Why the MLS might be your best defense against Zillow

There are two immense and immediate problems in the real estate industry, and one near-future problem can be solved by the MLS systems acting as the market innovators. But the window of opportunity to execute is nearly closed, and once this opportunity…

Podcast ‘Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff’ debuts with Dick Costolo

If you are one of those real estate agents who thinks big picture and looks for inspiration in any media possible — books, podcasts, blogs, Hallmark cards, quotes — consider adding “Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff” to your playlist …

Zillow shoots for the millennial market with Snaphouse

How do you make buying a house look cool to people who probably aren’t considering buying a house right now? Put cool people in a house that is for sale and let them talk about how cool houses can be. At least, that’s what Zillow did when it put five S…

Houston in a week: June 13-17

This week’s Houston news relating to the real estate industry …

Amitree’s ‘The Chart’ updated for 2016: 381 companies, fundraising and M&A

It’s that time again! A little more than a year has gone by since we last updated “The Chart,” and there were some notable changes since then (April 2015) …

Free WiFi tied to StreetEasy listing ads in NYC

StreetEasy wants to stop New Yorkers in their tracks. New Yorkers breezing by many of the Big Apple’s new WiFi stations are in for a dose of listing ads from the New York City-area listing portal …

Remind me, why am I a Realtor?

A recent revealing Inman article, “Where NAR spends its money: Employee compensation,” showed that around a quarter of the near $200 million in dues from the 1.1 million Realtors goes to pay the salaries of just 300-plus National Association of Realtor…

Juwai.com heading for an IPO in Australia

Executive hires can be a good indication that something is brewing at a company. When the international property portal for Chinese investors, juwai.com, hired Macquarie banker Charles Pittar as its CEO back in January, it was a sign that the company w…

Zillow’s renter profiles are resumes for landlords

Cobbling together employment history, references and financial information to fire off to landlords can eat up precious time in fast-paced rental markets. Zillow has introduced a new feature, Renter Profile, to streamline the process, theoretically off…

Strong local economies tip the negative equity scales nationwide

The United States has still not fully recovered from the housing crash nearly a decade ago, according to one of the nation’s largest real estate networks. The national negative equity has steadily been dropping since it peaked at 31.4 percent in 2012, …