EM Karuna / Shutterstock.com Service takes pain out of manual data entry for lenders

Service takes pain out of manual data entry for lenders

Come Aug. 1, manual data entry to collect property-related data could cause headaches for lenders when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) regulation takes effect ......
By Amy Swinderman | 12 hours ago
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7 ways to successfully collect email addresses

Email is synonymous with communication these days. In the few short years that we've had access to this tool, it's become our favorite method of keeping in touch. But what if you're a veteran Realtor who built the bulk of your database before the Int...
By Candace Green | 13 hours ago
Misunseo / Shutterstock.com Why you should always add value -- and how to do it

Why you should always add value — and how to do it

"Always add value" is the personal mantra of the wildly successful everywhere and one of the guiding principles by which happy and accomplished people live their lives. I am a proponent of the idea that real estate professionals provide a valuable se...
By Patrick Wiltse | 14 hours ago
Alex Kosev / Shutterstock.com Rental startup's free digital rent service is a Trojan horse

Rental startup’s free digital rent service is a Trojan horse

My rent check is one of the few checks I write on a regular basis, and each month the process of filling it out, sliding it in an envelope and dropping it in my landlord's mailbox feels slightly irritating and increasingly anachronistic ......
By Paul Hagey | 15 hours ago
Stockr / Shutterstock.com Using 3-D, drones and an e-marketplace to target Chinese buyers

Using 3-D, drones and an e-marketplace to target Chinese buyers

In a bid to tap the largest source of foreign spending on U.S. real estate, Raleigh, North Carolina-based real estate marketing firm Aerial Look has partnered with Luxify, an international luxury goods listing website, to use drone and 3-D technology...
By Teke Wiggin | 16 hours ago
Real Deal Photo / Shutterstock.com Big real estate firm doubles down on Zillow reviews

Big real estate firm doubles down on Zillow reviews

As part of a relaunch of its website, Windermere Real Estate is now letting agents show Zillow reviews on their agent profile pages on windermere.com ......
By Teke Wiggin | 16 hours ago
Andrey Popov / Shutterstock.com Evaluating "business-critical," industry-designed brokerage platforms

Due diligence is the anecdote for ‘shiny object syndrome’

How many times have you been exposed to the latest-greatest, shiny object being pitched to you by a vendor? The answer is likely too many times. Well, I feel your pain. It is that dreaded feeling you have after the demo that warns if you don't do thi...
By Kenneth Jenny | 20 hours ago
Vilainecrevette / Shutterstock.com 3 simple tips for working with friends and family

3 simple tips for working with friends and family

I've found that a lot of people, no matter what professional industry, have mixed feelings about working with family and friends. When I was working as a top-producing agent, a significant portion of my transactions occurred through my personal netwo...
By Tyler Smith | 21 hours ago
Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com 4 facts about multigenerational housing -- from boomerang children to aging parents

4 facts about multigenerational housing — from boomerang children to aging parents

In the 1980s, harboring a post-college adult child in your basement was something you didn't advertise during lunch with your friends. Today, it is more the norm than the exception that more than one generation might reside in a home ......
By Jill Butler | 21 hours ago
IS-GoFigure4 Real estate infographics: golf courses, foreclosures and more

Real estate infographics: golf courses, foreclosures and more

Which markets have returning traditional buyers? Where's the next Silicon Valley ......
By Inman | 22 hours ago
DRETR - Emma Emma is smart, sophisticated and pretty

Emma is smart, sophisticated and pretty

The two questions I get most often are: Can you recommend a CRM? Can you recommend an email marketing tool? I credit this to these tools being the most often used, and the most often neglected. Eventually, users blame the software, not, well ... apat...
By Craig Rowe | 23 hours ago
Leader_Avi-Gupta Avi Gupta: 'Ideas abound, but execution separates success from failure'

Avi Gupta: ‘Ideas abound, but execution separates success from failure’

The most important lesson Avi Gupta has led about building a business is "the truth in the cliche, '5 percent inspiration, 95 percent perspiration,'" he says. "And good execution requires the right combination of people, planning, patience and persev...
By Inman | 23 hours ago
Jay Thompson Zillow's warrior-priest knows how to disarm critics

Zillow’s warrior-priest knows how to disarm critics

Friends sometimes ask: “I just want to make sure you haven’t leapt out of a window yet.” Misty-eyed spouses have thanked him for boosting their beloveds’ business. But a critic has encouraged him to have a second heart attack, and some agents...
By Teke Wiggin | 23 hours ago