Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff tweeted "Game on." this morning upon learning of News Corp's pending acquisition of Move Inc. 'Game on' as News Corp's realtor.com play fuels portals' battle for dominance

With News Corp’s realtor.com play, it’s ‘game on’ as real estate portals battle for dominance

News Corp’s pending acquisition of realtor.com operator Move Inc. will intensify the competition between top national real estate portals — a battle that, until now, looked like it was Zillow’s to lose. Any way the numbers were slic...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wedding cake image via Shutterstock. Why NAR gave News Corp its blessing to acquire realtor.com operator Move

Why NAR gave News Corp its blessing to acquire realtor.com operator Move

The National Association of Realtors is giving its blessing to plans by publishing giant News Corp to acquire realtor.com operator Move Inc. because of the potential “multiplier effect” for realtor.com if owned by the “world’s pre...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Detail of screen shot of realestate.com.au. Murdoch's Australian portal thrives in country with no MLS and few buyer's agents

Rupert Murdoch’s Australian portal thrives in country with no MLS and few buyer’s agents

Visit realestate.com.au and you won’t encounter what’s become a staple of U.S. listing portals: lead forms for buyer’s agents. Realestate.com.au — whose operator, REA Group Limited, is set to acquire a 20 percent stake in Mov...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Marching band image via Shutterstock. Edina Realty does about-face, sends listings to Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com

Edina Realty does about-face, sends listings to Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com

Edina Realty, the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota-based Berkshire Hathaway affiliate that made waves when it pulled its listings from Trulia and realtor.com two years ago, started sending its listings to Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com today at noon ...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wise investment image via Shutterstock. Murdoch's play for Move demonstrates hunger for real estate technology investments

Murdoch’s play for Move shows appetite for investing in real estate technology

News Corp’s pending acquisition of realtor.com operator Move Inc. for $950 million in cash is “extremely exciting news in that it shows an eagerness for investment in real estate technology that expands far beyond the usual suspects,R...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Serenity image via Shutterstock. What sale of realtor.com operator Move signifies: Nothing. Zippo. Nada.

What sale of realtor.com operator Move to News Corp signifies: Nothing. Zippo. Nada.

The announcement that Ruper Murdoch’s News Corp is buying realtor.com operator Move Inc. is sending shockwaves through the real estate industry. I mean, think of the massive impact that this will have on the daily life of real estate agents .....
By Joseph Rand | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Rupert Murdoch Featureflash / Shutterstock.com Do not underestimate Rupert Murdoch

Do not underestimate Rupert Murdoch

When Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp announced its plan to acquire Dow Jones with its signature property, The Wall Street Journal, in 2007, critics abounded. Journalists were convinced that he would compromise editorial integrity. Wall Street said he ov...
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Move News Corp set to acquire realtor.com operator Move Inc. for $950M

News Corp set to acquire realtor.com operator Move Inc. for $950M

News Corp, operator of the popular Australian real estate portal realestate.com.au and many other media outlets across the globe, is set to acquire realtor.com operator Move Inc. for $950 million in cash. The pending acquisition, unanimously appr...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Beverly Carter, an agent in Little Rock, Arkansas, was found dead Tuesday morning. Missing Arkansas Realtor found dead

Missing Arkansas Realtor found dead

Authorities say that Beverly Carter, the Little Rock, Arkansas, real estate agent who went missing after showing a vacant, bank-owned home to a stranger last week, has been found dead in a “shallow grave” at a concrete company, the Associated Pr...
By Inman News | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Urban Digs_Homepage Eying new markets, UrbanDigs.com relaunches with new tools

UrbanDigs.com relaunches with new tools, eyes new markets

UrbanDigs.com has relaunched with several new tools for consumers and brokers as part of a series of planned improvements that could pave the way for the data research site to expand beyond Manhattan into other markets or verticals. The website, ......
By Inman News | Monday, September 29, 2014
Shadowy figure image via Shutterstock. MLSs have critical role to play in safeguarding members

MLSs, Realtor associations have critical role to play in safeguarding members

The disappearance of Realtor Beverly Carter in Little Rock has heightened my concerns about Realtor safety. My wife, Kayelin, is in her 11th year of real estate sales. We have a precious 2-year-old son, Houston Travis Wright. If anything ever ......
By Travis Wright | Monday, September 29, 2014
Arrested image via Shutterstock. Suspect in custody in disappearance of Arkansas real estate agent

Suspect in custody in disappearance of Arkansas real estate agent

Arkansas authorities today arrested a man they say is a suspect in the disappearance of real estate agent Beverly Carter from a vacant for-sale home late Thursday afternoon. Carter, 49, was still missing today, after search parties scouring the ar...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, September 29, 2014
Mysterious unknown image via Shutterstock. Brokers say mysterious 'Upstream' initiative not intended to replace MLSs

Brokers say mysterious ‘Upstream’ initiative not intended to replace MLSs

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Multiple listing services and associations have nothing to fear from a mysterious initiative by a coalition of some of the biggest names in real estate, the head of a large brokerage network told hundreds of MLS ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, September 29, 2014
Senior nearing retirement image via Shutterstock. Century 21 targets sellers on Move's senior housing portal

Century 21 targets sellers on Move’s senior housing portal

Century 21 Real Estate is the first real estate brand to sign on as a sponsor of SeniorHousingNet.com, a search portal for senior living listings and resources owned by realtor.com operator Move Inc. The Realogy franchisor will receive “premier...
By Inman News | Monday, September 29, 2014