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
Home office eclipses short commute as a buyer must-have, agents say
Nearly 60% of agents surveyed by HomeLight said they expect a home office to be a top priority for buyers in a post-vaccine landscape
by Daniel Houston Jul 21
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
Updater acquires on-demand moving service Dolly
Deal will expand Updater's product offerings to help consumers with moves of all sizes
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 15
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
Developers are betting big on these 10 housing markets
A realtor.com study looked at the 100 largest US metros to find out where land prices have risen the most since the onset of the pandemic
by Libertina Brandt Jul 12
NAR, stop fighting for commissions — make better Realtors
Opinion
NAR has been fighting for commission while letting the industry slide in the public’s opinion. Here's what we should be doing
by Bret Weinstein 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'
Realtor.com launches microsite with fair housing resources
Visitors to 'Realtor.com for Everyone' are able to search for Realtors who have completed NAR’s At Home with Diversity certification
Oregon becomes first US state to ban homebuyer love letters
Homebuyers have used these so-called 'love letters' to help their offers stand out, but critics say they leave the door open for discrimination
by Daniel Houston Jul 7
NAR brings back 'pitch battle' for real estate tech
Contest winner will get a $15K cash prize at the trade group's 3rd annual Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit
US Supreme Court denies Realtors' request to lift CDC eviction ban
Justice Brett Kavanaugh said the federal agency exceeded its authority but ban's current July 31 expiration date would allow for 'more orderly distribution' of rental assistance funds
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 30
NAR disaster relief charity kicks off campaign to raise $8.5M
Because natural disasters have become increasingly common, the Realtors Relief Foundation is shoring up its resources to be able to respond at a moment's notice
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 29
With new FTC chair, expect greater scrutiny on the real estate industry
Lina Khan's appointment at the Federal Trade Commission last week appears to indicate the Biden administration plans to take an aggressive approach to antitrust regulation
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 29
How COVID made agents rethink retirement, workload and more
Many real estate professionals say the pandemic made them reconsider things like when they want to retire and work-life balance, while others say the last year has just made them want to double down on work
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 28
Sexual harassment suit against Move settles
Case alleging Move failed to provide a safe working environment and retaliated against Suzanne Mueller for participating in a sexual harassment investigation against an NAR executive was dismissed at the request of both parties
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 22
Will people buy homes sight unseen in a post-pandemic market?
At Inman Connect on Thursday, Realtors Cara Ameer and Gary Gold discussed the role virtual tours will play in the future
by Libertina Brandt Jun 17
Share of LGBTQ buyers and sellers hasn't grown since 2015: NAR
The share of LGBTQ homebuyers and sellers has remained at 4 percent since 2015, according to NAR. Lower household incomes and less access to affordable housing are 2 of the largest barriers
by Marian McPherson Jun 9
Connecting with Veronica Figueroa: Our new normal demands world-class service
Ahead of Inman Connect, the eXp Realty team leader says agents have the chance to offer service that keeps clients coming back
NAR, Updater partner to provide real-time relocation data to Realtors
Trade group will be able to use 'pre-move' data to inform reports on migration patterns and housing demand
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
Hot housing market, unemployment fuel record-high NAR membership 
The National Association of Realtors credited the boom in membership in 2020 to a robust housing market and Americans' career shifts during the pandemic
by Marian McPherson May 20
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
Manchin to Realtors: Bipartisanship is built on personal relationships
US Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, and Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, discussed making deals across the aisle at the National Association of Realtors' midyear conference
by Andrea V. Brambila May 14
NAR: Housing market is 'topping out' due to inventory shortage
Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, reports that the GDP is back to its pre-pandemic peak, consumers are ready to spend their stimulus checks and single-family housing starts are ramping up
by Andrea V. Brambila May 13
NAR forum: We're at a 'hinge point' in American politics
At the Realtors Legislative Meetings, Mara Liasson and Van Jones talked polarization, bipartisanship and the issues that could get Republicans and Democrats to work together
by Andrea V. Brambila May 13
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
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
Realtor.com's new microsite will connect buyers to agents with fair housing training
Realtor.com for Everyone will help renters, buyers and sellers search for agents 'committed to working with today’s increasingly diverse communities'
NAR's lobbying playbook: 'Make friends before you need them'
During a panel about lobbying at the Realtors Legislative Meetings, the trade group explained that building a relationship with a congressperson or senator is like building a relationship with a friend — it takes time and is not a one-way street
No different than an 'all-white jury': NAR tackles ethics panel diversity
Trade group urges Realtor members of minority groups to get involved with professional standards enforcement at the local and state levels
Religion is no safe harbor, NAR rules in controversial hate speech policy
Some NAR members balked at approving a case interpretation that specifically says a preacher speaking to his congregants would be in violation of the Realtor Code of Ethics
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
The buyer's agent who padlocked the gate: Stories from the wild world of real estate
Have you heard the latest boots-on-the-ground, can-you-believe-it story? Here are some of the most unusual and bizarre tales from this highly active spring market
by Christy Murdock Apr 30
Lydia Pope talks fair housing and the fight for equality
The president-elect of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers dives into the continued fight for fair housing and how the industry can help
by Marian McPherson Apr 29
Baird & Warner commits $215K to fair housing law scholarship
The scholarship is named after developer John W. Baird, who championed fair housing when it was unpopular in the real estate industry to do so
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 29
Showing management startup Showingly snags deal with Miami Realtors
The deal comes amid a tumultuous time for the showing management industry after the announcement of Zillow's ShowingTime acquisition
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 28
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
A third of Realtors bought or sold a 'green' home in the past year
Thirty-two percent of respondents of a National Association of Realtors survey say they were involved in buying or selling a property that had eco-friendly features in the past year
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 23
It's a lawsuit waiting to happen! Avoid these post-closing problems
Running into post-closure problems is often burdensome for everyone involved in the transaction. In some cases where it morphs into a lawsuit, it can even be costly. So, how can agents prevent them in the first place, and what can they do to avoid litigation?
by Bernice Ross Apr 22
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
So you want to be an agent? Here are 7 truths about the job
Being a real estate agent is much more like operating your own business than working any other regular job. There's a huge learning curve, and it can often feel overwhelming. That's why, if you're a newbie, you have to be prepared. Here's what to expect
by Mayleene DeFreece Apr 12
Realtors praise Biden infrastructure plan's focus on housing shortage
The American Jobs Plan proposes building and retrofitting more than 2M homes and commercial buildings
NAR survey shows large income gap between white and Black Realtors
White Realtors' median gross personal income last year was $49,400 while the median for Black Realtors was $16,700
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 30
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
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
Transactly secures $3M amid rapid transaction coordination growth
CEO Bryan Bowles: 'We've grown at a pace greater than 25% month over month, on average, over the last 12 months'
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 8
Nearly half of real estate regulatory agency websites ignore consumers
41% of state real estate regulatory agency websites present 'poor' information to homebuyers and sellers while devoting themselves entirely to real estate professionals, according to a new report by the Consumer Federation of America
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 24
5 reasons to give your transaction coordinators a raise
From getting the most out of your transaction software to being the master of the office calendar, a transaction coordinator's value to an ever-more digital office environment is more valuable than ever before
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 20
10 ways to turn old leads into new business
Panelists at Inman Connect Now talk about creating 'wow moments' for clients, from sending warm fresh-baked cookies to doggie poop bags
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 18
No matter what, Realtors are the ones who make home happen
Opinion
Despite the daily onslaught of market disruptors seeking to remove Realtors from the equation, there will always be a need for the personal touch in walking clients through the sale or purchase of their most important asset
by Carl Medford Feb 1
9 questions everyone's asking about Zillow's IDX shift
Opinion
What does Zillow's IDX shift mean for you and your business? Here are the answers to all your lingering questions
by Jay Thompson Jan 29
'2021 is going to be an insane year': Mike DelPrete's 5 megatrends
Mike DelPrete's 5 megatrends of real estate tech include the ongoing growth of new business models, a battle for adjacent services and one that might surprise you
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 26
Pulse: Readers tell us how agents have helped them
This week, our readers tell us about a time another agent went the extra mile to save them in a bind. Here are all the positive and uplifting stories you shared with us
by Inman Jan 19