J.D.S / Shutterstock.com ‘Johnny Lawsky’ leaves New York regulator post, but not before tackling foreclosure problem

‘Johnny Lawsky’ leaves New York regulator post — but not before tackling foreclosure problem

New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawky announced this week that he is stepping down from his post, but he has at least one more parting gift for the real estate industry: tackling the Empire State’s sy...
By Amy Swinderman | 21 hours ago
Valerio Pardi / Shutterstock.com How to establish loyalty within your brokerage

How to establish loyalty within your brokerage

Better commission splits, according to a recent study by Inman, would motivate nearly half of participants to leave for a different brokerage. Yes, money matters, but creating a team-focused environment for your agents makes them want to work for you...
By Jennifer Riner | 21 hours ago
NautilusFront1024 IGuide 3-D home of the week

IGuide 3-D home of the week

From the moment you set foot in this grand eight-bedroom, nine-bath Mediterranean-style home, the expert craftsmanship from floor to ceiling will draw you into the home. If ocean views are your thing, just wait until you experience the master bedroom...
By Kevin Klages | 22 hours ago
Victor H / Shutterstock.com Technology doesn't replace people -- specialized people do

Technology doesn’t replace people — specialized people do

In my ongoing quest to buy a home this year, I have had many interesting and eye-opening experiences about the same industry that I thought I already knew so well. I mean I spent the past decade of my life specializing in it. I see many people making...
By Stephen Schweickart | 23 hours ago
Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock.com Startup hopes 'Hollywood' video ad helps it blast off

Startup hopes ‘Hollywood’ video ad helps it blast off

A time comes in a startup's life where it has figured out its messaging, nailed down its business model and it's ready to shout the news from the rooftops. That time has come for AgentPair, a startup that hit the real estate scene last year with a pl...
By Paul Hagey | 23 hours ago
Hero-RealtorvsZillow Best portal TV ad? Realtor.com's takes the cake

Best portal TV ad? Realtor.com’s takes the cake

Realtor.com's national TV ad does a better job of connecting with consumers than Zillow's, according to the 3,687 readers who took Inman's poll this week. It wasn't a landslide, but with 60.7 percent of the votes, realtor.com came out ahead ......
By Paul Hagey | Friday, May 22, 2015
LoloStock / Shutterstock.com New search tool ranks listings by expected rental ROI

New search tool ranks listings by expected rental ROI

“We’re seeing a lot of foreign money and investors that want to park their money somewhere,” said Lee Lin, co-founder of rental search website RentHop. “The joke is Manhattan condos have become the new world reserve currency.&...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, May 22, 2015
hxdbzxy / Shutterstock.com Midwest, South represent most affordable regions for graduates

Midwest, South represent most affordable regions for graduates

As the rental sector enters what is historically peak leasing season, owners and managers of value-add -- Class B and C -- properties and newly built or Class A product will look to push rents more aggressively. For recent college grads, this will eq...
By Erik Pisor | Friday, May 22, 2015
Silver Wolf / Shutterstock.com Mortgage interest deduction said to cause 'vast distortion' in global economy

Mortgage interest deduction said to cause ‘vast distortion’ in global economy

Subsidies that governments give to debt have spawned a "vast distortion" in the global economy that has made the financial system vulnerable to crises, hindered productive investment, curtailed economic growth and aggravated inequality, according to ...
By Teke Wiggin | Friday, May 22, 2015
Hyena Reality / Shutterstock.com Zillow's Long Form does the opposite of 'advocate for consumers'

Zillow’s Long Form does the opposite of ‘advocate for consumers’

I like a good mystery, but not when it comes to buying big-ticket items such as a house or condo. Fortunately, the Internet has been a boon to consumers seeking all manner of goods and services, from cars and vacations to mortgages and homes ......
By Rajesh Bhat | Friday, May 22, 2015
Alex_Po / Shutterstock.com Is the MLS still the most crucial marketing tool?

Is the MLS still the most crucial marketing tool?

I just returned from the National Association of Realtors' 2015 Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, and as with many conferences, some of the most stimulating conversations come from the unofficial meetups and lobby conversations ......
By Erica Ramus | Friday, May 22, 2015
BTC - Toni Haber Toni Haber: 'I only want people around me who are motivated and want to win, learn and grow'

Toni Haber: ‘I only want people around me who are motivated and want to win, learn and grow’

The Douglas Elliman broker talks about lines in the sand, how technology helps her connect with clients and transcendental meditation ......
By Inman | Friday, May 22, 2015
Shutterstock.com Why in-house lenders are ineffective

Why in-house lenders are ineffective

These days many real estate brokerages have a lender in their office to supposedly make the process easier for the buyer to get a loan, helping to create the "one-stop shop," which usually includes a settlement company, as well. Even though buyers c...
By Jason Turner | Friday, May 22, 2015
Tech_Falcon Falcon flies in from Copenhagen to offer another way to manage social marketing

Falcon flies in from Copenhagen to offer another way to manage social marketing

Managing social media can be a plate-spinning-on-roller skates experience. Either you have expertise in that particular act of the marketing circus, or the people are laughing at you, not with you. Just hitting the "share" button a couple of times a ...
By Craig Rowe | Friday, May 22, 2015