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 | 21 hours ago
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 | 21 hours ago
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 | 21 hours ago
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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 | 22 hours ago
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 | 23 hours ago
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
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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
jwblinn / Shutterstock.com Sometimes, staying competitive means shattering convention

Think like a hacker and break stuff

We've never met a fellow hacker who thinks the status quo is good enough. By nature, hackers rail against the adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," replacing it with our own: "Break everything and make it better." There's no room for inefficient ...
By Jay Sherer | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Do you dial, swipe or text? Mark Fitzpatrick

The CEO of RUHM shares his thoughts about the secret to success in real estate, why leveraging numbers is trendy and what he thinks will be the communication way of the future ......
By Inman | Friday, December 19, 2014
coach Heather Elias shares her social media hits

Heather Elias: ‘It’s the quality of the connections that matters’

Heather Elias, the vice president of industry engagement at Century 21 Redwood Realty, participates in a question-and-answer session about her social media habits ......
By Inman | Friday, December 19, 2014
Gerald Bernard / Shutterstock.com 3 insights into the future of real estate disruption

Real estate disruption won’t be what you think

Real estate disruption is inevitable, and the industry will eventually see a massive overhaul. However, disruption may come in a form far from expected ......
By Will Caldwell | Friday, December 19, 2014
Moms who code image via Shutterstock. Zillow gets creative in hunt for tech talent

Zillow gets creative in hunt for tech talent

Tech talent is in demand and real estate is just one industry courting the best and the brightest software engineers. Of the 123 current job openings at Zillow, just over half (62) are for technology positions. Tech positions also make up a ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, December 18, 2014
Agnes Kantaruk / Shutterstock.com Handwritten notes can be a powerful tool

Why a handwritten note is my secret weapon

You get home from work, and on your way in you pick up the mail. You leaf through and see a bill, a bill, a flier, a bill ... Ooh, a handwritten envelope! You immediately want to open it to see who sent this lovely piece of mail to you. Why did you r...
By Amanda Ross | Thursday, December 18, 2014