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…

What should real estate expect from DOJ workshop? Zillow discusses

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are set to meet next month to examine competition in the real estate industry — and Zillow is already getting ready.

Watch NAR and experts discuss real estate antitrust on live stream

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank that has been funded in the past by Zillow, will hold a public forum for experts in real estate to discuss ways to make the industry more competitive.

ICNY 18 Data: How MLSs might run afoul of federal regulators

Did you get into real estate because you wanted to own data? No — you likely got into it because you wanted to help people, and people are best served when they have the ability to search unlimited data for information. This is what Daniel Castro, dir…

Justice Dept. and FTC will hold antitrust ‘workshop’ on real estate competition

In a phone interview, a DOJ official confirmed to Inman that a joint DOJ-FTC workshop on real estate competition would be held sometime in the spring …

Redfin clashes with think tank on MLS antitrust

What would happen if the government mandated that real estate brokers make all their listings accessible publicly to everyone online, free-of-charge? It would result in “a tragedy of the commons,” argues Redfin…

Think tank says MLSs should be investigated for antitrust

A Washington, D.C.-based think tank is calling for federal regulators to investigate multiple listing services that restrict data from listing websites for possible antitrust violations. The nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), is also asking for state lawmakers to require brokers to provide free, unrestricted access to real estate listings …

Why irrational fears of technology slow down innovation

Daniel Castro, Vice President at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, explains how society often goes from the “tech-hype cycle” to the “tech panic cycle” and how irrational public fears create bad public policy and slow down innovation. As an example, he says that fears about privacy killed Google Glass …