Mortgaged home image via Shutterstock. Suddenly, Ellie Mae is a $1B company

Suddenly, Ellie Mae is a $1B company

Shares in fast-growing mortgage industry software developer Ellie Mae hit an all-time high today, pushing the Pleasanton, California-based company’s market capitalization over the $1 billion mark. Bloomberg News has reported that the convergenc...
By Inman News | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Europe’s predicament puts Fed in a pickle

The ride wild in stock markets this week was not about the U.S. economy or mortgage rates, which are just about back to where they were before the circus. Pay as little attention as possible to the stock market. It enjoyed a one-way rally for three y...
By Lou Barnes | Friday, October 17, 2014
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Rivals come together at real estate data standards ‘plugfest’

Apple and Samsung do it. Google and Microsoft do it. And in the real estate industry, CoreLogic, FBS and Rapattoni do it. Next week, competitors in the industry will come together in Las Vegas for the industry’s first-ever “plugfest”...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Friday, October 17, 2014
Group effort image via Shutterstock. Don't write agent safety off as a lost cause

Don’t let anyone write agent safety off as a lost cause

Since my August article on agent safety was published, the conversation on agent safety has unfortunately included the tragic loss of Beverly Carter, whose body was found in a shallow grave a few days after she was killed. Sadly, the ......
By J. Philip Faranda | Friday, October 17, 2014
Curved TV displaying an ArXperience 3-D model. Latest 3-D tech triggers vertigo

Latest 3-D tech triggers vertigo

I have a mild fear of heights, so when I peered over the balcony of a luxury apartment located near the top of a high-rise in Miami, naturally I felt a bit dizzy. Except that it wasn’t natural at all. ......
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, October 17, 2014
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17 tips for a successful career in real estate sales

Here are 17 real estate success tips from broker-owners Richard and Beth Witt in Long Island, New York, that cover everything from sales to marketing to life planning for real estate agents. ......
By ActiveRain | Friday, October 17, 2014
Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff kicked off the event on Thursday morning. Photo by agent Michael Gardner. Agents flock to Zillow's first national agent conference

Agents flock to Zillow’s first national agent conference

Today marks the “most important day in the 10-year history of (Zillow),” Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff told a crowd of more than 1,000 agents at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, where the portal is holding its first-ever national agent conven...
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Got first-time buyers? More and more MLSs offer down payment assistance tool

More than 335,000 real estate professionals in 20 multiple listing services and associations now have access to a tool that allows them to see which homes may qualify for down payment assistance programs. The latest MLSs to license Down Payment ......
By Inman News | Thursday, October 16, 2014
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3 great ways to handle high-maintenance clients

We’ve all had them. You might have one now. That seller who takes your comps, cross-references them, adds in seven more, and builds out a spreadsheet -- complete with formulas -- then wants you to get them into each of the properties so she can poi...
By Trulia Pro Blog | Thursday, October 16, 2014
Screen shot of Trulia's "Get Fresh" sweepstakes home page. Trulia will enter brokers in sweepstakes if they turn on direct listings feed

Trulia offers brokers chance to win $5,000 if they turn on direct listings feed

Now that it has agreements to receive listings directly from more than 100 multiple listing services, Trulia says it’s working on getting more brokers to opt in to those feeds. Trulia will enter brokers who authorize their MLS to send their ....
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, October 16, 2014
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Home warranties touted as marketing tool for listings

American Home Shield is offering three new home warranty “real estate plans” that cover major home appliances and system components during and after a home sale that the company is marketing to sellers and listing agents. Qualified seller...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Stock plunge a threat to housing

While most Americans have two parts to their investment portfolio — their homes and their stocks — they are knitted together in critical ways. Which is why the current stock market plunge may already be hurting consumer confidence when it...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down 8 percent from its 52-week high in the last week. Falling stocks mean cheaper mortgages. But what's the big picture for housing?

Falling stocks mean cheaper mortgages. But what’s the big picture for housing?

The big sell-off in stocks that began last week has already sent mortgage rates plummeting, but so far that’s only translated into more demand for refinancings. The bigger questions for housing markets are whether stock market volatility will u...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Why those For Sale yard signs will never die

For Sale yard signs will never die, as long as they are turning smartphone-toting buyers into leads. XiLi Mobile, a provider of leads and automated text marketing for real estate agents, says it’s capitalizing on the knowledge and industry conn...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 15, 2014