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Showing Suite mobile app screen shots App caters to real estate agents and clients on both sides of the deal

App caters to real estate agents and clients on both sides of the deal

Real estate showing management software company Showing Suite Inc. has launched what it says is the first mobile app for all four parties in a transaction: listing agent, seller, buyer’s agent and buyer. This does not mean buyers will be ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | 8 hours ago
Move Move CEO on Zillow, Trulia merger: 'We like the comp'

Move CEO on Zillow, Trulia merger: 'We like the comp'

Move Inc. CEO Steve Berkowitz likes what Zillow’s plan to acquire Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock has to say about his own company’s value. Given realtor.com operator Move and Trulia’s similar size, “we like the comp,” ...
By Paul Hagey | 8 hours ago
Market share image via Shutterstock. ComScore data show how combined Zillow, Trulia will dominate

ComScore data show how combined Zillow, Trulia will dominate

The latest comScore numbers on consumer traffic to real estate search portals bolster predictions that Zillow’s plans to acquire Trulia will put the company in a league of its own in its ability to connect homebuyers and sellers with real ......
By Paul Hagey | 12 hours ago
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Sotheby's International Realty coming to India

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC will soon have presence in India, having signed an agreement with RealPro Infra Private Ltd. to develop the brand. RealPro Infra co-owner and CEO Amit Goyal will open the first North India Sotheby&#...
By Inman News | 12 hours ago
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NAR-backed firms integrating to simplify moving process

Two companies partially owned by the National Association of Realtors will soon integrate their products to help real estate professionals simplify the moving process for their clients, the trade group announced today. As a result of the integration,...
By Andrea V. Brambila | 12 hours ago
Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices and CoreLogic Home price growth continues to cool

Home price growth continues to cool

Yearly growth in U.S. home prices continued to slow in May, but still remained well above average. The S&P/Case Shiller 20-City Composite Index showed prices rising 9.3 percent year over year in May, down from 10.8 percent in April. Annual ......
By Teke Wiggin | 13 hours ago
A print ad from a $40 million marketing campaign NAR launched in 2006. Realtor.com's new economist won't tell you 'It's a great time to buy or sell a home'

Realtor.com's new economist won't tell you 'It's a great time to buy or sell a home'

In the fall of 2006, as the world hurtled toward a financial crisis precipitated by loose mortgage lending practices that fueled one of the greatest housing bubbles in U.S. history, the National Association of Realtors launched a $40 million advertis...
By Matt Carter | 13 hours ago
shutterstock_156479297-[Converted] Here's what happened when the Internet tasked itself with renaming Zillow and Trulia

Here's what happened when the Internet tasked itself with renaming Zillow and Trulia

Yesterday's Zillow/Trulia buyout brought out the most dangerous of all cross-breeds: real estate enthusiasts who are also addicted to pop culture. As soon as the buzz hit, intrepid Twitter users began the very important task of rebranding the two por...
By Gina Thelemann | 13 hours ago
Smartphone image via Shutterstock. 3 apps agents use to work smarter, not harder

3 apps agents use to work smarter, not harder

The world of business is littered with clichés, and real estate is no different. Coaching seminars, podcasts, conventions, that one older relative so many of us have who seems to have every Henry Ford quote memorized (now replaced for others by the ...
By Bret Calltharp | 14 hours ago
shutterstock_61682320 Rise above 'salesperson' status to become a trusted real estate concierge

Rise above 'salesperson' status to become a trusted real estate concierge

It may sound harsh to say, but it’s true: Talking about yourself is not the best way to win listings. That’s why statistics on YouTube’s top 5 real estate video types indicate “About Me” content ranks fifth on a scale of most sought-after v...
By Stephen Schweickart | 22 hours ago
Data integration image via Shutterstock. Why Zillow's Retsly acquisition does not spell doom for MLSs

Why Zillow's Retsly acquisition does not spell doom for MLSs

The recent news of Zillow’s acquisition of middleware provider Retsly evoked negative reactions from many agents at Inman Connect in San Francisco. In fact, Zillow CRO Greg Schwartz, who was onstage with Brad Inman, was forced to defend the move as...
By Eddie Earnest | 23 hours ago
Advertising image via Shutterstock. Combined Zillow and Trulia still 'just an ad platform'

Combined Zillow and Trulia still 'just an ad platform'

Will Zillow and Trulia remain content to continue providing leads and lead management tools to agents, or are they out to "disrupt" MLS, franchisors and brokerages ......
By Paul Hagey | Monday, July 28, 2014
zulia2 Why Zulia doesn’t mean checkmate

Why Zulia doesn’t mean checkmate

So it’s official. Zillow is buying Trulia. And Brad Inman argues that this is now “checkmate” for the traditional real estate industry. As he suggested a few months ago, Brad sees brokers as trapped between portals on one side and top producing...
By Joseph Rand | Monday, July 28, 2014
Mobile experience image via Shutterstock. 3 tips to create a mobile experience worth downloading

3 tips to create a mobile experience worth downloading

After speaking on the mobile workshop panel at Real Estate Connect San Francisco, all the panelists, including myself, agreed that creating an engaging or FOMO (fear of missing out) user experience is the most important factor to increasing downloads...
By Will Caldwell | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Pending home sales dip slightly but still above average

After climbing for three straight months, pending home sales dipped slightly in June, held back by inventory shortages in some markets, tight credit and stagnant wages, the National Association of Realtors said today. NAR's pending home sales index, ...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, July 28, 2014
Freight train image via Shutterstock. The Zillow phenomenon: Don’t confuse momentum with innovation

The Zillow phenomenon: Don’t confuse momentum with innovation

Ten years ago Zillow and Trulia did not exist -- realtor.com was beginning to rule the roost of our industry. Back then every client wanted to make sure their listing was on realtor.com. Brokerage companies were fighting off the grip that newspaper c...
By Mark McLaughlin | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Fight, compete or cooperate?

Have you been in a partnership -- business or personal -- in which the other party has the upper hand, and the relationship may be hurting you somehow? You see no way out. You consider blowing it up -- the nuclear option -- but you fear the conseque...
By Brad Inman | Monday, July 28, 2014
Acquisition image via Shutterstock. Zillow set to acquire Trulia for $3.5B in stock

Zillow set to acquire Trulia for $3.5B in stock

Zillow announced today that it’s entered into a definitive agreement to acquire its chief competitor Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The companies will maintain their separate brands, with Trulia CEO Pete Flint staying on board and reporting ...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, July 28, 2014