Federal officials get an earful on real estate antitrust

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SAN FRANCISCO – Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission antitrust officials, who participated in a real estate technology conference Thursday, said they have an open ear for any suspected antitrust law violations but in some cases cannot take any action.

David Kully, a representative for the DOJ’s Antitrust Division, and Maureen Ohlhausen, director of the FTC Office of Policy Planning, fielded questions about their agencies’ roles and limitations, and heard complaints about real estate industry practices in various markets.

The officials, who stated that