Skeptical image via Shutterstock. Industry wary of Redfin's proposed changes to listing syndication, IDX display rules

Real estate industry wary of Redfin’s proposed changes to listing syndication, IDX display rules

Inman News readers are skeptical about changes proposed by Redfin in the way listings are distributed to and displayed on websites that consumers use to search for homes. Should the real estate industry adopt the listing syndication and IDX policies ...
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Century 21's Bev Thorne talks about brands at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. How to make your brand relevant to consumers

How to make your brand relevant to consumers

What brands do consumers really care about? How do you make your brand relevant? Some real estate heavy hitters with some major league brands — Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland, Charles Moore of McGuire Real Estate, Bev Thorne of ......
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Halloween image via Shutterstock. Years in the works, .realtor domains will launch by Halloween

Those .realtor domains you’ve been hearing about for years will launch by Halloween

Starting Oct. 23, more than 1 million Realtors will be able to sign up for Web addresses with the new .realtor top-level domain, the National Association of Realtors and the Canadian Real Estate Association announced today. After a yearslong applica...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 18, 2014
Spencer Rascoff (left) and Dave Liniger onstage at 2014 Re/Max Broker-Owner Conference. Photo by Kevin McIlwaine. Zillow says it doesn't plan to raise prices

Zillow says it doesn’t plan to raise prices

SAN FRANCISCO — What does the pending merger between real estate’s most popular real estate sites, Zillow and Trulia, mean for a huge real estate brand like Re/Max? Re/Max LLC co-founder and CEO Dave Liniger had the opportunity to grill ...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, August 18, 2014
Imaginary "Zulia" logo illustrating the concept of a merger of Zillow and Trulia. Zillow and Trulia are trademarks of their respective companies. NAR said to ask regulators to block Zillow's acquisition of Trulia

NAR said to ask regulators to stop Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia

The National Association of Realtors reportedly wants federal antitrust regulators to block Zillow’s planned acquisition of Trulia, but there are no signs that the Federal Trade Commission plans to intervene. Zillow and Trulia — the two b...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 18, 2014
Students image via Shutterstock. Homebuyers zeroing in on in elementary schools

Homebuyers researching schools most interested in elementary schools

Homebuyers researching schools on realtor.com are zeroing in on elementary schools — indicating that the “majority of people who research schools either have young children or expect to start a family when they buy their next home.”...
By Inman News | Monday, August 18, 2014
EpicStockMedia / Shutterstock.com Think like a surfer to grow your real estate business

Matt Beall, principal broker at Hawaii Life, shares 10 things real estate can learn from surfing

In surfing, there are many times you won’t have your board. Realtors spend so much time obsessing over their tools they often forget that they still need to know how to “swim” (do the deal) independently of their tools ......
By Bernice Ross | Monday, August 18, 2014
Inman News founder and publisher Brad Inman talks with Sprig co-founder and CEO Gagan Biyani at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. What 'real time meets the real world' means for real estate

What ‘real time meets the real world’ means for real estate

If you can’t be a Google executive, you can still enjoy “locally sourced seasonal meals … crafted with care by former Google executive chef Nate Keller” if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have the Sprig app ......
By Inman News | Monday, August 18, 2014
Tech-enabled agent image via Shutterstock. Why MLSs will soon be a lot more friendly to brokers

Why MLSs will soon be a lot more friendly to brokers

Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. (MRIS) has become the first multiple listing service to be certified to the latest data standards from the Real Estate Standards Organization, a nonprofit that aims to foster software innovation and imp...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, August 18, 2014
Screen shot of marketing campaign for high-end real estate via  tooopen.com. Chinese 'house-aircraft carrier meme' explained

Chinese ‘house-aircraft carrier meme’ explained

A new fad among Chinese marketers — pairing images of aircraft carriers with whatever they’re hawking, be it office furniture, heavy industrial equipment, or apartment buildings and other real estate — is no cause for alarm, says Fo...
By Inman News | Friday, August 15, 2014
KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Put that in your USB port and smoke it: smart business cards

What will they think of next? Paper business cards double as USB flash drive

Gerald Richards, an agent with the Utah brokerage The Franklin Group, has the most luck prospecting at bridal shows if he hands out fliers geared towards first-time buyers. But printing and lugging around all that paper can be a nuisance for the 6...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, August 15, 2014
Storm clouds image via Shutterstock. Worrisome economic indicators everywhere you look

Worrisome economic indicators everywhere you look

This week has been another lesson in market reactions to news economic and otherwise. And at deeper levels, how not to run railroads. The net result, before whys and wherefores: a new flight to quality, the U.S. 10-year down to ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, August 15, 2014
Drone image via Shutterstock. Real estate agent's $1,500 drone missing in action

Real estate agent’s $1,500 drone missing in action

Eli Berger had only had his DJI Phantom 2 drone for about two weeks and was showing it off to an insurance agent in the parking lot of Las Cruces, New Mexico-based Coldwell Banker De Wetter Hovious Inc., where he’s ......
By Inman News | Friday, August 15, 2014
Pocket knife image via Shutterstock. Transaction management startup gets closer to 'one-stop shop'

Transaction management startup gets closer to ‘one-stop shop’

Reesio has rolled out two new features designed to take the startup beyond transaction management and closer to its aim to be an “all in one” technology platform: customer relationship management and listing syndication. Up next for the c...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, August 15, 2014