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
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
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
Redfin
The National Association of Realtors countered that the Consumer Federation of America's assertions are 'wrong and misleading' and 'commissions are very much negotiable'
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
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
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
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
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
Zillow, NAR formed 'group boycott' to enforce commission rule: REX
REX alleges that the National Association of Realtors and Zillow use NAR's segregation rule to hinder competitors who don't comply with NAR's commission rule
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 21
Dueling NAR and REX op-eds hint that DOJ will target commissions
National Association of Realtors: 'The Administration has publicly signaled a lack of understanding about the MLS system and the associated commission structure'
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 22
New Realtor-owned statewide MLS to launch in Louisiana
Roam MLS will have 78% of Realtors in the state as subscribers and cover listings from Central Louisiana to the Gulf Coast
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 22
Homes listed in the MLS sell faster and for nearly 17% more: Study
Bright MLS looked at 442,829 home sales across its 6-state Mid-Atlantic footprint that sold over a 24-month period
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 30
Here's the tech real estate agents wish their brokerages offered
Cyber security and lead generation topped the list of tech tools agents wished their brokerages offered, according to a new National Association of Realtors study
Home prices show signs of leveling off for first time in months
After five consecutive months of record home prices, the market appears to be plateauing, according to several key indicators
by Daniel Houston Aug 9
DOJ intervenes in REX antitrust suit against NAR and Zillow
The federal agency says NAR can't use a 2008 consent decree to shield itself from investigation of its rules
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 10
NAR to federal court in REX case: Ignore the DOJ
REX calls out NAR for alleged 'false assertions,' while NAR alleges REX is blaming others for its 'business shortcomings' and that 'consumers are not interested' in REX's services
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 17
MoxiPresent launches new tools and better brand control
The browser-based solution from MoxiWorks has embraced the power of the listing presentation by enabling individual agents to promote open houses, design and scroll through neighborhood tours, and quickly create listing print collateral
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 19
Court calls Top Agent Network 'anticompetitive,' tosses NAR suit
Judge voiced concerns that the Clear Cooperation Policy could have anticompetitive effects but suggested TAN was the wrong plaintiff to bring suit
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 18
RentSpree teams up with LA-based multiple listing service
The partnership should give more than 16,000 Southern California agents easy access to RentSpree's technology
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 26
North Carolina Regional MLS expands to dozens of new cities
A series of new partnerships will extend NCRMLS's reach to 361 communities in North Carolina. It will also serve more than 10,000 real estate professionals
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 31
Federal judge denies NAR, Zillow's motion to end REX lawsuit
Federal Judge Thomas Zilly said REX Real Estate's antitrust allegations against NAR and Zillow are 'plausible' in an order on Thursday. NAR said it will continue to defend itself against REX's claims
by Marian McPherson Sep 3
Largest MLS in nation signs off on slew of big changes to listings
California Regional MLS, which boasts more than 108,000 subscribers, has instituted changes on how listing agents and brokers appear on online listing pages
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Real estate brokerage giant says 'many listing search websites misdirect consumers by obfuscating display of a property’s listing firm'
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Arizona broker Grady Hillis objects to rules prohibiting listing broker and agent contact information in public remarks and restricting access to lockboxes to Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 13
Top Agent Network appeals dismissal of NAR antitrust suit
Lower court suggested TAN was the wrong plaintiff to bring suit because its business model is itself allegedly anticompetitive, but TAN says the court's order was 'erroneous'
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 14
DOJ quietly resumed NAR probe days after settlement withdrawal
In a 418-page petition filed Monday, NAR contends the antitrust regulator swiftly reopened its investigation into Clear Cooperation Policy and buyer broker commissions in July
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 15
NAR vs. DOJ: A timeline of the battle as it stretches into 4th year
An analysis of the association's petition offers a step-by-step timeline of the events leading up to the DOJ's launch of a new investigation of NAR rules
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 16
REX takes new jab at NAR in blistering 'cartel economics' attack
The discount brokerage struck on Wednesday following the National Association of Realtors' petition 2 days earlier to compel the DOJ to uphold its antitrust settlement
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 15
9 shortcuts to becoming a neighborhood expert clients want to work with
How does one go about learning their market? Whether you are brand new to the business or have been around since time immemorial, here are a few tips to help you stay ahead of a rapidly changing market — and your clients
by Jay Thompson Sep 21
NAR to consider listing attribution, DOJ-inspired policies at big event
Lockbox access for non-Realtors and public displays of buyer broker commissions may be added to the list of proposals to be voted on at Realtors Conference and Expo in November
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 24
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Hundreds of millions of dollars in down payment assistance is available nationwide, according to CRMLS and DPR
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 29
REX: 'Outmoded' real estate rules 'struck a vein' with DOJ
Brokerage backed by Chris Christie and Jeb Bush says agent steering by commission should 'shock the conscience' of anyone interested in equity in housing
Why REX pays buyer agents and uses MLSs — sometimes
REX's general counsel Michael Toth says the discount brokerage pays buyer agents in at least 40% of its list-side transactions
REX CEO calls on NAR to repeal 'anti-consumer' rules at conference
In an open letter, Ryan alleges the National Association of Realtors' rules prevent hundreds of thousands of Americans from attaining homeownership. He called on NAR to repeal the rules at its Realtors Conference and Expo in San Diego in November
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 30
'This is not a blip': Antitrust experts warn RE leaders to work with DOJ
The Council of Multiple Listing Services panelists warned real estate leaders and MLS members, 'It's better to be part of the process ... than having the rules written for you'
'Master bedroom' nixed from MLS listings in parts of Kentucky, Ohio
Some fair-housing advocates argue the language for a home's primary bedroom and bathroom carries an uncomfortable racial connotation
by Daniel Houston Oct 7
Largest MLS relaunches 'submit offer' tool after broker pushback
California Regional MLS disabled Glide Offers integration with listing pages after Compass' acquisition but has now re-enabled it with the choice to opt out
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 13
CoreLogic rebrands Matrix, Realist and Trestle products
Meet the CoreLogic Listing Management Platform, Property Insights Platform and Property Data Marketplace
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 14
A piece of chocolate cake being removed from the whole
The trade group will weigh whether to require multiple listing services to allow agents and brokers to display buyer agent compensation, but it won't consider change to lockbox policy
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 15
4 multiple listing services unite to acquire Remine, replace CEO
Austin Board of Realtors, First MLS, Heartland MLS and Miami Realtors have formed a joint venture to buy the real estate tech firm and position it for future investments
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 16
DOJ to NAR: Increased competition could save consumers billions
In court filings, regulator says rules 'restrict how real estate agents can market properties, dictate how real estate commissions are set, and impede commission negotiations'
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 19
RentSpree teams up with dozens of multiple listing services
The new partnerships include 30 different MLSs and will ultimately give more than 500,000 real estate professionals integrated access to RentSpree's technology
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 20
NAR president to DOJ: Step up and honor the agreement
Opinion
In response to the Department of Justice hitting back against a petition from the National Association of Realtors, NAR president Charlie Oppler urged the DOJ to honor their agreement, calling for fair markets, fair housing and a fair chance for small businesses
by Charlie Oppler Oct 22
How pocket listings cast aside minority homebuyers
5 housing experts explain how pocket listings impact the struggle for equity and inclusion in US housing stock, creating de facto segregation
by Marian McPherson Nov 2
Multiple listing service technology needs to evolve, faces challenges
A panel of multiple listing service executives at Inman Connect Las Vegas argued Thursday that their industry's technology could use an infusion of time, talent and money
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 29
What is 'RETS'? The zombie data standard that MLSs need to end
Brad Bjelke of UtahRealEstate.com and Josh McFall of Valley MLS make the case for killing the maligned Real Estate Transaction Standard and replacing it with something new
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 29
How NAR and multiple listing services fail brokers
Greg Robertson and Victor Lund don't hold back on why obtaining MLS data should be easier and why the National Association of Realtors' policy should be enforced
What to Watch for: Zillow's Q3 2021 earnings results
With Zillow Offers woes and souring public opinion at their backs, Zillow has a few headwinds heading into its Q3 2021 earnings on Tuesday. Here are 4 things to keep an eye on
by Marian McPherson Nov 2
'Zero Days on Market': New study highlights controversial metric
While brokers see the study as reason to re-evaluate NAR's pocket listing policy, MLSs push back on the study's conclusions, pointing to a hot market. This is the 3rd in a 5-part series
What to expect at NAR's Realtors Conference & Expo this week
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and former NFL quarterback Drew Brees to speak at Realtors Conference & Expo in San Diego, plus much, much more
Tennessee's largest MLS sets its sights on going statewide
Realtracs is expanding to markets with competing MLSs for the first time and offering agents and brokers a minimum 6-month free trial
Nation's largest MLS rebuts 'Zero DOM' pocket listing study
California Regional MLS CEO Art Carter told Inman that NAR's Clear Cooperation Policy has resulted in more listings being marketed on the multiple listing service, not fewer
MLS Aligned preps new showing service, adds another new owner
BeachesMLS is the latest mega MLS to join MLS Aligned as the joint venture gears up to release Aligned Showings
North Carolina Regional MLS expands footprint
The multiple listing service is teaming up with the Albemarle Area Association of Realtors, which will extend its reach to dozens of new cities and towns in North Carolina
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 11
Zillow, Realogy push for NAR listing agent attribution
Some MLSs are 'strongly opposed' to requiring the display of listing agents in addition to listing brokerages
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 10
Houston Association of Realtors debuts home showing platform
Starting Thursday, HAR's 45,000 members can schedule and manage home showings through ShowingSmart. A mobile app will be available early 2022
by Marian McPherson Nov 11
Tennessee MLS Realtracs debuts new showing service
Realtracs Showings comes amid an ongoing race to build alternatives to ShowingTime, which Zillow acquired earlier this year
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 11
RE/MAX urges NAR to reject listing attribution proposal entirely
Real estate franchisor says giving the listing brokerage equal billing would cause consumer confusion
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 11
Amidst a sea of marketing speak, business-builder Courted never lets agents out of its sights: Tech Review
Opinion
Courted isn't unlike Side, the team-oriented boutique brokerage builder. It wants good agents to find each other, knowing that's how the industry will best emerge from its current state of uncertain evolution
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 18
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After broker feedback, indie brokerage network says its updated stance is 'neutral'
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 12
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Trade group contends the antitrust regulator never closed its previous investigations into NAR's pocket listing and buyer broker commission rules
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 13
Listing agents dropped from NAR's controversial attribution proposal
A requirement to display listing firm contact information 'at least as prominently as any other contact information' was stricken from the proposal, which passed on Saturday
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
NAR buyer broker commission policy moves ahead after close vote
After vigorous debate at the trade group's multiple listing service committee, the proposal heads to the National Association of Realtors' board of directors on Monday
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
NAR approves display of buyer broker commissions
Two-thirds of the trade group's directors voted in favor of allowing brokers and agents to share buyer broker compensation on their websites
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
National Association of Realtors passes listing attribution policy
Three-quarters of the National Association of Realtors' directors voted to require display of listing broker contact information on agent and broker websites
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
NAR governance overhaul shifts power dynamic among top leaders
The trade group changed the composition and qualifications of its board of directors and Executive Committee with the aim of making itself more nimble, efficient, and transparent
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 17
NAR launches website to enlist Realtors in 'court of public opinion'
The National Association of Realtors' legal team says members can help the trade group fight its antitrust war while the association fends off the DOJ, REX and various commission lawsuits
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 18
Nation's largest MLS teases upcoming tech investments
California Regional MLS CEO Art Carter highlights broker discomfort after Zillow's acquisition of ShowingTime and Compass' acquisition of Glide
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 18
5 ways NAR's annual conference changed the future of real estate
The trade group changed real estate listings nationwide, made buyer agent compensation more transparent, declared a divisive symbol discriminatory and turned the gender divide on its head
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 19
Bright MLS welcomes teams into its platform
As teams continue to dominate the real estate industry, the major Mid-Atlantic MLS is launching new tools to help them better track their performance
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 1
'Is the Bible hate speech?' NAR hate speech provision faces first big test
Realtor Brandon Huber is under fire for pulling his church's support of a food bank during Pride Month. Now, the Missoula Organization of Realtors has to determine if it's religious freedom or hate speech
by Marian McPherson Dec 2
DOJ to appear in court in appeal of pocket listing lawsuit against NAR
The agency, which is currently investigating the trade association's Clear Cooperation Policy, says it's defending its interest in the application of antitrust laws to the real estate industry
Nation's largest MLS adds a far-flung neighbor to the north
The Coastal Mendocino Association of Realtors has shut down its own MLS in favor of joining the California Regional MLS
California Regional MLS launches venture fund, invests in Perchwell
CRMLS CEO Art Carter says the fund will serve agents' and brokers' need for 'high-quality technology that enables them to do their jobs without worrying about how their data gets used'
Gary Gold: NAR's pocket listing policy is 'nonsensical, stupid'
Real estate's premier luxury agent argues that the Clear Cooperation Policy is 'authoritarian' and accomplishes the opposite of its stated intent in an exclusive interview with Inman
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 17
From hate speech to antitrust: The year in MLSs and associations
2021 came with Realtor misbehavior, rising legal and regulatory scrutiny and MLSs becoming tech investors after Zillow's acquisition of ShowingTime
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 17
New court ruling is both victory and defeat for NAR and REX
Discount brokerage's antitrust claims survive after judge concludes REX 'plausibly alleges that Zillow changed its websites because of NAR’s rules'
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 21
Houston MLS adds new Spanish language feature for agents, clients
More than 5,000 Realtors on HAR.com speak Spanish, according to Houston Association of Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 22
5 big challenges for CoStar in 2022
The commercial real estate juggernaut has set its sights on residential sales and faces a bumpy road against incumbents Zillow, Redfin and realtor.com
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 30
News Quiz: Test your knowledge of real estate's biggest stories of 2021
Acquisitions, spats, implosions and brawls: As the year wraps up and real estate professionals wish for the best in 2022, test your knowledge of the biggest real estate stories of 2021
by Inman Dec 31
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On Thursday, Realogy Brokerage Group CEO M. Ryan Gorman shared the company's stance on the National Association of Realtors' Participation Rule, saying, 'There’s no reason why an offer of compensation needs to be a mandatory requirement for a home to be listed in the MLS .' Mostly, real estate agents disagreed
by Marian McPherson Jan 7
REX: Realogy's stance is prelude to a reckoning on commissions
Realogy says it believes in buyer agents and cooperative compensation, but not in forcing brokers to enter a commission amount to list in a multiple listing service
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 11
CoreLogic acquires Prospects Software following long partnership
More than 500,000 real estate pros across more than 300 markets have access to Prospects' mobile multiple listing service and customer relationship management tools
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 18
Lone Wolf and CAR deepen partnership
Lone Wolf Technologies has deepened its relationship with the California Association of Realtors by supplying a host of new products to its members
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 20
DOJ: No need to argue harm to consumers, buyers in NAR pocket listing suit
NAR's attorney says The PLS is trying to 'have their cake and eat it too' by claiming brokers are both the victims and the perpetrators of the Clear Cooperation Policy
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 21
Zillow ordered to pay VHT $2M as listing photo saga concludes
A legal saga that began more than 6 years ago may have finally ended after a judge in Seattle concluded that Zillow must pay photography company VHT Studios for copyright infringement
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 28
NAR countersues REX Real Estate, alleges harm from 'campaign of lies'
Real estate trade organization hits back at discount brokerage's claims regarding its own business model and inflated real estate commissions
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The discount brokerage is now a member of 6 multiple listing services, but says it's still avoiding 'traditional' agent fees by offering a low commission when it submits listings
Everything you need to know about Realtor.com's relationship with the National Association of Realtors
Realtor.com is the official listing site of the 1.5 million-member National Association of Realtors. In November 2014, News Corp. acquired its parent company, Move, with NAR's blessing
Nation's 2 largest multiple listing services ink massive tech deal
The blockbuster deal between California Regional MLS and Bright MLS will pave the way for the development and launch of technology products for more than 200,000 subscribers nationwide
Houlihan Lawrence dual agency case is now a class action lawsuit
The New York- and Connecticut-based brokerage says it will appeal the ruling, which will allow plaintiffs to sue on behalf of some 20,000 homebuyers and sellers going back more than a decade
Investors sue MLS-owned Remine, demand payment for shares
Post-acquisition, Alexander Atwood, Brian de Schepper, and Jonathan Ferris want the court to order the company to buy back their shares at 'fair value'
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 10
MLS PIN names Coldwell Banker veteran Erminio Grasso as new CEO
Grasso will replace Kathy Condon, an MLS veteran of 44 years, as the leader of the largest multiple listing service in New England
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 15
A black couple unpacking boxes in their new home
A new fund launched with help from the Seattle-based brokerage offers deferred, low-interest loans of up to $12K for home purchase costs
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 17
REX asks court to toss NAR countersuit on First Amendment grounds
The discount brokerage filed paperwork in a federal district court in Seattle that argues its opinions challenging the legality of the National Association of Realtors' rules are protected speech
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 23
'We're not the pocket listing guys anymore': The PLS is now The NLS
The National Listing Service wants to help agents compete with big portals such as Zillow, Realtor.com and Redfin for control of their lead generation
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 24
Bright MLS ditches Remine Pro, prompting plea to agents
Citing low adoption, the nation's second-largest multiple listing service will no longer offer Remine Pro at no additional cost to its subscribers beginning April 1
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 25
NAR asks court to scrap broker's suit over listing agent omission
Trade group calls out broker Grady Hillis of Arizona for 'repetitive and confusing allegations' in nearly 1,300-page amended complaint, which seeks $1.18B in punitive damages
Bright MLS names Realtor.com veteran Amit Kulkarni as new CMO
Kulkarni begins Monday as Bright's new chief marketing officer. He joins the 100,000-subscriber multiple listing service after 11 years at Realtor.com, where he led its brand and creative team
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 16
Instashowing becomes showing tech provider for 2 more MLSs
Staten Island Board of Realtors and Conejo Simi Moorpark Association of Realtors are rolling out technology to help its agents schedule home showings, coordinate tours and send offers
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 17
Millennials glow up: Tech savvy age group nears 50% share of US buyers
In 2021, millennials made up the largest share of buyers at 43%, up from 37% in 2020, according to the National Association of Realtors' Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 23
A comprehensive guide to finding inventory in today's market
Here, Inman has created an extensive resource for ways to find inventory — from old-school methods to more creative approaches — when it seems like there's nothing left on the shelves
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 30
As homebuyers pine for options, startups scramble to fill the void
A new class of tech company is responding to the home inventory shortage by taking sellers to the edge of the MLS — and sometimes beyond — with off-market appeals and more
by Daniel Houston Mar 29
California Regional MLS's 'aggressive' growth strategy pays off
CRMLS adds Rim O' the World Association of Realtors as a member organization starting April 1
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 30
Multiple Listing Service of Greater Cincinnati will get a digital facelift
CincyMLS, which boasts more than 8K agents and brokers of the Multiple Listing Service of Greater Cincinnati, will have access to tools from the CRMLS-backed tech startup Perchwell
NAR tech accelerator accepts 8 residential real estate startups
Perchwell, Fractional, Inspectify, Courted, Place, Reggora, Revive and Courted to get education, mentorship and networking opportunities in exchange for marketing fee and small equity stake
Bright MLS outages spark ire among members of 2nd largest MLS
CoreLogic's Matrix has been down off and on for nearly a week for Bright's 100,000-plus subscribers in the Mid-Atlantic region, subscribers and executives of the MLS confirmed
After early stumbles, real estate tech startup Remine hires new CEO
Frederick Townes joins Remine following several tumultuous years for the company, and six months after it was acquired by a group of MLSs
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 11
Gary Keller singled out as 'head of conspiracy' as federal commission lawsuit accelerates
As oral arguments began Monday in the Sitzer federal commission case, plaintiffs questioned the role of buyer agents, what a world without NAR's commission policy would look like, and why they believe Keller is leading an antitrust conspiracy
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 19
How do you tell an MLS, 'Your baby's ugly'?
At Inman Connect New York, moderator Sam DeBord and panelists Lucie Fortier and Greg Robertson discuss the 'paranoia' fueling tech tension between brokers and MLSs
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 21
M. Ryan Gorman: Honestly, building tech for real estate is a 'nightmare'
M. Ryan Gorman, Coldwell Banker Real Estate CEO, and Brian Donnellan, CEO of Bright MLS, told an Inman Connect New York audience why the industry hasn't reached the 'latte vision' yet
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 22
Federal commission suit now a class action; NAR, Realogy vow to appeal
Days after oral arguments, a judge Friday granted class certification in 1 of 2 federal commission suits that could rock the real estate industry and impact how agents are compensated nationwide
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 25
A reverse arrow on a street
Three-judge panel concludes trade group must face allegations that the Clear Cooperation Policy was part of a group boycott to prevent The PLS from competing with multiple listing services
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 27
'Writing is on the wall': Court tosses NAR counterclaim against REX
Judge finds the National Association of Realtors failed to allege facts to show how the discount brokerage specifically harmed the trade group's reputation with its own members and consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 28
MLS 'visionary' John Mosey to retire after 47 years
NorthstarMLS will search nationwide for a new CEO. 'If there was a Mount Rushmore of MLS execs, John’s head would be among them,' California Regional MLS CEO Art Carter said
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 29
NAR heads into midyear gathering while under siege on multiple fronts
The National Association of Realtors, which boasts 1.5M members, will tackle real estate's hottest topics a week after suffering a series of legal setbacks in court. Here's a breakdown of the agenda
by Jim Dalrymple II May 2
Judge halts commission-sharing case alleging inflated buyer costs
Unlike 2 federal cases that claim seller costs are inflated by commission sharing, New Jersey homebuyer's lawsuit argued that buyers are the ones unfairly impacted
'Much needed' or 'Ridiculous'? Realtors sound off on NAR fee hike
Paying $10 more for the trade group's consumer ad campaign has agents and brokers reevaluating what they're getting for their NAR membership
by Andrea V. Brambila May 10
Demise of discount brokerage REX may be imminent, reports indicate
REX General Counsel Michael Toth did not directly confirm REX was closing, but blamed NAR and Zillow for the death of its business model and said its suit against both would continue
by Andrea V. Brambila May 11
REX abandons antitrust case against Oregon rebate ban
Discount brokerage says it will focus on 'other issues that cause consumers to be overcharged every time they buy and sell a home'
by Andrea V. Brambila May 12
NAR, franchisors face long odds in effort to appeal class action status
NAR and co-defendants Realogy, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and HomeServices of America are asking a higher court to let them appeal a decision to make a commission suit a class action
by Andrea V. Brambila May 18
Bright first MLS to hire a chief economist
Dr. Lisa Sturtevant will help Bright with 'critical business decisions around the company’s data assets' such as evaluating products and partnerships
by Andrea V. Brambila May 19
BridgeMLS members able to pilot proptech in partnership with Openn
A mobile, transparency-in-transaction software company, Openn, has started a pilot program to test its platform with agents in the Golden State
by Craig C. Rowe May 26
KW demands REX turn over audio recordings in commission suit
The real estate franchisor has subpoenaed the discount brokerage for recordings of all in-bound calls, not just those purporting to show agent steering, in multibillion-dollar class-action case
The present (and future) of MLS regionalization
Opinion
Find out why regionalization isn’t just for urban metroplexes anymore
by Christy Murdock Jun 7
Appeals court rejects NAR class certification challenge in lawsuit
The ruling means that Sitzer/Burnett moves forward as a multibillion-dollar class action, currently headed for trial in February 2023
MLSs team up to share listings, tech tools in unique partnership program
Atlanta-based First MLS (FMLS) and Greater Alabama MLS have inked a deal to both share data and offer GALMLS subscribers Remine's products through FMLS