Zillow’s Matthew Speakman on 2021’s home-building market

In this interview, Speakman discusses the latest housing starts report and how it effects the home-buillding market.

Mortgage rates remain steady, rise to 2.81%

With 14 consecutive weeks below 3%, Khater says rates provided "tangible support" to economy.

The future of title and escrow tech

Heading into 2021, there are many changes in store for the title industry. Join this multi-panel event to get ahead of the curve.

Stacking the deck

Does choosing the right technology stack give your brokerage a competitive edge?


Zillow, Trulia merger expected to get FTC go-ahead

Stocks soar by midday

The stocks of Zillow (Z) and Trulia (TRLA) are soaring on the expectation that the Federal Trade Commission is going to give a merger of the two online real estate listing services the go-ahead.

While shareholders approved the deal last month, there were a few hold-ups from regulators.

By midday today the share price is up more than 5% for Trulia and more than 10% for Zillow.

Zillow also announced today a new milestone in its Zillow Pro program, with membership passing the 5,000 mark.

Launched in June 2012, Zillow Pro for Brokers is a free, five-point program that improves listings accuracy, provides better reporting, includes a powerful contact follow-up system and increases the visibility of listing agents for participating brokerages.

"More than ever, we have made it our priority to build direct relationships with brokers around the country in order to get more timely and accurate listings, and in return, give brokers marketing exposure and connect their agents with home sellers and home shoppers,” said Greg Schwartz, Zillow chief revenue officer.  

New partners include:

  • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty
  • Coffee County Realty and Auction – Manchester, Tennessee
  • Coldwell Banker Finger Lakes – Geneva, New York
  • ERA King Real Estate – Birmingham, Alabama
  • Keller Williams Ballantyne – Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Keller Williams Realty – Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Gary Rabon, president and CEO of Coldwell Banker Advantage, said he loves Zillow Pro: "My agents love that they show up next to their listings every time and have seen an increase in homebuyers reaching out directly to them.”

3d rendering of a row of luxury townhouses along a street

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