They came for 2-sided deals — then a pocket listing debate broke out

Despite its title — “The End of the Two-Sided Deal: Will This Be The New Normal?” — a panel at Inman Connect quickly turned into an intense debate over the role of pocket listings. Do pocket listing bans ‘devalue’ agents, or benefit consumers?They intended to talk about two-sided deals, but stayed to debate pocket listings … Read more

Brad Inman calls for bold leadership on pocket listings, NIMBYism

During a speech kicking off Inman Connect, Brad Inman said that the industry has evolved quickly during difficult times, but it needs bold leadership to overcome challenges that are holding up supply. Today’s the day: Join us for Inman Connect today to dig into key topics like tomorrow’s forecasts, the key to unlocking new inventory, the “new … Read more

Be an off-market pro: 10 tips to find hidden inventory

With more buyers competing for fewer homes, it’s more essential than ever for agents to find ways to stay relevant. And the best way to do that is to bring your clients inventory they didn’t even know existed. Here’s how. There are about 140 million housing units in the U.S., according to 2019 data from … Read more

DOJ: Pocket listing suit against NAR shouldn’t have been thrown out

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice put its finger on the scale in an antitrust lawsuit filed by a former pocket listing service against the National Association of Realtors and three of the nation’s largest multiple listing services, arguing that the lower court erred in dismissing the suit in February. At the same time, … Read more

Top Agent Network takes aim at office exclusives in NAR pocket listing policy

Top Agent Network, a firm that operates a members-only private group of real estate agents, is making one last attempt to stop the National Association of Realtors from enforcing a policy designed to curtail pocket listings by taking aim at the policy’s exception for office exclusives. A year ago, TAN filed a federal lawsuit alleging NAR and … Read more

Overlooked inventory: 6 ways to find that diamond in the rough

Searching for homes to present to buyers these days can feel a bit like sifting through a pile of rubble in search of a diamond: It’s tedious, and chances of success feel slim. But, inventory can be found anywhere — agents just have to get creative and put a little legwork into unearthing it. It … Read more

NAR board votes to require addresses on MLS listings

Following a debate over privacy and pocket listings, the board of directors of the National Association of Realtors on Friday approved a controversial proposal to require listings to include a property address upon submission to a multiple listing service. The board, which has some 800 members, also approved a policy, originally proposed by Redfin, requiring sold … Read more

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