Weekly Real Estate News Quiz: Think You're Up On The Biggest Headlines?

From agent commissions and splits to mergers and acquisitions, the real estate industry threw some curveballs. Take Inman's real estate news quiz to demonstrate how strong your talking points and cocktail banter are this week.
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Which nonprofit organization released a report alleging a lack of transparency regarding agent commissions and commission splits?

The report from the Consumer Federation of America surveyed 2,000 Americans and found that 32% of Americans know what the typical commission is.


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Realogy this week announced a new cashback rewards program for what type of consumer?

Through the program, AARP members will earn either cash-back or a bonus at closing, when they buy or sell a home with an agent at one of the companies brands.

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Zillow CEO Rich Barton gave the following piece of advice to which real estate company this week: “If they raise money to spend on technology, they better spend it on technology.”

Barton was asked by Inman founder Brad Inman what he thought of the well-funded real estate brokerage Compass at the Inman Unlock event in Las Vegas this week.

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How did RE/MAX’s Q3 earnings compare to the consensus estimates?

In an earnings report, RE/MAX reported $71.5 million in revenue, which represents a 30.4 percent year-over-year increase, during the quarter that ended Sept. 30. The company also posted adjusted earnings per share of $0.61, ahead of the consensus estimate of $0.59 per share.

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Which company threatened legal action this week against Bright MLS for its new pocket listing policy, which requires agents to post listings to the MLS?

In a pre-litigation letter sent to Bright MLS, Compass executive Cory Perkins argued that banning pocket listings is “unlawful, anti-consumer and anti-competitive.”

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Luxury homeowners in California have found a unique way to increase their home’s accessibility by installing these…

According to a report by Business Insider, more homeowners are beginning to invest in hillavators, which are also known as funiculars, lifts, trams or outdoor elevators.

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This local Realtor association came out against the National Association of Realtors’ proposed policy that would ban of pocket listings, as it’s currently written.

The Austin Board of Realtors, which includes over 13,000 members in central Texas and operates its own multiple listing service, has come out against a proposed pocket listing ban, suggesting that as currently envisioned the proposal is “not pro-consumer.”

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This actor was hit with a lawsuit this week over planned construction at their New York City apartment.

Billionaire real estate developer Larry Friedland filed a complaint alleging that Modine and his wife, Caridad Modine, are putting their neighbors’ safety at risk with plans to get rid of the emergency exit on their home.

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Charles Rutenberg Realty merged with which franchisor this week?

On Thursday, United Real Estate, a large national franchisor with over 6,000 agents and $6.6 billion in sales volume, announced it is merging with Charles Rutenberg Realty, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based brokerage with more than 1,000 agents working across the southern part of the state.

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Which of these real estate myths needs to be ‘busted for good,’ according to Inman contributor Cara Ameer.

Cara Ameer, a top-producing broker associate from Northeast Florida, busted eight real estate “myths” in her weekly column, including all three mentioned.

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