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Why a national MLS is bad for agents and consumers

Do we need a national MLS system? Compass owner Robert Reffkin recently called for a national MLS system at this winter’s Inman Connect conference in New York. Reffkin stated there shouldn’t be hundreds of MLS’s, but a single one. I couldn’t disagree more. His argument is more and more consumers are going to Zillow or Realtor.com, so for that reason we need to build a single national MLS system. Not only did Reffkin call for a single MLS, he is also calling for a single CRM and mo...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Real Estate, Microsoft, Netflix, Radio, Mls, Cbs, Dc, Faa, Zillow, Friendster, ABC NBC, Coldwell Banker, Inman Connect


Redfin is officially live in Canada

Redfin’s brokerage services and listings website are officially live in Toronto, Canada. Starting Tuesday, users can log onto www.redfin.ca to see homes for sale in the greater Toronto area, with Vancouver next and other cities to follow.
Tags: Technology, Toronto, Radio, Canada, Vancouver, Zillow, Redfin, Industry News, Toronto Canada, Brokerage, Select, Blair Anderson, homes for sale Toronto, Listings Portal


Court upholds dismissal in Zestimate lawsuit

The United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit upheld a May ruling to dismiss a lawsuit filed against real estate technology giant Zillow.
Tags: Technology, Regulations, Radio, Zillow, Industry News, Vipul Patel, Select, Zestimate, Frank Easterbrook, Barbara Andersen, Zestimates, Bhasker Patel, Castlebldrs.com, Jyotsna Patel


Redfin and Zillow take Texas

As direct-to-consumer home buying and selling platforms continue to rise, Zillow and Redfin are taking their iBuyer platforms to Texas.
Tags: Texas, Technology, Radio, Dallas, Houston, Zillow, Redfin, Industry News, Brokerage, Jeremy Wacksman, Redfin Now, Zillow Offers, Adam Wiener, Mark Riede


Yelp hides reviews pages for Opendoor, Offerpad

Yelp has made it extremely difficult for people to find reviews for Opendoor and Offerpad, two of the country’s leading online homebuyers and resellers.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Agent, Zillow, Yelp, Redfin, Glenn Kelman, AMNE, Brokerage, Opendoor, Offerpad, Cristin Culver, Buyers Tools


Home prices in San Francisco are already among the most expensive in the US, and they're expected to skyrocket when tech companies like Uber and Slack go public in 2019

Three recent studies have shown initial public offerings have an impact on the prices of housing surrounding a company's headquarters, according to a report from San Francisco Chronicle.  A handful of Bay Area tech companies with valuations in the billions are expected to go public in 2019, which will ultimately send CEOs with cash into the real estate market.  San Francisco-based companies like Uber, Lyft, Slack, Airbnb, and Pinterest have either filed or expressed interest in going public in...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Uber, Pinterest, California, Ipo, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, House, Xiaomi, Zillow, Bay Area, Menlo Park, San Francisco Chronicle


Should Amazon buy Redfin?

Amazon is already dabbling in real estate and has hinted it may have bigger plans, but this week one analyst floated a way the company could take the plunge and become a major force in the sector: Buy online brokerage Redfin.
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Analysis, Radio, Zillow, Redfin, Acquisitions, Susquehanna Financial Group, Markets & Economy, Select, Online brokerage, Jack Micenko


Innovate or die: 11 ways agents should shake up their businesses

Given how many tech-focused real estate companies are launching and debuting new features and business models, agents on the ground don't need to worry about innovating themselves, right? Wrong.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Innovation, Zillow, Keller Williams, NRT, Coldwell Banker, Brandon Green, Brokerage, Select, Ryan Gorman, Inman Connect New York 2019, Heather Ostrum, Susan Daimler


Zillow is showing its own listings first for some users

In Phoenix and Las Vegas, Zillow appears to have tested the prioritization of its own listings above others on its website, according to an analysis by Inman.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Las Vegas, Zillow, Industry News, Phoenix, Brokerage, Zillow Homes, Ibuyers, iBuyer, Zillow Offers, Las Vegas Zillow


This team of engineers beat the Zillow Zestimate by 13%

Team ChaNJestimate was announced Wednesday as the winner of the $1 million Zillow Zestimate challenge, with an algorithm that beat the company’s own baseline by 13 percent. With the algorithm, Zillow expects its Zestimate error rate to fall from 4.5 percent to below 4 percent.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Zillow, Stan Humphries, Jordan Meyer, Select, Zestimate, Nima Shahbazi, Team ChaNJestimate


B2B Local Search Marketing: A Guide to Hidden Opportunity

Posted by MiriamEllis Is a local business you’re marketing missing out on a host of B2B opportunities? Do B2B brands even qualify for local SEO? If I say “B2B” and you think “tech,” then you’re having the same problem I was finding reliable information about local search marketing for business-to-business models. While it’s true that SaaS companies like Moz, MailChimp, and Hootsuite are businesses which vend to other businesses, their transactions are primarily digital. These may be the types o...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Seo, Charles Dickens, Tripadvisor, Seattle, Zillow, Chamber of Commerce, USP, Google My Business, Ashlie, Jose Morales, MiriamEllis, Mozzers, People Ops, Oaxacan


10 trends agents need to know in a shifting market

As a real estate agent in a turning market, what do you need to know to put your success first? Joe Rand and Katie Kossev go through their top 10 onstage at Inman Connect New York.
Tags: Technology, Marketing, Radio, Agent, Cma, Zillow, AVM, Select, Zestimate, Joe Rand, Dani Vanderboegh, Katie Kossev


AI will soon automatically enter listings for Realtors

EXP Realty's Scott Petronis went on to argue that machine learning — a kind of subset of AI that involves training computers to perform specific tasks — could soon be able to build listings out of photos.
Tags: Technology, Listings, Data, Radio, Zillow, Inman Connect New York, Select, Artificial intelligence (AI, Hacker Connect, Scott Petronis, ICNY19, Inman Connect New York 2019, Connect Ny, Icny 19, Rest.ai


Nick Clegg swaps Putney townhouse for £7million California mansion ahead of new Facebook role

Former deputy Prime Minister Sir Nick Clegg has relocated to a £7million home in California as he prepares to start his new executive role at Facebook, it has been revealed. The former Lib Dem leader, 52, and his wife, lawyer Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, 50, bought the "luxurious" new home in December. The five-bedroom property, worth a reported fee of $9million (£7million) stands in almost an acre of land, and was described by its estate agent as "a timeless classic". The house boasts a roomy kitc...
Tags: Google, Facebook, London, News, California, US, San Francisco, Nick Clegg, Silicon Valley, Pacific, Zillow, Miriam González Durántez, NICK, Eric Schmidt, Sheryl Sandberg, Dorset


About face: new Zillow competitor removes all listings

ComeHome, a new home search portal from real estate predictive analytics firm HouseCanary, has deactivated all of its property listings as of Friday — essentially turning itself off — after multiple listing service executives told Inman they were surprised...
Tags: Technology, Radio, Mls, Zillow, Inman, Select, HouseCanary, Listing Portal, MLS & Associations, Comehome


The platform wars: Why real estate is becoming like TV

A little late to the party, big real estate companies like Keller Williams are building platforms to stay relevant in the disruption age.
Tags: Technology, Opinion, Lifestyle, Radio, Columns, Zillow, Keller Williams, Gary Keller, EXP, Select, Kelle, RE/MAX, Dave Liniger, Glenn Sanford


KW iBuyer ‘probably’ coming in Q2, Gary Keller confirms

Keller Williams will "probably" launch its own iBuyer program in the second quarter of 2019, Gary Keller confirmed during a multi-hour presentation of the company's 2019 technology plans on Friday, January 11. In audio obtained by Inman, Keller said the franchisor will likely launch in Arizona.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Compass, Exclusive, Zillow, Industry News, Keller Williams, Gary Keller, Realogy, Select, Opendoor, iBuyer, Inman Keller


Zillow will buy and sell homes in 5 more cities

Zillow Offers, the direct-to-consumer homebuying and selling platform, is coming to Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orlando and Portland.
Tags: Technology, Minneapolis, Radio, Portland, Miami, Nashville, Zillow, Orlando, Industry News, Spencer Rascoff, News Brief, Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow Offers, Miami Minneapolis Nashville Orlando


Zillow will buy and sell homes in five more cities

Zillow Offers, the direct-to-consumer homebuying and selling platform from the Seattle-based real estate tech titan, is coming to Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orlando and Portland this year. Zillow said it will operate in all those markets by the fall. 
Tags: Technology, Minneapolis, Radio, Portland, Miami, Nashville, Seattle, Zillow, Orlando, Industry News, Spencer Rascoff, News Brief, Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow Offers, Miami Minneapolis Nashville Orlando


10 Ways to Generate Real Estate Leads You Probably Haven't Thought Of

by Robert Clough 5.5 million existing homes sold in the United States in 2018. That number is set to go up by about 0.2 million in 2019. With all of those homes getting bought up, it should be a cakewalk for realtors to drum up real estate leads in the way of both sellers and buyers, right? Wrong. More opportunity breeds serious competition in the real estate space. Despite the volume of agents out there today, there are still some tried and true ways that you can begin to network in ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Seo, United States, Zillow, Robert Clough, Ways to Generate Real Estate, LinkedIn Groups LinkedIn


How Trulia began paying down its technical debt

As every software company knows, over time as code ages and workarounds build on work-arounds, the code base becomes bloated. It becomes ever more difficult to get around the technical debt that you’ve built up over time. It’s really impossible to avoid this phenomenon, but at some point, companies realize that the debt is so great that it’s limiting their ability to build new functionality. That’s precisely what Trulia faced in 2017 when it began a process of paying down that debt and modernizi...
Tags: Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Php, Zillow, Islands, Trulia, Seychelles, Varma, Technical Debt, Project Islands, Deep Varma Trulia, Cousine, Martin Harvey Getty, Rock Islands Palau Micronesia


2018 Golden Dukes Winners Announced!

TPM is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Golden Dukes Awards, which honor the public figures who managed the most corruption, made the craziest comments, and carried out the most craven deeds, all in the spirit of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the father of the modern political scandal. Our fantastic and witty judges — Jason Linkins, Susie Bright, Erin Ryan, Krang Nelson and Simon Maloy — sifted through all 35 nominees in 7 categories to choose the winners. You can cli...
Tags: Google, Hbo, News, Instagram, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, White House, Virginia, Russia, Alabama, America, San Francisco, Fox, Gop


YouTuber Admits Aspects of Viral HomePod Glitter Bomb Video Were Faked

New submitter ArchieBunker writes: A viral video featuring a booby-trapped HomePod box that pranked package thieves with a glitter bomb has been criticized for faking some of the reactions of the would-be "thieves," who were in fact acquaintances of friends of the video's creator. The video, "Package Thief vs. Glitter Bomb Trap" by former NASA engineer Mark Rober, featured the creation of a device constructed inside a HomePod box that spread out glitter once the HomePod box was opened, with four...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Zillow, Mark Rober, Rober


Robinhood hires 20-year Amazon veteran to CFO role as high-flying startup eyes IPO

Robinhood, the zero-fee stock trading app and cryptocurrency exchange is bringing on a former Amazon finance exec to help the company prepare for an eventual public debut. Warnick The startup has hired Jason Warnick, a former exec at Amazon who was with the company for nearly 20 years, most recently serving as the commerce giant’s VP of Finance. Warnick has worn many hats inside the Seattle company’s finance departments, with positions touching operations, internal audit, investor relations an...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Finance, Ipo, Tech, Seattle, Zillow, Robinhood, Jason, Vlad Tenev, Bhatt, Brian Olsavsky, Baiju Bhatt, Warnick, Allen Parker


VOI Technology, the e-scooter startup from Sweden, raises $50M led by Balderton Capital

VOI Technology, an e-scooter startup headquartered in Sweden but with pan-European ambitions, has raised $50 million in Series A funding, confirming our earlier scoop. As I previously reported, London-based venture capital firm Balderton Capital has led the round, alongside LocalGlobe, Raine Ventures, and previous VOI backer Vostok New Ventures. A number of angel investors also participated. They include Cristina Stenbeck, Jeff Wilkes (Amazon), Justin Mateen (co-founder of Tinder), Nicolas Bruss...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Balderton Capital, London, Sweden, Berlin, Tech, Spain, Paris, Portugal, Finland, Bird, Silicon Valley, North


I've lived in the Bay Area for 30 years, and I'm convinced that tech companies have ruined it

The Bay Area is saturated with tech companies like Twitter and DropBox, but it wasn’t always that way. The inclusive San Francisco was once home to an eclectic group of dreamers, unconventionals, and creatives. But in the last two decades, tech companies have taken over, diminishing the rich culture and causing Bay Area real estate prices to soar. Here’s how tech companies are ruining the Bay Area.   When I moved to San Francisco in 1987, the inclusive City by the Bay was home to artists,...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, New York Times, Bird, Starbucks, Oakland, Zillow, East Bay, Bay Area, Bay, San Francisco Bay Area, Frisco, Millennium Tower


Did You Vote? Now Your Friends May Know

A look at VoteWithMe and OutVote, two new political apps that are trying to use peer pressure to get people to vote. From a story: The apps are to elections what Zillow is to real estate -- services that pull public information from government records, repackage it for consumer viewing and make it available at the touch of a smartphone button. But instead of giving you a peek at house prices, VoteWithMe and OutVote let you snoop on which of your friends voted in past elections and their party af...
Tags: Boston, Tech, Zillow, Naseem Makiya


Pick Another Playground: Link Schemes & Lessons From The Skinny Kid

Note: Zillow hired me to review the proposed bylaw change that led to this post. Redfin wrote that proposal. Redfin and Zillow aren’t buddies. I hope that didn’t affect my analysis. But keep in mind that someone who opposes this proposal paid me to write. I wrote a recent post on Inman.com about a proposed change to the National Association of Realtor’s bylaws. The purpose of that post was to discuss the proposal, weigh the risks and rewards, and give my opinion. But there’s a general discussion...
Tags: Google, Blogging, Zillow, Redfin, Don, Don Quixote, NAR, Inman, National Association of Realtor, SEO Blog Posts, Rocinante Don


PropTech: A Massive Opportunity We’re Seeing

[Note from Editor: Originally published on NFX] Real estate touches everything we do. It’s the economics of the physical space — it literally shapes our lives by defining the environment in which we live and do business. Tech has done a lot in the last few decades to revolutionize flows of information (Google), communication (Facebook, Apple), goods (Amazon), capital (PayPal, Venmo), and transport (Lyft, Uber). But real estate is larger than all of those categories combined, and the transformati...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, US, Radio, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Zillow, Trulia, Lowe, CRE, Facebook Apple, Google Amazon, Sonder, NFX, Entrepreneurs and Tech


Divvy, an interesting new fractional home ownership startup, just raised a Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz

Tech startups have found all kinds of ways to lend money to those hampered by either too little or not very good credit. The approach of a nearly two-year-old, 15-person San Francisco-based startup called Divvy Homes is among the more creative we’ve seen, even while we question (for now) whether it’s good over the long term for potential customers. How it works:  in Cleveland, Atlanta, and Memphis, where Zillow estimates that median home prices are $52,000, $82,00, and $242,000, respectively, Di...
Tags: TC, Real Estate, San Francisco, Tech, Andreessen Horowitz, Zillow, Experian, Memphis, Northeast Ohio, Alex Rampell, Ma, Federal Housing Administration, Divvy, Brian Ma, Divvy Homes, Cross River Bank



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