New buyer tool rates level of neighborhood noise (7/2/2015)
It’s not in Fla. yet, but a beta test of HowLoud in Los Angeles allows buyers to discover a neighborhood’s relative noise level before buying a home.
Zillow Group sells off ActiveRain (6/22/2015)
The Ben Kinney family of real-estate companies has purchased ActiveRain, the social network for real estate agents, along with Kwkly, a text-to-lead service.
Data storage safety: Your security role (6/11/2015)
The number of news stories about a major data breach continues to climb. In real estate, brokers oversee data security, but Realtors and staff must do their part.
A glimpse of the future: The ‘24/7 open house’ (6/9/2015)
A Phoenix firm allows buyers to tour listings anytime they want. Using a smartphone app, buyers request admission and wait for a text with a lockbox access code.
Realtors await A-OK to fly drones (5/18/2015)
There will be a time when Realtors can legally fly a drone to capture images for marketing listings – but that time has not yet arrived, at least not completely.
Scott signs Fla. bill on drone use (5/15/2015)
The FAA has not yet authorized drone use, but a bill signed by the governor yesterday creates some new Fla. privacy rules once drones get the go-ahead.
Beware of new WordPress vulnerability (4/28/2015)
Realtors who use WordPress and allow comments are vulnerable. If a comment includes malicious code, hackers can steal users’ names and passwords.
Effective now: Google shakes up Internet searches (4/21/2015)
It’s “mobilegeddon.” A website’s Google search rank drops on mobile devices if the technology doesn’t recognize smaller screens and adapt its content.
Could hyperlocal social network be Yelp 2.0? (4/6/2015)
One out of three U.S. neighborhoods has its own Nextdoor website that focuses solely on local events and services, including reviews of local businesses.
Google change will upend website searches (4/1/2015)
Websites that appear on the first page of a Google search could fall from grace after April 21 as the search engine starts to give more weight to mobile views.
U.S. streamlines rules to speed up drone permits (3/25/2015)
Operators still need FAA’s “Section 333” exemption, but they can get it quicker and, once issued, fly anywhere in the U.S. under specific standard restrictions.
Posting drone videos online? Be careful (3/16/2015)
The FAA sent a cease and desist letter to a YouTube provider who regularly posted drone videos, saying the site’s online ads nix his amateur photographer status.
ListHub and Trulia agree: List sharing ends April 7 (3/13/2015)
Move Inc. subsidiary ListHub will stop sending listings to Trulia the same day it stops sending them to Zillow under an agreement announced yesterday.
Survey: Buyers increasingly want smart home features (3/11/2015)
While not all buyers want the bells and whistles of a fully smart home, they increasingly want at least a few smart home features, such as security controls.
Online home sales becoming a reality (3/9/2015)
Over time, more buyers and sellers will be willing to conduct their entire transaction online – a growing niche. The question: Where does that leave Realtors?
U.S. proposes rules for commercial use of drones (2/16/2015)
The FAA released proposals yesterday, such as 55-pound and 100 mph maximums – but it might be years until a comment period ends and they’re official.