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a text block (1) 8 things that will determine your success in real estate

8 things that will determine your success in real estate

Launching your career in real estate is no easy venture. My heart bleeds for new agents who have worked so hard to earn their license and complete all of their post-licensing sales training and now are ready to roll! But there's one little problem: N...
By Teri Conrad | 10 hours ago
Checkmate image via Shutterstock. Zillow’s Trulia move is 'checkmate'

Zillow’s Trulia move is 'checkmate'

Alex Perriello, the astute and affable CEO of Realogy Franchise Group, sent me an email two weeks ago, to set up an appointment to talk on Tuesday, July 15, at 1 p.m. I anticipated that the reason for the call ......
By Brad Inman | 13 hours ago
Broke image via Shutterstock. The one thing that's holding back a terrific economic expansion

The one thing that's holding back a terrific economic expansion

Long-term rates stabilized this week as events, puzzles, forces and conflicts scattered all over the world canceled each other. We focus on the yields of long-term debt (like bonds and mortgage-backed securities) because they are the result of real-t...
By Lou Barnes | 14 hours ago
Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 3.57.07 PM How to create a brokerage that appeals to millennial clients

How to create a brokerage that appeals to millennial clients

When you walk into our real estate office in Oklahoma City, you can tell there’s something different: an open design, modern aesthetic, 20-foot ceilings, and a state-of-the-art machine that makes just about every coffee beverage under the sun. But ...
By Guest Contributor | 20 hours ago
Nap time image via Shutterstock. Testing Zillow's 'Coming Soon' while the MLS sleeps

Testing Zillow's 'Coming Soon' while the MLS sleeps

Zillow’s new “Coming Soon” feature has been the talk of the industry for over a month now. Some like it, some don’t, and some — most notably MLSs — have been caught asleep at the switch. While other companies in ....
By Mark McLaughlin | 21 hours ago
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Real estate industry wary about prospect of 'Zulia'

If reported merger talks between Zillow and Trulia do culminate in a deal, a slim majority of Inman News readers who responded to an online poll Thursday said that would be bad for the real estate industry. Would a merger ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Housing market projected to regain some lost momentum

Having weathered a soft patch that lasted through the fall, winter and early spring, housing markets are showing signs of a rebound that should continue for the rest of the year, according to the latest forecast by economists at Fannie ......
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 24, 2014
Drone image via Shutterstock. NRT bans drone photography in northeastern US

NRT bans drone photography in northeastern US

The nation’s largest real estate brokerage is warning agents who work out of more than 200 offices in the northeastern U.S. not to commission drone photography from vendors until the Federal Aviation Administration issues “clearly define...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Zillow and Trulia's share prices surge on merger talk

Shares in Zillow and Trulia are up sharply today on reports that Zillow is looking to acquire its smaller rival. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports that Zillow could value Trulia at as much as $2 billion, and that an agreement ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, July 24, 2014
Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014 photo montage courtesy of Michele Chiu, The Boutique Real Estate Group. Top 10 takeaways of a Real Estate Connect noob

Top 10 takeaways of a Real Estate Connect noob

Editor’s note: Michele Chiu’s account of her experience attending the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco is republished with permission from The Boutique Real Estate Group’s Orange County Real Estate Blog. It’s been t...
By Michele Chiu | Thursday, July 24, 2014
The mistakes (2) Biggest mistakes I've made in 15 years selling real estate

Biggest mistakes I've made in 15 years selling real estate

Over the course of 15 years of selling real estate, I've made some mistakes. It's easy to do when you don't have a "how-to" manual or a mentor to guide you. I thought I'd share a few of my blunders ... just in case there's a newbie out there who coul...
By ActiveRain | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Ellie Mae's self-service mortgage platform targets 'tech-savvy' borrowers

Ellie Mae is now offering mortgage lenders a consumer direct solution for its Encompass mortgage management platform that can guide homebuyers through a step-by-step application process in less than 15 minutes, giving borrowers greater control and in...
By Inman News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
New-home sales image via Shutterstock. Months' supply of new homes for sale hits highest level in 2.5 years

Months' supply of new homes for sale hits highest level in 2.5 years

Sales of new single-family houses fell in June, expanding the months’ supply of homes on the market, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today. Single-family home sales fell 8.1 percent from May to June to a seasonally adjust...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 24, 2014
YourBerkeley.com screen shot 6 tips for becoming a hyperlocal content specialist

6 tips for becoming a hyperlocal content specialist

As a Berkeley resident who has also seen dozens of terrible real estate sites masquerading as local content hubs, I was struck by how engaging Arron Sweeney's YourBerkeley.com website was. I met with Arron to ask him about his strategy and ongoing pl...
By Gina Thelemann | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Connect with the Indian marketplace next month in Kolkata

The National Association of Realtors-India is holding its sixth annual meeting Aug. 16-17 in Kolkata. While some of the scheduled programming might sound familiarly mind-numbing to American Realtors (“Standardization of Global Practice in Real ...
By Inman News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Is realtor.com still a Realtor's best friend?

Realtor.com may be the official consumer website of the National Association of Realtors, but rival search portals Zillow and Trulia have improved their value proposition to listing agents and brokers to the point “where many Realtors and MLSs ...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Screen shot of SmartZip's home page. Predictive analytics real estate marketing startup raises $12M

Predictive analytics real estate marketing startup raises $12M

SmartZip Analytics Inc., maker of a predictive analytics tool that helps real estate pros target their marketing to homeowners who may be likely to sell soon, has raised $12 million in a Series B funding round. The Pleasanton, California-based firm, ...
By Inman News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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NAR and ListHub partner to help Realtors grow their international business

The National Association of Realtors and Move Inc.’s listing distribution platform ListHub have partnered to help NAR members broadcast their listings overseas and participate in the rise of international investment in the U.S. housing market. &nbs...
By Inman News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014