WFG News
February 4, 2015

Unintended consequences of listing regulations

“Follow the drugs and you’ll find the drug dealers, but follow the money and you’ll be surprised where it takes you.“ – HBO’s police drama “The Wire” Regulations governing the access, distribution and display of residential real estate listings changed many industry dynamics over the past 20 years. Traditionally, brokers…
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WFG News
February 3, 2015

100,000 agents get single-sign-on access to showing service

Real estate agents are hungry for tech offerings that integrate. Real estate tech firm Clareity Security has answered this craving with an online marketplace that gives agents and brokers access to third-party apps and services via a single-sign-on dashboard. So far, 14 multiple listing services have deployed the Clareity Store…
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WFG News
February 2, 2015

MLS-powered websites a bigger deal than you might think

More than half of prospective buyers in Northern Colorado are getting information on listings from MLS-powered websites, according to a multiple listing service that’s deployed a free monitoring tool offered by ListTrac. Information and Real Estate Services LLC (IRES), which has more than 5,000 members, is using ListTrac to measure…
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WFG News
January 30, 2015

Florida Realtors have new CEO, mum on predecessor’s departure

The 140,000 members of Florida’s statewide Realtor association are getting a new CEO — Michigan Realtors CEO Bill Martin — but leaders of the Florida association are saying little about the departure of his predecessor, John Fridlington, who worked for the association for a decade and was named CEO in…
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WFG News
January 30, 2015

Building the dream MLS

NEW YORK — It’s time for the multiple listing service to go back to its roots and remember its main reason for being: to foster cooperation between agents. That’s according to several real estate leaders asked to imagine their “dream” MLS at today’s Real Estate Connect conference. The MLS was…
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WFG News
January 29, 2015

Agent safety apps leverage real estate community

NEW YORK — Let’s face it: Many real estate agents do not vet strangers before meeting them in homes for fear of losing a sale. But in the wake of the kidnapping and killing of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, technology companies are coming up with mobile apps designed…
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WFG News
January 29, 2015

Car dependent Texans get search-by-commute tool

With an eye on attracting prospective homebuyers, the Houston Association of Realtors has rolled out a search-by-commute tool on its new statewide website. “We operate under a ‘give the consumer what they want’ perspective at HAR,” said HAR President and CEO Bob Hale in a statement. “We are proud to…
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WFG News
January 29, 2015

Tech companies sound off on frustrations with MLSs

NEW YORK — There’s a lot of talk in the industry about building tools to improve the efficiency of real estate transactions. But what happens when a tool designed to do that confronts the inefficiency of the industry itself? Frustration, according to tech company execs speaking at Real Estate Connect…
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WFG News
January 28, 2015

125 MLSs now sending listings directly to Trulia

Trulia, the nation’s second most popular real estate listing portal, has signed direct feed agreements with 125 multiple listing services, 69 of them in 2014. The agreements are a sign that MLSs are increasingly comfortable sending listings directly to third-party portals rather than through listing syndicator ListHub. Zillow, the nation’s…
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WFG News
January 27, 2015

Zillow on the brink of deal for 50,000 MLS listings

Zillow is on the brink of a deal with one of the nation’s largest multiple listing services that would help the top real estate portal weather the end of a contract with listing syndicator ListHub. The board of Rockville, Maryland-based Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS) has voted to finalize…
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