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Boutique Western Montana Brokerage Affiliates With Century 21

Century 21 Real Estate LLC is expanding its presence in Western Montana with its latest affiliation of female-owned Peak Property Advisors based in Missoula.  The full-service boutique brokerage is owned and operated by Julie Anton, a 12-year real estate veteran who founded the firm in 2021, according to a release. Since founding her company, Anton…

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Study: Sun Belt Homes Overvalued, With Texas an Outlier

Depending on one’s perspective on heat, political preference and classic Southern hospitality, the Sun Belt states can be dream destinations, although they hold some of the highest housing premiums in the entire country. Looking at the most overvalued measured markets, 17 out of 20 are in Sun Belt states, holding housing premiums of over 30%,…

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Connecticut’s SmartMLS Opts In to NAR Settlement

SmartMLS, Connecticut’s statewide Multiple Listing Service for residential real estate,  announced on June 18 that it has filed paperwork opting in to the terms of the national settlement in the Burnett vs. the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) lawsuit.  NAR had days earlier reminded brokerages with a residential transaction volume of more than $2 billion…

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Single-Family Homes Line Investor Portfolios—and Lawmakers Are Noticing

Editor’s note: This story is the first part of a two-part RISMedia report on the effects of institutional homebuyers on markets and housing. Look for part two in the coming days.  For many, real estate isn’t just a home, it’s an investment—especially when that buyer is a large financial institution. This documented trend of institutional…

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Do Independent MLSs Leave the Industry Open for Copycat NAR Lawsuits, or Are They Ahead of the Curve?

The buyer commission field is here to stay for areas in the Northwest under the purview of the NWMLS (Northwest Multiple Listing Service).   A non-affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), NWMLS does business independently, owned instead by its member real estate firms, and is therefore able to opt out of the proposed settlement…

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A Culture of Trust Is the Secret Sauce for New Florida Team

Above, from left, Lee Owen, Demelza Lisowski and Lehanna Amos Agents Demelza Lisowski, Lee Owen, and Lehanna Amos were friends, co-workers, and sociable rivals at Corcoran Reverie Real Estate, in the strip of beach towns known locally as 30-A, when they decided last fall to pool their time and talents. “As individuals, we were sharing…

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Effective Repairs to Make Before Selling Your Home

Selling a home involves more than just listing it on the market. Strategic repairs and improvements can significantly increase your home’s value and appeal to potential buyers. It’s all part of preparing to sell. I will provide detailed guidance on minor cosmetic fixes, major structural repairs and insights into DIY versus professional maintenance. You’ll also…

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PropStream Announces New Insights Dataset: Demographics

PropStream has added demographics, a new localized insights dataset made available through its partnership with Local Logic. All real estate pros using the PropStream platform can determine location value drivers quickly and accurately, aiding in property comparisons, valuations and investment potential. The company stated that this new upgrade will offer targeted and localized data for…

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Zillow, MLS’s Settle Showing Service ‘Monopoly’ Lawsuit

Zillow and two MLSs appear to have reached a settlement agreement in an antitrust lawsuit over its ShowingTime software, in which the portal giant alleged a the MLSs conspired to use “monopoly power” to undermine its product in favor of a new service they owned. Terms of the lawsuit were not immediately released, and Zillow…

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Court Report: MLS Defends Industry in DOJ Response; eXp Hit With New Allegations

Editor’s note: The COURT REPORT is RISMedia’s weekly look at current and upcoming lawsuits, investigations and other legal developments around real estate. As the summer heats up and real estate markets cool down, the pace and intensity of court drama affecting the industry appears to be hovering somewhere in between. On the one hand, the…

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