Costa Rica image via Shutterstock. Why homes in Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico are showing up in Chicago's MLS

Why homes in Costa Rica, Belize and Mexico are showing up in Chicago’s MLS

Recognizing that its member agents and brokers are not only selling to international buyers but representing listings in other countries, one of the nation’s biggest multiple listing services has streamlined the process for its members to enter, se...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Zameen.com screen shot Listing portal Zameen.com seizes the day as 3G comes to Pakistan

Listing portal Zameen.com seizes the day as 3G comes to Pakistan

The Pakistani listing portal Zameen.com has rolled out a listing search app for the iPhone. That wouldn’t be an earth-shattering achievement for a U.S. listing site, but it’s kind of a big deal in Pakistan. The country just auctio...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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App lets you turn your listing photos into narrated slideshows in minutes

Some real estate agents are finding the narrated slideshows they create with SpeakingPhoto are an attractive marketing alternative to listing videos, or that they complement them. SpeakingPhoto lets you add voiceovers to photos and combine them into ...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 28, 2014
agent match us news and money Surprise: There's serious support for agent matching

Surprise: There’s serious support for agent matching services

Realtor.com’s experiment with AgentMatch may have been short-lived, but a majority of Inman News readers say they approve of services that match agents with consumers based on sales data. Nearly 6 in 10 Inman News readers (57 percent) respondin...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Hacker image via Shutterstock. Portal hacks: how to get your money's worth out of online leads

Portal hacks: how to get your money’s worth out of online leads

The big real estate search sites -- Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com and homes.com -- attract tens of millions of visitors every month, and real estate brokers and agents are paying big dollars for the leads the portals generate. Some who know the game be...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Fizzle image via Shutterstock. NAR-backed agent ratings pilot fizzles

NAR-backed agent ratings pilot program in California, Illinois, Florida fizzles

An agent ratings pilot program backed by the National Association of Realtors has ended without being renewed after reportedly low adoption rates by agents and lack of support for the program at the national level.   In August 2012, survey-base...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
New job image via Shutterstock. Zillow hires 2 more industry vets to woo MLSs, Realtor associations

Zillow hires 2 more industry vets to woo MLSs, Realtor associations

Zillow has added two more real estate industry vets to its industry development team to help bolster its relationships with multiple listing services and Realtor associations around the U.S. Both Steve Allen and Chris Kiel now serve as directors ...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Kelly_Margaret_ICSF_2014 What consumers want from brands, brokers and agents

What consumers want from brands, brokers and agents

In a one-on-one talk with Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman, Re/Max CEO Margaret Kelly shares insights about what the franchisor has learned about what today’s consumers want from brands, brokers and agents — and what the indust...
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Screen shot of time-lapse video stablized using Hyperlapse by Instagram. Instagram's 'Hyperlapse' app just might revolutionize real estate video

Instagram’s ‘Hyperlapse’ app could revolutionize real estate video

Instagram's time-lapse video app, "Hyperlapse," could be a valuable asset for real estate agents by giving them the ability to make high-quality property tours and neighborhood videos on the fly. The free app's image-stabilization technology helps us...
By Paul Hagey | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Man posing as 'Jack Sparrow' image via Shutterstock. Savvy! Here's a crafty way brokers can milk mobile for leads

Zephyr, a San Francisco real estate brokerage, found a crafty way to milk mobile for leads

San Francisco-based brokerage Zephyr may have found a crafty way to tap mobile for leads. Listing search apps are a dime a dozen these days, so brokers can find it challenging to generate new business off their branded mobile products. But Zephyr may...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Home price appreciation image via Shutterstock. What if buying and selling homes were as easy as trading stocks?

Buying and selling homes could soon be as easy as trading stocks

HomeUnion wants to level the playing field for smaller investors, helping them compete with institutional giants to identify bargain-priced single-family rental properties in markets around the country, and then buy and manage them from afar. Institu...
By Teke Wiggin | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
From left to right, Inman News' Laura Monroe; Michele Serro, founder and CEO, Doorsteps; Amber Feng, product lead, Stripe; and Frederick Townes, co-founder and chief technology officer, Placester. The user experience bar keeps getting raised higher and higher

How to keep pace as the user experience bar is raised higher and higher

Seems like the user experience bar gets raised a little bit higher every day. How do you keep up and deliver a delightful experience on any device? Inman News' Laura Monroe explores the topic with three experts who know it well: Michele Serro, founde...
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Prospects image via Shutterstock. 2 out of 3 house hunters research agents online

Google finds 2 out of 3 house hunters research agents online

Real estate agents have a better chance of pitching themselves to potential clients in person if they’re easy to find online, data from search giant Google shows. Half of prospective homebuyers  get serious about looking for a home 6 to ......
By Inman News | Monday, August 25, 2014
Leads image via Shutterstock. ReferralExchange paying for your real estate leads

ReferralExchange paying for your real estate leads

ReferralExchange, a new referral site for real estate professionals, wants your extra leads — and it’s willing to pay you every time another agent is able to close on one. The company will take your excess leads, “scrub” them ...
By Paul Hagey | Monday, August 25, 2014