Wedding cake image via Shutterstock. Keep the toaster, we're crowdfunding our down payment

Keep the toaster, we’re crowdfunding our down payment

People have long been using Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other mainstream crowdfunding sites to raise cash for all manner of pursuits. But more recently, niche crowdfunding sites have been popping up. A number of them focus on helping people raise c...
By Teke Wiggin | 22 hours ago
Showing Suite mobile app screen shots App caters to real estate agents and clients on both sides of the deal

Showing Suite mobile app caters to real estate agents and clients on both sides of the deal

Real estate showing management software company Showing Suite Inc. has launched what it says is the first mobile app for all four parties in a transaction: listing agent, seller, buyer’s agent and buyer. This does not mean buyers will be ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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 potential for combined Zillow, Trulia to 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
New Delhi, India image via Shutterstock. Sotheby's International Realty coming to India

Sotheby’s International Realty coming to India

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC will soon have presence in India, having signed an agreement with RealPro Infra Private Ltd. to develop the brand. RealPro Infra co-owner and CEO Amit Goyal will open the first North India Sotheby&#...
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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NAR-backed zipLogix and Updater integrating to help streamline the moving process

Two companies partially owned by the National Association of Realtors will soon integrate their products to help real estate professionals simplify the moving process for their clients, the trade group announced today. As a result of the integration,...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices and CoreLogic Home price growth continues to cool

Home price growth continues to cool

Yearly growth in U.S. home prices continued to slow in May, but still remained well above average. The S&P/Case Shiller 20-City Composite Index showed prices rising 9.3 percent year over year in May, down from 10.8 percent in April. Annual ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A print ad from a $40 million marketing campaign NAR launched in 2006. Realtor.com's new economist won't tell you 'It's a great time to buy or sell a home'

Realtor.com’s new economist won’t tell you ‘It’s a great time to buy or sell a home’

In the fall of 2006, as the world hurtled toward a financial crisis precipitated by loose mortgage lending practices that fueled one of the greatest housing bubbles in U.S. history, the National Association of Realtors launched a $40 million advertis...
By Matt Carter | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Data integration image via Shutterstock. Why Zillow's Retsly acquisition does not spell doom for MLSs

Zillow’s Retsly acquisition no threat to 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
Advertising image via Shutterstock. Combined Zillow and Trulia still 'just an ad platform'

Many see a combined Zillow and Trulia as still ‘just an advertising 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
Pending sale image via Shutterstock. Pending home sales dip slightly but still above average

Pending home sales ease slightly but still above average

After climbing for three straight months, pending home sales dipped slightly in June, held back by inventory shortages in some markets, tight credit and stagnant wages, the National Association of Realtors said today. NAR's pending home sales index, ...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, July 28, 2014
Freight train image via Shutterstock. The Zillow phenomenon: Don’t confuse momentum with innovation

The Zillow phenomenon: Don’t confuse momentum with innovation

Ten years ago Zillow and Trulia did not exist -- realtor.com was beginning to rule the roost of our industry. Back then every client wanted to make sure their listing was on realtor.com. Brokerage companies were fighting off the grip that newspaper c...
By Mark McLaughlin | 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