NAR made $20 million from DocuSign IPO

The venture arm of the trade group, Second Century Ventures, made a total of $43.8 million from selling shares in DocuSign, returning $20 million to NAR and keeping $23.8 million for recapitalization.

House flipping is on the rise despite high home prices, CoreLogic reports

As anyone who regularly watches “Flip or Flop” already knows, house flipping is on the rise, and a new report from property data developer CoreLogic confirms it. 

Notarize raises $20 million from Lennar, Realogy and others

Notarize, a startup that offers services to legally notarize real estate documents online, just raised $20 million in funding from giants including homebuilder Lennar and real estate holding company Realogy, among others.

New housing starts fell in April, especially multifamily projects

Multifamily housing starts with five or more units fell from a seasonally adjusted 428,000 in March 2018 to 374,000 in April, a 12.6 percent drop. 

Consumers get duped on highjacked listings — I did twice

The state of New York is reportedly even considering outlawing the practice. In the face of this legal threat, I’ve noticed better disclosures by portals about listings. But it’s still very confusing.

What’s it like to win a housing lottery in the nation’s most expensive city?

Winning an affordable housing lottery takes a lot of luck and a lot of perseverance. Families try for years, applying to dozens of apartments in hopes that they’ll be called. So what’s it like when you actually win?

Ribbon will turn any home bid into an all-cash offer

A new startup wants to make sure homebuyers never lose out to all-cash offers again. Ribbon, launched in Charlotte, North Carolina, last month, promises to turn any homebuyer into a guaranteed all-cash buyer.

Strange bedfellows: NAR and Zillow agree on antitrust, sort of

There are few entities in the real estate industry that loom larger than real estate giant Zillow Group and 1.3 million-member trade group the National Association of Realtors…

Activists sue HUD over suspension of anti-segregation rule

A trio of civil rights groups announced plans today to sue the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) over the agency’s plans to suspend an Obama-era fair housing rule until Oct. 31, 2020.

Judge dismisses amended lawsuit over Zillow’s Zestimate tool

A U.S. District Court in Illinois on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against real estate technology giant Zillow over the company’s marketing practices and its home value estimate (Zestimate) tool.