Hero-HAR New HAR.com goes live with listings from all over Texas

New HAR.com goes live with listings from all over Texas

HAR.com, the popular consumer-facing real estate search portal operated by the Houston Association of Realtors, has officially relaunched with listings from throughout the state of Texas. Last year HAR announced that it had become the first multiple ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
dioch / Shutterstock Realtor.com teams up with local associations to help new agents

Realtor.com teams up with local associations to help new agents

Realtor.com operator Move Inc. is teaming up with local Realtor associations to let new agents know what tools the portal can offer to help them get their careers in real estate off the ground. Move introduced “new agent success kits” .....
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, March 23, 2015
David Pereiras/Shutterstock You provide portals your listing data, but what are you getting in return?

You provide portals your listing data, but what are you getting in return?

I believe, as an industry, we should be sharing listing information with the consumer in as many places as possible. In fact, we should be sharing all data with them including sold data. I do not agree with many in this industry that believe the righ...
By James Dwiggins | Monday, March 23, 2015
EduardSV  / Shutterstock National broker portal has seed money in hand

National broker portal has seed money in hand

A group of prominent multiple listing services, franchisors and brokers have reached their first milestone in a quest to build the first national MLS consumer-facing listing portal. The initiative, dubbed the “Broker Public Portal,” has r...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, March 19, 2015
Fotokostic / Shutterstock Why the MLS is still a tough dragon to slay

Why the MLS is still a tough dragon to slay

It's worth asking whether MLSs are still relevant, but if you want to imagine a world without the MLS, you also need to think about a world without co-brokerage. That world might be better for buyers and sellers in some respects. But what would the d...
By Matt Carter | Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Screenshot of Pro.com NAR will help home improvement startup grow

NAR will help home improvement startup grow

A site that could help real estate agents stay “top of mind” with clients even after they buy a home is the first company to be accepted in this year’s tech accelerator program from the 1 million-member National Association of ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, March 17, 2015
MyImages - Micha / Shutterstock 'Easy button' could help brokers manage direct MLS feeds

'Easy button' could help brokers manage direct MLS feeds

Brokers whose multiple listings services have signed direct feed agreements with Homes.com, Zillow and Trulia could now have a new, easy way to manage listings that go to those portals and see which ones give them the most bang for ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, March 16, 2015
Racheal Grazias / Shutterstock.com Homebuilders lose confidence in March, but place faith in strong spring

Homebuilders lose confidence in March, but place faith in strong spring

Supply chain issues and tight underwriting standards have drained homebuilder confidence in the market, but economists are optimistic that springtime will usher in more positivity, according a monthly survey released today by the National Association...
By Amy Swinderman | Monday, March 16, 2015
Galyna Andrushko / Shutterstock.com The sun is setting on the era of the MLS

The sun is setting on the era of the MLS

The marketplace now demands a system built on their desires not those of NAR. How would you build a system for selling and buying homes based on market desires with today’s technology and market dynamics ......
By Creed Smith | Monday, March 16, 2015
Pressmaster/Shutterstock Websites will help small Realtor associations step up their game

Websites will help small Realtor associations step up their game

Two companies are teaming up to develop websites that will help Realtor associations be more transparent to their members and meet a crucial deadline. Last May, the National Association of Realtors adopted stricter “core standards” for th...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, March 13, 2015
Matej-Kastelic / Shutterstock Zillow Group will court MLSs in Las Vegas

Zillow Group will court MLSs in Las Vegas

Portal behemoth Zillow Group will hold its first-ever multiple listing service conference next month in an effort to reach out to the entities that compile and control the nation’s real estate listing data. The invite-only event will take place...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, March 12, 2015
HeroGeneric_BreakingNews Trulia will lose ListHub data in April

Trulia will lose ListHub data in April

Move Inc.-owned listing syndicator ListHub will stop supplying listings to Trulia on April 7, giving the second most popular real estate site less than a month to come up with an alternative source for more than a quarter of its listings ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, March 12, 2015
Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com 16 ways to create your own real estate inventory

16 ways to create your own real estate inventory

Having a hard time finding inventory? This is a common problem in the springtime: As weather begins to improve, homebuyers become more active, and agents suddenly have more demand for homes after a winter reduction in inventory from listings expiring...
By Tim Harris | Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Realtor association drops defamation suit against member

The Chicago Association of Realtors and its CEO have settled a defamation suit they filed more than two years ago against a member who called for a forensic audit of the association’s finances. The nearly 12,500-member association sued broker A...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Rawpixel/Shutterstock MLS systems: the best, and all the rest

MLS systems: the best, and all the rest

A multiple listing service system offered by Black Knight Financial Services has snagged the highest satisfaction ratings for the third year in a row in an annual survey of MLS executives by real estate consulting firm Clareity Consulting. Among the ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, March 5, 2015
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