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
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
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
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
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
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
South Carolina flooding October 2015
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
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 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
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
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
Redfin
The National Association of Realtors countered that the Consumer Federation of America's assertions are 'wrong and misleading' and 'commissions are very much negotiable'
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
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
Zillow, NAR slam REX's alleged use of antitrust as a business strategy
Real estate giants ask court to toss the discount brokerage's lawsuit over optional MLS rule
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 14
DOJ hints NAR's pocket listing policy may be in its crosshairs
Agency letter offers first clue that the Clear Cooperation Policy may be part of a 'broader investigation' into trade group's rules
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 14
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
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
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
Dueling NAR and REX op-eds hint that DOJ will target commissions
National Association of Realtors: 'The Administration has publicly signaled a lack of understanding about the MLS system and the associated commission structure'
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 22
New Realtor-owned statewide MLS to launch in Louisiana
Roam MLS will have 78% of Realtors in the state as subscribers and cover listings from Central Louisiana to the Gulf Coast
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 22
22 ways you may be violating the Realtor Code of Ethics
Agents misrepresent themselves and aspects of their transaction, sometimes without even knowing it, according to broker and ethics hearing officer Barbara Betts
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 27
Agents should probably learn to play nice with institutional investors
Institutional investors are a growing presence in the US real estate market. The savvy agent should learn how to adapt to their ways — even if it feels a little bit unnatural
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 27
Foreign buyers may soon swoop back into US housing market
International buyers were less involved in the US housing market during the first year of the pandemic — but that may soon change
by Daniel Houston Jul 28
Homes listed in the MLS sell faster and for nearly 17% more: Study
Bright MLS looked at 442,829 home sales across its 6-state Mid-Atlantic footprint that sold over a 24-month period
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 30
Here's the tech real estate agents wish their brokerages offered
Cyber security and lead generation topped the list of tech tools agents wished their brokerages offered, according to a new National Association of Realtors study
California's scorching-hot housing market expected to stay 'incredibly competitive'
California Association of Realtors blames lack of supply for 'terrible consequences' on quality of life for potential buyers
Groups seize on Biden's skepticism in lawsuit against new eviction ban
Real estate groups leveraged President Joe Biden's comments earlier this week about the new moratorium's chances of surviving in court
by Daniel Houston Aug 5
DOJ intervenes in REX antitrust suit against NAR and Zillow
The federal agency says NAR can't use a 2008 consent decree to shield itself from investigation of its rules
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 10
NAR to federal court in REX case: Ignore the DOJ
REX calls out NAR for alleged 'false assertions,' while NAR alleges REX is blaming others for its 'business shortcomings' and that 'consumers are not interested' in REX's services
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 17
12 startups vie for $15K at NAR's 'Pitch Battle' for real estate tech
Contestants offered tools for staging, rentals, listing presentations, keeping up with clients post-close, real estate development, affordable housing, risk assessment and accounting
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 17
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
'The American dream has changed': Feather wins NAR 'Pitch Battle'
The furniture rental startup was one of 12 contestants to go head-to-head in a 'Pitch Battle' hosted by NAR’s for-profit investment subsidiary, Second Century Ventures
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 19
Agent who marketed her business at Capitol riot pleads guilty in deal
Jenna Ryan, the Texas real estate agent who livestreamed the insurrection in January, pleaded guilty this week to an illegal demonstration charge
by Daniel Houston Aug 20
Realtor.com taps senior VP to head product team
The real estate website has promoted Leslie Jordan to its chief product officer position, where she will oversee product strategy and design
by Daniel Houston Aug 30
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An underwhelming jobs report held optimism for real estate firms, which hired faster in August as the Delta variant slowed recovery elsewhere
by Daniel Houston Sep 3
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
Two men standing on either side of a line on the ground
Real estate brokerage giant says 'many listing search websites misdirect consumers by obfuscating display of a property’s listing firm'
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Arizona broker Grady Hillis objects to rules prohibiting listing broker and agent contact information in public remarks and restricting access to lockboxes to Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 13
Top Agent Network appeals dismissal of NAR antitrust suit
Lower court suggested TAN was the wrong plaintiff to bring suit because its business model is itself allegedly anticompetitive, but TAN says the court's order was 'erroneous'
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 14
DOJ quietly resumed NAR probe days after settlement withdrawal
In a 418-page petition filed Monday, NAR contends the antitrust regulator swiftly reopened its investigation into Clear Cooperation Policy and buyer broker commissions in July
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 15
NAR vs. DOJ: A timeline of the battle as it stretches into 4th year
An analysis of the association's petition offers a step-by-step timeline of the events leading up to the DOJ's launch of a new investigation of NAR rules
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 16
'Pick one thing': To grow your brand, agents say to take baby steps
Top real-estate agents gave their insight into building a personal brand at a recent Inman Connect Now session
by Daniel Houston Sep 21
NAR to consider listing attribution, DOJ-inspired policies at big event
Lockbox access for non-Realtors and public displays of buyer broker commissions may be added to the list of proposals to be voted on at Realtors Conference and Expo in November
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 24
Florida Realtors pull back case against CDC eviction moratorium
Association says focus should now be on getting 'critically needed' rental assistance to tenants and landlords
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 28
Pending home sales beat projections following 2 months of declines: NAR
Pending home sales finally saw some positive growth in August, following two consecutive months of declines in June and July, the National Association of Realtors reported
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 29
REX: 'Outmoded' real estate rules 'struck a vein' with DOJ
Brokerage backed by Chris Christie and Jeb Bush says agent steering by commission should 'shock the conscience' of anyone interested in equity in housing
Why REX pays buyer agents and uses MLSs — sometimes
REX's general counsel Michael Toth says the discount brokerage pays buyer agents in at least 40% of its list-side transactions
OnTrack Agent offers agents access to training, expert advice and more
OnTrack Agent is an online resource for real estate agents to access coaching, training and other resources to assist in business growth
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 8
Inman Top 5: The biggest stories of the week Sept. 25-30, 2021
Catch up quickly on the most significant stories of the week, as determined by Inman readers. Here's this week's Inman Top 5
by Inman Oct 1
'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'
4 multiple listing services unite to acquire Remine, replace CEO
Austin Board of Realtors, First MLS, Heartland MLS and Miami Realtors have formed a joint venture to buy the real estate tech firm and position it for future investments
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 16
DOJ to NAR: Increased competition could save consumers billions
In court filings, regulator says rules 'restrict how real estate agents can market properties, dictate how real estate commissions are set, and impede commission negotiations'
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 19
Why Century 21 CEO believes tech is overrated in the industry
At Inman Connect Las Vegas, Mike Miedler said onstage that it was the work of agents that powered America through the depths of the pandemic — and they're the ones who provide value to the industry
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 29
How NAR and multiple listing services fail brokers
Greg Robertson and Victor Lund don't hold back on why obtaining MLS data should be easier and why the National Association of Realtors' policy should be enforced
'Zero Days on Market': New study highlights controversial metric
While brokers see the study as reason to re-evaluate NAR's pocket listing policy, MLSs push back on the study's conclusions, pointing to a hot market. This is the 3rd in a 5-part series
Black buyers twice as likely to be denied mortgages due to low appraisals
Appraisers seemed to value homes higher if the applicant matched the neighborhood's racial makeup, Illinois Realtors study finds
What to expect at NAR's Realtors Conference & Expo this week
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and former NFL quarterback Drew Brees to speak at Realtors Conference & Expo in San Diego, plus much, much more
Realtor's 'white skin' didn't keep her out of jail for Capitol riot after all
Texas-based broker Jenna Ryan, who claimed her 'blond hair' and 'white skin' would keep her out of jail, was sentenced to 60 days behind bars for her role in Jan. 6 insurrection
Tennessee's largest MLS sets its sights on going statewide
Realtracs is expanding to markets with competing MLSs for the first time and offering agents and brokers a minimum 6-month free trial
Nation's largest MLS rebuts 'Zero DOM' pocket listing study
California Regional MLS CEO Art Carter told Inman that NAR's Clear Cooperation Policy has resulted in more listings being marketed on the multiple listing service, not fewer
Home showings don't equal procuring cause. Here's why
Opinion
Read the arbitration manual. Review the questions on the arbitration worksheet. And please, stop proclaiming that simply showing a home entitles you to compensation. It doesn't work that way
by Jay Thompson Nov 9
Zillow, Realogy push for NAR listing agent attribution
Some MLSs are 'strongly opposed' to requiring the display of listing agents in addition to listing brokerages
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 10
Clients may peek online, but 9 in 10 still turn to an agent: survey
A recent survey of thousands of buyers and sellers found they overwhelmingly work with agents, even as their attitudes have shifted
by Daniel Houston Nov 11
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After broker feedback, indie brokerage network says its updated stance is 'neutral'
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 12
3 agents per home: Is Daytona Beach the canary in the coal mine?
In September, approximately 2,200 agents licensed in the Florida beachside community of 70,000 were vying for just 674 listings. Is this the fate in store for the rest of the country?
by Daniel Houston Nov 18
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Trade group contends the antitrust regulator never closed its previous investigations into NAR's pocket listing and buyer broker commission rules
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 13
Listing agents dropped from NAR's controversial attribution proposal
A requirement to display listing firm contact information 'at least as prominently as any other contact information' was stricken from the proposal, which passed on Saturday
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
NAR buyer broker commission policy moves ahead after close vote
After vigorous debate at the trade group's multiple listing service committee, the proposal heads to the National Association of Realtors' board of directors on Monday
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
Display of Confederate flag violates hate speech ethics policy: NAR
Professional Standards Committee passes case interpretation after intense debate
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
Simone Biles to Realtors: 'You're more than your work'
At NAR's annual conference, the four-time Olympic gold medalist said 'it's OK to not be OK'
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
NAR approves display of buyer broker commissions
Two-thirds of the trade group's directors voted in favor of allowing brokers and agents to share buyer broker compensation on their websites
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
National Association of Realtors passes listing attribution policy
Three-quarters of the National Association of Realtors' directors voted to require display of listing broker contact information on agent and broker websites
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
Claiming your services are 'free' is misleading — at best
Opinion
If proclaiming your services as free is the best way for you to get business, you might be in the wrong business
by Jay Thompson Nov 16
NAR's leadership team is majority-female for the first time ever
Leslie Rouda Smith follows in her father's footsteps as NAR's 2022 president as turnover within the group's leadership team veered toward women for the first time since its founding in 1908
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 17
NAR governance overhaul shifts power dynamic among top leaders
The trade group changed the composition and qualifications of its board of directors and Executive Committee with the aim of making itself more nimble, efficient, and transparent
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 17
NAR launches website to enlist Realtors in 'court of public opinion'
The National Association of Realtors' legal team says members can help the trade group fight its antitrust war while the association fends off the DOJ, REX and various commission lawsuits
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 18
Nation's largest MLS teases upcoming tech investments
California Regional MLS CEO Art Carter highlights broker discomfort after Zillow's acquisition of ShowingTime and Compass' acquisition of Glide
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 18
5 ways NAR's annual conference changed the future of real estate
The trade group changed real estate listings nationwide, made buyer agent compensation more transparent, declared a divisive symbol discriminatory and turned the gender divide on its head
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 19
'Love letter' ban to see day in court as First Amendment comes into play
A first-in-the-nation Oregon law restricting love letters between buyers and sellers, set to begin in January, is being challenged in court by the conservative-leaning Pacific Legal Foundation
by Daniel Houston Nov 22
Relocation tech startup Updater eyes big 2022 with $60M round
The funding will be dedicated to sustaining Updater's current growth trend, which has seen the company climb to approximately 250 employees over the past 12 months
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 23
Inman Connect New York
Inman Connect attendees dish on their conference experience. Spoiler: You're going to want to attend the next one
Petition calls for Turpin public guardian to lose real estate license
Vanessa Espinoza, California agent and former deputy public guardian for 7 of the Turpin siblings, is facing calls for the state to revoke her real estate license
by Daniel Houston Nov 24
How to build a solid agent network as an investor
An expansive real estate agent network might be the most essential component of an investing business — here's how to build one
by Josh DeShong Nov 29
'Highly uniform' commissions designed to thwart competition: study
The Consumer Federation of America pushes for an end to the sharing of commissions between listing and buyer brokers to spur price competition
DOJ to appear in court in appeal of pocket listing lawsuit against NAR
The agency, which is currently investigating the trade association's Clear Cooperation Policy, says it's defending its interest in the application of antitrust laws to the real estate industry
Jobs report disappoints, but real estate hiring keeps rolling along
Homebuilders and real estate firms posted strong hiring trends even as a federal jobs report came up far short of expectations for November
by Daniel Houston Dec 3
Landlords more likely to respond to renters with white-sounding names
Property managers' lack of response to applicants of color contributes to housing segregation by race, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research
The holiday gift guide real estate agents actually want you to shop
Struggling to come up with gift ideas for the real estate agent in your life? Inman has you covered
by Daniel Houston Dec 9
NAR deemed 'Great Place to Work' for 2nd year in a row
Most of the National Association of Realtors' 342 employees have worked at the trade organization for 6 years or more
LA broker sentenced to 10 years for role in pandemic relief scheme
Tamara Dadyan will spend time in prison for her role in a scheme to apply for COVID-19 small business loans under fake or stolen identities
by Daniel Houston Dec 9
Court tosses REX antitrust suit against Oregon anti-rebate law
Judge said discount brokerage had made 'compelling arguments' that law hurts consumers and artificially inflates home prices, but that states are immune from federal antitrust laws
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 10
Gary Gold: NAR's pocket listing policy is 'nonsensical, stupid'
Real estate's premier luxury agent argues that the Clear Cooperation Policy is 'authoritarian' and accomplishes the opposite of its stated intent in an exclusive interview with Inman
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 17
From hate speech to antitrust: The year in MLSs and associations
2021 came with Realtor misbehavior, rising legal and regulatory scrutiny and MLSs becoming tech investors after Zillow's acquisition of ShowingTime
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 17
Why the housing market won't burn quite as hot in 2022
The housing market will cool slightly in 2022, but will scorch as a multitude of buyers chase too few homes, according to economic experts who spoke with Inman
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 30
For years, homeowners were staying put. Is that trend about to change?
Americans used to spend less time in their homes before selling. Then came the housing crash of 2008. But according to a pair of new surveys, the pandemic may be reversing that change
by Daniel Houston Dec 20
John Sebree will be the California Association of Realtors' new CEO
Industry veteran will start new position on Feb. 1, after outgoing CEO Joel Singer retires
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 20
New court ruling is both victory and defeat for NAR and REX
Discount brokerage's antitrust claims survive after judge concludes REX 'plausibly alleges that Zillow changed its websites because of NAR’s rules'
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 21
Houston MLS adds new Spanish language feature for agents, clients
More than 5,000 Realtors on HAR.com speak Spanish, according to Houston Association of Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 22
5 big challenges for CoStar in 2022
The commercial real estate juggernaut has set its sights on residential sales and faces a bumpy road against incumbents Zillow, Redfin and realtor.com
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 30
Masks, politics and our great divide: Why we need to change course now
Opinion
Brad Inman can’t recall a time when we all were so righteously indignant. Name-calling, picking petty fights and silent judgement are the name of the game. It's time to bridge the divide
by Brad Inman Dec 28
New York state makes remote online notarizations permanent
As more states allow RON, California and North Carolina are among notable holdouts
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 28
New York mandates higher fines, more training to combat housing discrimination
Broker and agent license fees and fines will go toward a new Anti-Discrimination in Housing Fund for fair housing testing
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 29
NAR is second biggest trade group donor to 'Sedition Caucus': Analysis
Donations to lawmakers who voted against certifying the 2020 election results from the National Association of Realtors and Rocket Mortgage clocked in at more than $375K in 2021
The real estate agents who stormed the Capitol: Where are they now?
Jenna Ryan, Klete Keller and Libby Andrews have had a tumultuous year. Here's what they're up to now as the attempted insurrection at the Capitol notches a grim 1-year anniversary
REX: Realogy's stance is prelude to a reckoning on commissions
Realogy says it believes in buyer agents and cooperative compensation, but not in forcing brokers to enter a commission amount to list in a multiple listing service
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 11
A desert landscape
Of the median 8 homes buyers saw in 2021, they toured 3 of them virtually, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 19
Existing-home sales tally banner year after 12 months of epic demand
In a year of sky-high demand, existing-home sales recorded a banner year with the sale of 6.12 million units and an 8.5% surge from 2020, according to the National Association of Realtors
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 20
Number of Realtors hits new record high in 2021
For the third straight year, NAR membership hit an all-time high, likely propelled by a blistering hot housing market. Among the 50 US states, Georgia saw the biggest percentage increase
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 20
Inside the metaverse: How agents can benefit from virtual real estate
More top luxury brokers are venturing into the metaverse; Inman explores what agents need to know about this nascent category of real estate
by Daniel Houston Jan 31
Move Inc. CEO questions Zillow's 'closed ecosystem,' CoStar's motives
On CoStar: 'Eventually the playbook is to charge for paid inclusion of listings and to raise prices over time as people become more and more reliant on CoStar'
by Taylor Anderson Jan 25
From Realtors with love: 89 tips for new real estate agents in 2022
Inman reached out to more than 200 of the country's top agents by transaction sides and sales volume and asked 1 simple question: What's your advice for agents launching careers in 2022?
Realogy's Sherry Chris to brokers: Now's the time to invest in yourself
Sherry Chris shared how brokerages can diversify revenue streams and navigate agent preferences in an increasingly virtual world during an Inman Connect Now session Tuesday
by Taylor Anderson Jan 25
Real estate agent charged in Capitol riot pleads not guilty
John MacMillan Cameron of Port Orchard, Washington, was arrested on Jan. 5, 2022, nearly a year after the riot, and charged with entering a restricted building, among other infractions
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 26
NAR countersues REX Real Estate, alleges harm from 'campaign of lies'
Real estate trade organization hits back at discount brokerage's claims regarding its own business model and inflated real estate commissions
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
A reptile dysfunction: Agents dodge falling iguanas on the job in Florida
Fallout from unsually cold temperatures in the state last weekend comes with its own challenges, real estate agents in Florida told Inman
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The discount brokerage is now a member of 6 multiple listing services, but says it's still avoiding 'traditional' agent fees by offering a low commission when it submits listings
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
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
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
QR Codes and Smile Stops: 31 can't-miss marketing angles
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
'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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Do more, stress less: A pain-free approach to productivity
It’s the little things that matter most when it comes to making your workday more fun and productive
by Christy Murdock Apr 6
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
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
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
Fair Housing Month and the elephant in the room: Real (Estate) Talk
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Federal commission suit now a class action; NAR, Realogy vow to appeal
Days after oral arguments, a judge Friday granted class certification in 1 of 2 federal commission suits that could rock the real estate industry and impact how agents are compensated nationwide
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 25
A reverse arrow on a street
Three-judge panel concludes trade group must face allegations that the Clear Cooperation Policy was part of a group boycott to prevent The PLS from competing with multiple listing services
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 27
'Writing is on the wall': Court tosses NAR counterclaim against REX
Judge finds the National Association of Realtors failed to allege facts to show how the discount brokerage specifically harmed the trade group's reputation with its own members and consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 28
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
MLS 'visionary' John Mosey to retire after 47 years
NorthstarMLS will search nationwide for a new CEO. 'If there was a Mount Rushmore of MLS execs, John’s head would be among them,' California Regional MLS CEO Art Carter said
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 29
NAR 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
'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
How commissions are paid can be changed
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
Insurance agency says REX is still operating, praises tech
PIUS CEO tells Inman the company is operating 'on a smaller scale,' but a former REX agent says those operations no longer include handling real estate transactions
by Andrea V. Brambila Today 3:50 P.M.