Sitzer | Burnett defendants bulk up lawyer bench to prep for appeal
The National Association of Realtors and Keller Williams have hired former US solicitors general to help them beat back the multibillion-dollar verdict
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 17
NAR won't use lobbying chops for 'legislative fix' to commission suits
At a forum for reps of 50 large brokerage firms, The Realty Alliance CEO Craig Cheatham asked why the nearly 1.6M-member trade group can't use its political influence for an 'existential threat'
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 16
NAR: 'We have many grounds' to appeal the Sitzer | Burnett verdict
The National Association of Realtors laid out its arguments to overturn the ruling Tuesday. The plaintiffs' attorney said if the trade group doesn't change, it risks an injunction and DOJ wrath
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
NAR will argue for 'complete reversal' of Sitzer | Burnett verdict
The National Association of Realtors' legal team on Monday blamed the ruling on the judge. The plaintiffs' attorney, meanwhile, said NAR hadn't 'learned anything' from its 'resounding defeat'
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 14
Collabra appoints former Bright MLS exec to board of directors
David Charron joins Collabra's board as the real estate technology and analytics company makes a bid to partner with more multiple listing services
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 13
South Carolina homesellers latest in line to sue NAR, Keller Williams
A new commission lawsuit filed Monday seeking class-action status alleges sellers encountered 'illogical, harmful, irrational and anticompetitive effects' of NAR's cooperative compensation rule
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 10
New commission lawsuit targets REBNY and 26 companies in NYC
Homeseller Monty March filed suit in the Southern District of New York Wednesday, alleging REBNY rules in Manhattan kept commissions high and violated state and federal antitrust laws
by Taylor Anderson Nov 10
Mother of all commission suits filed in Illinois, this time by homebuyers
'Batton 2,' exponentially larger in scope than Sitzer | Burnett and the Moehrl commission suits, was filed last week in Illinois and takes aim at many of the defendants in another suit called Gibson
Sitzer | Burnett plaintiffs' attorneys in talks with Department of Justice
Disrupting the National Association of Realtors' use of multiple listing services as a 'vehicle for higher commissions' is at the center of talks, lawyer Michael Ketchmark told Inman exclusively
REcolorado, Lundy partner to create new vision of home search
The Centennial State’s largest MLS has entered into a relationship with Lundy, a company that translates property databases into voice search-capable applications for the vision-impaired
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 16
Full court press: What to know as the Sitzer | Burnett trial unfolds
The allegations, the high-profile witnesses slated to testify and all the evidence the jury will and won't see — it's all here as the long-awaited Sitzer | Burnett commission trial unfolds this week
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 16
A reverse arrow on a street
An attorney for the Sitzer/Burnett homeseller plaintiffs calls the change a 'stunning admission of guilt' on the eve of a class-action trial set to start Oct. 16
Andy Florance: Bombshell lawsuits will upend Zillow's business model
CoStar CEO Andy Florance dished with Intel about the commission lawsuits, Zillow and NAR as nabbed 100M unique visitors for the first time ever in September
DOJ intervention puts MLS commission settlement on ice
The homeseller plaintiffs agreed to a 2-month extension of deadlines related to a proposed deal with MLS PIN after the federal agency asked for time to assess the deal's 'competitive impact'
MLS commission settlement in jeopardy amid new DOJ 'concerns'
The Department of Justice's antitrust division on Thursday requested a 2-month deadline extension to review a proposed deal between homesellers and MLS PIN, a broker-owned multiple listing service
Zillow fends off final claims in fruitless REX lawsuit
The now-defunct brokerage failed to convince a jury that Zillow used unfair tactics when it gave non-MLS listings a separate place on its site
by Daniel Houston Oct 2
CoreLogic mobile MLS-Touch app available to 1M real estate agents
MLS-Touch provides connections to 4 home showing solutions driven by the data of each MLS in which it's active. It can be deployed by MLSs that don't use Matrix, CoreLogic’s listing solution
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 22
RE/MAX settles bombshell commission lawsuits for $55M
The deal resolves claims in both the Sitzer and Moehrl antitrust cases. The franchisor agreed to change its business practices, including 'no longer forcing homesellers to pay buyer’s agents'
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 18
Nestfully adds 2 prominent Florida MLSs to its search portal
The addition of the 2 largest Florida MLSs means that Nestfully now represents 343K+ agent and brokerage subscribers
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 14
MLS PIN settlement approved after overcoming judge's qualms
Judge Patti Saris preliminarily approved the deal after settlement fund restructuring. The case could provide a sneak peek at broader changes pending bombshell commission suit outcomes
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 14
RentSpree finds its NorthstarMLS in new partnership
NorthstarMLS is one of the midwest's largest organizations, serving agents and consumers in Minnesota and parts of northern Wisconsin
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 11
CoreLogic, smarten home search for Georgia homebuyers
First Multiple Listing Service, a 57,000-member organization based in Georgia, will launch enhanced home search powered by the joint partnership
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 6
Anywhere settles bombshell Sitzer and Moehrl commission lawsuits
The company agreed to resolve the claims against it for $83.5M. Exact terms will be revealed when the plaintiffs ask the court to approve the deal, but an attorney for the plaintiffs says the franchisor is the first of the defendants to agree to 'change its practices'
NAR seeks to suppress DOJ probe from jury as commission trial nears
The National Association of Realtors filed 4 requests in the US District Court in Western Missouri on Thursday involving commission rule changes, government investigations and discrimination
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 25
Court rules Zillow falsely labeled REX listings as case heads to trial
Despite the ruling, Zillow said it looks forward to presenting its case to a jury and is 'confident that the evidence will show that REX’s business failed for reasons unrelated to Zillow'
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 22
REX antitrust claims against NAR and Zillow dismissed with prejudice
Judge Thomas Zilly on Wednesday tossed antitrust claims against NAR and Zillow, saying REX had failed to prove the parties had agreed to work together to disadvantage non-MLS listings on Zillow
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 16
Industry rallies to work around ongoing Rapattoni cyberattack
Multiple listing services impacted by an ongoing ransomware attack on Rapattoni are defaulting to manual updates, texting and email to communicate listing updates, according to reports
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 15
Multiple listing services to real estate brokers: You complete us
Greg Robertson, Joshua Coleman, Amy Gorce and Gene Millman debated whether the relationship between MLSs and brokers has improved over the past decade during a session at Inman Connect
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 10
Judge balks at 'unusual' MLS settlement in commission case
Judge Patti Saris, of the US District Court in Massachusetts, said she 'loved' the commission rule changes the deal includes, but didn't think the litigation fund was fair for plaintiffs
The commission suits are headed to trial. What happens after that?
At Inman CEO Connect, Russ Cofano, James Dwiggins and Greg Robertson debated the changes that agents and brokers may see as a result of homeseller lawsuits and government interference
4 ways to improve real estate as bombshell commission suits sizzle
At Inman Connect Las Vegas, real estate broker and attorney Kendall Bonner urged the industry to be proactive instead of waiting to be legally 'bullied' into change
HomeServices appeal dismissed as court eyes October for Sitzer trial
The ruling against HomeServices of America in federal court on Wednesday sets the stage for a likely Oct. 16 start for the first of 2 highly anticipated bombshell commission trials later this year
Arizona Realtors can stay hot with new DirectOffer partnership
This is the 2nd such partnership the real estate technology company has secured lately, having also agreed to work with the Realtor Association of Metropolitan Pittsburg, DirectOffer said
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 1
Chamber of Commerce goes to bat for NAR in face of 'unfair' DOJ probe
In a 'friend of the court' brief, the Chamber said the government should have to keep its promise to not investigate the National Association of Realtors' commission and pocket listing policies
'Alarming': NAR slams DOJ effort to resume commission investigation
In a new brief, NAR claims the DOJ's argument for resuming its probe would 'destabilize the law.' The agency has sought to overturn an earlier ruling that quashed a request for more information
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 26
How 'computer vision' is disrupting real estate, 1 listing photo at a time
As ChatGPT reimagines how agents write, computer vision extracts data from millions of images to tell deeper stories about home, Chief Product Officer Nathan Brannen tells Intel
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 26
Bright MLS breaks with NAR policy on commissions
Starting Aug. 9, the nation's 2nd-largest MLS will allow listing brokers to offer buyer brokers nothing in compensation, according to an announcement from Bright
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 20
Gary Keller at Keller Williams KW Family Reunion 2019
The Sitzer/Burnett antitrust case is set to begin Oct. 16 but could be moved to February. The court denied the franchisor's request to change the date because it conflicts with KW's Family Reunion
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 11
'Marginal agents' with fewer sales now claim quarter of commissions
Agents with 5 or fewer sales a year took in an estimated 25-30% of all commission income in 3 disparate markets, according to an analysis of MLS data by the Consumer Federation of America
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 10
The stories and trends that defined a whirlwind first half of 2023
Intel takes a look back at the market trends, brokerage strategies, Wall Street happenings and legal controversies that shook the past 6 months and could well define the remainder of 2023
by Marian McPherson Jul 5
MLS turns back on franchisors after settling commission case for $3M
Homesellers plan to use funds from MLS PIN, the largest multiple listing service in New England, to continue antitrust litigation against Anywhere, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and HomeServices
Scenic View Of Mountain Range Against Blue Sky
New Mexico MLS — a statewide MLS with 1,150 agent, broker and appraiser subscribers — will likely launch Aligned Showings in either Q4 2023 or Q1 2024, according to MLS Aligned
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 27
NAR kicks off nationwide search for 'diverse' CEO candidates
Applications to become the 1.5M-member trade group's 13th chief executive will be accepted through July 31, the National Association of Realtors announced
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 27
Miami Realtors sweetens tech recipe with
Agents who use the new system can rapidly generate social media content, marketing visuals, property descriptions and other assets to boost market attention
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 20 advances search with's intelligence
The website's new skill leverages a form of artificial intelligence called computer vision to scan images for rapid description creation, item tagging and room identification, the company said
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 9
DOJ: NAR commission and pocket listing investigation should resume
The US Department of Justice wants 'to resume its consequential investigation of conduct that affects over $100 billion in broker fees paid by Americans annually,' according to an appeal
CoStar to sunset Homesnap brand this year as it transitions to Homes
The real estate juggernaut is sunsetting the Homesnap brand name and products by the end of the year in favor of transitioning users to its dominant residential real estate brand
Judge narrows in on trial date for bombshell commission lawsuit
If the parties don't settle, expect a lengthy trial for the Moehrl homesellers' case against NAR, Anywhere, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and HomeServices of America
by Andrea V. Brambila May 30
Bombshell commission suit 1 step closer to trial after appeal rejected
A federal appeals court on Wednesday denied a request from NAR, Anywhere, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and HomeServices of America to overturn class certification in the Moehrl lawsuit
by Andrea V. Brambila May 25
6 takeaways from NAR's midyear conference
From voting to raise membership dues to requiring fair housing training to learning best practices for artificial intelligence, Realtors are steering their own fate in the industry
by Andrea V. Brambila May 18
With lawsuits in play, NAR Midyear treads lightly with commission talk
At the Realtors Legislative Meetings, NAR attorney Charlie Lee stressed agents can't count on a 'standard' commission and will have to negotiate compensation with clients and listing brokers
by Andrea V. Brambila May 17
Danger ahead: MLSs consider agent alerts for perilous properties
At the National Association of Realtors' midyear conference, a committee on Realtor safety suggested adding MLS data fields to signal hazards such as bad cell service and limited visibility
by Andrea V. Brambila May 17
Built by 3 MLSs, search portal Nestfully should have considered a 4th: Tech Review
The goal isn’t to get '500 million people to come to the site' - Nestfully
by Craig C. Rowe May 12
'The best tools in the market:' RentSpree picks up 4 more MLSs
RentSpree's end-to-end solution was selected by Rhode Island Association of Realtor’s Statewide MLS, Heartland MLS, Intermountain MLS and REsides Inc., the company exclusively told Inman
by Craig C. Rowe May 10
Miami Realtors get free Milestones Labs home management app
Sixty thousand South Florida agents and brokers will be able to provide buyers and sellers with self-branded online homeowner portals, the Miami Association of Realtors announced Tuesday
CRMLS partners with Local Logic to offer market intelligence to agents
The Local Logic tool will provide members of the California Regional Multiple Listing Service with critical demographic and economic intelligence on real estate markets around the country
by Craig C. Rowe May 8
NAR raises alarm on  floor plan use, vacant lot scams, 'unfair' contracts
Charlie Lee, the National Association of Realtors' senior counsel, spoke on legal issues impacting agents at the MLS Association Executives Session at the Realtors Legislative Meetings on Sunday
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The Realtors Legislative Meetings will run May 6-11 and some sessions will be live-streamed for National Association of Realtors members. Here's everything to look for as the conference starts
Value of promoting sustainability in listings keeps falling, Realtors say
An Inman analysis of NAR data on residential sustainability over the past 7 years reveals that fewer agents and brokers believe touting energy efficiency in listings elicits meaningful results
Austin Board of Realtors taps Clare Losey as first housing economist
Bringing on Dr. Clare Losey will allow ABoR to produce ongoing reports on all aspects of the Central Texas economy for its 20,000-plus members, their clients, and local policymakers
REACH turns 10: Inside the NAR tech accelerator's success rate
Since the accelerator launched a decade ago, 80 companies have graduated from the program, an Intel analysis shows. More than 75% are still in business and about 20% have been acquired
Frank Major, trailblazer who carved path as Bright MLS's first CTO, dies
Major was known for his kindness, brilliance and contributions to real estate innovation. 'Like many of us, I will greatly miss his friendship,' Bright MLS Chief Executive Brian Donnellan said
CEOs of the nation’s largest MLSs converge to shore up rental market
Formed by RentSpree, the 'Rental Industry Leadership Board' includes heads of the California Regional MLS, Bright, Beaches and more amid a continued push for Realtors to focus on rentals
by Taylor Anderson Apr 27
Denver Metro to provide teams app, Shaker, as member benefit
Shaker is a mobile-1st solution on both iOS and Android operating systems used in managing listings and transactions and automating tasks and deadlines, among key business processes
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 19
RentSpree's ApplyLink deployed by Austin Board of Realtors
RentSpree has led a charge into the MLS space to promote the value of renters as future home ownership prospects, as well as to simply offer a better method for working with the renters
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 12
Joint venture owned by CRMLS, Bright begins selling MLS data 
REdistribute aims to aggregate and distribute data for MLSs and participating brokers, sell it to institutions — including government-sponsored entities — and share the revenue with brokers
7-state mega MLS ditches alphabet soup, rebrands as 'Prime'
CEO Chad Jacobson: 'Our name no longer ties us to a geographic location, but instead embodies our desire to be the best at what we do'
'Stop arguing and start adjusting': Agents react to class-action ruling
From 'NAR is toast' to 'don't make any rash decisions,' real estate agents, executives and thought-leaders offered their thoughts on the explosive Moehrl class certification ruling Wednesday
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 31
Bombshell multibillion-dollar commission suit now a class action
A judge on Wednesday granted class certification in a federal commission suit that could rock the real estate industry and impact how agents are compensated nationwide
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 29
DOJ appeals NAR win in probe of commission, pocket listing rules
The antitrust enforcer wants a higher court to overturn a ruling that limits its investigation into the Realtor trade group's Participation Rule and Clear Cooperation Policy
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 28
Facade Flags Justice Department Building Washington DC
In an amicus brief the antitrust enforcer argues that a lower court incorrectly tossed a case filed by Top Agent Network over the National Association of Realtors' pocket listing policy
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 14
Office-exclusive listings are the same as pocket listings. Why doesn't NAR think so?
Under the Clear Cooperation Policy, a listing can be 'withheld' from the MLS and become an office-exclusive listing
by Teresa Boardman Mar 2
Proptech has reached an inflection point. So, like, what happens now?
Disruptive sales models, lead aggregators and search products have transformed proptech into a true marketplace while freeing venture capitalists up to become more than mere power brokers
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 1
Rapattoni, advance MLS partnership, service tools
Industry solutions provider of more than 50 years, Rapattoni will leverage the full brunt of's unique image intelligence capabilities
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 28
Nearly two-thirds of brokerage sites aren't displaying commissions
Consumer Federation of America: Despite an NAR rule change, only Redfin displays buyer-agent compensation in virtually all of the major cities examined
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 16
Floor plan startup CubiCasa inks partnership with growing Utah MLS is the latest multiple listing service to partner with CubiCasa on free floor plans and discounts on property analytics and the startup's database of real estate photographers
by Ben Verde Feb 8
Nation's largest MLS will use AI to catch listing compliance issues
California Regional MLS teams up with investee Styldod to improve handling of listing photos and rule violations and to someday provide revenue back to agents and the MLS for their data
New MLS-owned showing tool launches in second market, which partially owns Aligned Showings, says its integration offers agents listing-by-listing showing options
NAR-DOJ ruling divides agents over commission, pocket listing rules
Agents and brokers who spoke to Inman following the ruling in favor of NAR disagreed on who is 'overreaching' in the case and on whether changes to the controversial rules are necessary
Federal court rules in favor of NAR in longtime DOJ probe
District court judge sets aside US Department of Justice 2021 demand for information from the National Association of Realtors on buyer broker commission and pocket listing rules
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 26
Data and multiple listing services: A love story?
Speakers at Inman Connect New York on Tuesday urged MLSs to adopt new datasets and make sure to share them in ways that are useful to agents and consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 25
Bright, CRMLS, REcolorado unify to launch consumer search site
Nestfully will offer seamless desktop, mobile and native iOS and Android app experiences and provide the latest listing and just-sold information, according to company
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 24
Jonathan Klein: 'Proptech is everyone's friend'
In advance of his appearance at Inman Connect New York on Jan. 24-26, the founder of PropTech Consulting busts myths about this burgeoning area of the real estate industry
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 20
Inman unveils inaugural 2023 Power Players awards
With its inaugural Power Players list, Inman recognized more than 120 industry leaders for their influence and ingenuity as it kicks off a year of expanded awards
by Inman Jan 12
US Supreme Court denies NAR petition in pocket listing case
The nation's highest court will not be weighing in on whether the real estate trade group's Clear Cooperation Policy violates antitrust laws. The case proceeds in a lower court
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 10
Nation's largest MLS will get even bigger this year
The Southland Regional Association of Realtors, which boasts nearly 11,000 members in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, will link up with California Regional MLS beginning May 1
Supra revamps website to 'reflect the brand's growing digital services'
The new website intends to 'make it easier than ever for customers to find what they need and experience the benefits our solutions offer,' the company said in a statement.
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 22
Proptech in 2022: Zillow rebounds, iBuyers stumble and MLSs grow up
Zillow bounced back after folding its iBuyer in 2021, multiple listing services finally caught up, enterprise solutions arrived and other signs property technology approached maturity in 2022
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 21
Outdated MLS policy hides thousands of homes for sale
Where MLSs ban commingling, brokerage websites either can’t display non-MLS listings or must hide this inventory behind filters and log-in walls
by Joe Rath Dec 19
Two wolves fighting
The Sitzer/Burnett trial has been delayed until after a higher court rules on an appeal from HomeServices of America
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 16
Top lenders
Turner is a former entrepreneur in residence for NAR venture capital arm Second Century Ventures and a co-founder of Realtor association management platform Tangilla
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 14
The PLS to Supreme Court: Deny NAR petition in pocket listing suit
In a new brief, the former pocket listing service argues NAR limited competition to its Realtor-affiliated MLSs 'by conspiring to destroy the livelihood of any dissenting real estate agent'
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 12