Vancouver, British Columbia image via Shutterstock. Black Knight signs first Canadian MLS deal and it's a big one

Black Knight signs first Canadian MLS deal and it’s a big one

Black Knight Financial Services has signed its first multiple listing service deal in Canada with a group of associations representing more than 17,000 real estate professionals in western Canada. Together, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver,...
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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10 agents you love to hate and how to cope

Recently, we took to social media and asked real estate agents to get real and tell us: When you’re working with other agents, what are the little (or big!) bad habits that drive you crazy? You told us! ......
By Trulia Pro Blog | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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This ‘listing’ has been staged … for Halloween

In case you missed the news that Redfin plans to create 3-D virtual tours for all of its listings with the help of tech firm Matterport, the two companies have teamed up on this spine-chilling spoof, just in time for Halloween! ......
By Inman News | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Listing search provider adds school ratings to property pages

Real estate agent and broker websites that offer Internet data exchange listing search powered by RealtyTech’s IDX123 platform now display school data on listing detail pages. Homebuyers who visit a listing page powered by RealtyTech’s I...
By Inman News | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Why buyer letters are risky business

As an exclusive buyer agent, homebuyers ask me all the time about buyer letters. You know the letters I mean: the ones where the buyers write about how much they love the house and why they or their family or their kids will love living there and why...
By ActiveRain | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Former defense consultant brings ‘big data’ chops to Black Knight

Dan Kenshalo, a longtime “big data” consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense, is now the new head of Black Knight Financial Services’ “innovation laboratory,” part of its data and analytics division. Black Knight, a...
By Inman News | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Promote your real estate business like a PR pro

Whether you are just starting out in the real estate business or you are a veteran agent looking for ways to blow your own horn, you need to get your name and your service out there in front of as many people as you can. I have always been fascinated...
By Wendy English | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Pocket listings network claims Zillow stole trade secrets

A company that helps agents share information about pocket listings has sued Zillow, claiming the search portal represented itself as a potential investor in order to steal trade secrets and launch a “copycat product,” Zillow’s R...
By Andrea V. Brambila | Monday, October 27, 2014
Agents break for lunch at the William Randolph Hearst estate in Beverly Hills during Luxury Connect. Photo: Linda "Freddi" Fredrickson. The ultra rich want to work with real estate agents of their own caliber

Ultra high net worth individuals want to work with real estate agents of their own caliber

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — America’s leading luxury real estate agents recently gathered at the former William Randolph Hearst estate in Beverly Hills for Inman’s first-ever Luxury Connect. Ariana Huffington keynoted while the stellar speaker ...
By Bernice Ross | Monday, October 27, 2014
keyme Kiosks that let you print keys set to pop up around the US

Kiosks that let you print keys set to pop up around the US

KeyMe, a service that lets people store digital copies of their keys and quickly replace them, says it plans to have kiosks in over 100 locations around the country by the end of the year. “To date, we have saved ......
By Inman News | Monday, October 27, 2014
Leigh Brown wonders what it will take for Realtors to get serious about "raising the bar." Realtors are all talk when it comes to education

Realtors are all talk when it comes to education

Many Realtors seem to acknowledge the need to "raise the bar" when it comes to training and education. So why is it that so few are actually willing to invest the time and money to do the work in this area that would benefit them, their clients and t...
By Inman News | Monday, October 27, 2014
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Redfin slashes listing fee to 1 percent in nation’s capital

Redfin is experimenting with even an deeper discount on its listing fee in the metro Washington, D.C., area to see if it can “offer even more value and still have it make sense for the business,” said Redfin spokeswoman Rachel Musiker. ...
By Teke Wiggin | Monday, October 27, 2014
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The most important statistic to consider when paying for leads

Have you tried paying for online leads and given up in dismay due to the time and effort required? This high-stakes game is not for the weak of heart, and it’s certainly not for the weak of pocketbook. ......
By Bernice Ross | Monday, October 27, 2014
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16 things you can do right now to maximize your listing’s exposure

If you have a listing that has been sitting on the market for longer than you thought it would, it might be time to get back to basics and put a little more time and money into marketing the property. A home that might have sold for over list price i...
By Guest Contributor | Monday, October 27, 2014