Investigating a complaint image via Shutterstock. New government agency is actually doing something about mortgage complaints

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau taking mortgage complaints seriously

A Realtor friend of mine recently asked me about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: “Do they really do anything when somebody submits a complaint about their mortgage company? Can I tell clients that it’s not a waste of time to ......
By Ken Harney | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Existing-home sales remain flat

Sales of existing homes in March underperformed by historical standards, with purchases remaining mostly flat, the National Association of Realtors reported today. Existing-home sales slid 0.2 percent from February to March, to a seasonally adjust...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Home values in 20 percent of US housing markets headed for record highs within a year

Home values in almost 20 percent of all U.S. metros will surpass their housing boom peaks over the next year, and affordability problems that have begun to affect a fraction of markets may spread to others over the next few ......
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Screen shot of the Placester-powered home page of a local publisher's real estate site. Placester will expand business model with $5.5M in funding

Placester will expand business model with $5.5M in funding

Armed with a new round of $5.5 million in Series A funding, real estate website developer Placester will begin powering real estate sites for local publishers — starting with those owned by the media giant Hearst Corporation. The funding, led ...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Mark Kelly and Gabrielle Giffords in a 2013 video  calling for stricter background checks for gun licenses. Gun control advocate Mark Kelly to keynote NAR convention

Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, gun control advocate Mark Kelly, to keynote NAR convention

Mark Kelly — a retired astronaut turned gun control advocate after his wife, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was nearly killed in a 2011 mass shooting — will deliver the keynote address at the National Association of Real...
By Inman News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Screen shot of a sample ListingVideo.com video. VScreen launches automated listing video platform for brokers

VScreen launches automated listing video platform for brokers

Brokers looking to create videos for their listings have a new tool that will do it automatically — in real time. ListingVideos.com from VScreen pulls listing data like photos and home stats from a broker’s multiple listing service data f...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
huffington_arianna_ICNY2014_leadership What we are lacking right now is not intelligence, but wisdom

What we are lacking right now is not intelligence, but wisdom

“When you look around the world right now, you see an amazing number of leaders, with very high IQs, making terrible decisions,” says Huffington Post Media Group Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. “The pr...
By Inman News | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Cyberthreats image via Shutterstock. How to be ready for the next Heartbleed bug

Are you ready for the next Heartbleed bug?

The recent of announcement of the Heartbleed bug caused mass confusion and panic across the Web. Although there are still some websites that are vulnerable to the exploit, the majority of the Web’s most popular sites have been patched. Encryption ...
By Tom Flanagan | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Web traffic image via Shutterstock. Impact of joint NAR-realtor.com national marketing campaign 'underappreciated'

Potential impacts of joint NAR-realtor.com national marketing campaign ‘underappreciated’

A joint marketing campaign from the National Association of Realtors and Move Inc.-operated realtor.com is expected to boost traffic and awareness of the site — a potential boon to agents and brokers whose listings appear on realtor.com or who ...
By Inman News | Monday, April 21, 2014
Tech-enabled agent image via Shutterstock. Internet hasn't changed what defines a great Realtor

Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com haven’t changed what defines a great Realtor

The Internet has not changed what defines a great Realtor. If anything, what the Internet has really done is time-shift the point at which a great agent gets called upon to display their real value. ......
By Jeff Turner | Monday, April 21, 2014
Hatched image via Shutterstock. 8 startups chosen for NAR's 'REach' tech accelerator program

NAR picks 8 startups for ‘REach’ tech accelerator class of 2014

The National Association of Realtors has announced the eight members that will comprise the class of 2014 for its tech accelerator program, REach. Now in its second year, the program, run by NAR’s 6-year-old investment wing, Second Century Ventures...
By Inman News | Monday, April 21, 2014
Binary data image via Shutterstock. Trulia to get listings directly from My Florida Regional MLS

Trulia to get listings from another big MLS, My Florida Regional MLS

Broker members of My Florida Regional MLS, which serves over 33,000 subscribers in central and southwest Florida, will now have the option to send their listings directly to Trulia. My Florida Regional MLS brokers can now opt in to send ......
By Paul Hagey | Monday, April 21, 2014
Team image via Shutterstock. Is starting a real estate team right for your business?

Is starting a team the right solution for your real estate business?

At Real Estate Connect, Ben Kinney, who runs one of the most successful real estate teams in the country, claimed, “Real estate teams are the future of real estate.” Whether you agree or disagree, before you go down the path of starting a team ma...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, April 21, 2014
Odometer image via Shutterstock. How not to turn your business mileage deduction into a negligence penalty

Real estate broker shows how to turn business mileage deduction into a negligence penalty

Jim Chapin, a California real estate broker, used his Toyota Sequoia SUV for his real estate business during 2009. He figured that he drove a total of 11,135 miles for business that year and deducted $5,309 for car and truck ......
By Stephen Fishman | Monday, April 21, 2014