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Flight from danger image via Shutterstock. The bottom line of the Zillow-Trulia deal

The bottom line of the Zillow-Trulia deal

Agents should acknowledge the existence and benefits of Zillow-Trulia, and keep providing better and more powerful information. That is what consumers want and need. Realtors who work harder and smarter will keep providing the critical part of the eq...
By Teke Wiggin | 12 hours ago
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Idaho's largest MLS to feed 14,000 listings to Zillow and Trulia

Idaho’s largest multiple listing service, Intermountain MLS, will soon feed its 14,000 listings directly to Zillow and Trulia, the two most highly trafficked real estate portals on the Web. IMLS has separate direct feed agreements with Trulia ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | 12 hours ago
a text block (2) Why I'm going back to selling real estate

Why I'm going back to selling real estate

Back when Britney Spears was wearing a snake to the VMAs, and “Survivor” was taking over the airwaves, an 18-year-old high school student decided to get his real estate license. Fast forward through 28 seasons of “Survivor,” lots of life less...
By Aaron Woodman | 13 hours ago
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Why mortgage rates aren't shooting up

In a world and life filled with uncertainty, it is gratifying to watch markets behave exactly as they should. Bonds and mortgages got a bad scare on Wednesday, rates up sharply, but as the full picture revealed itself rates are ......
By Lou Barnes | 13 hours ago
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Win your listing presentations nonverbally

There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations ... We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients. We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the appointment...
By ActiveRain | 22 hours ago
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Nation's biggest Realtor association publishing names and photos of ethics violators

Starting today, the California Association of Realtors begins publishing the names and photos of those who are found to have violated the Realtor Code of Ethics in a members-only section of its website unavailable to the public. Only real estate ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | 22 hours ago
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Trulia ups the stakes on agent profiles

Top producing agents and brokers often say real estate is about relationships, not sales. And as the Internet becomes a larger part of everyone’s daily lives, those business-dependent relationships will be increasingly developed, nurtured and s...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Tidal wave of new real estate agent websites taking shape

More than 8 out of 10 Inman News readers say they plan to apply for their own “.realtor” domain — suggesting the Internet could soon see 800,000 new real estate agent websites if the National Association of Realtors’ 1 million...
By Inman News | Thursday, July 31, 2014
CityRealty's virtual aerial imagery for New York City's Lower East Side. Search site's Google Earth implementation will knock your socks off

Search site's Google Earth implementation will knock your socks off

CityRealty, a property listing and agent referral resource covering New York City, has rolled out a revamped website that features colorful neighborhood guides that include virtual aerial imagery of neighborhoods and popular buildings. The site’...
By Inman News | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Zillow/Trulia merger is about home loans, not homes

In the articles I've read dissecting the events of the last few days, I've been surprised to find virtually no reference to what I believe is a key part of the value proposition of a combined Zillow and Trulia: the monetization of products and servic...
By Vincent Turner | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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6 must-follow rules for aspiring top producers

There are some basic truths when it comes to building a successful real estate career. I know because when I canvassed some of our industry's top leaders, time and again the similar themes emerged! ......
By Teri Conrad | Thursday, July 31, 2014
Antiques image via Shutterstock. Why some sellers are clueless about how homes are marketed on the Internet

Why some sellers are clueless about how homes are marketed on the Internet

Homebuyers ask for pictures and they want lots of them. They want great photographs that they can look at on their computer screens, tablets or smartphones. The way buyers look for homes has really changed now that everything is on the Internet. ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, July 31, 2014
most_friendly_portal Inman News readers say realtor.com still a Realtor's best friend

Inman News readers say realtor.com still a Realtor's best friend

Of the big four real estate search portals, realtor.com is the most “friendly” for listing agents and brokers, according to a poll of Inman News readers. The poll accompanied a July 23 story about a report by real estate consulting ......
By Inman News | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate targets Latino TV audience

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC will target the rising tide of Hispanic homebuyers and sellers with a partnership with Spanish-language TV network Vme TV that has a presence in 70 million U.S. households. The partnership between Realogy̵...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Screen shot of sample .realtor site It's official: NAR to manage new '.realtor' Internet domain

It's official: NAR to manage new '.realtor' Internet domain

It’s official: The National Association of Realtors will begin offering its 1 million members Web addresses with a new .realtor top-level domain sometime before October.   In 2012, NAR applied to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Realtor.com taking rental listings from Zumper

Realtor.com is now set up to get rental listings from pros who use the rental marketplace Zumper to market their listings. Zumper has over half a million listings on its platform that it gets from multiple channels, said Zumper CEO ......
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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4 signs you've chosen reliable real estate partners

What does it take to be successful in the real estate industry? Here’s the short answer: partnerships! The most successful people in the real estate industry reach their professional goals by establishing essential partnerships and maintaining a re...
By Guest Contributor | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Keep the toaster, we're crowdfunding our down payment

People have long been using Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other mainstream crowdfunding sites to raise cash for all manner of pursuits. But more recently, niche crowdfunding sites have been popping up. A number of them focus on helping people raise c...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, July 30, 2014