Realtor.com developing successor to AgentMatch search tool

AgentMatch — the agent search tool from realtor.com that ranked agents by their multiple listing service transaction stats before trials in two test markets were suspended last year — will soon have a successor. The new version of the consumer …

Can you run a successful business without Zillow, Trulia or realtor.com?

At my company, Realty Austin, we stopped syndicating companywide to all national portals on Oct. 1, 2013, except for realtor.com. We are not a small company, so this was not a decision to take lightly. We are currently the second-highest-producing firm…

Zillow receiving 33,000 listings from Re/Max Integra brokers in 8 states

Zillow is now receiving about 33,000 listings from brokerages affiliated with Re/Max Integra, owner of three of Re/Max’s U.S. master franchise regions, through Zillow’s Pro for Brokers program. By participating in the program, Re/Max brokerages with 6,215 agents in 447 …

Realtor.com frets Samuelson took knowledge of secret projects with him to Zillow

In a lawsuit that seeks to prevent former realtor.com President Errol Samuelson from working for rival Zillow, Move Inc. and the National Association of Realtors say Samuelson was privy to two secret, yet-to-be-launched realtor.com projects — one that would provide …

How open data is changing the business of real estate

Whether it’s info on schools and crime, mortgage data, zoning permits, smog, traffic, noise, flood data or weather, “If there’s data out there associated with the home, we want it,” says Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff …

Some MLSs starting to see realtor.com as just another portal

A multiple listing service serving more than 3,000 members in northern Alabama has decided it will treat realtor.com no differently than third-party portals such as Zillow, Trulia and Homes.com, and is prepared to cut off the flow of listings data …

Really? Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances still popular with homebuyers

Making minor improvements to homes rather than full-on remodeling is the most cost-effective way for sellers to boost the value of their properties, according to Zillow. Real estate agents and interior designers who responded to a survey from Zillow’s home …

$5M in Zillow stock another motivation for Errol Samuelson to leave Move

When Errol Samuelson, Move Inc.’s former chief strategy officer, departed for Zillow last month, he said he was drawn to the company’s innovative culture and the chance to connect with a large consumer base. Zillow has disclosed another possible motiva…

The Internet is for sellers and real estate agents, not buyers

Last week one of my clients asked to see a property she’d found on Zillow. I looked it up, and it was listed as a for-sale-by-owner. The details stated that the owner would work with real estate agents. I clicked …

Obama taps Zillow founder Rich Barton as an ‘ambassador of entrepreneurship’

Rich Barton, co-founder and executive chairman of Zillow, has been named an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors of Global Entrepreneurship, a group recently formed by President Obama that will advise policy makers on how to foster innovati…