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
Avoid foundation problems! 5 ways to help buyers dodge water damage
Agents, beware — the increase in moisture during the winter season can produce significant foundation issues over time. Here are a few key tips for helping buyers purchase a home during the cold-weather months
by Carl Medford Nov 23
How smart home tech can offer discounts to home insurance
This week, find out how smart home systems can help homeowners save money on their insurance and the most common claims insurance brokers see — plus some proactive tips to take
by Brandon Doyle Nov 20
How one broker is approaching Thanksgiving this year
Opinion
With COVID-19 cases soaring, Teresa Boardman can't help but think of what's to come. Here's how the holiday season is going to be different this year
by Teresa Boardman Nov 19
Real (Estate) Talk: Is RPAC doing right by Realtors?
Opinion
The Realtors Political Action Committee says its purpose to help elect candidates who support the interests of Realtors is clear. But does that truly extend to those in protected classes? Here's what one Georgia-based broker thinks
by Lee Davenport Nov 19
Kleard launches self-touring tech for rentals
Kleard's third app for both iOS and Android clears the way for landlords to allow aspiring tenants to tour rental listings unaccompanied
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 17
Agent/broker perspective: Should agents still practice all COVID guidelines?
Opinion
After months of virtual everything, an agent feels ready for much more face-to-face interaction. Can her broker convince her otherwise? 
by Anthony Askowitz Oct 27
NAR's proposed ethics changes miss the mark
Opinion
If the intent of the Code of Ethics is to hold real estate professionals to a higher standard, the proposed addition fails to achieve that. Here's why — plus what could be done
by Teresa Boardman Oct 22
Keep up! 3 tips to navigate the post-pandemic sales boom
Is the COVID-induced hubbub of activity keeping you on your toes? These 3 tips will help you keep your post-pandemic momentum going and stay on track with your clients’ evolving needs
by Santiago Arana Oct 19
How this megateam is maximizing its sellers' proceeds
Opinion
Here's an inside look at how one real estate team is transforming homes, increasing clients' wealth and boosting the level of equity in local neighborhoods
by Carl Medford Oct 19
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
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
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