What’s the most popular rental listing search term in your state?

On the heels of its April report on the most common words in home listings by state, Zillow has released the results of a similar study on rental listings. According to the analysis, landlords in Washington, D.C., are seven times more likely to mention…

Why real estate tech is officially entering phase II of disruption

Once information is out of the bottle, it is like a genie; it is not going back in. The proliferation of content marks the first wave of innovation in the sector. Now, we are seeing the emergence of models taking this a step further by leveraging techn…

Artificial intelligence: Coming to a portal near you

I remember the day like it was yesterday. My first college class as a wide-eyed freshman at the University of Washington. Econ 101. I walked into this cavernous auditorium with 1,000 other wide-eyed freshmen and found my place. Front row, balcony cente…

NAR bans Zillow Group from its 2016 events

MLS CEO Cameron Paine stood up at the National Association of Realtors’ (NAR’s) midyear conference last week and asked a question that, for a moment, stunned a room of hundreds into silence: Why is realtor.com operator Move Inc. — a third-party compan…

Beating portals to the punch: How to describe listings

On NBC’s “Today” show the “Property Brothers” of HGTV fame stated “there is a language that real estate agents use when they think they are fooling people,” such as “artistic” or “natural landscaping.” …

The broker-driven future of the MLS

New technology initiatives are reshaping the future of broker relationships with MLSs. The sheer magnitude of the changes coming to the MLS portion of our industry is creating uncertainty for some and unease for others. These initiatives are complex. That’s why many agents, and even brokers, simply avoid them. It’s what we were taught: If the MLS is working, there’s no need to investigate further. Get back to business …

Top comments of the week May 16-20

As the news rolls in every day so do our comments from readers, giving more shape, life and personality to the stories we publish. A change to MLS licensing policy from the National Association of Realtors and a new industry partnership added fuel to t…

Zillow snags more internet market share than ever

Zillow.com hit a new traffic record in April with 73.5 million unique users across platforms, a 33 percent year-over-year spike and net add of 18 million people. This growth boosts the individual real estate portal’s total online traffic market share t…

Judge punishes Zillow exec for evidence destruction

A Washington state judge has ruled that Zillow executive Curt Beardsley — one of the company’s top representatives to the real estate industry — destroyed evidence willfully and in bad faith in a trade secrets lawsuit between Zillow and realtor.com o…

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff sold home for much less than Zestimate

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff may have recently given real estate agents a gift they won’t soon forget: a sure-fire way to show that Zestimates can miss by a mile …