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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
Screen shot of listing video featuring model Allira Cohrs. Verdict on racy listing video: 'Meh.'

Verdict on racy listing video: 'Meh.'

Most Inman News readers say they’re not offended by a racy listing video that seems to be as much about the model’s assets as the home she’s helping market, but they don’t think it’s going to do much to sell ......
By Inman News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
careerxpress Franchisor out to increase life expectancy of new agents

Franchisor out to increase life expectancy of new agents

Hoping to keep more new real estate agents in the business long enough to celebrate their second anniversary, Century 21 Canada has rolled out a 31-day, email-driven course that the franchisor says will give them the practical skills they need ......
By Inman News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Lists (2) 6 powerful lists every Realtor needs to succeed

6 powerful lists every Realtor needs to succeed

Lists can be powerful when used properly. They imply organization, impart control and enable understanding. Instead of a "to do" list, I'm talking about lead lists ......
By ActiveRain | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Screen shot of Mobile Realty Apps’ native edgeMLS app featuring “HomeSpotter” augmented reality capability. MLSs offered free version of augmented reality search app for agents

MLSs offered free version of augmented reality search app for agents

Mobile Realty Apps’ HomeSpotter mobile app, which allows agents to access info from their multiple listing service while on the go, is now available to MLSs and their members in a free version. With the app, formerly known as “edgeMLS,...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Screen shot of Goomzee integration with ShowingTime on an iPad. Mobile MLS app integrations 'delight' agents

Mobile MLS app integrations 'delight' agents

Thousands of real estate agents in multiple listing services across the country will soon be able to schedule home showings with other agents directly from their mobile MLS app. Missoula, Montana-based Goomzee has integrated its mobile MLS app with s...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Vacation image via Shutterstock. HomeAway puts more listings on Expedia.com

HomeAway puts more listings on Expedia.com

Vacation rental site HomeAway will distribute more than 115,000 vacation rental listings on the U.S. version of Expedia.com, building on a partnership between the companies announced last year that put 10,000 rental listings on Expedia.com in a pilot...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
realtytrac baby boomer millinnial housing Heat map shows baby boomers and millennials on the move

Heat map shows baby boomers and millennials on the move

Sorry, your browser doesn’t support iframes. RealtyTrac has analyzed Census Bureau data to map the migration patterns of baby boomers and millennials from 2007 to 2013 in more than 1,800 counties. The results show that millennials often are ...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Three dollars image via Shutterstock. What would you do with $3 in your pocket?

What would you do with $3 in your pocket?

“In your opinion, what is the best thing you can buy for $3 or less? I say it's a case of bottled water.” This was my most recent Facebook post ......
By Guest Contributor | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Photography image via Shutterstock. Pricey gear doesn't guarantee good listing photos

Pricey gear doesn't guarantee good listing photos

There is this urban legend that if a real estate agent buys the right camera, all they have to do is point it at something and press a button, and the end result will be a professional-quality photograph. I almost ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Kristan Cole of Keller Williams Realty discusses agent teams as a business model at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Agent teams: fad or the future?

Agent teams: fad or the future?

Sometimes it seems like everywhere you turn, people are saying agent teams are the business model of the future. But what if they’re just a fad? Leigh Brown, broker-owner, Re/Max Executive Realty; Brian Copeland, chief engagement officer, Villa...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Listing data image via Shutterstock. Zillow says it doesn't want stripped-down listing feeds

Zillow says it doesn't want stripped-down listing feeds

A Nashville-area multiple listing service says it’s been told by Zillow that the search portal doesn’t want the stripped-down listing feed that the MLS plans to start providing to all public portals later this month. RealTracs Solutions C...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, September 18, 2014
Australian model Allira Cohrs stars in a video promoting a listing represented by  John and Nicole Mayer. Model's breasts star in luxury listing video

Model's breasts star in luxury listing video

Sex can be used to sell just about anything, including real estate. But knowing where to draw the line on this side of tasteful can be tricky. One Australian-based producer of listing videos, PlatinumHD PropVid, thinks it knows how to do that. But...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Open House tip Recharge your open houses

Recharge your open houses

How about adding a branded "welcome mat" at the front doorstep of every open house you sit? How about three balloons per sign, with an eight-sign ratio? What are the best ways to use social media to get people to your open houses ......
By Laura Monroe | Wednesday, September 17, 2014