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 Today 8:29 A.M.
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 Today 2:00 A.M.
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 Today 2:00 A.M.
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 Today 2:00 A.M.
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 Edgar Today 12:52 A.M.
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
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'
The homebuilder also said its move-up program with Opendoor 'is becoming an industry standard'
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 16
These 10 housing markets are poised for serious trouble
A new study by GoBankingRates looks at the top US cities most likely to see a poor housing market in the near future
Brokers share how they've thrived through the pandemic
Broker-owners Tiffany Curry and Jorge Guerra moderated a conversation between some of the nation's top leaders on how they've used digital tools to pivot
by Marian McPherson Sep 15
Ryan Serhant is breaking out with his own brokerage
After more than 10 years working as an agent at Nest Seekers International, Ryan Serhant has launched his own brokerage called "Serhant."
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 15
Knock offers tips for timing the purchase and sale of a home
Stephen Freudenberg, director of national real estate at Knock, shared his thoughts during an Inman Connect Now session on Tuesday
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 15
Gary Keller: 'We’re going to have a year or two of tough'
The Keller Williams CEO and co-founder outlined the two stages of 'what's next' for the housing market during a virtual company conference
by Patrick Kearns Sep 15
Two years after divorce, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris sell LA home
Pratt and Faris accepted an offer of $4.75M for their 4,700-square-foot home in the Hollywood Hills West neighborhood of Los Angeles
Realogy chief: Entire homebuying experience won't go digital
Ryan Schneider said this week that digital real estate experiences are becoming more common, but in general, people still want to physically experience properties before buying
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 15
12 up-and-coming, mid-sized metros
Mid-sized cities across the country are looking attractive as people try to avoid congested cities and seek out more affordable markets amidst an uncertain economic climate
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 15
Agent/broker perspective: Are virtual presentations here to stay?
With buyers and sellers concerned about the risks of in-person meetings, virtual presentations are now the norm. But what can brokers tell agents who aren't convinced virtual communication is here to stay?
by Anthony Askowitz Sep 15
Mortgages in forbearance drop again, but that trend could reverse
As Congress continues to be at a standstill in passing a second stimulus bill to support Americans who have become unemployed as a result of the pandemic, it's likely forbearance rates could increase in upcoming weeks
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 14
Co-living startup HubHaus to shut down
The venture capital-backed startup, which sought emergency funding before taking steps to shut down, has been unsuccessful in attracting a potential buyer
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 14
Redfin's chief growth officer on maintaining optimism during the pandemic
Adam Wiener said the brokerage has adopted an educational tone to try and increase public knowledge on the current state of the real estate market amidst uncertain times
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 14
Permanent vacation? Normal goes out the window as summer rentals extend into fall
Property owners and managers are having good times this summer and fall, but surging demand has also forced the industry to figure out what the market rate for a unit ought to be
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 14
While it's an improvement, 32% of renters are still in 'rent debt'
Despite the lapse in federal unemployment benefits in August, 68% of renters made an on-time rent payment during the first week of September, meaning just 32% were in 'rent debt.'
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 14
6 pro tips for first-time real estate investors looking to make a change
The real estate industry has remained remarkably stable during the pandemic, prompting some Americans to turn to investing. Veteran investors shared their tips with Inman
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 14
Down payment assistance programs remain strong during pandemic
According to Down Payment Resource's latest report, 81% of down payment assistance programs in Q3 still had funding for homebuyers
by Marian McPherson Sep 11
Luxury real estate is 'outpacing the broader market' in some areas
Eric Balog, CEO of luxury-oriented Leverage Global Partners, says the high-end market has thrived in recent months, but that the pandemic should have a "lasting impact" on consumer preference
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 11
DelPrete: COVID-19's effect on global real estate portal revenues
In response to the pandemic earlier this year, leading real estate portals reacted by rolling out discounts and new products. Now, the results are in — and here's the revenue impact
by Mike DelPrete Sep 11
The Real Word: Is fall the new spring in real estate?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss fall market activity, Airbnb bookings and Coldwell Banker’s virtual conference
by Byron Lazine Sep 11
What it's like to market city life during a pandemic
Opinion
Historically, cities have been the center for commerce and the arts. They used to be vibrant places that attracted young people. But what about now? And is marketing real estate in the city tough?
by Teresa Boardman Sep 10
Feeling the burnout? 4 ways to avoid WFH stress
Real estate professionals have been at it for six months now, balancing the stress of working from home with a host of other distractions. To avoid being pulled into a state of exhaustion and burnout, here are four tips to keep in mind
by Kathleen Black Sep 10
Pulse: What are the biggest marketing mistakes you've seen?
This week, we want to hear about the worst marketing and branding blunders you've seen throughout your career. What was your takeaway from it? How could it have been avoided?
by Inman Sep 9
Fall is the new spring in real estate
Record-low mortgage rates, skyrocketing buyer demand, and shrinking inventory have pushed the housing market's busy season forward through at least the end of the year
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 8
10 business principles I learned from getting healthy
Opinion
When Carl Medford set off on a weight loss journey, he soon realized that the same principles of commitment, coaching and overcoming failure could be applied to business. Here's everything he learned
by Carl Medford Sep 8
Another semester of home-schooling: How to create a space for kids
Here's how to create a productive home-school environment for kids this year
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 7
Bu-bye! 9 signs it’s time to cut ties with clients
Opinion
We can't always spot a bad apple from afar. But here are a few situations when you should say adios
by Nicole Solari Sep 6
Sale of Doris Day's $7.4M home will go to her animal foundation
Surrounded with flowers and other greenery, the two-floor main home is painted yellow and sits on a knoll overlooking a local golf club
FHA homeowners have the most to lose during economic upheaval
Three chief economists share how FHA homeowners have been disproportionately impacted by 2020's coronavirus-induced unemployment boom and what it means for next year's market
by Marian McPherson Sep 4
Engel & Völkers strengthens its focus on Midwestern markets
The Hamburg-based luxury brokerage is expanding its footprint in the Midwest with a new office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as buyers look toward secondary markets
by Marian McPherson Sep 4
I bought a home during a pandemic. Here's what I wish had been different
Opinion
I went in search of an agent the old-fashioned way, by asking for recommendations. Six agents ended up replying, and I sent them each 61 questions. Yes, 61.
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 4
Real estate sector adds 23K jobs
The unemployment rate fell to 8.4% in August, according to new data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
by Patrick Kearns Sep 4
Hamptons season extended into fall and winter, agents say
'We've done more business for October than at any other time in the past that I can remember,' local broker Angela Boyer-Stump told Inman
What these women learned about parenting during a pandemic
California Association of Realtors’ WomanUP! panelists and mothers Katie Lance, Sara Sutachan, Chelsea Peitz and Mimi Nartey share their stories
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 3
How these female broker-owners are thriving during economic crisis
Staying connected and encouraging others are just some of the key strategies that have helped Tina Hernandez, broker-owner of Coldwell Banker Omni Group, and Julie Dudum Del Santo, broker-owner of Dudum Real Estate Group, prosper during the economic downturn
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 3
Want to connect better with clients? Customize your communication
Using emotional intelligence to understand different personality styles is vital to creating and maintaining relationships
by Kathleen Black Sep 3
How to lead your team through the rest of 2020
Being adaptable to change is what sets you apart from other teams. Here are some concrete steps for leading your team through the rest of the year
Why women should feel empowered to launch a business right now
'If you’re thinking about it, don’t wait to do it — do it now,' said broker Natalia Budilo of eXp Realty during a panel at C.A.R.'s WomanUp! event
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 2
55% of those who bought homes during the pandemic now regret it
A new survey commissioned by LendEDU found that low rates lured in new buyers, but now many are struggling to pay their mortgage
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 2
Rental concessions are twice as common as in February: Zillow
The proportion of rental listings on Zillow that offer some kind of concession increased from 16.2% in February to 30.4% in July, according to new data released Tuesday
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 2
Trump administration issues nationwide eviction ban through 2020
The National Association of Realtors says moratorium will bring 'chaos' to rental housing sector and 'bring more havoc' to the economy
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 2
COVID-19 changed everything for California Realtors. Here’s how they adapted
'Every one of our priorities changed when COVID-19 hit,' said Dave Walsh, president-elect of the California Association of Realtors, during the group's WomanUP! virtual conference
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 1
Majordomo releases app for pre-inspection home ratings
The 4-star rated inspection analysis tool now has an app for quickly rating the quality of a home before an official inspection
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 1
The 2020 housing market is now outperforming 2019
National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said he believes home sales will be slightly ahead of 2019 and then up even more in 2021, rising 8% year over year
by Patrick Kearns Sep 1
Share of mortgage loans in forbearance stays flat after 10-week decline
After 10 consecutive weeks of mortgage loans in forbearance showing declines, the total number of loans in forbearance appears to have flattened out at 7.2%
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 1
July home prices grow at fastest rate since 2018: CoreLogic
The 5.5% growth is an unexpected turnaround from the start of the pandemic
Preparing for an inspection? 10 things sellers need to do
There are many obstacles that can derail an inspection, especially in today's COVID-19 climate. As an agent, you should step in and offer sellers advice on what to do to make the process go a bit smoother
by Cara Ameer Sep 1
Can property owners learn the warning signs of a grifter?
A rental property owner in New York City's West Village was recently taken advantage of by a 'serial grifter' who turned into a nightmare roommate. Is it possible for property owners to safeguard themselves against these con artists?
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 1
September rent is due. How will renters and landlords deal?
The start of the month means that over 100 million Americans living in rentals will have to pay rent without the supplemental aid they previously received as part of the pandemic stimulus package
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 1
After pandemic dip, new real estate licenses spike: Study
The number of new real estate licenses fell by more than 90% in Florida and Texas in April when COVID-19 made the industry hit pause
by Patrick Kearns Aug 31
Developer is using eviction ban to squat in the Hamptons, owners say
Marco Ricotta and real estate agent Jodine Russo have been accused by the property's owners of not paying rent on their Hamptons property since April
How to get your listings ready for fall
There's no denying that fall decor brings about feelings of warmth and belonging — which is why agents shouldn't ignore it when it comes to listings. Here are four areas to focus on when staging for pumpkin-spice season
by Gerard Splendore Aug 31
Are you prepared for a market shift? Master these 3 skills
The market might be sizzling right now, but there’s a cooler backside to any hot market. Those who anticipate the shift and effectively prepare are those who will succeed once the new realities emerge
by Carl Medford Aug 31
Losing bidding wars? 10 strategies for victory
With a red-hot seller's market, listings are now getting multiple offers — and agents have to be prepared for bidding wars. Here are a few tried-and-true strategies agents can use to beat out the competition
by Kseniya Korneva Aug 30
Mike Ferry: The gap between productive agents and non-productive agents is widening
The real estate coaching pioneer told Inman in a wide-ranging interview that virtual presentations mean agent quality has to be higher than ever during the pandemic
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 28
Gary Gold: 'If I was ever going to top what I've done already, this was it'
Gary Gold talks to Inman about his ambitious plan to sell 15 ultra-luxury homes as director of sales for the Malibu Series. 'When I saw this, I went, 'This is it."
What's the future of iBuyers in light of COVID-19?
Opinion
Although no one knows exactly what the future holds for real estate, things seem particularly uncertain for iBuyers. Here's a look at the advantages and disadvantages these companies are facing as they navigate the current housing market
by Luke Babich Aug 28
Zumper announces rent guarantee for small landlords
The company believes the new service will be particularly useful during the coronavirus pandemic, when numerous Americans have missed their housing payments
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 27
July pending home sales rise 5.9%
The increase sent the Pending Home Sales Index sailing to 122.1, marking the third month in a row of sales growth, according to the National Association of Realtors
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 27
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin: No, New York City isn't dead
The future of New York City, where Compass was founded, remains bright, Robert Reffkin argued in an op-ed for CNN
by Patrick Kearns Aug 27
Lead, plan, communicate — the 3 basics of coaching through uncertainty
This time of uncertainty proved to be a true test for good leadership. As a leader, you should be stepping in and coaching your team to better adapt to this new landscape. Here's how
by James Harris AND David Parnes Aug 27
How to build an onboarding process that’ll grow with your team
A strong onboarding program will help agents feel truly welcome and recognize that you put your agents’ needs at the top of your priority list
by Ryan Rodenbeck Aug 27
How to survive and thrive in uncertain economic times
With a little creative thinking, honest conversation and self reflection, we can overcome what’s ahead and look to a future with an unshakable financial model
by Kathleen Black Aug 27
Zombie foreclosures see modest increase in third quarter
Although the total number of properties in foreclosure is down 16% from the previous quarter, zombie foreclosures increased from 3% to 3.7% of all properties, according to Attom Data Solutions
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 26
Hurricane Laura poised to wreak billions in property damage
Damage incurred as a result of Hurricane Laura's surge is poised to impact at least 431,810 residences with over $88.6 billion in reconstruction costs across Texas and Louisiana
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 26
MLSs roll back rule and status changes to pre-pandemic norm
Many multiple listing services, though not all, have ceased pausing days on market while others are divided on off-market status expansions, according to a survey of 30 MLSs
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 26
Need to cut costs? Create your own leads — for free
Looking to reduce expenses? Consider cutting your lead spend. If you’re willing to invest some extra time, you can generate your own leads for free and liberate yourself from paying for today's costly leads
by Pat Hiban Aug 26
Aspen's most expensive home of the year sells for $31.85M
Local agent Carrie Wells facilitated the sale of the property, a 10,014-square-foot spec mansion designed by Ro Rockett Design
EasyKnock CEO predicts lasting pandemic-induced slump to hit this fall
Many U.S. regions are experiencing a surging real estate market, but Jarred Kessler believes it will be short-lived and the market could start to slow as early as October
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 25
New single-family home sales show housing had 'blockbuster month'
New single-family home sales climbed 36.3% year over year, according to data released by the US Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development
by Patrick Kearns Aug 25
This is the only city where home prices declined in Q2
Home prices in the United States were up 5.4% year over year in the second quarter, according to Federal Housing Finance Agency
by Patrick Kearns Aug 25
Shares of mortgages in forbearance decline for 10th straight week
Despite the positive trend, the Mortgage Bankers Association estimates 3.6 million homeowners are in forbearance plans
by Patrick Kearns Aug 25
Making sense of the headlines: A look at household debt
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner takes a deep dive into the latest data on household debt and credit and what it might mean for post-COVID economic recovery
by Matthew Gardner Aug 25
Pulse: The toughest decisions our readers made this year
Last week, we asked you to share some of the tough calls you had to make this year in light of the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Here's what you had to say
by Inman Aug 25
6 tips for crafting stronger buyer offers
Opinion
If you’re having to compete in a multiple-offer situation on every offer, you have to find a way to give your buyers as much of an edge as possible
by Alex Neir Aug 25
Back to school? 5 tips for a better work-school blend
Opinion
This isn’t business as usual. Stop holding yourself to outdated standards — find your blend, and keep pushing yourself at what you love to do
by Rachael Hite Aug 25
How Corcoran Group shifted to focus on coaching to the moment
Corcoran Group shifted hard and fast to a fully virtual agent development program when the pandemic hit New York City mid-March. SVP of Learning and Development Marc Alter told Inman how his coaching team pivoted during the pandemic to best serve their agents
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 24
When facing obstacles, pivot like a pro — here's how
Opinion
Basketball players, when confronted by a wall of defense, pivot to continue movement toward the net. Take cues from the sport to successfully pivot your business to continue moving forward in the midst of the current pandemic
by Carl Medford Aug 24
Doing virtual tours? 10 things you should (and shouldn’t) do
Opinion
If you are dedicated to becoming the best listing agent you can be, you owe it to your clients to grow your marketing efforts using this valuable link
by Andrew Fortune Aug 22
Developer confidence in multifamily housing rises, but remains relatively low
Multifamily vacancies also rose during the second quarter of the year, though the National Association of Home Builders characterized the industry as experiencing a recovery
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 21
Existing home sales skyrocket amid pandemic, inventory down
July also marked the first time ever that the median home price across the entire U.S. rose above $300,000, according to NAR's data
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 21
It's a seller's market all right, and home value growth is accelerating
During July, the typical home value was up 4.5% year over year to $253,527, the fastest value rate increase since May 2019
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 21
Airbnb issues global ban on parties
The short-term rental company announced on Thursday a global party ban and an occupancy cap of 16 people at its listings as the coronavirus pandemic continues
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 21
How COVID-19 has altered LA's luxury market — maybe for good
David Parnes, the star of 'Million Dollar Listing' Los Angeles, talks to Inman about the luxury landscape and how the pandemic has changed the market
How the pandemic inspired a selling technique that rivals iBuyers
Greg Hague, the founder of Real Estate Mavericks, shares how his formula offers sellers convenience, a higher price and a higher degree of safety
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 21
VA loan activity swells during coronavirus pandemic
New data from the Department of Veterans Affairs provides further evidence that the pandemic has not slowed down demand for real estate or real estate financing
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 20
'Million Dollar Beach House' goes inside the world of Hamptons luxury
The new Netflix series 'Million Dollar Beach House' premieres August 26 and provides a deep dive into five Nest Seekers agents and brokers working in the Hamptons
12 ways to prioritize wellness in stressful times
The founder of Women's Choice Award told real estate agents to 'get over the guilt' and prioritize wellness to succeed
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 20
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 Aug 20
Is your team Q4 ready? Here’s how to prepare for winter
Opinion
The third quarter is winding down, but the market is still hot. If you’re willing to dig deep, hold the line and keep your foot on the gas, you can ensure your business will have a strong fourth quarter
by Adam Hergenrother Aug 20
Are you prepared for anything? Keep these necessities in your car
Because real estate agents are always on the go, hopping from meetings to showings, you have to be prepared for anything that comes your way. This means keeping your car stocked with necessities. Here's a nifty list
by David Parnes AND James Harris Aug 20
Mortgage refinances reach their highest rate in 7 years
During the second quarter of 2020, 1.69M refinance mortgages were secured by residential properties in the U.S., a number up nearly 50% from the first quarter, and up more than 100% year over year to its highest level in 7 years
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 19
Airbnb files paperwork to go public
Although the company has provided few details, the announcement at leasts ends months of speculation that Airbnb was on the verge of an IPO
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 19
'Seasonality is out the window': The late summer housing market is hot, hot, hot
But Redfin warns that lack of economic stimulus plan from Congress could lead to a housing downturn
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 19
Feds propose new mortgage category
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau believes 'season QM' mortgages will spur innovation. But not everyone is convinced they're a good idea
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 19
Coldwell Banker, California developer reckon with racist past
The author of 'The Color of Law' proposes that the real estate businesses who created a whites-only neighborhood in San Mateo, California, set up a fund to integrate it
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 19
Pulse: What's the toughest decision you've made this year?
With a pandemic raging in the background, we know you've had to make some tough calls this year. But what was the most important (read: most difficult) decision you've had to make so far?
by Inman Aug 19
RE/MAX exec: Real estate is seeing a 'race to the bottom'
Nick Bailey argued Tuesday that agents are being told they need to save money — even if they might do better with a costlier but better business model
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 18
Where are 2020’s hottest ZIP codes?
The hottest ZIP codes in the US this year, according to an analysis by realtor.com, are in less populous, less expensive areas where people can socially distance with ease and not worry about breaking the bank if their jobs become less secure during a time of widespread economic uncertainty
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 18
DelPrete: iBuyer market share plummets, slow recovery ahead
IBuyers are buying homes again but with a more cautious approach. Once they prove they can survive the pandemic, they’ll still have to overcome the challenge of profitability
by Mike DelPrete Aug 18
Housing starts soar 22.6% in July
'Strong builder confidence and heavy buyer traffic point to further production gains in the near term,' said Chuck Fowke, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders
What to watch for as Airbnb gets ready for an IPO
New rumors suggest the short-term rental giant may file papers to go public as soon as this month. The rumors come as Airbnb's business gradually recovers from a pandemic-related downturn
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 18
Opendoor resumes iBuying in all pre-pandemic markets
The move hints at how strongly real estate has bounced back during the pandemic, which is still ongoing and has prompted Opendoor to include virtual assessments for homes
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 18
Agent/broker perspective: Should listings highlight new or traditional preferences?
Opinion
The pandemic fast-tracked a number of paradigm shifts that were already reshaping our living habits. So, should agents try to appeal to these new buyer desires or stick with traditional, tried-and-true features?
by Anthony Askowitz Aug 18
Pulse: The best piece of advice our readers received
This week, our readers share the best piece of advice they've ever received from family, colleagues and leaders. These nuggets of wisdom are not only applicable in the (home) office, but in day-to-day life as well
by Inman Aug 18
Let it go! 8 seller beliefs that no longer hold true today
Opinion
When it comes to real estate, people still hold on to a host of tired, old-school beliefs that are hard to shake off. But to ensure a successful sale, agents need to educate their sellers on how the process actually works today. Here's how
by Cara Ameer Aug 18
RE/MAX CEO: Brokerages built with gimmicks will fail
Adam Contos urged his brokers not to sit back and wait for the pandemic to pass at RE/MAX's Broker Owner Conference Monday
by Patrick Kearns Aug 17
Builder confidence matches all-time high from '98
As if in a blast from the past, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) rose 6 points to 78 in August, the index's highest reading since December 1998
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 17
RE/MAX co-founder to brokers: Now is the time to take market share
David Liniger has survived 7 recessions. He shared lessons learned from those downturns at RE/MAX's virtual Broker Owner Conference Monday
by Patrick Kearns Aug 17
Rural home prices jump 11% in July: Redfin
Suburban and urban areas also saw home price growth during this period, although not to the extent of rural areas, according to a Redfin report
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 17
Increased demand for single-family rentals could lead to 10 years of undersupply
About 6% of new single-family homes are built for the purpose of being rented out, which would yield roughly 700K new single-family units being constructed over the next 10 years, a number well short of current demand, according to RCLCO Real Estate Advisors
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 17
'Testing the market' is dead! 5 reasons sellers need to let it go
Opinion
Increasing access to market data, evolving buyer behaviors and the new COVID-19 realities have made this practice obsolete. Here are 5 reasons to share with sellers to keep them from making this costly mistake
by Carl Medford Aug 17
Coaching is popular and highly regarded in real estate: Survey
Hundreds of real estate professionals who responded to an Inman survey expressed satisfaction with coaching, indicating it made them more money and improved their lives
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 17
As Americans daydream about real estate, Zillow tallies record usership
As quarantining Americans window-shop for new homes, Zillow's mobile app surged to 2.17 million daily active users Thursday, according to Apptopia, an app intelligence company
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 14
How city-dwelling agents are dealing with the shift to the suburbs
Six agents and brokers in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and Seattle share how they're staying ahead of their clients' newfound interest in suburban living
by Marian McPherson Aug 14
The doctor will see you now: Amid pandemic, concierge health is the luxury amenity of the moment
The luxury amenities high-end apartment and condo dwellers have become accustomed to are no longer accessible due to COVID-19. Will private medical offerings take their place?
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 14
'Everything is cash': Prince Harry and Meghan take Santa Barbara
Competition is fierce in the affluent California enclave that Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres and Katy Perry call home. 'If you have a turnkey home and it's vacant and has a pool, you're likely to see an all-cash deal and a 14-day close,' Sotheby's Realtor Dusty Baker told Inman
Bidding wars get brutal as buyers chase dwindling supply
Buyers in some markets are offering hundreds of thousands of dollars over asking prices — and still losing bidding wars. 'Normally there's 13, maybe up to 20 offers. But 39 is bonkers.'
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 14
The Real Word: Key takeaways from Brad Inman's keynote speech
Opinion
This week, Byron and Nicole discuss the Inman founder's Connect Now speech as well as new behaviors emerging as buyers search for homes and how to use Instagram's new TikTok-like feature
by Byron Lazine Aug 14
Suburban markets aren't any hotter than urban ones: Zillow
A new study from Zillow looks at a host of economic factors to see how suburban and urban markets have evolved since COVID-19 arrived in the US
by Patrick Kearns Aug 13
New Fannie and Freddie fee could push homeowners off the fence
The government-sponsored enterprises are imposing a 0.5% fee on refinances, a move that, while garnering criticism, could convince homeowners to buy while rates are still low
by Patrick Kearns Aug 13
Zumper, Matterport to tag-team 3D apartment tours
The well-funded, fast-growing online apartment marketplace is now offering Matterport tours to its landlords, revealing in a survey that 72% of tenants would rent sight-unseen if a 3D tour was available
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 13
Realogy and SIRVA settle: $400M Cartus deal officially dead
Real estate brokerage giant won't pursue $30M termination fee for acquisition failure
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 13
How to keep your agents tuned into your training
Right now, team members are wanting and demanding opportunities, and it's up to you to prepare them for success and ensure a high likelihood of return for the business. Here's how to do that with training
by Kathleen Black Aug 13
Nailed it! How to create DIY listing videos like a pro
Opinion
For those of you who might not have the professional video budget, mastering iPhone property video is the cost-effective solution you need in your back pocket
by Troy Palmquist Aug 13
Kamala Harris' record on real estate is mixed
The Democratic vice presidential candidate believes 'housing is a human right' and has proposed legislation for mortgage and rent relief amid the pandemic
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 12
Qualia beefs up end-to-end platform with remote notarization
Qualia RON comes amid a broad push to move real estate online in response to the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 12
Pulse: What's the best piece of advice you've received?
This week, we want to know what's the best piece of advice you've ever heard, how it helped you, and how it still holds true now. Who gave it to you? Was it your friend, leader, coach or mentor?
by Inman Aug 12
Here are the prospecting tools every agent needs this fall
There’s no better time than now to prepare for fall marketing season. For agents wanting to take action now, here is a slew of marketing ideas, tools and apps to use for generating more business with less effort
by Bernice Ross Aug 12
US, Sweden, New Zealand: 3 contrasting tales of recovery
The new listing volume data suggests that the harder the lockdown, the bigger the drop in new listing volumes — and the faster the recovery
by Mike DelPrete Aug 11
Startup AerialSphere takes 360-degree 3D IDX search to 26 new markets
After a successful beta test in December, Pheonix-based startup AerialSphere is expanding its 360-degree, 3D map coverage to 26 new markets nationwide
by Marian McPherson Aug 11
Biotech CEO buys $57M Vail mansion, smashes sales record
The sale is nearly double the most expensive sale in Vail, Colorado
Share of mortgages in forbearance continues decline, falling to 7.4%
This week marks the eighth week in a row in which total loans in forbearance have declined. Currently, there are about 3.7 million homeowners enrolled in forbearance plans
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 11
Management platform Breezeway cleans up with $8M funding round
Founded in 2015, Breezeway is a virtual platform that helps manage which property units have been cleaned and maintained. The Series A round was led by firm Schooner Capital
Landing CEO: Flexible living has accelerated amid pandemic
New member enrollment at Landing, a flexible living company with a leasing model for fully furnished apartments across the US, soared 210% month over month in May
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 11
Does the housing ladder still work?
Opinion
The idea is that most people begin their homeownership journey with a starter home and make their way up to more expensive housing. But is that theory still valid — especially now during a pandemic?
by Steve Cook Aug 11
Pulse: Where our readers turn for business advice
This is where our readers turn whenever they're looking for advice on growing their business — a particularly difficult task to get right in the midst of this year's health crisis, shutdowns and market fluctuations
by Inman Aug 11
Making sense of the headlines: Homeownership rates in 2020
Opinion
This year's increased rate of homeownership represents the largest quarterly increase on record. But is all actually what it seems? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner dives deeper into homeownership rates
by Matthew Gardner Aug 11
Here's why one economist believes a foreclosure wave is unlikely
Odeta Kushi, the deputy first economist at First American, doesn't believe the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a massive spike in foreclosures
by Patrick Kearns Aug 10
Coach Dr. Lee Davenport shares the importance of creating safe spaces
Real estate coach and trainer Dr. Lee Davenport shares how agents can use emotional intelligence to help themselves and clients thrive through the pandemic
by Marian McPherson Aug 10
Did Trump extend the eviction moratorium? Not exactly
Issued Saturday, the executive order offers some mitigation measures, but falls short of extending the moratorium included in the CARES Act
by Patrick Kearns Aug 10
'It’s as hot a seller’s market as I’ve ever seen': More than half of all July home offers faced competition
Salt Lake City, San Francisco and San Diego were the 3 most competitive metro areas for Redfin agents making offers last month, according to a new Redfin analysis
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 10
Suburbs growing in popularity thanks to coronavirus pandemic
Search data from realtor.com shows that US urbanites are increasingly considering life in the 'burbs
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 10
Planitar partners with Floorplanner and adds powerful multiparty home tours
The Canadian real estate software company's new partnership with Floorplanner and its fast, browser-based virtual showing feature adds significant horsepower to its proptech stable
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 10
Cuomo says NYC schools can open. Agents predict a return to the city
On Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced schools would reopen in September. Parents that fled for the suburbs could return if the city goes through with the plan
by Patrick Kearns Aug 7
July unemployment report shows a long road to recovery
Despite improvements in unemployment and payroll, the July unemployment report shows the US is still far from its pre-pandemic economic strength
by Marian McPherson Aug 7
A $100M condo? In Los Angeles? Amid a pandemic?
If sold, the 20,000-square-foot penthouse atop The Residences Tower in West Hollywood would nearly triple the largest condo deal ever transacted in Los Angeles County
The Real Word: Is 'was' a word of the past?
Opinion
More this week: Traits real estate agents should possess and how a virtual reality experience helped sell an $18M condo in record time
by Byron Lazine Aug 7
How to mentor the future leaders in your business
Opinion
By being present and helping along the way, you have the opportunity to show your future leaders that a broad view and understanding of the business will aid them in the future to succeed in whatever they endeavor
by Santiago Arana Aug 7
Pre-pandemic inventory lifts Zillow's iBuyer as company rides 'tailwinds'
The online real estate giant brought in $768 million during the second quarter of 2020 while setting a new traffic record with 2.5 billion visits to its website
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 6
RE/MAX's support for franchisees led to 25% revenue drop in Q2
Despite the nearly 25% decline in revenue, RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos said June was an 'encouraging' month for the housing market
by Patrick Kearns Aug 6
This home improvement trend is catnip to quarantining pet owners
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in pet adoptions and home improvement projects. Will the 2 trends meet soon in a wave of 'catio' projects?
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 6
More than 1M Americans filed unemployment claims last week
It's the lowest level of new jobless claims since the pandemic began spreading across the United States, but still far ahead of pre-COVID-19 norms
by Patrick Kearns Aug 6
Doors open, doors close: 6 strategies that generate (and kill) business
What habits or practices make you more successful — or diminish your chances of getting to the closing table — in today’s market?
by Troy Palmquist Aug 6
4 lessons one real estate pro learned from Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders is a unique organization doing much-needed work around the world. But the lessons of leadership apply to every business in every industry. Here's what one real estate professional learned from MSF about building a relationship-based business
by Bao Le Aug 6
Where are the best and worst COVID-19 rebounds?
A recent Clever Real Estate report looked at the national trends that were spurred this year by COVID-19. Here are a few of them — plus the top five metros with the biggest increases as well as drops in buyer demand
by Luke Babich Aug 6
5 things leaders should be doing for their teams right now
As a team leader, you have a responsibility to guide your team from panic to assurance — especially in challenging situations. That's why they look up to you. Here are a few strategies to help you be the supportive leader they're looking for
by Kathleen Black Aug 6
The typical 2020 home seeker? A millennial woman who wants more space
A new report from Point2 found that searches for houses have exploded post-lockdown and that women are doing most of the house-hunting
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 5
Mortgage applications drop 5.1%
The decline in loan application activity may be a result of rising coronavirus cases in many states, as well as the delay of a new government-issued stimulus package
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 5
Quarter of homebuyers are moving — and moving sooner than expected
Twenty-five percent of homebuyers reported the pandemic has caused them to move — or speed up their moving timeline, according to a survey conducted by Redfin
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 5
Rents still rising amid pandemic
Rents are following seasonal patterns, though rents are going down in half of coronavirus hotspots, according to Apartment Guide's Mid-Year Rent Report
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 5
Why now is the time to hold a seller seminar — and how to do it
Buyer seminars have worked for years. But what about seller seminars? Zoom provides a great way to do seller seminars today, especially in light of COVID-19 restrictions. Here's how to get started
by Bernice Ross Aug 5
Pulse: Where do you turn for business advice?
We all know this year has brought on a range of business challenges, from shutdowns to handling market booms. This week, we'd like to know where you go for advice when you need it
by Inman Aug 5
Hot markets, new opportunities: What agents across the country have to say about the industry
Dozens of agents from across the U.S. and Canada shared insights Tuesday during Inman Connect Now. Overall, they described active markets that have also changed during the tumultuous months of the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 4
How agents in the West are future-proofing their business
Agents are adapting to the new normal with Matterport tours, buyer prequalification requirements and by taking full advantage of the tools already available to them
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 4
Which Canadian markets are the hottest right now?
'Even in this time of strangeness that we're going through, we're feeling pretty confident across Canada,' Sandra Kirkland, a broker form Ontario, said at Inman Connect Now
How are agents in the Southeast thriving? By mixing the old and new
During Inman Connect Now's Southeast Regional Breakout, agents shared how they're using the digital and analog worlds to thrive through the pandemic
by Marian McPherson Aug 4
Midwest real estate pros predict a strong start to 2021
Panelists at the Inman Connect Now Midwest Regional Breakout session discussed their strategies for navigating the pandemic, how they're planning for contingencies and where they see the market headed next year
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 4
Agents' mental health must take priority as pandemic drags on
As the pandemic shows no signs of abating and the fight for racial justice continues, real estate CEOs say leaders must pay attention to the health and well-being of their agents
by Andrea V. Brambila Aug 4
6 ways to diversify and expand during the pandemic
Agents from across the Southwest said sales are good, but it's still important to look for ways to connect with clients and grow opportunities. During an Inman Connect Now session, they shared their tips
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 4
Fleeing New Yorkers are fueling markets in the Northeast
New York City buyers are buying based on the home and agnostic to location, looking as far south as Baltimore according to panelists at Inman Connect Now
by Patrick Kearns Aug 4
6 habits to adopt now if you want to build wealth
Husband-and-wife team Wendy and Jay Papasan believe periods of crises can be a chance to refocus your financial journey and adopt wealth-building habits. They shared their strategies at Inman Connect Now
Social media influencer drops $24.5M on flashy Miami mansion
Douglas Elliman agents Eloy Carmenate and Mick Duchon represented both the sellers and the buyer
Late July home sales prices reach record heights: Redfin
The median home sale price soared 11% year over year during the week ending July 26, bringing that figure up to a record-high of $315K, according to a market report by Redfin
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 4
Brad Inman: 'We must stay focused on what is certain'
During his opening remarks at Inman Connect Now, Inman's publisher shared his thoughts on how the industry has thrived through a pandemic and what's next
by Marian McPherson Aug 4
Mortgages in forbearance continue to drop
The total share of loans in forbearance dropped to 7.67% of servicers' portfolio volume, according to data released Monday by the Mortgage Bankers Association
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 4
Home prices continued upward trend in June: CoreLogic
Historically low mortgage rates continue to draw in first-time buyers even amid the difficulties wrought by the pandemic
Have you heard of the NPS? Here's why it's a great referral tool
The core thesis behind the NPS is that there's one question you can ask clients that reveals what they really think of your business. Here's how you can use it to ramp up referrals
by David Friedman Aug 4
Pulse: What you're leaning on to get through 2020
Last week, we asked you, our readers, to share the important things that are helping you get through the year and keep your business afloat. Here's what you had to say
by Inman Aug 4
Making sense of the headlines: What you should know about the Case-Shiller Index
Opinion
Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner dives deeper into the lesser known components of the Case-Shiller Home Price Index and what they can tell us about the health of the market
by Matthew Gardner Aug 4
Why Section 1031 like-kind exchanges need to stay
Opinion
Candidate Joe Biden’s campaign plan is to eliminate certain preferences for real estate, and one major area the plan focuses on is the elimination of Section 1031 like-kind exchanges. Here's why that's a bad idea
by Dan Wagner Aug 3
'Grit, integrity and work ethic': Liz Bentley on real estate coaching now
The executive coach spent nearly a decade in the corporate world before taking an extended career break to parent her young children before ultimately transitioning to coaching. Now she helps real estate agents, and other professionals, get out of their own way
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 3
Northeastern markets lead the way in post-lockdown recovery
Boston, New York City and Philadelphia have exceeded pre-COVID market pace thanks to rising interest in the suburban listings, according to realtor.com
by Marian McPherson Aug 3
Rent prices are slowing faster in cities than in the suburbs: Zillow
Between February and June, annual rent growth slowed 2 percentage points in urban areas while slowing by just 1.4 percentage points in suburban areas, according to a Zillow study
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 3
Coldwell Banker debuts new pandemic-inspired ad
The ad, dubbed 'All We have Is Home,' is filled with crowdsourced video and focuses on the idea of home during the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 3
5 tips for virtually hand-holding first-time homebuyers 
These tips, adapted to your personal selling style and fine-tuned to your client, can add to the buying experience despite not being physically present
by Gerard Splendore Aug 3
Lesson Learned: Teamwork makes the dream work
Find out how the brokers at Charleston’s Maison Real Estate put their collaborative approach to work for buyers and sellers
'May I refer you to my assistant?' Kids learn the family business during pandemic
Some children of real estate agents have become honorary members of their parents' business, learning the ropes while adopting a 'We're all in it together' mentality
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 31
Sight-unseen buying is not the future of luxury, according to this top agent
Inman spoke with agent Branden Williams of Hilton & Hyland about the luxury real estate trends that will outlast the pandemic
The Real Word: What is the future of urban living?
Opinion
More this week: what to expect when scooping up low-priced fixers and how listing descriptions are now highlighting Zoom rooms
by Byron Lazine Jul 31
How can Americans cope with energy costs this summer?
With so many people working from home this year, it's no surprise that utility bills are ticking up. Mike Phillips, co-founder and CEO of Sense, shares tips on what people can do to reduce energy use in your home
by Brandon Doyle Jul 31
Realogy saw transactions plummet as pandemic raged in Q2
Transaction sides in the franchise and brokerage business both fell more than 20% year over year, but June offered positive signs
by Patrick Kearns Jul 30
Moving at 'breakneck speed,' Redfin posts unexpected revenue growth
After announcing 8% year-over-year revenue growth, CEO Glenn Kelman said 'it would be hard to overstate how strong' the housing market is right now
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 30
National median listing price reaches new high amid pandemic
The national median listing price reached $349K in July — the highest price hike since November 2018, according to realtor.com's latest market report, released Thursday
by Marian McPherson Jul 30
Zillow will let most of its employees work from home indefinitely
In a blog post Wednesday, Dan Spaulding, chief people officer at Zillow, said 90% of employees will have an option to work from home or an office, when 'conditions permit'
by Patrick Kearns Jul 30
Residential investments dropped nearly 40% in Q2
Gross domestic product data showed a historic drop in the second quarter, even as new unemployment claims continued to rise, according to new data released Thursday
by Patrick Kearns Jul 30
Fannie Mae earnings reveal a steadying housing market
Only 5.7% of the single-family loans guaranteed by the GSE were in forbearance at the end of the second quarter, down from 7% at the end of the previous quarter
by Patrick Kearns Jul 30
Why 3 agents decided to start a team during the pandemic
In February, when the Missouri-based Hartman Real Estate Team made the decision to come together, they had no idea they would launch their team while sheltering at home
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 30
How to focus on your team by fostering positivity
Given everything that 2020 brought on, it's understandable if your team members are feeling a little down and unmotivated. So, here are a few tips to help perk up your team and nudge them to achieve their goals for the year
by Kathleen Black Jul 30
Coronavirus has made real estate tech mainstream — but more innovation is needed 
Opinion
Although the bulk of the real estate transaction used to occur offline, this year, things have changed. Innovation is now a priority, and consumers are widely adopting digital solutions — but are the efforts enough?
by Tom Willerer Jul 30
The challenges of selling a resort town during COVID-19
Team leader Marny Schlopy of Team Schlopy at Coldwell Banker in Park City, Utah, shares how her team and niche market have been impacted by the pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 30
As tech companies go remote, Bay Area rents tumble
Denser counties close to big tech companies are seeing significant year-over-year rent decreases, with San Francisco experiencing a 7.4% decline, according to a new study
by Patrick Kearns Jul 29
Agent wages are rising, but not everywhere or for everyone
New data shows that as of May 2019 the average U.S. agent salary was $62,060. But wages are moving in different directions in different states
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 29
Pulse: What are you leaning on to get through 2020?
In looking back, what do you think is responsible for keeping your business going this year? Is it your team leader, colleagues, digital platforms, communication tools or something else?
by Inman Jul 29
Trends, strategies and apps that'll shape business in 2020
What are the most important trends to watch? How can agents make sure they thrive in this new normal? What are some noteworthy apps to consider? These distinguished female real estate leaders share their best tips
by Bernice Ross Jul 29
From 'American Idol' to real estate: One team leader’s journey
After a decade-long music career, Jason Castro is now all-in on real estate. He spoke with Inman about his year-old team, shutting down during the pandemic and how they are now handling a hot Dallas market
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 29
What real estate and hurricanes have in common
Opinion
Be the one to help educate and reassure your clients, be they young or old, first-time buyers or seasoned investors
by Jay Thompson Jul 29
Stocks dethrone real estate as Americans' favorite way to invest
Older and younger millennials differ on whether they prefer stocks or real estate
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 28
US homeownership rate hits near 12-year high — or did it?
New data from the Census Bureau indicates that the homeownership rate surged to its highest point since the third quarter of 2008, but a change in data collection methodology may have impacted the results
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 28
As bidding wars spike, 20% of winning offers waive inspection contingency
Low mortgage rates, a severe inventory shortage and pandemic-related uncertainty are pushing buyers to take risks in a hot market
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 28
Zumper offers new online leasing suite for free
Smaller landlords and multifamily investors will now have a free suite for online leasing, payment collection and virtual tours
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 28
Mortgages in forbearance drop for sixth week in a row
The number of mortgage loans in forbearance declined by 6 basis points, from 7.80% the previous week to 7.74%, marking the sixth consecutive week loans in forbearance dropped
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 28
Most agents aren't including Zestimates, iBuyer info in CMAs
While most agents said they had never done a virtual listing presentation, 51% said they were very or extremely likely to in the next 6 months, according to a new W+R Studios survey
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 28
Home price gains hold steady in May
Home prices rose 4.5% in May, down slightly from a month ago, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index
by Patrick Kearns Jul 28
Pulse: The social media tools our readers can't live without
Digital marketing is becoming increasingly important — if not absolutely essential — in this new normal. So, this week, our readers share the social media tools they can't live without today
by Inman Jul 28
Making sense of the headlines: Will home prices rise in 2020?
Opinion
Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner takes a look at home sales and gives his outlook on home prices for the remainder of 2020
by Matthew Gardner Jul 28
Zavvie and Easyknock team up to bring 'bridge' option to more consumers
The partnership means agents using zavvie's technology can offer their clients the option of selling their home but continuing to live in it while looking for somewhere new
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 27
Homebuyer activity surges for second straight month in June
Active listings saw 50% more home showings on average last month, ShowingTime says
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 27
The newest addition to your buyers' wish list: 'Zoom rooms'
As remote working becomes the norm, real estate agents are highlighting 'Zoom rooms,' which are spaces with perfect backgrounds for virtual meetings
by Marian McPherson Jul 27
Home prices likely to rise through summer: First American
Even as home prices continue to appreciate, consumers have more spending power due to low mortgage rates, according to a survey released Monday by First American
by Patrick Kearns Jul 27
Pandemic or not, nimbleness is key to success for this Houston team
Despite daily uncertainties of an ever-changing national landscape, Katie Day of MOVEMETOTX with Coldwell Banker says her team consistently displays an ability to quickly adapt
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 27
'The real estate industry will move forward': Former surgeon general
Dr. Regina Benjamin, the former surgeon general of the United States under President Barack Obama, discusses her role advising Zillow and the link between health and home
by Patrick Kearns Jul 27
Renters will be hardest hit by an end to unemployment benefits: Zillow
Over 30 million people currently receiving benefits stand to lose $600 per week, launching the percentage of renter households facing a severe housing burden from about 3% to 41%
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 27
Republicans eye liability insurance for CARES Act 2
Congressman Patrick McHenry discussed the party's legislative priorities with franchise owners affiliated with Realogy on a company call on Friday
by Patrick Kearns Jul 27
What's the outlook on the rental market now?
Opinion
To stay in front of the chaos, real estate investors need to know where the rental market really stands. Here's what you need to know — from macro data like unemployment and vacancy rates to how various property types are faring
by Bob Collopy Jul 27
4 ways to enhance your customer service plan right now
Customer service is more than just completing tasks and getting to closing — it's about building a positive memory for someone finding their way to a new home
by Rachael Hite Jul 27
Pandemic isn't slowing new agent real estate license applications
Inman collected the latest licensing data from states across the US and found that, despite dire early predictions, there hasn't been an exodus out of the industry. In fact, after a dip early in the pandemic, some states are seeing an increase in new applications
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 27
9 realities your clients will face when buying as-is properties
Opinion
A ‘Money Pit’ is funny when it stars Tom Hanks and Shelly Long, but when it’s your clients, make sure your buyers aren’t actors in a real-time remake — and you’ll be a big star
by Nicole Solari Jul 26
3 mistakes newbies make while shooting video
There's one reality that agents need to get used to — video is here to stay. So, here are a few basic but powerful principles that can help transform a video from amateur to professional-looking
by Andrew Fortune Jul 25
Share of buyers looking to move out of town hits record high: Redfin
The coronavirus pandemic has made homebuyers rethink what they want in a home and whether to seek out more spacious digs, according to a new Redfin analysis
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 24
'We don't need another $30M home': Mauricio Umansky on the LA luxury market
The founder of The Agency discusses what types of high-end homes are selling now
How smart tech can help sell homes in today's world
In today's world, real estate agents should have their fingers on the pulse of trends that help sell homes. One trend worth noting? Smart home tech, which can add tremendous value to a property — especially now
by Brandon Doyle Jul 24
As New Yorkers flee city, Hamptons median home price soars past $1M
The median sales price of a home in the Hamptons rose a whopping 27.1% to $1.08M in the second quarter, according to a new Douglas Elliman Report released Thursday
This team had its best month ever in the middle of a pandemic
While some real estate groups took time to rest and reset during the pandemic, the Detroit-based Packer Group kicked business into high gear
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 23
New jobless claims reverse course, increase from prior week
New initial unemployment claims topped 1 million for the 15th straight week
by Patrick Kearns Jul 23
Stuck in a rut? 3 simple, smart ways to self-motivate
When you're feeling low on energy, it's easy to lose sight of what you're working toward. So, here are some smart ways to cultivate a productive environment and pick yourself back up
by Santiago Arana Jul 23
Kick it up a notch — 5 tips for conducting business virtually
Yes, a lot of professionals are still working from home. Although it's impossible to ignore the inherent difficulties associated with the current state of things, agents need to rise above them and improve these 5 practices
by Jeremy Kamm Jul 23
US home sale profits rise to new post-recession high
The typical home sale profit of $75,971 in the second quarter of 2020 reflected a 36.3% return on investment, a new high in raw profits since the housing market started its recovery from the Great Recession in 2012
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 22
Where renters can get more bang for their buck in the US
Experts also weigh in on how local policymakers can make housing more affordable for renters without upsetting homeowners
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 22
NY congressman announces first-time buyer coronavirus relief plan
Rep. Sean Mahoney's (NY-18) First Time Homebuyer Pandemic Savings Act would allow buyers to use retirement savings to fund their down payment penalty-free
by Marian McPherson Jul 22
Multifamily rents fell year-over-year for first time in a decade
Annual rent growth shifted to negative in June, falling to -0.4% to $1,457
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 22
Chance of V-shaped housing recovery is growing slimmer
'The possibility of volatility lasting into 2021 could be a reality,' according to a 136-page report by HouseCanary released Wednesday
by Patrick Kearns Jul 22
Home repair help and moving services on the rise: TaskRabbit
With economies reopening across the country, demand for home repair help and moving services are picking up steam, according to data provided by the online marketplace
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 22
Home prices continued to rise in May
The home price index ticked up 4.9% year over year in May while declining modestly 0.3% month over month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency
by Patrick Kearns Jul 22
How to use virtual renovations and 3D renderings to market properties
Virtual renovations and 3D renderings can be powerful tools in marketing properties that are currently under construction, haven’t been built yet or need a little facelift. So, what does the process entail, and how does it work?
by Brandon Doyle Jul 22
10 clever ways to use Zoom for lead generation
This year, Zoom proved to be essential in connecting with your sphere, generating more leads and marketing your listings. Here are a few productive and fun ways you can make the most out of the platform
by Bernice Ross Jul 22
Dear Marketing Mastermind: How can we confront the challenges of a COVID market?
Opinion
What are the biggest challenges in the current market and on the horizon for real estate? Inman’s Town Hall last week offered some insight — and ways forward — from industry experts on the frontlines
Pulse: What social media tools can you not live without?
What have you been using to up your content game lately? This week, we're asking you to share the essential, go-to tools in your social media marketing toolbox
by Inman Jul 22
Court rejects Realogy attempt to force $400M Cartus deal
Judge says Realogy, not SIRVA, violated terms of the deal. The ruling means the acquisition won't go forward, but Realogy can pursue a $30M termination fee
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 21
FaceTime showings and drive-thru closings: How 1 team handles crisis
Elite Nebraska Real Estate owner Troy Benes has been leading a 30-agent team amid the virus and an unexpected rise in clients that came as his area began opening up
Brown Harris Stevens CEO: 'We have to apply a little bit of humanity'
Brown Harris Stevens CEO Bess Freedman called for compromise in the face of an impending wave of evictions as CARES Act benefits are set to expire at the end of July
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 21
The pandemic is delaying apartment construction
A new survey shows that 57 percent of major multifamily developers reported delays to their projects earlier this month
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 21
Colorado second homeowners rally against coronavirus ban
Hit hard by the pandemic, Gunnison County introduced temporary measures preventing second homeowners from visiting their properties
Rent prices still rising but at lowest rate in 10 years
'Single-family rent growth slowed abruptly in May as the nation felt the full impact of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic,' says CoreLogic's Molly Boesel
ActivePipe launches new property matching service
Smart Match builds profiles for agents' clients, then customizes the listings it sends them via email
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 21
Agent/broker perspective: Can an agent be held liable for COVID-19 contractions?
Opinion
In the midst of this year's health crisis, what should a broker say to an agent who's worried about the ramifications of a client contracting COVID-19 as a result of home showing?
by Anthony Askowitz Jul 21
Pulse: The must-have tech that's part of your new normal
Last week, we asked readers what their new tried-and-true piece of tech has become, given this year's global heath crisis that forced us to stay and work indoors. Your answers included everything from Spotify to Zoom
by Inman Jul 21
Doing home showings? Here's how to do it safely and effectively
These tips might not be new information, but in today's sensitive and stressful time, agents should do everything they can to ensure a productive and enjoyable showing experience
by Cara Ameer Jul 21
Making sense of the headlines: What consumer confidence looks like today
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner dives into Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey and what consumer confidence looks like right now
by Matthew Gardner Jul 21
Florida is the No. 1 state to purchase a vacation rental
According to rental management platform Rented Inc., the Florida Panhandle is the best location for investors to purchase vacation homes
by Marian McPherson Jul 20
Share of mortgages in forbearance continues to drop
The amount of mortgages in forbearance declined for the fifth straight week, from 8.18% to 7.8% the week ending July 12, 2020
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 20
Minimum wage workers must clock 97 hours a week to afford housing
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, minimum wage workers need to make $23.96 per hour to comfortably afford a two-bedroom rental
by Marian McPherson Jul 20
Median home sale price reaches all-time high
The median home sale price in the US rose by 2.8% from the previous year in June, marking an all-time high of $311,300, according to Redfin
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 20
The Joyce Rey Team is 'very optimistic about summer demand'
Joyce Rey and Stephen Apelian of the Joyce Rey Team in Los Angeles have been using 3D and video tours during the pandemic and anticipate a strong summer market ahead
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 20
Flood of former Alain Pinel agents exit Compass for Dudum Real Estate
22 agents have moved over to Dudum Real Estate Group since May, 20 of who were previously members of Alain Pinel Realtors, a brokerage Compass acquired last year
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 17
What does it take to sell a private island during a pandemic?
Nest Seekers agent Dylan Eckardt and owner Noah Gordon have been accentuating the remoteness of the coastal Maine property to appeal to luxury buyers
Housing starts and permits continue to recover from lows
Housing starts jumped more than 17% from May to June as the housing market continues to recover from stay-at-home orders
by Patrick Kearns Jul 17
Hawaiian agents bank on wave of post-pandemic luxury buyers
The island state has been facing unique challenges during the coronavirus outbreak
The Real Word: How useful are Zillow's agent profiles?
More this week: A possible increase in property taxes and how to avoid trouble on social media
by Byron Lazine Jul 17
Why aren't you blogging? Now's the perfect time
Opinion
As a small business owner, having unique content and a blog that doesn’t look like everyone else’s is an advantage. It's important to stand out in a crowded field. It's affordable, too
by Teresa Boardman Jul 17
Florida title search company enters remote closing field with ProperSign
PropLogix of Sarasota reacted to COVID-19-era requirements by developing its own solution to socially distant deal-making
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 16
Hear that sound? Like it or not, homeowners get ready for cicadas
Cicadas have begun emerging by the thousands across the US — pandemic be damned. In severe cases, homeowners may get a large infestation of cicadas that ends up harming trees
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 16
Home sales have officially exceeded pre-pandemic levels
Fueled by record-low mortgage rates, home sales have surged beyond January and February, according to Redfin's latest monthly market survey
by Patrick Kearns Jul 16
Another 1.3M people filed for unemployment last week
Claims have been decreasing for 15 weeks, from mid-Pandemic highs — when new unemployment claims topped 6 million — but remain ahead of pre-pandemic numbers
by Patrick Kearns Jul 16
Looking for virtual team building activities? Here’s 4 ways to connect
Here are a few things we’re doing to keep our real estate teams cohesive, connected and collaborative while working virtually this summer
by Mauricio Umansky Jul 16
Remember all that fuss about VR? What happened there?
Once upon a time, virtual reality was touted as a potential game-changer for many industries. So, why didn't it take off as expected? And what potential does it still hold?
by Troy Palmquist Jul 16
5 ways to support struggling team members
While some agents might be closing deals at the same rate as last year, others might be struggling to stay afloat. As a broker or team leader, here's what you can do to help
by Erica Ramus Jul 16
US property foreclosure filings hit all-time low
During the first six months of 2020, foreclosure filings hit an all-time low of 165,530 properties, according to a new report by Attom Data Solutions
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 15
Today is tax day: What real estate agents need to know
After 3 months of freedom from thinking about taxes, the big day has arrived. Here's what you need to know about filing your taxes today
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 15
Pulse: What must-have tech is part of your new normal?
This week, we're asking our readers to talk about the invaluable digital tools that have made work and life easier throughout the pandemic
by Inman Jul 15
Safety expert warns of new property and rental scam amid pandemic
'There are criminals who sit and wait around for a crisis to jump in,' real estate safety expert Tracey Hawkins told Inman
April delinquency rates soar amid pandemic
Nationwide delinquency rates were at 6.1% in April, signaling a troubling trend ahead
Jumbo lending rules loosened for some Wells Fargo customers
Any existing customers at the bank can now apply for non-conforming refinancing. However, those lacking a prior relationship with Wells Fargo will face a harder time
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 13
NAHREP, business leaders call on Trump to leave DACA alone
Weeks after a Supreme Court ruling protected the Obama-era immigration policy, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals joined leaders from the business world in supporting the policy
by Patrick Kearns Jul 13
Say hello to BoxBrownie's 3D tours of virtual homes
The image marketing technology company from Down Under has combined interior rendering with the market's desire for 3D tours
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 13
Protect your commission! Here's how to defend every well-deserved penny
Opinion
When it comes to the general public, many don't believe agents work hard enough for the money they charge. Here's how to convey your true worth to clients — and counter their requests to lower your commission
by John Giffen Jul 12
New York City apartments reach highest vacancy rates in 14 years
The apartment vacancy rate in Manhattan reached a 14-year high of 3.67% in June — the highest rate reached since Douglas Elliman began tracking this data
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 10
Homes continue to sell at fastest pace in 2 years
Sellers continue to be at an advantage in July in the wake of the pandemic, with homes leaving the market at their most rapid pace since Zillow began analyzing this data in 2018
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 10
East Coast markets most vulnerable to economic impacts of COVID-19
Markets on the East Coast and in Northern Illinois were most vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic during the second quarter, according to Attom Data Solutions
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 10
EyeSpy360 is the virtual tour platform you don't know you're already using
Opinion
The powerful touring app is already behind national virtual showing products for eXp and RE/MAX, and it has experienced 1,000% growth in just over one month
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 10
Uncle-nephew team on what luxury buyers want amid pandemic in New York
'The profile of the buyer right now is somebody who's upgrading,' says Darren Sukenik of the Sukenik Glazer Team in Manhattan
This old-time Western town in the middle of the Pacific is drawing foreign buyers
The 900-acre property in New Zealand listed at $7.5M US dollars doesn't exactly give off that Pacific islander vibe, but it's sure to provide a buyer with a mental escape from the stressors of today's world
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 9
Should real estate agents disclose if their clients have COVID-19?
The National Association of Realtors and brokers advise agents to have conversations with clients but to refrain from disclosing medical information without prior approval
by Patrick Kearns Jul 9
How to let your mission and vision be your North Star in uncertain times
Opinion
Use your mission and vision to focus and fuel your team during crisis and change, and you will be unstoppable on the other side
How to bring colleagues closer (on and off the clock) while social distancing
Directors at The Agency share how they bring their team together for fun, support and socialization — virtually and IRL
by David Parnes AND James Harris Jul 9
5 years, 5 lessons: What I've learned in real estate thus far
Although planning for the future is crucial for the growth of your business, it's equally important to take some time to pause and reflect on the lessons learned. Here's what one agent gleaned from his near five years of experience in real estate
by Dylon Baker Jul 9
The pandemic is derailing renters' dreams of homeownership
Thanks to the coronavirus, 43 percent of renters who had been preparing to buy a home have now changed their plans, according to a new report from RentCafe
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 8
More than 1 in 5 Americans moved or know someone who moved during the pandemic
New data from the Pew Research Center shows that the pandemic is driving a huge amount of migration
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 8
Compass agent fired over behavior toward homeless people speaks out
Scott Sobol maintains that he's been misrepresented in recent video footage and that the negative press is a 'political power play' by individuals who would rather see him fail than face up to the neighborhood problems in Hell's Kitchen
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 8
A third of all Americans missed housing payments in July
Of the 32% of Americans who didn't make a full housing payment, 19% made no payment at all while 13% paid a portion, according to an Apartment List survey released Wednesday,
by Marian McPherson Jul 8
Ex-Compass agent held showings at home of COVID-19-infected couple
Compass parted ways with Gary Wat for allegedly holding showings and failing to follow local guidelines regarding COVID-19
by Patrick Kearns Jul 8
High-end homes flood the market as homeowners seek to trade up
In June, meanwhile, new listings for more affordable homes plunged 29% year over year, according to a new Zillow survey released Wednesday
by Patrick Kearns Jul 8
Pulse: How does your team’s business compare to last summer?
This week, we're asking our readers to share their thoughts on what changed — or stayed the same — in the summer of 2020 compared to last year
by Inman Jul 8
Sharpen your axe! 5 tips for nurturing your sphere of influence
Whether you're a newly minted agent or a seasoned pro, these tried-and-true strategies can help create and connect with your sphere of influence — even in uncertain times.
by Nick Waldner Jul 8
Quicken Loans files for IPO as Rocket Companies
The Detroit-based lender announced the Rocket brand in 2015 and now plans to use the symbol RKT on the New York Stock Exchange
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 7
Zavvie launches updated version of Offer Optimizer
The newest options for sellers — instant offers from iBuyers and a buy-before-you-sell bridge option — are nearly completely digital, and well-suited for a socially distant real estate industry, according to zavvie's co-founder
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 7
Scores of real estate companies took home large PPP loans
Luxury brokerages, franchises for brands such as Realogy and Keller Williams, MLSs and local Realtor organizations all received money from the Paycheck Protection Program
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 7
Home price growth stays strong amid high demand: CoreLogic
In May, nationwide home prices rose by 4.8% compared to the same time last year
Making sense of the headlines: What’s holding millennials back from homeownership?
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner looks at the factors that influence millennials' ability and will to buy a home
by Matthew Gardner Jul 7
10 scripts and strategies for today's prospecting agent
With COVID-19 cases on the rise yet again, agents might be turning to their phones to prospect and relying on those calls as a main source of business. To get the most out of each call, use these scripts and tactics
by Bernice Ross Jul 7
Pulse: The right formula for a strong team in 2020
From effective communication, strong leadership and a clearly defined vision, readers chime in on what makes for a strong, productive and effective team in 2020
by Inman Jul 7
As eviction bans expire, experts predict a nationwide housing 'nightmare'
Richard Rubin, the founder of affordable housing company Repvblik, said that the eviction crisis will also hit commercial real estate
Trump-connected lobbyists were key players in COVID policy: report
Shannon McGahn, senior vice president of government affairs for NAR, is among those named in the report
by Patrick Kearns Jul 6
Team leader Erin Krueger on pivoting during the pandemic
Krueger recently chatted with Inman about how her team has adapted over the course of the pandemic and how those strategic changes have them poised for future success
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 6
6 tips for increasing your listing's sales value today
The current situation has real estate agents scrambling for the best home improvements that can help increase the value of their properties. So, how can they do that? And how can they market properties in a post-COVID-19 world? Here are six tips
by Jona Jone Jul 6
So you're launching a new listing? Consider these 9 truths now
Amid this pandemic, you can cling to ingrained habits and tweak them to our current reality, or you can embrace the opportunity to add new skills, up your game, improve your personal branding and upgrade your inventory
by Nicole Solari Jul 5
Homeownership is the greatest kind of freedom — and it should be for all
Opinion
With the overwhelming effects of the pandemic and the racial injustices people are facing and fighting every single day, one common need is emphasized now more than ever: the American dream
by Troy Palmquist Jul 4
How this essential industry will evolve post-COVID-19
Opinion
Real estate is an essential service, and there are a number of ways we as industry professionals can navigate the new realities of our practice
Fast (and well-timed), video-tour app Replay Listings hits all the marks
Opinion
Co-founded by a former agent and currently available to New York City agents, the web and mobile video listing portal has its sights set on major market expansion, and it might have the chops to pull it off
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 3
David Terbeek knows when to tell a client it's not the right time to buy
'The relationship and long-term benefit of working with the client is much more important than that one single sale,' the RE/MAX Haven Realty founder told Inman
Home prices begin to stall
Median home prices stayed the same or decreased in 17 states and half of all analyzable metro areas from April to May 2020, according to new figures from Attom Data Solutions
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 2
Aspen in July? Pandemic pushes summer crowds to ski towns
'There is a frenzy of people who want to be here and who will pay anything to be here,' says broker Carrie Wells
Unemployment rate continues decline in June, but virus still looms
The real estate sector — not including rental and leasing — added more than 18,000 jobs in June, according to the US Department of Labor in a report released Thursday
by Patrick Kearns Jul 2
3 ways to keep your team engaged this summer
Encouraging more time outdoors, from group team-building activities to educational work outings, will keep your team engaged and have a positive impact on the group dynamic
by Mauricio Umansky Jul 2
Meeting new clients for the first time virtually? Nail these 3 basics
Although it was a challenge at first, now we're realizing the enormous benefits of running business in the digital space. That's why teams have to work on having the basics of virtual meetings down pat
by Kathleen Black Jul 2
New data shows agents are feeling optimistic moving into summer
As states reopen, and the housing industry remains a solid place for consumers to invest, data from Homesnap indicates that 2020 may finish stronger than expected
by Rachael Hite Jul 2
Keeping It Real: What's next in 2020?
What's the plan after July Fourth? Continuing to do your part and be of service to those around you
by Peter Lorimer Jul 2
DelPrete: US inventory levels down 20-40%
Opinion
With the recovery of new listings coming to market slowing and buyer demand remaining strong, the supply and demand imbalance doesn’t appear to be changing soon
by Mike DelPrete Jul 1
Inventory continues to fall in June
Housing inventory across the US was down 27.4% year over year, or approximately 363,000 fewer homes during the same period last year, according to realtor.com
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 1
Small business loan program ends with billions unspent
The Paycheck Protection Program suffered from a rocky rollout, but ultimately stops accepting applications Tuesday with more than $100 billion still on the table
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 30
Airbnb CEO says travel and short-term rentals will never be the same
'I will go on the record to say that travel will never, ever go back to the way it was pre-COVID,' Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said Sunday
Realogy unveils first-ever benefits program for AARP members
The benefits program will allow AARP members to receive $300 to $5,500 when buying or selling a home with one of Realogy's residential real estate brands
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 30
Making sense of the headlines: A look at housing affordability
Opinion
Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner explains why the issue stems from inadequate supply — in combination with rising, demographically driven demand — pushing prices to record highs and rising faster than incomes
by Matthew Gardner Jun 30
What agents need to know about mortgages during (and after) COVID-19
As experts and advisers, real estate agents have always played an important role for homebuyers. But it’s clear that during the coronavirus era, they have even more responsibility to educate clients on what's happening in today's market
by Salomon Chong Jun 30
5 credit myths to explain to first-time homebuyers
Before first-time homebuyers pull the trigger on buying a new home, they should understand some common misconceptions in the credit reporting industry as they go through the prequalification and preapproval process. Here's how agents can help
by Vance Kellogg Jun 30
Chime and social media ad agency Dippidi announce new partnership
The companies announced on Monday a partnership to help real estate professionals boost lead generation and conversion rates
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 29
Feeling stuck? 8 strategies for overcoming productivity hurdles today
As a real estate agent navigating business from home through the pandemic, you've likely been interrupted by at least one of these roadblocks. Here are a few common everyday hurdles and strategies to overcome them
by Stacey Soleil Jun 29
How Beth Benalloul went from spinning wheels to sealing deals
Corcoran Group agent and team leader Beth Benalloul explains how she went from teaching spinning classes to becoming one of NYC's top agents
by Marian McPherson Jun 29
What should agents post? 5 social media guidelines for 2020
A lot of agents are questioning what’s appropriate to post on social media amid the pandemic and the current protests on racial injustice. Here are a few guidelines on what to post (and what not to)
by Katie Lance Jun 27
Amid pandemic, lawmakers across the US give upzoning another shot
As coronavirus-induced economic strife strengthens the need for affordable housing, state and local legislators are renewing their focus on upzoning laws
by Marian McPherson Jun 26
Bad connection? A luxury home's slow internet can kill a sale
While high-speed internet was once one buyer perk among many, it has become an indispensable part of a home — one that can make or break a sale
Why MLSs should treat rentals the same as for-sale listings
There has never been a better time — or a greater need — to make rentals a mandatory property class. More data on the MLS, especially during a pandemic, serves the MLS and the brokers, agents and consumers who depend on it
by Cameron Paine Jun 26
The Real Word: How divorced couples should approach finding an agent
More this week: a discussion on the pros and cons of using gamification to boost agents' productivity, and Real Trends, which adjusted its ranking system this year
by Byron Lazine Jun 26
Summer outlook: Pandemic impacts may linger, but agents expect to close deals
More than a dozen agents who spoke with Inman said that inventory shortages and masks will probably be around for some time. But they're also seeing an active market in which offers are pouring in
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 26
27% of homebuyers look to relocate to less dense, more affordable areas
A new Redfin report found that pageviews of listings in towns with less than 50,000 residents were up by 87 percent year over year in May
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 25
3 ways the pandemic has changed lead generation
Agents said during Inman's Town Hall Thursday that they're still having success finding clients — even if the pandemic is changing the ways those clients find them
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 25
Home tours rebound 21 percent in May: ShowingTime
According to ShowingTime's latest report, virtual showing technology and loosened shelter-in-place restrictions boosted May homebuyer traffic by 21 percent
by Marian McPherson Jun 25
Al Capone's childhood home lists for $2.9M
The Park Slope childhood home of infamous mobster Al 'Scarface' Capone, where he lived until moving to Chicago around 1920, is now on the market for $2.9M
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 25
Southern renters are benefiting most from pandemic pricing
According to a Zumper analysis published on Thursday, markets in Tennessee, Texas and Louisiana have experienced the largest rent declines since March
by Marian McPherson Jun 25
Homes are flying off the market at their fastest rate in 2 years
Homes sold in the US during the second week of June stayed on the market for about 22 days, the lowest number since June 2018, according to a new analysis by Zillow
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 25
New jobless claims top 1M for 14th straight week
More than 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, according to the US Department of Labor
by Patrick Kearns Jun 25
12 action items for finishing the year strong post-lockdown
Although we're about to ease into a summer of uncertainty, agents still have an opportunity to take advantage of the months ahead and rev up their business — and they can start by tackling these 12 strategies
by Jeff Glover Jun 25
Keeping It Real: Never, never give into fear
Opinion
The antidote to fear is gratitude. The antidote to fear is service
by Peter Lorimer Jun 25
Summer outlook: Vacation rentals roar back to life
Though the pandemic and its various travel restrictions initially looked like bad news for the vacation rental industry, experts now say the sector is on fire
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 25
US home affordability makes gains in second quarter
In the second quarter of 2020, median prices of single-family homes and condos have been more affordable than historic averages in nearly half of the United States
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 24
NAR conference goes virtual over health and safety concerns
The 2020 Realtors Conference & Expo was supposed to take place in New Orleans in November, but it was moved online amid lingering concerns about the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 24
Is the US housing market recovering? There's no simple answer
Rather than looking at a wholistic picture of the rollercoaster of recovery, think of it as 10,000 different rollercoasters moving independently of one another. Not all markets will recover the same
by Mike DelPrete Jun 24
Caliber Home Loans settlement gives $17M in loan forgiveness to New Yorkers
The settlement applies to borrowers who were enrolled in interest-only loan modifications by Caliber, as well as customers who are dealing with the economic fallout of COVID-19
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 24
Home prices continued to rise through the pandemic: FHFA
Home prices were up 5.5% year over year in April, according to FHFA's home price index
by Patrick Kearns Jun 24
4 tips for helping your business thrive through tough times
Entrepreneurs and industry leaders give their take on what real estate agents should be doing now to thrive through these tough times
by Pat Hiban Jun 24
Summer outlook: Real estate leaders upbeat about the coming months
Leaders of both large and small firms envision an active summer selling season. Low inventory and a potential return of the coronavirus, however, remain points of concern
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 24
How the pandemic is impacting Americans' decision to move
According to a recent Apartment List survey, 30 percent of Americans are canceling their moving plans because of coronavirus-induced financial strain
by Marian McPherson Jun 23
Compass is on a hiring spree to meet increasing market demand
After laying off nearly 375 staffers in March, the company has more than 160 openings. It tells Inman that it's a sign of the returning market
by Patrick Kearns Jun 23
RE/MAX ends fee deferrals, will continue other franchise benefits
RE/MAX is offering expanded training, tech initiatives and a free 3-month trial of its First app, an AI-powered lead nurturing tool
by Patrick Kearns Jun 23
The moving industry could lose $2.5B because of COVID-19
Revenue decline across the moving industry could hover between 12.2% and 19.9%, according to a new study from HireAHelper.com
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 23
Remote notarizations surge during pandemic
A survey of more than 350 real estate professionals indicates that remote online notarization has increased nearly 40% in recent months
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 23
Making sense of the headlines: What is high-frequency data?
Opinion
Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner explains how he’s using data from Apple, the TSA, OpenTable and more to keep tabs on economic recovery
by Matthew Gardner Jun 23
Will city-dwelling homeowners relocate after the pandemic?
Will the pandemic accelerate urbanization or lead to a reversal of the trend? With the country taking its first tentative steps out of quarantine, experts on both sides can point to facts backing up their theory
by Luke Babich Jun 23
6 ways to set buyer and seller expectations for today's housing realities
Although it's hard to know how long this pandemic will last, one thing seems certain — the drive to find the ideal home remains a priority. That's why it's important to let buyers and sellers know what to expect. Here's how
by Cara Ameer Jun 23
Pulse: The team building ideas motivating readers this summer
Last week, we asked what team building activities readers participated in that boosted motivation and renewed excitement for work. Here’s what you had to say
by Inman Jun 23
Summer outlook: A slowing recovery may wait in the wings
While housing has thus far seen a strong recovery, experts say prices may actually fall later this year. Factors such as unemployment and foreclosures could also weigh down the market
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 23
NAR predicts major sales rebound this summer
Existing-home sales fell annually for the third straight month in May, but NAR expects that to change over the coming months
by Patrick Kearns Jun 22
Todd Baldwin on being a 28-year-old landlord in these turbulent times
'If you are interested in it or have the means to do it, just start,' the Seattle landlord advises prospective investors
Homesnap launches future commission-based payment service
The new payment system, created in conjunction with eCommission, will allow agents to pay for Homesnap products using future commissions in lieu of cash or credit
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 22
How to balance work and family during this unusual summer
Summer isn't canceled — learn how to connect with family while working from home this year
by Rachael Hite Jun 22
Habits, routines and rituals: 8 steps to being more productive
Having trouble developing successful and effective habits, routines and rituals that stick? Here are eight steps you can take toward that goal
by Teresa Mack Jun 22
Summer outlook: Real estate heads into buying season on firm footing
In our multipart series on the US housing market this summer, Inman's Jim Dalrymple reports that the market hasn't fully returned to normal yet, but a number of metrics including prices and pending sales suggest it has been resilient amid the coronavirus crisis
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 22
Coldwell Banker CEO on why now is the perfect time to list your home
During a virtual town hall, Ryan Gorman also explained why he doesn't believe the market will see a massive spike in foreclosures
by Patrick Kearns Jun 19
Despite pandemic, home improvement spending is on the rise
Year over year, requests for home improvement personal loans increased by 7.8% from the first week of June 2019 to the same week in June 2020
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 19
The Real Word: How the iBuyer business model is evolving
More this week: changing markets around big cities and a gift card project that supports local business and the community
by Byron Lazine Jun 19
Who says you can't go home again? 2.7M adults have moved back home since March
Among 18- to 25-year-olds, a 12% decline in individuals living on their own translates into a $726M slash in rent revenue, according to Zillow. That's 1.4% of the US rental market
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 19
NYC heads into phase 2 of reopening — but don't expect much to change
As New York City prepares to enter phase 2 on Monday, a number of agents expressed ambivalence over resuming in-person showings or heading back into the office
by Patrick Kearns Jun 18
NAR releases 5-point plan to bolster homeownership amid pandemic
The National Association of Realtors' plan calls for expanding down payment assistance programs, improving FHA loans and alternative credit scoring models
by Marian McPherson Jun 18
Growth in US home value slows at greatest monthly rate since 2019
Home values grew by 0.41% month over month in April, and in May that metric dropped to 0.35% — the largest one-month slowdown in more than a year
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 18
4 things we learned from our most beneficial team training
Pandemic or not, there are always going to be opportunities in the marketplace, so it's important to know how to find and identify them. Here's what one team learned during a training course on winning in today's market
by Kevin Kauffman Jun 18
Our house isn’t someone’s deal — stop texting and calling
Opinion
People's homes are more than just pieces of real estate — they're sanctuaries, especially now. That's why agents need to ease up on sleazy and pushy marketing tactics during this difficult time and be more thoughtful instead
by Teresa Boardman Jun 18
How to step up your listing video game in 2020
Now that agents are relying more and more on property videos, what can they do to step up their game and boost their production value? Drew Appolonia, video manager with BorrowLenses, answers our most pressing shooting and editing questions
by Brandon Doyle Jun 18
How to energize your agents without breaking the bank
As long as I pay attention to the agents and see them — really see them — and their basic needs, I don’t have to spend money on higher splits or fancy lattes
by Erica Ramus Jun 18
10 agents from all across the globe talk about getting back on track
From Australia and Indonesia to South Africa and Thailand, real estate leaders shared the impact COVID-19 has had on their market and what opening back up has looked like
by Patrick Kearns Jun 18
Louisiana brokerage launches online concert series to help local artists
New Orleans-based brokerage Latter & Blum is helping local artists gain fans and earn cash amid the pandemic with a virtual concert series
by Marian McPherson Jun 17
New permits and housing starts are finally trending upward
While still below 2019 levels, forward-looking indicators for the housing market are showing some positive signs, according to the US Census Bureau
by Patrick Kearns Jun 17
Suburban housing market to experience post-lockdown boom
Buyers are eyeing suburban ZIP codes as coronavirus lockdowns lift across the country, according to a realtor.com report released Wednesday
by Marian McPherson Jun 17
7 emerging real estate trends in the new normal
As an agent, you currently have a unique opportunity to reinvent yourself and create the business you want in the 'new normal.' Use these seven trends and action steps to guide your decision-making
by Bernice Ross Jun 17
Online searches for single-family homes hits 4-year high: Redfin
In May, 36% of saved searches created by Redfin.com users were filtered exclusively for single-family homes, up from 33% in February and the highest level its reached in 4 years
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 16
Vacation rental sites roar back to life with surge of spring bookings
After a period of rolling out more lenient reservation cancellation policies and more stringent cleaning procedures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Airbnb, Vrbo and other vacation-rental websites are starting to see an increase in bookings again
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 16
Surging builder confidence hints at housing market recovery
The National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo's Housing Market Index jumped significantly in June — back into positive territory
by Patrick Kearns Jun 16
Pulse: How leaders have stepped up in the past few months
This week, our readers tell us the different ways their leaders have provided comfort, support and motivation during this time of uncertainty and hardship
by Inman Jun 16
Take the lead! 8 lead generation strategies to focus on now
If you've lost some of that drive you started 2020 with, it's time to start back up and try some new things. Here are eight lead generation ideas that can help you through today's COVID-19 situation
by Alana Gaddis Jun 16
Making sense of the headlines: Will forbearance turn into foreclosure for homeowners?
Opinion
Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner gives his take on how homeowners will fare once the forbearance period is over
by Matthew Gardner Jun 16
Bidding wars increased last month amid housing shortage: Redfin
Boston, Dallas and Washington, D.C., were the three most competitive markets in the U.S. last month, a new report reveals. The report provides further evidence that the pandemic hasn't tanked prices or demand
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 15
Today's homebuyers are twice as anxious as buyers from 5 years ago
Homebuyer sentiment has changed significantly over the past few months, from largely positive feelings before the start of 2020 to mostly negative ones in the ensuing months
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 15
NYC real estate trade group cuts pay, institutes layoffs
The Real Estate Board of New York is facing diminishing membership dues at the epicenter of the global pandemic
by Patrick Kearns Jun 15
Stop the distractions! 7 ways to be more productive on the daily
As the country reopens and we get busier, it's important that we set boundaries and stick to a daily routine. Here are several ways we can stay on task in a world full of distractions
by Missy Yost Jun 15
Welcome to the 'agrihood': How COVID-19 is popularizing agricultural neighborhoods
As the pandemic pushes buyers to prioritize space, three experts say agricultural-based neighborhoods will go from real estate niche to mainstay
by Marian McPherson Jun 12
Maryland market snapshot: A strong market, but low inventory
Agents in Maryland say the market has rebounded quickly from the initial shock of the pandemic, but inventory remains low
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 12
Green is the new black: 3 green living misconceptions debunked
Opinion
As we move to a healthier and more conscious way of life, our homes will, too. Here's how making eco-conscious choices will come into play for consumers in a post-COVID-19 world — plus, a few myths debunked
Want to grow your team? Shrink it first
Letting a team member go is one of the hardest decisions a leader has to make, but it's also a critical step for your business. Consider these 3 mind blocks that may be stopping you from making the right call
by Andi Cummings Jun 11
NAR may move summer tech conference to January
The National Association of Realtors sent out a survey to past iOi Summit attendees to gauge how likely they are to attend an in-person event in early 2021
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 11
'Team structures are winning' and other pandemic-era observations
Opinion
When a crisis ends, you remember two kinds of people: the ones who stepped up, and the ones who disappeared
by Kris Lindahl Jun 11
How to make your business more efficient with a CRM
Use this time to do the foundational administrative work that agents can never get around to — like implementing a customer relationship management system
by Kathleen Black Jun 11
How to find business when it's not coming to you
Now is the time to take charge and remind yourself that there are still opportunities in today's world. Be proactive, resilient and willing to seek out opportunities even when they're not exactly knocking on your door. Here's how
by Ron Wynn Jun 11
Home flipping climbs to 14-year high while returns hit 9-year low
The number of single-family homes and condominiums flipped in the first quarter of 2020 reached 53,705 — up 7.3% year over year to its highest level since the second quarter of 2006, according to Attom Data Solutions' latest home flipping report
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 11
Don't let uninvited guests derail a productive Zoom meeting! Ramp up security
Zoom allows real estate professionals to maintain much of their business efforts, from farming to showings and closings, which is why, despite security concerns, Zoom still reigns supreme as videoconferencing tool of choice. Here are a few extras to consider for secure meetings
by Aaron Stelle Jun 10
Helping buyers? Learn about down payment assistance
Lack of a down payment is the main obstacle stopping first-time buyers from purchasing a home. As an agent, here's how you can put down payment assistance programs to work in your business — and help buyers fulfill their dream of becoming homeowners
by Bernice Ross Jun 10
How my agent has been invaluable during this pandemic
Opinion
Don’t underestimate how difficult this time can be for your buyer or seller. Know your market, understand its nuances and be able to explain your contracts and addenda in plain English
by Jay Thompson Jun 10
Multifamily rents continue to decline in May
As many states began the reopening process in May, rents continued to decline from previous months, according to YardiMatrix's National Multifamily Report for May 2020
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 9
Daily Dispatch: Has the virtual brokerage finally arrived?

Side CEO Guy Gal talks to Brad Inman on his podcast about how top-producing agents can maximize client experiences and generate more business by offloading administrative work.

by Inman Jun 9
March delinquency rates remain at record lows despite coronavirus
3.6% of mortgages were in some stage of delinquency, the same as in February
Pulse: How you're prioritizing your 2020 goals now
Last week, we asked you how you're shifting and readjusting your goals for the year, in light of everything that's happened in 2020. Here's what you had to say
by Inman Jun 9
What will real estate tech look like a year from now?
During the pandemic, technology was (and still is) at the heart of every real estate agent's business. But after the world reopens, how long will its impact last? A few agents weigh in
by Kari Klaus Jun 9
Former Daniel Gale Sotheby's SVP launches COVID-19 business strategy course
Marion Weiler's new four-part course covers everything agents need to know about business strategy in a post-pandemic world
by Marian McPherson Jun 8
Daily Dispatch: The new vacation rental landscape

There are new standards for the vacation rental market, and new ways that families are looking at vacations. Vacasa interim CEO Matt Roberts breaks it down on Brad Inman’s podcast.

by Inman Jun 8
New guidelines issued to reopen office buildings in New York City
The Real Estate Board of New York and other organizations issued 'Best Practices for Reentering Commercial Buildings in Phase Two of New York Forward' guidelines
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 8
More than half of homebuyers likely to buy a home within next year
53% of homebuyers say they now plan to buy a home within the next year as a result of factors surrounding the pandemic, according to online lending marketplace LendingTree
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 8
COVID-19-related forbearance volumes decline for first time since pandemic hit
Active COVID-19-related forbearance volumes declined by a net 34,000 for the week ending on June 2, the first weekly decrease since the CARES Act went into effect
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 5
Brad Inman: 'It is hard to imagine heaven while living through hell'
Opinion
During his opening remarks Tuesday at Connect Now, Brad Inman called for a new approach on the current strife real estate agents face and how the industry can make a difference
by Brad Inman Jun 5
Stunning jobs report shows unemployment dropped in May
The expectation among forecasters was unemployment could climb as high as 20%, but data released Friday showed it actually dropped to 13.3%
by Patrick Kearns Jun 5
The economic downturn won't end investment in real estate tech
Venture capitalists Constance Freedman and Paul Levine said Thursday that there's still plenty of space for innovation and money to disrupt the real estate industry
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 4
Homesnap's Mazur: It's time for agents to go all in
In multiple talk tracks at Tech Connect, leaders in sales, fintech and proptech all agreed on one thing: The COVID-19 pandemic has totally changed how people market, sell and buy real estate
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 4
Manhattan real estate sales fall 84%
Only 160 contracts were signed in the New York borough in May — an 84% drop compared to 992 last year, according to a new UrbanDigs study
4 tips to boosting team productivity in the new world
Opinion
As we enter a time of recovery, our eyes go toward rebuilding. Team leaders can start with improving team productivity using these tips
by Chris Pollinger Jun 4
This is not the time for 'marketing as usual'
Katie Lance, Kendall Bonner and Victoria Kennedy say agents shouldn't be afraid to talk about controversial topics
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 3
Brokers talk culture and the future at Connect Now
The discussion centered around what actions brokers should take in upcoming months to move forward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and national upheaval
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 3
Glenn Kelman: Waves of migration, consolidation coming to real estate
The Redfin CEO said Wednesday the coronavirus pandemic is helping fuel changes in real estate imagery and consumer behavior
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 3
'We're watching recovery happen as we speak': Economists
The long-term prognosis is more optimistic than many think, economists from Zillow and Windermere said during a panel at Inman Connect Now on Wednesday
'You can see someone smile through a mask': Hospitality during COVID-19
During a talk at Inman Connect Now, Inman Editor at Large Clelia Peters and New York City restaurateur Will Guidara discussed how to show hospitality in a world with coronavirus
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 3
Indie brokers struggle with racial unrest and coronavirus pandemic
Brokers advised evaluating whether social media messages might come off as 'tone-deaf' but disagreed on whether to express political opinions publicly at Inman Connect Now
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 3
Pulse: How are you prioritizing your goals in 2020 now?
We want to know from you, our readers: How are you responding and reacting to the issues we're facing in 2020? How are you shifting, readjusting and prioritizing your goals? 
by Inman Jun 3
Agents say they're busy amid pandemic, but challenges linger
Buyers and sellers appear to be returning to the market in many parts of the U.S., but inventory issues continue to plague many areas as well
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 2
Why Aaron Kirman walked away from $400M in inventory
A number of real estate leaders urged agents to use the COVID-19 pandemic to reevaluate their current brokerage situation at Connect Now
by Patrick Kearns Jun 2
Top indie brokers share how they've navigated 2020's unrest
Independent brokerage owners Thad Wong, Vanessa Bergmark and Kofi Nartey share how three months of social distancing made them and their businesses better
by Marian McPherson Jun 2
'Normal is over,' and agents need to lean on technology
'Million Dollar Listing' star Ryan Serhant said Tuesday that during a period of crisis, agents should turn to everything from Instagram to phone calls
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 2
Ryan Serhant: 'We need to stand with the Black community'
The 'Million Dollar Listing' star said during Inman Connect Now that Americans need to proactively fight racism
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 2
Howard Hanna CEO: Full impact of unemployment not yet known
Speaking at Connect Now, Helen Hanna Casey also highlighted migration trends her company is tracking due to the COVID-19 pandemic
by Patrick Kearns Jun 2
Gary Keller: We're seeing a 'fast track to disruption'
Keller Williams CEO predicts mergers and acquisitions will speed up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 2
Brad Inman: 'This is our digital spring'
In his opening address at Inman Connect Now, Brad Inman acknowledged the turmoil of recent months and called on real estate professionals to exercise empathy and be present for others by using the new technological tools available to them
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 2
Vacation rental giant Vacasa announces $108M funding round
The firm also indicated its industry appears to be recovering from the lows of the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 2
Should you change brokerages during the pandemic?
Opinion
It's a great time to think about making a change, but to make a meaningless change would be a terrible mistake
by Teresa Mack Jun 2
Making sense of the headlines: How long will interest rates stay low?
Opinion
It's been a couple of months since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, so this week, Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner revisits the topic of mortgage rates and shares his forecast for the rest of the year and 2021
by Matthew Gardner Jun 2
Voiceter Pro to permanently shut down due to coronavirus
The company was founded nearly 4 years ago and struck up partnerships with numerous real estate organizations. But it couldn't weather the economic turmoil of the pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 1
Expensive U.S. cities see rents fall amid coronavirus pandemic
San Francisco in particular has experienced a historic drop in rent amid the pandemic, though rents are also down in New York, Boston and other cities
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 1
Some landlords got aid money. Many others were excluded
Smaller landlords form the 'backbone' of the residential rental industry. But they have been largely excluded from the Paycheck Protection Program during the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 1
5 challenges sellers are facing and how to overcome them
Although it may be difficult to find a buyer with an ideal situation these days, there are a few things you can do to cut through the uncertainty and make the homeselling process as productive and seamless as possible
by Cara Ameer Jun 1
How agent and chaplain Kay Wilson-Bolton is helping to end homelessness
Century 21 agent Kay Wilson-Bolton explains how she gave up her life as a broker-owner to dedicate more time to ending homelessness in Santa Paula, California
by Marian McPherson Jun 1
DC-area landlord Vipin Motwani on navigating business with empathy
While landlords may have seen a drop in income due to coronavirus, tenants often face direct layoffs and much less of a financial cushion — and, as Motwani stresses, confrontation is simply not productive
Months into pandemic, 70% of guests are afraid to stay in an Airbnb
Additionally, nearly half of Airbnb hosts reported that they don't currently feel safe renting out properties, according to a survey by IPX1031
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 1
10 common staging mistakes that could hurt your listing
Staging can make your life — and your sellers' and buyers' experiences — infinitely more rewarding, if you approach it right
by Nicole Solari May 30
Smart home tech for agents: How does Ecobee fare against Nest?
Opinion
Although lacking brand awareness, Ecobee is a smart thermostat that readily competes with Nest. Here's what it does and how it works, plus a few perks to consider
by Brandon Doyle May 29
The Real Word: Will virtual buying stick around post-lockdown?
Plus, the outdoor home features that capture homebuyers' attention and why they matter, now more than ever
by Byron Lazine May 29
All Inman content related to running your business in this unprecedented time
Here's how to keep your business moving as the situation shifts
by Inman May 29
Top agent Jordan Cohen on how coronavirus is changing the luxury market
'In a market like this, the best homes will sell but the ones that need an extensive remodeling have to be priced accordingly,' says RE/MAX luxury agent Jordan Cohen
Honoring Inman’s 2020 Innovators: Acts of Courage and Service
Showing the best of our industry, here are the 2020 Inman Innovators who will be honored at Connect Now
by Inman May 29
Talk to my lawyer: Lawsuits between buyers and sellers soar amid virus
As buyers and sellers second-guess their desires to seal the deal in an uncertain world, many are citing reasons related to the pandemic as justification for breaking contracts. As a result, threats of legal action and lawsuits between buyers and sellers appear to be on the rise
by Lillian Dickerson May 28
Daily Dispatch: Where to look for investment opportunities

Gary Beasley, CEO of Roofstock, joins Brad Inman on his podcast to discuss investment opportunities for residential real estate. That’s core to Roofstock’s mission to simplify the process of investing in single-family rental homes.

by Inman May 28
Contract signings fell 33% in April amid COVID-19 pandemic
The National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, was down 21.8% in April
by Patrick Kearns May 28
Need to reset? Here are 4 tips for starting fresh after lockdown
Now that shelter-in-place measures are easing up, it's time to rethink the unhealthy habits we picked up while in quarantine. Here are four things to implement for an effective work routine and life after lockdown
by Ryan Rodenbeck May 28
What will stay, and what will go post-lockdown?
Opinion
During quarantine, most real estate professionals had to learn new skills and adopt some major changes. But when it's all behind us, what tools, habits and concepts are we going to keep forever, and which ones are we going to forget?
by Brian Walker May 28
Pulse: What are you learning this conference season?
With highly anticipated events going digital this year, we're asking our readers to share some strategies and lessons they've been learning virtually during conference season
by Inman May 28
How can your team thrive through uncertainty? Focus on this equation
Opinion
Many people have a tendency to go straight into survival mode when crisis hits, but Kathleen Black is here to help you thrive, rather than survive, in uncertainty
by Kathleen Black May 28
Amid halt on foreclosures, zombie property rate remains constant
The number of U.S. homes in the process of foreclosure that are currently sitting empty barely changed between the first and second quarters of 2020, due to the coronavirus-induced moratorium on foreclosures
by Lillian Dickerson May 27
Mets star, NYC landlord locked in rental dispute
Noah Syndergaard, accused of shirking his rent payment responsibilities, fired back on Twitter
by Patrick Kearns May 27
Daily Dispatch: A checklist for reopening business

A true real estate pro offers a checklist on Brad Inman’s podcast for brokers, owners and Realtors to reengage their clients, customers, and most importantly, agents.

by Inman May 27
Your profiles matter! Take time to perfect them
Opinion
Now is the time to give your web presence a second look. Follow these steps to create a profile potential buyers will gravitate toward
by Jay Thompson May 27
Pulse: The early career lessons that are helping readers now
This week, our readers share the values, principles and ideas they learned when they were first starting out and finding their footing in the industry
by Inman May 27
Number of mortgages in forbearance keeps rising
4.2 million Americans are now using forbearance programs. However, the rate at which loans are going into forbearance is slowing, suggesting conditions are stabilizing
by Jim Dalrymple II May 26
Tales from the Trenches: Life on the real estate front line

In this special edition of his Daily Dispatch podcast, Brad Inman gets down to the nitty-gritty with two agents who are experiencing the effects of the pandemic on their business.

by Inman May 26
Home prices rose in the first quarter
Home prices were up 1.7% quarter over quarter and 5.7% year over year in the first quarter of 2020, according to the ​Federal Housing Finance Agency in a new report Tuesday
by Patrick Kearns May 26
Even as virus spread in March, home prices grew modestly
Home prices rose 4.4% in March, up from 4.2% during the previous month, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, released Tuesday
10 tips for buyers putting in offers sight unseen amid coronavirus
Buying a property without seeing it in person is hardly ideal. But, in the new world created by COVID-19, virtual touring is becoming increasingly common
by Nicole Solari May 26
Lesson Learned: Operate from the client’s perspective
Now more than ever, NYC real estate broker Tania Isacoff Friedland keeps the focus on client needs to provide the best possible service
Real estate is looking very different in the Hamptons this summer — here’s why
Top New York real estate agent Jamie Safier is seeing incredible growth in demand in the Hamptons as well as changes in what renters are looking for
Home staging can be done virtually — here's how
Opinion
Just because in-person interactions are limited doesn't mean that agents can't help clients take advantage of services like staging. This is how homeowners can complete the process virtually, step by step
by Jennie Norris May 25
How Ivis Suarez saved a deal and a family's dream of going back home
Florida-based Century 21 agent Ivis Suarez shares how she persevered through the toughest transaction of her career to help a family get back to Puerto Rico
by Marian McPherson May 25
Coldwell Banker CEO: Real estate has undergone a 'tremendous transition'
Coldwell Banker CEO Ryan Gorman told CNBC it's not just millennials who are open to buying homes virtually
by Patrick Kearns May 25
How to handle client objections during the pandemic
Opinion
The types of objections we're hearing now are going to be with us for a while and may just become our new normal, so we need to be able to ease clients' fears
by Missy Yost May 24
The latest in-demand apartment feature is a Peloton room
Agents are starting to market what may have been featured as small offices or hallways in the past as designated Peloton or workout areas with the shift to home exercise during the pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson May 22
They hate their homes, and they want out — NOW!
Real estate agents say quarantine has convinced homeowners that they need more rooms, a backyard and plenty of kitchen space — and they want it all now
by Lillian Dickerson May 22
Daily Dispatch: Why brokerage value propositions will change

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

by Inman May 22