Zillow and REBNY finally come to the table over RLS feed
The listings portal’s CEO Spencer Rascoff met with John Banks on Thursday
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From left: Susan Daimler, Spencer Rascoff and John Banks
For the better part of a year, StreetEasy has been a magnet for criticism from much of New York real estate s brokerage community.
But a visit Thursday by Spencer Rascoff, CEO of StreetEasy s parent company Zillow, to the Real Estate Board of New York may signal a thaw in relations.
Sources said Rascoff — who is based on the West Coast — met with senior REBNY officials, including president John Banks, to discuss the possibility of StreetEasy taking REBNY s syndicated listings feed, which it so far has disavowed.
It s not happening tomorrow, said one source familiar with Thursday s discussion. But they were open. They were listening. It s something that s being considered.
The meeting was two months in the making, according to sources. After reaching an impasse with StreetEasy, REBNY reached out directly to Rascoff late last year to propose a face-to-face meeting.
In addition to Rascoff and Banks, others present at the meeting included Susan Daimler, general manager of StreetEasy; Jim Whelan, REBNY s executive vice president and chief lobbyist; and Sandhya Espitia, REBNY s senior vice president.
It was a productive, positive conversation, confir[……]