Recent Articles by Brad Inman

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
TechConnect_HeroImage Tech Connect: bleeding-edge approaches from the best in the industry

Tech Connect: bleeding-edge approaches from the best in the industry

On January 26, the Marriott Marquis in Times Square will be buzzing with top technologists from around the globe at Tech Connect. Here, they’ll discuss what’s next in building successful real estate applications and tools, and how technology can ...
By Brad Inman | Thursday, June 16, 2016
UnlistedwithBradInman How agents and brokers should think about listing data

How agents and brokers should think about listing data

Celeste Starchild is part of the leadership team at Move, Inc., that oversees the development of professional software tools and services. Senior Vice President of Professional Software, she has a successful track record in technology services, produ...
By Brad Inman | Friday, May 20, 2016
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Homesnap and Broker Public Portal form partnership

A reliable source has tipped me off that the Broker Public Portal project is in discussion with application developer Homesnap to power the new industry initiative that promises an alternative home search site. A letter of intent has been drafted and...
By Brad Inman | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
small talk big talk Could Yahoo become the third massive real estate portal?

Could Yahoo become the third massive real estate portal?

Imagine if all-purpose guru Dan Gilbert of Quicken (online lender) and mega-rich ethical capitalist Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway (owns HomeServices) are the winning bidders for Yahoo! It was reported over the weekend that they have teamed up ...
By Brad Inman | Monday, May 16, 2016
UnlistedwithBradInman2 The 'original sin' at the heart of the real estate industry

The 'original sin' at the heart of the real estate industry

Joseph Rand is the general counsel and managing partner for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate -- Rand Realty, one of the largest companies in the New York region, with 30 offices, 800 agents, and closing more than $1.5 billion in real estate trans...
By Brad Inman | Friday, May 6, 2016
small talk big talk Who's the new Upstream CEO?

Who's the new Upstream CEO?

Well, the mystery is over. Thanks to a reliable tipster, I learned that Alex Lange will be named CEO of Upstream ......
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., pauses while speaking during a campaign rally at St. Mary's Park, Thursday, March 31, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Will Bernie Sanders' affordable housing idealism go up in smoke?

Will Bernie Sanders' affordable housing idealism go up in smoke?

Back in the day, I penned many articles about affordable housing. In 1987, I heard about the Governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis, committing to an aggressive affordable housing plan -- rare words for any Presidential candidate to utter, even t...
By Brad Inman | Wednesday, April 20, 2016
UnlistedwithBradInman2 How to use agent review data to get customer insights

How to use agent review data to get customer insights

A customer satisfaction platform, RealSatisfied launched in 2010 in Australia. Jeff Turner joined as president in 2012. Buyer and sellers reviews are all done online, often with an API integration with broker websites. Today, RealSatisfied was acquir...
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, April 19, 2016
small talk big talk Why the Move-Zillow suit is bigger than legal blood sport

Why the Move-Zillow suit is bigger than legal blood sport

The Move-Zillow lawsuit has become legal blood sport -- imagine a face-off between boxer Floyd Mayweather and kickboxer Ronda Rousey. But we should not let the punching match distract us from bigger issues that are at stake. This week's court battle...
By Brad Inman | Thursday, April 14, 2016
UnlistedwithBradInman2 How (and why) this top producer turned his team into a full-blown brokerage

How (and why) this top producer turned his team into a full-blown brokerage

After being a highly successful mega-team leader, Mark Spain, Chairman & CEO of Mark Spain Real Estate, launched his independent brokerage in January of this year. He was previously with Keller Williams for nearly five years. His numbers are impr...
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, April 12, 2016
A cockroach on a white kitchen cabinet The squeeze on venture capital could hurt real estate startups

The squeeze on venture capital could hurt real estate startups

Real estate broker Joe Rand feels envy and frustration when he reads about the financial valuations of companies like Compass and Redfin -- or even ZipRealty when it sold to Realogy for $166 million in 2014. Zip was valued at six times top-line reven...
By Brad Inman | Friday, April 8, 2016
A close-up of the inside df hard drives Real estate purchases disclosed in 'Panama Papers' data dump

Real estate purchases disclosed in 'Panama Papers' data dump

Yesterday, news broke about the biggest leak of private financial and legal documents ever -- and evidence shows that a significant amount of money spent was routed through companies and trusts that purchased expensive homes, buildings, resorts and o...
By Brad Inman | Monday, April 4, 2016
UnlistedwithBradInman2 Agent today, large broker tomorrow: How to do it

Agent today, large broker tomorrow: How to do it

“The story of our firm's brand is not some narrative a PR firm wrote up for us to peddle," said J. Philip Faranda, who went from being a solo practitioner to owning his own brokerage with 60 agents. "Our brand's story is actually not a story at all...
By Brad Inman | Thursday, March 31, 2016
small talk big talk Why blockchain is our best strategy for preventing fraud

Why blockchain is our best strategy for preventing fraud

The news last week that cyber outlaws are sneaking into agent email accounts and duping homebuyers into wiring money to illicit bank accounts screams out for industry action to verify the parties in a home transaction. Suddenly, it is evident that th...
By Brad Inman | Thursday, March 24, 2016
A crane working on a building Michael Shvo: from solider, broker, marketer to developer

Michael Shvo: from solider, broker, marketer to developer

Hit by the Great Recession in 2008, star developer Michael Shvo did something most people in the industry don’t know how to do: He took a five-year break from the business and spent time focusing on art and non-real-estate-related endeavors. Five y...
By Brad Inman | Friday, March 18, 2016