Dream homes image via Shutterstock. Housing market projected to regain some lost momentum

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
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Months’ supply of new homes for sale hits highest level in 2.5 years

Sales of new single-family houses fell in June, expanding the months’ supply of homes on the market, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today. Single-family home sales fell 8.1 percent from May to June to a seasonally adjust...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Connect with the Indian marketplace next month in Kolkata

The National Association of Realtors-India is holding its sixth annual meeting Aug. 16-17 in Kolkata. While some of the scheduled programming might sound familiarly mind-numbing to American Realtors (“Standardization of Global Practice in Real ...
By Inman News | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Is realtor.com no longer a Realtor’s best friend?

Realtor.com may be the official consumer website of the National Association of Realtors, but rival search portals Zillow and Trulia have improved their value proposition to listing agents and brokers to the point “where many Realtors and MLSs ...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Screen shot of SmartZip's home page. Predictive analytics real estate marketing startup raises $12M

Predictive analytics real estate marketing startup raises $12M

SmartZip Analytics Inc., maker of a predictive analytics tool that helps real estate pros target their marketing to homeowners who may be likely to sell soon, has raised $12 million in a Series B funding round. The Pleasanton, California-based firm, ...
By Inman News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
International image via Shutterstock. NAR and ListHub partner to help Realtors grow their international business

NAR, ListHub partner to help Realtors grow their international real estate business

The National Association of Realtors and Move Inc.’s listing distribution platform ListHub have partnered to help NAR members broadcast their listings overseas and participate in the rise of international investment in the U.S. housing market. &nbs...
By Inman News | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Mortgage image via Shutterstock. Demand for purchase mortgages still lagging

Demand for purchase mortgages still lagging

Appetite for purchase mortgages stayed flat last week, clocking in well below the same week a year ago as costlier mortgage insurance and tight credit continued to hamper demand. Applications for purchase loans increased a seasonally adjusted 0.3 per...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Screen shot of raveis.com's framing of StreetEasy for New York City property searches. William Raveis framing StreetEasy for NYC searches

William Raveis framing StreetEasy search results in NYC

William Raveis Real Estate is looking to jump-start its entry into the New York City market by framing search results from StreetEasy, the popular regional listing site acquired by Zillow last year. Located at Tower 56 on East 56th St. between ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Guaranteed Rate revamps agent coaching site, Partner Xchange

Retail mortgage lender Guaranteed Rate has launched a new version of Partner Xchange, a coaching site for real estate professionals, that includes insights and expertise from more than 50 of the nation’s top real estate agents. Partner Xchange ...
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Former BofA short-sale negotiator prison-bound in ‘property flopping’ scheme

A former Bank of America short-sale negotiator has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $5.7 million in restitution for his role in a fraud scheme in which prosecutors said he accepted bribes to sign off ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, July 22, 2014