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WATCH: Can big data and privacy coexist?
Posted on 3/26/2019 by Independent Author

Take a look into current methods of collecting and using data, the unintended consequences of current practices and what we can expect going forward in this Inman Connect New York panel.

Meet the agents behind Netflix’s latest TV ser...
Posted on 3/26/2019 by Independent Author

"Selling Sunset," a show that follows broker Jason Oppenheim and his agents on celebrity real estate sales, premiered on Netflix Friday.

New startup wants to automate lead prospecting...
Posted on 3/26/2019 by Independent Author

The team behind My Home Agent and Commersh unveiled Briepher, a new automated text-messaging bot that allows agents to reach 400 consumers a month.

WATCH: APIs from vision to reality
Posted on 3/26/2019 by Independent Author

Get an inside look at tips for process and strategy depending on your long-term product goals from CoreLogic's Lucie Fortier, FBS Data's Kim Prior and Contactually's Lauren Kreisberg onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

Meet the trailblazers leading the way at Disco...
Posted on 3/26/2019 by Independent Author

Disconnect will not only be guided by real estate mavericks, but also outside-the-industry trailblazers with insights that will redefine the way we do business.

WATCH: What did we learn at Indie Broker Summit?
Posted on 3/26/2019 by Independent Author

Round up the major takeaways from Inman Connect New York's Indie Broker Summit, and discuss how you can take action on them with First's Mike Schneider, Nest Realty's Jonathan Kauffmann and Adwerx's Jed Carlson. 

Realtor.com tests replacing its lead-gen with ...
Posted on 3/26/2019 by Independent Author

Some brokers who rely on realtor.com’s lead generation service are reeling after learning from the company that the service will no longer be offered in their area but instead replaced with one from Opcity, a startup that was acquired by News Corp., the parent company of realtor.com's operator Move Inc., last year for $210 million.

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WATCH: Building wealth through investing
Posted on 3/26/2019 by Independent Author

What does the transition from buying and selling homes to growing your investment portfolio look like? Why should agents be using this strategy to build wealth? From duplexes to cemeteries, listen in as these pros explain their different takes on investment strategies.

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Not another smart-home trend: 13 innovative fe...
Posted on 3/26/2019 by Independent Author

The International Builders Show, sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Kitchen and Bath Association, hosted more than 1,500 product makers and some 67,000 home builders, remodelers and allied professionals. Here are some of the most ingenius new home features on the market.

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How rookies can host another agent’s open hous...
Posted on 3/26/2019 by Independent Author

As a newbie agent, one of the best ways to get in the game is to host open houses for other agents. Here are a few tips that’ll help you avoid awkward situations and missteps along the way.

WATCH: Executing a winning in-house tech strategy
Posted on 3/25/2019 by Independent Author

Get an inside look from Porchlight's Amy Bayer, Realty Austin's Jonathan Boatwright and M Squared Real Estate's Dominic Morrocco at what it takes to build a winning tech stack for your brokerage that can set you apart from your competitors.

WATCH: Building the broker-vendor relationship
Posted on 3/25/2019 by Independent Author

In this sponsored panel, Climb Real Estate's Chris Lim, realtor.com’s Suzanne Mueller, Contactually’s Zvi Band and Rental Beast’s Ishay Grinberg will give tips on how to make the most of your relationships with vendors onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

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New to real estate? Make these 8 things your f...
Posted on 3/25/2019 by Independent Author

What does a new agent need to do regularly to succeed, grow and be profitable in their business and beyond? Here’s a list of the major things that new agents must do to prosper and succeed in their first year.

How data gave me the edge with my luxury listings
Posted on 3/25/2019 by Independent Author

As a luxury real estate agent that’s been in the industry for more than 25 years, I’ve grown my business to achieve more than $4 billion in career sales and built a large circle of clientele. So much of this success is the result of years spent developing and keeping strong relationships with my clients. The challenge at any price point, but particularly with more affluent clientele, is to remain a source of industry knowledge.

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How transactions can reinvent the client exper...
Posted on 3/25/2019 by Independent Author

Who cares about the real estate client experience? Brokers do. They’ve got CRM tools coming out the wazoo. Agents do. They answer phone calls on family vacations. Administrators do. They work overtime to keep everyone up-to-date. Buyers do. They need their offers submitted fast, no surprises. Sellers do. They want the best price (!) and a smooth deal. But for all this caring, why is the client experience still so difficult?

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How to be a high-tech landlord
Posted on 3/25/2019 by Independent Author

Not long ago, being a landlord could be an organizational nightmare. Renting out even one property came with a host of paperwork and recordkeeping tasks that had to be filled out by hand, filed, and stored in hard-copy in your office. Further, listing a property and tracking leads, applicants, and tenants became a full-time job in and of itself.

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Luxury Agent Spotlight: Adrian Burke
Posted on 3/25/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate is often a second career, but few agents have a background like Adrian Burke. As a Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Burke brings an extreme level of professionalism and service to his real estate business in Miami with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Playing the long game in luxury sales
Posted on 3/25/2019 by Independent Author

“When listing a luxury mountain home for sale, statistics show that it’s going to take at least a year to three years to sell,” notes Summit Sotheby’s International Realty agent Mary Ciminelli, an expert on the ins and outs of mountain property sales in Park City, Utah.

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WATCH: The new tech that’s changing the game
Posted on 3/24/2019 by Independent Author

Hear how the automotive industry has evolved and if we can expect the same for the real estate industry from eXp Realty's Scott Petronis, Toronto Real Estate Board & MLS's John DiMichele and INRIX's Kevin Foreman onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

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WATCH: Top team problem-solving
Posted on 3/24/2019 by Independent Author

Got team problems? These panelists will solve 'em. Listen in as top-producing team leads give advice to Inman Connect New York audience members.

The Inman Weekender: How Redfin and RE/MAX are...
Posted on 3/23/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories plus top Inman Connect New York talks you can't miss.

Discounter REX expands into Philly — buyer bro...
Posted on 3/23/2019 by Independent Author

Fresh off a $45 million funding round, rabble-rousing discount brokerage REX is expanding to the Philadelphia area, the company announced this week.

Zillow employee slams ‘illegal commission stru...
Posted on 3/23/2019 by Independent Author

A Zillow Group employee has filed a class-action lawsuit alleging ongoing labor code violations, including failure to pay overtime wages.

60%: the number of sales iBuyers will take in 2024
Posted on 3/23/2019 by Independent Author

Americans might start moving more if they can buy and sell houses the way they can buy and sell cars: quickly and over the internet, with easy financing available. This is the future of real estate — a future where iBuyers will take 60 percent of sales in 2024.

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Orlando Bloom’s bachelor pad hits the market f...
Posted on 3/23/2019 by Independent Author

Now that he’s counting down the days until his marriage to Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom has decided to part with his bachelor pad, listing it for $8.999 million.

WATCH: Real estate isn’t the only industry wit...
Posted on 3/23/2019 by Independent Author

It’s easy to have blinders on when it comes to the problems real estate leaders face, but industries from travel to publishing are experiencing many of the same pain points.

Realogy sues former manager who defected to Co...
Posted on 3/23/2019 by Independent Author

Realogy has sued a former manager of one of its Sotheby’s International Realty franchises for defecting to competitor Compass, allegedly in violation of a noncompete clause.

Two RE/MAX brokerages merge in Massachusetts
Posted on 3/23/2019 by Independent Author

A pair of RE/MAX franchises in Massachusetts announced this week that they have joined forces in a merger that creates the second-largest RE/MAX brokerage in New England.

Remine lays off two-thirds of sales staff a mo...
Posted on 3/23/2019 by Independent Author

Property data and analytics firm Remine laid off dozens of staff members Friday as part of a "strategic decision to double down" on its technology plans.

WATCH: What are platforms, and why should you ...
Posted on 3/23/2019 by Independent Author

Are broker platforms augmenting or replacing existing MLS platforms? What is the impact to industry participants? Explore why this topic is the new buzzword of the industry and what the future looks like.

Need help with your digital marketing design? ...
Posted on 3/22/2019 by Independent Author

Online digital design tool gives agents everything they need to make sharp graphics and presentations for $29 a month.

Freddie Mac names David Brickman as new CEO
Posted on 3/22/2019 by Independent Author

Freddie Mac announced Thursday that its current president, David Brickman, will soon be taking the reins as the mortgage giant's new CEO.

All the news you might have missed from Realog...
Posted on 3/22/2019 by Independent Author

This is your one-stop shop for all the latest breaking news, announcements and articles you might have missed from the first-ever RGX conference.

WATCH: Enhancing the consumer experience with tech
Posted on 3/22/2019 by Independent Author

Artificial intelligence, innovative listings, blockchain — technology is changing the way consumers are finding and purchasing real estate. Listen in to this conversation as some of the top tech minds in the industry detail the tech landscape in the real estate industry.

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Homeownership isn’t a necessity for most mille...
Posted on 3/22/2019 by Independent Author

According to a new survey commissioned by Northshore Fireplace, 65 percent of millennials believe homeownership is a "choice," rather than a necessity.

Meet the Realtor running for Congress
Posted on 3/22/2019 by Independent Author

Leigh Brown, a Realtor and owner of a North Carolina-based RE/MAX franchise, is hoping to become the Republican party’s nominee for the vacant Congressional seat in North Carolina’s 9th district.

WATCH: The New Kids on the Block
Posted on 3/22/2019 by Independent Author

Hear from Roofstock's Gary Beasley, Punchlist's Rich Estes, ShelterZoom's Chao Cheng-Shorland, PrestoIntelligence's Vernand Morency, Echovate's Matthew Gough, Jane.ai's David Karandish, Commersh's Kayla Jane, MapTrack's Hunter Stevens and First.io's Molly McKinley about their businesses in under a minute onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

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New Windermere campaign highlights agents who ...
Posted on 3/22/2019 by Independent Author

Windermere Real Estate has launched a new marketing campaign highlighting not its considerable technology chops, but its agents' willingness to go above and beyond for their clients.

Buy Emma Stone’s adorable Hollywood home for $...
Posted on 3/22/2019 by Independent Author

Seven years after moving into a super-cute Beverly Hills mansion, actress Emma Stone is hoping to sell the property — for $3.899 million.

Why you should track every buyer who walks thr...
Posted on 3/22/2019 by Independent Author

If you’re not keeping track of every buyer who walks through the door of your listing for an open house or showing, you’re being irresponsible and unprofessional. Here’s why.

Motto Mortgage adopts Total Expert for marketi...
Posted on 3/21/2019 by Independent Author

Motto Mortgage, the mortgage franchise from RE/MAX, announced on Wednesday that it's equipping its franchises with customer relationship management tool and marketing solutions from fintech startup Total Expert. 

Coldwell Banker open to merging franchise and ...
Posted on 3/21/2019 by Independent Author

Executives at Coldwell Banker are open to the idea of merging the leadership of the brand's franchises and company-owned businesses.

How Curaytor is solving the Instagram marketin...
Posted on 3/21/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate sales and marketing platform Curaytor announced Wednesday, via Instagram, that customers are now able to integrate the popular picture-based social medium into their marketing plans. Curaytor will only communicate via The Gram for the next 30 days.

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Windermere Park City does luxury home tours ri...
Posted on 3/21/2019 by Independent Author

With rich skiing pedigrees, agents Daimon Bushi and Dash Longe use their passion and skills to win the ski-in, ski-out niche in Park City, Utah.

Realogy launches ‘Agent X’ voice assistant, Fa...
Posted on 3/21/2019 by Independent Author

The nation's largest real estate company is not about to let other brokerages claim technological supremacy — at least not without a fight.

Federal Reserve keeps rates static, predicts n...
Posted on 3/21/2019 by Independent Author

The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady at 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent Wednesday as was widely expected while also predicting no rate hikes in 2019.

WATCH: How smart-home tech can translate to sales
Posted on 3/21/2019 by Independent Author

Get a first-hand look at the smart-home tech gadgets that your clients want from Coldwell Banker Elite's Angel Piontek, and find out how to leverage their benefits to help close your next sale.

Realogy expands iBuyer program, reveals cash b...
Posted on 3/21/2019 by Independent Author

Realogy announced Wednesday the expansion of its iBuyer program and upcoming launch of a service that will give buyers cash backing.

WATCH: Doubling down on diversity
Posted on 3/21/2019 by Independent Author

Learn how to implement diversity as a business strategy in your business from Realogy's Tanya Narvaez-Reu, NAGLREP's David Siroty, Keller Williams' David Acosta and Char Luxury Real Estate's Randy Char onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

3 expert ways agents use public data to provid...
Posted on 3/21/2019 by Independent Author

The public's lack of expertise with regard to data interpretation is an opportunity point that real estate professionals have to embrace. Here are three strengths that real estate agents bring to the table when reviewing public data — and why consumers still need us to navigate it for them (even when they think they don't).

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10 tips for snagging a buyer (and tons of lead...
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Independent Author

Open houses have long been seen by sellers as an activity crucial to selling their homes, and agents believe just as fervently that open houses are tools for developing buyer leads. Here’s how to host these events the right way so that they serve both functions equally well.

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Zillow is testing self-guided home tours to co...
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow is piloting a new program in Phoenix that gives prospective homebuyers access to the online behemoth's homes without appointments or even agents.

What Realtors should know about Apple’s new iP...
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Independent Author

Boasting improvements that might benefit Realtors, new models of iPad Air and iPad mini feature more power, better graphics and sharper cameras.

In January, single-family rent rose fastest si...
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Independent Author

The cost of renting a single-family home has grown at its fastest pace since 2016, according to new CoreLogic data released Tuesday.

OJO Labs raises $45M in Series C funding
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Independent Author

OJO Labs, the startup behind the artificial intelligence-based personal assistant “OJO,” announced Tuesday it's raised $45 million in Series C funding.

‘Compass Anywhere’ will allow agents to work f...
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Independent Author

The new program will now allow agents to work from any office, providing technology and support services no matter where they land.

Facebook unveils new housing ad controls, sett...
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Independent Author

Social media giant Facebook is making significant updates to its online ad platform for housing, employment and credit ads as part of its settlement agreements ending five prior discrimination lawsuits filed against it.

Don’t just grow at Inman Connect — now you can...
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Independent Author

More tactical and interactive, the THRIVE workshops offer attendees live problem-solving with industry leaders.

WATCH: How to navigate FSBOs and long-term pro...
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Independent Author

If you have the patience and the know-how, you can bulk up your business by focusing on the long game. Get inspired by the experts who have done it themselves.

WATCH: Getting transparent about top teams’ fi...
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Independent Author

What do the models look like for the teams with the highest profit margins? Vija Williams, KW's Matt Fetick Real Estate Team's Matt Fetick and Halstead's Louise Phillips Forbes get real about their financial IQ onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

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EXp World Holdings revenue soars 212%
Posted on 3/19/2019 by Independent Author

EXp saw a net loss of $5.2 million, or $0.09 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the earnings report. Still, that beat the expectations of analysts, who had predicted losses of $0.11 per share.

Lone Wolf launches transaction management platform
Posted on 3/19/2019 by Independent Author

Lone Wolf is set to announce a new two-way transaction and back-office integration software at Realogy's RGX conference Monday in Las Vegas. 

Builder confidence holds steady
Posted on 3/19/2019 by Independent Author

Builder confidence remained steady in March with the Housing Market Index at 62, on a 0-100 scale, after climbing the past two months.

Historic Midwest floods kill 3, destroy hundre...
Posted on 3/19/2019 by Independent Author

Three people are dead and as many as 500 homes lay in ruins as historic flooding continued Monday across Nebraska and Iowa.

WATCH: The partners helping to power indie bro...
Posted on 3/19/2019 by Independent Author

Not every brokerage has the ability to build an in-house technology stack. When should you ask for help when it comes to technology, and who can you turn to?

WATCH: Growing your agents’ business by 300% i...
Posted on 3/19/2019 by Independent Author

Take a deep dive into strategies that'll help indie brokers set up structure, create training programs and hold agents accountable when providing leads from Anthony Lamacchia.

Unlikely allies: Redfin and RE/MAX are teaming up
Posted on 3/19/2019 by Independent Author

RE/MAX and Redfin announced a new partnership today that will give RE/MAX agents exclusive access to Redfin’s agent referral program – at a discounted rate – in 5,000 U.S. ZIP codes and throughout Canada.

Compass is now showing the listing agent on co...
Posted on 3/19/2019 by Independent Author

Compass, last week, quietly made a big change to the way it displays listings on its consumer-facing website. Every non-Compass listing now shows the listing agent and contact information for the listing agent, making Compass’ site more similar to Zillow or realtor.com than a brokerage website.

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WATCH: Creating buzz around your business
Posted on 3/19/2019 by Independent Author

In this Inman Connect New York panel, Lion & Orb's Audie Chamberlain and Stribling's Ashley Murphy go through best practices for generating press around your company culture and share how to use PR to enhance your business.

Coldwell Banker unveils new logo, ongoing rebr...
Posted on 3/19/2019 by Independent Author

Coldwell Banker unveiled a rebranding effort Monday that includes a new logo and mission statement, which the company expects to roll out over time.

WATCH: Understanding user experience
Posted on 3/18/2019 by Independent Author

The user experience requirements are vastly different if your end user is a real estate agent versus a consumer. Get tips and tricks to help you better design for your intended audience.

6 daily prospecting activities new agents can’...
Posted on 3/18/2019 by Independent Author

The beginning is always the hardest, and it can be overwhelming for a newbie. But by pursuing these six avenues, new agents can get their business up and running and, most importantly, profitable by taking action every day.

WATCH: The services shaping tomorrow’s success...
Posted on 3/18/2019 by Independent Author

The edges of the business, including mortgage, settlement and insurance, have become core to broker profitability. What’s next, and how does the use of data impact broker success?

WATCH: The key to effective conversation
Posted on 3/17/2019 by Independent Author

There are times when agents should use a script and other times when they shouldn’t. Get the inside scoop from experts on how to navigate tricky conversations and the top phrases and questions they recommend to ensure the sale. 

WATCH: When should team leaders stop selling?
Posted on 3/17/2019 by Independent Author

Most successful team leaders eventually have to decide whether to keep producing or take on more of a leadership role. Listen in as Kris Lindahl, Wendy Papasan, Noel Berk and Julie Vanderblue talk through the decision-making process.

New tool tells lenders if properties were dama...
Posted on 3/16/2019 by Independent Author

The new parcel-level disaster data is available as a free add-on to the VeroVALUE service, which the company describes as an AVM that provides realistic value ranges for properties across the country.

The Inman Weekender: College fraud scandal hit...
Posted on 3/16/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories plus top Inman Connect New York talks you can't miss.

Real estate’s big threat, according to a Coldw...
Posted on 3/16/2019 by Independent Author

As the regional executive vice president of the eastern seaboard and midwest regions at Coldwell Banker NRT, Sue Yannaccone oversees 239 Coldwell Banker offices.

Love VR, but hate the headset? Try Ground Control
Posted on 3/16/2019 by Independent Author

Radical Galaxy Studio recently launched a tour product for agents who sell new-build condos, residences and apartments from showroom floors. It's a VR content management system called Ground Control, no VR headset required.

Who’s paying $17,500 a day to rent a house in ...
Posted on 3/16/2019 by Independent Author

You know real estate is getting out of hand when people are paying $1.5 million — or $17,500 a day – to rent a temporary summer property.

Opendoor CEO: Agents will become advisers as a...
Posted on 3/16/2019 by Independent Author

Eric Wu said he envisions a future where everyone uses Opendoor to buy and sell their home in a frictionless transaction that is eventually low-cost or free.

WATCH: How to pivot and adapt in a shifting market
Posted on 3/16/2019 by Independent Author

In a shifting market, how can brokerages stay ahead of the game and be proactive about what’s to come? Find out from Red Oak Realty's Vanessa Bergmark, Benchmark Property Management's Lee Arnold and Laer Realty Partners' Stacey Alcorn onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

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Mauricio Umansky and The Agency hit with new l...
Posted on 3/16/2019 by Independent Author

Celebrity real estate agent and The Agency CEO Mauricio Umansky has been hit with a second lawsuit over the 2016 sale of a Miami mansion.

WATCH: Making the most of brokerage-vendor rel...
Posted on 3/16/2019 by Independent Author

Get tips on how to make the most of your relationships with vendors, and learn how to create a successful strategy that works for your brokerage.

Why the ‘bombshell lawsuit’ might be a dud
Posted on 3/16/2019 by Independent Author

The issues and potential threat that the Moehrl lawsuit poses to the real estate industry, specifically in regard to sharing listings and compensation through the MLS, have been outlined — but in this two-part series, you'll be taken on a deep dive into the mistakes, errors and problems contained within this complaint.

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5 tips for growing your business with Instagram
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Independent Author

Here are five tips that you can use right now to increase your following, gain exposure to your personal brand and get more business from your Instagram account.

Offerpad scores new funding as iBuyer competit...
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Independent Author

Offerpad said it plans to be operating in more than 30 cities by the end of next year, compared to Opendoor's goal of 50 markets nationwide in the same time frame. 

New-home sales dropped 6.9% in January
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Independent Author

Sales of new single-family homes dropped 6.9 percent from December to January and were down 4.1 percent year-over-year, according to the Census Bureau.

Lead qualification startup Riley shuts down
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Independent Author

Riley, a tech-oriented lead-qualification startup that had raised millions in funding, announced it was closing and returning what remains of its cash.

Engel & Völkers continues US expansion
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Independent Author

The German-founded Engel & Völkers is setting its sights on U.S. expansion plans that will grow its presence across the country.

Black Knight announces new productivity mobile...
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Independent Author

Black Knight is one of the real estate industry's largest players in MLS technology, and this week it announced the launch of Paragon Connect, a companion mobile solution to its Paragon Collaboration Center Consumer Portal.

Agents with concealed carry permits restrain a...
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Independent Author

After an armed standoff with an intruder, a father-son real estate duo has reignited a longstanding conversation about agents and guns.

Disconnect: Industry leaders set to define rea...
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate leaders rolling up their sleeves for three days to come up with an ambitious forecast for where the industry will be in five years. That is the plan at Inman Disconnect in the Desert, April 8-10 in Palm Springs.

WATCH: Using data to drive associations forward
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Independent Author

Associations across the country are using data to help their organizations in different ways. Get an inside perspective on what this looks like.

WATCH: R u messaging ur clients? How texting h...
Posted on 3/15/2019 by Independent Author

See how texting has evolved with advances in geotagging and smart-sign technology, and learn how to get the most out of your messages to clients.

TopOffer.com eliminates seller-paid commission...
Posted on 3/14/2019 by Independent Author

In a new model launched at SXSW, TopOffer.com charges buyers 3 percent commission: 2.5 percent for the company and 0.5 percent to the buyer’s agent.

Paul Manafort indicted in New York on mortgage...
Posted on 3/14/2019 by Independent Author

Paul Manafort was indicted Wednesday in New York on charges related to mortgage fraud, conspiracy and other crimes — just minutes after he received a second prison sentence in a separate federal case.

See how a 1950s ranch home became the remodel ...
Posted on 3/14/2019 by Independent Author

Honored as this year's New American Remodel, the formerly single-level, 1950s-era home in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, was transformed by the company Luxus Design Build, LLC into a two-level 6,000-square-foot marvel of energy efficiency, including luxury and indoor and outdoor living spaces.

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WATCH: Making relationships part of your brand...
Posted on 3/14/2019 by Independent Author

In this industry, you'll hear over and over again that real estate is a relationship business. In this Inman Connect New York video, you'll learn how experts are using relationships as their biggest asset.

WATCH: What it takes to successfully build and...
Posted on 3/14/2019 by Independent Author

Learn the pitfalls to avoid when taking a new product from idea to shipped, and get tips on how to execute on your product vision from Keller Williams' Svetlana Nuernberg, product manager and engineer, and KW's Adi Pavlovic, director of innovation, onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

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SmarterAgent sues Real Estate Webmasters, HomeAway
Posted on 3/14/2019 by Independent Author

SmarterAgent LLC, a technology patent licensing business, is suing HomeAway and Real Estate Webmasters for patent infringement, claiming the latter two companies are infringing on a patent related to location-aware search engines.

WATCH: Why I went indie
Posted on 3/14/2019 by Independent Author

Indie brokers have the unique opportunity to take a stance in the community, stand by their values and attract like-minded agents. Hear the success stories behind Abio Properties and McQuaid & Company Real Estate Services from the brokers who know it best.

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What agents should know about tech’s next IPO boom
Posted on 3/14/2019 by Independent Author

The San Francisco Bay Area could explode with new millionaires this year, as a number of the top Bay Area-based tech companies mull initial public offerings. But will this influx of new cash actually have an appreciable impact on the nation’s most expensive housing market?

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Stuck on the sales roller coaster? Kick these ...
Posted on 3/14/2019 by Independent Author

There is a rush both of excitement and terror that comes from riding roller coasters — but when it comes to your real estate business, you want to make sure that rush stays at the amusement park while your business stays stable and keeps growing. Here's how.

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Zillow’s not stopping: What agents can do to s...
Posted on 3/14/2019 by Independent Author

As every industry faces disruptive technologies, the same steps are inevitably taken in each that always lead to the same outcome: The incumbents fail to embrace change quickly enough and are displaced.

Flat-fee brokerage Redefy to go public
Posted on 3/13/2019 by Independent Author

Redefy, a flat-fee brokerage that charges homeowners $3,500 to sell online, has announced plans to go public.

‘This is just another home with a past’: Mansi...
Posted on 3/13/2019 by Independent Author

The estate where famed music producer Phil Spector shot and killed his girlfriend is now on the market for $5.5 million.

WATCH: How do you compete as a team?
Posted on 3/13/2019 by Independent Author

With teams, big or small, the product is a sum of its members who each bring varying talents to the table. In the age of signing bonuses and payout promises, what collaborative steps can teams take to ensure success in a shifting market?

New FEMA plan could make flood insurance more ...
Posted on 3/13/2019 by Independent Author

Federal officials are reportedly exploring a new flood insurance reform plan that would rely more heavily on data, potentially offering homeowners more transparency about the risks they face while also driving up rates in some areas.

Real estate execs charged in massive college f...
Posted on 3/13/2019 by Independent Author

Several real estate developers and executives are among the dozens charged in federal court Tuesday in connection with an alleged massive scheme to facilitate cheating on college exams and bribe admissions officials and college varsity coaches to get their children into elite colleges and universities.

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Top Keller Williams team in Canada joins RE/MAX
Posted on 3/13/2019 by Independent Author

Peggy Hill, an agent and leader of Keller Williams’ Peggy Hill Team in Barrie, Ontario, is moving all 31 of her sales representatives and staff to RE/MAX Hallmark Realty. It is currently the top Keller Williams team in Canada and the fourth highest Keller Williams team in the world by sales volume. 

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WATCH: From idea to successful marketing campaign
Posted on 3/13/2019 by Independent Author

Shay Hata shares how she contacts her clients with relevant information — on the daily. David Marine talks about how he married passion with message and some cute little pups. Find out how they've nailed implementation onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

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WATCH: Why data matters
Posted on 3/13/2019 by Independent Author

How can the industry use data as a lens to raise the bar on the overall consumer experience? Celeste Starchild, realtor.com, shares why the consumer is her "why" onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

A simple checklist sellers should use before e...
Posted on 3/13/2019 by Independent Author

Spend some time making sure sellers understand that a successful and quick sale depends on them staying in front of showings so the home really shines. Here are a few ways to make sure your sellers are putting their best house forward.

Still wondering why service trumps tech? Ask B...
Posted on 3/13/2019 by Independent Author

You can't be full of yourself, provide poor service, a poor environment and “charge late fees” when customers expect to be delighted. Ours is a service industry where hubris has no place, and we ought to focus on the end user. Don't believe us? You might end up like Blockbuster.

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Windermere celebrates 30-year anniversary of n...
Posted on 3/12/2019 by Independent Author

Windermere Real Estate is celebrating the 30-year anniversary and $38 million funding milestone of its nonprofit foundation.

Agent comes face to face with masked men while...
Posted on 3/12/2019 by Independent Author

A California real estate agent was about to take a potential homebuyer on a house tour when he noticed two men in masks running into a waiting car.

These are the cities with the best public tran...
Posted on 3/12/2019 by Independent Author

New York, Boston and San Francisco all crack the top 10 for the cities with the best transportation, according to Redfin.

WATCH: How to make the most of your advertisin...
Posted on 3/12/2019 by Independent Author

Listen in to learn top strategies for advertising online and how to make the most of the platforms available to you from Nextdoor's Lauren Nemeth, Zillow's Curt Beardsley and Google's Brian Dick onstage at Inman Connect New York.

Paris Hilton’s old party pad up for rent — str...
Posted on 3/12/2019 by Independent Author

A new owner is hoping to rent Paris Hilton's infamous aughts party pad for $30,000 a month.

Luxury listings will now follow you around the web
Posted on 3/12/2019 by Independent Author

The new product will allow brokerage and luxury listing platform Luxury Portfolio International to deliver targeted ads from the 50,000 properties it markets across the web. After someone views a property on Luxury Portfolio's website, they'll start seeing banner ads for that same property following them as they visit other unrelated websites.

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WATCH: What you should know about Gen Z homebuyers
Posted on 3/12/2019 by Independent Author

Take a peek into the brains of three Gen-Zers, and hear about their expectations, favorite websites and how to reach them.

Buyer’s side commission confusion? Survey show...
Posted on 3/12/2019 by Independent Author

Nearly half of homesellers don't realize they pay the buyer's agent commission fee, according to a survey from flat-fee real estate referral service Clever Real Estate.

Dear Marketing Mastermind: How can I raise my ...
Posted on 3/12/2019 by Independent Author

In this monthly advice column, Marketing Mastermind Christy Murdock Edgar answers three burning questions from the real estate industry at large. This month's topic: What are some of the game-changing things you can do to make your marketing and reputation stand out in your area?

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Who’s to blame for falling co-op commissions?
Posted on 3/12/2019 by Independent Author

Brokers across the nation have agents who are very unhappy about one thing: falling co-op commissions. With an increasing number of alternative brokerage models, commission splits are changing.

WATCH: What should be in your marketing toolbox?
Posted on 3/11/2019 by Independent Author

What are people really using when it comes to marketing essentials like photo sourcing, editing, Instagram tools and apps? What do these things cost, and what are the advantages?

WATCH: Justifying your commission through your...
Posted on 3/11/2019 by Independent Author

Will you lower your commission? Do I really need a real estate agent? Find out the most diplomatic and convincing responses to these and a number of other cringe-worthy questions that get thrown at you day after day.

WATCH: What we learned at Indie Connect
Posted on 3/10/2019 by Independent Author

Indie brokers Vanessa Bergmark, Red Oak Realty; Amy Bayer, Porchlight; and Mike Schneider, First, join together onstage to discuss the most important takeaways from Inman Connect New York's Indie Broker Connect. 

12 tips you should give to all first-time sellers
Posted on 3/10/2019 by Independent Author

A lot has been written about how to prep first-time buyers, but when it comes to giving sellers advice, not so much. In addition to the usual home-prep and for-sale advice, here are 12 tips for first-time sellers that’ll help quell their fears.

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Attom Data Solutions launches cutting edge, cl...
Posted on 3/9/2019 by Independent Author

Attom Data Solutions has unveiled a cloud-based system it believes could save clients money and ultimately do for data what Netflix did for streaming video.

Average home falls below $250K
Posted on 3/9/2019 by Independent Author

Nationwide, the average price of a single-family home fell modestly to $249,400 in January, from $256,400 in December, according to new NAR data.

‘The agents are winning,’ Realogy is losing: J...
Posted on 3/9/2019 by Independent Author

The picture is bleak for Realogy as a perfect storm of competitive pressures bear down on the residential real estate behemoth, according to an investor note issued by JPMorgan.

The Inman Weekender: Compass to acquire Alain ...
Posted on 3/9/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories plus top Inman Connect New York talks you can't miss.

WATCH: GDPR’s impact in the US
Posted on 3/9/2019 by Independent Author

How is the General Data Protection Regulation, passed in the European Union, affecting us here in the U.S.? Get a closer look at the measures abroad and in the states to protect users’ privacy.

What the bombshell buyer-side lawsuit means fo...
Posted on 3/9/2019 by Independent Author

In case you missed it, a class action lawsuit was filed with the United States District Court in the Northern District of Illinois on Wednesday, March 6. If the court rules in favor of plaintiffs, Realtor associations evaporate, the MLS likely dies off and the entire infrastructure of residential real estate has to be remade.

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The number of older renters in the US is skyro...
Posted on 3/9/2019 by Independent Author

The research, unveiled this week by apartment search website RentCafé, shows that between 2007 and 2017, the number of renter households aged 60 and older jumped from 6.5 million to 9.4 million, an increase of 43 percent.

Zillow, Realogy support bill for LGBTQ protect...
Posted on 3/9/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow and Realogy joined 159 other businesses to announce their support of the Equality Act, ahead of its expected reintroduction into Congress next week.

WATCH: The RESO data initiatives you should kn...
Posted on 3/9/2019 by Independent Author

From data grid to internet tracking to lead cultivation — hear the latest on Real Estate Standards Organization initiatives and what we can expect in 2019.

WATCH: The state of the traditional business model
Posted on 3/9/2019 by Independent Author

Hear from Spruce Holdings' Patrick Burns and Qualia's Nate Baker on disrupting the traditional business model of the real estate transaction onstage at Inman Connect New York.

Keller Williams slashes nearly 11K agents in ‘...
Posted on 3/8/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams company-wide purge of "ghost agents" immediately dropped the franchisor's agent count by nearly 11,000, according to company earnings.

Bankrate successor to pay $28M in fines for fr...
Posted on 3/8/2019 by Independent Author

Baton Holdings, the successor company to financial services and marketing company Bankrate, has agreed to pay $28 million in fines to resolve a government investigation into accounting and a securities fraud scheme carried out by former executives. 

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Airbnb acquires HotelTonight, last-minute book...
Posted on 3/8/2019 by Independent Author

The rental-by-owner company announced the acquisition Thursday, saying in a statement that HotelTonight will help further Airbnb's mission to "create a world where anyone can belong anywhere."

Brokerage adds CPR training after hero agent r...
Posted on 3/8/2019 by Independent Author

Florida real estate agent Laura Calhoun was freshening up a property when an emergency forced her to put her life-saving skills to use.

Competition from Zillow, AI is the biggest fea...
Posted on 3/8/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate brokerages anticipate big challenges to come from evolving technology and "nontraditional market participants," according to a new NAR survey.

WATCH: Why is the relationship between brokers...
Posted on 3/8/2019 by Independent Author

Where's the disconnect, and what does it take to bridge that gap? Listen in as moderator Denee Evans, CMLS, and Sam DeBord, Coldwell Banker Danforth, explain the issues between brokers and the MLS.

100% commission brokerage Fathom Realty will f...
Posted on 3/8/2019 by Independent Author

Fathom Realty, the cloud-based, flat-fee commission brokerage announced plans on Tuesday that it intends to file a draft registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to take the company public. The company expects the documents to be filed sometime in the second quarter.

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WATCH: The analytics that are changing consume...
Posted on 3/8/2019 by Independent Author

Hear from the latest platforms that are embracing deep data pools and demographic trends, including Localize.city's Steven Kalifowitz, Cherre's L.D. Salmanson, HouseCanary's Josh Seiff and Triplemint's David Walker.

Is Washington ruining it for real estate?
Posted on 3/8/2019 by Independent Author

The perceived headwinds in the housing market aren't the rising interest rates or supply and demand — they are our politicians. Everything starts with perception, and politicians have encouraged the fear that has crept into our mindset. Here's what Washington has done to our industry and why we will survive it.

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The Real Word: What happens to agents using Co...
Posted on 3/8/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they’ll take a look at the Compass acquisition of popular real estate customer relationship management platform Contactually.

Apartment rental tech startup Blueground raise...
Posted on 3/7/2019 by Independent Author

Tenants can use a mobile app to book cleaners, request maintenance or switch to another Blueground apartment in a new neighborhood or city.

Moneyball: How Realogy deploys AI to gain a re...
Posted on 3/7/2019 by Independent Author

With 2 million transaction records ingested every quarter, Realogy has a stark advantage over its competitors in the form of a robust data trove it uses to sharpen agent recruiting, company CEO Ryan Schneider said during a presentation Wednesday in New York City.

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WATCH: How I built my real estate team
Posted on 3/7/2019 by Independent Author

All teams have to start from square one. Hear from successful team leaders, moderator Kris Lindahl, Rachel Adams Lee, Jeremy Stein and Daniel Beer, as they reflect back on what they did early on to set up their teams for success.

Restaurateur Mr. Chow snags Katy Perry’s Holly...
Posted on 3/7/2019 by Independent Author

After months of struggling to sell her Hollywood Hills home, Katy Perry has inked a $9.4 million deal with prominent restaurateur Michael Chow.

Former franchise sues RE/MAX Integra over ‘pre...
Posted on 3/7/2019 by Independent Author

Leading Edge Real Estate, a Boston indie that split from RE/MAX Integra is suing its former franchisor for what it's calling a "predatory recruiting" campaign in violation of franchise agreements, in the wake of the divorce.

New Zillow CEO saw iBuying as ‘existential thr...
Posted on 3/7/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow dived into iBuying after seeing it as an "existential threat," the company's newly reinstalled CEO said this week, and he anticipates major changes to its current practice of charging agents for a subscription to get leads.

WATCH: The anatomy of a solid marketing plan
Posted on 3/7/2019 by Independent Author

As an agent, marketing is almost always playing on a loop in the back of your mind, which makes sense as bringing in business directly feeds your bottom line. In this video, Molly McKinley and Valerie Garcia outline how to create a successful marketing plan. 

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Miami power agents The Jills rebrand, join for...
Posted on 3/7/2019 by Independent Author

Changes are afoot for Miami's most well-known real estate duo — the Jills are forming a new company through a collaboration with the Zeder Team.

WATCH: How to work (and own) seller leads on a...
Posted on 3/7/2019 by Independent Author

A potential client reaches out and specifically wants to work with the team lead. How do you distribute listing leads in this case, and how do you build trust with the seller? Find out from Northrop Realty's Creig Northrop, who does this flawlessly with his 2,000 lead calls per year.

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Why you shouldn’t fear losing the real estate deal
Posted on 3/7/2019 by Independent Author

Most agents will agree that losing a deal they’ve worked hard to put together is never fun. Sometimes though, it can almost feel like a higher power is at work and a failed deal can truly save the day. Here are three examples of how it can all work out just fine.

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Growth in home prices continues to slow in Jan...
Posted on 3/6/2019 by Independent Author

Home prices increased by only 4.4 percent year-over-year and 0.1 percent month-over-month, according to new data from CoreLogic.

WATCH: What you need to know about listing photos
Posted on 3/6/2019 by Independent Author

With technology like artificial intelligence, floor plan stitching and virtual reality, the potential to draw in buyers with your listing photos is at an all-time high. Listen in as BoxBrownie’s Peter Schravemade and Boardman Realty’s Teresa Boardman debate the line between improvement and misdirection.

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Want to be a local expert? Try LiveBy’s unique...
Posted on 3/6/2019 by Independent Author

The local web content provider thrived behind the scenes with brokerage and software partnerships, but now it’s emerging to serve the greater agent market and help real estate agents become the local voice by offering data-driven content marketing models.

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NAR hires new communications and creative cont...
Posted on 3/6/2019 by Independent Author

The National Association of Realtors is welcoming two new vice presidents, Martill Williams and Susan Welter, into its fold.

WATCH: The tech that powers agent success
Posted on 3/6/2019 by Independent Author

Many brokerages are touting their proprietary tech offerings as a competitive advantage, but what technologies are the real must-haves? Strip away the hyperbole and drill down to the nitty gritty in this Inman Connect New York video.

Sotheby’s consolidates leadership under broker...
Posted on 3/6/2019 by Independent Author

Fresh on the heels of a record-setting year, Sotheby’s International Realty announced Tuesday plans to consolidate the franchise and company-owned businesses under a single umbrella.

New-home sales up slightly
Posted on 3/6/2019 by Independent Author

New-home sales in the U.S. rose 3.7 percent in December, marking the third month of growth, according to the latest residential sales report from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Zillow airs first iBuyer ads, touts name recog...
Posted on 3/6/2019 by Independent Author

Online real estate giant Zillow has begun airing its first-ever iBuyer TV ads, which lean heavily into the company's widespread name recognition and play up the program's ease of use.

WATCH: Getting sellers to price right in a new...
Posted on 3/6/2019 by Independent Author

For many real estate agents, the price-setting conversation is one of the hardest they have with sellers, but it doesn't have to be. As the market changes, it will be even more crucial to put in the work before the conversation happens. Watch this video to find out exactly how to handle these seemingly dicey conversations with solid strategies.

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9 negotiation roadblocks that can stall your deal
Posted on 3/6/2019 by Independent Author

Invariably, in high-stress and high-emotion situations like buying and selling real estate, there are often points where things can become stalled, and everyone needs a time out. Here are nine situations in which negotiations can easily get put on pause.

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5 tips for blasting your brand out into the world
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Independent Author

If you create and market your content right, your message to the world can become an enormous, self-sustaining and lucrative income stream for your business. Here’s five steps to put you on the fast track to creating your brand and disseminating it to the world.

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Judge dismisses suit accusing Zillow of antitr...
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Independent Author

A New Jersey District Court Judge dismissed an antitrust lawsuit that alleged Zillow impacted competition by concealing the Zestimate on homes listed by certain brokerages.

WATCH: Take a look at the real estate mergers ...
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Independent Author

Get a wholistic view of the trillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions activity for 2018, and take a deeper dive into what’s going on in the real estate tech market.

WATCH: Why it’s not an open data world
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Independent Author

Building products for the real estate world is more complicated than it seems when data comes into play. Get an insider’s look at what you need to know when accessing data for your projects.

EXCLUSIVE: Compass to acquire Alain Pinel Realtors
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Independent Author

Compass is acquiring Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), according to multiple sources who spoke Monday with Inman and wished to remain anonymous. The acquisition will further the Compass stranglehold on the San Francisco Bay Area market.

Why are top CEOs being purged from real estate?
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Independent Author

Companies today must be fortified with transformative leaders — not executives who hold onto the past, peddling fear and resisting change.

Side raises millions, aiming to be the best br...
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Independent Author

A high-tech brokerage focused on empowering teams has burst out of the shadows, armed with rocket fuel from venture capitalists.

WATCH: Top real estate teams tell all
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Independent Author

Hear from some of the most successful team leaders — Tim Heyl, Sue Adler and Michelle Pais — on how they execute on their team strategies.

5 Facebook groups you should join today
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Independent Author

When I ask other agents why they don’t post on Facebook, the answer is always: “I don’t want to be that person.” They’re afraid of being a “spammer” or just flat out annoying. The key is being tuned in to the right places. Here are five Facebook groups all agents should join.

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7 things that’ll take you from newbie agent to...
Posted on 3/5/2019 by Independent Author

It's common for newbie agents to want to emulate successful and seasoned agents whom they know and respect — and who have honed their craft. Here’s a list of things newbie agents should do if they want to reach pro agent status.

WATCH: Building a successful business model fast
Posted on 3/4/2019 by Independent Author

Listen in to this ICNY discussion to find out how this successful brokerage took a look around the industry with fresh eyes and decided to adjust its business model for even better results.

Luxury Agent Spotlight: Sam Real
Posted on 3/4/2019 by Independent Author

Engel & Völkers advisor Sam Real works in the shadow of the Hollywood sign. His Beverly Hills market is the epitome of luxury. But do not let the elegance fool you. Nobody works harder than he does.

A company founded and built on human potential
Posted on 3/4/2019 by Independent Author

People want to be part of something better. They want to feel like they belong. People want to feel like they’re being heard and that their individuality is honored, that they have the opportunity to contribute and to earn a living which will not only finance their lifestyle today and tomorrow but also their dreams.

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Tried and true: email marketing is still king ...
Posted on 3/4/2019 by Independent Author

Think of checking your inbox. Now think of checking Facebook. Which one do you rely on more? When it comes to digital marketing, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype and want to focus on social media.

The best advice I’ve ever received about luxur...
Posted on 3/4/2019 by Independent Author

As a luxury real estate agent, you play many parts over the course of a day. From the moment you enter this industry, you are negotiating the fluctuating world of luxury markets, networking with a fascinating clientele, and connecting those clients with the most stunning and exclusive homes.

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5 ways agents can accidentally break rules and...
Posted on 3/3/2019 by Independent Author

In an industry replete with regulations, you might find yourself facing hefty fines for rules you were unaware of or simply forgot about. Here are five ways agents get fined that can hamper their bottom line.

WATCH: How to become the face of your town
Posted on 3/3/2019 by Independent Author

In a shifting market, how do you remain relevant and get yourself in front of current and potential clients? Led by moderator Valerie Garcia, hear from agents Katie Clancy, Judy Weiniger and Richard McDonough about how they do just that.

WATCH: Pivoting your business when the market ...
Posted on 3/2/2019 by Independent Author

In a changing market, what are the essential steps one must take to pivot and evaluate the path forward? Keller Williams Capital Properties' Brandon Green leads the discussion with Ben Kinney Companies' Ben Kinney, Bentley’s North of Boston's Lisa Sevajian and Movoto Real Estate's Alex Tieu onstage at ICNY. 

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Lesson Learned: Attract, don’t sell
Posted on 3/2/2019 by Independent Author

In this Monday column, Christy Murdock Edgar asks agents across the nation to share the lessons they've learned during their time in the industry. This week, Northern Virginia's Peggy James.

Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic Beverly Hills estate...
Posted on 3/2/2019 by Independent Author

The iconic Beverly Hills home where Elizabeth Taylor lived with her second husband has been slashed in price by more than $4 million.

Keller Williams brings Market Leader to Keller...
Posted on 3/2/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams is adding Market Leader, a longtime partner of the real estate giant, to the Keller Cloud as part of its Platinum Innovator program.

The Inman Weekender: Compass scoops up Contact...
Posted on 3/2/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories plus top Inman Connect New York talks you can't miss.

Figure, a startup offering long-term leaseback...
Posted on 3/2/2019 by Independent Author

Figure, a startup that doubles as a home equity line of credit lender, has raised $65 million in equity funding, the company announced Wednesday.

Veterans Affairs loans have spiked since 2007 ...
Posted on 3/2/2019 by Independent Author

The percentage share of veterans and active duty service members that applied for a first-time home loan partially guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nearly doubled in the run up to the financial crisis, a new study out Friday from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found.

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Ricoh announces new flagship Theta camera for ...
Posted on 3/2/2019 by Independent Author

Last week, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation (Ricoh) announced the release of the next version of its popular camera, the 23-megapixel Theta Z1.

Here’s what NAR wants in the next versions of ...
Posted on 3/2/2019 by Independent Author

NAR said on Friday that any changes should maintain a host of features such as 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, affordable credit and reliable access to housing for both renters and homeowners.

WATCH: What’s attractive to venture capitalist...
Posted on 3/2/2019 by Independent Author

Buyers are competing with iBuyers, as well as investors, who want to buy and rent out homes. Bain Capital’s Merritt Hummer says her top trend is iBuyers, but from a perspective of empowering the homebuyer. Learn more about what venture capitalists are looking for from moderator Carleton English, Hummer and Corigin Ventures' Claire Fauquier on the Inman Connect New York stage. 

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How one indie brokerage built its own fast and...
Posted on 3/1/2019 by Independent Author

Daniel Caceres has spent years writing millions of lines of computer code and building a custom software platform from the ground up for MC Homes Realty.

WATCH: The tech trends that’ll define 2019
Posted on 3/1/2019 by Independent Author

Seventy-eight percent of U.S. internet consumers have said that a brand that provides them with personalized content will have a much greater chance at winning their business. This is just one of the facts that eXp Realty's Scott Petronis and CoreLogic's Lucie Fortier shared onstage at Inman Connect New York.

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Home sales sluggish in California
Posted on 3/1/2019 by Independent Author

The number of homes sales in Southern California is dropping fast, according to the latest data from property analytics provider CoreLogic.

WATCH: Why indies are more relevant than ever
Posted on 3/1/2019 by Independent Author

Are there advantages to being small? How do indies compete in the current market? Red Oak Realty's Vanessa Bergmark and Porchlight's Amy Bayer will answer these questions and more onstage at Inman Connect New York.

How real estate gave Jamie Zapata a new lease ...
Posted on 3/1/2019 by Independent Author

Fifteen months ago, Jamie Zapata began her career as a real estate agent after facing decades of discrimination at other jobs for being a transgender woman.

Nearly two-thirds of millennials have homebuye...
Posted on 3/1/2019 by Independent Author

At 63 percent, millennial homeowners between the ages of 23 and 28 are likely to regret the home they bought more than any other generations, according to Bankrate.

Douglas Elliman profits collapse amid slower r...
Posted on 3/1/2019 by Independent Author

Profits at Douglas Elliman fell by nearly 75 percent in 2018, thanks in part to a slower residential market, according to the latest earnings report.

Universal rent control is here: Will it backfire?
Posted on 3/1/2019 by Independent Author

Oregon is officially the first state in the U.S. to pass universal rent control for all tenants. Housing economists who spoke with Inman think the legislation, as written, will have either little or adverse impact on tenants and affordability.

WATCH: What can agents learn from a teacher ab...
Posted on 3/1/2019 by Independent Author

Immerse yourself in the community, build relationships and make a difference — Washington state 2016 Teacher of the Year, Nate Bowling, illustrates inspiring techniques to stand out from the competition. 

Why ignorance is the biggest problem in real e...
Posted on 3/1/2019 by Independent Author

Regular columnist Jay Thompson takes a look at earnings news — as well as the industry’s response — and why not really understanding the interworkings of businesses is a massive hurdle in real estate.

Remine co-founder comes out swinging against d...
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Independent Author

After Remine announced it had raised $30 million, rumors began to swirl that MLS executives were among the firm's undisclosed private investors.

Sotheby’s achieves record year, despite indust...
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Independent Author

Sotheby's International Realty achieved a record year for sales volume amid the backdrop of a slowing market in 2018, the company announced.

Pending home sales decline annually for 13th s...
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Independent Author

The National Association of Realtors Pending Homes Sales Index declined 2.3 percent year-over-year in January, the 13th straight month of such declines.  

Compass scoops up Contactually, CRM-maker belo...
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Independent Author

Compass is set to acquire Contactually, a cloud-based real estate software company with one of the industry's leading customer relationship management systems. Contactually's team of 32 engineers will join Compass' 270-person tech team to further build out Compass' CRM and its entire suite of products.

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WATCH: Creating killer video content for under...
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Independent Author

Get a down-and-dirty look at the must-have equipment and techniques agents need to make stellar video content for less than your monthly coffee budget from Coldwell Banker's Gustavo Gonzalez.

HAR.com and NTREIS now offering popular app to...
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Independent Author

The Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) and North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) announced Wednesday that its pro-level iOS and Android app will now be available at no additional cost to 38,000 more subscribers of its MLS, making the total potential number of users above 73,000.

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WATCH: Selling to stay ahead of the market shift 
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Independent Author

In this Inman Connect New York panel, hear from Compass California President Mark McLaughlin, who led the acquisition of Pacific Union International by Compass last year, as well as immoviewer North America’s Jeff Turner and ERA Franchise Systems’ Simon Chen about how the market shift is causing business owners to rethink their strategies.

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Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch returns to m...
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Independent Author

Michael Jackson's storied but infamous Neverland Ranch has returned to the market — with a $69 million price cut curiously timed just weeks after a lawsuit filed by the King of Pop's estate against HBO and it's upcoming "Finding Neverland" documentary.

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WATCH: Mastering consistency, repetition and reach
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Independent Author

What’s the ROI on a tweet or Facebook post? Zero, unless you’re posting on that platform every single day. To find out how to do that right and avoid content creation fatigue, watch Gil Media Co.’s CEO Carlos Gil onstage at Inman Connect New York.

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Outbound Engine launches new updated lead-gen ...
Posted on 2/28/2019 by Independent Author

The company has smartly evolved into mobile marketing, launching a quasi-omnichannel solution for iOS and Android that will help agents manage their web-wide persona, better vet leads and, as the company stated in a phone call, forget about their desktops.

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Here’s how RE/MAX plans to end consumers’ Zill...
Posted on 2/27/2019 by Independent Author

RE/MAX will begin previewing its forthcoming end-to-end real estate platform for agents and consumers this week at its R4 conference in Las Vegas.

Celebrities, nudity and a camel: The ‘home tou...
Posted on 2/27/2019 by Independent Author

Last weekend, the luxury developer Nile Niami hosted an extravagant home tour for his 14,000-square-foot home just off L.A.'s Sunset Strip.

Realogy stock craters to all-time low after mi...
Posted on 2/27/2019 by Independent Author

After reporting less than expected revenue and missing its earnings per share guidance, shares for Realogy cratered Tuesday, reaching an all-time low, according to real-time financial data.

WATCH: The innovative data platforms you need ...
Posted on 2/27/2019 by Independent Author

Learn about the up-and-coming data initiatives that could change the way real estate does business from CoreLogic's Lucie Fortier, Midwest Real Estate Data's (MRED) Rebecca Jensen and Wilmington Trust's Joseph Deller at Inman Connect New York.

New housing construction falls
Posted on 2/27/2019 by Independent Author

Residential housing starts fell a staggering 11.2 percent in December, according to a new residential sales report released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Home prices jumped 5.7% year-over-year at the ...
Posted on 2/27/2019 by Independent Author

Home prices jumped 5.7 percent during the final months of 2018 compared to the same period one year prior, with the mountainous states in the western U.S. seeing the strongest growth.

Zillow’s strategy shift: A look at the numbers
Posted on 2/27/2019 by Independent Author

Last week, Zillow announced a major strategic shift: Along with a new CEO, it made clear that its top focus is its Zillow Offers iBuyer business. Here's a look at the highlights from that announcement. 

Insurance startup TheGuarantors secures $15M S...
Posted on 2/27/2019 by Independent Author

Founded in 2016, the company works to secure leases and provide insurance to New York-based renters who would not otherwise qualify for them. The latest round brings the total money raised by the startup to $27 million.

Union Street Media’s omnichannel approach is h...
Posted on 2/27/2019 by Independent Author

Social, search, display. This Burlington, Vermont, company helps 500-plus real estate clients engage, nurture and close more buyers and sellers with only 30 employees.

WATCH: 6 pitfalls that can get agents in legal...
Posted on 2/27/2019 by Independent Author

Copyright and intellectual property, deceptive images, audio-visual recording, cannabis, smart-home tech and teams — these are all legal pitfalls real estate agents need to be aware of to avoid fines, legal trouble and even prison. Tune into the entire discussion for the 411 on possible legal issues.

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Use your authenticity to stand out from the crowd
Posted on 2/26/2019 by Independent Author

Luxury clients are being sold to on a daily basis. Their lives are saturated with messaging on how they should live and what they should purchase, where they should travel and what they should drive. With your clients tuning out hundreds of sales interruptions a day, how can you make sure your own messaging lands—and is heard?

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WATCH: Why the best founder is probably a woman
Posted on 2/26/2019 by Independent Author

Companies founded by women get about 2.2 percent of venture capitalist dollars. That number jumps up to about 15 percent when you add a male co-founder to the equation. So why aren't women founding more and getting more investments? Nisha Dua, partner with BBG Ventures, talks the Inman Connect New York audience through the many reasons women make amazing founders.

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Zillow Homes could become a $20B biz. What do ...
Posted on 2/26/2019 by Independent Author

Projections Thursday that Zillow's still-young iBuyer program could generate up to $20 billion in annual revenues prompted mixed reactions from agents.

NAR launches ‘That’s Who We R’ Realtor ad campaign
Posted on 2/26/2019 by Independent Author

The National Association of Realtors is unveiling a new campaign to distinguish Realtors from real estate agents. The “That’s Who We R" campaign is similar to the blue checkmark that verified accounts get on Instagram and Twitter but for real estate professionals.

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Purplebricks in turmoil: Shares plummet, CEOs out
Posted on 2/26/2019 by Independent Author

The stock price drop Thursday came as Purplebricks announced that both Lee Wainwright and Eric Eckardt, the U.K. and U.S. CEOs, respectively, were leaving the company. In a statement, Purplebricks said that Wainwright was leaving for "personal reasons." It gave no explanation for Eckardt's departure. 

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2 townhouses Mary-Kate Olsen once owned hit ma...
Posted on 2/26/2019 by Independent Author

Twin townhouses once inhabited by child star and famous twin Mary-Kate Olsen are both on the market for a combined $16 million.

WATCH: How do we solve tech’s privacy dilemma?
Posted on 2/26/2019 by Independent Author

With Facebook making headlines all year, we all know that tech privacy is more critical than ever for the consumer and for real estate agents' businesses. Google's Darrell Porcher talks through current data issues onstage at Inman Connect New York.

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What ‘The Golden Girls’ can teach you about pr...
Posted on 2/26/2019 by Independent Author

If you struggle with writing property descriptions, take a tip from the girls and from some of the standout features of Blanche’s home at 6151 Richmond Street, Miami. Whether you’re listing a tiny condo or a luxury estate, some elements are always worth mentioning.

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5 reasons we jumped the KW ship for eXp
Posted on 2/26/2019 by Independent Author

The Ellis Team was with KW for two years and RE/MAX for nearly 18 before that. Now they are betting against franchises entirely. Here’s why leaders Rick and Tracy Ellis decided to make the move to a virtual brokerage in the name of expansion.

Housing market will remain ‘positive, if not s...
Posted on 2/26/2019 by Independent Author

Economists who spoke at the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) annual convention and expo last week had a very important message for the real estate world: Mortgage rates will remain manageable — for now.

WATCH: What does an amazing brand cost these days?
Posted on 2/25/2019 by Independent Author

Find out what it costs to outsource projects and strengthen top-of-mind awareness, lead generation and social media content. Learn how to know when your efforts are working and how to track the right audience from these marketing gurus.

WATCH: Data trend opportunities and challenges...
Posted on 2/25/2019 by Independent Author

Listen in as MRIS Investors, Inc's David Charron, Midwest Real Estate Data's Rebecca Jensen and Council of Multiple Listing Services' Denee Evans talk through the data trends impacting the industry and how you can stay ahead of the curve onstage at Inman Connect New York.

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10 ways to ensure your clients adore you (and ...
Posted on 2/25/2019 by Independent Author

There are lots of things to be mindful of to keep your clients engaged and enthusiastic — but at the end of the day, preparation, professionalism and empathy will go a long way. Here are 10 things that'll make client retention a cinch for you.

Build your pipeline with new home sales
Posted on 2/25/2019 by Independent Author

According to the US Census Bureau, there were over 650,000 new single-family homes sold last year. With this segment representing over 10% of the sales market, how can you leverage this niche to grow your business?

Tech, teams and the total cost of competing
Posted on 2/25/2019 by Independent Author

On the heels of Inman Connect, I’ve never been more certain that big money is not the solution to simplifying the real estate ecosystem and improving the customer journey. The hostility between industry leaders is escalating.

What wins the broker tech battle – exclusive i...
Posted on 2/25/2019 by Independent Author

There has been a tectonic movement (not to mention massive investment) in and around real estate technology lately. And that's been especially true at Inside Real Estate.

What to do if a crime happened in your buyers’...
Posted on 2/25/2019 by Independent Author

“Spacious murder house with ex-meth lab, great views” would probably not be the best opener for any real estate listing. But on the off chance you discover that the dream home your client loves has been the scene of a crime, what should you do about it? Here are four steps to take.

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WATCH: Handling objections? Try these comebacks
Posted on 2/24/2019 by Independent Author

Objection handling is one of the most important skill sets a real estate agent can master. There will always be stalls whether you work with buyers, sellers or both. So what's the key? Find out from the pros at Inman Connect New York.

WATCH: The power of a belief-driven brand
Posted on 2/24/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Baldwin& Founder David Baldwin onstage at ICNY 19 as he tells the story of how his brand Ponysaurus Brewing in Durham, North Carolina, got involved in one of the most controversial state bills (HB2) and created a support system that raises money for LGBTQ issues — and how the brand has grown as a result.

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The Inman Weekender: Keller Williams declares ...
Posted on 2/23/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories plus top Inman Connect New York talks you can't miss.

3 strategies for achieving a strong sales and ...
Posted on 2/23/2019 by Independent Author

Boutique brokerages have traditionally been confined to either rentals or sales, but new technologies and changing consumer demands now afford and incentivize smaller agencies to target both markets. Here are three strategies to help you master both.

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A cottage built by Frank Lloyd Wright can be y...
Posted on 2/23/2019 by Independent Author

An Illinois ranch cottage created by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1913 has hit the market for just under $600,000.

RE/MAX says new agent tech platform will be ‘b...
Posted on 2/23/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate franchise giant RE/MAX is getting ready to roll out its proprietary end-to-end real estate technology platform for agents later this year, competing directly with similar offerings from rival franchise Keller Williams and rival private brokerage Compass.

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WATCH: Is your team ready for a market shift?
Posted on 2/23/2019 by Independent Author

Are you ready for the market winds to shift? Find out now how you can get ahead of a changing market with tips on how to track your expenses, measure your cash flow and evaluate your overall business to determine what to cut and when from some of the top team leaders in the nation.

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‘We Buy Ugly Houses’ CEO isn’t worried about i...
Posted on 2/23/2019 by Independent Author

In an exclusive interview with Inman, HomeVestors CEO David Hicks described iBuyers as a very different animal than traditional home flippers.

WATCH: Why are there so many on-the-fence buyers?
Posted on 2/23/2019 by Independent Author

Everyone is talking about homebuyers facing uncertainty when it comes time to purchase. Felix Salmon, Axios’ chief financial correspondent, gives a big-picture economic explanation onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is selling his Hamptons...
Posted on 2/23/2019 by Independent Author

Well-known CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and his wife have put their beautiful property in the Hamptons on the market for $2.9 million.

Zillow stock surges with new CEO announcement
Posted on 2/23/2019 by Independent Author

Friday's rally is particularly notable because other than installing Rich Barton as CEO, the company appears to be largely staying the course it laid out in prior earnings calls — including doubling down on the very programs that had previously spooked investors.

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Chase vows to close mortgages in 3 weeks — or ...
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Independent Author

Chase Home Lending vowed on Wednesday to close any borrower's mortgage application within 21 days — or write out a check for $1,000.

JP & Associates latest brokerage to offer heal...
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Independent Author

Texas-based JP & Associates Realtors is the latest real estate company to offer its agents an associated health care plan, the company announced.

This new home-equity tool is like CreditKarma ...
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Independent Author

HSH.com, a long-time mortgage industry resource, has launched a new tool called KnowEquity Tracker and Projector for homeowners to manage home equity as an active financial asset.

WATCH: Why your emotional intelligence matters
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Independent Author

Tap into your EQ, and open the door to new business and life skills with Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Founding Director Marc Brackett.

Zillow co-founder Rich Barton back as CEO, Spe...
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow co-founder Rich Barton is taking back the reins as CEO, replacing Spencer Rascoff, the real estate tech giant announced amid its fourth quarter 2018 corporate earnings release.

Zillow reports record $1.3B annual revenue, bu...
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Independent Author

In an earnings report today, Seattle-based Zillow Group posted a net loss of $97.7 million in the fourth quarter and a net loss of $120 million for all of 2018.

RE/MAX reports $50.8M in revenue for 4th quart...
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Independent Author

RE/MAX reported $50.8 million revenue in the fourth quarter of 2018, a year-over-year 4.8 percent increase, according to the company's Thursday earnings release, beating the consensus estimate of $50.27 million in quarterly revenue.

Zillow thinks its iBuyer will dwarf Premier Ag...
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow plans to purchase an average of 5,000 homes per month for all-cash from people around the country, and the company's Homes division that oversees Zillow Offers will bring in expected annualized revenue of about $20 billion.

The Real Word: Gary Vee clarifies, Amazon pull...
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they’ll follow up on Gary Vaynerchuk, who sat down to talk out his comments with an agent after the initial controversial interview.

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4 negotiating tricks you should always be prep...
Posted on 2/22/2019 by Independent Author

Successful negotiation hinges on knowing what to expect and preparing for all possible outcomes. Here are four tricks you should always be ready for and when to expect them. 

NAR will require MLSs to deliver standardized ...
Posted on 2/21/2019 by Independent Author

Agent and broker websites may soon get a boost from their local multiple listing service thanks to new industry data standards.

Molly Bloom: You don’t know high stakes like this
Posted on 2/21/2019 by Independent Author

Molly Bloom ran the largest underground poker game in Hollywood. Then the FBI came knocking. Now she’ll take center stage at the inaugural, Inman Connect Las Vegas, to run the table and tell Inman Connect attendees all. The first time Molly Bloom helped her then boss run an underground poker game, she went home with […]

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National Association of Realtors launches comm...
Posted on 2/21/2019 by Independent Author

The National Association of Realtors has launched a new technology accelerator program meant to jumpstart innovation that deals with commercial real estate.

New York City issues subpoenas for over 20,000...
Posted on 2/21/2019 by Independent Author

New York City regulators are demanding Airbnb hand over details of more than 20,000 apartment listings in a sweeping attempt to regulate short-term rentals.

See the ‘Ugliest House of the Year’ and its gl...
Posted on 2/21/2019 by Independent Author

The "Ugliest House of the Year" award went to a property purchased as a run-down 1,700-square-foot Tudor-style home in Queens, New York, last fall.

WATCH: Change is good, are you prepared for it?
Posted on 2/21/2019 by Independent Author

Life is unpredictable, and things can change in a blink of an eye. What do you do when things change unexpectedly? Who do you turn to when you don't have a game plan? Billy Ekofo shares his heartfelt story onstage at Inman Connect New York.

WATCH: Automating the deal from marketing to c...
Posted on 2/21/2019 by Independent Author

Join Katie Kossev, managing broker of Intero Real Estate; Malte Kramer, Luxury Presence CEO; and Nate Baker, founder and CEO of Qualia onstage at Inman Connect New York to learn about the latest and greatest in automation.

WATCH: AI is changing the game for consumers, ...
Posted on 2/21/2019 by Independent Author

Artificial intelligence assistants are getting smarter and smarter, but these experts say real estate agents should think of them as tools or even employees rather than threats. 

Discount brokerage Trelora promotes Brady Mill...
Posted on 2/21/2019 by Independent Author

Brady Miller, the new CEO, has been at Trelora since August. He previously served as the CFO of Leeds West Group, which owns and manages automotive repair businesses. 

Exclusive: NRT CEO blasts Compass in letter to...
Posted on 2/21/2019 by Independent Author

NRT CEO Ryan Gorman blasted rival brokerage Compass in a letter to NRT leaders obtained by Inman. Gorman's letter, which accuses Compass of 'taking advantage' of agents, includes a number of questions he has regarding Compass' growth and recruitment and advice for agents thinking of making the move to Compass. 

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3 tips for using rapport to turn prospects int...
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Independent Author

Rapport-building expert Isabel Affinito gives her favorite easy hacks to help you make fast friends with potential clients.

Google Analytics for real estate?
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Independent Author

Agentology has launched a new dashboard feature that it describes as a Google Analytics-like information stream for real estate marketing campaigns.

Builder confidence rises amid low interest rat...
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Independent Author

Builder confidence climbed for the second straight month, according to data from the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo.

Luxury Portfolio International rebrands, unvei...
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Independent Author

Luxury Portfolio International, the high-end branch of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World network, has rebranded.

WATCH: Will iBuying become mainstream?
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Independent Author

What’s the latest on the iBuyer landscape? How will it impact real estate agents' bottom line? Listen in as strategic and real estate tech adviser, Mike DelPrete lays out the current iBuying scene at Inman Connect New York. 

‘You don’t need a compass to find us’: NRT exe...
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Independent Author

Kate Rossi, an executive vice president with Coldwell Banker NRT, has a long history with the real estate industry that started in sales. In an exclusive interview with Inman, she dishes on competing with disruptors, women in real estate and arming agents for a down market.

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WATCH: Got churn problems? Create a culture pe...
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Independent Author

Find out what the best leaders are doing to create team cultures where people want to stay put. Listen in as Vija Williams goes deep with Emily Smith, COO of Wemert Group Realty, and Dani Blain, leader of Dani Blain Team with Keller Williams, on their magnetic team cultures and how they keep it authentic.

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WATCH: 10 real estate investment tech trends t...
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Independent Author

The emergence of the tech-stack brokerage, flexible lease models, affordable housing alternatives — Bain Capital's Matt Harris and Merritt Hummer illuminate the biggest real estate investment tech trends agents should know about in 2019.

How to get your clients financially fit
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Independent Author

You never want a deal lost, or even stalled, because your clients need to figure out their financials. Use this checklist to help your clients make sure they are financially fit well before the offer stage.

Back In Black: Gary Keller declares victory in...
Posted on 2/19/2019 by Independent Author

The race to build the first end-to-end real estate platform is over, and agents with other companies are competing for second place, Keller Williams CEO Gary Keller told agents Monday.

New FAA law will require drones to display reg...
Posted on 2/19/2019 by Independent Author

In conjunction with the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it’s fast-tracking a one-time interim law that mandates licensed operators prominently display a "unique identifier" on all vehicles. In essence, a vehicle registration number.

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WATCH: How to have vision without eyesight
Posted on 2/19/2019 by Independent Author

On the surface level, real estate is almost thoroughly visual. What can we learn about real estate and life when we remove sight and focus on other senses? Co-founder of Senspoint Design, who has been blind since birth, Hoby Wedler shows the Inman Connect New York crowd how to fully utilize their senses.

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Keller Williams announces 3 new international ...
Posted on 2/19/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams expanded its franchise operations to Ireland and will soon launch in Chile and Italy, the company announced at its annual Keller Williams Family Reunion in New Orleans.

Realty One Group axes leader of a top-producin...
Posted on 2/19/2019 by Independent Author

The Sibbach Team reportedly included about 40 people, while the reformed eXp version has 30 — though some of the members on the new team were existing eXp agents who joined after the move.

WATCH: Revamping your lead generation strategy
Posted on 2/19/2019 by Independent Author

Do you need to refresh your lead generation game plan? Get inspiration from these Inman Connect New York panelists who are rocking seminars, internships and more to fill their pipelines.

Opendoor expands to show listings from rival b...
Posted on 2/19/2019 by Independent Author

Opendoor has launched a full-fledged push into the discount brokerage business in Dallas.

3 tales of leadership that started 2019 with a...
Posted on 2/19/2019 by Independent Author

This year started out with big moves in real estate leadership that are worth talking about. Let’s delve into the messages conveyed by top leaders as well as what individual agents might draw inspiration from.

Agent/broker perspective: Should this establis...
Posted on 2/19/2019 by Independent Author

In this monthly column, Anthony Askowitz explores a hypothetical Miami real estate situation from both sides of the broker/agent dynamic. This month: An experienced top agent at a Miami real estate firm is being encouraged by her broker to partner with an up-and-coming millennial agent.

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Where should agents draw the authenticity line?
Posted on 2/19/2019 by Independent Author

How much of your authentic self do you show? To clients? Colleagues? On social media? Regular Inman contributor and top-producing broker Nicole Solari talks through authenticity in real estate.

WATCH: Must be love on the brain
Posted on 2/18/2019 by Independent Author

Dessa, a rapper, singer and essayist, found herself in love with her ex years after the relationship ended. Onstage at Inman Connect New York, she chronicles the scientific journey she took to fall out of love. 

WATCH: How do you attract your dream clients? 
Posted on 2/18/2019 by Independent Author

Wouldn’t it be easier if you had clients seeking you out because they found you through social media? There's a single strategy that can make this happen: storytelling. Katie Lance tells the Inman Connect New York audience how to tell stories effectively.

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Keller Williams debuts Command, its new AI-pow...
Posted on 2/18/2019 by Independent Author

To produce Command, Keller Williams worked with 27,000 people — many of them agents — and had engineers go through other CRMs to see what worked well. The goal was to create something that was customizable, and which could be configured according to the needs of agents.

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Take an exclusive look at KW’s forthcoming con...
Posted on 2/18/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams previewed its forthcoming consumer-facing app experience at Keller Williams Family Reunion in New Orleans on Sunday. It will launch in late in Q2 with the intention of making consumers smarter and its agents the Netflix of real estate.

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How to launch your career in high-end real estate
Posted on 2/18/2019 by Independent Author

I've been in the real estate industry for 15 years, and I know how challenging it can be for agents to get a seat at the table with high-end clientele. Regardless of your career trajectory, there are skills you can develop to make the transition to luxury sales that much smoother.

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Be your community’s #1 fan
Posted on 2/18/2019 by Independent Author

If you’re not from the Midwest, you might not know about Euchre. Euchre, pronounced “yoo-ker,” is a fun social card game that introduced the joker to modern decks. And a Euchre tournament is just one tool in CENTURY 21 Affiliated broker Ryan Servatius’ arsenal of community events.

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3 steps to a more productive 2019
Posted on 2/18/2019 by Independent Author

The beginning of the year is a time when many of us plan what we want to achieve. We get busy writing goals, assessing budgets, and deciding our next business steps for the coming months. However, it’s vital to remember that there’s a huge difference between being busy and being productive!

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WATCH: How to build a personal brand from nothing
Posted on 2/18/2019 by Independent Author

There is a difference between what you need and what you want when it comes to your personal brand. Where do you start, and how do you create a strategy that resonates?

WATCH: How Compass’ CEO balances growth
Posted on 2/18/2019 by Independent Author

Compass has stated that its technology stack is a unique differentiator in the marketplace. Founder and CEO Robert Reffkin sits down with MRIS Investors' David Charron to explore examples of this technology and discuss how data plays a key role in its delivery.

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WATCH: 7 things agents need to change today
Posted on 2/17/2019 by Independent Author

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty's Joe Rand outlines seven things agents need to stop doing immediately to differentiate themselves onstage at Inman Connect New York.

WATCH: How iBuyer programs are changing your b...
Posted on 2/17/2019 by Independent Author

With everyone from tech startups to traditional brokerages diving into the fast-cash offer game known as iBuying, it can be tough to keep up with what strategies are working for whom. Get a quick read on the iBuyer landscape and how it's impacting agents' bottom lines from this Inman Connect New York panel.

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‘People are afraid’: Agents worry wall will sq...
Posted on 2/17/2019 by Independent Author

On Friday, Trump declared a national emergency, which he believes will give him access to border wall funding that congress denied him. Agents are worried.

The 5 V’s trending in 2019
Posted on 2/16/2019 by Independent Author

The rise and acceleration of artificial intelligence; real estate technology becoming faster, easier and more automated; and the strong emphasis on relationship-building are a few 2019 trends that were solidified at Inman Connect New York by a range of industry speakers across many panels.

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Mortgage originations sink to 4-year low: New ...
Posted on 2/16/2019 by Independent Author

Mortgage originations sunk to a four-year low in 2018, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's quarterly household debt report released Tuesday.

The Inman Weekender: Yelp! Where are Opendoor’...
Posted on 2/16/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories plus top Inman Connect New York talks you can't miss.

Major mudslide in California prompts evacuations
Posted on 2/16/2019 by Independent Author

More than 50 families were evacuated from their homes after a storm caused a major mudslide and flooding  in Sausalito, California.

A look at the homes of the Real Housewives of ...
Posted on 2/16/2019 by Independent Author

Sales, robberies and rentals — it's been a big year for the socialites on the latest season of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

She collected rent from tenants but never deli...
Posted on 2/16/2019 by Independent Author

The proprietor of two Tennessee real estate companies has been accused of collecting rent from tenants and failing to deliver the money to landlords.

Timothy Leary’s trippy LSD den hits the market...
Posted on 2/16/2019 by Independent Author

The California house that famed psychologist and drug proponent Timothy Leary once used to manufacture LSD is for sale, with a $1.495 million price tag.

Ben Kinney Companies scoops up 2 real estate t...
Posted on 2/16/2019 by Independent Author

Ben Kinney Companies announced Friday it has acquired a pair of Canadian businesses that specialize in artificial intelligence and website creation.

Engel & Völkers opens in Napa with Compass def...
Posted on 2/16/2019 by Independent Author

The global real estate brand is headed to California's wine country with a team of agents defecting from Compass and Bradley Real Estate Group. The new brokerage, led by Paul Benson, will be Engel & Völkers' largest in North America.

Compass nabs top Brooklyn producer from Dougla...
Posted on 2/16/2019 by Independent Author

Scott Klein and at least five members of his team are making the jump from Douglas Elliman to Compass in Brooklyn, where the brokerage is rapidly expanding.

Local content provider LiveBy is the newest ad...
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Independent Author

Seattle-based real estate technology company, MoxiWorks, announced this week that LiveBy, a solution that provides localized, customer-facing marketing data and content for agents, is the latest member of its MoxiCloud, an omni-channel, "plug-and-play" platform.

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It’s a 320-square-foot shack. And it’s on the ...
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Independent Author

A tiny, 320-square-foot New Hampshire cottage on the edge of Portsmouth has hit the market for $2 million. It sits on a 0.34-acre site with water views.

Amazon abandons NYC HQ2 plan
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Independent Author

Amazon's controversial second headquarters in the New York City neighborhood of Long Island City won't be happening after all, according to a new report.

WATCH: What trends should brokers be embracing...
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Independent Author

Data is the new currency. Focus on culture and core values. The era of one-size-fits-all brokerages is dead! If you're a broker, these are just a few of the trends you will need to grab ahold of and embrace in 2019. 

WATCH: How to find (and keep) clients in a shi...
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Independent Author

When growing your client base, engaging with prospects or staying top-of-mind with existing clients, being consistent and showing value are the driving factors in finding success.

‘It’s devastating’: Agents react to Amazon aba...
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Independent Author

Fallout looms following Amazon's decision to pull out of Long Island City. "We drove out the largest company in the world because of socialism," one agent scoffed.

How the right lighting can get buyers in the m...
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Independent Author

Agents should take a cue from Cupid and learn how to set the mood for buying by using a simple and effective lighting plan.

Redfin beats expectations with over $124M in r...
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Independent Author

Those earnings represent an increase of 30 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, the company revealed. Redfin also saw a net loss in the final three months of 2018 of $12.2 million, compared $1.8 million during the same period in 2017.

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NAR tells Congress tax reform is hurting homeo...
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Independent Author

The director of the National Association of Realtors, the nation's largest real estate trade group, testified before Congress about the ways in which the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act have made it harder to own a home.

Redfin iBuyer offers usually rejected: Redfin ...
Posted on 2/15/2019 by Independent Author

Glenn Kelman said most who receive offers from his company's iBuyer program reject those offers, but he argued that the program still helps sell houses.

Former Compass agent accuses team of mutiny in...
Posted on 2/14/2019 by Independent Author

Compass has gotten on the wrong side of one former agent for allegedly helping her team members steal her listings and their attendant commissions.

Compass loves New York MLS
Posted on 2/14/2019 by Independent Author

Compass, the heavily funded real estate brokerage, has signed on to send its listings directly to New York MLS, the city's only multiple listing service.

Blend wants to speed up getting home equity lo...
Posted on 2/14/2019 by Independent Author

Digital mortgage startup Blend announced that it will soon expand to offer customers home equity loans and lines of credit.

WATCH: 10 things agents must know to navigate ...
Posted on 2/14/2019 by Independent Author

Platform wars, easing lending standards, search as a commodity — the landscape of real estate is changing, and at the same time, the market is shifting. How should agents navigate?

WATCH: The top things brokers wish agents knew
Posted on 2/14/2019 by Independent Author

What do brokers wish they could tell real estate agents? Seasoned real estate brokers Anthony Askowitz and Felicia Hengle join Joe Rand onstage to spill the best-kept secrets in the industry on the Inman Connect New York stage. 

WATCH: How to start your own real estate podcast
Posted on 2/14/2019 by Independent Author

What does it take to start your own podcast? Turns out, not that much. Get a rundown of everything you need to get your voice and brand out to the masses from Dustin Brohm, the host of Massive Agent Podcast, on the Inman Connect New York stage.

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zipLogix releases all-in-one tech suite for agents
Posted on 2/14/2019 by Independent Author

Realtor-owned tech company zipLogix announced this week the launch of EliteAgent, a transaction technology suite that bundles nine zipLogix products together, four old ones and five new ones.

NYC Council aims to limit rental broker fees, ...
Posted on 2/14/2019 by Independent Author

Members of the New York City Council took aim at the fees associated with renting an apartment in New York City, which sometimes requires prospective tenants to spend thousands of dollars in deposits and charges to obtain.

5 ways to show love this Valentine’s Day
Posted on 2/14/2019 by Independent Author

This Valentine’s Day, show the people who mean the most to you how much you appreciate them. Here are five ideas to get you started.

4 MLS mistakes that can kill your listing’s appeal
Posted on 2/14/2019 by Independent Author

To make your listings pop on the MLS, you'll want to avoid the common mistakes that are instant turnoffs and send perusers on to the next listing. Here are four seemingly small, but truly impactful, MLS mistakes you should avoid at all costs.

Housing Affordability Index falls
Posted on 2/13/2019 by Independent Author

Housing affordability fell in the fourth quarter, according to the National Association of Realtors' Housing Affordability Index, released on Tuesday.

WATCH: How to overcome discounter objections a...
Posted on 2/13/2019 by Independent Author

Carolyn and Paul Zweben, of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, want their full commissions — every time. They sat down with Joe Rand onstage at Inman Connect New York to discuss defending their paycheck and shared their top tactics for overcoming commission objections. 

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WATCH: What’s the antidote to a shifting marke...
Posted on 2/13/2019 by Independent Author

From planning engagements to creating supper clubs, Jena Turner, owner of Found Realty, and Mable Ivory, associate broker with Engel & Völkers, join moderator Katie Kossev onstage at Inman Connect New York to talk about how to make customer service white-glove for every single client.

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HomeLight’s new app will let agents present iB...
Posted on 2/13/2019 by Independent Author

HomeLight is launching a new tool called Simple Sale, available first as a website and later as a mobile app for agents, that acts as a kind of clearing house for various iBuyers.

Mortgage software company Ellie Mae to be acqu...
Posted on 2/13/2019 by Independent Author

The publicly traded company announced Tuesday that it would be acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, LLC. Ellie Mae, founded in 1997, processes 35 percent of all mortgage applications in the U.S., according to Banking Tech.

Remine raises $30M Series A, tees up to launch...
Posted on 2/13/2019 by Independent Author

Remine, a real estate data and analytics company known for its ability to predict which homes are "likely to sell," has raised $30 million for ambitions that go way beyond lead prospecting.

WATCH: A blueprint for your social media spend...
Posted on 2/13/2019 by Independent Author

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words. Did you know that one minute of video content is worth 1.8 billion words. In a lively, spirited and frankly funny discussion, Marki Lemons-Ryhal, of Marki Lemons Unlimited, talks about everything social media and how to make it work for you.

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Home where Jeff Bezos launched Amazon is on sa...
Posted on 2/13/2019 by Independent Author

The three-bedroom Seattle home, out of which Jeff Bezos launched Amazon in 1994, has hit the market for $1,488,888.

New rule should make it easier for homeowners ...
Posted on 2/13/2019 by Independent Author

In a nutshell, it sets a minimum bar for private insurance policies; if the policies meet those requirements, lenders who require flood insurance will have to accept them.

5 immutable laws of real estate
Posted on 2/13/2019 by Independent Author

You’ve probably heard of Newton’s laws of motion, the laws of thermodynamics and Murphy’s law, but do you know what the laws of real estate are? Jay Thompson outlines these unyielding truths that agents will fully relate to here.

Agent selling ’50 Shades’ home with sex dungeo...
Posted on 2/12/2019 by Independent Author

Coldwell Banker Melissa Leonard speaks out after her Philadelphia listing featuring a "secret sexual oasis" went viral last week.

WATCH: Leaders from NRT, Zillow and Coldwell B...
Posted on 2/12/2019 by Independent Author

For luminaries like NRT's Ryan Gorman, Zillow's Susan Daimler and Coldwell Banker's Heather Ostrom, innovation is a requirement, not an option. Listen in as they share their thoughts onstage at Inman Connect New York.

Redfin and Zillow take Texas
Posted on 2/12/2019 by Independent Author

As direct-to-consumer homebuying and selling platforms continue to rise, Zillow and Redfin are taking their iBuyer platforms to Texas.

WATCH: Understanding real estate tokenization
Posted on 2/12/2019 by Independent Author

What is tokenized real estate? How can cryptocurrency transactions help offset the shifting market? Piper Moretti, founder and CEO of The Crypto Realty Group, gives an overview of how it works and how agents can benefit onstage at Inman Connect New York. 

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Court upholds dismissal in Zestimate lawsuit
Posted on 2/12/2019 by Independent Author

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld a May ruling to dismiss a lawsuit filed against real estate technology giant Zillow.

WATCH: How to rethink your financial goals in ...
Posted on 2/12/2019 by Independent Author

As a real estate agent, your business and personal finances are intermingled because you’re self-employed. Raj Bhaskar, CEO of Hurdlr, wants you to think of your finances as a funnel and put your personal finances at the top.

Xactware and HouseMaster join forces to stream...
Posted on 2/12/2019 by Independent Author

HouseMaster, a 40-year-old home inspection services company, announced in a press release that it has partnered with technology company Xactware to provide homebuyers with post-inspection repair reports.

Amazon acquires Wi-Fi startup Eero, furthering...
Posted on 2/12/2019 by Independent Author

Presumably, Amazon could also use the Eero acquisition to keep tabs on the web browsing habits of all customers who use the router system as well...

Redfin is officially live in Canada
Posted on 2/12/2019 by Independent Author

Redfin’s brokerage services and listings website are officially live in Toronto, Canada. Starting Tuesday, users can log onto www.redfin.ca to see homes for sale in the greater Toronto area, with Vancouver next and other cities to follow.

4 tips for revamping your listing presentation...
Posted on 2/12/2019 by Independent Author

Most seller's agents don't know exactly why they were chosen as the listing agent — and they don't ask — so they end up using the same listing presentation year after year. If you are in need of a listing presentation refresh, use these four savvy and effective tips to shake things up a bit.

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Is technology getting in the way of your success?
Posted on 2/11/2019 by Independent Author

2019 is going to be an amazing year for technology. Truth be told, I’ve been saying that since I started in the tech space. But every year, it holds true – there are innovations across virtually every industry.

Why brokerages must own their data
Posted on 2/11/2019 by Independent Author

When you think “data,” you probably think property (or listing) data. And that’s not entirely wrong, but it’s far from right. There are actually three main data pillars for a broker: property data, but also brokerage data and consumer data.

What to look for when you’re choosing a brokerage
Posted on 2/11/2019 by Independent Author

One of the biggest decisions agents make in their career is deciding which brokerage to join. As Chief Operating Officer and Team Leader, respectively, our backgrounds saw us running successful independent brokerages and outselling the competition.

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WATCH: 10 tech trends agents can’t ignore in 2019
Posted on 2/11/2019 by Independent Author

From Alexa Flash Briefings to utilizing Siri properly, at Inman Connect New York, HomeSmart Real Estate’s Wendy Forsythe and TRIBUS’ Katie Ragusa explore must-have strategies from agents, brokers, product managers and tech pros that you’ll need to run your business in 2019. 

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Up against a reduced-fee commission model? Her...
Posted on 2/11/2019 by Independent Author

How do you compete against what seems to consumers like a better deal? Become the premium agent who provides better tools, top-notch negotiation skills and concierge-level service. Here’s how to do that.

5 tips for motivating on-the-fence buyers
Posted on 2/11/2019 by Independent Author

Although we are in a buyer’s market, many potential homebuyers lack any sense of urgency to step up and make meaningful offers on properties they love. Here are five tips for getting buyers off the fence and into their dream home.

WATCH: Nextdoor’s CEO discusses how to build s...
Posted on 2/10/2019 by Independent Author

Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar talked to agents about creating stronger, better communities and how to use Nextdoor to generate leads at Inman Connect New York.

5 big fat lies that’ll sabotage your real esta...
Posted on 2/10/2019 by Independent Author

Violating your clients’ trust can ruin your reputation, cause unnecessary litigation and fighting and likely end your career. Here are five big fat lies that'll sabotage your real estate career and the truths that will save it.

The Real Word: Should sellers list the day aft...
Posted on 2/9/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they'll talk over whether sellers should list the Monday after the Super Bowl.

Lower splits lead to rise in dual agency trans...
Posted on 2/9/2019 by Independent Author

A new study found that the chance of a dual agency transaction increased if the listing broker made the listing less appealing to buyers or buyer's agents.

Blame seniors, not millennials, for housing sh...
Posted on 2/9/2019 by Independent Author

Older Americans may be the ones contributing to the current housing shortage, an analysis by economists at Freddie Mac found.

Insurtech startup Jetty raises $25M
Posted on 2/9/2019 by Independent Author

Jetty, a startup offering low-cost insurance options for renters, just raised $25 million in the latest Series B funding round.

Former agent jailed for posting about ‘The Jil...
Posted on 2/9/2019 by Independent Author

Kevin Tomlinson, the ex-South Beach Realtor found guilty for trying to extort money from luxury real estate duo "The Jills," is headed to jail after all.

Alain Pinel launches new concierge service and...
Posted on 2/9/2019 by Independent Author

Alain Pinel Realtors is giving back. The San Francisco Bay Area-based real estate brokerage announced last week that it was centralizing its charitable efforts and launching a charity-arm called APR Gives.

RE/MAX Select launches its new tech ‘HUB’
Posted on 2/9/2019 by Independent Author

The New Jersey-based RE/MAX Select has launched “The HUB,” its own proprietary technology intranet to act as the backbone of the brokerage’s technology.

The Inman Weekender: Keller Williams to purge ...
Posted on 2/9/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories plus top Inman Connect New York talks.

WATCH: RE/MAX CEO on facing uncertainty in rea...
Posted on 2/9/2019 by Independent Author

Adam Contos joins Warburg Realty President Clelia Peters onstage at Inman Connect New York to discuss today’s environment and how to use the tools agents have to overcome challenges.

Local Realtors reel from report Amazon may avo...
Posted on 2/9/2019 by Independent Author

The news did not thrill real estate agents in the area. Half a dozen said they still hope Amazon goes through with the original HQ2 plan, but they also said that with or without the retail giant, Long Island City has already benefited from months of publicity and should ultimately thrive longterm.

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Title software startup SafeChain cracks down o...
Posted on 2/8/2019 by Independent Author

SafeChain has announced a partnership with Accuity to integrate bank data with SafeChain's wire prevention platform, SafeWire.

PHH to pay $750k over military service member ...
Posted on 2/8/2019 by Independent Author

PHH Mortgage agreed to pay $750,000 to six service members in response to allegations that the mortgage company unlawfully foreclosed on their homes. 

Miami’s most expensive home sells for $50M
Posted on 2/8/2019 by Independent Author

The most expensive home in Miami sold for $50 million this week, shattering records in the city. The home boasts more than 20,000 feet and views of the bay.

WATCH: What inspired Glenn Sanford to build eXp?
Posted on 2/8/2019 by Independent Author

What inspires someone to truly innovate, change their old ways and do something completely different? In eXp Chairman and Founder Glenn Sanford’s case, the recession culminated in the birth of a virtual brokerage.

WATCH: How should agents handle the current ma...
Posted on 2/8/2019 by Independent Author

Get the scoop from Coldwell Banker Global Luxury’s Joyce Rey, Redfin’s Daryl Fairweather, WealthQuotient’s David Friedman, Warburg Realty’s Clelia Peters and Keller Williams Capital Properties’ Brandon Green on what to expect in 2019.

Big Brother is watching you — and your client
Posted on 2/8/2019 by Independent Author

As smart-home technology becomes more common, agents and clients are being thrown into settings where someone, somewhere, could secretly be observing them.

WATCH: What’s the one thing that changed Ryan ...
Posted on 2/8/2019 by Independent Author

Watch as Ryan Serhant, of "Million Dollar Listing New York" fame, gives the Inman Connect New York audience the low-down on how to survive — and thrive — by going back to some of the basics he used as an actor-turned-agent at the beginning of his career. 

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RE/MAX announces three senior promotions
Posted on 2/8/2019 by Independent Author

Josh Bolgren, a key player in the re-structuring will  nowserve as senior vice president of business growth; Brett Ritchie has been promoted to senior vice president and chief accounting officer; and Roy Schwalm has been promoted to senior vice president of finance and strategy.

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News Corp beats consensus, reports quarterly r...
Posted on 2/8/2019 by Independent Author

News Corp, the parent company of Move’s realtor.com and Australia-based REA Group, reported Thursday that its revenue grew to $2.63 billion during the final three months of 2018, representing a 21 percent year-over-year increase.

6 tips for setting (and achieving) strong goals
Posted on 2/8/2019 by Independent Author

At the beginning of each year, agents set new goals, and most put some solid work into achieving them — at least for a while. But how many agents actually manage to accomplish their goals? Not many. To help your cause, real estate coach Rod Khleif shares his top secrets for goal-setting the right way.

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Why traditional real estate works now more tha...
Posted on 2/7/2019 by Independent Author

Consumers looking for lower-cost alternatives to the traditional real estate model have many options to choose from — but are those alternatives up to par? It seems the new "freemium" business model has grown ever-popular, but agents were using this model well before it had a name — and that's why no alternative model can beat out an agent's true value.

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How to create a solid CMA for today’s buyers
Posted on 2/7/2019 by Independent Author

The comparative market analysis (CMA) is one of the quintessential tools in an agent’s advertising tool box — it’s practically the entire reason homeowners even let us walk through their front doors. Here are four steps for creating a CMA for the modern buyer.

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Should Amazon buy Redfin?
Posted on 2/7/2019 by Independent Author

Amazon is already dabbling in real estate and has hinted it might have bigger plans, but this week, one analyst floated a way the company could take the plunge and become a major force in the sector: buy online brokerage Redfin.

How NOT to negotiate
Posted on 2/7/2019 by Independent Author

Negotiating is a delicate dance, and one misstep can derail months of hard work. Here are 11 things you should never do when negotiating an offer.

KW associates react to ‘ghost agent’ purge
Posted on 2/7/2019 by Independent Author

In the wake of an exclusive report by Inman on Tuesday, agents have begun to speak out about Keller Williams’ long-time practice of keeping so-called "ghost agents" on the rosters, with some speculating the number of inactive agents could be far higher than official estimates.

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So you found drugs at a listing property. Here...
Posted on 2/7/2019 by Independent Author

What do you do when you come into a property you're supposed to show and discover drugs? Tracey Hawkins, a real estate safety expert, shares tips with Inman.

KW team jumps to eXp, predicts a ‘wave’ will f...
Posted on 2/7/2019 by Independent Author

David DeVoe is taking his 32 agents and 10 staffers from Keller Williams to eXp Realty, and he believes “a wave” of other teams are likely to follow to suit.

Buyside teams up with RE/MAX Alliance
Posted on 2/7/2019 by Independent Author

RE/MAX Alliance, Colorado's top brand franchise, has rolled out Buyside, a web-data analysis platform that helps agents find more listings.

Bright MLS CEO out amid flurry of agent complaints
Posted on 2/7/2019 by Independent Author

Tom Phillips, co-founder of mid-Atlantic multiple listing service giant Bright MLS, is leaving his role as CEO of the organization next month, amid an avalanche of complaints from real estate agents frustrated with the multiple listing service's software system.

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25 truths every real estate agent lives
Posted on 2/7/2019 by Independent Author

We all know this business is made up of more than just agents and brokers, but no one can deny that it's the agents who build the closest bonds with consumers. Here are 25 realities agents have to deal with every day — the rest of the industry should try to fully grasp them.

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How to sell your home for the most money? Sold...
Posted on 2/6/2019 by Independent Author

Sold.com, which officially launches today, describes itself as an "educational resource" and "recommendation engine" for homesellers.

In December, home prices rose — but at slowest...
Posted on 2/6/2019 by Independent Author

In December, home prices grew at their slowest pace since 2012, according to a CoreLogic Home Price Index and Forecast report released Tuesday.

Pregnant real estate agent found stabbed to death
Posted on 2/6/2019 by Independent Author

Pregnant real estate agent Jennifer Irigoyen was stabbed and murdered outside her apartment building in New York early Sunday morning.

Keller Williams orders purge of thousands of ‘...
Posted on 2/6/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams has been growth-obsessed over the past decade, but according to multiple sources, the 190,000-plus agent ranks are filled with former agents and sometimes even deceased agents in one instance. Multiple sources told Inman that it’s been an unspoken company policy at Keller Williams to keep agents on the roster, long after they are no longer associated with the company.

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You’ll need to go 26 feet down for this underg...
Posted on 2/6/2019 by Independent Author

A subterranean house, built by Avon executive Girard Henderson in the 1970s, has recently returned to the market with an astonishing $18 million price tag.

New York City overtakes San Francisco as world...
Posted on 2/6/2019 by Independent Author

New York has overtaken San Francisco as the world's "premier tech city," according to a new report from U.K.-based real estate consulting firm Savills.

Get more reviews and better SEO with Feefo
Posted on 2/6/2019 by Independent Author

This marketing platform solicits transaction reviews from clients to boost SEO, learn more about customers and advance marketing efforts.

Trump’s childhood home is on sale for $2.9M
Posted on 2/6/2019 by Independent Author

The modest Queens, New York, home in which President Donald Trump spent some of his earliest years is on the market again for $2.9 million.

RE/MAX reorganizes its franchise empire
Posted on 2/6/2019 by Independent Author

RE/MAX is making big changes to its regional support structure and breaking down its franchises into four stages of development to better tailor resources to each brokerage’s development. Part of the change includes reimagining the regional development and training education teams for its U.S.-owned franchises and going from 10 regions to four.

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Can’t we all just get along? Let’s stop trash-...
Posted on 2/6/2019 by Independent Author

It seems that lately the rhetoric around brokerage models, a frequent discussion topic, has been ratcheted up a few notches. Those who trash-talk should stop wasting valuable time and energy, and instead, focus on themselves. Our industry doesn't need people attacking others simply because they do business differently.

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8 tips for not annoying people on social media
Posted on 2/5/2019 by Independent Author

Every day, we see "the good, the bad and the ugly" when it comes to real estate agents and brokers on social media. From avoiding creepy habits to being mindful of group invites, here are eight tips for social networking professionals.

Lesson Learned: You truly have to earn it
Posted on 2/5/2019 by Independent Author

In this Monday column, Christy Murdock Edgar asks agents across the nation to share the lessons they've learned during their time in the industry. This week, Omaha agent Amber Tkaczuk.

Find more online leads with this new banner ad...
Posted on 2/5/2019 by Independent Author

A new entry to the industry, My Digital Advertising helps agents target online home shoppers via keyword searches and digital ads.

Lion & Orb and Luxury Presence launch marketin...
Posted on 2/5/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate public relations startup Lion & Orb is teaming up with real estate marketing firm Luxury Presence to give clients an even stronger digital footprint.

Multiple listing service ‘globalists’ warn aga...
Posted on 2/5/2019 by Independent Author

Speaking onstage at Inman Connect, two industry leaders advocated a "global" approach to the operation of multiple listing services.

This mobile safety device could help you stay ...
Posted on 2/5/2019 by Independent Author

Small, sleek and very loud, Katana attaches to a smartphone to audibly alert bystanders and communicate with a 24/7 safety center.

Qualia offers all-digital closings to agents a...
Posted on 2/5/2019 by Independent Author

In an exclusive interview with Inman, Qualia CEO Nate Baker explained that the company's platform essentially converts the lengthy, paperwork-intensive closing experience into an easy-to-use digital portal.

WATCH: Compass and Realogy CEOs debate the fut...
Posted on 2/5/2019 by Independent Author

At the Inman Connect New York 2019 conference, Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider and Compass CEO Robert Reffkin took to the stage to discuss their differing visions for the residential real estate market going forward.

Innovate or die: 11 ways agents should shake u...
Posted on 2/4/2019 by Independent Author

Given how many tech-focused real estate companies are launching and debuting new features and business models, agents on the ground don't need to worry about innovating themselves, right? Wrong.

The digital tools two top producers trust
Posted on 2/4/2019 by Independent Author

As real estate professionals in the ultra-competitive Austin, Texas market, we know a strong online presence is critical today. But no matter how ubiquitous digital solutions become, we can never forget that this is a relationship-based industry.

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Reinvent your brokerage’s brand
Posted on 2/4/2019 by Independent Author

As a broker or marketer, you’ve invested hundreds of hours and countless dollars carefully designing your brand’s story. You have a plan for every brand channel that allows you to communicate directly with consumers—from TV spots to your website.

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BlackRock raises stake in RE/MAX
Posted on 2/2/2019 by Independent Author

BlackRock lifted its stake in RE/MAX Holdings by 5.2 percent in the third quarter, elevating its total ownership of the real estate franchisor to 15.2 percent.

Consumers want an Amazon-like experience when ...
Posted on 2/2/2019 by Independent Author

Consumers who are used to being able to buy things with a single click want a similar experience when purchasing real estate — and they're pushing the industry to innovate in complex areas that have long resisted disruption.

How to explain home equity lines of credit to ...
Posted on 2/2/2019 by Independent Author

Agents have to be prepared to answer complicated questions about home equity lines of credit. In this post, we’ll simplify the subject so you can provide a clear, concise explanation that buyers will understand.

The key to building a personal brand from scratch
Posted on 2/2/2019 by Independent Author

These days, it can be hard to build a consistent brand whether you’re a large corporation or a single broker, as we’ve seen from companies struggling to offer coherent messages of social and political activism. A panel of experts tackled strategies at Inman Connect New York 2019 on Thursday.

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Opendoor’s ‘nightmare’: KW agents backed by th...
Posted on 2/2/2019 by Independent Author

In a presentation at Inman Connect, real estate consultant Mike DelPrete said Opendoor's "nightmare scenario" is 160,000 Keller Williams agents "in people's living rooms and kitchens waving around an iBuyer brochure and saying, 'We do that, too.'"

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8 steps for crafting a solid real estate marke...
Posted on 2/2/2019 by Independent Author

As a real estate agent, how you sell yourself often directly translates into how many homes you sell. Here are ICNY speakers' top tips on how agents can upgrade their marketing game.

Quicken Loans siblings drop rocket from brand ...
Posted on 2/2/2019 by Independent Author

Quicken Loans is dropping the familiar rocket out of its logo for its portfolio of online mortgage and home search brands. 

The Real Word: Is tech the lead gen differenti...
Posted on 2/2/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week: why technology is never the solution. 

Student debt isn’t the only thing holding buye...
Posted on 2/2/2019 by Independent Author

Student debt isn’t the only thing holding back home sales, which reached a six-year low in December and have been on a steady decline since 2004.

Zillow is showing its own listings first for s...
Posted on 2/2/2019 by Independent Author

In Phoenix and Las Vegas, Zillow appears to have tested the prioritization of its own listings above others on its website, according to an analysis by Inman.

10 tips to help your biz in 2019
Posted on 2/1/2019 by Independent Author

There are plenty of ways technology can augment your business as a real estate agent. Wendy Forsythe, the chief operating officer of HomeSmart Real Estate, and Katie Ragusa, the vice president of product for TRIBUS, highlighted 10 tech trends for agents at Inman Connect in New York on Tuesday.

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Compass CEO calls for national multiple listin...
Posted on 2/1/2019 by Independent Author

Sometime in the future, the real estate industry will whittle itself to just four brokerage models, said Robert Reffkin, CEO of Compass.

Sotheby’s International Realty snags 40-year P...
Posted on 2/1/2019 by Independent Author

Sotheby's International Realty on Monday announced the addition of 40-year luxury real estate veteran and former Pacific Union senior broker Steve Gothelf to its 136-agent San Francisco office.

How to keep business humming — even during a m...
Posted on 2/1/2019 by Independent Author

Instead of fearing a changing landscape, experts say agents and brokers can find success during a shift by following these three steps.

For fresh marketing ideas, look beyond the rea...
Posted on 2/1/2019 by Independent Author

Valentine's Day reservations and salon blowout parties are just a few perks that can lead to new referrals, panelists at Inman Connect said Thursday.

Generation Z trusts agents more than the inter...
Posted on 2/1/2019 by Independent Author

At the Inman Connect New York 2019 real estate conference on Wednesday, a panel consisting of 20-something members of "Generation Z" stressed that though they believe technology is important, it’s not the only integral aspect of buying a home.

Gen Z should start saving now to afford a home...
Posted on 2/1/2019 by Independent Author

The average Gen-Zer will need to save $304 per month for the next 12 years to afford a 10 percent down payment and closing costs for a median-priced home ($386,310) by the time they're 30.

In Pictures: Inman Connect New York, Day 4
Posted on 2/1/2019 by Independent Author

A recap of ICNY's Wednesday General Sessions, Marketing Connect & Data Connect.

Virtual brokerages ‘will pull us all down’
Posted on 2/1/2019 by Independent Author

Long & Foster CEO Jeff Detwiler is unhappy with the state of agent professionalism, training and supervision in the real estate industry. He put virtual brokerages in the crosshairs in conversation with David Charron, the president of MRIS Investors, at Inman Connect in New York City on Thursday.

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How to foster and benefit from diversity in re...
Posted on 2/1/2019 by Independent Author

A quarter of those rookie Realtors identify as minorities. And given the increasingly diverse makeup of the home buying public, it's more timely than ever for real estate agents to consider how to foster diversity in their ranks as well as how best to interact with diverse customers. 

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Building a real estate team? Avoid these super...
Posted on 1/31/2019 by Independent Author

To build a successful team, you need to acknowledge the work of your agents, get to know them personally and hire people who aren't your carbon copy, according to a panel at Inman Connect.

RE/MAX team leader: Big signing bonuses aren’t...
Posted on 1/31/2019 by Independent Author

The era of real estate where brokerages are luring away agents with huge signing bonuses is unsustainable, according to Treasure Davis, a Realtor and team leader with the Treasure Davis Team at RE/MAX. 

Fed puts interest rate hikes on hold
Posted on 1/31/2019 by Independent Author

The Federal Reserve announced on Wednesday that it would hold the federal funds rate in a range between 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent due to a strong labor market and robust economic activity.

9 strategies for hunting, fishing and farming ...
Posted on 1/31/2019 by Independent Author

As the market turns, it's critical to keep growing your client base through a combination of hunting, fishing and farming, Inman Connect panelists explain.

8 tips for building high-performing teams
Posted on 1/31/2019 by Independent Author

The meteoric rise of teams is only expected to accelerate over the next few years as the market softens and lone wolf agents grow hungrier for leads and support. Here are eight tips for building a high-performing team that can thrive even in a down market.

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How to get sellers to accept pricing in a turn...
Posted on 1/31/2019 by Independent Author

The market does appear to be cooling off and that can prompt painful conversations with clients who may not realize they need to temper their expectations. 

Brokerage CEO takes a swing at tech disrupters
Posted on 1/31/2019 by Independent Author

Instead of succumbing to the lure of the latest shiny object, real estate agents should focus their efforts on staying in touch with their clients, leading their teams, and generally building a meaningful community, according to Creig Northrop, CEO and president of Northrop Realty.

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Just stop! 7 things agents need to change imme...
Posted on 1/31/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate agents need to redefine their value proposition in today’s market. Here are seven things they can do to revamp the way they approach business.

In Pictures: Inman Connect New York, Day 3
Posted on 1/31/2019 by Independent Author

A recap of ICNY's Wednesday General Sessions, Teams Track and Thriving In A Turning Market Track.

RE/MAX CEO on what a gunshot taught him about ...
Posted on 1/31/2019 by Independent Author

At the Inman Connect New York 2019 real estate conference on Wednesday morning, Adam Contos recounted how during a particular SWAT call, he and a partner were throwing concussion grenades into a window when a bullet struck a tree in between them.

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What’s the biggest mistake real estate teams make?
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Independent Author

Thinking about growth in the same way that brokerages do is a huge mistake when building a team. Here are some of the secrets top teams have learned along the path to success.

Today’s disrupters aren’t all that disruptive:...
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Independent Author

Howard "Hoby" Hanna has been in real estate for 26 years and runs a company founded by his grandfather. And in his opinion, today's disrupters aren't all that disruptive.

Report: Houzz lays off 180 employees, eyes IPO
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Independent Author

The company reportedly recently laid off 110 people in Britain and Germany and 70 in the U.S., amounting to roughly 10 percent of the company. 

4 big mistakes agents make when choosing a bro...
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Independent Author

RE/MAX Advance Realty II broker-owner Anthony Askowitz and Coldwell Banker Schmidt Family of Companies Ohio president Felicia Hengle revealed four major mistakes agents should avoid when picking the right brokerage for them, as well as a mistake some brokers make.

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Agents, social media is not about you
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Independent Author

This year will bring change to the real estate industry, but there's one thing that won't change: "The need for people to tell you their business in real time."

In Pictures: Inman Connect New York, Day 2
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Independent Author

A recap of ICNY's Agent Connect, Tech Connect, Broker Connect at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Times Square, and CEO Connect at Carnegie Hall.

Agents and artificial intelligence are not enemies
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Independent Author

The world is rapidly getting closer to a future in which low-level tasks can be performed cheaply by machines that never get sick or need a day off. It's a future that humans have been dreaming about for millennia.

Where’s the line when it comes to editing list...
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Independent Author

Artificial intelligence, floor plan stitching, virtual reality. When it comes to listing photography and other property visuals, the technology has never been more advanced. But where's the line between improvement and misdirection?

New tech means fewer showings, more serious buyers
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Independent Author

Mark Tepper, vice president of sales and business development at 3D imaging company Matterport, said Tuesday afternoon at the Inman Connect New York 2019 conference that today consumers want a more transparency and efficiency than they might have in the past.

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Be a samurai: 6 ways to defend your commission...
Posted on 1/30/2019 by Independent Author

Many agents who entertain the idea of cutting commission think, “Well, half a loaf is better than no loaf.” Husband-and-wife duo Carolyn and Paul Zweben completely disagree. Here are six pointers that'll help you nix that thinking and win the full commission.

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Why we need the ‘United Nations of real estate’
Posted on 1/29/2019 by Independent Author

With new apps and services launching all the time, the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) says it is critical for the industry to establish common rules for handling data. Jeremy Crawford recommends thinking of RESO like Bluetooth, a technology that was adopted by both Apple and Samsung.

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How to build a killer mobile app
Posted on 1/29/2019 by Independent Author

At Hacker Connect on Monday, ShowMeNow founder Sean Thomas, whose app was acquired by eXp Realty, offers tips to real estate professionals considering starting an app.

How to launch a successful brokerage with a me...
Posted on 1/29/2019 by Independent Author

Courtney Poulos, broker-owner of Acme Real Estate, started her Los Angeles-based real estate brokerage for the low, low price of $1,000 a month in rent. She and Luke Monroe, broker and CEO of Kendrick Realty, dish on the real cost of doing business as a brokerage owner at Inman Connect New York.

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2 ‘absolutely awful’ questions agents should h...
Posted on 1/29/2019 by Independent Author

When Anthony Lamacchia warns never to start a conversation with a prospective client by asking these two "absolutely awful" questions, take notice -- no matter how unorthodox his advice may seem.

Miami real estate startup wants to make buying...
Posted on 1/29/2019 by Independent Author

Miami real estate technology startup Richr has announced the launch of its first product — a home listing platform that allows sellers in South Florida to put their homes in the Miami multiple listing service for free through a one-year, no-fee listing agreement with one of Richr's participating brokerages.

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Ricoh Tours unveils new ads using 360-degree f...
Posted on 1/29/2019 by Independent Author

Using the popular Theta V camera, agents can now use immersive listing video in their banner advertising campaigns, the company announced.

In Pictures: Inman Connect New York, Day 1
Posted on 1/29/2019 by Independent Author

A recap of ICNY's Hacker Connect and Indie Broker Summit at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Times Square.

How to balance your real estate career and per...
Posted on 1/29/2019 by Independent Author

When describing her unique family situation onstage at ICNY, Stephanie Lanier explained, ”We really got into real estate for the flexibility and the financial income — remember why you’re doing it.”

Computer vision will find your dream home at a...
Posted on 1/29/2019 by Independent Author

Computer vision and image tagging are making the home shopping experience more accessible and personalized, according to Dominik Pogorzelski, vice president of product for restb.ai.

Mortgage originations down among self-employed
Posted on 1/29/2019 by Independent Author

Mortgage originations among self-employed households have fallen more than for salaried households. This decline has occurred even though self-employed persons earn more on average than salaried workers. Here we discuss several factors that influence this reality and what it means for potential homeowners and lenders.

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How to introduce AR into the buying and sellin...
Posted on 1/28/2019 by Independent Author

Have you ever heard a buyer complain about the wall color in your listing or wonder if the living room could accommodate their furniture? How many times have you had a listing that desperately needed staging, but lacked the time or budget to get the job done? It would be fantastic if every buyer had […]

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How to recruit top talent like the big dogs: P...
Posted on 1/28/2019 by Independent Author

Signing bonuses, big marketing budgets, 100 percent splits — the recruiting battle for agents today is fiercer than ever. Nevertheless, small and indie brokers can win against “big dogs” if they know how to leverage their strengths and capitalize on what resonates most with agents.

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Lesson Learned: Do what you’re good at
Posted on 1/28/2019 by Independent Author

In this Monday column, Christy Murdock Edgar asks agents across the nation to share the lessons they've learned during their time in the industry. This week, award-winning journalist-turned-agent Maureen Green.

EMPWR Media doesn’t find leads, it multiplies them
Posted on 1/28/2019 by Independent Author

This online presence builder is a resource for real estate agents to augment their digital footprint through dynamic content management and business profile marketing.

How to talk a seller off the FSBO ledge
Posted on 1/27/2019 by Independent Author

Selling a home without professional representation is an arduous undertaking. Here are 11 common difficulties FSBOs tend to face — and tips for how real estate agents can convert these individuals into clients.

3 tweaks that’ll boost your brand in a saturat...
Posted on 1/26/2019 by Independent Author

As a real estate agent, you must distinguish yourself from others and show prospects exactly why they should choose you over another agent. This can be a challenge, but it's definitely not impossible — and here's how to do it by tweaking three things you already have: your job title, your services and your influence.

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Blockchain-powered RealBlocks secures seed rou...
Posted on 1/26/2019 by Independent Author

RealBlocks, a blockchain-backed platform for real estate fundraising and investment, announced Friday that it has secured seed funding in the amount of $3.1 million, led by Science, Inc.

Watch out Zillow: A little birdie is coming af...
Posted on 1/26/2019 by Independent Author

HouseCanary has launched a new listing portal, though it has left some multiple listing services confused about how their data landed on the site.

CoreLogic home valuations to get machine learn...
Posted on 1/26/2019 by Independent Author

CoreLogic has inked a deal with Pushpin, a company whose platform can automatically pick out property parcel information from aerial imagery.

The Inman Weekender: Top Berkshire Hathaway ag...
Posted on 1/26/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, plus previews of Inman Connect New York.

Canadian agent nearly murdered for El Chapo by...
Posted on 1/26/2019 by Independent Author

Iconic gangster Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán tried to use the Hells Angels to kill a real estate agent in Canada, a Brooklyn court heard last week.

Taylor Swift ‘shakes off’ Douglas Elliman lawsuit
Posted on 1/26/2019 by Independent Author

Chances are, Taylor Swift is never, ever getting back together with Douglas Elliman after a New York judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit filed by one of the brokerage's agents claiming the star owed a $1.08 million commission on a New York townhouse.

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Facebook to integrate messenger with Instagram...
Posted on 1/26/2019 by Independent Author

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp are integrating their messenger services, potentially giving agents new ways to communicate with possible clients.

Will deal to end shutdown kick-start real esta...
Posted on 1/26/2019 by Independent Author

Congressional leaders and President Donald Trump reached a deal on a continuing resolution Friday that will fund the government for three weeks. The deal ensures all government employees will receive their paychecks next week, including backpay missed during the more than month-long shutdown.

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About-face: New Zillow competitor removes all ...
Posted on 1/26/2019 by Independent Author

ComeHome, a new home search portal from real estate predictive analytics firm HouseCanary, has deactivated all of its property listings as of Friday — essentially turning itself off — after multiple listing service executives told Inman they were surprised.

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How to spark joy in real estate
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Independent Author

Learn how one broker was inspired after watching the Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" and how a potential "tidying up" movement could impact the entire real estate industry.

Is ‘coming soon’ marketing a waste of time?
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Independent Author

Do “coming soon” signs work, or are they just a waste of time? Hear how Dustin Fox, a D.C. agent with $40 million in annual sales, uses pre-listing marketing campaigns to get a big chunk of business.

RE/MAX partnership gives agents discounts on r...
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Independent Author

A new partnership brings together real estate giant RE/MAX with Lovepop, a company that manufactures three-dimensional holiday and special occasion cards.

Will homesellers foot bill for climate change ...
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Independent Author

Increasingly local and regional governments are turning to homeowners to pony up climate change-fighting funds in the form of new taxes.

LionDesk’s suite of tools now available to CRM...
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Independent Author

As part of the ongoing effort to serve its 96,000 members, California Regional MLS (CRMLS), the nation's largest MLS, has established a relationship with LionDesk, a popular customer relationship platform for real estate agents.

Market worries are keeping homeowners from selling
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Independent Author

Using housing data from 50 largest cities across the United States, Lending Tree determined that average American homeowners stay in their home for seven years.

Here is Realogy’s big agent tech play
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Independent Author

NRT has officially launched Desk, a new unified platform that acts as the central point from which agents can manage their email, contacts, marketing, profiles and create market reports.

NYPD on the hunt for scammers posing as agents
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Independent Author

In New York, a male and female suspect are posing as real estate agents and asking renters to transfer deposits for non-existent apartments.

National HouseCheck buys Housefax
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Independent Author

Popular industry resource for home data and property reports Homefax (and its data on 110 million U.S. homes) has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by National HouseCheck, a property inspection and home reporting service.

Enter to win a $1.3M home for just $19 and an ...
Posted on 1/25/2019 by Independent Author

A Canadian woman is holding a contest for her $1.3 million home for the bargain-basement price of $19 and an essay.

ReferralExchange will now qualify your third-p...
Posted on 1/24/2019 by Independent Author

ReferralExchange is launching a program called ReferralExchange LIVE to verify and qualify contacts obtained through third-party lead generation platforms like Zillow or realtor.com.

Is this the most environmentally friendly brok...
Posted on 1/24/2019 by Independent Author

Golden Real Estate's building produces more energy than it consumes, giving it "net-zero" status and an unbeatable marketing position.

New drone rules could pave way for listing pho...
Posted on 1/24/2019 by Independent Author

The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing new rules that would allow drones to be flown at night and over people without waivers.

Home prices in November climbed nearly 6% year...
Posted on 1/24/2019 by Independent Author

U.S. home prices rose 0.4 percent from October to November and 5.8 percent year-over-year, according to data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

StreetEasy launches agent app, updates listing...
Posted on 1/24/2019 by Independent Author

StreetEasy, a listing portal from Zillow Group, is aiming to ease the input and management of listings with a new agent app and updated program.

Compass catches a rising star
Posted on 1/24/2019 by Independent Author

Compass caught one of the top agents in its home market of New York City this week when it recruited Michael Graves, who will bring $326.5 million in active listings from Douglas Elliman.

How one brokerage streamlined its social media...
Posted on 1/24/2019 by Independent Author

Hunt Real Estate ERA, which has 1,300 agents across New York, Massachusetts and Arizona, announced on Tuesday a partnership with Clearview Social, a social media strategy firm.

Daren Blomquist jumps to Auction.com from Atto...
Posted on 1/24/2019 by Independent Author

Daren Blomquist, a widely cited real estate expert, has taken a new job at Auction.com as the company's vice president of market economics.

The most expensive home in America just sold f...
Posted on 1/24/2019 by Independent Author

Billionaire Ken Griffin just cemented the most expensive real estate purchase in the U.S. — a luxurious New York penthouse for $238 million.

Utah-based flat-fee brokerage Homie wants to r...
Posted on 1/24/2019 by Independent Author

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission documents indicate that Homie has already raised about $2.3 million out of its new $10 million offering. The documents were filed on Jan. 15 and indicate that Homie expects the new fundraising round to last less than one year.

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What to expect when you’re Connecting: Vegan a...
Posted on 1/23/2019 by Independent Author

Our favorite places to find vegan and vegetarian food near Times Square.

What to expect when you’re Connecting: Seafood...
Posted on 1/23/2019 by Independent Author

Our favorite choices for some incredible seafood plates during Inman Connect New York.

Existing-home sales decline in December after ...
Posted on 1/23/2019 by Independent Author

Existing-home sales declined 6.4 percent in December to a seasonally adjusted rate of 4.99 million, following two straight months of consecutive gains.

Homesnap will pay monthly mortgage of 10 feder...
Posted on 1/23/2019 by Independent Author

Home listings portal Homesnap is offering to pay the mortgage or rent of 10 workers affected by the now 31-day long partial shutdown of the federal government.

Can’t knock the hustle: How to start a lucrati...
Posted on 1/23/2019 by Independent Author

Successfully pulling off a side hustle in conjunction with a bustling real estate career is no easy feat, but these pros have pulled it off multiple times. Learn their secrets on how to start a successful side business in real estate here.

What To Expect When You’re Connecting: Our fav...
Posted on 1/23/2019 by Independent Author

Where to eat and drink with new friends and old around Times Square during Inman Connect New York.

Compass hires former Uber exec to lead communi...
Posted on 1/23/2019 by Independent Author

Jason Post has a background that blends public and private work. Prior to working at Compass, he was the director of public policy and communications at Uber.

Blend names former Fannie Mae chief executive ...
Posted on 1/23/2019 by Independent Author

Blend, the digital mortgage application startup, has named former Fannie Mae chief executive Timothy Mayopoulos as its new president.

Here’s the CRM for agents who don’t think they...
Posted on 1/23/2019 by Independent Author

Targeted directly at new and mid-level agents, RealOffice360 is an impressive CRM for unimpressive monthly budgets.

Tech startup REX raises $45M, plans expansion ...
Posted on 1/23/2019 by Independent Author

REX, a tech startup that relies on artificial intelligence, has raised $45 million with an eye toward expanding into new markets.

The real estate industry gets in on the 10-yea...
Posted on 1/22/2019 by Independent Author

As part of the "10-Year Challenge," celebs and regular people alike are posting contrasting posts of themselves in 2009 and 2019 all over social media.

A €1 home in an Italian paradise? Sure, but th...
Posted on 1/22/2019 by Independent Author

If you have just one euro — roughly $1.14 — you can own a home in the Sicilian city of Sambuca — but there's one major catch.

Agent killed while trying to evict tenants fro...
Posted on 1/22/2019 by Independent Author

Police arrested three people in connection with the death of a real estate agent who was shot and killed while trying to evict tenants from an apartment.

What brokers need to consider about data security
Posted on 1/22/2019 by Independent Author

Remember, a company with the world’s most sophisticated data security could be using your data in inappropriate ways, while the most well-intentioned business could be leaking your data without anyone knowing.

Want to update your listing presentation for 2...
Posted on 1/22/2019 by Independent Author

This white label-ready, MLS-data-driven app is the best CMA tool you haven't heard of.

CEOs most worried about global recession in 2019
Posted on 1/22/2019 by Independent Author

CEOs worldwide expect more regulation in the future, mostly in the realm of data privacy protection, environmental impact, unmanned aerial vehicles and autonomous vehicle technology, according to a new survey.

Tony Hawk says real estate agents will go exti...
Posted on 1/22/2019 by Independent Author

Ken Potashner, chairman and CEO, says the savings Home Bay is able to offer buyers and sellers isn't because his company is skirting on service — he says his tech platform makes everything more efficient and faster, with an average sale time of 38 days.

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Purplebricks pivots to more traditional model ...
Posted on 1/22/2019 by Independent Author

Flat-fee brokerage Purplebricks is changing its business model significantly in the United States to offer varying listing fees to homesellers by region, which it will now only charge if and when a home is successfully sold. It's a pivot that brings Purplebricks U.S. closer in line with more traditional models of the industry...

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A simple 5-step system for generating referrals
Posted on 1/22/2019 by Independent Author

All real estate agents want to get more referrals, but asking clients for referrals isn’t always easy. Stacey Brown Randall has a solution to this problem. She created a complete five-step system for generating referrals without asking for them.

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This one barrier is keeping us from innovating
Posted on 1/22/2019 by Independent Author

Brokers and MLSs don’t speak the same lanugage. In this article, Sam DeBord decodes the translucent industry lingo surrounding MLS consolidation.

How to transform your client relationships wit...
Posted on 1/21/2019 by Independent Author

In luxury real estate, customer relationships are everything — so it’s no surprise that many leading companies are implementing customer relationship management (CRM) systems. If you’re considering adding CRM to your mix, here are five things to know.

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3 Tips for Thriving in a Changing Market
Posted on 1/21/2019 by Independent Author

Over the last few years, agents have enjoyed a period of soaring home prices, lower interest rates, and a historic housing shortage, creating the ideal market for home sellers, and business for the listing agents at your firm.

‘I’m waiting for spring to sell’: How to get s...
Posted on 1/20/2019 by Independent Author

Thinking that spring is the best time to sell is a common misconception in the homeselling world. Learn how to overcome that objection and get your sellers to list now by mastering these tips.

The Real Word: HENRYs, bickering buyers and th...
Posted on 1/19/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week: the next generation of wealth and what agents should know. 

Borrowers are turning to digital lenders — and...
Posted on 1/19/2019 by Independent Author

Americans are increasingly forgoing traditional banks when taking out home loans, pushing mortgage revenue down for big name lenders but offering a boon to unconventional, tech-enabled companies.

What to expect when you’re Connecting: The bes...
Posted on 1/19/2019 by Independent Author

Our favorite picks for places to grab a great cup of coffee during ICNY.

The Inman Weekender: Gary Keller bashes eXp, R...
Posted on 1/19/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, plus speaker previews of Inman Connect New York.

Connect the Speakers: Daryl Fairweather on wha...
Posted on 1/19/2019 by Independent Author

“The housing market is a perfect example of how psychology affects the economy,” Fairweather said.

Billionaire-backed discounter shuts brokerage ...
Posted on 1/19/2019 by Independent Author

SRE Matrix, a low-fee, tech-focused brokerage that launched in 2014, recently closed its Honolulu office, completing a wind-down of the firm's company-owned brokerage offices.

KW iBuyer ‘probably’ coming in Q2, Gary Keller...
Posted on 1/19/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams will "probably" launch its own iBuyer program in the second quarter of 2019, Gary Keller confirmed during a multihour presentation of the company's 2019 technology plans on Friday, Jan. 11. In audio obtained by Inman, Keller said the franchisor will likely launch in Arizona.

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Buy Frank Sinatra’s famous Byrdview estate for...
Posted on 1/19/2019 by Independent Author

The house where legendary singer Frank Sinatra used to entertain some of Hollywood's biggest names, and Marilyn Monroe reportedly spent time living in the guest house, is back on the market.

Howard Hanna lets buyers shop with pre-locked ...
Posted on 1/19/2019 by Independent Author

The program stands in stark contrast to the way most loans work, which typically require a borrower to have a contract already in place before they can lock in an interest rate.

The shutdown is tripping up real estate deals ...
Posted on 1/19/2019 by Independent Author

With no end in sight to the shutdown — which began in December and hinges on political leaders disagreement over funding for a border wall — Realtors say the dire affects are seeping into more and more corners of the industry.

Hide out from the world in this real-life hobb...
Posted on 1/18/2019 by Independent Author

"Lord of the Rings" fans can rejoice — a real-life hobbit house from the forests of Wisconsin has hit the market for $275,000.

READ: Ex-Keller Williams CEO John Davis’ open ...
Posted on 1/18/2019 by Independent Author

Former Keller Williams CEO John Davis insisted in an open letter to Inman that he resigned from the real estate franchise last week and was not fired.

Inman announces another 10 Startup Alley parti...
Posted on 1/18/2019 by Independent Author

Tallahassee, Fla. (Jan. 17, 2019) - Inman Group® announced another 10 companies that will be part of Startup Alley at Inman Connect New York, Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2019.

Peerage buys stake in Madison & Company Properties
Posted on 1/18/2019 by Independent Author

Toronto-based Peerage Realty Partners announced Wednesday it had acquired a direct ownership stake in Madison & Company Properties.

400,000 fewer young people are buying homes du...
Posted on 1/18/2019 by Independent Author

The rise in student debt — which more than doubled from 2005 to 2014 — has resulted in hundreds of thousands of fewer young people owning a home, according to a new study from the Federal Reserve.

Microsoft is putting up $500M to help affordab...
Posted on 1/18/2019 by Independent Author

Microsoft announced Wednesday a plan to invest $500 million in affordable housing solutions for Seattle and the Puget Sound area in Washington, to alleviate the stress tech job growth is putting on the housing market.

Redfin invests in tech-enabled contracting sta...
Posted on 1/18/2019 by Independent Author

Pro.com announced a new $33 million round of funding, saying the infusion would fuel rapid expansion into new markets over the coming years.

Offerpad launches in Houston, eyes further exp...
Posted on 1/18/2019 by Independent Author

That marks the Arizona-headquartered Offerpad's second operational market in Texas and 10th across the U.S. At the moment, Offerpad also operates in Phoenix, Atlanta, Tampa, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Charlotte, Tucson, Orlando and Los Angeles.

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MoxiWorks goes for Upstream’s jugular
Posted on 1/18/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate technology firm MoxiWorks has thrown down the gauntlet, casting its own data service MoxiCloud as a replacement for Upstream, the controversial broker data management platform funded by the National Association of Realtors until a sudden split last month.

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Would you live in a San Francisco subway car a...
Posted on 1/18/2019 by Independent Author

As the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) prepares to update its aging cars next year, ideas for their upcycling have been bountiful. The new trains are due to arrive beginning in summer 2020, which will see approximately 669 trains gradually replaced, according to Architecture Digest. The 1970s-era cars currently operating are already attracting attention from […]

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Connect the Speakers: Sean Thomas on building ...
Posted on 1/17/2019 by Independent Author

"Buyers want to know if they put a question out into the ether, it will be responded to," Thomas said.

RE/MAX brokerage owners are forming franchisee...
Posted on 1/17/2019 by Independent Author

More than 20 RE/MAX brokerages have joined forces to form the company's first franchisee association, which they hope will make them more competitive.

WeWork CEO made millions leasing buildings to ...
Posted on 1/17/2019 by Independent Author

WeWork CEO Adam Neumann allegedly made millions by leasing buildings he owns a stake in to the very company he serves as chief executive officer.

Trade group offers rent relief to furloughed g...
Posted on 1/17/2019 by Independent Author

The National Rental Home Council (NRHC), a trade group made up of some of the largest single-family home rental owners in the country, is offering relief to its renters with rent deferrals and fee waivers.

Homeowner appeals ruling to rebuild historic p...
Posted on 1/17/2019 by Independent Author

A real estate developer ordered to rebuild a replica of a historic San Francisco home he had torn down is appealing the decision.

Police arrest suspect in real estate office ro...
Posted on 1/17/2019 by Independent Author

A man connected to a major armed robbery in a Kirksville, Missouri, real estate office on Jan. 10 has been apprehended, police say.

Popular Miami Realtor shot and killed by broke...
Posted on 1/17/2019 by Independent Author

A well-known South Florida Realtor has been found dead inside a Miami home in an apparent murder-suicide, police confirmed.

Government raises fines for RESPA violations
Posted on 1/17/2019 by Independent Author

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is raising the price of its fines to adjust for inflation, including penalties for violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). The new fine amounts became law when they were entered into the Federal Register on Jan. 12. 

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Builder confidence rises due to falling mortga...
Posted on 1/17/2019 by Independent Author

Builder confidence for newly built single-family homes is rising due to falling mortgages, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI rose 2 points in January to 58 on an index that grades any score above 50 as builders viewing conditions more good than poor. Last month, the HMI hit a three-year low. 

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Another big management shuffle: Now it’s HomeS...
Posted on 1/17/2019 by Independent Author

The former founder of Intero Real Estate Services is moving to a new role at the top of HomeServices of America. Gino Blefari, currently the CEO of HSF Affiliates — the subsidiary that operates the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living franchise networks — was appointed today as CEO of HomeServices of America by Executive Chairman Ron Peltier.

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Connect the Speakers: Katie Lance on learning ...
Posted on 1/16/2019 by Independent Author

"Even with all these market fluctuations, agents and brokers are still valuing personal development and investing in their learning," Lance said.

Connect the Speakers: Samantha DeBianchi on he...
Posted on 1/16/2019 by Independent Author

"Realtors need to be more of an advisor, really understand the market and understand cycles, and understand how to assist their clients."

Consumer watchdog calls for nationwide ban on ...
Posted on 1/16/2019 by Independent Author

A national consumer watchdog is calling for states to ban dual agency and make agency disclosures less confusing, according to a report released Monday.

These are the hottest housing markets of 2019
Posted on 1/16/2019 by Independent Author

San Jose, California, took the top spot on Zillow's annual survey of the hottest housing markets in 2019 for the second year in a row as tech jobs continued to drive workers to Silicon Valley.

Online homebuyer Knock picks up $400M in lates...
Posted on 1/16/2019 by Independent Author

Knock was founded in 2015 by Sean Black and Jamie Glenn, both also co-founders of Trulia, and Karan Sakhuja. Consumers using the company's trade-in program pay a traditional 6 percent commission to the company. Homeowners also have to pay closing costs and other expenses such as appraisals.

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Trulia hires a new chief economist
Posted on 1/16/2019 by Independent Author

Issi Romem previously worked as the chief economist at contractor search portal BuildZoom and is also a fellow at Terner Center for Housing Innovation, a part of the University of California, Berkeley.

A Mega Millions lottery winner is selling his ...
Posted on 1/16/2019 by Independent Author

Rick Knudsen, who won $180 million in California's Mega Millions lottery, is selling his luxurious mountain estate for $26 million.

Co-living firm gets $300M funding boost to gro...
Posted on 1/16/2019 by Independent Author

Co-living company Quarters has raised $300 million to grow its presence in the U.S. in what the company is touting as the single largest investment in co-living in the nation.

NYC mayor sues Manhattan brokerage over allege...
Posted on 1/16/2019 by Independent Author

The New York City Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement filed a lawsuit Monday against a Manhattan-based brokerage and property management firm, accusing it of converting units at least five properties it manages or owns into illegal short-term rentals, including an entire building in East Harlem.

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Gary Keller bashes rival eXp’s virtual world a...
Posted on 1/16/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams is allegedly partnering with video animation startup MashMe for its virtual expansion brokerages, according to a source with knowledge of the situation and leaked audio of a two-hour talk on technology led by Keller Williams CEO Gary Keller on Friday.

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Lesson Learned: Don’t wear too many hats at once
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Independent Author

In this Monday column, Christy Murdock Edgar asks agents across the nation to share the lessons they've learned during their time in the industry. This week, Boston Realtor Manuel Davis.

Connect the Speakers: Matt Kursh on specializi...
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Independent Author

Matt Kursh founded his emotional intelligence outfit, Oji Life Lab, because after spending years working for Microsoft in its residential real estate segment and serving on several corporate boards...

Connect the Speakers: Kate Darling on the ethi...
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Independent Author

What happens when robots move from behind factory walls and start interacting with humans?

Redfin is expanding to Canada
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Independent Author

Redfin will be expanding its brokerage services and listing database to Toronto and Vancouver by March, the Seattle-based low-fee brokerage announced on Monday.

Connect the Speakers: Marc Brackett on emotion...
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Independent Author

What you need to know about emotional intelligence and how it helps rule your world.

Black29 Group acquires real estate training co...
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Independent Author

Black29 Group, the parent of real estate marketing companies like Goodfellow Coaching and Pro REA Staffing, will be taking another company under its wing.

Is OwnersRE.com the agent-free answer for comm...
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Independent Author

Formally launched this month after a three-month soft release, the company charges owners $250 for use of the platform, which includes a website and productivity dashboard for the home.

This home has 16 bathrooms. Is that too much?
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Independent Author

A luxury mansion in New York's Long Island has a unique feature — with 16 bathrooms, the house has nearly double the number of toilets for every bedroom.

IHOP heir selling house for $7.25M
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Independent Author

Nathan Finkel, the son of International House of Pancakes founder Abe Finkel, has put his extravagant Florida mansion on the market for $7.25 million.

Tracy McLaughlin leaves Compass for The Agency
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Independent Author

Tracy McLaughlin has joined The Agency, leaving Compass four months after it acquired her former brokerage, Pacific Union International.

What influencers know (that you don’t)
Posted on 1/14/2019 by Independent Author

What makes a random YouTuber into an influencer? What can you learn from them to make your real estate content more effective and more compelling? Find out here.

How you know you’ve found a winning team
Posted on 1/14/2019 by Independent Author

I spent my first three years in real estate at a small, boutique agency. But when Sotheby's International Realty came to the Louisville market, I immediately knew that was where I wanted to be.

Listen, love and appreciate: 5 things 2018 tau...
Posted on 1/14/2019 by Independent Author

New year's goals and resolutions aren't everyone's cup of tea — but a good bit of reflection never hurt anyone. For one Keller Williams broker, the end of the year brought many lessons about business, leadership, relationships and more. Here are the top five lessons Adam Hergenrother learned in 2018.

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What you should know about the next generation...
Posted on 1/13/2019 by Independent Author

Mostly composed of millennials, HENRY — an acronym that stands for "high earners not rich yet” — describes a niche subset of the population that represents the next generation of wealth. Here are the facts.

5 game-changers that rattled real estate in 2018
Posted on 1/12/2019 by Independent Author

As we look ahead to a healthy and productive new year, let’s take a moment to reflect on the major events and market forces that shaped 2018. Five key factors rocked real estate last year — understand these, and you’ll cash in on a successful 2019.

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Prices surging in areas devastated by Californ...
Posted on 1/12/2019 by Independent Author

The hottest real estate market in December wasn't San Francisco, New York City or Seattle. It wasn't a ski town in Colorado or a warm retreat like Key West.

It’s significantly harder to buy a home now th...
Posted on 1/12/2019 by Independent Author

A typical U.S. family in November had more difficulty purchasing an existing family home at the national median price than one year ago, according to NAR.

The Inman Weekender, January 12-13, 2019
Posted on 1/12/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, plus speaker previews of Inman Connect New York.

How to get a disagreeable buyer couple on the ...
Posted on 1/12/2019 by Independent Author

We always have to be prepared to lead buyers in the best way possible to get their dream home. But what happens when the clients are actually a couple that refuses to agree? Here are some tips on how to make the process work for everyone.

New CEO named at real estate tech company Lone...
Posted on 1/12/2019 by Independent Author

Lone Wolf announced on Friday it has named Jack Blaha as CEO, as outgoing chief executive Patrick Arkeveld transitions to the role of executive chairman.

Warren Buffett’s HomeServices of America acqui...
Posted on 1/12/2019 by Independent Author

The transaction continues HomeServices of America's years-long acquisition spree, putting it even closer to overtaking NRT, the brokerage company owned by Realogy, as the largest brokerage firm in the country by sales volume.

Brooklyn’s priciest building welcomes 2 more c...
Posted on 1/12/2019 by Independent Author

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski purchased a full-floor condo in Brooklyn Heights for $11 million — right next to Matt Damon.

Massive investment firm Vanguard bets big on R...
Posted on 1/12/2019 by Independent Author

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing indicates that Vanguard owns 9,444,137 shares of Redfin, which is 10.54 percent of the company.

Mortgage Bankers Association appealed directly...
Posted on 1/12/2019 by Independent Author

After lobbying from the mortgage industry, the IRS is once again verifying the incomes of mortgage applicants despite a government shutdown and some questions about the fairness of reopening just one part of the agency.

Connect the Speakers: Kendall Butler on future...
Posted on 1/11/2019 by Independent Author

Here's how to keep innovating while the market shifts all around you.

Gary Keller’s CEO return: The real estate indu...
Posted on 1/11/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams agents are celebrating the return of Gary Keller as CEO while others in the real estate industry are skeptical of the decision.

Opendoor co-founder critiques investor’s big f...
Posted on 1/11/2019 by Independent Author

Keith Rabois thinks the SoftBank Vision Fund's huge infusion of capital in startups, including Opendoor, can keep them from addressing their problems. His comments come just months after Opendoor itself received $400 million in funding from the SoftBank Vision Fund.

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Inman announces another 15 sponsors for ICNY19
Posted on 1/11/2019 by Independent Author

Tallahassee, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2019) - Inman Group® announced 15 additional companies that will be sponsoring Inman Connect New York, Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2019.

Governments mull bans on voucher discrimination
Posted on 1/11/2019 by Independent Author

As housing affordability continues to decrease nationwide, an effort is underway at the local and federal level to prevent landlords from discriminating against those who pay for housing using government subsidies, such as Section 8 vouchers.

MLB pitcher donates $9.75M mansion to special ...
Posted on 1/11/2019 by Independent Author

The current Chicago Cubs ace recently pitched a perfect real estate game when he gifted his 32,000-square-foot Missouri lakeside mansion.

Average multifamily rent grows to $1,419 in US...
Posted on 1/11/2019 by Independent Author

Overall, multifamily rents — for example, a unit in an apartment building — have increased 31 percent since 2011. Rising home values, a strong economy and growing demand for rental housing have all played a role in this growth.

Lennar accused of manipulating borrower data i...
Posted on 1/11/2019 by Independent Author

The largest homebuilder in the country has been hit with a lawsuit accusing it of providing loans to unqualified borrowers.

RE/MAX, Keller Williams and a cash buyer among...
Posted on 1/11/2019 by Independent Author

The ranking by "Entrepeneur Magazine" looks at franchises of all kinds in the U.S. and includes three real estate companies in the top 50. Find out what other real estate companies made the list here.

Zillow will announce winner of $1M Zestimate c...
Posted on 1/11/2019 by Independent Author

On January 30, Zillow plans to reveal the winner of "Zillow Prize" and award $1 million to the team that made the biggest improvements to the accuracy of the Zestimate. Zillow is also awarding $100,000 to the runner-up and $50,000 to the third-place contestant.

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Flat-fee brokerage Home Bay raises $13.5M, pla...
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Independent Author

Flat-fee real estate company Home Bay just raised millions of dollars and has plans for a major expansion, marking the latest development in the cut-throat world of disruptive low-cost brokerages.

Connect the Speakers: Dessa on using brain stu...
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Independent Author

What can you learn from musician Dessa’s experience to make your own real estate business stronger?

Connect the Speakers: eXp Realty CEO Glenn San...
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Independent Author

"You have to show that you’re innovating on behalf of the agent"

Connect the Speakers: Ryan Schneider on the bi...
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Independent Author

Realogy CEO will discuss what he's learned over the past year, and what's ahead, with Compass CEO Robert Reffkin at Inman Connect New York.

Corcoran franchises are on sale today. Here’s ...
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Independent Author

Corcoran is officially ready to start selling franchises. The real estate brokerage, under the umbrella of Realogy, officially filed its franchise disclosure document this week.

Ex-Miami agent Kevin Tomlinson could be headed...
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Independent Author

Kevin Tomlinson, the ex-South Beach Realtor found guilty for trying to extort money from "The Jills," is once again facing prison time.

Compass opens new Colorado offices in Denver a...
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Independent Author

Compass is expanding on its existing footprint in Colorado by adding two new offices in Denver and Boulder, it announced Wednesday.

5 tech resolutions that’ll get your business o...
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Independent Author

One of the best ways to get your business in line for your busy season is to get your tech stack in order during your slow times. Here are five things you should do now.

Redfin Now is buying homes for cash in Los Angeles
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Independent Author

The company had previously been operating its iBuyer program in other parts of Southern California, including San Diego and Orange County, but it revealed Wednesday that it has closed on 150 homes across the region.

HGTV’s 2018 Dream Home is on the market
Posted on 1/10/2019 by Independent Author

Bummed you didn't win last year's HGTV dream home in Gig Harbor, Washington? Well, you have a second chance at owning the $1.89 million waterfront estate.

Dear Marketing Mastermind: How can I perfect m...
Posted on 1/9/2019 by Independent Author

In this monthly advice column, Marketing Mastermind Christy Murdock Edgar answers three burning questions from the real estate industry at large. This month’s topic: perfecting your content strategy.

Equifax executive joins Realogy board of directors
Posted on 1/9/2019 by Independent Author

Realogy announced Tuesday that it had appointed Bryson Koehler to its board, bringing the total number of board members to 10.

Attom Data Solutions acquired by private equit...
Posted on 1/9/2019 by Independent Author

Lovell Minnick Partners announced Tuesday it had completed its acquisition of Attom Data Solutions, the real estate data and analytics company.

Delinquency rates hit 18-year low
Posted on 1/9/2019 by Independent Author

Only 4.1 percent of homeowners were delinquent on their mortgage in October, according to CoreLogic’s latest Loan Performance Insights report.

Unpaid government workers owe $438M in mortgag...
Posted on 1/9/2019 by Independent Author

Federal workers either not being paid or currently furloughed as a result of the government shutdown are estimated to owe approximately $438 million in mortgage and rent payments this month.

Former Coldwell Banker team opens Chicago’s fi...
Posted on 1/9/2019 by Independent Author

A former Coldwell Banker team is bringing the international real estate brand Engel & Völkers to Chicago.

The best new smart home appliances from CES 2019
Posted on 1/9/2019 by Independent Author

Here are some of the coolest products to be featured at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 — all will be hitting the shelves in the coming months.

WeWork rebrands to The We Company, targets gro...
Posted on 1/9/2019 by Independent Author

Pushing further into residential real estate, then, could theoretically expand and diversify the company's archive of valuable data.

Why is Purplebricks’ backer betting hard on hy...
Posted on 1/9/2019 by Independent Author

Axel Springer, the $6 billion European media house, is going "all in" with online hybrid agents through its investments in Purplebricks and Homeday. It's making a calculated bet that competing with its real estate agency customers is the best long-term strategy.

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EXCLUSIVE: Gary Keller returns as KW CEO, John...
Posted on 1/9/2019 by Independent Author

Gary Keller is retaking the top executive role of his namesake real estate company with CEO John Davis on his way out, a Keller Williams source confirmed to Inman on Tuesday. Keller founded Keller Williams Realtors in 1983 and has most recently been acting as the chairman of the board of directors of Keller Williams.

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Success secrets of a winning team
Posted on 1/8/2019 by Independent Author

When I founded my own real estate firm, I knew it was essential to keep my team at the forefront of the market. Ensuring my agents are supported is my primary goal as a broker, and the process of running a firm as a cohesive unit has broadened my understanding of leadership.

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3 things every Facebook user should consider i...
Posted on 1/8/2019 by Independent Author

Despite the privacy concerns, government inquisitions and political meddling, Facebook remains 2.2 billion users strong in 2019. While some people rally behind #DeleteFacebook, others remain loyal to the social media giant. If you're thinking of continuing your relationship with Facebook this year, consider these three things.

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Curaytor nabs HubSpot designer for top job
Posted on 1/8/2019 by Independent Author

The digital marketing firm’s newest director of product, design and services, Nate Lace, was hired away from rival HubSpot to guide its client experience and design efforts.

Suspect posed as agent to steal from celebrity...
Posted on 1/8/2019 by Independent Author

A man who allegedly posed as a real estate agent and a homeowner in a bid to steal from celebrity homes has been arrested in Los Angeles.

Hire a professional or do it yourself: Homeown...
Posted on 1/8/2019 by Independent Author

A new study from the National Association of Realtors suggests agents may want to consider steering clients to achievable home renovation projects.

Lake Homes Realty expands to 6 more states
Posted on 1/8/2019 by Independent Author

Lake Homes Realty’s expansion has come as a wholly owned brokerage with no franchising. Glenn Phillips said the company’s website provides a one-stop shop for buyers searching for waterfront properties, utilizing data from nearly 100 local multiple listing services. Although the company is not a virtual brokerage, it’s tech-enabled, he said.

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NRT CEO says ‘open’ tech will beat real estate...
Posted on 1/8/2019 by Independent Author

At just 40 years old, Ryan Gorman, the CEO of NRT, is one of the younger high-ranking real estate executives in the industry.

Century 21’s CEO is out
Posted on 1/8/2019 by Independent Author

Nick Bailey, the executive behind Century 21’s massive rebranding campaign last March, is stepping down as CEO and president, Realogy confirmed to Inman Monday.

RE/MAX buys ad funds from former CEO Dave Liniger
Posted on 1/8/2019 by Independent Author

On Jan. 1, RE/MAX LLC, an indirect subsidiary of RE/MAX Holdings, acquired 22 advertising funds and related entities from Liniger, who is RE/MAX Holdings' co-founder and chairman, and merged them into a new RE/MAX subsidiary, RE/MAX Marketing Fund LLC.

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Why agent-centric is the wrong way
Posted on 1/7/2019 by Independent Author

As more and more brokerages are touting an agent-centric philosophy, indie broker Erica Ramus strongly believes it’s the wrong approach. Here’s why.

Shut it! 4 ways other agents’ mouths could kil...
Posted on 1/7/2019 by Independent Author

Sometimes the biggest roadblock in a transaction is not the clients, but the agent representing them. What steps can you take to keep your negotiations on track, even when the other agent does something dumb to derail them? Find out here.

Low-fee brokerage Houwzer nabs $4.5M more in f...
Posted on 1/7/2019 by Independent Author

Houwzer serves homebuyers and sellers in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and with the new funding, plans to expand to a third, as-yet-unnamed, market in the next year.

How to master Facebook Live for real estate
Posted on 1/6/2019 by Independent Author

Facebook Live videos are being watched six times more than regular videos and are commented on 10 times more. So, it’s time to do more than just pay attention to Facebook Live — it’s time to implement now. The future of your business depends on it.

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Rising taxes drive up closing costs: What’s a ...
Posted on 1/5/2019 by Independent Author

Closing costs are on the rise (thanks mostly to taxes), so how can first-time buyers on a tight budget make sure they will have enough cash on hand before they sign a contract? Find out here what programs and data are available to help.

Are smart doorbells the must-have home accesso...
Posted on 1/5/2019 by Independent Author

Data from market research firm Parks Associates indicates that 25 percent of U.S. households with broadband plan to buy a smart video doorbell this year.

Massachusetts becomes first in nation to regis...
Posted on 1/5/2019 by Independent Author

A bundle of new regulations is poised to make Massachusetts the first state with a registry of short-term, Airbnb-style rentals.

The Inman Weekender, January 5-6, 2019
Posted on 1/5/2019 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, plus Inman's top stories from 2018.

US adds more than 8,000 real estate jobs in De...
Posted on 1/5/2019 by Independent Author

The United States added 312,000 jobs in December, including 8,100 in the real estate and rental leasing sector, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Zillow quietly removes client data sharing req...
Posted on 1/5/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow quietly removed language from the contract of its newest lead generation tool after Realtors complained and wondered if the contract’s requirements would have them violate the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of Realtors.

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HomeSmart opens Colorado Springs office
Posted on 1/5/2019 by Independent Author

HomeSmart, Colorado's largest real estate brokerage by agent count, is adding a new office in Colorado Springs to add to its already large footprint in the Rocky Mountain State. 

Real-life horror house fetches $310K on auctio...
Posted on 1/5/2019 by Independent Author

The California house where David and Louise Turpin allegedly tortured more than a dozen kids was sold at auction for $310,360.

8 hot water heater facts every homeowner shoul...
Posted on 1/5/2019 by Independent Author

Hearing a ruckus in your basement? Don't ignore it — it could be the beginning of an impending hot water tank failure, says Scott Schnurr of DRF Trusted Property Solutions.

Agent sues Coldwell Banker, alleges gender dis...
Posted on 1/5/2019 by Independent Author

Kelly Guerrero, based in San Antonio, Texas, filed a state lawsuit against Coldwell Banker Real Estate on Nov. 21, 2018.

9 for ‘19: How to beat your goals and keep you...
Posted on 1/4/2019 by Independent Author

If you want to have your best year ever in 2019, a written business plan is a must. What does it take to create a business plan that you will follow throughout the entire year? Here's how you do it in nine easy steps.

Manhattan median condo price falls below $1M f...
Posted on 1/4/2019 by Independent Author

It’s the first time the median numbers in Manhattan have fallen below $1 million in three years, according to Douglas Elliman's fourth-quarter market report for Manhattan. The median condo or co-op sold for $999,000, 10.6 percent lower than last quarter and 5.8 percent lower than the fourth quarter of 2017. 

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10 housing markets poised for explosive growth...
Posted on 1/4/2019 by Independent Author

The thread that ties these metros together is affordability — something that buyers have struggled to find over the past few years as supply has failed to meet demand.

Trying to build an online presence? Start here
Posted on 1/4/2019 by Independent Author

With 42 percent of buyers finding their agents by referral, you should focus on the easiest way to get referrals — content marketing. Here's how to get started and keep it consistent.

More homes sitting on the market
Posted on 1/4/2019 by Independent Author

The housing market ended 2018 on a low note, with listing inventory up 5 percent nationwide and as much as 10 percent in the nation's largest metros.

A new iBuyer launches in Los Angeles, targetin...
Posted on 1/4/2019 by Independent Author

The new venture "Go iBuyer" is focused on buying up multifamily rental properties, raising the rents and then reselling them.

6 things to say to clients worried about stock...
Posted on 1/4/2019 by Independent Author

With no end in sight to market volatility, managing client jitteriness is likely to be one of Realtors' primary responsibilities in the coming months.

New platform poised to organize your brokerage...
Posted on 1/4/2019 by Independent Author

Delta Media Group's DeltaNet is an enterprise platform that offers a multifaceted business and marketing management solution for midsize and large brokerages.

Compass CEO acknowledges tech problems, promis...
Posted on 1/4/2019 by Independent Author

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin highlighted the trials and tribulations of a watershed year of expansion in an end-of-year email delivered to staff and agents, obtained by Inman.

Connect the Speakers: John Berkowitz on why ag...
Posted on 1/3/2019 by Independent Author

"Despite the massive industry friction, and the lack of incredible consumer experiences, Americans have not lost the dream, and desire, to own a home."

Connect the Speakers: Shari Porter on building...
Posted on 1/3/2019 by Independent Author

"The biggest part of lead generation is returning leads from your existing clients."

The essential guide to 2019 real estate events
Posted on 1/3/2019 by Independent Author

At their best, they can keep real estate professionals informed about the biggest trends shaping the industry and provide valuable face-time with peers and industry leaders.

What you need to know about Alexa flash briefi...
Posted on 1/3/2019 by Independent Author

Flash briefings are growing in popularity and proponents believe as Amazon pushes further into millions of homes the audio clips will play a massive role in the future of real estate.

Connect the Speakers: Jack Miller on building ...
Posted on 1/3/2019 by Independent Author

"Do you have technology and marketing in the places that are most important?" Jack Miller said.

Connect the Speakers: Tim Heyl on why focusing...
Posted on 1/3/2019 by Independent Author

"Find an offering that solves a pain point for the customer before they get into a transaction," Tim Heyl said.

Can this app help agents pile up business?
Posted on 1/3/2019 by Independent Author

Developed by an NYC top producer, Stacks is designed to help high-performing agents manage only the most important data required to get deals done.

Dottie Herman cashes out at Douglas Elliman
Posted on 1/3/2019 by Independent Author

Douglas Elliman CEO Dottie Herman has sold $40 million shares of stock in the company, until now one of the few female-owned real estate entities operating in the United States, according to announcement Monday by Vector Group, the brokerage's parent company.

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Will there be a new top dog iBuyer? And other ...
Posted on 1/3/2019 by Independent Author

2019 is here, and like many real estate pros, Jay Thompson has gathered a number of predictions he suspects will come true in the next 12 months.

7 New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually keep ...
Posted on 1/2/2019 by Independent Author

Here are the New Year's resolutions that I'm making to strengthen my business and make it more productive. Just about every agent would benefit from mastering these things. 

What I learned from a year of real estate tech...
Posted on 1/1/2019 by Independent Author

Industry-wide, it was a wild year, thanks in no small part to the acceptance of iBuyer platforms and the viral growth of Compass.

Coldwell Banker CEO predicts ‘storm of change’...
Posted on 1/1/2019 by Independent Author

Charlie Young believes there are several factors pushing the real estate industry to change more rapidly now than in years past. For starters, consumers who are entirely comfortable with technology in other parts of their lives are looking for those experiences in real estate.

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A step-by-step guide to reaching your 2019 bus...
Posted on 12/31/2018 by Independent Author

This guide to business planning will walk you through setting SMART goals and creating action plans to achieve them. You’ll make 2019 your best year yet.

Two minutes of coaching that can mean everythi...
Posted on 12/31/2018 by Independent Author

I’m going to make this short and to the point. Whether you’re reading this in late December or early January, we’re in the midst of a new beginning. A fresh start.

The top qualities a luxury customer looks for ...
Posted on 12/31/2018 by Independent Author

The affluent homebuyer is a discerning one. After all, when they’re well-acquainted with the best of everything, it’s no surprise that their standards are high when it comes to service.

The 20 best real estate memes of 2018
Posted on 12/31/2018 by Independent Author

These 20 memes, all from 2018, perfectly describe the crazy, everyday situations real estate agents find themselves in. Enjoy.

Facing a seasonal slump? 4 ways to double-down...
Posted on 12/30/2018 by Independent Author

Find out what you can do during a sales slowdown to set your real estate business up for incredible growth in the new year.

The most important safety, court and crime sto...
Posted on 12/29/2018 by Independent Author

It's been a pretty grim year when it comes to crime and agent safety.

The real estate companies that went bust in 2018
Posted on 12/29/2018 by Independent Author

The story of real estate in 2018 was one of exploding investment and technology — but not every company managed to make it all the way through the year.

How new material graphene can make smart homes...
Posted on 12/29/2018 by Independent Author

Here's how a new material called graphene will revolutionize the smart home industry and become a key factor in smart home technology advancements and innovations.

This agent turned a creepy Facebook come-on in...
Posted on 12/29/2018 by Independent Author

"Do you have a boyfriend? Yes or no? Do you want my number?"

Pending home sales drop to lowest level since 2014
Posted on 12/29/2018 by Independent Author

The National Association of Realtors' Pending Homes Sales Index fell 7.7 percent year-over-year in November, marking the 11th straight month of annual decreases.

The Inman Weekender, December 29-30, 2018
Posted on 12/29/2018 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, plus Inman's top stories from 2018.

Flood insurance freeze halts thousands of US h...
Posted on 12/29/2018 by Independent Author

The Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled Thursday it will not approve new or renew existing flood insurance plans during the government shutdown.

Matt Damon nabs record-smashing Brooklyn penthouse
Posted on 12/29/2018 by Independent Author

Matt Damon recently purchased a $16.745 million condo in the Standish in Brooklyn Heights -- the most expensive listing in Brooklyn history.

Compass slapped with lawsuit over website acce...
Posted on 12/29/2018 by Independent Author

Compass is being sued for allegedly failing to make its website fully accessible to blind people, raising the specter that real estate brokerages remain exposed to a similar legal risk.

FHA, VA hike loan limits in 2019
Posted on 12/29/2018 by Independent Author

On the heels of an increase in the conforming loan limits, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have rolled out new limits on the loan they started backing January 1, 2019.

Why brokerages need to offer marketing concier...
Posted on 12/28/2018 by Independent Author

In today's industry, it's impossible for agents to go it alone -- they can’t market, negotiate, write up contracts, show buyers houses and list properties by themselves all while maintaining a high level of service. This is where brokerages have a chance to prove their value as service providers for their agents — and earn some commission back.

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Biggest brokerage news of 2018
Posted on 12/28/2018 by Independent Author

Brokerages saw a lot of movement this year, be it highly-producing teams and franchises striking out on their own or legacy companies launching new brands.

Fighting Back: Make service and emotional enga...
Posted on 12/28/2018 by Independent Author

How are real estate broker-owners responding, adapting or changing? Here's what Kendall Caputo, broker-owner of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Synergy in the Great Daytona Beach, Florida area, is doing.

A real estate insider’s guide to 2019
Posted on 12/28/2018 by Independent Author

From a changing market to Keller Williams building out its tech platform to Realogy's big moves to supercharge agents, here's an educated guess at what the industry can expect in one of its most decisive years on record.

The housing market should survive Wall Street’...
Posted on 12/28/2018 by Independent Author

The stock market bounced back Wednesday, erasing Monday's losses but still left markets down compared to a month ago.

Miami Association of Realtors partners with Me...
Posted on 12/28/2018 by Independent Author

The Miami Association of Realtors has inked partnerships with 15 local chapters of the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals. 

Portland real estate offices targeted with vio...
Posted on 12/28/2018 by Independent Author

Vandals spray-painted words like “die,” “gentrification” and “get out” on the windows of two Portland real estate brokerage offices over the holiday weekend.

How eXp Realty’s new stock equity program for ...
Posted on 12/28/2018 by Independent Author

EXp World Holdings, the parent company of virtual real estate brokerage eXp Realty, is making major changes to its agent stock program.

Will declining mortgage rates reverse static h...
Posted on 12/28/2018 by Independent Author

Mortgage rates continued along their downward trend to end the year, according to the latest data from Freddie Mac, released Thursday.

Government shutdown delays release of housing data
Posted on 12/28/2018 by Independent Author

The U.S. government has been partially shut down for less than a week, but already the closure is blocking access to critical government data, including information that would have shed light on the housing market.

The easiest way to improve business and mental...
Posted on 12/27/2018 by Independent Author

While digital devices inflict harm on our brains and our children's brains, screen time also harms our real estate business as it removes opportunities for genuine connection and enjoyable experiences. Here's why you should cut back on digital and a few ideas on how to replace it.

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Speed up sales with PunchList’s pre-list inspe...
Posted on 12/27/2018 by Independent Author

PunchList offers agents a way to schedule and oversee pre-listing home evaluations and inspection repair estimates.

Home price growth slows, but 2019 will still c...
Posted on 12/27/2018 by Independent Author

While still not likely to relieve buyers, the 5.5 percent annual growth was the same as in September, and down from 5.7 percent in August.

Can machine learning value homes more accurately?
Posted on 12/27/2018 by Independent Author

ClearAVM is designed to help lenders with tasks including pre-valuation, portfolio valuation, home equity situations and underwriting.

Arizona Realtors get Lone Wolf transaction sof...
Posted on 12/27/2018 by Independent Author

TransactionDesk will be made available to Arizona's 50,000 Realtors under the deal.

Why this $120M indie sold to Cascade Sotheby’s...
Posted on 12/27/2018 by Independent Author

Led by husband and wife Realtors, Evelyn and Steve Rosling, the 14-year-old Park Place Real Estate covers the Portland metropolitan area and southwestern Washington state and recorded $120 million in sales volume for 2018 with 25 agents. 

Government will restrict mortgage data in 2019...
Posted on 12/27/2018 by Independent Author

The CFPB publishes loan data every year to inform real estate stakeholders about these trends. After seeking public comment on the new disclosure rules, the Bureau unveiled changes to protect individuals’ privacy.

Canadian Realtor under fire over Christmas card
Posted on 12/27/2018 by Independent Author

A real estate agent’s holiday card sent to clients has raised a commotion online after critics took offense at its depiction of his wife and three daughters with their mouths duct-taped shut while he held a “peace on Earth” sign.

Top purchaser from iBuyers accused of aggressi...
Posted on 12/27/2018 by Independent Author

The company's Memphis-area rentals also amassed property violations at an unusually high rate, equal to a new violation every day or two, according to The Post.

Ohio Realtors name insider as new CEO after ‘e...
Posted on 12/27/2018 by Independent Author

Scott R. Williams will take the reins from Ohio Realtors' current CEO, Robert E. Fletcher who is retiring after nine years as CEO and a total of 28 years at the association. Williams will be Ohio Realtors' seventh CEO since the association's inception in 1910.

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The 7 biggest real estate tech news stories of...
Posted on 12/26/2018 by Independent Author

Real estate tech made great strides in 2018, landing squarely in the crosshairs of the world's biggest investors.

These were the biggest iBuyer stories of 2018
Posted on 12/25/2018 by Independent Author

The iBuying market exploded this year, to the point that its rapid expansion has become one of the year's most dominant real estate stories.

10 steps for creating a smooth ‘sale’ for your...
Posted on 12/24/2018 by Independent Author

Many sellers have not sold a home in a while, if ever, and the process is a bit different today than it was a decade ago. We use these 10 steps to put our sellers at ease in what could be a very stressful transaction.

Holidays in 3D: Tour 5 festive locations right now
Posted on 12/24/2018 by Independent Author

When staging a property, brokers want to evoke a sense of what life is like inside the home. Buyers who come through should be able to imagine their own lives in the space -- including entertaining and family gatherings.

Update your scripts for the changing market in...
Posted on 12/24/2018 by Independent Author

In a changing market, skills matter more than ever. Your negotiation and sales skills take on added importance, and the “old market” stuff won’t cut it anymore. If you’re still using those old scripts, there’s a good chance you’re setting unrealistic expectations for your sellers and setting yourself up for failure.

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What the luxury customer will demand in 2019
Posted on 12/24/2018 by Independent Author

We’re counting down the days to the new year — and the luxury real estate customer is no exception. All across the market, exciting opportunities are emerging to acquire one-of-a-kind properties.

How to supercharge your business in the slow s...
Posted on 12/23/2018 by Independent Author

Here are some ideas for coming through a slower season intact and maybe even using that downtime to build wealth and improve your business overall.

Connect the Speakers: Hoby Wedler on thinking ...
Posted on 12/22/2018 by Independent Author

Learn about the non-visual route to understanding the real estate purchasing process.

Retired pastor and wife lose $130K for home to...
Posted on 12/22/2018 by Independent Author

After saving for decades and selling their first home in Clinton, the couple decided to use the money to purchase a new home closer to their grandchildren. 

The Inman Weekender, December 22-23, 2018
Posted on 12/22/2018 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, plus a preview of some of Inman Connect New York's speakers.

Here’s why this broker is sending 1,000 cards ...
Posted on 12/22/2018 by Independent Author

Lori Dake, a real estate broker with Kale Realty in Chicago, draws, addresses and stamps each card by hand — a tradition she's observed since high school that consistently draws business and friendship.

From ‘White Christmas’ to JFK tryst, this list...
Posted on 12/22/2018 by Independent Author

Built for Bing Crosby in 1957, the Rancho Mirage estate has a huge master bedroom, sprawling lawns and a pool — and is a relic of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Long and Foster reap benefits of early investm...
Posted on 12/22/2018 by Independent Author

This month, Chinese property website Juwai.com awarded the East Coast brokerage Long and Foster its "Best U.S. Real Estate Company" award.

Inman’s most-read stories of 2018
Posted on 12/22/2018 by Independent Author

The past year has seen a wave of news about new technology, the struggles Realtors are facing in a changing market, lawsuits and even crime. Here are Inman's 16 must-read posts from 2018.

Taking a holiday? Agents recommend these vacay...
Posted on 12/22/2018 by Independent Author

Here's a list of amazing vacation destinations for the holidays — whether you’re craving some sunlight or want to hit the ski slopes — recommended by fellow agents.

Two of Vermont’s top real estate teams are merging
Posted on 12/22/2018 by Independent Author

Two Coldwell Banker teams are merging to form what will be the second most productive real estate team in Vermont, totaling more than $119 million volume in 2018.

Former Illinois judge sentenced to year in pri...
Posted on 12/22/2018 by Independent Author

A former Illinois judge, the first Filipina elected in Cook County, cried in court as a judge sentenced her to a year in prison for fraudulently obtaining mortgages.

Opendoor expands into new frontier for iBuyers
Posted on 12/21/2018 by Independent Author

Opendoor plans to expand to Washington, D.C., next year, marking a significant push into the notoriously difficult-for-iBuyers East Coast market.

Missing California Realtor found dead followin...
Posted on 12/21/2018 by Independent Author

The California Realtor reported missing on Monday has been found dead in a remote county without suspicion of foul play, according to police.

Homebuyer scammed out of fortune hired by titl...
Posted on 12/21/2018 by Independent Author

In a rare, happy twist, a homebuyer who lost his downpayment to scammers is whole again after a title company hired the man to discuss cyber security.

Connect the Speakers: Teacher of the Year Nath...
Posted on 12/21/2018 by Independent Author

"Building better relationships is not a luxury; it’s a necessity."

Connect the Speakers: Neil Dholakia shares Kel...
Posted on 12/21/2018 by Independent Author

"Agents who are in tune with current trends want systems in place to help them make better decisions and create better advice for buyers and sellers," Neil Dholakia said.

Home inventory tumbles at the end of 2018: Trulia
Posted on 12/21/2018 by Independent Author

The number of homes listed on Trulia fell sharply in the past three months of 2018, according to the latest Inventory and Price Watch Report.

Tiny home manufacturer raises $48M in initial ...
Posted on 12/21/2018 by Independent Author

Texas-based Legacy Housing Corp. sold 4 million shares at $12 to raise funds for expansion into southern states.

A Compass-Keller Williams merger? 7 wild predi...
Posted on 12/21/2018 by Independent Author

Will Compass and Keller Williams join forces? What about Realogy and Opendoor? Will RE/MAX offer firearms training for Realtors? Buckle up for Rob Hahn’s wild industry predictions for 2019.

A Salem witch trials home finds new life 325 y...
Posted on 12/21/2018 by Independent Author

The 4,253-square-foot Framingham, Massachusetts, estate was once home to Peter and Sarah Clayes, the latter of whom was accused of being a witch during the infamous 1692 Salem witch trials.

How two Realtors played Santa to their neighbo...
Posted on 12/21/2018 by Independent Author

With only a few weeks of planning, the two — who both work for Berkshire Hathaway Innovation Real Estate — reached out to friends and family to secure gift donations for the residents of ManorCare Health Services.

Connect the Speakers: Sarah Bell on building a...
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Independent Author

"Technology has the ability to transform or torture real estate agents," Sarah Bell said.

Existing-home sales rise for second straight month
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Independent Author

Existing-home sales increased 1.9 percent month-over-month but failed to gain the same traction on a yearly basis with a 7 percent decline from November 2017.

When will rental rates peak?
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Independent Author

Even as nationwide rental rates continue to soar, some parts of the country are seeing stabilization, according to CoreLogic’s latest data.

Agent with history of abuse arrested in hotel ...
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Independent Author

A New Mexico real estate agent has been arrested on suspicion of punching and choking his girlfriend in a hotel room on Saturday night.

Zillow Offers will launch in Dallas in 2019
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Independent Author

That brings Zillow Offers to a total of nine markets nationwide: It's already operational in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Denver and Charlotte, and has announced expansions to Raleigh, Houston and Riverside, California, in the coming year.

RE/MAX hires Under Armour vet, tech founder as...
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Independent Author

Kerry McGovern will be RE/MAX's new VP of communications, and Jerry Modes will be SVP of information technology.

Connect the Speakers: Mark Dimas on defending ...
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Independent Author

Learn the tactics for fighting back against discounters in a changing market.

Fed raises interest rate for the fourth time i...
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Independent Author

The Fed's increase sets a target range for the federal funds rate of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent. The increase of 25 basis points came as the "labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a strong rate," according to a statement from the Fed.

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Douglas Elliman nabs top NYC producer from Compass
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Independent Author

Barton Barrett closed more than $200 million in sales in 2017 and was the broker behind the $10.75 million sale of 140 Columbia Heights in 2006 — setting a record at the time for the highest priced townhouse in Brooklyn.

MoxiWorks has all that and more for the tech-f...
Posted on 12/20/2018 by Independent Author

MoxiWorks is a multi-faceted lead tracking, productivity automation and marketing platform for brokerages. 

What’s the secret to making extra cash investi...
Posted on 12/19/2018 by Independent Author

To be successful in real estate investing, you have to believe in yourself above all else. Here are five steps for building the confidence to realize your real estate dreams.

Why 2019 will be the year of the first-time ho...
Posted on 12/19/2018 by Independent Author

As the year comes to a close, it’s time for Matthew Gardner, the chief economist for Windermere Real Estate, to dust off his crystal ball and see what we can expect in 2019.

Housing starts and permits come in ahead of ex...
Posted on 12/19/2018 by Independent Author

Housing permits, new housing starts and completions are all trending upward from last month, but housing starts and completions are still at a lower rate than a year ago, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Connect the Speakers: Stephanie Lanier on mana...
Posted on 12/19/2018 by Independent Author

"The average agent is just chasing things that are not helping them make more money."

Is now a good time to buy a home or not?
Posted on 12/19/2018 by Independent Author

The number of people who believe now is a good time to buy a house is dropping, according to findings released by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Compass nabs top Nashville team
Posted on 12/19/2018 by Independent Author

One of Tennessee’s top teams is making the jump to Compass. Erin Krueger, formerly of Synergy Real Estate, is taking her six licensed agents, three administrators and more than $120 million in transactions to Compass, starting this week.

California Realtor reported missing
Posted on 12/19/2018 by Independent Author

According to a spokesperson for the Roseville Police Department, Briana "Bri" Ferguson, 41, was last seen on Friday, Dec. 14 at around 2:48 p.m. in her home in west Roseville. Ferguson is described as approximately 5-feet 8-inches tall, with brown hair and brown eyes. Her car is a white, 2015, Jeep Grand Cherokee with the license plate 7LHK752.

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How Santa Claus helped a Keller Williams agent...
Posted on 12/19/2018 by Independent Author

About 60 families attended Joe Nelson's Santa-themed event Sunday in the Kansas City, Missouri, area — a good mix of new contacts and past clients.

Gary Keller reportedly explored buying eXp’s v...
Posted on 12/18/2018 by Independent Author

Gary Keller allegedly explored buying VirBELA, the vendor of eXp Realty’s virtual world, before the latter scooped the company up in an acquisition.

A realtor.com exec is building beautiful, affo...
Posted on 12/18/2018 by Independent Author

Michael Pressnall, who is vice president of industry relations for realtor.com, says the housing shortage from Seattle started to bleed into Tacoma, where home prices have risen 13.2 percent year-over-year.

How the Grinch launched a Baltimore listing in...
Posted on 12/18/2018 by Independent Author

The Grinch is selling a charming rowhouse in Baltimore — just in time for the holidays.

After tearing down his own historic home, deve...
Posted on 12/18/2018 by Independent Author

A man who tore down a historic San Francisco home, designed in 1936 by the modernist architect Richard Neutra, has been ordered to rebuild an exact replica.

What’s the most dangerous thing about Purplebr...
Posted on 12/18/2018 by Independent Author

Purplebricks' core U.K. market continues to grow and is meaningfully profitable, proving that the model works. Key performance indicators in its other three markets reveal a deeper story of investment, growth and challenges.

California home a testament to sci-fi’s futuri...
Posted on 12/18/2018 by Independent Author

In the parlance of architecture, Malika Junaid describes her 10,000-square-foot Los Altos Hills, California, home as "ultra modern and minimalist."

Homelessness edges up despite low unemployment...
Posted on 12/18/2018 by Independent Author

Homelessness increased slightly in 2018, as rising rents continued to limit access to affordable housing despite a low unemployment rate.

Wall Street sinks, pulling real estate shares ...
Posted on 12/18/2018 by Independent Author

Wall Street took a beating Monday, sending shares of major real estate companies plummeting and erasing fortunes across virtually every industry in the U.S.

Agent/broker perspective: Should you recruit y...
Posted on 12/18/2018 by Independent Author

In this monthly column, Anthony Askowitz explores a hypothetical Miami real estate situation from both sides of the broker/agent dynamic. This month: A leading broker is considering hiring one of his top producer's main competitors, inadvertently blindsiding and offending his veteran agent. 

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Single women are out-buying single men when it...
Posted on 12/18/2018 by Independent Author

When it comes to putting a roof over their heads, single women have definitely broken through the drywall ceiling, according to the latest research from LendingTree.

In 2019, think like a platform, not a brokerage
Posted on 12/17/2018 by Independent Author

The real estate industry is at a pivotal moment. Change is not only coming; it’s already here. It’s disrupting the industry, and traditional brokerages are the ones most affected.

6 steps to make 2019 your best year ever
Posted on 12/17/2018 by Independent Author

Volatility in the market doesn’t mean you need to lower your expectations. I’m a firm believer that 2019 will be full of opportunity and can be your absolute #BestYearEver. If you agree, I’ve got six steps that should form the foundation of your success over the next 13 months.

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Lessons from luxury travel you can use right now
Posted on 12/17/2018 by Independent Author

Intuitive service. Meticulous hospitality. Exceptional customer experiences. These are essential in real estate — but they’re also the hallmarks of the luxury travel industry.

When brokers become property managers
Posted on 12/17/2018 by Independent Author

With their fingers on the pulse of the local residential real estate market, it’s no surprise that more and more brokers add to their acumen as property managers. According to U.S. Census estimates, the number of single-family rentals in the U.S. grew by 31% in the ten year period following the housing crisis of 2007 to 2016.

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6 tips for making your listing glow this holid...
Posted on 12/17/2018 by Independent Author

This time of year might be considered a quiet period for the real estate industry, but the holidays are actually a fantastic time to showcase your listing's special features. Here are six ways to make the most of the holiday season while your listing is on the market.

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6 tips for using YouTube to get more clients
Posted on 12/17/2018 by Independent Author

YouTube can be a goldmine of leads for your business, not just leads but clients who close. Here’s the secret to getting YouTube to work for your business.

11 ways agents fail (and how to avoid them)
Posted on 12/16/2018 by Independent Author

The best way to avoid failure is to recognize — and sidestep — the major pitfalls. Here are 11 ways agents fail and how to evade the major problems. 

Your 2019 business plan in 3 easy steps
Posted on 12/16/2018 by Independent Author

The best plans are the simplest and most straightforward, and creating a business plan is mostly just a matter of collecting the thoughts and ideas you already have. In fact, you can create a great map to get you where you want to go this year in just three steps.

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The Real Word: What does concierge marketing m...
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week: NRT's marketing concierge for Coldwell Banker.

6 reasons your investor clients don’t need a h...
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Independent Author

Rental property owners often believe that having a home warranty for their rental properties is a smart idea, but that seemingly commonsensical notion is a waste of time and money. Real estate agents should never encourage their investor clients to purchase a home warranty — and here's why.

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Can smart home devices help sell a home? Part ...
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Independent Author

Inman is putting the ease of creating a connected home to the test in this three-part series. How easy is it to set up, and can smart-home tech actually help sell a house? Part 1: installation.

Why tech and big money are going to clobber tr...
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Independent Author

A member of a prominent VC firm Andreessen Horowitz believes that big data, big money and changing consumer preferences will remake the industry.

Housing market expected to stabilize in 2019: ...
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Independent Author

Economic growth is expected to slow in 2019 which means stabilizing home sales and mortgage rates in the new year, according to Fannie Mae's economic and strategic research group. 

The 17 markets with the most mega sales in the...
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Independent Author

New York City, Los Angeles and Aspen are among the 17 markets with the most mega property sales in the world, according to a new report.

The Inman Weekender, December 15-16, 2018
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, plus practical advice to use this weekend.

John Wayne’s old ranch marketed as great spot ...
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Independent Author

Called Rancho Pavoreal, the Riverside property once owned by John Wayne is listed on the market by Coldwell Banker for $8 million.

5 cutting-edge home design trends to keep an e...
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Independent Author

As the new year draws near, homeowners are thinking about how to refresh their abode — whether it's buying a new set of pillows or a complete renovation.

Gone without a trace: New owners strip all sig...
Posted on 12/15/2018 by Independent Author

You won't find signs of Harvey Weinstein at his old New York home — the new owners have completely stripped the property of anything that could remind others of the disgraced Hollywood executive.

Connect the Sessions: Get 2019 tips, trends an...
Posted on 12/14/2018 by Independent Author

Get an edge on the competition by staying at the cutting edge of real estate technology and everything you need to know, whether you’re building it yourself or buying it from a vendor.

NoiseAware keeps tabs on noisy short-term renters
Posted on 12/14/2018 by Independent Author

NoiseAware helps owners and managers of short-term rentals manage and address noise before complaints are filed.

Realogy’s big bet for 2019
Posted on 12/14/2018 by Independent Author

Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider spoke with Inman in a wide-ranging conversation in which he reflected on his first year at the real estate holding company and why he's heavily investing in agents.

Lower, a new AI mortgage startup, promises sma...
Posted on 12/14/2018 by Independent Author

Lower's platform will incorporate an internal, proprietary artificial intelligence technology dubbed LOAi, which will help in-house experts make mortgage recommendations. The platform will use AI to analyze thousands of data points and loan history.

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Here’s how Americans are envisioning their ret...
Posted on 12/14/2018 by Independent Author

According to a survey of 2,000 respondents by Provision Living Senior Living Communities, 52 percent of Americans say they think about retirement four or more times per week.

Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova list Miam...
Posted on 12/14/2018 by Independent Author

Star couple Enrique Iglesias and Anna Kournikova have listed the glitzy Miami, Florida, mansion they built themselves for $4.85 million.

BHHS Fox & Roach launches new agent tech platform
Posted on 12/14/2018 by Independent Author

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach is launching a new marketing technology platform for its 5,100 agents in the Tri-State area.

DJ Khaled’s Miami pad hits market for $7.99M a...
Posted on 12/14/2018 by Independent Author

Not long after dropping $25.9 on a Miami house, record producer and famous media personality DJ Khaled is looking to sell his old pad for $7.99 million.

Block wants to take the guesswork out of home ...
Posted on 12/14/2018 by Independent Author

While a typical bathroom renovation in the New York City area costs on average $20,000, Block Renovation’s offerings start at around $15,000, or 25 percent less.