3 Bay Area MLSs join forces to create shared database

RE California will synchronize data across multiple MLSs and represents the latest example of cross-organization collaboration.

Airbnb to pay for funerals after shooting at listing

The gesture was not enough to end an impacted family’s plans to file a lawsuit claiming negligence on the part of the short-term rental platform.

Mortgage closing platform Snapdocs raises $25M round

The Series B funding round was led by F-Prime Capital with participation from Sequoia Capital, Freestyle Capital and Founders Fund.

Map-based data service TopHap helps agents master their market

TopHap is a powerful real estate market intelligence tool that uses maps to help agents visualize market activity and become local experts.

Kleard Now launches app for self-guided tours of vacant homes

Kleard Now is an app that will allow buyers to tour homes without an agent present via verification and a smart lock.

Inman News quiz: Think you’re on top of the week’s biggest stories?

The real estate industry threw some curveballs. Take Inman’s real estate news quiz to demonstrate how strong your talking points and cocktail banter are this week.

Zillow is testing a closing services platform

Zillow is testing a “homegrown closing services” platform — including title and escrow services — in a handful of markets, an attempt to bring the company closer to offering a one-stop platform to wrap around its homebuying and selling platform Zillow Offers.

News Corp. earnings fall short, but realtor.com parent Move saw growth

News Corp., owner of popular portal realtor.com, revealed Thursday that its revenue declined more than expected in recent months, though realtor.com’s parent Move actually saw revenue grow.

Zillow revenue continues to explode, but losses widen

The ballooning revenue and losses can be attributed to the scaling of Zillow Offers.

Airbnb to debut ‘rapid response team’ after fatal shooting

In the wake of a shooting at an Airbnb listing that left five dead, Airbnb has announced new measures designed to improve safety and trust across its short-term rental platform.