Jim Harrison apologizes for op-ed on Inman

When I stand corrected, I do so as publicly as any other statements bearing my name. The Inman op-ed, while intended to prepare our leadership for the NAR meetings with new info, was in hindsight, not a fair presentation, nor was it truly reflective of…

When good guys get off the mark: A response to Jim Harrison’s NAR criticism

I like Jim Harrison and consider him a friend — I’ve worked with him, shared time socially with him and enjoy spending time with him, and yet I find myself stunned by the way this op-ed has been written and disagreeing with many of the statements he makes. I get that he is concerned, but I believe that he has taken the wrong way to make any kind of cogent point and that this article will create more issues than solutions.

What does Upstream have to show for itself?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is pouring $15 million into Upstream, an online platform designed to give real estate brokers more control over their data, including property listings. NAR has twice now allocated large chunks of Realtor dues to the project ($6 million in May 2015 and another $9 million in May 2017) …

What do brokers want more than MLS mergers? Power

It’s been nearly four years since a group of dozens of big brokers laid out a long list of grievances against MLSs and threatened the launch of an industry bombshell that would change the role of the MLS. Since then, that industry bombshell — Upstream…

Will Bob Goldberg be a ‘change agent’ as NAR’s CEO?

Since the National Association of Realtors named Bob Goldberg its next CEO, angst in the real estate industry has centered around one question: Will Goldberg be a change agent or stick to the status quo? NAR and Goldberg himself say …

Will Bob Goldberg be a ‘change agent’ as NAR’s CEO?

Since the National Association of Realtors named Bob Goldberg its next CEO, angst in the real estate industry has centered around one question: Will Goldberg be a change agent or stick to the status quo? NAR and Goldberg himself say …

California MLSs pool real estate listings for more exposure

Three California multiple listing services have inked a data-share deal, continuing what they say is a trend to remove barriers to real estate data …

MLSListings partners with RatePlug mortgage tech

RatePlug recently announced a new incorporation into Northern California’s MLSListings at the National Association of Realtors midyear meeting in Washington D.C., allowing agents and brokers to streamline the affordability process with buyers and creat…

Pooled MLS listings create new market opportunity for Realtors

A data share between California Regional MLS and MLSListings Inc. — two of the Golden State’s largest MLSs — will go live on Dec. 7. The two MLSs are pooling about a third of the state’s listings for their combined nearly 100,000 agent and broker mem…

Zillow ‘coming soon’ listings: threat to the MLS or a chance to evolve?

Zillow’s new “coming soon” feature, which allows certain agents, multiple listing services and brokerages to market homes on its website before listing them for sale, has kicked up a host of questions for the real estate industry. Will it undermine …