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

How to keep pace as the user experience bar is 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 ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Prospects image via Shutterstock. 2 out of 3 house hunters research agents online

Google finds 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
Crime scene image via Shutterstock. Agents can no longer meet with complete strangers in empty houses

It’s time to tell agents they can no longer meet with complete strangers in empty houses

This past weekend, an agent in my local market was holding a new construction home open when two men arrived, said they worked for the builder and were there to pick up materials. As they loaded their truck, she became ......
By J. Philip Faranda | Friday, August 22, 2014
Bang image via Shutterstock. Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

Fed is closer to a rate hike than many assume

The world is a better-looking place than one week ago, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen whispered “Bang” today but did not shoot. Thus the great barometer, the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, rose a bit in yield, from 2.33 percent ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 22, 2014
Incompetent image via Shutterstock. Incompetence seems to be the rule rather than the exception

Incompetence seems to be the rule rather than the exception

Most of the stress in my life these days is caused by people who don’t do their jobs and by companies that make promises they can’t keep. Someone was supposed to be taking care of my parents, but they are ......
By Teresa Boardman | Friday, August 22, 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
Giveback Homes helped build a home in Nicaragua for Fermin Sanchez and his family. Giveback Homes helps charity-minded real estate pros stand out from the crowd

Giveback Homes helps charity-minded real estate pros stand out from the crowd

Doing charity work in the Central American country of Nicaragua in 2011, Blake Andrews was touched by how much the shoes he placed on a little girl’s feet meant to her. The thought hit him then: If shoes can do ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, August 21, 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