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Crime scene image via Shutterstock. Agents can no longer meet with complete strangers in empty houses

Agents can no longer meet with complete strangers in empty houses

This past weekend, an agent in my local market was holding a new construction home open when two men arrived, said they worked for the builder and were there to pick up materials. As they loaded their truck, she became ......
By J. Philip Faranda | Friday, August 22, 2014
Bang image via Shutterstock. Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

The world is a better-looking place than one week ago, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen whispered "Bang" today but did not shoot. Thus the great barometer, the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, rose a bit in yield, from 2.33 percent ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 22, 2014
Pipelineimage 5 sales metrics real estate brokers shouldn't be ignoring -- Catch the webinar replay

5 sales metrics real estate brokers shouldn't be ignoring -- Catch the webinar replay

Did you miss our webinar last week? As part of our Broker Success series we had a great discussion with our expert panelists, and learned how great Pipeline ROI is for helping brokers achieve the results they are looking for. Catch the summary and re...
By Laura Monroe | Friday, August 22, 2014
Just say no Ditch the 'Monkey Bars Approach' to thrive in real estate sales

Ditch the 'Monkey Bars Approach' to thrive in real estate sales

Viewers tuning in to CBS to watch “I Love Lucy” on a September evening 62 years ago might not have known that they were about to witness one of the most iconic scenes in sitcom history. Thanks to reruns, countless viewers around the globe have si...
By Bret Calltharp | Friday, August 22, 2014
Incompetent image via Shutterstock. Incompetence seems to be the rule rather than the exception

Incompetence seems to be the rule rather than the exception

Most of the stress in my life these days is caused by people who don't do their jobs and by companies that make promises they can't keep. Someone was supposed to be taking care of my parents, but they are ......
By Teresa Boardman | Friday, August 22, 2014
Kevin O'Connor of FindTheBest speaks at Real Estate Connect San Francisco. How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the data-hungry client

How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the data-hungry client

When consumers want every detail and their faith in sales professionals depends on authority and transparency, it's time to stop fearing data and embrace it, says Kevin O'Connor, CEO of research engine FindTheBest ......
By Inman News | Friday, August 22, 2014
Giveback Homes helped build a home in Nicaragua for Fermin Sanchez and his family. Giveback Homes helps charity-minded real estate pros stand out from the crowd

Giveback Homes helps charity-minded real estate pros stand out from the crowd

Doing charity work in the Central American country of Nicaragua in 2011, Blake Andrews was touched by how much the shoes he placed on a little girl's feet meant to her. The thought hit him then: If shoes can do ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Network image via Shutterstock. Realtor.com should be 'Match.com' for real estate agents

Realtor.com should be 'Match.com' for real estate agents

You might think from what you've read about it that the Zillow-Trulia merger is going to be like the resurrection of Godzilla. "Run for your lives -- Godzulia is coming," many are warning realtor.com. "Muah!" But the impending merger does ......
By Lee Davenport | Thursday, August 21, 2014
dating app_shutterstock_199864493 Hubba, hubba! Say hello to the latest 'Tinder for real estate'

Hubba, hubba! Say hello to the latest 'Tinder for real estate'

Oh, mercy! How 'bout the interface on that app?! Estately's Flip lets you sift through homes by swiping listing photos. Estately has launched "Flip," a feature part of its iPhone app that lets users weed out listing search results by swiping ph...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Screen shot of a "doll house" view of a Matterport 3-D virtual tour. All Redfin listings to feature 3-D virtual tours

All Redfin listings to feature 3-D virtual tours

Redfin will be rolling out 3-D virtual tours for all of its listings with the help of tech firm Matterport. Today, the "Redfin 3D Walkthrough" tours are included on 28 active listings the tech-focused brokerage has in its hometown of Seattle....
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, August 21, 2014
FAIL (1) 18 real estate 'professionals' who are doing it wrong

18 real estate 'professionals' who are doing it wrong

From terrible advertising to awful fails in construction, here are 18 real estate "professionals" who should consider a career change ......
By Seth Williams | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Matt Morris (left) and Patrick Stone talk about streamlining the closing process at Real Estate Connect San Francisco. How to streamline the closing process for your buyers and sellers

How to streamline the closing process for your buyers and sellers

Hear what title insurers and settlement services providers are doing to streamline the closing process for homebuyers and sellers from Matt Morris, CEO of Stewart Information Services Corp., and Patrick Stone, president and CEO, Williston Financial G...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Disruption image via Shutterstock. HomeSearch.com preparing to relaunch with 'huge inventory' of MLS listings

HomeSearch.com preparing to relaunch with 'huge inventory' of MLS listings

With industry veteran Russ Bergeron aboard as vice president of licensing and compliance at Real Estate Digital, HomeSearch.com is weeks away from relaunch with "a huge inventory" of MLS listings. Bergeron, former president and CEO of Midwest Real Es...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Agents at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Properties took the "Ice Bucket Challenge." Real estate embraces ALS 'ice bucket challenge'

Real estate embraces ALS 'ice bucket challenge'

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff has poured ice-cold water over his head and screamed. So has Trulia's top exec, Pete Flint, and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate's CEO Sherry Chris. They are among the flood of individuals participating in soci...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gavel image via Shutterstock. Legal spat over sale of mansion could greatly expand definition of 'dual agency' in California

Legal spat over sale of mansion could greatly expand definition of 'dual agency' in California

A dispute over the sale of a $12.25 million mansion that allegedly turned out to be smaller than advertised could end up greatly expanding the definition of what constitutes "dual agency" in California, and make brokerages more skittish about having ...
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Steam locomotive image via Shutterstock. Black Knight's Paragon MLS platform gains steam

Black Knight's Paragon MLS platform gains steam

Real estate data and technology firm Black Knight Financial Services has signed another multiple listing service to its Paragon 5 platform, bringing the number of real estate professionals the platform serves to more than 210,000. Paragon 5 received ...
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
San Diego image via Shutterstock. San Diego's Real Living Lifestyles joins RealtyTrac's brokerage network

San Diego's Real Living Lifestyles joins RealtyTrac's brokerage network

Real Living Lifestyles Real Estate has joined RealtyTrac's broker network as an exclusive member in San Diego, which gives its 250 agents access to data and leads from the foreclosure marketplace. As a member of the network, Real Living Lifestyles...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
DO Why agents should invest in relationships, not leads

Why agents should invest in relationships, not leads

Relationships are the key to future success in the real estate business. Relationships pay dividends, build referral networks and can last a lifetime. Leads, however, have an expiration date, are not personal and are sold to the highest bidder ......
By Will Caldwell | Wednesday, August 20, 2014