Agents at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Properties took the "Ice Bucket Challenge." Real estate embraces ALS 'ice bucket challenge'

Real estate embraces ALS ‘ice bucket challenge’

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff has poured ice-cold water over his head and screamed. So has Trulia’s top exec, Pete Flint, and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate’s CEO Sherry Chris. They are among the flood of individuals participating in social m...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gavel image via Shutterstock. Legal spat over sale of mansion could greatly expand definition of 'dual agency' in California

Legal spat over sale of mansion could greatly expand definition of ‘dual agency’ in California

A dispute over the sale of a $12.25 million mansion that allegedly turned out to be smaller than advertised could end up greatly expanding the definition of what constitutes “dual agency” in California, and make brokerages more skittish a...
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Steam locomotive image via Shutterstock. Black Knight's Paragon MLS platform gains steam

Black Knight’s Paragon MLS platform gains steam

Real estate data and technology firm Black Knight Financial Services has signed another multiple listing service to its Paragon 5 platform, bringing the number of real estate professionals the platform serves to more than 210,000. Paragon 5 received ...
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
San Diego image via Shutterstock. San Diego's Real Living Lifestyles joins RealtyTrac's brokerage network

San Diego’s Real Living Lifestyles joins RealtyTrac’s brokerage network

Real Living Lifestyles Real Estate has joined RealtyTrac’s broker network as an exclusive member in San Diego, which gives its 250 agents access to data and leads from the foreclosure marketplace. As a member of the network, Real Living Life...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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 | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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 | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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 | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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