BH_select2 Berkshire Hathaway brand rollout: Warren Buffett poised for global real estate expansion

Berkshire Hathaway brand rollout: Warren Buffett poised for global real estate expansion

Look around. All over the country, you may be seeing their for-sale signs: Berkshire Hathaway has arrived. It may have taken a while for him to get into franchising, but Warren Buffett is no newcomer to residential real estate. Berkshire ......
By Inman | Friday, November 21, 2014
FHA_select FHA is back in the black, but premium rollbacks unlikely

FHA is back in the black, but don’t hold your breath for premium rollbacks

The Federal Housing Administration’s mutual mortgage insurance fund is unlikely to need another taxpayer bailout, but that doesn’t mean homebuyers looking to finance purchases with an FHA-backed home loan will get a break on their premium...
By Brittany Morris | Friday, November 21, 2014
murphy_matt_swipe Do you dial, swipe or text? Matt Murphy

Do you dial, swipe or text? Matt Murphy

Tech maven Matt Murphy says drone use by real estate brokerages will really take off when regulators provide more clarity on rules governing their use ......
By Inman | Friday, November 21, 2014
Mobile search image via Shutterstock. What does Google's 'mobile-friendly' search change mean for your site?

Google launches new ‘mobile-friendly’ website label

There are hundreds of factors that Google considers when they send their bots off to crawl your website. Google bots analyze and interpret web pages inside and out based on a combination of factors, also known as an algorithm, to see how relevant and...
By Erica Tafavoti | Friday, November 21, 2014
fedreserveseal_select Think the Fed is standing pat? Think again

Think the Fed is standing pat? Think again

Mortgage rates have been stable near 4 percent, held there by the 10-year T-note moving hardly at all in the last month, 2.31 percent-2.38 percent since Halloween. Such stability is most unusual, best understood as a market gathering tension for ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, November 21, 2014
docusign_select Samsung Ventures backs DocuSign

Samsung Ventures backs DocuSign

DocuSign, an e-signature and transaction management software provider, has detailed strategic investments the company says will help it grow its mobile reach and expand into Spanish-speaking countries, Singapore and across Asia. The commitments co...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, November 21, 2014
shutterstock_225431449 These holiday marketing ideas will stand out from the crowd

6 unique holiday gift ideas for clients

With the holidays fast approaching, it is crunch time when deciding what to send to your clients. Sure, you can send a traditional card, but does that really stand out among the 50 other cards they will receive from family, friends or other businesse...
By Jennifer Snyder | Friday, November 21, 2014
Screen shot from NAR campaign promoting .realtor domains as trustworthy to consumers. NAR's got plenty of free '.realtor' domains left to give away

NAR’s got plenty of free ‘.realtor’ domains left to give away

The National Association of Realtors is ready to give away 500,000 free “.realtor” domains to members, and realtor.com will host agents’ profile pages for them at no charge. But nearly a month after NAR opened up the .realtor domain...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, November 20, 2014
Data security image via Shutterstock. CRM and lead consolidation tool 'play nice' together

CRM and lead consolidation tool ‘play nice’ together

Real estate agents get leads from ever more places online. Keeping track of those leads is not always easy. Real estate tech firm Tribus has come up with one way to tackle this problem: The firm has integrated its customer ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, November 20, 2014
hildebrand_madison_swipe Do you dial, swipe or text? Madison Hildebrand

Do you dial, swipe or text? Madison Hildebrand

Madison Hildebrand of The Malibu Life Partners Trust talks about what it takes to be successful in real estate, and some unexpected ways in which technology can make your life easier ......
By Inman | Thursday, November 20, 2014
iPhone image via Shutterstock. IOS 8 and the Evernote widget

IOS 8 and the Evernote widget

After making the move to the iPhone over a year ago, there was one thing I really missed: Widgets. I had a lot of widgets set up on my Android phone, and I used them all the time — especially when using Evernote. ......
By Bill Risser | Thursday, November 20, 2014
connectNYC2015speakerslider Top entrepreneurs to speak at Real Estate Connect NYC

Top entrepreneurs to speak at Real Estate Connect New York City Jan. 27-30

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Urbanspoon CEO Keela Robison and Coca-Cola’s David Butler top the list of serial entrepreneurs and business innovators set to take the stage during Real Estate Connect New York City 2015 Jan. 27-30 at the Marriott ...
By Inman | Thursday, November 20, 2014
realtordotcom A first glimpse at how News Corp. will expand realtor.com’s reach

A first glimpse at how News Corp. will expand realtor.com’s reach

Media giant News Corp., which just closed its acquisition of realtor.com operator Move Inc. last week, is already tying the home search portal to several of its publications. The Wall Street Journal now features a widget in the right column of its...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Oculus Rift goggles image via Stefano Tinti / Shutterstock.com Oculus Rift could change the future of home sales

Oculus Rift could change the future of home sales

I saw Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff playing with some Oculus Rift goggles a few weeks ago. It reminded me what the future might look like. Imagine an Amazon for your home, if you will. Right now, people who buy a home spend money after the purchase by ...
By Bob Stewart | Thursday, November 20, 2014