Kentoh/Shutterstock When Fed raises short-term rates, pray long-term rates don't follow

When Fed raises short-term rates, pray long-term rates don’t follow

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s testimony, inherently a forecast, overwhelmed all other forces on markets this week. Yellen did a fabulous job. When the future is deeply uncertain, it’s the job of the Fed chair to turn on the fog, ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, February 27, 2015
Smit/Shutterstock Brokerage promising to rain Internet leads on its agents

Brokerage promising to rain Internet leads on its agents

International brokerage eXp Realty has launched “Making It Rain,” a new marketing program to generate Internet leads for its 540 agents. Agents pay a minimum of $100 per month to join the program and in return eXp will market their brand...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, February 27, 2015
portal-watch Zillow's drinking the Trulia Kool-Aid, realtor.com gets feisty

Zillow’s drinking the Trulia Kool-Aid, realtor.com gets feisty

Realtor.com operator Move Inc. has been feisty out of the gate with its new rival, Zillow Group Inc. Just a week after Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia closed, the two already have a new court date. On March 12 a judge will decide whether ......
By Paul Hagey | Friday, February 27, 2015
DRETR - intro Inman announces daily real estate technology reviews -- coming next week

Inman announces daily real estate technology reviews — coming next week

How do you find the best software (or hardware) for your budget and work environment? Next week, Inman is launching a brand-new daily series of articles focused specifically on evaluating the technology you use in your real estate business ......
By Amber Taufen | Friday, February 27, 2015
Iriana Shiyan/Shutterstock Does staging add value to the home-selling process?

Does staging add value to the home-selling process?

From Realtors to bloggers to HGTV, sellers hear about the need to get creative to attract prospective buyers to their homes. Another popular option is home staging, which involves arranging and decorating the home in a way that appeals to a wide rang...
By Hank Bailey | Friday, February 27, 2015
Brian-A-Jackson/Shutterstock 5 places to find a stellar idea for your next real estate blog post

5 places to find a stellar idea for your next real estate blog post

Writing content is for your real estate blog is great; everyone is doing it. What everyone is not doing (yet) is writing content that they know will interest people. Rather than coming up with a random idea and writing about it on your blog, you can ...
By Andrew Gale | Friday, February 27, 2015
Pressmaster/Shutterstock Zillow and Trulia say they're still competitors

Zillow and Trulia say they’re still competitors

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Executives with Zillow and Trulia say they’ll continue to be competitors, even though the top two listing portals are now under the same roof. “Beating each other up, sharpening each other, for us that’s going ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, February 27, 2015
Screenshot of openlistings.com Startup lets you 'shop without an agent' ... but there's a twist

Startup lets you ‘shop without an agent’ … but there’s a twist

What, another real estate tech startup promising to help consumers buy homes without real estate agents? That’s what Open Listings’ branding might lead you to believe at first glance. Upon closer inspection, the company looks an awful...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, February 27, 2015
f-ron-smith-btc Indie broker F. Ron Smith on the wonders of Wunderlist

Indie broker F. Ron Smith on the wonders of Wunderlist

The Leverage Global Partners president talks about his favorite new app and the appropriate order for meditation and cocktails ......
By Inman | Friday, February 27, 2015
SocialMedia-SamDeBord Sam DeBord: 'If you try to leverage influence too much, you'll diminish it'

Sam DeBord: ‘If you try to leverage influence too much, you’ll diminish it’

"I don't attempt to unilaterally leverage my social network," says the Coldwell Banker Danforth broker, "but I am trying to build a network of individuals who would be willing to support me." ......
By Inman | Friday, February 27, 2015
Leigh Prather/Shutterstock Is Realogy's portal an innovation or smoke bomb?

Is Realogy’s portal an innovation or smoke bomb?

Now that Realogy's portal, homesforsale.com, is live, one big question is up in the air: Is this new arrival on the market an innovation bomb ... or is it more of a smoke bomb, a temporary distraction that simply won't last? ......
By Creed Smith | Friday, February 27, 2015
Dirima / Shutterstock.com Motivate move-up buyers with home trade-ins

Motivate move-up buyers with home trade-ins

How can Realtors get sellers — and buyers — motivated? In Ohio, homebuilder Trinity Homes is turning to a page from the automotive industry to move inventory: home trade-ins. Columbus-based Trinity Homes, the largest homebuilder in central Ohio, ...
By Octavio Nuiry | Friday, February 27, 2015
Rupert Murdoch at Real Estate Connect NYC / Elza Hyan. 'What the hell does Zillow mean?' Watch the video

‘What the hell does Zillow mean?’ Watch the video

"What the hell does Zillow mean?” News Corp. Executive Chairman Rupert Murdoch famously said when asked at Real Estate Connect New York City whether "realtor.com" remains relevant. Murdoch had a lot of other interesting things to say during his key...
By Inman | Thursday, February 26, 2015
connel/Shutterstock Century 21 Canada launches program to coach its agents up

Century 21 Canada launches program to coach its agents up

About 8,200 agents affiliated with Century 21 Real Estate in Canada have the opportunity to get coached up with a new five-week, cloud-based training program. The weekly course, which costs $99 and will run as a webinar for an hour each ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, February 26, 2015