Giveback Homes helped build a home in Nicaragua for Fermin Sanchez and his family. Giveback Homes helps charity-minded real estate pros stand out from the crowd

Giveback Homes helps charity-minded real estate pros stand out from the crowd

Doing charity work in the Central American country of Nicaragua in 2011, Blake Andrews was touched by how much the shoes he placed on a little girl's feet meant to her. The thought hit him then: If shoes can do ......
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Network image via Shutterstock. Realtor.com should be 'Match.com' for real estate agents

Realtor.com should be 'Match.com' for real estate agents

You might think from what you've read about it that the Zillow-Trulia merger is going to be like the resurrection of Godzilla. "Run for your lives -- Godzulia is coming," many are warning realtor.com. "Muah!" But the impending merger does ......
By Lee Davenport | Thursday, August 21, 2014
dating app_shutterstock_199864493 Hubba, hubba! Say hello to the latest 'Tinder for real estate'

Hubba, hubba! Say hello to the latest 'Tinder for real estate'

Oh, mercy! How 'bout the interface on that app?! Estately's Flip lets you sift through homes by swiping listing photos. Estately has launched "Flip," a feature part of its iPhone app that lets users weed out listing search results by swiping ph...
By Teke Wiggin | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Screen shot of a "doll house" view of a Matterport 3-D virtual tour. All Redfin listings to feature 3-D virtual tours

All Redfin listings to feature 3-D virtual tours

Redfin will be rolling out 3-D virtual tours for all of its listings with the help of tech firm Matterport. Today, the "Redfin 3D Walkthrough" tours are included on 28 active listings the tech-focused brokerage has in its hometown of Seattle....
By Paul Hagey | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Matt Morris (left) and Patrick Stone talk about streamlining the closing process at Real Estate Connect San Francisco. How to streamline the closing process for your buyers and sellers

How to streamline the closing process for your buyers and sellers

Hear what title insurers and settlement services providers are doing to streamline the closing process for homebuyers and sellers from Matt Morris, CEO of Stewart Information Services Corp., and Patrick Stone, president and CEO, Williston Financial G...
By Inman News | Thursday, August 21, 2014
Disruption image via Shutterstock. HomeSearch.com preparing to relaunch with 'huge inventory' of MLS listings

HomeSearch.com weeks away from relaunch with 'huge inventory' of MLS listings

With industry veteran Russ Bergeron aboard as vice president of licensing and compliance at Real Estate Digital, HomeSearch.com is weeks away from relaunch with "a huge inventory" of MLS listings. Bergeron, former president and CEO of Midwest Real Es...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Agents at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan Properties took the "Ice Bucket Challenge." Real estate embraces ALS 'ice bucket challenge'

Real estate embraces ALS 'ice bucket challenge'

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff has poured ice-cold water over his head and screamed. So has Trulia's top exec, Pete Flint, and Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate's CEO Sherry Chris. They are among the flood of individuals participating in soci...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Gavel image via Shutterstock. Legal spat over sale of mansion could greatly expand definition of 'dual agency' in California

Legal spat over sale of mansion could greatly expand definition of 'dual agency' in California

A dispute over the sale of a $12.25 million mansion that allegedly turned out to be smaller than advertised could end up greatly expanding the definition of what constitutes "dual agency" in California, and make brokerages more skittish about having ...
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Steam locomotive image via Shutterstock. Black Knight's Paragon MLS platform gains steam

Black Knight's Paragon MLS platform gains steam

Real estate data and technology firm Black Knight Financial Services has signed another multiple listing service to its Paragon 5 platform, bringing the number of real estate professionals the platform serves to more than 210,000. Paragon 5 received ...
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
San Diego image via Shutterstock. San Diego's Real Living Lifestyles joins RealtyTrac's brokerage network

San Diego's Real Living Lifestyles joins RealtyTrac's brokerage network

Real Living Lifestyles Real Estate has joined RealtyTrac's broker network as an exclusive member in San Diego, which gives its 250 agents access to data and leads from the foreclosure marketplace. As a member of the network, Real Living Lifestyles...
By Paul Hagey | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Screen shot of Agent Ace home page. US News ranking agents

US News & World Report launches agent matching tool

U.S. News & World Report has launched a consumer portal in partnership with agent matching site Agent Ace to help buyers and sellers pinpoint the best real estate agent suited to their needs, Agent Ace announced today. "We already provide t...
By Teke Wiggin | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Glenn Kelman explains the appeal of Redfin to consumers at Real Estate Connect San Francisco 2014. Why so many consumers start with Redfin

Why so many consumers start with Redfin

Redfin may not be the nation's biggest brokerage (yet). But it operates what's by far the most popular real estate brokerage or franchise website. Why do so many consumers start with Redfin? CEO Glenn Kelman explains ......
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Suitor image via Shutterstock. Let Zillow have its way with Trulia

Real estate industry says let Zillow have its way with Trulia

Inman News readers are not an interventionist bunch, with nearly 8 in 10 saying antitrust regulators should just stay the heck out of the way of Zillow's plan to acquire Trulia ......
By Inman News | Wednesday, August 20, 2014
New-home construction image via Shutterstock. US housing market loses momentum

US housing market loses momentum

Fannie Mae economists have downgraded their expectations for the U.S. housing market in the second half of this year, even though they are more optimistic about the prospects for overall economic growth. The economy grew faster than anticipated in t...
By Inman News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014