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Pittsburgh image via Shutterstock. Big Pennsylvania brokerage cuts off flow of listings to Zillow

Big Pennsylvania brokerage cuts off flow of listings to Zillow

One of Pennsylvania’s biggest brokerages, Northwood Realty Services, has pulled about 2,700 listings from Zillow, citing concerns over the accuracy of Zillow’s automated valuations and with listing data displayed on the site. Northwood Re...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, September 12, 2014
California image via Shutterstock. California makes strides toward statewide MLS

California makes strides toward statewide MLS

With the goal of building a statewide multiple listing service in mind, California Regional MLS has embarked on an initiative to ink data-share deals directly with MLSs throughout the Golden State. In April, San Dimas-based California Regional ML...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, September 12, 2014
Twin Design / Shutterstock.com. Google killed Authorship, but Author Rank is a much bigger fish

Google killed Authorship, but Author Rank is a much bigger fish

Google's Authorship program was touted as the tool to identify work from quality content creators. Built to use authors' Google Plus profiles as unique identifiers and using simple markup language to distinguish their content across the Web, Authorsh...
By Sam DeBord | Friday, September 12, 2014
Container ships loading and unloading in Singapore. Banana Republic images / Shutterstock.com. Good news about the economy is bad news for mortgage rates

Good news about the economy is bad news for mortgage rates

In the backwards world of bonds and mortgages, in which good news is bad, good news pushed up long-term rates this week. U.S. data may encourage the Fed to accelerate the end of ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) at its ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, September 12, 2014
Eighty-nine percent of buyers use mobile devices in their search for a new home (photo courtesy of HouseLens). Find and implement the right mobile solutions for your business

Find and implement the right mobile solutions for your business

You probably don’t need me to tell you that mobile is important. According to the National Association of Realtors, 93 percent of Realtors use their smartphones to conduct business -- and they spend a median 44 percent of their time working on the ...
By Kathryn Royster | Friday, September 12, 2014
Fundrise helped more than 60 investors purchase a stake in this Hamptons mansion. Screen shot of Trulia listing detail page. More than 60 people own this Hamptons mansion

More than 60 people own this Hamptons mansion

Over 60 people now own a Hamptons mansion nearing completion. But the property, listed tentatively at $3.25 million, isn’t a finely tuned timeshare. Its scores of owners are investors who collectively gobbled up a little under half of the home’s ...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, September 12, 2014
Arkansas image via Shutterstock. Warren Buffett's franchise brand marches into Arkansas

Warren Buffett's franchise brand marches into Arkansas

Warren Buffett’s franchise network, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, has a presence in Arkansas with Bentonville-based Prudential Solutions Real Estate becoming the latest Prudential-affiliated brokerage to rebrand. Broker-owner Scott Waymire s...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
brad4 Tweet storm! Inman News publisher vents about bad agents

Tweet storm! Inman News publisher vents about bad agents

Inman News Publisher Brad Inman unleashed a tweet storm today on loose licensing requirements, incompetent agents, why we should care, and how to fix the problem. Join the debate and follow @bradInman on Twitter! ......
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Working on iPad image via Shutterstock. Go paperless and streamline the closing process

Go paperless and streamline the closing process

If you’ve been hoping for a no-holds-barred discussion of how regular brokers, agents and real estate professionals have incorporated paperless transactions into their business, this is it. We had a great webinar with three brokers: Carol Farrar of...
By Laura Monroe | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Screen shot from Leigh Brown video. Can the kind of 'stuff' Leigh Brown says really help you sell houses?

Can the kind of 'stuff' Leigh Brown says really help you sell houses?

Leigh Brown, broker-owner of Re/Max Executive Realty in Concord, North Carolina, has already stated for the record her belief that "the best way to get more business is to be your most outrageously authentic self." Now Brown has put out a video promo...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Shanghai image via Shutterstock. Landing international buyers requires a long-term strategy

Landing international buyers requires a long-term strategy

Targeting international buyers is a strategic decision. Like all good investments, it costs something. You have to put in a grubstake of a certain amount of time, effort and money ......
By Andrew Taylor | Thursday, September 11, 2014
ChooseBrokerage_shutterstock_111131417 How I chose which real estate company and brokerage to join

How I chose which real estate company and brokerage to join

Well, Nike never called Zach! That said, I have made a decision on whether to start a brokerage or join an existing one. Follow me for a minute while I tell you how I came to my conclusion ......
By Aaron Woodman | Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Apple’s new products are impressive, but game changers for real estate? Not yet

Apple held its long-awaited product launch this Tuesday in Cupertino, California. The event was one of Apple’s most hyped product releases in recent history, complete with giant, white cube buildings it created just for the event. ......
By Guest Contributor | Thursday, September 11, 2014
From left to right, Martin Beaurivage, Fitzgerald Heslop, and Jason Padilla talk about estate management at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Connecting with luxury clients through their estate managers

Connecting with luxury clients through their estate managers

Knowing something about how mansions are managed can help you sell in the luxury market. Madison Hildebrand, president and founder of The Malibu Life Inc., talks to some of the leading lights in the field of estate management ......
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
HomeVestors of America's "We Buy Ugly Houses.com" brand. 'We Buy Ugly Houses' network growing fast

'We Buy Ugly Houses' network growing fast

HomeVestors of America Inc., which operates a network of franchisees under the HomeVestors and “We Buy Ugly Houses” brands, says its network has grown 25 percent in 2014 and now includes 500 franchisees in 120 markets. Dallas-based HomeV...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Screen shot of a sample WordPress theme from Agent Evolution. Real estate website data provider IDX Broker acquires Web design firm

Real estate website data provider IDX Broker acquires Web design firm

IDX Broker, which powers websites for more than 42,000 real estate agents, has acquired Agent Evolution LLC, a provider of real estate-themed website designs, continuing the blazing-hot acquisition trend in real estate tech. Terms of the deal were no...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Incentive image via Shutterstock. If your MLS provides sold data to realtor.com, Move has an agent app for you

If your MLS provides sold data to realtor.com, Move has an agent app for you

Move Inc. has launched a mobile app for agents that allows collaboration between agents and their clients, and serves up agent-only information such as agent remarks and showing instructions. Move has offered a mobile app to paid users of its ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Internet leads 3 tips to find success with Internet leads as quality decreases

3 tips to find success with Internet leads as quality decreases

With consumers entering the online housing search earlier than ever before, the amount of Internet leads has increased as a direct result. Capturing and selling these leads has become a big business ......
By Will Caldwell | Wednesday, September 10, 2014