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NautilusFront1024 IGuide 3-D home of the week

IGuide 3-D home of the week

From the moment you set foot in this grand eight-bedroom, nine-bath Mediterranean-style home, the expert craftsmanship from floor to ceiling will draw you into the home. If ocean views are your thing, just wait until you experience the master bedroom...
By Kevin Klages | 7 hours ago
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Technology doesn't replace people -- specialized people do

In my ongoing quest to buy a home this year, I have had many interesting and eye-opening experiences about the same industry that I thought I already knew so well. I mean I spent the past decade of my life specializing in it. I see many people making...
By Stephen Schweickart | 8 hours ago
Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock.com Startup hopes 'Hollywood' video ad helps it blast off

Startup hopes 'Hollywood' video ad helps it blast off

A time comes in a startup’s life where it has figured out its messaging, nailed down its business model and it’s ready to shout the news from the rooftops. That time has come for AgentPair, a startup that hit the ......
By Paul Hagey | 8 hours ago
Hero-RealtorvsZillow Best portal TV ad? Realtor.com's takes the cake

Best portal TV ad? Realtor.com's takes the cake

Realtor.com's national TV ad does a better job of connecting with consumers than Zillow's, according to the 3,687 readers who took Inman's poll this week. It wasn't a landslide, but with 60.7 percent of the votes, realtor.com came out ahead ......
By Paul Hagey | 9 hours ago
LoloStock / Shutterstock.com New search tool ranks listings by expected rental ROI

New search tool ranks listings by expected rental ROI

“We’re seeing a lot of foreign money and investors that want to park their money somewhere,” said Lee Lin, co-founder of rental search website RentHop. “The joke is Manhattan condos have become the new world reserve currency.&...
By Teke Wiggin | 9 hours ago
Silver Wolf / Shutterstock.com Mortgage interest deduction said to cause 'vast distortion' in global economy

Mortgage interest deduction said to cause 'vast distortion' in global economy

Subsidies that governments give to debt have spawned a "vast distortion" in the global economy that has made the financial system vulnerable to crises, hindered productive investment, curtailed economic growth and aggravated inequality, according to ...
By Teke Wiggin | 13 hours ago
Hyena Reality / Shutterstock.com Zillow's Long Form does the opposite of 'advocate for consumers'

Zillow's Long Form does the opposite of 'advocate for consumers'

I like a good mystery, but not when it comes to buying big-ticket items such as a house or condo. Fortunately, the Internet has been a boon to consumers seeking all manner of goods and services, from cars and vacations to mortgages and homes ......
By Rajesh Bhat | 15 hours ago
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Is the MLS still the most crucial marketing tool?

I just returned from the National Association of Realtors' 2015 Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, and as with many conferences, some of the most stimulating conversations come from the unofficial meetups and lobby conversations ......
By Erica Ramus | 16 hours ago
BTC - Toni Haber Toni Haber: 'I only want people around me who are motivated and want to win, learn and grow'

Toni Haber: 'I only want people around me who are motivated and want to win, learn and grow'

The Douglas Elliman broker talks about lines in the sand, how technology helps her connect with clients and transcendental meditation ......
By Inman | 17 hours ago
Shutterstock.com Why in-house lenders are ineffective

Why in-house lenders are ineffective

These days many real estate brokerages have a lender in their office to supposedly make the process easier for the buyer to get a loan, helping to create the "one-stop shop," which usually includes a settlement company, as well. Even though buyers c...
By Jason Turner | 17 hours ago
Tech_Falcon Falcon flies in from Copenhagen to offer another way to manage social marketing

Falcon flies in from Copenhagen to offer another way to manage social marketing

Managing social media can be a plate-spinning-on-roller skates experience. Either you have expertise in that particular act of the marketing circus, or the people are laughing at you, not with you. Just hitting the "share" button a couple of times a ...
By Craig Rowe | 17 hours ago
Social Media_Tracy Schwartz Tracy Schwartz: 'People love to see us living the mountain lifestyle, not just properties and stats'

Tracy Schwartz: 'People love to see us living the mountain lifestyle, not just properties and stats'

"I think social media is a great way to show the company's human side," says Schwartz. "We live here, we play here … oh yeah, and we work here. This is our home, and no one knows it better than us; we want to share how cool a place this is. Not jus...
By Inman | 18 hours ago
MARCHPN / Shutterstock.com We need a new standard for calculating home loans -- here's why

We need a new standard for calculating home loans -- here's why

Mortgage loans are a good thing. They provide us the opportunity to purchase and occupy a home before we have all the funds to do so. This opportunity does come at a price. The price is the amortized payment schedule, which means each month part of t...
By Jeffrey Hogue | 18 hours ago
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Should listing agents be present for all showings?

If Marcy Spieker is asked by a seller client to be present for every showing, she's knows what she'll say. "Due to our standards of practice here, that would not be in your best interest," she said she'll tell a client, during a discussion on the mat...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Report recommends adding phone, utility payments to credit score information

On the heels of Fair Issac Corp. -- the company behind FICO credit scores -- proposing a new credit scoring system, a recent report pushes for a similar structure that would take into account telecommunication and utility payments ......
By Erik Pisor | Thursday, May 21, 2015
gyn9037 / Shutterstock.com With acquisition, Midwest brokerage becomes nation's largest Coldwell Banker franchise affiliate

With acquisition, Midwest brokerage becomes nation's largest Coldwell Banker franchise affiliate

Midwest brokerage Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell has acquired Wisconsin-based neighbor Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group and its 450 agents and 18 offices. With the new addition, Joliet, Illinois-based Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell now has approximately...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Matterport 3-D home of the week

This 6,440-square-foot remodel left us lost for words. Nestled in a Seward Park hillside overlooking Lake Washington and Mount Rainier in Seattle, Washington, the original home was barely more than a shack with arguably the best views in Seattle ......
By Robert Eisenbach | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Mortgage loan QC assessment tool offers 'TrueView' of lender errors

Lenders, investors and regulators who need to compare the quality of loan pools within an individual lender’s portfolio or to the rest of the mortgage industry will have a new tool this summer in the form of QC View, a benchmarking solution develop...
By Amy Swinderman | Thursday, May 21, 2015