Tatarko_Adi_20_ICNY_2014 Build and refine your killer real estate app before you go looking for funding

Build and refine your real estate tech offering before you go looking for funding

Houzz co-founder and CEO Adi Tatarko, who is helping take home renovation out of the dark ages by marrying technology and community, has some advice for aspiring startups who’d like to follow in her footsteps: Build and refine your product ......
By Inman News | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Realtor.com: Buying conditions improving as more homes come on the market

The number of homes for sale and the amount of time they’d typically been on the market both increased in March, “welcome signs” for spring buyers, realtor.com reported today. The number of homes listed for sale on realtor.com rose ...
By Inman News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Realtor Code of Ethics once required discrimination

I've been doing research on the code of ethics as it applies to fair housing and the new "religious freedom" laws. I still have a lot to learn, but I found some very interesting details about segregation. In the late 1910s, protective covenants be...
By ActiveRain | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Avoiding real estate disputes: Get referral agreement in writing and always carry errors and omissions insurance

Sometimes you do everything right and you still end up in litigation or losing your commission. Attorneys thrive on the fact that it is often cheaper to settle rather than to defend a frivolous lawsuit. On the other hand, sometimes the suit is justif...
By Bernice Ross | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Real estate has never been a business that attracts young people

According to the National Association of Realtors’ most recent member survey, the median age of Realtors in 2012 was 57, up from 51 in 2007. Just in case anyone forgets the difference between “median” and “average,” that...
By Teresa Boardman | Thursday, April 17, 2014
Huffington_Arianna_sleep_ICNY_2014 Huffington Post Media Group's secret weapon: nap rooms

Huffington Post Media Group’s secret weapon: nap rooms

What’s one of the secret weapons for success at media juggernaut Huffington Post Media Group? Nap rooms. So says Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. Yes, people looked at her askance when she insisted on providing spac...
By Inman News | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Big brokers want NAR to require that MLSs provide data for AVMs

Big brokers would like to use multiple listing service data to create automated property valuations to sell to financial institutions, and they want the National Association of Realtors to require MLSs to help them do it. That’s according to a ...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Distressed homeowners may not realize they can sell

Some owners of homes in the foreclosure process may not realize that their properties have risen so much in value that they could sell or refinance, according to a report from foreclosure data aggregator RealtyTrac. Fewer properties in the foreclos...
By Inman News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Realtor.com developing successor to AgentMatch search tool

AgentMatch — the agent search tool from realtor.com that ranked agents by their multiple listing service transaction stats before trials in two test markets were suspended last year — will soon have a successor. The new version of the con...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Skyrocketing real estate prices trigger backlash against foreign buyers

This article by OPP Connect editor Adrian Bishop was originally posted on OPP Connect. Leading overseas real estate expert Andrew Batt has told Singapore TV there is a lot of money being invested in foreign property and it will go ......
By OPP Connect | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Carpenter_Todd_ICNY_2014 When apps can predict what homes consumers will like, agents must be ready to act

When apps can predict what homes consumers will like, agents must be ready to act

Last year the National Association of Realtors announced it intended to tackle big data by launching a predictive analytics group headed by industry veteran Todd Carpenter. Why should agents care about predictive analytics — something many real...
By Inman News | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Screen shot comparing a Cloud Streams listing alert with one from an MLS. W&R Studios launches MLS listing alert tool

W&R Studios, maker of Cloud CMA, launches MLS listing alert tool

W&R Studios, maker of the popular comparative market analysis tool Cloud CMA, has launched a new tool that allows agents and brokers to set up and brand multiple listing service listing alerts for their clients. Cloud Streams, which is currently ...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Screen shot of Kunversion's Nosy Neighbor website. Kunversion CRM breaks out suite of a la carte products

Kunversion CRM breaks out suite of a la carte products

Kunversion LLC has broken out four features of its high-end consumer relationship management platform and made them available to brokers and agents on an individual, a la carte basis. Nosy Neighbor and Listing Machine help agents generate seller lea...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Real estate journalists set to gather in Houston in June

Journalists from around the country will travel to Houston in June to learn about issues affecting housing markets, online residential real estate marketing, and sustainability and real estate design at the annual conference of the National Associati...
By Inman News | Tuesday, April 15, 2014