Recent Articles by Brad Inman

small talk big talk Rumors, innuendo and hearsay — what’s the truth about Compass?

Rumors, innuendo and hearsay — what’s the truth about Compass?

The real estate industry is buzzing about the fate of Compass. Rumors, innuendos and hearsay have spread like a viral video of a naked celebrity. Sorting out the truth is tricky ......
By Brad Inman | Saturday, November 12, 2016
small talk big talk What’s the next big thing for Zillow Group?

What’s the next big thing for Zillow Group?

Eighteen months ago, Zillow was like the Chicago Cubs when the baseball team was down three games to one in the World Series. The Trulia integration fell off the rails; the online giant blew its financial numbers; it was engaged in a face-mauling law...
By Brad Inman | Friday, November 4, 2016
An Uber car Who needs location, location, location when you can go anywhere?

Who needs location, location, location when you can go anywhere?

I was raised 12 miles from the celebrated Route 66 in Southern Illinois. When I came of driving age, iconic cars that hit the road included the Shelby Cobra, the Dodge Charger, the Plymouth Road Runner, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang. Cars...
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, October 25, 2016
A jeweler weighing pieces to value Realogy Franchise Group executive questions value of Upstream

Realogy Franchise Group executive questions value of Upstream

Upstream, the broker initiative designed to standardize and simplify the process of uploading and distributing home listings, does not have the endorsement of the largest real estate franchise in the country, Realogy ......
By Brad Inman | Friday, September 30, 2016
small talk big talk Is it illegal to discuss real estate commissions on social media?

Is it illegal to discuss real estate commissions on social media?

“You are NOT allowed to discuss commissions,” a Realtor recently wrote in a popular Facebook group. “It is against the Sherman Antitrust Act.” Many agents believe some version of that amateur legal warning to be true. But in most cases, it is...
By Brad Inman | Wednesday, September 28, 2016
small talk big talk Who should be the next National Association of Realtors CEO?

Who should be the next National Association of Realtors CEO?

When you walk the streets of New York City, so many people have dogs that you must carefully sidestep the poop even though New Yorkers are mindful about picking up their crap. That’s what it must be like to run the National Association of Realtors,...
By Brad Inman | Monday, September 26, 2016
small talk big talk How to live through — and explain — uncertainty

How to live through — and explain — uncertainty

My parents' best year as small-town Southern Illinois merchants was 1968 -- even though our country was torn apart at the seams. You think 2016 is crazy? Forty-eight years ago, the United States was fiercely un-united ......
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Two trees with intertwining roots How old-school titans are joining forces with new indie brokerages

How old-school titans are joining forces with new indie brokerages

The notorious sex, music and art confab dubbed Burning Man is under siege by the wealthy and luxury set with their million dollar RVs, runway models and celebrity DJs spinning until 8 a.m in the dusty Nevada desert. An epic event contorted into a nig...
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, September 6, 2016
UnlistedwithBradInman Sue Yannaccone on breaking glass ceilings and franchise competition

Sue Yannaccone on breaking glass ceilings and franchise competition

A graduate of Clemson University, Sue Yannaccone is the new president and CEO of ERA Real Estate. With deep operational experience across many real estate companies and brands, her appointment doubled the number of women in the senior-most executives...
By Brad Inman | Wednesday, August 31, 2016
A statue of Alexander the Conquerer Compass: Conqueror or flash-in-the-pan?

Compass: Conqueror or flash-in-the-pan?

On the streets of real estate gossip-land, you hear two contrary narratives about New York-based hyper-funded Compass. It is successfully powering through its growing pains, grabbing up market share from the old guard. Or, it may implode under the we...
By Brad Inman | Thursday, August 25, 2016
Masson/Shutterstock Who’s winning the transaction management arms race?

Who’s winning the transaction management arms race?

The real estate transaction backend has been about as exciting as driving on Interstate I-70 across the state of Kansas. That changed a year ago, however, when Zillow bought dotloop, which set off the real estate rage machine. The industry shrieked, ...
By Brad Inman | Thursday, August 18, 2016
Photoraidz / Shutterstock.com Beware, warns Gary Keller, foreshadowing ‘shift’ in housing market

Beware, warns Gary Keller, foreshadowing ‘shift’ in housing market

In a speech before thousands of Keller Williams leaders on Thursday, Gary Keller painted a less-than-optimistic picture of where the housing market stands and how it might lead to a “shift” He points to five indicators of a downturn of some sort....
By Brad Inman | Thursday, August 11, 2016
kazoka / Shutterstock.com Expect more company acquistions in real estate

Expect more company acquistions in real estate

Commissions, Inc. CEO Duane LeGate is a humble guy, but a rich one. According to my sources, the sale of of his company to Fidelity Financial went for somewhere in the $250 million range, a hefty price tag for a real estate software company that is o...
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Photographee.eu / Shutterstock.com Realty startup Knock launches — with seller guarantees

Realty startup Knock launches — with seller guarantees

Online real estate veterans Jamie Glenn, Sean Black and Karan Sakhuja have launched a new consumer real estate business dubbed Knock. It takes a page or two from Opendoor, which is innovating in the online real estate space with homeseller guarantees...
By Brad Inman | Saturday, July 30, 2016
Simon Greig / Shutterstock.com Fidelity National Financial, Inc. to acquire Commissions, Inc.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. to acquire Commissions, Inc.

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. announced today that FNF Group has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Commissions Inc. (CINC) ......
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, July 26, 2016
connection concept Inman Connect: 20 years old and still sticking it to the man

Inman Connect: 20 years old and still sticking it to the man

An eccentric fellow from Iowa gets credit for naming the Inman Connect conference 20 years ago. An early real estate data wizard, W.B. Freeman, said something like, “Brad, you can connect these two worlds and make lots of stuff happen.” ......
By Brad Inman | Wednesday, July 20, 2016
small talk big talk Why Zillow has proved to be a starship — not a shooting star

Why Zillow has proved to be a starship — not a shooting star

This spring, Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff quietly (almost secretly) bought a $20 million home in the exclusive Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles -- a success symbol for the quirky CEO and for the Seattle company that he runs. Allegedly, the berdy (...
By Brad Inman | Wednesday, July 13, 2016
A voter in the UK Why (not) to worry about ‘Brexit’

Why (not) to worry about ‘Brexit’

We all know now that Brexit is not the name of a new breakfast muffin being served at Starbucks. Yesterday, UK voters voted in support of a referendum to decide whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain in the European Union. The anti-EU supp...
By Brad Inman | Friday, June 24, 2016