Lawsuit accuses realtor.com of defrauding agents

In an emailed statement, realtor.com spokesperson Janice McDill told Inman: “The allegations are without merit, and we will defend the case vigorously…” …

Will the real estate industry go back to the Dark Ages after 2018?

Mark your calendars: one year from tomorrow, the way shoppers currently search for homes online, and the way brokerages like Redfin can present home listings to consumers, could change in significant ways. That’s because November 18, 2018, will mark the …

What’s NAR’s role when Realtor associations go to war?

More local Realtor associations and MLSs are likely to merge in 2017. But as some high-profile cases show, consolidation does not necessarily last forever and fights between associations can be costly …

Agent involved in car accident was independent contractor, court rules

When is a real estate agent considered an employee? This question, which has been hashed out in courts throughout 2016, had more light shed on it when a case involving an agent and a car crash came before a judge …

9 sales (and life) lessons I learned from this election

It’s pretty safe to say that we’re in an election cycle unlike any we’ve seen before. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, our esteemed presidential candidates remind me that I ain’t seen nothing yet …

Backyard body unearths home’s bloody past — and a disclosure lawsuit

A home sale completed 16 years ago has yet to rest in peace as details of the property’s grisly history bubble to the surface. A couple in Monterey, California, have filed a lawsuit to find relief from a situation giving them nightmares, and a home the…

Zillow settles 4 employee discrimination and harassment suits

Zillow Group has cleared several legal ensnarements with its employees in Irvine, California, just before heading into the first day of trial with archrival Move Inc. today. During a court-ordered conference on May 5, Zillow settled four lawsuits that …

7 questions you should ask a broker before signing on

Real estate agents have many financial aspects to consider when structuring their business. The experience of an established brokerage can guide you toward the best results. As you consider making the move to a new broker, go over these seven questions with your potential employer to ensure you’re getting the most out of your transition …

How agents can protect their assets from lawsuits and litigation

Lawsuits are a real part of the job that agents must be aware of to protect themselves and their businesses. According to a prominent law firm, there has been a recent increase in lawsuits against real estate agents and brokers that spans the entire co…

Copyright battle teaches MLSs, tech companies a costly lesson

In the spring of 2012, two MLSs filed copyright infringement suits against the operator of NeighborCity.com, not long after the website updated profile pages for 850,000 agents on the site that featured agent scores and performance metrics based on the…