Arkansas image via Shutterstock. Warren Buffett's franchise brand marches into Arkansas

Warren Buffett’s franchise brand marches into Arkansas

Warren Buffett’s franchise network, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, has a presence in Arkansas with Bentonville-based Prudential Solutions Real Estate becoming the latest Prudential-affiliated brokerage to rebrand. Broker-owner Scott Waymire s...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
brad4 Tweet storm! Inman News publisher vents about bad agents

Tweet storm! Inman News publisher vents about bad agents

Inman News Publisher Brad Inman unleashed a tweet storm today on loose licensing requirements, incompetent agents, why we should care, and how to fix the problem. Join the debate and follow @bradInman on Twitter! ......
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Screen shot from Leigh Brown video. Can the kind of 'stuff' Leigh Brown says really help you sell houses?

Can the kind of ‘stuff’ Leigh Brown says really help you sell houses?

Leigh Brown, broker-owner of Re/Max Executive Realty in Concord, North Carolina, has already stated for the record her belief that "the best way to get more business is to be your most outrageously authentic self." Now Brown has put out a video promo...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Shanghai image via Shutterstock. Landing international buyers requires a long-term strategy

If you want international buyers, you’ll need a long-term strategy

Targeting international buyers is a strategic decision. Like all good investments, it costs something. You have to put in a grubstake of a certain amount of time, effort and money ......
By Andrew Taylor | Thursday, September 11, 2014
From left to right, Martin Beaurivage, Fitzgerald Heslop, and Jason Padilla talk about estate management at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Connecting with luxury clients through their estate managers

Knowing the ins and outs of estate management can help you sell in the luxury market

Knowing something about how mansions are managed can help you sell in the luxury market. Madison Hildebrand, president and founder of The Malibu Life Inc., talks to some of the leading lights in the field of estate management ......
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
HomeVestors of America's "We Buy Ugly Houses.com" brand. 'We Buy Ugly Houses' network growing fast

‘We Buy Ugly Houses’ network growing fast

HomeVestors of America Inc., which operates a network of franchisees under the HomeVestors and “We Buy Ugly Houses” brands, says its network has grown 25 percent in 2014 and now includes 500 franchisees in 120 markets. Dallas-based HomeV...
By Inman News | Thursday, September 11, 2014
Screen shot of a sample WordPress theme from Agent Evolution. Real estate website data provider IDX Broker acquires Web design firm

Real estate website data provider IDX Broker acquires Web design firm

IDX Broker, which powers websites for more than 42,000 real estate agents, has acquired Agent Evolution LLC, a provider of real estate-themed website designs, continuing the blazing-hot acquisition trend in real estate tech. Terms of the deal were no...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Incentive image via Shutterstock. If your MLS provides sold data to realtor.com, Move has an agent app for you

Move offers agent mobile app to members of MLSs that provide sold data to realtor.com

Move Inc. has launched a mobile app for agents that allows collaboration between agents and their clients, and serves up agent-only information such as agent remarks and showing instructions. Move has offered a mobile app to paid users of its ......
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Hangzhou, China is one city where developers are offering discounts through "O2O" marketing channels. Photo credit:
Zhao jian kang / Shutterstock.com Century 21 China hawking homes on Alibaba's answer to Amazon.com

Century 21 China marketing homes on Alibaba’s answer to Amazon.com

Century 21 China Real Estate subsidiary Shanggu is displaying property inventory on Alibaba Group’s Taobao.com, a Chinese shopping site similar to Amazon.com, the latest example of the growing reliance on “O2O” (online-to-offline) s...
By Inman News | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
International image via Shutterstock. Big US and UK brokerages jointly marketing luxury listings

Douglas Elliman and Knight Frank Residential jointly marketing luxury listings

Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Knight Frank Residential are teaming up to jointly market U.S. luxury listings to wealthy buyers around the world under a “global brand alliance.” The brokerages will share marketing resources for domest...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Screen shot of United Real Estate's home page taken in July 2014. United Real Estate announces largest affiliate conversion to date

United Real Estate announces largest affiliate conversion to date

United Real Estate, the brokerage and franchise brand that’s grown rapidly on the strength of a royalty-free business model and an established sister company, has signed Indianapolis-based Sycamore Group Realtors to its franchise network. The...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Mythical image via Shutterstock. 4 myths about real estate technology that can kill agent adoption

Tackle these myths about real estate technology before they kill agent adoption

How many times have you been certain something was true and it turns out it’s just a myth? It’s happened to me. Case in point: I definitely believed the story that you had to let your phone battery drain all ......
By Joelle Senter | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
MRIS Close It! closing disclosure on iPad MLS arms agents with app that calculates closing costs

MLS arming agents with app that calculates buyer and seller closing costs

Mid-Atlantic multiple listing service Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. and settlement services firm Federal Title & Escrow Co. have launched a desktop and mobile app to offer closing cost estimates to MRIS’ 44,000 members. Th...
By Inman News | Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Beijing image via Shutterstock. Zillow listings searchable in Chinese, but details are presented in English

Zillow listings searchable in Chinese, but details about homes are presented in English

Chinese-speaking buyers can now use leju.com and a stable of other search portals owned by Leju Holdings Ltd. to search for U.S. homes in Zillow’s inventory, but listing detail pages will be presented only in English. Under a partnership betwee...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, September 9, 2014