'A slippery slope': 14 pros weigh in on biggest contract mistakes
Are you writing an error-free, winning offer? We reached out to industry professionals across the country to find out what contract details agents are getting wrong in today's market
by Christy Murdock Jul 27
Canadian luxury market beginning to normalize: Engel & Völkers
Trends like multigenerational living, buying second homes and moving to more rural areas may remain popular in the Canadian luxury real estate market for the long haul, according to Engel & Völkers 2021 Mid-Year Canadian Luxury Real Estate Market Report
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 23
With home prices slow to fall, would-be buyers are getting squeezed out
People who lost income during the pandemic are finding it hard to buy their first homes as real estate prices grew faster than incomes, according to a new Harvard University report
by Daniel Houston Jul 23
How to update your office to meet agent needs post-pandemic
As brokerages begin to transition to an in-office working environment, it’s important to create a holistic space that supports agents and helps them thrive. Here are four ways to do just that
by Rainy Hake Austin Jul 22
1M homeowners face elevated risk of foreclosure when protections lift
Delinquency rates are at the lowest level since the pandemic began, but borrower protections are lifting in September: Black Knight
by Matt Carter Jul 21
Home office eclipses short commute as a buyer must-have, agents say
Nearly 60% of agents surveyed by HomeLight said they expect a home office to be a top priority for buyers in a post-vaccine landscape
by Daniel Houston Jul 21
Showings 'hyperactive' in first 5 days of listing: ShowingTime
Buyer demand has slowed overall and ShowingTime expects more inventory to ease upward pressure on home prices
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 21
New single-family housing starts ramp up 6% in June: Census Bureau
The increase in housing starts is a welcome gift, but experts say builders aren't yet betting recent improvements in materials costs are here to stay for the long term
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 20
Signs of seasonal inventory growth return in strained housing market
The number of homes for sale rose in June for the second consecutive month but remained far from a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels
by Daniel Houston Jul 19
Mortgage boom for second homes takes hit amid new lending rules
New lending rules and a return to the office may have dented the prolific rise in demand for second-home loans, according to new data
by Daniel Houston Jul 14
Delinquency rate hits lowest level seen in a year: CoreLogic
4.7% of mortgages were delinquent in April 2021, a significant drop from the start of the pandemic
Flush with cash: Bathroom revamp startup raises $23M for expansion
Made Renovation, a bathroom renovation startup, is planning to expand into Los Angeles, Orange County and Seattle after securing new funding
by Daniel Houston Jul 12
Foreclosure watch: The 10 most at-risk US cities
Even as home values soar, many out-of-work homeowners are at risk of having their home foreclosed on due to missed payments
NAR brings back 'pitch battle' for real estate tech
Contest winner will get a $15K cash prize at the trade group's 3rd annual Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit
Young adults put pandemic savings toward down payments
Zillow survey finds that half of millennials and Gen Zers plan to use money saved on transportation, child care and dining out to buy a home
Why we shouldn't take July 4 for granted ever again
Opinion
This year, as you gather for July Fourth or prepare for long-delayed vacations, take a moment to revel in the feeling of freedom we can all enjoy this summer
by Troy Palmquist Jul 2
4 states lift eviction ban; renters left with weaker federal protections
State-level protections for tenants behind on rent expired in 4 more states this week as the clock ticks on the federal eviction ban
by Daniel Houston Jul 1
US Supreme Court denies Realtors' request to lift CDC eviction ban
Justice Brett Kavanaugh said the federal agency exceeded its authority but ban's current July 31 expiration date would allow for 'more orderly distribution' of rental assistance funds
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 30
Travelers rush to book thin rental inventory in hot US vacation spots
Demand for vacation rental homes has outpaced supply in the Gulf Coast, Southeast and Midwest, Vrbo's president said in a recent interview
by Daniel Houston Jun 29
How COVID made agents rethink retirement, workload and more
Many real estate professionals say the pandemic made them reconsider things like when they want to retire and work-life balance, while others say the last year has just made them want to double down on work
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 28
'Teams are the exciting future of real estate': Vija Williams
Williams believes teams have a leg up on traditional brokerages, but they can better position themselves to be the changing face of real estate
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 28
Helping new build buyers? 5 pre-construction tips
The top things you should prepare pre-construction buyers for early
by Jason D. Greene Jun 26
All that glitters isn't gold: When luxury real estate fails
In the wake of a building collapse in Florida Thursday, all eyes are on shoddy construction and what happens next as developers rush construction jobs delayed during the pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 25
Remote work named No. 1 issue affecting real estate
The share of people working from home full- or part-time could double permanently, impacting homebuyer demand and land use, according to a new report from The Counselors of Real Estate
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 23
Stand out to win! How to make your buyer's offer jump off the page
With a barrage of impressive, over-asking offers flying in, how can your buyers stand out? It's no easy task, but these tips and strategies from the pros can help move your clients to the top of the list
by Bernice Ross Jun 23
Feeling introverted? 7 tips for dealing with people again
Opinion
Here are a few helpful tips for those times when you need to cross over to the extrovert side as you get back out there
by Jay Thompson Jun 23
'You have to manufacture your own inventory': RE/MAX CEO
RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos spoke to Inman about what agents can do when new homes are slow to hit the market and revealed his thoughts on his brokerage's commission splits
10 pandemic-forced changes that made our team nimble
From live tours to videoconferencing, building on the changes that emerged during the pandemic will ensure comfort, safety and convenience in this new normal. Here's one team's experience
by James Harris AND David Parnes Jun 17
Lumber prices finally drop and the stockpilers prepare to sell
After soaring lumber prices fueled conspiracy theories this spring, and challenged homebuilders faced with an inventory shortage, prices are starting to come down
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 15
The New Normal: Imagining the frictionless transaction of the future
With every sight-unseen offer, iBuyer sale, Knock Home Swap and contingency-free contract that graces a seller's inbox, one more cornerstone gets chiseled away from the foundation of the traditional sale
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 11
Connecting with Veronica Figueroa: Our new normal demands world-class service
Ahead of Inman Connect, the eXp Realty team leader says agents have the chance to offer service that keeps clients coming back
Pulse: The challenges teams face in the new normal
Readers share where they are seeing the biggest struggles as we forge our way into a post-pandemic world
by Inman Jun 8
Construction startup Katerra files for bankruptcy
The company is seeking Chapter 11 protection as it reports assets worth far less than the venture capital it's raised
by Daniel Houston Jun 7
The New Normal: What if buyers no longer needed hand-holding?
Heated demand and short inventory are shaping our post-pandemic world, but thanks to increased technology and changed expectations, the end result might just be better
by Cara Ameer Jun 7
Manhattan condo board gives vaccine ultimatum to 2 workers
The high-end Christodora House building's board told the workers to get a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or face termination, the New York Post reports
by Daniel Houston Jun 7
New, pending, existing: What you should know about today's market
This week, Inman looked at what you should know about pending sales, new-home sales and existing-home sales. Here, Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner dives into where the market stands on those metrics and more
by Matthew Gardner Jun 4
DC appeals court reinstates nationwide eviction ban
The ruling extends protections for tenants until June 30, when the CDC's national moratorium is set to expire
by Marian McPherson Jun 3
5 do's and don'ts of navigating 'the homebody economy'
Navigating the homebody economy is new for all of us, but success will come when you get back to the basics: Offer something people need, meet them where they are, save them time and money, and design with humans at heart
Connecting with Mauricio Umansky: The looming luxury shortage
'There is a tremendous shortage of inventory, and I think it's the only thing holding us back,' the founder of The Agency told Inman leading up to Inman Connect this month
Inman Handbook on new-home sales
New-home sales illuminate the health of the market, and where it might be heading in the near-term. As agents grapple with tight inventory, they'll want to keep an eye on the data
Pulse: Readers share the starkest difference in their new normal
From the flexibility to work anywhere and saving valuable time to grappling with a tough seller's market, here are the biggest changes the pandemic forced, according to our readers
by Inman Jun 1
Inman Handbook on building teams in a new world
Teams have exploded in popularity. Now, as the industry crawls out of the pandemic and wrestles with an inventory shortage, they're more important than ever before
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 1
The New Normal: What if meetings of the future actually saved time?
Opinion
Pandemic-driven tech facilitated a work-from-home lifestyle and made some aspects of real estate more efficient. Here's what realistic post-COVID meetings could be
by Jeff Lichtenstein May 28
The New Normal: What if specialization is the answer?
Post-COVID buyer needs are changing, creating new opportunities for agents who are willing to specialize. What segments stand to gain in the new normal?
by Christy Murdock May 28
Pending-home sales take 4.4% hit in April
In a reversal from the previous month, pending-home sales decreased in all regions except the Midwest, which saw gains of 3.5% from March to April
by Lillian Dickerson May 27
How to prepare your brokerage for a safe return to the office
As agents and staff plan to return to the office, having an action plan that prioritizes safety and wellness is extremely important. Here are a few ways you can create a tailored strategy, while keeping health and wellness top-of-mind
by Mauricio Umansky May 27
Rethinking your life? 5 questions to ask before switching brokerages
It seems like every day a top team or agent is making headlines by jumping to a new brokerage. But before uprooting your business, it's important to thoroughly explore what you're looking for
by Jay Thompson May 27
Pulse: What's the starkest difference in your new normal?
As a real estate agent, this past year likely reshaped certain aspects of your life and business. So, this week, we want to know: What's the biggest difference between now and before?
by Inman May 26
Ahead of travel season, Airbnb makes it easier to list properties
The short-term rental giant unveiled over 100 updates to its platform, including flexible searching options for guests and a simplified onboarding process for hosts
8 things sellers need from their agents in today's market
In this current market, sellers need to have realistic expectations of what's to come. Here are a few things sellers should be prepared for
by Cara Ameer May 25
The New Normal: What if real estate agents never go back to the office?
Industry professionals say the office is here to stay, but what its primary role will be and what it looks like are a matter of experimentation as everyone adapts to the new normal
by Lillian Dickerson May 25
The Real Word: Is there an end date to the housing shortage?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the latest on NAR’s controversial address proposal, how long the housing shortage will last and staging in a seller’s market
by Byron Lazine May 21
National delinquency rate dipped below 5% in April
Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Washington and Montana have lowest delinquency rates in U.S.
by Matt Carter May 20
Florida Realtors bring new challenge to federal eviction ban
The repeal of CDC moratorium is currently stayed and pending appeal in a case brought by Alabama Realtors
by Matt Carter May 20
5 people to watch at realtor.com as the company plots its next move
The News Corp. subsidiary is laser-focused on growing traffic and improving the consumer experience as it maintains its industry ties
by Andrea V. Brambila May 20
Knowing new construction gives you a competitive edge — here's why
Opinion
The inventory shortage isn’t going to last forever. In the meantime, studying the economy, real estate market statistics and particularly the new home construction process will make you a fierce competitor in today’s market and the future
by Adam Hergenrother May 20
Buying leads? Your business will be kaput in 2 years
Opinion
If the majority of your transactions aren’t generated from a platform that you own, then you won’t be around in two years
by Kris Lindahl May 19
Builder confidence still high amid soaring lumber costs
Nationwide builder sentiment clocked in with an index score of 83 in May, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index
Is the inventory dam about to burst?
Opinion
Given the soaring costs we’re seeing in almost every aspect of our lives, the end of forbearance programs and rent moratoriums, coupled with the age of boomers who own 42% of the inventory, the inventory dam has definitely started leaking
by Bernice Ross May 19
How to create smart marketing that works during a crisis
Valerie Garcia, senior producer at branding agency 1000watt, shared her tips for creating a marketing plan that connects with consumers and guides them through market crises
by Marian McPherson May 18
Timber may soon follow lumber in upward price trend
Pandemic-fueled housing demand is finally beginning to catch up with years of oversupply in the timber industry that resulted from the 2008 financial crisis
by Lillian Dickerson May 18
The Agency recognized for COVID safety measures
The rating from the International WELL Building Institute confirms that a company has taken the proper health and safety steps to keep its clients and employees safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic
5 ways to track and predict market changes
Opinion
Agents often get questions about the future of the market from curious consumers. Knowing how to answer them is key to building trust and establishing yourself as an expert in your field. Here are a few ways to stay in the know and spot patterns and trends
by Marco Del Zotto May 17
Airbnb faces Q1 loss of $1B
Despite continuing to suffer losses in the wake of the pandemic, Airbnb's CEO Brian Chesky expressed optimism about an upcoming summer full of pent-up travel demand.
by Lillian Dickerson May 14
Days on market drops by nearly 50% amid inventory crisis
New listings are up 19.1 percent year over year, but demand continues to outpace new listings, leading to increasingly fewer days on market
by Lillian Dickerson May 13
How long will the housing shortage last? Years — here's why
Opinion
Thinking optimistically and knowing a little about US homebuilders and American ingenuity, builders might create an average of 2M homes annually and achieve a supply-demand balance in about 6 years
by Ben Caballero May 12
Bright MLS cracks down on abuse of pocket listing rule
'Vast majority' of Clear Cooperation Policy complaints turn out not to be in violation
by Andrea V. Brambila May 11
Opendoor bounces back in first quarter after pandemic-driven downturn
The beginning of 2021 was better for the iBuyer than the end of 2020, though it still has a ways to go before reaching its pre-pandemic levels
by Jim Dalrymple II May 11
'Lumber truthers' question veracity of shortage through social media
Despite lumber shortage data released for consecutive months by industry associations, lumber-shortage truthers have taken to social media to dispel what they see as myth
by Lillian Dickerson May 11
Pulse: Readers share their tips for second-homebuyers
In today's market, how are agents helping buyers looking to invest in getaway properties? This week, our readers share why working with the right agent — with a well-rounded knowledge of the market — matters
by Inman May 11
The New Normal: What if the past year made real estate easier?
Opinion
Although COVID-19 has had devastating effects on our country, both in terms of personal tragedies and economic misfortune, in some ways, it has been a gift as well
by Carl Medford May 11
10 new construction gotchas agents should watch out for
Navigating new construction is like walking through a field of landmines right now. You can never really be certain of the ground you are setting foot on because all continues to change at a rapid pace
by Cara Ameer May 11
End of mortgage payment relief looms for 2.2M homeowners
The share of homes in forbearance continues to dwindle, but many owners haven't made a payment in 12 months or more
by Matt Carter May 10
Hybrid work, shifts to affordable cities likely to be long-term trends
As many as 60% of companies may consider a mix of remote and in-office work, which would have major implications for the housing market, panelists said during a session of the Urban Land Institute's virtual Spring Meeting conference
by Jim Dalrymple II May 10
Realtor.com operator Move Inc. bounces back with latest earnings, reports 37% revenue growth
Realtor.com operator Move Inc. rebounded from a rough 2020 with robust lead generation, referral and website traffic growth during Q3 2021
by Marian McPherson May 7
What the end of the eviction ban means for landlords and tenants
Mortgage foreclosure litigation attorney Jason Vanslette shares how the moratorium ruling impacts landlords and property owners — and why waiting to evict may be the smart move
by Marian McPherson May 6
EXp World Holdings reports first quarter revenue of $583.3M, big 115% jump over 2020
EXp World Holdings reported a strong Q1 2021, according to an earnings release on Thursday. The company grew on all levels while maintaining profitability
by Marian McPherson May 6
Make extra cash last year? 5 ways to wisely invest it
Opinion
Whether it’s employee training, branding, refreshing your website or focusing on a good cause, pouring extra funds into your business or team is one of the most beneficial ways to grow
by James Harris AND David Parnes May 6
Sorting through pandemic predictions: What held true?
Opinion
With the pandemic winding down in most parts of the country, one broker-owner is looking back at some assumptions made about real estate last year. Which predictions were untrue, and which were right on the money?
by Teresa Boardman May 6
Bubble Trouble: The housing crash will be even worse than I predicted
Opinion
This is the homeseller market crash. Inventory is at historic lows, affordability is rapidly eroding, and rates are climbing
by Chris Drayer May 6
BREAKING: Federal judge lifts nationwide eviction ban
A federal judge has lifted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's nationwide eviction ban 6 weeks before it was set to expire
by Marian McPherson May 5
What's the dark side of record-low interest rates? Here are 5 problems
You would automatically think that low interest rates would be wonderful. Unfortunately, there is a dark side as well that's producing a significant rift across the country between the haves and have-nots
by Carl Medford May 4
In the multifamily space, these tech tools have become indispensable
Certainly, other tech developments lie ahead, but in general, it can be said that innovation has enabled those in the multifamily space to do their jobs better — and that was the case well before the pandemic
by Michael Zaransky May 4
CoStar to employees: Come back to the office and get a Tesla
After an in-company vaccine rollout, CoStar is luring employees back to the office with prizes, including $10,000 in cash and the chance to win a Tesla
by Marian McPherson May 3
The buyer's agent who padlocked the gate: Stories from the wild world of real estate
Have you heard the latest boots-on-the-ground, can-you-believe-it story? Here are some of the most unusual and bizarre tales from this highly active spring market
by Christy Murdock Apr 30
Pending-home sales increase following 2 months of declines: NAR
The pending home sales index rose from the previous month in every US region but the Midwest, while all regions saw gains year over year
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 29
Baird & Warner commits $215K to fair housing law scholarship
The scholarship is named after developer John W. Baird, who championed fair housing when it was unpopular in the real estate industry to do so
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 29
Pulse: How are you overcoming the bidding war objection?
In today's competitive real estate market, it's no wonder homebuyers are stressed out — particularly about going into bidding wars. So when it comes to this unpleasant reality, how are you alleviating buyers' anxieties?
by Inman Apr 28
8 ways to help homebuyers through an as-is purchase
As-is sales are always ripe for complications in markets that typically entertain repairs and concessions after the inspection period. Agents need to make sure clients are as prepared as possible before going into a multiple-offer situation. Here's how
by Cara Ameer Apr 27
Pulse: Your top tips for weathering this hot seller's market
This week, readers share how they're helping clients navigate this anxiety-inducing market. Here's what you had to say about setting buyer expectations — perhaps one of the most important and basic tips agents should follow
by Inman Apr 27
How to inspire client confidence in a frenzied market
Transacting in this fast-paced, frenzied market isn’t easy, and for many clients, it may even be extremely stress-inducing. Here’s how keeping your lines open, educating your clients and improving your communication can alleviate some of that anxiety
by Rachael Hite Apr 27
Working with buyers? It's time to forget these 8 key things
Help your buyers score a home by teaching them to run against current practices. Here's a list of critical concepts you need to encourage your buyers to forget in their search for that increasingly evasive thing — homeownership
by Carl Medford Apr 27
Beyond the headlines: Demand continues to exceed supply
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on the news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner dives into recent housing data releases and predicts how the market will fare
by Matthew Gardner Apr 27
How to manage the impact of COVID-19 on your organization
Forget business as usual. Get in touch with the realities of the present moment to develop deeper relationships with your team and your clients
Pulse: What's your top tip for weathering this hot seller's market?
Bidding wars, high prices and low housing supply — navigating this red-hot seller's market is no walk in the park. So, this week, we're asking you to share your best tips on working through and dealing with the current situation
by Inman Apr 21
Hispanic homeownership rate rises for sixth straight year
The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals' latest report reveals the driving forces behind Hispanic homeownership rates
by Marian McPherson Apr 20
Digital mortgage startup Better debuts services in 3 more states
The company has funded over $40 billion in home loans since it launched — nearly all of it since the beginning of 2020
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 20
4 fundamental skills agents need to brush up on right now
Are you practicing clear communication? Mastering the art of negotiation? No matter how many years you spend in the business, there are a few essential skills every agent should revisit and polish from time to time
by Santiago Arana Apr 20
Pulse: The client objections you are hearing most this spring
With a red-hot market grappling with housing shortage and bidding wars, what are clients worried about the most today? Our readers weigh in with the most pressing concerns their clients are expressing this spring
by Inman Apr 20
Trust is everything! 6 effective ways to earn it from prospects
In this fast-paced market, ethics and transparency can take a backseat to speed — but that only makes trust that much more crucial today. If you want to earn prospects' trust and solidify your reputation, here are a few ways to do so
by Stephanie Lanier Apr 19
How to safely handle an open house
Holding an open house has always been a bit risky and has become even more so during the pandemic. To safely continue the practice, agents should keep these factors in mind
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 19
The Real Word: Which markets saw the largest inflow of new homebuyers?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss mortgage changes for vacation homes, how many Americans moved during the pandemic and videos every agent should make
by Byron Lazine Apr 16
Inventory insanity: When will this supply shortage end?
Today's extremes won't last forever, but there's no silver bullet to end the crisis, and it's likely shortages in some form will drag on for years
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 15
Will rising mortgage rates affect appetite for homebuying?
Opinion
In short: Probably not. Vaccinations and stimulus measures are fueling optimism for an epic economic rebound, and there are other factors at play. Here is a look at how the housing market has fared over the past year and what to expect
by Kenon Chen Apr 15
Landlords are waiting months for pandemic rental assistance
State and local governments are overwhelmed by the task of launching programs to review thousands of applications from renters and landlords
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 14
10 pandemic-tested truths about homebuying
Multiple offers, super-low inventory, skyrocketing values and lots of competition from cash buyers have made the current real estate climate both a blessing and a curse. Through that, a few real estate concepts were put to the test. Here's what lasted
by Cara Ameer Apr 14
Pulse: What client objections are you hearing most this spring?
This week, we want to explore some of the most pressing concerns clients are raising in this red-hot spring market. Just as importantly, we also want to know how you're responding
by Inman Apr 14
Stop being a secret agent! 8 real estate conversation-starters
Opinion
If you’re not out there interacting with the public on a face-to-face basis, chances are you’ve become a secret agent — and that has to change. Here is a variety of fun and engaging ways to get strangers to ask you about your job and real estate
by Bernice Ross Apr 14
Agents get an average of $12,500 in forgivable PPP loans: MooveGuru
The extended deadline to apply for Paycheck Protection Program is May 31
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 13
Inventory insanity: Notes from 'exhausted' agents on the front lines of a crazy market
'There is no middle class any more,' one industry leader said of working in real estate this year. 'You’re either crushing it or you're struggling'
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 12
America's hottest neighborhoods: North Hills in Raleigh, North Carolina
A $1B Innovation District, a plethora of amenities and a new city plan have pushed Raleigh's North Hills to the top of buyers' lists.
by Marian McPherson Apr 12
Inventory insanity: Why are there no homes for sale in America?
Inventory has been tight for a long time now, but this spring agents across the country are seeing something different — and more difficult
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 12
Buyer uncertainty stressing you out? 5 ways to stay sane in a hectic market
The extreme lack of inventory has agents in total panic mode. On top of their day-to-day roles, agents now more than ever also have to be friends, counselors and confidants. Here's how to manage the stress of it all
by Erica Ramus Apr 12
How this agent is helping migrating buyers find their dream homes
With buyers moving across the country to new locales, agents have to be prepared to work much harder amid low inventory woes. This is especially true in Florida, which is seeing an influx of new residents. Here's how this agent is making a difference
by Sandra Cuba Apr 9
10 marketing tactics to ensure your brand resonates in 2021
The marketing landscape shifted dramatically in 2020, and the way we engage with the public has forever changed. Here are a few tactics to keep in mind as you navigate this new landscape
Having a tough time? 5 tips for conditioning yourself to push through
Opinion
Build a foundation now for daily strength and continued growth, and when the tough times hit, you'll be ready
1 in 7 homeowners considering selling within next 3 years
Of those not considering moving, 26% said they were concerned about their ability to find or afford a new home, according to a new survey from Zillow
Dive into every Back to Basics story from this month
This month, we’re focused on making you more money. Here are the top stories from our Back to Basics series published thus far. We'll keep this list updated all month long.
by Inman Apr 7
11% of Americans moved during the pandemic: Zillow survey
Zillow's latest report revealed what pushed Americans to move during the pandemic and which markets experienced the largest inflow of new homebuyers
by Marian McPherson Apr 6
3 ways to set buyer expectations during this sizzling-hot spring
By setting expectations early, agents can put their clients in a better position and educate them on the often frustrating marketplace so they can make quick, sound decisions
by Anthony West Apr 6
4 ways to get a leg up on the competition in the multifamily space
The multifamily space is continuing to evolve, and investors must do the same. In such an environment, it pays to be aggressive when an opportunity emerges — but only while doing the requisite homework within your area of expertise
by Michael Zaransky Apr 6
Clear out the clutter! 3 ways to spring-clean your business
Every spring, we dive into the same tradition — clearing out the old and organizing the new. If you're ready to dust the cobwebs off your business and reorganize your work life for the better, here are a few tips to get you started
by Santiago Arana Apr 5
How to deal with unlawful occupants in listings
Rising levels of homelessness have increased the incidents of unlawful access to homes on the market. Here are a few key steps to respond to unauthorized entry and preventative measures to ensure it does not happen in the first place
by Carl Medford Apr 5
The real estate industry added 10,000 jobs in March
The industry saw a healthy increase in jobs in March, following a tougher month of 4,500 job losses. The US as a whole also saw its greatest number of job gains since August
Median home-sale price reaches all-time high of $335,613
Although the market is currently red-hot, Redfin's latest report released on Friday revealed that homebuyers may give up as home prices continue to grow
by Marian McPherson Apr 2
CFPB walks back on COVID appraisal flexibilities
But Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to extend options to avoid in-person appraisals
by Kelsey Ramírez Apr 2
The Real Word: When will the market cool down?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss when the market is expected to cool down, a neighbor’s listing that revealed a roaming cat and how landlords are dealing with the eviction ban
by Byron Lazine Apr 2
Make more money! Go 'Back to Basics' with Inman this April
For the entire month, we'll be laser-focused on what's working in the industry and how to set your business up for more profit
by Inman Apr 1
Share of homeowners who can't pay their mortgage hits new low
The number of mortgages in forbearance dropped below 5% first time since the start of the pandemic
by Matt Carter Mar 29
Rents rise in suburban and rural areas, remain flat in urban centers
Recent data from Zumper shows that suburban and rural rents grew 5 to 7 percent more than urban rents over the last year. However, some secondary cities that thrived during the pandemic are now starting to see rent declines
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 29
How investors can make the most of Airbnb's new flexible dates feature
The new search feature could be a good thing for both guests and hosts, providing more stay options for the former and more exposure for the latter
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 29
NY building with ties to A-Rod, Barbara Corcoran cleared out COVID patient's apartment
Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran and retired baseball star A-Rod are part-time owners of 133 Avenue D, where Ryo Nagaoka lived for 20 years before being hospitalized with coronavirus
'She-cession' takes on new meaning for moms in the real estate industry
Time. Sleep. Relationships. These are just a few of the things that real estate professionals who are also mothers have had to sacrifice over the past year in order to hold it all together
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 26
8 trending amenities that luxury buyers want in 2021
The home has become the center of the universe for many of us during the pandemic. In 2021, buyers are seeking unique amenities that make living and working from home exciting and comfortable. Here are a few
by James Harris AND David Parnes Mar 25
How much are iBuyers paying for customer acquisition?
Opinion
Customer acquisition costs for major iBuyers is roughly similar at $3,000-$4,000, which is about 2-4X more than Redfin
by Mike DelPrete Mar 24
How to support your agents in this ultra-competitive seller's market
Opinion
It's been tough out there, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it's our job as leaders to inform our agents of these conditions and give them hope
by Ryan Rodenbeck Mar 24
Commission, appraisals, inventory: 11 challenges agents face today
Opinion
Last year forced real estate agents to adapt in an ever-evolving landscape. Here are the top challenges agents face daily
by Kuba Jewgieniew Mar 24
Over one-third of renters are unsatisfied with their amenities
As of February, 36% of US renters reported being unsatisfied with their current apartment amenities, according to a 3,000-person survey conducted by Apartment Guide
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 23
Some landlords are declining funds from the Emergency Rental Assistance program. Here's why
Some landlords are declining the funds because of regulatory tape attached to them. Others hope to replace struggling tenants with more financially secure renters
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 23
How to protect your buyers from appraisal catastrophes
With multiple offers being the order of the day, buyers are overbidding to outgun their competitors. What happens if an appraisal comes back low? Here are a few important steps to take before writing an over-asking offer
by Carl Medford Mar 23
Agents, hold yourselves to a higher standard — especially in a hectic market
Opinion
As professionals, we must focus on the long haul — while working together, helping our clients and always doing the right thing
by Jeff Martel Mar 23
Do you speak the 5 love languages of customer service?
In this hot, competitive market, clients need reassurance, which might mean customizing your service based on their 'love language.' Here’s how to do that
by Rachael Hite Mar 22
What this spring means for real estate: Buyers beware
Industry professionals painted a picture of a competitive market that only stands to get more intense as the weather gets nicer and more buyers come out this spring
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 19
IBuyers are willing to lose billions to gain market share: DelPrete
Opinion
The point is that Zillow and Opendoor are actively losing money to gain market share, and if you're in the real estate industry, concerning yourself with disruptors willing to lose billions is a good use of time
by Mike DelPrete Mar 18
Number of homes sold above list price soared in February: Redfin
The median home sale price in the US rose 14.4% to $336,200 in February
A year into the pandemic, what has real estate learned?
Opinion
One broker reflects on the new realities and lessons learned after a year of adapting to life and work amid COVID-19
by Erica Ramus Mar 18
IRS pushes tax filing deadline back to May 17
The extension comes on the heels of the stimulus bill that could change the way many individuals are filing taxes this year
by Patrick Kearns Mar 17
Rising rates are slowing home construction
Housing starts plummeted in February as interest rates and lumber costs soared, according to data released Wednesday by the US Commerce Department
by Patrick Kearns Mar 17
Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted or distant? 8 ways to combat burnout
Taking a break helps minimize and prevent burnout, but to truly mitigate it, agents must practice good work-life balance that goes beyond taking a vacay
by Jay Thompson Mar 17
Is independent contractor status for real estate agents coming to an end?
Opinion
If passed, the PRO Act would make the 'ABC' test for independent contractor status the law of the land and would classify most real estate professionals and almost all other gig workers as employees
by Bernice Ross Mar 16
Frontline workers are at greatest risk of housing shortage
A new study from the Urban Land Institute shows that middle-income households of frontline workers are being impacted most significantly by exacerbated housing shortages as a result of the pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 16
Pulse: How our readers are educating clients about mortgage and alt finance
This week, our readers share how they're educating their clients about one of the most important facets of the homebuying process — financing the biggest purchase of their lives
by Inman Mar 16
Eyes on Houston: Why the city is becoming a dream location
As an agent, investor and relocation specialist in Houston, Natasha Carroll knows the city's housing market inside out. Here's her take on why Houston is becoming an ideal destination for many
by Victoria Kennedy Mar 16
6 tips for working with the largest pool of homebuyers
It’s critical to understand where, how and why millennials are searching for homes right now
by Ben Mizes Mar 13
February sees record new bookings for short-term rentals: AirDNA
While short-term rental stays that took place during February were at a record low, new bookings made during the month hit a high, according to short-term rental analytics company AirDNA
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 12
Everyone is moving to Florida! Or maybe they aren't
Despite narratives about buyers flocking to Florida, data from Atlas Van Lines and Florida's 2020 Demographic Estimating Conference suggest the migration patterns are negligible
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 12
Will COVID-19 compel developers to pandemic-proof residential buildings?
Socially distant amenities, more outdoor spaces and ultra-clean lobbies are a few design strategies that might become more prominent post-pandemic
by Bennat Berger Mar 11
What does the $1.9T stimulus bill mean for real estate?
More direct checks, rental assistance and expanded unemployment are all included in the massive $1.9 trillion relief package
by Patrick Kearns Mar 10
IBuyers continue to see massive financial losses: DelPrete
Opendoor’s record-low selling costs dropped from 3% to 2.1%, which is likely the result of Opendoor continuing to push down buyer's agent commissions offered on its houses
by Mike DelPrete Mar 10
Palm Beach estate sells for $94M
The estate was previously owned by the billionaire Ziff family and took at least 2 price drops over the course of 6 years to sell. It was one of the priciest real estate listings in the US
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 10
Pulse: How are you educating clients about mortgage and alt finance?
This week, we are curious to know: How are you helping clients navigate the complicated mortgage process? How are you informing your clients about their options?
by Inman Mar 10
Share of mortgages in forbearance dropped 3 points at end of February
The overall decline of mortgage loans in forbearance was led by Ginnie Mae loans, which dropped by 7 basis points from the previous week to 7.28% of loans in forbearance
Pulse: What clients need to know about mortgages in 2021
This week, our readers tell us how they're educating clients about the mortgage market in this red-hot real estate landscape. Here's what homebuyers need to be prepared for today
by Inman Mar 9
What do clients need in 2021? 8 skills every agent must nail
Opinion
In today’s frenzied markets, real estate agents have to be on top of every aspect of the deal. Here’s what buyers and sellers should expect from agents
by Cara Ameer Mar 9
CDC guidelines may pave the way for open houses, more normalcy
The COVID-19 crisis isn't over, but new guidance gives people significantly more freedom to gather without the encumbrances of the pandemic. That could prove liberating for real estate agents
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 8
Manhattan landlords warehouse rentals amid slowdown
Critics say the practice by landlords to remove unrented apartments from the market as a cost-saving measure only amplifies the city's housing shortage and is 'unconscionable'
Commercial property giant Jones Lang LaSalle takes on rental market
JLL has forged an agreement with rental property management company Roofstock, which stands to give the fintech startup significant stature in the rental home investment market
6 ways agents can disrupt the disruptors today
Embracing change, technology and the evolution of our industry is the key to succeeding and remaining relevant as an agent. Do this consistently, and you will emerge as a leader in your marketplace
by Faisal Susiwala Mar 8
Inman Handbook on Divvy
This unique company has blended altruism with an innovative twist on an old landlord strategy — rent to own. Operating in 16 markets with more on the way, it opened its first branded brokerage in Cleveland
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 8
How to scoop up more market share in feeder markets
Now that you've solidified your position as a go-to local agent, what's next? A natural career progression might include expanding into neighboring areas and feeder markets. Here's how to do it successfully
by Mauricio Umansky Mar 4
Compass’ path to profitability is uncertain: Mike DelPrete
Compass is losing less money per transaction as it scales, but it's still losing a lot of money, making a path to profitability uncertain
by Mike DelPrete Mar 4
Refinance loans spur 14-year high in lending activity
The dollar amount of loans distributed during the fourth quarter of 2020 was also the highest quarterly amount distributed since at least 2000
Not just a home! Why lifestyle matters most in 2021
Opinion
Today’s real estate consumers believe how they live within their communities is just as important as the layout of their homes. Understanding this shift is crucial for real estate professionals. Here's why
by Scott Beaudry Mar 4
Pulse: The alternative mortgage services clients are opting for
In today's market, what alternative financing models are clients drawn to? That's the question we posed last week, kickstarting a new theme of the month. Here's what our readers had to say
by Inman Mar 2
4 simple (but effective) strategies for fighting real estate stress
Real estate is rife with forces that threaten to drag agents down, which is why they have to learn how to combat day-to-day stress. Here are a handful of tips that can help you find some peace and keep anxiety at bay
by Michael Zaransky Mar 2
Why people matter most: One real estate pro recounts his story
Opinion
My glass-half-full analysis of 2020 is that many real estate agents who might have been neglecting their sphere corrected that, reaching out to folks not just to try to earn a listing or commission, but to see how they were doing personally. Here's why that's important
by Bret Calltharp Mar 2
Century 21 at 50: What’s in store for the brokerage’s golden year
As Century 21 approaches its 50th anniversary this year, the company faces unique challenges when it comes to technology and brand relevance
How agents can prepare for (an even busier) spring right now
Opinion
Here are 3 easy ways agents can prepare for a potentially hustling and bustling spring marketplace even without the downtime that a slow winter market usually provides
by Anthony West Mar 2
Federal judge in Texas rules eviction moratorium unconstitutional
US District Judge John Barker argued that Congress lacked the authority to give the CDC power to halt evictions, and that the moratorium threatened to impinge upon landlords' rights under state law. The DOJ filed a notice on Saturday to appeal the ruling
The digital transaction is great — but mortgage tech still needs work
It's easier than ever to complete a transaction without ever meeting in-person, but the mortgage lending process is one pain point in which multiple agents have aired grievances
Direct mail marketing isn't dead! Here's how to do it right
Statistics show that this old-school marketing strategy is coming back in a big way. Find out why — and how to implement it — from 2 of the industry’s biggest names
by Christy Murdock Feb 28
What’s driving the real estate inventory crisis? These 5 trends
This situation isn't just pandemic-related — the inventory crisis has been a decade in the making, driven by five major trends that are unlikely to change
by Michael Simonsen Feb 27
Affordable housing crisis deepens for communities of color amid COVID-19
On top of a slew of far-reaching problems, a widespread lack of affordable housing is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting layoffs and job losses — and it's devastating communities of color
by Christopher G. Cox Feb 26
From cold to close: How to ensure a seamless closing?
In this third and final part of the series on digital transactions, we will move past search and showings and onto the signing and closing process. Here are the main types of digital signings (and their perks) to know
by Marvin Stone Feb 26
Sellers choose 'buy-before-you-sell' offers 5X more than iBuyer offers
Bridge programs have lower service fees and alleviate seller worries about buying in an inventory-starved market, according to a new report from real estate tech firm Zavvie
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 25
Knock partners with The Agency for Home Swap's expansion
Los Angeles represents Knock's largest market for its 'buy-now-sell-later' alternative mortgage model. It's expected to especially help buyers in the under $2M market be more competitive
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 25
5 non-real estate classes that’ll make you a better agent
From improv to MasterClasses on persuasion, negotiation and, yes, even feeling confident in your own skin, these education programs will help you find self-assuredness and give you a leg up on your competition
by Kathleen Black Feb 25
From cold to close: How virtual showing tools benefit your long-term business
In this second part of a multipart series on digital transactions and new technologies, we're focusing on the all-virtual tools that will make your remote showings a breeze instead of a 'can you hear me now' moment
by Marvin Stone Feb 25
CoStar revenue leaps to $1.7B, but profits take a hit
The company closed three acquisitions in 2020, and CEO Andrew Florance indicated during an earnings call that CoStar's buying spree is far from over
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 24
Bigger is better: Square footage is the No. 1 amenity for luxury buyers
A new report on global luxury from Coldwell Banker found that amid the pandemic, high-end buyers put a greater emphasis on more square footage over any other amenity, driving an increase in homes over 5,000 square feet
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 24
From cold to close: 3 tips for better digital lead response
In this multipart series, you'll learn about digital transactions from end to end and examine new technologies that can enhance the process. First up? Solutions that keep digital inquiries on the digital path
by Marvin Stone Feb 24
NYC's hottest pandemic investment properties? Condominiums in bulk
Dwindling condo sales and dropping prices as a result of the pandemic have cultivated an environment for investors to scoop up Manhattan's languishing condos from developers
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 23
Pulse: Readers share the most painful part of digital transactions
Digitizing real estate has made things easier and more convenient for a lot of industry professionals during the pandemic. That said, there are areas that need improvement. Here are a few, according to our readers.
by Inman Feb 23
How the pandemic made us better, faster and more efficient
Despite all the negatives, last year did bring about rapid change that has benefited us in more ways than one. Here are the tech advancements, business practices and cultural shifts that should stay post-pandemic
by Kendall E. Bonner Feb 23
Beyond the headlines: Sales rise as inventory further wanes
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on the news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner dives into February's housing data releases and predicts how the market will fare
by Matthew Gardner Feb 23
How to help homebuyers compete in 2021 
Guide clients through any feelings of discouragement, and help them navigate an informed, prepared search
by Santiago Arana Feb 23
Building a brand? 5 tips for maximizing your online footprint
Agents Sue Pinky Benson and Liz Vaynerchuk-Novello offer their best tips for becoming as visible as possible online
Fannie Mae: Economy will expand nearly 7% in 2021
Fannie Mae upgraded its full-year 2021 real GDP growth but cautioned that rising inflation and interest rates could be a risk in the near future
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 18
What’s next for real estate? Industry veterans weigh in
To kick off Connect Now, Brad Inman invited Coldwell Banker agents Steve and Heather Ostrom to discuss the 'mega trends' of today and find out why they've stuck with their brokerage
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 18
Housing permits up as starts and completions drop slightly
New homes authorized by permits were up 22.5% year over year in January, according to the latest report by the US Census Bureau
Building a brand? Here are the top 5 do's and don'ts
Opinion
Does everyone in your market know who you are? If the answer is no, then you have serious work to do to get your name out there. Here are few things you should (and shouldn't) do when building your real estate brand
by Kris Lindahl Feb 18
Why teams should strive for an end-to-end experience
COVID-19 magnified the power of client processes. You will find yourself and your business running more smoothly when you implement this end-to-end process to benefit your clients and your team
by Kathleen Black Feb 18
California agent fired after racist verbal attack on Asian woman
Former Beach City Brokers agent Mike Dalcin was filmed flipping off and insulting an Asian woman in Brentwood, Los Angeles
Which cities are now US powerhouses? They're not what you'd expect
San Francisco was the top spot last year, but it didn't even make the list in 2021
Builder confidence creeps up 1 point in February: NAHB
Pandemic-related supply chain issues and shortages of lumber have continued to contribute to rising lumber prices, but intense homebuyer demand for single-family homes has kept builder confidence steady
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 17
More than 7 in 10 sellers say they'd consider an iBuyer: Opendoor
A new report from Opendoor also found that 75% of buyers would consider purchasing a home through an app
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 17
Foreclosure ban and mortgage forbearance through June
Analysts say unemployment will continue to be an ongoing issue even as the pandemic subsides
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 16
Landlord-tenant relations: How to make communication work 
High-touch or low-touch, communications between landlords and residents are most valuable when there's a solid relationship backing them
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 16
Agent/broker perspective: How to create safe spaces in a polarized office
Opinion
To work in harmony, the broker can also encourage a safe space culture where differing points of view are respected
by Anthony Askowitz Feb 16
3 tried-and-true ways to ensure your business doesn't freeze this winter
Whether you’re quarantined with your family, working from home or stuck in the cold, here's how you can keep your business hot and buzzing through the winter months
by Mayleene DeFreece Feb 16
Lesson Learned: Take care of clients (and each other)
For mother-daughter duo Ida and Minette Schwartz, a focus on relationships informs every aspect of the real estate business
by Christy Murdock Feb 15
MoxiWorks: Home sales will increase 13% YOY in February, 15% in March
The real estate tech platform and marketing agency estimates home sales will top 385K sales in February and 483K in March, based on its Home Sales Predictor
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 12
Faster, easier, more personal: How tech is shaping luxury real estate
Opinion
These three tech trends allow luxury agents to give their clients a better experience, which is why they will change the face of real estate in 2021 and beyond
by Mauricio Umansky Feb 11
$1M home searches hit record high in January: Redfin
Homes priced over $1M made up 10.8% of all saved searches on Redfin.com in January, up from 8.5% the previous year, and the highest point this figure has reached since 2017
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 10
Pulse: Tell us about a time when tech saved the day
This week, we're asking you to share your best experiences with tech — those moments when you welcomed digital tools into your process with open arms
by Inman Feb 10
Nearly 1 in 5 millennials have given up on homeownership
A new report from Apartment List finds that most millennials have no down payment savings and big disparities by race
Most cities are making a comeback — but not the priciest ones
Data from Redfin shows that cities are making a comeback, and young white-collar workers are seizing low mortgage rates and work-from-home policies to move to affordable cities
5 tips for taking traditional door-knocking digital
You don't have to abandon your traditional real estate door-knocking values — you simply have to pivot them. Here's how you can put a modern-day twist on something you've been doing for years
by Stacey Soleil Feb 9
Helping millennial and Gen Z buyers: What you should know
Younger generations are certainly a new breed of buyers, and as we all know, we have to evolve with the times — and the customer. Find that digital and competitive edge to remain relevant and outshine competitors
Need a boost? 6 motivational books that'll inspire you
Opinion
Fill your mind with uplifting material, and you’ll feel positive and motivated all year long. If you haven’t already read these books, add them to your 2021 reading list immediately
by Santiago Arana Feb 9
COVID as cupid: Pandemic pushed 80% of couples to shack up in 2020
Nearly half of couples who decided to move in together last year had been dating less than six months, and 66% of couples said living together during quarantine has improved their relationship
How to create top-of-mind awareness with e-newsletters
It’s one of the biggest ways people are staying in touch during COVID-enforced shutdowns, but how can you make sure your email blasts are gaining traction?
by Christy Murdock Feb 6
Super Bowl short-term rental demand at its lowest since 2014: AirDNA
The 2021 Super Bowl has only brought about a 35% increase in demand for short-term rentals compared to a 50% increase seen in 2020 in Miami and a 263% increase seen in 2019 in Atlanta
Ryan Serhant on the 'big money energy' agents need to succeed
The 'Million Dollar Listing New York' star's second book, 'Big Money Energy,' hit shelves on Tuesday
The real estate industry added a meager 7,100 jobs in January
The gains come at a time when unemployment remains high at 6.3% on the heels of the US adding just 49,000 jobs, according to data released Friday by the US Department of Labor
by Patrick Kearns Feb 5
New unemployment claims hover above 1M for 11th straight month
New unemployment claims remain sky high, according to data from the US Department of Labor, even as the COVD-19 vaccine becomes more widely available
by Patrick Kearns Feb 4
Equity-rich properties make gains in fourth quarter
The number of equity-rich homes in the U.S. made solid gains at the end of last year, and now account for more than 30% of mortgaged properties
Ticktock! 8 time-wasters agents should avoid
Opinion
Here’s a look at some of the biggest time-sucks real estate agents are up against in today’s world in hopes that you don't fall into these traps
by Jay Thompson Feb 3
Realogy exec: 3 ways the pandemic changed real estate for good
Realogy expansion brands released a new 27-page oral history of the pandemic and how it has altered the industry
by Patrick Kearns Feb 3
12 ways to generate listings in a low-inventory market
Here are a few ways real estate agents can proactively persuade potential homesellers to put their properties on the market now
by Bernice Ross Feb 3
3 ways agents can support local businesses today
A time like this requires something more of each and every one of us. Here are a few ways the real estate community can help other small businesses survive in this tough situation
by Michael Zaransky Feb 2
How this agent increased sales volume (by millions) without leaving the house
John McCarthy increased his production by millions without leaving the house to meet clients. Here’s how he leveraged resources to get deals done
by Ryan Rodenbeck Feb 2
US inventory plunges to all-time low
Homes for sale in rural areas across the nation were down 44.4% year over year during the four weeks ending Jan. 21, driving an all-time low in active listings, according to Redfin
Running yourself ragged? 9 simple ways to show yourself a little love
Here are a few easy ways to make self-care a daily habit — and still get the job done
by Troy Palmquist Jan 31
What's changed? 5 factors COVID-19 caused us to reconsider
Opinion
There's no doubt that a home is still a smart investment. However, this past year presented us with many other crucial points to consider. Here are a few short- and long-term results 2020's events might bring
by Kuba Jewgieniew Jan 28
'Fundamental shift' to digital in real estate is not going away
At Inman Connect, panelists from Zillow, realtor.com, OJO Labs and Qualia discuss how the pandemic has transformed the industry and how agents can compete
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 27
'You list, you last — you don't, you won't': Why clients should sell now
Strengthen relationships and new listings will follow, speakers said on Wednesday at an Inman Connect session titled 'New Take on Real Estate Relationships'
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 27
Showing app Entro has potential — but should address agent safety
Opinion
With some decent features and a user interface worth seeing, Entro could succeed if not for leaving agent safety and lead quality totally out of the equation
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 24
'A super hot market': Economists weigh in on what to expect in 2021
A handful of economists shared with Inman their forecasts for home sales and prices, inventory, the impact of a coronavirus vaccine and the risk of another recession
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 24
How multifamily complexes can win the amenity arms race
We know that technology and automation are necessary to attract tenants to multifamily complexes. But what developers aren't doing is using this interconnectivity to enhance the feeling of community
by Michael Crow Dec 22
Everything that happened in 2020, the wildest year of our lives
This year had it all: A presidential election, a stock market crash and rebound, and the busiest summer and fall in memory — all amid an unprecedented global pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 21
6 surefire tips for stepping up your marketing in 2021 
Doing business during the pandemic has been challenging, to say the least
by Stacey Ross Cohen Dec 19
Bunkers, Bezos and the Bahamas: The biggest luxury stories of 2020
A booming luxury market, an obsession with spaciousness and high-profile celebrity sales in the midst of a pandemic have made 2020 a year like no other
Inman Person of the Year 2020: Anne and Dave Jones
The power couple runs Windermere Abode in Tacoma, Washington, and epitomizes the way many agents in 2020 have shown leadership amid multiple crises
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 17
How indie brokerages can thrive in 2021
To thrive in the new year, indies must be ready to quickly shift to their clients' new needs and get ready to network with agents across the country and the globe
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 17
Brad Inman's 9 pieces of advice for 2021 and beyond
Inman founder Brad Inman kicked off December's Connect Now conference with some sage advice about how agents can continue to thrive through uncertain times
by Marian McPherson Dec 17
Looking forward to 2021? 3 opportunities teams have
Though no one knows what 2021 will bring, it's important to create something to look forward to. By aligning your team with opportunities and visualizing where you're going in the future, you'll be able to move forward with confidence
by Kathleen Black Dec 17
The lessons this broker learned and is taking into the new year
Opinion
A lot of changes took place in 2020, and many of us will likely reflect on them for years to come. Here are one broker's observations — the things she'll leave behind and the lessons she'll take with her into the new year
by Teresa Boardman Dec 17
The biggest challenges teams face in 2021
Opinion
Find out how challenges will show up, what unique problems 2021 might bring and how to navigate through it all with your team
by Adam Hergenrother Dec 17
Home flipping rates continue downward trend, profits hit new high
Despite the seeming decline in popularity of house flipping, the gross profit on the typical home flip rose to its highest amount since 2000 of $73,766, up from $69,000 during the second quarter of 2020
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 16
Happy happy, joy joy: The Midwest tops list of the US's happiest states
On the other end, West Virginia, Nevada, California, Mississippi and Kentucky ranked as the unhappiest states, according to a new survey by homeselling platform iSoldMyHouse
by Marian McPherson Dec 16
Mortgage applications increase for fourth time in 5 weeks
Mortgage applications and refinance applications increased during the week ending Dec. 11, 2020, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 16
Pulse: What was the biggest real estate news of 2020?
This week, we're starting a conversation on the most significant headlines we've seen in our industry this year. Of all the events that took place in 2020, what got you thinking?
by Inman Dec 16
5 challenges indies will meet head-on in 2021
The real estate landscape has shifted over the years. Today, independent brokerages need to have a clear view of those changes and use their strengths to pivot and meet them. Here's how they can thrive in 2021
by Andrew Bearden Dec 16
Move Inc. acquires rental platform Avail
The platform provides tools for do-it-yourself landlords, and will now become a part of realtor.com
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 15
Here's where home prices soared the most during the pandemic
Realtor.com's latest market analysis reveals how buyers' migration to the suburbs amid COVID-19 sparked double-digit home price growth in these 10 areas
by Marian McPherson Dec 15
The federal eviction ban is about to expire. What happens next?
Although there's hope a relief bill will be passed that includes a 1-month extension, if the moratorium is allowed to expire, as many as 40M renters might be at risk of eviction
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 15
Rinse launches app-based door-to-door laundry service for rentals
The service will provide contactless pickup and delivery of laundry to residents, and can be included in a tenant's lease agreement or as a building amenity for an exclusive price
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 15
The 8 biggest stories that impacted real estate investors in 2020
The hottest topics for real estate investors this year ran the gamut — Airbnb's IPO, WeWork's new CEO, the vacation rental market's comeback, eviction bans and more
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 15
3 top-notch marketing courses to elevate your digital game
With these 3 courses available online and on demand, you can take your digital marketing game to the next level in 2021 — without giving up valuable time and resources
by Victoria Kennedy Dec 15
Pulse: Readers share the accomplishments they're proud of this year
It's been quite a chaotic year, and now that we're approaching the end of it, it's time to look back and acknowledge the major wins you accomplished
by Inman Dec 15
Sick of video calls? 3 strategies for fighting Zoom fatigue
Don’t let computer screen exhaustion ruin your productivity! Here are a few tips to help combat Zoom fatigue as we continue to navigate day-to-day business virtually
by Santiago Arana Dec 15
RentCafe: Gen-Zers kept 2020's sluggish rental market afloat
RentCafe's year-end market analysis covered the rental market's headwinds and a silver lining in the form of increased Gen-Z renting activity
by Marian McPherson Dec 14
How to connect on a real level in a virtual world
Despite the absence of face-to-face meetings, the pandemic opened many virtual doors for relationship-building. Here's how experiential marketing, forced intentionality and tech have changed the way agents form bonds and engage with clients
by Sam Trimble Dec 13
7 lessons from 2020 that changed how we do business
Opinion
It has been one of the most unexpected and unpredictable years in modern history. What has the real estate industry learned from the events of 2020?
by Stacey Ross Cohen Dec 12
Homebuyers are becoming more diverse — and facing 'headwinds'
A demographics panel at NAR's Real Estate Forecast Summit talked about the declining share of first-time homebuyers, the 'baby bust,' and the rise in multigenerational living
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 11
The Real Word: Looking at one economist's 2021 forecast
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the 2021 forecast from a chief economist, how to deal with overpriced listings and what to look for when outsourcing marketing
by Byron Lazine Dec 11
10 amenities Zillow predicts will be on your buyers' 2021 wish lists
From pet-friendly spaces to backyard oases, Zillow on Thursday shared what will be at the top of homeowners' and homebuyers' home wish lists in 2021
by Marian McPherson Dec 10
Airbnb valuation soars after wildly successful debut as public company
The travel company's share price shot up to more than $168 at one point after an initial price of $68 per share on Thursday, the company's first day on the Nasdaq
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 10
Economists predict GDP growth, mortgage rate increases in 2021
More stimulus is needed to prevent the economy from hitting another 'soft-spot,' according to economists who spoke at annual summit hosted by the National Association of Realtors
by Patrick Kearns Dec 10
New jobless claims spiked last week as COVID cases continue to spread
As Congress continued to negotiate a stimulus package, 947K individuals filed new unemployment claims, up 229K from the week prior, according to the Labor Department
by Patrick Kearns Dec 10
Be present! 3 tips for building trust through empathy
Opinion
One of the greatest gifts you can give another human is your time and attention
by Adam Hergenrother Dec 10
Take control! 5 ways to generate your own leads
As a real estate agent, you're operating your own business, which means you have to be in charge of generating your own leads. Here are a few tried-and-true strategies
by Faisal Susiwala Dec 10
How new agents see the real estate industry in 2020
Real estate is an attractive career path for people of all ages and backgrounds, but what do newbies in the industry think of it as a whole? What surprises did they stumble across this year?
by Kris Lindahl Dec 10
Having trouble business planning for 2021? Here's how to get started
If you aren't thinking about your 2021 goals and plans yet, now's the time to get started. When crafting the new year's business plan, start with what you know, and tackle these important sections
by Kathleen Black Dec 10
Knock launches new sale-leaseback program, Knock Nest
A spin-off of Knock Swap, Knock Nest formalizes Knock's longtime leaseback option and allows homeowners to access home equity without the need to move
by Marian McPherson Dec 9
3 digital marketing strategies you'll need in 2021
2021 will be the year of eye-catching content. Here are a few ways to drive more eyeballs to your listings and get the exposure needed to elevate your business
by Mauricio Umansky Dec 9
Pulse: What's one accomplishment you're proud of this year?
This week, we want to hear about your triumphs in 2020. What's a major win that you can't wait to share? How did you achieve it?
by Inman Dec 9
10 strategies for being more profitable in 2021
Want to be more profitable in this upcoming year? Here's how to work smarter, reduce expenses and find ways to make the best possible use of your time
by Bernice Ross Dec 9
Among renters, demand for short-term leases soar amid pandemic
In November, 16.4% of renters sought out apartments with short-term leases outside of their current metro area, a 40% increase since January, according to Apartment List
RedfinNow expands into pricey San Francisco and Seattle markets
In a notable departure from more common iBuying strategies, Redfin's iBuyer program, RedfinNow, will target homes built after 1930 and costing more than $1M in the 2 cities
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 8
Where people are looking for homes hasn't changed: OJO Labs
But how people are finding those homes has changed, according to a study released by the real estate tech company.
by Patrick Kearns Dec 8
Single-family rental demand remains at record high amid pandemic
According to the National Home Rental Council's Q3 2020 market index, the single-family rental market remains robust as renters flock to the suburbs
by Marian McPherson Dec 8
Here's why housing needs to be more pet-inclusive now
Given the positive effects pets have on stress levels, now's the time for all multifamily communities to adapt their policies and allow for a better living experience — for both pet owners and their furry friends
by Michael Zaransky Dec 8
Pulse: 20 ways to spread holiday spirit to your community
The holiday season is in full swing, so now's the time to stay engaged and top-of-mind with your community. Here's a list of ways you can do so while bringing some much-needed cheer to your sphere
by Inman Dec 8
Beyond the headlines: What's in store for 2021?
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on the news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner gives his 2021 forecast
by Matthew Gardner Dec 8
Replay Listings, RentCity partner to ensure transparency in NYC rentals
Replay Listings, an all-video tour app for New York City apartments, will now have the fast-growing ratings from RentCity to accompany its listing search results
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 7
5 things to watch for as Redfin heads into 2021
Redfin's iBuying program and ancillary services should continue to be important parts of the company's expansion. It'll also have to contend with flashy rivals and a fair housing lawsuit
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 7
Mortgages in forbearance remained steady over Thanksgiving
The number of mortgage loans in forbearance stayed constant from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association
Why tiny homes are booming during the pandemic
While some Americans see appeal in adopting a more efficient and affordable way of living during a time of economic uncertainty, others see tiny homes as an opportunity for an office or investment property
The actor-turned-real estate agent making his way in the Hamptons
Kyle Barisich had planned on embarking on a career in real estate someday, but he had no idea how quickly that day would come after theaters were shut down due to the pandemic
Western cities will excel amid strong 2021 market: realtor.com
Cities such as Sacramento, California, should do well next year due to affordability, strong job markets and proximity to bigger metros. New York City, on the other hand, may struggle
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 7
Bad smells kill sales! Don't let buyers sniff out these 8 offensive odors
With only one chance to make a good impression on buyers, obnoxious odors must be identified and dealt with before opening the doors to visitors. Here are a few to consider
by Carl Medford Dec 7
How to update your buyer’s checklist for 2021
The most important thing you can do for your clients, first and foremost, is to make health and safety a priority
by Santiago Arana Dec 7
What to expect when shifting to a buyer's market
Opinion
Nobody really knows what will happen next year — or the year after. Shifts are normal for markets, so agents should think through possible changes and plan for them. Here are a few things to consider
by Andrew Fortune Dec 6
The Real Word: Did this listing video go too far?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the listing video that elicited shocked responses from viewers and agents, things the real estate industry should be grateful for and CoStar’s acquisition
by Byron Lazine Dec 4
5 strategies for getting more clients without meeting face to face
Just because you're practicing social distancing doesn't mean your team should give up on engaging with prospects and clients. Here's how to build quality connections online
by Brandon Doyle Dec 4
Real estate professionals gave back at record levels amid virus: NAR
Volunteering and charitable donations among members of the National Association of Realtors were up from 2018, the last time the trade organization's CARE survey was taken
by Marian McPherson Dec 3
Mortgage rates fall to record new low as home sales begin to sputter
The average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 2.71%, the lowest number ever recorded by Freddie Mac's weekly survey of rates, which dates back to 1971
by Patrick Kearns Dec 3
5 things to factor into your team's 2021 business plan
Now that we're nearing the end of the year, it's time to tweak, edit and rewrite your business plan to ensure your team hits the ground running in 2021. Here are a few things to think about
by Kathleen Black Dec 3
3 tips for wrapping up 2020 on a positive note with your team
As we enter into a new year, it's important to review your team's strengths and weaknesses, and adapt accordingly. Here's how to prepare your agents to close out 2020 with energy and positivity
by James Harris AND David Parnes Dec 3
Pandemic relocation, confidence driving Canadian market: RE/MAX
RE/MAX predicts that the average price of a single-family home in Canada will grow by 4 to 6 percent in 2021
Airbnb may actually be undervalued ahead of IPO: Study
A new analysis by consumer analytics company ValueChampion found that the pandemic has actually helped Airbnb achieve greater dominance over the travel booking industry
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 2
Airbnb shoots for $35B valuation
The short-term rental company is aiming to price at $44 to $50 per share, according to an updated S-1 filing it submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday
Overpriced listing? How to persuade clients to drop that number
If your overpriced listing needs needs a reduction, now’s the time to talk to your sellers. Here are a few strategies and scripts to expand your price negotiation skills
by Bernice Ross Dec 2
Pulse: How are you spreading holiday spirit to your community?
With the holidays just around the corner, we want to hear from you about the many different ways you're bringing some much-needed cheer to your community — while staying top-of-mind
by Inman Dec 2
What we know about the luxe agent on HBO’s Christmas reality dating show
Douglas Elliman's Garrett Marcantel stars in HBO Max's '12 Dates Of Christmas'
Alabama and Georgia Realtors sue Trump administration over 'unconstitutional' eviction ban
Trade groups allege CDC moratorium 'unilaterally shifted billions of dollars in economic burdens from one group of Americans, renters, to another, landlords'
Home prices spike after summer lull: CoreLogic
Nationwide home prices grew at the fastest pace since 2014
New study shows evictions have led to 430,000 COVID-19 cases
Expiring eviction bans at the state level over the course of the pandemic have led to hundreds of thousands of additional COVID-19 cases, according to new research
7 ways to connect with first-time millennial and Gen Z buyers
To appeal to millennial and Gen Z buyers, you should familiarize yourself with their comfort zones, priorities and the challenges they face now. Here's what you need to know
by Ben Mizes Dec 1
Pulse: The state of the indie broker going into 2021
This week, our readers respond with their thoughts on the fate of independent brokerages. Are these businesses primed for success going into the new year?
by Inman Dec 1
How to make staging possible — regardless of budget
Although most agree that staging works, hiring a professional stager is not always an option. Here are 6 levels of staging that'll make it possible in every level of home
by Carl Medford Dec 1
Sotheby's agents sweat it out to raise $31K for food relief fund
Sotheby's International Realty and fitness company Barry's teamed up to raise money for World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides chef-cooked meals to those in need
by Marian McPherson Nov 30
5 ways indies are preserving their culture in a digital work world
Here are a few strategies some indie brokers are implementing to try and keep their company's culture going strong in a largely remote work world
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 30
13 things buyers need to consider before relocating
Before moving on to another destination, here are a few things buyers should consider as they wade through their options
by Cara Ameer Nov 30
Perfect the handwritten note! 5 examples you’ll want to steal
Correspondence is an art, not a science, but these tips will help make your client thank-you notes (and videos) easier to create
by Christy Murdock Nov 29
Want to hit the ground running in 2021? Follow these 8 steps
To make the most of their time, agents need to hit the restart button now — before jumping into the new year. Cross out these actionable items, and you'll kick off 2021 right
by Mayleene DeFreece Nov 28
How smart tech can help reimagine homeowners' home offices
Home office as becoming a must-have in today's environment. So, this week, John Clancy digs into the trend, discussing the upgrades and new technology homeowners should invest in for a more seamless at-home working experience
by Brandon Doyle Nov 27
Sotheby's CEO Philip White sees 'very positive' market trends
White described a robust market that has exceeded even his own expectations this year, and added that he believes homes will continue selling well in 2021
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 25
Outdoor kitchens, dining spaces take center stage during holidays
Agents in California, Montana, Arkansas and Louisiana share how buyers are embracing outdoor entertainment spaces for socially distanced holiday gatherings
by Marian McPherson Nov 25
3 ways video marketing has pivoted this year (and how to work it!)
Our businesses might look different now — and the marketing aspect of it is no exception. Here are 3 key factors that can help agents adapt to this changed digital format
by Kathleen Black Nov 25
Pulse: What is the state of the indie broker going into 2021?
This week, we want to hear your thoughts on the fate of indie brokerages. Are they thriving and outdoing their competition? Or are they just barely hanging on?
by Inman Nov 25
Real (Estate) Talk: Neither fair nor a haven, NAR’s Fairhaven is what we need
Opinion
The National Association of Realtors launched a free interactive training platform called Fairhaven. Here’s my take on this virtual experience
by Lee Davenport Nov 24
Searches for homes in urban areas up 200% from last year: Redfin
With the largest annual increase for searches in urban areas so far this year, new data from Redfin released Tuesday suggests Americans haven't given up on cities just yet
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 24
Agent/broker perspective: Should agents start aligning with Biden's housing plans?
Opinion
With the election drawing to a close, an agent feels ready to shift her business and align more with the president-elect's housing policies. What should her broker say?
by Anthony Askowitz Nov 24
Beyond the headlines: Median prices up 15.5% from last year
Opinion
The median price in October came in at $313,000, for the 104th straight month of year-over-year price gains. We haven’t seen this growth pace since 2006
by Matthew Gardner Nov 24
Low inventory and rising prices to continue in 2021: Homesnap
Homesnap predicts homebuying demand will remain hot and inventory will continue to decline in 2021 — unless sellers can be enticed to enter the market
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 23
Chicago indie brokerage Baird & Warner pays it forward amid virus
Baird & Warner's Stephen Baird and Lucy Wood Baird talk to Inman about the company's 162-year mission of giving, including its most recent philanthropical pursuit
by Marian McPherson Nov 23
The 2 best days to buy a home are right around the corner
Attom Data Solutions examined 27M single-family and condo sales over the past 7 years and calculated the premium or discount paid on any given calendar day
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 23
12 festive ways to stay in front of your clients this holiday season
Opinion
With the holidays right around the corner, now's a good time to reach out to your sphere. From sending out customized cards to sponsoring live holiday music, here's a list of activities you can do to bring a little cheer to your clients and community
by Bernice Ross Nov 23
5 questions to jumpstart your strategic planning for 2021
Take time to look at the big picture of your business to be better prepared for next year
by Erica Ramus Nov 23
Evaluating multiple offers? 15 questions sellers should ask
Here’s how to present information in a clean, organized way that makes sense to sellers
by Lindsey Hood Nov 22
In chaotic times, Zillow becomes the solution to doomscrolling
People in 2020 are treating the ubiquitous real estate portal as part social network and part salve amid a global pandemic and geopolitical chaos. But don't expect a comments section
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 20
2020 is the year of the second home
The demand for second homes has risen 100% year over year, according to a Redfin report
by Marian McPherson Nov 20
The Real Word: How will a vaccine affect the housing market?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss how a vaccine might impact the housing market and NAR’s new ethics changes
by Byron Lazine Nov 20
How you can bring tech-powered growth to your business in 2021
Moving forward, the real estate world will be divided into two groups — those who harness the power of technology and those who don’t
by Mike McGowan Nov 20
IBuyer market share set to drop by half in 2020: DelPrete
Opinion
The iBuyer market share and transaction volumes isn’t a failure of the model, but rather a result of it
by Mike DelPrete Nov 19
Existing-home sales continue to rise for fifth consecutive month: NAR
Existing-home sales in October 2020 were up 4.3% from the previous month and up 26.6% from one year ago, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 19
Home sales experienced record gains in October: Redfin
Home sales were up 24% in October from the previous year on a seasonally adjusted basis, the largest increase since Redfin started tracking the data in 2012
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 19
How one broker is approaching Thanksgiving this year
Opinion
With COVID-19 cases soaring, Teresa Boardman can't help but think of what's to come. Here's how the holiday season is going to be different this year
by Teresa Boardman Nov 19
3 strategies for scooping up more market share
As a successful agent, naturally, there will a come a time when you'll want to expand into a new area. Here's how one agency approached the endeavor and what the process looked like
by David Parnes AND James Harris Nov 19
3 seller objections, excuses and concerns to overcome this fall
Sometimes, interactions with sellers go smoothly, but that's not always the case — especially now. As an agent, you should anticipate these common seller concerns and respond to them appropriately
by Kathleen Black Nov 19
Low interest rates spur new high for mortgage originations
During the third quarter, 3.25 million mortgages were originated on residential properties, the highest level this figure has reached in 13 years
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 18
Notarize announces partnership with dotloop
The new partnership should let agents using dotloop get their documents notarized with the click of a button
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 18
NAR: After 2020 boost, home sales will leap next year
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts existing-home sales will rise 9% in 2021
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 18
Zillow CEO on how COVID-19 vaccine may impact real estate tech
Barton called the vaccine a 'miracle,' praising the scientists behind the effort, and noted that the industrywide move toward digital is likely 'a long-term trend'
by Patrick Kearns Nov 18
Notarize opens platform to more notaries, launches tool for agents
Notarize also revealed during a virtual conference Wednesday that it has seen significant growing interest in virtual transactions during the pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 18
Rental management platform NestEgg raises $7M
The platform is geared toward small independent landlords who need help with property maintenance, rent collection and searching for new tenants
by Marian McPherson Nov 18
7 ways indie brokers can cultivate a powerful support system
As an indie broker, you might be juggling a variety of roles and responsibilities — which is not only tedious, but also very lonely. This is why it helps to have a strong support system. Here's how to build it
by Bernice Ross Nov 18
Dear Marketing Mastermind: What should my 2021 marketing plan include?
Looking for ways to improve your content marketing strategy? Learn how from this virtual workshop featuring Valerie Garcia and Peter Lorimer
by Christy Murdock Nov 18
Don't chase your next transaction — run your business with intention
The business of real estate is fast-paced and in the moment. As an agent, you're always chasing the next transaction. But here's how operating with intention can positively impact both work and life
by Marion Weiler Nov 18
'2021 has already kick-started': Noel Roberts on the Hamptons market
The star of 'Million Dollar Beach House' talks about the influx of permanent Hamptons residents and what to expect next year
How this investor built a single-family rental empire virtually
California-based investor Katy Klesitz shares how she and her husband, Frank, have grown their out-of-state rental portfolio during the pandemic
by Marian McPherson Nov 17
Home improvement startup Curbio raises $25 million
The company handles repairs for homeowners, then takes payment for the work when the home later sells
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 17
Amazon donates $9M to nonprofits near DC to mark HQ2 anniversary
The funds will go toward organizations working to help residents avoid evictions as well as other causes to improve racial equality and support military families and veterans
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 17
From SoulCycle to the office: 10 brand-building lessons
When it comes to drive, resilience and brand power, there's a lot agents can learn from the fitness world. Here, two SoulCycle master instructors share their top tips for tapping into the athlete mindset
by Tamara Bakir Nov 17
Why the NAR Expo won't ever be the same
Aside from the challenges posed by COVID-19, the NAR Expo still faces a handful of other issues that stack the deck against it. Here are a few affecting the health of the event
by Chris Drayer Nov 17
Pulse: Readers share their advice for aspiring indie brokers
Here, seasoned independent brokers share their best advice on ways to drive business success — from branding to marketing to giving back to the community
by Inman Nov 17
Coldwell Banker CEO: Family moves fueling 'brisk' sales nationwide
M. Ryan Gorman said family moves are helping keep the housing market strong despite broader economic challenges during the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 16
6 harsh truths about being an indie broker
Opinion
Opening an indie brokerage allows you the freedom to set your own rules. These are the stories we tell ourselves, but here's the real truth
by Erica Ramus Nov 16
3 agents raise $48K for children without computers, Wi-Fi
Red Oak Realty agents April Howell Young, Negar Souza, and Rose Heffelfinger raised $48K to provide technology for children in three school districts
by Marian McPherson Nov 16
What a vaccine could mean for the US housing market and real estate
An effective vaccine could mean a spike in interest rates and return to some pricy metro markets, economists and agents told Inman
by Patrick Kearns Nov 16
Make it count! Here's how to build your legacy
In a year marked by worldwide tragedy, we've been forced to reexamine what is truly important and wrestle with how we can reorient our lives to truly make a difference going forward and leave our mark on the world
by Carl Medford Nov 16
21 things to do before ringing in 2021
Opinion
Here, we offer this year’s list in hopes of giving a bit of perspective as we head into a new year and a new chapter in our lives
by Rachael Hite Nov 14
Digital escrow provider Endpoint closes on $40M more
The digital deal continues to broaden its reach as technology company Endpoint takes in more money, expands in the west and doubles its employee count
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 13
Here's how to tap into an athlete's mindset — and win today
Beating out competition, breaking limitations and making the impossible happen are things athletes train for. Here's how to tap into their mindset to make great strides in business and life
by Tamara Bakir Nov 13
Top 5 video trends to know in 2021
'You get a lot of street cred if you're meeting up with people and you have hundreds of videos online,' Triplemint agent Tyler Whitman said during Connect Now Thursday
3 brokers share how giving has enriched their lives and business
Brokers Nicole Lopez Cummins and Eric and Janet Baucom share how they've given back over the past year and encourage other agents to do the same
by Marian McPherson Nov 12
EasyKnock founder: 'Agents have to differentiate themselves'
EasyKnock CEO Jarred Kessler argued during Inman Connect Now Thursday that agents need to show that they're on the cutting edge
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 12
Focus on what you’re best at to take your business to the next level
Santiago Arana and Dawn McKenna have come a long way since starting in real estate. They shared their pro tips for taking things to the next level with attendees at Connect Now
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 12
3 buyer objections, excuses and concerns to overcome this fall
Dealing with buyer objections is frustrating, but experienced real estate agents should have answers for these common concerns and excuses. Here's how to be better prepared
by Kathleen Black Nov 12
5 high-ROI upgrades homebuyers will love
Before your clients spring for a home makeover, it pays to know which ones result in the highest return on investment. So, here are a few projects worth investing time and money in
by Megan Eskey Nov 12
Winter blues are coming! Fight them off with a solid routine
Choose your struggle, make small changes and get ready for big results
by Adam Hergenrother Nov 12
The 'community crisis' is here. Can you retain your team?
Opinion
In a year when everyone is searching for connection, what can you do to provide community to your agents? If you succeed in building that community, it’ll payoff tenfold when the pandemic is over
by Kris Lindahl Nov 12
Home prices rise in opportunity zones, but lag behind nationwide gains
A report by Attom Data Solutions reveals that opportunity zones experienced a strong quarter, but gains still fell below the pace of broader metro areas across the US
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 11
4 home design trends ushered in by the pandemic
Changing needs due to COVID-19 have altered buyer preferences when it comes to home amenities. Here's what The Agency is seeing from clients
by Mauricio Umansky Nov 11
Don't ignore renter leads! 6 steps for turning them into homebuyers
Helping renters become homeowners is about mindset — both yours and your clients'. Here's how to evaluate the renter leads you receive and convert them into homeowners when their lease expires
by Bernice Ross Nov 11
3 ways collaboration is a win-win for all in real estate
It’s natural to have feelings of scarcity in business and to see your competition as a threat to your success. However, if you open yourself up to collaboration, you’ll see it’s quite the opposite. Here's why
Pulse: What advice would you give to aspiring indie brokers?
This week, we're asking our readers to share their best words of wisdom — the advice they'd like to pass onto aspiring and new independent brokers trying to get their business off the ground
by Inman Nov 11
US foreclosure filings increase 20% in October despite moratoriums
A total of 11,673 US properties received foreclosure filings in October 2020, according to a new report from Attom Data Solutions released Tuesday
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 10
Pulse: The biggest challenge indies face in 2021
This week, our readers chime in with their thoughts on the biggest obstacles and hurdles independent brokerages should be preparing for going into 2021. Here's what you had to say
by Inman Nov 10
11 common bluffs agents use with buyers, sellers and each other
This industry is always moving fast. As a result, agents have become experts at crafting responses that can buy them time, leave the door open or get them to a desired outcome. Here are a few
by Cara Ameer Nov 10
Beyond the headlines: Jobs beat forecasts, still long way to go
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner examines jobs numbers. Although they beat forecasts, at October's pace, it would still take about another 16 months for employment to return to pre-pandemic levels
by Matthew Gardner Nov 10
Shifting needs in luxury propelled Sotheby's in Q3
Agents affiliated with the global luxury brand closed more than $90B in sales through the third quarter of 2020
by Patrick Kearns Nov 9
What a Joe Biden presidency means for real estate and housing
From Biden's campaign, here's how we can expect his administration to respond to today's most crucial housing issues
7 virtual staging services to increase your listing's appeal
Virtual staging is becoming increasingly in demand — and for good reason. Not only is it more cost-effective and convenient, it also dramatically enhances the property's digital aesthetic appeal. Here are a few firms that do it right
by Megan Eskey Nov 9
8 massive mistakes brand new agents often make
Opinion
With so many aspects of the career to master, it’s easy to get distracted, but avoid these errors from the beginning
by Gerard Splendore Nov 9
Joe Biden wins 2020 presidential election
Here's what a Biden presidency may mean for the real estate industry
by Patrick Kearns Nov 7
Tales from the field: Focus on the warm calls
One broker shares a powerful way agents can approach calls while showing they care and subtly establishing themselves as trusted real estate professionals
by Lee Davenport Nov 7
The hot housing market isn't ending any time soon: Zillow
Closed sales of existing homes increased 9.4% from August to September, yielding a 20.9% increase year over year, the highest rate recorded since 2006
638,000 jobs added in October — but unemployment remains high
The unemployment rate declined to 6.9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the country as a whole is still down about 10M jobs since February's pre-pandemic levels
The state of luxury real estate around the world
Inman touched base with luxury agents in Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong and beyond to learn more about what business is like in these unusual times
The battle for rent control in California continues with Prop. 21 loss
California voters struck down Proposition 21, which would've expanded local governments' rights to impose rent control on housing exempt under current law
by Marian McPherson Nov 5
Demand is heating up in the Hawaiian luxury market
Hawaii has experienced ups and downs throughout the pandemic, but right now, luxury buyers are craving the aloha lifestyle and a bit of seclusion from the rest of the world
US home equity levels rose in Q3
Equity-rich properties made up about 28.3% of mortgaged homes in the US during the third quarter, up from 26.7% the previous year, according to a new report by Attom Data Solutions
3 simple steps to a successful video walkthrough for buyers
Touring clients through a home over video is the new normal — here's how to do it right
by James Harris AND David Parnes Nov 5
How to bring new hires onto your team the right way
Opinion
You hired someone — now what? Here's how to set the stage for team members to have a fruitful career
Get your networking on! 4 tips for connecting in the age of COVID-19
Networking isn't about meeting someone on LinkedIn, having a good discussion, and promising to follow up at a later date and time. It goes far beyond that, especially today. Here are a few timely tips
by Anna Johansson Nov 5
3 strategies to grow your business in a time of crisis
Opinion
It’s absolutely vital for agents to use this time to create and represent a powerful pivot in their businesses. Here are three strategies to help you do just that
by Kathleen Black Nov 5
5 ways to harness PR and stand out in today's market
PR is a vital component of achieving success in today’s cutthroat market. Here's how to push your business forward and reach the right clients by being strategic and working with PR pros
by Durée Ross Nov 4
Pulse: What's the biggest challenge indies face in 2021?
This week, we're asking you, our readers, about the obstacles you're expecting to run into next year as an independent broker. How are you preparing for them?
by Inman Nov 4
How to heal our communities by giving back
When creating 2021 business plans, agents should think about ways to truly help their communities while gaining daily exposure at the same time. Here are a few ideas to consider
by Bernice Ross Nov 4
Americans head to the polls as real estate industry holds breath
Voters have to choose between President Trump and Joe Biden as concerns about unprecedented voter intimidation, fraud and violence swirl around the country. Real estate agents like Ellen Sykes of Warburg Realty volunteered at voting centers across the US
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 3
Could we see a flurry of foreclosures in 2021?
Opinion
Although there is more demand for housing, there is also a higher risk of losing it, and many economic signs point to a rocky road ahead. Here's why this housing boom won't last
by Andrew Duguay Nov 3
Here's how Trump and Biden stack up on housing issues
The president and former vice president have sharply divergent views of how to handle things like housing affordability, discrimination and homelessness
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 3
Home price growth reaches 6-year high in September
After a slow summer, home prices rose 6.7 percent in early fall
Rents on the rise for larger units across the country
A new report from Apartment Guide found that studio apartments, which have out-priced one-bedrooms in recent years, are currently the least expensive unit type
Pulse: How our readers are preparing for winter
This week, our readers tell us what they're doing to prepare for the winter months ahead, covering topics like virtual learning and marketing. Here's what you had to say
by Inman Nov 3
Industries are encouraging voter participation — where is real estate?
Opinion
Offering employees time off to vote is a simple way many companies have been helping people exercise their rights without feeling pressed for time. But why has the real estate industry been absent from the conversation?
by Bess Freedman Nov 2
3 ways to build confidence in buyers and keep their anxiety at bay
Today, homebuyers are understandably nervous, which is why agents should do everything they can to put buyers at ease. You can do that by showing your market knowledge and expertise — and following these tips
by Santiago Arana Nov 2
Thinking of going indie? 9 critical points to consider
Opinion
Here's what you must consider to protect yourself, provide the highest possible level of client care and effectively compete with larger players
by Carl Medford Nov 2
Let's dive into the Indie Broker world
Starting, running and growing an independent brokerage is an enormous feat — especially now. All month long, we'll be looking at how to navigate business through market changes, disruption and other industry shifts
by Inman Nov 1
3 superpowers indie brokerages have in 2020
Opinion
After merging with a national brokerage, I realized there were things about the boutique lifestyle that I’d never find in a national brand. Here are the major benefits of indie brokerages
by Andrew Fortune Nov 1
Looking for fall pop-by ideas? Here's what readers are doing
Pumpkin spice and all things nice, here are a few ways to connect with clients safely
by Inman Oct 30
Inman Handbook on luxury marketing
What do top luxury agents know about marketing — both themselves and their properties — that can help you move to the next professional level?
by Christy Murdock Oct 30
Louisville, Buffalo, Santa Barbara lure out-of-towners amid pandemic
All 3 metros have experienced a net inflow increase by over 100% in the past year, according to a new report from Redfin released Friday
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 30
Foreign buyer activity is down, but not in 'Zoom cities'
Travel restrictions, uncertainty and the US handling of the pandemic are taking a toll, but outdoorsy vacation spots are still hot among international buyers
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 30
Residential investments push US GDP up 33.1% in the third quarter
Gross domestic product rose 33.1% in the third quarter of 2020, due to increased consumption and residential investments, according to the Commerce Department
by Marian McPherson Oct 29
Pending-home sales take 2.2% hit
The National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index dropped 2.2%, to 130, in September after 4 consecutive months of contract activity growth
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 29
Show off your listing! 6 tips for creating engaging IGTV videos
Virtually touring a home is an essential part of the business now, so IGTV is a worthy place to focus video efforts. Here are a few tips to help you gain traction
by Mauricio Umansky Oct 29
Beyond the headlines: Housing continues to break records
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner discusses home sales across the U.S. and concerns over the unsustainable pace of price growth
by Matthew Gardner Oct 29
Vacant zombie properties continue to decline amid foreclosure moratorium
In the fourth quarter of 2020, properties in the process of foreclosure decreased 7.3% from the previous quarter while the number of properties sitting empty declined 4.4%
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 28
Sotheby's Realty CEO Philip White talks about his bet on virtual reality
The industry veteran explains how his brokerage's investment in virtual reality paid off during the pandemic
by Marian McPherson Oct 28
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky lists California estate for $22.9M
Wayne Gretzky and his wife Janet built the home in 2002, sold it in 2007, then rebought the home several years later after a former owner lost it to bankruptcy
Winter is coming: These are most in-demand cold weather amenities
As homebuyers and owners prepare to settle in for what may be a long COVID-19 winter, fire pits, hot tubs and heated floors have never been more desirable
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 28
Pulse: How are you preparing for winter?
As the temps drop, what are you doing to prepare your business for the winter months ahead? Chime in with your thoughts this week
by Inman Oct 28
Dumped, ghosted and bad behavior: How to deal with tough situations
Opinion
Think twice before reacting, and take additional steps to slow down your thought process and prepare clients for potential pitfalls in today’s fast-paced real estate landscape
by Rachael Hite Oct 28
5 shifts this Aspen broker is seeing in her market
This is how one broker associate found her way into the luxury real estate business in Colorado's mountain communities — and what COVID-induced trends she's been seeing in her market
by Liz Leeds Oct 28
REALM founder Julie Faupel on the luxury of peace of mind
The industry leader talks about launching a platform during COVID, what luxury consumers want and how agents are delivering
by Marian McPherson Oct 27
Imaging startup Asteroom strikes up deal with BHHS Fox & Roach
Asteroom was founded in 2018 and lets users create 3D tours with just their Android or Apple smartphones
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 27
A year of relocation: Where luxury buyers moved in 2020
A new report from Coldwell Banker sheds light on where the wealthy moved this year, why they relocated and what they're looking for in a home
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 27
Agent/broker perspective: Should agents still practice all COVID guidelines?
Opinion
After months of virtual everything, an agent feels ready for much more face-to-face interaction. Can her broker convince her otherwise? 
by Anthony Askowitz Oct 27
Expiring eviction moratoriums could lead to next housing crisis
Economists say America is on the brink of another housing crisis as rent debt reaches $7B
by Marian McPherson Oct 27
How to take advantage of your parking lot during the pandemic
With fewer people driving to work and destinations like shopping malls, property owners and investors are tapping into creative new uses for parking lots
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 27
FHFA reports biggest home price gain in 29 years
Prices increased 1.5% from July to August according to Federal Housing Finance Agency data, the largest increase since 1991
by Patrick Kearns Oct 27
Sluggish in early summer, home price growth accelerates in August
August's home price index was the largest in 2 years, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price NSA Index
by Patrick Kearns Oct 27
Clients planning to rent? 10 realities they need to be aware of
House shopping in the coronavirus era is a high-intensity exercise, with homes selling at warp speeds. Clients who are turning to renting as a temporary solution might need to be aware of today's realities. Here are a few
by Cara Ameer Oct 27
3 ways to build trust using personalized direct-message videos
The most efficient tool to convey information tone and body language without being face to face is video
by Kendall E. Bonner Oct 27
5 reasons buyers should pull the trigger this fall
The time for buyers to act is now, while interest rates are low and the economy is gaining strength. If your buyers are on the fence, here are a few reasons that might convince them to go for it
by Gerard Splendore Oct 26
Inman Handbook on staging luxury listings
Learn from the experts how to ensure that the luxury property you're showing is ready for the scrutiny of those discerning high-net-worth buyers
by Christy Murdock Oct 26
Building video content? Here’s a simple 4-step formula
As people are now shopping for properties online, agents should try to increase their brand awareness through content marketing videos. Here are a few ways to get them right
by Lisa Suazo Oct 25
How to help clients play their cards right in today's market
With the current low-inventory market and the overall uncertainty, an agent's job has never been more important. Here's how to guide buyers and sellers while keeping their stress levels low
by Jim Manikas Oct 24
Power zones and Duchenne smiles: Body language tips for every agent
Practicing the use of body language while wearing a face mask can help improve an agent's ability to effectively communicate with clients during showings, experts told Inman
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 23
Even amid travel restrictions, Bahamas real estate lures many
Prospective buyers are spending up to $18,000 a month to rent a home in which they can quarantine for 14 days before they start looking at properties
How the pandemic is redefining what luxury means
Engel & Völkers Americas CEO Anthony Hitt on how buyer priorities have shifted, why inventory is tight and what luxury looks like in this new normal
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 23
20 of the most mindbogglingly expensive homes sold this year
It's been a big real estate year for billionaire buyers David Geffen and Jeff Bezos
Smart home tech for agents: Which is the better security camera?
Right now, security cameras can offer peace of mind for those staying and working at home. So, when it comes to price and functions, how does Eufy fare against Arlo?
by Brandon Doyle Oct 23
The Real Word: Hidden seller costs every agent should disclose
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss why agents need to disclose all costs to sellers, how buyers are using Airbnb rentals and the best branded gifts
by Byron Lazine Oct 23
How to help your buyers win in a competitive market
Although receiving multiple offers can be a positive opportunity for sellers, it can be daunting for buyers. Here's how to help them compete
by James Harris AND David Parnes Oct 22
NAR's proposed ethics changes miss the mark
Opinion
If the intent of the Code of Ethics is to hold real estate professionals to a higher standard, the proposed addition fails to achieve that. Here's why — plus what could be done
by Teresa Boardman Oct 22
Home price gains continue to climb in third quarter
A new report from Attom Data Solutions found that 77% of metros analyzed posted double-digit annual home price gains
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 21
5 smart things top agents are doing that you should implement now
OJO Labs CEO John Berkowitz and Chief Product Officer Charles Myslinsky revealed 5 bright ideas worth taking note of during an Inman Connect Now session on Tuesday
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 21
In 2021, use your marketing budget on personal touches
Avoid the glitz and glamour next year, and get back to tried-and-true personal touches when it comes to connecting with clients
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 20
Could COVID-fueled mass migration impact the presidential election?
People moving from California to Nevada and Arizona is leading to a surge in registered Democrats in both states, according to a study released Tuesday by Redfin
by Patrick Kearns Oct 20
Spurred by builder confidence, housing starts rally in September
Privately owned housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.41M, up 1.9% from an August estimate, according to data released Tuesday by the US Census Bureau
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 20
HouseCanary adds HomeAdvisor integration to streamline reno process
The HomeAdvisor integration allows homeowners to view projects with the highest ROI, connect with licensed professionals and secure financing for home renovations
by Marian McPherson Oct 20
'Sleepy suburbs' are the new hot spot for luxury buyers
The pandemic has given the world a new perspective, and for luxury buyers, the suburbs have never looked more glamorous
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 20
Beyond the headlines: 83% of consumers not worried about job loss
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner digs into the numbers of the latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index
by Matthew Gardner Oct 20
Making a brokerage switch? Ask these 8 critical questions first
Opinion
When making this major decision, it’s crucial to choose a brokerage that fits your needs today and can grow with you into the future
by Missy Yost Oct 20
The quiet iBuyer war on real estate commissions: DelPrete
Does the success of the iBuyer model come at the expense of the traditional real estate structure?
by Mike DelPrete Oct 19
Keep up! 3 tips to navigate the post-pandemic sales boom
Is the COVID-induced hubbub of activity keeping you on your toes? These 3 tips will help you keep your post-pandemic momentum going and stay on track with your clients’ evolving needs
by Santiago Arana Oct 19
How this megateam is maximizing its sellers' proceeds
Opinion
Here's an inside look at how one real estate team is transforming homes, increasing clients' wealth and boosting the level of equity in local neighborhoods
by Carl Medford Oct 19
Here are the hidden costs of homeselling you should disclose to clients
There are a lot of hidden costs that go into closing — and many sellers aren't aware of them. That's why it's your job as the listing agent to educate them on what's to come and keep the process running smoothly
by Luke Babich Oct 17
32M missed mortgage, rent or student loan payments in September
The number of renters and homeowners able to make payments during the third quarter of 2020 improved slightly from the second quarter, but remained relatively high overall, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Research Institute for Housing America
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 16
Even amid pandemic, luxury sales soared 42% in Q3: Redfin
Luxury sales skyrocketed in 3Q20, even as the number of confirmed cases peaked at 75K on a single day in July and joblessness claims hovered around 1M a week in early August
Jason Oppenheim and the luxury market he has his eye on next
The Oppenheim Group is considering branching out to Corona Del Mar, in Newport Beach, California. 'I don't think I've told anyone that yet,' Oppenheim told Inman
WFG founder Pat Stone talks e-closings, coronavirus and getting back to basics
On the heels of WFG's 10th anniversary, founder Pat Stone shares his secret to success, which hinges on mastering the basics and putting clients first
by Marian McPherson Oct 16
Metros with lower rent have been most resilient amid pandemic
Metros with lower rental prices, including the Inland Empire and Sacramento in California, have been the most resilient, according to a new report by Yardi Matrix
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 15
Forget retreats! Here’s how to advance your team virtually
If you’re organizing an end-of-the-year planning session for your team, be sure to include these crucial aspects
by Adam Hergenrother Oct 15
When future-proofing your business, don't forget these 3 basics
Taking the time to reflect and plan for the future? Now's the right moment to start incorporating these three basic practices in your day-to-day business
by Kathleen Black Oct 15
Will low inventory plus high demand snowball this winter?
Today, the market remains red hot as summer, but unfortunately, the industry might be celebrating too soon. Here's why this winter might bring a very different and cold reality
by Chris Drayer Oct 15
Zillow, Yelp identify top 10 most affordable suburbs with a 'city feel'
Data powerhouses create 'Cityness Index' to identify suburbs that best strike a balance between affordability and urban amenities. No. 3 is surprising, to say the least
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 14
28% of people who moved this year did so to avoid catching COVID-19
According to MyMove, another 20% moved to be with family, while 18 percent cited financial reasons, including job loss
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 14
Moving is a nightmare! 6 tips to ease your clients' headaches
Opinion
Nobody likes moving, and everyone will likely agree that the process is often tedious, frustrating and generally unpleasant. However, there are ways to make it less painful for your clients. Here's how
by Jay Thompson Oct 14
As the pandemic drags on, mortgage delinquency rates rise
The 120-day delinquency rate for July was 1.4 percent — the highest rate in more than 21 years and double the Great Recession peak
Upcoming elections too much to bear? Why not 'live under a rock'?
If the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming elections are stressing you out, maybe it's time to consider literally living under a rock with a promo deal from Hotels.com
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 13
Millennials with kids show big appetite for suburban living
A new National Association of Realtors survey finds younger people want more outdoor space and bigger homes with more rooms — even as walkability remains important
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 13
Landlords, lobbyists launch legal battle against eviction moratorium
In the wake of the Trump administration's federal moratorium on evictions, landlords, apartment owners and housing industry groups have issued legal challenges against the order, leaving millions of renters in a precarious position
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 13
Beyond the headlines: Are mortgage rates hurting affordability?
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner discusses the potential consequences of low mortgage rates and persistently low levels of inventory
by Matthew Gardner Oct 13
6 reasons FSBOs fail epically even in a hot market
Opinion
Unfortunately, DIY sellers often have to go through these sometimes painful motions to get a much-needed reality check
by Cara Ameer Oct 13
COVID is transforming Palm Beach into a primary residence market
Paulette and Dana Koch say the pandemic has fundamentally changed the buyer composition in Palm Beach, with more buyers considering a primary home than ever before
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 12
It's a small world after all: Average apartment shrank 9.7% since 2010
Centrally located, small and more affordable living spaces dominated the past decade, according to new data released by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 12
Let's stop perpetuating hustle culture in real estate
Hustle culture, though often talked about in real estate, might not be a great habit for long-term success — personally or professionally. Here's why agents should consider a more sustainable, well-rounded approach
by Amy Galvin Oct 12
What does 'luxury' mean in the wake of COVID-19?
Opinion
In a post-pandemic world, features that were once taken for granted are now becoming precious to homebuyers. Now, the idea of luxury means something different, and it includes these new in-demand aspects
by Gerard Splendore Oct 12
Don’t alienate buyers! 10 in-person showing turnoffs 
Opinion
With COVID-19 limiting access to listings, buyer visits are at a premium. Sellers hoping for an offer need to ensure nothing alienates a buyer who goes through the hassle of viewing their home in person
by Carl Medford Oct 10
Why this luxury agent bought a SF condo when everyone is leaving
'This is the first time in a good 10-year run that we've seen a lot more available inventory,' San Francisco broker Tracy McLaughlin told Inman
Smart home tech for agents: Want the best home office setup?
This year, the home office became a treasured room in most people's homes. To improve your WFH experience (and make it infinitely more comfortable), here are a few smart tech options
by Brandon Doyle Oct 9
How did Charlotte's most expensive home sell in only 4 days?
Listing agent Josh Tucker, of HM Properties' Lake Norman office, told Inman the quick sale had a lot to do with setting up the French-style chateau and drawing attention to it ahead of time
MoxiWorks launches tool to predict number of home sales
The new prediction model will run on a monthly basis to forecast the number of U.S. home sales two months in advance based on data from the company's presentation builder
3 tips for marketing luxury listings during the holidays
Unfortunately, the eggnog won’t be flowing at holiday-themed open houses, but there are ways to safely market a luxury listing during this time with a little bit of (pumpkin) spice
by David Parnes AND James Harris Oct 8
3 building blocks for business resilience today
Instead of focusing on building, a lot of agents and teams have shifted gears. Now, they're rebuilding, adapting and tweaking their processes instead. Here are a few things to remember when crafting a strategy for moving forward
by Kathleen Black Oct 8
How to lead through the ups and downs
Business, just like life, is full of ups and downs. It's your job as a leader to challenge your team members to dig deeper during the good times and push through when the going gets tough. Here's how
Northeast markets continue to be most at-risk due to pandemic
Parts of New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., were most vulnerable to economic impacts of the pandemic during the third quarter
Are incentives the key to navigating a softening seller's market?
Agents in California and New York share how they're dealing with softening seller's markets and whether buyer's incentives are worth the potential trouble
by Marian McPherson Oct 7
'Baptism by fire': How MLSs should prepare for natural disasters
Panelists at the Council of MLSs annual conference on Monday discussed how to quickly meet agents' needs when tragedy strikes
Redfin: The coronavirus has a bigger impact on sales than the election
According to Redfin's latest survey, only 22 percent of buyers and sellers are adjusting their real estate plans due to the presidential election
by Marian McPherson Oct 6
Fight the power: Off-the-grid cabins spark demand from rural buyers
Homebuyers are flocking to rustic off-the-grid cabins — many without electricity — in Maine, Oklahoma, New York and Wyoming, among other states, as residents seek to distance themselves from their neighbors amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic
Nest Seekers International adds No. 1 real estate YouTuber to its ranks
YouTuber and producer Erik Conover has joined Nest Seekers after building one of the top luxury real estate and lifestyle channels with 1.5M followers
by Marian McPherson Oct 6
'As good as it gets for homesellers': New median US home price record
Amid intense market demand and low inventory, the U.S. median home price hit a record high of $319,769 in the 4 weeks ending September 27, according to data from Redfin
Pandemic forcing 'unprecedented overnight shift' in real estate
A new survey from States Title shows that stress levels and isolation have increased among real estate professionals, though most remain committed to their careers
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 6
How building managers can prepare for a COVID-19 winter
Real estate industry intelligence firm Propmodo recently produced a report detailing the ways property managers can best prepare for both commonplace and worst-case COVID-19 scenarios
Beyond the headlines: Real estate remains a shining light
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner discusses how the housing market continues to bring out buyers in an economy still mired by the COVID-19 pandemic
by Matthew Gardner Oct 6
Why agents need continued education — especially today
For agents, education goes hand in hand with having a positive work environment and company culture. The more resources they have at their disposal, the more likely they are to thrive. Here's why
by Jill Butler Oct 6
Out-of-state buyers? 5 tips for helping them in a hot seller's market
Working with buyers from hundreds or thousands of miles away can be a hectic process. However, it all becomes easier (and less stressful) when you have a well-thought-out plan in place. Here are a few tips
by John Gluch Oct 6
Behold, the Texas home with America's largest closet
Formerly owned by socialite Teresa Roemer, the 17,000-square-foot home — along with its 3-story closet — has sold after 6 years on and off the market
Agents see recovery, but expect pandemic to linger: Inman survey
Six months after Inman's first survey on how agents are navigating the coronavirus pandemic, new findings hint at a resurgent real estate market
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 5
The DC agent balancing his time between work and family
This week, Chris Perry, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker in the Washington, DC metro area, hustles to make his active contract goals while preserving time for family
Working with skittish sellers? 7 ways to ease their worries
In today's confusing world, agents need to do everything they can to ensure a smooth transaction. These tips can help your sellers feel heard, comforted and in control of the process
by Grattan Donahoe Oct 3
Virtual tours level off as home showings continue unseasonable increase
ShowingTime's Showing Index reported impressive year-over-year growth in home tours as Redfin reports 8-10% of all tours are conducted online
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 2
New jobs report suggests home affordability could weaken
A dip in prime age participation typically goes hand-in-hand with slower wage growth, according to Odeta Kushi, the deputy first economist at First American
by Patrick Kearns Oct 2
What is an 'Amazon room,' and why do luxury buyers want one?
With online orders increasing, many buildings are looking for ways to get more space for residents' packages
4 can't-miss real estate events happening virtually this fall
Even though events are held virtually now, they still offer tremendous value — and a chance to connect with some of the best real estate experts in the world. Here are a few noteworthy digital happenings
by Victoria Kennedy Oct 2
Florida and New York go separate ways on eviction bans
Governor Ron DeSantis has allowed Florida's eviction ban to expire while Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded New York's tenant protections to apply to pre-COVID evictions
'Beginnings of revival' show up in NYC real estate market
After bottoming out in May and June, signed contracts in Manhattan have begun to rebound, according to a new report released Thursday by Warburg Realty
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 1
3 marketing tools to enhance your digital efforts
Working from home? Here are a handful of real estate marketing tools that can save you time, streamline your business and increase your conversions in this ever-changing industry
by Kathleen Black Oct 1
Are you playing hurt? This is for you
Opinion
Real estate can be a nonstop, demanding career. As an agent, you're always on the go — even if that means pushing through personal pain. Here's what one broker-owner learned while dealing with her own
by Michelle Shelton Oct 1
Howard Hanna partners with Rand Realty to expand into NYC suburbs
The strategic partnership was in discussions for over a year, and includes the purchase of 1 office in New York City and 27 offices throughout suburban New York and New Jersey
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 30
Pending-home sales soar in August
The National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index skyrocketed 8.8% year over year in August
These 5 marketing campaigns are tailored for today's market
With the last quarter approaching, agents should strive to finish 2020 strong and step into the next year on the right foot. In other words, now's a great time to implement these marketing campaigns and generate new income streams for your business
by Bernice Ross Sep 30
Home price gains continue to accelerate: Case-Shiller
Home prices rose 4.8% year over year in July, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price NSA Index
by Patrick Kearns Sep 29
MLS confidential: 8 realities sellers need to know about their listing
Listing a property on the MLS — while representing it accurately and truthfully — can be a complex process, which is why agents need to do explain to sellers what is and isn't possible when setting up a listing. Here's how
by Cara Ameer Sep 29
Beyond the headlines: The number that blew through forecasts
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner discusses how new home sales exceeded the annual rate of 1M units for the first time since 2006, blowing past most predictions
by Matthew Gardner Sep 29
Inman Handbook for reaching consumers on realtor.com
Want to optimize your profile on this real estate portal? Find out what to include and how to stand out on realtor.com’s platform
by Christy Murdock Sep 29
America's biggest artificial surf park is coming to Florida — along with 800 new homes
'Willow Lakes,' a 200-acre development, will include at least 800 residential homes, 600 hotel rooms, 400,000 square feet of retail and 125,000 square feet of office space
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 28
Realogy's expansion brands CMO shares how to lead with soul
Realogy expansion brands CMO Jen Marchetti shares how she juggles Better Homes and Gardens and ERA's marketing while staying compassionate and authentic
by Marian McPherson Sep 28
5 ways to pivot your marketing for 2020's challenges
No one can argue that this year has thrown some major curveballs and forced agents to shift and adapt their business strategies. But what are some of the most effective marketing changes agents have made in 2020? Top agents weigh in
by Georg Chmiel Sep 28
How 'The Social Dilemma' relates to your business
Opinion
A new docudrama on Netflix highlights the dangers of social media and the many ways these platforms are designed to gather data and manipulate its users. But what does it have to do with your business? Here are a few takeaways
by Rachael Hite Sep 28
Take Inman's latest coronavirus survey here
The pandemic continues to roil the economy and disrupt daily life. Let Inman know how you're doing right now
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 28
First-time sellers? Set their expectations with these 7 truths
Opinion
How buyers find their new home has changed dramatically, and maybe even permanently, this year. Remember that what’s normal for us now is all new to sellers — especially the first-timers
by Nicole Solari Sep 27
How to recruit top talent amid sky-high unemployment
For agents and teams looking to build their bench and expand their businesses, today's employment landscape provides a previously unimaginable opportunity to hire top talent. Here are a few ways to make the most of it
by Carl Medford Sep 26
As new home sales soar, listings take a dip in August
New listings of newly constructed homes decreased 4.1% year over year to a seasonally adjusted rate of 74,000 in August, according to a report on Friday from Redfin
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 25
Bel Air megamansion returns to market with a mega price cut
Dubbed 'Unica' and evoking a resort within a home, the spec mansion returned to the market asking $78M after originally listing for $100M in May
How real estate is struggling to meet the needs of Latino homebuyers
Industry leaders, including NAHREP CEO Gary Acosta and Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider, discussed how the industry can better serve the growing homebuyer demographic
by Patrick Kearns Sep 25
Could empty hotels be converted into high-end housing? Some say yes
'There will be survivors and there will be casualties, and I think those casualties will be ripe for redevelopment,' says Boston-based developer Ted Tye
OpenFrame brings new twists to its virtual home tour app
Opinion
The iOS app comes with a 360-degree camera and tripod, as well as some sharp value-add features that make it stand out among the growing selection of virtual tour tools
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 25
The Real Word: Should agents disclose referral fees?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the importance of disclosing referral fees, markets in trouble and ways to use TikTok for business
by Byron Lazine Sep 25
Stabbing of property manager tied to tenant's eviction at luxury tower
A double stabbing in Seattle that left one dead and another seriously injured may be connected to a property manager's attempt to evict a tenant on Wednesday
Home price growth stays strong for now — but the future is murky
After forecasting housing price declines of approximately 0.3% this year, experts have adjusted those predictions this quarter to reflect an increase in prices by 3.7%
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 24
New home sales break 1M mark for first time since 2006
Low-interest rates and a lack of existing homes pushed new-homes sales to a new high, according to the US Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development
by Marian McPherson Sep 24
Homebuyer migration rates reach highest level since 2017: Redfin
At a national level, 28.7% of Redfin.com users looked to move to a different metro area during July and August, according to the brokerage's latest migration report
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 24
4 best practices to help you nail every listing
From standard operating procedures to pandemic preparations and the fundamentals of listing success and conversion, these four practices are the key to success
by Kathleen Black Sep 24
Why we shouldn't forget it's safety month
Opinion
Although sensational headline stories are the ones that fuel discussions on agent safety, other more everyday occupational hazards are worthy of attention, too. Here's why
by Teresa Boardman Sep 24
What your team should be doing to end the year strong
Q4 is no time to relax and wind down. By following these tips, your team will build the habits they need to achieve their goals and end the year on a high note
by James Harris AND David Parnes Sep 24
Homeownership affordability drops in two-thirds of U.S.
Median prices of single-family homes and condos are now less affordable than historical averages in 63% of counties, up from 54% one year ago, according to a new report
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 23
Need help with an eviction? There's an app for that
Civvl promises independent contractors they'll earn up to $2,000 per week for helping with evictions and foreclosure cleanouts. But is it legal?
by Marian McPherson Sep 23
$35M penthouse is SoHo's most expensive sale ever
The three-floor penthouse of 421 Broome Street set a new record for the priciest home ever sold in this part of Manhattan
United Wholesale Mortgage to go public in largest SPAC deal ever
United Wholesale Mortgage is slated to go public during the fourth quarter of 2020, through a special purpose acquisition company deal with Gores Holdings IV
by Marian McPherson Sep 23
Bucking co-living downturn, Common raises $50M round
Despite a housing landscape that increasingly disfavors co-living arrangements, co-living startup Common is forging onward with a $50M Series D funding round
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 23
From mindset to marketing: How to reach and convert leads
From marketing tips to advice on exercising your mindset muscle, last week's Connect Now was chock-full of useful information all agents need to hear. Here's a list of the most important takeaways
by Bernice Ross Sep 23
How to help sellers achieve 'sky-high ROI'
Achieving 'sky-high ROI' isn’t about spending thousands of dollars on massive home improvements before you sell. Here are 3 low- to no-cost actions that net sellers a lot more on their home sales
by Kris Lindahl Sep 23
Pulse: What's one marketing tip you'd give to all agents?
This week, we want to know the one marketing tip you swear by. How has it worked for you in the past, and why do you think it had an impact on your business?
by Inman Sep 23
Dear Marketing Mastermind: How can I become a neighborhood expert?
Opinion
Want to create more buzz in your neighborhood or geographic farm? Check out these tips from Inman Connect Now's session with David Collins and Alvin Newton of REAL Marketing
by Christy Murdock Sep 23
30% of agents plan to decrease ad spend on Zillow, realtor.com
Curaytor co-founders say agents are starting to realize they 'do not need a middleman' and can go directly to consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 22
Existing-home sales soar to highest level since 2006
Total existing-home sales climbed 10.5% from the year prior in August, according to data released Tuesday by the National Association of Realtors
by Patrick Kearns Sep 22
Mobile-home parks are a sound investment, especially during a pandemic
Mobile-home parks have long been touted as a recession-proof sector of real estate, and investors say they continue to be a wise choice during the nation's current economic turmoil
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 22
Beyond the headlines: Builder sentiment record high
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner digs deeper into last week's economic announcements on retail sales, consumer sentiment, building permits and more
by Matthew Gardner Sep 22
Pulse: What's working for readers on social media
This week, our readers share their social media strategies — what platforms they find themselves gravitating toward and what types of content increase their business conversions
by Inman Sep 22
Struggling with video? 4 tips for improving your hustle
Video allows you to communicate and build 'know, like and trust' relationships unlike any other marketing tool
by Kendall E. Bonner Sep 22
5 lessons I learned from running 50 marathons: Robert Reffkin
Opinion
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin, in a letter to all employees, shares what he learned throughout an impressive physical achievement
by Robert Reffkin Sep 21
Drop some knowledge: 5 must-do's for sellers in today's market
Any sellers looking to sell their home should be following a comprehensive checklist. Although many such lists are readily available online, it's time for a new list: Coronavirus has changed everything
by Carl Medford Sep 21
The Inman Handbook on making Redfin your referral partner
Ever thought about marketing your services on Redfin? Find out everything you need to know to get started, including tips from long-time Redfin Partners
by Christy Murdock Sep 21
Overwhelmed with multiple offers? Here's how to handle them better
In our current market, listing agents are finding their clients being met with multiple offers on their home. To ensure both sides leave the transaction happy, here are a few tips for effectively handling multiple-buyer situations
by Clarence Webb Sep 20
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices sets up shop in Mexico for first time
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has brought on its first network member in Mexico in the expat and retiree destination of San Miguel de Allende
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 18
Over 11M households struggled with rent and mortgages this spring
Renters were much more likely than homeowners to struggle with monthly payments, according to a new Mortgage Bankers Association report
Buyside launches first-ever National Home Valuation Week
Beginning Monday, Sept. 21, top real estate firms in the US will join forces to promote homeowners to check the value of their home through their local broker
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 18
A Zillow TV spot, dissected
Zillow and independent marketing agency The Perception offer their thoughts on a new Zillow advertisement that acknowledges the changing face of 'home'
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 18
Switcher Studio brings easy, broadcast-level video production to the iPhone
Opinion
IPhone video content app enables multiple devices to broadcast on a single stream and add rich graphics on the fly. Sorry Android users — this one is iPhone-exclusive
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 18
With virtual learning, rents in college towns are falling fast
Two million more college-age Americans are living with their parents or grandparents instead of renting, according to new data from Zillow released Thursday
The majority of young adults now live at home with their parents
For the first time since the Great Depression, the majority of young adults are living with their parents, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of US Census Bureau data
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 17
Be a better leader: 10 tips for starting 2021 on a positive note
Opinion
Going into next year, we need to be taking steps to be better leaders with a more positive message and an attitude of growth and servitude
by Ryan Rodenbeck Sep 17
House flipping rates decline while profit margins rise across the U.S.
The climbing profit margins are a reflection of how home prices have continued to stay steady, and even increase in some areas, during the pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 16
Lennar predicts strong home sales 'for the foreseeable future'