mikecphoto / Shutterstock.com 5 tactics for effective Internet lead follow-up

5 tactics for effective Internet lead follow-up

The way to acquire prospects into your funnel has somewhat changed over the years, but the way to follow up has not. Here are my five tactics to turn "lookers" into buyers ......
By Robert McTague | 2 hours ago
A still from the Share Better Coalition ad. Attack video ad hits Airbnb -- and real estate big-shots -- where it hurts

Share Better coalition video ad hits Airbnb — and real estate big shots — where it hurts

The Share Better Coalition, a nationwide group of elected officials and activists working against sharing platforms like Airbnb, recently released a campaign touting the benefits of the short-term vacation rental sites ... for real estate moguls ......
By Kimberly Manning | 11 hours ago
alice-photo / Shutterstock.com Money Anxiety Index shows consumer financial anxiety has improved -- slightly

Money Anxiety Index shows consumer financial anxiety has improved — slightly

Conflicting media reports about the U.S. job market and unknown fallout from financial crises abroad are contributing to consumers’ level of financial worry and stress, according to a monthly pulse check of consumer confidence ......
By Amy Swinderman | 11 hours ago
cdrin / Shutterstock.com Real estate agents can handle sensitive questions using new app

Real estate agents can handle sensitive questions using new app

What's crime like here? How racially diverse is this area? Is this place family-friendly? Buyers sometimes ask agents sensitive questions about neighborhoods, and agents who answer those questions can run the risk of potentially testing fair housing ...
By Teke Wiggin | 12 hours ago
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Windy City knocks down housing

The frequency of teardowns -- situations where an older home is purchased and demolished to make way for a newer, large residence -- is increasing, specifically in Chicago ......
By Erik Pisor | 12 hours ago
Rawpixel / Shutterstock.com How to leverage personal relationships for real estate referrals

How to leverage personal relationships for real estate referrals

Technology has opened a whole new medium for reaching your target audience, but word-of-mouth marketing (WOMM) is not dead. In fact, many customers rely on their inner circles to provide them with the most honest, reputable references. ......
By Jennifer Riner | 14 hours ago
Nonwarit / Shutterstock.com Average monthly mortgage payments trail historical norms

Average monthly mortgage payments trail historical norms

After 2 1/2 years of consistent home price increases, payment-to-income ratios are still below pre-bubble levels nationally and significantly below ratios seen at the peak of the market ......
By Erik Pisor | 14 hours ago
chris_trapani 5 questions with ICSF speaker Chris Trapani

5 questions with ICSF speaker Chris Trapani

Chris Trapani, founder and CEO at Sereno Group, will be speaking at Inman Connect San Francisco in August. We caught up with Trapani and asked him five questions about his real estate philosophy ......
By Inman | 15 hours ago
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Late-recovering Western markets push rent growth nationwide

During the second quarter, the West region posted new lease rent growth of 7.8 percent year over year. This uptick is a major reason why rents for new leases increased by 5.2 percent nationwide spanning the past 12 months and by 2.5 percent during th...
By Erik Pisor | 15 hours ago
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Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows high rates, international volatility

Mortgage interest rates continued their steady climb heading into the Independence Day holiday weekend, according to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey for the week ending July 2. The government-sponsored enterprise said rates are at thei...
By Amy Swinderman | 15 hours ago
sflr 3-D home of the day

3-D home of the day

This stunningly renovated bungalow home is truly one of a kind, and it's nestled in one of Northern California's most scenic and desirable communities -- Belvedere ......
By Bryn Erickson | 15 hours ago
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Rental boom is here to stay, and Rental Beast wants to help agents make money

Ishay Grinberg sees the housing market shifting as more Americans rent apartment or homes and for longer periods of time than they used to. Being in the business for nearly 15 years, he has cultivated the tools to simplify and streamline the rental p...
By Kimberly Manning | 16 hours ago
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The best way to weed out ‘shoddy’ real estate agents

Here is my review as a Realtor of the ideas expressed in the Inman article "11 proposals for weeding out shoddy real estate agents." ......
By Steve Wiley | 16 hours ago
IM_photo / Shutterstock.com Broker Connect is best way to network and meet new customers

Broker Connect is best way to network and meet new customers

On Aug. 4 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, one of the best attended sessions will be Broker Connect, where the brightest brokers from around the country will be on hand to share the hard-won truths about creating success for those actually r...
By Inman | 17 hours ago