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Zillow Faces Private Antitrust Suit

 |  March 9, 2021

Zillow faces an antitrust lawsuit filed on Tuesday that accuses it and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) of anti-competitive behavior connected to the listing for sale of homes on Zillow’s website, according to a court filing.

An agreement between Zillow and the NAR resulted in Zillow making it harder for buyers to find homes for sale that are not associated with the NAR and Multiple Listing Services, according to the lawsuit, which was brought by Real Estate Exchange or REX, reported Reuters. 

Multiple Listing Services are databases of properties for sale in given regions used by members of the NAR and other realty professionals.

Zillow said that it intended to “vigorously defend” itself against the lawsuit. “(We) believe the claims are without merit,” a Zillow spokesperson said.

The lawsuit said that REX had successfully shown homes on Zillow’s website until shortly after the online company struck the deal with the NAR last year to join the organization.

Zillow also said that it would use MLS data feeds for its website but gave no details, the lawsuit said.

“Without any significant warning, Zillow unveiled its newly designed web display in mid-January 2021. The new web display creates a separate page, concealed behind the primary results, where REX homes are now funneled,” the lawsuit said.

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