Rawpixel / Shutterstock.com How to leverage personal relationships for real estate referrals

How to leverage personal relationships for real estate referrals

Technology has opened a whole new medium for reaching your target audience, but word-of-mouth marketing (WOMM) is not dead. In fact, many customers rely on their inner circles to provide them with the most honest, reputable references. ......
By Jennifer Riner | 10 hours ago
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Average monthly mortgage payments trail historical norms

After 2 1/2 years of consistent home price increases, payment-to-income ratios are still below pre-bubble levels nationally and significantly below ratios seen at the peak of the market ......
By Erik Pisor | 11 hours ago
chris_trapani 5 questions with ICSF speaker Chris Trapani

5 questions with ICSF speaker Chris Trapani

Chris Trapani, founder and CEO at Sereno Group, will be speaking at Inman Connect San Francisco in August. We caught up with Trapani and asked him five questions about his real estate philosophy ......
By Inman | 11 hours ago
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Late-recovering Western markets push rent growth nationwide

During the second quarter, the West region posted new lease rent growth of 7.8 percent year over year. This uptick is a major reason why rents for new leases increased by 5.2 percent nationwide spanning the past 12 months and by 2.5 percent during th...
By Erik Pisor | 12 hours ago
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Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows high rates, international volatility

Mortgage interest rates continued their steady climb heading into the Independence Day holiday weekend, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week ending July 2. The government-sponsored enterprise said rates are at thei...
By Amy Swinderman | 12 hours ago
sflr 3-D home of the day

3-D home of the day

This stunningly renovated bungalow home is truly one of a kind, and it's nestled in one of Northern California's most scenic and desirable communities -- Belvedere ......
By Bryn Erickson | 12 hours ago
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Rental boom is here to stay, and Rental Beast wants to help agents make money

Ishay Grinberg sees the housing market shifting as more Americans rent apartment or homes and for longer periods of time than they used to. Being in the business for nearly 15 years, he has cultivated the tools to simplify and streamline the rental p...
By Kimberly Manning | 13 hours ago
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The best way to weed out ‘shoddy’ real estate agents

Here is my review as a Realtor of the ideas expressed in the Inman article "11 proposals for weeding out shoddy real estate agents." ......
By Steve Wiley | 13 hours ago
IM_photo / Shutterstock.com Broker Connect is best way to network and meet new customers

Broker Connect is best way to network and meet new customers

On Aug. 4 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, one of the best attended sessions will be Broker Connect, where the brightest brokers from around the country will be on hand to share the hard-won truths about creating success for those actually r...
By Inman | 13 hours ago
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3 tips to get your share of China’s $109 Billion

China's government is rolling out a new policy that could deliver a conservatively estimated $109 billion to US real estate markets, both commercial and residential. Here are three tips that will help you market to that audience. ......
By Andrew Taylor | 14 hours ago
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ListTrac’s plan to sell agent and consumer behavior data

There's a well-known saying on the Internet: "If you're not paying for the product, you are the product." Sites such as Google, Facebook and Amazon routinely track users both for their own use and for third-party advertising. Zillow and realtor.com d...
By Andrea V. Brambila | 17 hours ago
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3 things you need to do right after closing

Closing is a lousy term -- especially in real estate. Referrals and repeat business are your lifeblood. The last thing you want to do is close up that relationship. In fact, this is the perfect time to open the door to future business ......
By Sean Kirby | 20 hours ago
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4 things your clients should know before renting out their homes this summer

If you have clients thinking about renting out their homes this summer, here are a few areas you can advise them to consider that will help ensure a successful venture ......
By Rob Stephens | 21 hours ago
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Tony Sargent: ‘Clients demand information and service quickly’

Tony Sargent of CORE on why hiring more people helps his business, how websites started his real estate obsession and why improving the customer experience is core ......
By Inman | 22 hours ago