Realtor.com operator Move Inc. has hired Jonathan Smoke to interpret housing data and act as a public voice for the site as its first chief economist.
For the last six years, Smoke held various executive roles at real estate information and strategic marketing services company Hanley Wood, most recently as the company’s chief economist.
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Smoke’s appointment concludes a monthslong search for 18-year-old realtor.com, which up until recently had been barred by the National Association of Realtors from having a chief economist. NAR changed its position sometime in the last year, giving Move its blessing to bring on a real estate spokesperson for the site.
“As the real estate industry and our relationship with realtor.com continue to evolve, both organizations agreed that two voices are stronger than one,” NAR spokeswoman Sara Wiskerchen told Inman News in February when news broke that Move was on the hunt for a chief economist.
NAR has its own chief economist, Lawrence Yun, who helps Realtors interpret housing trends for their clients.