Data encryption image via Shutterstock. Nation's biggest MLS capable of receiving listings from secretive broker initiative

Nation’s biggest MLS capable of taking listings from The Realty Alliance’s secretive project

The nation’s biggest multiple listing service is one of at least three big MLSs that have the technical capability to accept listings from a hush-hush project to build a national listing database that’s backed by The Realty Alliance, a ne...
By Inman News | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
huffington_arianna_2_ICNY2014 It's only when we give something all of our attention that magic happens

It’s only when we give something all of our attention that magic happens

Think you’re accomplishing a lot when you’re firing off work emails while you’re hanging out with your kids? Don’t kid yourself, says Arianna Huffington, chairwoman, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post Media Group...
By Inman News | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Pondering the issues image via Shutterstock customized by Inman News. Can you run a successful business without Zillow, Trulia or realtor.com?

Can you run a successful business without Zillow, Trulia or realtor.com?

At my company, Realty Austin, we stopped syndicating companywide to all national portals on Oct. 1, 2013, except for realtor.com. We are not a small company, so this was not a decision to take lightly. We are currently the second-highest-producing fi...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Splitting image via Shutterstock. Re/Max Prestige rebrands as Laer Realty Partners

Re/Max Prestige rebrands as Laer Realty Partners

The owners of a large Boston-based brokerage, Re/Max Prestige, have abruptly ended the firm’s affiliation with franchisor Re/Max Holdings, rebranding their 14 offices and 280 agents as Laer Realty Partners. Announced today, the launch of the ne...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, April 14, 2014
Binary data image via Shutterstock. Zillow receiving 33,000 listings from Re/Max Integra brokers

Zillow receiving 33,000 listings from Re/Max Integra brokers in 8 states

Zillow is now receiving about 33,000 listings from brokerages affiliated with Re/Max Integra, owner of three of Re/Max’s U.S. master franchise regions, through Zillow’s Pro for Brokers program. By participating in the program, Re/Max brok...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, April 14, 2014
Gavel image via Shutterstock. Realtor.com claims exec took knowledge of secret projects with him to Zillow

Realtor.com frets Samuelson took knowledge of secret projects with him to Zillow

In a lawsuit that seeks to prevent former realtor.com President Errol Samuelson from working for rival Zillow, Move Inc. and the National Association of Realtors say Samuelson was privy to two secret, yet-to-be-launched realtor.com projects — o...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, April 14, 2014
Screen shot of home tour created with Google Glass by Ariana Rios of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.-based Mainstreet Realtors. Google Glass goes on sale Tuesday

Real estate pros ready for Google Glass to go on sale Tuesday

The Google Glass “smart glasses” are going on sale in the United States on Tuesday, April 15, as rising interest is being shown by property professionals around the world. The high-tech eyewear costs $1,500 (almost £900) and is on sale for one d...
By OPP Connect | Monday, April 14, 2014
Gavel image via Shutterstock. Newbie agent sees dark side of HOA assessments, defect disclosure

Special assessments and defect disclosures spark real estate lawsuits: Newbie agent caught in the crossfire

Have you ever been caught in the crossfire of litigation? When I first started in the business I had a run of bad luck that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. If you have ever wondered why being paranoid about doing things right matters is a smart move, re...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, April 14, 2014
Tax time image via Shutterstock. Follow the rules, and the IRS will let quite a bit slide past April 15

IRS will let quite a bit slide past April 15

As you probably know, your income taxes are due on April 15. However, this is not really the final date to file your 2013 return. You can get a six-month extension to file, meaning that your return won’t be due ......
By Stephen Fishman | Monday, April 14, 2014
Schweickart_Stephen_ICNY_2014 How real estate companies are getting results with video

How real estate companies are getting results with video

As the co-founder and CEO of VScreen, Stephen Schweickart has insights into how real estate companies are using video and what generates the best return on investment. “People are focusing on what gets results,” and community videos are t...
By Inman News | Monday, April 14, 2014
Punch bowl image via Shutterstock. There is no party for the Fed to take the punch bowl away from

There is no party for the Fed to take the punch bowl away from

Events this week could be mistaken for a cartoon if not so serious. And the cartoonish aspect magnified by clowns squirting lapel flowers in your eye every time something starts to make sense. The setup this week was for higher ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, April 11, 2014
Puzzle image via Shutterstock. Real estate brokerages crying out for technology that integrates

Real estate brokerages crying out for technology that integrates

Brokerages are starving for technology platforms that integrate well with each other, according to a new broker tech survey conducted by the WAV Group. The survey of 360 broker-owners and office, technology and marketing managers from small, medium ...
By Inman News | Friday, April 11, 2014
rascoff_spencer_ICAC_march_2014 What the explosion of open data means for real estate

How open data is changing the business of real estate

Whether it's info on schools and crime, mortgage data, zoning permits, smog, traffic, noise, flood data or weather, "If there's data out there associated with the home, we want it," says Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff ......
By Inman News | Friday, April 11, 2014
Kumar_Matt_ICNY2014 Why big data matters

Why big data matters to agents and the buyers and sellers they serve

What kind of insights can be developed by applying technology to massive amounts of data? How about an app that would let an agent see how their “social heat map” compares to other agents in their market, and recommend specific ......
By Inman News | Friday, April 11, 2014