Raising the stakes image via Shutterstock. Trulia ups the stakes on agent profiles

Trulia ups the stakes on agent profiles

Top producing agents and brokers often say real estate is about relationships, not sales. And as the Internet becomes a larger part of everyone’s daily lives, those business-dependent relationships will be increasingly developed, nurtured and s...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tidal wave image via Shutterstock. Tidal wave of new real estate agent websites taking shape

Tidal wave of new real estate agent websites taking shape

More than 8 out of 10 Inman News readers say they plan to apply for their own “.realtor” domain — suggesting the Internet could soon see 800,000 new real estate agent websites if the National Association of Realtors’ 1 million...
By Inman News | Thursday, July 31, 2014
CityRealty's virtual aerial imagery for New York City's Lower East Side. Search site's Google Earth implementation will knock your socks off

New York property search site’s Google Earth implementation will knock your socks off

CityRealty, a property listing and agent referral resource covering New York City, has rolled out a revamped website that features colorful neighborhood guides that include virtual aerial imagery of neighborhoods and popular buildings. The site’...
By Inman News | Thursday, July 31, 2014
Antiques image via Shutterstock. Why some sellers are clueless about how homes are marketed on the Internet

Sellers often have some old-fashioned ideas about marketing their home that don’t include photography and that thing called the Internet

Homebuyers ask for pictures and they want lots of them. They want great photographs that they can look at on their computer screens, tablets or smartphones. The way buyers look for homes has really changed now that everything is on the Internet. ......
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, July 31, 2014
most_friendly_portal Inman News readers say realtor.com still a Realtor's best friend

Inman News readers say realtor.com is still a Realtor’s best friend

Of the big four real estate search portals, realtor.com is the most “friendly” for listing agents and brokers, according to a poll of Inman News readers. The poll accompanied a July 23 story about a report by real estate consulting ......
By Inman News | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Latino homebuyers image via Shutterstock. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate targets Latino TV audience

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate targets Latinos in Vme TV partnership

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC will target the rising tide of Hispanic homebuyers and sellers with a partnership with Spanish-language TV network Vme TV that has a presence in 70 million U.S. households. The partnership between Realogy̵...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Screen shot of sample .realtor site It's official: NAR to manage new '.realtor' Internet domain

It’s official: NAR to manage new ‘.realtor’ top-level Internet domain

It’s official: The National Association of Realtors will begin offering its 1 million members Web addresses with a new .realtor top-level domain sometime before October.   In 2012, NAR applied to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Home for rent image via Shutterstock. Realtor.com taking rental listings from Zumper

Realtor.com taking rental listings from Zumper

Realtor.com is now set up to get rental listings from pros who use the rental marketplace Zumper to market their listings. Zumper has over half a million listings on its platform that it gets from multiple channels, said Zumper CEO ......
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Wedding cake image via Shutterstock. Keep the toaster, we're crowdfunding our down payment

Keep the toaster, we’re crowdfunding our down payment

People have long been using Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other mainstream crowdfunding sites to raise cash for all manner of pursuits. But more recently, niche crowdfunding sites have been popping up. A number of them focus on helping people raise c...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Showing Suite mobile app screen shots App caters to real estate agents and clients on both sides of the deal

Showing Suite mobile app caters to real estate agents and clients on both sides of the deal

Real estate showing management software company Showing Suite Inc. has launched what it says is the first mobile app for all four parties in a transaction: listing agent, seller, buyer’s agent and buyer. This does not mean buyers will be ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Move Move CEO on Zillow, Trulia merger: 'We like the comp'

Move CEO on Zillow, Trulia merger: ‘We like the comp’

Move Inc. CEO Steve Berkowitz likes what Zillow’s plan to acquire Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock has to say about his own company’s value. Given realtor.com operator Move and Trulia’s similar size, “We like the comp,” ...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Market share image via Shutterstock. ComScore data show how combined Zillow, Trulia will dominate

ComScore data show potential for combined Zillow, Trulia to dominate

The latest comScore numbers on consumer traffic to real estate search portals bolster predictions that Zillow’s plans to acquire Trulia will put the company in a league of its own in its ability to connect homebuyers and sellers with real ......
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
New Delhi, India image via Shutterstock. Sotheby's International Realty coming to India

Sotheby’s International Realty coming to India

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC will soon have presence in India, having signed an agreement with RealPro Infra Private Ltd. to develop the brand. RealPro Infra co-owner and CEO Amit Goyal will open the first North India Sotheby&#...
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Moving day image via Shutterstock. NAR-backed firms integrating to simplify moving process

NAR-backed zipLogix and Updater integrating to help streamline the moving process

Two companies partially owned by the National Association of Realtors will soon integrate their products to help real estate professionals simplify the moving process for their clients, the trade group announced today. As a result of the integration,...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Tuesday, July 29, 2014