Hurricane Harvey damage in Port Arthur, Texas The coastal mortgage time bomb

The coastal mortgage time bomb

"It’s this slow moving disaster," says Cynthia McHale, director of insurance at Ceres, "No want wants to be left holding the bag." ......
By Bryan Walsh | Monday, December 18, 2017
The latest from the Northern California wildfires

The latest from the Northern California wildfires

Stay updated with our coverage on the latest from the wildfires sweeping through Northern California and learn how the real estate industry is responding ......
By Inman | Thursday, October 12, 2017
Software generates binding home insurance quotes in seconds

Software generates binding home insurance quotes in seconds

Swyfft provides home insurance policy quotes in seconds using only a home's address ......
By Craig C. Rowe | Monday, October 9, 2017
15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers

15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers

To help make your clients' first home purchase a success we've put together a go-to checklist outlining 15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers ......
By Jake Durtschi | Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Expanded metal How property portals are expanding offerings across the value chain

How property portals are expanding offerings across the value chain

Big property portals around the world have built their businesses off of advertising. Much like the classified sections in the newspapers they replaced, portals like Zillow Group in the U.S. and Rightmove in the U.K. offer the most prominent way to a...
By Mike DelPrete | Wednesday, February 8, 2017
How to become a home maintenance maven

How to become a home maintenance maven

Time is money, and no one wants to spend more of either. But there are ways to stay ahead of costly repairs that could result in DIY fails -- or worse -- insurance claims ......
By Inman | Wednesday, August 10, 2016
State by state: high insurance deductible vs premium costs

State by state: high insurance deductible vs premium costs

For a homebuyer, traversing the landscape of insurance, mortgages and all things required to get that set of keys can be a headache to say the least, especially for first-timers. As a real estate agent, it's your job to provide some unbiased guidance...
By Kimberly Manning | Tuesday, July 19, 2016
7 home fixes you must complete before selling

7 home fixes you must complete before selling

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can yo...
By Cara Ameer | Monday, July 18, 2016
8 homeowner’s insurance tips for first-time buyers

8 homeowner’s insurance tips for first-time buyers

For a first-time buyer, nothing is more important than properly protecting a new investment, and that means purchasing a homeowner’s insurance policy. As the buyer’s agent, you can help build an understanding about the importance of appropriate i...
By Zack Gould | Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Why the FICO score desperately needs a makeover

Why the FICO score desperately needs a makeover

It matters to you how much interest you pay when getting yourself a mortgage, but do you care how much your clients pay in interest cost when they’re buying a home? The truth is, as long they qualify for a loan, you probably don’t care ......
By Nabil Captan | Friday, June 3, 2016
5 things every agent should know about insuring historic homes

5 things every agent should know about insuring historic homes

Whether you are helping your client to purchase or sell a historic home, there seems to be a lot of insurance misconceptions in the real estate industry regarding what is covered. We wanted to help set the record straight so that you can arm yourself...
By Meggen Taylor | Friday, May 27, 2016
natural disaster Nightmare on Main Street: When natural disaster strikes home

Nightmare on Main Street: When natural disaster strikes home

On Aug. 23, 2005, the hurricanes at Pat O’Brien’s -- the famed French Quarter watering hole -- were flying off the bar. Few in the Sportsman’s Paradise had noticed the formation of small tropical depression germinating in the warm Atlantic Ocea...
By Octavio Nuiry | Friday, May 27, 2016
21 tips for first-time homebuyers

21 tips for first-time homebuyers

First-time homebuyers can easily be caught off guard by unexpected surprises. Here are 21 tips that will quickly get homebuyers up to speed and ready for a successful house hunt ......
By Heather Sittig Jackson | Thursday, May 12, 2016
What you need to know about cyber threats and liability coverage

What you need to know about cyber threats and liability coverage

Cyber threats are becoming more and more damaging and costly, and it’s time to think again about getting coverage from cyber security failures. Understanding the specific threats, risks and costs in your marketplace will allow you to prioritize you...
By Michael Rogers | Thursday, May 5, 2016
7 questions you should ask a broker before signing on

7 questions you should ask a broker before signing on

Real estate agents have many financial aspects to consider when structuring their business. The experience of an established brokerage can guide you toward the best results. As you consider making the move to a new broker, go over these seven questio...
By Jackson Cooper | Monday, April 25, 2016
5 best apps from 2016 TechNique

5 best apps from 2016 TechNique

Everything is bigger in Texas, right? Well, the TechNique (technology application for real estate professionals) Conference held at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater in Austin, Texas, certainly made me a believer of that statement’s truth. TechNique was...
By Lee Davenport | Wednesday, April 20, 2016
A closeup of closing cost documents Canadian tech platform Real Matters moves in on U.S. real estate services

Canadian tech platform Real Matters moves in on U.S. real estate services

Real Matters, a Canadian real estate technology platform, has raised $100 million (Canadian dollars) in common equity financing, and the funds will be used to usher the company's software and field agent management services into the U.S. A portion of...
By Marian McPherson | Monday, April 4, 2016
Will ‘smart contracts’ replace real estate closers?

Will ‘smart contracts’ replace real estate closers?

Most of a real estate closing revolves around trust and verification. Buyers and sellers use trusted intermediaries to verify that properties, funds, contractual obligations and insurance safety nets are all properly vetted before closing a sale ......
By Sam DeBord | Tuesday, March 29, 2016