2019 was the year of the multiple listing service

It was a big year for MLSs — pocket listings, bombshell lawsuits and the relentless march of technology all dominated MLS news. Here are the most noteworthy trends.

T3 Sixty ‘Danger’ report emerges as latest hitch in NAR lawsuit

NAR commissioned the report for the trade group’s Strategic Thinking Advisory Committee. Among the top 10 dangers noted were “commissions spiral downward.”

DOJ filing indicates wider probe into buyer’s broker commissions

In documents filed Monday, the DOJ claims the National Association of Realtors is “inaccurately portraying” a 2008 consent decree in its defense in a buy-side commission lawsuit.

NAR will have to fight commission battles on 2 fronts

The National Association of Realtors’ bid to transfer the smaller of two bombshell commission lawsuits to consolidate them has failed, likely making the 1.3 million-member trade group’s legal fight more costly.

Bombshell suit against real estate firms could get even bigger

Three additional plaintiffs have been added to a lawsuit involving the sharing of commissions between listing and buyer brokers.

NAR fights back as buyer broker commission lawsuits pile up

An ever-increasing number of law firms are lining up to attack the real estate industry practice of sharing sales commissions between listing agents and buyer’s agents, but the National Association of Realtors is fighting back.