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LiongateExterior_for_Slider Inman News producing 'Luxury Connect' conference in Bel Air, California

Inman News producing 'Luxury Connect' conference in Bel Air, California

Inman News with media sponsor The Wall Street Journal announced today that it will host a day-long event on October 23 in Bel Air, California focused on how technology, new business models and innovative strategies are changing the luxury real estate...
By Inman News | 7 hours ago
Hyperlapse app How to decide which property tour technology is right for you

How to decide which property tour technology is right for you

Every so often, new technology comes along that improves the way we do things, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably noticed Instagram recently introduced Hyperlapse, a free smartphone app that is going to be a game changer for r...
By Stephen Schweickart | 7 hours ago
Fish skeleton image via Shutterstock. MLS to send just the bare bones of listings to Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com

MLS to send just the bare bones of listings to Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com

In a bid to drive more traffic to listing brokerage websites, consumers will soon see only limited listing data when they search for Mid-South homes on Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com and other third-party public portals. In May, Inman News published a ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | 8 hours ago
HotelTonight's Jared Simon at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Building the impossible user experience

Building the impossible user experience

Jared Simon, co-founder and chief operating officer of HotelTonight, talks about how the company made the impossible user experience -- same-night mobile booking -- a reality. Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LL...
By Inman News | 8 hours ago
Move executives rang the opening bell on the NASDAQ stock exchange in January. Realtor.com operator Move losing chief marketing officer

Realtor.com operator Move losing chief marketing officer

Move Inc.’s chief marketing officer, Barbara O’Connor, is leaving her post at the end of September for family reasons. “(Barbara) has the full support of the executive team,” Move spokeswoman Christie Wilfley told Inman News. ...
By Paul Hagey | 8 hours ago
Foreclosure image via Shutterstock. There should be an experienced agent on both sides of a distressed property transaction

There should be an experienced agent on both sides of a distressed property transaction

A complaint I often hear since the housing downturn is how difficult some REO brokers are to deal with. They are unresponsive, unhelpful, uncommunicative and difficult to transact business with. I’ll be the first to agree that some REO agents ......
By J. Philip Faranda | 21 hours ago
Drone image via Shutterstock. Realtors get a seat at the drone regulation table

Realtors get a seat at the drone regulation table

The Federal Aviation Administration has invited the National Association of Realtors to participate in a working group that will provide input on forthcoming regulations of “unmanned aerial systems,” or drones. NAR says it will use the op...
By Inman News | 21 hours ago
Inman News' Teke Wiggin's former home doesn't have a high 'livability score.' New service lets real estate agents dig up the dirt on properties

New service lets real estate agents dig up the dirt on properties

Real estate agents have plenty of resources for pulling up granular market and neighborhood data on properties. But that information doesn’t always tell a meaningful story about a particular listing. Revaluate wants to help agents do a bett...
By Teke Wiggin | 22 hours ago
Leigh Brown at the North Carolina Association of Realtors' annual convention in Hot Springs, Virginia. Are you willing to give up selling a house so your voice will be heard?

Are you willing to give up selling a house so your voice will be heard?

Responding to last week’s “tweet storm” by Inman News Publisher Brad Inman on loose licensing requirements and incompetent agents, Leigh Brown, broker-owner of Re/Max Executive Realty in Concord, North Carolina, says change won̵...
By Inman News | 23 hours ago
Mobile experience image via Shutterstock. Mobile apps get personal to build stronger client relationships

Mobile apps get personal to build stronger client relationships

The days of massively long emails, forced registration to access the MLS and missed voice mails are rapidly fading away. New tools are making communication simpler and more personalized than ever before, provided you know what to do ......
By Bernice Ross | Monday, September 15, 2014
RealScout_Cookies_Hero How RealScout's free open house cookies campaign went viral

How RealScout's free open house cookies campaign went viral

Since its beginnings, RealScout has focused on building an innovative and empowering home search experience that keeps the agent in control while giving buyers the search tools they’ve come to expect. So when it came time to develop relationships w...
By Guest Contributor | Monday, September 15, 2014
Wayne Strobel and Vanessa Bergmark talk near field sensors at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Apple iBeacons come to real estate listings

Apple iBeacons come to real estate listings

Wayne Strobel, founder of RealtyBeacon, and Vanessa Bergmark, general manager and partner of the East San Francisco Bay brokerage Red Oak Realty, explain what near-field sensors mean for real estate marketing ......
By Inman News | Monday, September 15, 2014
Pittsburgh image via Shutterstock. Big Pennsylvania brokerage cuts off flow of listings to Zillow

Big Pennsylvania brokerage cuts off flow of listings to Zillow

One of Pennsylvania’s biggest brokerages, Northwood Realty Services, has pulled about 2,700 listings from Zillow, citing concerns over the accuracy of Zillow’s automated valuations and with listing data displayed on the site. Northwood Re...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, September 12, 2014
California image via Shutterstock. California makes strides toward statewide MLS

California makes strides toward statewide MLS

With the goal of building a statewide multiple listing service in mind, California Regional MLS has embarked on an initiative to ink data-share deals directly with MLSs throughout the Golden State. In April, San Dimas-based California Regional ML...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, September 12, 2014
Twin Design / Shutterstock.com. Google killed Authorship, but Author Rank is a much bigger fish

Google killed Authorship, but Author Rank is a much bigger fish

Google's Authorship program was touted as the tool to identify work from quality content creators. Built to use authors' Google Plus profiles as unique identifiers and using simple markup language to distinguish their content across the Web, Authorsh...
By Sam DeBord | Friday, September 12, 2014
Container ships loading and unloading in Singapore. Banana Republic images / Shutterstock.com. Good news about the economy is bad news for mortgage rates

Good news about the economy is bad news for mortgage rates

In the backwards world of bonds and mortgages, in which good news is bad, good news pushed up long-term rates this week. U.S. data may encourage the Fed to accelerate the end of ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) at its ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, September 12, 2014
Eighty-nine percent of buyers use mobile devices in their search for a new home (photo courtesy of HouseLens). Find and implement the right mobile solutions for your business

Find and implement the right mobile solutions for your business

You probably don’t need me to tell you that mobile is important. According to the National Association of Realtors, 93 percent of Realtors use their smartphones to conduct business -- and they spend a median 44 percent of their time working on the ...
By Kathryn Royster | Friday, September 12, 2014
Fundrise helped more than 60 investors purchase a stake in this Hamptons mansion. Screen shot of Trulia listing detail page. More than 60 people own this Hamptons mansion

More than 60 people own this Hamptons mansion

Over 60 people now own a Hamptons mansion nearing completion. But the property, listed tentatively at $3.25 million, isn’t a finely tuned timeshare. Its scores of owners are investors who collectively gobbled up a little under half of the home’s ...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, September 12, 2014