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Are A.R.E.A. and NLS for real?

National Association of Realtors Faces Competition From New Group

“Mr. Umansky said that AREA will offer its members a nationwide database of home listings as an alternative, built from the technology he acquired for his own private listings service. That platform, which they’re calling the National Listing Service, is currently live with limited listings at theNLS.com.

“A centralized database with access to the full scope of listings across the country is better for everyone in the industry, and someone just had to do it,” Mr. Umansky said.

Debra Kamin, New York Times

A good question I would ask the two luxury real estate agents/brokers launching this new endeavor is this: “Will this new entity follow (or match) the Clear Cooperation Policy (CCP) guidelines?”

That would be a good tell.

Andy Florance teases new Homes.com celebrity spokesperson

A little birdie told me that Costar CEO, Andy Florance dropped the name of the celebrity spokesperson for Homes.com. The news dropped while Andy was being interviewed by Brad Inman at Inman Connect NYC. And who is it? Dan Levy. I think Dan Levy is a great choice, although I think his father, Eugene Levy, would have been awesome too. There will be other celebrities featured too but it sounds like Dan is the man.

The first commercials start dropping February 11th.

[UPDATE: Clarification, Mr. Florance said there were 4 new actors and Dan Levy one of them and the only one he disclosed.]

Inman announces “MLS Reinvented” Awards

Inman unveils inaugural class of MLS Reinvented honorees

“Today, Inman announces the honorees for its inaugural class of MLS Reinvented honorees, recognizing the contributions of 22 leaders who are powering the MLS ecosystem forward across America.

“The MLS offers consumers unparalleled benefits” stated Emily Paquette, CEO of Inman. “This recognition underscores the importance of embracing innovation and pushing the boundaries of industry standards. It highlights the dedication and commitment of leaders to drive the MLS into a new era of efficiency and effectiveness, ultimately enhancing the real estate ecosystem.” 


Pushes favorably to the “MLS owned” crowd. Great to see Annie Ives and Ross Buck included. Would have liked to see a few more that I know who are making a difference out there (especially in California), but a solid list.

Industry Relations podcast is a finalist to win an Inman Innovator Award for top video or podcast

Speaking of Inman Connect, Rob Hahn and I are a finalist for and Inman Innovator Award for top video or podcast. This was a complete surprise and grateful for those who nominated us.

I’m not sure when they announce the winners but we have some stiff competition.

See you at Inman Connect Las Vegas

I’ve been asked to moderate a few sessions at Inman Connect Las Vegas next week.

Wednesday, August 9th -Pinyon 4 (Main Stage)

3:05 PM to 3:25 PM
Proptech M&A and Capital Markets Update: What You Need to Know

3:25 PM to 3:45 PM
How Can the MLS Be a Broker’s Business Partner?

3:50 PM to 4:05 PM
Is Clear Cooperation Working The Way We Hoped It Would?

These are some juicy subjects for me, and I’ve some great panelists so these season ought to be fun!

Hope to see you there!

List of 2023 Real Estate Events


“We intend to make this list as comprehensive and up to date as possible over the course of the year. Email daniel@inman.com with events for consideration or with changes to events already on the calendar. Please include the name of the event, the date and a website as we update the post periodically.”

I’ve tried and failed at putting together a list like this hopefully Daniel and Inman News does a better job. I’m going to be optimistic and bookmark this in my browser. Thanks Inman News!

UPDATE: WAV GROUP also has an excellent resource => Real Estate Events and Happenings

See you next week at Inman Connect Vegas

Looking forward to seeing a lot of you next week at Inman Connect Las Vegas. Super honored to be asked to participate in a number of sessions.

I’m excited to be having a discussion with Guy Gal, CEO and Co-Founder of Side. We will be talking about critical factors that are shaping real estate. Guy is a smart guy (no pun intended and I bet he never heard that before) and I’m looking forward to our conversation and sharing it with the Inman attendees. This is happening on Thursday, 10:30AM to 10:45AM (Pinyon 4, Main Stage)

Also, as you may know, Katie Smithson and I are co-moderating the Tech & Data Track on Thursday from 2:00PM to 4:00PM (Pinyon 4, Main Stage). If haven’t listened to my recent podcast with Katie, you should, click here.

And remember, never go ……..aaaaaahhhh you know the rest.

Inman tackles real estate lawsuits

Andrea Brambila of Inman News is covering the current lawsuits plaguing the industry right now…

This is the first part in a week-long series examining the high stakes and potential impact of two closely watched federal lawsuits — the so-called Moehrl and Sitzer cases — taking direct aim at how homebuyers pay commissions. Check back on Wednesday for the plaintiffs’ case for class-action status in the far larger Moehrl lawsuit, and on Thursday, Inman dives into the real-world impact these cases could have on millions of real estate agents.

Below are links to the first and second installments. Andrea does a great job of breaking down what’s been happening (based on recently released documents) and from the looks of it will dive deeper into what the consequences may bring.

‘Radical’ and ‘doomed’: The case against the ‘bombshell’ Moehrl suit

‘Longstanding conspiracy’: Why the bombshell commission suit matters

Reunited in Vegas


Back to the future baby! I will be co-moderating the Tech & Data Track at Inman Connect Las Vegas this year with none other than Zillow’s greatest acquisition, Katie Smithson.

So join us for the content, stay for all the inside jokes and if you have any topics you like us to us cover DM either of us.


Join me at Inman Connect NYC!

Looking forward to seeing a lot of you in New York City. I’m just finishing up a vacation this week and off to New York next week of ICNY! I arrive late Monday night. I’ll be participating in 3 different sessions. One on Tuesday and two on Thursday of next week. I’ll be with some pretty smart peeps, representing a lot of great companies and it’s all happening Tuesday and Thursday so I hope you will stick around for the fun.

Tues April 19, 12:00 PM – 1:30PM EDT

Hungry? I will be joining Michael Lucarelli, CEO of RentSpree, Rene Galicia of Bright MLS, and Nina Dosanjh of SFAR and Vanguard Properties for a special Lunch and Learn session. The topic is “How to Embrace a Nation of Renters“. For more information and to register to attend this event please click here.

Thu Apr 21, 9:10 AM – 9:30 AM EDT
I will be joining Sam DeBord, CEO of RESO, and Lucie Fortier of Compass and talk about “Will Broker Tech Outpace MLS Software

Thu Apr 21, 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM EDT

Meet The Leaders. I will be hanging out on the 2nd Floor – Gramercy room and will be available for questions along with a bunch of other speakers.

Looking forward to seeing a lot of you. We have a lot of great things going on at Lone Wolf Technologies and can’t wait to tell you about them. See you soon!

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