The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released a white paper on Wednesday calling for an overhaul of the system by which residential appraisals are determined. The group made a number of recommendations, some of which members of the National Association of REALTORS® have supported in the past, including the implementation of licensing and certification standards as well as minimum education requirements. However, another in their list of recommendations could have serious consequences for the role of the multiple listing service (MLS) in home sales.
A section of the white paper focused on data technology criticizes local MLSs for becoming “less reliable” in recent years. The solution to this, and the more general problem of a lack of data standards that apply across the country, is what NAHB refers to as “the development of a real estate superhighway.” The group proposed creating this in four sections:
- Terra.gov – NAHB proposed “a national real property registry… with access by all stakeholders.” They named this as the site of an “official record of the factual details of both the structure and the regulatory constraints on the land.” Some of the specific items mentioned as included in such a database were time stamped photographs, satellite images, and floor plans. As of Friday afternoon, the Terra.gov domain name remained unregistered according to WhoIs.com. Continue reading »
By Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine
David Carr, media and culture columnist at The New York Times, said Thursday morning in a presentation at Inman’s Real Estate Connect conference that the line between consumers and producers of content is blurring, and for the twenty-something “digital natives” of today and subsequent generations, that line doesn’t even exist.
“Consuming and producing media are no longer discrete activities,” he explained.
That’s just one of the developments that’s triggering a revolution in media, he said. Another is the instant access to information available through a number of platforms. Carr pointed out that he totes more informational power around in his backpack than existed in the first newsroom he worked in. Moreover, the silos between those various platforms are breaking down as content can be delivered in so many different ways. Continue reading »