Special-Reports---Hero_012015 Special report: How to deliver technology agents need

Special report: How to deliver technology agents need

Money is pouring into real estate technology, and the sheer number of products available to agents has risen exponentially in recent years. In that environment, what agents want from brokers, tech companies and associations is help choosing and using...
By Andrea V. Brambila | 18 hours ago
Flegere_128521691 How a strong vendor network secures more listings

How a strong vendor network secures more listings

Selling a home is a team effort. In addition to the broker and the client, there's the mortgage lender, the painter, the title lawyer, the plumber and a host of other home services professionals. And the real estate agent must be the team coach ......
By Mike Pontacoloni | 18 hours ago
SocialMedia-LindsayListanski Lindsay Listanski: 'Social media makes the world a smaller place'

Lindsay Listanski: ‘Social media makes the world a smaller place’

"Never in my dreams did I imagine doing business on the go from my phone not only with people across the coast but across the world," says the senior management of media engagement at Coldwell Banker Real Estate. "It's truly amazing to me." ......
By Inman | 19 hours ago
mirounga_ 60131794 Is real estate missing a $100 billion opportunity?

Is real estate missing a $100 billion opportunity?

In the last three years, a new class of homeowner entered our business. They are the largest in history, and they represent the beginning of something much more important to come ......
By Greg Rand | 19 hours ago
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MLSs around the country offer agents showing tool

Showings are an essential part of an agent’s job — people rarely buy homes sight unseen. In order to help agents tackle the logistics of getting prospective buyers inside properties, more and more multiple listing services are helping the...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Sunday, January 25, 2015
isak55_124758646 Zillow opening doors to developers for 'hackathon' competition

Zillow opening doors to developers for ‘hackathon’ competition

Zillow is opening up its doors to developers for a weekend “hackathon” competition that will run Feb. 6-8 at its Seattle headquarters. The top three winners will be awarded cash prizes with a grand prize of $10,000. With access to real ...
By Inman | Sunday, January 25, 2015
VictorMaschek_235720750 New York Times baking editorial content into real estate search

New York Times baking editorial content into real estate search

The New York Times will integrate editorial content including neighborhood videos and written pieces into its real estate search platform to help homebuyers get a better sense of what it might be like to live in different areas of the city. ......
By Paul Hagey | Friday, January 23, 2015
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Mortgage lenders settle RESPA kickback charges for $35.7M

Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $34.8 million to settle allegations that more than 100 loan officers in at least 18 branches steered thousands of mortgage borrowers to a Maryland-based title company in exchange for kickbacks in the form of ......
By Phillip Woolgar | Friday, January 23, 2015
matterport_BHGRE_RandRealty2 Another broker hops on 3-D virtual tour train

Another broker hops on 3-D virtual tour train

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s more than 800 agents will showcase sellers’ homes using  3-D virtual tours that give buyers browsing listings online the feeling that they’re walking through the home. Rand Realty says it̵...
By Inman | Friday, January 23, 2015
portal-watch Zillow, Trulia changes could foreshadow post-merger strategy

Zillow, Trulia changes could foreshadow post-merger strategy

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff snapped a photo of Zillow’s headquarters glowing with a “12” on Friday evening ahead of the Seattle Seahawks’ astonishing comeback victory against the Green Bay Packers that secured the team a tr...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, January 23, 2015
Tungphoto_206611600 US mortgages are the Gazinta!

US mortgages are the Gazinta!

A wild story still unfolding, most of it overseas. The result here at home: mortgage rates near 3.75 percent and the lows of the year — and the tilt in chart-pattern witch-doctoring to lower yet. Rates will rise only on ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, January 23, 2015
Neirfy/Shutterstock Why responsive website design could be sabotaging your lead generation efforts

Why responsive website design could be sabotaging your lead generation efforts

Here's a hard truth: For many in the real estate industry, mobile strategy isn't paying off. We all know the homebuyer is increasingly mobile-focused, and this year is going to be an even bigger bonanza for mobile devices as they become dominant in t...
By Randall Standard | Friday, January 23, 2015
Plume Photography_137159162 Feeling buyer burnout? Become a listing agent

Feeling buyer burnout? Become a listing agent

We get lots of inquiries from agents looking for a change — they're tired of buyer leads, tired of doing the same things hoping for a different result. Think about all the change in real estate over the last decade — shouldn't your strategy have ...
By Tim Harris | Friday, January 23, 2015
trulia_zillowhero2 Zillow, Trulia share prices jump on talk FTC has approved merger

Zillow, Trulia share prices jump on talk FTC has approved merger

Share prices in Zillow and Trulia surged today, suggesting investors have gotten wind that the Federal Trade Commission intends to sign off on the companies’ proposed merger. Trading in Zillow and Trulia has been heavy, with twice as many share...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, January 23, 2015