HotelTonight's Jared Simon at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Building the impossible user experience

Building the impossible user experience

Jared Simon, co-founder and chief operating officer of HotelTonight, talks about how the company made the impossible user experience -- same-night mobile booking -- a reality. Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LL...
By Inman News | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Move executives rang the opening bell on the NASDAQ stock exchange in January. Realtor.com operator Move losing chief marketing officer

Realtor.com operator Move losing chief marketing officer

Move Inc.’s chief marketing officer, Barbara O’Connor, is leaving her post at the end of September for family reasons. “(Barbara) has the full support of the executive team,” Move spokeswoman Christie Wilfley told Inman News. ...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Foreclosure image via Shutterstock. There should be an experienced agent on both sides of a distressed property transaction

Experienced agents needed on both sides of a distressed property transaction

A complaint I often hear since the housing downturn is how difficult some REO brokers are to deal with. They are unresponsive, unhelpful, uncommunicative and difficult to transact business with. I’ll be the first to agree that some REO agents ......
By J. Philip Faranda | Monday, September 15, 2014
Drone image via Shutterstock. Realtors get a seat at the drone regulation table

Realtors get a seat at the drone regulation table

The Federal Aviation Administration has invited the National Association of Realtors to participate in a working group that will provide input on forthcoming regulations of “unmanned aerial systems,” or drones. NAR says it will use the op...
By Inman News | Monday, September 15, 2014
Inman News' Teke Wiggin's former home doesn't have a high 'livability score.' New service lets real estate agents dig up the dirt on properties

Real estate agents can dig up the inside skinny on properties using new service

Real estate agents have plenty of resources for pulling up granular market and neighborhood data on properties. But that information doesn’t always tell a meaningful story about a particular listing. Revaluate wants to help agents do a bett...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, September 15, 2014
Leigh Brown at the North Carolina Association of Realtors' annual convention in Hot Springs, Virginia. Are you willing to give up selling a house so your voice will be heard?

Are you willing to give up selling a house so your voice will be heard?

Responding to last week’s “tweet storm” by Inman News Publisher Brad Inman on loose licensing requirements and incompetent agents, Leigh Brown, broker-owner of Re/Max Executive Realty in Concord, North Carolina, says change won̵...
By Inman News | Monday, September 15, 2014
Mobile experience image via Shutterstock. Mobile apps get personal to build stronger client relationships

Mobile apps get personal to build stronger client relationships

The days of massively long emails, forced registration to access the MLS and missed voice mails are rapidly fading away. New tools are making communication simpler and more personalized than ever before, provided you know what to do ......
By Bernice Ross | Monday, September 15, 2014
Wayne Strobel and Vanessa Bergmark talk near field sensors at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Apple iBeacons come to real estate listings

Apple iBeacons come to real estate listings

Wayne Strobel, founder of RealtyBeacon, and Vanessa Bergmark, general manager and partner of the East San Francisco Bay brokerage Red Oak Realty, explain what near-field sensors mean for real estate marketing ......
By Inman News | Monday, September 15, 2014
Pittsburgh image via Shutterstock. Big Pennsylvania brokerage cuts off flow of listings to Zillow

Big Pennsylvania brokerage cuts off flow of listings to Zillow

One of Pennsylvania’s biggest brokerages, Northwood Realty Services, has pulled about 2,700 listings from Zillow, citing concerns over the accuracy of Zillow’s automated valuations and with listing data displayed on the site. Northwood Re...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, September 12, 2014
California image via Shutterstock. California makes strides toward statewide MLS

California Regional MLS makes strides toward statewide MLS

With the goal of building a statewide multiple listing service in mind, California Regional MLS has embarked on an initiative to ink data-share deals directly with MLSs throughout the Golden State. In April, San Dimas-based California Regional ML...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, September 12, 2014
Container ships loading and unloading in Singapore. Banana Republic images / Shutterstock.com. Good news about the economy is bad news for mortgage rates

Good news about the economy is bad news for mortgage rates

In the backwards world of bonds and mortgages, in which good news is bad, good news pushed up long-term rates this week. U.S. data may encourage the Fed to accelerate the end of ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) at its ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, September 12, 2014
Fundrise helped more than 60 investors purchase a stake in this Hamptons mansion. Screen shot of Trulia listing detail page. More than 60 people own this Hamptons mansion

Fundrise, real estate crowdfunder, closes investment in Hamptons mansion

Over 60 people now own a Hamptons mansion nearing completion. But the property, listed tentatively at $3.25 million, isn’t a finely tuned timeshare. Its scores of owners are investors who collectively gobbled up a little under half of the home’s ...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, September 12, 2014
Arkansas image via Shutterstock. Warren Buffett's franchise brand marches into Arkansas

Warren Buffett’s franchise brand marches into Arkansas

Warren Buffett’s franchise network, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, has a presence in Arkansas with Bentonville-based Prudential Solutions Real Estate becoming the latest Prudential-affiliated brokerage to rebrand. Broker-owner Scott Waymire s...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
brad4 Tweet storm! Inman News publisher vents about bad agents

Tweet storm! Inman News publisher vents about bad agents

Inman News Publisher Brad Inman unleashed a tweet storm today on loose licensing requirements, incompetent agents, why we should care, and how to fix the problem. Join the debate and follow @bradInman on Twitter! ......
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014