NAR directors surprised to learn Upstream not just for Realtors

Who should Upstream be for? That’s the question at the heart of a discrepancy Inman has uncovered between the people paying to fund the ambitious (yet thoroughly delayed) online real estate data platform and the project’s leaders …

MLS vendor FBS acquires competitor Solid Earth

When multiple listing service (MLS) vendors FBS and Solid Earth announced a partnership earlier this year, it was as competitors looking to serve their mutual MLS clients. Nearly six months later, the two are rivals no more. FBS will acquire Solid Earth’s assets and employ all five of its existing employees in a deal slated to close by the end of the year, FBS CEO Michael Wurzer told Inman via email …

Facebook says it’s temporarily disabling all racially exclusionary ads

“Going forward, we are determined to do better. Until we can better ensure that our tools will not be used inappropriately, we are disabling the option …

Cloud MLX interface now free for agents of nation’s largest MLS

For years the real estate industry has been talking about offering agents an MLS “front end of choice” — or alternative interfaces for agents to input and search for listings — and on Wednesday the biggest multiple listing service in the country made…

Cloud MLX interface now free for agents of nation’s largest MLS

For years the real estate industry has been talking about offering agents an MLS “front end of choice” — or alternative interfaces for agents to input and search for listings — and on Wednesday the biggest multiple listing service in the country made…

Facebook’s reportedly still allowing discriminatory housing ads

When it comes to preventing housing discrimination, Facebook appears to be falling far short of its promises. A year ago, Facebook announced it would bar housing ads targeted by race from its social network. In February, the $528 billion company announ…

Think tank says MLSs should be investigated for antitrust

A Washington, D.C.-based think tank is calling for federal regulators to investigate multiple listing services that restrict data from listing websites for possible antitrust violations. The nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), is also asking for state lawmakers to require brokers to provide free, unrestricted access to real estate listings …

MLSs in North Carolina consolidate for cost savings, bargaining power

More and more multiple listing services are listening to the drumbeat of consolidation nationwide. CarolinaMLS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, will acquire the North Carolina Mountains MLS on January 1, …

Las Vegas Realtors to cut off listing feed to realtor.com

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors will shut off a listing feed to realtor.com next month after negotiations between the trade group and realtor.com operator Move Inc. fell apart, according to a notice sent out to GLVAR’s 14,000-plus members…

MLSs ink binding merger deal under pressure to move fast

As Colorado agents and brokers wait impatiently, the state’s two largest multiple listing services (MLSs) have taken a crucial step toward merging …