War and peace image via Shutterstock. Fight, compete or cooperate?

Fight, compete or cooperate?

Have you been in a partnership -- business or personal -- in which the other party has the upper hand, and the relationship may be hurting you somehow? You see no way out. You consider blowing it up -- the nuclear option -- but you fear the conseque...
By Brad Inman | 23 hours ago
Acquisition image via Shutterstock. Zillow set to acquire Trulia for $3.5B in stock

Zillow set to acquire Trulia for $3.5B in stock

Zillow announced today that it’s entered into a definitive agreement to acquire its chief competitor Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock. The companies will maintain their separate brands, with Trulia CEO Pete Flint staying on board and reporting ...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, July 28, 2014
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So your past client listed with a competitor? 5 reasons you lost the listing

Nothing is more frustrating than having a past client list with a competitor. If losing out to other agents is frustrating you, making a few simple changes can return potentially errant sellers back to you as clients ......
By Bernice Ross | Monday, July 28, 2014
Screen shot of Balcony's beta home page. Balcony building a referral engine for the Internet age

Balcony is building a real estate referral engine for the Internet age

Real estate agents who now may gaze at their Excel spreadsheets and Facebook groups with a mix of confusion and disdain when considering their current choices for managing referrals will soon have a more sophisticated alternative. Balcony, a referral...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, July 28, 2014
InstanetForms in use. Image via InstanetSolutions.com. Canadian Realtors' forms integraged into Instanet's paperless platform

Canadian Realtors’ real estate forms integraged into Instanet’s paperless platform

An expanded partnership between the Canadian Real Estate Association and Instanet Solutions allows CREA’s more than 106,000 members to use Instanet’s paperless transaction management and e-signature tool to complete deals. The “deep...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Zillow’s Trulia move is ‘checkmate’

Alex Perriello, the astute and affable CEO of Realogy Franchise Group, sent me an email two weeks ago, to set up an appointment to talk on Tuesday, July 15, at 1 p.m. I anticipated that the reason for the call ......
By Brad Inman | Friday, July 25, 2014
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We’re on the edge of a terrific economic expansion, there’s just one thing holding us back

Long-term rates stabilized this week as events, puzzles, forces and conflicts scattered all over the world canceled each other. We focus on the yields of long-term debt (like bonds and mortgage-backed securities) because they are the result of real-t...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, July 25, 2014
Nap time image via Shutterstock. Testing Zillow's 'Coming Soon' while the MLS sleeps

Testing Zillow’s ‘Coming Soon’ while the MLS sleeps

Zillow’s new “Coming Soon” feature has been the talk of the industry for over a month now. Some like it, some don’t, and some — most notably MLSs — have been caught asleep at the switch. While other companies in ....
By Mark McLaughlin | Friday, July 25, 2014
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Real estate industry grappling with prospect of ‘Zulia’

If reported merger talks between Zillow and Trulia do culminate in a deal, a slim majority of Inman News readers who responded to an online poll Thursday said that would be bad for the real estate industry. Would a merger ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Housing markets poised to regain some lost momentum

Having weathered a soft patch that lasted through the fall, winter and early spring, housing markets are showing signs of a rebound that should continue for the rest of the year, according to the latest forecast by economists at Fannie ......
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 24, 2014
Drone image via Shutterstock. NRT bans drone photography in northeastern US

NRT bans drone photography in northeastern US

The nation’s largest real estate brokerage is warning agents who work out of more than 200 offices in the northeastern U.S. not to commission drone photography from vendors until the Federal Aviation Administration issues “clearly define...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Zillow and Trulia’s share prices surge on merger report

Shares in Zillow and Trulia are up sharply today on reports that Zillow is looking to acquire its smaller rival. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports that Zillow could value Trulia at as much as $2 billion, and that an agreement ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, July 24, 2014
Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014 photo montage courtesy of Michele Chiu, The Boutique Real Estate Group. Top 10 takeaways of a Real Estate Connect noob

Top 10 takeaways of a Real Estate Connect noob

Editor’s note: Michele Chiu’s account of her experience attending the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco is republished with permission from The Boutique Real Estate Group’s Orange County Real Estate Blog. It’s been t...
By Michele Chiu | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Ellie Mae’s self-service mortgage platform targets ‘tech-savvy’ borrowers

Ellie Mae is now offering mortgage lenders a consumer direct solution for its Encompass mortgage management platform that can guide homebuyers through a step-by-step application process in less than 15 minutes, giving borrowers greater control and in...
By Inman News | Thursday, July 24, 2014