On April 8, ListHub data will no longer flow to Zillow Group (ZG) and it’s causing consternation for many. Some of that stress centers around MLSs that have not established a direct feed to ZG. There … Read more about Direct syndication alternatives
Change the game
We don’t often represent MLS vendors. There are exceptions. The primary basis for an exception is when the MLS vendor’s interest very closely aligns with MLSs’. This is one of those times. We are … Read more about Change the game
MLS Direct Syndication Negotiation
In my last blog post I promised that, “In a future post, I will take a closer look at the direct syndication model. Why? It’s more complex, it’s more interesting, it gives MLS’s more flexibility, and … Read more about MLS Direct Syndication Negotiation
Clickthrough v. browsewrap agreements
I had hoped to publish this blog post over two weeks ago, but you know how that goes – work travel, projects for clients, jury duty, and a head cold took priority. However late, I still want to … Read more about Clickthrough v. browsewrap agreements
License scope (and Trulia Direct Reference)
The following is not intended to be legal advice and describes legal concepts in generalized terms. If you have specific questions regarding your organization or a specific agreement, please contact … Read more about License scope (and Trulia Direct Reference)
IDX makes sense for brokers, even those who won’t syndicate
Rob Hahn has said there is no meaningful difference between IDX and syndication and that he thinks brokers pulling out of syndication are a harbinger of IDX's demise; but I think he’s dead wrong. I’ll … Read more about IDX makes sense for brokers, even those who won’t syndicate
New NAR IDX policy proposals (Part 2)
(Got this one under 1,000 words! WOOT!)I noted previously that the changes NAR is proposing to Sections 18.1 through 18.4 of its IDX policy are generally good. (Here are links to my disuccsion of it; … Read more about New NAR IDX policy proposals (Part 2)
Follow the listing record
It's easy to lose track of where listing records go. From IDX sites to VOWs to third party aggregators to data licensees, the path of listings can be confusing. Hopefully this simplified* chart will … Read more about Follow the listing record
NAR IDX Policy proposals in Anaheim
This post is by Larson/Sobotka attorney and consultant Elizabeth Sobotka. This post discusses proposals to change NAR policy regarding how and where MLS participants may display IDX data. The … Read more about NAR IDX Policy proposals in Anaheim
A Listing Syndication Discussion
Updated Feb 16, 2011: Revision to definition to address IDX Additions are underlined, deletions struck through. There has been a great deal of talk and writing lately about MLS/broker listing … Read more about A Listing Syndication Discussion
IDX “indexing”: What’s so special about franchisors?
NAR’s board of directors adopted a policy at its meeting in New Orleans in November regarding “Display of IDX Information by Real Estate Franchise Organizations.” This post looks at the policy from a … Read more about IDX “indexing”: What’s so special about franchisors?
Does ‘search engine’ = benign use of listing data?
I pointed out in last week's capstone post on the "search engine indexing of IDX series" that any policy that permits indexing of IDX sites needs to define exactly what kinds of 'search engines' are … Read more about Does ‘search engine’ = benign use of listing data?