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Listing Bits: ‘Too many crappy agents,’ the biggest issue in real estate

Listing Bits: ‘Too many crappy agents,’ the biggest issue in real estate

"The No. 1 problem of the industry is that we have too many crappy agents," Rob Hahn tells Vendor Alley's Greg Robertson in the fourth episode of Listing Bits ......
By Inman | 33 minutes ago
Observations on Zillow’s 2016 results and the U.S. market

Observations on Zillow’s 2016 results and the U.S. market

Hey, Zillow! Thanks for reporting your full year financial results for 2016. It provides a great opportunity to update my international property portal analysis and draw out a few observations on the U.S. market ......
By Mike DelPrete | 2 hours ago
Daily market update: February 28, 2017

Daily market update: February 28, 2017

Mortgage rates plus all the latest real estate market news ......
By Inman | 2 hours ago
Mortgage rates hit lowest percentage since first week in December

Mortgage rates hit lowest percentage since first week in December

Long-term rates have broken down this week (versus unanimous expectations for going up), now the lowest since the first week of December -- and if they fall another inch might drop another quarter-percent or more, taking lowest-fee mortgages back int...
By Lou Barnes | 13 hours ago
VHT rival PlanOmatic changes photo copyright terms after Zillow lawsuit

VHT rival PlanOmatic changes photo copyright terms after Zillow lawsuit

Earlier this month, a federal court awarded real estate photography company VHT $8.3 million in a copyright infringement suit against Zillow Group. Now, in what may seem like a counterintuitive move, VHT rival PlanOmatic announced that it will assign...
By Andrea V. Brambila | 15 hours ago
A blockade along the ocean Renters want to be owners, surveys find — is affordability the blockade?

Renters want to be owners, surveys find — is affordability the blockade?

“If wishes were horses, even beggars would ride,” goes the old English nursery rhyme. Is that what’s going on today when surveys seem to indicate a powerful desire among renters to become homeowners, yet sales are starting to flatten out ......
By Steve Cook | 15 hours ago
Katie Lance’s 5 best technology tips for real estate agents in 5 minutes

Katie Lance’s 5 best technology tips for real estate agents in 5 minutes

How to create a full social media strategy with "pillar content" and more tips that agents and brokers can implement today -- all given in five minutes -- from industry media maven Katie Lance ......
By Inman | 16 hours ago
Would-be buyers kept at bay as pending home sales slide in January

Would-be buyers kept at bay as pending home sales slide in January

The real estate roller coaster continues as the National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) slides to its lowest level in a year ......
By Marian McPherson | 18 hours ago
A heart seal on a letter Warren Buffett loves HomeServices of America

Warren Buffett loves HomeServices of America

In Warren Buffett’s 2016 investor letter released this past weekend, the folksy tycoon called out HomeServices of America (HSA) and said to expect more acquisitions ......
By Inman | 19 hours ago
A snowflake How to sell a home to the ‘snowflake’ generation

How to sell a home to the ‘snowflake’ generation

The term “snowflake” has become a pejorative description for young people who cannot handle confrontation or opinions that differ from their own. How interesting that "snowflake" also accurately describes how truly vulnerable first-time buyers of...
By Bernice Ross | 23 hours ago
How to avoid an IRS audit Sponsor Post

How to avoid an IRS audit

Tax time is already upon us, and next season will be here before we know it. A real estate agent’s tax return is complicated enough, so don’t let poor record-keeping or murky expenses make the end of winter harder than it already is. Avoid these ...
By QuickBooks Self-Employed | 23 hours ago
How do you become a successful real estate agent?

How do you become a successful real estate agent?

Broker Chris Lazarus discusses wheat it takes to become a successful real estate agent. Hint: It takes more than a license. ......
By Chris Lazarus | 23 hours ago
A group of superhero kids You are not the hero: What real estate agents can learn from the hero’s journey

You are not the hero: What real estate agents can learn from the hero’s journey

A few years back, I met with a couple looking to sell their home in Seattle. As a newer agent who had found some success with buyers, I was hungry for my first listing ......
By Tyler Davis Jones | 23 hours ago
A man on his laptop and phone at the same time Can automated lead follow-up make you an Agent Legend?

Can automated lead follow-up make you an Agent Legend?

Business automation is getting easier, and agents who are fans of finding ways to streamline lead cultivation will want to have a look at Agent Legend ......
By Craig C. Rowe | 24 hours ago
A barista pouring latte art into a latte Coffee is for closers: 26 takeaways from 3 sophomore real estate agents

Coffee is for closers: 26 takeaways from 3 sophomore real estate agents

I had coffee the other day with three of my favorite sophomore agents. I coached all of them in their first year in the business, and we have stayed connected since. ......
By Julie Nelson | Monday, February 27, 2017
Who's responsible for shortening the real estate transaction?

Who's responsible for shortening the real estate transaction?

Brad Inman says we need to improve the real estate transaction. He’s right. The only question I have is who the “we” is. Here’s what I mean. Inman argues in "Why homesellers demand better than a shaky real estate labyrinth" that the growth of...
By Joseph Rand | Monday, February 27, 2017
Daily market update: February 27, 2017

Daily market update: February 27, 2017

Mortgage rates plus all the latest real estate market news ......
By Inman | Monday, February 27, 2017
The week in industry hires and promotions: February 20-24, 2017

The week in industry hires and promotions: February 20-24, 2017

Who got hired or promoted this week? Here's our weekly rundown, in chronological order ......
By Inman | Saturday, February 25, 2017