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Zillow Responds to Real Estate Startup’s Antitrust Suit

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REX’s lawsuit against Zillow alleges that separating MLS listings from other listings offers the MLS listings an unfair benefit. Zillow says MLS regulations leave it no alternative.

NEW YORK – In April 30 courtroom filings, Zillow said an antitrust lawsuit it faces around how it shows authentic estate listings could debilitate its system.

REX, a actual estate startup, requested a federal court docket to compel Zillow and its subsidiary, Trulia, to stop separating houses for sale into all those outlined by Nationwide Affiliation of Realtors® (NAR) customers and those people detailed by other individuals. The NAR listings occur from regional Many Listing Solutions (MLSs).

In January, Zillow altered how it shows listings after it obtained access to the MLS Online Data Exchange (IDX) feeds, which it makes use of less than guidelines founded by NAR. Individuals principles prevent internet sites that use its facts feeds from merging NAR listings with all those made available by non-NAR brokers.

Zillow reported it believes the guidelines are out of date, but it experienced to agree to IDX display screen licenses to get access to the IDX knowledge. Zillow also reported that obtain to MLS listings expanded its choices. In Seattle the place Zillow is headquartered for instance, the firm stated it was equipped to increase 3,000 a lot more dwelling listings following converting to the IDX feeds.

REX sued Zillow in federal court since it alleges that Zillow’s present-day arrangement favors listings by brokers who belong to NAR. REX says Zillow’s January alter locations non-NAR listings in a “hidden tab,” earning it additional difficult for buyers to obtain these households for sale.

In an April 15 filing, REX reported listings that moved from the “hidden tab” to Zillow’s most important listings tab seasoned as considerably as a 500% maximize in views. As a final result, REX asked the court for an injunction that would prohibit Zillow from separating the listings.

Resource: Politico (05/01/21) Nylen, Leah

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