'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
'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'
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
California Regional MLS bakes in Down Payment Resource tool
Hundreds of millions of dollars in down payment assistance is available nationwide, according to CRMLS and DPR
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 29
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
Want neighborhood expert status? 9 shortcuts to learning your market
To become the local expert, you have to earn it by building your market knowledge and reputation. Here's how to get there faster
by Jay Thompson Sep 21
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
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
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
Broker sues NAR, claims listing agent omission violates antitrust
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
Realogy calls for NAR rule change on listing broker attribution
Real estate brokerage giant says 'many listing search websites misdirect consumers by obfuscating display of a property’s listing firm'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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