Technology Archive

Seeking ‘Best of the Web’ Recommendations

Do you have a well-equipped arsenal of apps helping you work more efficiently? Are there real estate websites and blogs you read to stay up-to-date on news and trends? Are you using social networks in a new or creative...
July 11, 2013

MLSs See Gains in Efforts to Protect Data

Recent court cases are giving REALTORS® reason to be optimistic in their efforts to curb the unauthorized use of their MLS data. Two weeks ago the Key West Association of REALTORS® scored a major victory when a U.S. district...
June 19, 2013

Beware of Patent Troll

By Katie Johnson You’ve got options if a licensing agent demands a fee for scanning and e-mailing document. [JULY 1, 2013, UPDATE: The patent owner described in this article, MPHJ, is taking a break from its patent licensing campaign....
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June 4, 2013

No Speculation About REALTOR.com

An investment analyst has approached the National Association of REALTORS® and several NAR directors seeking insights on a special meeting of the NAR directors that will take place in July. At the meeting, the  directors will be discussing proposed changes...

That Entrepreneurial Spark—in Real Estate

It’s always interesting to learn what inspires an entrepreneur to start a business. In the case of David Greenberg, he had grown tired of having to separately change his address with the bank, postal service, insurance company, and all...

Sham Rating Site? Oregon Agents Raise the Alert

Agents at RE/MAX Equity Group in Portland, Ore., were suspicious. A site called agent-ratings.com was giving F grades to agents as a result of what appeared to be faked customer ratings. They consulted with the company’s general counsel Jeffrey...
April 15, 2013

Rebranded realtor.com Debuts

Seeking to make a better connection with consumers online, Web site realtor.com® (yes, with a lowercase “r”) unveiled new branding this week. The rebranding effort covers — for now, anyway — the corporate logo and the overall design and...

Facebook—But Organized

Have you noticed how quickly your online conversations go into the ether once they’re finished? You might remember that one of your friends had a brilliant idea about how to convert first-time buyers or a witty comment on the...
January 16, 2013

Can Instagram Sell Your Photos?

Okay, I’m looking for an honest answer here: How often do you install an application on your phone without reading the terms of service? If you are like most people, including myself, the answer is probably “all the time.” ...
December 18, 2012

On Data Security, Get Ahead of the Law

Last year some big-name companies and organizations got hit by data breaches. LinkedIn comes first to mind. According to news reports, its system was breached and millions of account passwords were potentially compromised. eHarmony, the University of Nebraska, Yahoo!...
November 27, 2012