Top real estate portal promotes rights of brokers and MLSs in syndication debate
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Homes.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, announced today its support for the Syndication Bill of Rights set forward by Clareity Consulting. The Syndication Bill of Rights, which appeared in Clareity’s April 18 white paper “Syndication to Real Estate Portals: Problems and Solutions,” identifies a set of standards property search websites should follow to respect the rights of brokers, MLS operators and other content publishers. The study ranked Homes.com the #1 industry-friendly real estate portal ahead of Realtor.com, Zillow, Trulia and others.
The standards in the bill of rights concern several of the most discussed issues in the debate about the rights of content publishers, including data accuracy, respect for the intellectual property of brokers and MLS operators and efforts to ensure the listing pages serve their best interests.
“We’re excited to have Homes.com as the first major property search website to support the rules outlined in the Syndication Bill of Rights,” said Gregg Larson, Clareity Consulting President and CEO. “Homes.com has a proven record of working with MLS operators to implement data compliance standards. Their quick show of support for the bill of rights demonstrates that the major property search sites can operate successfully while balancing the needs of the industry and the consumer.”
As part of Homes.com’s ongoing commitment to actively participate within the real estate industry, Homes.com will be represented at the upcoming Council of Multiple Listing Services conference, entitled “Data Syndication and Licensing: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?” in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, May 10. Andy Woolley, vice president of Dominion Homes Media/Homes.com, will be a guest speaker on a panel highlighting many of the concerns covered in the recent white paper published by Clareity Consulting.
“We work hard to balance the needs of our various partners, content providers, and advertisers in creating a positive consumer search experience on Homes.com,”said Andy Woolley. “We plan to continue participating actively in supporting the standards suggested in the Bill of Rights and in other similar efforts to protect content providers and benefit the consumers visiting Homes.com.”
Homes.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is a leading provider of real estate marketing and media services, including brand advertising, property listing exposure and syndication, search engine marketing and instant response lead generation. Over 6 million consumers visit Homes.com each month to search nearly 4 million properties for sale or rent, to locate real estate agents in their area and to find useful home buying tips. Homes.com provides premier advertising solutions for real estate professionals reaching active homebuyers and sellers. For more information, visit www.Homes.com.
About Dominion Enterprises
Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, website design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 40 market-leading websites reaching more than 17.6 million unique visitors monthly, and more than 280 magazines with a weekly circulation of 2.4 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has 4,900 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide. For more information, visit www.dominionenterprises.com.