Agent sues Move and NAR for ‘harassing’ texts

A South Florida real estate agent is suing the National Association of Realtors and News Corp. subsidiary Move Inc. for sending her unsolicited text messages through realtor.com after she opted out of receiving the alerts.

Map visualization tool SightMap offers renters a better way to apartment hunt

Engrain, a data visualization software company based in Denver, Colorado, released a new version of SightMaps, which empowers users to create and publish web-based, unit-by-unit and site plan maps of apartment properties and office spaces, for potentia…

Map visualization tool SightMap offers renters a better way to apartment hunt

Engrain, a data visualization software company based in Denver, Colorado, released a new version of SightMaps, which empowers users to create and publish web-based, unit-by-unit and site plan maps of apartment properties and office spaces, for potentia…

Global Insights: Crossing the Rubicon (portals vs. agents)

I admit it: I’ve wanted to use the phrase “Crossing the Rubicon” in an update for a while now. Conveniently, real-world events have now aligned to give me that chance. In this instance, the point of no return is real estate portals directly competing with real estate agents. Moves are being made.

Zillow teases Canadian listings at conference

Zillow plans to include Canadian listings on its U.S. website and apps later in 2018, the company said at an Ontario real estate conference on Wednesday, echoing statements from last fall. …

Blockchain startup Propify aims to take on Zillow and realtor.com

Blockchain basically refers to a ledger system distributed across participants’ computers, and is how most cryptocurrencies keep track of transactions and ownership. In Propify’s case, the company hopes to use a modified version of the ethereum blockch…

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…” …

Home shopping just got more Pinterest-ing with IdealEstate

IdealEstate.co founder and CEO Brody Saunders called me on the eve of his wedding in Maine to share that his creation, a nationwide Pinterest-style listing portal, was ready for its official debut. It launched last week after a few weeks in quasi-beta mode. More than 150,000 consumer users were already lined-up to have a look at this sharing-centric property search tool …

Sleek, collaborative portal takes the pain out of closing

WFG National Title Group’s MyHome gives consumers and real estate transaction stakeholders a better way to be involved in the title and escrow process. …