'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
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 6
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
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 2
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
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 8
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
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 2
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
Remine investors drop company's valuation, hold founders' feet to fire
Term sheet obtained by Inman reveals Series B funding round will shift control of company's board from founders to investors
by Andrea V. Brambila May 7
Homesnap update promotes live open houses
An increasingly popular way to tour homes in the age of COVID-19, live open house events can now be promoted within the popular home search portal
by Craig C. Rowe May 6
Proposed NAR policy may give brokers back their MLS data
A data feed of a broker's own data would support multiple systems that brokers use to do business, according to The Realty Alliance
by Andrea V. Brambila May 5
Coronavirus may accelerate MLS consolidation
The pandemic is forcing MLSs and agents to adopt innovations faster, according to panelists at the first virtual MLS Association Executives Session for the National Association of Realtors' midyear conference
by Andrea V. Brambila May 1
More MLSs reduce fees amid coronavirus outbreak
The Bay Area Real Estate Information Service (BAREIS) and the Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors will save their members more than $1.5 million combined
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 29
PureAgent CRM launches video marketing features after yearlong beta test
The upstate New York proptech has released a new version of its CRM — in the works for 3 years — with live tour and video messaging functionality
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 29
Miami Realtors' listings get an international boost
The Miami Association of Realtors has partnered with real estate tech firm The International MLS
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 29
South Florida's BeachesMLS sees success in Virtual Open House Week
The widely promoted and community-supported event resulted in more than 700 online open houses, and it could serve as a model for associations nationwide looking to keep momentum in the wake of the pandemic
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 28
True or false? TruPlace has what agents need to market homes during a pandemic
Opinion
With a number of photography and virtual showing experiences, TruPlace is showing it can compete with the top of the market. It only needs to enter more markets to gain a strong hold in the industry
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 24
Daily Dispatch: What might the MLS of tomorrow look like?
Brad Inman's podcast guests ponder the future of MLSs
by Inman Apr 23
Terradatum announces Listing Home Run for automated video marketing
Market analytics company is using MLS listing data to help agents quickly roll out property videos and web content for only $29.95 per listing
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 22
Real estate giants' COVID-19 motion fails to stop commission lawsuit
Court rules that discovery will continue amid coronavirus outbreak in suit against the National Association of Realtors and real estate franchisors Realogy, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and HomeServices of America
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 15
Georgia MLS cuts dues in response to concerns amid outbreak
Waiving broker and appraiser dues for Q2 will cost a little more than $1M
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 8
Council of MLSs: Don't pause days on market
'Real estate professionals and the people they serve need to know what is happening — and not happening — in the real estate market right now,' trade group says
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 3
Coronavirus not slowing down NAR's pocket listing policy
Several MLSs are adding a 'Coming Soon' status for the first time as part of the rollout, while others are instituting weighty fines immediately
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 1
MLSs disagree on whether to pause days on market due to coronavirus
California Regional MLS and MLSListings weigh seller fears and data accuracy
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 26
Houston and Austin Realtors suspend open house displays on HAR.com
The Houston Association of Realtors will also waive third-quarter MLS fees totaling more than $4M
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 23
Homesnap's latest update is the prospecting tool agents need right now
Homesnap Pro brings a handful of budget-friendly, useful features to our fingertips, especially now that we're practicing social distancing
by Rachael Hite Mar 23
Coronavirus clauses become ubiquitous as pandemic worsens
Two weeks ago, coronavirus addendums were a niche thing. Now, they're pretty much everywhere
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 23
Bright MLS debuts coronavirus response program
Bright Steps includes extra granular data about the market, new virtual showing capabilities, webinars and other tools
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 20
IdealEstate aims for agent cooperation with nationwide recruiting, referral power
Opinion
Once a site for helping buyers curate home collections, the Salt Lake City-based proptech is now leveraging its 800K+ user base as a platform for recruiting
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 19
We talked to 21 multiple listing services about their coronavirus preparations. Here's what they said
Canceling open houses, making showings voluntary and offering online training are some of the steps MLSs are taking. More drastic steps may be on the horizon
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 19