some members to send a direct feed of all ...
By Sam DeBord | Monday, January 12, 2015
Richard Cavalleri / Shutterstock.com Giant Chicago-area MLS, MRED, names new CEO

Giant Chicago-area MLS, MRED, names new CEO

Midwest Real Estate Data LLC — one of the nation’s largest multiple listing services, supporting more than 40,000 real estate pros in the Chicago region — has tapped UtahRealEstate.com CEO Rebecca Jensen as its next president and ...
By Inman | Friday, January 9, 2015
Astrelok_231610420 Direct MLS feed puts Zillow in a 'friendlier' light

Direct MLS feed puts Zillow in a 'friendlier' light

Zillow continues to prepare for the day when it will no longer receive listings from listing syndicator ListHub come spring. The top real estate portal said today that it had signed an agreement to get listings directly from a multiple ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, January 9, 2015