Zillow dragged into the spotlight after lawyer tries to use it to prove Brett Kavanaugh’s innocence

A theory posted on Twitter by a lawyer trying to prove the innocence of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has taken on a life of its own, with Zillow taking center stage.

A third of top HUD appointees have no housing policy experience

A slew of political appointees at HUD have been found to have no housing policy experience but instead worked on campaigns for Donald Trump or Ben Carson.

The Inman Weekender, September 22-23, 2018

The week’s top real estate industry stories, and practical advice to use this weekend.

Real estate guru who defrauded investors to bankroll slasher flick and fleet of Ferraris found guilty

Following three days of deliberation, Rick Koerber, who at one time held $7,000 real estate seminars, was found guilty on 15 counts of fraud.

The Real Word: What does the ‘PayPal Mafia’ mean for agents?

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they’ll discuss the ‘PayPal Mafia,’ a supergroup of investors who are setting the tech tone in real estate, and what it means for agents. 

Howard Hanna acquires Allen Tate Companies to form mid-Atlantic real estate giant

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is acquiring Allen Tate Companies to create a powerhouse real estate force in the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern United States.

Existing home sales remain steady, ending 4-month slump

Sales of existing homes remained steady from July to August, ending four months of decline, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

Zillow to feature listings from Canada’s largest indie brokerage

As part of its efforts to come to Canada, Zillow will soon feature listings from the country’s largest indie brokerage, Right At Home Realty.

Rents are flat for the first time since 2012

The nationwide median rent in August remained unchanged year-over-year for the first time since 2012, according to Zillow’s latest housing data survey. The median rent is actually lower than it was in August 2017 in 19 of the nation’s 35 largest housing markets.

Monthly home maintenance costs rise over 10%

Spending on home fixes grew 10.75 percent in August with permissions for new homes, but the Texas-based insurance firm BuildFax found remodeling was down in the same timeframe.