Harbor CEO says blockchain will let you easily split real estate ownership

Harbor is one of the more complicated blockchain startups out there, but it has the potential to upend the investment side of the real estate industry.

Former Trulia exec joins venture capital firm to spur real estate tech

Former Trulia president Paul Levine will join the venture capital firm Sapphire Ventures as a partner, where he will look for companies building on Trulia and Zillow’s innovation in the real estate industry by improving the real estate transaction, he said Friday.

Experian reveals the 5 states with the lowest foreclosure rates

Although issues with low inventory and fast-growing home prices still abound, the market has greatly improved since the housing bubble in 2006, and the latest foreclosure rates prove it. In 2017, residential home foreclosures fell 27 percent to 676,525 — the lowest level since 2005.

House flipping is on the rise despite high home prices, CoreLogic reports

As anyone who regularly watches “Flip or Flop” already knows, house flipping is on the rise, and a new report from property data developer CoreLogic confirms it. 

OJO Labs raises $20.5 million for house-hunting AI assistant

Real estate artificial intelligence startup OJO Labs raised $20.5 million in a Series B round backed in part by Realogy.

Notarize raises $20 million from Lennar, Realogy and others

Notarize, a startup that offers services to legally notarize real estate documents online, just raised $20 million in funding from giants including homebuilder Lennar and real estate holding company Realogy, among others.

NAR postpones vote on 2.5% annual dues increases

The National Association of Realtors will not vote this year on whether to raise dues for members by 2.5 percent annually, but it’s still considering this year’s $30 increase.

NAR chief lobbyist to retire at the end of 2018

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello, a 37-year veteran of the organization, who became its top government liaison in 2001, will retire at the end of the year, he announced Wednesday at the trade group’s midyear conference in Washington, D.C.

NAR calls for unity ahead of dues vote

NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall urged members to take charge of decision-making at the organization through their representatives on the trade group’s board of directors ahead of the Saturday vote by the board of directors to raise dues $30 in 2019 …

New housing starts fell in April, especially multifamily projects

Multifamily housing starts with five or more units fell from a seasonally adjusted 428,000 in March 2018 to 374,000 in April, a 12.6 percent drop.