Redfin clashes with think tank on MLS antitrust

What would happen if the government mandated that real estate brokers make all their listings accessible publicly to everyone online, free-of-charge? It would result in “a tragedy of the commons,” argues Redfin…

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 …

Judge rules antitrust claims against Realtor associations ‘plausible’

A federal judge is allowing antitrust claims against two California Realtor associations to go forward, keeping the fate of one of the nation’s largest MLSs up in the air …

Will Upstream and the Broker Public Portal steer agents away from Zillow?

Earlier this year, Upstream board member Cary Sylvester started a presentation on the broker data platform with these words: “It is not an evil plot.” It’s no secret that some in the industry believe the project — backed by powerhouses such as Keller …

FTC will not block Zillow-Trulia merger

The Federal Trade Commission has completed its investigation of Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia and will not block the deal, which is expected to close as early as Tuesday. The federal agency has chosen not to take any action against the …

Zillow, Trulia share prices jump on talk FTC has approved merger

Share prices in Zillow and Trulia surged today, suggesting investors have gotten wind that the Federal Trade Commission intends to sign off on the companies’ proposed merger. Trading in Zillow and Trulia has been heavy, with twice as many shares …

FTC may approve Zillow-Trulia deal sooner than expected

The Federal Trade Commission is likely to sign off on Zillow’s proposed acquisition of Trulia and could grant early termination and close its review of the deal sooner than expected. The FTC “is likely to say there’s not a problem,” …

Zillow agrees to push back Trulia closing another 2 weeks

Real estate search giant Zillow has agreed to push back its proposed merger of Trulia by another two weeks at the request of the Federal Trade Commission. The amended timing agreement, disclosed by Zillow and Trulia in regulatory filings, stipulates …

Copyright battle teaches MLSs, tech companies a costly lesson

In the spring of 2012, two MLSs filed copyright infringement suits against the operator of NeighborCity.com, not long after the website updated profile pages for 850,000 agents on the site that featured agent scores and performance metrics based on the…

Antitrust regulators will dig deeper into Zillow-Trulia merger plans

The Federal Trade Commission has made a request for additional information from Zillow and Trulia about their merger plans, the companies disclosed today in a statement that characterized the antitrust regulator’s “second request” as “a standard part of the full …