Nation's largest MLS will get even bigger this year
The Southland Regional Association of Realtors, which boasts nearly 11,000 members in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, will link up with California Regional MLS beginning May 1
Two wolves fighting
The Sitzer/Burnett trial has been delayed until after a higher court rules on an appeal from HomeServices of America
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 16
Top lenders
Turner is a former entrepreneur in residence for NAR venture capital arm Second Century Ventures and a co-founder of Realtor association management platform Tangilla
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 14
The PLS to Supreme Court: Deny NAR petition in pocket listing suit
In a new brief, the former pocket listing service argues NAR limited competition to its Realtor-affiliated MLSs 'by conspiring to destroy the livelihood of any dissenting real estate agent'
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 12
Calling all startups: NAR's tech accelerator is taking applications
The National Association of Realtors' venture capital arm Second Century Ventures runs REACH, which debuted in 2012 and has invested in more than 200 startups over the years
Local association's revenue bump funds national ad campaign
Broward, Palm Beaches and St. Lucie Realtors' 'Only a Realtor' commercials are a 'local contribution to creating a national movement,' the association says
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 30
Here are the 10 best (and worst) cities for women in real estate
Women in real estate in Toledo make 136% of the earnings of men in real estate in the city, survey says. Women also hold a majority of real estate jobs in the city at 59% of all real estate jobs
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 30
NAR venture capital arm launches tech accelerator in Latin America
The launch marks the 1st time the accelerator, REACH, will accept applications from companies in a non-primarily English-speaking region. Real estate startups can apply through February
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 29
The best Black Friday deals for real estate agents in 2022
Inman's 2022 Black Friday picks for real estate agents, brokers, clients and everyone else in their sphere is jam-packed with cutting-edge tech, home goods and so much more
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 23
NAR shuts down bid to end no-commingling rule, Zillow reveals
Zillow Senior Director of Broker Operations Matt Hendricks said the portal petitioned NAR to stop allowing MLSs to ban brokers from displaying MLS listings with non-MLS listings online
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 23
NAR passes proposals to encourage MLS data sharing statewide
Aiming to compete with search portals, NAR will create a toolkit with resources, best practices and case studies that MLSs will be able to use if they choose to share listing data within a state
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 18
NAR leaders must undergo sexual harassment, diversity training
The trade group's board of directors also passed policies on nepotism and on a process for removing National Association of Realtors officers
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 17
How to create compelling email messaging that recruits every time
Ready to hook new recruits with a snappy email? Try these tips to show potential candidates that your team has the support they need to thrive in any market
by Diana Zaya Nov 17
NAR's new president to spearhead Realtor brand roadshow
A key initiative for the trade group's 2023 President Kenny Parcell is a 'member activation tour' that will stop or host events in every U.S. state over the next year
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 16
NAR votes to end use of the term 'handicap' in Realtor Code of Ethics
The highest governing bodies of the National Association of Realtors have amended the Realtor Code of Ethics to replace references to 'handicap,' considered offensive by many, with 'disability'
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 14
NAR incentives plan for MLSs, local Realtors goes back to drawing board
On Monday, the National Association of Realtors' board approved every proposal except one that would have created a program to incentivize local associations and Realtor-affiliated MLSs
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 14
NAR chief economist predicts 'strong rebound' in 2024
Lawrence Yun said home prices will rise 1% and sales will dip 7% next year before recovering in 2024, in contrast to a Fannie Mae forecast last month that predicted falling prices next year
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 14
Political analysts at NAR: 'The politics of our country is broken'
Karl Rove, deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, and April Ryan, the longest-serving Black female White House correspondent, spoke at NAR's Legislative and Political forum
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 14
In an era of divisiveness, be the brand to trust
TheSkimm co-founders Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin took to the virtual stage at the National Association of Realtors' annual conference, NAR NXT, on Friday
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 11
Tropical Storm Nicole plunges NAR conference guests into uncertainty
As Nicole carves its path, likely thousands of Realtors have had flights canceled and are unable to reschedule, waiting to see if their reservations hold or exploring travel alternatives
A misty forest
North Carolina regulators are investigating alleged predatory and deceptive practices by Florida-based MV Realty, which operates in 33 states and has more than 500 licensed agents
What to watch for at NAR's annual conference this week
NAR NXT in Orlando will feature sessions on fair housing, politics, market forecasts, MLS data-sharing and a proposed update to the Realtor Code of Ethics, among other topics
JPMorgan Chase wants to disrupt rent payment: The Real Word
Opinion
This week: Falling pending sales activity, another option for convenient rent payments, and Left, Middle, Right
by Byron Lazine Nov 4
Widow sues Compass for alleged abuse in pocket listing sale
The lawsuit alleges Compass agent Cory Cooper pressured an elderly homeowner to sell her property off the multiple listing service to a real estate investor he knew
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 27
Real (Estate) Talk: What to do if your real estate team is spooked by something other than Halloween
Opinion
How do you advocate for fair housing without alienating others in the business? Lee Davenport shares the paradigm shift that has informed her training
by Lee Davenport Oct 27
A piece of chocolate cake being removed from the whole
Real estate tech firm says it will use increase on new marketing channels and product changes while critic says high referral fees lead agents to inflate commissions, skimp on service
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 25
Judge orders Zillow to give REX FSBO listing data
Federal court in Seattle grants discount brokerage's motion to compel on the grounds that the data could show whether Zillow and NAR caused harm to REX or to competition in general
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 20
California Association of Realtors apologizes for racist past policies
'The Association was wrong.' The trade group says it's taking 'bold action' to address the legacy of discrimination that continues to impact access to housing today
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 20
Rent-to-own startup Landis raises $40M from Google, Jay-Z and NAR
The new Series B funding will go toward boosting the company's homeownership coaching program, growing its team and expanding to new markets
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 18
Minneapolis Realtors apologize for racial discrimination in real estate
'Minneapolis Area Realtors apologizes to all members of the community who have been burdened, denied service, or ignored by our actions.' Trade group also releases policy changes
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 12
Seeking clout, MLS trade group taps ex-DOJ and FTC antitrust lawyers
The Council of Multiple Listing Services has hired Alicia Batts and Dylan Carson to help the trade group exert influence over MLS-related decisions at the antitrust enforcement agencies
Court thwarts NAR, orders execs to turn over evidence in REX case
Brokerage argued that Bob Goldberg and Katie Johnson, among others, were responsible for NAR policies 'limiting both how homes are listed online and the negotiation of commissions'
Court orders Anywhere to hand over NAR commission rule documents
Judge M. Page Kelley noted the real estate holding company formerly known as Realogy allegedly perpetuated NAR and MLS PIN's 'substantively identical' buyer broker commission rules
'Don't wait until the plane crashes': Lawyers offer grim antitrust update
Chris Osborn, Mitch Skinner and Claude Szyfer offered an update on multiple industry antitrust lawsuits at the Council of Multiple Listing Services' annual conference
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 30
Presale home renovation startup Revive wins NAR 'Pitch Battle'
Revive takes home the $15,000 cash prize from a contest hosted by NAR’s for-profit investment subsidiary Second Century Ventures. It was one of 12 startups to compete in the contest
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 30
What haunts MLS leaders? Politics, commissions and their own demise
At the Council of Multiple Listing Services' annual conference, CEOs discussed being ready for the possible death of the commission structure and why MLSs should be run as businesses
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 30
A man splitting a log
Denee Evans, Art Carter and Errol Samuelson lay out a vision of the MLS as the ultimate real estate data source at the Council of Multiple Listing Services' annual conference
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 29
NAR asks US Supreme Court to overturn pocket listing ruling
An appeals court allowed The PLS's case against the Clear Cooperation Policy to proceed in April, but NAR hopes a review from the nation's highest court will change that
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 29
REX seeks court order for Zillow listing data on FSBOs
Court sets new trial date for June 5, 2023, as the legal battle over the National Association of Realtors' no-commingling rule continues
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 28
Judge 'baffled' why Anywhere won't give up NAR commission rule docs
Judge M. Page Kelley pushed back against the real estate holding company formerly known as Realogy, noting that NAR's broker commission rule is 'virtually identical' to that of MLS PIN
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 26
Next CEO for New York's largest MLS is an insider
Richard Haggerty will be the next CEO of OneKey MLS starting Jan. 1. Haggerty will replace Jim Speer, who is retiring at the end of the year
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 22
California Association of Realtors offers Milestones as member perk
More than 217,000 real estate agents in California will now be able to access Milestones software that was in development for 3 years before surfacing earlier this summer
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 21
Court orders REX to give Zillow list of employees who kept laptops
Zillow had emphasized that the information contained on the laptops of REX's former employees could potentially point to other reasons for REX's downfall unrelated to Zillow or NAR
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 21
Realtor associations gave nearly 21% more to charity in 2021
NAR report highlights donations and volunteer hours to community nonprofits and Realtor associations. In 2021, Realtor associations donated a median of $12,070 to community nonprofits
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 20
Swanepoel says this company is still ‘the 800-pound gorilla’ in real estate
Several newer brokerages have made big strides. But real estate executive Stefan Swanepoel says one established juggernaut still looms large: The holding company formerly known as Realogy
by Daniel Houston Sep 15
Anywhere fights sellers' bid to give up docs on NAR commission rule
Federal court will hold oral arguments later this month on whether franchisor's implementation of the policy nationwide is relevant to homesellers' case in the MLS PIN service area
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 14
These 12 startups will go head-to-head at NAR's 'Pitch Battle'
Contestants offer tools for virtual agent coaching, real estate investing, floor plans, inspections, property co-ownership, secure document storage, rentals, home renovation and agent finances
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 13
An umpire waving a flag
An antitrust case filed by Arizona broker Grady Hillis is now dead. The National Association of Realtors insisted the lawsuit was 'frivolous,' 'meritless' and 'recklessly thrown together'
Goldman Sachs predicts 2024 recovery: The Real Word
Opinion
Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the Goldman Sachs prediction on falling home sales, the return of the 40-year fixed mortgage, California blackout risks and Apple’s iPhone 14 event
by Byron Lazine Sep 9
Zillow to REX: Let's unite against NAR's 'no-commingling rule'
Legal battle of wills rages on as the 3 parties have motions to compel pending before the court. On Tuesday, REX pushed back against Zillow’s motion to compel, calling it a 'fishing expedition'
MLSs on California and Nevada border team up to share tools
Agents who belong to either the Northern Nevada Regional MLS or the South Tahoe Association of Realtors can access both systems through a single-sign-on dashboard
Sellers’ strike? New listings fell in August as active listings increased
Inventory rose due to a steep drop in homebuyer demand and homes that are spending more time on market while sellers pulled back on listing new properties, according to Realtor.com data
by Taylor Anderson Sep 1
MLS-listed homes sell for more, a new study claims. But there's 1 twist
Critics raise issues over conclusion that listing homes on the MLS is what caused higher sales prices and faster transactions, especially if NAR rules mean MLSs have a thumb on the scale
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 31
Colorado MLS first to rescind controversial listing display rule
After nearly 2 decades, REcolorado has eliminated NAR's optional no-commingling rule, which is the subject of an antitrust lawsuit
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 25
Zillow seeks court order over REX laptops allegedly kept as 'severance'
On Friday, Zillow filed a motion to compel REX to identify employees who left the discount brokerage with laptops that could hold evidence relevant to an ongoing antitrust lawsuit
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 25
Agent pleads guilty for Capitol riot, another keeps her real estate license
Agents Katherine Schwab, Jenna Ryan and Jason Hyland flew on a private plane to Washington, D.C., and 'stormed the Capitol.' Ryan remains a Realtor after her conviction and prison term
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 23
Revive Real Estate hires former NAR incubator executive
Real estate venture capitalist Kia Nejatian joins the renovation startup as the company anticipates growth in a buyer's market
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 23
Florida Realtors and landlords team up to fight rent control, file lawsuit
The proposed ordinance in Tampa threatens landlords with jail time if they raise rent more than 5% a year. Landlords and Realtors vow to fight back seeking to block a cap on rent hikes
by Taylor Anderson Aug 19
Agent charged in Capitol attack gets 30 days in jail, probation
John MacMillan Cameron, of Port Orchard, Washington, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and admitted his participation in the riot as part of a plea agreement, according to court documents
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 17
Crunch the numbers, be the expert: 6 steps for letting your economic prowess lead
Real estate agents who can provide accurate, up-to-date and meaningful market data can become the agent of choice when local buyers and sellers decide to move. Here's how
by Carl Medford Aug 11
'America's fastest Realtor' on how a mindset shift leads to success
Keira D'Amato, the American women's record holder in the marathon, spoke at Inman Connect Las Vegas about her journey as a professional runner and third-generation Realtor
Laying off brokerage staff amid a downturn? Think twice
There are ways that brokerages can cut costs during a market slowdown without risking its agent morale, according to brokers at Inman Connect Las Vegas on Thursday
by Daniel Houston Aug 4
Realtor income rose by double digits in 2021: NAR
The trade association's 2022 report finds that the median gross income for Realtors overall grew 25.3% last year, but the increase was smaller for sales agents
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 28
NAR chief economist: Don't expect big changes in mortgage rates
Speaking at NAR's Real Estate Forecast Summit on Wednesday, Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said 'inventory is turning' and the housing market is heading back toward a pre-COVID normal
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 28
Latest NAR member benefit: high-end printed marketing collateral
The guide will wrap specific branding aspects and language about the brokerage around copy on best practices for buying and selling. It will cover essential aspects of the transaction process
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 28
Commission study paid for by HomeServices comes under fire
The study argues that decoupling commissions would harm first-time, low-income, and minority buyers, but critics like the Consumer Federation of America say it's based on a faulty premise
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 27
Northwest MLS eliminates broker commission sharing as default
Effective Oct. 3, NWMLS's forms will specify that buyer broker compensation will come directly from sellers and offer new options for how listing agents and buyer agents will be paid
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 22
The international buyer pool dropped to a new low last year
Foreign buyers, either noncitizens living in the US or those with permanent homes outside the country, scooped up 98,600 existing homes between April 2021 and March 2022, NAR reports
by Taylor Anderson Jul 20
North Carolina Regional MLS now covers 51% of the state
A wholesale cooperative model has spurred NCRMLS to rapid growth, serving 449 cities and towns in 49 counties by adding the MLS of Roanoke Valley Lake Gaston Board of Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 14
New MLS company will sell data, pay brokers for their listings
REdistribute, a joint venture formed by California Regional MLS and Bright MLS, plans to deliver aggregated MLS data to financial institutions starting in 2023
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 14
12 things you need to know about getting your real estate license
Opinion
Every day more people are leaving their 9 to 5 jobs and moving into a role in the real estate industry. Here's what they need to know now
by Darryl Davis Jul 14
More than 700 agent steering calls suggest price-fixing, lawyers charge
In new court filings in the Moehrl case, lawyers singled out hundreds of phone calls — far more than previously reported — in which agents steered business away from discount brokerage REX
June jobs report reveals impact of layoffs on real estate industry
Fears of impending recession and a spate of prominent layoff announcements put only a moderate damper on real estate hiring last month, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
by Daniel Houston Jul 8
4 commission charts that explain both sides of the Moehrl conflict
The homeseller plaintiffs hope to show the need for change in how agents are paid, while NAR and major real estate franchisors aim to show the status quo is working just fine
It's baaack! Homebuyer commission suit against NAR rises from ashes
On Wednesday, 8 homebuyers filed an amended complaint, once thought to be dead, against NAR, Realogy, Keller Williams and others alleging NAR rules have inflated agent commissions
Forget what you know about retirees. Here's what they're looking for now
Opinion
Don't be discouraged if your newly retired homebuyer clients are taking their time. These clients know what they want and are willing to wait for the perfect home
by Luke Babich Jul 7
'Longstanding conspiracy': Why the bombshell commission suit matters
Millions of homesellers across the country may be able to seek billions in damages for commissions they paid to buyer agents between 2015 and 2020. Here's why it matters
Frustrated with inventory? 5 tips for getting creative
Opinion
Many agents are frustrated with low inventory on both sides of the transaction. Try these strategies to create inventory for your clients and find a pathway to under contract
by Julie Busby Jul 6
'Radical' and 'doomed': The case against the 'bombshell' Moehrl suit
The real estate establishment's latest salvo against the so-called 'bombshell' buyers' agent case is a sprawling, 3,000-page argument against granting class-action status in the Moehrl federal suit
Tim Heyl lays out the 3 key issues Power Buyers should focus on today
Power buyers became synonymous with cash offers during the first 2 years of the COVID housing market. Homeward's CEO shares what's next for the sector ahead of Inman Connect Las Vegas
by Taylor Anderson Jul 1
RentSpree calls on MLSs to include rentals, saying it would help agents
Company says the action would minimize delays for renters, increase efficiency of filling rentals, help agents earn commissions and build their pipelines and standardize the process over time
by Taylor Anderson Jun 28
8 ways you can help advocate for LGBTQ+ people in your office
Opinion
As agents head into one of the most challenging political environments in our history, they need management who has their best interests at heart.  Many in the real estate industry are poorly prepared to hire, employ and handle the customer service needs of the LGBTQ+ community
by Rachael Hite Jun 27
Why real estate offers the biggest opportunity to new tech companies
Opinion
The real estate industry is ripe for innovation. As agents continue to struggle to solve big and small problems, new tech is always welcome
by Georg Chmiel Jun 24
How to help women and minorities in real estate rise 
Opinion
Leaders have to intentionally create space and structure for minorities on their team to have an equitable experience. This responsibility has the opportunity to create a lasting impact for your brokerage
by Rainy Hake Austin Jun 21
Do better: Stop rejoicing over industry layoffs
Opinion
Laughing and cheering at the expense of others, whether those others are real estate professionals losing their jobs or celebrities embroiled in abusive situations, has no place in this industry
by Jay Thompson Jun 16
Compensation frustration: Here are 9 alternatives to your non-compete
Opinion
The truth hurts. Your non-compete may be holding your team back from retaining talent
by Donald "Dek" Bake Jun 13
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
The photo is the future: Agents will never have to enter listing data again
New smart photo technology is poised to help reduce data entry tasks and improve accuracy for agents, all with the ease of snapping a picture
by Joe Jesuele Jun 9
5 gentle prospecting ideas for your team 
Soft skills can help maintain "good vibes" and stave away dated sales scripts that deter clients. These gentle prospecting tips can help you and your team sell homes with heart over hustle
by Darryl Davis Jun 9
Selling the truly smart home: 7 key concepts
Tech is taking over design in the luxury market. Tour this futuristic home to see what you've been missing
by Brandon Doyle Jun 9
Circa 1930: What real estate agents need to know about housing styles in the 1930s
Opinion
The 1930s saw a blend of influences and trends, driven in large part by the impact of the Great Depression. Broker Gerard Splendore offers insight into the historical and architectural roots of the decade's home styles as part of his Circa series
by Gerard Splendore 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
Before you take the plunge: What to know before becoming a part-time agent
Ready to begin your real estate career by going part-time? Part-time agent Joel Lock offers his tried-and-true advice for agents taking the dual-career plunge
by Joel Lock Jun 6
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 Real Word on real estate-related reality TV
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss real estate-based reality shows, Google searches for 'housing bubble' and NAR spending
by Byron Lazine May 31
Stop, look, listen: Focus on what sellers are NOT saying at listing presentations
Opinion
Clients tell you so much, not only with what they say but how they decorate, how they interact with each other and what they don’t say. If you’re not actively listening and asking questions from the beginning, it will come back to bite you later in the process.
by Christine Carr May 24
Realtors to push for required fair housing training nationwide
Earlier this month, NAR's board of directors passed policies that touched on property reforms, fair lending enforcement and fair housing education for all real estate licensees, not just Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila May 20
NAR rebrands annual event to 'NXT,' boosts spending to make it 'iconic'
The 1.5 million-member trade group said it decided to overhaul its annual Realtors Conference & Expo after more than 2 years of analysis and research
by Andrea V. Brambila May 20
Insurance agency says REX is still operating, adding new wrinkle
PIUS CEO tells Inman the company is operating 'on a smaller scale,' but a former REX agent insists those operations no longer include handling real estate transactions
by Andrea V. Brambila May 19
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
How is NAR spending your money? The Real Word
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss NAR spending and executive compensation plus ShowingTime's Offer Manager
by Byron Lazine May 13
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
Brokerages push back on NAR ad campaign targeting 'competitors'
The trade group highlighted its own members — including Zillow, Compass, Redfin, Homie, Opendoor and Offerpad — among those whom it's competing with for consumer mindshare
by Andrea V. Brambila May 12
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
'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
Death knell for disputed love letter ban as Oregon concedes court ruling
Oregon's ban on homebuyer love letters would be ruled unconstitutional if a judge accepts a deal the state has struck with the brokerage that filed suit against the ban last year
by Daniel Houston May 9
Cryptocurrency dollar bill Benjamin Franklin
A presidential advisory group of Realtors and staff will probe the impact of digital money in the real estate industry, with a potential eye toward completely digitizing the transaction process
7 tips for Realtors to avoid legal and ethical snags
Honesty, transparency and responsibility are key to avoiding legal and ethical missteps. Here's how to make sure you're staying on the right path
by Luke Babich May 5
Realtors get inside look at Capitol Hill politics, including Roe v. Wade
At the NAR midyear conference, journalists Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman answered Realtor questions on abortion, Trump, Biden, the Capitol attack and the upcoming midterm elections
Yes, we can change how commissions are paid
Opinion
Rules can and should be changed starting with the way buyer’s agents are paid. Trying to preserve the system at all costs doesn’t make sense
by Teresa Boardman May 4
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
'Caste' author: Sordid history of unfair housing cannot be left as-is
Author Isabel Wilkerson urged NAR midyear attendees at the Realtors Legislative Meeting to roll up their sleeves and fix the consequences of past racist policies without guilt, shame or blame
NAR debuts implicit bias training at midyear conference
Bias Override is a 3-hour course that identifies ways to prevent unconscious bias from influencing behavior. NAR doesn't require fair housing training, but that may change this week
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
This class action lawsuit threatens all Realtors: The Real Word
Opinion
This week: Byron Lazine and Nicole White discussed a decision in the bombshell class action lawsuit against NAR and Realogy, Zillow's revised forecast and Ryan Serhant's branding advice from ICNY
by Byron Lazine Apr 29
'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
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
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
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
Juneteenth, fair housing and the way we treat each other
When we talk about fair housing, we primarily focus on its effect on buyers and sellers. Here's why fair housing extends to the inclusion of underrepresented real estate pros
by Lee Davenport Apr 19
14 insightful tips for agents looking to save money in their business
From resisting shiny objects (so to speak) to taking advantage of local intern pools, here's how industry experts say agents can save their pennies in an ever-shifting market
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 18
Agent retention woes? 4 tips to help reduce attrition
Opinion
The real estate industry has an abysmal agent retention rate. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Marcus Larrea, co-founder of Palm Paradise Real Estate, gives his winning formula for keeping agents happy and engaged, with your culture intact
by Marcus Larrea Apr 18
Florida agent arrested after alleged hate crime caught on video
Licensed real estate agent Victor Dubauskas, 72, was arrested on assault and battery charges after he allegedly poured his beer on and threw a beer bottle at a Muslim man
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 15
5 ways to give your agents what they need (whether they know it or not)
Creating an incredible experience for your agents takes thought and creativity. It starts with making them feel valued, connected and heard
by Mauricio Umansky Apr 13
Lone ranger vs. social butterfly: How to strike the balance at work
Opinion
Encouraging introverted agents often comes down to some creative gear-switching. In this Agent/Broker Perspective, Miami broker Anthony Askowitz offers a hypothetical scenario and a practical resolution
by Anthony Askowitz Apr 12
Own Your Freedom, by Dr. David Phelps
Opinion
This book is one of Phelps' tools to help educate people about achieving financial success — using a different approach than that of most financial advisers
by Nicole Espinosa Apr 12
How to help homesellers understand fair housing
Opinion
Most homeowners want to do the right thing, but they don’t always understand how they can unintentionally discriminate against a qualified buyer. Transparency and communication are the keys to ensuring optimal outcomes for everyone
by Teresa Boardman Apr 11
Trying to expand your database? Here's a 5-step plan
Opinion
Your SOI consists of a group of people who already know you well. Developing a plan to grow this group over time will become a huge source of repeat and referral business
by Stan Ponte Apr 8
The 10 remodeling projects that bring homeowners joy — and cash
Hardwood floors, upgraded insulation and closet renovations brought satisfaction and the most bang for the buck, according to NAR and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
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
Stress less, do more: Pain-free productivity tips to end the year on top
It’s the little things that matter most when it comes to making your workday more fun and productive
by Christy Murdock Apr 6
Real estate hiring beats national job gains again in March
Brokerages and other real estate companies added 6,300 new jobs in March, a rate of payroll growth that exceeded that of the U.S. at large
by Daniel Houston Apr 1
It’s time to ditch mortgage lending’s outdated appraisal model
Opinion
It’s time for the mortgage lending industry to move to an AVM-based appraisal model. There is too much room for error, especially in today's super-fast-paced market
by Bernice Ross Mar 31
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
Land sales in the metaverse: How real estate professionals are embracing the shift
In this new type of land ownership, real estate professionals will have to consider changing or adapting the way they sell or market real estate. Here, 3 pros share their insights and predict what's next
by Cheryl Spangler Mar 29
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
7 hot spring market tips to boost business and keep burnout at bay
There's so much to do, and to take in, this time of year. Here, find some ways to stay grounded, focused and ready for whatever the market throws your way this season
by Darryl Davis Mar 29
Douglas Elliman taps Norma-Jean Callahan to lead new development projects
Callahan leaves her current role as senior sales director at Corcoran Sunshine and will work out of Douglas Elliman's Palm Beach and Manhattan offices
by Ben Verde Mar 25
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
Challenges, pitfalls and sage advice: Starting your own brokerage
Opinion
Despite their prominent role in the industry, many women struggle to step into leadership positions as brokers and brokerage owners. Based on extensive research and anecdotal evidence, here are some of the challenges women face and how to overcome them
by Bernice Ross Mar 23
Speed to lead: How to make response time your top priority
Opinion
Conversion is the name of the game, and it requires rapid engagement with each lead. These hacks will help you speed up your response time so that you can connect with your prospects quickly and win their business
by Tom Toole Mar 23
Charting her course: How real estate empowers women
Real estate is a great industry for women to work in regardless of their age, and the best opportunities are for salespeople, says Realtor Teresa Boardman
by Teresa Boardman Mar 23
Inman Connect New York
Are you ready to grow your real estate business? Connect with the smartest real estate pros and learn their secrets at ICNY
by Jodie Cordell Mar 22
Why social media is crucial to every real estate agent in 2022
With 3.6 billion people globally on social media, there is no better place to get eyes on your listings. Here's how to leverage those platforms and your audiences and convert them into closings
by Victoria Kennedy Mar 22
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Rent rose sharply, but it didn’t keep up with the rapid increase in the price of a monthly mortgage, according to a Redfin report released Monday
by Taylor Anderson Mar 21
Whistleblower alleges Realtor group 'extorted' agents for political gain
A lawsuit filed in San Diego County details how the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors allegedly tried to get its 20,000 members to contribute to NAR's political action committee
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 18
Condo or co-op in NYC? Help your buyers make the right choice
It used to be that a condo was where you took a buyer who couldn’t pass a co-op board. Now, however, it's easier for developers to finance a condominium and simpler for buyers to apply
COVID caused a 'Great Reshuffling.' Soaring costs are behind a new wave
With priced-out buyers seeking to relocate this spring, real estate agents stressed the importance of referral networks as the latest migration wave comes on the heels of an overheated market
by Taylor Anderson Mar 17
Planning to get away? Here’s how to shut it down when on vacation
It's important to take time off to recharge, reconnect with family and friends, and re-center yourself. Here are some strategies that will help you get ready to step away and then enjoy yourself on vacation
by Santiago Arana Mar 17
Spring Open House
The weeks leading up to the spring homebuying season have coincided with an uptick in open house activity unseen since before the pandemic, real estate agents told Inman
by Daniel Houston Mar 16
Move over millionaires! How to become a billion-dollar agent
Opinion
Two classic books offer a tremendous amount of wisdom from the undisputed best of the best. Take advantage of them to boost your business
by Bernice Ross Mar 16
California Association of Realtors to get free access to Rental Beast tools
Real Estate Business Services, a subsidiary of the California Association of Realtors, will offer its members Rental Beast tools to boost exposure for rental properties and syndicate rental listings
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 15
Inman Connect Now Series
Women share the secrets they've learned navigating the real estate world on Inman Connect Now
by Jodie Cordell Mar 14
The stuff of leaders: Readers on what it takes to inspire
A good leader will improve the chance of success for their brokerage, their agents, their team and themselves
by Jay Thompson Mar 11
Ever show the wrong house? This agent did — and it went viral
An agent mistakenly showed a house neighboring one for sale, as captured by Ring camera footage that has gone viral on TikTok
To call or not to call: What if FSBOs are on the Do Not Call list? 
Opinion
Real estate professionals can — and should — help FSBOs and expireds make the most informed decisions about their real estate best interests
by Darryl Davis Mar 8
The retirement plan agents ignore (and how brokers can help)
Opinion
Because of their superior understanding and experience with market trends, this is one retirement investment which offers agents the opportunity to benefit from their own expertise, with minimal risk
by Anthony Askowitz Mar 8
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Opinion
Running a real estate business requires you to excercise many of the same mental muscles that runners do when they train
by Jimmy Burgess Mar 6
Judge orders Oregon to pause its homebuyer love-letter ban
A U.S. district judge agreed these letters can lead to discrimination, but said the state law goes too far in restricting free speech
by Daniel Houston Mar 4
Real estate workforce grows twice as fast as other sectors in February
Employers in the real estate sector expanded their workforces by nearly 1% in February, roughly doubling the national job growth pace
by Daniel Houston Mar 4
Prospects on the fence? Here's how to get them to make a move
Opinion
Overcome the client's uncertainty and lead them toward the best decision for their circumstances. Here's how to reach out to on-the-fence prospects, earn their trust and snag the client for life
by Tom Toole Mar 4
Hiring new staff on your team? Make the first 100 days count
Opinion
The first 100 days are critical in setting your newly hired staff member up for success and ensuring a swift return on your team's investment
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
Looking for real estate staffers? Good luck
A shortage of workers, the number of people who prefer to work remotely and the anticipated rate of pay are making it difficult to find talent. Here are some tips for how to hire the right person
by Bernice Ross Mar 2
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
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Trade groups in Austin, Denver, Miami and Northern Virginia are holding quarterly events to present Realtors with innovative technology from their local market
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 25
'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
'Who says?' Avoid spreading misinformation with fans and followers
Reputation is everything in real estate, and the wrong share on social media can undermine years of goodwill. Find out how to check out information before you pass it along to others
by Jay Thompson Feb 24
6 creative ways to reboot a chilly lead
Instead of focusing on the results themselves, focus on the activities that drive results. Use these methods to re-engage after an initial conversation and land the listing
by Tom Toole Feb 24
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
The real estate industry needs an overhaul … and fast
Opinion
Instead of better policy or procedure, we’re adding more agents to the mix, with some often not understanding the ins and outs of contracts. That leads to massive headaches for clients
by Bret Weinstein Feb 22
10 things agents should stay focused on in 2022 
It’s time to shake things up and do things a little differently. Lean into these best practices and smart strategies for a successful year
by Darryl Davis Feb 21
How celebrating Black excellence has caused a ripple effect
As a member of the board of the Houston Black Real Estate Association, Jemila Winsey helped launch Top 20 Houston Black Real Estate Professionals rankings and awards to celebrate Black excellence. Here's how establishing the Top 20 awards helped create more positivity
by Jemila Winsey Feb 17
18 ways to market your listing (and thrill sellers)
Show your sellers you mean business when it comes to getting their listing the exposure needed for a successful sale using these ideas from Million Dollar Listing LA stars
by James Harris AND David Parnes Feb 16
How to move the needle on Black representation in real estate
Opinion
If we are going to make inroads on the diversity front, the status quo needs to change. It is everyone's responsibility to make that happen
by Shad Bogany Feb 15
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
NAR files motion to dismiss Missoula LGBTQ hate speech case
The National Association of Realtors has asked a Montana District Court to dismiss Realtor and pastor Brandon Huber's suit against the association for alleged religious discrimination
by Marian McPherson Feb 11
Want privacy as a luxury buyer? In info age, don’t count on it, agents say
Publicity around celebrities buying and selling homes has long been a given. That doesn't mean they like it. Agents told Inman that protecting clients' privacy has become a full-time job
by Taylor Anderson Feb 11
NAR ad campaign stresses difference between Realtors, agents
The campaign rollout includes TV and radio commercials emphasizing that Realtors work 'at a higher standard' than agents who are not Realtors
How understanding core virtues can transform your real estate business
Opinion
Prudence includes discipline, effective management, and solid risk assessment. Running a business this way just makes sense
by Carl Medford Feb 9
Warts and all: Some agents are now pitching the good, bad and the ugly
The unorthodox sales strategy has become necessary amid the pandemic as more and more people look to relocate, Realtors say
by Ben Verde Feb 8
31 can't-miss marketing strategies from real-life agent experience
Darryl Davis culls the best from three powerful agent brainstorming sessions to help you reach your target audience
by Darryl Davis Feb 7
19 agents share how tooting their own horns is bringing in business
Client testimonials don't just feel good, they're a powerful way to build authority online
by Christy Murdock Feb 4
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
Location, location, location: Real estate will continue to be an antitrust hotspot in 2022
Opinion
With billions in commissions at stake, all three branches of government are focused on the real estate industry. Here are the legal wranglings at the heart of their scrutiny
by Dylan Carson AND Alicia Batts Feb 2