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Report defends multiple listings services from government intervention

A new white paper released today from The Council of Multiple Listing Services ahead of the June 5 government workshop on competition in real estate, argues that the real estate industry does not need any government intervention to help get listing data distributed widely and that the nature of multiple listing services (MLS) inherently breeds […]

What you need to know about Google Neighbourly, a new local recommendations app

The platform, which has some similar features to the U.S.-based social network Nextdoor, is only available in Mumbai — for now. Source: click here

What’s it like to be the first agent to sell a home owned by Zillow?

A listing in Chandler, Arizona, looks a lot like others in the area. There’s high-resolution photos, two open houses scheduled and a description of a gas fireplace and back patio. The only difference? It’s being sold by multi-billion-dollar real estate technology giant Zillow. Source: click here

California Realtors raise $650,000 disaster fund for victims of wildfires and mudslides

Victims of wildfires and subsequent mudslides that wreaked havoc on California late last year could be getting an assist from big-hearted Realtors, who combined forces earlier this week in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to raise a $650,000 disaster fund. Homeowners and renters caught up in the catastrophes — including the so-called Thomas Fire and […]

Connect the ICSF Speakers: Crystal Florida on agent investing strategies

How can agents, tech companies and brokerages all move Faster, Better, Together? Learn how this July at Inman Connect San Francisco. Buy your ticket here, and remember that Select members get a $100 discount. Thinking of bringing your team? There are special onsite perks and discounts when you buy those tickets together too. Just contact us […]

Connect the ICSF Speakers: Meet Travis Robertson, team coach to the best

How can agents, tech companies and brokerages all move Faster, Better, Together? Learn how this July at Inman Connect San Francisco. Buy your ticket here, and remember that Select members get a $100 discount. Thinking of bringing your team? There are special onsite perks and discounts when you buy those tickets together too. Just contact us […]

DOJ official takes aim at rule banning banks from becoming brokerages

One of the National Association of Realtors’ main political victories may be up for some scrutiny at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) workshop on real estate competition this Tuesday. Source: click here

Austin Board of Realtors launches photo copyright program

At a time when allegations of copyright infringement of listing photos seem to pop up again and again, the Austin Board of Realtors has launched a program the trade group says protects agents and brokers as well as photographers. ABoR debuted its Verified MLS Photography Partner Program (VMP3) in January. Through the program, photographers agree […]

Unemployment falls to 3.8 percent, lowest level in 18 years

An excellent monthly jobs report this morning from the U.S. Department of Labor: the economy added 223,000 jobs in May, and unemployment fell to 3.8 percent. That’s the lowest rate of unemployment in the United States since 2000. The real estate industry, including rental and leasing, added three thousand jobs over last month, bringing the […]

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