Is it a real estate agent’s ethical duty to authenticate buyers?

Two people walk into a master bedroom. They appear to be in their early 30s and well-dressed. As the woman begins to rifle through the dresser draws, the man takes to the nightstand …

Forced MLS membership no more? The time for ‘choice’ is now

The committee with the longest name in real estate — NAR’s MLS Technology and Emerging Issues Advisory Board — has posted its solution for creating what some are calling “MLS of Choice.” …

Agents and brokers: Weigh in on ‘MLS of Choice’ while you can

Alright, agents and brokers, now’s your chance: If you have an opinion on whether MLSs can require you to pay for their service even if you don’t want it, it’s time to say your piece before it’s too late …

The future of NAR: Action will be the measure, not words

I just spent a few days in Chicago with the National Association of Realtors. During my travel, I thoroughly enjoyed Brad Inman’s description of our “fat cat (leadership) gathering.” …

20 secrets for maximizing your Inman Connect San Francisco experience

Inman Connect in San Francisco is one of my favorite weeks of the summer. Let me share a few conference road warrior tips that I’ve learned from the best over the years. They just might make your trip more pleasant, and help you get a bit more out of t…

Irked brokers slam forced MLS membership rule

According to the brokers pushing for change, the policy as-is hurts agent recruiting and retention; forces brokers or their agents to pay for MLS services they do not want or find valuable; and discriminates against newer, tech-enabled business models …

NAR politics, Instant Offers and a noisy week in real estate

NAR’s midyear meetings took place in Washington, D.C., last week. I was just finishing up a recap when two other big stories dropped. Credit unions are buying brokerages and bundling services — and that other story you may have heard about: Zillow isn’t a broker but its toes are deeper in the transaction …

NAR tackles lockbox tech in MLS policy changes

WASHINGTON — The board of directors of the National Association of Realtors today approved three changes to MLS policies that are meant to position agents and brokers to leverage technology in their businesses …

Zillow Group’s Bridge Interactive vs. Upstream: A data management arms race?

Listings, listings, listings. Debates about where they go online, when, and in what form — plus who controls all of that — have fired up the real estate industry since the advent of the internet …

Shortcuts: Zillow Group’s power play, actual intelligence, and NAR’s next move

Zillow Group has been using its leverage in more dramatic fashion recently. The headline this week is an upcoming moratorium on agent-posted listings …