Realtor.com tests replacing its lead-gen with Opcity, angering brokers

Some brokers who rely on realtor.com’s lead generation service are reeling after learning from the company that the service will no longer be offered in their area but instead replaced with one from Opcity, a startup that was acquired by News Corp., the parent company of realtor.com’s operator Move Inc., last year for $210 million.

New startup wants to automate lead prospecting with chatbots

The team behind My Home Agent and Commersh unveiled Briepher, a new automated text-messaging bot that allows agents to reach 400 consumers a month.

7 simple website tweaks that’ll increase your lead gen

It’s hard enough to get people to your website in the first place, and you certainly don’t want them leaving without connecting. Make these tweaks to your site, and your lead generation will skyrocket.

WATCH: The new tech that’s changing the game

Hear how the automotive industry has evolved and if we can expect the same for the real estate industry from eXp Realty’s Scott Petronis, Toronto Real Estate Board & MLS’s John DiMichele and INRIX’s Kevin Foreman onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

WATCH: What are platforms, and why should you care?

Are broker platforms augmenting or replacing existing MLS platforms? What is the impact to industry participants? Explore why this topic is the new buzzword of the industry and what the future looks like.

Remine lays off two-thirds of sales staff a month after raising $30M

Property data and analytics firm Remine laid off dozens of staff members Friday as part of a “strategic decision to double down” on its technology plans.

Orlando Bloom’s bachelor pad hits the market for $9M

Now that he’s counting down the days until his marriage to Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom has decided to part with his bachelor pad, listing it for $8.999 million.

Zillow employee slams ‘illegal commission structure’ in lawsuit

A Zillow Group employee has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging ongoing labor code violations, including failure to pay overtime wages.

Meet the property manager with a tech platform and big ambitions

Livly describes itself as a property management “platform,” giving renters a way to communicate with their management, pay rent and accept packages.

New tool allows consumers to compare iBuyer offers nationwide

Zavvie has launched Offer Optimizer, a tool that allows homeowners to compare instant offers from Offerpad, Opendoor, Zillow Offers and Redfin Now.