Screen shot of Agent Ace home page. US News ranking agents

US News & World Report launches agent matching tool

U.S. News & World Report has launched a consumer portal in partnership with agent matching site Agent Ace to help buyers and sellers pinpoint the best real estate agent suited to their needs, Agent Ace announced today. “We already provide tool...
By Teke Wiggin | 16 hours ago
Glenn Kelman explains the appeal of Redfin to consumers at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Why so many consumers start with Redfin

Why so many consumers start with Redfin

Redfin may not be the nation's biggest brokerage (yet). But it operates what's by far the most popular real estate brokerage or franchise website. Why do so many consumers start with Redfin? CEO Glenn Kelman explains ......
By Inman News | 19 hours ago
Suitor image via Shutterstock. Let Zillow have its way with Trulia

Real estate industry says let Zillow have its way with Trulia

Inman News readers are not an interventionist bunch, with nearly 8 in 10 saying antitrust regulators should just stay the heck out of the way of Zillow's plan to acquire Trulia ......
By Inman News | 20 hours ago
New-home construction image via Shutterstock. US housing market loses momentum

US housing market loses momentum

Fannie Mae economists have downgraded their expectations for the U.S. housing market in the second half of this year, even though they are more optimistic about the prospects for overall economic growth. The economy grew faster than anticipated in t...
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Back to school image via Shutterstock. ForRent.com rolls out neighborhood, school search filters

ForRent.com rolls out neighborhood, school search filters

ForRent.com now lets users hunt for apartments by individual school attendance zones or neighborhood. Users see a list of neighborhoods and schools on the left-hand side of the search results page. After performing a search by city, state or ZIP ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Go Realty's Durham, North Carolina, office. Why a prominent indie brokerage is affiliating with a powerhouse franchise brand

Why a prominent indie brokerage is affiliating with a powerhouse franchise brand

A Cary, North Carolina-based brokerage, Go Realty, that made a name for itself as an innovative independent firm has joined the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s real estate franchise network. The decision might look like the 5-year-old ...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Help desk image via Shutterstock. Mobile MLS app designed to help users help themselves

Mobile MLS app designed to help users help themselves

A mobile app for multiple listing services from Goomzee now provides a built-in help desk designed to reduce the burden of providing support to brokers and agents who use the app. Nearly two dozen MLSs and associations have chosen Goomzee’s .....
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Beijing image via Shutterstock. Century 21 China closes more offices to stem losses

Century 21 China Real Estate closes more offices to stem losses

Century 21 China Real Estate today reported a second-quarter net loss of $6.6 million as revenue fell 9.1 percent from the first quarter and 42 percent from a year ago, to $19.8 million. “Market conditions were more challenging than we ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Skeptical image via Shutterstock. Industry wary of Redfin's proposed changes to listing syndication, IDX display rules

Real estate industry wary of Redfin’s proposed changes to listing syndication, IDX display rules

Inman News readers are skeptical about changes proposed by Redfin in the way listings are distributed to and displayed on websites that consumers use to search for homes. Should the real estate industry adopt the listing syndication and IDX policies ...
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Century 21's Bev Thorne talks about brands at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. How to make your brand relevant to consumers

How to make your brand relevant to consumers

What brands do consumers really care about? How do you make your brand relevant? Some real estate heavy hitters with some major league brands — Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland, Charles Moore of McGuire Real Estate, Bev Thorne of ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Halloween image via Shutterstock. Years in the works, .realtor domains will launch by Halloween

Those .realtor domains you’ve been hearing about for years will launch by Halloween

Starting Oct. 23, more than 1 million Realtors will be able to sign up for Web addresses with the new .realtor top-level domain, the National Association of Realtors and the Canadian Real Estate Association announced today. After a yearslong applica...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 18, 2014
Spencer Rascoff (left) and Dave Liniger onstage at 2014 Re/Max Broker-Owner Conference. Photo by Kevin McIlwaine. Zillow says it doesn't plan to raise prices

Zillow says it doesn’t plan to raise prices

SAN FRANCISCO — What does the pending merger between real estate’s most popular real estate sites, Zillow and Trulia, mean for a huge real estate brand like Re/Max? Re/Max LLC co-founder and CEO Dave Liniger had the opportunity to grill ...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, August 18, 2014
Imaginary "Zulia" logo illustrating the concept of a merger of Zillow and Trulia. Zillow and Trulia are trademarks of their respective companies. NAR said to ask regulators to block Zillow's acquisition of Trulia

NAR said to ask regulators to stop Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia

The National Association of Realtors reportedly wants federal antitrust regulators to block Zillow’s planned acquisition of Trulia, but there are no signs that the Federal Trade Commission plans to intervene. Zillow and Trulia — the two b...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 18, 2014
Students image via Shutterstock. Homebuyers zeroing in on in elementary schools

Homebuyers researching schools most interested in elementary schools

Homebuyers researching schools on realtor.com are zeroing in on elementary schools — indicating that the “majority of people who research schools either have young children or expect to start a family when they buy their next home.”...
By Inman News | Monday, August 18, 2014