Compass offers agents new solution for digital ad campaigns
The brokerage founded primarily on offering agents new technological advantages adds digital advertising to its suite of Marketing Center solutions
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 4
Who does Zillow fear? Not who you think
Opinion
A 33-year-old commercial real estate data company is scratching at the door of online residential real estate and could be on the scene by next year
by Brad Inman Nov 2
Winter is coming: These are most in-demand cold weather amenities
As homebuyers and owners prepare to settle in for what may be a long COVID-19 winter, fire pits, hot tubs and heated floors have never been more desirable
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 28
After 2-year halt, Compass resumes US expansion with Hawaii offices
The NYC-founded brokerage is launching in Hawaii with $350M in 2019 sales on its roster
by Patrick Kearns Oct 26
Agent drops 'mutiny' lawsuit against Compass, team member hits back
Jill Schwartz's lawsuit against former team members is ongoing. One has countersued, alleging Schwartz defamed her and falsely took credit for her listings
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 23
'Sleepy suburbs' are the new hot spot for luxury buyers
The pandemic has given the world a new perspective, and for luxury buyers, the suburbs have never looked more glamorous
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 20
SoftBank's Vision Fund is seeking startups to take public: Report
Rajeev Misra, the head of the Vision Fund, hinted that SoftBank is launching a special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, in an interview with Bloomberg
by Patrick Kearns Oct 13
DelPrete: Zillow hiring agents is the megatrend you can't afford to ignore
Opinion
Most of the largest real estate disruptors are moving toward hiring agents for new brokerage services — that's nearly $35B in enterprise value pushing in this direction
by Mike DelPrete Oct 8
Compass acquires title and escrow software startup Modus
The 60-person team behind the closing services startup will join Compass to bolster the latter's goal to build an end-to-end platform for real estate
by Patrick Kearns Oct 5
Oh, brother! Douglas Elliman CEO's sibling jumps to Compass
Ed D’Ambrosio, who is the brother of Douglas Elliman CEO Dottie Herman, has left his sister's company to join Compass as a sales director in the Hamptons
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 1
C.A.R. hires first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer
Farrah Wilder, former civil rights attorney and licensed agent, will work to address persistent homeownership gaps
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 23
From startup to powerhouse brokerage: How Compass built its brand
Matt Spangler, one of Compass' longest tenured employees, spoke with Inman about meeting big expectations and why he wishes the company's detractors would talk to its agents
by Patrick Kearns Sep 22
5 lessons I learned from running 50 marathons: Robert Reffkin
Opinion
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin, in a letter to all employees, shares what he learned throughout an impressive physical achievement
by Robert Reffkin Sep 21
Fires haven't extinguished buyer activity in the Bay Area
Compass' latest Bay Area market analysis shows strong buyer activity despite recent wildfires, with listings under contract declining only 3%
by Marian McPherson Sep 18
Compass CEO: We have people and systems in place to go public
Robert Reffkin said Compass doesn't need to go public to raise capital as revenues soar — but the company will be ready when the time comes
by Patrick Kearns Sep 11
Shaquille O'Neal's Florida mansion is back on market with a price slash
Originally listed for $28M, the 31,000-square-foot Isleworth property is now asking $19.5M
Kobe Bryant's childhood home listed for $900K
It even includes the basketball hoop where Bryant practiced as a teenager
3 agents share how mentoring bettered their careers
Mentoring is a two-way street that benefits both parties. Agents at the WomanUP! virtual conference discussed how it changed the game for them and altered their career paths
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 2
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin: No, New York City isn't dead
The future of New York City, where Compass was founded, remains bright, Robert Reffkin argued in an op-ed for CNN
by Patrick Kearns Aug 27
Why this Compass exec has sent out a daily newsletter for 6 years
Leonard Steinberg's daily email blast is aimed at elevating the dialogue of Compass agents, making the national company feel more connected and creating a referral network
by Patrick Kearns Aug 19
Heading to Italy, Nextdoor founder puts San Francisco home on market
In advance of a temporary move to Florence with his family, Nirav Tolia is seeking to sell the Beaux Arts home in Pacific Heights at a significant markup from what he paid in 2011
Compass launches AI-powered CMA tool for agents
The new tool is the latest in a series of product rollouts for the New York City-founded brokerage
by Patrick Kearns Aug 6
'May I refer you to my assistant?' Kids learn the family business during pandemic
Some children of real estate agents have become honorary members of their parents' business, learning the ropes while adopting a 'We're all in it together' mentality
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 31
Flood of former Alain Pinel agents exit Compass for Dudum Real Estate
22 agents have moved over to Dudum Real Estate Group since May, 20 of who were previously members of Alain Pinel Realtors, a brokerage Compass acquired last year
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 17
One of Douglas Elliman's top teams jumps to Compass
Chad Carroll starred in the only season of Bravo's 'Million Dollar Listing Miami'
by Patrick Kearns Jul 17
What a Compass IPO might mean for the company — and the industry
Opinion
There’s little doubt that Compass will go public eventually. How will that impact the tech-forward brokerage and the industry at large?
by Jay Thompson Jul 15
New York-based Douglas Elliman team joins Compass
Kirk Rundhaug and Paige Neuhauser, as well as the remaining 3 members of their New York-based team, have moved to Compass from Douglas Elliman
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 14
Should real estate agents disclose if their clients have COVID-19?
The National Association of Realtors and brokers advise agents to have conversations with clients but to refrain from disclosing medical information without prior approval
by Patrick Kearns Jul 9
Compass agent fired over behavior toward homeless people speaks out
Scott Sobol maintains that he's been misrepresented in recent video footage and that the negative press is a 'political power play' by individuals who would rather see him fail than face up to the neighborhood problems in Hell's Kitchen
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 8
Ex-Compass agent held showings at home of COVID-19-infected couple
Compass parted ways with Gary Wat for allegedly holding showings and failing to follow local guidelines regarding COVID-19
by Patrick Kearns Jul 8
Compass Lens to help agents envision, value major renovations
The tech-leaning brokerage announced today the launch of a computer vision-based tool that searches and categorizes room renovations to help agents price homes
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 8
NYC Compass agent fired over behavior toward homeless people
Scott Sobol, an agent in Hell's Kitchen, has been let go because of video footage that shows him rolling beer bottles toward a hotel where homeless people are known to loiter
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 6
Compass is on a hiring spree to meet increasing market demand
After laying off nearly 375 staffers in March, the company has more than 160 openings. It tells Inman that it's a sign of the returning market
by Patrick Kearns Jun 23
KW, Compass agents win big as Real Trends adjusts ranking system
Kyle Seyboth of Keller Williams and Alexa Lambert of Compass snagged top individual agent awards from the Real Trends + Tom Ferry The Thousand rankings Friday after Real Trends added new categories and altered its methodology
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 19
Compass is hiring a securities attorney — is an IPO next?
The tasks outlined in the job description include the 'timely satisfaction of SEC and stock exchange compliance and reporting obligations'
by Patrick Kearns Jun 16
Judge dismisses the other Realogy lawsuit against Compass
Separate from a wide-ranging lawsuit filed in New York, Realogy's lawsuit against Compass and a former employee over a non-compete clause was dismissed with prejudice last week
by Patrick Kearns Jun 16
Maryland market snapshot: A strong market, but low inventory
Agents in Maryland say the market has rebounded quickly from the initial shock of the pandemic, but inventory remains low
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 12
Brown Harris Stevens is absorbing Halstead Real Estate
Both New York City real estate brokerages are owned by parent company Terra Holdings
by Patrick Kearns Jun 11
Compass and APR veteran Rick Turley is joining Engel & Völkers
The real estate leader will manage the brand's San Francisco and Marin County markets
by Patrick Kearns Jun 11
Black execs are underrepresented in real estate boardrooms. Now what?
On Monday, Compass CEO Robert Reffkin called for more diversity on the boards of directors inside publicly traded real estate companies. So far, that hasn't happened
by Patrick Kearns Jun 10
Learn to love your CRM: 11 simple daily tasks to master
Opinion
Robert Reffkin mentioned at Inman Connect Now that only 20% of agents use a CRM in a meaningful way. From lack of time to feature bloat, adoption is a challenge, but one new work habit each day can help
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 9
Judge allows Realogy lawsuit against Compass to continue
Judge Barry Ostrager denied Compass' motion to dismiss the complaint and attempt to compel the two sides into arbitration concerning certain claims in the lawsuit
by Patrick Kearns Jun 8
Compass CEO encourages agents to spend billions with Black vendors
Robert Reffkin is inviting his company’s approximately 15,000 agents to guide 15% of their spend to Black-owned companies or vendors
by Patrick Kearns Jun 8
Here's why Compass chose to buy Contactually over other CRMs
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin gave a peek behind one of the biggest tech decisions at Compass of the past few years during a discussion at Inman Connect Now
by Patrick Kearns Jun 3
Compass CEO: 'It’s OK to not be OK in this time'
Robert Reffkin, one of the few African American leaders in the real estate industry, discussed how agents and allies can help the Black community
by Patrick Kearns Jun 3
Real estate leaders speak out against racism as protests grow nationwide
CEOs at Compass, Keller Williams, Redfin and Zillow, among others, detailed steps their companies are taking to address racism in the real estate industry and inside their offices
by Patrick Kearns Jun 1
60-agent Pacific Northwest indie is joining Compass
Caliber Group is an investment-focused indie real estate brokerage based in Kings County
by Patrick Kearns May 29
They hate their homes, and they want out — NOW!
Real estate agents say quarantine has convinced homeowners that they need more rooms, a backyard and plenty of kitchen space — and they want it all now
by Lillian Dickerson May 22
Luxury snapshot: Agents in high-end markets are staying busy
The market hasn't fully recovered yet, but agents in luxury markets around the US told Inman that deals are still happening and activity appears to be on the rise
by Jim Dalrymple II May 22
Compass CEO says company has spent 'hundreds of millions' on tech
Robert Reffkin told CNBC that the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the shift to tech-enabled businesses
by Patrick Kearns 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
A comprehensive guide to industry resources for real estate agents
Real estate companies, trade groups and government agencies are offering resources amid the pandemic. Inman is trying to compile them all in 1 guide that will be updated daily
by Patrick Kearns May 20
A peek at Compass CRM
The industry was surprised when the tech-forward franchise acquired a fan-favorite, but Compass' in-house solution for managing and marketing to contacts is still a worthy industry player
by Craig C. Rowe May 19
Is this 'The Last Dance' for Michael Jordan's Chicago mansion?
The basketball great's $14.8M home has been on the market for eight years. Will "The Last Dance" give the listing a much-needed boost?
by Lillian Dickerson May 18
Compass report shows the housing market hit bottom in mid-April
The detailed report gives a market-by-market look at the global pandemic's impact on real estate
by Patrick Kearns May 18
SoftBank posts record loss, warns some investments may go bankrupt
The investor behind Compass and Opendoor predicted that, of the 88 companies the Vision Fund invested in, 15 could go bankrupt due to COVID-19
by Patrick Kearns May 18
Realogy tops Mega 1000 as biggest brokerages gobble market share
Realogy Brokerage Group was once again the most productive brokerage in the country in sales volume, according to the Swanepoel Mega 1000
by Patrick Kearns May 14
How are home prices still rising during the pandemic?
Although the stock market has been volatile for weeks and unemployment has continued to rise, home prices have been seemingly unaffected
by Lillian Dickerson May 5
Pennsylvania market snapshot: Agents ready for reopening
Gov. Tom Wolf declared real estate a nonessential business at the start of the pandemic, making it a challenge for agents to stay productive. Now that restrictions may start to lift, agents are eager to get back to work
by Lillian Dickerson May 5
Coronavirus has forever changed client conversations
The COVID-19 pandemic has us interacting with people in previously unthinkable ways. For agents, it's created new client questions and increased buyer screening
by Lillian Dickerson May 4
Goodbye sports cars, hello restraint: Luxury marketing flips the script
'The over-the-top marketing, the partying and the champagne is not cool right now,' said Donna Olshan, a luxury Realtor and the founder of Olshan Realty in New York
Illinois market snapshot: Things are looking up
Six weeks into stay-at-home orders, real estate agents in Illinois say the state of the market is looking pretty good
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 29
Compass is seeing a huge uptick in single-family home searches
Appearing on CNBC, Compass CEO Robert Reffkin said suburbs and second-home markets will be the real winners when the market returns
by Patrick Kearns Apr 28
Compass launches video editor to increase virtual tours
In-person real estate activity is still banned in many markets in which the real estate brokerage operates
by Patrick Kearns Apr 27
Daily Dispatch: Mark McLaughlin predicts consolidation across real estate

Compass California president tells Brad Inman how Compass agents are reacting to this market and what’s ahead for luxury.

by Inman Apr 24
Compass cuts salaries and admin staff hours
The move comes at the same time the company continues to add new agents, even during a market slowdown
by Patrick Kearns Apr 22
Opendoor layoffs are a retreat, not a defeat
Opinion
This tactical move is by no means a sign that iBuyers will fail. Opendoor’s deep pockets allow it to weather the current storm and remain intact (albeit smaller)
by Mike DelPrete Apr 16
Compass agents anticipate post-pandemic buyer's market in California
More than 700 Compass California agents shared their concerns, market predictions for when shelter-in-place laws lift
by Marian McPherson Apr 15
Compass 'can sustain a downturn for 6 months, 8 months, 9 months'
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin also conceded that the downturn hitting the housing market is going to drive some agents and discounters out of the real estate industry
by Patrick Kearns Apr 15
NBA star Kevin Durant's former Bay Area home lists for $6M
The Brooklyn Nets player, who was stricken by coronavirus in March but has since recovered, used to rent this seven-bedroom home
Compass upgrades marketing center for real estate agents
The company has been rolling out and revealing new technology at a frequent pace
by Patrick Kearns Apr 13
Compass agent accuses ex-assistant of stealing secrets to launch career
Compass agent Cindy Ambuehl claims ex-assistant Christina Collins used private client, listing and lead information to launch her own career in luxury real estate
The broker balancing Zoom and homeschooling in a crowded house
Arrian Binnings of Compass balances working from home with his wife, Sejal Binnings, while assisting a homeseller infected by the coronavirus in San Francisco
by Inman Apr 9
Compass launches customizable drip campaign platform
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin calls 'Action Plans' the most significant CRM feature since the CRM's launch
by Patrick Kearns Apr 8
Realogy and KW top T3 Sixty's holding company and franchisor rankings
Redfin and RE/MAX had the most productive agents in 2019, according to the ranking
by Patrick Kearns Apr 8
Home has never been more important
Opinion
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin shares his thoughts on why the concept of 'home' matters so much right now
by Robert Reffkin Apr 7
Compass hires former Tesla exec to manage customer experience
Kate Pearson previously served in executive roles at Walmart and Cargo
by Patrick Kearns Apr 6
Bridgewater co-CEO Eileen Murray joins Compass' board of directors
Eileen Murray, a veteran of Bridgewater Associates, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, is the second independent appointment to the company's board of directors
by Patrick Kearns Apr 2
Compass is launching virtual services to keep agents in business
The platform is aimed at keeping business going as some states issue stay-at-home orders
by Patrick Kearns Apr 1
Brooklyn luxury sales drop by 50 percent: Compass
Only 3 contracts to buy high-end homes were signed last week
Real estate leaders reveal their vulnerabilities
Opinion
At this time, many of us are more willing to be vulnerable — letting our guard down is actually helping us get through this
by Brad Inman Mar 30
HomeServices of America is once again the top real estate brokerage
HomeServices of America topped the annual Real Trends 500, edging out Realogy Brokerage Group for the top spot in 2019 transaction sides
by Patrick Kearns Mar 26
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin urges agents to use their CRMs
Reffkin's comments come as agents grapple with the coronavirus pandemic and its massive economic fallout
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 25
Compass is still onboarding new teams despite slowdown, layoffs
Based in New Jersey, the 15-person Oldendorp Group, which is joining Compass from Keller Williams this week, will be virtually onboarded through Enboarder
by Patrick Kearns Mar 24
Compass lays off 15% of staff amid coronavirus 'economic standstill'
CEO Robert Reffkin said Monday in a letter that COVID-19 has created 'one of the most challenging and uncertain moments in our lifetimes'
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 23
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin calls on Congress to provide aid to agents
Reffkin argued coronavirus aid shouldn't be limited to W-2 workers. The National Association of Realtors has also said it is working to ensure aid packages to benefit agents
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 19
Coronavirus drives adoption of video tours
Amid quarantines and calls for social distancing, agents are turning to video chats and virtual tours to show off properties
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 17
Compass makes changes to concierge, bridge loans amid industry slowdown
Compass is temporarily suspending its Bridge Loan Advance program, among other changes
by Patrick Kearns Mar 17
Here's how Compass is guiding employees through crisis
Robert Reffkin, the CEO of Compass, calls it a 'historic time none of us will ever forget'
by Patrick Kearns Mar 16
Compass executive calls for 2-week moratorium on home showings
Leonard Steinberg, the chief evangelist at Compass, says the quicker the virus is contained, the better it will be for the housing market
by Patrick Kearns Mar 16
EXCLUSIVE: Compass is launching a luxury division
In the wake of the company's heavy recruitment of luxury agents, the company is launching a new division to support its growing luxury real estate presence
by Patrick Kearns Feb 28