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
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons lists Beverly Hills mansion for $22M
Simmons and his wife Sharon Tweed bought it in 1984 for $1.35M
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
Want more inventory? Nail the listing presentation
Everything in real estate is happening with rapid speed today. That's why you can't waste time with another boring presentation that does nothing to build trust. Here's what you can do instead to win the listing
by Faisal Susiwala Oct 23
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
Ylopo: Dynamic PPC 2.0 is the industry's best response to big-portal leads
The digital marketing platform has been beta testing a new consumer home search experience for months to accompany its innovative Dynamic PPC ad strategies
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 21
$14M mansion is the Florida Panhandle's priciest new build sale
Just a few months after listing, a Greek-style mansion sold for $14 million, setting a record for the region's most expensive new construction sale
Knock's expansion plans on track with new Florida markets
Three Keller Williams offices in central Florida will become Knock-certified as alternative lending company continues push toward 11 markets before year's end
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 20
Home immortalized in iconic Slim Aarons photograph listed for $25M
A Richard Neutra-designed home captured in a 1970s Slim Aarons photo of California society women has just hit the market with a potentially record-breaking price tag
'Our goals are bold:' CEO of Alliance on protecting LGBTQ+
Opinion
The real estate industry has an obligation to assist LGBTQ consumers in their journey to homeownership. Here's what one organization is doing to further that goal
by Ryan Weyandt Oct 20
Pulse: Readers share the biggest myths about luxury real estate
This week, our readers chime in to debunk the biggest myths about the high-end market. Here are all the misconceptions you shared and cleared up
by Inman 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
September was a record-breaking month for prices, sales and speed
Rising home prices, increasing sales and fewer days on market characterized a historic September in the United States, according to a report issued Monday by Redfin
by Lillian Dickerson 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
15 easy-as-pie seller projects that'll help buyers fall in love
Opinion
Now that it's finally cool outside, it's the perfect time for sellers to roll up their sleeves and revamp their home's exterior. Use this checklist to help them make a solid first impression with their curb appeal this fall
by Nicole Solari Oct 18
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
These 10 cities are tailor-made for first-time homebuyers
By looking at factors such as payment-to-income ratios, a new report from SmartAsset finds that smaller cities within driving distance of a major urban center fare the best overall
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
Preclose updates signal the elevation of transaction coordination
Updates to Preclose include streamlined communications, intake workflows, and an evolving consumer experience
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 15
Choice is good! Why new methods of selling homes are a win-win
Opinion
Although no app is going to replace agents, the concern of disruption in the industry is real. And nothing seems to stoke those fears more than non-traditional ways of buying and selling a home
by Jay Thompson Oct 15
Most Americans who believe their home is haunted don't care enough to move
A survey by realtor.com found that 56% of Americans who think their current home is inhabited by spirits have not thought about moving
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 14
EasyKnock and Knock file dueling lawsuits against each other
On Monday, Knock and EasyKnock filed lawsuits against each other alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition, among other allegations
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 14
California woman allegedly posed as Realtor to enter homes
A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Lindsay Sowell of Palm Desert, who is accused of breaking into homes that are for sale
10 questions that'll predict whether a new agent will make it
Real estate can be a highly rewarding business — provided you have certain behavior styles and personality traits. These questions are highly predictive of whether a newbie will do well in this industry
by Bernice Ross 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
Pulse: Your top tips for breaking into luxury
This week, our readers share their most helpful advice on how agents can make it in the luxury sector and a few ways to build one of the most important aspects of the job — trust
by Inman 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
Snapdocs closes on $60M to further defragment real estate closings
From notary marketplace to raising more than $85 million in under a year, the software company is putting its stamp on digital escrow
by Craig C. Rowe 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
Part Instagram, part Pinterest, property search gets social with Rila
Opinion
This new app, inspired by social media, is perfect for real estate listings and agent lead generation. Fun and engaging, the app's success will fall largely on consumer adoption
by Craig C. Rowe 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
Median home prices see greatest annual growth since 2017
The US median home price stayed near its summer peak of $350,000 and hit record-high, year-over-year growth of 12.9%, according to realtor.com's weekly housing report
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 8
Can New York City's agents warm to luxury real estate auctions?
Long the standard in Australia, real estate auctions in the US still carry a connotation of distressed and undesirable. Keller Williams agent Duncan Schieb wants to change that
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
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 8
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
Digital marketer Ylopo and CRM Chime spark strategic partnership
Ylopo partners with CRM providers to help users nurture and convert campaign leads. The company's co-founder called Chime one of its many 'best-in-class' partners
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 7
'Sex and the City' star Kim Cattrall lists Hamptons home for $3.25M
The actress bought the two-bedroom home in 1998 for $420,000 just as the hit show premiered
'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
by Lillian Dickerson 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
10 turnoffs that’ll have buyers swiping left on your listing
Opinion
Sellers must learn how to manage the 7-10 seconds a potential buyer will spend on their listing. If buyers don't like something, it’s on to the next one
by Carl Medford Oct 5
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
Propy gets cash infusion from 'legendary investor'
Venture capitalist Tim Draper, an early backer of Tesla and Skype, has invested an undisclosed amount in the blockchain transaction startup
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 2
RealScout's Buyer Graph comes to Washington DC
The tool will allow brokerages in the nation's capital, including Century 21 New Millennium and Keller Williams Metro Center, to share anonymized buyer data and habits
by Patrick Kearns Oct 1
Toronto's Properly to expand alternative brokerage model with $100M infusion
Seeking to provide Canadians with a new option for buying and selling, Properly has been funded by U.S. proptech players Silicon Valley Bank and I80 Group
by Craig C. Rowe 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
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
Rebranded and funded, powerful lead app Auctm grows by $5M
Five-star rated, lead-empowerment app SquadVoice has rebranded from the top down upon Series A funding. The company is called SqaudStack, and the product is now Auctm
by Craig C. Rowe 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
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen drop $17.5M on new home
One month after putting their Beverly Hills property on the market, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have purchased a larger home for $17.5M
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
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
$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
Condo lined with Budweiser cans comes with free beer for life
If the buyer of this Florida condo agrees to leave the interior untouched, Anheuser-Busch has promised that person free beer for life
Home prices soared to 30-year high between May and July: FHFA
Home prices rose 6.5% year over year in July and 1% month over month, according to data released Wednesday by the Federal Housing Finance Agency
by Patrick Kearns 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
Average homeowner gained $9,800 in equity this year
But the gains are not expected to last as effects of the coronavirus pandemic begin to show on the housing market, according to a new CoreLogic report released Monday
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
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
Single-family home construction increased from last month
Although housings starts, permits and completions all declined from July, Thursday provided some good news for an inventory-starved industry in the single-family home sector
by Patrick Kearns Sep 17
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
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
Plan, sort, pack! How to help homesellers prepare for a move
It’s understandable if clients get anxious when preparing their homes for sale — especially if they haven’t moved in decades. As an agent, you should guide them through the process, and remind them that all it takes is a little bit of planning ahead
by Gerard Splendore Sep 14
3 options for selling a home with pesky pet odors
Persistent pet odors and stains can make or break a deal. Real estate agents share professional and DIY options, and what to do if a seller refuses to clean
by Marian McPherson Sep 11
Shaquille O'Neal's Florida mansion is back on market with a price slash
Originally listed for $28M, the 31,000-square-foot Isleworth property is now asking $19.5M
Insta360's ONE R camera line to power Matterport tours
In an ongoing effort to open up its technology, Matterport's Capture app will now work with 3D camera maker Insta360's new ONE R line of devices
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 9
Kobe Bryant's childhood home listed for $900K
It even includes the basketball hoop where Bryant practiced as a teenager
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
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
Idyllic Virginia estate with winery, brewery and famed Budweiser Clydesdales listed for $75M
Mount Ida comes with 26 properties, including a main home, 2 beaches, vineyard, go-kart track and a waterslide leading to a lake, pool, tennis courts and countless trails and ponds
Want video landing pages in a snap? Real Estate Shows might be for you
Opinion
With a whole new user experience and modernized landing pages, Real Estate Shows is a marketing add-on that can be a sleek, simple addition to any real estate marketing quiver
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 4
With app launch, MoveEasy becomes agents' branded platform
Continuing to grow throughout the pandemic, online moving concierge company offers fully white-labeled relocation platform for real estate industry
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 3
Is it time to liberate real estate?
Opinion
As the pandemic has made clear, companies who tailor toward the consumer succeed in both good and bad economic times. But buying and selling homes isn’t like other online shopping experiences. Why?
by Kris Lindahl Sep 3
Century 21 CMO on how to grow by focusing on the little things
In this podcast, Century 21 Real Estate's global CMO Cara Whitley reflects on her career journey and chimes in on the things agents can do to stand out from the crowd
by Jordan Scheltgen Sep 2
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
Corcoran follows the suburban boom into Westchester County
The New York City-founded brand is setting up shop in the suburbs north of the city — just as President Trump seeks to characterize it as 'ground zero' for crime and violence
by Patrick Kearns Sep 1
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
Yes, this studio is efficient — just don't roll over in your sleep
Social media users expressed alarm at photos of a studio listed for the equivalent of about $166,824 when they saw the bed arranged in a precarious position above a stairwell
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 31
Want to elevate your listing? 4 tips for standing out
These days, the competition is fierce. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you'll need to put your expert-level marketing skills to good use — both online and offline. Here are four things to focus on when it comes to listings
by Kathleen Black 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
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
Openhouse Live makes Matterport tours a group event
Opinion
The trend of multiple viewers partaking in virtual and 3D home tours and open houses continues with this U.K.-based Matterport embed
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 28
One foot forward: Reebok founder sells Boston-area home for $23M
The 27,000-square-foot estate, which Paul Fireman originally put on the market in 2016 for $90M, was cut in price several times and last listed with an asking price of $33M
7 tips for protecting your commission when staging
Staging adds value to the sale — but it should not break your bank. As an agent, use these seven tips to protect your income when incorporating home staging into your listing process
by Jennie Norris Aug 27
Eli Manning lists 'Giant' New Jersey estate for $5.25M
Hallee Dangler of Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty is the listing agent
Coldwell Banker CEO: Consumers have 'freedom' in housing market
The freedom to expand search areas is giving buyers a variety of options — even in a tight inventory market, Coldwell Banker CEO Ryan Gorman said on CNBC
by Patrick Kearns 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
Cindy Crawford lists Beverly Hills home for $16M
Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency is the listing agent representing the property
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
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
Not good at arranging throw pillows? Good thing there's Stagerie
Opinion
A web app developed by a Des Moines agent gives those who aren't good at staging — or those who don't like having that conversation with their clients — a way to offer advice without coming across as pushy
by Craig C. Rowe 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
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen list Beverly Hills home for $23.95M
The news came not long after the couple announced that they're awaiting their third child
Elementary schoolhouse-turned-real-house on sale for $2.375M
Both the owner and the agent who sold the property were one-time students
'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
3 ways to tap into your ‘information advantage’ to win listings
By taking advantage of the wealth of information available to them, agents can better serve their clients and secure more business
by Troy Palmquist Aug 20
Frank Lloyd Wright's historic spiral house sells for $7.25M
The iconic architect built the house in 1952 for his son and daughter-in-law, but didn't complete some finishing touches before he died. The buyer plans to restore it according to Wright's original designs
Luxury market shows signs of recovery as home prices rise
A new Redfin report found that the median price of a luxury home in the US is $825,000, a 1.2 percent rise from the same period last year
HomeLight meets 'end-to-end' goal with acquisition of Disclosures.io
HomeLight announced on Tuesday the acquisition of listing management platform Disclosures.io and its rebrand to HomeLight Listing Management
by Marian McPherson 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
'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
Knock’s ‘Backyard’ system helps agents easily manage Home Swap
Opinion
The creator of the Home Swap, Knock's 'Backyard' software helps certified agents manage their deals and clients, not a common practice for a mortgage lender
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 17
Remote or not, these 10 mistakes are costing you the listing
For many agents and teams, the opportunity cost of lost business might actually be costing them far more than a new shiny marketing approach. Here's what you might be doing wrong — and how to fix it
by Kathleen Black Aug 15
'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
'The teamwork is hard to detect': An outsider's take on teams
Although some agents sing the praises of being in a team environment, Teresa Boardman isn't impressed. Here's why she would rather work with an experienced solo agent versus a team
by Teresa Boardman Aug 13
ActivePipe rolls out custom content campaigns
The Australian email marketing company's newest offering lets agents send emails according to categorized personas for more accurate targeting
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 12
Heading to Italy, Nextdoor founder puts San Francisco home on market
In advance of a temporary move to Florence with his family, Nirav Tolia is seeking to sell the Beaux Arts home in Pacific Heights at a significant markup from what he paid in 2011
Biotech CEO buys $57M Vail mansion, smashes sales record
The sale is nearly double the most expensive sale in Vail, Colorado
Are we witnessing the end of professional real estate photography?
Opinion
With full-service, overnight editors, apps, creative middlemen and the rise of smartphone camera capabilities, have professional photographers lost their hold on your listings?
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 11
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
Get real! 3 tips for helping buyers stop chasing shiny objects
Because they're often distracted by shiny objects, homebuyers might be missing out on opportunities to purchase with little or no competition. Here are a few things agents can do to help clients adapt their behaviors and increase their chances of success
by Carl Medford Aug 10
Why you should treat your relationship with clients like a partnership
Opinion
Here's why working together, side by side, as partners is the best way to build rapport, establish mutual trust and create loyalty between real estate agents and their clients
by John Giffen Aug 9
This whimsical 'Hobbit' home hit the market 3 weeks ago. In a hot market, it's already in contract
'I didn't know if this was going to be the hardest sale of my life or if this was going to be so unique that it goes viral,' agent Nick Fallico told Inman. 'Luckily it was the second.'
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
Broadcast your next listing: HomeRover is moving the bar for livestream tours
Opinion
The Android and iOS app allows multiple parties to view, screenshot and make a list of what they want to see. This marks a major maturation of video tour proptech
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 7
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
Where are the best and worst COVID-19 rebounds?
A recent Clever Real Estate report looked at the national trends that were spurred this year by COVID-19. Here are a few of them — plus the top five metros with the biggest increases as well as drops in buyer demand
by Luke Babich Aug 6
Aiming for 21 markets by '21, Knock now swapping homes in Denver
After rebranding its Home trade-in model, Knock is now helping sellers swap homes in Denver. Its goal is to reach 11 markets before the end of 2020
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 5
Why now is the time to hold a seller seminar — and how to do it
Buyer seminars have worked for years. But what about seller seminars? Zoom provides a great way to do seller seminars today, especially in light of COVID-19 restrictions. Here's how to get started
by Bernice Ross Aug 5
Which Canadian markets are the hottest right now?
'Even in this time of strangeness that we're going through, we're feeling pretty confident across Canada,' Sandra Kirkland, a broker form Ontario, said at Inman Connect Now
How are agents in the Southeast thriving? By mixing the old and new
During Inman Connect Now's Southeast Regional Breakout, agents shared how they're using the digital and analog worlds to thrive through the pandemic
by Marian McPherson Aug 4
Social media influencer drops $24.5M on flashy Miami mansion
Douglas Elliman agents Eloy Carmenate and Mick Duchon represented both the sellers and the buyer
Late July home sales prices reach record heights: Redfin
The median home sale price soared 11% year over year during the week ending July 26, bringing that figure up to a record-high of $315K, according to a market report by Redfin
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 4
Home prices continued upward trend in June: CoreLogic
Historically low mortgage rates continue to draw in first-time buyers even amid the difficulties wrought by the pandemic
'Devil' in the details as haunted mansion hits the market for $2.9M
Loftus Hall, a 900-year-old property that regularly hosts ghost tours, is said to have been visited by Satan himself
Fair housing laws: How you can prevent discriminatory practices
The current national conversation on racial equality calls into question institutionalized housing discrimination and the possibilities for the road ahead
Sight-unseen buying is not the future of luxury, according to this top agent
Inman spoke with agent Branden Williams of Hilton & Hyland about the luxury real estate trends that will outlast the pandemic
The Real Word: What is the future of urban living?
Opinion
More this week: what to expect when scooping up low-priced fixers and how listing descriptions are now highlighting Zoom rooms
by Byron Lazine Jul 31
Losing leads? Can't afford to? Try ConnectNow
Opinion
Apps that focus on only one aspect of the sales funnel are rare. ConnectNow is a value-add web and mobile app for capturing leads quickly and connecting to any CRM or source you use
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 31
TopHap empowers real estate data like no other
Opinion
Set to go live in California next week, the data analytics platform has shifted from a data geek's new toy to a powerful, market-data-know-it-all, now runway-ready and gorgeous
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 30
National median listing price reaches new high amid pandemic
The national median listing price reached $349K in July — the highest price hike since November 2018, according to realtor.com's latest market report, released Thursday
by Marian McPherson Jul 30
Coronavirus has made real estate tech mainstream — but more innovation is needed 
Opinion
Although the bulk of the real estate transaction used to occur offline, this year, things have changed. Innovation is now a priority, and consumers are widely adopting digital solutions — but are the efforts enough?
by Tom Willerer Jul 30
Search With Style helps agents market architectural styles
Founded in part by agents at Compass Nook Real Estate Group and a proptech entrepreneur, the new portal lets buyers find specific architectural styles and agents offer sellers a new marketing resource
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 29
Real estate exec sentenced in college admissions scandal lists LA homes
The properties, asking a combined $38 million, are just steps away from Greystone Mansion and are being marketed for their development potential
Manhattan penthouse sells for $100M to anonymous buyer
The buyer, who has not been identified, purchased the penthouse at 220 Central Park South for $99.9M as well as a smaller unit in the building for $1.81M
Here's where wealthy millennials are moving
Washington, Colorado and Texas are the top states attracting wealthy millennials, according to a new SmartAsset study
Home price gains hold steady in May
Home prices rose 4.5% in May, down slightly from a month ago, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index
by Patrick Kearns Jul 28
Homebuyer activity surges for second straight month in June
Active listings saw 50% more home showings on average last month, ShowingTime says
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 27
Local video app Yaza adds new features as agents pile on
Opinion
Starting with one real estate agent user, the location-marking video app has ballooned to 2,000 in as many months.
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 27
The newest addition to your buyers' wish list: 'Zoom rooms'
As remote working becomes the norm, real estate agents are highlighting 'Zoom rooms,' which are spaces with perfect backgrounds for virtual meetings
by Marian McPherson Jul 27
'We don't need another $30M home': Mauricio Umansky on the LA luxury market
The founder of The Agency discusses what types of high-end homes are selling now
Endpoint offers the industry a great start to mobile e-closings
Opinion
The result of a chinwag between First American and Boston Consulting Group's Digital Ventures, the app keeps every party in check with the closing process in a hybrid tech-team solution. It offers terrific promise for the future of e-closings
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 24
Amid acquisition dustup, CoreLogic releases visual marketing services portal HomeVisit
Tested by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors & State-Wide MLS, the new portal will allow agents to streamline ordering of multiple marketing services
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 23
As New Yorkers flee city, Hamptons median home price soars past $1M
The median sales price of a home in the Hamptons rose a whopping 27.1% to $1.08M in the second quarter, according to a new Douglas Elliman Report released Thursday
3 must-dos when launching a new listing as a team 
Although no two properties are the same, this simple three-step process guarantees a smooth and successful launch for every listing
by David Parnes AND James Harris Jul 23
US home sale profits rise to new post-recession high
The typical home sale profit of $75,971 in the second quarter of 2020 reflected a 36.3% return on investment, a new high in raw profits since the housing market started its recovery from the Great Recession in 2012
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 22
Britney Spears' former heavily gated mansion hits the market
The stylish Los Angeles garden mansion, shrouded in trees and heavily gated within a gated community in Beverly Hills, just hit the market for $6.8M
Median existing-home prices rise for 100th-consecutive month
Meanwhile, existing-home sales in June rebounded 20.7% month over month, according to market report released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors
by Marian McPherson Jul 22
FaceTime showings and drive-thru closings: How 1 team handles crisis
Elite Nebraska Real Estate owner Troy Benes has been leading a 30-agent team amid the virus and an unexpected rise in clients that came as his area began opening up
Agent/broker perspective: Can an agent be held liable for COVID-19 contractions?
Opinion
In the midst of this year's health crisis, what should a broker say to an agent who's worried about the ramifications of a client contracting COVID-19 as a result of home showing?
by Anthony Askowitz Jul 21
Doing home showings? Here's how to do it safely and effectively
These tips might not be new information, but in today's sensitive and stressful time, agents should do everything they can to ensure a productive and enjoyable showing experience
by Cara Ameer Jul 21
Making sense of the headlines: What consumer confidence looks like today
Opinion
Looking for a little clarity on this week's news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner dives into Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey and what consumer confidence looks like right now
by Matthew Gardner Jul 21
6 sales tips for agents who hate sales
As a new agent, you might be hating the sales process, worried to come across as pushy. But it doesn’t have to be scary or unethical. Instead, sales can be an enjoyable process for both you and your clients. Here's how
by Ricardo Mello Jul 20
Hawaiian agents bank on wave of post-pandemic luxury buyers
The island state has been facing unique challenges during the coronavirus outbreak
Florida title search company enters remote closing field with ProperSign
PropLogix of Sarasota reacted to COVID-19-era requirements by developing its own solution to socially distant deal-making
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 16
'Versailles of Manhattan' price is cut in half after 17 years on, off market
The owner of the Upper East Side home, famed commercial broker Ken Laub, first put the property on the market in 2003, then raised the price to $35M in 2007
The home from 'The Golden Girls' can be yours for $3M
'The inside of the real Brentwood residence was private and is being revealed for the first time in 65 years,' reads the listing description
Say hello to BoxBrownie's 3D tours of virtual homes
The image marketing technology company from Down Under has combined interior rendering with the market's desire for 3D tours
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 13
Who said what? 5 communication obstacles that can derail a transaction
From misinformation to misunderstanding, so many communication errors can occur during a real estate transaction. That's why agents need to better understand how they happen and how to prevent them
by Cara Ameer Jul 13
Homes continue to sell at fastest pace in 2 years
Sellers continue to be at an advantage in July in the wake of the pandemic, with homes leaving the market at their most rapid pace since Zillow began analyzing this data in 2018
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 10
Uncle-nephew team on what luxury buyers want amid pandemic in New York
'The profile of the buyer right now is somebody who's upgrading,' says Darren Sukenik of the Sukenik Glazer Team in Manhattan
Should real estate agents disclose if their clients have COVID-19?
The National Association of Realtors and brokers advise agents to have conversations with clients but to refrain from disclosing medical information without prior approval
by Patrick Kearns Jul 9
More than 1 in 5 Americans moved or know someone who moved during the pandemic
New data from the Pew Research Center shows that the pandemic is driving a huge amount of migration
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 8
Back to the future: Check out this totally tubular 1980s mansion
With pink walls, neon ceiling lights and a wet bar with a waterfall, the Indian Wells, California, home appears frozen in time
Compass Lens to help agents envision, value major renovations
The tech-leaning brokerage announced today the launch of a computer vision-based tool that searches and categorizes room renovations to help agents price homes
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 8
Want more leads? Widen your reach by establishing a geo-farm
By determining and dominating a geo-farm, agents can become the go-to resource in that area. Although, yes, it's a method that takes time and commitment, the long-lasting results are worth it. Here are a few factors to think about
by Brandon Doyle Jul 6
6 tips for increasing your listing's sales value today
The current situation has real estate agents scrambling for the best home improvements that can help increase the value of their properties. So, how can they do that? And how can they market properties in a post-COVID-19 world? Here are six tips
by Jona Jone Jul 6
So you're launching a new listing? Consider these 9 truths now
Amid this pandemic, you can cling to ingrained habits and tweak them to our current reality, or you can embrace the opportunity to add new skills, up your game, improve your personal branding and upgrade your inventory
by Nicole Solari Jul 5
The Real Word: Should we end open houses?
Opinion
More this week: A few ways agents can practice safety at open houses and the Houston Association of Realtors' decision to change the term 'master' bedroom
by Byron Lazine Jul 3
David Terbeek knows when to tell a client it's not the right time to buy
'The relationship and long-term benefit of working with the client is much more important than that one single sale,' the RE/MAX Haven Realty founder told Inman
Mortgage rates hit all-time low heading into July 4th weekend
The average 30-year mortgage hit a new all-time low of 3.07% this week, according to data from Freddie Mac released Thursday
by Patrick Kearns Jul 2
Realogy unveils first-ever benefits program for AARP members
The benefits program will allow AARP members to receive $300 to $5,500 when buying or selling a home with one of Realogy's residential real estate brands
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 30
Home price gains are holding steady: Case-Shiller
Home prices were up 4.7% year over year in April, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller US National Home Price NSA Index, released Tuesday
by Patrick Kearns Jun 30
What agents need to know about mortgages during (and after) COVID-19
As experts and advisers, real estate agents have always played an important role for homebuyers. But it’s clear that during the coronavirus era, they have even more responsibility to educate clients on what's happening in today's market
by Salomon Chong Jun 30
Pending-home sales climbed record-setting 44% from April to May
It was the biggest monthly gain in pending home sales since NAR began recording the forward-looking indicator in 2001
by Patrick Kearns Jun 29
Bad connection? A luxury home's slow internet can kill a sale
While high-speed internet was once one buyer perk among many, it has become an indispensable part of a home — one that can make or break a sale
Summer outlook: Pandemic impacts may linger, but agents expect to close deals
More than a dozen agents who spoke with Inman said that inventory shortages and masks will probably be around for some time. But they're also seeing an active market in which offers are pouring in
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 26
$34M Miami Beach spec mansion has a 5,600-gallon aquarium
The $1 million custom aquarium was imported from Japan and is so large that it must be maintained by a scuba diver
Home tours rebound 21 percent in May: ShowingTime
According to ShowingTime's latest report, virtual showing technology and loosened shelter-in-place restrictions boosted May homebuyer traffic by 21 percent
by Marian McPherson Jun 25
How is COVID-19 affecting new construction?
To understand the state of the housing market, economists often turn to stats on new residential construction for indicators on where the market may be headed. Here's what the data says
by Lindsey Hood Jun 24
How the pandemic is impacting Americans' decision to move
According to a recent Apartment List survey, 30 percent of Americans are canceling their moving plans because of coronavirus-induced financial strain
by Marian McPherson Jun 23
Agent attacked at open house faces long recovery
'I don't even know how she's alive,' says friend and roommate Kathryn Bishop
Millennials are confused about real estate
Although millennials will likely make up the largest percentage of homebuyers this year, the generation appears to be woefully under-informed about the real estate industry, according to a recent survey by flat-fee brokerage Homie
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 23
6 ways to set buyer and seller expectations for today's housing realities
Although it's hard to know how long this pandemic will last, one thing seems certain — the drive to find the ideal home remains a priority. That's why it's important to let buyers and sellers know what to expect. Here's how
by Cara Ameer Jun 23
Summer outlook: A slowing recovery may wait in the wings
While housing has thus far seen a strong recovery, experts say prices may actually fall later this year. Factors such as unemployment and foreclosures could also weigh down the market
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 23
What agents should know about specializing in foreclosures
Every town has foreclosed properties and lenders who want to get rid of them fast, especially during a recession. There’s an opportunity for agents who have the right temperament and want a high volume to serve local or regional banks. Here’s what you should know before pursuing foreclosures
by Nicole Solari Jun 20
Sotheby’s International Realty launches 4 new website features
Sotheby's new mobile site includes Instagram-style listing pages, agent profiles with direct texting capabilities, 15 translations and 60 currency conversions for global consumers
by Marian McPherson Jun 19
NYC heads into phase 2 of reopening — but don't expect much to change
As New York City prepares to enter phase 2 on Monday, a number of agents expressed ambivalence over resuming in-person showings or heading back into the office
by Patrick Kearns Jun 18
Condo board balks at DOJ decision to sell seized penthouse at discount
The Manhattan building's board believes the Justice Department's decision to sell the penthouse for $18M — a 70% discount — will impact values throughout the building
7 emerging real estate trends in the new normal
As an agent, you currently have a unique opportunity to reinvent yourself and create the business you want in the 'new normal.' Use these seven trends and action steps to guide your decision-making
by Bernice Ross Jun 17
Agent/broker perspective: How can brokers reassure anxious agents?
Opinion
What should brokers tell agents who want to go back to work but have concerns about safety as the country reopens?
by Anthony Askowitz Jun 16
What you should know about fair housing
Agents have to work to protect people from discriminatory practices and educate other professionals on the laws we have in place. So, here's what you need to know about discrimination in the industry — plus the fair housing laws that prohibit it
by John Giffen Jun 14
PlanetRE's consumer app is more MLS than search friendly
Opinion
Partnering with MLSListings, Inc. of Northern California, the software company's consumer search app misses the mark on several fronts but mainly in its core purpose: consumer home search
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 12
The Real Word: What changes can be implemented in the industry?
Opinion
More this week: a discussion on the future of office space and some insight into why your marketing should look different right now
by Byron Lazine Jun 12
Green is the new black: 3 green living misconceptions debunked
Opinion
As we move to a healthier and more conscious way of life, our homes will, too. Here's how making eco-conscious choices will come into play for consumers in a post-COVID-19 world — plus, a few myths debunked
The line between iBuyer and brokerage is blurring
Opinion
Opendoor and Offerpad will now list homes directly. Ultimately, this new service, still in the early stages and not fully rolled out, represents a way for iBuyers to make money without having to actually buy houses
by Mike DelPrete Jun 11
Real Vision is the real deal for one-stop listing marketing
Opinion
The Toronto-based photography and 3D tour provider puts a very slick, all-inclusive spin on getting everything you need to visually market listings — at an affordable price
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 5
Homesnap's Mazur: It's time for agents to go all in
In multiple talk tracks at Tech Connect, leaders in sales, fintech and proptech all agreed on one thing: The COVID-19 pandemic has totally changed how people market, sell and buy real estate
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 4
Manhattan real estate sales fall 84%
Only 160 contracts were signed in the New York borough in May — an 84% drop compared to 992 last year, according to a new UrbanDigs study
These are the 2 things luxury buyers want right now
At Inman Connect Now, top luxury agents discussed how the pandemic has changed the wish lists and priorities of luxury buyers
Trulia co-founder Pete Flint tells agents to 'lean into' transaction revolution
During Connect Now, Trulia co-founder and NFX Managing Partner Pete Flint explained what agents must do to stay relevant during the digital transaction revolution
by Marian McPherson Jun 3
'We're watching recovery happen as we speak': Economists
The long-term prognosis is more optimistic than many think, economists from Zillow and Windermere said during a panel at Inman Connect Now on Wednesday
9 ways to turn a 'no' into a 'yes'
Opinion
Real estate is a problem-solving business. As an agent, being able to turn a 'no' into a 'yes' is a crucial skill to have under your belt. Here are 9 ways to do it
by Bernice Ross Jun 3
5 challenges sellers are facing and how to overcome them
Although it may be difficult to find a buyer with an ideal situation these days, there are a few things you can do to cut through the uncertainty and make the homeselling process as productive and seamless as possible
by Cara Ameer Jun 1
10 common staging mistakes that could hurt your listing
Staging can make your life — and your sellers' and buyers' experiences — infinitely more rewarding, if you approach it right
by Nicole Solari May 30
Elegran's Alfred is light, smart proptech for NYC agents
Opinion
The small New York City brokerage has always been tech-focused, but growth and the need for more business efficiencies led to the development of Alfred, an in-house lead and marketing solution
by Craig C. Rowe May 29
This Maryland house has an entire village in the basement
It may look like just another mansion in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, but the basement hides a mini Main Street
Kerbox Media wants to see all agents in the video spotlight
Founded by a former Southern California agent, the creative services company focuses on all things real estate video, from market updates to Zoom-call coaching
by Craig C. Rowe May 27
(Agent dressed as) Bigfoot spotted in California listing photos
The listing was up for 4 days before Coldwell Banker agent Daniel Oster added the Bigfoot photos, which drew more than 640,000 views on Zillow alone. The home is now in contract
Even as virus spread in March, home prices grew modestly
Home prices rose 4.4% in March, up from 4.2% during the previous month, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, released Tuesday
How Ivis Suarez saved a deal and a family's dream of going back home
Florida-based Century 21 agent Ivis Suarez shares how she persevered through the toughest transaction of her career to help a family get back to Puerto Rico
by Marian McPherson May 25
Stop! 7 things you shouldn't do on listing appointments
Opinion
Selling yourself is a little bit like dating. You have to make a great first impression. So, here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to impress your clients from the get-go and make them feel like you're the perfect fit for their needs
by Ron Wynn May 23
The latest in-demand apartment feature is a Peloton room
Agents are starting to market what may have been featured as small offices or hallways in the past as designated Peloton or workout areas with the shift to home exercise during the pandemic
by Lillian Dickerson May 22
Sylvester Stallone's La Quinta mansion returns to the market
The Rocky actor bought it in 2010 for $4.5M and has been trying to sell it for years
Think we're headed into a buyer's market? Guess again
Four agents in Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas share how they're helping homebuyers navigate a seller's market marred by economic fear and the coronavirus
by Marian McPherson May 20
Read all of Inman's coronavirus coverage here
Inman has published more than 785 stories on the coronavirus. Here's our comprehensive list of coverage
by Jim Dalrymple II May 20
'Obviously, we're thrilled': Real estate reopens in Pennsylvania
Although Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 2412, which would have reclassified real estate as essential in Pennsylvania, he has reopened statewide real estate with restrictions
by Lillian Dickerson May 20
Louisiana market snapshot: Consumers coming 'out of their shells' as market rebounds
The coronavirus pandemic hit Louisiana hard, and the real estate industry there suffered. But agents say their business is now on the road to recovery
by Jim Dalrymple II May 19
Bonkers Pittsburgh home has starship room, talking alien
The listing asks would-be buyers if they 'like fun and adventure.' And with both castle- and starship-themed rooms, it offers both in spades
by Jim Dalrymple II May 18
Kentucky man jailed for shooting at agent during showing
An agent was showing a home with a young girl in Caneyville, Kentucky, when a man shot at her with a .22-caliber gun
Builder confidence rises slightly amid historic lows: NAHB
The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index rose from 30 to 37
5 critical steps to maximize your listing's sales potential
Opinion
This year brought significant changes in the way homes are bought and sold. To accommodate this new reality, sellers need to be prepared — and agents need to provide the necessary coaching. Here are five important steps
by Carl Medford May 18
New York market snapshot: Agents are busy, but inventory is scarce
Agents in New York state can't do in-person showings or open houses. But they told Inman that at least some price points are still seeing a lot of action
by Jim Dalrymple II May 15
Postcard marketers, rejoice: ProspectsPlus adds lead lists
The company behind 3-click mailing has made it even easier with included regional lifestyle and demographic lead lists and improved creative tools
by Craig C. Rowe May 15
Finger Lakes agents prepare as New York begins partial reopening
Although the effects remain to be seen, agents in Rochester and surrounding areas are uncertain whether or not Friday's partial reopening of the economy will have a palpable impact on buyer or seller confidence
by Lillian Dickerson May 13
Home sales to pick up by late summer before falling again
Realtor.com predicts a summer rebound, but notes that sales could drop by 15 percent by the end of the year
New listings rise, with greatest uptick in higher price points
The total number of new listings increased 5.9% week over week, but new listings in the highest price tier were up by 8%, according to new data from Zillow
by Lillian Dickerson May 12
Should Airbnb owners sell or wait for a rebound? Agents weigh in
Three real estate agents in California, Utah, and Florida share how they're helping investors decide whether to sell or keep their rental properties as travel remains at a standstill
by Marian McPherson May 11
Lone Wolf's new Marketplace spreads tech wealth industrywide
The new online offering provides countless Lone Wolf customers and members of partnered associations a place to access multiple technology vendors, making it the Netflix of proptech
by Craig C. Rowe May 11
Web app Quigler offers a new level of deal transparency
Opinion
Quigler uses state law and NAR Code of Ethics deal practices to manage real estate transactions and buyer and seller communications. But is it a guarantee of regulatory perfection?
by Craig C. Rowe May 8
VIP Realtors rolls out multiviewer virtual visits on all listings
Notable independent brokerage Crye-Leike will be introducing the same Nodalview-powered concept to its southeastern US offices as the pandemic continues to hamper in-person showings
by Craig C. Rowe May 6
Homesnap update promotes live open houses
An increasingly popular way to tour homes in the age of COVID-19, live open house events can now be promoted within the popular home search portal
by Craig C. Rowe May 6
Pennsylvania market snapshot: Agents ready for reopening
Gov. Tom Wolf declared real estate a nonessential business at the start of the pandemic, making it a challenge for agents to stay productive. Now that restrictions may start to lift, agents are eager to get back to work
by Lillian Dickerson May 5
New listings plummeted in April amid coronavirus pandemic
A new report from realtor.com found that new listings fell 44.1 percent in April as the outbreak slammed the economy
by Jim Dalrymple II May 5
These are the most lucrative days to sell a home
Homes sold on one of these five dates in June net the highest seller premiums, according to a new analysis by Attom Data Solutions
by Lillian Dickerson May 4
After vowing to sell his 'physical possessions,' Elon Musk lists two homes
After tweeting that he plans to sell 'almost all physical possessions,' the tech entrepreneur listed two of his luxury homes on Zillow
A Louisiana home is 'too haunted' to sell so its owners are giving it away
The Lafayette home is being offered to anyone who can pay to have it relocated
Will 'auction' be the buzzword of 2020?
Opinion
Auctions used to be reserved for exceptionally expensive homes or for very unique properties, but that is no longer the case in the age of coronavirus
by Sissy Lappin May 4
Coronavirus has forever changed client conversations
The COVID-19 pandemic has us interacting with people in previously unthinkable ways. For agents, it's created new client questions and increased buyer screening
by Lillian Dickerson May 4
Pandemic's economic toll higher than agents expected: Inman survey
More than 2 months into the US pandemic, Inman's second coronavirus survey indicates agents are losing deals. But there are glimmers of hope as well
by Jim Dalrymple II May 1
One simple thing sellers can do to offer buyers peace of mind
Ben Joseph and David Moreno of Liberty Home Guard explain the importance of home warranties when selling a home
by Marian McPherson May 1
Pennsylvania bill that would allow real estate services to resume advances to Senate
On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House passed House Bill 2412 in a vote of 125 to 77, which would allow real estate services to be uniformly conducted across the state
by Lillian Dickerson May 1
Should you RSVP to open house app Block Party?
Opinion
There's potential in this free app's value to open house marketing, but its developer needs to delve deeper into its competition and find out more about how agents leverage open house contacts
by Craig C. Rowe May 1
Agents should be authentic, lean on technology during pandemic
The pandemic makes it more important than ever for agents to rely on things like social media, though they should strive to be themselves while creating content
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 30
80% of buyers have had timeline interrupted by COVID-19: OJO
Many consumers are lowering their targeted price point in case another pandemic comes, according to the survey
by Patrick Kearns Apr 30
How can you serve your clients now? Focus on safety, not sales
The ability to handle most things virtually is the perk of living in today's world. Here's how you can serve and connect with clients while protecting their safety amid COVID-19
by Aaron Stelle Apr 30
Sellers earn average price gain of $67,100 in first quarter
The first quarter of 2020 made a strong showing for homesellers, but the data does not yet reflect the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the market
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 29
Pending home sales start downward plummet in March: NAR
Contract signings are down 20.8% amidst the coronavirus outbreak
South Florida's BeachesMLS sees success in Virtual Open House Week
The widely promoted and community-supported event resulted in more than 700 online open houses, and it could serve as a model for associations nationwide looking to keep momentum in the wake of the pandemic
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 28
By the numbers: How hard has COVID-19 hit real estate?
It has already had a massive impact on our personal and professional lives. Now find out how COVID-19 is poised to continue transforming the real estate industry
What will homebuyers want post COVID-19? Here are a few trends to expect
The post-COVID-19 era will likely bring a slew of changes to the kinds of properties, features, amenities and locations homebuyers will look for. Here are a few trends to expect
by Cara Ameer Apr 28
In Southern Colorado, in-person home showings will resume
As parts of the economy in Colorado are slowly allowed to reopen, some counties in the state's southern region will allow in-person home showings again
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 27
10 video tour mistakes that can get you into trouble
When operating in crisis mode, it's easy for agents to forget the basics, gloss over certain policies and unintentionally make misleading statements. Here are some video tour mistakes to avoid if you want to stay out of legal trouble
by Lee Davenport Apr 27
Take Inman's 2nd real estate coronavirus survey here
The crisis brought the economy to a standstill and turned the future into a question mark. Help Inman understand how you're coping
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 27
How to advise clients on upping their curb appeal
Sometimes, clients need a little nudge to truly understand the value of a home's curb appeal. It might take a little persuasion, but here's how to encourage your clients to give their homes a face-lift
by Nicole Solari Apr 26
How real estate agents need to pivot for a downturn
Agents who can identify market trends after every period of disruption and adapt to them efficiently are the ones who endure. Here are a few changes we can expect
by Sissy Lappin Apr 25
True or false? TruPlace has what agents need to market homes during a pandemic
Opinion
With a number of photography and virtual showing experiences, TruPlace is showing it can compete with the top of the market. It only needs to enter more markets to gain a strong hold in the industry
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 24
New-home sales fall sharply in March
Sales of new single-family homes fell 15.4% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 627,000 in March, according to US Census Bureau data
Terradatum announces Listing Home Run for automated video marketing
Market analytics company is using MLS listing data to help agents quickly roll out property videos and web content for only $29.95 per listing
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 22
Second-home markets hope for the best as stay-at-home rules extend
Real estate agents in Montana, Arizona, and Florida explain how the coronavirus has impacted their markets and offer their predictions for a robust recovery
by Marian McPherson Apr 21
Existing-home sales slammed with first major drop in March: NAR
As the coronavirus outbreak hit the US, existing-home sales fell 8.5%, according to NAR
How curbside closings are keeping the market moving
An Atlanta real estate law firm has been conducting mobile closings for 14 years. A global pandemic has given their model, as well as emerging closing technologies fresh, much-needed attention
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 21
A little good news: Real estate sales are climbing in Iowa
Despite sales falling in many other states across the nation amidst the COVID-19 crisis, Iowa real estate has managed to achieve the opposite
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 20
17 strategies for working with homebuyers, sellers and past clients
Despite the distruption it brought, there are still many ways you can make the best of the coronavirus situation. Here are some tips for working with buyers, sellers, past clients and on your own business during this pandemic
by Beth Medved Waller Apr 18
Filmmaker-inspired video app wants your help in beta testing
Opinion
The app comes with a shot list and in-screen shooting recommendations to ensure users capture everything that makes a video worth watching. It was developed by a filmmaker and former Sotheby's executive
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 17
The deal is digital: A guide to handling it online from lead to close
The fax machine is finally put to rest. With the onset of e-closing platforms and RON, the real estate sales cycle is 100% online, mobile and in the cloud. Here's a quick list of vendors for each phase of the deal
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 17
Real estate to be permanently more virtual following pandemic
Renee Funk and Joe Rand said agents and consumers alike are being forced to adopt new tech amid the pandemic. That could make the real estate industry more efficient
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 16
Gary Gold and Vija Williams said at Inman's Town Hall that once lockdown orders end consumers may race back to real estate. Agents should act now to take full advantage
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 16
New housing construction dives drastically in March
Housing starts are down 22.3% in March but up 1.4% year-over-year
Compass agents anticipate post-pandemic buyer's market in California
More than 700 Compass California agents shared their concerns, market predictions for when shelter-in-place laws lift
by Marian McPherson Apr 15
Builder confidence plunges in April
The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index fell to 30, down from 72 points in March
New listings in Manhattan were down 89% last week
There were only 52 new listings in Manhattan during the second week of April
by Patrick Kearns Apr 14
7 coronavirus-related client concerns and how to respond to them
In midst of ever-changing events, buyer and seller concerns are mounting. Instead of letting them succumb to their fears, here's what you can do to ease them
by Cara Ameer Apr 14
6 areas to focus on when leading through rocky times
It's easy to lead when things are going well. The real challenge is navigating your agents, staff and community through tough times. As a leader, these are the areas you need to focus on
by Todd Conklin Apr 13
Hot market was doused by pandemic, Zillow report shows
A new report shows that what was poised to be 'the most competitive' spring market in years instead ended up with plummeting numbers of new listings
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 10
BoxBrownie releases native 360-degree tour platform
Award-winning image editing and marketing company has grown rapidly by editing others' work. Its new immersive tour product can be created with minimal imagery using affordable cameras and published in 24 hours
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 8
New HomeSpotter ad product pushes virtual tour events
As part of proptech's collective push into virtual business, the digital marketing and lead-gen company launches new retargeting products that automate creation and management of ads to push virtual open houses and video tours
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 8
Market snapshot: Washington, 6 weeks into COVID-19
Washington was the first U.S. state that saw a confirmed case of the coronavirus. A month and a half later the real estate industry soldiers on amid the chaos
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 8
February home prices reflect pre-coronavirus market strength
Because sales typically represent contracts that were signed in the previous two months, CoreLogic expects the pandemic's effects will start to show in the April data
6 realities your buyers and sellers should prepare for
It's important to remember that everyone has to live somewhere. Our homes have never been more important to us than right now
by Cara Ameer Apr 6
Chime speeds release of Facebook, YouTube livestreaming tools
The agent operating system has developed streaming tools for Facebook Live and YouTube and released them ahead of schedule in response to the COVID-19 market reduction of face-to-face business
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 3
Transactly raises $3M to boost outsourced transaction coordination
With a total of $4.7M raised in 2 years, the company is aiming to win the market for outsourced transaction coordination. While its software can be used for free by agents and brokerages, the company charges for use of a designated transaction coordination
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 31
Home price gains extend into January — but virus looms large
Home prices rose 3.9% in January, but the data does not take into account the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which didn't take hold in the US until late February
Agent/broker perspective: What are safe solutions for selling homes during an outbreak?
Luckily, there are a handful of tech solutions to solve any disagreements in procedure
by Anthony Askowitz Mar 24
Nearly half of Realtors say buyer interest has dropped due to coronavirus
Just one week ago, only 16% of Realtors reported a decrease in homebuyers as a result of COVID-19.
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 20
How to stay ahead of coronavirus market fluctuations
From where we stand now, the future of the real estate market looks challenging. If you're grappling with the rapid change, here are a few things you can do to prepare for future market shifts
by Steve Cook Mar 20
How will iBuying fare in a world of social distancing?
Opinion
Today’s market environment will finally shine a light on how the iBuyer business model will react as consumer demand wanes, and there are certain recognizable advantages
by Mike DelPrete Mar 18
Agents: It's time to stop holding open houses
Opinion
In response to the recent coronavirus outbreak, brokerages have to do what they can to exercise safety. So, here's why our firm suspended open houses — and why yours should, too
by J. Philip Faranda Mar 18
Open houses took hit from coronavirus over the weekend
Some open houses already saw cancelations and declining attendance last week. That's likely to be a growing trend in the coming weeks
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 16