FredMannila Fred Mannila: 'In conversations about what "different" meant to us, we put together our business plan'

Fred Mannila: ‘In conversations about what “different” meant to us, we put together our business plan’

"I saw an opportunity to build a different, creative and more innovative kind of real estate company," says Mannila. "I have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and fully believe that you don’t have to follow the herd in any career. I like being differ...
By Inman | 3 hours ago
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5 real estate crowdfunding predictions for 2015 and beyond

Few markets offer as much promise and opportunity as crowdfunding. According to Massolution's 2015CF industry report, the crowdfunding market is expected to reach $34.4 billion in 2015, a staggering increase from $5 billion in ......
By Sean Krainert | 4 hours ago
AshDesign / Shutterstock.com Daily market update: Aug. 28, 2015

Daily market update: Aug. 28, 2015

Mortgage rates plus all the latest real estate market news ......
By Inman | 4 hours ago
5051 Pelican Colony Blvd 1901-hero Luxury listing of the day: Penthouse condo with panoramic ocean views in Bonita Springs, Florida

Luxury listing of the day: Penthouse condo with panoramic ocean views in Bonita Springs, Florida

This five-bedroom penthouse includes a relaxing patio where you can sip a drink and watch the light play on the ocean, a chef's kitchen, gorgeous bathrooms, and plenty of room to entertain friends and family. It's listed for $4.35 million with Engel ...
By Inman | 5 hours ago
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27 real estate business cards to spark design ideas

Business cards may feel increasingly antiquated in the digital world, but real estate brokers and agents know they're still a vital tool, better yet if they have a killer design ......
By Paul Hagey | 13 hours ago
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Does sexy sell real estate?

Scoping a Costa Rican time share a few years ago, Virginia real estate agent Claudine Ellis saw more of the listing agent than she wanted to. "This girl had on a short see-through frock," Ellis noted. "When she walked up the stairs in front of (my hu...
By Paul Hagey | 15 hours ago
Courtesy of New Story Where can you find true real estate leadership?

Where can you find true real estate leadership?

Lately, I have lamented the fact that the real estate industry craves more leadership. Then, out of the blue, Trulia founder Pete Flint re-enters the real estate stratosphere, announcing on Facebook, “After thinking about homelessness for 10-plus y...
By Brad Inman | 16 hours ago
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Podcast: Proven prequalification scripts and strategies — Part 2

So you're getting leads -- but are they worth your valuable time, or just a waste of your time? In yesterday's broadcast, we started a discussion of buyer and seller prequalification, and introduced some key scripts and strategies you can use to help...
By Tim & Julie Harris | 17 hours ago
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Guaranteed Rate’s online mortgage application process attracts thousands

If you have watched any television lately, you may have seen “Extreme Home Makeover” host and home improvement expert Ty Pennington stumping for Guaranteed Rate in commercials, touting the mortgage lender and technology company’s “low, low mo...
By Amy Swinderman | 17 hours ago
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Freddie Mac’s diagnosis: Housing markets are in stable condition

Taking its Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) stethoscope to the U.S. housing market, government-sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac gave more than half of the states a clean bill of health this week ......
By Amy Swinderman | 17 hours ago
REU___Jacky_Teplitzky Jacky Teplitzky on offering education, preparation and top-notch training to new hires

Jacky Teplitzky on offering education, preparation and top-notch training to new hires

Jacky Teplitzky, a Douglas Elliman broker, talks about her heroes, changing the view of the agent as commission-obsessed salesperson and how she attracts top talent ......
By Inman | 17 hours ago
Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com How to explain that recommendations aren't kickbacks

How to explain that recommendations aren’t kickbacks

When your buyer is closing on a home, you probably give them a list of recommended and trusted professionals whom they can use to purchase title insurance, get a home inspection or choose a home warranty company ......
By Whitney Bennett | 18 hours ago
cdrin / Shutterstock.com Infographic: An investor's guide to the New York/New Jersey marketplace

Infographic: An investor’s guide to the New York/New Jersey marketplace

The hold-and-rent strategy remains a viable option for investors. Jobs are trending upward, but the population of both states is still growing slowly. Foreclosures take awhile in these states, and home values are rising slowly ......
By Inman | 18 hours ago
Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com Thoughts on work-life balance from a top producer and TV star

Thoughts on work-life balance from a top producer and TV star

Welcome to the world of being an agent with a family. We all know how much time and effort goes into this career, but at what cost? If you take a moment to look back over the years at how much sacrifice you have made to build your business at the exp...
By Roh Habibi | 19 hours ago