John Rees has offered another checklist for MLSs considering licensing data to RPR.John's list of questions takes a decidedly more legal perspective than Mike Audet's (mentioned in yesterday's post). … Read more about Another checklist for MLSs considering licensing to RPR
Update 2/1: Some folks using Internet Explorer had problems with the links in this post earlier today. WAVGroup fixed the problem on its server. They should work now.If your MLS is considering … Read more about WAVGroup white paper on RPR is a must-read for MLSs
We obtained a copy of the RPR MLS Content License Agreement (CLA) from an MLS client of our law firm on January 27. Our client provided a copy and said we could review it and blog about it but did not … Read more about RPR’s Content License Agreement: What am I missing?
UPDATE: Link to second part of this series.With RPR now on the scene seeking to license listing data from essentially every MLS in the country, Brian and I figured it was a good time to review the way … Read more about Where are the copyrights? Copyrights in MLS listing content Part I
Beginning in the next few days, my business partner Elizabeth Sobotka will be writing posts for MLSTesseract, too. Elizabeth is a co-founder of Larson/Sobotka, PLLC, attorneys at law, and our … Read more about MLSTesseract gets a new author
"If a spectacle is going to be particularly imposing I prefer to see it through somebody else's eyes, because that man will always exaggerate. Then I can exaggerate his exaggeration, and my account of … Read more about The report of RPR’s birth is an exaggeration…
Imagine you are a real estate broker, and you receive an email like this: From: Mystery Investment Company, LLC. To: YOU Subject: Offer To Purchase LETTER OF INTENT TO PURCHASE 123 Elm Street [the … Read more about Offer spamming
I have had numerous conversations with folks regarding the REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR), NAR's multi-million dollar initiative shrouded in secrecy. Until now, my view has been that there is no … Read more about REALTORS® Property Resource: A possible business model?
MLSs are plagued by a seemingly intractable problem: their legacy customers. This is the existing broker 'member' or 'participant/subscriber' base. The problem finally crystallized for me during Brad … Read more about Emancipating innovation from the ‘legacy customer’
It's always struck me that the news stories covering the real estate/sub-prime bubble and collapse have either been very superficial or too complicated for the average person to understand. When a … Read more about Great radio portrayal of how the real estate/mortgage bubble happened
Ok, so I posted earlier about why I think bonus offers are bad PR for the industry. But it is also unclear to me whether bonus offers can be allowed in MLS. Policy background If we take the example … Read more about Bonuses and Conditions on MLS Offers of Compensation
This post and the next are revised versions of posts I did on my short-lived ActiveRain blog a couple years ago. They came to mind because of an Inman column by Teresa Boardman two weeks ago regarding … Read more about Bonus offers in MLS are bad PR for the industry