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Century 21 China Real Estate, Lending Club of China forge alliance

Century 21 China Real Estate, the exclusive franchisor of the Century 21 brand in China, says it’s out to build its mortgage business under an agreement with the Lending Club of China that’s aimed at funneling cash from investors into ho...
By Inman News | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Zillow partners with RealPage to improve accuracy of rental listings

Zillow has partnered with property management software provider RealPage to inject real-time pricing and unit availability information into a swath of its rental inventory and provide call-center service and increased exposure to multifamily propert...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Get smart about spending, debt and retirement: 5 steps to becoming the boss of your money

Do you have money for emergencies? Are you funding your retirement and paying cash as you go? If not, you’re like most other Americans, and money is your boss. As REDX's Michelle Holt puts it, “Money is a terrible master but a wonderful servant....
By Bernice Ross | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Fypio gauges lifestyle preferences to steer buyers to listings

Listing portals may have transformed the real estate industry, but the service they provide isn’t all that innovative, according to Michael Koh, CEO of the new listing search app fypio. Essentially, the likes of Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com have ...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Council of Multiple Listing Services on the hunt for first-ever CEO

The Council of Multiple Listing Services, a nonprofit trade group whose MLS members represent nearly 1 million subscribers, is in search of its first-ever CEO. Formed in 1957 with three founding members, CMLS now has 234 members, 163 of them ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Some Real Estate Connect takeaways to fly home with

SAN FRANCISCO — Real Estate Connect is a whirlwind of meetings, sessions, parties, networking in hallways, bars, streets, the hotel lobby and more. Here are a few takeaways from a handful of attendees of this year’s San Francisco event, w...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, July 18, 2014
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Home sellers sound off at Real Estate Connect

SAN FRANCISCO — Get a group of home sellers in a room, ask them about their experiences with their agent and the results may be eye-opening. That’s the premise behind Hear it Direct, which puts together consumer panels of buyers and sel...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, July 18, 2014
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How ZipRealty sold the whole enchilada to Realogy

A deal like Realogy Holding Corp.'s planned $166 million acquisition of brokerage and real estate tech provider ZipRealty doesn't just happen overnight. In a pitch to shareholders, ZipRealty reveals that starting in March, it shopped itself around to...
By Inman News | Friday, July 18, 2014
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The week’s horrors were just a sideshow for financial markets

Long-term rates have again touched the lows of the year. To make sense of that news and a great deal else going by this week, step back — especially from the awful sights on your screens.   Way back. We ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, July 18, 2014
Screen shot of the 24-hour 1000watt revamp of Willis Allen Real Estate's website. Anatomy of a real estate website revamp

Anatomy of a real estate website revamp

SAN FRANCISCO — How do you make a good real estate website great? Real estate design and marketing consulting firm 1000watt took that challenge on for San Diego-based brokerage Willis Allen Real Estate during a 24-hour revamp at Real Estate .....
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Tech-challenged agents are an endangered species

SAN FRANCISCO — Real estate is brimming with tools that can help agents drum up leads, streamline transactions and generally make their lives easier, but many agents just don’t use them. Should brokers force them to? No, says Valerie Garc...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 17, 2014
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10 tips to win the hearts and minds of your customers

SAN FRANCISCO — To hear Guy Kawasaki tell it, the art of enchantment — changing people’s hearts, minds and actions — begins with a smile and, occasionally, ends with a bit of charming groveling. Kawasaki would know. As the for...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, July 17, 2014
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ZipLogix, BackAgent to offer ‘seamless integration’ of products

Transaction management providers zipLogix and BackAgent are partnering to offer “a seamless integration” of their products. Houston, Texas-based BackAgent offers a paperless transaction management platform with a Q&A interface that gu...
By Inman News | Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Zillow: Seriously, we don’t want to be an MLS or broker

SAN FRANCISCO -- Greg Schwartz, chief revenue officer at Zillow, says he's asked the same question almost on a weekly basis: Is Zillow going to become a multiple listing service? His answer is always the same: "No." ......
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 17, 2014