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 the impending merger does ......
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 results by swiping ph...
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 of Seattle....
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 Midwest Real Es...
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 t...
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
Back to school image via Shutterstock. ForRent.com rolls out neighborhood, school search filters

ForRent.com rolls out neighborhood, school search filters

ForRent.com now lets users hunt for apartments by individual school attendance zones or neighborhood. Users see a list of neighborhoods and schools on the left-hand side of the search results page. After performing a search by city, state or ZIP ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Help desk image via Shutterstock. Mobile MLS app designed to help users help themselves

Mobile MLS app designed to help users help themselves

A mobile app for multiple listing services from Goomzee now provides a built-in help desk designed to reduce the burden of providing support to brokers and agents who use the app. Nearly two dozen MLSs and associations have chosen Goomzee's ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Spencer Rascoff (left) and Dave Liniger onstage at 2014 Re/Max Broker-Owner Conference. Photo by Kevin McIlwaine. Zillow says it doesn't plan to raise prices

Zillow says it doesn't plan to raise prices

SAN FRANCISCO -- What does the pending merger between real estate's most popular real estate sites, Zillow and Trulia, mean for a huge real estate brand like Re/Max? Re/Max LLC co-founder and CEO Dave Liniger had the opportunity to grill  Zillow ....
By Paul Hagey | Monday, August 18, 2014
Imaginary "Zulia" logo illustrating the concept of a merger of Zillow and Trulia. Zillow and Trulia are trademarks of their respective companies. NAR said to ask regulators to block Zillow's acquisition of Trulia

NAR said to ask regulators to block Zillow's acquisition of Trulia

The National Association of Realtors reportedly wants federal antitrust regulators to block Zillow's planned acquisition of Trulia, but there are no signs that the Federal Trade Commission plans to intervene. Zillow and Trulia -- the two biggest real...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 18, 2014
Students image via Shutterstock. Homebuyers zeroing in on in elementary schools

Homebuyers zeroing in on in elementary schools

Homebuyers researching schools on realtor.com are zeroing in on elementary schools -- indicating that the "majority of people who research schools either have young children or expect to start a family when they buy their next home." That's according...
By Inman News | Monday, August 18, 2014
Inman News founder and publisher Brad Inman talks with Sprig co-founder and CEO Gagan Biyani at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. What 'real time meets the real world' means for real estate

What 'real time meets the real world' means for real estate

If you can't be a Google executive, you can still enjoy "locally sourced seasonal meals ... crafted with care by former Google executive chef Nate Keller" if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have the Sprig app ......
By Inman News | Monday, August 18, 2014
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Put that in your USB port and smoke it: smart business cards

Put that in your USB port and smoke it: smart business cards

Gerald Richards, an agent with the Utah brokerage The Franklin Group, has the most luck prospecting at bridal shows if he hands out fliers geared towards first-time buyers. But printing and lugging around all that paper can be a nuisance for the 6...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, August 15, 2014
Drone image via Shutterstock. Real estate agent's $1,500 drone missing in action

Real estate agent's $1,500 drone missing in action

Eli Berger had only had his DJI Phantom 2 drone for about two weeks and was showing it off to an insurance agent in the parking lot of Las Cruces, New Mexico-based Coldwell Banker De Wetter Hovious Inc., where he's ......
By Inman News | Friday, August 15, 2014
Pocket knife image via Shutterstock. Transaction management startup gets closer to 'one-stop shop'

Transaction management startup gets closer to 'one-stop shop'

Reesio has rolled out two new features designed to take the startup beyond transaction management and closer to its aim to be an "all in one" technology platform: customer relationship management and listing syndication. Up next for the company: A ....
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, August 15, 2014
Screen shot 2014-08-14 at 3.16.56 PM 6 tips to get your happy clients to brag about you

6 tips to get your happy clients to brag about you

We've all heard it said that it's easier to keep a happy client than to lose an unhappy one. The unfortunate truth is that unhappy people are more likely to spread their ill feelings about something or someone (whether justified or not). Here's a few...
By ActiveRain | Friday, August 15, 2014
Raj Singh, founder and CEO of Tempo AI, speaking at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. What our phones know is redefining the mobile user experience

What our phones know is redefining the mobile user experience

We may not always know exactly where we are, but our phones do -- and they can share that and other information with all sorts of apps. Katie Lance explores how intelligent mobility is redefining the mobile user experience with ......
By Inman News | Friday, August 15, 2014