According to StreetEasy, the board consists of 19 brokers from various firms throughout New York who will meet in person once a quarter to discuss resources, products and other topics.
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StreetEasy is making another attempt to repair its image with agents—this time in the form of an agent advisory board.
The board is comprised of 19 brokers from various firms across New York — the only market in which the Zillow-owned portal operates — who will meet in person once a quarter, giving StreetEasy a formal channel to process feedback from real estate agents. real estate professionals who use the platform.
Board members will primarily offer feedback on partner resources, products, events and programming, according to an StreetEasy’s announcement on Thursdayand will also gain early access to StreetEasy products and programs under development.
“As part of our continued efforts to provide value to New York Realtors and maintain trusted partnerships, we are pleased to introduce the 2023 members of the StreetEasy Agent Advisory Board!” the company said in an announcement.
Board members include Alex Antigua of Compass, AnneMarie Alexander of Corcoran, Avi Baron of Oxford Property Group, Jane Powers of Douglas Elliman and Karen Kostiw of Coldwell Banker Warburg.
The composition of the board of directors will change every year, according to The real deal.
Acquired by Zillow in 2013 and growing to become the leading portal for all of New York City, StreetEasy recently launched several well-received programs including StreetEasy Experts program which allows agents to sell themselves as experts on specific buildings and listings, adding ShowingTime to the StreetEasy platform and the launch of a suite of seller-focused products.
The portal has in the past drawn the ire of many in the brokerage community with accusations that it has become “the de facto MLS.”
Agents previously objected to the portal’s requirement that listings be posted on the platform within 24 hours of being posted elsewhere or their listings would be banned — a policy that was eventually reinstated.
The portals’ relationship with agents became rocky soon after its acquisition by Zillow, when it began charging brokers fees for rentals and lead generation — features that were previously free.