Recent Articles by Teke Wiggin

New Story's Brett Hagler (center) accepts a check from Sherry Chris (left) and Alex Perriello (right). The best real estate startup is a non-profit, Realogy leaders rule

The best real estate startup is a non-profit, Realogy leaders rule

Presenting on stage at a startup competition hosted by one of real estate's largest corporations, a young man made a heartfelt request: "I would ask the real estate leaders in here to consider supporting a charity that’s trying to push forward the ...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Thirteen / Shutterstock.com How NAR is trying to shape the smart home industry

How NAR is trying to shape the smart home industry

As more and more smart thermostats, remote-control locks and even Internet-connected refrigerators pop up in homes, smart home technology continues to take on an increasingly important role in the lives of real estate agents, homebuyers and selle...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Eakachai Leesin / Shutterstock.com Want to be a go-to source of events? This calendar hub can help

Want to be a go-to source of events? This calendar hub can help

Marina Kolmer, a New Rochelle, New York-based associate broker at Houlihan Lawrence, believes in burnishing her brand by sharing local news and events with her network. Recently, she found a way to really nail this tactic: by advertising with a servi...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, June 20, 2016
A woman wearing virtual reality goggles For buyer's agents: 3-D tours in 15 minutes

For buyer's agents: 3-D tours in 15 minutes

Real estate agents have mostly only produced 3-D home tours in service to homesellers so far, wowing prospects and sometimes reducing how often clients must vacate their properties for showings. But a European 3-D provider has introduced a pro...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, June 17, 2016
StreetEasy_LinkNYC2016_2 Free WiFi tied to listing ads in NYC

Free WiFi tied to listing ads in NYC

StreetEasy wants to stop New Yorkers in their tracks. New Yorkers breezing by many of the Big Apple's new WiFi stations are in for a dose of listing ads from the New York City-area listing portal ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, June 17, 2016
The Len / Shutterstock.com Industry titan hatches tech firm out of ZipRealty acquisition

Industry titan hatches tech firm out of ZipRealty acquisition

Real estate giant Realogy -- which operates franchise brands including Century 21, ERA, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and owns the nation's largest brokerage -- has formed a company called "ZapLabs" tasked with developing technology for affili...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, June 16, 2016
BartekSzewczyk / iStock.com Zillow's renter profiles are resumes for landlords

Zillow's renter profiles are resumes for landlords

Cobbling together employment history, references and financial information to fire off to landlords can eat up precious time in fast-paced rental markets. Zillow has introduced a new feature, Renter Profile, to streamline the process, theoretically o...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Stacks of pennies near dollar bills Does NAR scrimp or splurge on employees (compared to peers)?

Does NAR scrimp or splurge on employees (compared to peers)?

Some real estate agents recently expressed outrage over the level of compensation earned by National Association of Realtors executives. But NAR is actually somewhat of a penny-pincher when it comes to shelling out on employees, at least compared to ...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, June 15, 2016
A man giving a car engine a tune-up Zestimate accuracy improved with valuation model tune-up

Zestimate accuracy improved with valuation model tune-up

Unsure about the accuracy of some Zestimates? Take a second look at those valuations tomorrow: they may look more realistic than before, particularly if they're new homes ......
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, June 8, 2016
A man using a mobile phone 5 roommate-matching apps for your clients

5 roommate-matching apps for your clients

The next time you're working with someone whose home search may be stymied by roommate concerns, consider recommending these five apps and websites. ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, June 7, 2016
A woman returning merchandise Opendoor’s money-back offer cures homebuyer’s remorse

Opendoor’s money-back offer cures homebuyer’s remorse

Mike Nonhof wound up buying a home from the real estate tech startup Opendoor largely because he and his wife could visit the listing whenever they liked and because Opendoor agreed to buy the couple's previous home on the same day they would purchas...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, June 7, 2016
A young woman matching samples at a table Did agent matching (finally) just get hacked?

Did agent matching (finally) just get hacked?

Although homebuyers constantly hunt down properties online, they're much less likely to use websites to find real estate agents. Most buyers track down agents through personal connections, hiring licensed friends or family members or using profession...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, June 2, 2016
A man and woman whispering about a third person in the foreground Trash talked behind your back? 7 ways for Realtors to deal

Trash talked behind your back? 7 ways for Realtors to deal

Realtor Rob Thompson was once contacted by a future client for an unusual reason. Another agent, who had never met Thompson, had "so vociferously denounced" Thompson that the client "felt they had to meet me," he said ......
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, May 26, 2016
leungchopan / Shutterstock.com Looking for new products? This tool might help

Looking for new products? This tool might help

Real estate agents on the hunt for software to help organize their contacts, drum up leads, upgrade their websites or complete a range of other tasks may want to putt around on a recently updated product discovery tool ......
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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 | Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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