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The European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. Rob Wilson / Shutterstock.com As Fed tapers, Europe may just be getting started

As Fed tapers, Europe may just be getting started

Fed tightening is theoretically imminent, but U.S. bonds are falling in yield, even as the Fed tapers its bond purchases. Everyone is prepared for very dramatic action by the European Central Bank, some form of quantitative easing ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 29, 2014
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Google just officially axed its Authorship program

Google just officially axed its Authorship program. If you’re not familiar with Authorship, the idea was a way to connect your online real estate content (like your blog) with your name and photograph in Google search. ......
By Guest Contributor | Friday, August 29, 2014
Drive thru image via Shutterstock. How NOT to negotiate a real estate transaction

How NOT to negotiate a real estate transaction

One of the most important aspects of my duties is to be able to negotiate the best price, terms and set of conditions for my client. Over the last 10 years I've learned a lot about myself and about people in general. It's almost always a give and tak...
By ActiveRain | Friday, August 29, 2014
HubSpot's Laura Fitton talks about building a social business at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Moving beyond social media as the next shiny object

Moving beyond social media as the next shiny object

HubSpot's Laura Fitton explains how to graduate from using social media as the next shiny object to running a social business that attracts visitors and converts leads into closings ......
By Inman News | Friday, August 29, 2014
Prospects image via Shutterstock. CRM provider Contactually signs its biggest deal ever

CRM provider Contactually signs its biggest deal ever

Customer relationship management provider Contactually has signed up Southern California’s First Team Real Estate, giving the firm’s more than 1,600 agents free access to the tool. It’s Contactually’s biggest enterprise-level...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Screen shot of ReaLync demo. Walk your clients through listings even when they can't be there

Walk your clients through listings even when they can't be there

Some real estate agents share live video of properties from their mobile devices to help faraway clients virtually scope out homes. But what if you could expand those private showings into virtual open houses? That’s one service that video-sharing...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Things to do Big questions cloud decision to start own brokerage or join existing one

Big questions cloud decision to start own brokerage or join existing one

Many people say I am my own brand and yes that is true. That, however, does not provide infrastructure or support for creating a strong business. I want to stick to what I do best: meeting people and negotiating deals ......
By Aaron Woodman | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Costa Rica image via Shutterstock. Why homes in Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico are showing up in Chicago's MLS

Why homes in Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico are showing up in Chicago's MLS

Recognizing that its member agents and brokers are not only selling to international buyers but representing listings in other countries, one of the nation’s biggest multiple listing services has streamlined the process for its members to enter, se...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Zameen.com screen shot Listing portal Zameen.com seizes the day as 3G comes to Pakistan

Listing portal Zameen.com seizes the day as 3G comes to Pakistan

The Pakistani listing portal Zameen.com has rolled out a listing search app for the iPhone. That wouldn’t be an earth-shattering achievement for a U.S. listing site, but it’s kind of a big deal in Pakistan. The country just auctio...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Google Analytics reporting (1) Definitive guide to Google Analytics for real estate professionals: Part II - The Overview Reports

Definitive guide to Google Analytics for real estate professionals: Part II - The Overview Reports

In Part I of our Definitive Guide on Google Analytics, we reviewed how to set up your account and configure your settings. Now we’re going to take you through the Overview Reports so you can understand whether your website is working for your busin...
By Guest Contributor | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Audio waveform image via Shutterstock. Turn your listing photos into narrated slideshows in minutes

Turn your listing photos into narrated slideshows in minutes

Some real estate agents are finding the narrated slideshows they create with SpeakingPhoto are an attractive marketing alternative to listing videos, or that they complement them. SpeakingPhoto lets you add voiceovers to photos and combine them into ...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
agent match us news and money Surprise: There's serious support for agent matching

Surprise: There's serious support for agent matching

Realtor.com’s experiment with AgentMatch may have been short-lived, but a majority of Inman News readers say they approve of services that match agents with consumers based on sales data. Nearly 6 in 10 Inman News readers (57 percent) respondin...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Hacker image via Shutterstock. Portal hacks: how to get your money's worth out of online leads

Portal hacks: how to get your money's worth out of online leads

The big real estate search sites -- Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com and homes.com -- attract tens of millions of visitors every month, and real estate brokers and agents are paying big dollars for the leads the portals generate. Some who know the game be...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 28, 2014
dotloop2 Broker success: the top brokers' blueprint to choosing a transaction system

Broker success: the top brokers' blueprint to choosing a transaction system

In our latest webinar we took a look firsthand at how brokers can and SHOULD choose a transaction system for their agents and their office. Joelle Senter of dotloop and Craig McClelland of Metro Brokers Better Homes and Gardens Real ......
By Laura Monroe | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Fizzle image via Shutterstock. NAR-backed agent ratings pilot fizzles

NAR-backed agent ratings pilot fizzles

An agent ratings pilot program backed by the National Association of Realtors has ended without being renewed after reportedly low adoption rates by agents and lack of support for the program at the national level.   In August 2012, survey-base...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Facebook.com screen shot 5 reasons real estate agents should dump their Facebook business pages

5 reasons real estate agents should dump their Facebook business pages

If you're a celebrity real estate agent, this article is NOT for you. If you have a team of agents and you sell hundreds of homes a year, this article is NOT for you. If you have a big social media marketing budget and 20 hours per week to dedicate o...
By ActiveRain | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
New job image via Shutterstock. Zillow hires 2 more industry vets to woo MLSs, Realtor associations

Zillow hires 2 more industry vets to woo MLSs, Realtor associations

Zillow has added two more real estate industry vets to its industry development team to help bolster its relationships with multiple listing services and Realtor associations around the U.S. Both Steve Allen and Chris Kiel now serve as directors ...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Kelly_Margaret_ICSF_2014 What consumers want from brands, brokers and agents

What consumers want from brands, brokers and agents

In a one-on-one talk with Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman, Re/Max CEO Margaret Kelly shares insights about what the franchisor has learned about what today’s consumers want from brands, brokers and agents — and what the indust...
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 27, 2014