Michael Catarevas

Michael Catarevas is a senior editor for RISMedia.

Posts by Michael Catarevas

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…

Homes.com, Realtor.com CEOs Clash for 2nd Place Supremacy, With Both Eyeing Zillow

Above: Realtor.com’s Damian Eales (left) and CoStar’s Andy Florance The words from CoStar CEO Andy Florance were delivered almost as an afterthought that day in February 2023 at the end of an upbeat but otherwise boilerplate quarterly earnings report. “While we typically do not comment on potential acquisition opportunities, we are confirming here that CoStar…

Construction Spending

Single-Family Home-Building Construction Holds at Highest Level Since August 2022

Construction spending fell in April as U.S. companies and the government scaled back projects across the country amid high interest rates. Outlays for single-family home building, however, climbed to the highest level since August 2022. The Commerce Department’s Census Bureau on Monday said construction spending fell 0.1% after slipping 0.2% in March.  Total residential construction,…

Deciphering Portal Info and Traffic Patterns: What Means What, and to Whom?

When two competing corporations face off aggressively and publicly, it can often make for great theater, which is what’s happening in the residential real estate realm. Realtor.com® and Homes.com have taken to launching broadsides at each other as the two portal giants battle for second place behind Zillow for home-search site-traffic supremacy. But as with…