Houlihan Lawrence attempt to toss dual agency lawsuit fails

A New York state court is allowing a lawsuit against real estate brokerage Houlihan Lawrence to move forward, saying that establishing informed consent to dual agency requires more than a consumer’s signature on a disclosure form.

Buyer’s side commission confusion? Survey shows alarming results

Nearly half of homesellers don’t realize they pay the buyer’s agent commission fee, according to a survey from flat-fee real estate referral service Clever Real Estate.

Lower splits lead to rise in dual agency transactions: Study

A new study found that the chance of a dual agency transaction increased if the listing broker made the listing less appealing to buyers or buyer’s agents.

Consumer watchdog calls for nationwide ban on dual agency

A national consumer watchdog is calling for states to ban dual agency and make agency disclosures less confusing, according to a report released Monday.

Brokerage accused of forging documents in dual agency lawsuit

Clients are accusing top New York brokerage Houlihan Lawrence of forging disclosure forms in the firm’s effort to have their dual agency lawsuit dismissed.

Why dual agency should never happen

Jay Thompson has beef with single-agent dual agency — where one person represents both a buyer and a seller for the same piece of real estate. Here’s why.

Brokerage accused of paying agents bonuses for double-ended deals

Anonymous letters sent to the plaintiffs’ law firm also allege the brokerage pays or paid its agents bonuses for keeping transactions in-house — a tactic that is not unheard of in the real estate industry.

How to elevate your luxury brand by being a ‘concierge agent’

The term “concierge agent” might be new to some, but it’s what those of us who care, who are available and who are present have always been. We are all-hands-on-deck Realtors who are always available to our clients. Here’s how you can become one too.

Agent income plunges by double digits despite record high home prices

The affordability crisis and housing supply shortage are hitting agents and brokers hard, according to the 2018 NAR Member Profile report.

Zillow bashes Upstream and CAR in public regulator comments

In its own public comments to the DOJ/FTC, Zillow chose to take aim at NAR-backed broker data company Upstream and the largest state Realtor trade group in the country, the California Association of Realtors.