Recent Articles by Brad Inman

A maze Why homesellers demand better than a shaky real estate labyrinth

Why homesellers demand better than a shaky real estate labyrinth

Waiting in a grocery line a few weeks back, I stood behind a woman as she wrote a check. Scary. In the wire fraud age, consider the risk of giving up your name, address, bank routing and account numbers on a piece of paper passed around like a sex wo...
By Brad Inman | Friday, February 24, 2017
Is Keller Williams becoming a technology company?

Is Keller Williams becoming a technology company?

Keller Williams executives today in Las Vegas insisted that its new solution, Keller Cloud, is more than a fancy press release but instead was wired by world class UX designers, software developers and reportedly tested with more than 6,000 agents .....
By Brad Inman | Wednesday, February 15, 2017
A beanstalk Why home selling will never be the same

Why home selling will never be the same

In the movie Jack and the Giant Slayer, the towering giants quickly descended from the beanstalks, provoking fear as they tried to conquer the Kingdom of Cloister. With a sudden ferociousness, data scientists are charging into the real estate village...
By Brad Inman | Friday, January 27, 2017
Introducing the Inman Person of the Year

Introducing the Inman Person of the Year

My wife Yaz and I recently attended a real estate conference where I noticed her a little more perky in public than normal. I asked her what was going on and she said, “I am giving it that Realtor confidence persona; you know how these folks are al...
By Brad Inman | Wednesday, December 21, 2016
A statue of Icarus What the breakup of a broker’s empire means for everyone else

What the breakup of a broker’s empire means for everyone else

In Greek mythology, Icarus ignored his father's instructions not to fly too close to the sun -- then the wax in his wings melted, and he fell into the sea ......
By Brad Inman | Monday, December 19, 2016
Brad Inman’s crystal ball: Real estate predictions for 2017

Brad Inman’s crystal ball: Real estate predictions for 2017

Here is what I am predicting for 2017 -- the year of the homeseller and much more ......
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, December 13, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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