When future-proofing your business, don't forget these 3 basics
Taking the time to reflect and plan for the future? Now's the right moment to start incorporating these three basic practices in your day-to-day business
by Kathleen Black Oct 15
Moving is a nightmare! 6 tips to ease your clients' headaches
Opinion
Nobody likes moving, and everyone will likely agree that the process is often tedious, frustrating and generally unpleasant. However, there are ways to make it less painful for your clients. Here's how
by Jay Thompson Oct 14
California woman allegedly posed as Realtor to enter homes
A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Lindsay Sowell of Palm Desert, who is accused of breaking into homes that are for sale
10 questions that'll predict whether a new agent will make it
Real estate can be a highly rewarding business — provided you have certain behavior styles and personality traits. These questions are highly predictive of whether a newbie will do well in this industry
by Bernice Ross Oct 13
Let's stop perpetuating hustle culture in real estate
Hustle culture, though often talked about in real estate, might not be a great habit for long-term success — personally or professionally. Here's why agents should consider a more sustainable, well-rounded approach
by Amy Galvin Oct 12
What is it like to be a poll worker during a pandemic?
Opinion
There's a need for poll workers in many states. Here's why broker-owner Teresa Boardman volunteered, what it was like and why she'll do it again on Nov. 3 for the national election
by Teresa Boardman Oct 8
'Baptism by fire': How MLSs should prepare for natural disasters
Panelists at the Council of MLSs annual conference on Monday discussed how to quickly meet agents' needs when tragedy strikes
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 7
Working with skittish sellers? 7 ways to ease their worries
In today's confusing world, agents need to do everything they can to ensure a smooth transaction. These tips can help your sellers feel heard, comforted and in control of the process
by Grattan Donahoe Oct 3
Are you playing hurt? This is for you
Opinion
Real estate can be a nonstop, demanding career. As an agent, you're always on the go — even if that means pushing through personal pain. Here's what one broker-owner learned while dealing with her own
by Michelle Shelton Oct 1
How 'The Social Dilemma' relates to your business
Opinion
A new docudrama on Netflix highlights the dangers of social media and the many ways these platforms are designed to gather data and manipulate its users. But what does it have to do with your business? Here are a few takeaways
by Rachael Hite Sep 28
Why we shouldn't forget it's safety month
Opinion
Although sensational headline stories are the ones that fuel discussions on agent safety, other more everyday occupational hazards are worthy of attention, too. Here's why
by Teresa Boardman Sep 24
Agent/broker perspective: Are virtual presentations here to stay?
With buyers and sellers concerned about the risks of in-person meetings, virtual presentations are now the norm. But what can brokers tell agents who aren't convinced virtual communication is here to stay?
by Anthony Askowitz Sep 15
More Realtors are carrying weapons for self-defense
An NAR survey finds more than half of agents are still hosting open houses alone, but more agents are carrying protection in the form of pepper spray and firearms
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 14
As fires ravage California, agents evacuate — and step up
Record-setting fires have burned more than 1.2 million acres in California, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 25
Are you prepared for anything? Keep these necessities in your car
Because real estate agents are always on the go, hopping from meetings to showings, you have to be prepared for anything that comes your way. This means keeping your car stocked with necessities. Here's a nifty list
by David Parnes AND James Harris Aug 20
Why now is the time to hold a seller seminar — and how to do it
Buyer seminars have worked for years. But what about seller seminars? Zoom provides a great way to do seller seminars today, especially in light of COVID-19 restrictions. Here's how to get started
by Bernice Ross Aug 5
Agents' mental health must take priority as pandemic drags on
As the pandemic shows no signs of abating and the fight for racial justice continues, real estate CEOs say leaders must pay attention to the health and well-being of their agents
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 4
Rently self-guided apartment tours to roll out nationwide
The self-guided tour pioneer inked an agreement with Pinnacle Living to help prospective tenants visit apartments on their own within a 160K-unit portfolio
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 30
Kick it up a notch — 5 tips for conducting business virtually
Yes, a lot of professionals are still working from home. Although it's impossible to ignore the inherent difficulties associated with the current state of things, agents need to rise above them and improve these 5 practices
by Jeremy Kamm Jul 23
Doing home showings? Here's how to do it safely and effectively
These tips might not be new information, but in today's sensitive and stressful time, agents should do everything they can to ensure a productive and enjoyable showing experience
by Cara Ameer Jul 21
Pulse: What must-have tech is part of your new normal?
This week, we're asking our readers to talk about the invaluable digital tools that have made work and life easier throughout the pandemic
by Inman Jul 15
Pulse: How your team’s business compares to last summer
This week, we were hoping to read about the changes and shifts you've noticed in the summer of 2020 compared to last year. Instead, we heard this
by Inman Jul 14
Smart home tech for agents: Practical smart home automation ideas
When implemented properly, smart home technology can add a level of security, comfort and entertainment to a home. Here are a few ideas on how to use smart home tech today
by Brandon Doyle Jul 10
The Real Word: Should we end open houses?
Opinion
More this week: A few ways agents can practice safety at open houses and the Houston Association of Realtors' decision to change the term 'master' bedroom
by Byron Lazine Jul 3
How to fight back against real estate cyberfraud
As with the overwhelming majority of cyberattacks, the most effective defense against real estate fraud is awareness. Here's how you can keep yourself and your clients protected
by Zack Schuler Jul 2
Real estate agent beaten by attackers using homophobic slurs
Keller Williams agent Christian Council was attacked early Saturday morning in Oklahoma City. He said the incident 'felt like a hate crime' after the assailants allegedly used homophobic language
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 1
NAR conference goes virtual over health and safety concerns
The 2020 Realtors Conference & Expo was supposed to take place in New Orleans in November, but it was moved online amid lingering concerns about the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 24
Stop letting strangers into your listings! A call to end open houses
Opinion
The attack on Keller Williams agent Lenora Farrington is yet another poignant reminder of why we as an industry need to stop holding open houses immediately
by Jay Thompson Jun 24
Agent attacked at open house faces long recovery
'I don't even know how she's alive,' says friend and roommate Kathryn Bishop
How to balance work and family during this unusual summer
Summer isn't canceled — learn how to connect with family while working from home this year
by Rachael Hite Jun 22
Our house isn’t someone’s deal — stop texting and calling
Opinion
People's homes are more than just pieces of real estate — they're sanctuaries, especially now. That's why agents need to ease up on sleazy and pushy marketing tactics during this difficult time and be more thoughtful instead
by Teresa Boardman Jun 18
Making sense of the headlines: How long will interest rates stay low?
Opinion
It's been a couple of months since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, so this week, Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner revisits the topic of mortgage rates and shares his forecast for the rest of the year and 2021
by Matthew Gardner Jun 2
Home staging can be done virtually — here's how
Opinion
Just because in-person interactions are limited doesn't mean that agents can't help clients take advantage of services like staging. This is how homeowners can complete the process virtually, step by step
by Jennie Norris May 25
Thinking of reopening your brokerage? Ask yourself these questions first
Opinion
As COVID-19 restrictions loosen up, business owners are faced with a few ethical dilemmas. As a broker-owner, when should you allow real estate transactions to take place? Here are a few soul-searching questions to ask yourself
by Erica Ramus May 22
Why your mental health matters, especially during COVID-19
Opinion
With the coronavirus pandemic turning the world onto its head, it's no surprise that a lot of people are experiencing irritability, depression, anxiety and stress. That's why it's important to pay attention to your feelings and your window of tolerance now
by Nicole Lopez May 21
How to help clients keep kids safe during the summer of COVID-19
Opinion
With summer inching closer and the season's activities being canceled, kids are experiencing a lot more unstructured time, and parents today are more distracted than ever. Here are some child safety tips agents can send to their SOI
by Troy Palmquist May 21
Read all of Inman's coronavirus coverage here
Inman has published more than 785 stories on the coronavirus. Here's our comprehensive list of coverage
by Jim Dalrymple II May 20
'Obviously, we're thrilled': Real estate reopens in Pennsylvania
Although Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 2412, which would have reclassified real estate as essential in Pennsylvania, he has reopened statewide real estate with restrictions
by Lillian Dickerson May 20
How to identify and avoid internet scams during COVID-19
COVID-19 brought about a set of new obstacles to industry professionals, including an increased risk of cybercrime. So what can real estate agents do to avoid falling victim to internet scammers?
by Justin Stutz May 19
Kentucky man jailed for shooting at agent during showing
An agent was showing a home with a young girl in Caneyville, Kentucky, when a man shot at her with a .22-caliber gun
Tales from the field: What I learned from Coldwell Banker's leadership
An assistant manager at Coldwell Banker shares how her office adapted to the coronavirus throughout March and the important leadership lessons she's learned since then
by Alison Wisnom May 18
VIP Realtors rolls out multiviewer virtual visits on all listings
Notable independent brokerage Crye-Leike will be introducing the same Nodalview-powered concept to its southeastern US offices as the pandemic continues to hamper in-person showings
by Craig C. Rowe May 6
Should you RSVP to open house app Block Party?
Opinion
There's potential in this free app's value to open house marketing, but its developer needs to delve deeper into its competition and find out more about how agents leverage open house contacts
by Craig C. Rowe May 1
Moving during a pandemic? Here's one agent's personal story
Opinion
As a real estate agent, True Cross frequently helps clients deal with moving issues. This time, however, she was making the move, in the middle of the coronavirus crisis in LA. Here's her story, plus a few tips she learned to help ease the stress of a future move
by True Cross Apr 27
What one indie broker isn't doing in quarantine
Opinion
Being quarantined at home equals more time to accomplish long-delayed tasks. So, the pressure to plan the future is on. Here, one indie broker shares why she is refraining from doing that
by Teresa Boardman Apr 23
How to sell real estate in a coronavirus hot spot
In certain situations, it becomes necessary to list or show properties. When that happens, agents need to be prepared, especially if they're in a 'hot spot.' Here are a few things to keep in mind
by David Michonski Apr 22
Agent/broker perspective: Is it 'essential' to keep the office open?
Opinion
If you're deemed an essential business, is it still the right call to remain open?
by Anthony Askowitz Apr 14
6 areas to focus on when leading through rocky times
It's easy to lead when things are going well. The real challenge is navigating your agents, staff and community through tough times. As a leader, these are the areas you need to focus on
by Todd Conklin Apr 13
How to cope with grief, isolation and loss of control
For many, losing important daily rituals and a basic sense of control is a difficult reality to swallow. Some even grieve normalcy. Here's what you can do to manage those feelings
by Portia Ryan Apr 6
Almost everyone thinks the pandemic will cost them deals
A recent Inman survey showed that the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have been mixed so far. But nearly everyone in real estate thinks they'll eventually suffer
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 3
6 real estate-related coronavirus misconceptions that need to stop
In this time when things are always changing, it's easy to fall for the host of misconceptions that live online. Here, we're setting the record straight on a few half-truths and confusing information
by Kayla Matthews Apr 3
Is real estate 'essential'? That's open to debate
Opinion
A job — any job that pays the bills — is essential to our financial health. But should the real estate business be considered 'life-sustaining'? And is the risk worth the reward?
by Erica Ramus Mar 31
Rently self-guided tours coming to 75 more rental communities
An award-winning national property manager responds to reduction in face-to-face showings by rolling out Rently's patented touring technology
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 23
Miss being where everybody knows your name? Take this 'Cheers' quiz
Coronavirus is isolating us all, but once upon a time there was a magical place called Cheers. Take this quiz to determine how well you remember the late 1980s and early 1990s
by Inman Mar 20
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices confirms coronavirus at conference
After initially denying rumors, BHHS confirmed an attendee at the conference in Nashville later developed symptoms. BHHS is now advising attendees to talk to doctors immediately
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 17