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Zestimates protected as free speech, Zillow argues in legal challenge

Stock forecasts, search engine rankings, editorial reviews, Zestimates. What do they have in common? They’re all constitutionally protected as free speech, Zillow argued in a memorandum responding to a class-action lawsuit in Illinois challenging its online home valuations. The legal analysis accompanied a motion to dismiss the suit, which alleges that Zillow’s Illinois Zestimates are […]

Zillow backs down, reaches truce with McMansion Hell

After a stint of legal flexing, the intense but short-lived battle between Zillow and McMansion Hell has ended in compromise: Zillow will cease any further legal action, and blog creator Kate Wagner will stop using listing photos displayed on Zillow moving forward. Today Wagner’s legal counsel, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, fired back at Zillow’s cease-and-desist […]

Will Bob Goldberg be a ‘change agent’ as NAR’s CEO?

Since the National Association of Realtors named Bob Goldberg its next CEO, angst in the real estate industry has centered around one question: Will Goldberg be a change agent or stick to the status quo? NAR and Goldberg himself say the former. What are the soon-to-be CEO’s ideas for change? The 1.2 million-member trade group […]

How property managers can attract and retain top talent

Save My Spot Employee turnover in property management is remarkably high — more than 30%. Instead of replacing a third of your workforce every year, take steps to refresh your approach, attract committed, quality talent, and keep them around. In this webinar, you will learn: How tech-savvy new hires can better your property management business How […]

The time has come to talk about a national MLS

With over 27 years of experience in the real estate industry, vice president of business development at Realtors Property Resource (RPR) Bob Bemis is the prime candidate to discuss the advantages and downfalls of creating a National MLS. Once nicknamed the “MLS Guy,” Bemis has crafted a broad business perspective from varied experiences, positions and […]

Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate: We didn’t start the fire!

Reposted with permission — show notes and credits here. In this episode, Leigh Brown welcomes Pam Gebhardt to the show. Gebhardt is a Realtor in the Atlanta area who has been in the real estate industry for over 26 years. Her crazy story describes a kind deed that went terribly wrong! Listen to hear why Gebhardt no […]

You can’t just throw it all away: Alternatives to trashing junk when moving

I enjoyed contributing to Amber Taufen’s article about helping our clients downsize. She wrote: “It’s harder than ever to get rid of your stuff — and once that lamp, jewelry or antique hutch reaches ‘family heirloom’ or ‘treasured artifact’ status, feelings can get hurt. “This is an issue that real estate agents all over the […]

Wake-up call to agents: Consumer experience is evolving fast

Many in real estate likely read with satisfaction Teke Wiggins’s story about Xome being placed on the auction block. Another real estate start-up bites the dust — the latest in a long line of them. By extension, that means the traditional brokerage model persists. And that traditional real estate remains to be alive and well. In […]

Can MyReelty broker the YouTube of listing videos?

Have suggestions for products that you’d like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. MyReelty is a video and visual creative services marketplace for real estate agents. Platforms: Browser-based Ideal for: Any size agency; agents seeking affordable video marketing services Top selling points Highly competitive prices Easy to hire, manage […]

When is a 1-hour open house beneficial?

Do you prefer a one-hour or traditional open house? Byron Lazine and Tim Bray tackle when it’s appropriate to do both in this video. A one-hour open house creates a sense of urgency. More people will be there in a shorter time span, therefore, the house will look like it has more interest. It also […]

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