Unwanted attention image via Shutterstock. Nation's biggest Realtor association publishing names and photos of ethics violators

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
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Council of MLSs on the hunt for first-ever CEO

The Council of Multiple Listing Services, a nonprofit trade group whose MLS members represent nearly 1 million subscribers, is in search of its first-ever CEO. Formed in 1957 with three founding members, CMLS now has 234 members, 163 of them ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, July 21, 2014
merger_cover_photo Merger creates 3rd-largest Realtor association in New Jersey

Merger creates 3rd-largest Realtor association in New Jersey

A merger of two local Realtor associations in New Jersey has created the third-largest Realtor association in the state. New “core standards” for associations from the National Association of Realtors were not the original impetus for the...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, July 14, 2014
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REDPLAN stockpiling ammo to fight real estate data pirates, patent trolls

REDPLAN Inc., a nonprofit that launched last year to help real estate organizations safeguard their information from data pirates, is building up a legal reserve fund the trade group says will be used to tackle issues such as intellectual property ....
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, July 10, 2014
Screen shot of Mobile Realty Apps’ native edgeMLS app featuring “HomeSpotter” augmented reality capability. Nation's biggest MLS arming members with augmented reality mobile app

Nation's biggest MLS arming members with augmented reality mobile app

The more than 70,000 members of the largest multiple listing service in the nation, California Regional MLS, will soon be able to access their MLS platform from anywhere using a mobile application from app developer Mobile Realty Apps. Mobile access ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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Largest Florida MLS adds new-home inventory

The 33,000 agents and brokers who belong to the largest multiple listing service in Florida, My Florida Regional MLS, will soon have access to new-home listings and alerts provided by startup Builders Update. Starting in September or October, the Aus...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, July 8, 2014
New job image via Shutterstock. Industry heavyweight Russ Bergeron departs MLS giant MRED

Industry heavyweight Russ Bergeron departs MLS giant MRED

Industry heavyweight Russ Bergeron has resigned as CEO and president of multiple listing service Midwest Real Estate Data LLC, which serves close to 40,000 members in the Chicago area. At this time, it is unclear what Bergeron’s next step will ...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, June 30, 2014
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Georgia MLS will provide members with tax records from every county

Georgia Multiple Listing Service is partnering with CRS Data to provide public tax record information from all 159 Georgia counties to its 26,000 members. CRS’ Real Estate Suite will allow Georgia MLS members to evaluate tax assessor informatio...
By Inman News | Thursday, June 26, 2014
ConnectMLS consumer portal tablet screen shot MRED spiffs up online consumer portals with responsive design

MRED spiffs up online consumer portals with responsive design

One of the nation’s largest multiple listing services, Chicago area-based Midwest Real Estate Data LLC (MRED), has incorporated responsive design into the online property portals its members share with their clients. Websites that incorporate r...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, June 19, 2014
Map of area currently served by CARETS. Big MLS data-sharing venture, CARETS, says it can weather loss of 2 members

Big MLS data-sharing venture, CARETS, says it can weather loss of 2 members

The California Desert Association of Realtors has joined the largest multiple listing service in the nation in withdrawing from a joint venture of California MLSs that aggregates real estate listings into a common database. In December, California R...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Texas image via Shutterstock. Houston Realtors demo search portal that covers all of Texas

Houston Realtors demo search portal that covers all of Texas

HOUSTON -- The Houston Association of Realtors today demoed a new version of its consumer-facing website that it's testing as it prepares to expand HAR.com’s coverage area to the entire state of Texas, and also do something that third-party portals...
By Inman News | Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Move brings in 2 outsiders to bolster industry relations team

In a move aimed at fostering deeper connections with business partners, realtor.com operator Move Inc. has hired two industry veterans from outside the company and promoted a third from within to expand its industry relations team in the wake of ......
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Data image via Shutterstock. Three Austin-based brokerages feeding listings to Zillow

Three Austin-based brokerages feeding listings to Zillow

Three Austin, Texas-based brokerages are feeding their listings directly to Zillow after the local multiple listing service stopped helping member brokers provide listings to the portal in April. JB Goodwin Realtors, Re/Max Capital City and Turnqui...
By Inman News | Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Broke image via Shutterstock. NAR imposes minimum financial requirements on elected leaders

NAR imposes minimum financial requirements on elected leaders

The National Association of Realtors’ elected leaders will soon have to meet some minimum financial requirements that are not unlike those that their clients face when taking out a mortgage. Under an overhaul of NAR’s elections process, c...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, May 28, 2014
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California Association of Realtors will out 'Code of Ethics' violators

As part of a campaign to increase professionalism in the real estate industry, the California Association of Realtors will soon publish the names and photos of members who violate the Realtor Code of Ethics in a members-only section of its ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, May 23, 2014
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NAR will dip into reserves as RPR funding boosted to $22M per year

The National Association of Realtors expects to dip into its reserves as it boosts spending on its Realtors Property Resource subsidiary to $21.9 million a year for the next three years, so that RPR can add additional features and data sources ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Home data image via Shutterstock. MLSs will be required to furnish listing data for broker AVMs

MLSs will be required to furnish listing data for broker AVMs

The National Association of Realtors’ board of directors approved an amendment today requiring multiple listing services to make it easier for brokers to use listing data to produce automated valuation models for their clients, after a push by ...
By Teke Wiggin | Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Tougher 'core standards' for Realtor associations could fuel mergers

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Realtors’ board of directors today approved stricter “core standards” for associations that could fuel mergers across the country by expanding the list of programs and services that eve...
By Teke Wiggin | Saturday, May 17, 2014