Portal hacks: how to get your money’s worth out of online leads

The big real estate search sites — Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com and homes.com — attract tens of millions of visitors every month, and real estate brokers and agents are paying big dollars for the leads the portals generate. Some who know the game best…

Realtor.com should be ‘Match.com’ for real estate agents

You might think from what you’ve read about it that the Zillow-Trulia merger is going to be like the resurrection of Godzilla. “Run for your lives — Godzulia is coming,” many are warning realtor.com. “Muah!” But the impending merger does …

HomeSearch.com weeks away from relaunch with ‘huge inventory’ of MLS listings

With industry veteran Russ Bergeron aboard as vice president of licensing and compliance at Real Estate Digital, HomeSearch.com is weeks away from relaunch with “a huge inventory” of MLS listings. Bergeron, former president and CEO of Midwest Real Esta…

Real estate industry says let Zillow have its way with Trulia

Inman News readers are not an interventionist bunch, with nearly 8 in 10 saying antitrust regulators should just stay the heck out of the way of Zillow’s plan to acquire Trulia …

Real estate industry wary of Redfin’s proposed changes to listing syndication, IDX display rules

Inman News readers are skeptical about changes proposed by Redfin in the way listings are distributed to and displayed on websites that consumers use to search for homes. Should the real estate industry adopt the listing syndication and IDX policies …

Zillow says it doesn’t plan to raise prices

SAN FRANCISCO — What does the pending merger between real estate’s most popular real estate sites, Zillow and Trulia, mean for a huge real estate brand like Re/Max? Re/Max LLC co-founder and CEO Dave Liniger had the opportunity to grill  Zillow …

NAR said to ask regulators to stop Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia

The National Association of Realtors reportedly wants federal antitrust regulators to block Zillow’s planned acquisition of Trulia, but there are no signs that the Federal Trade Commission plans to intervene. Zillow and Trulia — the two biggest real estate search …

How Trulia will capitalize on its huge audience and innovate on the entire transaction

If Trulia and Zillow have won the traffic game, how do they innovate on the entire transaction? Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman picks Trulia CEO Pete Flint’s brain …

Public or private, good schools cost money

Parents who think they’re coming out ahead by paying less for a home in a neighborhood with substandard schools and sending their kids to private school might want to run those numbers again, according to a recent analysis by Trulia. …

LA’s MLS no longer delaying listings it provides to nonmember websites

In something of an about-turn, the Combined Los Angeles/Westside MLS has signed an agreement to send a direct listing feed for its more than 14,000 agent and broker members to Trulia. Earlier this year, the multiple listing service, also known …