Market snapshot: Texas and COVID-19

Texas real estate saw a significant slowdown in market traffic once the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, but since then, indications of a hopeful market have emerged.

Coronavirus not slowing down NAR’s pocket listing policy

Several MLSs are adding a “Coming Soon” status for the first time as part of the rollout, while others are instituting weighty fines for violations.

Houston and Austin Realtors suspend open house displays on HAR.com

The Houston Association of Realtors’ flagship listing site, HAR.com, is no longer displaying open houses in most Texas markets in hopes of slowing the spread of the new coronavirus.

WATCH: Data cap is more important than market cap

Media and real estate have more in common than you might think, argued Chris Finnegan, chief marketing and communications officer at Bright MLS onstage at Inman Connect New York. If you use data to target consumers in a personalized way, it can be more…

Austin Board of Realtors settles with CoreLogic over data sales

The settlement comes eight months after the Austin Board of Realtors accused CoreLogic of improperly selling data on sold homes.

2019 was the year of the multiple listing service

It was a big year for MLSs — pocket listings, bombshell lawsuits and the relentless march of technology all dominated MLS news. Here are the most noteworthy trends.

Austin MLS comes out against NAR’s proposed pocket listing rule

The Austin Board of Realtors, which includes over 13,000 members in central Texas and operates its own multiple listing service, has come out against a proposed pocket listing ban and suggested that as currently envisioned the proposal is “not pro-cons…

A line in the sand: W+R Studios won’t accept old listing data standard

Six months ago W+R Studios began the process of making all of its products, the Cloud Agent Suite, compatible with the RESO Web API. Today, the company announced it had achieved that goal, and, moreover, it would no longer accept data from new MLS customers via RETS — only through the RESO Web API.

CoreLogic’s top lawyer is quitting in the middle of a Justice Dept. inquiry

A spokesperson for CoreLogic confirmed to Inman that Arnold Pinkston would be leaving the company and explained that he had received a job offer from a large medical device manufacturer in Orange County, California. 

Realtor group sends cease and desist over CoreLogic data breach

The Austin Board of Realtors is demanding that the Travis Central Appraisal District stop using and destroy any multiple listing service data it may have obtained from CoreLogic.