Sample exterior and interior visualizations created by Diakrit And the latest listing portal to embrace 3-D is ...

And the latest listing portal to embrace 3-D is ...

ForRent.com is going all in with 3-D. The rental website will roll out 3-D visualizations for about 2 million rental units on ForRent.com by the end of 2015, according to DIAKRIT, the company providing the visualizations. The most immersive type o...
By Teke Wiggin | 9 hours ago
Hero-StanHumphries_DOC Feds tap Zillow's chief economist for open-data initiative

Feds tap Zillow's chief economist for open-data initiative

Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries has been named to an advisory panel that the federal government says will help it do a better job unleashing vast troves of data to foster economic growth and promote better decision-making — including cens...
By Andrea V. Brambila | 11 hours ago
portal-watch Realtor.com climbs in rankings, Trulia's new look, Homes.com picking up steam

Realtor.com climbs in rankings, Trulia's new look, Homes.com picking up steam

Zillow Group has given Trulia’s home page a subtle makeover, which could foreshadow other changes that would help differentiate the nation’s most popular real estate search portals now that they’re under the same roof. Before it ...
By Paul Hagey | 13 hours ago
DRETR - swipe Swipe embraces visual media trends to create a new breed of home search

Swipe embraces visual media trends to create a new breed of home search

Yesterday, I discussed in some verbosity Doorsteps, a Web-based homebuyer education platform that allows agents to virtually assist new buyers. Well, the company has an app, too, called Swipe ......
By Craig Rowe | 22 hours ago
Hacker-Kevin-Hincker Kevin Hincker: 'The industry is currently dependent on a single technology -- one invented 2,000 years ago'

Kevin Hincker: 'The industry is currently dependent on a single technology -- one invented 2,000 years ago'

"I'm referring, of course, to paper," says the NuOffer chief technology officer and co-founder. "We lose sight of the fact that paper, and the transmission of data through its agency, is a technological marvel. So do I think technology can change the...
By Inman | 22 hours ago
sematadesign/Shutterstock Brokers facing tough choices when portals raise prices for 'featured' listings

Brokers facing tough choices when portals raise prices for 'featured' listings

When Zillow told New York City-based brokerage CORE in December that the price of “featuring” its listings on the portal in 2015 would be four times what it paid in 2014, the company decided to cancel its ad spend. Instead ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, March 5, 2015
Hero-Matterport 3-D virtual tours of multifloor homes just got a whole lot easier

3-D virtual tours of multifloor homes just got a whole lot easier

3-D virtual tour provider Matterport has added new features to its interactive online models that allow prospective buyers to more easily navigate and visualize homes with multiple floors. The enhancements represent one of the latest advancements in ...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, March 5, 2015
Hero-ZillowBoardMeeting How this Zillow Premier Agent made $10 million

How this Zillow Premier Agent made $10 million

Gordon Stephenson is a Zillow Premier agent. Through his association with Zillow he has accumulated approximately $10 million in wealth. According to his profile on Zillow, he had 23 home sales in the last 12 months. He is a small ......
By Brad Inman | Thursday, March 5, 2015
stockelements/Shutterstock Realtor.com grows New York City footprint

Realtor.com grows New York City footprint

Realtor.com’s listing database in the Big Apple is getting thousands of new listings thanks to new agreements with five brokerages and listing syndication platform RealPlus. In addition to securing listings from Bond New York, Brown Harris S...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, March 5, 2015
Zillow_hero Zillow program could help more agents track their listings online

Zillow program could help more agents track their listings online

Zillow is providing another perk to real estate brokers and multiple listing services who send listings data directly to the popular website — the ability to analyze metrics around listing performance using their reporting solution of choice. T...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, March 5, 2015
DRETR - doorsteps Doorsteps helps agents walk homebuyers through the process

Doorsteps helps agents walk homebuyers through the process

Online tools like Doorsteps.com is why real estate agents need to start thinking differently about how they reach clients with technology. No longer is knowing average sale prices and assembling a nice listing presentation enough to become a market l...
By Craig Rowe | Thursday, March 5, 2015
Screenshot of nextdoor.com Latest funding round values Nextdoor at $1.1 billion

Latest funding round values Nextdoor at $1.1 billion

In the summer of 2012, Nextdoor was the most talked about new social network at Real Estate Connect, and the company closed its first round of $18.6 million in funding from investors including Zillow Chairman and co-founder Rich Barton. Today, the ...
By Matt Carter | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Spencer Rascoff and Brad Inman discuss Zillow's past success and future path at Real Estate Connect New York City. How Zillow plans to stay on top: Watch the video

How Zillow plans to stay on top: Watch the video

In a lively exchange with Inman Publisher Brad Inman, hear what Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff has to say about how Zillow climbed to the top, and how it intends to stay there. With News Corp.’s acquisition of realtor.com operator Move ......
By Inman | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Screenshot of homeunion.com Website arms single-family home investors with neighborhood info

Website arms single-family home investors with neighborhood info

HomeUnion has added detailed neighborhood information to its website that’s intended to give individual investors the confidence to look beyond their own backyards for single-family homes that might make good investments. Launched last May, Hom...
By Matt Carter | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
ANURAK PONGPATIMET/Shutterstock Criminals targeting agents in homes will face stiffer penalties in this state

Criminals targeting agents in homes will face stiffer penalties in this state

Virginia lawmakers have passed a Realtor-backed bill that can add up to five years to the prison sentences of people who commit crimes including murder, robbery and rape after luring their victims into vacant homes. The legislation represents one of...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Zillow_hero Zillow secures direct feeds from 25 MLSs in February

Zillow secures direct feeds from 25 MLSs in February

Zillow signed up 25 multiple listing services in February to provide listings directly to the site, as the nation’s most popular home search portal continues to prepare for next month’s expiration of its agreement with listing syndication...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Screenshot from "How Am I Connected" promotional video from Homesnap Agent-only app sifts MLS data to show agents how they're connected

Agent-only app sifts MLS data to show agents how they're connected

Homesnap's agent-only mobile app, Homesnap Pro, just learned a cool new trick: Sifting transactional data from participating MLSs, the app can show agents how they're connected to each other -- whether they or someone in their office has done a deal ...
By Matt Carter | Wednesday, March 4, 2015
DRETR - Box.com Think inside the Box

Think inside the Box

It's probably time we admit it: Via laptop or smart watch, hotel Wi-Fi or smartphone, we are perpetually connected and forever Web-enabled. That said, with so many critical communications and vital transaction information being received and replicate...
By Craig Rowe | Wednesday, March 4, 2015