Bikeriderlondon_215178676 Female Realtors barraged with salacious phone calls, texts

Female Realtors barraged with salacious phone calls, texts

A man pretending to be a homebuyer from Florida is targeting female Realtors with lewd and suggestive phone calls and text messages, the San Antonio Board of Realtors warned members this week. The man — who has used a number ......
By Phillip Woolgar | Friday, January 30, 2015
Rose Hayes_366528 Radical innovation is coming to real estate: Will you survive it?

Radical innovation is coming to real estate: Will you survive it?

Webster's Dictionary defines innovation as "the act of introducing something new." That's weak. Someone could introduce a new shape of marshmallows into the market, but it creates little change ......
By Demon of Marketing | Friday, January 30, 2015
Sean-Locke-Photography/Shutterstock Technology fueling commission rebates to Toronto homebuyers

Technology fueling commission rebates to Toronto homebuyers

Canadian brokerages TheRedPin and CommissionMadeFair.com say technology that lets homebuyers do much of the legwork involved in finding the home of their dreams themselves lets them offer commission rebates to buyers. Homebuyers “can filter thr...
By Phillip Woolgar | Thursday, January 29, 2015
RedKoala & Stuart Monk/Shutterstock No locked doors at indie brokerages -- and in some cases, no doors

No locked doors at indie brokerages -- and in some cases, no doors

NEW YORK — Inman’s independent broker survey revealed that a big factor behind the current boom in unaffiliated firms is the freedom broker-owners have to pursue their business and adapt to changing conditions as they see fit. An ope...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, January 29, 2015
GeneralSession_RichardASmith Realogy chief: Brand still king

Realogy chief: Brand still king

NEW YORK — Brand awareness drives brokerage and franchise giant Realogy’s success, CEO and Chairman Richard Smith says. Realogy owns NRT LLC, the largest brokerage in the U.S., and some of the country’s largest franchise brands, i...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, January 29, 2015
SarinKunthong_163145540 Turn down the portal-attack noise to hear the truth

Turn down the portal-attack noise to hear the truth

Every time I read an article or a comment criticizing one of the evil media portals, I can't help but think of an age-old issue we have as an industry. All too often we seem to suffer from memory loss about the not-so-long-ago past ......
By Kenneth Jenny | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
craigslist_hero_vancouver Listing agents may have provided condo keys to Craigslist rental scammers

Listing agents may have provided condo keys to Craigslist rental scammers

Real estate agents may have unwittingly aided a Craigslist rental scam that swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars from would-be renters, by providing fraudsters who posed as buyer’s agents with keys to vacant condos that legitimate brokers ...
By Phillip Woolgar | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
ubervreagent_hero Can driving for Uber trump a career in real estate?

Can driving for Uber trump a career in real estate?

As real estate industry leaders ponder the challenges of recruiting millennials, it’s a question worthy of consideration: Can Uber drivers really make almost as much money as real estate brokers? A chart accompanying a story in The Atlantic, &#...
By Inman | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Yuttasak Jannarong/Shutterstock Smart recruiting, training and SEO ensure broker relevancy

Smart recruiting, training and SEO ensure broker relevancy

In an age where agents have more sophisticated technology than ever and leads from a growing number of sources, brokerages can stay relevant by recruiting the right agents, providing them with support they need and increasing the visibility of their ...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
HelderAlmeida_71478790 The real estate war zone: Part 2

The real estate war zone: Part 2

Yesterday, we started a "SWOT" analysis — strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats — of the major real estate players to see who's got the best chance of influencing (or adapting to) an industry change. Without further ado, let's continue...
By Creed Smith | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
YuralaitsAlbert_181172984 Why agent teams can be risky business

Why agent teams can be risky business

If you manage an office or are an agent who runs a team with independent contractors, it’s imperative that you examine your business model to determine if your current practices violate your state’s labor laws. Failure to do so could result in co...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, January 26, 2015
HelderAlmeida_71478790 The real estate war zone: Part 1

The real estate war zone: Part 1

For 15 years, you've heard about how the Internet was going to change everything in the real estate industry. Not too much has happened yet, right? Just wait — it will. ......
By Creed Smith | Monday, January 26, 2015
Bocman1973_238209649editorial What real estate can learn from consumer brands that 'get it'

What real estate can learn from consumer brands that 'get it'

Face it, everyone has to play by the same rules when transacting a brokerage deal, mortgage or settlement, so it's tough to change the transaction process. This leaves you with one choice: Find other ways to differentiate your brokerage if you hope t...
By Jose Perez | Monday, January 26, 2015
Flegere_128521691 How a strong vendor network secures more listings

How a strong vendor network secures more listings

Selling a home is a team effort. In addition to the broker and the client, there's the mortgage lender, the painter, the title lawyer, the plumber and a host of other home services professionals. And the real estate agent must be the team coach ......
By Mike Pontacoloni | Monday, January 26, 2015
PhotonCatcher_89098690 This showing may be recorded for client satisfaction purposes

This showing may be recorded for client satisfaction purposes

Should real estate agents just assume that they’re on camera anytime they walk into a listing these days? For anyone who missed out on the media frenzy when two real estate agents were allegedly caught on camera using a client’s ......
By Inman | Thursday, January 22, 2015
2015 Outlook Robert Reffkin: 'Hiring the right people is the best investment'

Robert Reffkin: 'Hiring the right people is the best investment'

"I guide the strategy of Urban Compass by hiring talented and passionate people and empowering them to solve big problems," says the company's CEO. "My biggest fear is not delivering on the promises I've made to the team about our potential to impact...
By Inman | Thursday, January 22, 2015
wavebreakmedia_69641239 How brokerage networks are stoking growth of independents

How brokerage networks are stoking growth of independents

When Carolina One Real Estate’s nine-year franchise contract with Prudential Real Estate expired in 2008, the brokerage wanted to eliminate franchise fees and operate with more flexibility, but didn’t want to give up its national presence...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Rappaport_hero TMZ and Architectural Digest flip out over Beverly Hills broker's home

TMZ and Architectural Digest flip out over Beverly Hills broker's home

You know you must have done something right if TMZ and Architectural Digest are both gushing over the home that took you seven years to build. Architectural Digest calls real estate broker Kurt Rappaport’s Malibu home, situated on 6 acres over...
By Inman | Wednesday, January 21, 2015