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BHHS_2_0_0 Warren Buffett's real estate franchise set to fly its flag over 1,000 offices

Warren Buffett's real estate franchise set to fly its flag over 1,000 offices

A year to the day after welcoming its first affiliate, franchisor Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices announced the addition of the 1,000th office to its network with the conversion of Torrance, California-based Prudential California Realty. When the ...
By Paul Hagey | 10 hours ago
Sarasota, Florida image via Shutterstock. Merger creates 'Suncoast Realtor Association' on Florida's Gulf Coast

Merger creates 'Suncoast Realtor Association' on Florida's Gulf Coast

Two Southwest Florida Realtor associations will soon merge, a move their leaders say will allow them to provide better services to members, give them a bigger voice at the state and national level, and maybe even lower their dues. After ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | 13 hours ago
shutterstock_199193120 Convert Internet leads without wasting your marketing dollars

Convert Internet leads without wasting your marketing dollars

In light of the stats showing major internet usage among buyers and sellers, why isn’t your Internet marketing working? The answer for most agents is that they respond too slowly to lead inquiries ......
By Eddie Earnest | 16 hours ago
Screen shot of LevelRE's website. Brokerage says tech platform lets it offer big commission discounts

Brokerage says tech platform lets it offer big commission discounts

Todd Siegel, a real estate agent who claims to have 14,000 transactions under his belt, says selling a home is a lot easier than it used to be. “A lot of agents put your house on the MLS, and they just wait for the phone to ring,” Siegel said. ...
By Teke Wiggin | 17 hours ago
Screen shot showign detail from WAV Group's website. Consulting firm WAV Group launches PR, marketing division

Consulting firm WAV Group launches PR, marketing division

Consulting firm WAV Group has launched a new division, WAV Group Communications, to “create energy and excitement around the launch of new products and services for the real estate industry,” and named veteran communications and marketing...
By Inman News | 18 hours ago
-What does a Realtor do all day, What do Realtors really DO all day?

What do Realtors really DO all day?

My neighbor asked me this the other day. It was 3 p.m. and I was checking the mail. He came over and said, "Busy day today, I see. Are we lounging this afternoon again?" ......
By ActiveRain | 23 hours ago
Sidecar's Maria Ogneva and Nora Hendrickson at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Lessons from the sharing economy

Lessons from the sharing economy

How Sidecar drivers are building businesses on the ride-sharing platform. Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman talks with Maria Ogneva, Sidecar’s head of community, and Nora Hendrickson, a Sidecar driver ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Crowdfunding image via Shutterstock. Crowdfunder to funnel $73M in financing to home flippers

Crowdfunder to funnel $73M in financing to home flippers

Real estate crowdfunding is continuing to gain traction as a source of financing for home flippers. Realty Mogul, which lets investors buy slices of property or help fund debt used to buy or develop property, announced that it will funnel $73 mil...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, September 22, 2014
Listing data image via Shutterstock. Windermere's company-owned offices join RealtyTrac Network

Windermere's company-owned offices join RealtyTrac Network

In a deal that could be expanded to include franchise affiliates in other states, Windermere Real Estate’s 10 company-owned brokerage offices in the Seattle market have joined the RealtyTrack Network. RealtyTrac launched the brokerage network l...
By Matt Carter | Monday, September 22, 2014
Moving day image via Shutterstock. App streamlines and brands the moving process for your clients

App streamlines and brands the moving process for your clients

Houlihan Lawrence is equipping 1,200 agents serving New York City’s tony northern suburbs with Updater, a service that allows brokers and agents to brand and streamline the change-of-address process for their buyers and sellers. Updater allow...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, September 22, 2014
New Picture Is social media REALLY just a 'conversation'?

Is social media REALLY just a 'conversation'?

I hear it all the time from real estate agents and from social media experts: "Social media is a conversation." It is interesting to hear this statement floating around, a strong hold-out from old-school social media "best practices." ......
By Christina Ethridge | Monday, September 22, 2014
shutterstock_210089851 7 steps to build a Google Plus real estate following

7 steps to build a Google Plus real estate following

By now you are surely signed up with Google Plus. You know it’s an important platform to help grow your real estate business, but it doesn’t seem to be helping you as much as you had hoped. In fact, you may even blame its lack of success on the l...
By Guest Contributor | Monday, September 22, 2014
Wired differently image via Shutterstock. Listing specialists and buyer's agents are not created equal

Listing specialists and buyer's agents are not created equal

Mike Ferry, the father of real estate coaching and one of the industry’s most iconic educators and trainers, set my head spinning with his August 2014 report to his LinkedIn group. In the report, Ferry argues that new agents should declare whether ...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, September 22, 2014
The Council of MLS' sourceMLS badge identifies listings delivered to websites directly by an MLS. Why 'sourceMLS' badges could soon be all the rage

Why 'sourceMLS' badges could soon be all the rage

With consumers searching for real estate listings on any number of websites — some more trustworthy than others — a nonprofit trade group comprised mostly of multiple listing services has launched an initiative it says will help consumers...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, September 19, 2014
iPhone 6 What the new iPhone 6 camera and video features mean for real estate

What the new iPhone 6 camera and video features mean for real estate

They said it wouldn’t be done. Late Apple founder Steve Jobs, specifically, said his company would never develop a larger smartphone like those rival Samsung and others were deploying, because, in his words, “No one’s going to buy that.” ......
By Stephen Schweickart | Friday, September 19, 2014
Portraits image via Shutterstock. Redfin expanding agent apprenticeship program

Redfin expanding agent apprenticeship program

Redfin is expanding its 3-year-old agent apprenticeship program from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland, to seven more large markets around the U.S. The Seattle-based brokerage pays prospective agents a salary with benefits during the 18-m...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, September 19, 2014
Five ways to qualify rental leads 5 ways to better qualify your rental leads

5 ways to better qualify your rental leads

Trying to find a resident to fill a vacancy? If you’re a property manager or a landlord, you’ll want to refine your understanding about a “good lead” -- a prospect likely to convert into a high-quality, long-term resident -- versus a prospect...
By Trulia Pro Blog | Friday, September 19, 2014
Sanjay Kuttemperoor presents at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Startups that are changing the way business is done in real estate

Startups that are changing the way business is done in real estate

Meet the “New Kids on the Block” -- the people behind the startups that are changing the way real estate is done: HouseCall's Roland Ligtenberg, Updater's David Greenberg, Lenda's Jason van den Brand, Lumentus' Adam Selig and WikiRealty's Sanjay ...
By Inman News | Friday, September 19, 2014