Mobile apps image via Shutterstock. Agent-only app gathers momentum with MLSs

Agent-only app gathers momentum with MLSs

Looks like nothing says “try me” better than “free.” In July, real estate tech firm Homesnap offered the agent-only version of the company’s popular real estate mobile app free to multiple listing services for the first 12 m...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, December 18, 2014
Home search image via Shutterstock. Real estate industry leaders planning national listing portal

Real estate industry leaders planning national listing portal

Executives with leading multiple listing services, franchisors and brokers have been working for months on a plan to launch a new national listing portal to serve as a broker-centric alternative to the big search portals like Zillow, Trulia and realt...
By Inman | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
marekuliasz_218120785 Colorado's Metrolist rebrands to strengthen ties to consumers

Colorado's Metrolist rebrands to strengthen ties to consumers

Colorado’s largest multiple listing service has rebranded, adopting the name of its public-facing MLS website in the hopes of resonating more with consumers. Metro Denver-based Metrolist, now REcolorado, will now also avoid confusion with anoth...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
NewJerseyRealtors_Select New Jersey's Realtor association rebrands

New Jersey's Realtor association rebrands

Newly renamed New Jersey Realtors, NJ Realtors for short, rebranded its logo and website to enhance its member and consumer experience, according to the organization. It was previously known as the New Jersey Association of Realtors. The new site, nj...
By Brittany Morris | Monday, December 15, 2014
StephenVanHorn_2849677 Copyright battle teaches MLSs, tech companies a costly lesson

Copyright battle teaches MLSs, tech companies a costly lesson

In the spring of 2012, two MLSs filed copyright infringement suits against the operator of NeighborCity.com, not long after the website updated profile pages for 850,000 agents on the site that featured agent scores and performance metrics based on t...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, December 15, 2014
zillow_mfr My Florida Regional MLS sets up direct feed to Zillow

My Florida Regional MLS sets up direct feed to Zillow

Zillow has an agreement with one of the biggest MLSs in the nation that helps secure the timely flow of listings to the site by bypassing a syndicator owned by rival realtor.com’s parent company. Brokers who belong to My Florida ......
By Inman | Friday, December 12, 2014
Movoto_logo_Mark Brandemuehl Referral site Movoto making headway in quest to play in the big leagues

Referral site Movoto making headway in quest to play in the big leagues

Online real estate brokerage and referral site Movoto is now displaying for-sale listings from 100 multiple listing services, including more than a dozen new markets, as part of what the company says is a $20 million nationwide expansion. Tokyo-bas...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, December 11, 2014
couple2_select Find out fast if your buyers qualify under new mortgage rule

Find out fast if your buyers qualify under new mortgage rule

A new tool is available for homebuyers looking for an answer to that all-important question: Will I qualify for a loan? Last month, St. Paul, Minnesota-based NorthstarMLS rolled out TLCengine, a feature its nearly 15,000 agent and broker members can ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, December 9, 2014
MLSS_select Trade group for MLSs hires first CEO

Trade group for MLSs hires first CEO

The Council of Multiple Listing Services, a nonprofit trade group whose mission is to be the top forum and resource for MLSs, has hired its first-ever CEO: real estate finance and nonprofit veteran Denee Evans. Evans, whose first name is ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, December 4, 2014
armageddon_select The second time around: avoiding tech Armageddon

The second time around: avoiding tech Armageddon

The last time San Diego-based multiple listing service Sandicor Inc. changed tech platforms, the transition did not go smoothly. “Armageddon” is what San Diego broker Kris Berg, an Inman columnist at the time, called it. She called the da...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, December 2, 2014
doapp_select CoreLogic buys the technology that powers its MLS mobile app

CoreLogic buys the technology that powers its MLS mobile app

Real estate tech and data firm CoreLogic has acquired the technology behind its mobile multiple listing service app, GoMLS, from mobile tech company DoApp Inc. Terms of the deal, which closed on Oct. 31, were not disclosed. Seven of DoApp’s .....
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
scale_select Study argues homes listed in MLS sell for more

Study argues homes listed in MLS sell for more

In 2013, homes in the Philadelphia metro area marketed in the local multiple listing service sold for between 10 and 32 percent more than properties not marketed via the MLS, according to a study from TREND MLS. The study analyzed ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, November 24, 2014
Data security image via Shutterstock. Thousands of agent and broker websites shielded from data scrapers

Thousands of agent and broker websites shielded from data scrapers

Data scraping has been a problem for years in the real estate industry, inspiring copyright infringement lawsuits and the formation of intellectual property protection group REDPLAN. Now, FBS says it is the first multiple listing service platform pr...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, November 19, 2014
siamesetwins_select Dual agency not as popular as you think

Dual agency not as popular as you think

New technology has made selling listings off the local multiple listing service easier than ever for agents. From Zillow’s “Coming Soon” listings to private Facebook groups to brokerage apps that encourage in-house deals, the MLS is not the onl...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, November 18, 2014
mls Overcoming real estate 'politics' to form a regional MLS

Overcoming real estate 'politics' to form a regional MLS

It happens all the time in real estate. The appraised value of a listing doesn’t match the accepted offer and the deal falls through. But one lost deal helped catalyze something relatively rare in the industry: the merger of several ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Saturday, November 15, 2014
money NAR taps new funding source for political causes: MLSs

NAR taps new funding source for political causes: MLSs

The nation’s largest trade group has set its sights on a new source of funds for its political activities: multiple listing services. The board of directors of the million-member National Association of Realtors has approved new policies for th...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Saturday, November 15, 2014
Coming soon image via Shutterstock. New MLS listing status aimed at 'quandary' of 'Coming Soon' listings

New MLS listing status aimed at 'quandary' of 'Coming Soon' listings

The multiple listing service of the San Antonio Board of Realtors is the latest to launch a new listing status that will allow its members to add their listings to the MLS before officially putting them on the market. The ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, November 13, 2014
Home in winter image via Shutterstock. App shows what it will really cost to own that home

App shows what it will really cost to own that home

The costs of owning a home extend way beyond monthly mortgage payments. Property taxes, utility bills and commuting expenses are just a few of the other factors that affect the true cost of living in a particular home. St. Paul, ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, November 12, 2014