10 tips for buyers putting in offers sight unseen amid coronavirus
Buying a property without seeing it in person is hardly ideal. But, in the new world created by COVID-19, virtual touring is becoming increasingly common
by Nicole Solari | Today 2:00 A.M.
All Inman content related to running your business in this unprecedented time
Here's how to keep your business moving as the situation shifts
by Inman | Today 1:58 A.M.
Lesson Learned: Operate from the client’s perspective
Now more than ever, NYC real estate broker Tania Isacoff Friedland keeps the focus on client needs to provide the best possible service
by Christy Murdock Edgar | May 25
Real estate is looking very different in the Hamptons this summer — here’s why
Top New York real estate agent Jamie Safier is seeing incredible growth in demand in the Hamptons as well as changes in what renters are looking for
by Christy Murdock Edgar | May 25
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
How Ivis Suarez saved a deal and a family's dream of going back home
Florida-based Century 21 agent Ivis Suarez shares how she persevered through the toughest transaction of her career to help a family get back to Puerto Rico
by Marian McPherson | May 25
Coldwell Banker CEO: Real estate has undergone a 'tremendous transition'
Coldwell Banker CEO Ryan Gorman told CNBC it's not just millennials who are open to buying homes virtually
by Patrick Kearns | May 25
How to handle client objections during the pandemic
Opinion
The types of objections we're hearing now are going to be with us for a while and may just become our new normal, so we need to be able to ease clients' fears
by Missy Yost | May 24
The latest in-demand apartment feature is a Peloton room
Agents are starting to market what may have been featured as small offices or hallways in the past as designated Peloton or workout areas with the shift to home exercise during the pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson | May 22
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
Daily Dispatch: Why brokerage value propositions will change

Zillow’s chief industry development officer talks to Brad Inman on his podcast about the changing value propositions for brokerages in the post-pandemic world.

by Inman | 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
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
How to protect yourself as a first-time landlord
Opinion
Real estate investing is a competitive and risky game. Although you can't control when a global health crisis strikes, as an aspiring investor, you can protect yourself by adopting these necessary strategies and techniques
by Anna Johansson | May 22
The Real Word: Investing in real estate during a pandemic
Opinion
Also this week: SoftBank's record loss and a few basic ways to do listing videos right
by Byron Lazine | May 22
Real estate at 10,000 feet? For luxury agents, helicopters allow work to continue
'When you're feeling cooped up, there's nothing better than feeling free,' Compass broker Seth O'Byrne told Inman
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 22
DelPrete: How the pandemic has impacted international markets
Opinion
Evidence suggests that once restrictions are lifted in the hardest-hit markets, new listings rebound quickly
by Mike DelPrete | May 21
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
Time on market sees greatest increase in 7 years
Homes sat on the market 15 days longer than last year during the week ending May 16, resulting in the greatest increase in time on market since 2013, according to realtor.com
by Lillian Dickerson | May 21
Existing-home sales report shows how badly virus impacted housing
Existing-home sales in April fell 17.8% from March and 17.2% year-over-year
by Patrick Kearns | May 21
Daily Dispatch: What agents should learn from COVID-19

Inman contributor Kevin Woody talks with Brad Inman on his podcast about the lessons and takeaways for agents coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Inman | May 21
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 I upped my tech game and created my own 'Zoom room'
Opinion
In today's COVID-19 reality, videoconferencing has become the best alternative to in-person communication. And although virtual meetings are inherently a different experience, there are a few things you can do to look your best and appear as professional as possible
by Teresa Boardman | 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
Residential refis make up 55% of home loans in first quarter
Spurred by historically low interest rates, new refinances made up about $328.5 billion in total dollar volume in Q1, up 105 percent from the same period last year
by Lillian Dickerson | May 20
Think we're headed into a buyer's market? Guess again
Four agents in Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas share how they're helping homebuyers navigate a seller's market marred by economic fear and the coronavirus
by Marian McPherson | May 20
Read all of Inman's state-by-state market snapshots here
The pandemic's market impacts have varied across the country. Inman has put together data on those impacts, and talked to dozens of agents on the front lines
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 20
Read all of Inman's coronavirus coverage here
Inman has published more than 630 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
'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
Realogy CEO to franchisees: 'Play offense and defense'
Ryan Schneider told franchisees he believes they are in better shape than during previous times of crisis
by Patrick Kearns | May 20
Daily Dispatch: Emily Chenevert extols virtual tours

The CEO of the Austin Board of Realtors explains to Brad Inman on this episode of his podcast why virtual tours are the future.

by Inman | May 20
Mortgage purchases signal housing recovery may be here
Odeta Kushi, the deputy chief economist at First American, said the increase in mortgage applications is part of a long-term trend, not simply pent-up demand
by Patrick Kearns | May 20
Pulse: What early career lessons are helping you now?
Opinion
This week, we're asking you, our readers, to share a key career principle you learned when you were starting out and how it's helpful in today's world
by Inman | May 20
Here's how to help jump-start your local economy
Opinion
The COVID-19 outbreak has taken a toll on many businesses nationwide. As a real estate agent, here are a few ideas for using your wealth of knowledge and expertise to help local business owners weather the storm
by Bernice Ross | May 20
How to cope with fear, uncertainty and doubt 
A little FUD is healthy, it’s when it becomes all-consuming that you have a problem
by Jay Thompson | May 20
California Association of Realtors unveils new ad campaign
The California Association of Realtors recently released a new video campaign that highlights the strength of Californians working together amidst the COVID-19 crisis
by Lillian Dickerson | May 19
Louisiana market snapshot: Consumers coming 'out of their shells' as market rebounds
The coronavirus pandemic hit Louisiana hard, and the real estate industry there suffered. But agents say their business is now on the road to recovery
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 19
4.1M Americans are now enrolled in mortgage forbearance plans
As of May 10, 8.16% of all mortgages were in forbearance, up from 7.91% on May 3 — the smallest increase since March, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association
by Lillian Dickerson | May 19
Daily Dispatch: How the pandemic is affecting second-home markets

On this episode of his podcast, Brad Inman talks to Lake Tahoe agent Amie Quirarte about how the pandemic is affecting the mindset of buyers and sellers in a luxury, second-home market.

by Inman | May 19
Here's how COVID-19 impacted home construction in April
Privately owned housing starts dropped roughly 30% as a result of COVID-19 in April
by Patrick Kearns | May 19
Rent prices could take a hit from widespread unemployment
Rent grew 3 percent in March, a small drop compared to the three preceding months
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 19
Here's a simple approach to making listing videos
Opinion
Getting started with video can be daunting. Your next listing can shine on camera, all you need is a smartphone, a few apps and a couple hours, from start to finish
by Craig C. Rowe | May 19
Agent/broker perspective: Is now the right time to acquire a competitor?
Opinion
In today's shaky economy, when things are still up in the air, should real estate companies plan for expansion through acquisitions?
by Anthony Askowitz | May 19
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
Pulse: The positive things you will remember post-pandemic
Opinion
Last week, we asked you to share the good things you'll likely remember after the worst is behind us. Here's what you had to say
by Inman | May 19
Making sense of the headlines: How will COVID-19 impact real estate long term?
Opinion
From owner-occupied to high-rises to rentals of all kinds, Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner gives his take on probable outcomes for residential asset classes
by Matthew Gardner | May 19
PA governor likely to veto bill that would restart real estate services
After being passed by the Pennsylvania Senate on May 13 and reaffirmed in a concurrence vote by the House on May 14, Gov. Wolf suggested in an interview with KYW Newsradio that he would not be signing House Bill 2412
by Lillian Dickerson | May 18
Bonkers Pittsburgh home has starship room, talking alien
The listing asks would-be buyers if they 'like fun and adventure.' And with both castle- and starship-themed rooms, it offers both in spades
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 18
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
Small landlords get creative to adjust to post-pandemic landscape
With the pandemic wreaking havoc on the economy and leaving millions out of work, small landlords and Airbnb hosts are finding new ways to move forward amid financial trouble
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 18
Daily Dispatch: Here are the positives right now

At the risk of sounding too optimistic, Paul Boomsma and Brad Inman discuss the positives in real estate right now.

by Inman | May 18
Three-quarters of companies will reopen offices in phases: Study
A new survey conducted by CBRE Group shows that 72% of companies are planning a phased reopening, and 59% will provide masks for employees, among other safety initiatives
by Lillian Dickerson | May 18
Florida to relaunch vacation rentals — but not for New Yorkers
'If you tell me you’re going to rent them out to people from New York City, I'm probably not going to approve that, OK?' Governor Ron DeSantis said on plans to allow vacation rentals to restart
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 18
Builder confidence rises slightly amid historic lows: NAHB
The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index rose from 30 to 37
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 18
NAR board votes in new leaders in first-ever virtual election
National Association of Realtors CEO Bob Goldberg said future events could be both in-person and virtual — even after pandemic
by Andrea V. Brambila | May 18
Former surgeon general tapped to help Zillow safely buy homes again
The company is bringing on Regina Benjamin, the former US surgeon general, to consult on and develop new safety protocols as it returns to iBuying
by Patrick Kearns | May 18
5 critical steps to maximize your listing's sales potential
Opinion
This year brought significant changes in the way homes are bought and sold. To accommodate this new reality, sellers need to be prepared — and agents need to provide the necessary coaching. Here are five important steps
by Carl Medford | May 18
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
Lesson Learned: Choose the right team
They say you are known by the company you keep. Find out how this Arizona broker leverages partnerships to do more, whatever the market brings her way
by Christy Murdock Edgar | May 18
How agent John Port is spreading cheer to his community amid pandemic
Pennsylvania-based real estate agent John Port shares how his real estate team and charity group is standing in the gap for neighbors in need
by Marian McPherson | May 18
How to stand out during (and long after) this pandemic
Here’s how agents are seizing the opportunity provided by change to grow and thrive
Remote work may fuel massive migration from pricey cities: Redfin
More than 50% of Americans in New York, Seattle, Boston and San Francisco told Redfin they would move if they could work remotely
by Patrick Kearns | May 15
April's hottest markets were in cities you might not expect
Although Colorado Springs ranked as the hottest market for the third consecutive month, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Topeka, Kansas, also rose the ranks to make the top 5 hottest markets
by Lillian Dickerson | May 15
Daily Dispatch: Signs of a tightening market

HouseCanary CEO Jeremy Sicklick talks to Brad Inman about how pending sales and fewer listings are signaling a tightening market.

by Inman | May 15
3 ways to give back right now
Opinion
From in-kind and financial contributions to your community to moral and career support to your team, now's the time that should be defined by giving. Here's how to lend a helping hand
by Santiago Arana | May 15
How to adapt your marketing to be sensitive
Opinion
On any given day, consumers receive a barrage of marketing messages. So, how can you make sure that you stand out while staying authentic, helpful and empathetic to today's problems? One Lake Tahoe agent shares her success story
by Amie Quirarte | May 15
The Real Word: Are agents losing out to banker greed?
More this week: Should Airbnb owners sell or wait for travel to pick back up?
by Byron Lazine | May 15
How the coronavirus pandemic is reshuffling the luxury real estate market
Buyers are looking for homes in different places, and with different characteristics, than they did before COVID-19 brought chaos to the US
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 15
Pandemic unlikely to kill demand from foreign luxury buyers
The pandemic's chaos has upended many parts of the economy, but luxury agents believe international buyers will still gravitate toward the relative safety of the U.S. market
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 15
Now is the time to double down on outreach, say agents at Inman's Town Hall
A panel of industry leaders said Thursday that real estate agents should be using the pandemic to increase the amount of contact they have with their current or future clients
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 14
How real estate agents are becoming the 'mayors of their community'
During Thursday's Inman virtual town hall, real estate leaders shared tangible ways they're helping their community amid shelter-in-place orders
by Patrick Kearns | May 14
7 things your first-time buyer should know about getting a loan right now
Ohio-based loan officer Breon Price shares what your first-time buyers can do to increase their chance of approval despite tighter lending standards amid the coronavirus pandemic
by Marian McPherson | May 14
Daily Dispatch: The future of loan origination is entirely digital

Roostify’s CEO tells Brad Inman what’s happening in the world of lending and regulation, and what customers can come to expect with lending options.

by Inman | May 14
Inman's state-by-state guide to reopening the economy
As the coronavirus pandemic gradually improves, a patchwork of plans to reopen local economies has emerged across the US
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 14
CoStar buys Ten-X, expects 'surge of distressed properties'
CoStar plans to integrate Ten-X's existing platform into its own online marketplace
by Patrick Kearns | May 14
NAR: This is not Great Depression
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts inflation will be delayed for five or six years — and then the price of everything will rise
by Andrea V. Brambila | May 14
3 tips for taking care of business virtually as a team
Be fully prepared to support your clients virtually, guide them through each step comfortably and answer all questions before signing on the dotted line
by Mauricio Umansky | May 14
How to tailor your messaging to the people who matter most
When it comes to your team, providing clear direction on how to communicate and who to reach out to is crucial to driving business forward now. Here's how to strengthen interactions with these four main contact groups
by Kathleen Black | May 14
What's important now? 5 takeaways from COVID-19
Opinion
As we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, certain realities, values and lessons have come to light. With the world changing the way it has, how do you answer the question, 'What's important now?'
by Kevin Woody | May 14
How to lead your team through recovery
As the embers of the fires of crisis continue to glow, the best leaders are already in the process of rebuilding to be bigger and better to weather the storms of tomorrow
by Chris Pollinger | May 14
Keeping It Real: Preparing for a post-COVID-19 market
Opinion
Fear might be trying to grab the wheel, but if you let service and optimism drive, you’ll get there
by Peter Lorimer | May 14
Prices rose in 64% of opportunity zones during first quarter
Although the first quarter saw an overall increase in median home prices in a majority of opportunity zones, Attom Data Solutions noted that those numbers do not yet reflect the full effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the market
by Lillian Dickerson | May 13
Finger Lakes agents prepare as New York begins partial reopening
Although the effects remain to be seen, agents in Rochester and surrounding areas are uncertain whether or not Friday's partial reopening of the economy will have a palpable impact on buyer or seller confidence
by Lillian Dickerson | May 13
Remote work trends could lead to suburban boom: Zillow
The trend could ease price pressure on urban and inner suburban areas, according to Zillow Principal Economist Skylar Olsen
by Patrick Kearns | May 13
Grassroots agent movement buys thousands in food for frontline workers
ERA Schuler Bauer evolved the Lunch on Us initiative into a charity event on Giving Tuesday, raising thousands
by Patrick Kearns | May 13
Daily Dispatch: Communicate with your clients to keep them

Baird & Warner’s CEO tells Brad Inman that although some people think agents aren’t working right now, the truth is business has slowed but not stopped.

by Inman | May 13
Politicians: Election will be referendum on Trump's handling of the pandemic
During a forum at the Virtual Realtors Legislative Meetings Tuesday, Chris Christie and Rahm Emanuel agreed COVID-19 has upended expectations for the fates of the White House and Congress come November
by Andrea V. Brambila | May 13
Nestio waives fees for Funnel contact center software amid pandemic
The New York-based property management and listings platform will not charge fees for its digital leasing software for 90 days
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 13
Home sales to pick up by late summer before falling again
Realtor.com predicts a summer rebound, but notes that sales could drop by 15 percent by the end of the year
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 13
Stop, take a breath, and keep fear of change at bay
Opinion
When it comes to industry shifts, announcements and nonpandemic headlines, don't overreact and jump to conclusions. Instead, focus on understanding what today’s and tomorrow’s consumers demand
by Jay Thompson | May 13
Pulse: What positive things will you remember post-pandemic?
Today, we're opting to see the glass half-full. What positivity can you draw from this that you'll likely remember long after the worst is behind us?
by Inman | May 13
What can agents do to seize more market share now?
Opinion
As stay-at-home orders are slowly being lifted, what action steps will you take to increase your market share? Prepare for ‘go time’ by implementing these eight strategies now
by Bernice Ross | May 13
How can agents collaborate in the time of coronavirus?
Opinion
A group of agents took their support group to Zoom during coronavirus to provide an opportunity to connect with one another in an uncertain time
by Amie Quirarte | May 13
ERA broker pays for delivery of 15K flowers to NYC medical workers
The Utah-based brokerage teamed up with Milgro nursery to deliver flowers to 13 hospitals in New York as a show of gratitude
by Marian McPherson | May 12
RE/MAX Integra providing branded masks to its brokerages
The independently owned Canadian subfranchisor of RE/MAX is supplying 'RE/MASKS' to all of its North American brokerages
by Lillian Dickerson | May 12
Federal agencies launch COVID-19 housing assistance website
The website outlines all of the housing protections included in the CARES Act and offers tools to help homeowners and renters
by Patrick Kearns | May 12
NAR to Realtors: 'You are defenders of the homefront'
Trade group leaders urge members to continue to be active in their communities as nation adjusts to 'new normal'
by Andrea V. Brambila | May 12
HUD Secretary wants the American dream 'to resume'
Ben Carson believes the real estate industry has an important role to play in the economic recovery of the U.S.
by Patrick Kearns | May 12
New listings rise, with greatest uptick in higher price points
The total number of new listings increased 5.9% week over week, but new listings in the highest price tier were up by 8%, according to new data from Zillow
by Lillian Dickerson | May 12
48% of homeowners halted selling plans due to COVID-19 in April
According to Clever Real Estate's latest study, homeowners and homebuyers are altering their buying and selling plans to prep for a possible recession
by Marian McPherson | May 12
Daily Dispatch: It's not too late to pivot your business

Homesnap CEO John Mazur talks with Brad Inman on his podcast about shifting your business model right now and the value of checking on your network.

by Inman | May 12
February's low delinquency rates are the 'calm before the storm'
'After a long period of decline, we are likely to see steady waves of delinquencies throughout the rest of 2020 and into 2021,' warns CoreLogic
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 12
Making sense of the headlines: Where is the job market going in 2020?
Opinion
Jobs and job growth are very important when it comes to the vitality of the country’s housing market. So, in looking at numbers and data, what predictions can be made about the job market for the rest of the year?
by Matthew Gardner | May 12
Dear Marketing Mastermind: What can I do right now to boost my business?
Opinion
Forget long-term solutions and wait-and-see options. Here's what agents and brokers can do right now to feel better about their businesses
by Christy Murdock Edgar | May 12
Pulse: The most beneficial training readers received in the past month
Last week, we asked you to share an educational tool that you’ve benefited from over the past few months — whether it's an online training course, certification or a webinar. Here's what you had to say
by Inman | May 12
Top Agent Network sues NAR, alleges pocket listing policy is 'group boycott'
Trade group says suit 'has no legal basis' and that the Clear Cooperation policy 'promotes equal opportunity for all'
by Andrea V. Brambila | May 11
Should Airbnb owners sell or wait for a rebound? Agents weigh in
Three real estate agents in California, Utah, and Florida share how they're helping investors decide whether to sell or keep their rental properties as travel remains at a standstill
by Marian McPherson | May 11
Google sibling company ditches plans for Toronto development
The project would have remade Toronto's Quayside area but was nixed amid the economic turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 11
Massachusetts market snapshot: Inventory is tight
For agents in Massachusetts, the biggest struggle amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has been the lack of available inventory
by Lillian Dickerson | May 11
Lone Wolf's new Marketplace spreads tech wealth industrywide
The new online offering provides countless Lone Wolf customers and members of partnered associations a place to access multiple technology vendors, making it the Netflix of proptech
by Craig C. Rowe | May 11
Realtors are line of defense against banker greed
Opinion
The private sector and government leaders must be on guard as trillions of public dollars wash through the economic system and a broken economy can become a feasting ground for unsavory opportunists
by Brad Inman | May 11
Douglas Elliman launches new online learning system for agents
On Monday, Douglas Elliman announced the launch of its new online learning system for agents, 'Elliman Constant Learning,' an offering of the Elliman Agent Training Center
by Lillian Dickerson | May 11
Daily Dispatch: Don't judge today's market by yesterday's standards

The same real estate rules no longer apply, OJO Labs Chief Real Estate Officer Chris Heller tells Brad Inman in this episode of Brad’s podcast.

by Inman | May 11
Douglas Elliman reveals mass layoffs, salary cuts on earnings call
The company has laid off 25% of its staff and cut all other salaries by approximately 15%
by Patrick Kearns | May 11
What does the luxury home auction market look like now? Laura Brady weighs in
As the CEO of an international luxury real estate auction firm, Laura Brady has her finger on the pulse of the industry. In this podcast, she shares how the market is shifting and adjusting today — plus the ins and outs of the auction process
by Byron Lazine | May 11
How active listening can make you a great leader
Opinion
Great leadership isn't just about knowing what to do and how to do it. There's also another important factor in the mix — practicing active listening
by George Mantor | May 11
5 ways to grow a close-knit community today
Opinion
How can you thrive in today's world? By building community. This means showing up time and time again to help, educate and offer value to the connections you cultivate and the people you bring together
by Mike McGowan | May 11
We talked to 5 CFOs about the road to recovery. Here's what they said
Coronavirus is a big deal for real estate, but financial chiefs don't think it's a repeat of 2008. And some already see signs of improvement
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 11
8 tips for virtually prepping a home for sale
Today, a lot of buyers are making decisions from afar, and sellers need to step up their game when it comes to prepping their homes for sale. How can agents help virtually?
by Cara Ameer | May 10
Tales from the field: Becoming a community leader
Opinion
A luxury real estate agent shares how her company's emergency relief Facebook page helped people connect and band together in a time of need
by Amie Quirarte | May 9
Earnings offer hope, but 'normalcy' is still distant
The pandemic may continue to wreak havoc for some time, but a strong quarter of earnings offers support to the idea that there's light at the end of the tunnel
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 8
Realtor.com sees user growth as News Corp. revenue drops 8%
Although News Corp.'s revenues dipped down to $2.27B, realtor.com saw average monthly unique users of its web and mobile sites grow by 6% year over year
by Lillian Dickerson | May 8
Treasurer candidates expect NAR membership to decline
Candidates Nancy Lane and David McKey tout experience and crisis management skills as they vie to handle money for the 1.3 million-member trade organization
by Andrea V. Brambila | May 8
Surge in COVID-19 cases greatest risk to market: KW economist
Ruben Gonzalez told Inman that homeowners requesting mortgage forbearance will need to be transferred to a loan restructuring plan to avoid massive foreclosures
by Patrick Kearns | May 8
Redfin's Glenn Kelman predicts a 'seismic' shift to smaller cities
Boise, Idaho, and Bozeman, Montana, are likely to see an influx of people as more and more workers operate remotely, the Redfin CEO said Thursday during an earnings call
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 8
Daily Dispatch: Exploring new ways to move from renting to owning

Divvy Homes’ co-founder Adena Hefets talks to Brad Inman on his podcast about new ways for renters to become homeowners.

by Inman | May 8
Unemployment rate explodes to 14.7% in latest jobs report
Total nonfarm payroll fell by 20.5M in April with heavy losses in leisure and hospitality
by Patrick Kearns | May 8
Why traditional brokerages will persevere post-pandemic
Opinion
With COVID-19 in our midst, it has never been more crucial for brokerage leadership to take a progressive position to lead their agents through the pandemic and into the future
by Chris Trapani | May 8
How landlords should prepare for common inspection questions today
In today’s world, how can landlords determine if an inspection is mandatory? And how do you establish proper visitation protocol? Here are a few questions and safety practices to consider
by Terry Ruscoe | May 8
Palm Beach luxury real estate market shows signs of turning around
"I think there are stirrings of optimism — I think that's a good way to put it," broker John Hackett said
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 8
Zillow CEO: 'You're seeing years of technology progress get accelerated down into months'
Rich Barton highlighted how COVID-19 is greatly accelerating the need for technology transformation in the real estate industry on an earnings call
by Patrick Kearns | May 7
Redfin brings back 14% of furloughed employees
The tech-centric brokerage had furloughed 41% of its agents amid the economic woes of the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 7
As states reopen, some luxury agents are returning to open houses
'The threat of contracting it is still there but I do think that, in order to serve the client, I have the responsibility of coming up with a way to do this,' Atlanta Realtor Kim Wilkin said
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 7
Redfin revenue up 73%, handily beating expectations
The company raked in $191 million during the first quarter of 2020 despite economic chaos from the coronavirus
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 7
Zillow hits $1.1B in revenue in Q1 as losses continue to grow
The full impact of the company's decision to halt homebuying in late March due to COVID-19 is not yet clear
by Patrick Kearns | May 7
$1,200 stimulus check made little difference for renters, owners
According to Apartment List's latest study, the nonpayment rate for stimulus check recipients was only 3 percent lower than for those who didn't receive the payment
by Marian McPherson | May 7
Realty One celebrates 15th anniversary by volunteering
Realty One Group International celebrated its 15th anniversary through a day of volunteering and by making a donation of $11,111 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness
by Lillian Dickerson | May 7
Waiting rooms and gallery views: Attending a Realtor standards enforcement meeting on Zoom
At the National Association of Realtors' first-ever Virtual Realtors Legislative Meetings, attendees discuss navigating waiting rooms, breakout rooms and gallery views for ethics and arbitration hearings. Nonetheless, the exercise has been hailed as a success
by Andrea V. Brambila | May 7
Realogy, Amazon pause partnership
The company has taken proactive steps to cut costs by up to $100M for every quarter that COVID-19 is impacting the market, Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider said Thursday
by Patrick Kearns | May 7
Another 3.2M Americans filed for unemployment last week
More than 33.5 million people have filed for unemployment since the outbreak exploded in early March, according to the US Labor Department
by Veronika Bondarenko | May 7
Daily Dispatch: Discipline and mindfulness are key to success

There are good reasons to remain optimistic right now, EXIT Realty CEO Tami Bonnell tells Brad Inman in this episode of his podcast.

by Inman | May 7
Realogy sees revenue, transactions increase — but losses balloon due to COVID-19
Realogy reported Thursday a net loss of $462 million in the first quarter, with a $447 million COVID-19 fueled impairment charge
by Patrick Kearns | May 7
3 showing ideas for today (open houses need not apply)
LA-based The Agency is using these three initiatives to show homes in today's environment — and they're all a major departure from ordinary showing
by James Harris AND David Parnes | May 7
Clothes the deal: How to dress to impress in this new normal
Whether you're preparing for a Zoom meeting or a transition back to the office when stay-at-home orders lift, knowing how to dress the part might be the key to closing the deal
by Troy Palmquist | May 7
How to lead your team with confidence through change
Opinion
Whenever there's a bump in the road, teams members look up to their leaders for assurance. Provide support by being the calm voice of reason, taking initiative and aligning your plans with your desired outcome
by Kathleen Black | May 7
The Real Word: What agents should (and shouldn't) be doing right now
Plus, a discussion about Opendoor's return to contact-free selling and an MTV 'Cribs'-style listing video worth praising
by Byron Lazine | May 7
26% of all mortgaged homes were equity-rich in first quarter
Roughly one-quarter, or 26.5%, of the 54.7 million mortgaged homes in the U.S. were equity-rich in Q1 2020, according to Attom Data Solutions' Q1 2020 U.S. Home Equity & Underwater Report
by Lillian Dickerson | May 7
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
Massive new iBuyer report gives deep insight into Zillow, Opendoor
The 168-page report from Mike DelPrete takes a look at how the pandemic has impacted iBuyers and how they're positioned to thrive in an era of social distancing
by Patrick Kearns | May 6
Homesnap update promotes live open houses
An increasingly popular way to tour homes in the age of COVID-19, live open house events can now be promoted within the popular home search portal
by Craig C. Rowe | May 6
Average APRs see significant declines during COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in lenders offering significantly lower average annual percentage rates to homebuyers and refinance borrowers
by Lillian Dickerson | May 6
C21 brokerage honors HS seniors unable to celebrate graduation
C21 North East broker-owner Jim D'Amico shares the inspiration behind his brokerage's mission to honor students unable to graduate due to COVID-19
by Marian McPherson | May 6
Mortgage purchases jump 6%
The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage hit 3.4% last week, a record low for the Mortgage Bankers of America survey
by Patrick Kearns | May 6
Daily Dispatch: Two chief economists assay this summer's market

Two chief economists offer predictions for what’s coming next in the real estate market on Brad Inman’s podcast.

by Inman | May 6
Daily Dispatch: Taking the pulse of the rental market

The rental transaction is riding the pandemic trend and possibly going fully remote, Zumper CEO Anthemos Georgiades tells Brad Inman.

by Inman | May 6
Daily Dispatch: Isolation doesn't mean there isn't opportunity

Engel & Völkers Americas CEO Anthony Hitt expounds on the benefits of exploring hobbies during this downtime, but reminds us to stay focused.

by Inman | May 6
NAR closes two-thirds of conference sessions to nearly all members, press
Trade group says discussions at the Virtual Realtors Legislative Conference will take place out of sight because volunteer leaders don't want comments 'misrepresented or misconstrued'
by Andrea V. Brambila | May 6
Qualia teams up with real estate software maker LemonBrew
Qualia's technology will help LemonBrew offer more digital services — something that has never been in more demand
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 6
Offerpad fully resumes buying with safety certification
The company announced Wednesday its new safety procedures have been certified by HealthyVerify, a health safety organization
by Patrick Kearns | May 6
What buyers are up against in today's world
Opinion
Entering the homebuying space has certainly opened my eyes, maybe my experiences can help you be a better agent
by Jay Thompson | May 6
Pulse: What’s the most beneficial training you’ve received in the past month?
This week, we want to know: What are you glad you learned in the past month or so? Whether it's in-house team training, a skill honed or a new certification, what's helping you move your business along?
by Inman | May 6
What's next? C.A.R.'s VP addresses agent concerns
Agents are hungry to know what's going to happen to their businesses and the industry as a whole. Leslie Appleton-Young, the vice president of the California Association of Realtors, shares a real-world, data-driven snapshot into today's realities
by Bernice Ross | May 6
Zillow economist says housing market bottom is 'pretty much now'
The pandemic drove real estate sales down, but a checkmark-type recovery may already be beginning
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 5
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
Airbnb to lay off almost 1,900 people amid coronavirus struggles
The layoffs come as the pandemic has largely stopped global travel and after Airbnb previously undertook cost-cutting measures
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 5
Realtor.com operator Move announces layoffs
A source close to the company told Inman more than 100 employees across Move, the operator of realtor.com, were laid off Tuesday
by Patrick Kearns | 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
Matterport debuts iPhone-based 3D tour tool
Matterport for iPhone is poised to make the 3D imaging company's technology accessible to more real estate professionals, and it comes amid surging interest in 3D tours
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 5
W+R Studios announces new virtual product Cloud CMA Live
A new version of the popular CMA creation tool integrates with video conference platforms for coronavirus-compliant listing presentations. There's also live markup and built-in objection handling
by Craig C. Rowe | May 5
How Corcoran keeps agents engaged at the epicenter of the pandemic
The New York City-founded brokerage quickly made its agent studio a learning platform and has seen massive engagement as a result
by Patrick Kearns | May 5
New listings plummeted in April amid coronavirus pandemic
A new report from realtor.com found that new listings fell 44.1 percent in April as the outbreak slammed the economy
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 5
Pulse: How our readers are preparing for reopening
Last week, we asked you to tell us how you're preparing for when the country reopens, now that COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted. Here's what you shared
by Inman | May 5
Making sense of the headlines: Is mortgage forbearance a good idea?
Opinion
Will the mortgage forbearance help or hurt the US housing market? Homeowners who are thinking of using the program should read the fine print
by Matthew Gardner | May 5
Want to propel your brokerage forward? Follow these 6 steps
Opinion
At this point, brokerages should be planning to re-enter the market when COVID-19 restrictions lift. Here's how one brokerage is rolling up its sleeves and building momentum
by Teresa Mack | May 5
After rocky rollout, agents receive small business loan money
The Paycheck Protection Program has allocated nearly $660 billion for small businesses. Despite glitchy application systems and unresponsive lenders, a number of agents now say they've received funding through the program
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 4
New York City agent under fire for controversial TikTok video
Abbe Awosanya says her viral TikTok of her supposedly taking a tenant's package as punishment for missing rent was a joke
by Marian McPherson | May 4
Call for nominees: Inman Innovator Awards — Acts of Courage & Service
Please submit worthy nominees who have demonstrated Acts of Courage & Service to be honored at Inman Connect Now, June 2-4, 2020
by Inman | May 4
Opendoor returns to homebuying with contact-free selling
The company is returning to Phoenix on May 4 and Raleigh-Durham on May 11 with 2 new platforms while updating its self-touring app for buyers
by Patrick Kearns | May 4
Daily Dispatch: Navigating the mortgage market right now

Speaking to Brad Inman on his Daily Dispatch podcast, loanDepot CEO Anthony Hsieh unpacks what he sees going on in the mortgage market.

by Inman | May 4
Airbnb stretches refund window on bookings through June 15
Airbnb is now allowing guests to receive refunds for reservations booked on or before March 14 with a check-in date between March 14 and June 15
by Lillian Dickerson | May 4
How agent Sarah Huo is helping her community — 1 dumpling at a time
Greenwich, Connecticut-based agent Sarah Huo shares how she's helping clients and her community get through the pandemic by delivering dumplings
by Marian McPherson | May 4
Zillow economist predicts 'check mark' recovery for housing market
Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell forecasts a small decline in prices with a full rebound by the end of 2021
by Patrick Kearns | May 4
How these agents are getting listing videos right
Every house has a different story to tell. How do you make sure you're representing it well through video? Here are a few examples of different video styles and what makes them stand out
by Troy Palmquist | May 4
Returning to the office? Here's how to transition the brokerage smoothly
As businesses across the country brace themselves to return back to the workplace, it's important to prepare properly. This list of must-do's from office-planning experts can help
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
9 tips for navigating your business in a changing economy
How do agents effectively operate their businesses moving into this summer and fall? The answer is simple: Know your value
by John Giffen | May 3
Stop already! 12 things agents shouldn’t be doing right now
Opinion
This unique moment is a time to rise up and be better, so start by doing better
by Nicole Solari | May 2
Pandemic's economic toll higher than agents expected: Inman survey
More than 2 months into the US pandemic, Inman's second coronavirus survey indicates agents are losing deals. But there are glimmers of hope as well
by Jim Dalrymple II | May 1
New listings can't keep up with demand: Redfin
The company published 5 charts Friday that showed the stark impact that COVID-19 has had on the housing market
by Patrick Kearns | May 1
New status symbol for brokerages? A well-stocked supply of PPE
Although agents have relied on PPE throughout the pandemic, it's unclear if they and their clients will continue using the supplies once it's no longer absolutely necessary
by Lillian Dickerson | May 1
One simple thing sellers can do to offer buyers peace of mind
Ben Joseph and David Moreno of Liberty Home Guard explain the importance of home warranties when selling a home
by Marian McPherson | May 1
Pennsylvania bill that would allow real estate services to resume advances to Senate
On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House passed House Bill 2412 in a vote of 125 to 77, which would allow real estate services to be uniformly conducted across the state
by Lillian Dickerson | May 1
Coronavirus may accelerate MLS consolidation
The pandemic is forcing MLSs and agents to adopt innovations faster, according to panelists at the first virtual MLS Association Executives Session for the National Association of Realtors' midyear conference
by Andrea V. Brambila | May 1
The Real Word: Realogy's crumbling $400M deal
Plus, a few ways homebuyers might benefit from this health care crisis and what it means for real estate agents
by Byron Lazine | May 1
Real estate as a sport: 4 lessons we can learn from athletes
Just like in sports, working in real estate requires constant practice and collaboration, especially in times of hardship. So, here's a thing or two agents can learn from professional athletes
by Geoff Bray | May 1
4 tech tools agents need now
Opinion
Missed this fun, fast Inman Town Hall session about what tech is hot and effective now? Here's a quick recap of the tools
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 30
Here's why you need to take a brand inventory right now
During a virtual Inman Town Hall session Thursday, 8z Real Estate CEO Lane Hornung advised all agents to make sure their messaging isn't tone deaf
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 30
Agents should be authentic, lean on technology during pandemic
The pandemic makes it more important than ever for agents to rely on things like social media, though they should strive to be themselves while creating content
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 30
How to set your business up for success post-pandemic
Ben Kinney and Wendy Forsythe discuss what agents and brokers should be doing right now to put themselves in the best position during an Inman Town Hall session
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 30
Increased uncertainty prompts rise in short-term and furnished rentals
As tourism drops and more renters are faced with questions of what comes next, a market for short-term leases and furnished rentals is opening up
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 30
Luxury snapshot: Housing markets will thrive after pandemic setbacks
Agents in 5 of the country's most glamorous enclaves have been impacted by the pandemic along with everyone else. But they also envision a sharp recovery in the months to come
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 30
As the pandemic persists, demand for remote luxury living soars
An estate in a remote part of southeastern Florida has hit the market for $25M — but it's only the most recent socially distant home to draw attention from the upper class
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 30
Daily Dispatch: Does 'drip marketing' become obsolete now?

Boomtown’s CEO suggests to Brad Inman on his podcast that video engagement is now taking center stage, with virtual tours a must.

by Inman | Apr 30
80% of buyers have had timeline interrupted by COVID-19: OJO
Many consumers are lowering their targeted price point in case another pandemic comes, according to the survey
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 30
3.8 million Americans filed for unemployment last week
Roughly 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment since COVID-19 began spreading in the US
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 30
5 ways your team can set itself up for post-pandemic success
Consider this time at home the perfect opportunity to audit your business and set positive plans in motion for the future
by Mauricio Umansky | Apr 30
Want to ramp up new business? Leverage these digital platforms
As traditional, face-to-face methods of generating new business aren't an option, now is the time to leverage digital marketing instead, using both simple organic strategies and paid traffic
by Elisha Israel | Apr 30
How can you serve your clients now? Focus on safety, not sales
The ability to handle most things virtually is the perk of living in today's world. Here's how you can serve and connect with clients while protecting their safety amid COVID-19
by Aaron Stelle | Apr 30
Sellers earn average price gain of $67,100 in first quarter
The first quarter of 2020 made a strong showing for homesellers, but the data does not yet reflect the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the market
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 29
More MLSs reduce fees amid coronavirus outbreak
The Bay Area Real Estate Information Service (BAREIS) and the Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors will save their members more than $1.5 million combined
by Andrea V. Brambila | Apr 29
PureAgent CRM launches video marketing features after yearlong beta test
The upstate New York proptech has released a new version of its CRM — in the works for 3 years — with live tour and video messaging functionality
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 29
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
Sotheby's franchise sues Michigan governor over stay-at-home order
The lawsuit, which demands trial by jury, claims Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's COVID-19 lockdown orders are overreaching and unconstitutional
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 29
Daily Dispatch: The remote notary could be a silver lining

On this episode of Brad Inman’s podcast, Brad’s guest explains why the remote notary could be a silver lining of the pandemic.

by Inman | Apr 29
Mortgage activity uptick could signal buyers are returning
Thirty-year, fixed-rate mortgages fell to 3.43%, from 3.45% last week, marking a historic new low, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 29
Preparing for post-pandemic business? Here are 8 tips to help
Although the coronavirus might be a top stressor right now, it doesn't have to take a toll on your productivity. Here are a few things you can do now to hit the ground running post-quarantine
by Sharron St. John | Apr 29
Pulse: How are you preparing for reopening?
This week, we’re asking you, our readers: What are you doing now to prepare for when stay-at-home orders lift — whether that's next week or months from now?
by Inman | Apr 29
How to determine prices in a post-COVID-19 market
To accurately measure how your market is shifting, here are some strategies on pricing properties in a post-COVID-19 market, plus a few scripts to help you discuss changing prices with your clients
by Bernice Ross | Apr 29
Why being busy isn't the answer
In spending so much time at home, some people might be feeling the pressure to be productive and to do more. However, a constant state of busyness is not the only route to success and even more importantly, to fulfillment in life. Here's why
by Jay Thompson | Apr 29
How to shift your social media content during COVID-19
Opinion
What you share on social media now will affect how you are positioned once we get through this health crisis
by Italina Kirknis | Apr 29
Open or wait? Inman contributors sound off
Opinion
There's a large spectrum of opinions from agents across the country
by Inman | Apr 29
Windermere to raise $500,000 for West Coast food banks
From April 28 until May 5, the Windermere Foundation will match every donation up to $250,000
by Marian McPherson | Apr 28
NYC poised to experience influx of out-of-state renters post virus
Apartment List's latest migration report reveals renters are still interested in moving to New York City and other coronavirus hotspots once the pandemic ends
by Marian McPherson | Apr 28
NYC brokerage is giving health care workers a major discount
Triplemint is offering 10-30% off of brokers' fees for all renters on a needs-basis while extending the maximum benefit to all health care workers
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 28
Inman's state-by-state guide to evictions, rent and foreclosures
Rent and mortgage payments are due. Different states have different strategies for people who can't pay during the pandemic. We're updating this post as the situation evolves
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 28
Zillow is allowing staff to work from home until 2021
Zillow CEO Rich Barton made the pronouncement on Twitter last week
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 28
Daily Dispatch: What's the venture capital perspective?

Venture firms are still investing in startups, Pete Flint tells Brad Inman, but there’s one revolution on the horizon that should make you wary.

by Inman | Apr 28
South Florida's BeachesMLS sees success in Virtual Open House Week
The widely promoted and community-supported event resulted in more than 700 online open houses, and it could serve as a model for associations nationwide looking to keep momentum in the wake of the pandemic
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 28
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
February home price gains still at pre-pandemic levels: Case-Shiller
Home prices rose 4.2% in February, before closures due to the coronavirus began to wreak havoc on the real estate industry, according to latest US National Home Price NSA Index
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 28
By the numbers: How hard has COVID-19 hit real estate?
It has already had a massive impact on our personal and professional lives. Now find out how COVID-19 is poised to continue transforming the real estate industry
by Christy Murdock Edgar | Apr 28
Making sense of the headlines: Could we see another housing meltdown?
Opinion
There will certainly be negative impacts on the housing market from COVID-19, but I anticipate that total existing home sales will drop this year by somewhere between 10-15%
by Matthew Gardner | Apr 28
What will homebuyers want post COVID-19? Here are a few trends to expect
The post-COVID-19 era will likely bring a slew of changes to the kinds of properties, features, amenities and locations homebuyers will look for. Here are a few trends to expect
by Cara Ameer | Apr 28
Pulse: What's first for readers' businesses post-isolation
Last week, we asked you, our readers, to share the first step you'll take for your business once isolation is over. Here's what you had to say
by Inman | Apr 28
How appraisers are adapting during COVID-19
Appraisers, just like many others in the industry, have had to make changes and adapt to the current situation. Here are the many ways COVID-19 has affected their day-to-day operations
by Mason Spurgeon | 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
In Southern Colorado, in-person home showings will resume
As parts of the economy in Colorado are slowly allowed to reopen, some counties in the state's southern region will allow in-person home showings again
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 27
NAR calls on FHA to resist premium increases on borrowers
In a letter to the Federal Housing Administration, NAR President Vince Malta said home sale transactions can buoy economic recovery
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 27
Daily Dispatch: How Realtors can help during the crisis

Two Realtors and a prominent proptech CEO talk to Brad Inman about how Realtors can help clients get through this crisis.

by Inman | Apr 27
3 ways COVID-19 may benefit homebuyers in 2020
Even chaotic times can bring some positive lessons to learn from. Here's how COVID-19 might change the real estate industry and how homebuyers can benefit from the situation
by Andrew Fortune | Apr 27
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
10 video tour mistakes that can get you into trouble
When operating in crisis mode, it's easy for agents to forget the basics, gloss over certain policies and unintentionally make misleading statements. Here are some video tour mistakes to avoid if you want to stay out of legal trouble
by Lee Davenport | Apr 27
How a downturn could tip the scales against mom-and-pop landlords
Mom-and-pop landlords have been losing market share for decades. The last time there was a downturn, that trend accelerated
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 27
How Jeff Wagner went from building stores to building relationships
Massachusetts-based Coldwell Banker real estate agent Jeff Wagner shares his transition to real estate and how he connects with homebuyers on a personal level
by Marian McPherson | Apr 27
Take Inman's 2nd real estate coronavirus survey here
The crisis brought the economy to a standstill and turned the future into a question mark. Help Inman understand how you're coping
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 27
How real estate agents need to pivot for a downturn
Agents who can identify market trends after every period of disruption and adapt to them efficiently are the ones who endure. Here are a few changes we can expect
by Sissy Lappin | Apr 25
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
Cash en route to small businesses after House, Trump approve new stimulus bill
The new stimulus bill includes $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, which is supposed to help small firms through the pandemic but previously ran out of money
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 24
The Real Word: What can we glean from France's real estate activity?
More this week: landlords' 'sex-for-rent' requests and the best type of marketing you can do during a pandemic
by Byron Lazine | Apr 24
True or false? TruPlace has what agents need to market homes during a pandemic
Opinion
With a number of photography and virtual showing experiences, TruPlace is showing it can compete with the top of the market. It only needs to enter more markets to gain a strong hold in the industry
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 24
Inman's guide to creating video content during quarantine
In the era of social distancing, safely creating video content to connect with clients is more important than ever
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 24
Redfin launches self-guided tours for vacant properties
Prospective buyers can let themselves into vacant homes using the Redfin app
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 23
New-home sales fall sharply in March
Sales of new single-family homes fell 15.4% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 627,000 in March, according to US Census Bureau data
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 23
Daily Dispatch: What might the MLS of tomorrow look like?
Brad Inman's podcast guests ponder the future of MLSs
by Inman | Apr 23
Zillow seeing rising web traffic, growing consumer interest
Traffic to listings on Zillow plummeted in the first weeks of the coronavirus pandemic. But it has since rebounded, suggesting more consumers might be ready to buy and sell houses
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 23
4.4M file for unemployment
More than 26 million individuals have filed for unemployment since COVID-19 began spreading throughout the country
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 23
How to become the go-to team in your area
Find an area that you want to dominate, thoroughly learn it, and give back
by David Parnes AND James Harris | Apr 23
3 tips for avoiding surprises during the homebuying process
During these unprecedented times, it's important for agents to do everything they can to protect themselves and their buyers from unwanted surprises. Here are a few things you can do
by Troy Palmquist | Apr 23
6 ways teams can adapt to a socially distanced real estate world
How can agents navigate the new landscape of a socially distanced workplace? Here's what one team leader is doing to pave the way for his agents' success
by Ryan Rodenbeck | Apr 23
3 ways to earn prospective clients' trust amid uncertainty
Prospective clients need someone they can trust, especially in today's climate, which doesn't inspire much confidence. Here's how you can prove that you're the agent to hire
by Imran Tariq | Apr 23
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
The anxiety of homebuying in the time of coronavirus
Opinion
A first-time buyer — Inman reporter Andrea Brambila — goes through a day of socially distanced showings and wonders how to make the right choice while existing in a bubble
by Andrea V. Brambila | Apr 23
6 ways homebuyers' must-haves could change after the pandemic
What will be the design impact of coronavirus? Experts weigh in on the features we may see more of
by Marian McPherson | Apr 22
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
Young buyers disproportionately impacted by economic fallout
According to Down Payment Resource's latest report, millennials and Gen-Zers were on track to hit their homebuying peak before April's record layoffs
by Marian McPherson | Apr 22
Daily Dispatch: John Peyton forever believes in the agent experience
This edition of Brad Inman's podcast casts its eyes beyond the crisis
by Inman | Apr 22
Home prices up 5.7% in pre-quarantine February: FHFA
The data doesn't yet reflect the impact of COVID-19
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 22
'I'm feeling very optimistic': Agents in Southern states foresee 'booming' market as lockdowns lift
Isolation mandates are beginning to lift in a handful of Southern states. Agents across the region believe consumers will race back to the market
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 22
Agents in Southern states on board with economic reopening
The pandemic is not over, but a handful of governors in southern states are gradually reopening their economies. Agents mostly agreed that it's time
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 22
Pulse: What's first for your business post-isolation?
When the quarantine is behind us, what's the first step you'll take to nurture your business?
by Inman | Apr 22
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
27 tech terms every agent should know
The industry is becoming ever-more technology driven, digital and at arm's length. These common terms can help you understand what technology vendors are trying to sell you
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 22
Senate approves $310B in new funding for small business loan program
The money is meant to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, a potentially important lifeline for real estate professionals. The program previously ran out of money
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 21
NJ brokerage honors coronavirus nurse with a special giveaway
Ocean City-based The Quintin Group catered lunch for a Shore Medical Center nurse who won the brokerage's 'COVID Heroes Community Award'
by Marian McPherson | Apr 21
US market data suggests a checkmark-shaped real estate recovery
Opinion
The current evidence supports more of checkmark-shaped recovery rather than a V- or U-shape — beginning with an immediate drop that lasts 3-4 weeks, followed by a gradual recovery
by Mike DelPrete | Apr 21
Health insurance created by 1 real estate professional for another
Brian Bushlach was fed up with the insurance options available to real estate professionals, so he decided to create his own health insurance company
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 21
Finding the positive aspects of a pandemic 
Opinion
There is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here, a chance to make good from an ugly and painful situation
by Jay Thompson | Apr 21
Second-home markets hope for the best as stay-at-home rules extend
Real estate agents in Montana, Arizona, and Florida explain how the coronavirus has impacted their markets and offer their predictions for a robust recovery
by Marian McPherson | Apr 21
Daily Dispatch: Pamela Liebman stands tall for New York City
Corcoran leader tackles the question, 'What's the Covid-19 correction in prices?'
by Inman | Apr 21
How far $1,200 will go for renters and homeowners in 50 US cities
Over 75% of U.S. renters and almost 50% of homeowners could pay one month of housing expenses with a $1,200 stimulus check, according to data from Redfin
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 21
Existing-home sales slammed with first major drop in March: NAR
As the coronavirus outbreak hit the US, existing-home sales fell 8.5%, according to NAR
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 21
Wondering how to stay focused on both life and work? Here's a plan
The changes brought on by COVID-19 have turned most people's days upside down. But by establishing structure, creating a checklist and placing a divide between work and life, you can find calm in chaos
by Barb Zuckerwise | Apr 21
Pulse: How you're keeping clients' spirits up
When the going gets tough, it's all about going that extra step to show your clients you truly care
by Inman | Apr 21
Tales from the field: Selling a penthouse during a pandemic
What's it like selling a penthouse during a pandemic? One agent shares the process — from penning a soft-launch email to receiving five offers in one day of showings and finally closing the deal
by Manuel L. Davis | Apr 21
How curbside closings are keeping the market moving
An Atlanta real estate law firm has been conducting mobile closings for 14 years. A global pandemic has given their model, as well as emerging closing technologies fresh, much-needed attention
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 21
Engel & Völkers announces partnership with Matterport
The global luxury real estate brand will integrate Matterport technology into its already existing Integrated Product Suite for all U.S. agents
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 20
Philanthropist and power broker Robby Browne dead at 72
Robby Browne was known for his lavish New York parties, huge deals, famous friends and long-running charity work
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 20
Lender launches small business loan portal for contractors
Loan Source has created a new application website for people hoping to get some of the cash lawmakers set aside for small businesses
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 20
A little good news: Real estate sales are climbing in Iowa
Despite sales falling in many other states across the nation amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Iowa real estate has managed to achieve the opposite
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 20
Realtor.com extends agent billing relief
The company is offering agents a 30% reduction on billing or the opportunity to push their contract a month
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 20
'Sex-for-rent' requests from landlords soar amid pandemic
Women's advocacy groups in Hawaii and Illinois say renters are being pressured to perform sexual acts in lieu of rent as unemployment rises
by Marian McPherson | Apr 20
Market snapshot: Florida and the coronavirus pandemic
Agents across the state have felt a market impact since the virus took hold, but how and to what extent depends a bit on the region
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 20
Howard Hanna's president predicts a slow 'V curve' rebound
Hoby Hanna, an executive at one of the largest real estate brokerages in the country, believes the housing market will rebound — slowly
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 20
Daily Dispatch: Mauricio Umansky says real estate is still personal
Zoom is great, but real estate will always be personal, luxe broker tells Brad Inman
by Inman | Apr 20
How to help clients through empathy during COVID-19
As Realtors, adhering to a "lofty ideal of moral conduct" is of critical importance, especially during times like this. Here are a few things you can do to make good on that promise
by David Michonski | Apr 20
How to support your business — and your community — today
If you're pivoting your business to connect with others and serve now — you're already building a stronger base for future business. Here are a few more ways to strengthen your strategies and plant seeds of kindness in your community
by Missy Yost | Apr 20
3 steps to reduce client retreat during times of uncertainty
Opinion
You have an immense amount of control over how to respond to market disruption, and investing your time and effort into cultivating your book-of-business may give you the highest return on investment
by Andrew Flachner | Apr 20
Oklahoma-based agent Tara Porter is giving back amid the pandemic
The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals Oklahoma City Vice President Tara Porter shares how her team delivered groceries to high-risk families
by Marian McPherson | Apr 20
'I don't want to evict anyone': 3 investors on how COVID-19 has impacted them
Small-time real estate investors in Atlanta, Denver and Knoxville share how they're balancing their financial security while caring for tenants
by Marian McPherson | Apr 20
Don't be a stealth agent! Even during the COVID-19 crisis
Opinion
Make it a priority in your daily schedule to connect with current and past clients as well as everyone in your sphere of influence
by John Giffen | Apr 19
17 strategies for working with homebuyers, sellers and past clients
Despite the distruption it brought, there are still many ways you can make the best of the coronavirus situation. Here are some tips for working with buyers, sellers, past clients and on your own business during this pandemic
by Beth Medved Waller | Apr 18
Real estate scores $10.7B as small business loan program runs out of gas
Real estate businesses collectively won about 3.14% of the total funding lawmakers set aside to save small firms during the pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 17
JP Morgan Chase temporarily terminates HELOC loan offering
Chase Home Lending Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bonitatibus said the change would help Chase better focus on 'existing customers'
by Marian McPherson | Apr 17
Daily Dispatch: How are VCs and startups doing right now?
From venture capitalist to startup to consumer, Brad Inman asks how it's going
by Inman | Apr 17
WATCH: Inman's Town Hall on 'The Essentials'
Yesterday's virtual Town Hall, led by Brad Inman, focused on essential solutions for the coronavirus era
by Inman | Apr 17
NAR: Buyers going under contract without seeing homes in person
25% of surveyed Realtors said at least one buyer client had signed a deal without physically visiting the property, according to NAR's latest Economic Pulse Flash Survey
by Andrea V. Brambila | Apr 17
Could coronavirus mortgage payment relief spell trouble for the industry?
Opinion
A provision of the CARES Act allows for mortgage payment relief to help struggling families, but it could have an unintended negative effect on the real estate industry
by Shane Spink | Apr 17
The Real Word: Why luxury auctions are surging and what it means
Plus, a look at April's rent payment trends and Zillow's new virtual open house link option
by Byron Lazine | Apr 17
Mobile app Yaza geo-tags video content for listings and lifestyles
Opinion
Made for the iPhone, Yaza automatically maps every place you record a video, making it an ideal technology for property tours and neighborhood marketing
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 17
Ryan Gorman: Home prices not likely to see significant drop
Inventory is low and the real estate market is healthier than it was during the last recession. That should keep home prices relatively stable, the Coldwell Banker chief said
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 16
Matterport quietly lays off employees amid pandemic
Several former employees took to LinkedIn to announce Matterport had laid them and others off due to the coronavirus pandemic
by Marian McPherson | Apr 16
Real estate to be permanently more virtual following pandemic
Renee Funk and Joe Rand said agents and consumers alike are being forced to adopt new tech amid the pandemic. That could make the real estate industry more efficient
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 16
A few tips from top real estate teams on showing houses amid the virus
Debra Beagle and Tommy Choi provide insight and tips at Thursday's Inman Town Hall
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 16
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
Small business loan program runs out of money after less than 2 weeks
The money was a potentially vital lifeline for vast numbers of real estate professionals. Unfortunately, it was also plagued by problems
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 16
Here's how Realogy is prepping agents to 'rule the recovery'
Recent changes to Realogy's Learning Platform is allowing the company to pivot to training that will help agents when the market picks back up
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 16
5.2M more Americans applied for unemployment last week
More than 20M Americans have filed for unemployment in the past month
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 16
Daily Dispatch: 3 generations, 3 perspectives on these times
What does post-COVID-19 look like around the country?
by Inman | Apr 16
3 ways to up your Instagram game during quarantine
A thoughtful and targeted social media strategy during this period of social distancing will allow for maximum engagement and impact
by Mauricio Umansky | Apr 16
10 steps for cutting your brokerage's budget now
Opinion
Adjust to the situation, be conservative in your planning, and prepare for a slow recovery
by Erica Ramus | Apr 16
10 common moving questions during COVID-19 (and how to answer them)
Moving is a stressful process, especially during a global pandemic. Here are answers to common questions your clients might have about moving safely
by Jenna Weinerman | Apr 16
Want to foster communication and learning? Start a brokerage book club
Missing your team? Get everybody on the same page — and make quarantine more productive — with a brokerage-wide book club
by Troy Palmquist | Apr 16
How to prospect in a shelter-in-place world
When staying at home and working virtually, how do you prospect and keep moving forward? Here are three initiatives you can adopt for your team
by David Parnes AND James Harris | Apr 16
7 body language do's and don'ts for effective virtual meetings
Online meetings are the new norm, which is why now's the perfect time to hone your virtual communication skills. Here are the best body language practices to help you get your point across effectively
by Debbie Biery | Apr 16
3 signs a team member is thinking of leaving
In times of uncertainty, agents might be contemplating their future and the changes they can make. Here are three signs to help make sure you’re not caught off guard the next time an agent decides to leave your team
by Kevin Kauffman | Apr 16
Foreclosure activity continues to decline in March
61% of US markets saw foreclosure activity drop below pre-recession levels last month, but the numbers come with 'a huge caveat'
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 15
Banks get first grab at stimulus checks
Those checks of up to $1,200 for an individual and $500 per dependent were expected to assist landlords indirectly, enabling tenants — at least in lower-cost cities — to pay their rent
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 15
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
Several US markets see uptick in new listing volume
It’ll take several more weeks to fully determine if this is the bottom and possibly several months for new listing volumes to return to normal levels
by Mike DelPrete | Apr 15
Opendoor lays off 35% of its staff
Approximately 600 employees being laid off will reportedly get 16 weeks of benefits coverage and eight weeks of severance pay, 3 sources said
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 15
Banks can now delay appraisals for up to 120 days after closing
In addition to allowing lenders to delay appraisals, the temporary rule also allows for desktop appraisals and other forms of assessment flexibility
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 15
Builder confidence plunges in April
The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index fell to 30, down from 72 points in March
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 15
Real estate giants' COVID-19 motion fails to stop commission lawsuit
Court rules that discovery will continue amid coronavirus outbreak in suit against the National Association of Realtors and real estate franchisors Realogy, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and HomeServices of America
by Andrea V. Brambila | Apr 15
Mortgage rates drop to 30-year low
The average contract interest rate for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages dropped to 3.45%, its lowest level since the Mortgage Bankers Association began its weekly survey
by Lillian Dickerson | 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
IRS launches tool to track stimulus check deposit
Americans can input their direct deposit information on the new web portal
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 15
Daily Dispatch: Economist John Burns offers a realistic timeline
The hospitality industry will feel this for a very long time, economist says
by Inman | Apr 15
Shut up! Just focus on selling houses
Opinion
As hard as things might be right now, it doesn’t give anyone the right to be insensitive to fellow professionals
by Jay Thompson | Apr 15
How to use YouTube to boost your lead generation
Find out how Jackson Wilkey unlocked the code for generating thousands of leads from YouTube
by Bernice Ross | Apr 15
Pulse: How are you keeping clients' spirits up?
As clients are anxious and trying to figure out their next move, how are you fostering positivity for them?
by Inman | Apr 15
Overwhelmed? Here are 5 ways to cope with coronavirus stress
High levels of stress can negatively affect your body in many different ways. However, there are ways to combat these issues, stay healthy and maintain productivity. Here's how
by Santiago Arana | Apr 15
Why the COVID-19 crisis isn't like 2008
Opinion
Will this year's recession be as bad as — or worse than — the Great Recession? To understand the answer, we have to look at some key differences
by Brian Mullins | Apr 15
Real estate firms nab $8B in small business stimulus loans
The real estate industry has so far secured 3.22% of the money being doled out as part of the pandemic-prompted Paycheck Protection Program
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 14
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
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 14
DC-area brokerage partners with local restaurants to feed communities in need
Silver Spring Cares, a nonprofit started by the Go Brent brokerage outside of DC, has raised nearly $60K to purchase meals from restaurants and provide them to community members in need
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 14
‘Strong recovery’ on horizon, V curve possible, says real estate exec
Patrick Stone, of WFG National Title Insurance Company, said Tuesday that home sales will likely be down in 2020, but overall, he's optimistic about an economic recovery from the current pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 14
New listings in Manhattan were down 89% last week
There were only 52 new listings in Manhattan during the second week of April
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 14
Daily Dispatch: Getting coached through this mess by Tom Ferry
Real estate coaching is changing, just like everything else, during the pandemic
by Inman | Apr 14
A change to the CARES Act threatens Realtors: NAR
National Association of Realtors President Vince Malta is calling on Congress to provide more funding for small business loan programs created by the CARES Act
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 14
Market snapshot: Texas and COVID-19
Texas real estate saw a significant slowdown in market traffic once the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, but since then, indications of a rebound have emerged
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 14
Daily Dispatch: Joe Rand and kids offer some advice
Working from home gives new meaning to the word 'coworkers,' Joe Rand says
by Inman | Apr 14
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
7 coronavirus-related client concerns and how to respond to them
In midst of ever-changing events, buyer and seller concerns are mounting. Instead of letting them succumb to their fears, here's what you can do to ease them
by Cara Ameer | Apr 14
How to improve remote leasing efforts with video
How can leasing agents adapt to today's challenges and show apartments in remote situations? Answer: It's all about video
by Aaron Galvin | Apr 14
Dear Marketing Mastermind: Are there rules for what to say to clients?
Opinion
Here's what you can do right now to meet the demands of the present and future in your real estate business
by Christy Murdock Edgar | Apr 14
Making sense of the headlines: What will happen with interest rates?
Opinion
No one can truly answer this question until we know how mortgage lenders and homeowners who have chosen forbearance will fare
by Matthew Gardner | Apr 13
Amid pandemic, auctions surge among luxury owners eager to sell
'Real estate agents need to be more aware of the auction as an opportunity,' says Ben Brady, regional director at Harcourts North America
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 13
How to give tenants a break while also protecting yourself
The coronavirus pandemic has kneecapped many tenants' ability to pay rent. Landlords may want to offer some leeway, but they have to be smart about it
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 13
JPMorgan Chase tightens mortgage lending standards amid uncertainty
The lender will require a 700 credit score and 20% down for mortgages
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 13
Daily Dispatch: The Diva Mamas offer tips for COVID-19
Reaching out to your community has never been more important, duo says on podcast
by Inman | Apr 13
The one thing newbies need to focus on right now
What will a post-COVID-19 workplace bring? What can you focus on today to prepare for these changes? Here are a few pointers
by George Mantor | Apr 13
Want to accelerate your business recovery? Specialize now
Opinion
Prepare now for the market to bounce back. Don’t turn off the marketing funnel, but rather, double down on hyperlocal marketing efforts
by Anthony Hitt | Apr 13
How to create a Matterport virtual video sizzle reel in 5 steps
Use these tips to capture attention for your listing and show your clients and prospects that you're adapting to today's environment
by Jeff Katz | Apr 13
How can you prepare for a post-COVID-19 market?
When the quarantines lift and the crisis subsides, what potential market shifts will we see? Here's how you can best position yourself to serve some of the likely outcomes
by Christy Murdock Edgar | Apr 12
What coronavirus can teach agents about leadership
Today, agents are going beyond their traditional job descriptions. They've become trusted voices at home, work and in their communities
by Matt Muscat | Apr 11
Tales from the field: How technology helped us save the deal amid COVID-19
These days, technology is proving to be more of a must-have than a nice-to-have. As this story shows, digital solutions are now a necessity for the future of real estate transactions
by Lindsey Hood | Apr 11
Keller Williams executive on taking virtual open houses from 'novelty to norm'
Jay Papasan wants to help teach the entire real estate industry best practices on virtual tours and open houses
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 10
Man fleeing coronavirus pays nearly $2M to rent Hamptons mansion
It was unclear when the man made the move or if it was before Governor Andrew Cuomo issued orders on March 20 for 'non essential' New York state workers to stay at home
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 10
6 things homeowners need to know about mortgage forbearance plans
The Mortgage Bankers Association's Sara Singhas explained how mortgage forbearance and repayment works and what homeowners should do if they need more time
by Marian McPherson | Apr 10
Hot market was doused by pandemic, Zillow report shows
A new report shows that what was poised to be 'the most competitive' spring market in years instead ended up with plummeting numbers of new listings
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 10
Daily Dispatch: Should I do marketing during COVID-19?
How to navigate marketing your brand through this
by Inman | Apr 10
The Real Word: The 10 cities best prepared for a downturn
Opinion
Plus, NAR provides telemedicine services for Realtors and the brokerage that's getting creative with virtual tour scavenger hunts
by Byron Lazine | Apr 10
Keeping It Real: Why hope is the best medicine
In times like this, the best thing you can do is be of service to others. Reach out, stay positive, and spread kindness
by Peter Lorimer | Apr 10
How 3 brokers are making sure their new agents thrive through the pandemic
Brokers in Atlanta, Detroit and New Orleans share the business tactics and personal advice they're providing to real estate newbies
by Marian McPherson | Apr 10
Show us your view! Readers share their favorite windows
Find yourself looking outward when you're tired of being inside? Here's what readers enjoy seeing when they're looking for a distraction
by Brad Inman | Apr 10
Broker confidence in New York City plummets to record low
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has left brokers more pessimistic than ever about the present, though they are more upbeat about the future
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 9
Google searches soar for ‘mortgage’ and ‘home.’ ‘Real estate,’ not so much
Google's data shows changes during the pandemic in home-related online searches. Some experts believe those trends hint at longterm shifts in consumer preference
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 9
Mortgage credit availability decreased 16.1% in March
The Mortgage Bankers Association said the decrease is due to stricter lending standards and increased likelihood of loan forbearance and defaults
by Marian McPherson | Apr 9
Mortgage rates remain flat but could go lower this year
The average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage is at an all-time low, but it could drop further if the economy stabilizes
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 9
Colorado Springs ranked hottest housing market in March
The city was ranked the hottest housing market for the second consecutive month by Realtor.com with half of all homes selling in under 28 days
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 9
Another 6.6M filed for unemployment last week
More than 15M Americans have filed for unemployment insurance since states began issuing stay-at-home orders
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 9
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Philip White
Sotheby's web traffic trends indicate the pursuit of escape
by Inman | Apr 9
16 soft prospecting ideas for your team
It’s more critical than ever to stay at the forefront of your clients’ minds as a community pillar
by Nicole Lopez | Apr 9
How can agents weather this storm? 3 pros offer advice
Chime Technologies hosted a virtual panel discussion to offer agents advice on how to navigate the market while sheltering in place and prepare for what the industry will hold after the pandemic ends
by Mike McGowan | Apr 9
9 valuable real estate lessons you can learn from Monopoly
The classic board game is becoming a stay-at-home entertainment staple. Here are all the valuable lessons you can explore by playing
by Troy Palmquist | Apr 9
4 basics to remember in the era of virtual business
Here are a few things to keep in mind when migrating your team's business to the virtual world
by Mauricio Umansky | Apr 9
An indie broker's take on life and work during coronavirus
Opinion
The global pandemic has hit some harder than others. Here, Teresa Boardman weighs in on how her life — and the lives of those around her — changed during this uncertain time
by Teresa Boardman | Apr 9
Stop fighting reality! 6 ways to pivot your business
Instead of getting stuck on the grim aspects of our current situation, zero in on what you can control
by Adam Hergenrother | Apr 9
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
What's going on with the chaotic small business loan program?
The Paycheck Protection Program will potentially give real estate agents free money. But the program's launch has had a rocky start
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 8
The post-coronavirus office: more air purifiers, less open floor plans
In the past few weeks, demand for air purification systems has jumped in an effort to provide safer work environments for employees. A shift away from open-concept offices may not be far behind
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 8
EXp Realty lays off 15% of staff amid market slowdown
Executives at the company are taking salary reductions in an effort to reduce company expenses as home sales across the country slow
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 8
Georgia MLS cuts dues in response to concerns amid outbreak
Waiving broker and appraiser dues for Q2 will cost a little more than $1M
by Andrea V. Brambila | Apr 8
As coronavirus restrictions lift, China's real estate sales bounce back
A new report found that the number of sales across China's 30 largest cities reached 5,976 on March 31 — an enormous increase from a low of 22 on Feb. 8, when the country was at the height of the pandemic
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 8
BoxBrownie releases native 360-degree tour platform
Award-winning image editing and marketing company has grown rapidly by editing others' work. Its new immersive tour product can be created with minimal imagery using affordable cameras and published in 24 hours
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 8
New HomeSpotter ad product pushes virtual tour events
As part of proptech's collective push into virtual business, the digital marketing and lead-gen company launches new retargeting products that automate creation and management of ads to push virtual open houses and video tours
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 8
Market snapshot: Washington, 6 weeks into COVID-19
Washington was the first U.S. state that saw a confirmed case of the coronavirus. A month and a half later the real estate industry soldiers on amid the chaos
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 8
3 tips for leading your team through crisis from afar
The value you bring is what sets you apart, and the altruistic efforts you make now will be remembered later
by Pat Hiban | Apr 8
How to build your pipeline through social media advertising
With the right strategy in place, social media is a powerful marketing tool for your business. Here's how to build a social media marketing funnel to continually develop meaningful connections and find leads
by Kelly O'Brien | Apr 8
Pulse: What is one simple truth you have rediscovered?
As we look at the basics this month, we're wondering if there's a certain principle you have found to be true, especially now
by Inman | Apr 8
What can you do when leads plummet? Here's a plan
When lead sources dwindle, it's time to get creative and adapt the basics of lead conversion to the digital space
by Bernice Ross | Apr 8
How to keep your Zoom calls free of lurkers
Don’t be afraid to use video conferencing tools, but understand how they work, how they can be abused, and how to minimize the nonsense and maximize the good
by Jay Thompson | Apr 8
Even amid coronavirus, most New York tenants paid April rent
The Community Housing Investment Program said that only 10% of its landlords did not receive rent for the coming month
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 7
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Vanessa Bergmark and Thad Wong
How indie brokers are surviving the COVID-19 wave
by Inman | Apr 7
About half of US small businesses have not paid full April rent
About 30% of survey respondents said they did not make a rent or mortgage payment in April, and 20% said they made a partial payment, according to a poll by Alignable
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 7
Airbnb acquires $1B in debt, equity funding to fuel post-virus plans
The funds will be used to recruit hosts, introduce longer-term stays, and bolster the company's Airbnb Experiences program
by Marian McPherson | Apr 7
New listing volumes plunge 50-75% across the globe
Opinion
One of the top leading indicators of transaction volume decline, new listings, has dropped an average of 63% in the markets earliest hit by COVID-1(
by Mike DelPrete | Apr 7
Dallas developer pays up for hotel rooms for medical professionals
Dallas-based development company Centurion American has spent nearly $800K to provide free rooms to medical professionals at luxury hotel The Statler during the pandemic
by Marian McPherson | Apr 7
February home prices reflect pre-coronavirus market strength
Because sales typically represent contracts that were signed in the previous two months, CoreLogic expects the pandemic's effects will start to show in the April data
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 7
5 ways to engage your community on Instagram
People are flocking to social media for comfort and escapism. Here's how you can tweak your messaging to connect with your community and spread positivity today
by Andrew Jevin | Apr 7
4 tips for generating new leads while staying home
Here are some ways to be proactive and stimulate interest in your business
by Loni Vogler AND Sonya Feigen | Apr 7
Pulse: How you've pivoted your business in this unique time
A lot of businesses are moving and settling into the digital space — a no-brainer for agents wanting to carry on with business
by Inman | Apr 7
How to be the expert your clients need right now
With a sea of agents conducting business online, how can you stand out from the crowd? Rise above fear, build community and be the leader your clients need. Here's how
by Victoria Kennedy | Apr 7
Northeast markets most susceptible to impacts of coronavirus
Counties in the Northeast and Florida are at the greatest risk of taking the biggest hit to the housing market in the wake of the pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 6
Making sense of the headlines: Is the jumbo mortgage market collapsing?
Opinion
The jumbo market has not imploded, but economic uncertainty has led to fewer players in that space today
by Matthew Gardner | Apr 6
Brokerage hosts virtual scavenger hunts using 3D home tours
James Jensen, a broker in Valley City, North Dakota, has found a way to turn 3D home tours into games as a way to engage clients during the coronavirus pandemic
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 6
Rent growth slows amid coronavirus pandemic
Rents still increased in March, but the growth slowed at a time when rents would normally be rising more quickly
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 6
Stimulus package could create 'chaos' in mortgage industry
A coalition of real estate and banking trade groups is calling on Congress to help banks with liquidity as they allow homeowners to forbear their mortgage payments
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 6
JP & Associates partners with Matterport to make virtual tours available to agents
The partnership between the brokerage and the 3D virtual tour platform will give over 2,500 agents access to creating virtual tours
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 6
Wells Fargo suspends jumbo mortgages as demand fades
In this uncertain market, demand for jumbo mortgages is declining as more homeowners seek forbearances and investors look to more secure loans during the Covid-19 crisis
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 6
88% of Coldwell Banker agents impacted by the pandemic
A survey conducted by the Realogy-owned brand hints at how widespread the economic turmoil from the pandemic is becoming
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 6
6 realities your buyers and sellers should prepare for
It's important to remember that everyone has to live somewhere. Our homes have never been more important to us than right now
by Cara Ameer | Apr 6
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
5 rules for content creation during coronavirus
Now more than ever, it’s important to talk to your sphere, fans and followers across all of your platforms. Here’s how to create content that matters
How an Ohio agent is protecting her community — 1 mask at a time
Toledo-based RE/MAX agent Marcia Rubini has made more than 100 masks for medical professionals and community members in need
by Marian McPherson | Apr 6
How to adapt your 2020 business plan in light of coronavirus
Changing a business plan four months into the year requires an in-depth discussion on how to adapt your prospecting, budgeting and overall strategy to tackle the new reality we find ourselves in at present
by John Giffen | Apr 5
7 steps for recession-proofing your business
With uncertainty in the air, what can you do right now to help prepare your business for what’s ahead? Here's where to start
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
Is real estate essential to life? Yes, but not right now
Opinion
Although real estate is an indispensable part of the American economy and people's lives, are the services provided by agents essential to survival? This might be a matter of want versus need
by Nick Solis | Apr 3
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Bob Goldberg and Shannon McGahn
NAR's CEO speaks on what the CARES Act means for Realtors
by Inman | Apr 3
New York state clarifies: Home showings should only be virtual
After confirming that home showings were 'essential business' to New York Realtors on Wednesday, the Empire State Development Corp. clarified on Thursday that home showings should be conducted virtually
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 3
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Ryan Serhant
Celebrity agent checks in from the 'Live Free or Die' state
by Inman | Apr 3
Watch: Inman Town Hall
The first virtual Inman Town Hall saw Brad Inman interview three industry pros on the topics of health, money and the future.
by Inman | Apr 3
What's your favorite thing in quarantine? Readers weigh in
With 140+ responses, here are the things you, our readers, hold dear
by Brad Inman | Apr 3
Number of homes for sale declines 15.7% in March
The market started to show a slow down in the second half of March as the coronavirus outbreak settled in, according to data from realtor.com and Redfin
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 3
Chime speeds release of Facebook, YouTube livestreaming tools
The agent operating system has developed streaming tools for Facebook Live and YouTube and released them ahead of schedule in response to the COVID-19 market reduction of face-to-face business
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 3
NAR offers Realtors 2 months of free telemedicine services
Telemedicine doctors cannot currently order tests for COVID-19 but can write prescriptions
by Andrea V. Brambila | Apr 3
Employment falls for first time in a decade, full picture yet to emerge
The real estate sector — which includes rental and leasing — lost 3,400 jobs in the first 2 weeks of March. The numbers don't reflect 10 million claims filed over the past 2 weeks
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 3
Council of MLSs: Don't pause days on market
'Real estate professionals and the people they serve need to know what is happening — and not happening — in the real estate market right now,' trade group says
by Andrea V. Brambila | Apr 3
Can landlords discriminate based on a tenant's job? It's complicated
The short answer is probably not. The long answer is complicated — and it's happening
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
4 critical actions indie brokers must take now
As the real estate industry finds its footing, what should an independent broker do to ensure minimal business disruption? The answer: Start by focusing on your agents
by David Paciello | Apr 3
The Real Word: How fear and uncertainty is changing the mortgage industry
And this week, mortgage lender Brian Faye joins in the conversation
by Byron Lazine | Apr 3
Market snapshot: California
A ban on construction in the Bay Area, rent strikes in San Diego and new buildings left vacant in San Pedro all as real estate is deemed 'essential' across the state of California
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 2
EXIT Realty is giving its agents their own 'stimulus package'
The real estate franchisor's package includes tools and training to prepare agents for the upcoming months
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 2
Coming days will be 'a trying time' for real estate professionals
Thad Wong, co-founder of @properties, said during an Inman Town Hall Thursday that there may be short-term 'sheer havoc' in parts of the industry
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 2
How to craft a plan to get you through this uncertainty
There’s no magic path to surviving and succeeding in this market. With the right mindset, though, you can write your plan to forge ahead with confidence
by Sam DeBord | Apr 2
WeWork struggles to strike deal with landlords to reduce rent costs
As the COVID-19 pandemic causes cancellations to spike, WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani is pitching a revenue-sharing deal to the company's largest landlords
by Marian McPherson | Apr 2
Home showings allowed to resume in New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo announced home showings would be allowed to resume, but the announcement has yet to be backed up with guidelines from the Empire State Development Corporation
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 2
What should landlords do when tenants can't pay rent?
The number of people who have filed for unemployment in the past few weeks is approaching 10 million. This week, many of those people also had to pay rent
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 2
6.6 million filed for unemployment last week
Over the past 2 weeks, more than 10 million have filed for unemployment as more states take proactive measures against coronavirus
by Patrick Kearns | Apr 2
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Mike Miedler
Century 21 CEO argues housing is essential
by Inman | Apr 2
3 essential steps for a united real estate team
A team is a successful team. Here’s how The Agency agents get it done
by David Parnes AND James Harris | Apr 2
5 steps to securing your real estate future
Thriving in your business seems like a far-off, daunting feat in today's trying times. However, there are a few measures you can take to ensure you pave way for success when things get better
by Danny Batsalkin | Apr 2
How to take your listing presentation virtual
In this new era of real estate, agents have to step up to the plate and leverage the right technology and tools to seal the deal. Here's how to keep it professional while working remotely
by Troy Palmquist | Apr 2
6 lessons all agents can learn from relocation experts
Selling homes during the social distancing era is no easy feat. Take a page from those who have mastered the art of selling from a distance
by Dan McCarthy | Apr 2
How to keep your team's productivity levels up while working virtually
Working from home is very quickly becoming the norm in today's world. To make sure you're keeping productivity levels up, here are a few things you'll need to double down on when managing a team virtually
by Chris Pollinger | Apr 2
Keeping it real: Let's focus on building community
When things get tough, it's important to not capitalize on a tragedy. Instead, become a good citizen, and lend a helping hand to your community. Here's how
by Peter Lorimer | Apr 2
Cost of marketing on Facebook, Instagram falls during pandemic
Homesnap has found that with more people online, the cost of clicks and impressions on certain platforms is going down during the crisis
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 2
10 things agents must do to financially survive the coronavirus pandemic
Financial experts Tom Wheelwright, Joy Liu and Erin Lowry share what real estate agents must do to keep their households and businesses afloat
by Marian McPherson | Apr 2
Coronavirus not slowing down NAR's pocket listing policy
Several MLSs are adding a 'Coming Soon' status for the first time as part of the rollout, while others are instituting weighty fines immediately
by Andrea V. Brambila | Apr 1
6 hidden Zoom features that'll boost your video skills
It seems like everyone is turning to Zoom while social distancing. From creating fresh backgrounds to freshening up your face, these next-level features will enhance your experience
by Craig C. Rowe | Apr 1
4 relics of a past pandemic are right in your house
Bioethicist Dr. Elizabeth Yuko explains how pandemics and public health standards not only impact our outside lives, but our homes as well
by Marian McPherson | Apr 1
Foreclosure activity hits lowest point in 15 years
There were a total of 48,004 properties with foreclosure filings in February 2020, the lowest number since Attom began tracking the data in April 2005
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 1
10 cities best prepared to weather a coronavirus-fueled economic storm
How cities, businesses and housing markets behave over the next 30 days as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread will be crucial on the road to recovery
by Veronika Bondarenko | Apr 1
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Brian Buffini
Overflowing with positivity, Buffini encourages agents to pick up the phone and reach out
by Inman | Apr 1
Fear and uncertainty is mutual among renters and landlords: Poll
A vast number of renters have lost their jobs during the pandemic, leading to 'fear far worse than expected,' according to a new survey of more than 2,700 landlords and 7,300 renters
by Jim Dalrymple II | Apr 1
EXp broker Rick Geha shares heartfelt message about his COVID-19 recovery
In a video posted on Monday, eXp broker Rick Geha shared his experience with battling COVID-19 alongside some encouraging advice for agents
by Marian McPherson | Apr 1
Mortgage applications surge along with refis
Mortgage application activity increased by 15.3%, and the refinance index increased 26% during the week ending March 27
by Lillian Dickerson | Apr 1
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
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Rob Hahn
'What we're dealing with is not a housing crisis... it's not 2008,' says Hahn
by Inman | Apr 1
How to stay in touch and generate leads in a changing market
Despite today's uncertainty, real estate agents still need to find ways to drum up new business. With these practices and helpful cold-calling scripts, agents can generate new leads while staying top-of-mind with previous clients
by Bernice Ross | Apr 1
4 hidden expenses you should revisit today
As an agent, it's critical that you take a deep dive into your finances and look at every little thing you're spending money on. This includes your single biggest expense — your broker split
by Julie Nelson | Apr 1
Pulse: How have you pivoted your business plan in this unique time?
This week, we’re asking you, our readers, to share a few ways you tweaked your business plan in response to today’s unprecedented challenges. How have you adapted?
by Inman | Apr 1
Start Back to Basics Month by getting comfortable on camera
Being camera-worthy is more about knowledge, confidence and good communication skills than it is about appearance
by Nicole Solari | Apr 1
New York developer with COVID-19 hopes for major post-pandemic upswing
'Once we get to the bottom of this pandemic, there is going to be such a pent-up demand to transact,' Sharif El-Gamal tells The Real Deal
by Veronika Bondarenko | Mar 31
4 ways to keep your energy bills low while you work from home
As shelter-in-place orders remain, Americans are spending significantly more on utilities. Here's how you can save money
by Marian McPherson | Mar 31
Baird & Warner donates $150K toward coronavirus response
The Chicago-based brokerage is giving back to the community through its charitable arm Good Will Network
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 31
The Empire State Building's new siren display is freaking people out
Meant to honor health and emergency workers amid the coronavirus crisis, the latest display of lights at New York City's most iconic property didn't land quite as expected
by Veronika Bondarenko | Mar 31
Transactly raises $3M to boost outsourced transaction coordination
With a total of $4.7M raised in 2 years, the company is aiming to win the market for outsourced transaction coordination. While its software can be used for free by agents and brokerages, the company charges for use of a designated transaction coordination
by Craig C. Rowe | Mar 31
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Gary Gold
Luxury agent says housing data supports an optimistic outlook
by Inman | Mar 31
REBNY launches agent resource guide for entire industry
The New York City-based real estate trade group has a new hub that breaks down details about the stimulus package as well as government and local resources
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 31
FHA and VA latest mortgage servicers to relax standards
The federal mortgage servicers recently joined Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in offering alternatives to traditional appraisals and employment verifications
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 31
Let’s officially cancel April Fools’ Day
Opinion
Nothing about this situation is funny, and now is not the time. Instead, just go about your business like any other day on April 1
by Jay Thompson | Mar 31
Second stimulus package could roll back property tax deductions
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reportedly mulling a rollback of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap implemented by changes to the tax code under President Trump
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 31
36% of homeshoppers believe the recession has already begun: Poll
A new survey by realtor.com reflects the stark contrast in homebuyer sentiment since the beginning of March with the coronavirus outbreak. Still, many homebuyers are undeterred
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 31
Citing pandemic, Redfin sells $110M stake to venture capital firm
Founded in 2019, Durable Capital Partners is run by former T Rowe Price investment manager Henry Ellenbogen. 'In chaotic times, he understands our long-term commitments to our culture and our technology,' Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 31
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Bob Hale and Margy Grant
Navigating SBA loans, unemployment and real estate contract extensions in the current climate
by Inman | Mar 31
T3 Sixty offers brokers free business consultations
The real estate analytics and consulting firm is offering a 30-min one-on-one session with an expert
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 31
Pulse: 21 reader wins we're celebrating
Because in today's world, it's important to focus on the positives
by Inman | Mar 31
How can women today be effective leaders?
Opinion
As Women's History Month draws to a close, the NDILC came up with a list of 10 principles companies and individuals can implement to help women become more effective leaders, in today's challenging environment and into the future
by Desiree Patno | Mar 31
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
How to get a loan and save your business during the pandemic
The government is basically giving away free money. Most brokerages and agents should be able to take advantage of it
by Jim Dalrymple II | Mar 30
Making sense of the headlines: How will the housing market fare?
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's economic and housing news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner gives his take on this week’s headlines
by Matthew Gardner | Mar 30
Airbnb announces drastic cost-saving measures to survive slowdown
CEO Brian Chesky said he and his executive team will take dramatic pay cuts along with eliminating marketing budget
by Marian McPherson | Mar 30
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Josh Team
Keller Williams president says the tech-enabled agent will rise from the pandemic
by Inman | Mar 30
JPAR lowers April franchise fees, hires new growth exec
The growing real estate franchisor announced a Weichert and Regus vet is joining the company as chief growth officer, showing the company is committed to growth even as the industry slows
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 30
Digital mortgage lender Better.com to hire laid off hospitality workers
The company is aiming to hire 1,000 additional workers this year and wants to pull from the industry hit hardest by coronavirus-fuled layoffs
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 30
Nebraska's first coronavirus death is longtime Realtor
Ralph Marasco, former Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Ambassador Real Estate, passed away from Covid-19 on March 24
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 30
California Realtors group lays out agent aid programs
Agents and brokers can now get loans and payments akin to unemployment insurance thanks to a bill lawmakers passed last week
by Jim Dalrymple II | Mar 30
Pending home sales rise in February
According to NAR's Pending Homes Sales Index released on Monday, pending home sales increased 2.4 percent in February
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 30
Feds say residential real estate is an 'essential business'
The US Department of Homeland Security issued guidance to identify essential industries to critical infrastructure. California and Washington are the latest states to deem the profession essential
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 30
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
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Helen Hanna Casey
Howard Hanna CEO says, "Let's not shut our industry down."
by Inman | Mar 30
How to keep busy and not panic about what's ahead
Cooped up at home? Here are a few things every agent should be doing to stay safe, boost productivity and make the best of their time at home
by J. Philip Faranda | Mar 30
9 ways to minimize the pandemic's impact on business
When this situation turns the corner, there will be plenty of business to go around. Here are the actions you need to take now to ensure your business is healthy when things rebound
by Jeff Glover | Mar 30
How to keep your social media healthy when you're quarantined
Here's how real estate agents can keep their social media streams healthy, mindful and relevant even while stuck working from home
by Katie Lance | Mar 30
Take Inman's real estate coronavirus survey here
The crisis has decimated the economy and turned the future into a question mark. Help Inman understand how you're coping
by Jim Dalrymple II | Mar 30
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Glenn Sanford
EXp CEO emphasizes continued education during real estate downtime
by Inman | Mar 29
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Ryan Gorman
Gorman discusses the details of the just-passed stimulus bill, and how savvy real estate professionals can benefit from it.
by Inman | Mar 28
Housing protections in the stimulus bill explained
The 880-page bill signed into law by Trump on Friday includes credit protections, foreclosure moratoriums and forbearance on some mortgages
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 28
Finding solace in isolation
Opinion
A year at a remote Zen temple taught this contributor a lot
by Paul Hagey | Mar 27
Stimulus package passes, agents can now access unemployment
The stimulus bill, which includes direct payments to Americans and expanded unemployment, is headed to President Donald Trump's desk
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 27
A comprehensive list of online training classes available to agents
Although many brokerages are offering online training to their agents, some companies are opening up webinars and online training services to any agent who's interested
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 27
NAR revives free program for first time since 2009 recession
The program gives Realtors free access to transaction tools, educational webinars and other services
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 27
Feeling listless? 16 at-home workouts to get you moving
Make an active lifestyle part of your new normal with a variety of offers from gyms, trainers and digital platforms
by Christy Murdock Edgar | Mar 27
Industry torn on whether real estate is an essential service
At a time when people are staying home en masse to combat a global health crisis, many in the real estate industry question whether or not their jobs should be considered essential
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 27
Redfin is increasing agents' fixed pay during market slowdown
Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman will take no salary for the rest of 2020 to help offset some of the cost
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 26
Looking a little rough? Here’s how to keep it cute in quarantine
Opinion
Working from home may be your new normal, but it doesn’t mean you have to let your professional image fall by the wayside. Take some advice from the top YouTubers on DIY grooming
by Christy Murdock Edgar | Mar 26
How prop tech companies are stepping up for agents during coronavirus crisis
A number of big-name prop tech companies are taking on the COVID-19 downturn head-on by extending discounts, deferring payments and holding educational webinars to help the agent community
by Craig C. Rowe | Mar 26
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Brian Boero
1000Watt cofounder talks about tech startups navigating the coming weeks
by Inman | Mar 26
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Glenn Kelman
Redfin CEO think ibuying market will rationalize after COVID-19
by Inman | Mar 26
MLSs disagree on whether to pause days on market due to coronavirus
California Regional MLS and MLSListings weigh seller fears and data accuracy
by Andrea V. Brambila | Mar 26
3 critical behaviors team leaders need to adopt today
As a leader, it's important to make sure your team is cared for — now more than ever. Here are a few qualities and skills you need to hone to support your team's survival and growth during tough times
by Mauricio Umansky | Mar 26
Where's the silver lining? Here are 6 positive outcomes
Opinion
We're unsure how long the coronavirus crisis will last, but there's one thing for certain: Even in today's gloomy situation, there are a few silver linings you can look for
by Joshua Jarvis | Mar 26
8 strategies for working around coronavirus roadblocks
Columnist Bernice Ross reached out to the Inman Coast to Coast Facebook group this week to find out how agents are pivoting to cope with today's COVID-19 market. Here are some workarounds for the issues agents are facing in the field
by Bernice Ross | Mar 26
3 ways to get buzz for your luxury listing as the market changes
Now’s the time to get creative and adjust to the current environment. Don’t be afraid to partner up and embrace new technology to better serve your market
by Troy Palmquist | Mar 26
Cheesecake Factory says no to rent at 294 locations. Socialists rejoice
Thanks to pandemic-related closures, the company said it doesn't have enough to pay landlords in April. Jokes about a caramel-drizzled revolution ensued
by Jim Dalrymple II | Mar 25
Redfin pulls back on lead sales as video tours surge amid virus crisis
CEO Glenn Kelman also said during the latest episode of Inman's Daily Dispatch podcast that his company continues to see strong traffic and that real estate will recover
by Jim Dalrymple II | Mar 25
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac ease appraisal standards amid coronavirus
The federal loan servicers announced an adjustment of long-held appraisal and employment verification standards in order to help facilitate mortgages amidst the COVID-19 outbreak
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 25
Major banks agree to mortgage grace period in California
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that Wells Fargo, Citibank, JP Morgan and U.S. Bank would give homeowners a 90-day grace period
by Jim Dalrymple II | Mar 25
Amid pandemic, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard waive rent for LA tenants
The Hollywood couple owns at least two buildings in Los Angeles
by Veronika Bondarenko | Mar 25
People are fleeing cities amid coronavirus. Where are they going?
Data retrieved by Airbnb analysis website AirDNA shows that short-term renters are ditching cities for more rural areas as COVID-19 cases become more widespread
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 25
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
Airbnb-backed startup Lyric sacks staff, shutters locations amid virus
The boutique hotel has fired a majority of its 100-person staff and plans to close 400 units in 10 locations
by Marian McPherson | Mar 25
Toronto Regional Real Estate Board tells Realtors to avoid open houses, client meetings
'The real estate industry has been declared an essential service BUT it is NOT business as usual,' TRREB President Michael Collins said
by Veronika Bondarenko | Mar 25
Tom Ferry launches online training program in response to coronavirus
The real estate coach is releasing 'Pivot with Tom Ferry,' which will include live coaching and training webinars every week, as well as a toolbox for developing business and marketing plans
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 25
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Pat Stone
The WFG executive chairman outlines the company's proactive stance
by Inman | Mar 25
Stimulus package likely to include unemployment for agents
The deal appears to provide direct payment assistance, expand unemployment and generate small business loans
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 25
Normal is gone: How to mentally prepare for the unknown future
Opinion
If we've learned anything from past downturns, it's that there is no normal — new or old. In today's stressful time, we just have to learn to play the hand we're dealt. Here's how one indie broker broaches life and work during a global pandemic
by Teresa Boardman | Mar 25
Pulse: Tell us about a win you had this week
Today, let's take a moment to focus on the positives. If you've experienced a win this week, share that victory with us
by Inman | Mar 25
How to spot misinformation and prevent it from spreading
A slew of coronavirus myths, rumors and false medical advice has been making the rounds on the internet. By putting fact-checking practices to good use, you can snuff out misinformation when it makes its way to your screen and ensure you never share it
by Jay Thompson | Mar 25
Practicing real estate from a distance? 5 virtual meeting platforms you need to know
Opinion
Online buyer meetings, continuing education and digital listing presentations will become more popular than ever, even after coronavirus wanes. Here are some of the more popular virtual meeting options worth checking out
by Craig C. Rowe | Mar 25
Inman reader QBs — quarantine buddies
We recently took to our Inman Coast to Coast Facebook group to see who you're spending quarantine time with and received some fuzzy-warm responses
by Inman | Mar 24
StreetEasy suspends 'days on market' display
The Zillow-owned search portal is making changes to listing displays as the real estate industry slows down in New York, the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 24
New York real estate agents one step closer to receiving federal aid
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has applied for federal disaster unemployment assistance, which would provide financial aid to more than 1.2 million independent contractors
by Marian McPherson | Mar 24
EXp Realty offers agents a $9 monthly telemedicine plan
The cloud-based brokerage wants to help its agents virtually go to the doctor
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 24
56% of renters still plan to move despite ongoing pandemic
RentCafe's latest survey shows the majority of renters aren't canceling moving plans
by Marian McPherson | Mar 24
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman with Leslie Appleton Young and John Tuccillo
C.A.R. chief economist on housing market: "Virtual tours are not going to save it."
by Inman | Mar 24
How real estate portals are reacting amid the coronavirus pandemic
In this fast-moving, dynamic time, portals are making significant moves to retain their agent clients and ease their financial burden
by Mike DelPrete | Mar 24
Petition for real estate agent financial relief gains 3,300 signatures in 1 day
The Change.org petition asks federal and state lawmakers to provide financial aid to real estate agents who aren't protected by the current stimulus bill
by Marian McPherson | Mar 24
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
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman and T3 Sixty CEO Stefan Swanepoel
The CEO remains positive in the face of uncertainty and change
by Inman | Mar 24
Zillow CEO: 'There's no coronavirus playbook'
In an investors call, Rich Barton laid out plans to cut 25% of quarterly expenses by pausing hiring, cutting marketing, halting homebuying and reducing discretionary spending
by Patrick Kearns | Mar 24
7 essential tips for communicating with your sphere during crisis
Don't make the major mistake of not communicating with your clients and prospects during this time of uncertainty. It could define the rest of your career. Here's how to do it right
Pulse: How to spread positivity during dire times
The answer? Harness the power of technology to promote growth and learning
by Inman | Mar 24
Agent/broker perspective: What are safe solutions for selling homes during an outbreak?
Luckily, there are a handful of tech solutions to solve any disagreements in procedure
by Anthony Askowitz | Mar 24
Houston and Austin Realtors suspend open house displays on HAR.com
The Houston Association of Realtors will also waive third-quarter MLS fees totaling more than $4M
by Andrea V. Brambila | Mar 23
Coronavirus is already impacting short-term rentals
The ongoing pandemic has already slowed bookings for companies like Airbnb, and may prompt investors to shift their strategies going forward
by Jim Dalrymple II | Mar 23
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
Broker who tested positive for COVID-19 shares his story
After testing positive for coronavirus and receiving questions from friends, family and colleagues alike, Washington-based broker Nate Scott took to social media to share how his coronavirus symptoms evolved
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 23
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
Foreign real estate 'ground to a halt' amid virus outbreak: DelPrete
Analyst Mike DelPrete said in the latest episode of the Daily Dispatch podcast that the data indicates 'there's going to be a very dramatic drop off in real estate volumes'
by Jim Dalrymple II | Mar 23
'Congress, help home service workers': ANGI Homeservices CEO
ANGI Homeservices CEO Brandon Ridenour asked Congress on Monday to deem home service professionals as "essential workers" during COVID-19 pandemic.
by Marian McPherson | Mar 23
Survival of the fittest: What will it take for businesses to outlast this pandemic?
Opinion
Only those who are fast, adapt gracefully, and have the strongest foundations and balance sheets will survive and thrive in the recovery
by Mike DelPrete | Mar 23
Daily Dispatch: Brad Inman and Mike DelPrete
The iBuyer strategist says, 'You need to be around for the rebound'
by Inman | Mar 23
Homeowners may delay mortgage payments up to 1 year due to virus
The move by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came days after President Trump announced that delayed mortgage payments may be an option for borrowers amidst the coronavirus pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson | Mar 23