Prospects image via Shutterstock. CRM provider Contactually signs its biggest deal ever

CRM provider Contactually signs its biggest deal ever

Customer relationship management provider Contactually has signed up Southern California’s First Team Real Estate, giving the firm’s more than 1,600 agents free access to the tool. It’s Contactually’s biggest enterprise-level...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Screen shot of ReaLync demo. Walk your clients through listings even when they can't be there

Walk your clients through listings even when they can't be there

Some real estate agents share live video of properties from their mobile devices to help faraway clients virtually scope out homes. But what if you could expand those private showings into virtual open houses? That’s one service that video-sharing...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Audio waveform image via Shutterstock. Turn your listing photos into narrated slideshows in minutes

Turn your listing photos into narrated slideshows in minutes

Some real estate agents are finding the narrated slideshows they create with SpeakingPhoto are an attractive marketing alternative to listing videos, or that they complement them. SpeakingPhoto lets you add voiceovers to photos and combine them into ...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Screen shot of time-lapse video stablized using Hyperlapse by Instagram. Instagram's 'Hyperlapse' app just might revolutionize real estate video

Instagram's 'Hyperlapse' app just might revolutionize real estate video

Instagram's time-lapse video app, "Hyperlapse," could be a valuable asset for real estate agents by giving them the ability to make high-quality property tours and neighborhood videos on the fly. The free app's image-stabilization technology helps us...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com Why real estate brokerages should operate like Chipotle

Why real estate brokerages should operate like Chipotle

Real estate is notorious for its inefficiencies when purchasing and selling a home. Technology has helped, to some degree, to streamline the housing search and transaction, but in general real estate often lags when it comes to adopting new tech and ...
By Will Caldwell | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
From left to right, Inman News' Laura Monroe; Michele Serro, founder and CEO, Doorsteps; Amber Feng, product lead, Stripe; and Frederick Townes, co-founder and chief technology officer, Placester. The user experience bar keeps getting raised higher and higher

The user experience bar keeps getting raised higher and higher

Seems like the user experience bar gets raised a little bit higher every day. How do you keep up and deliver a delightful experience on any device? Inman News' Laura Monroe explores the topic with three experts who know it well: Michele Serro, founde...
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Prospects image via Shutterstock. 2 out of 3 house hunters research agents online

2 out of 3 house hunters research agents online

Real estate agents have a better chance of pitching themselves to potential clients in person if they’re easy to find online, data from search giant Google shows. Half of prospective homebuyers  get serious about looking for a home 6 to ......
By Inman News | Monday, August 25, 2014
Leads image via Shutterstock. ReferralExchange paying for your real estate leads

ReferralExchange paying for your real estate leads

ReferralExchange, a new referral site for real estate professionals, wants your extra leads — and it’s willing to pay you every time another agent is able to close on one. The company will take your excess leads, “scrub” them ...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, August 25, 2014
Screen shot from Lenda.com. 12 startups that are changing the way we interact with real estate

12 startups that are changing the way we interact with real estate

Are you ready for a glimpse into the future of real estate? Real Estate Connect's “New Kids on the Block” session and an eye-opening Agent Reboot session called “9 technologies that will change the real estate landscape forever” provided a pr...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, August 25, 2014
Kevin Morgan, vice president of acquisitions and finance for JMA Ventures, gave Inman News a Beam Pro tour of one of the firm's Ghirardelli Square units. Buyers are driving cameras through homes on the other side of the world

Buyers are driving cameras through homes on the other side of the world

New technology is taking virtual tours a step further by letting buyers drive cameras mounted on remote-controlled vehicles through distant homes, venturing from room to room, peeking around corners and taking in near-360-degree views from multiple v...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, August 25, 2014
Lindstrom_Kent_ICSF_2014 News from your friends means news that matters

News from your friends means news that matters

Nuzzel’s Kent Lindstrom talks about the inherent power of our social graphs — beyond just staying connected ......
By Inman News | Monday, August 25, 2014
Kevin O'Connor of FindTheBest speaks at Real Estate Connect San Francisco. How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the data-hungry client

How I learned to stop worrying and embrace the data-hungry client

When consumers want every detail and their faith in sales professionals depends on authority and transparency, it's time to stop fearing data and embrace it, says Kevin O'Connor, CEO of research engine FindTheBest ......
By Inman News | Friday, August 22, 2014
Network image via Shutterstock. Realtor.com should be 'Match.com' for real estate agents

Realtor.com should be 'Match.com' for real estate agents

You might think from what you’ve read about it that the Zillow-Trulia merger is going to be like the resurrection of Godzilla. “Run for your lives — Godzulia is coming,” many are warning realtor.com. “Muah!” But th...
By Lee Davenport | Thursday, August 21, 2014
dating app_shutterstock_199864493 Hubba, hubba! Say hello to the latest 'Tinder for real estate'

Hubba, hubba! Say hello to the latest 'Tinder for real estate'

Oh, mercy! How ’bout the interface on that app?! Estately’s Flip lets you sift through homes by swiping listing photos. Estately has launched “Flip,” a feature part of its iPhone app that lets users weed out listing search...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Screen shot of a "doll house" view of a Matterport 3-D virtual tour. All Redfin listings to feature 3-D virtual tours

All Redfin listings to feature 3-D virtual tours

Redfin will be rolling out 3-D virtual tours for all of its listings with the help of tech firm Matterport. Today, the “Redfin 3D Walkthrough” tours are included on 28 active listings the tech-focused brokerage has in its hometown...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Disruption image via Shutterstock. HomeSearch.com preparing to relaunch with 'huge inventory' of MLS listings

HomeSearch.com preparing to relaunch with 'huge inventory' of MLS listings

With industry veteran Russ Bergeron aboard as vice president of licensing and compliance at Real Estate Digital, HomeSearch.com is weeks away from relaunch with “a huge inventory” of MLS listings. Bergeron, former president and CEO of Mid...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Screen shot of Agent Ace home page. US News ranking agents

US News ranking agents

U.S. News & World Report has launched a consumer portal in partnership with agent matching site Agent Ace to help buyers and sellers pinpoint the best real estate agent suited to their needs, Agent Ace announced today. “We already provide tool...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Suitor image via Shutterstock. Let Zillow have its way with Trulia

Let Zillow have its way with Trulia

Inman News readers are not an interventionist bunch, with nearly 8 in 10 saying antitrust regulators should just stay the heck out of the way of Zillow's plan to acquire Trulia ......
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014