Redfin clashes with think tank on MLS antitrust

What would happen if the government mandated that real estate brokers make all their listings accessible publicly to everyone online, free-of-charge? It would result in “a tragedy of the commons,” argues Redfin…

Special Report: How to make online leads work for you

According to our research, online leads drive some portion of sales for over 80 percent of real estate pros, yet it’s more important now than ever to take a targeted and measured approach to digital lead capture and follow-up, as the cost of online leads over the last decade has increased while their return on investment has declined …

Compass Collections, a new collaborative search tool, attracts 90% adoption

A real estate agent and their client send a slew of text messages over the day, play phone tag and shoot some emails to talk about houses that piqued their interest online …

Listing portals a top source of unpaid leads for agents

Some real estate agents and brokers complain about high advertising costs on listing portals. But a recent Inman survey highlights the fact that listing portals aren’t useful only for agents willing to fork over cash for leads …

Apple Watch apps will help buyers keep closer eye on listings

Trulia and Australian listing portals realestate.com.au and Domain will launch apps for the Apple Watch when the wearable device hits the market on April …

Your cheat sheet to the Zillow-Trulia deal

Brokers and agents need to make quick sense of what the closing Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia means for the immediate and ongoing future. To help you toward that end, here is a cheat sheet covering deal structure, what it means for the two brands, an…

Gary Keller on how to think about the portals, the Internet and online leads

Gary Keller, in a 157-minute presentation on the economy, the housing market and the state of the real estate industry, drilled down on portals, the Internet and how to think about these leads. The video below captures that part of …

Google Capital takes a stake in Indian listing portal CommonFloor

CommonFloor, which claims to be India’s biggest listing portal with more than 500,000 listings in 200 cities, says an investment by Google Capital will help it beef up the platform to enable buyers and sellers to find a match more …

‘5 whys’ help agents really understand buyers’ needs

“Home” isn’t measured in square feet. With all of the technologies and national search portals available to homebuyers today, anyone can search by bedrooms and bathrooms …

Zillow quietly pursuing top producing agents

Zillow has a “deliberate and unstated strategy” to target top producing agents as advertisers on its platform, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff told investors on the firm’s second-quarter earnings call. “We have been doing a lot of things to make sure that …