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 | 17 hours ago
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
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
Rules image via Shutterstock. Time for agents to make the rules

Time for agents to make the rules

Zillow’s plan to acquire Trulia seems to be the most significant event of the year in real estate, and it’s tempting to choose a side. But it’s quite clear from the debate there is no clear “right” or “wrong.” In ......
By Tamir Poleg | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
BadHabits_Shutterstock_191691272 How bad habits are killing your brokerage

How bad habits are killing your brokerage

This recent article outlined the most difficult pitfall for agent's to avoid: losing your business plan in the chaos of the transaction. Often, agents find it harder and harder to return to their original good habits of daily prospecting and follow-u...
By Guest Contributor | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Arden Hearing talks about the return of the luxury development market at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. The luxury development market is back

The luxury development market is back

With cranes soaring high above in major cities and demand stronger than ever, the luxury segment is back. Learn about the state of this lucrative part of the real estate economy from Nat Bosa, president, Bosa Development; Erin Kennelly, senior direct...
By Inman News | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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 daylong event on Oct. 23 in Bel Air, California, focused on how technology, new business models and innovative strategies are changing the luxury real estate ma...
By Inman News | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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 | Monday, September 15, 2014
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 | Monday, September 15, 2014
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
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
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
Arkansas image via Shutterstock. Warren Buffett's franchise brand marches into Arkansas

Warren Buffett's franchise brand marches into Arkansas

Warren Buffett’s franchise network, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, has a presence in Arkansas with Bentonville-based Prudential Solutions Real Estate becoming the latest Prudential-affiliated brokerage to rebrand. Broker-owner Scott Waymire s...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
brad4 Tweet storm! Inman News publisher vents about bad agents

Tweet storm! Inman News publisher vents about bad agents

Inman News Publisher Brad Inman unleashed a tweet storm today on loose licensing requirements, incompetent agents, why we should care, and how to fix the problem. Join the debate and follow @bradInman on Twitter! ......
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Screen shot from Leigh Brown video. Can the kind of 'stuff' Leigh Brown says really help you sell houses?

Can the kind of 'stuff' Leigh Brown says really help you sell houses?

Leigh Brown, broker-owner of Re/Max Executive Realty in Concord, North Carolina, has already stated for the record her belief that "the best way to get more business is to be your most outrageously authentic self." Now Brown has put out a video promo...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
ChooseBrokerage_shutterstock_111131417 How I chose which real estate company and brokerage to join

How I chose which real estate company and brokerage to join

Well, Nike never called Zach! That said, I have made a decision on whether to start a brokerage or join an existing one. Follow me for a minute while I tell you how I came to my conclusion ......
By Aaron Woodman | Thursday, September 11, 2014
From left to right, Martin Beaurivage, Fitzgerald Heslop, and Jason Padilla talk about estate management at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Connecting with luxury clients through their estate managers

Connecting with luxury clients through their estate managers

Knowing something about how mansions are managed can help you sell in the luxury market. Madison Hildebrand, president and founder of The Malibu Life Inc., talks to some of the leading lights in the field of estate management ......
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014