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LeadGen 3 reasons your leads aren't closing

3 reasons your leads aren't closing

Quick agent fame, overnight sensations and companies who build crowd followings fast have always scared me. Why? Because I know, billboards don’t make deals. Whether you’re marketing mansions or selling special spoons, the buzz you generate isn...
By Trulia Pro Blog | 8 hours ago
Lee_Abby_icny2014 Brand or boutique? Agents will base decision on systems and services offered

Brand or boutique? Agents will base decision on systems and services offered

Whether you’re a boutique brokerage operating out of a virtual office or a providing services to agents at a traditional brick-and-mortar location, agents will decide whether or not they want to work for you based on the systems and services ....
By Inman News | 8 hours ago
Taxis image via Shutterstock. Real estate disruption may not be what you think it is

Real estate disruption may not be what you think it is

When I was a journalist in the 1980s and 1990s, I penned 1,500 bylined articles that appeared in metro newspapers around the country. Last year, I resolved to use my old dry clippings to start fires in my wood burning ......
By Brad Inman | 8 hours ago
Investigating a complaint image via Shutterstock. New government agency is actually doing something about mortgage complaints

New government agency is actually doing something about mortgage complaints

A Realtor friend of mine recently asked me about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: “Do they really do anything when somebody submits a complaint about their mortgage company? Can I tell clients that it’s not a waste of time to ......
By Ken Harney | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Screen shot of Evernote.com Evernote: very cool real estate tech tips No. 6

Evernote: very cool real estate tech tips No. 6

Evernote is a very cool program that, like Dropbox, you can put on all of your devices for access. Also, like Dropbox, it is one of those things that I have had for a couple of years and never used. It wasn't until I saw the CEO of Evernote, Phil Lib...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Weakening housing activity image via Shutterstock. Existing-home sales remain flat

Existing-home sales remain flat

Sales of existing homes in March underperformed by historical standards, with purchases remaining mostly flat, the National Association of Realtors reported today. Existing-home sales slid 0.2 percent from February to March, to a seasonally adjust...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Growth in real estate image via Shutterstock. 20 percent of markets on track to be more expensive than ever within a year

20 percent of markets on track to be more expensive than ever within a year

Home values in almost 20 percent of all U.S. metros will surpass their housing boom peaks over the next year, and affordability problems that have begun to affect a fraction of markets may spread to others over the next few ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Screen shot of the Placester-powered home page of a local publisher's real estate site. Placester will expand business model with $5.5M in funding

Placester will expand business model with $5.5M in funding

Armed with a new round of $5.5 million in Series A funding, real estate website developer Placester will begin powering real estate sites for local publishers — starting with those owned by the media giant Hearst Corporation. The funding, led ...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords in a 2013 video  calling for stricter background checks for gun licenses. Gun control advocate Mark Kelly to keynote NAR convention

Gun control advocate Mark Kelly to keynote NAR convention

Mark Kelly — a retired astronaut turned gun control advocate after his wife, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was nearly killed in a 2011 mass shooting — will deliver the keynote address at the National Association of Real...
By Inman News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Home inspector image via Shutterstock. This is what you and I see -- and this is what a thermal camera sees!

This is what you and I see -- and this is what a thermal camera sees!

This is what you and I see. A pretty basement wall, in a flip, with new drywall, new receptacles, new floor molding and new carpeting. This is what my clients saw online. Along with a couple dozen other photos. All of the photos were just as spectacu...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Screen shot of a sample ListingVideo.com video. VScreen launches automated listing video platform for brokers

VScreen launches automated listing video platform for brokers

Brokers looking to create videos for their listings have a new tool that will do it automatically — in real time. ListingVideos.com from VScreen pulls listing data like photos and home stats from a broker’s multiple listing service data f...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
huffington_arianna_ICNY2014_leadership What we are lacking right now is not intelligence, but wisdom

What we are lacking right now is not intelligence, but wisdom

“When you look around the world right now, you see an amazing number of leaders, with very high IQs, making terrible decisions,” says Huffington Post Media Group Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. “The pr...
By Inman News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Cyberthreats image via Shutterstock. How to be ready for the next Heartbleed bug

How to be ready for the next Heartbleed bug

The recent of announcement of the Heartbleed bug caused mass confusion and panic across the Web. Although there are still some websites that are vulnerable to the exploit, the majority of the Web’s most popular sites have been patched. Encryption ...
By Tom Flanagan | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Web traffic image via Shutterstock. Impact of joint NAR-realtor.com national marketing campaign 'underappreciated'

Impact of joint NAR-realtor.com national marketing campaign 'underappreciated'

A joint marketing campaign from the National Association of Realtors and Move Inc.-operated realtor.com is expected to boost traffic and awareness of the site — a potential boon to agents and brokers whose listings appear on realtor.com or who ...
By Inman News | Monday, April 21, 2014
Tech-enabled agent image via Shutterstock. Internet hasn't changed what defines a great Realtor

Internet hasn't changed what defines a great Realtor

The Internet has not changed what defines a great Realtor. If anything, what the Internet has really done is time-shift the point at which a great agent gets called upon to display their real value. ......
By Jeff Turner | Monday, April 21, 2014
adwerx What's a new client really worth? [webinar recording]

What's a new client really worth? [webinar recording]

Knowing the long-term value and short-term value of your clients can help you decide the best strategies for client retention and marketing, and knowing where to target those efforts. Join us for a discussion hosted by Laura Monroe of Inman News and ...
By Laura Monroe | Monday, April 21, 2014
Hatched image via Shutterstock. 8 startups chosen for NAR's 'REach' tech accelerator program

8 startups chosen for NAR's 'REach' tech accelerator program

The National Association of Realtors has announced the eight members that will comprise the class of 2014 for its tech accelerator program, REach. Now in its second year, the program, run by NAR’s 6-year-old investment wing, Second Century Ventures...
By Inman News | Monday, April 21, 2014
Binary data image via Shutterstock. Trulia to get listings directly from My Florida Regional MLS

Trulia to get listings directly from My Florida Regional MLS

Broker members of My Florida Regional MLS, which serves over 33,000 subscribers in central and southwest Florida, will now have the option to send their listings directly to Trulia. My Florida Regional MLS brokers can now opt in to send ......
By Paul Hagey | Monday, April 21, 2014