Largest NorCal multiple listing service hit by cyberattack

MetroList, the largest multiple listing service in Northern California, was hit by a cyberattack this week, leaving its more than 20,000 agent and broker subscribers without a fully functioning MLS for a day and a half and counting.

Minnesota’s two largest multiple listing services are merging

NorthstarMLS is joining forces with Southeast Minnesota Realtors (SEMR) to offer lower combined fees to 88 percent of the state’s real estate pros.

Worried about a tech breach? 26 ways to minimize your risk

Now that we’re living so much of our lives online, the risk of identity theft and data compromise — which has always been around — has increased by leaps and bounds. And if large companies like Yahoo, Sony or even Keller Williams are unable to prevent breaches, then what chance do you have …

Why more MLSs and associations will merge in 2017

When real estate associations or MLSs consider merging, the process can be fraught with what is often called “politics.” But in the last few years, the political landscape of organized real estate has changed in at least two major ways …

The brightest minds in tech are headed to New York

On January 16, 2017, Inman will host its first ever Hacker Connect in New York City …

4 steps to ease the MLS regionalization process

In part one of this article, Clareity outlined the criteria for determining the future end game for MLS consolidation. This article will describe Clareity’s process for MLS regionalization and how we overcome some of the common objections to regionalization during that process …

Setting an endgame for MLS consolidation

Why are there still so many MLSs? I’d argue it’s mainly because we don’t have the answer to other questions: How many MLSs should there be, and where are their borders? Should there be six MLSs? 30? 60? 100? One …

Your archives could help fight patent trolls, copyright infringers

Real estate intellectual property protection group REDPLAN has a request for brokerages, associations, MLSs, tech companies and other players in the industry: dig through your archives and help REDPLAN stock up firepower to fight “patent trolls” and co…

The week in industry hires and promotions: Sept. 8-11

Who got hired or promoted this week? Here’s our weekly rundown, in chronological order …

Matt Cohen: ‘I’m best known for helping the industry improve information security practices’

“I’m a bit like the Harvey Keitel character from ‘Pulp Fiction,’ Mr. Wolfe,” says the Clareity Consulting chief technology officer, “but I’d much rather be called on proactively rather than to help clean up after things have gone wrong.” …