While often lauding the quality of tools provided by their brokerages, many survey respondents said they still wished they received more help with learning to master them. Hands-on care was in particularly high demand. “More face-to-face training, not just webinars,” said one respondent.

by Teke Wiggin | Feb 24

Cathy Daniel, an agent at Brentwood, California-based RidgeWater Real Estate Services, said she learned the hard way that using a company email address can come back to bite you. Leaving behind a company email address after she switched to a new brokerage caused one of her prospects, an older couple, to hire a listing agent who shared Daniel’s name and hair color (blonde), she said.

by Teke Wiggin | Feb 17

Cathy Daniel, an agent at Brentwood, California-based RidgeWater Real Estate Services, said she learned the hard way that using a company email address can come back to bite you. Leaving behind a company email address after she switched to a new brokerage caused one of her prospects, an older couple, to hire a listing agent who shared Daniel’s name and hair color (blonde), she said.

by Teke Wiggin | Feb 17

As teams become a permanent fixture in today’s more sophisticated real estate environment — where clients demand high-quality service and a variety of skills available around the clock — there’s good news: Support systems and advice for running successful teams are growing exponentially. And the rewards are hefty. As one agent wrote, being in a team means you have the best of all worlds.

by Gill South | Jan 20

The real estate industry is bullish going into 2016, according to an Inman survey of its readers. With economic and housing market signs pointing up, the vast majority of the 163 respondents are optimistic about the economy, the housing market and their own success this coming year.

by Inman | Jan 4

In 2007, two new products were launched that changed business forever: iPhones and Androids both made their big debut not even a full decade ago. Then, in 2010, the iPad launched, adding tablet devices to the mix; today, Microsoft has unveiled a laptop with a touchscreen, and smartphones have morphed from basic call-and-text communication devices to sophisticated windows into our world, powerful mini-computers that we carry without a thought in our pockets.

by Amber Taufen | Nov 23

Lavish. Affluent. High-end. Exclusive. Those are just a few of the words that people who responded to Inman’s survey about luxury home buying and selling listed as preferable alternatives to “luxury,” a term that tends to raise hackles in certain circles.

by Jennye Garibaldi | Oct 22

“Blogging, contributing authorship and Instagram combined have opened up doors to more leads and brand awareness than I ever could have imagined.” That’s what one respondent to Inman’s digital marketing survey said; the agent, who’s been working in real estate between five and 10 years, has a typical listing price of $500,000 to $1 million, closes between 15 and 20 transactions a year and estimated that 50 to 75 percent of his clients come from digital marketing efforts.

by Kimberly Manning | Sep 16

A recent Inman survey designed to gauge challenges and opportunities in the industry had real estate pros take a long look in the mirror. The results weren’t pretty. The survey found that while there are several new initiatives coming down the pike to address control of listing data, real estate professionals consider the industry’s biggest challenge to be, well, themselves.

by Andrea V. Brambila | Aug 13

A large Southern California real estate broker was recently on a listing presentation for a $7 million home when the seller said, “Now let’s talk about your commission. You just aren’t worth $350,000.”

by Teke Wiggin | Jul 16

If there’s any piece of software that’s supposed to be integral to a real estate agent’s success, it’s the CRM (customer relationship manager). After all, pursuing new leads while maintaining close contact with previous clients takes precious time.

by Inman | May 29

In an industry where brokerages often leave agents to fend for themselves, many agents say they hire coaches to provide personal accountability and moral support. But the survey shows others view the real estate world’s “personal trainers” as hucksters.

by Teke Wiggin | May 25

The real estate and mortgage industries need each other more than ever. Lenders riding the remains of the refi wave need a purchase strategy. Real estate brokerages strained by shrinking margins need new profit centers. But complications abound.

by Inman | Apr 22

Despite all the controversy around syndication, everyday brokers and agents choose to send their listings to Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com and other third-party portals for two main reasons: to satisfy sellers and to generate leads. That’s according to the 93 brokers, 169 agents and 11 other industry pros who took Inman’s online survey.

by Paul Hagey | Apr 15