Home for rent image via Shutterstock. Realtor.com taking rental listings from Zumper

Realtor.com taking rental listings from Zumper

Realtor.com is now set up to get rental listings from pros who use the rental marketplace Zumper to market their listings. Zumper has over half a million listings on its platform that it gets from multiple channels, said Zumper CEO ......
By Paul Hagey | 9 hours ago
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Keep the toaster, we're crowdfunding our down payment

Newlyweds tend to receive many gifts that end up in the trash or never see the light of day. Nowadays, many couples have been living together for years before they actually tie the knot, so they’ve probably got the silverware ......
By Teke Wiggin | 11 hours ago
Move Move CEO on Zillow, Trulia merger: 'We like the comp'

Move CEO on Zillow, Trulia merger: 'We like the comp'

Move Inc. CEO Steve Berkowitz likes what Zillow’s plan to acquire Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock has to say about his own company’s value. Given realtor.com operator Move and Trulia’s similar size, “We like the comp,” ...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Market share image via Shutterstock. ComScore data show how combined Zillow, Trulia will dominate

ComScore data show how combined Zillow, Trulia will dominate

The latest comScore numbers on consumer traffic to real estate search portals bolster predictions that Zillow’s plans to acquire Trulia will put the company in a league of its own in its ability to connect homebuyers and sellers with real ......
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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3 apps agents use to work smarter, not harder

The world of business is littered with clichés, and real estate is no different. Coaching seminars, podcasts, conventions, that one older relative so many of us have who seems to have every Henry Ford quote memorized (now replaced for others by the ...
By Bret Calltharp | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
shutterstock_61682320 Rise above 'salesperson' status to become a trusted real estate concierge

Rise above 'salesperson' status to become a trusted real estate concierge

It may sound harsh to say, but it’s true: Talking about yourself is not the best way to win listings. That’s why statistics on YouTube’s top 5 real estate video types indicate “About Me” content ranks fifth on a scale of most sought-after v...
By Stephen Schweickart | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Data integration image via Shutterstock. Why Zillow's Retsly acquisition does not spell doom for MLSs

Why Zillow's Retsly acquisition does not spell doom for MLSs

The recent news of Zillow’s acquisition of middleware provider Retsly evoked negative reactions from many agents at Inman Connect in San Francisco. In fact, Zillow CRO Greg Schwartz, who was onstage with Brad Inman, was forced to defend the move as...
By Eddie Earnest | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Combined Zillow and Trulia still 'just an ad platform'

Will Zillow and Trulia remain content to continue providing leads and lead management tools to agents, or are they out to "disrupt" MLS, franchisors and brokerages ......
By Paul Hagey | Monday, July 28, 2014
zulia2 Why Zulia doesn’t mean checkmate

Why Zulia doesn’t mean checkmate

So it’s official. Zillow is buying Trulia. And Brad Inman argues that this is now “checkmate” for the traditional real estate industry. As he suggested a few months ago, Brad sees brokers as trapped between portals on one side and top producing...
By Joseph Rand | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Fight, compete or cooperate?

Have you been in a partnership -- business or personal -- in which the other party has the upper hand, and the relationship may be hurting you somehow? You see no way out. You consider blowing it up -- the nuclear option -- but you fear the conseque...
By Brad Inman | Monday, July 28, 2014
Acquisition image via Shutterstock. Zillow set to acquire Trulia for $3.5B in stock

Zillow set to acquire Trulia for $3.5B in stock

Zillow announced today that it’s entered into a definitive agreement to acquire its chief competitor Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The companies will maintain their separate brands, with Trulia CEO Pete Flint staying on board and reporting ...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, July 28, 2014
Screen shot of Balcony's beta home page. Balcony building a referral engine for the Internet age

Balcony building a referral engine for the Internet age

Real estate agents who now may gaze at their Excel spreadsheets and Facebook groups with a mix of confusion and disdain when considering their current choices for managing referrals will soon have a more sophisticated alternative. Balcony, a referral...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, July 28, 2014
InstanetForms in use. Image via InstanetSolutions.com. Canadian Realtors' forms integraged into Instanet's paperless platform

Canadian Realtors' forms integraged into Instanet's paperless platform

An expanded partnership between the Canadian Real Estate Association and Instanet Solutions allows CREA’s more than 106,000 members to use Instanet’s paperless transaction management and e-signature tool to complete deals. The “deep...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Zillow’s Trulia move is 'checkmate'

Alex Perriello, the astute and affable CEO of Realogy Franchise Group, sent me an email two weeks ago, to set up an appointment to talk on Tuesday, July 15, at 1 p.m. I anticipated that the reason for the call ......
By Brad Inman | Friday, July 25, 2014
Nap time image via Shutterstock. Testing Zillow's 'Coming Soon' while the MLS sleeps

Testing Zillow's 'Coming Soon' while the MLS sleeps

Zillow’s new “Coming Soon” feature has been the talk of the industry for over a month now. Some like it, some don’t, and some — most notably MLSs — have been caught asleep at the switch. While other companies in ....
By Mark McLaughlin | Friday, July 25, 2014
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Real estate industry wary about prospect of 'Zulia'

If reported merger talks between Zillow and Trulia do culminate in a deal, a slim majority of Inman News readers who responded to an online poll Thursday said that would be bad for the real estate industry. Would a merger ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, July 24, 2014
Drone image via Shutterstock. NRT bans drone photography in northeastern US

NRT bans drone photography in northeastern US

The nation’s largest real estate brokerage is warning agents who work out of more than 200 offices in the northeastern U.S. not to commission drone photography from vendors until the Federal Aviation Administration issues “clearly define...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 24, 2014
SeanPavonePhoto / Shutterstock.com Zillow and Trulia's share prices surge on merger talk

Zillow and Trulia's share prices surge on merger talk

Shares in Zillow and Trulia are up sharply today on reports that Zillow is looking to acquire its smaller rival. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports that Zillow could value Trulia at as much as $2 billion, and that an agreement ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, July 24, 2014