Chief economists mostly bullish on 2015 housing market

NEW YORK — Four chief economists from some of the nation’s most popular real estate websites are optimistic about the housing market this year, citing an expected increase in home sales, and low mortgage rates and oil prices leaving more …

Love it or hate it, Zillow is here to stay

Love it or hate it, Zillow is not going anywhere. I posted a simple question to my Facebook wall the other day, and the replies indicated why consumers trust Zillow more than they trust real estate agents. Here’s what I learned …

Consumers will decide who is king of the online real estate mountain

NEW YORK — When Zillow closes its acquisition of Trulia, which Wall Street expects to happen any day now, the megaportal will square off with realtor.com operator Move Inc., which will be determined to unseat the king of the online real estate …

Tool tracks listing performance on more than 70 international sites

Agents and brokers who advertise their listings through global syndicator Previsite are now tracking listing performance on more than 70 portals worldwide through a partnership with real estate software development firm ListTrac. Fourteen multiple list…

ListHub general manager discusses Zillow syndication agreement

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to interview Celeste Starchild, ListHub’s general manager, who provided us with official word from ListHub about exactly what is happening right now — and what we can expect next …

Why Zillow reminds me of my ex-girlfriend

I really like Zillow. For the past several years, I’ve been using the site to host my customer reviews as well as my sales history. I claim my listings on the site and use the statistics in my seller marketing reports. So why would I be so hesitant to …

125 MLSs now sending listings directly to Trulia

Trulia, the nation’s second most popular real estate listing portal, has signed direct feed agreements with 125 multiple listing services, 69 of them in 2014. The agreements are a sign that MLSs are increasingly comfortable sending listings directly to third-party …

Why News Corp. bought realtor.com instead of Zillow or Trulia

NEW YORK — The new owner of realtor.com operator Move Inc. kicked the tires of its two chief competitors, Zillow and Trulia, before acquiring Move for $950 million in November, News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson revealed today. In a one-on-one conversation …

Zillow will offer more perks for listings

Zillow will roll out new perks this year for brokerages that provide direct listing feeds to the portal that the company says will increase their visibility and branding. More than 5,000 brokers currently provide a direct feed to Zillow under …

The real estate war zone: Part 2

Yesterday, we started a “SWOT” analysis — strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats — of the major real estate players to see who’s got the best chance of influencing (or adapting to) an industry change. Without further ado, let’s continue …