California Realtors group warns agents to stay away from lawyer solicitations

There have been questions over the employment status of real estate agents in California — and possible ramifications or ripple effects nationwide — in the wake of a labor ruling by the California Supreme Court over a year ago.

Co-living company Bungalow launches in San Francisco

By the end of this year, Bungalow hopes to have more than 150 rooms in 40 San Francisco properties. Overall, Bungalow operates more than 500 properties with 2,000 total rooms across the U.S.

How Apple’s new updates could shake up real estate

Improvements to Apple Maps should be especially handy for agents who like to use voice commands with their iPhones, as those phones default to Apple’s proprietary mapping technology rather than that of a competitor such as Google.

Good news for CA brokerages as indie contractor bill advances

California lawmakers advanced a proposed law this week that has the potential to upend entire industries that rely on independent contractors. But now, the law has a key tweak: Real estate professionals will be exempt.

Engel & Völkers launches new mega website for consumers, agents

The site is specific to the Americas region and has a suite of agent tools including CRM tech, lead management, a business dashboard and more.

‘Outside the box’: HomeSmart franchisee acquires Realty One Group brokerages

A fact sheet explaining the new franchise arrangement, reviewed last week by Inman, states both the Realty One Group and the HomeSmart offices will continue operating independently of each other.

Nearly 1B mortgage docs accessible by First American security flaw

Although the security breach had been fixed as of Friday, it previously let anyone who had a link to certain documents on First American’s website access additional electronic records simply by changing a single digit in the URL.

Owners.com is seeking to hire salaried agents in some markets

Owners.com, a former for-sale-by-owner search site turned tech-focused brokerage, is making the switch to employee agents, according to job listings in multiple markets.

Realtor.com lays off Arizona sales team, consolidates in California

The team in Scottsdale had been working on realtor.com’s lead generation and marketing products, which are geared toward real estate agents. Now, all those sales efforts at realtor.com will be consolidated into an office in Westlake Village, California…

Reali raises $9M in funding round

Flat-fee brokerage Reali announced it has raised $9 million in its latest funding round, adding to the tens of millions of dollars the company has previously pulled in from investors.