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New-home sales image via Shutterstock. Months' supply of new homes for sale hits highest level in over a year

Months' supply of new homes for sale hits highest level in over a year

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 | 8 hours ago
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 | 12 hours ago
Traffic in Kolkata, India Radiokafka / Shutterstock.com Connect with the Indian marketplace next month in Kolkata

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 | 13 hours ago
Heartbroken image via Shutterstock. Is realtor.com still a Realtor's best friend?

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
International image via Shutterstock. NAR and ListHub partner to help Realtors grow their international business

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
Facebook's new "Save" feature. Can't find that interesting Facebook post? Worry no more

Can't find that interesting Facebook post? Worry no more

Have you ever seen a Facebook post that struck your interest but you had to step away and when you returned to find it had drifted to the bottom of your feed and almost impossible to find? You then spend what seems like hours to find it and finally g...
By Lindsay Listanski | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Mortgage image via Shutterstock. Demand for purchase mortgages still lagging

Demand for purchase mortgages still lagging

Appetite for purchase mortgages stayed flat last week, clocking in well below the same week a year ago as costlier mortgage insurance and tight credit continued to hamper demand. Applications for purchase loans increased a seasonally adjusted 0.3 per...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Seven signs your neighborhood is an 7 signs a neighborhood will be the next hot spot

7 signs a neighborhood will be the next hot spot

Real estate is an industry that’s all about your hyperlocal expertise. As an agent, you specialize in specific ZIP codes, home types, client types -- you name it. This industry is as much about niche specialties as it gets ......
By Trulia Pro Blog | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Screen shot of raveis.com's framing of StreetEasy for New York City property searches. William Raveis framing StreetEasy for NYC searches

William Raveis framing StreetEasy for NYC searches

William Raveis Real Estate is looking to jump-start its entry into the New York City market by framing search results from StreetEasy, the popular regional listing site acquired by Zillow last year. Located at Tower 56 on East 56th St. between ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
REC14-SF-BrokerWarRoom2 Top takeaways from Real Estate Connect's Broker War Room

Top takeaways from Real Estate Connect's Broker War Room

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate President and CEO Sherry Chris led a series of discussions at the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco, with dynamic brokers from across the country packing the room to discuss key issues facing brokers...
By Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Business coach image via Shutterstock. Guaranteed Rate revamps agent coaching site

Guaranteed Rate revamps agent coaching site

Retail mortgage lender Guaranteed Rate has launched a new version of Partner Xchange, a coaching site for real estate professionals, that includes insights and expertise from more than 50 of the nation’s top real estate agents. Partner Xchange ...
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Short sale image via Shutterstock. Short-sale negotiator prison-bound in 'property flopping' scheme

Short-sale negotiator prison-bound in 'property flopping' scheme

A former Bank of America short-sale negotiator has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $5.7 million in restitution for his role in a fraud scheme in which prosecutors said he accepted bribes to sign off ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
realtorDOTcom_mom Latest realtor.com 'Accuracy Matters' ad set to hit cable TV networks

Latest realtor.com 'Accuracy Matters' ad set to hit cable TV networks

The next realtor.com “Accuracy Matters” ad, entitled “Mom,” will be running on cable networks including HGTV, USA, TBS, DIY and TLC. “Mom” is a follow-up to realtor.com’s “Doghouse Architects” spot, released in May.   R...
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Listing data image via Shutterstock. Rapattoni signs multiyear data deal with RealtyTrac

Rapattoni signs multiyear data deal with RealtyTrac

Multiple listing service platform provider Rapattoni Corp. has entered into a multiyear agreement to license property tax, deed and mortgage records, and foreclosure data from RealtyTrac. The partnership also includes neighborhood data aggregated by ...
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
New-home sales image via Shutterstock. Pace of existing-home sales picks up from May to June

Pace of existing-home sales picks up from May to June

Sales of existing homes and total housing inventory climbed in June as the housing market continued to trek towards a healthier state, the National Association of Realtors reported today. Existing-home sales rose 2.6 percent from May to June to a se...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Lead response time image via Shutterstock. 4 ways Realtors can make a great first impression

4 ways Realtors can make a great first impression

Have you heard the expression, “First impressions are everything?” Well, this is especially true for Realtors. A bad first impression can turn off otherwise hot prospects, ignite negative word of mouth, and minimize your chances of getting referr...
By Matthew Collis | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
urban compass Urban Compass valued at $360M in funding round

Urban Compass valued at $360M in funding round

Just over a year after launching, New York City-based real estate brokerage and tech platform Urban Compass is worth $360 million, at least in the eyes of investors who ponied up $40 million for a Series B funding round announced ......
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, July 21, 2014