What the MLS landscape will look like in 2019

In 2019, the number of multiple listing services in the U.S. will dip below 600, and understanding the MLS landscape is a complex task. This article visualizes MLS data to give big-picture context on the relationships among consumers, agents, brokerage…

The 6 loudest topics at Inman Connect New York 2019

Creating a single MLS, the iBuyer debate and so much more — Inman Connect New York is an annual highlight of the real estate and tech scene. Here were some of the hottest discussions from the event.

This one barrier is keeping us from innovating

Brokers and MLSs don’t speak the same lanugage. In this article, Sam DeBord decodes the translucent industry lingo surrounding MLS consolidation.

How to conquer the 7 deadly sins of real estate leadership

There are many brilliant minds guiding the industry toward a more open and dynamic atmosphere. These role models provide the vision to lead the industry forward and away from the seven deadly sins of leadership: sloth, wrath, lust, envy, pride, glutton…

Real estate roundup: Big money, bad data, bot bites dog

Seattle broker Sam DeBord gives his take (and more) on the stories that are driving real estate headlines. This week: big money’s influence on real estate, data manipulation and OJO Labs’ acquisition of WolfNet Technology.

Inman Connect San Francisco’s swan song was full of fear and discipline

Sam DeBord breaks down Inman Connect San Francisco’s best talks, including Gary Keller, Robert Reffkin, Softbank, Kara Swisher and Clelia Peters.

Does a Compass lie? Finding true north in real estate

Earlier this week, Brad Inman relayed a story about a spat between Windermere and Compass. His analysis seems like the perfect lens through which to view the current state of the industry.

Who’s lobbying NAR? Zillow, dues dollars and the DOJ

The National Association of Realtors is perennially involved in lobbying legislators to effect healthy real estate policy. The shoe has been on the other foot lately. A local association is lobbying membership to push back against an NAR dues increase,…

Does real estate’s leadership need a technology therapist? 

Leadership in the real estate brokerage world has a dysfunctional relationship with technology. The psychological disconnect reaches much further than any one company, though Gary Keller’s recent Vision Speech encapsulated it perfectly …