Small talk, big talk: FTC gossip, the rental economy and a broker for consumer dashboard

Brad Inman swipes through the week

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Scuttle Heard from an industry fat cat (actually, more like a kitty cat) that the FTC has approved the Zillow-Trulia merger, and it will be announced soon. No surprises, if true. Big talk "The 'sharing economy' outed as the 'rental economy.' Nobody is sharing anything, people are making money, plain and simple. Technology has made renting things (even in real time) as simple as it made buying a decade ago," venture capitalist Fred Wilson wrote this week. Car talk Now you can use Uber to tour houses, thanks to Trulia’s integration of Uber into its home search app. Love it — no parking hassles, it is more efficient, and home shopping with a driver may make you feel special as you try to bump out the competition for that perfect house. But beware: Don't take housing advice from an Uber driver. You said, he said, we said faysal/Shutterstock Nearly half of all those recently surveyed (750 brokers) by Inman said that "technology that allows companies to streamli...