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Mortgage lenders settle RESPA kickback charges for $35.7M

Mortgage lenders settle RESPA kickback charges for $35.7M

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Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $34.8 million to settle allegations that more than 100 loan officers in at least 18 branches steered thousands of mortgage borrowers to a Maryland-based title company in exchange for kickbacks in the form of ......
Another broker hops on 3-D virtual tour train

Another broker hops on 3-D virtual tour train

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s more than 800 agents will showcase sellers’ homes using  3-D virtual tours that give buyers browsing listings online the feeling that they’re walking through the home. Rand Realty says it̵...
Zillow, Trulia changes could foreshadow post-merger strategy

Zillow, Trulia changes could foreshadow post-merger strategy

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Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff snapped a photo of Zillow’s headquarters glowing with a “12” on Friday evening ahead of the Seattle Seahawks’ astonishing comeback victory against the Green Bay Packers that secured the team a tr...
US mortgages are the Gazinta!

US mortgages are the Gazinta!

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A wild story still unfolding, most of it overseas. The result here at home: mortgage rates near 3.75 percent and the lows of the year — and the tilt in chart-pattern witch-doctoring to lower yet. Rates will rise only on ......
Why responsive website design could be sabotaging your lead generation efforts

Why responsive website design could be sabotaging your lead generation efforts

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Here's a hard truth: For many in the real estate industry, mobile strategy isn't paying off. We all know the homebuyer is increasingly mobile-focused, and this year is going to be an even bigger bonanza for mobile devices as they become dominant in t...
Feeling buyer burnout? Become a listing agent

Feeling buyer burnout? Become a listing agent

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We get lots of inquiries from agents looking for a change — they're tired of buyer leads, tired of doing the same things hoping for a different result. Think about all the change in real estate over the last decade — shouldn't your strategy have ...
Zillow, Trulia share prices jump on talk FTC has approved merger

Zillow, Trulia share prices jump on talk FTC has approved merger

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Share prices in Zillow and Trulia surged today, suggesting investors have gotten wind that the Federal Trade Commission intends to sign off on the companies’ proposed merger. Trading in Zillow and Trulia has been heavy, with twice as many share...
Preprinted real estate contracts could get you fined

Preprinted real estate contracts could get you fined

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It's a seemingly innocuous practice, but many real estate agents are steering their brokerages toward enormous fines and unwanted attention from state and federal regulators — and they don't even realize it ......
Duke Fan: 'Our vision is to build the ultimate platform for matching buyers to homes'

Duke Fan: 'Our vision is to build the ultimate platform for matching buyers to homes'

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"Setting a product vision, I've found, helps harness the talent and drive of a product development team," says the vice president of product at RealScout ......
How many apps did it take to find the house for sale next door?

How many apps did it take to find the house for sale next door?

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Being in the real estate video technology and marketing business for the past seven years has been quite an eye-opening experience for me. And one thing became apparent to me recently: The real estate industry is its own worst enemy when it comes to ...
National broker portal initiative raising seed money

National broker portal initiative raising seed money

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A group of multiple listing services, franchisors and brokers is on the hunt for seed money to build the first national MLS consumer-facing listing portal. The initiative is being called the “National Broker Portal Project,” although it h...
This showing may be recorded for client satisfaction purposes

This showing may be recorded for client satisfaction purposes

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Should real estate agents just assume that they’re on camera anytime they walk into a listing these days? For anyone who missed out on the media frenzy when two real estate agents were allegedly caught on camera using a client’s ......
MLSs tracking listing performance for 210,000 agents

MLSs tracking listing performance for 210,000 agents

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The old “spray and pray” method of listing distribution is becoming a thing of the past. Real estate professionals are becoming more selective about where they send their listings and insisting on seeing results. ListTrac, a free tool fro...
Mortgage calculator helps Realtors route business to lender of choice

Mortgage calculator helps Realtors route business to lender of choice

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A San Francisco-based startup says a mortgage calculator it built to help homebuyers gauge the affordability of listings can now be used by real estate brokers to boost originations by their in-house and preferred lenders, and to protect their agents...
New technology for real estate: how to fly high with drones

New technology for real estate: how to fly high with drones

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Today, the biggest technological advances are in the realm of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), small aircraft that can be operated from the ground via a remote control. But where do real estate agents go to buy the technology, and where can...
3 tech innovations that solve real estate problems

3 tech innovations that solve real estate problems

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We're going to talk about your problems. Well, not all your problems, or even most of them, just three real estate-related ones — and how these three nifty new solutions can help ......
5 economists forecast the 2015 housing market

5 economists forecast the 2015 housing market

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Five prominent economists forecast what 2015 will bring for the U.S. housing market after a 2014 that was a bit of a reality check in the housing recovery ......
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