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The Shift Toward Independent Brokerages [Special Report]

Overview<p>Independent brokerages are more prevalent now than they have been in a decade, and an Inman survey suggests that real estate franchisors will …

Rupert Murdoch playing hardball with Zillow

Realtor.com operator Move Inc.’s subsidiary, ListHub, is set to stop sending listings to realtor.com rival Zillow in 90 days, potentially cutting off …

November 2014 Existing Home Sales

• NAR released a summary of existing home sales data showing that November’s existing home sales dipped from last month to the weakest sales pace in …

Real Estate

FAA clears first real estate agent to use drone for property shoots

The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized a real estate agent to capture photography of listings with a drone for the first time, offering a …

Initial Thoughts on the Listhub-Zillow Divorce

By now, any reader of mine has heard about Listhub and Zillow waving goodbye to each other. As the great American philosopher Louis CK once observed, …

U.S. Real Estate Predictions for 2015

Here we go again. But before I get started on real estate predictions for 2015, it's worth noting that my predictions for 2014 were 80% to 85% spot on. Not bad for a professional amateur who isn't paid by the economic think tanks to spew out their two cents worth on what to expect in the near …

Are you thriving or suffering due to third-party websites?

If you work in real estate, you have likely heard or spoken this sentence: “Zillow is killing the industry.”<p>Well, here’s a controversial opinion: In …

Real Estate

Direct MLS feed puts Zillow in a 'friendlier' light

Zillow continues to prepare for the day when it will no longer receive listings from listing syndicator ListHub come spring. The top real estate …

Real Estate

Sex, rugs, and rock n' roll: 13 new (and strange) rules for surviving the real estate market

1. Buy a house close to Starbucks<p>While it’s true that homes close to a Starbucks cost more than the national average, it’s also true that they …