Category : Politics & Regulation

Grading Time! Reviewing My 2014 Predictions

Posted By Rob Hahn December 22, 2014, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Playing Economist, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 1:54 PM

Welcome to another edition of an annual tradition, in which I go back and grade myself on my predictions made at the start of this year. My track record so far: 2010 Predictions: 6 of 10 (.600) 2011 Predictions: 4.5 of 7 (.642) 2012 Predictions: 2 for 7 (.286) 2013 Predictions: 4.5 of 7

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Raising the Bar and Lawsuits… A Thought

Posted By Rob Hahn October 27, 2014, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 3:54 PM

I know I haven't been blogging, but hey... when you're sitting on the beach in Aruba staring at gently lapping waves of turquoise waters, diving into the Interwebz isn't real high on your list of priorities. Trust me on that. :) In any event, saw an interesting little tidbit this morning on Inman

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Antitrust Questions on MLS Decision to Screw With Syndication

Posted By Rob Hahn September 26, 2014, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 5:00 PM

Having just spent a couple of days at CMLS, a young man's fancy turns to questions of MLS-related things. In this case, a middle-aged man's fancy might turn that way too, since it's been a while since I've been a young man with fancy of any sort. As most of my readers probably know, RealTracs, a

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Competition Is Not Tortious Inteference

Posted By Rob Hahn September 20, 2014, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 10:27 AM

A brief note this Saturday morning... Conversations around my last post, about FTC taking action on anti-competitive Code of Ethics provisions, have raised an interesting and salient point. The best example comes from the comments, where Brian Rayl writes: Despite what the FTC states in terms of

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The NAR Code of Ethics is Illegal (Probably)

Posted By Rob Hahn September 19, 2014, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 12:12 PM

I got a heads-up from a source, which then led me to investigate further, and... unless there's something I am missing, the NAR Code of Ethics is (probably, in all likelihood) illegal as it stands today. It will need to be rewritten. News from federal regulators rarely make the front page. In

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Why Are Referrals Still Legal?

Posted By Rob Hahn July 29, 2014, Filed under: Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 2:19 PM

A brief question, born out of discussions online and offline in the wake of the Zillow-Trulia deal.... Let me set the stage. More than a few people think that Zillow will ultimately want a piece of the commission (as evidence, they point to the brokerage licenses that MarketLeader once owned,

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Association, MLS, RPAC: An Idea for Political Domination

Posted By Rob Hahn April 7, 2014, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 7:43 PM

Tywin Lannister, Chair of Casterly Rock Association of REALTORS File this one under: "There Is No Box" kind of thinking. The reason why this isn't a Black Paper (yet) is that I haven't checked with enough lawyers to see all of the possible pitfalls, but that might happen sooner rather than

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A Good Step… First of Thousands on the Long Road

Posted By Rob Hahn February 27, 2014, Filed under: Management, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 12:25 PM

NAR's First Board of Directors, 1909. That tall gentleman in the middle of the front row is most definitely NOT Dale Stinton, despite the striking resemblance. Just saw on Facebook that NAR has renamed the "Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo" -- its annual meeting in Washington DC --

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The Realcomp Anti-Trust Ruling Will Affect MLS Syndication

Posted By Rob Hahn February 9, 2014, Filed under: Management, Marketing, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate, Technology@ 4:59 PM

Inman News reports that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against Realcomp II in a years-long case: Michigan’s largest multiple listing service "unreasonably restrained competition" among real estate brokers by refusing to transmit exclusive agency property listings favored by

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Zillow Plays the Race Card in Advance of Hosting HUD Secretary Donovan

Posted By Rob Hahn January 21, 2014, Filed under: Media, Playing Economist, Politics & Regulation, Real Estate@ 1:27 PM

Last Thursday, Zillow released a report on minority access to mortgages in partnership with the National Urban League. In case you were wondering what the conclusion of the report might have been, it was titled, "A House Divided: How Race Colors the Path to Homeownership". The topline conclusion

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