Recent Articles by Teke Wiggin

A man using his cell phone Realtor.com gives facelift to mobile app

Realtor.com gives facelift to mobile app

Nearby listings, property details, grocery stores and schools are all a tap or two away with the latest version of realtor.com's mobile search app. The app has been redesigned to offer a simpler user interface, and it also throws a few new features i...
By Teke Wiggin | 7 hours ago
A woman playing tennis. 'My friend is a Realtor': 7 killer comebacks

'My friend is a Realtor': 7 killer comebacks

The obligation that many buyers and sellers feel to hire their friends as agents has resulted in lost business for many qualified professionals. But if you choose your words carefully, you may be able to persuade prospects to consider hiring you inst...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, May 23, 2016
A little girl on a phone and computer Realtors are getting younger, says NAR

Realtors are getting younger, says NAR

Senior discounts are still on the near horizon for many Realtors, but their median age has finally begun to fall. After trending upward for close to a decade, the median age of Realtors has recently dropped amid an influx of young professionals ......
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, May 19, 2016
vishstudio / Shutterstock.com Behold: Lifestyle search on steroids

Behold: Lifestyle search on steroids

Say, would you like a property that's between $400,000 and $600,000 located on a quiet street in a culturally rich and family-friendly area that's within 30 minutes of both you and your spouse's offices and is served by a top-notch school? No problem...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, May 19, 2016
jamesteohart / Shutterstock.com Why hire an assistant when you could use a bot?

Why hire an assistant when you could use a bot?

"What's the market like right now?" a lead texts an agent. "Well there is about 6 months of inventory today and a home like yours might stay on the market for around 30 days," reads a lighting-fast response. Few agents have the bandwidth to handle qu...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
ZillowApp_Hero The ultimate way to disrobe Zestimates

The ultimate way to disrobe Zestimates

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff may have recently given real estate agents a gift they won't soon forget: a sure-fire way to show that Zestimates can miss by a mile ......
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Businessmen exchanging money on the street Zillow helping agent teams refer out leads

Zillow helping agent teams refer out leads

Some real estate agent agents, teams and brokers who advertise on Zillow receive more leads than they can handle, potentially resulting in missed opportunities. Now the listing portal is helping some advertisers ensure those leads are less likely to ...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, May 12, 2016
Mine carts in a mine 4 tools for unearthing products to grow your business

4 tools for unearthing products to grow your business

The vast number of products for real estate agents and brokers can be overwhelming, sometimes leaving those on the hunt for new tools at for loss of how to begin their search ......
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, May 11, 2016
GaudiLab / Shutterstock.com Romance in real estate: fairy tales, trysts and scandals

Romance in real estate: fairy tales, trysts and scandals

The listing appointment between the real estate agent and prospective client lasted six hours. When the agent -- who was engaged -- left the meeting, she called up her friend, Jennifer Egbert. Then she turned around and headed back to the prospective...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, May 5, 2016
Darren Baker / Shutterstock.com Real estate startup accelerator seeking new blood

Real estate startup accelerator seeking new blood

Real estate tech startups looking for a leg up might want to consider applying for one of the newest real estate startup accelerators. MetaProp NYC -- a New York City-based startup accelerator co-founded by an angel investor that's backed many real e...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, May 4, 2016
red mango / Shutterstock.com Live-video showing app enables 75% closing rate, national rental landlord says

Live-video showing app enables 75% closing rate, national rental landlord says

Think live video tours are overrated? Perhaps you should revisit that view, at least if you work in the rental market. Matt Mehon, a leasing manager at national property management and investment firm Waterton said in a statement that the company's "...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Women lining up for a race Zillow may have just beat Upstream to market

Zillow may have just beat Upstream to market

Many real estate agents are set to gain access to a wide array of multiple listing service (MLS) management tools with the introduction of a new service from Zillow, the listing portal has announced. Retsly Connect, a service powered by listing data ...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, April 28, 2016
William Perugini / Shutterstock.com Should you add Facebook's new save button to your website?

Should you add Facebook's new save button to your website?

What if you could save listings on real estate websites to your Facebook account with one click? Thanks to a website plug-in recently unveiled by Facebook, real estate sites can now stitch that functionality into their listing search experience. Prop...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Searching Google for answers Does Zillow overshadow 'real estate?'

Does Zillow overshadow 'real estate?'

In what could be seen as a symbolic branding triumph for Zillow, consumers recently became more likely to search "zillow" on Google than "real estate." The number of "zillow" searches had been in striking distance of the number of "real estate" searc...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, April 26, 2016
MCarper / Shutterstock.com Hoarder clean-up service launches agent referral network

Hoarder clean-up service launches agent referral network

Hoarders seeking to sell their homes make notoriously difficult clients for real estate agents, but a clean-up service that caters to homeowners with the psychiatric condition may help agents uncover new opportunity in this segment of homesellers. Ag...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, April 25, 2016
Joggie Botma / Shutterstock.com Mortgage delinquency rate falls to 9-year low

Mortgage delinquency rate falls to 9-year low

The mortgage delinquency rate dropped to its lowest level in nine years in March, according to Black Knight Financial Services. The share of loans that were 30 days or more past due but not in foreclosure (the definition of the mortgage delinquency r...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, April 22, 2016
A phone with smart home technology unlocking the door. 4 smart home facts that agents should know

4 smart home facts that agents should know

About one-quarter of U.S. households (30 million) want to buy smart home products in the next year, according to a survey commissioned by two smart home product providers. The survey was conducted by NextMarket Insights on behalf of Xfinity home, a s...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, April 21, 2016
A group of young people working in a startup environment Meet the 7 startups NAR will nurture this year

Meet the 7 startups NAR will nurture this year

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has pulled back the curtain on the crop of industry-friendly tech startups that it believes are providing some of the most promising tools to real estate agents and their clients. Firms focused on generating...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, April 19, 2016