This is part three in an x-part series (I promised four parts, but who knows?) on the question of whether and how brokers participating in MLS may use listing data of other brokers to power AVMs sold … Read more about Broker AVMs? (Pt. 3): The Realty Alliance’s position
This is the second part of an x-part series on the question of MLS participants using listing data from MLS to produce AVMs. See the intro post for background. The text below is from a summary our … Read more about Broker AVMs? (Pt 2): Previous NAR policy guidance
In May, NAR will be discussing a policy proposal that originates with The Realty Alliance (TRA). You can read TRA's open letter to NAR here on The Realty Alliance website. At issue in TRA's letter is … Read more about Broker AVMs? (Pt 1) Can MLS brokers build AVMs using data of other brokers?
Minneapolis, April 8, 2014: Larson/Sobotka PLLC, the Minneapolis-based law firm that serves multiple listing service, REALTOR® association, and brokerage clients around the U.S., announced today that … Read more about PRESS RELEASE: Larson/Sobotka PLLC changes name to “Larson Skinner PLLC”
OK, the enemy metaphor is a bit strong, but service providers in the real estate technology industry often ask our firm for legal and other advice. Most of our firm’s clients are REALTOR® … Read more about Sleeping with the enemy? No… Well, maybe just a kiss?
Of course, you’ve read about the dust-up in Boise at the CMLS conference, where Craig Cheatham, CEO of The Realty Alliance (TRA), alerted MLS executives that the big brokers in TRA are fed up with … Read more about Strategic hypocrisy and management by anecdote
In a post last week, my buddy Rob Hahn speculated about the likelihood of MLS being regulated by the government as a public utility. He and I had had an exchange of tweets during sessions at the … Read more about Public futility? MLSs should focus on broker needs, not fear government regulation
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
During the Council of MLS members-only webinar on Thursday, November 1, I briefly discussed one issue that will be before NAR’s Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee (MLIPC) in Orlando next … Read more about NAR lockbox policies in focus
No, I’m not talking to you. I’m thinking out loud. Please do not be offended. It is easy for me lose sight of the “big picture” when dealing with data distribution legal issues on a day-in and … Read more about Keep it simple, stupid
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)
The MLS Technology and Emerging Issues Subcommittee (TEIS) of NAR’s Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee is at it again. This group (and its previous iterations) has labored to sort out the … Read more about Social-media-lite policy proposed for NAR in Orlando