He didn't like the home he bought sight unseen. So he shot the Realtor
New details have emerged about the 84-year-old homebuyer who fatally shot his Long & Foster real estate agent after growing unhappy with the sight unseen home he'd purchased
by Marian McPherson Oct 12
Real estate agent fatally shot by 84-year-old client
Long and Foster agent Soren Arn-Oelschlegel of Virginia was fatally shot on Friday by a former client. Portsmouth police are still investigating the case
by Marian McPherson Oct 11
It’s Realtor Safety Month. Why is no one talking about the pandemic?
For agents, staying safe on the job includes protecting yourself against COVID-19, but discussion of pandemic protocols has been largely absent from Realtor Safety Month
by Teresa Boardman Sep 23
Real estate agents wake up to Ida's path of destruction on East Coast
The remnants of Hurricane Ida ripped through parts of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, causing millions in damages to homes and disrupting closings and showings
by Libertina Brandt Sep 2
Keller Williams distributes grants, supplies to agents impacted by Ida
The KW Cares program mobilized in the wake of Hurricane Ida last week and should end up providing assistance to 2,000 people suffering impacts from the storm
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 1
Tahoe agents brace for wildfire and possible destruction
The massive Caldor Fire was bearing down on upscale communities around Lake Tahoe Monday, sending agents and their clients fleeing
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 30
Male agents aren't as worried about safety as women. Here's why they're wrong
'The guys who got up and left when they heard the topic are the ones who most need to be there,' real estate safety expert Tracey Hawkins told Inman
Home inspector fatally shot during tour amid family real estate dispute
The shooting, which left Michael Alderson dead and 3 others injured, occurred during a property viewing after siblings fought over whether to sell their deceased father's home
'Our office completely burned down': Agents flee as homes go up in flames
The Dixie Fire has burned nearly half a million acres in Northern California, and it won't be under control for weeks
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 9
Black agent and client handcuffed during home showing in Michigan
'Am I just automatically the criminal?' Realtor Eric Brown asked following the incident. 'Because that's pretty much how we were treated in that situation'
'A slippery slope': 14 pros weigh in on biggest contract mistakes
Are you writing an error-free, winning offer? We reached out to industry professionals across the country to find out what contract details agents are getting wrong in today's market
by Christy Murdock Jul 27
Privacy rules are changing marketing. Are you prepared?
Opinion
The privacy revolution is here, impacting every single way you do marketing on the internet. You must change too. You're not going to be able to grow your business using yesterday’s playbook — so burn it
by Chris Smith Jul 13
Short-term rental firms hone in on safety rules after alleged rape
Vrbo and Tripadvisor are reviewing how hosts transfer keys after a Bloomberg investigation into violent crimes at Airbnb listings
Real estate agent at center of bizarre 'Italygate' election conspiracy theory
Michele Roosevelt Edwards leads two little-known companies that both appeared to spread a conspiracy theory known as Italygate. The theory apparently made it all the way to the White House last year
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 29
Real Safe 911 offers exact locations, video for emergency calls
A real estate agent could use the app if an emergency occurs during a showing, according to Lee Goldstein, CEO of Real Safe Agent
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 25
61 safety tips every real estate agent should read
Opinion
Prevention and avoidance are always better options than dealing directly with any safety-related issue. Don't be afraid, be aware
by Jay Thompson Jun 9
How to prepare your brokerage for a safe return to the office
As agents and staff plan to return to the office, having an action plan that prioritizes safety and wellness is extremely important. Here are a few ways you can create a tailored strategy, while keeping health and wellness top-of-mind
by Mauricio Umansky May 27
How to prepare your clients for natural disasters
The best way to survive a natural disaster is to take the necessary steps now and be prepared for when the unthinkable actually does occur. Here are a few things to alert your clients about
by Bernice Ross May 26
Discrimination still holding back LGBT homeownership: report
Many members of the LGBT community report experiencing discrimination, and the homeownership rate for the community is a paltry 49 percent
by Jim Dalrymple II May 18
The Agency recognized for COVID safety measures
The rating from the International WELL Building Institute confirms that a company has taken the proper health and safety steps to keep its clients and employees safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic
2 more indicted in kidnapping and murder of Minnesota agent
28-year-old Kris Lindahl agent Monique Baugh was lured into a fake home showing and fatally shot last January
7 crazy critter encounters in real estate — and what to do about them
Stumbling across snakes, raccoons, coyotes and other wild animals during a showing isn't ideal — and oftentimes, it can even ruin a deal. Here are some steps to take (and the appropriate disclosures to make) when it comes to unwanted critters
by Bernice Ross May 12
Inman Handbook: How not to lose your real estate license
Understand the types of behaviors that can result in disciplinary action and the process that follows to stay on the right professional track
by Christy Murdock May 10
How to effectively clean a smoker's house
The smell of smoke can not only drastically reduce a home's resale value, it can also be harmful to the health of the home's new buyers. Here are a few ways to get the stubborn smell of smoke and its residue out of house
by Kim Tucker May 10
Community mourns real estate brokers killed in brokerage shooting
Maxine Quigg, 50, and Terence O’Brien, 53, lost their lives in an attack on the Watertown, New York, brokerage they co-owned last Wednesday
Buying frenzy sapping your energy? 7 ways to take action
In this market, agents are working around the clock to write offer after offer for would-be buyers while also trying to soothe their jangled nerves. So, how can they avoid reaching a breaking point?
Real estate agent with a gun targets brokerage, kills 2 agents and self
Barry Stewart, 55, is accused of killing a pair of agents at BridgeView Real Estate Services in Watertown, New York
What agents should know about washing machines
Laundry machines come in many sizes and models. Each of them has its pros and cons — as well as space and installation requirements. Here are a few essential things real estate agents should know about washing machines
by Gerard Splendore Apr 12
WATCH: Back to Basics 101 — Own your day
Senior Vice President of Windermere Services Michael Fanning explains why setting yourself up for success at the beginning of the day matters so much in your business
by Inman Apr 8
How to deal with unlawful occupants in listings
Rising levels of homelessness have increased the incidents of unlawful access to homes on the market. Here are a few key steps to respond to unauthorized entry and preventative measures to ensure it does not happen in the first place
by Carl Medford Apr 5
Avoid deal-breakers! What you should know about inspections
Even though many buyers are opting to forgo inspections, agents still need to be familiar with them to protect their buyers as much as possible. Here are a few inspections that'll help pinpoint problems within a property — and avoid a major deal-breaker
by Thomas Huisking Apr 5
Dryers and dryer vents: What agents should know
One of the most common household appliances, the clothes dryer, can also be one of the most problematic for homebuyers. That's why it's important for agents to be fluent in the pros and cons of common household appliances when discussing housing options with clients
by Gerard Splendore Apr 5
Owner of Unified Homes among 4 victims in California shooting
The business owner's son, Luis Tovar Jr., also said his mother Blanca Tomayo and a half brother were among those killed, and that the fourth victim was an employee at the firm
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 2
Century 21 real estate agent loses job after anti-Asian gym rant
Century 21 has promptly condemned and disassociated itself from a former agent caught on video insulting an Asian-American gym manager
15-year-old charged with fatally shooting real estate agent
Stefano Barbosa, 37, was held at gunpoint and made to take out $1,000 from a bank machine in an incident that was caught on video
Missouri agent charged with conspiracy in murder-for-hire plot
Leigh Ann Bauman, 43, won boating competitions and was a popular cheerleading mom. On Thursday, she was arrested on charges of plotting to kill her former mother-in-law
CDC guidelines may pave the way for open houses, more normalcy
The COVID-19 crisis isn't over, but new guidance gives people significantly more freedom to gather without the encumbrances of the pandemic. That could prove liberating for real estate agents
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 8
Smart home tech: How to keep your home network safe with Firewalla
For the past year or so that we've been working virtually, so much of our daily lives and work revolved around our home networks. That's why it's important to keep that beating heart alive and well. Here's how Firewalla can help keep it secure
by Brandon Doyle Feb 26
Getting harassing phone calls? Here's how to stop them
Real estate safety expert Tracey Hawkins offers advice on what agents can do to avoid inappropriate phone calls and text messages
California agent fired after racist verbal attack on Asian woman
Former Beach City Brokers agent Mike Dalcin was filmed flipping off and insulting an Asian woman in Brentwood, Los Angeles
Say no to FSBO! 7 risks homesellers take when they go it alone
Opinion
In today's market, the stakes are high, decisions are swift, and there is immense pressure on everyone in the transaction — which is why sellers need a real estate agent by their side
by Cara Ameer Feb 2
Be prepared: What agents need to know about fire safety at home
House fires can escalate in the blink of an eye, but with proper precautions and planning, they are preventable. Here's how agents can help clients be prepared for the worst
by Gerard Splendore Feb 1
What's changed? 5 factors COVID-19 caused us to reconsider
Opinion
There's no doubt that a home is still a smart investment. However, this past year presented us with many other crucial points to consider. Here are a few short- and long-term results 2020's events might bring
by Kuba Jewgieniew Jan 28
Take care of you! 5 ways to practice next-level self-care
Self-care doesn’t have to be about bubble baths and mani-pedis — it's about prioritizing your needs and wellbeing. Here are a few ways to be healthier, happier and more productive
by Troy Palmquist Jan 28
Hot tips for fire safety in apartment buildings
Prevention is key when it comes to fire safety in the home. Here are a few sneaky apartment firetraps to look out for, and what you should do if you suspect danger
by Gerard Splendore Jan 25
Recovering from COVID-19? 10 tips for returning to work
Take the time to thank your body daily for working hard to fight off the virus, and adopt these workflow strategies to improve your productivity and post-COVID sluggishness
by Stacey Soleil Jan 24
How to foster a culture of community during COVID and beyond
Creating a culture of community at your company will help everyone feel more appreciated, engaged and acknowledged — not just now, but into the future. Here are a few ways that you can foster that
by Jill Butler Jan 18
6 meaningful ways agents can support the Black community
Real estate agents are also often community leaders — which gives them the opportunity to help break racial injustice and support Black communities. Here, NAREB's president weighs in on what you can do to make a difference
by Donnell Williams Jan 18
4 simple (but powerful) things 2020 reminded us to be grateful for
Opinion
In looking at 2020’s setbacks and tragedies, it can be difficult to see the silver linings. But expressing gratitude, even in a tough year, is possible — if not necessary. Here are a few things agents can be thankful for
by Anthony West Dec 31
Beloved Nebraska agent found dead after showing, homicide suspected
Mickey Sodoro, a 70-year-old agent with NP Dodge, had not been heard from by his team since entering a home in Omaha's Bellbrook neighborhood for a showing on Monday night
Pulse: What were your biggest challenges in 2020?
To say that 2020 was tumultuous is an understatement. So, before jumping into the new year, we’re asking our readers to share the major obstacles they worked to get past and rise above
by Inman Dec 30
It’s been an insane year — but we can still be thankful
Opinion
This trying year is almost over, and 2021 is around the corner. As tragic and horrific as the year has been, some good can come out of it. Let’s take a look back at 2020 and how we can still give thanks
by Jay Thompson Dec 30
Rookie mistakes: 10 things newbie agents often fail at
Everyone makes the occasional mistake, but rookies often make more than their fair share. Here are the biggest failures to watch out for and avoid
by Carl Medford Dec 30
A Black agent waited in his car for clients. Then the police were called
Marlon Crutchfield, a Compass agent and real estate photographer, filed a complaint Monday claiming he was racially profiled while waiting to photograph a client's home
Be prepared! 11 reasons agents might leave your brokerage in 2021
Every year, new agents join the office, and others leave. Your job as broker or manager is to look for red flags and identify which issues, life events or frustrations can affect your agents and staff members right now. Here are a few to watch out for
by Erica Ramus Dec 29
Showing app Entro has potential — but should address agent safety
Opinion
With some decent features and a user interface worth seeing, Entro could succeed if not for leaving agent safety and lead quality totally out of the equation
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 24
The lessons this broker learned and is taking into the new year
Opinion
A lot of changes took place in 2020, and many of us will likely reflect on them for years to come. Here are one broker's observations — the things she'll leave behind and the lessons she'll take with her into the new year
by Teresa Boardman Dec 17
The no-brainer investment all agents should make in 2021
Agents are the conductors of real estate. They must keep everyone involved informed and protected. However, to function as valuable problem-solvers, agents need to invest in themselves with continual learning. Here are the benefits of doing that
by Moira Taylor AND Raynae Taylor Dec 13
Bad smells kill sales! Don't let buyers sniff out these 8 offensive odors
With only one chance to make a good impression on buyers, obnoxious odors must be identified and dealt with before opening the doors to visitors. Here are a few to consider
by Carl Medford Dec 7
How to update your buyer’s checklist for 2021
The most important thing you can do for your clients, first and foremost, is to make health and safety a priority
by Santiago Arana Dec 7
What to expect when shifting to a buyer's market
Opinion
Nobody really knows what will happen next year — or the year after. Shifts are normal for markets, so agents should think through possible changes and plan for them. Here are a few things to consider
by Andrew Fortune Dec 6