'A super hot market': Economists weigh in on what to expect in 2021
A handful of economists shared with Inman their forecasts for home sales and prices, inventory, the impact of a coronavirus vaccine and the risk of another recession
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 24
How multifamily complexes can win the amenity arms race
We know that technology and automation are necessary to attract tenants to multifamily complexes. But what developers aren't doing is using this interconnectivity to enhance the feeling of community
by Michael Crow Dec 22
Everything that happened in 2020, the wildest year of our lives
This year had it all: A presidential election, a stock market crash and rebound, and the busiest summer and fall in memory — all amid an unprecedented global pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 21
6 surefire tips for stepping up your marketing in 2021 
Doing business during the pandemic has been challenging, to say the least
by Stacey Ross Cohen Dec 19
Bunkers, Bezos and the Bahamas: The biggest luxury stories of 2020
A booming luxury market, an obsession with spaciousness and high-profile celebrity sales in the midst of a pandemic have made 2020 a year like no other
Inman Person of the Year 2020: Anne and Dave Jones
The power couple runs Windermere Abode in Tacoma, Washington, and epitomizes the way many agents in 2020 have shown leadership amid multiple crises
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 17
How indie brokerages can thrive in 2021
To thrive in the new year, indies must be ready to quickly shift to their clients' new needs and get ready to network with agents across the country and the globe
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 17
Brad Inman's 9 pieces of advice for 2021 and beyond
Inman founder Brad Inman kicked off December's Connect Now conference with some sage advice about how agents can continue to thrive through uncertain times
by Marian McPherson Dec 17
Looking forward to 2021? 3 opportunities teams have
Though no one knows what 2021 will bring, it's important to create something to look forward to. By aligning your team with opportunities and visualizing where you're going in the future, you'll be able to move forward with confidence
by Kathleen Black Dec 17
The lessons this broker learned and is taking into the new year
Opinion
A lot of changes took place in 2020, and many of us will likely reflect on them for years to come. Here are one broker's observations — the things she'll leave behind and the lessons she'll take with her into the new year
by Teresa Boardman Dec 17
The biggest challenges teams face in 2021
Opinion
Find out how challenges will show up, what unique problems 2021 might bring and how to navigate through it all with your team
by Adam Hergenrother Dec 17
Home flipping rates continue downward trend, profits hit new high
Despite the seeming decline in popularity of house flipping, the gross profit on the typical home flip rose to its highest amount since 2000 of $73,766, up from $69,000 during the second quarter of 2020
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 16
Happy happy, joy joy: The Midwest tops list of the US's happiest states
On the other end, West Virginia, Nevada, California, Mississippi and Kentucky ranked as the unhappiest states, according to a new survey by homeselling platform iSoldMyHouse
by Marian McPherson Dec 16
Mortgage applications increase for fourth time in 5 weeks
Mortgage applications and refinance applications increased during the week ending Dec. 11, 2020, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly survey
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 16
Pulse: What was the biggest real estate news of 2020?
This week, we're starting a conversation on the most significant headlines we've seen in our industry this year. Of all the events that took place in 2020, what got you thinking?
by Inman Dec 16
5 challenges indies will meet head-on in 2021
The real estate landscape has shifted over the years. Today, independent brokerages need to have a clear view of those changes and use their strengths to pivot and meet them. Here's how they can thrive in 2021
by Andrew Bearden Dec 16
Move Inc. acquires rental platform Avail
The platform provides tools for do-it-yourself landlords, and will now become a part of realtor.com
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 15
Here's where home prices soared the most during the pandemic
Realtor.com's latest market analysis reveals how buyers' migration to the suburbs amid COVID-19 sparked double-digit home price growth in these 10 areas
by Marian McPherson Dec 15
The federal eviction ban is about to expire. What happens next?
Although there's hope a relief bill will be passed that includes a 1-month extension, if the moratorium is allowed to expire, as many as 40M renters might be at risk of eviction
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 15
Rinse launches app-based door-to-door laundry service for rentals
The service will provide contactless pickup and delivery of laundry to residents, and can be included in a tenant's lease agreement or as a building amenity for an exclusive price
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 15
The 8 biggest stories that impacted real estate investors in 2020
The hottest topics for real estate investors this year ran the gamut — Airbnb's IPO, WeWork's new CEO, the vacation rental market's comeback, eviction bans and more
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 15
3 top-notch marketing courses to elevate your digital game
With these 3 courses available online and on demand, you can take your digital marketing game to the next level in 2021 — without giving up valuable time and resources
by Victoria Kennedy Dec 15
Pulse: Readers share the accomplishments they're proud of this year
It's been quite a chaotic year, and now that we're approaching the end of it, it's time to look back and acknowledge the major wins you accomplished
by Inman Dec 15
Sick of video calls? 3 strategies for fighting Zoom fatigue
Don’t let computer screen exhaustion ruin your productivity! Here are a few tips to help combat Zoom fatigue as we continue to navigate day-to-day business virtually
by Santiago Arana Dec 15
RentCafe: Gen-Zers kept 2020's sluggish rental market afloat
RentCafe's year-end market analysis covered the rental market's headwinds and a silver lining in the form of increased Gen-Z renting activity
by Marian McPherson Dec 14
How to connect on a real level in a virtual world
Despite the absence of face-to-face meetings, the pandemic opened many virtual doors for relationship-building. Here's how experiential marketing, forced intentionality and tech have changed the way agents form bonds and engage with clients
by Sam Trimble Dec 13
7 lessons from 2020 that changed how we do business
Opinion
It has been one of the most unexpected and unpredictable years in modern history. What has the real estate industry learned from the events of 2020?
by Stacey Ross Cohen Dec 12
Homebuyers are becoming more diverse — and facing 'headwinds'
A demographics panel at NAR's Real Estate Forecast Summit talked about the declining share of first-time homebuyers, the 'baby bust,' and the rise in multigenerational living
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 11
The Real Word: Looking at one economist's 2021 forecast
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the 2021 forecast from a chief economist, how to deal with overpriced listings and what to look for when outsourcing marketing
by Byron Lazine Dec 11
10 amenities Zillow predicts will be on your buyers' 2021 wish lists
From pet-friendly spaces to backyard oases, Zillow on Thursday shared what will be at the top of homeowners' and homebuyers' home wish lists in 2021
by Marian McPherson Dec 10
Airbnb valuation soars after wildly successful debut as public company
The travel company's share price shot up to more than $168 at one point after an initial price of $68 per share on Thursday, the company's first day on the Nasdaq
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 10
Economists predict GDP growth, mortgage rate increases in 2021
More stimulus is needed to prevent the economy from hitting another 'soft-spot,' according to economists who spoke at annual summit hosted by the National Association of Realtors
by Patrick Kearns Dec 10
New jobless claims spiked last week as COVID cases continue to spread
As Congress continued to negotiate a stimulus package, 947K individuals filed new unemployment claims, up 229K from the week prior, according to the Labor Department
by Patrick Kearns Dec 10
Be present! 3 tips for building trust through empathy
Opinion
One of the greatest gifts you can give another human is your time and attention
by Adam Hergenrother Dec 10
Take control! 5 ways to generate your own leads
As a real estate agent, you're operating your own business, which means you have to be in charge of generating your own leads. Here are a few tried-and-true strategies
by Faisal Susiwala Dec 10
How new agents see the real estate industry in 2020
Real estate is an attractive career path for people of all ages and backgrounds, but what do newbies in the industry think of it as a whole? What surprises did they stumble across this year?
by Kris Lindahl Dec 10
Having trouble business planning for 2021? Here's how to get started
If you aren't thinking about your 2021 goals and plans yet, now's the time to get started. When crafting the new year's business plan, start with what you know, and tackle these important sections
by Kathleen Black Dec 10
Knock launches new sale-leaseback program, Knock Nest
A spin-off of Knock Swap, Knock Nest formalizes Knock's longtime leaseback option and allows homeowners to access home equity without the need to move
by Marian McPherson Dec 9
3 digital marketing strategies you'll need in 2021
2021 will be the year of eye-catching content. Here are a few ways to drive more eyeballs to your listings and get the exposure needed to elevate your business
by Mauricio Umansky Dec 9
Pulse: What's one accomplishment you're proud of this year?
This week, we want to hear about your triumphs in 2020. What's a major win that you can't wait to share? How did you achieve it?
by Inman Dec 9
10 strategies for being more profitable in 2021
Want to be more profitable in this upcoming year? Here's how to work smarter, reduce expenses and find ways to make the best possible use of your time
by Bernice Ross Dec 9
Among renters, demand for short-term leases soar amid pandemic
In November, 16.4% of renters sought out apartments with short-term leases outside of their current metro area, a 40% increase since January, according to Apartment List
RedfinNow expands into pricey San Francisco and Seattle markets
In a notable departure from more common iBuying strategies, Redfin's iBuyer program, RedfinNow, will target homes built after 1930 and costing more than $1M in the 2 cities
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 8
Where people are looking for homes hasn't changed: OJO Labs
But how people are finding those homes has changed, according to a study released by the real estate tech company.
by Patrick Kearns Dec 8
Single-family rental demand remains at record high amid pandemic
According to the National Home Rental Council's Q3 2020 market index, the single-family rental market remains robust as renters flock to the suburbs
by Marian McPherson Dec 8
Here's why housing needs to be more pet-inclusive now
Given the positive effects pets have on stress levels, now's the time for all multifamily communities to adapt their policies and allow for a better living experience — for both pet owners and their furry friends
by Michael Zaransky Dec 8
Pulse: 20 ways to spread holiday spirit to your community
The holiday season is in full swing, so now's the time to stay engaged and top-of-mind with your community. Here's a list of ways you can do so while bringing some much-needed cheer to your sphere
by Inman Dec 8
Beyond the headlines: What's in store for 2021?
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on the news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner gives his 2021 forecast
by Matthew Gardner Dec 8
Replay Listings, RentCity partner to ensure transparency in NYC rentals
Replay Listings, an all-video tour app for New York City apartments, will now have the fast-growing ratings from RentCity to accompany its listing search results
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 7
5 things to watch for as Redfin heads into 2021
Redfin's iBuying program and ancillary services should continue to be important parts of the company's expansion. It'll also have to contend with flashy rivals and a fair housing lawsuit
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 7
Mortgages in forbearance remained steady over Thanksgiving
The number of mortgage loans in forbearance stayed constant from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association
Why tiny homes are booming during the pandemic
While some Americans see appeal in adopting a more efficient and affordable way of living during a time of economic uncertainty, others see tiny homes as an opportunity for an office or investment property
The actor-turned-real estate agent making his way in the Hamptons
Kyle Barisich had planned on embarking on a career in real estate someday, but he had no idea how quickly that day would come after theaters were shut down due to the pandemic
Western cities will excel amid strong 2021 market: realtor.com
Cities such as Sacramento, California, should do well next year due to affordability, strong job markets and proximity to bigger metros. New York City, on the other hand, may struggle
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 7
Bad smells kill sales! Don't let buyers sniff out these 8 offensive odors
With only one chance to make a good impression on buyers, obnoxious odors must be identified and dealt with before opening the doors to visitors. Here are a few to consider
by Carl Medford Dec 7
How to update your buyer’s checklist for 2021
The most important thing you can do for your clients, first and foremost, is to make health and safety a priority
by Santiago Arana Dec 7
What to expect when shifting to a buyer's market
Opinion
Nobody really knows what will happen next year — or the year after. Shifts are normal for markets, so agents should think through possible changes and plan for them. Here are a few things to consider
by Andrew Fortune Dec 6
The Real Word: Did this listing video go too far?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the listing video that elicited shocked responses from viewers and agents, things the real estate industry should be grateful for and CoStar’s acquisition
by Byron Lazine Dec 4
5 strategies for getting more clients without meeting face to face
Just because you're practicing social distancing doesn't mean your team should give up on engaging with prospects and clients. Here's how to build quality connections online
by Brandon Doyle Dec 4
Real estate professionals gave back at record levels amid virus: NAR
Volunteering and charitable donations among members of the National Association of Realtors were up from 2018, the last time the trade organization's CARE survey was taken
by Marian McPherson Dec 3
Mortgage rates fall to record new low as home sales begin to sputter
The average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage fell to 2.71%, the lowest number ever recorded by Freddie Mac's weekly survey of rates, which dates back to 1971
by Patrick Kearns Dec 3
5 things to factor into your team's 2021 business plan
Now that we're nearing the end of the year, it's time to tweak, edit and rewrite your business plan to ensure your team hits the ground running in 2021. Here are a few things to think about
by Kathleen Black Dec 3
3 tips for wrapping up 2020 on a positive note with your team
As we enter into a new year, it's important to review your team's strengths and weaknesses, and adapt accordingly. Here's how to prepare your agents to close out 2020 with energy and positivity
by James Harris AND David Parnes Dec 3
Pandemic relocation, confidence driving Canadian market: RE/MAX
RE/MAX predicts that the average price of a single-family home in Canada will grow by 4 to 6 percent in 2021
Airbnb may actually be undervalued ahead of IPO: Study
A new analysis by consumer analytics company ValueChampion found that the pandemic has actually helped Airbnb achieve greater dominance over the travel booking industry
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 2
Airbnb shoots for $35B valuation
The short-term rental company is aiming to price at $44 to $50 per share, according to an updated S-1 filing it submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday
Overpriced listing? How to persuade clients to drop that number
If your overpriced listing needs needs a reduction, now’s the time to talk to your sellers. Here are a few strategies and scripts to expand your price negotiation skills
by Bernice Ross Dec 2
Pulse: How are you spreading holiday spirit to your community?
With the holidays just around the corner, we want to hear from you about the many different ways you're bringing some much-needed cheer to your community — while staying top-of-mind
by Inman Dec 2
What we know about the luxe agent on HBO’s Christmas reality dating show
Douglas Elliman's Garrett Marcantel stars in HBO Max's '12 Dates Of Christmas'
Alabama and Georgia Realtors sue Trump administration over 'unconstitutional' eviction ban
Trade groups allege CDC moratorium 'unilaterally shifted billions of dollars in economic burdens from one group of Americans, renters, to another, landlords'
Home prices spike after summer lull: CoreLogic
Nationwide home prices grew at the fastest pace since 2014
New study shows evictions have led to 430,000 COVID-19 cases
Expiring eviction bans at the state level over the course of the pandemic have led to hundreds of thousands of additional COVID-19 cases, according to new research
7 ways to connect with first-time millennial and Gen Z buyers
To appeal to millennial and Gen Z buyers, you should familiarize yourself with their comfort zones, priorities and the challenges they face now. Here's what you need to know
by Ben Mizes Dec 1
Pulse: The state of the indie broker going into 2021
This week, our readers respond with their thoughts on the fate of independent brokerages. Are these businesses primed for success going into the new year?
by Inman Dec 1
How to make staging possible — regardless of budget
Although most agree that staging works, hiring a professional stager is not always an option. Here are 6 levels of staging that'll make it possible in every level of home
by Carl Medford Dec 1
Sotheby's agents sweat it out to raise $31K for food relief fund
Sotheby's International Realty and fitness company Barry's teamed up to raise money for World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides chef-cooked meals to those in need
by Marian McPherson Nov 30
5 ways indies are preserving their culture in a digital work world
Here are a few strategies some indie brokers are implementing to try and keep their company's culture going strong in a largely remote work world
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 30
13 things buyers need to consider before relocating
Before moving on to another destination, here are a few things buyers should consider as they wade through their options
by Cara Ameer Nov 30
Perfect the handwritten note! 5 examples you’ll want to steal
Correspondence is an art, not a science, but these tips will help make your client thank-you notes (and videos) easier to create
Want to hit the ground running in 2021? Follow these 8 steps
To make the most of their time, agents need to hit the restart button now — before jumping into the new year. Cross out these actionable items, and you'll kick off 2021 right
by Mayleene DeFreece Nov 28
How smart tech can help reimagine homeowners' home offices
Home office as becoming a must-have in today's environment. So, this week, John Clancy digs into the trend, discussing the upgrades and new technology homeowners should invest in for a more seamless at-home working experience
by Brandon Doyle Nov 27
Sotheby's CEO Philip White sees 'very positive' market trends
White described a robust market that has exceeded even his own expectations this year, and added that he believes homes will continue selling well in 2021
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 25
Outdoor kitchens, dining spaces take center stage during holidays
Agents in California, Montana, Arkansas and Louisiana share how buyers are embracing outdoor entertainment spaces for socially distanced holiday gatherings
by Marian McPherson Nov 25
3 ways video marketing has pivoted this year (and how to work it!)
Our businesses might look different now — and the marketing aspect of it is no exception. Here are 3 key factors that can help agents adapt to this changed digital format
by Kathleen Black Nov 25
Pulse: What is the state of the indie broker going into 2021?
This week, we want to hear your thoughts on the fate of indie brokerages. Are they thriving and outdoing their competition? Or are they just barely hanging on?
by Inman Nov 25
Real (Estate) Talk: Neither fair nor a haven, NAR’s Fairhaven is what we need
Opinion
The National Association of Realtors launched a free interactive training platform called Fairhaven. Here’s my take on this virtual experience
by Lee Davenport Nov 24
Searches for homes in urban areas up 200% from last year: Redfin
With the largest annual increase for searches in urban areas so far this year, new data from Redfin released Tuesday suggests Americans haven't given up on cities just yet
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 24
Agent/broker perspective: Should agents start aligning with Biden's housing plans?
Opinion
With the election drawing to a close, an agent feels ready to shift her business and align more with the president-elect's housing policies. What should her broker say?
by Anthony Askowitz Nov 24
Beyond the headlines: Median prices up 15.5% from last year
Opinion
The median price in October came in at $313,000, for the 104th straight month of year-over-year price gains. We haven’t seen this growth pace since 2006
by Matthew Gardner Nov 24
Low inventory and rising prices to continue in 2021: Homesnap
Homesnap predicts homebuying demand will remain hot and inventory will continue to decline in 2021 — unless sellers can be enticed to enter the market
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 23
Chicago indie brokerage Baird & Warner pays it forward amid virus
Baird & Warner's Stephen Baird and Lucy Wood Baird talk to Inman about the company's 162-year mission of giving, including its most recent philanthropical pursuit
by Marian McPherson Nov 23
The 2 best days to buy a home are right around the corner
Attom Data Solutions examined 27M single-family and condo sales over the past 7 years and calculated the premium or discount paid on any given calendar day
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 23
12 festive ways to stay in front of your clients this holiday season
Opinion
With the holidays right around the corner, now's a good time to reach out to your sphere. From sending out customized cards to sponsoring live holiday music, here's a list of activities you can do to bring a little cheer to your clients and community
by Bernice Ross Nov 23
5 questions to jumpstart your strategic planning for 2021
Take time to look at the big picture of your business to be better prepared for next year
by Erica Ramus Nov 23
Evaluating multiple offers? 15 questions sellers should ask
Here’s how to present information in a clean, organized way that makes sense to sellers
by Lindsey Hood Nov 22
In chaotic times, Zillow becomes the solution to doomscrolling
People in 2020 are treating the ubiquitous real estate portal as part social network and part salve amid a global pandemic and geopolitical chaos. But don't expect a comments section
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 20
2020 is the year of the second home
The demand for second homes has risen 100% year over year, according to a Redfin report
by Marian McPherson Nov 20
The Real Word: How will a vaccine affect the housing market?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss how a vaccine might impact the housing market and NAR’s new ethics changes
by Byron Lazine Nov 20
How you can bring tech-powered growth to your business in 2021
Moving forward, the real estate world will be divided into two groups — those who harness the power of technology and those who don’t
by Mike McGowan Nov 20
IBuyer market share set to drop by half in 2020: DelPrete
Opinion
The iBuyer market share and transaction volumes isn’t a failure of the model, but rather a result of it
by Mike DelPrete Nov 19
Existing-home sales continue to rise for fifth consecutive month: NAR
Existing-home sales in October 2020 were up 4.3% from the previous month and up 26.6% from one year ago, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 19
Home sales experienced record gains in October: Redfin
Home sales were up 24% in October from the previous year on a seasonally adjusted basis, the largest increase since Redfin started tracking the data in 2012
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 19
How one broker is approaching Thanksgiving this year
Opinion
With COVID-19 cases soaring, Teresa Boardman can't help but think of what's to come. Here's how the holiday season is going to be different this year
by Teresa Boardman Nov 19
3 strategies for scooping up more market share
As a successful agent, naturally, there will a come a time when you'll want to expand into a new area. Here's how one agency approached the endeavor and what the process looked like
by David Parnes AND James Harris Nov 19
3 seller objections, excuses and concerns to overcome this fall
Sometimes, interactions with sellers go smoothly, but that's not always the case — especially now. As an agent, you should anticipate these common seller concerns and respond to them appropriately
by Kathleen Black Nov 19
Low interest rates spur new high for mortgage originations
During the third quarter, 3.25 million mortgages were originated on residential properties, the highest level this figure has reached in 13 years
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 18
Notarize announces partnership with dotloop
The new partnership should let agents using dotloop get their documents notarized with the click of a button
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 18
NAR: After 2020 boost, home sales will leap next year
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun predicts existing-home sales will rise 9% in 2021
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 18
Zillow CEO on how COVID-19 vaccine may impact real estate tech
Barton called the vaccine a 'miracle,' praising the scientists behind the effort, and noted that the industrywide move toward digital is likely 'a long-term trend'
by Patrick Kearns Nov 18
Notarize opens platform to more notaries, launches tool for agents
Notarize also revealed during a virtual conference Wednesday that it has seen significant growing interest in virtual transactions during the pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 18
Rental management platform NestEgg raises $7M
The platform is geared toward small independent landlords who need help with property maintenance, rent collection and searching for new tenants
by Marian McPherson Nov 18
7 ways indie brokers can cultivate a powerful support system
As an indie broker, you might be juggling a variety of roles and responsibilities — which is not only tedious, but also very lonely. This is why it helps to have a strong support system. Here's how to build it
by Bernice Ross Nov 18
Dear Marketing Mastermind: What should my 2021 marketing plan include?
Looking for ways to improve your content marketing strategy? Learn how from this virtual workshop featuring Valerie Garcia and Peter Lorimer
Don't chase your next transaction — run your business with intention
The business of real estate is fast-paced and in the moment. As an agent, you're always chasing the next transaction. But here's how operating with intention can positively impact both work and life
by Marion Weiler Nov 18
'2021 has already kick-started': Noel Roberts on the Hamptons market
The star of 'Million Dollar Beach House' talks about the influx of permanent Hamptons residents and what to expect next year
How this investor built a single-family rental empire virtually
California-based investor Katy Klesitz shares how she and her husband, Frank, have grown their out-of-state rental portfolio during the pandemic
by Marian McPherson Nov 17
Home improvement startup Curbio raises $25 million
The company handles repairs for homeowners, then takes payment for the work when the home later sells
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 17
Amazon donates $9M to nonprofits near DC to mark HQ2 anniversary
The funds will go toward organizations working to help residents avoid evictions as well as other causes to improve racial equality and support military families and veterans
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 17
From SoulCycle to the office: 10 brand-building lessons
When it comes to drive, resilience and brand power, there's a lot agents can learn from the fitness world. Here, two SoulCycle master instructors share their top tips for tapping into the athlete mindset
by Tamara Bakir Nov 17
Why the NAR Expo won't ever be the same
Aside from the challenges posed by COVID-19, the NAR Expo still faces a handful of other issues that stack the deck against it. Here are a few affecting the health of the event
by Chris Drayer Nov 17
Pulse: Readers share their advice for aspiring indie brokers
Here, seasoned independent brokers share their best advice on ways to drive business success — from branding to marketing to giving back to the community
by Inman Nov 17
Coldwell Banker CEO: Family moves fueling 'brisk' sales nationwide
M. Ryan Gorman said family moves are helping keep the housing market strong despite broader economic challenges during the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 16
6 harsh truths about being an indie broker
Opinion
Opening an indie brokerage allows you the freedom to set your own rules. These are the stories we tell ourselves, but here's the real truth
by Erica Ramus Nov 16
3 agents raise $48K for children without computers, Wi-Fi
Red Oak Realty agents April Howell Young, Negar Souza, and Rose Heffelfinger raised $48K to provide technology for children in three school districts
by Marian McPherson Nov 16
What a vaccine could mean for the US housing market and real estate
An effective vaccine could mean a spike in interest rates and return to some pricy metro markets, economists and agents told Inman
by Patrick Kearns Nov 16
Make it count! Here's how to build your legacy
In a year marked by worldwide tragedy, we've been forced to reexamine what is truly important and wrestle with how we can reorient our lives to truly make a difference going forward and leave our mark on the world
by Carl Medford Nov 16
21 things to do before ringing in 2021
Opinion
Here, we offer this year’s list in hopes of giving a bit of perspective as we head into a new year and a new chapter in our lives
by Rachael Hite Nov 14
Digital escrow provider Endpoint closes on $40M more
The digital deal continues to broaden its reach as technology company Endpoint takes in more money, expands in the west and doubles its employee count
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 13
Here's how to tap into an athlete's mindset — and win today
Beating out competition, breaking limitations and making the impossible happen are things athletes train for. Here's how to tap into their mindset to make great strides in business and life
by Tamara Bakir Nov 13
Top 5 video trends to know in 2021
'You get a lot of street cred if you're meeting up with people and you have hundreds of videos online,' Triplemint agent Tyler Whitman said during Connect Now Thursday
3 brokers share how giving has enriched their lives and business
Brokers Nicole Lopez Cummins and Eric and Janet Baucom share how they've given back over the past year and encourage other agents to do the same
by Marian McPherson Nov 12
EasyKnock founder: 'Agents have to differentiate themselves'
EasyKnock CEO Jarred Kessler argued during Inman Connect Now Thursday that agents need to show that they're on the cutting edge
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 12
Focus on what you’re best at to take your business to the next level
Santiago Arana and Dawn McKenna have come a long way since starting in real estate. They shared their pro tips for taking things to the next level with attendees at Connect Now
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 12
3 buyer objections, excuses and concerns to overcome this fall
Dealing with buyer objections is frustrating, but experienced real estate agents should have answers for these common concerns and excuses. Here's how to be better prepared
by Kathleen Black Nov 12
5 high-ROI upgrades homebuyers will love
Before your clients spring for a home makeover, it pays to know which ones result in the highest return on investment. So, here are a few projects worth investing time and money in
by Megan Eskey Nov 12
Winter blues are coming! Fight them off with a solid routine
Choose your struggle, make small changes and get ready for big results
by Adam Hergenrother Nov 12
The 'community crisis' is here. Can you retain your team?
Opinion
In a year when everyone is searching for connection, what can you do to provide community to your agents? If you succeed in building that community, it’ll payoff tenfold when the pandemic is over
by Kris Lindahl Nov 12
Home prices rise in opportunity zones, but lag behind nationwide gains
A report by Attom Data Solutions reveals that opportunity zones experienced a strong quarter, but gains still fell below the pace of broader metro areas across the US
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 11
4 home design trends ushered in by the pandemic
Changing needs due to COVID-19 have altered buyer preferences when it comes to home amenities. Here's what The Agency is seeing from clients
by Mauricio Umansky Nov 11
Don't ignore renter leads! 6 steps for turning them into homebuyers
Helping renters become homeowners is about mindset — both yours and your clients'. Here's how to evaluate the renter leads you receive and convert them into homeowners when their lease expires
by Bernice Ross Nov 11
3 ways collaboration is a win-win for all in real estate
It’s natural to have feelings of scarcity in business and to see your competition as a threat to your success. However, if you open yourself up to collaboration, you’ll see it’s quite the opposite. Here's why
Pulse: What advice would you give to aspiring indie brokers?
This week, we're asking our readers to share their best words of wisdom — the advice they'd like to pass onto aspiring and new independent brokers trying to get their business off the ground
by Inman Nov 11
US foreclosure filings increase 20% in October despite moratoriums
A total of 11,673 US properties received foreclosure filings in October 2020, according to a new report from Attom Data Solutions released Tuesday
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 10
Pulse: The biggest challenge indies face in 2021
This week, our readers chime in with their thoughts on the biggest obstacles and hurdles independent brokerages should be preparing for going into 2021. Here's what you had to say
by Inman Nov 10
11 common bluffs agents use with buyers, sellers and each other
This industry is always moving fast. As a result, agents have become experts at crafting responses that can buy them time, leave the door open or get them to a desired outcome. Here are a few
by Cara Ameer Nov 10
Beyond the headlines: Jobs beat forecasts, still long way to go
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner examines jobs numbers. Although they beat forecasts, at October's pace, it would still take about another 16 months for employment to return to pre-pandemic levels
by Matthew Gardner Nov 10
Shifting needs in luxury propelled Sotheby's in Q3
Agents affiliated with the global luxury brand closed more than $90B in sales through the third quarter of 2020
by Patrick Kearns Nov 9
What a Joe Biden presidency means for real estate and housing
From Biden's campaign, here's how we can expect his administration to respond to today's most crucial housing issues
7 virtual staging services to increase your listing's appeal
Virtual staging is becoming increasingly in demand — and for good reason. Not only is it more cost-effective and convenient, it also dramatically enhances the property's digital aesthetic appeal. Here are a few firms that do it right
by Megan Eskey Nov 9
8 massive mistakes brand new agents often make
Opinion
With so many aspects of the career to master, it’s easy to get distracted, but avoid these errors from the beginning
by Gerard Splendore Nov 9
Joe Biden wins 2020 presidential election
Here's what a Biden presidency may mean for the real estate industry
by Patrick Kearns Nov 7
Tales from the field: Focus on the warm calls
One broker shares a powerful way agents can approach calls while showing they care and subtly establishing themselves as trusted real estate professionals
by Lee Davenport Nov 7
The hot housing market isn't ending any time soon: Zillow
Closed sales of existing homes increased 9.4% from August to September, yielding a 20.9% increase year over year, the highest rate recorded since 2006
638,000 jobs added in October — but unemployment remains high
The unemployment rate declined to 6.9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the country as a whole is still down about 10M jobs since February's pre-pandemic levels
The state of luxury real estate around the world
Inman touched base with luxury agents in Canada, South Africa, Hong Kong and beyond to learn more about what business is like in these unusual times
The battle for rent control in California continues with Prop. 21 loss
California voters struck down Proposition 21, which would've expanded local governments' rights to impose rent control on housing exempt under current law
by Marian McPherson Nov 5
Demand is heating up in the Hawaiian luxury market
Hawaii has experienced ups and downs throughout the pandemic, but right now, luxury buyers are craving the aloha lifestyle and a bit of seclusion from the rest of the world
US home equity levels rose in Q3
Equity-rich properties made up about 28.3% of mortgaged homes in the US during the third quarter, up from 26.7% the previous year, according to a new report by Attom Data Solutions
3 simple steps to a successful video walkthrough for buyers
Touring clients through a home over video is the new normal — here's how to do it right
by James Harris AND David Parnes Nov 5
How to bring new hires onto your team the right way
Opinion
You hired someone — now what? Here's how to set the stage for team members to have a fruitful career
Get your networking on! 4 tips for connecting in the age of COVID-19
Networking isn't about meeting someone on LinkedIn, having a good discussion, and promising to follow up at a later date and time. It goes far beyond that, especially today. Here are a few timely tips
by Anna Johansson Nov 5
3 strategies to grow your business in a time of crisis
Opinion
It’s absolutely vital for agents to use this time to create and represent a powerful pivot in their businesses. Here are three strategies to help you do just that
by Kathleen Black Nov 5
5 ways to harness PR and stand out in today's market
PR is a vital component of achieving success in today’s cutthroat market. Here's how to push your business forward and reach the right clients by being strategic and working with PR pros
by Durée Ross Nov 4
Pulse: What's the biggest challenge indies face in 2021?
This week, we're asking you, our readers, about the obstacles you're expecting to run into next year as an independent broker. How are you preparing for them?
by Inman Nov 4
How to heal our communities by giving back
When creating 2021 business plans, agents should think about ways to truly help their communities while gaining daily exposure at the same time. Here are a few ideas to consider
by Bernice Ross Nov 4
Americans head to the polls as real estate industry holds breath
Voters have to choose between President Trump and Joe Biden as concerns about unprecedented voter intimidation, fraud and violence swirl around the country. Real estate agents like Ellen Sykes of Warburg Realty volunteered at voting centers across the US
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 3
Could we see a flurry of foreclosures in 2021?
Opinion
Although there is more demand for housing, there is also a higher risk of losing it, and many economic signs point to a rocky road ahead. Here's why this housing boom won't last
by Andrew Duguay Nov 3
Here's how Trump and Biden stack up on housing issues
The president and former vice president have sharply divergent views of how to handle things like housing affordability, discrimination and homelessness
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 3
Home price growth reaches 6-year high in September
After a slow summer, home prices rose 6.7 percent in early fall
Rents on the rise for larger units across the country
A new report from Apartment Guide found that studio apartments, which have out-priced one-bedrooms in recent years, are currently the least expensive unit type
Pulse: How our readers are preparing for winter
This week, our readers tell us what they're doing to prepare for the winter months ahead, covering topics like virtual learning and marketing. Here's what you had to say
by Inman Nov 3
Industries are encouraging voter participation — where is real estate?
Opinion
Offering employees time off to vote is a simple way many companies have been helping people exercise their rights without feeling pressed for time. But why has the real estate industry been absent from the conversation?
by Bess Freedman Nov 2
3 ways to build confidence in buyers and keep their anxiety at bay
Today, homebuyers are understandably nervous, which is why agents should do everything they can to put buyers at ease. You can do that by showing your market knowledge and expertise — and following these tips
by Santiago Arana Nov 2
Thinking of going indie? 9 critical points to consider
Opinion
Here's what you must consider to protect yourself, provide the highest possible level of client care and effectively compete with larger players
by Carl Medford Nov 2
Let's dive into the Indie Broker world
Starting, running and growing an independent brokerage is an enormous feat — especially now. All month long, we'll be looking at how to navigate business through market changes, disruption and other industry shifts
by Inman Nov 1
3 superpowers indie brokerages have in 2020
Opinion
After merging with a national brokerage, I realized there were things about the boutique lifestyle that I’d never find in a national brand. Here are the major benefits of indie brokerages
by Andrew Fortune Nov 1
Looking for fall pop-by ideas? Here's what readers are doing
Pumpkin spice and all things nice, here are a few ways to connect with clients safely
by Inman Oct 30
Inman Handbook on luxury marketing
What do top luxury agents know about marketing — both themselves and their properties — that can help you move to the next professional level?
Louisville, Buffalo, Santa Barbara lure out-of-towners amid pandemic
All 3 metros have experienced a net inflow increase by over 100% in the past year, according to a new report from Redfin released Friday
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 30
Foreign buyer activity is down, but not in 'Zoom cities'
Travel restrictions, uncertainty and the US handling of the pandemic are taking a toll, but outdoorsy vacation spots are still hot among international buyers
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 30
Residential investments push US GDP up 33.1% in the third quarter
Gross domestic product rose 33.1% in the third quarter of 2020, due to increased consumption and residential investments, according to the Commerce Department
by Marian McPherson Oct 29
Pending-home sales take 2.2% hit
The National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index dropped 2.2%, to 130, in September after 4 consecutive months of contract activity growth
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 29
Show off your listing! 6 tips for creating engaging IGTV videos
Virtually touring a home is an essential part of the business now, so IGTV is a worthy place to focus video efforts. Here are a few tips to help you gain traction
by Mauricio Umansky Oct 29
Beyond the headlines: Housing continues to break records
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner discusses home sales across the U.S. and concerns over the unsustainable pace of price growth
by Matthew Gardner Oct 29
Vacant zombie properties continue to decline amid foreclosure moratorium
In the fourth quarter of 2020, properties in the process of foreclosure decreased 7.3% from the previous quarter while the number of properties sitting empty declined 4.4%
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 28
Sotheby's Realty CEO Philip White talks about his bet on virtual reality
The industry veteran explains how his brokerage's investment in virtual reality paid off during the pandemic
by Marian McPherson Oct 28
Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky lists California estate for $22.9M
Wayne Gretzky and his wife Janet built the home in 2002, sold it in 2007, then rebought the home several years later after a former owner lost it to bankruptcy
Winter is coming: These are most in-demand cold weather amenities
As homebuyers and owners prepare to settle in for what may be a long COVID-19 winter, fire pits, hot tubs and heated floors have never been more desirable
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 28
Pulse: How are you preparing for winter?
As the temps drop, what are you doing to prepare your business for the winter months ahead? Chime in with your thoughts this week
by Inman Oct 28
Dumped, ghosted and bad behavior: How to deal with tough situations
Opinion
Think twice before reacting, and take additional steps to slow down your thought process and prepare clients for potential pitfalls in today’s fast-paced real estate landscape
by Rachael Hite Oct 28
5 shifts this Aspen broker is seeing in her market
This is how one broker associate found her way into the luxury real estate business in Colorado's mountain communities — and what COVID-induced trends she's been seeing in her market
by Liz Leeds Oct 28
REALM founder Julie Faupel on the luxury of peace of mind
The industry leader talks about launching a platform during COVID, what luxury consumers want and how agents are delivering
by Marian McPherson Oct 27
Imaging startup Asteroom strikes up deal with BHHS Fox & Roach
Asteroom was founded in 2018 and lets users create 3D tours with just their Android or Apple smartphones
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 27
A year of relocation: Where luxury buyers moved in 2020
A new report from Coldwell Banker sheds light on where the wealthy moved this year, why they relocated and what they're looking for in a home
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 27
Agent/broker perspective: Should agents still practice all COVID guidelines?
Opinion
After months of virtual everything, an agent feels ready for much more face-to-face interaction. Can her broker convince her otherwise? 
by Anthony Askowitz Oct 27
Expiring eviction moratoriums could lead to next housing crisis
Economists say America is on the brink of another housing crisis as rent debt reaches $7B
by Marian McPherson Oct 27
How to take advantage of your parking lot during the pandemic
With fewer people driving to work and destinations like shopping malls, property owners and investors are tapping into creative new uses for parking lots
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 27
FHFA reports biggest home price gain in 29 years
Prices increased 1.5% from July to August according to Federal Housing Finance Agency data, the largest increase since 1991
by Patrick Kearns Oct 27
Sluggish in early summer, home price growth accelerates in August
August's home price index was the largest in 2 years, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price NSA Index
by Patrick Kearns Oct 27
Clients planning to rent? 10 realities they need to be aware of
House shopping in the coronavirus era is a high-intensity exercise, with homes selling at warp speeds. Clients who are turning to renting as a temporary solution might need to be aware of today's realities. Here are a few
by Cara Ameer Oct 27
3 ways to build trust using personalized direct-message videos
The most efficient tool to convey information tone and body language without being face to face is video
by Kendall E. Bonner Oct 27
5 reasons buyers should pull the trigger this fall
The time for buyers to act is now, while interest rates are low and the economy is gaining strength. If your buyers are on the fence, here are a few reasons that might convince them to go for it
by Gerard Splendore Oct 26
Inman Handbook on staging luxury listings
Learn from the experts how to ensure that the luxury property you're showing is ready for the scrutiny of those discerning high-net-worth buyers
Building video content? Here’s a simple 4-step formula
As people are now shopping for properties online, agents should try to increase their brand awareness through content marketing videos. Here are a few ways to get them right
by Lisa Suazo Oct 25
How to help clients play their cards right in today's market
With the current low-inventory market and the overall uncertainty, an agent's job has never been more important. Here's how to guide buyers and sellers while keeping their stress levels low
by Jim Manikas Oct 24
Power zones and Duchenne smiles: Body language tips for every agent
Practicing the use of body language while wearing a face mask can help improve an agent's ability to effectively communicate with clients during showings, experts told Inman
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 23
Even amid travel restrictions, Bahamas real estate lures many
Prospective buyers are spending up to $18,000 a month to rent a home in which they can quarantine for 14 days before they start looking at properties
How the pandemic is redefining what luxury means
Engel & Völkers Americas CEO Anthony Hitt on how buyer priorities have shifted, why inventory is tight and what luxury looks like in this new normal
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 23
20 of the most mindbogglingly expensive homes sold this year
It's been a big real estate year for billionaire buyers David Geffen and Jeff Bezos
Smart home tech for agents: Which is the better security camera?
Right now, security cameras can offer peace of mind for those staying and working at home. So, when it comes to price and functions, how does Eufy fare against Arlo?
by Brandon Doyle Oct 23
The Real Word: Hidden seller costs every agent should disclose
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss why agents need to disclose all costs to sellers, how buyers are using Airbnb rentals and the best branded gifts
by Byron Lazine Oct 23
How to help your buyers win in a competitive market
Although receiving multiple offers can be a positive opportunity for sellers, it can be daunting for buyers. Here's how to help them compete
by James Harris AND David Parnes Oct 22
NAR's proposed ethics changes miss the mark
Opinion
If the intent of the Code of Ethics is to hold real estate professionals to a higher standard, the proposed addition fails to achieve that. Here's why — plus what could be done
by Teresa Boardman Oct 22
Home price gains continue to climb in third quarter
A new report from Attom Data Solutions found that 77% of metros analyzed posted double-digit annual home price gains
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 21
5 smart things top agents are doing that you should implement now
OJO Labs CEO John Berkowitz and Chief Product Officer Charles Myslinsky revealed 5 bright ideas worth taking note of during an Inman Connect Now session on Tuesday
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 21
In 2021, use your marketing budget on personal touches
Avoid the glitz and glamour next year, and get back to tried-and-true personal touches when it comes to connecting with clients
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 20
Could COVID-fueled mass migration impact the presidential election?
People moving from California to Nevada and Arizona is leading to a surge in registered Democrats in both states, according to a study released Tuesday by Redfin
by Patrick Kearns Oct 20
Spurred by builder confidence, housing starts rally in September
Privately owned housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.41M, up 1.9% from an August estimate, according to data released Tuesday by the US Census Bureau
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 20
HouseCanary adds HomeAdvisor integration to streamline reno process
The HomeAdvisor integration allows homeowners to view projects with the highest ROI, connect with licensed professionals and secure financing for home renovations
by Marian McPherson Oct 20
'Sleepy suburbs' are the new hot spot for luxury buyers
The pandemic has given the world a new perspective, and for luxury buyers, the suburbs have never looked more glamorous
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 20
Beyond the headlines: 83% of consumers not worried about job loss
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner digs into the numbers of the latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index
by Matthew Gardner Oct 20
Making a brokerage switch? Ask these 8 critical questions first
Opinion
When making this major decision, it’s crucial to choose a brokerage that fits your needs today and can grow with you into the future
by Missy Yost Oct 20
The quiet iBuyer war on real estate commissions: DelPrete
Does the success of the iBuyer model come at the expense of the traditional real estate structure?
by Mike DelPrete Oct 19
Keep up! 3 tips to navigate the post-pandemic sales boom
Is the COVID-induced hubbub of activity keeping you on your toes? These 3 tips will help you keep your post-pandemic momentum going and stay on track with your clients’ evolving needs
by Santiago Arana Oct 19
How this megateam is maximizing its sellers' proceeds
Opinion
Here's an inside look at how one real estate team is transforming homes, increasing clients' wealth and boosting the level of equity in local neighborhoods
by Carl Medford Oct 19
Here are the hidden costs of homeselling you should disclose to clients
There are a lot of hidden costs that go into closing — and many sellers aren't aware of them. That's why it's your job as the listing agent to educate them on what's to come and keep the process running smoothly
by Luke Babich Oct 17
32M missed mortgage, rent or student loan payments in September
The number of renters and homeowners able to make payments during the third quarter of 2020 improved slightly from the second quarter, but remained relatively high overall, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Research Institute for Housing America
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 16
Even amid pandemic, luxury sales soared 42% in Q3: Redfin
Luxury sales skyrocketed in 3Q20, even as the number of confirmed cases peaked at 75K on a single day in July and joblessness claims hovered around 1M a week in early August
Jason Oppenheim and the luxury market he has his eye on next
The Oppenheim Group is considering branching out to Corona Del Mar, in Newport Beach, California. 'I don't think I've told anyone that yet,' Oppenheim told Inman
WFG founder Pat Stone talks e-closings, coronavirus and getting back to basics
On the heels of WFG's 10th anniversary, founder Pat Stone shares his secret to success, which hinges on mastering the basics and putting clients first
by Marian McPherson Oct 16
Metros with lower rent have been most resilient amid pandemic
Metros with lower rental prices, including the Inland Empire and Sacramento in California, have been the most resilient, according to a new report by Yardi Matrix
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 15
Forget retreats! Here’s how to advance your team virtually
If you’re organizing an end-of-the-year planning session for your team, be sure to include these crucial aspects
by Adam Hergenrother Oct 15
When future-proofing your business, don't forget these 3 basics
Taking the time to reflect and plan for the future? Now's the right moment to start incorporating these three basic practices in your day-to-day business
by Kathleen Black Oct 15
Will low inventory plus high demand snowball this winter?
Today, the market remains red hot as summer, but unfortunately, the industry might be celebrating too soon. Here's why this winter might bring a very different and cold reality
by Chris Drayer Oct 15
Zillow, Yelp identify top 10 most affordable suburbs with a 'city feel'
Data powerhouses create 'Cityness Index' to identify suburbs that best strike a balance between affordability and urban amenities. No. 3 is surprising, to say the least
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 14
28% of people who moved this year did so to avoid catching COVID-19
According to MyMove, another 20% moved to be with family, while 18 percent cited financial reasons, including job loss
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 14
Moving is a nightmare! 6 tips to ease your clients' headaches
Opinion
Nobody likes moving, and everyone will likely agree that the process is often tedious, frustrating and generally unpleasant. However, there are ways to make it less painful for your clients. Here's how
by Jay Thompson Oct 14
As the pandemic drags on, mortgage delinquency rates rise
The 120-day delinquency rate for July was 1.4 percent — the highest rate in more than 21 years and double the Great Recession peak
Upcoming elections too much to bear? Why not 'live under a rock'?
If the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming elections are stressing you out, maybe it's time to consider literally living under a rock with a promo deal from Hotels.com
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 13
Millennials with kids show big appetite for suburban living
A new National Association of Realtors survey finds younger people want more outdoor space and bigger homes with more rooms — even as walkability remains important
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 13
Landlords, lobbyists launch legal battle against eviction moratorium
In the wake of the Trump administration's federal moratorium on evictions, landlords, apartment owners and housing industry groups have issued legal challenges against the order, leaving millions of renters in a precarious position
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 13
Beyond the headlines: Are mortgage rates hurting affordability?
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner discusses the potential consequences of low mortgage rates and persistently low levels of inventory
by Matthew Gardner Oct 13
6 reasons FSBOs fail epically even in a hot market
Opinion
Unfortunately, DIY sellers often have to go through these sometimes painful motions to get a much-needed reality check
by Cara Ameer Oct 13
COVID is transforming Palm Beach into a primary residence market
Paulette and Dana Koch say the pandemic has fundamentally changed the buyer composition in Palm Beach, with more buyers considering a primary home than ever before
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 12
It's a small world after all: Average apartment shrank 9.7% since 2010
Centrally located, small and more affordable living spaces dominated the past decade, according to new data released by RCLCO Real Estate Advisors
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 12
Let's stop perpetuating hustle culture in real estate
Hustle culture, though often talked about in real estate, might not be a great habit for long-term success — personally or professionally. Here's why agents should consider a more sustainable, well-rounded approach
by Amy Galvin Oct 12
What does 'luxury' mean in the wake of COVID-19?
Opinion
In a post-pandemic world, features that were once taken for granted are now becoming precious to homebuyers. Now, the idea of luxury means something different, and it includes these new in-demand aspects
by Gerard Splendore Oct 12
Don’t alienate buyers! 10 in-person showing turnoffs 
Opinion
With COVID-19 limiting access to listings, buyer visits are at a premium. Sellers hoping for an offer need to ensure nothing alienates a buyer who goes through the hassle of viewing their home in person
by Carl Medford Oct 10
Why this luxury agent bought a SF condo when everyone is leaving
'This is the first time in a good 10-year run that we've seen a lot more available inventory,' San Francisco broker Tracy McLaughlin told Inman
Smart home tech for agents: Want the best home office setup?
This year, the home office became a treasured room in most people's homes. To improve your WFH experience (and make it infinitely more comfortable), here are a few smart tech options
by Brandon Doyle Oct 9
How did Charlotte's most expensive home sell in only 4 days?
Listing agent Josh Tucker, of HM Properties' Lake Norman office, told Inman the quick sale had a lot to do with setting up the French-style chateau and drawing attention to it ahead of time
MoxiWorks launches tool to predict number of home sales
The new prediction model will run on a monthly basis to forecast the number of U.S. home sales two months in advance based on data from the company's presentation builder
3 tips for marketing luxury listings during the holidays
Unfortunately, the eggnog won’t be flowing at holiday-themed open houses, but there are ways to safely market a luxury listing during this time with a little bit of (pumpkin) spice
by David Parnes AND James Harris Oct 8
3 building blocks for business resilience today
Instead of focusing on building, a lot of agents and teams have shifted gears. Now, they're rebuilding, adapting and tweaking their processes instead. Here are a few things to remember when crafting a strategy for moving forward
by Kathleen Black Oct 8
How to lead through the ups and downs
Business, just like life, is full of ups and downs. It's your job as a leader to challenge your team members to dig deeper during the good times and push through when the going gets tough. Here's how
Northeast markets continue to be most at-risk due to pandemic
Parts of New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., were most vulnerable to economic impacts of the pandemic during the third quarter
Are incentives the key to navigating a softening seller's market?
Agents in California and New York share how they're dealing with softening seller's markets and whether buyer's incentives are worth the potential trouble
by Marian McPherson Oct 7
'Baptism by fire': How MLSs should prepare for natural disasters
Panelists at the Council of MLSs annual conference on Monday discussed how to quickly meet agents' needs when tragedy strikes
Redfin: The coronavirus has a bigger impact on sales than the election
According to Redfin's latest survey, only 22 percent of buyers and sellers are adjusting their real estate plans due to the presidential election
by Marian McPherson Oct 6
Fight the power: Off-the-grid cabins spark demand from rural buyers
Homebuyers are flocking to rustic off-the-grid cabins — many without electricity — in Maine, Oklahoma, New York and Wyoming, among other states, as residents seek to distance themselves from their neighbors amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic
Nest Seekers International adds No. 1 real estate YouTuber to its ranks
YouTuber and producer Erik Conover has joined Nest Seekers after building one of the top luxury real estate and lifestyle channels with 1.5M followers
by Marian McPherson Oct 6
'As good as it gets for homesellers': New median US home price record
Amid intense market demand and low inventory, the U.S. median home price hit a record high of $319,769 in the 4 weeks ending September 27, according to data from Redfin
Pandemic forcing 'unprecedented overnight shift' in real estate
A new survey from States Title shows that stress levels and isolation have increased among real estate professionals, though most remain committed to their careers
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 6
How building managers can prepare for a COVID-19 winter
Real estate industry intelligence firm Propmodo recently produced a report detailing the ways property managers can best prepare for both commonplace and worst-case COVID-19 scenarios
Beyond the headlines: Real estate remains a shining light
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner discusses how the housing market continues to bring out buyers in an economy still mired by the COVID-19 pandemic
by Matthew Gardner Oct 6
Why agents need continued education — especially today
For agents, education goes hand in hand with having a positive work environment and company culture. The more resources they have at their disposal, the more likely they are to thrive. Here's why
by Jill Butler Oct 6
Out-of-state buyers? 5 tips for helping them in a hot seller's market
Working with buyers from hundreds or thousands of miles away can be a hectic process. However, it all becomes easier (and less stressful) when you have a well-thought-out plan in place. Here are a few tips
by John Gluch Oct 6
Behold, the Texas home with America's largest closet
Formerly owned by socialite Teresa Roemer, the 17,000-square-foot home — along with its 3-story closet — has sold after 6 years on and off the market
Agents see recovery, but expect pandemic to linger: Inman survey
Six months after Inman's first survey on how agents are navigating the coronavirus pandemic, new findings hint at a resurgent real estate market
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 5
The DC agent balancing his time between work and family
This week, Chris Perry, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker in the Washington, DC metro area, hustles to make his active contract goals while preserving time for family
Working with skittish sellers? 7 ways to ease their worries
In today's confusing world, agents need to do everything they can to ensure a smooth transaction. These tips can help your sellers feel heard, comforted and in control of the process
by Grattan Donahoe Oct 3
Virtual tours level off as home showings continue unseasonable increase
ShowingTime's Showing Index reported impressive year-over-year growth in home tours as Redfin reports 8-10% of all tours are conducted online
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 2
New jobs report suggests home affordability could weaken
A dip in prime age participation typically goes hand-in-hand with slower wage growth, according to Odeta Kushi, the deputy first economist at First American
by Patrick Kearns Oct 2
What is an 'Amazon room,' and why do luxury buyers want one?
With online orders increasing, many buildings are looking for ways to get more space for residents' packages
4 can't-miss real estate events happening virtually this fall
Even though events are held virtually now, they still offer tremendous value — and a chance to connect with some of the best real estate experts in the world. Here are a few noteworthy digital happenings
by Victoria Kennedy Oct 2
Florida and New York go separate ways on eviction bans
Governor Ron DeSantis has allowed Florida's eviction ban to expire while Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded New York's tenant protections to apply to pre-COVID evictions
'Beginnings of revival' show up in NYC real estate market
After bottoming out in May and June, signed contracts in Manhattan have begun to rebound, according to a new report released Thursday by Warburg Realty
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 1
3 marketing tools to enhance your digital efforts
Working from home? Here are a handful of real estate marketing tools that can save you time, streamline your business and increase your conversions in this ever-changing industry
by Kathleen Black Oct 1
Are you playing hurt? This is for you
Opinion
Real estate can be a nonstop, demanding career. As an agent, you're always on the go — even if that means pushing through personal pain. Here's what one broker-owner learned while dealing with her own
by Michelle Shelton Oct 1
Howard Hanna partners with Rand Realty to expand into NYC suburbs
The strategic partnership was in discussions for over a year, and includes the purchase of 1 office in New York City and 27 offices throughout suburban New York and New Jersey
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 30
Pending-home sales soar in August
The National Association of Realtors' Pending Home Sales Index skyrocketed 8.8% year over year in August
These 5 marketing campaigns are tailored for today's market
With the last quarter approaching, agents should strive to finish 2020 strong and step into the next year on the right foot. In other words, now's a great time to implement these marketing campaigns and generate new income streams for your business
by Bernice Ross Sep 30
Home price gains continue to accelerate: Case-Shiller
Home prices rose 4.8% year over year in July, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price NSA Index
by Patrick Kearns Sep 29
MLS confidential: 8 realities sellers need to know about their listing
Listing a property on the MLS — while representing it accurately and truthfully — can be a complex process, which is why agents need to do explain to sellers what is and isn't possible when setting up a listing. Here's how
by Cara Ameer Sep 29
Beyond the headlines: The number that blew through forecasts
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner discusses how new home sales exceeded the annual rate of 1M units for the first time since 2006, blowing past most predictions
by Matthew Gardner Sep 29
Inman Handbook for reaching consumers on realtor.com
Want to optimize your profile on this real estate portal? Find out what to include and how to stand out on realtor.com’s platform
America's biggest artificial surf park is coming to Florida — along with 800 new homes
'Willow Lakes,' a 200-acre development, will include at least 800 residential homes, 600 hotel rooms, 400,000 square feet of retail and 125,000 square feet of office space
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 28
Realogy's expansion brands CMO shares how to lead with soul
Realogy expansion brands CMO Jen Marchetti shares how she juggles Better Homes and Gardens and ERA's marketing while staying compassionate and authentic
by Marian McPherson Sep 28
5 ways to pivot your marketing for 2020's challenges
No one can argue that this year has thrown some major curveballs and forced agents to shift and adapt their business strategies. But what are some of the most effective marketing changes agents have made in 2020? Top agents weigh in
by Georg Chmiel Sep 28
How 'The Social Dilemma' relates to your business
Opinion
A new docudrama on Netflix highlights the dangers of social media and the many ways these platforms are designed to gather data and manipulate its users. But what does it have to do with your business? Here are a few takeaways
by Rachael Hite Sep 28
Take Inman's latest coronavirus survey here
The pandemic continues to roil the economy and disrupt daily life. Let Inman know how you're doing right now
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 28
First-time sellers? Set their expectations with these 7 truths
Opinion
How buyers find their new home has changed dramatically, and maybe even permanently, this year. Remember that what’s normal for us now is all new to sellers — especially the first-timers
by Nicole Solari Sep 27
How to recruit top talent amid sky-high unemployment
For agents and teams looking to build their bench and expand their businesses, today's employment landscape provides a previously unimaginable opportunity to hire top talent. Here are a few ways to make the most of it
by Carl Medford Sep 26
As new home sales soar, listings take a dip in August
New listings of newly constructed homes decreased 4.1% year over year to a seasonally adjusted rate of 74,000 in August, according to a report on Friday from Redfin
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 25
Bel Air megamansion returns to market with a mega price cut
Dubbed 'Unica' and evoking a resort within a home, the spec mansion returned to the market asking $78M after originally listing for $100M in May
How real estate is struggling to meet the needs of Latino homebuyers
Industry leaders, including NAHREP CEO Gary Acosta and Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider, discussed how the industry can better serve the growing homebuyer demographic
by Patrick Kearns Sep 25
Could empty hotels be converted into high-end housing? Some say yes
'There will be survivors and there will be casualties, and I think those casualties will be ripe for redevelopment,' says Boston-based developer Ted Tye
OpenFrame brings new twists to its virtual home tour app
Opinion
The iOS app comes with a 360-degree camera and tripod, as well as some sharp value-add features that make it stand out among the growing selection of virtual tour tools
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 25
The Real Word: Should agents disclose referral fees?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the importance of disclosing referral fees, markets in trouble and ways to use TikTok for business
by Byron Lazine Sep 25
Stabbing of property manager tied to tenant's eviction at luxury tower
A double stabbing in Seattle that left one dead and another seriously injured may be connected to a property manager's attempt to evict a tenant on Wednesday
Home price growth stays strong for now — but the future is murky
After forecasting housing price declines of approximately 0.3% this year, experts have adjusted those predictions this quarter to reflect an increase in prices by 3.7%
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 24
New home sales break 1M mark for first time since 2006
Low-interest rates and a lack of existing homes pushed new-homes sales to a new high, according to the US Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development
by Marian McPherson Sep 24
Homebuyer migration rates reach highest level since 2017: Redfin
At a national level, 28.7% of Redfin.com users looked to move to a different metro area during July and August, according to the brokerage's latest migration report
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 24
4 best practices to help you nail every listing
From standard operating procedures to pandemic preparations and the fundamentals of listing success and conversion, these four practices are the key to success
by Kathleen Black Sep 24
Why we shouldn't forget it's safety month
Opinion
Although sensational headline stories are the ones that fuel discussions on agent safety, other more everyday occupational hazards are worthy of attention, too. Here's why
by Teresa Boardman Sep 24
What your team should be doing to end the year strong
Q4 is no time to relax and wind down. By following these tips, your team will build the habits they need to achieve their goals and end the year on a high note
by James Harris AND David Parnes Sep 24
Homeownership affordability drops in two-thirds of U.S.
Median prices of single-family homes and condos are now less affordable than historical averages in 63% of counties, up from 54% one year ago, according to a new report
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 23
Need help with an eviction? There's an app for that
Civvl promises independent contractors they'll earn up to $2,000 per week for helping with evictions and foreclosure cleanouts. But is it legal?
by Marian McPherson Sep 23
$35M penthouse is SoHo's most expensive sale ever
The three-floor penthouse of 421 Broome Street set a new record for the priciest home ever sold in this part of Manhattan
United Wholesale Mortgage to go public in largest SPAC deal ever
United Wholesale Mortgage is slated to go public during the fourth quarter of 2020, through a special purpose acquisition company deal with Gores Holdings IV
by Marian McPherson Sep 23
Bucking co-living downturn, Common raises $50M round
Despite a housing landscape that increasingly disfavors co-living arrangements, co-living startup Common is forging onward with a $50M Series D funding round
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 23
From mindset to marketing: How to reach and convert leads
From marketing tips to advice on exercising your mindset muscle, last week's Connect Now was chock-full of useful information all agents need to hear. Here's a list of the most important takeaways
by Bernice Ross Sep 23
How to help sellers achieve 'sky-high ROI'
Achieving 'sky-high ROI' isn’t about spending thousands of dollars on massive home improvements before you sell. Here are 3 low- to no-cost actions that net sellers a lot more on their home sales
by Kris Lindahl Sep 23
Pulse: What's one marketing tip you'd give to all agents?
This week, we want to know the one marketing tip you swear by. How has it worked for you in the past, and why do you think it had an impact on your business?
by Inman Sep 23
Dear Marketing Mastermind: How can I become a neighborhood expert?
Opinion
Want to create more buzz in your neighborhood or geographic farm? Check out these tips from Inman Connect Now's session with David Collins and Alvin Newton of REAL Marketing
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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%
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?
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
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
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?
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