Recent Articles by Robert Reffkin

The Statue of Liberty Why Compass condemns the executive order on immigration

Why Compass condemns the executive order on immigration

I was deeply concerned on Friday evening when I learned of the executive order to suspend the travel of refugees to the United States and blocking entry for citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries. I believe this was a dangerously misguide...
By Robert Reffkin | Monday, January 30, 2017
Why agent retention is our greatest strength — and how you can achieve it

Why agent retention is our greatest strength — and how you can achieve it

Employees might work at the same company for decades, if not the duration of their careers, 50 years ago. But in today's fickle economic landscape, staffers cycle through offices in rapid succession -- not least of all independent contractors such as...
By Robert Reffkin | Thursday, December 3, 2015
What does the modern brokerage look like?

What does the modern brokerage look like?

As founder and CEO of technology-driven real estate platform Compass, I can tell you that many of the real estate brands you know are a facade. Most brokerage firms offer their agents little more than a company logo, outsourced technology and limited...
By Robert Reffkin | Monday, October 19, 2015
Opinion: Broker’s fiduciary duty means putting clients first

Opinion: Broker’s fiduciary duty means putting clients first

It make sense that if you have a $2 million home you want to sell and your representative leaves his or her brokerage, your transaction should still be secure because you can follow your agent. But in the real estate industry, that's not legally the ...
By Robert Reffkin | Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Urban Compass: 10 lessons learned

Urban Compass: 10 lessons learned

When I started Urban Compass, I did my best not to make any assumptions about the real estate industry. Although I worked as an agent with my mother to help pay for my college tuition, my professional career after college had been primarily in manage...
By Robert Reffkin | Friday, December 26, 2014
Urban Compass: 10 lessons learned

Urban Compass: 10 lessons learned

When I started Urban Compass, I did my best not to make any assumptions about the real estate industry. Although I worked as an agent with my mother to help pay for my college tuition, my professional career after college had been primarily in manage...
By Robert Reffkin | Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The top ten lessons from the CEO of a $360M platform

The top ten lessons from the CEO of a $360M platform

When I started Urban Compass, I did my best not to make any assumptions about the real estate industry. Although I worked as an agent with my mother to help pay for my college tuition, my professional career after college had been primarily in manage...
By Robert Reffkin | Tuesday, December 9, 2014