Rocksweeper / Shutterstock.com More homes for first-time buyers may soon hit market

More homes for first-time buyers may soon hit market

There soon could be more homes on the market for first-time buyers as millions of homeowners realize they have enough equity to sell. Foreclosures, short sales and rising home values are freeing homeowners from the shackles of upside-down mortgages, ...
By Amy Swinderman | 13 hours ago
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Podcast: Beverly Carter’s son speaks out on agent safety

The tragic abduction and murder of Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter was a wake-up call for real estate professionals nationwide. It shocked us out of complacency and reminded us that safety is a daily concern in our profession. ......
By Tim & Julie Harris | 13 hours ago
Courtesy of Zoccam App gets rid of earnest money hassles for agents

Zoccam gets rid of earnest money hassles for agents

Tired of driving across town — or even across the state — in rush-hour traffic to deliver a client’s earnest money check to a title company? New mobile app Zoccam aims to ease the hassle and costs associated with handling prospective buyers' ch...
By Amy Swinderman | 13 hours ago
Rawpixel / Shutterstock.com Analysis vs. synthesis in real estate

Analysis vs. synthesis in real estate

I remember my first couple of years in sales -- many years ago. Having come out of a high tech and engineering background, I thought I could solve every problem, and I wanted to rationalize everything I saw ......
By Subrao Shenoy | 14 hours ago
REU_AltmanBros Matt and Josh Altman on video production, 3-D and hands-on management

Matt and Josh Altman on video production, 3-D and hands-on management

The brothers, brokers and "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" stars talk about differentiating themselves for high-end clients and their management style ......
By Inman | 14 hours ago
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Why renting is a growth opportunity for years to come

Recently, there has been a spate of reports that seem to bear this out. According to The State of the Nation's Housing 2015, a report released by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS), the national homeownership rate fell for t...
By Don Ganguly | 15 hours ago
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‘Hottest’ housing markets may not be the best for agents trying to make a living

Of the medium- to large-size markets in the nation, the hottest for housing demand and supply are primarily located in California and Texas ......
By Erik Pisor | 16 hours ago
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What we learned from opening our real estate office in China

It is the result of 13 months of on-the-ground due diligence by my colleague, Dan Scarrow, who in February of 2014 moved to China to head up our operations there. In a broader sense, MREG's Shanghai office is part of a long history of bilateral econo...
By Jonathan Cooper | 16 hours ago
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8 ways Google is circling real estate

Google seems to be moving into just about everything. Real estate is no exception. While the Internet search giant hasn't directly entered home sales, it's gravitating toward the sector from a range of angles. Here are eight ways Google is tiptoeing ...
By Teke Wiggin | 16 hours ago
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5 tips to protect sellers’ homes during a showing

It's easy to get caught up in making a home look perfect for a showing, but it is just as important to help clients keep their belongings safe while their home is on the market. There are things that both the agent and homeowners can do to stay safe ...
By John Lakatosh | 23 hours ago
TereSheltonBernace Tere Shelton Bernace: 'We do not feel that a franchise name brings any significant value'

Tere Shelton Bernace: ‘We’ve developed a strong niche in our market and do not feel that a franchise name brings any significant value’

Being an independent broker provides us the freedom to develop a brand and culture of our own. Most franchises today are very transaction-driven, while Shelton and Stewart Realtors is a relationship-oriented company. Most of our sales are from recurr...
By Inman | 23 hours ago
TR_TipsforConductingOnlinePres 4 tips for sealing the deal on your next online meeting

4 tips for conducting great online presentations

Inman tech columnist Craig Rowe shares four tips on how to conduct great online meetings. ......
By Craig Rowe | 23 hours ago
InstagramPanel_ICSF15 How I'm landing real estate sales with Instagram, referrals and reviews

How I’m landing real estate sales with Instagram, referrals and reviews

Dusty Baker had a plan to overtake a friend's Instagram popularity. The impromptu contest led him to some unexpected results, though -- namely, sales ......
By Inman | 23 hours ago
ISchmidt / Shutterstock.com 10 things that need to happen for mortgages to be a click away: Part 1

10 things that need to happen for mortgages to be a click away: Part 1

There are 10 key innovations needed to make getting a home loan as easy as booking a plane ticket. Below I'll describe the first five, and I'll cover the last five in Part ......
By Tim Nguyen | 24 hours ago