Consumer Alert - Zillow's "Coming Soon" feature

Zillow just released a new "feature" called "Coming Soon." This feature seeks to advertise one of the most anti-consumer practices in real estate called, "pre-MLS,""pocket listings," and "pre-market." These arrangements are bad for sellers, buyers and the marketplace.

Consumer Alert - Los Angeles consumers

Consumer Alert - Los Angeles Realtors are delaying distribution of sellers' listing data to online real estate sites.

Minnesota Consumer Alert - Edina Realty

Consumer Alert - We found the following problems with Edina Realty's listing practices contained in a 2011 listing contract provided to us. This list is not meant to be comprehensive.

NAILTA Study - No In-house Title

The National Association of Independent Land Title Agents (NAILTA)  has just released a consumer survey that sheds  light on what is important to consumers in selecting a title company.  This survey (click here to read it) is extremely important because it is the first of its kind to ask important questions that are designed to provide accurate results.

DORA to Colorado agents: Don't keep listings off market to boost pay

DORA to Colorado agents: Don't keep listings off market to boost pay

The Mortgage Choice Act Erodes Consumer Choice

HR3211 is a Bill deceptively entitled the Mortgage Choice Act. It should be called the Mortgage Elimination of Choice Act. It seeks to provide further advantages to affiliated business arrangements, something that hurts consumers and small business.

This  Bill is opposed by the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the Consumer Federation of America, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Consumers Union, National Council of LaRaza, Americans for Financial Reform, the Center for Responsible Lending, Consumer Federation of America and Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate.

Dual Agency Article by Mike Fleming, member of the William Mitchell Law Review

 William Mitchell Law Review Article by Micheal Fleming (click here to read it).