Realogy launches new, improved iBuyer platform for bevy of brands

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA and Sotheby’s International Realty are all rolling roll out the new iBuyer program. BYPATRICK KEARNS Realogy is revamping its year-old iBuyer platform to give sellers more security as they go to market, and give agents an offer benchmark to beat for their clients. The new platform, renamed RealSure, […]

Exiting real estate: How sellable is your business?

Take these steps to prove the value of your business BYBERNICE ROSS What does it take to successfully sell a real estate business? The first step is to determine what you have to sell. Part 1 of this series looked at your mindset and whether you’re well prepared to leave the business. The next step is […]

NAR: Commission lawsuits could be ‘disastrous’ for both buyers and sellers

How should the industry make agent commission structures more transparent before angry consumers and the Justice Department forces it to do so in ways that might be harmful? BYANDREA V. BRAMBILA If the homeseller plaintiffs of two major real estate commission lawsuits get their way, the impact could be “disastrous” for both homebuyers and sellers, Jack Bierig, […]

Amazon gets into real estate with major Realogy partnership

The nation’s largest real estate company and an e-commerce juggernaut want to change the way people buy homes.  BYPATRICK KEARNSStaff Writer Amazon is diving headfirst into the real estate industry with a new partnership alongside industry giant Realogy, the companies announced Tuesday. TurnKey, a new platform that rolls out Tuesday with the heft of a major marketing blitz […]
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Bombshell lawsuit takes a new turn (BY ANDREA V. BRAMBILA)

The major class-action lawsuit against NAR, Realogy, KW, RE/MAX, HomeServices of America and more has been amended to include new plaintiffs and new, more detailed accusations BYANDREA V. BRAMBILA The class action lawsuit that could upend the U.S. real estate industry by effectively forcing changes in how buyer’s agents are traditionally compensated has been amended, adding more […]

Feds warn of 1,100% rise in real estate phishing scams

In 2017, scammers intercepted $1B in transactions BY JIM DALRYMPLE The downpayment on a house is the largest single sum of money many people spend in their lifetimes, and now the feds have a stark warning for would-be homebuyers: Watch yourself, or lose it all to scammers. The warning from the Consumer Protection Bureau (CPB), issued in a […]