Kentoh/Shutterstock The Fed has misinterpreted the effect of falling oil prices and a strong dollar

The Fed has misinterpreted the effect of falling oil prices and a strong dollar

The good news is very nice: mortgage rates are stable near 3.75 percent, sales of existing homes have risen 10.4 percent in the last year, and sales of new ones have soared 19 percent. Even the poor news is good: a softer-than-expected economy is hol...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, April 24, 2015
Berni_162533156 Why catering halls trump restaurants for any corporate event

Why catering halls trump restaurants for any corporate event

Corporate events are the backbone of any large company. They include demonstrating the latest products, celebrating milestones, informing the public and recognizing employees. Whether your company hosts yearly or monthly conferences, trade shows, din...
By Christina Nicholson | Friday, April 24, 2015
Hero-Globe Re/Max, Century 21, Coldwell Banker named among top 100 global franchisors

Re/Max, Century 21, Coldwell Banker named among top 100 global franchisors

Rubbing elbows with some of the world's most familiar brands like McDonald's and Subway, Re/Max, Century 21 Real Estate and Coldwell Banker Real Estate were named among the top 100 franchisors in the world in the 2015 edition of an annual ranking by ...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, April 24, 2015
Arvee Marie Spring blooms with lower mortgage rates

Spring blooms with lower mortgage rates

April showers are said to bring May flowers, but this spring season, they are also bringing lower mortgage rates, Freddie Mac said this week. According to the government sponsored enterprise’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate ...
By Amy Swinderman | Friday, April 24, 2015
Aaron Kohr_725977 3 top expectations of online real estate consumers

3 top expectations of online real estate consumers

As co-founder of a web-based mortgage technology company dedicated to radically improving the consumer experience, I have spent a lot of time studying the online real estate landscape. I've gained an understanding what today's online real estate cons...
By Valentin Saportas | Friday, April 24, 2015
Artush / Shutterstock Home flippers launching entire real estate funds through crowdfunders

Home flippers launching entire real estate funds through crowdfunders

Real estate crowdfunding platforms typically let investors buy slices of properties or make mini loans that, combined with other mini loans, finance the purchase of properties (or stakes in properties). But investors are also using crowdfunders to co...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, April 24, 2015
Roman023_256728361 8 ways to raise your profile in real estate

8 ways to raise your profile in real estate

To become a successful real estate professional it is important that you know the correct marketing strategies. Innovative ideas can give you an edge over other professionals because, let's face it -- this is a competitive market, and you need to be ...
By Jasmin Brown | Friday, April 24, 2015
Hero-iWatchapps Slew of real estate tech firms are ready for Apple Watch launch

Slew of real estate tech firms are ready for Apple Watch launch

Apple's long-awaited smart watch, Apple Watch, officially hits the streets on Friday, and many familiar real estate tech leaders have apps ready ready to go that will empower their software with the immediacy and digital intimacy the device offers co...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, April 24, 2015
Marcel Derweduwen / Shutterstock.com Federal lawsuit escalates Quicken probe

Federal lawsuit escalates Quicken probe

A three-year battle between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Quicken Loans came to a head yesterday when the department filed a lawsuit alleging the Detroit-based lender violated the False Claims Act by improperly originating and underwriting...
By Amy Swinderman | Friday, April 24, 2015
Kaspars Grinvalds_251895064 50 shades of real estate video marketing

50 shades of real estate video marketing

Video marketing and virtual tours have become one of the most significant pieces of the real estate marketing puzzle. A few years back, they were more of a novelty but have moved into the must-have category. Today's technology has allowed these produ...
By Steve Weiss | Friday, April 24, 2015
BTC - Andrea Pettitt Andrea Pettitt on dialing down her checklists to focus on efficiency

Andrea Pettitt on dialing down her checklists to focus on efficiency

The Group One Real Estate agent talks about creating scalable systems while maintaining quality, and the stress-relief method she employs every day ......
By Inman | Friday, April 24, 2015
Chiociolla / Shutterstock.com 2015 real estate 'techscape' reveals increased consumer tech, more mature companies

2015 real estate ‘techscape’ reveals increased consumer tech, more mature companies

Our annual "The Chart" project -- which puts the real estate techscape in a visual format -- showed a few big shifts in real estate tech from 2014. Some highlights ......
By Jonathan Aizen | Friday, April 24, 2015
DRETR - Homekeepr HomeKeepr keeps agents in touch with clients after the close. But for how long?

HomeKeepr keeps agents in touch with clients after the close. But for how long?

I never recommend restaurants to people. I tell them about places I've enjoyed, but I never say, "You must go." You just never know if that's the night a server was served with divorce papers, or if the line cook forgot his hairnet. Experiences vary....
By Craig Rowe | Friday, April 24, 2015
Social-SylvieZolezzi Sylvie Zolezzi on how hyperlocal content results in a thriving social media presence

Sylvie Zolezzi on how hyperlocal content results in a thriving social media presence

"When I started my Facebook page, I did what the majority of agents do: I asked my friends to like my page and posted my listings, open houses and some real estate articles and was rewarded with total silence from my few followers and zero engagement...
By Inman | Friday, April 24, 2015