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Memorial Day Office Schedule - May 27th, 2019
Posted on 7/21/2019 by jnaperski

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the United One office will be closed on Monday, May 27th.
 
We will be back to normal business at 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 28th. 

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend!
 
Safe Travels,
 
The Team at United One

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10 real estate agent myths outsiders believe
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Independent Author

From the outside looking in, the reality of what real estate agents do and what we are like is often quite different than the perception consumers — or even aspiring agents — have, which is often gleaned from relatively few encounters and reality TV. As such, there are many myths surrounding our profession. Here are my top 10 faves.

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Former Keller Williams CEO and Amazon veteran ...
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Independent Author

The real estate tech startup is bolstering its executive team by bringing on Chris Heller and Karen Starns, Inman has learned.

Americans are flocking to HOA communities like...
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Independent Author

New U.S. Census data shows that homes in homeowner's associations are taking up a larger share of new construction and new sales than ever before.

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard lists villa fo...
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Independent Author

An Italian-style villa that boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and his wife built years ago is up for sale for a jaw-dropping $52 million.

National Association of Realtors backs 6 comme...
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Independent Author

"Wellness" startup and short-term rental management service are among the first commercial class of NAR's tech accelerator, it was announced Thursday.

Rents in the US just keep going up and up
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Independent Author

The average rent was up 3.2 percent year-over-year in June. Last month also saw the biggest average rent increase in more than a year

Opendoor CEO: ‘We can be a winner-take-most co...
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Independent Author

Ahead of his talk at Inman Connect Las Vegas next week, the top dog of the biggest iBuyer discussed the startup's plans for the future.

Charles Manson murder mansion hits the market ...
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Independent Author

August marks the 50th anniversary of the shocking 1969 murders of Leno and Rosermary LaBianca by followers of Manson's cult inside the home.

A carpeted bathroom? Woman’s shocked Reddit po...
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Independent Author

A woman who was shocked to find a carpeted floor in her grandmother's house has sparked a larger debate about hygiene on Reddit.

Cincinnati apologizes, agrees to pay $151K to ...
Posted on 7/20/2019 by Independent Author

Realtor Jerry Isham and his client Anthony Edwards will split the settlement money.

Wanna finish 2019 strong? Do a 5-step mid-year...
Posted on 7/19/2019 by Independent Author

How are your agents doing year-to-date? Are you on target to hit your firm’s goals? Are any budget items out of line? Here are a few tips to make sure you finish up 2019 strong and are ready for whatever next year brings.

Redfin CEO talks iBuyer strategy, MLSs and mor...
Posted on 7/19/2019 by Independent Author

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman hopped on a call with Inman to discuss some of his company's latest news and preview his comments for the upcoming Inman Connect in Las Vegas, where he'll be speaking on the main stage.

Hiring? 10 tips for finding (and fostering) th...
Posted on 7/19/2019 by Independent Author

If a brokerage’s failure or success lies in hiring the right agents, what steps should it take to ensure it's hiring the right people? Here are a few proactive steps you can take to hire the best possible candidates.

Why the tech revolution has been overhyped
Posted on 7/19/2019 by Independent Author

Despite the plethora of new tech and abundant online information, the fundamentals of the real estate transaction process remain the same.

Credit score firm Equifax launches lead genera...
Posted on 7/19/2019 by Independent Author

Lead Accelerator will use Equifax's proprietary data to help agents prioritize the leads most likely to result in sales.

Texas man sentenced in insider trading scheme ...
Posted on 7/19/2019 by Independent Author

Authorities say Hamed Ettu, 44, illegally purchased call options in Move, the operator of realtor.com.

First time at Connect? Here’s how to navigate ...
Posted on 7/19/2019 by Independent Author

Startup Alley at Inman Connect Las Vegas can be a daunting experience when looking for an upcoming technology partner. Here's a guide to navigating it like a pro.

Denver agents take down promotional video call...
Posted on 7/19/2019 by Independent Author

Kentwood Real Estate’s Team Denver Homes has deleted a promotional video in which its agents rap about luxury homes they've sold in a parody of the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" theme song — amid strong criticism about it being pro-gentrification.

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Steve Martin’s Beverly Hills villa sells after...
Posted on 7/19/2019 by Independent Author

The house next door to the comedian's primary residence sold for $71,000 more than the asking price.

Fifth Wall Ventures announces new $500M propte...
Posted on 7/18/2019 by Independent Author

Fifth Wall Ventures announced Wednesday it successfully hit its $500 million goal for a second proptech fund. The Opendoor- and Blend-backer now has 48 global limited partners across a number of proptech subsectors, giving startups access to some of the industry's top builders and management companies.

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Vacasa hires new financial and security chiefs
Posted on 7/18/2019 by Independent Author

The new hires will serve in C-suite positions and have backgrounds at big-name tech companies, suggesting the vacation rental startup is in it to win it.

Building permits drop in June
Posted on 7/18/2019 by Independent Author

The number of privately owned housing units authorized by building permits dropped 6.1 percent from May to June and fell 6.6 percent year-over-year. 

International buyers are spending a lot less i...
Posted on 7/18/2019 by Independent Author

A slowing global economy and a shortage of available stateside homes contributed to a slowdown in purchases from foreign buyers, according to a new NAR report.

Zillow alleges public record fees are ‘unconst...
Posted on 7/18/2019 by Independent Author

The machinery of Zillow's empire runs on public records.

Agent-matching site HomeLight snaps up digital...
Posted on 7/18/2019 by Independent Author

Homelight's acquisition of Eave will allow the startup to offer loans to buyers across California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Property management platform TurboTenant clinc...
Posted on 7/18/2019 by Independent Author

TurboTenant allows landlords to syndicate listings, manage leads, and vet and accept applications online.

Quicken sets multiple company records during b...
Posted on 7/18/2019 by Independent Author

The lender originated more than $10 billion in loans each month in the second quarter of 2019.

Baird & Warner CEO: ‘The buyer should pay the ...
Posted on 7/18/2019 by Independent Author

Steve Baird, the CEO of the 160-year-old Chicago-based brokerage, speaks exclusively to Inman about staying relevant in the face of competitive forces.

Police handcuffed and searched a black Realtor...
Posted on 7/18/2019 by Independent Author

'My hope is that no professional is treated the way I was that day,' Movement Realty agent Jerry Isham told Inman.

Zillow Offers launches in Portland
Posted on 7/17/2019 by Independent Author

The push into the Pacific Northwest marks the 12th market in which the all-cash home offer service operates.

Why the money pouring into real estate tech is...
Posted on 7/17/2019 by Independent Author

In a wide-ranging interview, Patrick Stone, founder of the Williston Financial Group, shares his thoughts on real estate technology and his previous life as an oyster diver.

Builder confidence rises in July
Posted on 7/17/2019 by Independent Author

The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index rose to 65 points in July, according to data released Tuesday.

Half of Americans want to live in the town nex...
Posted on 7/17/2019 by Independent Author

Most Americans don't live in their dream neighborhood, but for more than half of them, the dream isn't that far away. 

Buyers trying to cut corners? Don’t let them m...
Posted on 7/17/2019 by Independent Author

Buyers often want to charge full throttle into the homebuying process with a "penny-pinching" mindset, but agents can save these clients money and heartache by taking the time to explain how shortsighted and expensive these corner-cutting tactics can be.

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Inman announces the launch of the Property Pav...
Posted on 7/17/2019 by Independent Author

July 15, 2019 - Inman Group® announced the Property Pavilion, a dedicated space in the exhibit hall at Inman Connect Las Vegas, July 22 - 26, 2019.

‘Former Fox & Friends’ host flees US amid prob...
Posted on 7/17/2019 by Independent Author

Clayton Morris and his wife fled for a coastal town in Portugal in the midst of pending lawsuits involving recent real estate deals.

Short-term rental firm iTrip Vacations expands...
Posted on 7/17/2019 by Independent Author

The newly created iTrip Vacations San Jose will serve its namesake city, as well as the surrounding communities of Cupertino, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Gatos.

MoxiWorks brings on former Zillow, NAR execs t...
Posted on 7/17/2019 by Independent Author

Brokerage-owned real estate technology firm MoxiWorks brought on industry veterans Kirsten Wanshura and Heather Glass to act as trusted technology advisors for brokerages.

EXCLUSIVE: KW partners with DocuSign to improv...
Posted on 7/17/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams is integrating its proprietary customer relationship management tool with DocuSign, an e-signature and transaction management platform.

Concierge Auctions teams up with Italian Sothe...
Posted on 7/16/2019 by Independent Author

The alliance will make Concierge Auctions the "preferred auction provider" of Italian Sotheby’s, according to a statement.

Realtor recreates iconic 1990s movies in serie...
Posted on 7/16/2019 by Independent Author

Kentucky Realtor Michaelle Warner thought the whimsical advertisements would be a fun way to draw attention to her services.

Better Homes and Gardens perks extended to BHG...
Posted on 7/16/2019 by Independent Author

For a $10 yearly fee, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate agents can provide clients with access to Better Homes and Gardens magazine's Insider program.

How to find a profitable urban real estate inv...
Posted on 7/16/2019 by Independent Author

In the quest to establish a robust real estate investment portfolio, big cities are ripe with opportunity — and with risk. Consider these five factors to help you assess the viability of any urban investment property.

Announcing the Inman Golden I Club
Posted on 7/16/2019 by Independent Author

This fall, Inman will honor the inaugural class of inductees into the Inman Golden I Club. The class will be announced live at Luxury Connect, Oct. 16-17 in Beverly Hills. Find out more about the Golden I Club here.

BlackRock raises its stake in plummeting Realogy
Posted on 7/16/2019 by Independent Author

Investment management firm BlackRock now owns a stake in the real estate holding company valued at approximately 16 percent.

How to begin financing investment properties
Posted on 7/16/2019 by Independent Author

Turning homebuyers into investors can mean more financial security for them and more business for agents. But especially less-experienced investors may need help getting started

Developer fans cash at homeless encampment in ...
Posted on 7/16/2019 by Independent Author

Gene Gorelik dropped dollar bills on a homeless camp in an attempt to get residents to leave. None took the offer, and the developer was escorted off the site.

On the fence about ICLV? Here’s what you’ll miss …
Posted on 7/16/2019 by Independent Author

Attending Inman Connect is one of the best ways to elevate your business. If you’re on the fence about the very first Inman conference in Las Vegas, consider what you’ll miss.

Looking for listings? Here’s how to find, sign...
Posted on 7/16/2019 by Independent Author

When listings are scarce, one-party listings can be a powerful tool to locate properties that are not currently listed but whose owners might be willing to sell if they receive the right offer. Here’s a solid strategy to turn unlisted properties into done deals.

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9 tips for making sure your client relationshi...
Posted on 7/15/2019 by Independent Author

Client relationships have interesting dynamics. Some are easy, and some are very difficult. Here are some pointers I’ve picked up along the way to help you manage your client relationships to perfection.

What do you truly want from real estate?
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Independent Author

Are you working for money, or is money working for you? In life, our next step is often to chase something bigger and better than what we currently have, and this is exacerbated in real estate. Here’s how to find what we’re all really looking for.

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Matterport to acquire AI-driven imaging compan...
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Independent Author

Arraiy, which uses machine learning to blend virtual and real environments, will see its engineering team and technology integrated with Matterport.

Investors sue Realogy, allege fraud over agent...
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Independent Author

The Rosen Law Firm, which a month ago threatened a class action lawsuit, pulled the trigger Thursday, filing a federal suit in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey.

Connect Las Vegas: The agent’s guide to Connect
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Independent Author

Here's the essential agent guide to navigate Inman Connect Las Vegas, July 23-26 at the Aria Resort & Casino — the events, tracks and parties.

Connect Las Vegas: The broker-owner’s guide to...
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Independent Author

Here's the essential broker-owner guide to navigate Inman Connect Las Vegas, July 23-26 at the Aria Resort & Casino — the events, tracks and parties.

NAR affordability index dips for the 3rd strai...
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Independent Author

The National Association of Realtors affordability index dipped for the third straight month in May, meaning the typical family had less estimated income to afford a home at the national median price, according to data released Friday.

Luxury short-term rental startup Sonder raises...
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Independent Author

The Series D round is the latest indication that investors are hot on startups that rent apartments from landlords to sublease them to tenants.

Man tries to buy dream home with forged check ...
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Independent Author

A Texas man has been charged with forgery after trying to buy real estate in Harker Heights with a fake check worth $262,523.45.

Football legend Joe Montana slashes price on s...
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Independent Author

Joe Montana put the house on the market for $49 million — a reference to his football team — but took it off the market when his kids asked to keep it a little longer.

GeoCV embarks on virtual staging partnership w...
Posted on 7/13/2019 by Independent Author

The partnership will allow homeowners and their agents to place photo-realistic furnishings in 3D spaces for as little as $64.

Keeping It Real: Don’t get stuck on decision-m...
Posted on 7/12/2019 by Independent Author

On this edition of “Keeping It Real,” a recurring series on Inman, Peter Lorimer discusses how indecision can immobilize your business and how to avoid it. 

Feeling hot hot hot! Why summer is the time to...
Posted on 7/12/2019 by Independent Author

The feel-good effects of summer put consumers in a good mood. The combination of that and longer days sets the stage for an ideal time to market your listings. Here’s where you should focus your efforts.

Create buzz for your listings with these 7 vid...
Posted on 7/12/2019 by Independent Author

Much like on a dating app, potential buyers can now quickly preview and fall in love — or mentally swipe left and move on — through the power of video. Here are my top seven tips for attracting buyers with your listing videos.

This is what it’s like to live in Kanye West’s...
Posted on 7/12/2019 by Independent Author

The floors in Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's home are made of special Belgian plaster that can only be repaired by a special crew flown in from Europe.

Redefy teams up on referrals with Home Captain
Posted on 7/12/2019 by Independent Author

The flat-fee brokerage will now connect unrepresented buyers to agents in Home Captain's network of 32,000 real estate pros.

Redfin and Opendoor are teaming up to take on ...
Posted on 7/12/2019 by Independent Author

In Phoenix and Atlanta, users of Redfin's website and mobile app are now invited to request an offer from Opendoor. Prompts will appear in the form of a button on property pages for off-market homes and on a page through which homeowners may schedule a listing consultation with a Redfin agent.

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Homebuyers’ biggest agent gripe? ‘Commissions ...
Posted on 7/12/2019 by Independent Author

More than 4 in 10 consumers believe real estate commissions are too high, according to a study from real estate technology startup ShelterZoom.

Realogy stock plummets as JP Morgan calls indu...
Posted on 7/12/2019 by Independent Author

The country's largest real estate holding company saw its stock value decline to $5.87 per share at market close Wednesday.

These are the most affordable neighborhoods in...
Posted on 7/12/2019 by Independent Author

Released Tuesday, Trulia's latest analysis found affordable neighborhoods spread all across the Midwest.

Meet the Engel & Völkers agent who just won th...
Posted on 7/12/2019 by Independent Author

After suffering a life-altering injury in 2015, former Marine Kirstie Ennis found new purpose in athletics and real estate.

Agent social network Radius launches lead gen ...
Posted on 7/11/2019 by Independent Author

Agents can pick up leads that were submitted by other real estate professionals and then pay a percentage of their commission when the resulting deals close.

Epic essay-for-home contest fails
Posted on 7/11/2019 by Independent Author

Homeowner Alla Wagner failed to generate enough money from $19 entry fees to justify handing over her $1.3 million home.

Frank Lloyd Wright buildings named as World He...
Posted on 7/11/2019 by Independent Author

Announced at UNESCO's annual conference in Baku, Azerbaijan, the designated buildings include some of Wright's most iconic creations.

Stearns Lending files for bankruptcy, moves to...
Posted on 7/11/2019 by Independent Author

The decision comes amid a time of historically low interest rates and declining home sales.

Real Estate Webmasters strikes deal to take ov...
Posted on 7/11/2019 by Independent Author

In a deal that could shake up business for thousands of real estate professionals, Real Estate Webmasters has struck an agreement to take over agent- and broker-facing internet services for transaction management firm Lone Wolf.

Inman announces another round of Startup Alley...
Posted on 7/11/2019 by Independent Author

July 10, 2019 - Inman Group® announced another round of companies that will be part of Startup Alley at Inman Connect Las Vegas, July 22 - 26, 2019.

BREAKING: Realogy sues Compass
Posted on 7/11/2019 by Independent Author

Realogy, the nation's largest real estate holding company, filed a lawsuit today against Compass over "unfair business practices and illegal schemes to gain market share at all costs."

IBuyer startup wants to give Realtors a cut of...
Posted on 7/11/2019 by Independent Author

To raise the last half needed to close on a $6.5 million multifamily condo, Commersh is now offering Realtors a unique incentive to bring in co-investors: a 2 percent cut of any investment money that one of their investor clients puts into the project. Further, Commersh will allow agents to convert 50 percent of their cut into equity in the property.

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Zillow and Compass reach agreement in ‘poachin...
Posted on 7/11/2019 by Independent Author

Both sides declined to reveal the terms of the agreement, but sources from both companies told Inman they were pleased with the dismissal of both lawsuits.

Trulia unveils major redesign and new logo
Posted on 7/11/2019 by Independent Author

Trulia, a member of Zillow's group of brands, is aiming to become your friendly neighborhood search portal of choice. The company launched a new website design and brand identity that firmly emphasize its role as a guide not just to properties, but the community in which those properties are located. 

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What to know about selling luxury, waterfront ...
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Independent Author

Only certain kinds of buyers are interested in specialty properties — like luxury and waterfront homes, condominiums and over-55 housing — so a one-size-fits-all marketing approach will not produce optimal results. Bill Gassett of RE/MAX Executive Realty breaks down the key points to making the sale.

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Florida Realtors relaunches transaction manage...
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Independent Author

The redesign, which the trade group describes as a "new, uncluttered look," is meant to improve transaction productivity and speed up workflow.

Online reviews significantly boost agents’ web...
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Independent Author

A new study released Tuesday indicates that agents with even one review on their Google My Business pages will see more web traffic.

Redfin expands its direct offer service to Nor...
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Independent Author

In Northern Virginia, if the seller accepts a Redfin Direct offer, they'd pay a 1 percent listing fee and a 1 percent transaction fee, according to the company.

Realtor.com predicts market shift impacting bu...
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Independent Author

A market shift that will impact homebuyers well into 2020 is likely on the way, according to realtor.com's June 2019 trend report. 

Delinquency rates hit 20-year low
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Independent Author

Nationwide, only 3.6 percent of homeowners fell into some sort of delinquency on their mortgages in April, down from 4 percent in March.

Man offers 1-bedroom home to anyone who finds ...
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Independent Author

Tucson resident Eddie Collins is hoping the generous reward will help generate renewed interest in his beloved pooch, Jenny.

Miami developer tries to lure renters with man...
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Independent Author

The Laguna Solé was designed as a private swimming pool and beach for residents of the glitzy Shoreline residential buildings.

Financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein got...
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Independent Author

A new report in Bloomberg outlines how the financier acquired the home in which he is now accused of sex trafficking minors.

Constellation Real Estate Group picks up predi...
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Independent Author

The purchase comes amid an acquisition spree from Constellation that has seen the firm make investments in an array of real estate technology.

What to look for in an urban investment property
Posted on 7/9/2019 by Independent Author

When you think of a second home, most people's minds immediately go to a beachside retreat or a cabin nestled on the side of the mountain. But outside of vacation homes, many second homes serve solely as investment properties, and with urban sectors experiencing significant price growth, it can be a great place for homeowners to invest. 

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Lesson Learned: Have a servant’s heart 
Posted on 7/9/2019 by Independent Author

Each week, we talk to agents across the country about what they’ve learned along the way (and what they wish they had known as new agents). This week, NAR 30 Under 30 finalist Khoi Le.

Think Like A CEO Season 1 Trailer
Posted on 7/9/2019 by Independent Author

"Most people don’t spend enough time to study what’s going on around them to to get a sense of what can happen ... can you be the disruptor? Or are you going to be the disrupted?" - Gary Keller

Coldwell Banker CEO: ‘Traditional is a box the...
Posted on 7/9/2019 by Independent Author

Charlie Young talks to Inman about the changes hitting real estate, his competitors' tech offerings and the ongoing rebrand.

Inman Partners with Keller Williams on Think L...
Posted on 7/9/2019 by Independent Author

July 8, 2019 – Inman in partnership with Keller Williams announced it is bringing Gary Keller’s new Think Like a CEO podcast series to the Inman audience.

Episode 1 – From Rock and Roll to Real Estate
Posted on 7/9/2019 by Independent Author

Welcome to our first episode. Here’s where we get the inside story of Gary’s journey from aspiring rock star to rocking the real estate world. See how a series of good decisions, a millionaire mindset, and the sheer will to succeed laid the groundwork for the tour de force at the forefront of real estate today.

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Former Zillow COO Amy Bohutinsky joins venture...
Posted on 7/9/2019 by Independent Author

The firm focuses on both private and public companies that are in growth stages. And it has invested in a host of well-known startups including Airbnb, Facebook, Expedia, Dollar Shave Club, GoFundMe, Netflix, Spotify and Zillow.

Thinking outside the box: A closing gift every...
Posted on 7/9/2019 by Independent Author

My team has found a client gift that helps agents stand out, win listings and keep clients for years after the sale closes. Find out what it is here.

Dollars and sense: A financial timeline for ro...
Posted on 7/8/2019 by Independent Author

How do you plan ahead and ensure you’re spending wisely as a brand new agent? We talked to experienced agents and financial planners to get some of their must-dos for keeping your financial life on track your first year in real estate.

Earthquake memories
Posted on 7/8/2019 by Independent Author

In the last few days, a scad of natural disaster memories flooded back to me. Some were deadly and some came with happy endings.

Break through your career plateau and reach th...
Posted on 7/8/2019 by Independent Author

I think I speak for most real estate professionals when I say my passion is helping people. But while most of us focus on our clients, I also work with my fellow real estate agents to help further their personal and professional development.

5 standout brands in real estate tech
Posted on 7/8/2019 by Independent Author

Many Inman readers have spent their entire careers in real estate & with great success. As a relatively new student of this business, following 12 years leading iTunes digital marketing at Apple, I am struck by the many opportunities to differentiate & thrive as the direct result of new technology & innovation.

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4 ways to turn your website into a lead genera...
Posted on 7/8/2019 by Independent Author

When building a successful website, there are two things to keep in mind: 1. Your brand. 2. Your target audience. In the 15 years that Propertybase has been building real estate websites, we have seen time and time again when there was too much focus on the brand and not on the user or vice versa.

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A 10-step plan for having a life outside real ...
Posted on 7/8/2019 by Independent Author

If you’re spending too much time working on your business, rather than creating memories with those you care about, try this 10-step process. It makes no difference which step you take first. The point is to begin the process and build from there. 

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The Real Word: A look at Inman Innovator podca...
Posted on 7/6/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they delve into the Inman Innovator finalists in the podcast category. No bias here, mostly professional curiosity.

Compass COO talks massive shakeup and her ‘con...
Posted on 7/6/2019 by Independent Author

Maëlle Gavet spoke at length with Inman about the results of Compass' technology push, her working relationship with Robert Reffkin, the departure of multiple executives and what exactly Compass has accomplished.

New Facebook ad platform from Chime is worth l...
Posted on 7/6/2019 by Independent Author

The ever-evolving sales acceleration platform's Facebook advertising tool automates much of the process for creating and running dynamic ads via DARE on the social media giant.

Developer who whitewashed 5 Pointz graffiti in...
Posted on 7/6/2019 by Independent Author

Developer Jerry Wolkoff drew anger and lawsuits after whitewashing an iconic Queens graffiti spot to make way for luxury towers.

Agents, it’s time to forget IDX as part of you...
Posted on 7/6/2019 by Independent Author

It's time for agents to forget IDX as a way to generate leads. It's an antiquated strategy that's dominated by the Zillows of the real estate world. Here's what agents should do instead.

Can smart home devices help sell a home? Part ...
Posted on 7/6/2019 by Independent Author

After spending a number of months working with a network of connected devices in his own home, Inman’s tech reporter has come to a conclusion about whether smart tech can help sell a home. Find out what it is here.

Affordable housing at an iconic Frank Lloyd Wr...
Posted on 7/6/2019 by Independent Author

Four apartments at the architect's iconic Price Tower in Oklahoma could be converted into affordable housing, according to officials.

WATCH: Bravo star Tracy Tutor curses host, cut...
Posted on 7/6/2019 by Independent Author

In this recent video interview, the “Million Dollar Listing LA” star gives us a lesson in how not to act as an agent. When asked about her average sales price, her response was unlike anything I've experienced in all my years as a podcast host.

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How agents can better serve military service m...
Posted on 7/5/2019 by Independent Author

Whether you’re a new agent or a seasoned one, if you don’t often encounter military or veteran clients, you might need a reminder on the unique priorities of this group. Here are a few ways you can make sure you’re meeting the needs and exceeding the expectations of your military clientele. 

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Why homeownership truly is the American dream
Posted on 7/5/2019 by Independent Author

As we celebrate this Independence Day, let’s take a moment to highlight the American dream, what homeownership means and how it is changing lives. 

Why everyone deserves a home that isn’t made o...
Posted on 7/5/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate trends, combined with out-of-date zoning laws and employment patterns are driving people out of their homes. If our economy is doing so well, then why are so many people living on the streets? Is there something wrong with them, or is it our economy?

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Keeping It Real: How to smash the can’t-do fee...
Posted on 7/4/2019 by Independent Author

On this edition of “Keeping It Real,” a recurring series on Inman, Peter Lorimer talks through conquering the overwhelming feelings that go along with a career such as real estate, in which you need to wear many hats simultaneously.  

3 lessons I’ve learned in my post-real estate life
Posted on 7/4/2019 by Independent Author

It’s been a year since I retired, and with time comes clarity. In my post-real estate life, despite the miles traveled, the histories encountered and the ideological differences faced, I’ve learned that humans are remarkably similar. And we can draw from that knowledge to better ourselves, our businesses and our lives.

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Rents are rising, but the US lacks sufficient ...
Posted on 7/4/2019 by Independent Author

Recent years have been a boon for landlords, and a recession doesn't appear imminent, but the multifamily housing market does face some challenges.

Company that creates electricity from footstep...
Posted on 7/4/2019 by Independent Author

Pavegen, a company that generates both electricity and data from footsteps, has raised more than $3 million in a successful crowdfunding campaign.

BREAKING: Purplebricks exits US after less tha...
Posted on 7/4/2019 by Independent Author

Following months of uncertainty over Purplebricks' future in the United States, the flat-free brokerage is exiting the U.S. market, less than two years after launching in Los Angeles in September 2017.

Unicorn and dinosaur steal the show in Kentuck...
Posted on 7/4/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate agent Lynn Keyland dressed her kids up in inflatable unicorn and T. rex costumes — and then had them pose for listing photos of the property.

Point and click: How PlanOmatic CEO wants to m...
Posted on 7/4/2019 by Independent Author

Running a fast-growing business that provides high-quality marketing services quickly is a balancing act, and it requires a solid company culture. In this podcast, Byron Lazine talks to CEO Kori Covrigaru about how he built up PlanOmatic.

How the US broke Purplebricks: Former employee...
Posted on 7/4/2019 by Independent Author

Purplebricks announced on Wednesday it was shuttering its U.S. operations. The flat-fee brokerage was only live in the U.S. for less than two years, but its departure doesn’t come as a surprise to many former employees.

Airbnb teams up with developer for hotel-condo...
Posted on 7/4/2019 by Independent Author

Two upcoming buildings from Airbnb and NGD Homesharing in Austin and Miami will have hotel licenses, giving unit owners the freedom to rent them out as much as they want.

‘Consumers are fed up:’ KW sued over agent col...
Posted on 7/4/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams Realty is the latest real estate company to be hit with a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging its agents made unsolicited calls to consumers without their consent.

Should your vacation rental have smart locks?
Posted on 7/3/2019 by Independent Author

Vacation rentals are uniquely accessed by a large group of people beyond actual guests. And in that context, a smart lock system means eliminating the hassle and security issues that arise from having multiple keys or lockboxes.

NAR now accepting applications for real estate...
Posted on 7/3/2019 by Independent Author

The second annual iOi Pitch Battle is a contest in which aspiring real estate tech startups vie for $15,000 and the attention of venture capitalists.

Home price growth accelerates for first time i...
Posted on 7/3/2019 by Independent Author

Nationwide, home prices grew by 3.6 percent in May year-over-year and 0.9 percent from April, according to the latest data from CoreLogic.

Redfin CEO says measured growth is key to his ...
Posted on 7/3/2019 by Independent Author

Glenn Kelman believes clear victors will emerge from the real estate tech arms race in the next couple years. Mergers and acquisitions are inevitable, he argues. That's because real estate websites want to insert themselves into the transaction while services that facilitate transactions need popular websites.

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Alain Pinel Realtors vet to join LeadingRE aft...
Posted on 7/3/2019 by Independent Author

Michi Olson, an executive for 15 years at Alain Pinel Realtors, is joining LeadingRE as dean of resources and global connections.

Zillow joins others in filing brief supporting...
Posted on 7/3/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow is one of more than 200 businesses to sign an amicus brief for three cases that will come before the Supreme Court.

Massachusetts begins taxing short-term rentals...
Posted on 7/3/2019 by Independent Author

The new fee kicked in on Monday and applies the state's 5.7 percent occupancy tax, which was previously imposed on hotels, to short-term rentals that are facilitated by websites such as Airbnb, Vrbo, Vacasa and others.

Real Estate Webmasters aims to master the CRM ...
Posted on 7/3/2019 by Independent Author

Set to be revealed at Inman Connect Las Vegas 2019, the refreshed user interface and slick new CRM features are well-thought-out and very promising for agents and hands-on brokers.

The ‘Gone With The Wind’ house is going up for...
Posted on 7/3/2019 by Independent Author

The real-life Georgia mansion that inspired "Gone With The Wind" is going up for auction with a starting bid of $1 million.

Sotheby’s International Realty expands to Arkansas
Posted on 7/3/2019 by Independent Author

Sotheby's International Realty is opening a new franchise in Rogers, Arkansas. It's the 41st state for the global luxury franchisor, which has a presence in 70 countries and territories. 

Here are the concerns neighbors have about sho...
Posted on 7/2/2019 by Independent Author

Ultimately, these fears may be overstated – nearly half of respondents couldn't say whether there were short-term rentals happening in their neighborhood and only 17.3 percent of those who did had a negative experience.

Compass announces another California acquisition
Posted on 7/2/2019 by Independent Author

The rapidly growing brokerage has acquired Central Coast Realty Group, bolstering its already formidable presence in California's central coast.

Moving to Vegas: A bigger, better, more fabulo...
Posted on 7/2/2019 by Independent Author

For the first time ever in 2019, we’ll be hosting Inman Connect in Las Vegas — a move to deliver a bigger, better and bolder experience for every attendee.

Why this indie broker is shuttering and joinin...
Posted on 7/2/2019 by Independent Author

David Ogilvy is shuttering his 34-year eponymously named brokerage David Ogilvy and Associates and bringing his team to Sotheby's International Realty's Greenwich, Connecticut, office. 

Live next door to Steve Martin for $2.15M
Posted on 7/2/2019 by Independent Author

If you have $2.15 million, you can live next door to funnyman Steve Martin, who last week listed the Beverly Hills property adjoining his home in LA.

Mushroom house by Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprent...
Posted on 7/2/2019 by Independent Author

A domed house built by a Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice just hit the market in Wisconsin — and the asking price is a humble $449,000.

LA’s new short-term rental rules are here, hos...
Posted on 7/2/2019 by Independent Author

Property owners who want to rent out space on Airbnb, Vrbo or similar sites have to register their units with the city and pay a fee, which they can do online. The most basic type of home-sharing registration will allow hosts to rent out their properties for a maximum of 120 days per year, and it costs $89.

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New app Asteroom makes creating 3D home tours ...
Posted on 7/2/2019 by Independent Author

New app Asteroom is a 3D tour product for Android and iOS that sells a panoramic mount in conjunction with a fisheye lens attachment and editing software for just $59.95. It claims that tours can be finalized in 15 minutes or less.

Oregon moves to nix single-family zoning, cont...
Posted on 7/2/2019 by Independent Author

Oregon lawmakers voted to eliminate single-family zoning in any city with more than 25,000 people. The bill would legalize duplexes and other "missing middle" housing in neighborhoods that previously only allowed single-family homes.

Jackie O’s estate could be the most expensive ...
Posted on 7/2/2019 by Independent Author

If it sells for its asking price of $65 million, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's home would double the current most expensive sale on Martha's Vineyard.

Lead gen game-changer: How geographic layering...
Posted on 7/1/2019 by Independent Author

What’s the best way to look for new lead-generation strategies? Discovering what others are doing that’s working well. In this recurring column on Inman, agents and brokers share what they’re doing to change up their lead-gen strategies. Find out how Leslie DeLuca is taking geo farming and layering it to reach more clients.

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Why real estate agents fail
Posted on 6/29/2019 by Independent Author

There are basically three ways to get business out there. You can wait for it. You can buy it, or you can go out and chase after it every single day. Here’s how you can ensure your long-term success.

Caballero tops the Real Trends Thousand — again
Posted on 6/29/2019 by Independent Author

Ben Caballero, the super agent and CEO of HomesUSA.com, has smashed his own sales record, recording 5,793 homes sold in 2018, an increase of 1,000 from the year before.

EXp Realty CEO Glenn Sanford envisions hitting...
Posted on 6/29/2019 by Independent Author

Leading into Inman Connect Las Vegas in July, the eXp Realty CEO believes his virtual brokerage can grow by a factor of five by 2025.

Engel & Völkers rolls out in 4 new markets ami...
Posted on 6/29/2019 by Independent Author

The German-founded luxury real estate franchisor is opening franchise offices in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and North Carolina.

Redfin Now expands to Austin, escalating heate...
Posted on 6/29/2019 by Independent Author

The Seattle-based tech-powered brokerage joins a crowded field of iBuyers that already includes Opendoor, Zillow Offers and Offerpad.

Bonnie and Clyde duo nabbed after open-house b...
Posted on 6/29/2019 by Independent Author

Sara Neal, 28, and Richard Maloney, 29, were arrested and charged with ransacking open houses all across California, police said.

Valet Living debuts rental turn over service
Posted on 6/29/2019 by Independent Author

Rental services company Valet Living announced a new service this week that is designed to speed up and simplify the process of turning over rental units between tenants — and save property owners money along the way.

Violinist Isaac Stern’s swanky New York pentho...
Posted on 6/29/2019 by Independent Author

A duplex New York penthouse that once belonged to the renowned violinist Isaac Stern has found its buyer after listing in November 2018 for $15.9M.

Opendoor relocates 260 positions to Phoenix to...
Posted on 6/29/2019 by Independent Author

Opendoor is "relocating" about 260 operational positions from markets around the country to Phoenix, where the iBuyer first began buying and reselling homes in 2014.

Inman Wins 6 Awards At National Association of...
Posted on 6/29/2019 by Independent Author

NAREE issues awards to individuals, teams of journalists, and publications in 32 distinct categories. Winners can receive an honorable mention, bronze, silver, or gold award.

Should agents say ‘thank you for your service’...
Posted on 6/28/2019 by Independent Author

In advance of the Fourth of July, let’s explore this topic and talk about how you can appropriately show appreciation for the military community.

Keeping It Real: Don’t fall prey to ‘The Block...
Posted on 6/28/2019 by Independent Author

Resistance to change isn’t helping anyone strategize for the future. On this edition of “Keeping It Real,” a recurring series on Inman, Peter Lorimer talks through fearing the unknown and shares his top strategies on staying relevant.

Airbnb launches new luxury service for high-en...
Posted on 6/28/2019 by Independent Author

Airbnb Luxe boasts more than 2,000 listings in places like French castles, Tuscan villas and private islands, the company announced in a statement.

Stylish home designed by Ai Weiwei hits market...
Posted on 6/28/2019 by Independent Author

The estate, which is located two hours north of New York City in Ancram, was envisioned as a retreat for Christopher Tsai, a collector of Weiwei's art.

Rex Tillerson buys Yankee baseball great’s Tex...
Posted on 6/28/2019 by Independent Author

New York Yankees center fielder Vernon Wells built the home in 2010 with his wife before selling to the former secretary of state.

Pending home sales down annually for 17th stra...
Posted on 6/28/2019 by Independent Author

The Pending Home Sales Index ticked up from April to May by 1.1 percent but remains 0.7 percent below 2018 levels.

EXp World Holdings names first chief marketing...
Posted on 6/28/2019 by Independent Author

EXp is promoting Mitch Robinson, the current senior vice president of marketing and communications, to the newly created position.

Wither the buyer’s agent? Why the job is under...
Posted on 6/28/2019 by Independent Author

Even if the industry fends off the legal assault, other threats to buyer's agents, including cracks in the MLS, are appearing.

Generation Z favors real estate agents over iB...
Posted on 6/28/2019 by Independent Author

Nine out of 10 Generation Z homebuyers, the youngest group to wade into the housing market, plan on using an agent to buy a home.

Feds offer $330M to clean up lead paint
Posted on 6/28/2019 by Independent Author

Federal officials announced Thursday that they have set aside $330 million to clean up lead-based paint and other environmental hazards in low-income housing.

Trump creates affordable housing council, taps...
Posted on 6/27/2019 by Independent Author

In an executive order Tuesday, Trump said the role of the council would be to increase the supply of homes in the U.S. in an effort to meet demand.

EXp Realty sued for trademark infringement … b...
Posted on 6/27/2019 by Independent Author

Weeks after announcing an expansion into New York City, eXp Realty has been hit with a lawsuit by a very similarly named brokerage.

May the footstool be with you? Disney collabor...
Posted on 6/27/2019 by Independent Author

A Darth Vader armchair and a footstool with Chewbacca’s hair are just a few pieces of furniture designed by Kevin Cobonpue.

Growing cities losing affordable housing at al...
Posted on 6/27/2019 by Independent Author

Released Wednesday, a new study from Freddie Mac finds a striking correlation between population growth and affordable housing.

Bombshell suit against real estate firms could...
Posted on 6/27/2019 by Independent Author

Three additional plaintiffs have been added to a lawsuit involving the sharing of commissions between listing and buyer brokers.

New York real estate board names new president
Posted on 6/27/2019 by Independent Author

John Banks, the five-year president of the Real Estate Board of New York announced Wednesday that he's retiring to spend more time with his family and pursue philanthropic interests. Jim Whelan, the current executive vice president, has been confirmed to succeed Banks. 

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The top 10 challenges facing the real estate i...
Posted on 6/27/2019 by Independent Author

The Counselors of Real Estate, an invitation-only professional organization of 1,100 real estate advisers and other professionals around the world, has revealed its annual list of the 10 top issues facing real estate.

Wayfair employees protest, stage walkout over ...
Posted on 6/27/2019 by Independent Author

Making good on their stated plan, scores of Wayfair employees walked off the job Wednesday to protest their company's practice of selling supplies for use in immigrant detention camps near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Zillow’s Zestimate now uses photos when valuin...
Posted on 6/27/2019 by Independent Author

The update relies on AI neural networks that can judge things like finishes and curb appeal.

Dear Bravo, where are the women on ‘Million Do...
Posted on 6/27/2019 by Independent Author

Women make up 67 percent of the Realtor workforce across the United States, according to the National Association of Realtors. But you'd never know it watching "Million Dollar Listing New York" on Bravo. It's time for that to change, argues Stribling & Associates' President Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan.

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Ylopo debuts AI-powered virtual assistant
Posted on 6/26/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate digital marketing startup Ylopo has developed a digital assistant that can send text messages and follow up with consumers on behalf of agents.

Annual home price gains continue to slow down ...
Posted on 6/26/2019 by Independent Author

Annual home price gains are continuing to slow down, driving toward their lowest level in seven years, according to Case-Shiller.

New home sales slumped in May
Posted on 6/26/2019 by Independent Author

The number of new homes sold took a nosedive in May, falling 7.8 percent below April's reported figure and 3.7 percent year-over-year.

Home prices rise 0.4% in April
Posted on 6/26/2019 by Independent Author

U.S. home prices rose 0.4 percent from March to April, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency's monthly House Price Index.

NYC law firm mulls class action lawsuit agains...
Posted on 6/26/2019 by Independent Author

The New York City-based law firm that previously filed a class action lawsuit against Zillow is putting Realogy in its crosshairs.

What’s in a name? How street names can impact ...
Posted on 6/26/2019 by Independent Author

Apparently, the question of whether street names matter to buyers hit a nerve with a number of real estate professionals across the nation. Here are some of the best stories we gathered.

Lawsuit alleges New Yorkers built an illegal A...
Posted on 6/26/2019 by Independent Author

The group allegedly spent years illegally renting out dozens of properties all across New York City and ultimately made millions of dollars.

Co-living startup Venn raises $40M to ‘reinven...
Posted on 6/26/2019 by Independent Author

Co-living startup Venn announced Tuesday it raised $40 million in its first round of funding. The Tel Aviv, Israel-founded company aims to take on giants in the space like WeLive by supporting entire neighborhoods, from managing homes to supporting local businesses and creating community spaces.  

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‘Cannabis Open House Party’ to launch social a...
Posted on 6/26/2019 by Independent Author

The company will host a cannabis-themed open house in Sherman Oaks, California, replete with plants, hemp dog treats, skincare products and lessons on leaf trimming in the cabana — all to officially launch the social real estate app that uses agent- and community-based content to promote listings.

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Wayfair employees reportedly plan walkout over...
Posted on 6/26/2019 by Independent Author

A letter purporting to be from Wayfair employees that was widely circulating on Twitter Tuesday — and which was shared by @wayfairwalkout — further alleged that the company supplied $200,000 worth of bedding to a BCFS facility in Carrizo Springs, Texas, that "will be outfitted to detain up to 3,000 migrant children," according to the letter.

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Commission is negotiable: Why your sellers des...
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Independent Author

There seems to be a misconception about the rules surrounding negotiating commission and the Code of Ethics. I reached out to the National Association of Realtors to clear it up. Here's the truth.

JP & Associates hires former RE/MAX president ...
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Independent Author

JP & Associates Realtors announced Monday that Geoff Lewis, a veteran executive of RE/MAX, is joining JPAR's parent company Vesuvius Holdings, LLC.

Mortgage tech startup Blend raises $130M, adds...
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Independent Author

Digital mortgage lending startup Blend announced Monday it's raised an additional $130 million in venture capital funding, bringing the company's total funding to $310 million. The company plans to use the capital to further grow its team of nearly 400 employees and invest in new technology.  

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Read it and weep: 1 in 3 owners cry while tryi...
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Independent Author

Among those who admitted to shedding a tear, a whopping 20 percent cried 5 or more times during the agonizing process, according to a new Zillow study.

You can now rent Biggie Smalls’ childhood home...
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Independent Author

The iconic rapper, otherwise known as The Notorious B.I.G., grew up in the so-called "one-room shack" in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill.

Lesson Learned: Do unto others
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Independent Author

In this weekly column, real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week, one of NAR's 30 Under 30 Sean Anthony.

Chicago-based Midwest Real Estate Data brings ...
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Independent Author

The multiple listing service is the latest to provide its subscribers with Remine Enterprise Pro, a new offering that allows MLSs to give all their agents access to Remine’s entire suite of services.

Home by Frank Lloyd Wright’s intern can be you...
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Independent Author

A mid-century house designed by a one-time Frank Lloyd Wright intern has hit the market north of Montreal, Canada, for $855,000.

5 real estate taxes that could impact property...
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Independent Author

As the vacation rental industry heats up, state governments are eyeing real estate as a source of tax revenue, potentially putting a crimp on property investment. Here are five states that are either actively considering or have recently enacted short-term rental or real estate transfer taxes.

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Google sibling Sidewalk unveils its master pla...
Posted on 6/25/2019 by Independent Author

Here are just a few of the ideas outlined Monday in Sidewalk Labs' massive master plan for a proposed new community in Toronto, Canada. The community, the first part of which has been dubbed Quayside, would occupy a section of waterfront property east of Toronto's core and is meant to be a kind of testing ground for new technologies and development patterns.

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What advice would you give newbies? 8 tips fro...
Posted on 6/24/2019 by Independent Author

What can a new agent do to adjust to the job as quickly as possible? Inman asked seasoned real estate professionals to give their top advice for newbie agents. Here's what they said.

Turn your listings into a social media lead magnet
Posted on 6/24/2019 by Independent Author

In the olden days, the average real estate customer journey was a nice, easy-to-understand shape. A funnel. A line. Not anymore. Today, it’s a spiral inside a maze. And your marketing to today’s home buyer and seller has more avenues than it ever has before.

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Call, text or email: what’s the best way to co...
Posted on 6/24/2019 by Independent Author

In real estate, effective communication is crucial, and smart agents take their client’s needs into consideration when choosing the best contact methods. In a competitive market where homes move quickly, adopting newer, faster methods of communication is essential in winning and retaining each client, especially if that customer is a millennial.

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A luxury real estate agent’s summer checklist
Posted on 6/24/2019 by Independent Author

Summer is peak season for just about everything in the Northern Hemisphere, and luxury real estate is no exception. Real estate deals don’t close overnight, and the relaxed pace of summer can create breathing room for today’s busy homebuyer. Clients are finally free to begin the search for their next property, letting the brighter days inspire their search for the perfect home.

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3 essentials of building great technology
Posted on 6/24/2019 by Independent Author

Jerry Modes has built an amazing career on using tech to solve problems and elevate the customer experience. Modes is an IT/data visionary who co-founded two wildly successful startups: Teradata, which was later acquired by AT&T, and HyperParallel, a platform that touches almost all shoppers.

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Where is your business in the cycle of change?
Posted on 6/24/2019 by Independent Author

The Business Cycle of Change is inevitable in all industries. Companies navigate the five cycles – Disruption, Acceleration, Maturation, Saturation, and Commoditization – at different rates, impacted by internal factors, like leadership alignment, and external factors, like the economy.

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Hope, dream and fix it: What agents can learn ...
Posted on 6/24/2019 by Independent Author

President Donald Trump rode to success with a campaign slogan that appealed to our reptilian instincts, according to marketing experts, just as President Barack Obama's "hope" campaign did. Debates will show us whether the current crop of candidates have realized the importance of these key words. How does this apply to your marketing? Find out here.

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High-end homeowners love biometric tech — but ...
Posted on 6/22/2019 by Independent Author

Unlocking a home with only a fingerprint or facial scan can be awesome, but some experts wonder what happens to all the biometric data users upload.

Existing-home sales bounce back, post gains in...
Posted on 6/22/2019 by Independent Author

Existing-home sales enjoyed a 2.5 percent month-over-month bump from April to May, according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors.

Supreme Court rules landowners can take claims...
Posted on 6/22/2019 by Independent Author

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that landowners can bring claims for compensation over government-taken land directly to federal court, bypassing local governments. 

The Real Word: The house with no front door
Posted on 6/22/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they'll look at the new amendments to the bombshell lawsuit, moving away from single-family zoning and the infamous Atlanta home with no front door. 

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Hyperlocal app PropertyRadar now offers mortga...
Posted on 6/22/2019 by Independent Author

The one-time darling software for finding prospective foreclosures is now offering same tech for small businesses, such as real estate agents and mortgage brokers.

No agent left behind: why one brokerage will b...
Posted on 6/22/2019 by Independent Author

Networking with top producers, learning new skills, getting industry updates (and squeezing in a little fun) — Inman Connect Las Vegas has a lot to offer. Find out why this brokerage will bring 17 people to Inman Connect Las Vegas.

Zacks analyst: Zillow Offers will ‘make or bre...
Posted on 6/22/2019 by Independent Author

Technology is transforming real estate, and iBuying is taking center stage, according to Daniel Laboe, an analyst at Zacks, an investment research firm.

Amazon is selling a transparent dome igloo
Posted on 6/22/2019 by Independent Author

Along with a $7,000 DIY home that sold out not long after being posted online, Amazon is selling a $1,200 geoplastic dome kit for the backyard.

We’re in a ‘homebody era,’ and that means a ho...
Posted on 6/22/2019 by Independent Author

In May 2019, the average tenure of homeowners in the U.S. — that is, the amount of time a typical homeowner lives in their home — rose 10 percent year-over-year to 11.3 years.

After 40 years, Coldwell Banker begins rolling...
Posted on 6/22/2019 by Independent Author

Following the tests this summer, Coldwell Banker plans to debut final branding standards during a leadership summit in September. Then, a company-wide rollout will begin in January 2020, though individual offices and franchisees will have as much as two years to gradually adopt the new imagery.

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7 open house pointers that’ll get you more traffic
Posted on 6/21/2019 by Independent Author

In a busy market full of smart consumers, you only have a short window to grab buyers’ attention and get them into your open house. Here are some crucial tips for getting buyers in the door and keeping them long enough to fall in love with the home.

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Everybody’s working for the weekend: 4 tips fo...
Posted on 6/21/2019 by Independent Author

With great schedule flexibility comes great responsibility. Sure, you set up your own schedule and don’t have a boss looking over your shoulder, micromanaging your every move. But you probably work more weekends than the average person. Here are a few tips for making the most of your weekend while still killing it.

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Keeping It Real: How to organically grow your ...
Posted on 6/21/2019 by Independent Author

How do busy real estate agents grow an Instagram following? Listen in to hear this luxe broker's top two favorite apps for posting and tracking data on the social media mammoth.

Google’s big Bay Area housing investment won’t...
Posted on 6/21/2019 by Independent Author

Economists praised the tech giant's plan to spend $1 billion on Bay Area housing but expressed skepticism that the efforts will solve the region's housing crisis.

Save and send text templates with TapText
Posted on 6/21/2019 by Independent Author

Industry CRMs heavily integrate text-marketing these days, and apps like TapText are emerging to help make texting proactive instead of reactive.

Amazon will match employee affordable housing ...
Posted on 6/21/2019 by Independent Author

The online retailer will also contribute $8 million to nonprofits in Washington and Virginia. The pledge comes as a handful of companies promise to spend big on housing.

Zillow’s mortgage ambitions ramp up with offic...
Posted on 6/21/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow cut the ribbon on its Zillow Home Loans office today, in Overland Park, Kansas. The headquarters will serve as the main hub for its nascent mortgage program, which was launched in the wake of last year's acquisition of the Overland Park-based Mortgage Lenders of America.

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KW president reveals Google partnership, share...
Posted on 6/21/2019 by Independent Author

Long the frontman for the company’s technology development, Josh Team stepped into a new role this year as president of Keller Williams, answering directly to CEO Gary Keller.

Fear being disrupted? 4 reasons this indie bro...
Posted on 6/21/2019 by Independent Author

Disruptors, iBuyers, lawsuits — what’s a traditional broker to do? Regular columnist and indie broker Erica Ramus is tired of hearing industry woes about being disrupted. It’s time to stop whining about it and do what you can do to ensure your future. Here’s why.

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Compass, eXp executives named ‘top CEOs’ on Gl...
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Independent Author

Announced Tuesday, the list compiles the top chief executives at large, medium and small companies based on employee approval.

Zillow peering in your window may be a good sign
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Independent Author

With its impressive stock turn around, Zillow is stalking firms that can support their fast growing instant-offer biz model.

Chime ‘DAREs’ agents to try its new Facebook a...
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Independent Author

It's designed to streamline the process of creating Facebook ads and capturing leads for Realtors, so they can tap the social media network for business without spending much time on it, generating Facebook ads for an agent's listings sourced from the MLS. It then can target the ads at prospective buyers on Facebook based on the agent's buyer preferences.

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Multifamily home automation startup SmartRent ...
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Independent Author

SmartRent helps property managers deploy technology, such as the Nest smart thermostat, across multiple units.

Lennar partners with SkyNav in mixed-reality m...
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Independent Author

National homebuilder Lennar announced this week that it has partnered with San Francisco-based SkyNav to showcase a Summerville, South Carolina, master-planned community called Summer’s Corner.

Top companies bet on Inman Connect Las Vegas
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Independent Author

While Inman Connect attendees are booking their flights, getting hair cuts, ordering business cards, and reviewing the agenda, franchises, service and solution providers for the industry are also preparing. Because Inman Las Vegas isn’t just bigger, better, bolder in terms of content. That goes for our sponsors, too.

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HUD secretary Ben Carson wants more cities to ...
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Independent Author

Ben Carson — who leads the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  — made his comments Tuesday during a visit to Minneapolis, where lawmakers voted last year to ditch single-family zoning, which had previously dominated the city limits. Speaking to reporters, Carson suggested more cities should follow Minneapolis' example and drew a connection between zoning and homelessness.

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NAR’s tech accelerator REACH goes global
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Independent Author

REACH — which first launched in 2013 and is part of NAR's Second Century Ventures investment fund — has worked with dozens of companies over the years including House Canary, BoxBrownie and BombBomb. The goal is to provide promising new companies with training, networking and other resources to further their growth.

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Gary Keller, KW training scripts called out in...
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Independent Author

The lawsuit alleges that the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Realogy Holdings Corp., Keller Williams Realty, RE/MAX LLC, HomeServices of America Inc. and HomeServices subsidiaries BHH Affiliates LLC, HSF Affiliates LLC, and The Long & Foster Companies Inc. have violated the Sherman Antitrust Act.

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When lenders reject US veterans, who you gonna...
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Independent Author

NewDay USA has encountered controversy in its time doing business, but some brokers say that it can help veterans with traditionally low credit scores land reasonable loans. Veterans should just make sure that they enter the agreements with their eyes wide open.

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Property management startup Home365 launches i...
Posted on 6/19/2019 by Independent Author

The Bay Area-based startup offers full-service management for property owners at a single fee determined by an algorithm.

Ikea rebuilds rooms from ‘Friends,’ ‘Simpsons’...
Posted on 6/19/2019 by Independent Author

A new Ikea campaign in the United Arab Emirates recreates the living rooms of three iconic TV shows with furniture that can be bought in its stores.

How to ensure your vacation rental gets great ...
Posted on 6/19/2019 by Independent Author

Vacation and short-term rentals have exploded onto the scene, snatching up short-term stay market share from the hotel industry in high volumes. But with the presence of so many options – Airbnb these days has nearly four times the rooms for rent than Marriott does – it's hard to make sure your rental stands out among others.

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Housing starts and completions dip in May
Posted on 6/19/2019 by Independent Author

Privately owned housing starts dropped 0.9 percent month-over-month and 4.7 percent year-over-year in June, according to new Census data.

Climb Real Estate adds automated marketing fro...
Posted on 6/19/2019 by Independent Author

Climb Real Estate, a full-service brokerage based in the Bay Area, is partnering with Imprev to give its agents access to automated marketing services.

Say hello to Property Portfolio
Posted on 6/19/2019 by Independent Author

Every Tuesday, Property Portfolio brings readers a mix of the latest news and information on the growing investment property market as well as the most important industry trends and new developments, the powerful new technologies and tools reshaping how business is done, and helpful tips and strategies on how to grow your business — no matter one’s experience level or role in the market.

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Frank Lloyd Wright home hits the market — with...
Posted on 6/19/2019 by Independent Author

Only three Frank Lloyd Wright homes remain in all of New Jersey — and one of them just hit the market for $1.2 million without an agent.

Should more American cities do away with singl...
Posted on 6/19/2019 by Independent Author

As housing costs price more people out of the market, some regions want to allow more multifamily development.

Atlanta home with no front door hits market fo...
Posted on 6/19/2019 by Independent Author

Haus Gables, a remarkable Georgia property with sharp roof edges and no front door, has hit the market for $1.25 million.

5 things every agent must do to reach the next...
Posted on 6/19/2019 by Independent Author

Getting through the first year, joining the million dollar club, growing a team — regardless of the goal, every real estate agent wants to know how to get to the next level at some point in their career. We spoke to experts on lead gen, social media, content marketing and leadership to find out what every agent needs to know.

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How market share is creating competitive super...
Posted on 6/18/2019 by Independent Author

Explosive growth is on the horizon for the brokerage — or group of brokerages — that cracks the market-share code first.

What professionals make the best recruits (and...
Posted on 6/18/2019 by Independent Author

While most people vacation during the summertime, right now is the best time of year to recruit some of the most dependable and profitable agents you can hire. Who are those people? Find out here.

Luxury California brokerage Willis Allen launc...
Posted on 6/18/2019 by Independent Author

The platform, dubbed WAREhouse, is designed to increase the productivity of the independent brokerage's more than 150 agents.

Builder confidence dips slightly but remains s...
Posted on 6/18/2019 by Independent Author

Builder confidence for newly built single-family homes fell two points to 64 in June, according to data released Thursday by the National Association of Home Builders.

No agent, no problem? Redefy launches DIY flat...
Posted on 6/18/2019 by Independent Author

For $379, sellers can get listings with 10 photos in the MLS, Zillow and realtor.com as well as a yard sign, contracts, addendums and disclosures — all without an agent.

Lesson Learned: You do you, regardless of what...
Posted on 6/18/2019 by Independent Author

In this weekly column, real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week, co-founder of RETV and Small Town Agents and Hanover, Pennsylvania, agent Colin Cameron.

1990s portal Realhub says it will relaunch wit...
Posted on 6/18/2019 by Independent Author

Realhub claims on its website that it will have 7 million homes listed from 22 countries at the time of the relaunch.

Sotheby’s International Realty heads to Qatar
Posted on 6/18/2019 by Independent Author

Sotheby's International Realty is expanding its Middle East footprint with a new brokerage in Qatar, owned by Alfardan Group, a lifestyle conglomerate with jewelry, hospitality and automotive divisions. 

Bombshell lawsuit takes a new turn
Posted on 6/18/2019 by Independent Author

The bombshell lawsuit that could upend the U.S. real estate industry has been amended, adding more plaintiffs and defendants and emphasizing the role commissions play in steering buyers and raising costs for sellers.

5 outdated seller beliefs agents should debunk
Posted on 6/17/2019 by Independent Author

Any seller who has not sold a home in the past five years is in for a shock: Everything they thought they knew about selling a home has changed. Sellers who do not understand the new rules of engagement can easily make costly mistakes and jeopardize their chances of a sale. Here are five truths you should share with sellers.

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How to optimize your Google business profile
Posted on 6/17/2019 by Independent Author

That search term has grown 92% year-over-year. Search terms like these will continue to grow as more people turn to Google for their real estate search. In fact, Google connects consumers to home buying and selling information 20+ million times per month.

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Open houses lacking impact? How 4 agents got c...
Posted on 6/17/2019 by Independent Author

First impressions are also lasting impressions. That’s why it’s so important for agents to think outside the box when it comes to open houses. From promotion to presentation, you need to make an impact on prospective buyers that resonates long after they leave.

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Create new inventory overnight. Here’s how.
Posted on 6/17/2019 by Independent Author

Ask most Realtors about their market and they’ll tell you inventory is extremely limited. Even with a market correction on the horizon, there just aren’t enough homes on the market. The same is true here in my market in Colorado. But at YourWayHome, we’ve created a successful strategy to help our agents add to inventory.

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Use artificial intelligence to improve your le...
Posted on 6/17/2019 by Independent Author

Today’s real estate agents face enormous obstacles to maintain a consistent revenue stream — market dynamics and growing competition from other agents and digital alternatives are a constant threat. RAP Success Systems (RAPSS) simplifies and reduces the agent’s workload.

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5 local ways to compete with big tech
Posted on 6/17/2019 by Independent Author

No matter what digital tools you use, you’re probably not keeping up with the big-boy-backed tech. But there are some things that we “smaller guys” on the ground can do that these major players can’t. It’s time to focus on community building. Here’s how to get started.

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9 tips for working with dad from a father-daug...
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Independent Author

As Father’s Day approaches, Fred Warburg Peters and Clelia W. Peters sat down to discuss how they maintain and grow their working relationship. Here are their top nine tips.

The Real Word: Realtor.com CEO out
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, after five years, the CEO of Move Inc. (operator of realtor.com), Ryan O'Hara, is stepping down for a position in another industry.

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The Complete Seller Lead promises the money is...
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Independent Author

The tool was built by REzidual, a company founded by ex-Zillow ad execs, and it helps agents stay on top of new leads via automated follow up and CRM Follow Up Boss.

Rethinking hipsturbia: Where the millennials a...
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Independent Author

As a generation, millennials defy stereotypes when it comes to where they've chosen to settle down. They live both in cities and the suburbs — defying urbanists' predictions.

Donald Trump quietly sells Beverly Hills home ...
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Independent Author

The Trump Organization sold off one of the president's last remaining Los Angeles homes for $13.5 million in an off-market deal.

Airbnb adds another mortgage refinancing partner
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Independent Author

Guild Mortgage, one of the largest mortgage lenders in the U.S., has become the latest home loan provider to treat short-term rental revenue from Airbnb as income for homeowners applying to refinance their homes.

Connect Las Vegas: Quick video on what you nee...
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Independent Author

Gain insight into the competition and technology that is reshaping the industry and network with over 4,000 top producers, brokers and industry leaders from all over the world.

Quicken Loans agrees to pay HUD $32.5M
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Independent Author

Quicken Loans confirmed today it has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development $32.5 million to resolve a multiyear legal battle between the lender and HUD.

Zillow copyright fight could be headed to US S...
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Independent Author

VHT Studios asked the Supreme Court to take up the case Thursday. The request marks the latest move in a suit that began when VHT said Zillow was illegally using tens of thousands of its photos.

Realogy has a new ethics chief
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate holdings giant Realogy on Friday announced that it has promoted long-time company executive Shacara Delgado to serve as its chief ethics and compliance officer.

Don’t be a broke agent: Learn to manage your money
Posted on 6/14/2019 by Independent Author

Your broker isn’t going to tell you how to make a profit. You are kind of like a backyard chicken, and your broker needs you to produce, so managing your money is up to you. Here’s what you should keep in mind.

Zillow Offers listings grow, surpassing Offerp...
Posted on 6/14/2019 by Independent Author

In a little more than a year, Zillow Offers has quickly expanded to 11 markets nationwide, and the number of homes it has listed for sale at any given time is rising rapidly, catching up to other major rival "iBuyers" and even exceeding them in some cases and markets.

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11 dad jokes fit for Father’s Day
Posted on 6/14/2019 by Independent Author

Sunday is Father’s Day, and we thought this a great opportunity to bring you 11 massive groaners from the past 70-plus years to share with those you love. Keep the dad-joke tradition alive.

Don’t ghost your clients: 8 inexpensive ways t...
Posted on 6/14/2019 by Independent Author

Clients are the No. 1 source for referrals — especially past clients. They’re in a position to refer business to you because they’ve had first-hand experience with your service. Here’s how to stay on your clients’ minds after the deal is over.

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Realtor.com opening new Opcity tech hub in dow...
Posted on 6/14/2019 by Independent Author

Opcity, the real-estate lead generation platform owned by News Corp. subsidiary and realtor.com operator Move Inc., will soon have a second office in Austin.

‘Barndominiums’ are the next big thing in real...
Posted on 6/14/2019 by Independent Author

Once widely confined to Texas, "barndominiums" are now having a star moment outside of the Lone Star State.

An island with 2 Frank Lloyd Wright homes is u...
Posted on 6/14/2019 by Independent Author

A private island off the coast of New York is home to two separate Frank Lloyd Wright homes — and is up for sale for $12.9 million.

Trump admin blocking undocumented immigrants f...
Posted on 6/14/2019 by Independent Author

A Trump administration official confirmed this week that the Federal Housing Administration is not providing mortgages to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.

In the news: 41 days to Las Vegas
Posted on 6/14/2019 by Independent Author

Top venture capitalists come to Inman Connect Las Vegas, where they'll bring deep insights to the main stage and give us a glimpse at what the changing capital landscape means for real estate.

How to crush it during the next market crash
Posted on 6/14/2019 by Independent Author

Here’s how to prepare, spot opportunities and thrive more than you ever have while others struggle in the throes of a market crash.

ZeroDown, a Bay Area startup, launches new ren...
Posted on 6/13/2019 by Independent Author

ZeroDown, a new Bay Area startup, is offering prospective homebuyers a path to ownership without having to put any money down.

HGTV kicks off annual Ultimate House Hunt comp...
Posted on 6/13/2019 by Independent Author

The eighth annual HGTV Ultimate House Hunt, a collaboration between HGTV, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio International, is officially set to kick off on Wednesday, June 12. 

NY lawmakers agree on comprehensive rent reform
Posted on 6/13/2019 by Independent Author

New York State lawmakers agreed Tuesday on a massive overhaul of state rent regulations days before the laws protecting rent-stabilized tenants were set to expire. 

Parents have more trouble finding the right ho...
Posted on 6/13/2019 by Independent Author

Parents who shop for a home are more likely to go over budget, put down a smaller down payment and end up with a longer commute than those who don't have kids, according to a new Zillow study.

Rent that epic ‘Big Little Lies’ home for a me...
Posted on 6/13/2019 by Independent Author

If you love HBO's "Big Little Lies," now you have a chance to live like Reese Witherspoon's character — one of the homes that regularly appears on the series is now available for rent.

Is a Compass IPO coming soon?
Posted on 6/13/2019 by Independent Author

My gut tells me that Compass might file an IPO sooner than later -- this year, even. In doing so, they’d seek to join the gaggle of private tech companies rushing to go public before the bubble (if that’s what this is) bursts.

Remine’s $30M is being put to good use
Posted on 6/13/2019 by Independent Author

Recently infused with cash, Remine has upgraded its interface, introduced new agent tools and is seeing quick adoption of its mobile version.

Two top Compass execs exit amid major reorgani...
Posted on 6/13/2019 by Independent Author

Compass is restructuring its departments and leadership team to streamline operations. The move will consolidate the marketing and product departments. 

NRT launches new automated marketing platform
Posted on 6/13/2019 by Independent Author

Prospect Square can compile market reports, send emails and newsletters, and is designed to help agents solidify their position as local experts.

Largest NorCal multiple listing service hit by...
Posted on 6/13/2019 by Independent Author

MetroList, the largest multiple listing service in Northern California, was hit by a cyberattack this week, leaving its more than 20,000 agent and broker subscribers without a fully functioning MLS for a day and a half and counting.

3 tips for mastering the marketing hustle
Posted on 6/12/2019 by Independent Author

Have you heard of the entrepreneur John Henry? Considering that he’s 26 years old, his two multifamily properties, private equity fund worth $25 million and docuseries on Viceland are quite impressive. Here are his top three marketing tips.

What underground poker taught Molly Bloom abou...
Posted on 6/12/2019 by Independent Author

Molly Bloom, a speaker and entrepreneur, chatted with Inman about her thoughts on "Molly's Game" and her experience with real estate, and she gave a preview of her comments for the upcoming Inman Connect Las Vegas event — where she’ll be speaking during the general session Wednesday morning.

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Foreclosure rates remain low, but homes hit by...
Posted on 6/12/2019 by Independent Author

Four percent of U.S. homeowners fell into some sort of delinquency on their mortgages in March, down from 4.3 percent a year earlier.

Notarize teams up with Fidelity National Financial
Posted on 6/12/2019 by Independent Author

The companies announced the partnership Tuesday, saying in a statement that it will allow Fidelity's agents to use Notarize's platform for online closings.

Liniger doubles down, adds more than $4M in RE...
Posted on 6/12/2019 by Independent Author

According to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week, David Liniger acquired 140,800 more shares of the publicly trade real estate franchisor.

Zillow CEO’s big bet on his company earns him $13M
Posted on 6/12/2019 by Independent Author

Rich Barton purchased 703,500 shares of Zillow Group stock between Nov. 16-20, 2018, according to Zillow’s SEC filings. The shares have skyrocketed in value.

Realogy adds JP Morgan executive to NRT leader...
Posted on 6/12/2019 by Independent Author

Realogy has hired Tim Foley, formerly with J.P. Morgan Asset Management, to serve as executive vice president of operations for NRT, its owned brokerage.

Bidding wars pick up in San Francisco amid tec...
Posted on 6/12/2019 by Independent Author

A new report from Redfin suggests a host of new IPOs is having a significant impact on the already expensive local housing market.

Ryan O’Hara, former Move Inc. CEO, tapped to l...
Posted on 6/12/2019 by Independent Author

Less than a week after Ryan O'Hara announced his resignation from Move Inc., he already has a new executive job outside the real estate industry.

Real estate is at a ‘tipping point,’ analyst says
Posted on 6/12/2019 by Independent Author

Traditional models shouldn't be fully counted out, but they need to change, according to John Campbell. He's downgraded Realogy's target share price from $16 per share to $8 per share and lowered RE/MAX's target stock price from $45 per share to $37 per share.

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Why multitasking is the greatest productivity myth
Posted on 6/11/2019 by Independent Author

You might feel as if you're achieving a lot by undertaking several tasks at once, but the opposite is true. Neuroscience research shows that multitasking confuses the brain, slows you down and makes you prone to make errors.

5 bad behaviors that will land you in Realtor ...
Posted on 6/11/2019 by Independent Author

Bad behavior and violations of any of the 17 articles in NAR’s Code of Ethics can result in an ethics complaint, where a Realtor may have to appear before their peers at a professional standards hearing. Here are five examples of unethical behavior that can land an agent in Realtor "court."  

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Announcing the 2019 Inman Innovator Award fina...
Posted on 6/11/2019 by Independent Author

The annual awards celebrate the innovators testing the boundaries of what’s possible in real estate.

Mortgages are the most satisfying form of debt...
Posted on 6/11/2019 by Independent Author

Mortgages also apparently lead to less shame than other kinds of debt. Of the study respondents, only 57 percent said they were ashamed of their mortgages while 76 percent said the same of their medical debts.

Zillow Offers rolls out in Orlando
Posted on 6/11/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow Offers, the direct-to-consumer homebuying and selling offering from real estate tech giant Zillow, is officially live in Orlando, Florida.

NAR’s VC arm invests in blockchain transaction...
Posted on 6/11/2019 by Independent Author

Second Century Ventures, the venture capital arm of the National Association of Realtors is investing in blockchain transaction startup Propy, the company announced Monday.

Big changes are coming to Fannie and Freddie …...
Posted on 6/11/2019 by Independent Author

Last weekend the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced the first in a likely series of changes at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Redfin opens new engineering hub in Texas
Posted on 6/11/2019 by Independent Author

Citing the affordability of the Dallas area, and Frisco in particular, the techie brokerage is expanding with its first engineering office outside of the West Coast.

Samsung’s bright idea: Colorful fridges
Posted on 6/11/2019 by Independent Author

In an effort to reach more young and hip consumers, Samsung Electronics just launched a line of brightly-colored fridges.

Inspiration from unexpected sources: relentles...
Posted on 6/11/2019 by Independent Author

Being an executive performance coach and licensed psychologist for the past 20 years has provided me the chance to work with incredibly successful individuals around the world and truly understand their mindset. I’ve found they all share a common trait.

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3 simple body language tips from a top door-to...
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Independent Author

Getting hit with constant rejection isn't easy, especially face to face. But for those willing to power through, door-knocking can really pay off. Chandler David Smith made nearly $100,000 his first summer of door-to-door selling and another $140,000 the following year. Here are his top three tips on body language.

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9 mindset mistakes that’ll ruin your business
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Independent Author

We all talk about things agents should do to be successful, but today, let’s talk about things that’ll absolutely ruin your business, so that you read, absorb — and go do the opposite of these things.

Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials: use the rig...
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Independent Author

As Will Rogers famously said, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” In our high paced, data-driven world this phrase has never been more accurate. Research shows that we now form our first impression in just a tenth of a second.

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Your client is getting nervous. Now what?
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Independent Author

Anyone working in real estate knows that clients experience hesitation — and who can blame them? Whether they’re putting a property on the market or looking to buy their next home, they’re preparing to make a potentially momentous transaction.

Four things to consider when choosing your fir...
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Independent Author

Congratulations! You’re about to embark on an exciting new career as a real estate agent. But like all change, it can be scary, filled with difficult decisions, starting with like what real estate brokerage you will choose. Which one will help give you the start you need to build a successful career?

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Can your brokerage be tech-savvy or customer-c...
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate continues to see new models try to disrupt the industry’s more traditional framework. From “technology-first” brokerages to the iBuyer movement, movers and shakers dominate the news feeds. To prevail, you must win the consumer and technology races.

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What a Victoria’s Secret supermodel can teach ...
Posted on 6/9/2019 by Independent Author

Carolyn Byrnes, an agent with The Carolina’s Finest team in North Carolina, didn’t expect to learn so many lessons from her Victoria’s Secret supermodel sister, Martha Hunt. But, it turns out, a lot of business principles translate from modeling to real estate. Here are Byrnes’ top six.

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The Inman Weekender: RE/MAX Select nixes realt...
Posted on 6/8/2019 by Independent Author

Need something to occupy your spare moments this weekend? Find out what not to miss at ICLV, check out our 'Back to Basics' series, and catch up on this week's top news.

Lesbian and gay homebuyers are typically 45 an...
Posted on 6/8/2019 by Independent Author

Bisexual homebuyers tend to earn less and buy homes at a younger age, according to a new National Association of Realtors study.

The age of streaming real estate is here
Posted on 6/8/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow’s recent pivot from a traditional agent ad model to its all-in, instant-offer business model reminds me of Netflix’s gutsy decision in 2007 to move into streaming and away from its profitable DVD-by-mail model.

Meet the man who makes robotic furniture for t...
Posted on 6/8/2019 by Independent Author

Hasier Larrea, the CEO of the Boston-based Ori Living, believes tiny apartments, and the kind of adaptable smart furniture his company produces, are inevitable.

Keller Williams joins other top brokerages in ...
Posted on 6/8/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams is the latest company to join in support of the Equality Act, legislation that would codify gender and sexual orientation protections into the Civil Rights Act, including the Fair Housing Act. 

The evolution of real estate leads: Fallout at...
Posted on 6/8/2019 by Independent Author

With Move Inc.’s purchase of Austin-based lead gen company Opcity, realtor.com has made some changes. What can we learn from realtor.com’s recent strategy, and what should we prepare for later in the game?

Woman nabbed after trying to buy $1M home with...
Posted on 6/8/2019 by Independent Author

Louisiana authorities arrested a 47-year-old woman on forgery charges after a real estate agent notified police of what appeared to be falsified documents.

More than 1 in 10 Airbnb guests have found hid...
Posted on 6/8/2019 by Independent Author

Cameras in Airbnbs have become a controversial topic in recent months thanks to a parade of headlines about unsuspecting guests stumbling upon surveillance equipment.

California Realtors group warns agents to stay...
Posted on 6/8/2019 by Independent Author

There have been questions over the employment status of real estate agents in California — and possible ramifications or ripple effects nationwide — in the wake of a labor ruling by the California Supreme Court over a year ago.

Feds list Paul Manafort’s SoHo condo for $3.66M
Posted on 6/8/2019 by Independent Author

As the former Trump presidential campaign chairman begins his 7.5-year prison sentence, federal authorities have listed his swanky Manhattan condo for $3.66 million.

5 ways golf course communities are luring in b...
Posted on 6/7/2019 by Independent Author

In areas where high-end golf course communities are prevalent, competition to attract these buyers is fierce. Luxe developers, boards and operators in amenity-rich areas like Florida need to attract young high-end families. Here's how they are upping their game and creating resort-like lifestyles.

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Flat-fee brokerage Redefy initiates new privat...
Posted on 6/7/2019 by Independent Author

Publicly traded flat-fee brokerage Redefy announced on Wednesday a new private securities offering of up to $6 million to fuel anticipated growth. 

Michael Douglas appears in epic listing video ...
Posted on 6/7/2019 by Independent Author

In an effort to sell his glitzy Mallorcan estate, actor Michael Douglas slashed its price by nearly $30 million and appears in a video tour of the property.

Localize.city debuts new search platform, expa...
Posted on 6/7/2019 by Independent Author

The startup will now feature AI-powered pros and cons for neighborhoods across NYC and, later this month, Chicago, company executives told Inman.

NRT’s CEO downplays disruption, teases new tra...
Posted on 6/7/2019 by Independent Author

Ryan Gorman spoke with Inman by phone to discuss some of the challenges his company is facing head-on this year and his now-infamous letter raising concerns about competitor Compass.

Co-living company Bungalow launches in San Fra...
Posted on 6/7/2019 by Independent Author

By the end of this year, Bungalow hopes to have more than 150 rooms in 40 San Francisco properties. Overall, Bungalow operates more than 500 properties with 2,000 total rooms across the U.S.

Feds warn of 1,100% rise in real estate phishi...
Posted on 6/7/2019 by Independent Author

According to the Consumer Protection Bureau, scams led to a $1 billion loss in real estate transactions in 2017 alone.

Jigglar launches creative marketing for teams
Posted on 6/7/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate teams looking for a better way to manage their marketing can turn to Jigglar, which now enables multiperson access and branding standards enforcement.

Keeping It Real: Build relationships to cement...
Posted on 6/7/2019 by Independent Author

On this edition of “Keeping It Real,” a recurring series on Inman, Peter Lorimer talks through the importance of creating and nurturing strong relationships and how to cement your place in the industry.

BREAKING: Realtor.com company’s CEO exits
Posted on 6/7/2019 by Independent Author

Ryan O'Hara has been the CEO of Move Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp., since 2014. He's leaving on June 18 and set to take another CEO role in another industry, the company's announcement says.

Salesforce nixes gun stores: Should real estat...
Posted on 6/6/2019 by Independent Author

Salesforce is a large business technology company, and its CRM is very popular among real estate agents. The company has decided to stop selling its e-commerce software to retail gun stores. How will real estate respond?

‘Full service’ for 1%? Clever Real Estate gets...
Posted on 6/6/2019 by Independent Author

Clever's pitch to homesellers, which account for the vast majority of referrals it makes, is full service from a top-performing agent for a 1 percent listing fee or a minimum of $3,000 — whichever is greater. That's a third of the typical listing fee in some markets.

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Compass sued over a single decimal point
Posted on 6/6/2019 by Independent Author

According to the complaint, The Mark Company orally agreed to pay RRA 16.25 percent of gross sales commissions from the sales of condominium units at an ultra-luxury development in San Francisco. The companies signed a letter agreement in 2013, which Compass now notes included RRA's rate at 0.1625 percent instead.

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EXp Realty heads overseas, expanding to the UK...
Posted on 6/6/2019 by Independent Author

EXp Realty announced on Wednesday that it's expanding brokerage operations to the United Kingdom and Australia, the virtual cloud brokerage's third and fourth countries after the U.S. and Canada. 

Offerpad hires Zillow vet, promises cash offer...
Posted on 6/6/2019 by Independent Author

Offerpad, the Arizona-based online fast homebuying and reselling company, announced Wednesday that it has hired Bryan LaFranchi to lead its program in which homesellers can get all cash for their old properties and put the money toward the purchase of a newly built home. 

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RE/MAX Select is walking away from realtor.com...
Posted on 6/6/2019 by Independent Author

RE/MAX Select, an East Coast real estate franchise with more than 200 agents, is severing its ties with realtor.com's lead generation platform after 17 years over what it says has been a deterioration of that business service since realtor.com's parent company Move, Inc. acquired lead referral platform Opcity nearly a year ago to bolster realtor.com's offerings.

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NAGLREP members to march in NYC’s WorldPride event
Posted on 6/6/2019 by Independent Author

To celebrate Pride Month, the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals will be marching in this year's WorldPride event.

Wells Fargo pledges $1B to fight housing affor...
Posted on 6/6/2019 by Independent Author

Wells Fargo will be putting $1 billion toward various affordable housing initiatives, such as housing affordability, financial health and small business growth, from now into 2025.

RE/MAX co-founder buys more than $3M of compan...
Posted on 6/6/2019 by Independent Author

RE/MAX revealed Wednesday that co-founder and former CEO Dave Liniger has just purchased 122,911 shares in the company.

Connect Throwback: A blueprint for your social...
Posted on 6/6/2019 by Independent Author

Marki Lemons-Ryhal took to the stage at Inman Connect to discuss everything social media. What transpired was a powerful session on how to leverage a new wave of social media to elevate your real estate business.

Home prices rise 1% from March’s lull
Posted on 6/5/2019 by Independent Author

Prices across the country are still growing but at a significantly slower rate. They're down from 6.9 percent growth at the same time last year, according to CoreLogic's latest data.

EXp Realty is expanding to New York City
Posted on 6/5/2019 by Independent Author

James Hynes will serve as the managing broker of eXp Realty's Brooklyn operations. Hynes has been with eXp Realty for more than two years in Rochester, New York.

A new ‘uniform’ for Fannie and Freddie aims to...
Posted on 6/5/2019 by Independent Author

The program will combine previously separate markets for mortgage-backed securities known as TBAs. Proponents say it will lower mortgage interest rates.

A-Rod buys NYC rental building with Barbara Co...
Posted on 6/5/2019 by Independent Author

Retired MLB star Alex Rodriguez, known also as "A-Rod," will be renting out a 21-unit building in East Village, New York.

Would you buy Ikea’s new robotic furniture?
Posted on 6/5/2019 by Independent Author

Ikea just launched a new line of multifunctional robotic furniture designed specifically for small spaces in urban settings.

Innovative and transparent, SquadVoice turns o...
Posted on 6/5/2019 by Independent Author

This unique lead analysis solution earns rare five-star rating for its innovative approach to helping brokerages earn more business by applying AI to your CRM.

Vacation rental industry heats up with iTrip V...
Posted on 6/5/2019 by Independent Author

The newly added iTrip properties are scattered across a handful of coastal Florida communities, including Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Pierce, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Stuart, Hutchinson Island and Port St. Lucie. The properties will be operated as part of a new iTrip franchise, dubbed iTrip Vacations Treasure Coast.

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A line in the sand: W+R Studios won’t accept o...
Posted on 6/5/2019 by Independent Author

Six months ago W+R Studios began the process of making all of its products, the Cloud Agent Suite, compatible with the RESO Web API. Today, the company announced it had achieved that goal, and, moreover, it would no longer accept data from new MLS customers via RETS — only through the RESO Web API.

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Tour Frank Lloyd Wright Mayan-inspired $23M ma...
Posted on 6/5/2019 by Independent Author

A Hilton & Hyland agent gave an insider look at an extravagant Frank Lloyd Wright mansion currently on the market for $23 million.

Is Purplebricks on the verge of being taken over?
Posted on 6/5/2019 by Independent Author

Berlin-based Axel Springer publishes a number of European newspapers and also owns U.S.-based website Business Insider and its offshoots. The company previously invested $177 million in Purplebricks, which was used to fund the brokerage's expansion beyond its home base in the U.K.

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5 myths about opportunity zones, debunked
Posted on 6/4/2019 by Independent Author

What is the Opportunity Zone program, and how can property owners benefit? Here are five nuances for you to chew over.

The future of real estate: A consumer model
Posted on 6/4/2019 by Independent Author

The big takeaway from Inman Disconnect is that there are two fundamental ways of looking at the real estate future: bright or dark. This group of influential real estate professionals resolved that the future was promising because consumers were taking charge.

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Think you’re good at closing? Take the quiz!
Posted on 6/4/2019 by Independent Author

Here are 10 questions from our new agent sales training that address different aspects of the closing process — let’s see how well you do.

Why the class action lawsuit against NAR and t...
Posted on 6/4/2019 by Independent Author

The looming class action lawsuit against the National Association of Realtors and a handful of big-box brokers doesn't put the future of the real estate industry in as dire straits as NAR and its members would have you believe, argues Hawaiian broker Bryn Kaufman.

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Alexa who? Yotelpad Miami will offer robot butlers
Posted on 6/4/2019 by Independent Author

In the underway Miami location, Yotelpad partnered with a company called TechMetics to roll-out three robotic hospitality robots to assist owners and, of course, add the appeal of futuristic smarts to the marketing literature.

Bada bing! Tony Soprano’s New Jersey home is o...
Posted on 6/4/2019 by Independent Author

The large New Jersey house that Tony Soprano and his family once called home is up for sale with a starting price of $3.4 million.

Sold.com partners with HomeAdvisor for buyer s...
Posted on 6/4/2019 by Independent Author

Sold.com, a new company that describes itself as a homebuyer's "educational resource," just announced that it is partnering with HomeAdvisor.com.

A star is born? Say hello to Stellar MLS
Posted on 6/4/2019 by Independent Author

The third largest multiple listing service in the nation and the largest in Florida has been My Florida Regional MLS since 1993. But after 26 years, the company decided it was time for a rebrand that reflected its focus on its 58,000 agent and broker customers and its plans for expansion.

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How Apple’s new updates could shake up real estate
Posted on 6/4/2019 by Independent Author

Improvements to Apple Maps should be especially handy for agents who like to use voice commands with their iPhones, as those phones default to Apple's proprietary mapping technology rather than that of a competitor such as Google.

Outlook for US mortgage rates remains stable, ...
Posted on 6/4/2019 by Independent Author

Mortgage rates will remain stable for the next two and a half years, predicts an economist from the Mortgage Bankers Association. But the national housing shortfall continues to be a problem primarily because of the lack of building sites, according to the Urban Institute.

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Inside the app that lets Uber drivers scout ho...
Posted on 6/1/2019 by Independent Author

Dealmachine works directly with real estate investors, who pay a monthly fee beginning at $49 for the service. Those investors then procure their own drivers.

Redfin says it’s fixing regulatory issue with ...
Posted on 6/1/2019 by Independent Author

Both Redfin and the Massachusetts Board indicated that they are working together to resolve the disclosure issue.

Microsoft’s $500M affordable housing plan begi...
Posted on 6/1/2019 by Independent Author

Microsoft will fund housing projects with at least 100 units that set aside at least 40 percent of those units for middle-income families, or 80 percent for low-income families. Real estate developers will further have to commit to keeping those units affordable for 10 years.

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Redfin: Warren’s debt cancellation plan would ...
Posted on 6/1/2019 by Independent Author

Senator Elizabeth Warren's student debt plan could have major repercussions for the housing industry, according to a new study from real estate brokerage Redfin. 

Curaytor Agency looks to personalize marketing...
Posted on 6/1/2019 by Independent Author

Popular real estate marketing platform Curaytor has launched a boutique-level service for real estate agents called Agency.

MoveEasy packs Amazon Echo app, 30K agents to ...
Posted on 6/1/2019 by Independent Author

MoveEasy's agent-branded relocation portal is a great tool for the real estate industry, and now users of Amazon Echo.

Realogy CEO explains the problem with big agen...
Posted on 6/1/2019 by Independent Author

Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider is wary of chasing agents with big signing bonuses because he's not sure the return on investment is there, he explained at the Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Real Estate Finance & Asset Management Conference on Thursday.

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Connect Las Vegas: The clock is ticking …
Posted on 6/1/2019 by Independent Author

Inman Connect is home to outside-the-box thinkers, industry leaders and the most collaborative, innovative and successful community in real estate. Whether you’re returning for your nth Connect or thinking about attending for the first time — now is your chance to commit and save big.

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The Inman Weekender: KW franchise in Missouri ...
Posted on 6/1/2019 by Independent Author

Need something to occupy your spare moments this weekend? Find out what not to miss at ICLV, check out our 'Back to Basics' series, and catch up on this week's top news.

Good news for CA brokerages as indie contracto...
Posted on 6/1/2019 by Independent Author

California lawmakers advanced a proposed law this week that has the potential to upend entire industries that rely on independent contractors. But now, the law has a key tweak: real estate professionals will now be exempt.

Inman Connect Las Vegas: 10 tips for first-tim...
Posted on 5/31/2019 by Independent Author

Networking with top producers, learning new skills, getting industry updates (and squeezing in a little fun) — Inman Connect Las Vegas has a lot to offer. To ensure you don’t miss the must-see panels, conferencegoers and vendors at ICLV, here are 10 tips for first-timers.

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Fed up with selling real estate? 3 options wor...
Posted on 5/31/2019 by Independent Author

If you’re thinking about moving on from the day-to-day life of selling real estate, stop and consider your options, says KW expansion team leader Adam Hergenrother. Here’s what you can do with all that real estate knowledge you’ve accumulated.

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What this YouTube feud can teach you about men...
Posted on 5/31/2019 by Independent Author

Millions watched as the feud between beauty influencers Tati Westbrook and James Charles unfolded on YouTube. Love them or hate them, this debacle illustrates a powerful principle in mentoring relationships: Always treat your mentor well.

Man nabbed after posing as agent in attempt to...
Posted on 5/31/2019 by Independent Author

A man accused of posing as a Realtor to steal jewelry from an open house has been arrested, according to police in Toronto, Canada.

Notarize has facilitated more than $1B in onli...
Posted on 5/31/2019 by Independent Author

It took about 18 months to hit $1 billion, but the company expects to hit a second billion in just four weeks, Notarize CEO Pat Kinsel told Inman.

Why the money pouring into real estate tech is...
Posted on 5/31/2019 by Independent Author

In a wide-ranging interview, Patrick Stone, founder of the Williston Financial Group, shares his thoughts on real estate technology and his previous life as an oyster diver.

Keller Williams heads to Morocco
Posted on 5/31/2019 by Independent Author

The new franchise will be led by Youssef Mansour, who is opening a regional office in Casablanca while targeting Tangier, Marrakech and Rabat for future expansion.

Ryan Serhant is returning to the borough where...
Posted on 5/31/2019 by Independent Author

Serhant's team has been tapped to manage sales at two luxury condo buildings in Long Island City, Queens, the agent confirmed to Inman.

CoreLogic’s top lawyer is quitting in the midd...
Posted on 5/31/2019 by Independent Author

A spokesperson for CoreLogic confirmed to Inman that Arnold Pinkston would be leaving the company and explained that he had received a job offer from a large medical device manufacturer in Orange County, California. 

Reddit user shares video of house vandalized d...
Posted on 5/31/2019 by Independent Author

A video of a brand-new house that was severely vandalized just days before it was set to close is going viral fast on Reddit.

How to answer 10 common seller appraisal questions
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Independent Author

Here are 10 questions that homesellers will most likely ask during the appraisal process. Here's how to best respond to prepare them for all outcomes.

How to navigate the peaks and valleys of real ...
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Independent Author

Running a real estate business can be full of ups and downs, but use these three principles to get through the tough times.

Wells Fargo hires mortgage tech chief from JP ...
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Independent Author

Steve Hagerman will serve as Wells Fargo's head of consumer lending technology and will be responsible for the bank's new and emerging technology platforms.

Dr. Phil draws attention to agent’s 11-year-ol...
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Independent Author

The father of a murdered Canadian real estate agent went on "Dr. Phil" to ask the public for help finding the killers and solving the case.

Owners of Frank Lloyd Wright home are trying t...
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Independent Author

The new owners, Jean Jingnan Yang and Justin Jun Lu of Riverwoods, Illinois, bought the 106-year-old property for $550,000 on May 9.

Engel & Völkers launches new mega website for ...
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Independent Author

The site is specific to the Americas region and has a suite of agent tools including CRM tech, lead management, a business dashboard and more.

KW franchise in Missouri fined for dozens of l...
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield, a Missouri-based Keller Williams franchise, was fined $10,000 and its associate broker Rebecca Reich Rose was placed on a two-year probation period for numerous instances of unlicensed real estate activity and other state regulatory violations, according to a public settlement between the brokerage and the Missouri Real Estate Commission.

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Metaprop is raising a $100M real estate tech fund
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Independent Author

This will be the third fund for the venture capital firm, which previously has invested in technology related to everything from AI to property management and appraisals.

Who’s in your tribe, who’s your chief, and whe...
Posted on 5/29/2019 by Independent Author

Who is in your tribe? Did you actually pick them? Who's the chief, and where are you headed? Maybe we don’t pick our tribe, maybe we get the tribe we create through our interactions.

‘Millennials should not buy homes’ and other l...
Posted on 5/29/2019 by Independent Author

There’s a lot of misinformation about down payments and loans that is spread to and believed by consumers. Here’s how we can help change the false narratives at an agent level.

Agents: Check your bias at the door
Posted on 5/29/2019 by Independent Author

Regardless of your beliefs, your political affiliation or your passion for a specific cause, when it comes to real estate, personal bias can easily slip into a conversation. Even the slightest slip in this area can result in violations of the Fair Housing Act and/or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines.

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US home prices continued to grow in March — bu...
Posted on 5/29/2019 by Independent Author

Home prices in the U.S. grew at a 3.7 percent annual rate in March, down from the previous month's 3.9 percent, according to Case-Shiller.

Tornadoes tear through western Ohio, killing 1...
Posted on 5/29/2019 by Independent Author

Tornadoes and catastrophic weather tore through Western Ohio late Monday into early Tuesday, striking the city of Dayton, Ohio, and killing at least one individual.

Redfin CEO talks iBuyer strategy, MLSs and mor...
Posted on 5/29/2019 by Independent Author

Late last week, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman hopped on a call with Inman to discuss some of his company's latest news and preview his comments for the upcoming Inman Connect in Las Vegas, where he'll be speaking on the main stage.

Century 21 Beachside and Coldwell Banker Beach...
Posted on 5/29/2019 by Independent Author

Tom Denny, the longtime owner of both residential brokerage franchises, plans to retire, he told Inman. That means the 550-plus agents who presently hang their hats across the 10 offices maintained by the two brokerages will be looking for new workplaces.

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‘We’re not kidding’: Deadlines loom for broker...
Posted on 5/29/2019 by Independent Author

May's gauntlet of conferences brought into focus the issues that will dominate the industry for the rest of the year. The tech conversations have intensified to a fever pitch. A few developments that might fly under your radar are at the core of progress. Here’s what you should know.

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Lesson Learned: Work your game plan
Posted on 5/28/2019 by Independent Author

In this weekly column, real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week, Houston real estate broker Doris Snipp.

10 proven ways to boost your team’s profitability
Posted on 5/27/2019 by Independent Author

Watch and learn what some of our industry’s most profitable teams are doing to keep their margins healthy in good markets and in bad.

Nearly 1B mortgage docs accessible by First Am...
Posted on 5/27/2019 by Independent Author

Though the security breach had been fixed as of Friday, it previously let anyone who had a link to certain documents on First American's website access additional electronic records simply by changing a single digit in the URL.

‘Outside the box’: HomeSmart franchisee acquir...
Posted on 5/27/2019 by Independent Author

A fact sheet explaining the new franchise arrangement, reviewed last week by Inman, states both the Realty One Group and the HomeSmart offices will continue operating independently of each other.

Felix Homes offers free listing service for mi...
Posted on 5/27/2019 by Independent Author

To celebrate Memorial Day, iBuyer startup Felix Homes will be waiving its flat fee for veterans and anyone who currently serves in the military.

The race is on for real estate web APIs
Posted on 5/27/2019 by Independent Author

After a period of slow adoption of Web APIs in real estate, there’s finally been a turning point in the industry. This is good news for tech-conscious brokers, their vendors, and the MLSs who have long known that Web APIs offer a faster, more secure and more modern way to manage data in the real estate industry.

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Above and beyond: how 3 real estate leaders ea...
Posted on 5/27/2019 by Independent Author

As a customer, there’s nothing better than when someone goes above and beyond for you. It might be at the grocery store, the doctor’s office, or the bank. The location doesn’t matter. What matters is that when people genuinely care about what’s best for you and strive to make you happy, it’s a great feeling — so great, you’ll probably tell people you know about it.

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Why is it so hard to make the transaction seam...
Posted on 5/27/2019 by Independent Author

Brad Inman had two words for the discussion group that I was part of at Disconnect 2019. “Think bigger,” he told us. The group included leaders from all over the real estate industry, and Endpoint facilitated the discussion. Our particular challenge was to explore what exactly an on-demand, certain and seamless transaction means in both today’s real estate world and five years from now.

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Homeownership likely to rise due to aging popu...
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Independent Author

Nonetheless, many renters doubt they'll ever own a home, according to a survey by the New York Federal Reserve.

Massachusetts Association of Realtors names ne...
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Independent Author

The MAR executive committee appointed Theresa Hatton, formerly of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, after a nearly six-month search.

Dotloop vets and Ben Kinney launch new hospita...
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Independent Author

D. Alexander marks one of the first publicized bids to "institutionalize" yet another segment of the market.

The Inman Weekender: Zillow and Redfin strike ...
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Independent Author

Need something to occupy your spare moments between running errands and open houses this weekend? Check out this week's top news and our "Back to Basics" series.

5 quick Memorial Day marketing ideas for agents
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Independent Author

Looking for a marketing plan to tie to Memorial Day? It’s not too late! Here are a handful of things you can do — all under three hours — to promote your business.

Felix Homes starts flat-fee service
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Independent Author

Felix Homes, the Nashville-based startup, just launched a flat-fee service for those who do not qualify for its iBuyer program.

Engel & Völkers launches in Brooklyn amid luxu...
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Independent Author

Global luxury real estate brand Engel & Völkers announced Thursday it's entering the Brooklyn market with three new offices led by Donald Brennan, a longtime residential real estate leader in New York City. 

Airbnb will hand over data on 17K listings to ...
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Independent Author

The data has to do with hosts and reservations on Airbnb's platform and will be partially anonymized, Airbnb confirmed Friday.

Owners.com is seeking to hire salaried agents ...
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Independent Author

Owners.com, a former for-sale-by-owner search site turned tech-focused brokerage, is making the switch to employee agents, according to job listings in multiple markets.

In the news: 59 Days to Las Vegas
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Independent Author

Top CEOs come to Inman Connect Las Vegas, where they'll bring deep insights to the main stage and give us a glimpse at what is going on at the industry giants.

SEC charges real estate developer with fraud i...
Posted on 5/24/2019 by Independent Author

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed an emergency action Thursday against New York State real estate developer Robert Morgan.

Connect Las Vegas: Throwback to Compass and Re...
Posted on 5/24/2019 by Independent Author

At the Inman Connect New York 2019 conference, Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider and Compass CEO Robert Reffkin took to the stage to discuss their differing visions for the residential real estate market going forward.

Amazon HQ2 sent home prices skyrocketing in VA...
Posted on 5/24/2019 by Independent Author

Six months after Amazon said it would build a major office in Arlington County, Virginia, home prices in the area have risen by $110,000.

KW, Realogy, RE/MAX and HomeServices slap back...
Posted on 5/24/2019 by Independent Author

The big residential brokerage franchisors and holding companies filed a motion on May 17 to dismiss the class action lawsuit filed by homeseller Christopher Moehrl seeking to upend the traditional commission structure in the real estate industry. 

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Famous California ‘Murder Mansion’ hits the ma...
Posted on 5/24/2019 by Independent Author

The Los Feliz mansion, where cardiologist Harold Perelson once killed his wife with a hammer in 1959, is up for sale for $3.5 million.

Opendoor CEO used scholarship cash to become b...
Posted on 5/24/2019 by Independent Author

CNBC profile explored the personal experiences that led Eric Wu to found Opendoor, an iBuyer based in San Francisco valued at $3.8 billion.

An epic fall from grace: Realogy’s total stock...
Posted on 5/24/2019 by Independent Author

NRT CEO Ryan Gorman is heads down, using big data to figure out how to get out from under commercial leases, reducing the biggest expense of most broker-owners: office space provided to house weak agents. Realogy is also shedding more and more poor performing agents, I am told — something most brokers are afraid to do.

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HUD rule would roll back transgender homeless ...
Posted on 5/24/2019 by Independent Author

Transgender people experience homelessness at higher rates than the average population, according to surveys. One recent report by the National Center for Transgender Equality, a trans rights advocacy group, found that up to 30 percent of its 27,715 transgender-identifying respondents had been homeless at some point in their lives, and 12 percent due to their transgender identity.

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America’s most expensive rental is available f...
Posted on 5/24/2019 by Independent Author

The mega-mansion, located at 908 Bel Air Road and initially priced for sale at $180 million, was listed for rent earlier this week. The dwelling covers more than 34,000 square feet and comes with an infinity pool, a health and wellness spa, and surround views of the ocean and the mountains. Celebrity plastic surgeon and developer Raj Kanodia built the property for home-flipping profit in 2018.

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Traditional brokerage or tech company: How is ...
Posted on 5/24/2019 by Independent Author

Is Compass worth $4.4 billion, and is it being valued as a traditional brokerage or a technology company? Mike DelPrete takes a look at the company’s valuation, revenue, transaction volume, agent count and profitability.

Why don’t we think about clients’ specific needs?
Posted on 5/23/2019 by Independent Author

Other than that narrow exception that agents make for first-time homebuyers, agents don’t think of clients as having specialized needs that require customized solutions. Instead, agents provide a cookie-cutter approach to standardized service with the same scripts, the same materials, the same programs. That needs to change. Here's how.

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Moving to a new market? Here’s how to start on...
Posted on 5/23/2019 by Independent Author

To offer your clients the most valuable service, you have to learn everything your prospects might want to know about your new market. If you find yourself starting over, here are some tips to make it a little bit easier.

ERA Real Estate partners with HomeAdvisor for ...
Posted on 5/23/2019 by Independent Author

HomeAdvisor provides access to a range of painting, landscaping and home repair professionals.

READ: Justice Department’s letter to CoreLogic...
Posted on 5/23/2019 by Independent Author

Inman has obtained a letter from the Department of Justice requesting information on multiple listing service data from CoreLogic, a California-based financial services and analytics firm.

What is company culture? An indie broker-owner...
Posted on 5/23/2019 by Independent Author

Regardless of what type of brokerage you belong to, culture makes a big difference in how a business operates. In fact, a company’s culture can make or break its success. How do you find a culture that's right for you? Regular Inman contributor and indie broker Troy Palmquist shares his thoughts on company culture.

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Vacasa’s new board member hints at IPO future
Posted on 5/23/2019 by Independent Author

Matt Roberts, the former CEO of OpenTable is joining the board of directors for vacation rental management startup Vacasa.

Company that eliminates security deposits ‘loc...
Posted on 5/23/2019 by Independent Author

LeaseLock replaces security deposits with monthly fees and believes its new insurance partnership shows that the industry is embracing its business model.

Same-sex couples face discriminatory lending p...
Posted on 5/23/2019 by Independent Author

Same-sex couples were 73 percent more likely to be rejected for mortgages than heterosexual couples, according to an Iowa State University Ivy College of Business analysis. The study looked at home loans granted over a quarter of a century between 1990 and 2015.

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Redfin’s new agent-free service hits regulator...
Posted on 5/23/2019 by Independent Author

Redfin Direct, a pilot program that allows consumers to make direct offers on homes listed by real estate brokerage Redfin online without being represented by a buyer's agent, is violating a regulation regarding agency disclosure, according to a Massachusetts state agency that oversees real estate licensees.

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Realtor.com lays off Arizona sales team, conso...
Posted on 5/23/2019 by Independent Author

The team in Scottsdale had been working on realtor.com's lead generation and marketing products, which are geared toward real estate agents. Now, all those sales efforts at realtor.com will be consolidated into an office in Westlake Village, California, about 37 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.

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Existing-home sales dip in April
Posted on 5/22/2019 by Independent Author

Existing-home sales for single-family homes, townhomes, condos and co-ops fell 0.4 percent from March to April and were down 4.4 percent year-over-year.

Best friends 4ever? Redfin strikes deal with Z...
Posted on 5/22/2019 by Independent Author

Long-time rivals Zillow and Redfin have finally made peace — over one issue at least — and struck a deal that allows the former to directly host the latter's listings in four U.S. cities.

Meet the man behind the viral Amazon tiny home
Posted on 5/22/2019 by Independent Author

The DIY homes have been reimagined as art galleries, chapels and Airbnb rentals since going viral last week. No one is more surprised than Allwood Outlet CEO Tapani Pekkala.

Inside the mass exodus at Purplebricks US
Posted on 5/22/2019 by Independent Author

The U.K.-based discount brokerage launched in the U.S. in 2017 and has had a massive turnover in leadership roles in recent months.

Is US government investigating MLSs and vendor...
Posted on 5/22/2019 by Independent Author

The Department of Justice is reportedly demanding CoreLogic and other MLS vendors hand over information related to buyer broker commissions.

Airbnb launches partnership with DNA testing c...
Posted on 5/22/2019 by Independent Author

The partnership comes amid what Airbnb says is a rise in "heritage travel," or trips people take to connect with their ancestors' homelands.

Missing girl found safe after Ring camera capt...
Posted on 5/22/2019 by Independent Author

A missing girl in Texas whose kidnapping was captured on a Ring camera has been found safe and returned to her parents.

Trulia founder Pete Flint’s venture firm NFX r...
Posted on 5/22/2019 by Independent Author

NFX splits its investments equally between business-to-business companies and business-to-consumer companies, but said that out of 3,000 firms seeking money this year it will ultimately only fund 0.5 percent.

Compass poaches entire 22-person Coldwell Bank...
Posted on 5/22/2019 by Independent Author

Los Angeles-based WSA Real Estate operates in the tony western half of Los Angeles. Team members are now decamping for Compass, which is not acquiring the entity itself.

HUD Secretary slammed for confusing REO with O...
Posted on 5/22/2019 by Independent Author

Despite the controversy that has swirled around his tenure, following the Oreo incident, Ben Carson attempted to downplay his apparent confusion.

Lesson Learned: Trust your gut
Posted on 5/21/2019 by Independent Author

In this weekly column, real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week, Greenwich, Connecticut, agent Julianne C. Ward.

Make it about them: How to win trust and more ...
Posted on 5/21/2019 by Independent Author

When meeting with new clients, take a page from other service industries, and focus on their needs first before you launch into a pitch. That way, you can tailor it to clients' specific needs and win their trust along the way.

Rental brokerage Keyo will pay landlords even ...
Posted on 5/21/2019 by Independent Author

The "Keyo Guarantee" is currently available in New York City and ensures landlords will get up to 2 months' rent if a tenant breaks or defaults on a lease.

NAR approves MLS fee adjustments, other policy...
Posted on 5/21/2019 by Independent Author

Nearly all of the 800 members on the board attended the biannual meeting, held on the last day of the Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

READ: President Trump’s remarks at NAR confere...
Posted on 5/21/2019 by Independent Author

The following is the complete White House transcript of President Donald Trump’s speech to the National Association of Realtors during its annual mid-year legislative and trade expo in Washington, D.C.

NAR files motion to dismiss ‘bombshell’ buyer-...
Posted on 5/21/2019 by Independent Author

In a statement, NAR said it wants the suit thrown out because it "misrepresents" the organization's rules that govern multiple listing services.

Federal Housing Administration seeks to loosen...
Posted on 5/21/2019 by Independent Author

For a decade, NAR has urged the Federal Housing Administration to make it easier for condo buyers to qualify for FHA-insured mortgages. Now the FHA is making progress on this front.

6 tips for creating video that today’s consume...
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Independent Author

Eighty-five percent of videos on Facebook are watched without sound. Given such numbers, how do you create video — sans sound — that captivates viewers? Here are six tips for making your silent video shine.

Success stories from Startup Alley: FIRST
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Independent Author

For real estate agents and brokers, most of their new listings will come from their sphere of influence. Which means staying in touch with people they already know is paramount to driving business. But while the average homeowner moves every 7 or so years, the vast majority have lost touch with their agent by that time.

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How to curate a consistent marketing experience
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Independent Author

When it comes to marketing Santa Barbara real estate, I take a holistic approach. As a real estate agent with Sotheby’s International Realty in Montecito, I'm not a salesman: I'm an expert in luxury. I work hard to reinforce that image by presenting a consistent — if differentiated — experience for potential clients on all of my marketing channels.

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Build a culture of learning and growth
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Independent Author

Competition for talent in real estate is fierce. And one of the strongest differentiating factors for your brokerage is found in training and continuing education. It’s something Dan Nelson, VP of Performance Excellence at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), feels passionate about and the reason LeadingRE has prioritized educational offerings for its network of 565 brokerages.

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Don’t ignore this part of your pipeline
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Independent Author

Read through any real estate group on Facebook and you’ll see the top question is often about which CRM is best. To which most will reply, “whichever one you’ll actually use.” A CRM is a powerful tool for any real estate professional. And actively using it is, in fact, a critical part of being successful with it.

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3 strategies to cut through the noise and buil...
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Independent Author

Remember that shiny new toy you just had to have as a kid? All your friends had one, and you needed it, too. When you finally got it, you played with it for maybe a couple of months before moving on to the next big toy craze.

Millennials can differ by age: what agents nee...
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Independent Author

As the oldest of the millennial generation push toward 40, they’re acting less and less like their younger selves. With partners, parenting, new jobs, and pets taking center stage, their lives are often more complicated, their circle of concerns wider and their experiences around home different from their younger counterparts.

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8 feng shui basics all agents should know
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Independent Author

If you’re interested in learning more about the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui, and how it applies to real estate and staging, then here are eight basic principles.

The Real Word: CEO addresses new Redfin Direct...
Posted on 5/18/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman addresses Redfin Direct's new option.

National Association of Realtors mulls MLS fee...
Posted on 5/18/2019 by Independent Author

The change would require that the charge be "reasonably related to the actual costs of serving those members," officials said Thursday. 

Brown Harris Stevens leaders deny possible sal...
Posted on 5/18/2019 by Independent Author

In a letter to the company's more than 1,000 agents, CEO Bess Freedman and President Hall Willkie emphatically say the company is not for sale and accuse an unnamed brokerage of spreading rumors to support unethical recruitment tactics.

The Inman Weekender: 7 tips for post-inspectio...
Posted on 5/18/2019 by Independent Author

Need something to occupy your spare moments between running errands and open houses this weekend? Check out our "Back to Basics" series and this week's top news.

WATCH: President Trump addresses the National ...
Posted on 5/18/2019 by Independent Author

President Donald Trump is addressing attendees of the National Association of Realtors' (NAR) annual mid-year legislative meetings and trade expo.

President Trump announces end to steel tariffs...
Posted on 5/18/2019 by Independent Author

President Donald Trump spoke broadly about cutting regulations and announced his administration struck a deal with Canada and Mexico that would ostensibly lift steel and aluminum tariffs at the National Association of Realtors midyear legislative meetings and trade expo.

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Why didn’t all the rain put a halt to homes sa...
Posted on 5/18/2019 by Independent Author

The conventional wisdom is that the past month of nonstop rain should have put a damper on real estate sales, but, in fact, the opposite has happened.

House passes Equality Act in step toward LGBT ...
Posted on 5/18/2019 by Independent Author

Currently, 21 states and the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Wisconsin banned discrimination only on the basis of sexual orientation, not gender identity.

Ambassadors announced for Inman Connect Las Ve...
Posted on 5/18/2019 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.

President Donald Trump holds Realtors in the p...
Posted on 5/18/2019 by Independent Author

Most were pleased with Trump's performance and identified with him as a real estate businessman.

Should agents work with friends? It depends wh...
Posted on 5/17/2019 by Independent Author

A crucial part of any real estate agent’s business comes from referrals within their own sphere. But what happens when a close friend or family member opts to transact alone or with another agent?

Even as foreclosure rates drop, Florida feels ...
Posted on 5/17/2019 by Independent Author

Even as home delinquency rates across the country hit record lows, some cities in Florida experienced a spike in the number of foreclosure starts in April.

Housing starts surge in April
Posted on 5/17/2019 by Independent Author

Housing starts in April rose by 5.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,235,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Zillow: The median home value dropped for firs...
Posted on 5/17/2019 by Independent Author

The median listed home value in the United States clocked in at $226,800 in April, according to the latest monthly home data released by Zillow.

Earnnest app streamlines and protects real est...
Posted on 5/17/2019 by Independent Author

Buyers can link accounts from up to 12,000 banks across the country using their existing personal login information and even link the specific account to the Earrnest workflow.

Connect Las Vegas: Did you see Gary Keller’s i...
Posted on 5/17/2019 by Independent Author

Watch Keller Williams Co-Founder Gary Keller onstage at Inman Connect as he discusses with Brad Inman how the pro-agent real estate franchisor is pivoting to turn itself into a technology company.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to list Westchester...
Posted on 5/17/2019 by Independent Author

Now that his daughters are all grown up, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to list his Westchester home for $2.3 million.

Keller Williams reveals tech acquisition spree...
Posted on 5/17/2019 by Independent Author

Keller Williams gave the world its first peek at its customer relationship management tool and forthcoming consumer app in the first quarter of 2019, but it's really just the start. In its first-quarter results, the company revealed that it's implemented an aggressive merger and acquisition strategy to both boost production of the platform and bring in top talent.

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Digital home designer Higharc raises $4.7M in ...
Posted on 5/17/2019 by Independent Author

Flush with funding, Higharc's new software was developed to ease the pain and cost of custom home building.

Illinois Realtors get new safety tool to scree...
Posted on 5/17/2019 by Independent Author

The Mainstreet Organization of Realtors (MORe) is making background check website and mobile app available as a benefit to all 17,000 of its members

5 steps for getting more social media ‘likes’
Posted on 5/16/2019 by Independent Author

Generally speaking, likes beget likes, and engagement encourages engagement. Here are five steps for getting more social media “likes” on your real estate content. It’s not as hard as you think.

NAR leaders urge ‘respect’ ahead of contentiou...
Posted on 5/16/2019 by Independent Author

Trump is set to speak Friday at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park at the annual Realtors Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, which has drawn more than 9,000 Realtors.

Why real estate is in jeopardy
Posted on 5/16/2019 by Independent Author

At Tuesday's CMLS Brings It To The Table event, held just before the National Association of Realtors' midyear conference, real estate leaders sounded the alarm.

How did a man’s genitals make a surprise cameo...
Posted on 5/16/2019 by Independent Author

A condo listing in Washington, D.C., stands out from the others — if you look close enough, you can spot an apron featuring a giant penis.

Builder confidence rises due to demand and lim...
Posted on 5/16/2019 by Independent Author

Builder confidence for newly built single-family homes rose three points to 66 in May, according to the latest data from the National Association of Home Builders. 

WeWork parent company sets up $2.9B property i...
Posted on 5/16/2019 by Independent Author

The We Company, which is the parent company of WeWork, is setting up a new real estate investment fund for commercial projects around the world.

Opendoor sued for trademark infringement over ...
Posted on 5/16/2019 by Independent Author

Open Mortgage operates 79 branches in 22 states and offered $668 million in home loans in 2017, according to a complaint the lender filed with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. It was founded in 2003, is headquartered in Austin and has 315 employees, according to its website. 

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Ransomware attack delays home sales in Baltimore
Posted on 5/16/2019 by Independent Author

The attack began last week and has locked up the city's computer systems, which is preventing title companies from checking on properties' lien statuses.

Airbnb cannibalizes budget hotels but amps up ...
Posted on 5/16/2019 by Independent Author

A new study found that Airbnb takes the most business away from inexpensive hotels while driving up demand for the industry in general.

NAR CEO says he’s ‘not terrified’ of Zillow
Posted on 5/16/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate tech giant Zillow Group has been known to rattle Realtors on occasion, especially as it expands its iBuyer program, Zillow Offers, in which it buys homes for all-cash directly from consumers over the internet. But the CEO of the nation's largest real estate trade group says the company doesn't scare him too much.

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Foreclosure and delinquency rates continue to ...
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Independent Author

Delinquency rates have once again hit record lows, according to the latest data from CoreLogic, released Tuesday.

Amazon’s $7K, do-it-yourself tiny home goes vi...
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Independent Author

If you can't find the perfect house, have one sent to you. A build-it-yourself tiny home recently posted on Amazon has gone viral and sold out instantly.

Crowdfunding platform buys what’s left of Real...
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Independent Author

Six months after crowdfunding platform RealtyShares went bust, another real estate firm has swooped in and acquired what remains of the once-buzzy company.

Agents rating agents? This brokerage is puttin...
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Independent Author

A new collaboration is giving more than 600 agents at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty a new way to provide feedback for their peers.

Price growth in the nation’s metros continues ...
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Independent Author

The median existing single-family home price in the country's metro areas rose 3.9 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2019, according to NAR.

Is Realtistiq the next total business solution...
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Independent Author

This brokerage software solution helps real estate offices manage and market their businesses.

Nextdoor raises $123M in funding
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Independent Author

Nextdoor, a hyperlocal social network for neighbors and local businesses, has raised an additional $123 million in funding, led by Riverwood Capital.

Where the billionaires are concentrated
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Independent Author

San Francisco is the most billionaire-dense city on earth, but New York City and Hong Kong top it in overall numbers, according to the latest Wealth-X Global Billionaire Census.

Why aren’t millennials moving?
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Independent Author

It's not just massive college debt and current market conditions keeping millennials out of buying new homes, according to a new study.

Inspection’s over! 7 tips for negotiating repa...
Posted on 5/15/2019 by Independent Author

Welcome to one of the most confusing parts of the real estate transaction. There is no handbook for post-inspection negotiation, and no amount of training can tell you exactly what to do because, quite frankly, it depends on the specifics of the deal. Here are seven tips to help you navigate the murky waters with your clients.

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Lesson Learned: Find your tribe
Posted on 5/14/2019 by Independent Author

In this weekly column, real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week, Washington, D.C., broker Keri Shull shares why surrounding yourself with the right colleagues is everything.

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Employee or independent contractors: Should Ca...
Posted on 5/14/2019 by Independent Author

Employees or independent contractors? As California employment law changes in response to the emergence of the gig economy, real estate brokers and agents need to stay updated and start thinking about what role they want to play in a legal landscape that's still in turmoil.

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President Donald Trump to speak at NAR confere...
Posted on 5/14/2019 by Independent Author

President Donald Trump will speak at the National Association of Realtors annual legislative meetings and expo on Friday, the association confirmed.

Zillow Offers is officially live in the Twin C...
Posted on 5/14/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow's direct-to-consumer homebuying and selling platform, Zillow Offers, launched Monday in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, it was announced.

New CRM? Copper gets down to brass tacks for t...
Posted on 5/14/2019 by Independent Author

Formerly known as ProsperWorks, the software's latest iteration known as Copper not only represents a savvy business turn, but also an effective commitment to improving the CRM experience.

Voice-activated home search available through GSAR
Posted on 5/14/2019 by Independent Author

Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors partners with VoiceterPro to provide home shoppers with voice search in central New York.

BREAKING: RE/MAX and Redfin end exclusive part...
Posted on 5/14/2019 by Independent Author

The deal is off: RE/MAX and Redfin are ending their nascent exclusive referral partnership after Redfin introduced a new platform last week that would allow consumers without buyer's agents to place offers over the internet on Redfin-listed homes in Boston.

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Why you should treat everyone like a client fr...
Posted on 5/14/2019 by Independent Author

Successful real estate agents foster a relationship dynamic in which clients and potential clients start thinking of them like their other service providers, such as their accountants, their dentists and their hair stylists.

What agents (and their clients) need to know a...
Posted on 5/13/2019 by Independent Author

Mention the word "mold," and you can send a buyer running from a transaction. Agents need to understand the true nature of mold and its impacts to protect both buyers and sellers. The good news is that it's an issue that can be fixed.

Why you should generate your own leads
Posted on 5/13/2019 by Independent Author

Lead generation is the lifeblood of your real estate business. Yes, your sphere of influence should be a reliable source of business. Referral and repeat clients are the results of being a trusted advisor in your community.

Homesnap Pro hits 5 years and 1 million agents
Posted on 5/13/2019 by Independent Author

This May marks a special time for Homesnap Pro: the agent-only mobile productivity app turns five years old, and Homesnap’s agent footprint has crossed the million agent mark. That means that over a million agents across the country have access to Homesnap Pro as a core member benefit through their MLSs.

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Generational wealth: how to become your client...
Posted on 5/13/2019 by Independent Author

No transaction in luxury real estate stands alone; every home purchase happens in the middle of a network that yields new opportunities. High-net-worth clients are likely to purchase and sell multiple properties, and their wealth is typically shared among immediate and extended family.

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Finally, prosperity over time!
Posted on 5/13/2019 by Independent Author

EXIT Realty is a company built on human potential and at its very core is the EXIT Formula. EXIT Realty’s Founder and Chairman, Steve Morris, looked at the problems in the real estate industry, including recruiting, retention, and the gaps agents face between closings, and asked, “What if it doesn’t have to be this way?"

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Ready to hang out your shingle? Avoid these 5 ...
Posted on 5/13/2019 by Independent Author

As attractive as having your own brokerage firm might be, the sad fact is that many fail. To ensure that your business isn't doomed from the start, avoid these mistakes when opening your own brokerage.

Peerage acquires Sotheby’s International Realt...
Posted on 5/11/2019 by Independent Author

The Canadian branch of Sotheby's International Realty has been acquired by Peerage Realty Partners, a subsidiary of private equity firm Peerage Capital.

RE/MAX CEO addresses Redfin Direct, referral p...
Posted on 5/11/2019 by Independent Author

When Redfin announced the pilot of Redfin Direct, many questioned RE/MAX's referral partnership with the Seattle-based tech-focused brokerage.

Affordability dipped as home prices rose in Ma...
Posted on 5/11/2019 by Independent Author

Housing affordability dipped in March despite low mortgage rates and rising household incomes thanks to the median existing-home value climbing to $261,100.

Connect Las Vegas: Redfin CEO on main stage
Posted on 5/11/2019 by Independent Author

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman comes to Inman Connect Las Vegas, where he’ll bring his piercing forthrightness to the main stage and give us a glimpse at what is going on at the industry giant.

So you’re an only child? How birth order affec...
Posted on 5/11/2019 by Independent Author

If you thought your status as a middle child has nothing to do with where you want to live, think again.

The Inman Weekender: Put your first-time buyer...
Posted on 5/11/2019 by Independent Author

Need something to occupy your spare moments between running errands and sitting open houses this weekend? Check out our "Back to basics" series and this week's top news.

Reasi’s digital escrow is industry’s best exam...
Posted on 5/11/2019 by Independent Author

Reasi fulfills its promise of streamlining the closing process, and it's one of the sharpest uses of smart contracts on the blockchain.

Industry veteran Russ Cofano to start team — o...
Posted on 5/11/2019 by Independent Author

A brush with death helped Russ Cofano decide to make a major career change. Now, he'll work as a broker at Windermere Real Estate while fulfilling a dream to coach high school basketball.

9 unique ways to celebrate Mother’s Day this year
Posted on 5/11/2019 by Independent Author

Here are a few ideas to help you plan your day, whether it's for your own mom, your wife, a significant other or a close friend.

Realtors’ median income grows 5%
Posted on 5/11/2019 by Independent Author

The 2019 National Association of Realtors Member Profile found that the median gross income of Realtors was $41,800 in 2018, up from $39,800 in 2017.

My Florida Regional MLS rebrands as Stellar, s...
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Independent Author

The third largest MLS in the nation, which is also the largest MLS in Florida at 58,000 subscribers, will relaunch under the new name on June 4.

EXp World Holdings hits quarterly revenue reco...
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Independent Author

Revenue for eXp World Holdings jumped 153 percent year-over-year to a quarterly record high of $157 million, according to a first-quarter earnings report. 

READ: Redfin CEO’s letter to company buyer’s a...
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Independent Author

Following the announcement of Redfin Direct, a new service that will enable buyers to make offers on Redfin-listed homes through the company’s website without agents, read CEO Glenn Kelman’s letter to employees.

Realtor group sends cease and desist over Core...
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Independent Author

The Austin Board of Realtors is demanding that the Travis Central Appraisal District stop using and destroy any multiple listing service data it may have obtained from CoreLogic.

Reali raises $9M in funding round
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Independent Author

Flat-fee brokerage Reali announced it has raised $9 million in its latest funding round, adding to the tens of millions of dollars the company has previously pulled in from investors.

Richard Nixon’s one-time Western White House g...
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Independent Author

A home that former President Richard M. Nixon once occupied as his Western White House is back on the market after a major drop in price. Tricky Dick's former estate has proven to be a tricky deal.

Zillow will buy and sell homes in LA, Austin, ...
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Independent Author

Zillow announced on Thursday it's expanding its direct-to-consumer homebuying and selling platform known as Zillow Offers to Austin, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa within the next year. 

Zillow beats big on earnings while losses balloon
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Independent Author

In its first quarter 2019 earnings report released on Thursday, Seattle-based Zillow Group, the operator of listing portals Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy and RealEstate.com, posted a net loss of $67.5 million in the first quarter and announced the expansion of its iBuyer program Zillow Offers to six additional markets.

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News Corp. falls short on revenue, touts ‘heal...
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Independent Author

News Corp., the parent company of Move’s realtor.com and Australia-based REA Group, beat analysts' expectations Thursday, posting adjusted third quarter fiscal year 2019 earnings of 4 cents per share, compared to the consensus estimate of 1 cent per share. However, the company also reported a total revenue of $2.46 billion, which fell below expectations of $2.5 billion.

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The broker-owner blueprint: This RE/MAX leader...
Posted on 5/10/2019 by Independent Author

Broker-owner Mark Butterfield has 100 agents, three offices and 12 teams who raked in $565 million in sales this past year. Here’s how he does it.

EXp Realty names new co-presidents amid manage...
Posted on 5/9/2019 by Independent Author

EXp Realty announced today the promotion of Dave Conord and Stacey Onnen as co-presidents. In their new roles, Conord will oversee eXp Realty's growth while Onnen will focus on brokerage operations. 

Why eXp’s top tech exec joined flat-fee rival ...
Posted on 5/9/2019 by Independent Author

Scott Petronis, the newly appointed chief product and technology officer at discount brokerage Redefy, believes the consumer is getting overshadowed in the real estate industry. Finding a company that he believes has a greater focus on the consumer is a big reason that Petronis left his role as chief technology officer at eXp Realty.

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Compass fixes error showing private agent rema...
Posted on 5/9/2019 by Independent Author

Other listing data intended for Realtors' eyes only appeared publicly on several listings viewed by Inman last week on Compass' mobile app and desktop website. Among them: detailed showing instructions, contact information for vendors and property disclosures (e.g. notices that property taxes are unknown or floors are slanted).

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Home featured in steamy real estate video sell...
Posted on 5/9/2019 by Independent Author

Apparently, the agent who made a steamy real estate video to accompany a listing in Australia that went viral on social media was doing something right.

Low-fee brokerage REX set to expand into 4 new...
Posted on 5/9/2019 by Independent Author

REX, a well-funded brokerage out to bypass the MLS, announced on Wednesday expansions into the Boston, Chicago, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., metro areas.

Redfin unveils option to cut out buyer’s agents
Posted on 5/9/2019 by Independent Author

Redfin announced Wednesday it has been quietly testing a pilot program in Boston, a revised version of its 2006 service Redfin Direct, that allows consumers to make direct offers on Redfin-listed homes through the company's website.

Redfin beats expectations with $110M revenue i...
Posted on 5/9/2019 by Independent Author

The tech-focused Seattle-based real estate brokerage Redfin reported $110.1 million in revenue, a year-over-year increase of 38 percent and a net loss of $67.2 million in the first quarter of 2019, according to its latest earnings report. 

Florida indie brokerage unveils agent tech pla...
Posted on 5/9/2019 by Independent Author

Automated Back End provides agents with automation and collaboration tools, e-signing software and one-click marketing. It is designed to work on all of an agent's electronic devices.

Realogy CEO buys $1M of company stock followin...
Posted on 5/9/2019 by Independent Author

One week after Realogy stock sank to a new low, CEO Ryan Schneider has purchased $1 million worth of the company's shares in an apparent show of support for the brand.

Tired of losing business? 6 ways to build clie...
Posted on 5/9/2019 by Independent Author

Did you know that even a 5 percent increase in client retention can increase your profitability by 75 percent? Here are six ways to build loyalty and keep your clients for life.

5 tips for taking your up-and-coming listing f...
Posted on 5/8/2019 by Independent Author

As the listing agent of a property in an up-and-coming neighborhood, you have so much opportunity to capitalize on a trending location. Here are five tips for moving your listing by tapping into what the buyer is looking for.

Purplebricks is leaving Australia. Is the US next?
Posted on 5/8/2019 by Independent Author

Purplebricks announced Tuesday it's shuttering its operations in Australia two-and-a-half years after launching, adding that it's conducting a review of operations in the United States.

Keller Williams agents get ready to pay it for...
Posted on 5/8/2019 by Independent Author

On Thursday, May 9, Keller Williams agents will be celebrating its annual RED Day event, which stands for renew, energize and donate.

Property tech firm PayLease buys smart apartme...
Posted on 5/8/2019 by Independent Author

With the acquisition, Zego's platform will be integrated into PayLease's payments, resident billing and utility management platform.

Too smart to fall for a real estate scam? Thin...
Posted on 5/8/2019 by Independent Author

Real estate and rental internet crimes affected 11,300 victims in 2018, according to a new report, and cost them nearly $150 million, up dramatically from 2017, when 9,645 victims were impacted by these types of crimes and lost a collective $56 million to scammers and fraudsters using online means. 

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Here’s where you should buy and rent out a bea...
Posted on 5/8/2019 by Independent Author

Ocean Shores, Washington, took the top spot in vacation rental company Vacasa's report of the best cities to buy a beach house.

Success stories from Startup Alley: BoxBrownie
Posted on 5/8/2019 by Independent Author

Inman Connect is the real estate industry event that launches real estate companies. Through Startup Alley, a dedicated sponsorship opportunity available to the hottest new companies to enter real estate tech, emerging companies have the opportunity to showcase their technology to the sharpest minds in the industry.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices teams up with ...
Posted on 5/8/2019 by Independent Author