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fig-257426_1920 Our summary of this week's top headlines

Our summary of this week's top headlines

Quote of the week (Well ... actually, quote of the decade): “Storm clouds are coming.” -- Gary Keller, co-founder of Keller Williams. When? 2005, when he predicted the Great Recession and poised his feisty firm to truly compete with the big guys ...
By Inman | 20 hours ago
socialmedia_next Vital social media tips for real estate professionals

Vital social media tips for real estate professionals

Think social media still isn't important to your marketing strategy? Think again. More than 93 percent of Americans are on Facebook (according to HubSpot), and 90 percent of homebuyers start their real estate searches online. ......
By Jordan Scheltgen | 20 hours ago
socialmedia_next Vital social media tips for real estate professionals

Vital social media tips for real estate professionals

Think social media still isn't important to your marketing strategy? Think again. More than 93 percent of Americans are on Facebook (according to Hubspot), and 90 percent of home buyers start their real estate searches online. ......
By Jordan Scheltgen | 20 hours ago
DouglasMillerSelectFinal The reformers: Douglas R. Miller

The reformers: Douglas R. Miller

Douglas R. Miller is the executive director of CAARE (Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate), the only nonprofit public charity dedicated to consumerism with real estate brokers. Did you have causes when you were younger? What were they? Not rea...
By Inman | 22 hours ago
BH_select2 Berkshire Hathaway brand rollout: Warren Buffett poised for global real estate expansion

Berkshire Hathaway brand rollout: Warren Buffett poised for global real estate expansion

Look around. All over the country, you are seeing their for-sale signs: Berkshire Hathaway has arrived. It may have taken a while for him to get into franchising, but Warren Buffett is no newcomer to residential real estate. Berkshire Hathaway ......
By Inman | 22 hours ago
FHA_select FHA is back in the black, but premium rollbacks unlikely

FHA is back in the black, but premium rollbacks unlikely

The Federal Housing Administration’s mutual mortgage insurance fund is unlikely to need another taxpayer bailout, but that doesn’t mean homebuyers looking to finance purchases with an FHA-backed home loan will get a break on their premium...
By Brittany Morris | 22 hours ago
murphy_matt_swipe Do you dial, swipe or text? Matt Murphy

Do you dial, swipe or text? Matt Murphy

Tech maven Matt Murphy says drone use by real estate brokerages will really take off when regulators provide more clarity on rules governing their use ......
By Inman | 24 hours ago
Mobile search image via Shutterstock. What does Google's 'mobile-friendly' search change mean for your site?

What does Google's 'mobile-friendly' search change mean for your site?

There are hundreds of factors that Google considers when they send their bots off to crawl your website. Google bots analyze and interpret web pages inside and out based on a combination of factors, also known as an algorithm, to see how relevant and...
By Erica Tafavoti | Friday, November 21, 2014
Mobile search image via Shutterstock. What does Google's "mobile-friendly" search change mean for your site?

What does Google's "mobile-friendly" search change mean for your site?

There are hundreds of factors that Google considers when they send their bots off to crawl your website. Google bots analyze and interpret web pages inside and out based on a combination of factors, also known as an algorithm, to see how relevant and...
By Erica Tafavoti | Friday, November 21, 2014
fedreserveseal_select Think the Fed is standing pat? Think again

Think the Fed is standing pat? Think again

Mortgage rates have been stable near 4 percent, held there by the 10-year T-note moving hardly at all in the last month, 2.31 percent-2.38 percent since Halloween. Such stability is most unusual, best understood as a market gathering tension for ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Samsung Ventures backs DocuSign

DocuSign, an e-signature and transaction management software provider, has detailed strategic investments the company says will help it grow its mobile reach and expand into Spanish-speaking countries, Singapore and across Asia. The commitments co...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, November 21, 2014
shutterstock_225431449 These holiday marketing ideas will stand out from the crowd

These holiday marketing ideas will stand out from the crowd

With the holidays fast approaching, it is crunch time when deciding what to send to your clients. Sure, you can send a traditional card, but does that really stand out among the 50 other cards they will receive from family, friends or other businesse...
By Jennifer Snyder | Friday, November 21, 2014
shutterstock_225431449 These holiday marketing ideas will stand out from the crowd

These holiday marketing ideas will stand out from the crowd

With the holidays fast approaching, it is crunch time when deciding what to send to your clients. Sure, you can send a traditional card, but does that really stand out among the 50 other cards they will receive from family, friends or other businesse...
By Jennifer Snyder | Friday, November 21, 2014
Screen shot from NAR campaign promoting .realtor domains as trustworthy to consumers. NAR's got plenty of free '.realtor' domains left to give away

NAR's got plenty of free '.realtor' domains left to give away

The National Association of Realtors is ready to give away 500,000 free “.realtor” domains to members, and realtor.com will host agents’ profile pages for them at no charge. But nearly a month after NAR opened up the .realtor domain...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, November 20, 2014
Data security image via Shutterstock. CRM and lead consolidation tool 'play nice' together

CRM and lead consolidation tool 'play nice' together

Real estate agents get leads from ever more places online. Keeping track of those leads is not always easy. Real estate tech firm Tribus has come up with one way to tackle this problem: The firm has integrated its customer ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, November 20, 2014
hildebrand_madison_swipe Do you dial, swipe or text? Madison Hildebrand

Do you dial, swipe or text? Madison Hildebrand

Madison Hildebrand of The Malibu Life Partners Trust talks about what it takes to be successful in real estate, and some unexpected ways in which technology can make your life easier ......
By Inman | Thursday, November 20, 2014
iPhone image via Shutterstock. A step-by-step guide to using the new Evernote for iOS8 widget

A step-by-step guide to using the new Evernote for iOS8 widget

After making the move to the iPhone over a year ago, there was one thing I really missed: Widgets. I had a lot of widgets set up on my Android phone, and I used them all the time — especially when using Evernote. ......
By Bill Risser | Thursday, November 20, 2014
iPhone image via Shutterstock. IOS 8 and the Evernote widget

IOS 8 and the Evernote widget

After making the move to the iPhone over a year ago, there was one thing I really missed: Widgets. I had a lot of widgets set up on my Android phone, and I used them all the time — especially when using Evernote. ......
By Bill Risser | Thursday, November 20, 2014