The government wants to know what’s up with real estate pocket listings

Pocket listings and state regulations regarding dual agency and minimum service requirements may be on the agenda at the real estate competition workshop to be held by Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission on June 5.

Overcoming broker objections, sideswipes and undermining of the MLS

With each passing year, multiple listing services (MLSs) strive to identify and improve their weaknesses while steadily continuing successful business practices. So what exactly are their weaknesses? And what are the strengths that keep them progressin…

New step-by-step merger guide tackles MLS dysfunction

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) announced a new toolkit this week at NAR’s annual conference that may help make the bumpy road smoother for MLSs considering consolidating, whether through mergers, data and technology sharing cooperatives, group buying or administrative support agreements …

Most MLSs ‘not sure’ if they’ll work with Upstream

The vast majority of MLSs either need more information about the project before giving their support or flat-out aren’t interested in participating …

Thanks, Apple: Real estate apps just got a huge AR boost

Apple released its newest operating system and with it a promising frontier for real estate apps looking to offer augmented reality …

Mic drop: MLSs heed broker wishes, announce merger deal

AUSTIN — Lauren Hansen concluded this year’s Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) conference by urging her fellow MLS execs to “be the change” they want to see in the real estate industry. She led by example …

Google exec gives MLS leaders a major reality check

AUSTIN — Jaime Casap, chief education evangelist for Google, held out his smartphone. That hardware has revolutionized the real estate world and many will no doubt plunk down a cool grand to nab the latest version …

Real estate leaders declare ‘the MLS moment’ is here

AUSTIN — It was too early for champagne, but the Council of Multiple Listing Services kicked off its annual conference in a celebratory mood this morning …

Irked brokers slam forced MLS membership rule

According to the brokers pushing for change, the policy as-is hurts agent recruiting and retention; forces brokers or their agents to pay for MLS services they do not want or find valuable; and discriminates against newer, tech-enabled business models …

MLSs fight agent apathy with new marketing campaign

MLSs have an image problem. The “death of the MLS” has been predicted so often over the years that it may be tempting to laugh off the idea of its demise. But it’s one that won’t die and became especially serious in 2013 when a group of big brokers dec…