2015 Outlook 'Disruptive' technologies that aren't and more musings from Timothy Ellis

Timothy Ellis: ‘Selling ads to agents is not disruptive’

The (former) Porch hacker talks stupid tech buzzwords, nectarines and whiskey, and misaligned incentives, plus why "disruptive" technology is anything but ......
By Inman | 15 hours ago
shutterstock_181968260 4 tips for achieving work-life balance

How to snare the elusive work-life balance

"Work-life balance" is a phrase many of us hear every day. It's no secret that being a busy real estate agent can strain our personal relationships because of the amount of time we put into our work ......
By Josh Fellman | 15 hours ago
newscorp Realtor.com operator News Corp. acquires real estate decision-making engine

Realtor.com operator News Corp. acquires real estate decision-making engine

After taking a stake in Indian real estate portal PropTiger.com in November, realtor.com’s new maestro, News Corp., is investing in another Indian company with real estate ties. The media giant announced the acquisition of Mumbai-based BigDe...
By Inman | Friday, December 19, 2014
163049501_jorgen_mcleman Real estate's fear doctors

Real estate’s fear doctors

Andrea Quyn, an agent at Roseville, California-based Suncal Real Estate Group, recently wondered aloud to her real estate coach why she has trouble acquiring listings. The reason was her “fear of the unknown,” explained her coach, Julie Harris, w...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, December 19, 2014
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MLS data triggering postcard marketing campaigns to agents’ farms

Online advertising may be where agents are putting most of their dollars, but many continue to see value in print. Case in point: More than 100,000 active agents send marketing postcards to prospective clients via direct mail company QuantumDigital. ...
By Brittany Morris | Friday, December 19, 2014
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How excuses can derail your brokerage business

"I know I should be doing so … but I am not." Do you know how many times I have heard that? Too many! It’s the basic broker excuse. Here are a few others ......
By Jose Perez | Friday, December 19, 2014
Detroit skyline at night via Shutterstock. Redfin, flush with cash, announces 4 more new markets

Redfin, flush with cash, announces 4 more new markets

Fresh off the announcement of its $70.9 million funding round, Redfin says it’s launching brokerage operations in four additional markets, capping a year of remarkable expansion for the Seattle-based brokerage. Redfin now has agents on the g...
By Inman | Friday, December 19, 2014
Daniel DeSlover / Shutterstock.com 5 economic uncertainties that can wake you in the middle of the night

5 economic uncertainties that can wake you in the middle of the night

Markets are already quieting down with the approach of two holiday-shortened weeks, after two calm-shattering ones. The five things unresolved, still on the table beside the turkey: What is the Fed up to? What is the support for an apparently ......
By Lou Barnes | Friday, December 19, 2014
229774816_Yuganov_Konstantin All I want for Christmas is this Realtor superpower

All I want for Christmas is this Realtor superpower

Real estate agents and brokers have more tech tools at their disposal every year, providing them with deeper insights into housing markets and allowing them to find — and serve — clients more efficiently. Improvements in technology are in...
By Inman | Friday, December 19, 2014
portal-watch Christmas Zillow style, thrill-seeking Murdoch, and the hunt for tech talent

Christmas Zillow style, thrill-seeking Murdoch, and the hunt for tech talent

Zillow and Trulia each have sharp chief economists whose mission is to get their respective companies' brands in front of consumers' noses. They do this by populating the interwebs with a never-ending stream of commentary and analysis of housing mark...
By Paul Hagey | Friday, December 19, 2014
Stokkete / Shutterstock.com Tell a compelling story (like 'Serial') to create opportunities

What ‘Serial’ can teach you about real estate

Sitting around the Christmas dinner table, if your family is like mine, you'll discuss the year that's gone by and your aspirations for 2015. And if your family is really like mine, you'll also discuss your theories about "Serial." ......
By TJ Curran | Friday, December 19, 2014
mikenorton_8332879a Douglas Elliman pushes into another luxury market

Douglas Elliman pushes into another luxury market

Continuing an aggressive push into luxury markets outside of its New York City base, Douglas Elliman Real Estate has skied into the Aspen, Colorado, market by snapping up Joshua & Co., a brokerage with four offices and 40 agents in ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, December 19, 2014
2015 Outlook Peter Hernandez on industry decay and 2015 predictions

Peter Hernandez: ‘There will be more business for everyone in 2015′

Peter Hernandez, the founder of Teles Properties, discusses industry decay, global events and why he thinks there will be more business to go around in ......
By Inman | Friday, December 19, 2014
Urban Compass at Inman Connect NYC Learn what it takes to start a real estate brokerage with founders of Urban Compass

Urban Compass founders discuss how to build next-generation brokerage at Connect NYC 2015

Since opening its doors less than two years ago, real estate startup Urban Compass has grown to become the ninth-largest brokerage by dollar volume in New York City, boasting just under $495 million in listings as of November 2014, according ......
By Inman | Friday, December 19, 2014