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Legenda / Shutterstock.com Potentially outdated school ratings on Redfin raise concerns

Potentially outdated school ratings on Redfin raise concerns

The school ratings on Redfin are a nice way for consumers to check out local education before they buy a house -- but those ratings might not be up-to-date. Redfin has displayed outdated school ratings in the past, raising concerns that some buyers w...
By Teke Wiggin | 6 minutes ago
Tupungato _228750967 The portal strategy for dominating any local search within 2 months

The portal strategy for dominating any local search within 2 months

What is the one thing you possess that the portals do not? You know what is hot by neighborhood, what buyers desire the most and what they'll pay the most to attain. But this can be routinized by the portals using technology. But, if they can do it, ...
By Creed Smith | 1 hour ago
Andrey_Popov_172064327 Leigh Brown's reader mail: my first listing appointment

Leigh Brown's reader mail: my first listing appointment

We asked readers to submit their questions via email. In this segment of Leigh Brown's reader mail, a new agent asks Leigh for advice on how to handle her first listing appointment ......
By Leigh Brown | 6 hours ago
Senohrabek_176249699 4 open house tips from the pros

4 open house tips from the pros

When you are trying to figure out best practices, it is best just to ask the people who have years of experience and have figured out what works. And that's just what we did; here are the top four open house tips we gathered from the pros ......
By Jason Rueger | 7 hours ago
BTC - Cheryl Maupin Cheryl Maupin: 'You can find out anything anyway, so what is there to hide?'

Cheryl Maupin: 'You can find out anything anyway, so what is there to hide?'

Cheryl Maupin of Bev & Co. - House of Brokers Realty talks meditation, hiring people whose strengths balance your weaknesses and why technology can keep her up at night ......
By Inman | 8 hours ago
DRETR - site design Tech how-to: ranking and hiring real estate website design firms

Tech how-to: ranking and hiring real estate website design firms

Real estate transactions are executed on standard forms under (ideally) hard deadlines. State rules and industrywide best practices fence in maverick sales tactics. It's no wonder, then, that when it comes to website needs, agents seek solutions that...
By Craig Rowe | 8 hours ago
LEADER_JOE-KILLINGER Joe Killinger: 'Successful agents will be adaptable to the ever-changing needs of their clients'

Joe Killinger: 'Successful agents will be adaptable to the ever-changing needs of their clients'

When asked how the role of the real estate agent will change in coming years, Killinger says: "I believe the successful agents will be adaptable to the ever-changing needs of their clients and embrace new technology to become more efficient." ......
By Inman | 8 hours ago
Senohrabek_241212058 8 real estate landing page myths -- busted

8 real estate landing page myths -- busted

Real estate landing pages are one of the most important parts of your business -- or, at least, they should be. These pages are designed to deliver access or information to prospects searching for what you offer. I will debunk some of the most common...
By Ben Janke | 9 hours ago
pressmaster / Shutterstock.com June 2015 industry partnerships

June 2015 industry partnerships

Who joined forces in the real estate industry in June to help agents up their game? Here's our rundown, in chronological order ......
By Inman | 10 hours ago
Johanna Goodyear / Shutterstock.com Average Manhattan condo sells for nearly $2 million

Average Manhattan condo sells for nearly $2 million

Two reports show that while condo closing volume declined in Manhattan by 10 to 20 percent during the second quarter, median and average sales prices rose by 6 percent to more than 11 percent spanning the past 12 months. The average Manhattan apartme...
By Erik Pisor | 13 hours ago
bikeriderlondon / Shutterstock.com Broker Public Portal adds respected former Trulia exec to board

Broker Public Portal adds respected former Trulia exec to board

Former Trulia exec Alon Chaver has joined the board of managers for the first national MLS listing portal, dubbed the Broker Public Portal. Chaver, who helped secure data license agreements with MLSs and brokerages for nearly three years as vice pres...
By Paul Hagey | 18 hours ago
The 1700 block of U Street. Photo by AgnosticPreachersKid. Mill Creek Residential buys Italian Embassy for future apartments

Mill Creek Residential buys Italian Embassy for future apartments

Soon residents of Washington, D.C., will have the chance to live in a historic building that was the former Italian Embassy. Mill Creek Residential, a multifamily developer that works throughout the nation, today announced that it acquired the neo-Re...
By Kimberly Manning | 18 hours ago
Volt Collection / Shutterstock.com Right-wing radio host Glenn Beck has a real estate referral network

Right-wing radio host Glenn Beck has a real estate referral network

Joel Fletes, a real estate agent with Re/Max Futura in San Francisco, is working to close a lead from conservative radio and TV host Glenn Beck. Fletes doesn't know Beck and Beck doesn't know the home seller, but Fletes is prepared to pay a 25 percen...
By Paul Hagey | 19 hours ago
bokan  / Shutterstock.com Airbnb tent listing asks for nearly $50 a night

Airbnb tent listing asks for nearly $50 a night

Finding an affordable place in Silicon Valley is like finding a needle in a haystack, and even that may be easier. According to Rentbits, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in nearby San Francisco is $3,600 -- but for the low cost of $900 pe...
By Kimberly Manning | 19 hours ago
EdgeOfReason / Shutterstock.com Top 10 metros for home price gains

Top 10 metros for home price gains

Backing the findings of other recent reports, Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller’s U.S. National Home Price Index shows that home prices continue to escalate. Spanning April 2014 to April 2015, 10 markets experienced year-over-year price growth that ex...
By Erik Pisor | 21 hours ago
img_018 3-D home of the day

3-D home of the day

Old meets new in this spectacular, renovated century home located in sought-after Olde Aurora, Ontario. This home features soaring 9- to 12-foot ceilings and a gourmet kitchen upgraded with marble countertops ......
By Kevin Klages | 22 hours ago
Ollyy / Shutterstock.com Average US home price nudges up to $248,000

Average US home price nudges up to $248,000

Home prices are up modestly this spring, according to the latest housing market data released by Black Knight Financial Services Inc. The mortgage industry technology, data and analytics provider released its Home Price Index (HPI) for April this wee...
By Amy Swinderman | 22 hours ago
Bugtiger / Shutterstock.com Redfin's low commission fees aren't 'rational': CEO

Redfin's low commission fees aren't 'rational': CEO

If Redfin acted rationally, the high-tech brokerage would charge higher commission fees, according to Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman. Why? Because Redfin has found that increasing its commission rate does not impact demand for its services, meaning the brok...
By Teke Wiggin | 22 hours ago