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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.

Why new-construction homebuyers have fewer mod...
Posted on 12/14/2018 by Independent Author

Having fewer homebuilders, in a post-Great Recession world, has led to price volatility, smaller production numbers and fewer unsold units according to new research from Johns Hopkins.

More than 75% of all homes will sell below ask...
Posted on 12/13/2018 by Independent Author

More than three-quarters of all homes on the market will sell below asking price, Knock, the home-resale company, projected in a national forecast.

Why real estate agents turn to plastic surgery
Posted on 12/13/2018 by Independent Author

For some real estate agents, the pressure to give off a flawless appearance leads to plastic surgery and costly, age-defying medical procedures.

Bidding wars drop to lowest level in 8 years
Posted on 12/13/2018 by Independent Author

Bidding wars for homes have dropped to their lowest level in eight years, according to Redfin, but competition still remains strong in the nation’s hottest markets.

Mortgage demand hits new low
Posted on 12/13/2018 by Independent Author

For purchase mortgages, across all loan types, the net share of lenders reporting demand growth over the previous three months clocked the lowest reading for any fourth quarter since the Fannie Mae survey's inception in 2014.

Realtor.com update lets consumers text agents
Posted on 12/13/2018 by Independent Author

Realtor.com has added a new feature for mobile users to grant them the ability get an immediate connection to a real estate agent through text message.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s ex-lawyer, sentenced to...
Posted on 12/13/2018 by Independent Author

Michael Cohen, the lawyer who previously represented Donald Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison for lying about the president's real estate projects.

The long, messy road to NAR’s costly breakup w...
Posted on 12/13/2018 by Independent Author

After reaching out to pilot brokerages and multiple listing services nationwide, it appears brokerages may not be using Upstream at all.

Will Trump’s new housing finance director priv...
Posted on 12/13/2018 by Independent Author

The Trump administration is preparing to nominate Mark Calabria to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the agency tasked with overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Agent gets 7 years in prison for stealing $22M...
Posted on 12/13/2018 by Independent Author

A real estate agent who stole more than $22 million from her clients over two years has been sentenced to prison time, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

How to write listing descriptions that pop
Posted on 12/13/2018 by Independent Author

If you want to improve your property descriptions, here are some of the best tips, tricks and hints to help. Consider this your property description boot camp.

Connect the Speakers: Trista Curzydlo on how t...
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Independent Author

"Without disclosure, recording is a deceptive trade practice, and it puts agents in such a difficult position," she said.

NAR and Upstream get a divorce
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Independent Author

Upstream and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) are ending their relationship. NAR, which spent millions in supporting the development of the data management platform for the real estate industry, had previously served as Upstream’s technology development vendor through its wholly owned subsidiary Realtors Property Resource (RPR).

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Delinquency rates, down overall, soar in citie...
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Independent Author

In the face of historically low foreclosure rates, the effects of climate change on homeownership has begun to take shape in cities now recovering from natural disasters.

US homeless population spikes dramatically und...
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Independent Author

The homeless population in America last year stood at 661,000 men and women, according to an analysis by Zillow released Tuesday.

Trelora founder resigns as CEO
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Independent Author

Joshua Hunt, the founder of the flat-fee Denver-based brokerage Trelora, has announced he is resigning from his role as CEO of the company.

NAR restructures, launches emerging tech team
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Independent Author

The trade group, which has more than 1.3 million members, says staffing changes to its advocacy, marketing communications, member experience and technology groups will also bolster its lobbying efforts and better communication to its members.

StreetEasy raises rental fee for better listin...
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Independent Author

StreetEasy is raising its listing fee from $3 to $4.50, the New York City-based subsidiary of Zillow announced Tuesday. 

What has 26.1M people saying bah humbug? Porch...
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Independent Author

If you’ve ever had a package snatched from your front door, you’re not alone. According to new data from insuranceQuotes.com, 8 percent of the population — 26.1 million people — have had parcels swiped by so-called "porch pirates" during the holidays alone.

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Why we need to take agent safety seriously
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Independent Author

Regular Inman contributor Jay Thompson talks through a variety of crimes on real estate agents and why we can’t wait for the next one to change what we’re doing.

‘We’ll call you when we’re ready to buy’ and 9...
Posted on 12/12/2018 by Independent Author

A lie, no matter how seemingly small, can throw a huge wrench into the buying and selling process. Here are 10 common lies real estate agents hear all the time.

The best content marketing ideas for your grow...
Posted on 12/11/2018 by Independent Author

Great content not only pushes your services — it entertains and inspires. So what kind of content can you use to best showcase your business, and how can you make the best of it? Here are a few ideas.

5 signs your buyers will score big in a tight ...
Posted on 12/11/2018 by Independent Author

Is it possible to find a great deal for your clients in the current market? You'd better believe opportunity has been quietly and steadily knocking since mid-summer! Here are the top five signs you may be able to get a smokin' deal in your market.

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The essential guide to iBuyers
Posted on 12/11/2018 by Independent Author

What you need to know about this fast-growing category of real estate tech, where it's available and how to use it to grow your own business.

The hottest housing market in the country is i...
Posted on 12/11/2018 by Independent Author

The month's hottest housing market is not in San Francisco or Seattle — but rather in Midland, Texas, according to realtor.com's latest market index report.

A new email scam is targeting NAR members
Posted on 12/11/2018 by Independent Author

The message invites people to contribute to a GoFundMe page, however, according to NAR, the campaign is bogus.

Murdered sales rep’s family starts GoFundMe
Posted on 12/11/2018 by Independent Author

The sister and brother-in-law of the real estate sales rep killed outside a model home have started a fundraising campaign for his young daughters.

Working with partners to develop and implement...
Posted on 12/11/2018 by Independent Author

DIY is great when it comes to kitchen hacks and knitting, but when it comes to business you want expertise- not experimentation. Social media and the internet have been around for a while, but brokerages are only recently beginning to realize how essential a robust Facebook or Instagram strategy can be for their business.

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Millennials’ unconventional credit habits may ...
Posted on 12/11/2018 by Independent Author

According to the latest study by data scientists at VantageScore Solutions, a scoring model still struggling to gain acceptance by the federal agency that regulates the two secondary mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, millennials have similar income and asset levels as most homebuyers.

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5 creative ways to thank your clients at the e...
Posted on 12/10/2018 by Independent Author

The holiday season is traditionally a time for connecting with friends, family, and coworkers and showing appreciation. The end of the year is also the perfect time to reach out to clients.

Want success in real estate? Become ferociousl...
Posted on 12/10/2018 by Independent Author

Did you hear the news? Only three percent of real estate agents are really doing it well. Ouch. Did that hurt a bit? The stats don’t lie: There are 1.3 million real estate agents in the U.S. Only 43,000 of those are really performing at a high level, though.

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Why the “new” homebuyer needs a new brokerage
Posted on 12/10/2018 by Independent Author

In case you missed it, the way homebuyers approach house hunting has changed significantly in recent years. They tend to do a lot of the upfront research on prospective neighborhoods and school districts before ever contacting a real estate agent.

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Swanepoel Trends Report helping brokerages nav...
Posted on 12/10/2018 by Independent Author

The real estate industry is undergoing immense change. All industry professionals see it and feel it, from the meteoric rise of Compass and eXp Realty to the proliferation of the iBuyer business model to the changing brokerage and agent consumer value proposition.

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The powerful listing tools you need to ace out...
Posted on 12/10/2018 by Independent Author

What do you need in your listing toolbox for 2019 to ace out the competition? The winning combination is taking the best of the old and blending it with two cutting-edge tech tools that your competitors don’t use.

Want to be successful in a changing market? Ma...
Posted on 12/9/2018 by Independent Author

As the market continues to shift, real estate agents and business owners will be looking for predictable cash flow. The best way to accomplish that is by following this proven model for setting appointments.

Still arguing over inspection repairs? Repair ...
Posted on 12/9/2018 by Independent Author

The back and forth over how to handle inspection issues has cost agents a lot over the decades. Repair Pricer is a web-based service that translates inspection reports into actual cost estimates.

Not another holiday card: 5 fun ways to market...
Posted on 12/9/2018 by Independent Author

Stand out this holiday season with these out-of-the-box marketing hacks. You'll have people lined up to join your client list.

The Real Word: What agents think about Zillow ...
Posted on 12/8/2018 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week: Zillow is bringing back unvetted leads. Byron and Nicole discuss how there are mixed reviews from agents about this move.

How California’s wildfires are affecting its r...
Posted on 12/8/2018 by Independent Author

Nick Giovacchini of San Francisco-based real estate investment firm AlphaFlow discusses how the recent California wildfires have impacted the region thus far and how they will continue to do so in the weeks, months and years ahead.

Keller Williams, Compass and eXp among ‘best p...
Posted on 12/8/2018 by Independent Author

Three flaming stars in real estate brokerage — Compass, Keller Williams Realty and eXp Realty — rank among the best places to work in 2019, according to job reviews site Glassdoor.

EXp Realty taps Keller Williams Realty vet to ...
Posted on 12/8/2018 by Independent Author

EXp Realty, the rapidly expanding, cloud-based brokerage, has snagged a veteran of Keller Williams Realty to spearhead the company's U.S. growth strategy.

The Inman Weekender, December 8-9, 2018
Posted on 12/8/2018 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, plus practical advice to use this weekend.

Meet the Inman Ambassadors: Jacy Riedmann
Posted on 12/8/2018 by Independent Author

"Agents will continue to empower themselves instead of looking to their brokerage for all the answers."

Home flipper takes posh condo off market to ho...
Posted on 12/8/2018 by Independent Author

Professional home flipper Caryn Kramer's altruistic real estate efforts are benefitting people in the United States and Haiti.

Police arrest man in death of real estate sale...
Posted on 12/8/2018 by Independent Author

Maryland police have arrested one person in connection with the death of Ryan Homes worker and real estate sales rep Steven Bernard Wilson.

NRT launches marketing concierge for Coldwell ...
Posted on 12/8/2018 by Independent Author

NRT is rolling out a new listing concierge service for its Coldwell Banker-affiliated brokerages that helps agents obtain custom marketing materials.

Connect the Speakers: Veronica Figueroa on how...
Posted on 12/8/2018 by Independent Author

Veronica Figueroa cut her real estate teeth on REO properties, so when it comes to dealing with shift, this top-notch team leader knows her stuff.

‘Disenchanted, shocked’ agents leave Pacific U...
Posted on 12/7/2018 by Independent Author

They were part of Pacific Union International when Compass announced its acquisition of the brokerage in August (the transaction was completed in late September), but quickly decided it wasn’t the right fit, and left last week, in late November. 

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Lead verification and safety app offers free v...
Posted on 12/7/2018 by Independent Author

Kleard, a showing management and identity verification app has announced that it will now be offering a version of its product for free. The app allows agents to verify the identity of their buyer prospect at showings and open houses.

Inman announces the first round of Startup All...
Posted on 12/7/2018 by Independent Author

Tallahassee, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2018) – Inman Group® announced 10 companies that will be part of Startup Alley at Inman Connect New York, Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2019.

What do you think of Pantone’s Color of the Ye...
Posted on 12/7/2018 by Independent Author

The orangey "Living Coral" is said to be "life-affirming" and a reaction to the onslaught of technology and social media in daily life.

Sales rep found dead outside model home, foul ...
Posted on 12/7/2018 by Independent Author

A 33-year-old real estate sales rep has been found dead outside a model home on Wednesday, Dec. 5, Maryland police have reported.

Millennials’ finances are crushed by a ‘debt m...
Posted on 12/7/2018 by Independent Author

Millennials are regularly maligned as lazy, avocado toast-loving hipsters, but according to a co-founder of Opendoor — and a new study — the generation is instead plagued by a "debt machine" that puts them at a huge economic disadvantage compared to older generations.

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Say hello to your new CFPB director, Kathy Kra...
Posted on 12/7/2018 by Independent Author

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finally has a non-temporary leader. On Thursday, the Senate voted 50-49 along party lines, with no Democrat voting in support, to approve Kathy Kraninger as the new head of CFPB.

Placester makes mass layoffs, reinstates origi...
Posted on 12/7/2018 by Independent Author

Some staff members who were laid off were informed Thursday. Others including those at the executive level were told earlier so that they could work on the transition, Price said. All employees leaving Placester will be given severance, he added, which will be based on tenure at the company.

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Thinking of taking your listing off the market...
Posted on 12/7/2018 by Independent Author

Taking an apartment temporarily off the market for three weeks or a month does not reset the clock for the total days on the market. Instead, try these tips to get your listings sold.

Help! 5 strategies for having tough conversati...
Posted on 12/7/2018 by Independent Author

Buying or selling a home is an extremely personal and emotional transaction. Because of that, you need to be prepared in advance for the kinds of tough conversations you will face. Here are some strategies to help you get through the difficult talks with your clients.

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Ask the Inman Ambassadors: What should you do ...
Posted on 12/6/2018 by Independent Author

Whether it’s your first time or you make the trip regularly, there’s always something new to do or see in this part of the world.

Released from prison, a former agent is teachi...
Posted on 12/6/2018 by Independent Author

Holly Pasut, 62, unknowingly said yes to a complex fraud scheme that would land her in federal prison and strip her of her real estate license.

15% of homeowners are doing this to pay for ho...
Posted on 12/6/2018 by Independent Author

One in 7 homeowners are tapping secured financing, and they’re spending triple the amount a typical cash-paying renovator would, according to a Houzz-Bank of America study.

Franchising is ‘not the best option anymore’
Posted on 12/6/2018 by Independent Author

The Pemberton Team and Desrochers Realty Group are jumping ship from Coldwell Banker Burnet and bringing a combined 800 transactions and $300 million in sales volume to eXp Realty.

Miami’s latest luxury condos have landing pads...
Posted on 12/6/2018 by Independent Author

As flying cars get close to becoming a reality, developers for the super-rich are already planning towers with their own landing pads.

The most popular day and time to search for a ...
Posted on 12/6/2018 by Independent Author

Ever wonder what your coworker is so intently staring at on her computer screen? According to a Redfin analysis, she might be searching for a new home.

At the intersection of real estate and Facebook
Posted on 12/6/2018 by Independent Author

We expect convenience, ease and seamless technological integration in almost every aspect of our lives … why should real estate be any different?

WATCH: Exclusive interview with Zillow COO Amy...
Posted on 12/6/2018 by Independent Author

RealScout's Andrew Flachner talked to Zillow’s outgoing chief operating officer about her career, diversity, the rise of the portal and more.

9 irresistible holiday contests for Facebook a...
Posted on 12/6/2018 by Independent Author

Simply put, contests are an easy way to boost online engagement, build your email list and gain exposure to your friends’ and followers’ networks — and the holiday season offers plenty of inspiration. Here are nine clever social media contests people can’t resist.

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How MLS of Choice is affecting your real estat...
Posted on 12/6/2018 by Independent Author

When MLS of Choice took effect last July, it meant real estate agents were free to opt out of their brokerage's MLS. But the same freedom isn't allotted for members of every agent team. Find out how teams are affected and what solutions are available to them.

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Compass taps Microsoft executive as new chief ...
Posted on 12/5/2018 by Independent Author

Joseph Sirosh, formerly Microsoft's chief technology officer of artificial intelligence, has signed on as Compass' new CTO, the company announced Tuesday.

Connect the Sessions: ICNY’s Data track explor...
Posted on 12/5/2018 by Independent Author

Learn why "The consumer is looking for an all-inclusive experience"

Connect the Sessions: How to build a team that...
Posted on 12/5/2018 by Independent Author

Start 2019 with confidence that you know how to handle everything the business can throw at you. And then some.

Keller Williams CEO scores 94% approval rating...
Posted on 12/5/2018 by Independent Author

Keller Williams snagged second place on CareerBliss' list with an overall score of 3.997 and boasted a CEO approval rating of 94 percent. 

A Trump official with a 6-figure salary is mov...
Posted on 12/5/2018 by Independent Author

A Trump administration official with a six-figure salary is planning to move from her Trump Tower condo into public housing.

The future of real estate brokerages is coworking
Posted on 12/5/2018 by Independent Author

A report out earlier this year found that 91 percent of respondents who used flexible workspace believed it enabled "employees in their company to be more productive while on the move."

Zillow adds way more Canadian listings
Posted on 12/5/2018 by Independent Author

Nine new Canadian brokerages have agreed to feature their property and home listings on Zillow's home search website, the company announced Tuesday.

Young Thug’s troubled Buckhead mansion hits th...
Posted on 12/5/2018 by Independent Author

Atlanta-based rapper Young Thug has put his Buckhead mansion on the market for $2.9 million, after two years of legal sparring with Heritage Select Homes.

In Words & Pictures: What To Expect When You C...
Posted on 12/5/2018 by Independent Author

"If you value how your business world will look tomorrow, you better be there," Boris Geheniau said.

What’s the most popular state for homebuyers t...
Posted on 12/5/2018 by Independent Author

Of the more than 2 million mortgage applications made this year through mid-November and analyzed by LendingTree, 12.4 percent of the top state's buyers were out-of-state folks looking to relocate, according to new research from LendingTree. Find out where they were looking to move here.

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How to increase leads and close sales as a newbie
Posted on 12/4/2018 by Independent Author

If you are brand new to real estate or with a smaller brokerage that doesn’t float quality leads to agents on the regular, we’ve got some helpful tips for you.

Lesson Learned: Service first, real estate second
Posted on 12/4/2018 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, South Florida's Paul Saperstein.

Connect the Sessions: Broker technology, strat...
Posted on 12/4/2018 by Independent Author

Refine your business plan, and make sure you’re ready for all the challenges and opportunities that real estate will be generating for you in 2019.

Zillow selects KW franchise as partner for Cha...
Posted on 12/4/2018 by Independent Author

Zillow has selected The Redbud Group at Keller Williams SouthPark to represent the company in all of its buying and selling transactions through Zillow Offers in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Connect the Speakers: Daniel Beer on how to bu...
Posted on 12/4/2018 by Independent Author

Expect insightful tips on training agents to maximize their potential and provide top-of-the-line customer service from Daniel Beer at ICNY

Matterport taps eBay executive to replace outg...
Posted on 12/4/2018 by Independent Author

Ex-eBay executive RJ Pittman is taking the reins of virtual 3D tour startup Matterport, as CEO Bill Brown steps into an advisory role.

New York, Chicago, San Francisco top 2019 ‘Wor...
Posted on 12/4/2018 by Independent Author

New York, Chicago, San Francisco top "World's Best Cities" list — high marks in promotion, programming, products, people and prosperity pushed these U.S. cities to the top.

EXp World Holdings adds Amherst Avenue Capital...
Posted on 12/4/2018 by Independent Author

EXp World Holdings, the parent company of the cloud-based real estate brokerage eXp Realty, has added Amherst Ave Capital CEO and CIO Dan Cahir to its board of directors. 

Connect the Sessions: Learn how to thrive in a...
Posted on 12/4/2018 by Independent Author

Join us for an entire afternoon of programming at ICNY around how to thrive in a turning market.

This is what a zero emissions home looks like
Posted on 12/4/2018 by Independent Author

HouseZero has been overhauled from its pre-war origins to generate more energy over its lifetime than was used to renovate it, targeting nearly zero energy for heating and cooling, zero electric lighting during the day, 100 percent natural ventilation and zero carbon emissions, according to a press release.

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Forget resolutions — 5 steps for crushing it i...
Posted on 12/3/2018 by Independent Author

Setting New Year’s resolutions often leads to dreading an otherwise positive start (or end) of a habit. Instead of making a list for 2019, focus on doing these five things.

The one mantra that means everything to your s...
Posted on 12/3/2018 by Independent Author

At our flagship Success Summit event in August, I introduced a theme I believe has the potential to become a very powerful mantra you can use. It consists of just four simple words. But when taken to heart, it makes all the difference in the world.

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4 ideas from luxury retail to inspire your nex...
Posted on 12/3/2018 by Independent Author

With their customized service and attention to detail, luxury retailers have always been masterful when it comes to making clients feel at home. But in today’s digital age, brands are doing even more to make their brick-and-mortar boutiques a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Leads are easy — closing them is hard
Posted on 12/3/2018 by Independent Author

Leads. They are what many real estate professionals consider to be the life blood of their business and the essence to success. Historically, the main point of concern around this hot topic has been related to obtaining leads and keeping a consistent lead flow.

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Hold the chicken manure
Posted on 12/3/2018 by Independent Author

Speak to someone who has just bought or sold their home, and in most cases, they will tell you it took longer than expected, cost more, and was frustrating and stressful. Why is this?

11 tips for a happy holiday season in real estate
Posted on 12/3/2018 by Independent Author

Do you always seem to get stressed out during the holidays? If so, these tips will help you dump the angst and have your best holiday season ever.

7 tips for the perfect winter real estate phot...
Posted on 12/3/2018 by Independent Author

To help you take the best winter real estate photos possible, here are some tips for capturing a home’s best features despite seasonal challenges.

8 steps to balance mind, body and soul by the ...
Posted on 12/2/2018 by Independent Author

There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for real estate success, but if you try these eight tips, you’ll feel more synergy in your life and start 2019 on the right foot.

Meet the Inman Ambassadors: Sean Carpenter
Posted on 12/1/2018 by Independent Author

Ohio-based Coldwell Banker Realtor shares how to make the most of your Inman Connect experience.

Meet the Inman Ambassadors: Annette Anthony
Posted on 12/1/2018 by Independent Author

VP of Technology Engagement for EXIT Realty shares how to make the most of your Connect experience.

Meet the Inman Ambassadors: Lee Adkins
Posted on 12/1/2018 by Independent Author

Lee Adkins is the head of Business Development and Growth for Amplified Solutions, giving him a unique perspective on the real estate industry and agent needs.

Meet the Inman Ambassadors: Amy Cesario
Posted on 12/1/2018 by Independent Author

"Helping people understand that moving into a balanced market doesn't mean the sky is falling"

Congress punts flood insurance extension to ne...
Posted on 12/1/2018 by Independent Author

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a six-month extension to the National Flood Insurance Program just hours before the program lapsed.

Lil’ Wayne buys a new Miami Beach mansion for $17M
Posted on 12/1/2018 by Independent Author

A year after selling his 15,000-square-foot La Gorce Island mansion for $10 million, Lil' Wayne has nabbed an Allison Island listing for $17 million.

Connect the Sessions: Get your tech tools in o...
Posted on 12/1/2018 by Independent Author

Get a fully rounded tech education or brush up on your existing tech skills so you’re ready to tackle 2019 with full force.

How one real estate agent’s house became the c...
Posted on 12/1/2018 by Independent Author

Police in Spokane, Washington, detained more than 20 people in a drug raid at a house co-owned by real estate agent Joseph G. Ward, who was arrested in 2009 for similar allegations.

A group of brokerages created a website for Am...
Posted on 12/1/2018 by Independent Author

A group of brokerages has created a new website catering specifically to Amazon employees looking for housing in either of the company's two new locations.

The Inman Weekender, December 1-2, 2018
Posted on 12/1/2018 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, plus practical advice to use this weekend.

This is the coolest (and weirdest) smart furni...
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Independent Author

Inman highlights the newest, best, and, in some cases, weirdest, smart furniture to own in 2019.

Compass launches charity program, aims to be t...
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Independent Author

Compass wants to be the most "inspirational" company in the history of the world, CEO Robert Reffkin said Wednesday night.

Connect the Speakers: Therese Antonelli on lea...
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Independent Author

When Therese Antonelli first got her real estate license in 2011, the market was still low, and “everybody said, ‘if you can do this, you can do anything.’”

Pending home sales drop 2.6%
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Independent Author

Pending home sales dropped 2.6 percent in October, according to the latest National Association of Realtors Pending Home Sales Index.

Frank Sinatra’s beloved Malibu hangout hits ma...
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Independent Author

A Malibu home that the late Frank Sinatra built himself will soon be up for grabs — as long as you have a spare $12.9 million.

Inman announces the first round of sponsors fo...
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Independent Author

Tallahassee, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2018) - Inman Group® announced the first 23 companies that will be sponsoring Inman Connect New York, Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2019.

Meet the Inman Ambassadors: Andrea Geller
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Independent Author

Andrea Geller is a Coldwell Banker broker associate; her thoughtful, straightforward approach is an asset to her clients -- and her colleagues.

Death of the home appraisal?
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Independent Author

Proposed government regulations announced by Office of the Comptroller of Currency would raise the threshold for transactions requiring an appraisal.

Which markets will homebuyers be priced out of...
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Independent Author

SmartAsset's study released on Tuesday shows that homebuyers are starting to be priced out of historically affordable markets such as Dallas, Nashville and St. Louis, thanks to inadequate income growth.

Airbnb to start designing houses
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Independent Author

Home sharing behemoth Airbnb plans to further branch out of vacation rentals and will begin designing homes as part of a new initiative dubbed "Backyard."

Meet the ICNY Inman Ambassadors: Billy Ekofo
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Independent Author

Billy Ekofo is the VP of Business Solutions at LeadingRE, where he applies his deep knowledge and care for all things real estate.

New home sales fall to 2-year low
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Independent Author

New residential home sales dropped 8.9 percent in October, falling to a new two-year low, according to a new residential sales report released Wednesday.

JPMorgan Chase is using Pinterest to reach mil...
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Independent Author

To reach some of its younger clientele, the JPMorgan Chase bank has been setting up Pinterest boards full of luxury homes.

What the new cash buyer rules mean for you
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Independent Author

The U.S. Treasury Department is expanding previous regulations to more U.S. counties and lowering the sales price threshold for reporting.

National flood insurance program set to expire...
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Independent Author

The deadline to extend the National Flood Insurance Program expires Friday, meaning House and Senate have two days during the lame duck session to ensure homeowners will have protection.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate expands i...
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Independent Author

Right off the heels of its expansion into central New Jersey earlier this month, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate announced its latest extension partnership, this time in Texarkana, Texas.

Artifakt Digital wants to show agents a better...
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Independent Author

Artifakt Digital is a creative marketing and website development firm for real estate agents. The Toronto, Ontario-based marketing agency has more than 120 real estate clients and an average project cost of $25,000. According to the company's CEO, Andre Bodnar, 70 percent of his business comes from agents in the United States.

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Compass is launching its own credit card for a...
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Independent Author

Compass Chief Growth Officer Robert Lehman unveiled the card during the company's bi-annual retreat, which was held downtown Los Angeles' opulent Orpheum Theatre. Lehman described the program, dubbed Compass Card, as "one card, one solution for all your business needs." He also said it would be fully integrated in Compass' technology.

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Are the interest rate hikes almost done? Inves...
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Independent Author

Comments made by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell seem to have investors convinced that the Fed is getting close to finished with its recent cycle of benchmark interest-rate hikes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 617 points today, 2.5 percent, at 25,336.45.

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Why Zillow, Realtors and foreign investors are...
Posted on 11/29/2018 by Independent Author

For years, Canada has been improving its position on the global stage — and for years, nobody noticed. But now, Zillow is moving in, investors are making moves because of the strong economy and the Realtor population is increasing. Here's why.

‘Reduced to embers’: Home price growth slowed ...
Posted on 11/28/2018 by Independent Author

Home price gains slowed to 5.5 percent in September, year-over-year, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Index.

Home prices rose nationwide in Q3, but at slow...
Posted on 11/28/2018 by Independent Author

Home prices are up 1.3 percent in the third quarter, according to the latest Home Price Index compiled by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

‘This blows my mind’: Agents balk at return of...
Posted on 11/28/2018 by Independent Author

A decision announced by Zillow to reinstate unvetted leads to its Premier Agent platform has divided agents, some of whom say conversion rates were too low.

Santa Claus’s North Pole estate is worth $764K...
Posted on 11/28/2018 by Independent Author

The 196-year-old main cabin went through a major renovation in 2013 and perfectly reflects the Clauses' appreciation for Old World style with a modern touch.

Homeless good Samaritan who returned $10K chec...
Posted on 11/28/2018 by Independent Author

One year after Elmer Alvarez returned a $10,000 check made out to a broker, the once-homeless man is on his way to becoming a full-time Realtor.

Keller Williams, realtor.com top Newsweek cust...
Posted on 11/28/2018 by Independent Author

Keller Williams has been crowned the top real estate agency for customer service in Newsweek's new survey, America's Best Customer Service 2019, while realtor.com beat Zillow for the top real estate database spot.

FHFA raises conforming loan limits to $484,350
Posted on 11/28/2018 by Independent Author

The Federal Housing Finance Agency gives 2019 homebuyers a break with a 6.9 percent increase in the max loan amount Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can purchase. Homebuyers will be able to afford a little more house at a slightly cheaper rate next year thanks to the boost.

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Real estate companies are prime targets for cy...
Posted on 11/28/2018 by Independent Author

The report from Proofpoint found that real estate companies have suffered an average of 277 cyber attacks since the third quarter of 2017. Only the biotech industry saw more attacks per company during that period.

Why 2019 won’t be the year of affordable homes
Posted on 11/28/2018 by Independent Author

Though the market will be tough for buyers, those who can stay in the market will face less competition and fewer bidding wars. Sellers will still profit, but less than in the recent past.

Why dual agency should never happen
Posted on 11/28/2018 by Independent Author

Jay Thompson has beef with single-agent dual agency — where one person represents both a buyer and a seller for the same piece of real estate. Here’s why.

Connect the Speakers: Emily Smith on building ...
Posted on 11/27/2018 by Independent Author

As the COO at Wemert Group Realty, Emily Smith has been laser-focused on the company’s culture. She'll share what she's learned at Inman Connect New York.

50M homes vulnerable to coastal flooding, clim...
Posted on 11/27/2018 by Independent Author

A report released Friday concludes that as many as 49.9 million homes along U.S. shorelines could be threatened by rising sea levels caused by global warming.

Real estate agent dies after botched nose job
Posted on 11/27/2018 by Independent Author

The real estate agent who suffered brain damage after a botched nose job in Mexico has passed away, her family and friends announced on Saturday.

Meet the Inman Ambassadors: Peter Brewer
Posted on 11/27/2018 by Independent Author

Peter Brewer has been a fixture at Inman events for years. If you’ve met him, you already know about his ability to make friends from all walks of life.

Connect the Sessions: How Agent Connect will h...
Posted on 11/27/2018 by Independent Author

Consumers have never had more choices, so it's a potentially challenging time to be making your living as a real estate agent.

New website helps NYC renters bypass agents, c...
Posted on 11/27/2018 by Independent Author

TransparentCity, a new website that helps renters keep down costs by bypassing brokers and commission fees, has launched in New York City.

Are these ‘sexy’ listing photos too much?
Posted on 11/27/2018 by Independent Author

Texas real estate agent Kristin Gyldenege hired two models to pose for scantily clad photos inside one of the houses she was selling. She defends her choice amid community reaction.

Zillow brings back unvetted leads to Premier Agent
Posted on 11/27/2018 by Independent Author

Zillow announced it's officially bringing back non-validated email leads — in addition to connecting agents with validated leads on the phone — just seven months after it dropped them for its Premier Agent customers.

Zillow stock on the rise as board members doub...
Posted on 11/27/2018 by Independent Author

After nosediving following the release of its lower-than-expected third-quarter results, Zillow stock is on the rebound and two of its board members are doubling down on the Seattle-based real estate technology company. 

6 horror stories that prove you should never l...
Posted on 11/27/2018 by Independent Author

Letting buyers move into a home prior to closing leaves you and them standing on shaky ground. If you're not yet convinced, here are six nightmare scenarios that'll have you saying, "no!" before the buyers finish asking.

4 creative strategies to attract more listings
Posted on 11/26/2018 by Independent Author

Everybody wants more listings. But how do you get them? In today’s Coaching Corner, I’m revealing four creative strategies to attract more listings – but that’s not all.

The questions you’re not asking your tech vendor
Posted on 11/26/2018 by Independent Author

Let’s face it, change is hard, and we humans are change resistant. Making any technology change has consequences we often never consider -- disruption, resistance, and cost -- to our day-to-day responsibilities.

Connect your client with homes outside the Uni...
Posted on 11/26/2018 by Independent Author

Luxury real estate has gone global. Whether it’s a sleek apartment in Monaco or a refined townhouse in London, affluent buyers are collecting properties in many of the most cosmopolitan cities.

3 ways to get more personal time into your sch...
Posted on 11/26/2018 by Independent Author

While there is immense value in working hard, there is also value in life balance. Here are three ways that you can leverage your time, make the same or more money and get a little life back.

What’s the craziest real estate showing story ...
Posted on 11/26/2018 by Independent Author

Have you ever had a totally bizarre or frightening showing? If you’ve been in the business any length of time, you probably have. In my 30-plus years in real estate, I can safely say Melanie Hurwitz holds the bragging rights to the worst showing ever. Here's what happened.

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5 tips for remaining your clients’ agent for y...
Posted on 11/25/2018 by Independent Author

Getting a 5-star review from clients doesn’t guarantee you’ll get their business in the future. Try these five tips to stay top-of-mind long after they sign on the dotted line.

Quick and easy ways to winterize homes before ...
Posted on 11/24/2018 by Independent Author

Between holiday entertaining and plunging temperatures, energy bills go up in the winter. Here are a few tips to help homeowners save energy and cash.

The Real Word: Should New Yorkers gripe about ...
Posted on 11/24/2018 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week: New York residents aren't happy about being selected for Amazon’s second headquarters. Is this a racket?

How to market a listing from staging to social...
Posted on 11/24/2018 by Independent Author

Regular Inman contributor Christy Murdock Edgar talks all things marketing with Interior Marketing Group (IMG) founder and CEO Cheryl Eisen in this q-and-a session that’s full of insights for agents and brokers.

Battle of the sexes: Who wants to own a home more?
Posted on 11/24/2018 by Independent Author

Here's a peek at the latest research in gender and ownership value, renting and capitalism, consumer perceptions and millennial trends.

Too many unused features on your CRM? Try Basesan
Posted on 11/24/2018 by Independent Author

This platform was developed by the computer scientist-husband of an agent to strip down the CRM to its most important features. It’s the CRM for agents who don’t think they need a CRM.

3 things you must know about every client you ...
Posted on 11/24/2018 by Independent Author

Here are a few questions, not for you to ask your clients directly, but for you to figure out by going deeper with them. Consistent application of these questions will help your business thrive.

How to explain to sellers that the market is t...
Posted on 11/23/2018 by Independent Author

Sales are down, prices are flat and real estate professionals across the U.S. are seeing signs of a housing market slowdown. But there's one group that might not yet have gotten the memo: sellers.

New platform helps brokerages launch short-ter...
Posted on 11/22/2018 by Independent Author

"Powered by Rentl" is an end-to-end backend platform that enables brokerages to launch branded short-term rental programs for homeowners.

Realtor association becomes first in nation to...
Posted on 11/22/2018 by Independent Author

The Baldwin County Association of Realtors says it's the first in the nation to offer group health, dental and vision insurance to its 2,300 members.

PREVIEW: Exclusive live interview with Zillow’...
Posted on 11/22/2018 by Independent Author

RealScout's Andrew Flachner will talk with Zillow’s COO Amy Bohutinsky about Zillow’s journey from portal to powerhouse, including foresight, hindsight and highlights with an eye toward the future

Existing-home sales up in October, ending 6-mo...
Posted on 11/22/2018 by Independent Author

Existing-home sales ended a six-month skid in October, climbing 1.4 percent from September. Despite the monthly gain, sales were still down 5.1 percent year-over-year.

Rental rates jump in September, fueled by stro...
Posted on 11/22/2018 by Independent Author

Nationwide, the cost of renting a single-family home grew by 3.2 percent in September to an average of $1,420 a month, up from a year ago.

LoanDepot originator’s email to Realtor ignite...
Posted on 11/22/2018 by Independent Author

A mortgage originator with loanDepot in California tried to poach a Realtor who had worked with a mortgage broker on multiple transactions, the company confirmed to Inman after an email detailing the allegations was made public.

Opendoor files for $300M ‘property acquisition...
Posted on 11/22/2018 by Independent Author

The offering differs from the sort of funding that Opendoor — a so-called "iBuyer" that uses technology to quickly buy and resell homes — has publicly filed for in the past, appearing to mark a bid by the firm to finance property purchases in a new way

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Connect the Speakers: Scott Lockhart on data p...
Posted on 11/22/2018 by Independent Author

Do you know how GDPR is going to affect how you build your real estate website and operate your business? Scott Lockhart does.

Keep the peace on Thanksgiving with these conv...
Posted on 11/22/2018 by Independent Author

Forget Donald Trump or Nancy Pelosi — there's a whole universe of fascinating real estate topics to discuss this Thanksgiving with friends and family.

10 things real estate agents can be thankful f...
Posted on 11/22/2018 by Independent Author

At my brokerage, we asked our agents to list 100 things they’re grateful for. Here are 10 of the universal themes from those agent- and staff-created lists, compiled together to remind us all what we can be thankful for this holiday season. 

The polite way to sell a home around the holidays
Posted on 11/21/2018 by Independent Author

While most people will be eating pie and exchanging gifts with family, some real estate agents will be hard at work, helping many zealous buyers who hope to get an edge on their competition by placing an offer while everyone else is celebrating.

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Two-thirds of millennial homeowners suffer fro...
Posted on 11/21/2018 by Independent Author

A recent survey revealed that many millennial homeowners regret their decision to purchase after the dust has cleared and they have settled into their new digs. Luckily, agents can help.

Permits, starts and completions all drop below...
Posted on 11/21/2018 by Independent Author

Permits for new construction, housing starts and housing completions were all below 2017 levels in October, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Agent/broker perspective: Should you tell your...
Posted on 11/21/2018 by Independent Author

A successful Miami real estate agent has been diagnosed with a relatively treatable form of cancer and is struggling with the decision of whether or not to share the news with colleagues and clients.

As sales cool, Realtors predict a flat 2019
Posted on 11/21/2018 by Independent Author

Realtors, real estate observers and Inman readers are all reading the tea leaves and predicting a 2019 dominated by a flattening market and little growth.

Landlord fined after denying renter’s emotiona...
Posted on 11/21/2018 by Independent Author

A New York landlord has been slapped with a $15,000 fine to settle a discrimination case involving a mentally ill tenant and her emotional support animal.

Connect the Speakers: Joyce Rey on the ability...
Posted on 11/21/2018 by Independent Author

Joyce Rey was a luxury real estate agent to the stars in Beverly Hills before television had put such a thing into a show, and she hasn’t slowed down.

California fire destroyed 18 months of listing...
Posted on 11/21/2018 by Independent Author

As of Oct. 2018, there were only 858 properties on the market in Butte County, and the loss of more than 12,000 residences will result in an unstable local housing market for years to come.

Should real estate agents block negative peopl...
Posted on 11/21/2018 by Independent Author

To block or not to block, that is the question real estate agents must answer when it comes to their social media. Here’s regular contributor Jay Thompson’s take on the issue.

Connect / Reflect: What not to miss at Inman C...
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Independent Author

Whether this is your first Inman Connect New York event or the latest of several, there’s one question that attendees always ask: “What shouldn’t I miss?"

Connect the Speakers: David Friedman on buyers...
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Independent Author

If you’re seeking an expert on how a high-net-worth consumer thinks, then David Friedman, co-founder of WealthQuotient, is your guy.

Botched nose job lands Dallas real estate agen...
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Independent Author

A Dallas real estate agent who traveled to Mexico to take advantage of cut-rate plastic surgery has brain damage and is on life support after a botched nose job.

iGuide revamps 3D tour user experience
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Independent Author

iGuide, a virtual home tour experience platform, has announced an updated version of its Viewer product, which creates and publishes interactive floor plans and 3D tours to help market listings.

Landlord who sent racial slurs to black woman ...
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Independent Author

A landlord who refused to rent to an African American woman after texting her a flurry of racial slurs, including the N-word, has been charged with discrimination.

Online mortgage lenders aren’t ending discrimi...
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Independent Author

Despite the latest technology disrupting real estate, people of color and minorities still face discrimination when it comes to homebuying, according to a new study by the University of California, Berkeley.

Redfin Concierge cleaning and staging service ...
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Independent Author

As the market turns, the listing concierge wars are heating up: Redfin, the first major brokerage to pioneer its own home cleaning and staging service for sellers almost a year ago, is finally bringing that service, Redfin Concierge, to its hometown of Seattle. 

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Real estate agent fined for helping intern fak...
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Independent Author

Jaideep Singh Puri caught a four-month suspension after writing a fake doctor's note to help his intern with a college assignment.

Want a good deal on a home? Buy in December
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Independent Author

The day after Christmas is the best day to buy a home if you’re looking for a discount, according to a new study from Attom Data Solutions. Overall December is the best month to buy a home if you’re looking for a deal, the study found.

10 tips for a fierce listing presentation in a...
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Independent Author

To help you stand out and win the confidence of your potential seller clients, here are 10 tips to make a lasting impression on your next listing presentation.

Want your listing to stand out? Try these 5 bu...
Posted on 11/19/2018 by Independent Author

To truly stand out among the competition and grab buyers’ attention, agents sometimes have to get creative and offer something extra. Here are some of the most catching buyer incentives we’ve seen.

How to market a luxury ski property
Posted on 11/19/2018 by Independent Author

Marketing a luxury ski property requires more than stunning interior shots. Because buyers come to ski towns from across the globe, they're not just looking for a gorgeous home — they're looking for a vibrant, encompassing experience. By taking a savvy approach to your listing, you can attract buyers eager to live mere steps from the slopes.

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What’s in your brokerage profitability plan fo...
Posted on 11/19/2018 by Independent Author

How does your brokerage plan to succeed? Are you proactively planning your growth? Real Estate Webmasters partners with top brokerages across North America, and time and time again, we've seen five success factors that matter the most.

Your perfect day: an hour-by-hour plan for agents
Posted on 11/19/2018 by Independent Author

One of the benefits of being a real estate agent is the freedom that this business gives you. There’s no time clock to punch or strict hours to abide by. You have the freedom to work whenever and wherever you choose.

Lesson Learned: Figure out how to do it your way
Posted on 11/19/2018 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, Manhattan’s Jake Kerrigan.

10 gifts your first-time homebuyers will love
Posted on 11/18/2018 by Independent Author

For first-time homebuyers, buying a home is both stressful and a reason to celebrate. If you like joining in on the celebration and giving a nice housewarming gift, we've got ideas for you.

Las Vegas Realtors reverse course, allowing sy...
Posted on 11/18/2018 by Independent Author

The announcement came just a week after the GLVAR board said it would end the ability for members to automatically send listings to third-party portals.

Inman Connect New York: Tech Connect Video Recap
Posted on 11/17/2018 by Independent Author

Watch all of Inman Connect New York 2018's Tech Connect sessions in one place, and learn from such great discussions as 'The Fast & Furious Transaction: What it Looks Like', 'The On-Demand Consumer: What They Expect and Want' and 'The Inside Scoop from Facebook...And How to Grow Your Facebook & Instagram Strategy'.

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Inman Connect New York: Data Connect Video Recap
Posted on 11/17/2018 by Independent Author

Watch all of Inman Connect New York 2018's Data Connect sessions in one place, and learn from such great discussions as 'Why is Creating a National MLS so Difficult? And why it is a bad idea, why defending the status quo is the best strategy', 'How MLS Organizations Might Run Afoul of Federal Regulators' and 'How I Think About My Data as a Broker-Owner'.

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Inman Connect New York: C.A.R.’s WomanUP!™ Vid...
Posted on 11/17/2018 by Independent Author

Watch all of Inman Connect New York 2018's C.A.R. WomanUP!™ sessions in one place, and learn from such great discussions as 'Built to Last - How to Build it, Grow it and Keep it', 'So, You Want to #OwnIt? Here's What You Need to Know' and 'Why Are Real Estate Tech Companies Getting it right when Silicon Valley Has it Wrong?'.

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3 Thanksgiving marketing hacks you still have ...
Posted on 11/17/2018 by Independent Author

It’s not too late to reach out and make a big impression on your sphere and potential clients. Show them how thankful you are for their business and referrals using these ideas.

In midst of franchise push, Climb Real Estate ...
Posted on 11/17/2018 by Independent Author

Christine Kim is taking the helm of Climb Real Estate as co-founder Chris Lim is set to move into an advisory role to support parent company Realogy.

Ebby Halliday CEO on honoring the past and upd...
Posted on 11/17/2018 by Independent Author

Longtime HomeServices of America executive Chris Kelly has some trailblazing shoes to fill in his new role as CEO of Ebby Halliday, which was founded in 1945.

Realty One adds a way for agents to recommend ...
Posted on 11/17/2018 by Independent Author

Under the deal, Realty One Group's 11,000 real estate professionals across 35 states will gain access to HomeKeepr in early December, through an integration with the real estate brand's tech platform zONE.

Magicplan creates floor plans in seconds for $...
Posted on 11/17/2018 by Independent Author

Magicplan, a floor plan and 3D tour creation app, is perfect for real estate agents, designers and contractors — and it's very affordable.

Here are the priciest real estate markets in t...
Posted on 11/17/2018 by Independent Author

The research firms tracked a few key apartments in major cities — within prime, upscale neighborhoods — and looked at price-per-square-meter to determine the rankings.

Homesnap Pro+ wants to help bolster your SEO
Posted on 11/17/2018 by Independent Author

Homesnap Pro+ is a new product from the search app to help agents establish and manage Google My Business Profiles.

Embrace, Focus, Execute: What’s on the ICNY19 ...
Posted on 11/16/2018 by Independent Author

Change is coming to real estate — how can you best position your business to embrace it instead of running from it? What should you focus on?

‘Monopoly for Millennials’ hits shelves, sans ...
Posted on 11/16/2018 by Independent Author

'Monopoly for Millennials' is the latest iteration of the classic property-buying board game in which players rack up experiences instead of real estate.

Finally, Zillow will automatically update agen...
Posted on 11/16/2018 by Independent Author

TRIBUS is the first brokerage platform vendor to send agent-sold data to Zillow automatically — immediately after a property sale closes.

News Corp. appoints new president of global di...
Posted on 11/16/2018 by Independent Author

Tracey Fellows, who led Melbourne-based, News Corp.-owned REA Group for four years, will now oversee all of the corporation's digital real estate services, including Move, Inc., and REA Group, which includes iProperty in Asia and PropTiger and Housing.com in India.

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Inman Connect New York: Hacker Connect Video Recap
Posted on 11/16/2018 by Independent Author

Watch all of Inman Connect New York 2018's Hacker Connect sessions in one place, and learn from such presentations as breakthroughs in predictive analytics, what's new at Facebook, Zillow, Google & Realtor.com, overcoming the tech integration problem and how to successfully roll out a new product.

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Contactually can now estimate when contacts wi...
Posted on 11/16/2018 by Independent Author

By activating Contactually's integration with Remine, agents can tap the software's database to supplement their contacts with relevant property and predicative data.

Inman Connect New York: Indie Broker Summit Vi...
Posted on 11/16/2018 by Independent Author

Watch all of Inman Connect New York 2018's Indie Broker Summit Connect sessions in one place, and learn from such great discussions as 'Boom! Did You Miss the New Tax Loophole for Broker/Owners?', 'The Empowered Agent: How the Broker’s Role is Changing', 'Redfin Just Got Real - What You Need to Know' and 'Why You’ve Got it Wrong About Compass'.

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Inman Connect New York: Marketing Connect Vide...
Posted on 11/16/2018 by Independent Author

Watch all of Inman Connect New York 2018's Marketing Connect sessions in one place, and learn from such great discussions as 'How to Fight Rising Costs of Social Media Advertising', 'Niche Marketing: How to Do It Right' and 'Camera First Branding Strategies'.

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A Realtor’s guide to helping during a disaster
Posted on 11/16/2018 by Independent Author

In light of the recent fires that are devastating California, we urge agents to establish a plan if they are going to take on any type of volunteer effort. Here's what Ventura-based agent Ariel Palmieri did after fires destroyed much of her community last year.

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Realogy is watching these 10 startups — are you?
Posted on 11/16/2018 by Independent Author

Realogy executives, franchisees, agents and venture capital leaders converged at Realogy’s FWD Innovation Summit to look at some of the top real estate technology companies and meet the innovators behind the products. Here's what we learned.

Purplebricks unveils new logo — what do you think?
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Independent Author

U.K.-based, flat-fee brokerage Purplebricks has unveiled its brand new logo — the company name inside an open purple square.

Don’t let shiny objects distract you from your...
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Independent Author

Can you define your value proposition quickly and effectively, in language your non-real-estate-trained client can understand? If not, you should work on that.

Bathroom trends: Tubs are out, new faucets are in
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Independent Author

Move aside millennials — baby boomers are leading the way in what's hot and what's not in the 2018 Bathroom Trends Report from home furnishings marketplace Houzz.

Agent fired after mocking Andrew Gillum suppor...
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Independent Author

A South Florida agent was abruptly canned from her position at United Realty on Tuesday after video footage of the woman shouting down elderly black supporters of gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum went viral over the weekend.

Take a look at Amazon HQ2’s new neighborhood, ...
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Independent Author

Currently, National Landing, which is nestled between Crystal City, Potomac Yard and Pentagon City, has more than 17 million square feet of existing office space, 24,000 affordable housing units within two miles of the future HQ2 building and more than 150 acres of developable land.

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Houston, Compass has landed
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Independent Author

Although Compass has yet to choose a location for its flagship Houston office (it's between The Galleria, River Oaks and Upper Kirby), homebuyers are now able to browse more than 43,000 Houston listings on Compass' site.

Homebot wins $25,000 at Realogy tech summit
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Independent Author

Homebot, a digital tool that allows agents and lenders to help manage housing wealth, was chosen among 10 real estate tech startups to receive $25,000 at Realogy's FWD Innovation Summit.

Opendoor CEO wants to make homebuying and sell...
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Independent Author

The iBuyer startup currently charges homesellers an average fee of 6.2 percent when they accept its all-cash offers, but leader Eric Wu says it should someday be zero.

Court orders small brokerage to pay $28.8M for...
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Independent Author

An architecture firm sued Urban Living in Houston after the brokerage distributed marketing materials without proper attribution.

6 listing descriptions you’ll want to imitate
Posted on 11/15/2018 by Independent Author

Here are a handful of listing descriptions, each with varying price points and locales, that are prime examples of great property writing. Learn from the best.

Market changes, price reductions, stigmas: The...
Posted on 11/14/2018 by Independent Author

When talking through changes with clients, it can be difficult to get stubborn buyers and sellers to see your side. "Show, don't tell" is a mantra that works. Here are five examples of how we changed minds using one simple tool.

EXp scores record revenue in Q3, beating consensus
Posted on 11/14/2018 by Independent Author

The company — which provides associates with equity and keeps costs low without brick-and-mortar offices — reported a gross profit of $11.5 million.

It’s official: Amazon HQ2 coming to NYC, North...
Posted on 11/14/2018 by Independent Author

Amazon is bringing more than 25,000 jobs and investments of $2.5 billion each to Northern Virginia and the New York City borough of Queens.

Xavier Dean Realty launches with 100% commissi...
Posted on 11/14/2018 by Independent Author

Dean Aguilar, the CEO behind a San Diego real estate team, is starting a new remote-working, 100 percent commission model brokerage in the city.

Keller Williams’ sales volume up in Q3 as fran...
Posted on 11/14/2018 by Independent Author

Keller Williams closed $93.5 billion in sales transactions, tallying a 4.2 percent year-over-year increase, according to third-quarter results.

Echovate matures, offers brokers deep look int...
Posted on 11/14/2018 by Independent Author

Echovate, a talent selection software company, has new tools and an updated look to help brokers find amazing talent and build better teams.

Scammers using lead generation sites to target...
Posted on 11/14/2018 by Independent Author

At least four female real estate agents in Massachusetts received calls and texts from an unidentified man attempting to arrange meetings with them.

Fire won’t keep homebuyers away from California
Posted on 11/14/2018 by Independent Author

California communities devastated by ongoing wildfires will recover. But in the meantime, they may be in for more pain as the destruction cascades across local markets.

Take a look at San Francisco’s most expensive ...
Posted on 11/14/2018 by Independent Author

Nestled in the Bay Area's Russian Hill, San Francisco's most expensive listing is the best of both worlds — it's a stone's throw away from the hustle and bustle of the Financial District, and it offers pristine views of the city's most famous landmarks.

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Climate change likely to flood these homes in ...
Posted on 11/14/2018 by Independent Author

Rising seas are threatening thousands of homes but the building in these flood-prone areas still continues, according to a new study from Zillow and Climate Central. As many as 400,000 homes are at risk of regular flooding by 2050, the study says.

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1 Realtor lost 2 homes in California as deadly...
Posted on 11/13/2018 by Independent Author

A Beverly Hills-born Realtor with a portfolio of multimillion dollar luxury listings is struggling after not one, but two of his homes were destroyed.

Compass acquires D.C. indie Wydler Brothers Re...
Posted on 11/13/2018 by Independent Author

Compass is acquiring the Washington D.C.-based Wydler Brothers Real Estate, the New York City-founded real estate brokerage confirmed to Inman.

Study: 90% of consumers used an agent in 2018
Posted on 11/13/2018 by Independent Author

That's the highest rate of consumers using an agent since the report's inception in 2001 (when 81 percent of consumers used an agent) and a 5 percentage point increase from the last REAL Trends consumer study in 2014 (85 percent).

Latest fad? Tossing out the furniture
Posted on 11/13/2018 by Independent Author

Forget feng shui — increasingly, homeowners are choosing to toss out their furniture altogether.

Why seller leads are Zillow’s biggest opportunity
Posted on 11/13/2018 by Independent Author

Last week, Zillow announced its latest financial results, and the stock dropped 25 percent (losing $2 billion in value). But the story everyone is missing is the Zillow Offers business and its huge potential with seller leads.

Smart home tech is not just for luxury renters
Posted on 11/13/2018 by Independent Author

Renters in 30,000 existing apartments are about to get an array of new smart-home features, including Amazon Echo Dots, installed for free thanks to a new partnership between a major landlord and a tech startup.

Inman Connect New York: Broker Connect Video Recap
Posted on 11/13/2018 by Independent Author

An in-depth series of sessions and panel discussions revealing how top producing brokerages got to where they are today. Get actionable takeaways that you can implement now on everything from growing your book of business, to lead conversion, to choosing the right brokerage.

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In his life, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee had...
Posted on 11/13/2018 by Independent Author

In life, the creator of the legendary Marvel comic universe Stan Lee also loved real estate — his Los Angeles homes were regularly featured in magazines.

Dear Marketing Mastermind: What’s the most eff...
Posted on 11/13/2018 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: content creation.

Are Zillow’s Premier Agent changes working for...
Posted on 11/13/2018 by Independent Author

Since Zillow rolled out updates to its Premier Agent program in April, agent advertiser churn has been an issue, according to Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff.

5 actions to generate more client referrals
Posted on 11/12/2018 by Independent Author

Creating a business based on regular and recurring referrals is the ideal for any real estate professional. But it doesn’t just happen. It takes work. It requires you to be different, be proactive and provide extraordinary levels of service.

Tackle these 19 tasks to finish 2018 right
Posted on 11/12/2018 by Independent Author

With this year almost behind us and 2019 quickly approaching, the time has come to focus on tying up loose ends and making this new year your best one yet.

My front row seat to the future of real estate
Posted on 11/12/2018 by Independent Author

As agents, we have a problem. Over the last decade, we willingly invited “disruptive” software and solution providers into our businesses – and our data.

From rock bottom to rocking my market
Posted on 11/12/2018 by Independent Author

A little over two years ago, I nearly hit rock bottom. My life was in a downward spiral. I was going through home foreclosure; I was incapacitated from a car accident, where I lost my car and then I lost my job.

What’s your 2019 digital business plan?
Posted on 11/12/2018 by Independent Author

When was the last time you switched companies? Have you been through a recent merger or acquisition? Are you thinking about moving companies or growing a team?

The cost of buying a home today vs. a year fro...
Posted on 11/12/2018 by Independent Author

Consumers are aware that interest rates are increasing, but very few understand how costly these seemingly small increases can be over the life of a 30-year mortgage. It’s your job, as an agent, to explain to buyers why they need to buy right now.

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What service means after the sale
Posted on 11/12/2018 by Independent Author

It’s an eternal question in real estate: is it more important to attract new clients or hold on to the ones you have? While the correct answer might be “both!”, successful luxury agents know that service after the sale is key to client retention — and retention breeds referrals.

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5 tips for moving with small children
Posted on 11/12/2018 by Independent Author

What can you do to make the big move easier for your sellers with kids? Here are five tips to offer your clients when moving with infants and small children.  

California fires: Residents and Realtors flee ...
Posted on 11/11/2018 by Independent Author

By Friday evening, the Woolsey fire had burned more than 35,000 acres. Much of the charred area lies in upscale communities such as Calabasas and Malibu, which are nestled against the Santa Monica mountains at the north end of Los Angeles County, in Southern California.

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California Attorney General warns of price-gou...
Posted on 11/11/2018 by Independent Author

State law specifically prohibits charging a price that exceeds, by more than 10 percent, the price of an item prior to the declaration of a state emergency.

Is it time to leave your real estate team?
Posted on 11/10/2018 by Independent Author

To work with a team or go it alone — the question becomes: Which option is best for me? The answers to these questions are different for everyone.

A ‘smart home’ refresh: The 411 on home automa...
Posted on 11/10/2018 by Independent Author

Home automation has caused a fundamental shift in how homes are sold, and it has become a deciding factor for many buyers. Here's how real estate agents can make the most of the "smart home" they are listing.

The Real Word: Will Realtors be able to get a ...
Posted on 11/10/2018 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 through the National Association of Realtors’ “new revamp” of its venture capital arm Second Century Ventures.

60-year-old Realtor arrested after stealing mo...
Posted on 11/10/2018 by Independent Author

Connecticut Realtor Darcy Allison Sledge turned herself in to police last week on an active arrest warrant after a surveillance camera captured her swiping cash from an open house.

Realogy executive asks for help finding missin...
Posted on 11/10/2018 by Independent Author

Thomas Kolding, 15, of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, has been missing since Oct. 30, according to the New Jersey State Police Department.

Las Vegas Realtors end syndication to Zillow, ...
Posted on 11/10/2018 by Independent Author

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors (GLVAR) has decided to end syndication of its members’ listings to real estate portals Zillow and ListHub.

Number of Realtors nears all-time high
Posted on 11/10/2018 by Independent Author

The number of Realtors documented by the trade group surged to 1.367 million in October 2018, the highest since 2006 and the onset of the financial crisis.

Connect the Speakers: Ryan Serhant on how to f...
Posted on 11/10/2018 by Independent Author

Ryan Serhant stars on two television shows that focus on transactions, produces his own YouTube show and has appeared on every major news network. Hear about his near-misses and how to survive a shifting market at Inman Connect New York 2019.

The week in financial markets: Dow jumps follo...
Posted on 11/10/2018 by Independent Author

The immediate reaction to the election was a 545-point jump in the Dow, and long-term rates on the edge of upward breakout.

Real estate is an adventure race: 8 steps to win
Posted on 11/10/2018 by Independent Author

Adam Hergenrother reflects on his 35-hour USARA Adventure Race National Championship and how it translates to real estate business building.

‘We don’t want them here:’ NYC locals respond ...
Posted on 11/9/2018 by Independent Author

Amazon is likely to choose Long Island City in Queens for one of two planned sites of its second headquarters, raising mixed feelings among residents.

Hidden in plain sight: The hoarding epidemic a...
Posted on 11/9/2018 by Independent Author

Studies show that 1 in roughly every 20 people suffers from hoarding disorder, which means you probably know someone who is a hoarder. Here's what you can do to identify the signs and take action to help.

Owner fined for rejecting disabled couple’s re...
Posted on 11/9/2018 by Independent Author

A Las Vegas landlord has been slapped with a fine after his building manager refused to allow a disabled couple to move into a first-floor apartment.

Luxury Presence gets $2.13M in funding
Posted on 11/9/2018 by Independent Author

The Santa Monica-based luxury brokerage marketing platform closes on funding round of $2.13 million to expand marketing services to luxury real estate brokerages.

San Francisco is mostly made up of $1M homes now
Posted on 11/9/2018 by Independent Author

There are now only 15 neighborhoods left in the entire city where the median home value is below $1 million, according to a new analysis from property portal Trulia.

An MLS is making it easier to find ADA-complia...
Posted on 11/9/2018 by Independent Author

A multiple listing service in the Pacific Northwest has rolled out a new system that makes it easier to list and search for properties with features that cater to disabled homebuyers.

Redfin beats estimates in Q3 — just barely
Posted on 11/9/2018 by Independent Author

Redfin's third quarter 2018 revenue of $140.3 million beat predictions from analysts, who had expected an increase of only 27 percent to $139.01 million.

Realtor on Camp wildfire: ‘As horrible as you ...
Posted on 11/9/2018 by Independent Author

A fast-moving wildfire is raging through Butte County, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills, north of Sacremento and just east of Chico. One Realtor on the ground told Inman the blaze is “worse than you can imagine.”

BoomTown buys lead qualification company Real ...
Posted on 11/9/2018 by Independent Author

BoomTown, a sales and marketing platform for the real estate industry, has bought a company that, it says, attacks a real pain point for real estate agents — following up with leads promptly.

Do you even need real estate scripts?
Posted on 11/9/2018 by Independent Author

Find out when it’s helpful to memorize scripts and when they’re just a waste of time altogether here.

Breaking down the numbers: The true cost of op...
Posted on 11/8/2018 by Independent Author

Luke Monroe, the CEO and broker-owner of Kendrick Realty, shared with Inman his own recent experience opening his brokerage’s third office in California.

Compass launches in Nashville
Posted on 11/8/2018 by Independent Author

Compass' growing footprint has now officially expanded to Nashville, the tech-forward real estate brokerage confirmed Wednesday.

Most Realtors get zero leads from personal web...
Posted on 11/8/2018 by Independent Author

Should Realtors have personal websites? If their exclusive aim is to generate leads, NAR data offers a clear answer: Only if you're willing to spend big.

RE/MAX executive vice president to retire, tak...
Posted on 11/8/2018 by Independent Author

Mike Ryan, the man RE/MAX executives credit with significantly shaping one of the largest real estate franchisors in the nation, is set to retire.

DocuSign and NAR partner to offer products to ...
Posted on 11/8/2018 by Independent Author

The electronic document company has partnered with the National Association of Realtors to offer use of the software at no charge to agents who have never facilitated a deal by electronic means.

Laura Monroe shares what not to miss at Inman ...
Posted on 11/8/2018 by Independent Author

Inman Connect New York is right around the corner, taking place at The Marriot Marquis Hotel in Times Square, Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2019. With so much on the agenda for the event, how do you make sure you’re making the best use of your time, attending the right sessions and leveraging all the networking opportunities?

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Real estate now fastest revenue growth segment...
Posted on 11/8/2018 by Independent Author

News Corp, the parent company of Move’s realtor.com and Australia-based REA Group, reported Wednesday that its revenue grew to $2.52 billion, a 23 percent increase year-over-year.

More properties are equity-rich than ever before
Posted on 11/8/2018 by Independent Author

Some 14.5 million properties in the U.S. are now worth more than twice the cost of their loans, according to Attom Data Solutions.

Will a break from political uncertainty help t...
Posted on 11/8/2018 by Independent Author

With midterm elections in the rearview mirror, many in the real estate industry are wondering if the end to the political uncertainty of the past few months will finally help some buyers get off the fence and ready to make a deal.

The secret weapon some of the top names in rea...
Posted on 11/8/2018 by Independent Author

Ever been in a situation where a deal was going south and there was nothing left to do but improvise to keep it alive? Improv acting classes can go a long way in those cases. Here's why you should consider taking up improv.

Vacation rental company Vacasa will now manage...
Posted on 11/7/2018 by Independent Author

The new program is a full-service management option for communities, such as condo developments, that are primarily used as vacation rentals.

Nestio launches new rental platform for buildi...
Posted on 11/7/2018 by Independent Author

Nestio, a popular rental management and listings startup, has launched a new platform for property owners to manage their rentals and listings.

Supreme Court dismisses appeal in real estate ...
Posted on 11/7/2018 by Independent Author

The Supreme Court has ruled it would not review a Federal Circuit court decision denying a patent for Real Estate Alliance Ltd.’s real estate search tool.

Argentines arrested in real estate scandal spa...
Posted on 11/7/2018 by Independent Author

A real estate empire across New York City and Miami has been traced back to a major corruption scandal involving the former president of Argentina.

New AI tool purportedly screens calls, ranks l...
Posted on 11/7/2018 by Independent Author

An Arizona startup has built a new artificial intelligence tool designed to sort through and rank calls from people looking to rent property.

This real estate agent leads a double life as ...
Posted on 11/7/2018 by Independent Author

Daniel Harnsberger had only been a RE/MAX agent in the Richmond, Virginia, area for a few weeks when he started to go viral. But it wasn't his day job that led to notoriety.

Zillow misses on Q3 earnings, hires new CFO
Posted on 11/7/2018 by Independent Author

Zillow posted a net loss of $492,000 in the third quarter of 2018, much lower than its more than $9 million loss in the same quarter of last year, according to its third-quarter earnings report. Revenue for the real estate technology giant was up 22 percent, year-over-year. 

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Pro tips: Top 10 ways to maximize your network...
Posted on 11/7/2018 by Independent Author

As the name suggests, our Inman Connect conference isn’t just about great speakers, sessions and learning — it’s also about building relationships.

What Opendoor’s latest pivot means for real es...
Posted on 11/7/2018 by Independent Author

Aligning closer with agents is a significant pivot for Opendoor because it signals that working with the traditional industry is an important part of its growth strategy.

Many renters struggle to meet basic needs: study
Posted on 11/7/2018 by Independent Author

According to new research from the Urban Institute, renters are not only more likely than homeowners to find themselves in distress, they are also more likely to have difficulty digging themselves out of their financial issues.

Zillow Offers reveals its next market: Houston
Posted on 11/6/2018 by Independent Author

Zillow Offers, a consumer-facing program to directly buy a home, prepare it for showings and quickly resell the home, is coming to Houston. 

Will NAR solicit venture capital funding from ...
Posted on 11/6/2018 by Independent Author

Billions of venture capital dollars are pouring into real estate, and the largest real estate trade group in the nation is seeking a bigger slice of the pie.

A tech millionaire wants to build a blockchain...
Posted on 11/6/2018 by Independent Author

If a cryptocurrency millionaire's high-stakes gamble goes well, desert land in Northwestern Nevada could bloom into a city unlike any that has preceded it.

NAR approves updated anti-harassment policy fo...
Posted on 11/6/2018 by Independent Author

With the #MeToo movement all over the news, NAR has overhauled the behavior policy it expects its nearly 1.4 million members to follow.

Amazon HQ2 talks reportedly narrow to Crystal ...
Posted on 11/6/2018 by Independent Author

Amazon's impact on home affordability has been a major consideration, as the tech giant's presence in Seattle has both created numerous jobs and driven up home values in the surrounding areas to astronomical levels.

Attom Data Solutions moves property database o...
Posted on 11/6/2018 by Independent Author

Attom Data Solutions, which has spent years building a massive catalogue of property records, announced Monday it has uploaded its database onto the cloud.

NAR allows stricter response to Realtor ethics...
Posted on 11/6/2018 by Independent Author

All five policies passed without any discussion or debate and with an overwhelming majority of the vote of the nearly 800 directors present.

Connecticut Realtors hire firm with ties to Ca...
Posted on 11/6/2018 by Independent Author

The Connecticut Association of Realtors’ political fundraising arm has enlisted a former executive at the embattled political data and marketing firm Cambridge Analytica in an attempt to boost Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski ahead of Tuesday’s election.

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3 sneaky home maintenance problems your client...
Posted on 11/6/2018 by Independent Author

Regardless of whether your clients are buyers or sellers, it is important to remind them to keep up with these three sneaky home details that are often left forgotten.

4 tips for shepherding your luxury investor cl...
Posted on 11/6/2018 by Independent Author

For luxury real estate, which comes with a hefty price tag, providing that expertise becomes all the more crucial. As agents, we need to be armed with the most up-to-date and relevant information concerning the housing market that is available.

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Should your real estate brokerage open a VR sh...
Posted on 11/5/2018 by Independent Author

Realtor Andrew Ernemann of Sotheby's — owner of Aspen Starwood Properties and a former ski racer — set out to encourage potential clients to step away from blueprints and generated floor plans and look toward virtual reality.

A buyer’s market may be a boon for Zillow, rea...
Posted on 11/5/2018 by Independent Author

For Veronica Figueroa, a broker and owner of RE/MAX Innovation in central Florida, a buyer's market will require agents to connect on a more human level. And she too saw digital advertising as a place to spend money making that happen.

NAR has a new plan to make bad agents better
Posted on 11/5/2018 by Independent Author

On Friday, the National Association of Realtors launched a program years in the making that it hopes will address that issue: its Commitment to Excellence program.

California Realtors get free seller digital di...
Posted on 11/5/2018 by Independent Author

The two companies have developed Smart Seller Tools, a service that allows sellers to fill out their disclosure forms online. Members of the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) can now offer their clients free access to Sellers Shield.

Moving concierge Updater expands to work with ...
Posted on 11/5/2018 by Independent Author

Updater announced that it is integrating with six new brokerage software providers: AccountTECH, BackAgent, Brokermint, Docusign Transaction Rooms, Paperless Pipeline and Profit Power.

NAR takes 2.5% dues increase ‘off the table’
Posted on 11/5/2018 by Independent Author

NAR Treasurer Tom Riley touted a "positive budget" starting in 2019, largely due to membership growth and a $30 dues increase approved by the NAR board of directors in May.

Solving the largest crisis for agents: healthcare
Posted on 11/5/2018 by Independent Author

If you talk to 100 small-business owners, 99 of them will tell you that the biggest headache in their lives is health insurance. It’s complicated, confusing, expensive, filled with red tape — and vitally important to every single one of us.

Get top testimonials!
Posted on 11/5/2018 by Independent Author

Good reviews are no longer a “nice to have.” They’re essential. They’re critical to your success. That’s why I invited a testimonial expert on today’s show to teach you five simple questions to elicit the most powerful reviews.

Why tech companies turn to brokerages for inno...
Posted on 11/5/2018 by Independent Author

Too often, those of us who serve the real estate industry turn to fear mongering. We’re all guilty of it – constantly warning about coming changes and urging brokerages to get with the times or perish.

Trends in luxury real estate: how data will he...
Posted on 11/5/2018 by Independent Author

The luxury real estate market is rich -- with opportunity. But the price that today’s luxury agent must pay to play in this segment isn’t just in dollars. It’s in data.

The new iPad Pro features Realtors should know...
Posted on 11/4/2018 by Independent Author

At the top of the line of Apple’s iPad offerings, the new iPad Pro has adopted many of the latest iPhone's design and specs. It's also got a number of features that agents should know about.

How are Airbnb wars impacting real estate?
Posted on 11/3/2018 by Independent Author

Short-term renters are a significant source of revenue for tourist-related businesses and local homeowners, but the sheer volume of rentals has ignited a backlash in dozens of cities and states.

Realogy will expand standardized commissions i...
Posted on 11/3/2018 by Independent Author

Realogy Holdings Corporation reported $1.68 billion in revenue in the third quarter of 2018, a year-over-year increase of $2 million according to its third-quarter earnings report. 

Got $10? Become a new-home investor with Groun...
Posted on 11/3/2018 by Independent Author

Atlanta-based real estate crowdfunder Groundfloor allows investors to crowdfund house flippers and new-home construction.

Realogy stock slips after earnings miss
Posted on 11/3/2018 by Independent Author

The stock price of Realogy Holdings Corporation, the real estate franchisor behind Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Corcoran and a number of other major industry brokerages, tumbled Friday morning after the company announced lower than expected earnings per share and transaction volume and lowered its fourth quarter guidance.

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RE/MAX CEO: We have no intent to enter the iBu...
Posted on 11/3/2018 by Independent Author

In a conference call for investors following the Denver-headquartered real estate franchise's third quarter earnings release, Adam Contos said that RE/MAX does not have "necessarily any intent to" experiment with fast-cash home offers.

The Inman Weekender, November 3-4, 2018
Posted on 11/3/2018 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, plus practical advice to use this weekend.

Don’t count on NAR to solve your health care woes
Posted on 11/3/2018 by Independent Author

The only way insurers would consider covering NAR members is if NAR was like an employer and willing to subsidize almost half the cost.

Zillow’s new partnership makes listing photos ...
Posted on 11/3/2018 by Independent Author

This winter, Zillow will allow users of visual content marketing network Urbanimmersive to directly upload their photography to the listing giant’s database.

The Real Word: How did NAR spend $14.4M in the...
Posted on 11/3/2018 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they'll discuss the $14.4 million the National Association of Realtors spent on the midterm elections. 

Propertybase launches new ‘all-in-one’ agent a...
Posted on 11/3/2018 by Independent Author

Prospective clients get access to the platform by first requesting a demo version from Propertybase's website. Voigt said that a company representative will then reach out and ask about the size and scope of the client's company.

Home prices in US cities are down slightly fro...
Posted on 11/2/2018 by Independent Author

Home prices in the nation's metropolitan markets rose to a median of $266,900 – up 4.8 percent from the third quarter of 2017 – but are slightly down over last quarter's record high, since the National Association of Realtors (NAR) started tracking the data in 1979.

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‘It’s all about exposure.’ Agents share tactic...
Posted on 11/2/2018 by Independent Author

As the market shifts thanks to rising inventory and slower price growth, do real estate agents need to change their approach at all? When it comes to marketing listings and finding buyers, agents find their approach is pretty much status quo, with a few exceptions.

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Realtor shot dead outside a home he was showing
Posted on 11/2/2018 by Independent Author

A man found shot dead inside a car was a Realtor who was showing a home to prospective buyers, Philadelphia police report.

Inman announces Ambassadors for Connect New Yo...
Posted on 11/2/2018 by Independent Author

Ambassadors are vibrant members of the Inman community who volunteer at each event to make introductions, help new attendees find their way and bring the spirit of connection alive.

EXp appoints new chief collaboration officer, ...
Posted on 11/2/2018 by Independent Author

EXp Realty’s parent company eXp World Holdings announced changes to its executive leadership team on Thursday. The company has hired Jeff Whiteside to serve in a dual role as chief financial officer and chief collaboration officer. Alan Goldman, previously the CFO of both eXp Realty and eXp World Holdings, will still serve as the brokerage's CFO and additionally as chief accounting officer of eXp World Holdings.

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RE/MAX more than doubles net income
Posted on 11/2/2018 by Independent Author

In the franchisor's third quarter 2018 earnings report, CEO Adam Contos said RE/MAX is ready to succeed even amid a market slowdown.

Home maintenance startup Setter nabs $10M in f...
Posted on 11/2/2018 by Independent Author

The startup just announced an additional $10 million in funding and backing from Sequoia Capital, NFX and Hustle, as it branches out from Toronto to San Francisco and gears up to expand to many other markets across North America.

How to get more leads in 2019 using Facebook, ...
Posted on 11/2/2018 by Independent Author

Many agents drive themselves nuts trying to sync flashy new tools into their marketing plan. Boiling it down to the necessities greatly helps when it comes to automation and digital marketing. Here are five tools that'll help you rake in the leads next year — with ease.

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How to give your apartment listing an instant ...
Posted on 11/2/2018 by Independent Author

Do you need to totally refresh your apartment listing before it hits the market? The pros share some quick tricks and takeaways that'll get the job done.

5 tips for getting multiple offers in a tough ...
Posted on 11/2/2018 by Independent Author

A perfect storm of savviness and good planning helped this agent's listing quickly attract several offers in New York's difficult market environment. Here are six steps for recreating that situation to get your listing sold faster.

7 senior housing options every real estate age...
Posted on 11/1/2018 by Independent Author

There will come a time when a flood of aging baby boomer clients will turn to you for advice about retirement housing. Here’s a guide to senior housing options you can use to steer folks in the right direction.

What’s a great lead worth? Ideal Agent puts th...
Posted on 11/1/2018 by Independent Author

Ideal Agent advertises to homesellers that they can save money on their home sale and work with only the top local agents. To listing agents, it promises ready-to-go leads. Here’s how it works.

Don’t let these 4 scary conference-goers haunt you
Posted on 11/1/2018 by Independent Author

Unfortunately, there are some attendees, guests and speakers who are more creepy than any horror movie. Be on the lookout, and don’t let these frightening characters spoil your experience.

Will a shifting market kill off pocket listings?
Posted on 11/1/2018 by Independent Author

While 'Coming Soon' pre-market listings will likely remain useful for luxury properties and as a tool to test price points, there will be fewer of them all-around, Realtors tell Inman.

New on-demand showings app Jove launches in Philly
Posted on 11/1/2018 by Independent Author

While it has the infrastructure to go nationwide, that’s still a ways down the line. Evans’ goal is to create a product with impeccable customer service.

The longest housing inventory slump in history...
Posted on 11/1/2018 by Independent Author

After four straight years of declines, the nation's longest inventory slump in history has finally come to an end, according to the latest data from realtor.com. Housing inventory was up 2 percent — or 25,000 listings — in October 2018 vs. October of last year.

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Millennials should move to one of these 20 sma...
Posted on 11/1/2018 by Independent Author

The number one city for millennials today is the metropolitan area connecting Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa.The next top two cities on the ranking are Des Moines, Iowa and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Homes.com debuts new tool to synchronize conta...
Posted on 11/1/2018 by Independent Author

Homes.com, one of the largest home search websites, has rolled out a feature that will let agents synchronize their contacts across different services such as DocuSign.

3 ways for real estate agents to rank higher o...
Posted on 11/1/2018 by Independent Author

Ranking well in search can be a game changer for your real estate business. By showing up for valuable search queries, you can get free organic traffic, which can ultimately lead to more clients.

Is title insurance worth the cost for your buyers?
Posted on 11/1/2018 by Independent Author

When it comes time to add up closing costs, your buyers are going to want to eliminate all unnecessary expenses, and for some, that might include title insurance. Here's what your buyers need to know before they say it's not worth the cost.

Millennials prefer ‘influencers’ over agents w...
Posted on 10/31/2018 by Independent Author

A majority of millennials rely on "influencers" to make purchasing decisions — and 80 percent said they would consider hiring one as a real estate agent.

RealScout gains major partners for buyer data-...
Posted on 10/31/2018 by Independent Author

A trio of real estate brokerages are undertaking an initiative to share buyer data and habits among fellow brokerages with the help of RealScout.

Home price growth slows to lowest level in a y...
Posted on 10/31/2018 by Independent Author

For the first time in 12 months, year-over-year gains in home prices fell below 6 percent, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price NSA Index, announced Tuesday. 

Condo association barred elderly resident from...
Posted on 10/31/2018 by Independent Author

A New Jersey condo association was charged with discrimination after an elderly resident claimed she was forced to use a back entrance with her service pet.

6 ways to help hesitant sellers get off the fe...
Posted on 10/31/2018 by Independent Author

Although it's natural for homeowners to reach for that mythical tipping point from which they can sell high and buy low, the market remains unpredictable.

The Agency to open first Florida office in Nov...
Posted on 10/31/2018 by Independent Author

Beverly Hills-based brokerage, The Agency, has joined forces with respected Douglas Elliman veteran agents Chris Franciosa and Jared Ringel to open the brokerage's first South Florida office in the wealthy enclave of Boca Raton.

Home sales fall by more than 20 percent in Sou...
Posted on 10/31/2018 by Independent Author

The number of homes sold in Southern California dropped by 21.9 percent in just one month, according to property analytics provider CoreLogic.

The internet never forgets: Think before you post
Posted on 10/31/2018 by Independent Author

Combine these two facts — anything posted on the world wide web is permanent, and the web has massive reach — and you have a recipe for both good and potential disaster.

8 seller tasks that can make or break your sale
Posted on 10/31/2018 by Independent Author

If you want your sellers to crank things up a notch for a speedy sale, advise them to tackle these eight tasks that'll have buyers racing to put in an offer.

4 startups that want to shake up the real esta...
Posted on 10/31/2018 by Independent Author

New startups aren’t bashful about bringing fresh ideas to market — even when they shatter the comfortable nature of the status quo. Here are four tech-driven startups trying to change the game in real estate.

All the single ladies: Women outpaced men as h...
Posted on 10/30/2018 by Independent Author

Single women outnumber men as first-time homebuyers by a significant margin, according to a new survey released by the National Association of Realtors.

These are the trends that will dominate real e...
Posted on 10/30/2018 by Independent Author

Tremendous opportunities lie ahead for real estate professionals — but also risks, slowdowns and potentially difficult transitions.

A lot of people want to live in Addams Family ...
Posted on 10/30/2018 by Independent Author

The iconic "Addams Family" house remains a dream home for 9 percent of Americans surveyed by the PenFed Credit Union in a survey.

‘The status quo is broken’: How data debacle t...
Posted on 10/30/2018 by Independent Author

Many companies and organizations are building their own databases and platforms. Traditions are under siege. Confusion reigns as I watch the balkanization of our industry.

How much did Compass pay for Pacific Union Int...
Posted on 10/30/2018 by Independent Author

There's been a lot speculation about how much Compass paid for Pacific Union International, but following an earnings call last week, we have some answers.

Zillow announces new leadership roles for husb...
Posted on 10/30/2018 by Independent Author

The husband-and-wife duo who founded Buyfolio, before it was gobbled up by Streeteasy in 2012, are set to take on new roles at Zillow Group, the company announced Monday. 

Bel Air mansion price cut $100M — still most e...
Posted on 10/30/2018 by Independent Author

Even after being cut in price by more than $100 million, an extravagant Bel Air mansion is still the most expensive listing in the country.

Why Redfin’s listing display proposal is high-...
Posted on 10/30/2018 by Independent Author

Digital marketing expert Ian Lurie took a look at Redfin’s listing display proposal. He concluded it’s a bad policy, here’s why.

‘Best of Zillow’ Premier Agent platform to unl...
Posted on 10/30/2018 by Independent Author

Zillow will start tracking consumer feedback and presenting it to Premier Agents who advertise on the platform to enhance their approach. The new program, "Best of Zillow," which will reward the agents with the best track records, was announced at the real estate tech giant’s Premier Agent conference in Las Vegas.

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5 tricks that’ll get your listings sold faster...
Posted on 10/30/2018 by Independent Author

Here are five ways to sell your listing quicker by maximizing the best aspects of the season in your real estate staging and listing photos.

Can SetSchedule’s updated app curb lead qualit...
Posted on 10/29/2018 by Independent Author

Lead generation app SetSchdule has released a new version of its app for real estate agents. Will it be enough to address agent concerns about lead quality?

Brokers beware! That old tech is eating at you...
Posted on 10/29/2018 by Independent Author

Brokers and owners often view back-office systems as an afterthought. This is because they aren’t seen as revenue drivers. In fact, back office accounting platforms for the real estate industry have historically been expensive, with non-cloud based software that is a frustrating user experience

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The challenge of marketing one-of-a-kind prope...
Posted on 10/29/2018 by Independent Author

Every property is unique, but some have features that really make them stand out. A unique property might be in a remote area, perhaps it has a rare amenity, or it comes with an ultra-high-end price point.

How all-in-one tech can make every agent’s lif...
Posted on 10/29/2018 by Independent Author

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’ve got accounts for all sorts of tech tools – many of which you’re paying for month after month – and half of them you barely remember your password.

Inman announces new Title Sponsor of Inman Con...
Posted on 10/29/2018 by Independent Author

In July 2019, Inman will do two things we’ve never done before. We’ll host Inman Connect in Las Vegas. And we’ll have an inaugural Title Sponsor of Inman Connect Last Vegas.

How to get price reductions in a changing market
Posted on 10/29/2018 by Independent Author

Feel that chill in the air? It’s not just autumn taking hold. The market, too, is cooling. Now, I’m not predicting a catastrophic slowdown. But we know real estate is cyclical, and I want to help you stay ahead of the curve.

Very superstitious: 5 otherworldly beliefs tha...
Posted on 10/29/2018 by Independent Author

Are you superstitious? What about your clients? Having a knowledge of astrology, feng shui and numerology might not be your thing, but often it can be a boon to your business if you pay attention to whether these belief systems matter to your clients.

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NAR is fighting for these 6 issues in the 2018...
Posted on 10/29/2018 by Independent Author

What are the issues most important to the National Association of Realtors, the largest real estate trade group in the nation and a powerful lobbying force?

14 pieces of real estate trivia that’ll blow y...
Posted on 10/28/2018 by Independent Author

Do you think you know all there is to know about real estate? Here are 14 of the weirdest, wackiest and, in some cases, awe-inspiring real estate facts you'll ever hear.

Toughest sale ever? Manhattan mansion owned by...
Posted on 10/27/2018 by Independent Author

A Manhattan mansion co-owned by five Eastern European countries has returned to the market one year after a deal collapsed due to bureaucratic bickering.

NAR in talks with Google on broker links, post...
Posted on 10/27/2018 by Independent Author

The National Association of Realtors is in talks with Google to improve broker website rankings on the popular search engine.

WATCH: ‘Agents of Real Estate,’ an eXp Realtor...
Posted on 10/27/2018 by Independent Author

Richmond, Virginia-based associate broker Shannon Milligan's video has racked up over 5,000 views on Facebook and was inspired by the quirky FBI comedy "Miss Congeniality."

What lenders are doing to fend off disruption
Posted on 10/27/2018 by Independent Author

It's no surprise that real estate professionals are worried that so-called disruptors, like Zillow and Opendoor, will eventually eat their lunches. But has anyone considered that lenders are just as worried about the same thing?

Next stop: The opportunity market
Posted on 10/27/2018 by Independent Author

Conventional wisdom suggests the market will continue to favor sellers, at least for another year, but Douglas Elliman President Scott Durkin has another name for it: Opportunity.

The Inman Weekender, October 27-28, 2018
Posted on 10/27/2018 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, a recap of Luxury Connect, and practical advice to use this weekend.

Mail bomb suspect Cesar Altieri Sayoc lost hom...
Posted on 10/27/2018 by Independent Author

Cesar Altieri Sayoc, the man charged by the U.S. Department of Justice Friday with sending at least 13 packages containing explosive devices to leading Democrats and vocal anti-Trump critics had his Fort Lauderdale home foreclosed on during the 2009 financial crisis, according to property tax records obtained by Inman. 

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Expedia acquires 2 home-sharing startups as Ai...
Posted on 10/27/2018 by Independent Author

Expedia has acquired two apartment-sharing startups in a move that positions the global travel technology company as a competitor to Airbnb.

Ebby Halliday appoints new CEO as longtime lea...
Posted on 10/27/2018 by Independent Author

Mary Frances Burleson, the longtime CEO and president of Ebby Halliday, is stepping down to assume a new role as chairman emeritus as she focuses on the company’s philanthropic efforts, per an announcement this week. Chris Kelly, who formerly served in senior leadership roles at HomeServices of America will take over as CEO.

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Famous real estate heir Robert Durst to face t...
Posted on 10/27/2018 by Independent Author

Real estate tycoon Robert Durst must stand trial over the murder of a close friend in the year 2000, a Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday.

5 tips for giving smaller spaces bigger buying...
Posted on 10/26/2018 by Independent Author

With millennials having children at the slowest rate in American history and many empty nesters looking for a post-retirement space that meets their needs, the market is ripe for people looking for smaller dwellings.

How to convince your buyers to stop hesitating
Posted on 10/26/2018 by Independent Author

Some buyers move quickly, but others play the waiting game and end up losing out. Here's what real estate agents should know about this kind of buyer and how you can help keep them informed and, hopefully, regret-free. 

The 9 real estate AI tools you need to know ab...
Posted on 10/26/2018 by Independent Author

As futuristic as it sounds, artificial intelligence is here. Agents and homeowners are using it, and many more are influenced by its invisible calculations.

Luxury Connect 2018: Video Recap
Posted on 10/26/2018 by Independent Author

Catch up on all this year's Luxury Connect sessions and speakers.

Startup Ribbon raises $225M to be the credit c...
Posted on 10/26/2018 by Independent Author

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company revealed that it raised a massive amount of new funding and that it is rolling out several new features including an app geared toward agents.

Pending home sales rise modestly in September:...
Posted on 10/26/2018 by Independent Author

The Pending Home Sales Index rose 0.5 percent from August to September, but remained down year-over-year for the ninth-straight month, according to NAR.

CoreLogic to acquire insurance claims software...
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Independent Author

Real estate analytics company CoreLogic announced Monday it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Symbility Solutions, an insurance claims technology platform.

New residential home sales plummet to 2-year l...
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Independent Author

New residential home sales dropped 5.5 percent in September to the lowest growth in almost two years, according to the Census Bureau and the HUD.

Home prices rose 0.3% in August
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Independent Author

Seasonally adjusted home prices rose 0.3 percent month-over-month and 6.1 percent year-over-year in August, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Inventory is rising, home prices could flatten...
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Independent Author

Following years of steady appreciation, home prices could begin to flatten nationally in 2019, economists told Inman. Regionally, it's a different story.

WATCH: How I Humanize my Connections
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Independent Author

How do you turn a casual connection into a lifetime client?

WATCH: Building Credibility and Influence Online
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Independent Author

Get a blueprint for how to increase your credibility and influence through social media

WATCH: How to Connect in the Era of Globalization
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Independent Author

Insights on how to better connect and avoid culture clash in your international business dealings

WATCH: Interactive Session: Building the Brand...
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Independent Author

Get tips from the trenches on how to best incorporate the latest trends, where to invest and where to get the look for less.

There’s way too much red ink on home inspectio...
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Independent Author

Although inspection reports have taken many notable strides forward, it seems they are also tiptoeing backward since the proliferation of "red ink" has taken over the process. It seems like the disclaimers never end, and it's a bit of an overkill.

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How bad was the Google Plus vulnerability for ...
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Independent Author

The end of Google Plus has sparked much debate about online privacy, but have we considered the concept of privacy in the social media age? What information actually got exposed?

EXp Realty acquires on-demand home tour app
Posted on 10/24/2018 by Independent Author

EXp Realty is acquiring ShowMeNow, an on-demand home tour app that grants prospective buyers immediate access to properties.

WATCH: Becoming a Real Estate Wealth Advisor: ...
Posted on 10/24/2018 by Independent Author

A discussion on how to build wealth management best practices into your real estate business.

WATCH: Becoming a Real Estate Wealth Advisor: ...
Posted on 10/24/2018 by Independent Author

David Friedman offers step-by-step advice on how to become a trusted wealth advisor for your clients.

WATCH: How to Serve as Your Client’s Real Esta...
Posted on 10/24/2018 by Independent Author

Experts discuss what it takes to level-up your business with wealth advisor best practices.

WATCH: Luxury Connect Roundtable Takeaways
Posted on 10/24/2018 by Independent Author

What were the biggest ideas discussed in the networking sessions at Luxury Connect?

RE/MAX Select partners with MoxiWorks, eyes na...
Posted on 10/24/2018 by Independent Author

RE/MAX Select, a New Jersey-based RE/MAX franchise is partnering with real estate technology company MoxiWorks to offers its agents new technology tools.

Should a family of 7 be able to live in this d...
Posted on 10/24/2018 by Independent Author

Wisconsin homeowners are being charged with discrimination by HUD for denying the rental application of a family with five children.

You need to save for 7 years to make a down pa...
Posted on 10/24/2018 by Independent Author

If you earn a median income and put away 10 percent of your salary, it'll take you seven years to save for a down payment, according to Zillow's analysis.

Trulia founder: The 3 ways tech will transform...
Posted on 10/24/2018 by Independent Author

Generational trends and shifting consumer behaviors are creating an opportunity for a new wave of real estate tech startups with high growth potentials. Here are three major areas of opportunity for real estate tech startups.

EXp Realty to acquire vendor of its virtual world
Posted on 10/24/2018 by Independent Author

EXp Realty announced on Tuesday it is acquiring VirBELA, the virtual reality platform and company that has operated its cloud-based virtual brokerage world since 2016.

LeadingRE to arm brokers against disruption wi...
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Independent Author

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a network of the top-producing indie brokerages, is launching a series of webinars hosted by Mike DelPrete.

Zillow Offers launches in Denver
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Independent Author

Attention, Denver homesellers: The real estate tech giant is now making all-cash offers on homes in its fourth market.

Laura Monroe joins Real Estate Webmasters
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Independent Author

Real Estate Webmasters, the custom web design and marketing firm for real estate professionals, is bringing the former Inman employee on in the newly created role of head of industry and brand engagement.

Fighting Back: Give agents what they need and ...
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Independent Author

How are real estate broker-owners responding, adapting or changing? Here's what Nico Hohman, broker-owner of Hohman Homes Real Estate Brokerage & New Home Consultants in Tampa, Florida, is doing.

This listing agent spruced up a mansion with a...
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Independent Author

To make a Beverly Hills property stand out, most listing agents bring in a potted plant or two — Shane Patel added a whole living green wall.

Exclusive: Opendoor testing new co-listing par...
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Independent Author

Opendoor has selected about a dozen agent teams as partners for its new "preferred agent partnership" program, using them to sell more than 20 properties.

Compass offers discounted health care to agents
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Independent Author

Compass agents will have access to insurance from national carriers — including Cigna — as well as dental, vision, payroll administration services, compliance and liability support and other human resources offerings.

Real estate coach Tom Ferry’s tech suite is no...
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Independent Author

Tom Ferry's all-in-one tech suite The Hub, which includes the Contactually-developed Tom Ferry CRM is now available to all agents.

Real estate responds to Trump administration’s...
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Independent Author

The report has already sparked protests and activism across the U.S. over concerns that such a policy change would lead to fewer protections against discrimination for the transgender community.

Why the housing market will stay strong throug...
Posted on 10/23/2018 by Independent Author

Against a background of “phenomenal demographics” and an end of rising mortgage rates, the Mortgage Banking Association expects the housing market to remain strong for “at least the next five years” — and maybe even longer.

How to guarantee success in Q4 (as the market ...
Posted on 10/22/2018 by Independent Author

What do you do when you get three agents in the same room who are responsible for more than 650 annual home sales? You pick their brains to learn their secrets to success!

Sphere of influence is still king
Posted on 10/22/2018 by Independent Author

The inventor of the phrase "a bird in hand is worth two in the bush" could never have envisioned it applying to modern real estate, but I don't mind borrowing this adage to remind us all that every agent has a bird in their hand: it's called their sphere of influence (SOI).

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Surprising rental market trends to watch in 2019
Posted on 10/22/2018 by Independent Author

A series of major shifts are reinventing the rental industry as we know it. People are renting later in life than ever before—a result of the affordable housing shortage and a number of other socioeconomic factors.

The tiny critters that are infesting real estate
Posted on 10/21/2018 by Independent Author

Bedbugs might seem like a personal problem rather than a real estate issue, but don't let your assumptions keep you from protecting yourself and your clients from what could turn into a litigious situation. Here's what every real estate agent should know about these pesky little creepy-crawlies.

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Which old-school interior design trends are ma...
Posted on 10/21/2018 by Independent Author

Many homebuyers are embracing retro looks that were thought to be gone for good. Find out which interior design trends are coming back by reading this room-by-room overview.

In Pictures: Luxury Connect’s Luxury Bash
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Independent Author

Held on the rooftop of the beautiful Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Luxury Connect's attendees mingled, networked and relaxed together on Wednesday night after a day of learning, exclusive activities and inspiration. Sponsored by Sotheby's International Realty, it was a wonderful evening to cap a great day.

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$10M Houston mansion most expensive foreclosed...
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Independent Author

A Houston mansion with nine bathrooms and 15,000 square feet of space is now the country's most expensive foreclosed property, clocking in at $9.75 million.

Fair lending policy director to be investigate...
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Independent Author

Now that Eric Blankenstein's old blog post has come to light, the CFPB has asked an independent group to investigate its top enforcement director.

Luxury Connect: The biggest news and takeaways
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Independent Author

The industry's top agents descended on Los Angeles this week from all corners of the globe to network, make new connections and hear advice on how to take their business to the next level.

NAR warns government may crack down on real es...
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Independent Author

The trade group warned that as teams become more ubiquitous, they will attract the attention of regulators. Already, 24 states have laws in place regarding real estate teams, NAR said.

Trump admin proposes new tax-break rules for d...
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Independent Author

The Trump Administration proposed new guidelines Friday that would create tax incentives for developers to build in so-called “Opportunity Zones.”

How to work better with international clients
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Independent Author

The key to working with international clients is understanding the cultures of their home countries. Getting it right pleases your clients and can open a floodgate of referrals.

CertifID will now cover up to $1M in wire frau...
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Independent Author

CertifID, a company providing security and authentication software, just raised its customer guarantee to cover up to $1 million in losses.

Opendoor is using a $1,000 credit to nudge buy...
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Independent Author

The startup is now offering a more prominent $1,000 credit for buyers who choose to purchase one of the homes Opendoor has for sale, whether they do so directly on their own or by using one of Opendoor's "partner agents."

Trelora tells buyers to ditch agents and keep ...
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Independent Author

An upstart, low-fee Colorado brokerage that is trying to blow up the way agents get paid has announced it'll support traditional commissions — even as it also offers incentives for buyers to ditch their agents altogether.

Hi diddly ho! 3 out of 4 Americans say they ha...
Posted on 10/19/2018 by Independent Author

A recent report found that three-quarters of Americans say that they have a good neighbor, but only 14 percent said friendship was a necessary quality.

Weinstein victim delivers powerful #MeToo addr...
Posted on 10/19/2018 by Independent Author

Louisette Geiss was once a rising star in the entertainment industry. She’d performed at the Grand Ole Opry and made appearances on hit sitcoms when she reached both the apex and proverbial end of entertainment career in Harvey Weinstein’s hotel room at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008.

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Here’s why an iBuyer company pretended to run ...
Posted on 10/19/2018 by Independent Author

If you want to get buyers to notice your new home-resale startup, there's always the option of pretending to run for Senate.

Watch election returns with NAR via Facebook L...
Posted on 10/19/2018 by Independent Author

The National Association of Realtors will be on hand on election day and the next to assess what the results mean for the real estate industry.

This $5.85M Miami mansion is bullet, fire and ...
Posted on 10/19/2018 by Independent Author

It looks like a home ripped out a James Bond movie boasting a glimmering pool and an outdoor bar where you can order a Martini shaken, not stirred.

4 common mistakes luxury agents make: Tom Ferry
Posted on 10/19/2018 by Independent Author

Real estate coach extraordinaire Tom Ferry took the stage at Inman’s Luxury Connect on Wednesday in Beverly Hills where he outlined the four biggest mistakes an agent can make.

Offerpad is expanding to Dallas and Tucson
Posted on 10/19/2018 by Independent Author

As competition in the industry heats up, the tech-enabled, all-cash homebuying and re-selling startup Offerpad is not sitting idly by: the company is expanding into two new markets: Dallas, Texas, by November 1 and Tucson, Arizona, by December 3. 

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7 dryer vent facts every homeowner should know
Posted on 10/19/2018 by Independent Author

Here are seven simple facts about dryer vents that can save your buyers time and money, from certified master inspector Cord Werner.

When is the right time to retire in real estate?
Posted on 10/19/2018 by Independent Author

How do you plan for a life after working if you have no idea how long you’ll live? Will it be 10 years? 20? More? Teresa Boardman talks through retirement.

The Real Word: What we know about Zillow’s Pre...
Posted on 10/19/2018 by Independent Author

At a recent closed-door event in Boston, president of media and marketplace at Zillow Group, Greg Schwartz, spoke to approximately 100 top agents about Primer Agent 4, which has begun its implementation phase in select markets. Here's what we learned. 

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‘We will not discount our commissions’: Umansk...
Posted on 10/18/2018 by Independent Author

On Wednesday, executives from Compass, The Agency, Keller Williams and Climb Real Estate discussed how agents can cut through the noise.

Zillow adds first indie brokerage listings fro...
Posted on 10/18/2018 by Independent Author

One day after launching Canadian home listings on its signature property search website, Zillow is adding yet another source of those homes for sale.

Mayor convicted of fraud gives up fight for hi...
Posted on 10/18/2018 by Independent Author

After getting out of prison on parole, former Montreal mayor tried to get courts to reinstate his real estate license before ultimately giving up the fight.

In Pictures: Luxury Connect’s Opening Sessions
Posted on 10/18/2018 by Independent Author

A photo recap of Wednesday morning's stimulating, inspiring and motivating sessions. Featuring Compass' Robert Reffkin, The Agency's Mauricio Umansky, Valerie Alexander's uplifting presentation on happiness and a spirited discussion on how to sort through the noise around industry disruption — it was a great morning of debate from some fascinating speakers.

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Compass nabs 17-agent team from Coldwell Banker
Posted on 10/18/2018 by Independent Author

Compass welcomed Jonathan Keith’s TeamJK to the fold after the team opted to leave Coldwell Banker for better technology, according to a Tuesday press release.

Zillow shuffles leadership: Amy Bohutinsky cha...
Posted on 10/18/2018 by Independent Author

Longtime veteran Amy Bohutinsky has resigned from her role as the company's chief operating officer and will join the board of directors.

Humility, not arrogance, is the new real estat...
Posted on 10/18/2018 by Independent Author

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin in an interview with Inman expressed regret about the public tone his company had recently adopted.

Why Zillow has the advantage over KW, Rocket H...
Posted on 10/18/2018 by Independent Author

Zillow benefits from practically unbeatable network effects in the consumer space. Both of these moves ignore basic strategic principles of playing to your strengths and picking battles you can win.

Real estate roundup: Big money, bad data, bot ...
Posted on 10/18/2018 by Independent Author

Seattle broker Sam DeBord gives his take (and more) on the stories that are driving real estate headlines. This week: big money’s influence on real estate, data manipulation and OJO Labs’ acquisition of WolfNet Technology.

4 ways to increase your international client base
Posted on 10/18/2018 by Independent Author

As the world continues to become smaller, many Realtors are finding themselves scrambling to add “global” expertise and designations to their professional profile. The first step to achieving that status is boosting your international client base. Here's how.

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Rising interest rates cost homeowners an extra...
Posted on 10/17/2018 by Independent Author

According to Zillow's latest report, the hike in rates has led the monthly mortgage payment for a median-priced home to increase 15.6 percent since August 2017, which breaks down to an extra $118 per month or $1,416 per year.

Keller Williams agents fired from local broker...
Posted on 10/17/2018 by Independent Author

Two Keller Williams agents who co-founded a separate startup company that offers an Amazon Alexa lead generation program called "My Home Agent" were abruptly fired by their Southern California franchise last week due to internal conflict surrounding their product.

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Builder confidence in single-family home sales...
Posted on 10/17/2018 by Independent Author

The National Association of Home Builders' index for newly built single-family homes rose 1 percentage point month-over-month to 68, continuing a five-month trend of scores in the high 60s.

This Florida house was built to withstand Hurr...
Posted on 10/17/2018 by Independent Author

The home, dubbed the "Sand Palace," was built in 2017 from thick concrete with rebar and steel cables, extra tall pilings and a wind-resistant roof.

Seattle tiny-home ‘experiment’ slated to close...
Posted on 10/17/2018 by Independent Author

Amid an uptick of 911 calls, a controversial tiny-house village in North Seattle will close next spring after the city decided not to renew its licence.

Highlights from Inman Connect New York ’19
Posted on 10/17/2018 by Independent Author

Take a peak at what you can expect at Inman Connect New York 2019

Company that fired white property manager vani...
Posted on 10/17/2018 by Independent Author

After a property management company fired a Missouri Realtor who blocked a black man from entering his apartment, Tribeca-STL deleted its online presence.

Compass launches its own Concierge staging and...
Posted on 10/17/2018 by Independent Author

Compass is far from the first brokerage to build out its own service options for homeseller clients. In November 2017, Redfin announced Redfin Concierge, its 2 percent listing fee service.

This app wants to help agents oversee buyers’ ...
Posted on 10/17/2018 by Independent Author

Crafted by an agent for fellow agents, Quitchet was built by a South Carolina-based agent. It uses home search to capture buyers and help agents manage the buying process.

10 questions to ask before helping your buyers...
Posted on 10/17/2018 by Independent Author

Buying a condominium is an attractive option for many buyers, but before you help your clients pull the trigger, don't forget to ask these 10 crucial questions.

Total Expert raises $20M, plans expansion into...
Posted on 10/16/2018 by Independent Author

Total Expert provides marketing software for banks, enabling them to monitor and react to consumer behavior online, find and engage new leads around mortgages and other types of loans, and automate communication exchanges while meeting compliance.

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5 safety tips for selling foreclosed, seized a...
Posted on 10/16/2018 by Independent Author

To avoid danger, Inman has compiled a list of safety tips to help navigate the sale of homes seized by the bank, abandoned or otherwise left vacant.

Federal agency launches program to help limite...
Posted on 10/16/2018 by Independent Author

The FHFA on Monday launched Mortgage Translations, an online resource for mortgage industry professionals who serve limited-English-proficiency borrowers.

Russian oligarch with ties to Putin is buildin...
Posted on 10/16/2018 by Independent Author

A Russian oligarch has begun work on his 31,500-square-foot mansion along Manhattan's East 75th Street, which combines three individual townhouses.

21 inspiring real estate Instagram accounts yo...
Posted on 10/16/2018 by Independent Author

We've put together this list of the best real estate Instagram accounts to follow for a daily stream of interesting real estate content at your fingertips.

More Canadian listings on deck as Zillow partn...
Posted on 10/16/2018 by Independent Author

As part of the new partnership, Realty Executives International will publish listings from its Canadian franchise on Zillow.

Opendoor, Compass and their big investor are s...
Posted on 10/16/2018 by Independent Author

Nearly half of the Softbank Vision Fund's $93 billion in total value is financed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the money controlled by the country's ruling family — $45 billion. It recently committed the same sum to another mega tech fund that SoftBank wants to raise. SoftBank is also helping the Saudi government with various economic projects, including building a new mega city and a solar firm.

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Zillow officially launches Canadian listings
Posted on 10/16/2018 by Independent Author

The wait is finally over: the first Canadian property listings are now available for perusal on the Zillow site and its mobile app.

Want more business? Send these 10 thank-you notes
Posted on 10/16/2018 by Independent Author

Well-timed, thoughtful, hand-written notes can lead directly to referrals and new business — take it from a wide range of agents who are making this strategy their own.

How to make sure your clients never ever call ...
Posted on 10/16/2018 by Independent Author

It can take years for real estate agents to build a solid client base, so it's important to do what you can to keep your past clients loyal. Here's how to stay top-of-mind with your clients and be their agent for life.

6 questions to attract more perfect clients
Posted on 10/15/2018 by Independent Author

Let me tell you a quick story. On July 17, 1991, I went to a seminar by one of my mentors, Brian Tracy. Why do I remember the exact date? Because when I stood up to ask a question, it turned into a very memorable experience.

Staying mega-successful in uncertain times
Posted on 10/15/2018 by Independent Author

In August, top-performing agents from all over the world and Keller Williams leadership gathered in Austin, Texas, for our annual training event, known as Mega Camp. It is an invigorating opportunity for education and inspiration, especially in these turbulent times.

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Where Jay Thompson’s right about iBuyers plus ...
Posted on 10/15/2018 by Independent Author

This post was written by Rob Hahn first as a hearty “Welcome Back, Kotter” moment to Jay Thompson and second as a warning against misreading Thompson’s last article as a too-comfortable, nothing-will-change lullaby of pretty lies.

Opendoor will hand out pumpkins to people who ...
Posted on 10/14/2018 by Independent Author

The well-funded homebuying startup is hosting an extravagant Halloween bash tomorrow, Sunday, October 14, in one of its Phoenix-area homes-for-sale featuring the "world's first-ever in-home pumpkin patch," complete with 750 pumpkins representing the 750 homes Opendoor purchased in the area over the summer.

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What’s hot and what’s not in 2019 kitchen trends
Posted on 10/14/2018 by Independent Author

Moving into 2019, homeowners are making the kitchen the focal point of meeting health and wellness goals. Find out what buyers are looking for here.

Keller Williams updates Kelle Snaps with team ...
Posted on 10/13/2018 by Independent Author

Now Kelle Snaps will also include information related to an agent and his or her team and show how many homes the agent or team has sold in a specific neighborhood over the past year. 

News Corp. finalizes $210M acquisition of Opcity
Posted on 10/13/2018 by Independent Author

News Corp. subsidiary and realtor.com operator Move Inc. has finalized the acquisition of Opcity, a real estate lead generation technology platform.

Matterport sues rival GeoCV in 3D home tour sh...
Posted on 10/13/2018 by Independent Author

Matterport is suing GeoCV for infringing on the patent that guards its 3D home tour technology, the company confirmed to Inman on Thursday.

Rent-to-own startup Divvy Homes raises $30M to...
Posted on 10/13/2018 by Independent Author

Divvy Homes, a real estate startup that allows would-be homeowners to pay a portion of rent while investing equity, has raised $30 million in Series A funding for its rent-to-own platform.

How are agents (and their clients) coping with...
Posted on 10/13/2018 by Independent Author

The stock market’s slump this week likely has many in the real estate industry wondering what the downswing means for their bottom line.

SoFi founder’s new startup launches 5-minute a...
Posted on 10/13/2018 by Independent Author

Disgraced former SoFi CEO Mike Cagney is back with a new venture, just over a year after resigning from the company he helped found over sexual harassment allegations.

Homesnap to feature Matterport 3D home tours m...
Posted on 10/13/2018 by Independent Author

Homesnap has upgraded its multiple listing service-connected home-browsing app to include Matterport home tours more prominently.

What do new proptech companies have in store f...
Posted on 10/13/2018 by Independent Author

No amount of machine learning can reproduce the intuitive grasp of market subtleties we offer our clients every day. So what exactly do proptech companies aim to accomplish?

Student loan marketplace Credible.com jumps in...
Posted on 10/13/2018 by Independent Author

Credible.com CEO Stephen Dash explains how he plans to revolutionize the mortgage refinance industry by putting the consumer experience first.

Constellation acquires Baynet World
Posted on 10/13/2018 by Independent Author

CREG sought Baynet as a natural evolution in its effort to consolidate technology solutions for real estate professionals under a single brand.

Cadre unveils a new market for trading shares ...
Posted on 10/12/2018 by Independent Author

Called Cadre Secondary Markets, the exchange lets accredited investors who own slices of commercial buildings sell their stakes to other investors, potentially bringing new liquidity to the commercial real estate market and enticing more wealthy individuals to invest in the asset class.

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Haus reveals new CEO and a free online homesel...
Posted on 10/12/2018 by Independent Author

Former Trulia executive Jonathan McNulty will lead the startup as it expands its offering in California to guide FSBOs through the entire sales process.

Agent uses Facebook to track down thief who st...
Posted on 10/12/2018 by Independent Author

When broker Haley Larson got a tearful call about her client's family jewelry going missing, she knew she had to do something.

Zillow: Most Americans would rather renovate t...
Posted on 10/12/2018 by Independent Author

To stay or go, that is the question. Turns out, most Americans would rather fix up their current home than move, according to a new study from Zillow.

What does the end of Google Plus mean for real...
Posted on 10/12/2018 by Independent Author

What does the termination of Google Plus mean for real estate agents? For those of us who swore by it, the announcement comes as a major disappointment. Here’s why.

Nextdoor appoints new CEO Sarah Friar, previou...
Posted on 10/12/2018 by Independent Author

Former Square chief financial officer Sarah Friar is joining neighborhood-based social network Nextdoor as its new chief executive officer.

Can this app reduce escrow to 10 days for home...
Posted on 10/12/2018 by Independent Author

LoanSnap is an app for iPhone and Android that can streamline mortgage applications and approvals.

Zillow hires NAR vet Ken Wingert to lead gover...
Posted on 10/12/2018 by Independent Author

Ken Wingert is leaving the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to become Zillow’s head of federal government relations, the Seattle-based real estate tech company announced.

The Real Word: What’s up with Redfin’s estimat...
Posted on 10/12/2018 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they discuss Redfin's estimate tool. Has the valuation tool contributed to rising home prices? 

How to snag luxury clients who’ll make you mil...
Posted on 10/12/2018 by Independent Author

Ever wonder how some agents meet their luxury clients? Here are some tried-and-true tactics you can put in your toolkit to get you to that next level in luxury real estate.

Housing affordability top concern for real est...
Posted on 10/11/2018 by Independent Author

A lack of affordable housing topped a list of rising concerns for real estate professionals, according to a new Inman poll posted Tuesday on Facebook.

OJO Labs acquires WolfNet Technologies
Posted on 10/11/2018 by Independent Author

The deal merges the new consumer-facing property search tool OJO with a trusted agent-and-broker focused software and data company in the form of WolfNet.

Keller Williams adds Trinidad and Tobago to li...
Posted on 10/11/2018 by Independent Author

Keller Williams Worldwide has launched a new franchise in Trinidad and Tobago, which is slated to open its first office in Port of Spain within months.

Luxury Connect: Laura Monroe on what’s hot in ...
Posted on 10/11/2018 by Independent Author

How do you create a marketing plan that will really set your listing apart from all the others? Laura Monroe believes that video is the answer.

Redfin’s 1% listing fee launches in Salt Lake ...
Posted on 10/11/2018 by Independent Author

Redfin is bringing its 1 percent listing fee program to Salt Lake City and Nashville, the Seattle-based brokerage announced on Wednesday. Redfin typically offers a 1.5 percent fee — or 2 percent fee that includes a deep cleaning and prepping a home for the market — but that number has dropped in many of the brokerage’s largest U.S. markets.

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Agents OnDemand lets users hail agents like th...
Posted on 10/11/2018 by Independent Author

The app lets homebuyers search for agents "on duty" in their area and connects them directly for showings and other business. Users pay nothing, agents pay $30 a month.

What does the stock market tumble mean for rea...
Posted on 10/11/2018 by Independent Author

The Dow Jones dropped more than 800 points on Wednesday, the third biggest point drop of the year and the biggest drop since February. As investors sell-off stock and the benchmark yield rises, what does it mean for the real estate industry? Well for one, mortgage rates could climb even higher.

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Realtors and homes at risk as Hurricane Michae...
Posted on 10/11/2018 by Independent Author

Before the storm hit, real estate data and tech firm CoreLogic said property valued in excess of $13.4 billion was at risk of damage from the storm. Today, CoreLogic estimates that damage from wind and storm surge ranges from $2 billion to $4.5 billion -- $1.5 billion to $3 billion of which applies to residential properties.

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3 key factors at play in every successful brok...
Posted on 10/11/2018 by Independent Author

Acquiring a brokerage can be a great move for your real estate business — if it's the right fit and the right time. Here are three key steps you should take if your goal is a successful acquisition.

7 reasons most FSBOs crash and burn
Posted on 10/11/2018 by Independent Author

For-sale-by-owners have good intentions, but their knowledge is weak. They simply don't know what they don't know. Here are seven reasons FSBOs tend to be unsuccessful — and eventually hire a real estate agent. 

Luxury Connect: David Friedman on how to talk ...
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Independent Author

David Friedman is an expert on the ultra-affluent and how to talk to them. He'll offer practical, actionable advice at Luxury Connect.

Leading Edge Real Estate lands suitor followin...
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Independent Author

Three months after being stranded at the altar by Compass, Leading Edge, the Boston-based real estate brokerage, has finally found a suitor in MoxieWorks.

Redfin hires new chief economist from Amazon
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Independent Author

Redfin's new chief economist, Daryl Fairweather, who comes to Redfin from Amazon, will oversee the tech-powered brokerage's team of economists and data scientists who research and compile reports on the market, homeownership and the economic factors impacting housing.

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Hurricane Michael barreling toward $13.4B in r...
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Independent Author

With Hurricane Michael swirling toward the Gulf Coast, property valued in excess of $13.4 billion is at risk of storm damage, according to a new analysis.

Compass launches new Facebook ad campaign tool...
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Independent Author

Compass is launching Compass Digital Ads for Facebook, a new platform for creating digital ad campaigns for the social media giant with just a few clicks.

3 ways real estate agents can help renters bec...
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Independent Author

Here's how three real estate agents in three distinct markets — New York City, Chicago and Fargo — are helping renters make their dreams come true.

Ten-X execs launch new commercial real estate ...
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Independent Author

Former executives of real estate startup Ten-X are going full throttle into the commercial real estate business with the launch of a new marketplace and MLS.

Are real estate’s giants ready for a stock mar...
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Independent Author

As talk of a market correction looms, a look at the stock prices of Realogy, RE/MAX, Zillow and more.

How to build your ultimate real estate to-do list
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Independent Author

The first step in killing it at real estate is handling what needs to get done effectively. Here are three tips to help you build your perfect to-do list. 

10 Instagram hacks all real estate agents need...
Posted on 10/10/2018 by Independent Author

We rounded up the top 10 best Instagram hacks for real estate to help you promote your brand, showcase properties and get more leads. 

Is Zillow scanning your Gmail for leads?
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Independent Author

A real estate agent was recently confused to learn that Zillow's Premier Agent app was pulling manually entered leads from her Gmail account and prompting her to call leads she generated on her own. 

Coldwell Banker agent spends $50K to recreate ...
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Independent Author

A brokerage hired members of a hip-hop group to rap about the virtues of a newly listed 14,000-square-foot property in California's Newport Beach.

Zillow vs. Opendoor: Who will win the consumer?
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Independent Author

Which part of the industry controls the starting point of the real estate transaction: portals or iBuyers? Who has the advantage, and what are the implications for iBuyers?

Real estate tech funding reached $2.7B last mo...
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Independent Author

An astounding $2.7 billion was invested in real estate technology in September, a month-over-month increase of 132 percent, according to a new study.

Luxury Connect: How to become a wealth advisor...
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Independent Author

High-net-worth clients have spent years amassing their wealth, and they want to collaborate with professionals who understand investment strategies.

Luxury Connect: Learn the secrets of success f...
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Independent Author

If you had the opportunity to sit down with some of the best in the luxury real estate business, what would you ask them?

Realogy selects 10 tech startups to compete fo...
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Independent Author

A group of 10 real estate tech startups will duke it for $25,000 at Realogy’s sixth annual FWD Innovation Summit at its Madison, New Jersey, headquarters on Nov. 14.

Luxury Connect: Marketing that maintains your ...
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Independent Author

If ultra-high-net-worth buyers and sellers don’t know who you are and how you’ll take care of them, then they aren’t going to use you as their agent.

Dear Marketing Mastermind: How to start (or re...
Posted on 10/9/2018 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: blogging.

4 alternative homeownership models for the non...
Posted on 10/9/2018 by Independent Author

Many factors are causing buyers to veer away from the traditional model of homeownership and toward the shared equity model. Here are four homeownership models that break the mold.

New agents: 11 tips you need to know
Posted on 10/8/2018 by Independent Author

They say hindsight is 20/20, so I asked two rockstar agents what they would do differently if starting over today– knowing what they know now.

Two ways to empower your buyers today
Posted on 10/8/2018 by Independent Author

The times they are a-changin’. It was true for Bob Dylan in 1964 and it’s true for the real estate industry in, well, it’s always true.

Wanna start 2019 with more commission checks? ...
Posted on 10/8/2018 by Independent Author

Here are five creative ways you can capitalize on this normally slow time of year and get 2019 off to a rip-roaring start.

Can views sell this $3.249M home on John Barry...
Posted on 10/7/2018 by Independent Author

It sits on property that once belonged to John Barrymore, an early 20th century movie star and grandfather to actress Drew Barrymore.

How to sell a spectacular $159M Florida estate...
Posted on 10/6/2018 by Independent Author

The 58,000-square-foot home known as Playa Vista Isle, located on Florida's Gold Coast between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and embellished with over 500,000 22-karat gold leaf sheets, will be available to prospective buyers on the Concierge Auctions platform on Nov. 12 at a $159 million starting price. 

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LendingTree acquires QuoteWizard for over $300M
Posted on 10/6/2018 by Independent Author

The online lending marketplace LendingTree has agreed to purchase QuoteWizard, one of the largest insurance comparison websites, in a deal worth up to $370.2 million.

Florida’s Space Coast listing service ditches ...
Posted on 10/6/2018 by Independent Author

The Space Coast Multiple Listing Service in Brevard County, Florida — named for its proximity to NASA's primary launch sites — dropped Homesnap as its local listing portal this week, citing concerns about limited search parameters and agent lead forms next to listings.

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The Inman Weekender, October 6-7, 2018
Posted on 10/6/2018 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, and practical advice to use this weekend.

Luxury Connect: Paul Benson on how to create a...
Posted on 10/6/2018 by Independent Author

Paul Benson has built his business in Park City, Utah, largely around feeder markets, finding the outside markets from which people purchase a second home.

How to cash in on the $7B of foreign buyer com...
Posted on 10/6/2018 by Independent Author

Last year alone, foreign buyers put more than $7 billion in commission into the pockets of U.S. agents. Here are five tips from top agents to help you learn how to increase your share of that income.

Vija Williams hired as director of growth for ...
Posted on 10/6/2018 by Independent Author

Keller Williams mega-agent and frequent real estate conference presenter Vija Williams is joining Ben Kinney Companies as the new director of growth.

The sales volume leader tug of war continues —...
Posted on 10/6/2018 by Independent Author

RE/MAX earned $10.9 billion in system sales according to the "Franchise Times" 200+ list, beating out four other real estate franchisees on the list.

Windermere acquires 50% of West Coast Commerci...
Posted on 10/6/2018 by Independent Author

Windermere Real Estate acquired 50 percent of West Coast Commercial Realty (WCCR) to further expand its commercial real estate presence in the Pacific Northwest, the company announced Friday.

Illinois Realtors installs new president-elect...
Posted on 10/6/2018 by Independent Author

Two months after Dan Wagner's abrupt resignation, Illinois Realtors has installed Ed Neaves as its new president-elect.

5 tips to get your sellers ready in a buyer’s ...
Posted on 10/5/2018 by Independent Author

Many buyers who retreated to the sidelines in the past couple of years have returned to the market, knowing that their dollar will go further. And they’re right — sellers and their agents need a strategy to get each property sold. Here are a few tips.

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Home affordability at 10-year low
Posted on 10/5/2018 by Independent Author

As home price gains have outpaced wage growth and rising interest rates have nudged up mortgage costs, home affordability has dropped to a 10-year low.

Feel like you’re annoying your clients? Here’s...
Posted on 10/5/2018 by Independent Author

Toeing the line between necessary communication and annoying the hell out of your clients can be a tricky business. More than anything else, it requires that you find a delicate balance between the two extremes.

Zillow slapped with infringement lawsuit over ...
Posted on 10/5/2018 by Independent Author

Cincinnati-based London Computer Systems filed a lawsuit against Zillow alleging its use of the term "Rental Manager" has resulted in unfair competition.

Redfin Mortgage launches in Colorado, its 10th...
Posted on 10/5/2018 by Independent Author

Redfin Mortgage, the home-lending arm of the Seattle-based real estate brokerage, officially launched today in Colorado.

Growing number of millionaires spurs demand fo...
Posted on 10/5/2018 by Independent Author

The number of millionaires in the U.S. skyrocketed to 32 million in 2018 while those with more than $500 million shot up to 1,770, according to a new study.

Realogy throws support behind LGBT housing pro...
Posted on 10/5/2018 by Independent Author

John Peyton, president and CEO of Realogy's Franchise Group, announced his parent company's support of the Fair and Equal Housing Act, a bill up for consideration by Congress that is designed to prevent anti-LGBT housing discrimination nationwide. 

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The Real Word: Show me the money
Posted on 10/5/2018 by Independent Author

What can agents write off? Are networking events tax deductible? Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss Realtor commission and money in real estate.

CurbFeed wants to help you match and share lis...
Posted on 10/5/2018 by Independent Author

CurbFeed is a software that helps buyer agents find comps, shorten transaction time and match, share and manage listing information with clients and prospects.

Luxury Connect: Craig Hogan on the training yo...
Posted on 10/4/2018 by Independent Author

To be successful, you have to constantly absorb new information, new trends, new technology, new tools and new ways of connecting

Vacasa now largest vacation rental company in ...
Posted on 10/4/2018 by Independent Author

Vacasa has become the largest vacation rental management company in North America after the acquiring Oasis Collections, a home-sharing company. 

The inventory crisis may finally be coming to ...
Posted on 10/4/2018 by Independent Author

For prospective homebuyers who have been struggling with record-high prices and low inventory, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel: 465,000 new listings entered the market in September, an 8 percent increase over this time last year and the largest year-over-year growth seen since 2013.

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Brokerage accused of paying agents bonuses for...
Posted on 10/4/2018 by Independent Author

Anonymous letters sent to the plaintiffs' law firm also allege the brokerage pays or paid its agents bonuses for keeping transactions in-house — a tactic that is not unheard of in the real estate industry.

Zillow securities fraud lawsuit dismissed
Posted on 10/4/2018 by Independent Author

In dismissing the suit, Judge John Coughenour left the option of the plaintiffs to file a revised complaint within 45 days.

Zillow’s homebuying experiment is making money...
Posted on 10/4/2018 by Independent Author

Based on the data in Phoenix alone, Zillow will beat its Homes revenue guidance of $2 million to $7 million. But other indicators, including a lower-than-expected margin and higher purchase prices, are worth watching.

Tax authority opens investigation into Trump’s...
Posted on 10/4/2018 by Independent Author

The origins of President Donald Trump's real estate empire are now under investigation, following a bombshell "New York Times" article.

Zillow hires Teri Conrad to lead Canada broker...
Posted on 10/4/2018 by Independent Author

Industry veteran Teri Conrad is joining Zillow Group as its new director of broker relations in Canada, the company confirmed to Inman on Wednesday.

Are agent selfies sabotaging your brand?
Posted on 10/4/2018 by Independent Author

Branding is key to building a successful company, but it doesn't happen overnight or by happenstance. One thing it takes is uniformity and consistency, which is why agent selfies have to go.

Vibrators, sex and death: The 10 craziest conf...
Posted on 10/4/2018 by Independent Author

Curious to know what shenanigans my fellow agents have come across, I posted this question on Facebook: "What is the craziest thing that ever happened to you as a real estate agent?" Here are some of the most outrageous answers.

Home prices rise — at slower pace
Posted on 10/3/2018 by Independent Author

In August, home prices grew 5.5 percent year-over-year, with a single-family home now commanding $285,700 on average, according to CoreLogic.

NAR makes two new hires, including former Trum...
Posted on 10/3/2018 by Independent Author

Shannon McGahn is the first woman to hold the position in NAR's 110-year-long history. She formerly served as the staff director of the Committee on Financial Services in the U.S. House of Representatives.

What is your body language saying to your clients?
Posted on 10/3/2018 by Independent Author

Just what is your body language saying to others, and how can you be sure you’re communicating in a way that is productive? Here are a few tips on how to come correct with your body language.

Fair Lending policy director faces accusations...
Posted on 10/3/2018 by Independent Author

A high-ranking policy director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) responsible for overseeing fair lending practices is under fire for a racially charged blog post.

Former Ataris bass player admits to running $2...
Posted on 10/3/2018 by Independent Author

The former bass player for the Ataris has admitted to running a real estate scam that defrauded more than 100,000 people out of $27 million.

Florida’s largest multiple listing service add...
Posted on 10/3/2018 by Independent Author

Joining My Florida Regional means PRAR's members will have more products and services available to them than they have in the past, according to the MLS.

Xperience Real Estate expands in Texas with ne...
Posted on 10/3/2018 by Independent Author

Xperience Real Estate, a Keller Williams agent expansion team, had added the Deldi Ortegon Group to its nationwide roster of partnerships.

Zillow is becoming a Canadian listings giant
Posted on 10/3/2018 by Independent Author

The company now has seven listing partners for the upcoming launch of its Canadian home search portal, totaling 30,000 listings.

Revaluate’s updated “likely-to-move” score tou...
Posted on 10/3/2018 by Independent Author

According to a press release exclusive to Inman, Revaluate's improved predictive analytics can anticipate better than one in three times (36.4 percent) when a person will need to buy or sell a home within three to six months.

10 questions your luxe home stager better be a...
Posted on 10/3/2018 by Independent Author

When hiring a luxury stager for your property, the first step is to review several stagers. Here are 10 questions any home-staging pro should be able to answer on the spot.

Uh-oh: High-risk home loans are on the rise again
Posted on 10/2/2018 by Independent Author

Now that these buyers have relatively easy access to credit (albeit at a high risk), they're snapping up homes at the lowest price tier and driving up home prices.

Knock now grades homes on scale from ‘Awesome’...
Posted on 10/2/2018 by Independent Author

Home trade-in startup Knock wants to tell you whether to buy that house or wait. This week, it rolled out a new tool that rates listing prices from 'Awesome' to 'Awful.'

Real estate data startup Cherre raises $9M in ...
Posted on 10/2/2018 by Independent Author

New York-based big data startup Cherre just secured $9 million in a seed round led by Navitas Capital, the company announced on Monday.

Is blockchain a game-changer or a dead end?
Posted on 10/2/2018 by Independent Author

Blockchain. It's become a buzzword in real estate, but will it go the way of the QR code or actually change how the industry works?

Sotheby’s International Realty adds 7th office...
Posted on 10/2/2018 by Independent Author

Competition in the Carolinas is heating up: Sotheby's International Realty announced Monday the launch of Pine Sotheby's International Realty, an independently owned and operated team of four agents that serves North Carolina's Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Whispering Pines, Carthage, Aberdeen and Seven Lakes regions.

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Now buyers can get property alerts in minutes,...
Posted on 10/2/2018 by Independent Author

Real estate industry software vendor WolfNet announced this week the rollout of PropertyPipeline, a tool that will allow its residential broker and agent customers to provide their clients with faster updates on when desired properties hit the market. 

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Redfin Estimate comes under fire for sudden pr...
Posted on 10/2/2018 by Independent Author

Does Redfin Estimate artificially inflate the value of certain homes, or is it just incredibly accurate and sensitive to changing market conditions? The founder of a low-fee brokerage attempted to get to the bottom of the valuation tool and found some startling results.

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What today’s ultra-luxury buyers want might su...
Posted on 10/2/2018 by Independent Author

There’s a tectonic shift taking place in the ultra-luxury market that may leave many of today’s mega-mansions languishing on the market. In fact, the very amenities that many people have valued in the past, may make their property worth less, rather than more.

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Millennials and baby boomers are competing for...
Posted on 10/2/2018 by Independent Author

Baby boomer parents, now empty nesters, don't need their large two-story home anymore -- they want the same kind of home millennials want. Here's what real estate pros should know about these two generations and the housing competition between them.

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5 social media advertising strategies for the ...
Posted on 10/2/2018 by Independent Author

If you've not had any luck with advertising your listings on social media, it's time to get your feet back in the water. Start implementing these five tips for creating social media ads that convert big.

Start with yes and win
Posted on 10/1/2018 by Independent Author

It’s the moment of truth. You’ve got that prospect on the phone or face-to-face sitting across from you. The language you use in these situations — in addition to your tone and body language — dictates whether you accomplish your goal or get rejected.

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Women and minorities still not equal when it c...
Posted on 10/1/2018 by Independent Author

A new study found that, based on median incomes, single women can afford only two-thirds as much house as their male counterparts and that the highest earning ethnic group (Asians) can afford more than twice as much house as the lowest earning group (blacks).

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In 2019, win more listings by helping your age...
Posted on 10/1/2018 by Independent Author

Today’s sellers expect their properties to be promoted online. Not exactly shocking news.

Going all in: Keller Williams invests in bring...
Posted on 10/1/2018 by Independent Author

Last year, we announced our $1 billion investment to develop new technology products and services as part of our overarching plan to transform into a technology company. Why?

Why you should never stop learning
Posted on 10/1/2018 by Independent Author

The real estate industry is changing at a rapid rate; it’s not the same as it was even five or 10 years ago. Although the basic steps of buying or selling haven’t changed, advances in technology have made the process faster and easier than ever before.

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Cramming for your real estate exam? Use these ...
Posted on 10/1/2018 by Independent Author

If you've got a real estate exam coming up, you should supplement your studying with a couple YouTube crash courses. Here's a list of the top real estate exam prep YouTube accounts to get you through that last bit of cramming before test day.

Why next-level service is the only way to surv...
Posted on 9/29/2018 by Independent Author

Between business growth and the changing market, there is much to consider in real estate right now — but we've been focused on the wrong things. Here's the real way to survive market shifts and industry changes.

Indie brokerages face a ‘very, very difficult ...
Posted on 9/29/2018 by Independent Author

Nick Segal, president of Pacific Union International Southern California, discusses why his company sold to Compass, how the integration is going and his new self-help book "On Your Terms."

The Inman Weekender, September 29-30, 2018
Posted on 9/29/2018 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, and practical advice to use this weekend.

The government is cracking down on reverse mor...
Posted on 9/29/2018 by Independent Author

Homeowners looking for a reverse mortgage may have to undergo a second appraisal in certain circumstances, thanks to new guidance from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

Introducing the Inman Luxury Network
Posted on 9/29/2018 by Independent Author

This fall, we’re launching the Inman Luxury Network, an interactive directory of the best and brightest agents in luxury real estate.

The 5 most important findings from Zillow’s co...
Posted on 9/29/2018 by Independent Author

Eighty-four percent of all sellers said they rely on agents to provide guidance from the beginning to the end of the transaction, but millennials are the most likely to take on a DIY approach.

Seattle is more affordable than Detroit? How’s...
Posted on 9/29/2018 by Independent Author

New York City clocked in as the least affordable city, with rent accounting for 121 percent of each paycheck for the typical city dweller, according to a new study released on Friday.

Inventory finally on the rise
Posted on 9/29/2018 by Independent Author

After years of inventory shortages and bidding wars, the number of homes on the market may finally be going up, Trulia found.

How mergers, money and machines are reshaping ...
Posted on 9/29/2018 by Independent Author

The real estate industry is a space ripe for change and disruption — from the way homes are bought and sold, to how people are paying and who's doing that buying and selling. With change happening at such a torrid pace, it's often hard to keep up, so we at Inman have rounded up the five biggest trends that are shaping the industry right now.

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4 Facebook contests that’ll grow your social m...
Posted on 9/29/2018 by Independent Author

Most agents aren’t social media gurus, but luckily for you, it doesn’t take a social media guru to run a successful Facebook contest. All it takes is a good giveaway idea, and here are four that are sure to grow your Facebook exposure.

Mortgage rate increases to 4.72%, highest leve...
Posted on 9/28/2018 by Independent Author

Last week, the rate was at 4.65 percent. Last year at this time, it averaged only 3.83 percent.

Pending home sales have fallen for eight month...
Posted on 9/28/2018 by Independent Author

Pending home sales dropped 2.3 percent in August — the eighth consecutive month of annualized declines, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The Real Word: How the industry is showing its...
Posted on 9/28/2018 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White talk about BRIX Real Estate’s Simple Offer program that allows sellers to check out Opendoor's investor bids right from the brokerage’s website.

Keller Williams gets into iBuying
Posted on 9/28/2018 by Independent Author

Keller Williams has been quietly testing an iBuyer program for more than a year in an undisclosed market. Darryl Frost, a spokesperson for Keller Williams, told Inman the company has closed nearly 100 transactions, but it’s not ready to go to market; it's still in the ideation stage.

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‘An extremely positive snowball effect’: Multi...
Posted on 9/28/2018 by Independent Author

Two MLS consolidation efforts were announced Tuesday, one in New York and another in Illinois.

How unproductive agents are bringing real esta...
Posted on 9/28/2018 by Independent Author

Leaders of the Council of Multiple Listing Services (CMLS) urged their members to be part of the change in the industry as CMLS kicked off its annual conference Thursday.

Why SoftBank is betting big on Opendoor, Compa...
Posted on 9/28/2018 by Independent Author

On the heels of its combined $800 million in funding for Opendoor and Compass, SoftBank sees opportunities to build successful, profitable, disruptive new businesses that leverage technology across the entire real estate supply chain.

Is Emphasys the back-office solution your brok...
Posted on 9/28/2018 by Independent Author

Emphasys real estate software allows brokers to oversee all aspects of deal flow and commission payouts, and it leverages integrations with dotloop, DocuSign, SkySlope and QuickBooks.

How trustworthy do your clients think you are?
Posted on 9/28/2018 by Independent Author

A new national poll, commissioned by flat-fee brokerage Purplebricks, found that real estate agents and journalists are among the least trustworthy professions in American consumers' minds. 

Ixact Contact wants to manage your social medi...
Posted on 9/28/2018 by Independent Author

Ixact Contact, a CRM and marketing solution, has been tweaking its new interface for months and has now launched it along with additional features, such as social media marketing and annual goal tracking.

8 decluttering tips that’ll take your listing ...
Posted on 9/27/2018 by Independent Author

Decluttering can mean the difference between a home that sits and a home that sells. Here are eight ways real estate agents and their clients can address the clutter when preparing a home for sale.

This new software will link your clients’ text...
Posted on 9/27/2018 by Independent Author

Uplink by Lunar allows agents to sync and track text conversations so you never miss a beat.

CoreLogic and BoxMLS team up on one property s...
Posted on 9/27/2018 by Independent Author

Searching for listings is often a separate activity for real estate agents and consumers. Agents have the multiple listing service. Consumers often prefer to use third-party apps like Zillow and realtor.com. A deal struck between the nation's largest MLS system vendor and a real estate tech startup may bring the MLS and consumer search experience together.

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Luxury Connect: Anna Riley on how to better co...
Posted on 9/27/2018 by Independent Author

Anna Riley's first managing broker explained Riley had a knack for getting people to trust her, and she's spent years honing that skill as a luxury agent.

New residential home sales rise in August, rev...
Posted on 9/27/2018 by Independent Author

New residential home sales increased 3.5 percent in August, according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Fed raises interest rates another 0.25% in thi...
Posted on 9/27/2018 by Independent Author

The Federal Reserve increased its short-term interest rate from 2 percent to 2.25 percent Wednesday, the third rate hike to take place this year. 

Amazon just invested $$$ into a prefab homebui...
Posted on 9/27/2018 by Independent Author

The construction industry is next in line for disruption by Amazon, which just invested in prefabricated homebuilding startup Plant Prefab.

Zillow will include Canadian property listings...
Posted on 9/27/2018 by Independent Author

Zillow's most recent agreement is actually an expansion — EXIT Realty Corp. International listings featured on Zillow will now include Canadian addresses.

8 tips to help you conquer your inbox every si...
Posted on 9/27/2018 by Independent Author

Do you feel like technology, specifically your email inbox, is inundating you with so much information you can hardly keep your head above water? Check out these tips for taking back control and making your inboxes work for you instead of the other way around.

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Clients taking over your life? 10 tips for gen...
Posted on 9/27/2018 by Independent Author

When you set expectations from the start with your clients, you're creating the tone for the collaborative process that is buying and selling real estate. We asked agents all over the country how they set boundaries and client expectations. Here's what they said.

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Luxury Connect: Join us for an exclusive Japan...
Posted on 9/26/2018 by Independent Author

Learn about one of the fastest-growing luxury liquor markets in the world.

Luxury Connect: Exclusive Lew House Activity P...
Posted on 9/26/2018 by Independent Author

Tour one of the most iconic high-end mid-century-modern homes in the Los Angeles area

Realogy is launching its own iBuyer service
Posted on 9/26/2018 by Independent Author

The quick-cash home sale program will launch in the Atlanta and Greater Dallas markets by October and in Tampa by the end of the year.

Home price growth slows to 6% in July
Posted on 9/26/2018 by Independent Author

S&P Dow Jones Indices Managing Editor and Chairman of the Index Committee David M. Blitzer says the slowdown can be seen across the country, as sales of single-family homes have dwindled.

MoxiWorks blasts Compass for agent productivit...
Posted on 9/26/2018 by Independent Author

MoxiWorks, an open real estate tech platform funded by two of the top three regional brands in the country, took a jab at Compass, claiming its agents report a 16 percent decline in productivity when they move to the national brokerage. 

Purplebricks launches in the Sunshine State wi...
Posted on 9/26/2018 by Independent Author

Purplebricks is bringing its flat-fee model to the Sunshine State. The U.K.-founded real estate brokerage — which charges sellers a $3,600 fee per listing — officially launched Tuesday in Orlando and Tampa, as the company celebrates one year of operating in the United States.

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Has the ‘Tinder effect’ taken the romance out ...
Posted on 9/26/2018 by Independent Author

The "Tinder effect" — the advent of "swiping right" to find a match or "swiping left" to reject it on a split-second first impression — has created an environment that can lead buyers to overlook important intangibles that only come with visiting a home in the flesh.

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Redfin unveils new estimate tool for off-marke...
Posted on 9/26/2018 by Independent Author

Redfin is giving homeowners a chance to estimate their property's value before it hits the market — while potentially buttressing its own iBuyer platform.

Fighting back: Educate your audience, and use ...
Posted on 9/26/2018 by Independent Author

How are real estate broker-owners responding, adapting or changing? Here's what Austin-based Ryan Rodenbeck, founder and owner of Spyglass Realty and Investments, is doing.

Trying to win over FSBOs? Here’s what works (a...
Posted on 9/26/2018 by Independent Author

Here are the best (and worst) ways to respond to the three most common FSBO objections. Find out what works and what hurts when it comes time to close.

Luxury Connect: Kofi Nartey on how to build a ...
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Independent Author

“The biggest challenge we face, I think, is helping clients understand our role as a wealth adviser," says Compass team lead and director Kofi Nartey.

RE/MAX Results names Brenda Tushaus as new CEO
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Independent Author

The largest RE/MAX franchise in the country has a new leader with a long history at the company: RE/MAX Results just promoted Brenda Tushaus to chief executive officer.

Is Compass really a tech company?
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Independent Author

Opinions aside, the latest numbers allow us to compare Compass to its peers and really answer dual questions: Is Compass doing anything novel in the industry, and is it really a technology company?

The Agency CEO Mauricio Umansky countersues in...
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Independent Author

The founder of The Agency and Western World Insurance are embroiled in a lawsuit involving the son of an African president and a seaside mansion in Malibu.

Property crime is down nationwide: FBI
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Independent Author

Homeowners can breathe a small sigh of relief: property crime is on the decline, according to a report released by the FBI on Monday.

Home price appreciation is slowing around the ...
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Independent Author

Home price appreciation is growing at its slowest rate since August 2014, according to Redfin’s latest market report. U.S. home prices grew 4.7 percent in August, year-over-year and home sales fell 2.4 percent over the same time frame.

Survey: What should agents do to stay safe on ...
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Independent Author

Agents frequently find themselves in situations where they have to be aware of their surroundings and vigilant about possible threats to their safety. Let us know your thoughts on workplace safety in the industry.

Are your clients over you? 5 tips for getting ...
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Independent Author

We've all been smacked with the crude awareness that a transaction that started all warm and fuzzy has suddenly turned very sour. How do you deal when things go south with your clients? Find out here.

9 hacks to instantly improve your listing’s cu...
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Independent Author

A buyer's first response to a prospective new home is based solely on its curb appeal. Here are the top curb appeal issues that listing agents should take care of before buyers even have a chance to reject the home.

11 ways to get your listing the most exposure ...
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Independent Author

To reach a high level of sales, you must always present your listings in a manner that enhances the home’s appeal and decreases its time on the market. Here are some actions you can take to deliver excellence and increase exposure for your listing.

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5 ways to crush Q4 and roll into 2019 full of ...
Posted on 9/24/2018 by Independent Author

If you want to finish 2018 strong and make 2019 your best year ever, I’ve got five actions to help you crush Q4.

The biggest missed opportunity for growth
Posted on 9/24/2018 by Independent Author

For new brokerages, some investments seem more exciting than others. Your new logo. Business cards. Your web site. But don’t forget about the back office software that will power your whole operation.

Fend off competition from new brokerage models
Posted on 9/24/2018 by Independent Author

Commissions are under pressure. Average commission rates for real estate agents fell nearly 1 percent in 2017 and this trend is appearing in the National Association of Realtors 2018 member profile.

What every team lead really needs
Posted on 9/24/2018 by Independent Author

The team model is one of the most powerful ways to do business in real estate, and for good reason. Real estate agents have to wear many hats (three guesses which my favorite is -- see my profile photo), and not every agent is good at every aspect of the business.

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Win all of your listing appointments without b...
Posted on 9/24/2018 by Independent Author

While Compass, Keller Williams, Redfin and the rest are duking it out for the best tech, what can a single agent do to beat the competition on listing appointments? Spend about $50 a month on technology that'll win sellers over.

Pitching your real estate tech to Inman? Avoid...
Posted on 9/23/2018 by Independent Author

If you're a technology company stakeholder trying to catch the eyes of Inman's tech-forward, deal-savvy audience, steer clear of these six mistakes when creating your pitch.

The Inman Weekender, September 22-23, 2018
Posted on 9/22/2018 by Independent Author

The week's top real estate industry stories, and practical advice to use this weekend.

Why are all these multiple listing services te...
Posted on 9/22/2018 by Independent Author

The founding MLSs are Arizona Regional MLS, Metro MLS in Wisconsin, MLSListings in Silicon Valley, RMLS in Oregon and UtahRealEstate.com, which have nearly 95,000 agent and broker subscribers combined.

A third of top HUD appointees have no housing ...
Posted on 9/22/2018 by Independent Author

A slew of political appointees at HUD have been found to have no housing policy experience but instead worked on campaigns for Donald Trump or Ben Carson.

Zillow’s CEO is bullish on blockchain
Posted on 9/22/2018 by Independent Author

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff believes that blockchain, a broad term for online ledger systems that can be used to keep track of all sorts of information, will prove as important as the internet itself.

Zillow dragged into the spotlight after lawyer...
Posted on 9/22/2018 by Independent Author

A theory posted on Twitter by a lawyer trying to prove the innocence of S