NAR’s VC arm invests in blockchain transaction startup

Second Century Ventures, the venture capital arm of the National Association of Realtors is investing in blockchain transaction startup Propy, the company announced Monday.

5 bad behaviors that will land you in Realtor court

Bad behavior and violations of any of the 17 articles in NAR’s Code of Ethics can result in an ethics complaint, where a Realtor may have to appear before their peers at a professional standards hearing. Here are five examples of unethical behavior that can land an agent in Realtor “court.”  

Keller Williams joins other top brokerages in supporting the Equality Act

Keller Williams is the latest company to join in support of the Equality Act, legislation that would codify gender and sexual orientation protections into the Civil Rights Act, including the Fair Housing Act. 

How to screen for trustworthy home inspectors

One of the most overlooked professionals in the world of real estate is the home inspector — a good one can help you to better negotiate on behalf of your client. Here are four tips to help you screen candidates for the job.

EXCLUSIVE: Compass, eXp Realty and Redfin voice support for Equality Act

Just in time for Pride Month, the annual June celebration of LGBTQ rights in the U.S., three major real estate brokerages — Compass, eXp Realty and Redfin — all confirmed to Inman this week for the first time that they support the Equality Act.

A new ‘uniform’ for Fannie and Freddie aims to help homebuyers, investors

The program will combine previously separate markets for mortgage-backed securities known as TBAs. Proponents say it will lower mortgage interest rates.

Why the class action lawsuit against NAR and the big brokers makes sense

The looming class action lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors and a handful of big-box brokers doesn’t put the future of the real estate industry in as dire straits as NAR and its members would have you believe, argues Hawaiian broker B…

Nearly 1B mortgage docs accessible by First American security flaw

Although the security breach had been fixed as of Friday, it previously let anyone who had a link to certain documents on First American’s website access additional electronic records simply by changing a single digit in the URL.

KW, Realogy, RE/MAX and HomeServices slap back at ‘bombshell’ antitrust lawsuit

The big residential brokerage franchisors and holding companies filed a motion on May 17 to dismiss the class action lawsuit filed by homeseller Christopher Moehrl seeking to upend the traditional commission structure in the real estate industry. 

Is US government investigating MLSs and vendors for antitrust?

The Department of Justice is reportedly demanding CoreLogic and other MLS vendors hand over information related to buyer broker commissions.