A first glimpse at how News Corp. will expand realtor.com’s reach

Media giant News Corp., which just closed its acquisition of realtor.com operator Move Inc. last week, is already tying the home search portal to several of its publications. The Wall Street Journal now features a widget in the right column of its online [&hellip …

2015 outlook Steven James

Are you optimistic about 2015? Yes, I am very positive about the economy, especially in NYC. Our market continues to be strong, robust and challenging. We are coming to the end of our greatest year in our 100-plus-year history. What [&hellip …

Hedge fund sees Zillow becoming a $50B company

Hedge fund Caledonia Private Investments expects Zillow’s valuation to soar to $50 billion, which would mean the 9-year-old firm has just begun to scratch the surface of its potential worth. Caledonia is Zillow’s biggest investor, so they would think that, right? So [&hellip …

Real estate portals don’t need to be brokerages to disrupt brokers

On the surface, Zillow’s inaugural Premier Agent Forum in Las Vegas was focused on highlighting the next generation of Zillow products and helping agents get the most out of the Zillow platform. Hosting a conference is a common play for technology providers in other industries – Oracle and Salesforce among the most notable – yet Zillow’s stands out in real estate as one of the biggest branded confabs, more akin to Keller William’s Family Reunion and Re/Max’s Re/Charge …

Zillow to shutter collaborative home search tool Agentfolio

Once hailed as the next hot tool for real estate pros, Zillow is shutting down its relatively new collaborative home search tool Agentfolio next year because of a lack of agent adoption. Zillow acquired Buyfolio in 2012 and relaunched it as Agentfolio in June …

Curated intelligence about the Big 3

Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com are rocking the real estate world. Inman plans to keep you up to speed on these giants in a weekly feature, “Portal watch,” that explains what they are doing for you and against you, and how …

Why net neutrality matters to real estate

Two words — “net neutrality” — clogged news feeds and email inboxes after President Obama issued a policy statement that served as a reminder to real estate agents and prospective homebuyers that new rules for the Internet could have damaging …

Let’s all celebrate the quiet demise of IDX and move on

I had a very interesting conversation with a large Midwestern brokerage a few weeks ago. Their lead volume had dropped off the table and was on a seemingly irreversible downward trajectory. They’d done their analyses, tweaked things, tested things — …

Zillow agrees to hold off Trulia acquisition until at least February

Zillow has agreed not to close its pending acquisition of Trulia before Feb. 1 as the Federal Trade Commission continues its review of the deal. The FTC has been studying how a Zillow-Trulia merger could impact competition, and made second requests for …

NAR partners with Placester to offer members websites for $5 a month

Nearly every Realtor can now get a personal website equipped with a listing search tool for just $5 a month. The National Association of Realtors has partnered with real estate website provider Placester to offer the deal, which is available to …