Marian's Stories

Earlier this month, Brad Inman published “Who’s winning the real estate management arms race,” an opinion piece about the boom in technology that is focused on making the backend of transactions quicker and smoother for agents and their clients. In the article, he mentioned five companies: Dotloop, DocuSign, ZipForms, TransactionDesk and SkySlope.

Aug 31

Over the past year, videos have become an integral part of many real estate professionals’ marketing strategies because of their virality and the plethora of options for video creation, such as Facebook Live, Snapchat, Instagram, Periscope and YouTube. But some agents still steer away from videos because they simply don’t know how to tap into their creativity and get started.

Aug 30

If you live in the South, then you know thunderstorms and occasional downpours are part of the summer. And oftentimes, they are are a much-welcome reprieve from the sweltering heat. But on August 11, that sweet reprieve turned into a nightmare for the residents of southeastern Louisiana.

Aug 29

Cupid can strike at any time and any place, leaving lovers victim to his hasty and passionate call. Unfortunately, 22-year-old real estate agent Marisa Seloff and her 27-year-old boyfriend Joshua Leal didn’t resist — a decision that Seloff has had to pay dearly for.

Aug 29

The Presidential election is only 70 days away, and many Americans are weighing the pros and cons of a Clinton, Trump, Stein or Johnson Presidency. There are plenty of issues at the forefront, but real estate professionals and homeowners alike are particularly concerned about how the economy and housing markets will change come 2017.

Aug 29

Like the other attendees, Sherry Chris came to the Luxury Connect last October to learn the ins and outs of high-end real estate. But as Brett Hagler took the stage to introduce his charity, New Story, Chris quickly realized that she was there for a greater purpose.

Aug 25

In January, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices released its 2015 Q4 Homeowner Sentiment Survey, which painted a somewhat grim picture for 2016. According to the Q4 survey, the Fed interest rate hike had both existing and prospective homebuyers worried. Millennials and Gen-Xers were especially perturbed by the hike of interest rates they already deemed “average” or “high.”

Aug 23

In May, Coldwell Banker launched its initiative to become the industry leader in everything smart homes. First, the company announced a partnership with CNET to create the definitive smart home definition. Then, only a week later, they launched the first-ever smart home certification course for real estate agents.

Aug 23