Recent Articles by Brad Inman

Real estate industry, the choice is yours: Opportunity or train wreck

Real estate industry, the choice is yours: Opportunity or train wreck

In Northern New Jersey’s quaint town of Madison, Realogy runs its global real estate operation in a nondescript suburban business park. Located at 175 Park Ave, the 15-acre facility offers its employees ample outdoor parking with VIP underground sp...
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Victims of the slow transaction? How agents can get paid faster

Victims of the slow transaction? How agents can get paid faster

Outdated and unaligned with the services it provides, the real estate industry's payment model is slower than walking backwards from Boston to Montreal, Canada. Realtors invest hundreds and often thousands of dollars upfront to sell a home and toil a...
By Brad Inman | Monday, April 3, 2017
Are expansion teams the emerging superpowers of real estate?

Are expansion teams the emerging superpowers of real estate?

Expansion teams represent a marketplace that taps the power of agents without the liability and the cost of the old broker model. Like all successful technology platforms, they offer leads, systems and technology, which is what made Uber, Airbnb and ...
By Brad Inman | Monday, March 27, 2017
Meet Keller Williams’ secret weapon: Co-CEO John Davis

Meet Keller Williams’ secret weapon: Co-CEO John Davis

Keller Williams (KW) founder Gary Keller casts a big shadow in the company that he founded 34 years ago. Soft-spoken KW Co-CEO Chris Heller represents the steady hand steering the ship forward. So, who is driving the Texas-based company’s hypergrow...
By Brad Inman | Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Why Cuba’s living nostalgia reminds me of U.S. real estate

Why Cuba’s living nostalgia reminds me of U.S. real estate

HAVANA, CUBA -- For me and for many U.S. visitors, Cuba presents a quandary. Standing still for 58 years without the benefits nor the downsides of modernism, the iconic island seems broken and messy, but it is also a rest from excessive consumption a...
By Brad Inman | Monday, March 13, 2017
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