spiro / Shutterstock.com Zillow Group's game of 'chicken'

Zillow Group's game of 'chicken'

For months now, the rumor mill has been flying with talk of Zillow and Trulia (now Zillow Group) ending the featured listings placement for brokers and franchisors by the end of 2015. Large brokers and franchisors who pay $5 to $10 to feature a listi...
By James Dwiggins | Monday, March 2, 2015
agsandrew/Shutterstock Mysterious 'Upstream' initiative won't be consumer-facing

Mysterious 'Upstream' initiative won't be consumer-facing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Details of the mysterious Project Upstream remain sparse, but whatever it is, it will not be public-facing to consumers. That’s according to Craig Cheatham, president and CEO of The Realty Alliance, which is spearheadi...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, March 2, 2015
Pressmaster/Shutterstock Zillow and Trulia say they're still competitors

Zillow and Trulia say they're still competitors

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Executives with Zillow and Trulia say they’ll continue to be competitors, even though the top two listing portals are now under the same roof. “Beating each other up, sharpening each other, for us that’s going ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, February 27, 2015
Leigh Prather/Shutterstock Is Realogy's portal an innovation or smoke bomb?

Is Realogy's portal an innovation or smoke bomb?

Now that Realogy's portal, homesforsale.com, is live, one big question is up in the air: Is this new arrival on the market an innovation bomb ... or is it more of a smoke bomb, a temporary distraction that simply won't last? ......
By Creed Smith | Friday, February 27, 2015
BBrown/Shutterstock Analytics providers now tracking most US home sales through MLSs

Analytics providers now tracking most US home sales through MLSs

Rival data licensing initiatives from analytics providers Realtors Property Resource and CoreLogic have succeeded in gaining traction among multiple listing services representing most of the nation’s Realtors. As of Feb. 1, National Association...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, February 26, 2015
CaseyMartin /Shutterstock Portals pay to play? Brokers, MLSs could profit from listing feeds

Portals pay to play? Brokers, MLSs could profit from listing feeds

There's a reason why so much animosity toward the portal sphere exists. Lots of money is involved, and very few participants are speaking thoughtfully about how that value is distributed. When we avoid the shallow surface, though, there are ideas for...
By Sam DeBord | Wednesday, February 25, 2015
shutterstock_230218084 ListHub stops syndication to Trulia and Zillow ... so what?

ListHub stops syndication to Trulia and Zillow ... so what?

ListHub's decision to pull the plug on the data it aggregates from 560 multiple listing services (MLSs) and syndicates to Trulia would seem to be a damaging decision to both agents and consumers — but is it really ......
By Bernice Ross | Monday, February 23, 2015
Eman-Design, BBrown/Shutterstock MLSs expand their reach through data-sharing

MLSs expand their reach through data-sharing

Two large Michigan multiple listing services are taking a first step in what could become a broader data-sharing partnership: sharing passwords to each other’s systems. Currently, Realcomp, Michigan’s largest Realtor-owned MLS, has variou...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, February 20, 2015
Eman-Design, BBrown/Shutterstock Zillow scores direct feed from big Texas MLS

Zillow scores direct feed from big Texas MLS

Now that Zillow has closed its acquisition of its biggest rival, Trulia, another deadline is looming: the expiration of its agreement with listing syndicator ListHub. That April 7 deadline has spurred Zillow and MLSs alike to scurry to ink direct .....
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, February 19, 2015
zackblanton/Shutterstock MLSs feud over direct feed to Zillow

MLSs feud over direct feed to Zillow

Two South Florida Realtor associations with a contentious history are once again battling, this time over a direct listing feed to top real estate portal Zillow. When the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Association of Realtors announced last month that i...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Brocreative/Shutterstock Zillow's campaign for direct MLS feeds is about to get a boost

Zillow's campaign for direct MLS feeds is about to get a boost

Zillow will soon be able to make use of what it hopes is a potent weapon in its arsenal to obtain direct feeds from multiple listing services: its chief industry development officer, Errol Samuelson. Samuelson has been on leave since ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Dennis W. Donohue / Shutterstock Broker portal project shooting for national prominence out of the gate

Broker portal project shooting for national prominence out of the gate

A group of multiple listing services, franchisors and brokers has raised most of the seed money it needs to begin to build the first national MLS consumer-facing listing portal, according to a new website for the project launched this week. ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, February 12, 2015
Eman-Design, BBrown/Shutterstock Zillow lands more direct listing feeds

Zillow lands more direct listing feeds

Two Florida multiple listing services have agreed to send top real estate portal Zillow a direct feed of their combined 67,000-plus listings. The deals come as Zillow is scrambling to obtain listings directly from brokers and MLSs before the expirati...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, February 11, 2015
hxdbzxy/Shutterstock Some groups don't get a say in the great portal debate

Some groups don't get a say in the great portal debate

How should the industry address listing feeds to ListHub, Zillow, and other MLSs and portals? It's up to brokers — and there are some industry groups who just don't get to vote ......
By Jon Coile | Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Pressmaster/Shutterstock North Carolina MLSs sign data-share deal

North Carolina MLSs sign data-share deal

Two North Carolina multiple listing services will soon combine their real estate listings into one database accessible to their 11,000 combined members with a single login. The Carolina Multiple Listing Services Inc., a subsidiary of the Charlotte Re...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, February 9, 2015
Mauro-Pezzotta/Shutterstock How should brokers and MLSs navigate new world of listing distribution?

How should brokers and MLSs navigate new world of listing distribution?

Real estate listing distribution will change significantly when ListHub and Zillow split in April. Brokers and MLSs are rushing to ensure that their listings remain on the most popular consumer advertising portals. Those brokers and MLSs need to take...
By Sam DeBord | Monday, February 9, 2015
Pressmaster/Shutterstock One-size-fits-all approach to portal listing feeds questioned

One-size-fits-all approach to portal listing feeds questioned

A model agreement hammered out by industry players representing listing portals, MLSs and brokerages in the hopes of standardizing the terms under which listings are provided to big search sites like Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com should be viewed as...
By Inman | Friday, February 6, 2015
AnnaElizabeth-photography/Shutterstock Why I love my MLS

Why I love my MLS

I have said for years that my MLS is the best example of how to do technology well. My MLS helps level the playing field between big companies and smaller independent organizations ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, February 5, 2015