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 …

Transparency will radically alter the real estate industry’s leadership

Knowing more than your customer has been the leverage that many traditional companies used to maintain profits in the past. From individual agents to the industry’s largest organizations, proprietary knowledge was power. That advantage is vanishing for many today …

Decoding the broker/MLS cold war on consolidation

Why is the MLS so misunderstood? This timely question was posed by FBS CEO Michael Wurzer (provider of FlexMLS software), regarding the highly publicized MLS 2018 panel at the California Association of Realtors’ annual meetings …

2018 real estate: Bitcoin bets, mega brokerages and VR

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency offer fascinating opportunities and risks for real estate. Virtual reality and its brethren are building beautiful environments — do they really help resale …

Realtor association leaders: Let’s raise our standards

Standards aren’t a sexy topic, but lack of adoption is costing the industry dearly …