Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Los Angeles Real Estate Agents Throw Wrench Into Online Real Estate
It looks like the war between the old and the new continues to rage on in Los Angeles, as the city--already the center of the fight between taxi drivers and ridesharing services like Uber, Lift, and Sidecar--is now the center of a storm between real estate agents and online real estate sites like Zillow, Trulia, and REALTOR.com.
According to the Combined Los Angeles/Westside MLS (CLAW), the group which handles all of the real estate listings for local Los Angeles agents, it is clamping down on online real estate services with a 48-hour delay on data feeds to those websites.The Los Angeles MLS is apparently the first in the country to clamp down data access. The MLS apparently delayed the access to drive more traffic to local real estate brokers, instead of sites like Zillow and Trulia.
Image: listings on sites like Zillow in Los Angeles are now being delayed 48 hours due to a local MLS.