Fish skeleton image via Shutterstock. MLS to send just the bare bones of listings to Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com

MLS to send just the bare bones of listings to Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com

In a bid to drive more traffic to listing brokerage websites, consumers will soon see only limited listing data when they search for Mid-South homes on Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com and other third-party public portals. In May, Inman News published a ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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California makes strides toward statewide MLS

With the goal of building a statewide multiple listing service in mind, California Regional MLS has embarked on an initiative to ink data-share deals directly with MLSs throughout the Golden State. In April, San Dimas-based California Regional ML...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, September 12, 2014
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New tools will slice and dice listing data in ways you'd only dreamed of

Data standards are gaining traction, setting the stage for industry players to more easily create tools to slice and dice real estate data and for brokers to take control of how their data is used. The driving force behind standards ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Illinois Realtors will publish ethics violations, but won't name names

The Illinois Association of Realtors will soon be the second state association to publish violations of the Realtor Code of Ethics in a members-only section of its website, but offenders will remain unnamed. Last month, as part of a campaign ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, September 5, 2014
Listing data image via Shutterstock. Move subsidiary to handle distribution of 85 percent of listings

Move subsidiary to handle distribution of 85 percent of listings

Realtor.com operator Move Inc. has acquired the listing syndication arm of Point2, boosting the number of listings distributed by its own syndicator, ListHub, to search portals like Zillow and Trulia to about 3 million — or nearly 85 percent of...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, September 4, 2014
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CoreLogic sued over use of listing photos

Attorneys for two real estate photographers are seeking class-action status to represent others in a lawsuit against real estate data and technology firm CoreLogic Inc. alleging the company stripped identifying information from millions of home image...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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More than 100,000 agents to get 'single sign-on' access to NAR programs

Imagine a dashboard where agents can access their multiple listing service, the third-party products they’ve purchased, resources from their local association and tools from the National Association of Realtors — all with a single logo...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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NAR-backed agent ratings pilot fizzles

An agent ratings pilot program backed by the National Association of Realtors has ended without being renewed after reportedly low adoption rates by agents and lack of support for the program at the national level.   In August 2012, survey-base...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Zillow hires 2 more industry vets to woo MLSs, Realtor associations

Zillow has added two more real estate industry vets to its industry development team to help bolster its relationships with multiple listing services and Realtor associations around the U.S. Both Steve Allen and Chris Kiel now serve as directors ...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Black Knight's Paragon MLS platform gains steam

Real estate data and technology firm Black Knight Financial Services has signed another multiple listing service to its Paragon 5 platform, bringing the number of real estate professionals the platform serves to more than 210,000. Paragon 5 received ...
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Years in the works, .realtor domains will launch by Halloween

Starting Oct. 23, more than 1 million Realtors will be able to sign up for Web addresses with the new .realtor top-level domain, the National Association of Realtors and the Canadian Real Estate Association announced today. After a yearslong applica...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 18, 2014
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Why MLSs will soon be a lot more friendly to brokers

Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS) has become the first multiple listing service to be certified to the latest data standards from the Real Estate Standards Organization, a nonprofit that aims to foster software innovation and imp...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 18, 2014
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LA's MLS no longer delaying listings it provides to nonmember websites

In something of an about-turn, the Combined Los Angeles/Westside MLS has signed an agreement to send a direct listing feed for its more than 14,000 agent and broker members to Trulia. Earlier this year, the multiple listing service, also known ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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MRED sticking with highly rated connectMLS platform

One of the largest multiple listing services in the nation, Midwest Real Estate Data LLC, has signed a multiyear renewal agreement with dynaConnections Corp. for its highly rated connectMLS platform. MRED has nearly 40,000 subscribers. The Lisle, Ill...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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Texas Realtors won't provide member info to competing statewide Realtor site, HAR.com

The executive board of the Texas Association of Realtors has turned down a request from the Houston Association of Realtors for membership data that would have been displayed on the Houston association’s consumer-facing website, HAR.com. The mo...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 11, 2014
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Florida's largest MLS aims to spur mobile innovation

Florida’s largest multiple listing service, My Florida Regional MLS, has moved to a new server with an eye on offering third-party vendors standardized real estate data in real time, a change that could make it easier for vendors to develop .....
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, August 7, 2014
Homesnap Homesnap could hold the key to MLS, Realtor dominance

Homesnap could hold the key to MLS, Realtor dominance

MLSs, rightly or not, feel they're under attack from the recent surge of investment capital into startup real estate technology. The Realtor organization, by extension, perceives the potential for an undermined MLS system as undercutting its role in ...
By Sam DeBord | Monday, August 4, 2014
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Nation's biggest Realtor association publishing names and photos of ethics violators

Starting today, the California Association of Realtors begins publishing the names and photos of those who are found to have violated the Realtor Code of Ethics in a members-only section of its website unavailable to the public. Only real estate ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, August 1, 2014