Dotloop inks new deals with 4 agent associations
The deals include a comprehensive agreement with a Canadian MLS, and will also see dotloop integrate documents that more than 100,000 American agents use for their work
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 19
3 ways Biden could change real estate
Real estate experts share how President Biden's latest executive order could impact real estate from licensing to noncompete agreements to antitrust lawsuits
by Marian McPherson Jul 19
DOJ hints NAR's pocket listing policy may be in its crosshairs
Agency letter offers first clue that the Clear Cooperation Policy may be part of a 'broader investigation' into trade group's rules
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 14
Zillow, NAR slam REX's alleged use of antitrust as a business strategy
Real estate giants ask court to toss the discount brokerage's lawsuit over optional MLS rule
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 14
Mega MLSs join forces in common database
NorthstarMLS and MARIS hope to help smaller MLSs keep their autonomy while cutting down costs for brokers and agents and helping them provide better service to consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 12
NAR 'cut a deal' with Trump DOJ to undermine commission suits: CFA
The National Association of Realtors countered that the Consumer Federation of America's assertions are 'wrong and misleading' and 'commissions are very much negotiable'
Why the ongoing DOJ vs. NAR battle matters
Opinion
The DOJ's most recent action seems to be a giant step backward toward any resolution. Here's what you should know
by Jay Thompson Jul 6
Here's the timeline of the NAR-DOJ legal battle
The US Department of Justice just backed out of an antitrust settlement with the National Association of Realtors, suggesting more legal wrangling is on its way
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 6
This is what makes real estate in the United States of America so unique
From commissions and entrepreneurism to Poland's legendary tale of the '1-hour MLS,' there are few places like the US when it comes to real estate
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 2
BeachesMLS becomes latest to upgrade to Remine Pro
The more modern user experience includes an enhanced search portal that incorporates public data feeds to augment what users can learn about a listing and its owners
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 30
Shaker updates with MLS connectivity and text automation
The software can be scaled from individual agents to brokerages, and centers heavily on collaboration between colleagues, agents and leads as the basis of relationships
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 29
Ohio's largest MLS ditches 'Coming Soon' status
MLS Now says the status caused 'unintended consequences' and has been the most common complaint among agents in the past year
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 24
Who owns my data?
From Zillow’s ShowingTime acquisition to pocket listings, RESO's CEO Sam DeBord breaks down all the buzziest tech conversations and debates from Inman Connect
by Sam DeBord Jun 24
When partnering with a vendor, who owns the data?
Real Estate Standards Organization CEO Sam DeBord and others discussed what happens when a tech provider is acquired by a competitor during an Inman Connect session
by Matt Carter Jun 17
Why Zillow's acquisition of ShowingTime 'flipped the switch'
Homesnap founder Guy Wolcott and ShowingTime President Michael Lane outline how vendors and multiple listing services create a more robust tech and integration experience
by Marian McPherson Jun 17
Real estate shouldn't 'rush back to 2019' as the pandemic winds down
Industry leaders said Wednesday that real estate, and multiple listing services in particular, have evolved during the pandemic — and will continue to do so in the future
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 16
Major MLSs join forces to form 'Rosetta Stone' of showing services
The project comes about 4 months after Zillow announced its acquisition of ShowingTime, turning showing technology into one of the hottest topics in real estate
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 15
California Regional MLS gets closer to statewide goal
The High Desert Association of Realtors will no longer operate its own MLS and its 1,700 members are now CRMLS subscribers
Pocket listing suit against NAR shouldn't have been thrown out: DOJ
The Department of Justice and The PLS argue that lower court should have considered Clear Cooperation Policy's impact on brokers who directly purchase access to listing services, not on buyers and sellers
Top Agent Network takes aim at office exclusives in NAR pocket listing policy
Top Agent Network argues that office exclusives result in less inventory, less exposure for listings and less consumer choice while benefitting large brokerages
by Andrea V. Brambila May 27
Overlooked inventory: 6 ways to find that diamond in the rough
Inventory can be found anywhere — real estate agents just have to get creative and put a little legwork into unearthing it
by Lillian Dickerson May 27
'Double-dipping agents' overcharge consumers billions in commissions
The Consumer Federation of America says dual agency should be banned, but double-ending should not be so long as agents discount their commission and act as facilitators
by Andrea V. Brambila May 27
MLS company acquires tech to launch new showing service
Citing 'acquisition anxiety' after Zillow's deal with ShowingTime, MLS Aligned has purchased the technology behind real estate messaging and showing platform Agent Inbox
by Andrea V. Brambila May 25
NAR elects new leaders, approves budget as midyear meeting wraps
The National Association of Realtors' board of directors held its biannual meeting Friday on the last day of the trade group's midyear conference, the Realtors Legislative Meetings
by Andrea V. Brambila May 17
NAR board votes to require addresses on MLS listings
The ongoing, controversial debate surrounding pocket listings finds some resolution, with NAR voting to make addresses immediately available to other MLS subscribers. Here are the details.
by Andrea V. Brambila May 14
Bright MLS cracks down on abuse of pocket listing rule
'Vast majority' of Clear Cooperation Policy complaints turn out not to be in violation
by Andrea V. Brambila May 11
NAR: 'The MLS is under attack'
Lawsuits alleging that NAR rules regarding multiple listing services prop up commissions that inflate buyer and seller costs keep proliferating
by Andrea V. Brambila May 11
Lone Wolf Technologies acquires LionDesk and HomeSpotter
'Ultimately, where we want to go is a fully connected digital platform with a single user persona,' said Lone Wolf CEO Jimmy Kelly
by Craig C. Rowe May 11
NAR: Don't work without a written listing agreement
Trade group says agents and brokers want to avoid MLS policies and rules, but are taking on major risks
by Andrea V. Brambila May 10
Controversial proposal to require addresses on MLS listings clears hurdle
Proposal now moves to the National Association of Realtors' board of directors, but bitterness over the Clear Cooperation Policy's office exclusives exemption lingers
by Andrea V. Brambila May 10
MHAuthority.com offers buyers direct access to manufactured living options
Launched by State Listings, Inc., MHAuthority.com is a website specifically for the marketing of manufactured homes and mobile homes for rent and sale nationwide
by Craig C. Rowe May 10
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