Controversial proposal to require addresses on MLS listings is back
NAR will also consider Redfin proposal to allow MLSs in non-disclosure states to exclude the display of sales prices from listing feeds, but not sold listings as a whole
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 30
Ethics violation, lawsuit or worse: 10 situations that get agents in trouble
Even earnest agents make false steps that end up in an ethics violation, a suit or revocation of a license. Check out Inman's handy charts to learn the consequences of 10 situations
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 26
Why the nation's largest MLS is declaring Saturday a work day
CRMLS created the change to 'ensure that the information in the MLS is as accurate as possible as soon as feasible,' CRMLS CEO Art Carter told Inman
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 15
Miami MLS, Rental Beast partner to help agents amid housing shortage
As part of deal, Rental Beast will power a new, custom-branded rental search portal for the Miami Association of Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 13
RentSpree expands MLS Partnership Program
The company is launching partnerships with several new multiple listing services across the country and will extend its integrated MLS services to about 140,000 additional agents
REColorado teams up with showing management platform BrokerBay
The new partnership will launch in the summer and give members of the major Colorado multiple listing service easy access to tools for setting up home showings
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 29
5 big challenges for REX Real Estate in 2021
The well-connected discount brokerage is trying to raise more funding and grow its business as it takes on industry behemoths NAR and Zillow
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 29
NAR-DOJ rule changes won't come for months
Rules regarding public display of buyer broker commissions and lockbox access for non-Realtors were originally slated to take effect by the end of March
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 23
Compass, Sotheby's roped into latest suit alleging 'inflated' commissions
The new antitrust lawsuit, filed Friday in California, also names the National Association of Realtors, Realogy, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and several other companies as defendants
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 23
Listen: REX releases recordings of agent steering
One agent told the discount brokerage: 'I won't bother to show [the listing]. Who's your local agent though because I'll make sure to tell people not to work with them'
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 18
NAR claps back on commission attacks
Trade group's president accuses commission detractors of duplicity 'for a payout' under the guise of protecting consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 18
The problem with antitrust litigation as a real estate business strategy
Opinion
In the real estate industry, antitrust lawsuits have become more prevalent in the past few years, but perhaps it's time for litigious parties to take a step back and refocus their energies on sellers and buyers, instead of competitors
by Bob Mathew Mar 18
Consumer groups support REX suit against anti-rebate law
The Consumer Federation of America and the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group argue that prohibiting rebates to buyers and sellers stifles commission competition and harms consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 16
Study commissioned by REX claims commissions are deeply inflated
Real estate commissions are inflated by as much as $50B per year due to the lack of price competition created by having listing brokers set co-op fees for buyer brokers, according to the report in the Berkeley Business Law Journal
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 12
REX takes aim at Zillow with new lawsuit
REX alleges Zillow shift to IDX feed is 'driving consumers away from REX'
by Patrick Kearns Mar 9
A Zillow-owned ShowingTime: 5 MLS strategic concerns
Opinion
It's not just that the MLS is doing business with one of its customers but also the vendor-customer is now providing core services to its competitors — other MLS customers
by Mitchell Skinner Mar 4
Kenneth Jenny's 5 must-read Inman columns
Opinion
Remembering a valued voice in the industry through his own words
The PLS appeals case against NAR, MLSs over pocket listing rule
The former private listing network for agents seeks to overturn a ruling that threw out its lawsuit alleging the National Association of Realtors' Clear Cooperation Policy harms competition
About Time Tours offers industry mobile app for scheduling showings
The iOS and Android app is ready to go, seeking MLS and brokerage partnerships to streamline in-person property tours
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 1
Largest MLS in Northern California acquires smaller neighbor
Sacramento-based MetroList adds four counties to its footprint and members of the Sutter Yuba Association of Realtors MLS gain more exposure to list and sell homes in the region
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 23
California Regional MLS allows display of buyer agent commissions
Listing brokers and agents will not be able to opt out of having the compensation they're offering made public, according to the California Regional MLS
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 12
Consolidation continues among local associations and MLSs
The total number of MLSs and local associations declined again in 2020, according to the annual Organized Real Estate 200 list from T3 Sixty
by Patrick Kearns Feb 9
Redfin to display buyer's agent commissions in 65 markets
Redfin's brokerage website and mobile application will soon display the amount of compensation being offered to buyers' agents on more than 700,000 listings
by Patrick Kearns Feb 8
Court throws out pocket listing lawsuit against NAR and MLSs
Judge says ThePLS.com failed to plausibly allege the National Association of Realtors' Clear Cooperation Policy harms competition and consumers. To the contrary, the policy has 'some plainly pro-competitive aspects'
A commission suit with a twist: It's the buyers who are getting screwed
A new lawsuit filed earlier this week sits in stark contrast to 3 previous homeseller suits that allege commission sharing between cooperating brokers inflates seller costs
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 29
'Fundamental shift' to digital in real estate is not going away
At Inman Connect, panelists from Zillow, realtor.com, OJO Labs and Qualia discuss how the pandemic has transformed the industry and how agents can compete
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 27
Broker warns MLSs: Help us compete against Zillow or lose us
At Inman Connect, Courtney Poulos, broker-owner at ACME Real Estate, criticized NAR's pocket listing policy, which she said benefits large brokerages like Zillow and Compass at the expense of independent firms
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 26
New nonprofit aims to increase diversity in real estate
The Real Estate Apprentice Foundation is spearheaded by consulting firm T3 Sixty
by Patrick Kearns Jan 21
NAR to hold first in-person event in April as pandemic drags on
Trade group says it's monitoring CDC guidelines, host city restrictions, the current trajectory of infections and vaccination rates
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 14
Ohio's largest MLS rebrands with an eye on consolidation
MLS Now CEO Carl DeMusz: 'We endeavor to be really good neighbors, but hey — if it leads to a first dance, we’d love that'
Asteroom shoots to become Matterport for the mid-tier market
Asteroom has been rolling out a series of affordable updates to address growing demand for ways listing agents can compete for online market share
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 7
NAR, MLSs seek to avoid disclosing competition documents in pocket listing suit
The PLS wants info on Upstream, the DANGER Report, the Clear Cooperation Policy and antitrust inquiries from the DOJ or FTC. Realtors say producing these documents would impose 'substantial burdens' on them
T3 Sixty creates the 'WebMD' of real estate
The consulting and analysis firm has launched a new portal that provides digital access to its library of research and reports
by Patrick Kearns Jan 6
Alex Lange leaves Upstream to head up Forbes Global Properties
The CEO talks about what he would have done differently with NAR and the network of elite brokerages he's building
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 30
Former pocket listing site to relaunch as public-facing
The PLS says its new site will comply with NAR's Clear Cooperation Policy and show exclusive listings to the public for the first time
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 29
Homes.NYC is the newest New York City home search
Opinion
Launched by Gabriels Technology Solutions and powered by RealPlus, New York's newest property portal emphasizes building video and neighborhood fly-overs.
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 15
Lone Wolf acquires W+R Studios, maker of Cloud CMA
W+R Studios co-founder Greg Robertson envisions 'virtualizing the entire transaction'
How indies can take advantage of the same tools as franchises
Indie brokers should feel confident in expressing their needs to vendors when shopping around for different services. A little bit of legwork when establishing the relationship can pay off in the long run
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 18
New NAR policy requires MLSs to process complaints anonymously upon request
Trade group passes new standards for MLSs and local Realtor associations. Future NAR leaders will also have to pass a social media background check
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 13
NAR passes ethics changes to crack down on social media harassment
The trade organization said on Friday that the changes will 'raise the bar on the professionalism and private speech of America’s 1.4 million Realtors'
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 13
Bright MLS teams up with BHHS Fox & Roach on data deal
The deal will give thousands of BHHS Fox & Roach agents access to information that Bright MLS has pulled from public records
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 11
NAR shelves controversial proposal to require addresses on MLS listings
Following spirited discussions, a trade group committee approved 8 MLS standards that will now go to the NAR board of directors on Nov. 13
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 11
Tribus acquires Solid Earth to bolster CRM, MLS experience
Tribus CEO Eric Stegemann said the acquisition of Solid Earth will enable the company to bolster its CRM and streamline users' MLS listing entry experience
by Marian McPherson Nov 5
Competing statewide MLSs are making waves in Louisiana
Greater Southern MLS and LA State MLS are pitching themselves as better for brokers than their incumbent counterparts
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 28
New York's OneKey MLS gets bigger with merger
Bronx-Manhattan North Association of Realtors merges with Hudson Gateway AOR and will shut down its own multiple listing service
'Baptism by fire': How MLSs should prepare for natural disasters
Panelists at the Council of MLSs annual conference on Monday discussed how to quickly meet agents' needs when tragedy strikes
How MLSs can foster and advance fair housing
The Council of MLSs is forming a task force to explore the role MLSs can play in stamping out housing discrimination. Panelists at CMLS's annual conference had some ideas
The leaders have emerged — and they're retiring RETS
Most of the real estate industry is driving its data around in a clunky, decades-old car. But now, leading MLS technology organizations are finally helping us trade it in for a newer and more efficient model
by Sam DeBord Oct 6
'Paradigm shift': Realtors weigh in on the buyer commission lawsuit
Some pros predict more dual agency deals and the disappearance of buyer's agents, while others think the industry will end up where it started but with more disclosures to sign
Judge denies motion by NAR to dismiss buyer commission lawsuit
Judge Andrea Wood argued that the plaintiffs would have paid 'substantially lower commissions' if not for the buyer broker commission rules
by Patrick Kearns Oct 5
'Get comfortable with the uncomfortable': How to build diversity in real estate
Panelists at the Council of Multiple Listing Services conference discussed on Thursday why inclusivity makes business sense
Utah MLS kills old data standard, sets vendor deadline to adopt API
Come January, UtahRealEstate.com will be the first MLS to have all of their nearly 200 vendors use their new API for every type of data feed
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 30
IBuyers, neo-brokers and elite agent platforms are changing everything
At the Council of MLS's virtual conference Tuesday, Clelia Peters, venture partner at Bain Capital Ventures, said MLSs need to focus on end users of listing data to remain relevant
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 30
How MLSs can encourage 'competitive experimentation'
At the Council of MLSs first virtual conference Monday, Matthew Ferrara urged multiple listing services to use this time to anticipate members' future needs
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 29
Zillow continues 'natural evolution' with brokerage shift: Deutsche
Zillow's decision to hire its own agents for Zillow Offers is the latest in its shift to becoming a platform, according to a trio of Deutsche Bank analysts
by Patrick Kearns Sep 24
New England MLS rebrands as 'wicked smart'
'We are a technology company hidden inside an MLS,' says MLS Property Information Network CEO Kathy Condon
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 23
What does Zillow's switch to IDX mean for Premier Agents?
The move will likely lead to small aesthetic changes, including how Premier Agents are displayed on listings, but the lead flow will remain the same
by Patrick Kearns Sep 23
Marketplace for land-focused agents could result in $500M in commissions
The deal with RealX will provide the Land Broker Co-op's 16,000 agents with a platform where they can connect directly to companies interested in leasing property rights
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 15
Texas MLS expands into Louisiana
Dallas-based North Texas Real Estate Information Systems adds Northwest Louisiana Association of Realtors to its shareholders
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 15
Former realtor.com, Trulia executive to lead NYC listing service
Ninve James will lead the Residential Listing Service, a brokerage-facing listing service powered by the Real Estate Board of New York
by Patrick Kearns Sep 9
The Broker Public Portal has a new head and a goal to overtake Zillow
As executive director, Joe Rand will be the voice of the BPP in the real estate industry, and aims to make Homesnap the number one real estate search site in the country
Want more eyes on your website? Consider pay-per-click
If you're an agent looking to generate leads to your website, then pay-per-click ads might be a good way to drive traffic. Here are a few things you need to know before springing for this type of marketing
by Brandon Doyle Sep 7
Want video landing pages in a snap? Real Estate Shows might be for you
Opinion
With a whole new user experience and modernized landing pages, Real Estate Shows is a marketing add-on that can be a sleek, simple addition to any real estate marketing quiver
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 4
Georgia MLS struck by cyber attack
The MLS, which boasts 42,000 subscribers, notified its members on Thursday, 11 days after the attack. Cyber criminals may have gained access to login and contact information
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 28
MLSs roll back rule and status changes to pre-pandemic norm
Many multiple listing services, though not all, have ceased pausing days on market while others are divided on off-market status expansions, according to a survey of 30 MLSs
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 26
NAR, MLSs strike back against antitrust suit over pocket listing policy
The trade groups allege that it is Pocket Listing Services' business model that is anticompetitive and harms homebuyers and sellers
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 19
Broadcast your next listing: HomeRover is moving the bar for livestream tours
Opinion
The Android and iOS app allows multiple parties to view, screenshot and make a list of what they want to see. This marks a major maturation of video tour proptech
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 7
Naberly stamps its place in CRM conversation with sharp revamp
Opinion
With a host of inspired feature decisions, an elegant user interface, video email and Slack-like activity drivers, Naberly is now a name in the proptech space you should know
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 5
TopHap empowers real estate data like no other
Opinion
Set to go live in California next week, the data analytics platform has shifted from a data geek's new toy to a powerful, market-data-know-it-all, now runway-ready and gorgeous
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 30
Amid acquisition dustup, CoreLogic releases visual marketing services portal HomeVisit
Tested by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors & State-Wide MLS, the new portal will allow agents to streamline ordering of multiple marketing services
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 23
LionDesk seeks to go 'beyond the CRM' with launch of ad portal
CEO David Anderson said he's continuing to work to move his company 'beyond the CRM' by releasing software features that help agents manage the entire lead and sales cycle. Here's the latest
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 20
Lone Wolf announces new integrated cloud solutions for every stakeholder
The popular technology provider is packaging its businesswide solutions according to industry stakeholder to better communicate product offerings and help agents, teams and brokers connect systems
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 8
Scores of real estate companies took home large PPP loans
Luxury brokerages, franchises for brands such as Realogy and Keller Williams, MLSs and local Realtor organizations all received money from the Paycheck Protection Program
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 7
Inside Real Estate acquires dashCMA
The software will now have access to 600+ MLSs just a year after inception, and founder Karen Abram says she’s ‘beyond excited to join the Inside Real Estate family’
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 30
Bring your design in-house with RelayThat's easy-to-use tools
Opinion
Another option for agents and marketing staff looking to bring their design in-house, this web-based marketing resource provides creative cues, just enough brand control and plenty of value
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 26
Why MLSs should treat rentals the same as for-sale listings
There has never been a better time — or a greater need — to make rentals a mandatory property class. More data on the MLS, especially during a pandemic, serves the MLS and the brokers, agents and consumers who depend on it
by Cameron Paine Jun 26
HAR ditches 'master' terminology in MLS descriptions
The Houston Association of Realtors no longer uses 'master' to describe bedrooms and bathrooms in the MLS, after a group of members called for the change
by Marian McPherson Jun 24
Elm Street Technology bolsters web services with IDX Broker acquisition
The acquisition-minded proptech Elm Street Technology has acquired IDX Broker in its first purchase in the year of COVID-19 to strengthen national MLS reach and web marketing offerings
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 24
Rental Beast launches program to integrate with MLS platforms
The all-in-one online rental listing service says the integration has the potential to connect MLS member agents and brokers with a millennial rental market that could yield $12 billion in annual rental commissions
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 23
PlanetRE's consumer app is more MLS than search friendly
Opinion
Partnering with MLSListings, Inc. of Northern California, the software company's consumer search app misses the mark on several fronts but mainly in its core purpose: consumer home search
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 12
Another pocket listing network sues NAR, alleges MLS conspiracy
Suit alleges Clear Cooperation Policy is part of a plan to eliminate PLS as a 'competitive threat.' Trade groups say policy is 'not discriminatory' and promotes competition
Court denies restraining order against NAR for pocket listing policy
Top Agent Network asked for the order two weeks ago in an attempt to stop the National Association of Realtors from enforcing the Clear Cooperation Policy
by Andrea V. Brambila May 28
Unshackling MLS data: It's time to accelerate NOW
Opinion
Networked office and web (NOW) model is one policy and one license for one holistic data set, and the concept is supported by a broad group of brokerage organizations
by Sam DeBord May 27
Read all of Inman's coronavirus coverage here
Inman has published more than 785 stories on the coronavirus. Here's our comprehensive list of coverage
by Jim Dalrymple II May 20
NAR board approves policy giving brokers back their MLS data
The trade group said new policy will allow brokers to innovate and develop new ways of delivering services to consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila May 15
Top Agent Network sues NAR, alleges pocket listing policy is 'group boycott'
Trade group says suit 'has no legal basis' and that the Clear Cooperation policy 'promotes equal opportunity for all'
by Andrea V. Brambila May 11
Lone Wolf's new Marketplace spreads tech wealth industrywide
The new online offering provides countless Lone Wolf customers and members of partnered associations a place to access multiple technology vendors, making it the Netflix of proptech
by Craig C. Rowe May 11
We talked to 5 CFOs about the road to recovery. Here's what they said
Coronavirus is a big deal for real estate, but financial chiefs don't think it's a repeat of 2008. And some already see signs of improvement
by Jim Dalrymple II May 11