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 …

The No. 1 thing you are doing that is killing your email marketing

I’m on a soapbox and I’m very feisty. What am I feisty about? Email! Well actually, I’m feisty about real estate agents killing their opportunity to leverage email marketing because they keep doing this one thing. The reality is that this has been going on for years, nearly two decades in fact, and I don’t know if it’s ever going to stop …

What to do with credit-challenged homebuyers

Many real estate agents often do not know where to send potential homebuyers who have negative credit histories or have defaulted on their previous mortgages. Although they can offer several options, these options might not adequately meet their clients’ needs. Let me explain …

Data encryption: A how-to guide for real estate professionals

Real estate agents handle an array of highly sensitive client information — including income tax returns, bank account data, social security numbers, salary information and more. A data breach not only threatens clients’ financial security, but it can also ruin a real estate professional’s reputation …

Is Upstream harmful to the marketplace?

The strategic impact of Upstream is zero, yet the probable harm to the real estate industry for its implementation is equal to that of nuclear winter …

Why the housing boom is good for minority homeownership

Just 14 years ago, improving minority homeownership was front burner issue. In 2002, the Bush administration even set a goal of expanding the number of minorities who owned their own homes by 5.5 million — the approximate number of existing homes sold…

Could the Supreme Court put an end to open house signs?

Open house signs dot the sidewalks on a weekend morning — it’s a sight of familiarity for our clients and our businesses. Based on a recent legal ruling, those signs might disappear in short order. That’s unless Realtor associations nationwide step up…

Is a fraud alert or security freeze better after a data breach?

I have to admit first; but my 25-year-old son Sammy asked for my advice. He’s a T-Mobile customer. He wanted to know if he should sign up for the two-years-free monitoring service — fraud alert — presently being offered by Experian. I described to hi…

A 30-year history of hybrid brokerages

What’s the history of hybrid brokers? This timeline covers it all …

3 ways to help clients protect their identities

As a real estate professional or a lender, you need to be mindful of the genuine and useful resources available regarding identity theft. These tools can help your clients lessen the impact of identity theft, limit exposure of their nonpersonal private…