bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock Shrinking inventories could end up pricing more buyers out of the market

Shrinking inventories could end up pricing more buyers out of the market

The number of homes on the market fell for the first time in 16 months in December, hinting at a potential acceleration in home prices in the months ahead. That might be good news for sellers, but not for buyers ......
By Phillip Woolgar | Wednesday, January 28, 2015
ChristianMueller_90046435 Here come the 'boomerang buyers'

Here come the 'boomerang buyers'

More than 7 million homeowners who lost their properties to foreclosures or short sales during the housing bust will return to the housing market over the next eight years, according to a RealtyTrac report. It can take seven years to ......
By Phillip Woolgar | Tuesday, January 27, 2015
mirounga_ 60131794 Is real estate missing a $100 billion opportunity?

Is real estate missing a $100 billion opportunity?

In the last three years, a new class of homeowner entered our business. They are the largest in history, and they represent the beginning of something much more important to come ......
By Greg Rand | Monday, January 26, 2015
BartEverson_Flickr Online auctions seem to attract more buy-and-hold investors

Online auctions seem to attract more buy-and-hold investors

Investors who purchase homes in online auctions are more likely to hang onto them as rental properties than buyers purchasing homes at live auction events, according to a nationwide survey by Auction.com. Most investors bidding at live events apparen...
By Phillip Woolgar | Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Arthur-Eugene-Preston/Shutterstock Foreclosure starts surge as lenders start 'spring cleaning'

Foreclosure starts surge as lenders start 'spring cleaning'

The number of homes repossessed by lenders finally dropped to precrisis levels last year, but a surge in properties entering the foreclosure process or headed for the auction block at the end of the year indicates lenders are preparing to ......
By Phillip Woolgar | Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Welcomia/Shutterstock The domino effect of supporting local business

The domino effect of supporting local business

Your influence as a real estate agent extends beyond helping people choose where to live or how much to pay. The relationship you've cultivated with your clients uniquely positions you between homeowners and the local businesses that support your com...
By Rob Morelli | Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tamara Kushch_31625041 Why affordability could be a red flag for housing recovery

Why affordability could be a red flag for housing recovery

In a lot of ways, real estate today should be a buyer's paradise: Property values remain at or below their historic affordability levels in most markets, lenders have $2 trillion in excess cash available to lend, and foreclosures have fallen to level...
By Daren Blomquist | Tuesday, January 13, 2015
IS-GoFigure4 Go figure: Wall Street firms buying rentals, hottest season to sell, commission rundown and more

Go figure: Wall Street firms buying rentals, hottest season to sell, commission rundown and more

Which four big Wall Street firms are buying up single-family homes for rental purposes? How high are household expenses? What are Inman readers saying about commissions? And more real estate and random facts and figures ......
By Inman | Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Hurst Photo/Shutterstock What brokers can learn from the education industry

What brokers can learn from the education industry

When was the last time you saw a commercial for an online, for-profit educational institution? The University of Phoenix alone has more than 300,000 students, and it's the only university that hosts stadium where an NFL team plays. It might seem as t...
By Mike Pontacoloni | Monday, January 12, 2015
2015Outlook-PeteFlint Pete Flint: 'With Zillow, we can unlock even more innovation'

Pete Flint: 'With Zillow, we can unlock even more innovation'

"We can invest our time, energy and resources into building even better consumer and agent experiences," says Pete Flint of the Zillow-Trulia merger (pending regulatory approval, of course). Flint gave Inman more tidbits about Trulia's plans for 2015...
By Inman | Thursday, January 8, 2015
Pics5/Shutterstock One big problem with comparable sales and home pricing

One big problem with comparable sales and home pricing

Ask any Realtor how he or she prices houses, and you'll hear: "Well, I look at the comparable sales and then I …" In defense of our industry, using comparable sales (or "comps," as all the cool Realtors say) to price listings is what we were taught...
By Rick Jarvis | Thursday, January 8, 2015
Pics5/Shutterstock One big problem with comparable sales and home pricing

One big problem with comparable sales and home pricing

Would you drive a car by looking in the rear view mirror? I hope not. We (Realtors, sellers, buyers, bankers, appraisers, homebuilders) have all been trained for so long to look at the comps for guidance, but we fail to fully acknowledge that comps a...
By Rick Jarvis | Thursday, January 8, 2015
yevgeniy11/Shutterstock Third-party sites are helping, not hurting

Third-party sites are helping, not hurting

If you work in real estate, you have likely heard or spoken this sentence: "Zillow is killing the industry." Well, here's a controversial opinion: In spite of the prevailing opinion, our industry is actually thriving in the age of consumer-driven, th...
By Colleen Barry | Thursday, January 8, 2015
yevgeniy11/Shutterstock Third-party sites are helping, not hurting

Third-party sites are helping, not hurting

If you work in real estate, you have likely heard or spoken this sentence: "Zillow is killing the industry." Well, here's a controversial opinion: In spite of the prevailing opinion, our industry is actually thriving in the age of consumer-driven, th...
By Colleen Barry | Thursday, January 8, 2015
Aerial view of Jaipur, a city in India   (Prill/Shutterstock) 3 ways Indian portals can enhance consumer experience

3 ways Indian portals can enhance consumer experience

The trickle of investments into Indian online real estate space has become a flood over the past few quarters, with significant money pouring in from Softbank Group, News Corp, NEA, Tiger Global and others. Flush with investment dollars, the leading ...
By Rohit Raghav | Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Aerial view of Jaipur, a city in India   (Prill/Shutterstock) 3 ways Indian portals can enhance consumer experience

3 ways Indian portals can enhance consumer experience

The trickle of investments into Indian online real estate space has become a flood over the past few quarters, with significant money pouring in from Softbank Group, News Corp, NEA, Tiger Global and others. Flush with investment dollars, the leading ...
By Rohit Raghav | Wednesday, January 7, 2015
mast3r_177503219 We're feeling better about the economy, but maybe not ready to buy

We're feeling better about the economy, but maybe not ready to buy

The most detailed survey of consumer attitudes about housing finds that while Americans are more optimistic about the economy, many are still wary of making a big financial commitment like a home purchase. The share of consumers participating in Fann...
By Inman | Wednesday, January 7, 2015
2015 Outlook Tamir Poleg: 'Many agents are still struggling to make it through the month'

Tamir Poleg: 'Many agents are still struggling to make it through the month'

Lack of guidance and assistance plus high commission splits cause agents to struggle, plus more insights into 2015 with Tamir Poleg, CEO of Real ......
By Inman | Wednesday, January 7, 2015