NAR brings back 'pitch battle' for real estate tech
Contest winner will get a $15K cash prize at the trade group's 3rd annual Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit
Flush with cash: Bathroom revamp startup raises $23M for expansion
Made Renovation, a bathroom renovation startup, is planning to expand into Los Angeles, Orange County and Seattle after securing new funding
by Daniel Houston Jul 12
What real estate agents need to know about artificial turf
Synthetic grass is a quick and easy, maintenance-free method to enhance a yard, terrace or rooftop. Agents who are well-educated about its perks can help their clients level up their curb appeal
by Gerard Splendore Jul 19
Color me bad: The wrong shade of paint can cost sellers big bucks
Homebuyers have always tended to favor neutral tones in shared spaces, but some colors stand above the rest, Zillow found in a new survey
by Daniel Houston Jul 20
What new real estate agents should know about …
If you're a new agent, learning a thing or two about a home's most sought-after features will go a long way in helping you stand out with clients
by Gerard Splendore Jul 31
How to couch armchair expert advice
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Knowing how to combat misguided viewpoints with vetted knowledge and confidence is vital. Here's how to deal with a few common scenarios
by Cara Ameer Jul 26
Turn up the curb appeal: 11 ideas for getting your listing sold
A well-maintained landscape and attractive exterior are key to capturing a potential buyer's attention right from the start. Here are a few ways to boost your listing's curb appeal and make a stellar first impression
by Antoinette Fargo Aug 9
What agents need to know about luxury laundry rooms
A well-designed, organized and cheerful laundry room or "clothing care center," no matter where it's located in a home, is definitely a fantastic selling point. Here are a few features agents should learn about
by Gerard Splendore Aug 9
Underwater homeowners gain breathing room as prices climb
Fewer properties are considered seriously underwater now that rising home prices have put homeowners with mortgages in a better position
by Daniel Houston Aug 9
5 paint colors that can boost your sellers' home value
Whether you’re doing a major update or staging their home for sale, here’s how to put these in-demand and inviting colors to work for your clients
by Antoinette Fargo Aug 11
Homeowners are obsessed with bringing the outside in: Houzz
Houzz's latest emerging trends report shows how homeowners are leaning into a pandemic-inspired renovation boom with luxurious living rooms and backyards
by Marian McPherson Aug 18
What real estate agents need to know about installing an elevator
The independence that a small residential elevator brings to a homeowner, as well as the value it adds to the price of the house, makes it a worthwhile investment. However, it does come with many requirements, upkeep and expenses
by Gerard Splendore Aug 23
7 open-shelving design concepts to inspire your decor
Open shelving is more than just a fleeting trend. When done right, it can really imbue a home with some much-needed style and personality while saving space. Here are a few fresh and creative ways to put this concept to good use
by Antoinette Fargo Aug 20
9 tips to transition into seasonal decor buyers will fall for
Although the temp might still be high outside, now's the time to start thinking ahead about creating warm spaces for fall. Whether you're going all out with staging or giving clients some advice, here are a few fall decorating tips to celebrate the season
by Antoinette Fargo Aug 24
From Instagram to HGTV: 'Cheap Old Houses' stars on finding fame
Episodes of the new show 'Cheap Old Houses', which follows the creators of the hit Instagram account around the country, have been dropping on HGTV every Monday
Freshening up a listing? 14 ways to boost a home’s buyer appeal
Details matter, especially with how much buyers are shelling out for their dream homes. Here are some must-do prep tasks sellers should do before listing
by Cara Ameer Sep 14
Profit margins drop on fixer-uppers as flip sales ramp back up
Fix-and-flip investors have seen their lowest profit margins in a decade, with the typical return falling to 34 percent
by Daniel Houston Sep 15
Corcoran Group expands planning and design consultancy service
The architects, urban planners and interior designers of Corcoran preDev, the brokerage's planning and design consultancy branch, are now available to share their expertise with the Corcoran Affiliate Network
by Libertina Brandt Sep 21
The Evergrande crisis: Everything real estate agents need to know
One of China's largest property developers is in dire financial straits and the world is watching. What does it mean for the US housing market, real estate agents and economy?
by Daniel Houston Sep 23
What real estate agents need to know about dog spas 
At-home pet spas and showers are now a unique (and sought-after) selling point of newer and remodeled properties. Knowing and understanding these trends can help agents stand out to potential clients
by Gerard Splendore Sep 24
What agents need to know about rigid foam insulation
Insulation, when installed properly, can significantly cut down energy costs, reduce noise, keep pests out, waterproof structures and minimize air filtration. Educate yourself on all the options so you can help your clients in their decision-making process
by Gerard Splendore Oct 5
Eano makes home remodel management smart: Tech Review
The software was inspired by its founder's own struggle to oversee the building of an accessory dwelling unit. It secured $6M in seed funding in early 2021
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 14
What agents need to know about electric fireplaces
Fireplaces are a highly sought-after feature — one that can really boost the value of a home. So, as an agent, being well-versed on their function today as well as installation details will make you look confident to your clients
by Gerard Splendore Oct 18
Cover raises $60M to scale its backyard prefab housing business
The one- or two-unit homes are manufactured off-site and assembled in a property owner's backyard, without the use of a large crane
by Daniel Houston Oct 29
What real estate agents need to know about soundproofing
Nobody likes unwanted, distracting noise. Every property can benefit from soundproofing to some degree, particularly in multifamily dwellings. Here's what you need to know about soundproofing options so you can better serve your clients
by Gerard Splendore Nov 1
No, BlackRock isn't buying up all of Zillow's homes
Zillow's ill-fated iBuying venture drew detractors online before the program collapsed. But as the company races to unload 18,000 homes, were they right about where it's headed?
by Daniel Houston Nov 5
Zillow offloads 2,000 homes to New York City investment firm: Report
Pretium Partners has agreed to buy some of Zillow's homes as the listings portal exits the iBuyer business, The Wall Street Journal reports
by Daniel Houston Nov 10
Unexpected repairs leave many homebuyers with regret: survey
1 in 3 homeowners in a recent HomeAdvisor survey say they regretted their purchase after paying for repairs left unfixed by the seller
by Daniel Houston Nov 10
What agents need to know about double-pane windows 
Having the ability and the vocabulary to discuss different types of windows and knowing about their energy-efficient capabilities is beneficial for real estate agents who are selling both new construction and renovated properties. Here's what to know
by Gerard Splendore Nov 23
Power Buyers: What to know about real estate’s buzziest new buyer tools
The innovation wave has hit the buy-side, with Power Buyers emerging as this year's buzziest business model. Here's everything you need to know to power up your clients' purchasing prowess
by Marian McPherson Nov 29
Jobs report disappoints, but real estate hiring keeps rolling along
Homebuilders and real estate firms posted strong hiring trends even as a federal jobs report came up far short of expectations for November
by Daniel Houston Dec 3
What agents need to know about getting rid of household pests
Agents who are well-versed in the unpleasant — but very necessary — topic of pest and animal control can reassure both buyers and sellers and present them with helpful solutions. Plus, having that knowledge is also a quick way to gain their trust
by Gerard Splendore Dec 6
Hometap raises $60M to bankroll growth of its home equity business
The growing business allows homeowners to access their home equity as their property values rise — without taking on more debt
by Daniel Houston Dec 7
Can't get the cat out of your listing? 5 tips for dealing with pet odors
Bad odor is one of the hardest challenges to overcome when selling a home. Find out how to get to the root of the problem and fix it once and for all
by Troy Palmquist Dec 9
Bathroom remodels top owners' renovation wish lists for 2022
Zillow: More than half of homeowners would consider a bathroom remodel next year
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 29
What real estate agents need to know about French drains
If you have a property where water is pooling where it's unwanted, a French drain may be the answer to your problems
by Gerard Splendore Jan 3
Utah couple's home renovation show axed from Chip Gaines' TV network
Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia Network yanked 'Home Work' off the air following complaints of shoddy workmanship and cost overruns from dissatisfied clients
by Taylor Anderson Jan 10
Renovation startup Curbio raises $65M in Series B
Curbio's tech platform streamlines home repairs and only collects payment when a property sells. The company plans to use its new cash to expand its technology and geographic reach
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 18
Zavvie to offer concierge pre-sale services through Revive
'Buyers are willing to pay more for a ready-to-live-in home,' says Michael Alladawi, co-founder of Revive
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 11
Porch's 2021 losses top $109M as company keeps eye on expansion
Despite overall losses, the home services marketplace's revenue more than doubled in 2021. The company says it may be profitable this year
by Taylor Anderson Mar 1
Offerpad expands California reach with Sacramento entry
The iBuyer’s newest market comes just two weeks after its first launch in the Golden State, where it is avoiding costlier coastal cities
by Taylor Anderson Mar 3
Spencer Rascoff is bullish on iBuying. Here’s why
Ahead of Inman Connect New York, the former Zillow CEO and 'serial entrepreneur' spoke about how he leads teams, the value of Pacaso and why he's sticking with iBuyers
by Taylor Anderson Mar 8
House flipping is resurgent. But is it still profitable?
Investors flipped more homes in 2021, balancing a welcome fast-moving market with an unwanted and precipitous decline in gross profits that brought them down to 2008 levels
by Daniel Houston Mar 31
Quiz: Guess how all those pandemic-era remodeling projects panned out
A new National Association of Realtors study details remodeling projects that brought the most joy and best returns on investment. Can you guess what they are? Take Inman's quiz to find out
by Taylor Anderson Apr 6
The 10 remodeling projects that bring homeowners joy — and cash
Hardwood floors, upgraded insulation and closet renovations brought satisfaction and the most bang for the buck, according to NAR and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Inflation hits 8.5%, highest mark since 1981. Housing is only part of it
Rents rose by 0.4% from February to March — a slowdown from recent months even as gas and food costs spiked, according to the latest Consumer Price Index released Tuesday
by Daniel Houston Apr 12
Lumber prices reach lowest 2022 level. But DIY projects already DOA
The price of lumber dropped to $829 per thousand board feet on Tuesday, a 39% drop from just a month earlier and 52% from May 2021, but it's still nearly double the pre-COVID rate
by Ben Verde Apr 14
Here's where short-term rental demand is surging, dropping
Occupancy rates dipped slightly in March, but it wasn’t for lack of demand. Travelers drove prices up over 10 percent year over year
by Taylor Anderson Apr 25
Buyers of new homes spend double on 1st-year improvements: Analysis
Hidden costs loom large for buyers in the first year of homeownership, and, surprisingly, that can be even more true with a new build, according to the National Association of Homebuilders
by Daniel Houston Jun 13
Gen Z flunks homeownership test — but other age groups not far behind
Fewer members of Generation Z said they were 'handy' than older groups did in a recent poll, with Generation X tallying the highest scores in a survey of 1,049 people conducted by CraftJack
by Daniel Houston Jun 22