Notorious R.O.B.’s 7 predictions for 2018: Disco fever

Realogy will transform to ‘stay alive,’ Redfin gets its groove on and more — Rob Hahn graces us with his seven predictions for 2018, disco-style …

Leigh Brown: Quit complaining and tell educators what you want

I’m here with the Florida Realtors Educators, and I just want to stress today how hard your people work to bring you education that you often don’t bother to show up for …

Should your MLS consider consolidating?

You already know that the real estate industry is undergoing unprecedented change. Not only is the once-central role of brokers and MLSs being challenged by consumer behavior and portals such as Zillow Group and News Corp., national broker and MLS data…

Broker Public Portal: Angling for a new face

Organized real estate has undertaken some potentially transformative ventures in the past couple of years. Project Upstream, RPR-AMP and the Broker Public Portal have aligned the vision of brokers in numbers that would have been unthinkable in the rece…

Why Slack is one of the best free apps out there

There’s a reason why Inc. Magazine voted Slack “Company of the Year” for 2015. This hardworking platform can free up space in your email, improve team communications and streamline document management on the go. For starters, Slack is one of the best f…

Opinion: Are false narratives the industry’s third rail?

Other than politics, it’s hard to imagine another industry that relies so heavily on false narratives. If something is said often enough, it must be true. Repeated often enough without rebut, and it becomes fact …

Opinion: How changes to commission and industry structures threaten agent longevity

Released at the Mid-Year Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, the National Association of Realtors’ “Danger Report” analyzed the potential threats to the real estate industry over the next 10 years. It listed 10 “dangers” facing agents, brokers, NAR, state/local associations and MLSs …

Danger Report Part 1: Focusing on the agent

At the National Association of Realtors’ midyear legislative conference, the strategic-thinking committee unveiled The Danger Report, the product of 70-plus interviews with industry CEOs and nearly 8,000 Realtor surveys. The focus was to identify the g…

Unintended consequences of listing regulations

Regulations governing the access, distribution and display of residential real estate listings changed many industry dynamics over the past 20 years. Free access to brokers’ listings for realtor.com set a precedent for all of the portals and accelerate…

NAR may commit $20M to implement stricter ‘core standards’ for associations

WASHINGTON — The finance committee of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) has advised NAR to allocate up to $20 million to implement core standards for Realtor associations that could fuel consolidation of small associations across the country. The commitment …