Midwest, South represent most affordable regions for graduates

As the rental sector enters what is historically peak leasing season, owners and managers of value-add — Class B and C — properties and newly built or Class A product will look to push rents more aggressively. For recent college grads, this will equate to a difficult environment in which to find “affordable” living …

Is the MLS still the most crucial marketing tool?

I just returned from the National Association of Realtors’ 2015 Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, and as with many conferences, some of the most stimulating conversations come from the unofficial meetups and lobby conversations …

What I learned when my home-selling client opted out of online marketing

The hot topic in real estate used to be the marketing, buying and selling of homes and property. It seems as though the buzz has been replaced with discussions about data feeds, real estate portals and syndication. Well, this is a story about just how …

What clients care about (Hint: It isn’t data accuracy)

I think it is wonderful that realtor.com is working on some improvements. The site represents the Realtor brand on the Internet. I doubt, however, that realtor.com can really compete with Zillow. It could potentially be different from or better than Zi…

Rental search app for Apple Watch touted as Canada’s first

Expanding a long track record of innovation, the Canadian rental search service RentCompass has unveiled what it says is the first Canadian apartment search app. The app lets users search for rentals, access listings on a user’s favorites list and rece…

Traffic to realtor.com leaps forward

After overtaking Trulia for the No. 2 portal slot in February, realtor.com cut deeper into Zillow’s sizable Web traffic lead in April, according to new data from Experian Marketing Services …

Court strikes Zillow whistleblower letter, deals blow to Move

A Washington state court has dealt a blow to realtor.com operator Move Inc. in a trade secrets lawsuit against portal giant Zillow. The state’s superior court granted a motion filed by Zillow last month to disregard a letter from a …

Slew of real estate tech firms are ready for Apple Watch launch

Apple’s long-awaited smart watch, Apple Watch, officially hits the streets on Friday, and many familiar real estate tech leaders have apps ready ready to go that will empower their software with the immediacy and digital intimacy the device offers cons…

Zillow says ‘internal’ issue caused website, mobile app outage today

Zillow’s website and mobile apps were intermittently down for a few hours today, and it’s still not clear why. The site is back up now. Zillow began responding to questions about the outage at approximately 10 a.m. Eastern time on its Facebook page …

Stealing data? How portal changes (and lawsuits) affect real estate agents

Scraped websites? Stolen contact databases? Unfair competition and corporate whistleblowers? This latest chapter in the Zillow/Move saga is basically drama — the industry’s version of a soap opera, if you will. …