Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams is a senior editor for RISMedia.

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Interview: Andy Florance on Restoring Transparency and Putting Agents ‘Back in Front of America’

Above, a screenshot from one of Homes.com’s new ads featuring Dan Levy of “Schitt’s Creek” fame and SNL’s Heidi Gardner.  During one of America’s most enduring traditions, Super Bowl Sunday, Homes.com plans to make history, regardless of who takes home the championship trophy.  Through four commercials reaching some 113 million viewers, the rapidly ascending real…

CoStar Drops $1.6 Billion to Acquire 3D Camera Pioneer Matterport

CoStar, the commercial conglomerate-turned residential portal gate-crasher, announced today that it is acquiring Matterport in a deal worth $1.6 billion, adding what appears to be a highly complementary new business to its growing arsenal of real estate-focused companies. “CoStar Group and Matterport have nearly identical mission statements of digitizing the world’s real estate,” said Andy…

COURT REPORT: Countdown for NAR Settlement Begins; Failed Consolidation Could Reopen Cases

Editor’s note: The COURT REPORT is RISMedia’s weekly look at current and upcoming lawsuits, investigations and other legal developments around real estate. Courts rarely move fast. Although it has been over a month since the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) announced that it was settling seller lawsuits, and 10 days since a judicial panel issued…

Brokerages Claim Buyer Lawsuits Barred by Statute of Limitations

With commission-focused lawsuits filed by recent homesellers seemingly headed toward resolution through a patchwork of settlement agreements, the real estate industry is now pivoting to face another threat—allegations from homebuyers that companies conspired on rules that inflated commissions and harmed them. In the largest and most recent lawsuit filed by buyers—known as Batton—several big brokerages…

Judges Deny Lawsuit Consolidation Effort, Leaving Commission Cases Scattered

Citing the recent National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) settlement agreement, a panel of six judges today denied an attempt by plaintiffs in commission-focused class-action lawsuits to consolidate all the copycat cases under one judge, saying that the “procedural posture of the litigation” makes that effort inappropriate. “After settlement proceedings conclude, and it becomes evident how…