What real estate agents should know about laminate countertops
Real estate agents who understand the availability of different laminates and their many use cases bring an advantage to their clients when discussing renovation options
by Gerard Splendore Jun 28
Offerpad draws from big companies as iBuyer prepares to go public
Four new members will join the iBuyer's board later this year, including a Zillow executive and the former chief executive officer of Move, Inc.
by Daniel Houston Jun 28
Stand out: 9 contract terms that sellers love
Opinion
In low-inventory, ultra-competitive markets like the one we're currently experiencing, buyers and their agents are coming up with a host of creative contract terms to help sway sellers
by Cara Ameer Jun 29
Top 12 newbie agent behaviors that frustrate listing agents
It's a marriage made somewhere other than heaven: seasoned listing agents coupled with brand new buyer's agents. Here is a list of rookie behaviors that cause experienced listing agents' toenails to curl
by Carl Medford Jun 29
Why home prices aren't actually as high as they appear
Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner dives deeper into the topics of inflation and home values, explaining why, contrary to popular opinion, inflation-adjusted house prices really haven’t skyrocketed
by Matthew Gardner Jun 29
Pulse: Readers share the biggest rookie mistake agents make
From incorrectly handling contracts to betting on the wrong brokerage, this week, our readers talk about early-career mistakes real estate agents make (and what they can learn from them)
by Inman Jun 29
Second-home startup Pacaso to add markets in North America, Europe
The company, which offers co-ownership of second homes in 20 U.S. markets, announced plans to expand into Europe, Mexico and Canada
by Daniel Houston Jun 29
Find your buyers a home: 3 inexpensive ways to coax out listings
Getting out and finding sellers before they list can be a lot of work — but so is writing 40 offers and only having one of them go through. Here's how to find potential listings without spending large amounts of money
by Dale Archdekin Jun 29
Why Americans shouldn’t give up on homeownership
Homeownership is one of the primary ways households in the United States build wealth
by Libertina Brandt Jun 28
4 signs your client relationship is in trouble
Concerned your relationship with your client is on shaky ground? Here are a few telltale signs that your customers might be taking their business to another agent (and how to fix those issues)
by Rachael Hite Jun 30
A Realtor's companion: 45 real estate terms you need to know
Whether a brand new agent or an industry veteran, there are some words and phrases that frequently crop up. We've chosen 45 terms to create an easy-to-use glossary you'll return to again and again
by Daniel Houston Jul 1
Asian American homeownership is still lagging: Report
Asian American homeownership rates lag in numerous major cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Boston, according to the Asian Real Estate Association of America
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 30
Number of affordable places to live hits lowest point in 2 years
Home prices in most counties in a recent study were less affordable than their historical averages as price growth outpaced rising wages
by Daniel Houston Jun 30
Historic Hearst Estate gets another price cut, now listing for $70M
A bankruptcy court has been chopping the price of the iconic estate ever since owner Attorney Leonard Ross filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in late 2019
Wave of new agents swarm NYC market amid inventory shortage
The number of new agents entering the New York City market rose 7% in May as the city continues its economic recovery, according to data analysis company Corofy
by Daniel Houston Jul 1
Howard Hanna buys stake in one of Indiana's biggest brokerages
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has expanded its footprint in Indiana by forming a partnership with a well-known regional player
by Daniel Houston Jul 1
Home prices jump a whopping 15.4% in May: CoreLogic
The last time home prices increased by so much was in May 2005, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index report released on Tuesday
How to get more listings: 4 strategies for new agents
Real estate is one of the few industries where you can go full speed right out the gate. As long as you can position yourself to be top-of-mind, landing new listings will be much easier and more consistent
by Anthony West Jul 6
Beware of weak agents: 5 scenarios that can cost your sellers big money
Even in today's crazy market, weak agents can still cost their sellers plenty of money and opportunity. Here are five case studies that illustrate how costly working with a bad agent can be
by Bernice Ross Jul 7
Pulse: Ever have a deal fall through? Tell us what you learned
Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned pro, chances are you've experienced the pain and disappointment of a flopped deal. This week, we're asking you to share your experience. What happened, and what did you learn?
by Inman Jul 7
America's hottest neighborhoods: Midtown District in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is experiencing a pandemic-induced real estate boom, with coastal buyers flocking to one of the city's most vibrant areas: Midtown. Here's what you need to know about OKC's hottest neighborhood.
by Marian McPherson Jul 12
An appraisal contract with blueprints
The data provider says the acquisition will result in easier property comparisons through new real estate reports and visual tools
by Daniel Houston Jul 6
Apartments and Suburbs in Austin Texas - aerial drone view at sunrise with lens flare above new developments
Amid a nationwide inventory shortage, suburban condominiums are a way for many first-time buyers to enter the market — if they can afford it
What real estate agents should know about engineered wood floors
Real estate agents who can discuss various options and installation methods for older homes and fixer-uppers will clearly have an advantage when working with buyers
by Gerard Splendore Jul 12
Young adults put pandemic savings toward down payments
Zillow survey finds that half of millennials and Gen Zers plan to use money saved on transportation, child care and dining out to buy a home
7 strategies for winning a bidding war
Remember that in a hot market like this, building a relationship with the agent can make a difference between your offer and the other 10 or so on the table. Here's how to stand out
Protect your clients: 5 real estate scams to watch out for
Purchasing a new home or renting a new space can be a beautiful yet nerve-wracking experience for your client, especially right now, and scams can only heighten that anxiety
by Jason D. Greene Jul 12
Oregon becomes first US state to ban homebuyer love letters
Homebuyers have used these so-called 'love letters' to help their offers stand out, but critics say they leave the door open for discrimination
by Daniel Houston Jul 7
Price cuts, while rare in this market, often lead to greater profit: Zillow
The number of sellers who choose to cut their listing price has dropped by a third over the last year, but a Zillow report found that if the price is dropped at the right time, sellers can net $15K over ask
Nearly two-thirds of buyers say it's a 'bad time' to buy a home
Booming home price growth and dwindling inventory has negatively impacted buyer sentiment, according to Fannie Mae's latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index
by Marian McPherson Jul 8
Mortgage rates follow Treasury yields down
While rates are back down near historic lows, the economic recovery could push them back up in the months ahead
by Daniel Houston Jul 8
Even if homebuilders wanted to quit lumber, they foresee big hurdles
Lumber prices remain high, but builders say a host of factors prevents them from switching to other materials
by Daniel Houston Jul 12
What on earth is going on with lumber prices?
Opinion
Even though lumber prices have ticked down a bit recently, they're still drastically up from where they were last year. So, what's happening?
by Andrew Syrios Jul 13
Phoenix sees biggest housing shortage, NYC biggest surplus
A new report shows that cities in the South and West don't have enough housing, while expensive metros might have too much
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 12
Pulse: Readers share stories of flopped deals (and what they learned)
Ever had a deal fall through? You're not alone. This week, readers share stories of failed transactions, what went wrong and what they learned
by Inman Jul 13
Developers are betting big on these 10 housing markets
A realtor.com study looked at the 100 largest US metros to find out where land prices have risen the most since the onset of the pandemic
by Libertina Brandt Jul 12
David Bowie's NYC pad sells after less than a month on the market
The late pop rock icon bought the four-bedroom SoHo condo for $3.81M in 1999
Offerpad goes live in Indiana as part of Midwest expansion
The iBuyer has started buying and selling homes in the Indianapolis area as it eyes new markets in Kansas City, St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio
by Daniel Houston Jul 13
Bidding wars begin to cool as more home inventory comes online
Buyer fatigue and a growing home inventory may have contributed to a reduction in bidding wars in June, according to Redfin agents
by Daniel Houston Jul 13
It's a jungle out there: 4 tips for mentally preparing buyers
From coaching buyers on how to best present an offer to instilling trust in the process, mentally preparing buyers on what to expect is one of the most crucial jobs an agent will have throughout a client’s journey
by David Parnes AND James Harris Jul 15
Zillow, NAR slam REX's alleged use of antitrust as a business strategy
Real estate giants ask court to toss the discount brokerage's lawsuit over optional MLS rule
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 14
When information is readily available, what's an agent's value?
In today's information era, you should stop trying to compete with Google, and instead, showcase your experiential knowledge, principles and competency. That's what will truly set you apart
by Kathleen Black Jul 15
Mortgage boom for second homes takes hit amid new lending rules
New lending rules and a return to the office may have dented the prolific rise in demand for second-home loans, according to new data
by Daniel Houston Jul 14
Weichert Realtors launches end-to-end consumer incentive program
'We Do It All, Guaranteed!' will give consumers cash incentives to use Weichert's products to find things like mortgages and insurance
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 14
What’s happening in today’s luxury real estate market?
Opinion
A luxury real estate broker shares his take on the market, what he's seeing in his neck of the woods, plus how he's pivoting his focus to get more sellers
by Latham Jenkins Jul 16
Housing inventory shortage could ease later this year: report
Tech firm and brokerage HouseCanary found a shrinking gap between the number of new listings and the number of listings going under contract — a potential sign of an improving inventory landscape
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 15
Percentage of all-cash home purchases in US soars to 30%
That figure represents the largest share of homes purchased in all cash since 2014, according to Redfin
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 15
First-time buyers still eager, despite snags on path to homeownership
A Chase survey revealed nearly 4 in 10 potential first-time buyers lost income during the pandemic, setting back their homeownership goals
by Daniel Houston Jul 16
Signs of seasonal inventory growth return in strained housing market
The number of homes for sale rose in June for the second consecutive month but remained far from a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels
by Daniel Houston Jul 19
'Power buyers' are growing rapidly: Mike DelPrete
Many companies are responding to today's shift in consumer demand by launching their own instant-offer, cash-offer and trade-in programs
by Mike DelPrete Jul 19
Sundae nets Will Smith and a list of pro athletes in latest funding round
As-is home sales marketplace Sundae's latest $80M Series C funding round was jointly led by Fifth Wall and General Global Capital
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 20
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
The market is slowing: doldrums or shift?
Opinion
There is no doubt that the market is slowing. The big question is, 'Are we seeing the normal summer slowdown, or is this the long-anticipated shift?'
by Carl Medford Jul 20
Pulse: What's your best piece of advice for newbies in a shifting market?
Now that things are starting to show signs of slowing down, what do new agents need to know? What's the most crucial piece of advice you can offer them?
by Inman Jul 21
Zillow, NAR formed 'group boycott' to enforce commission rule: REX
REX alleges that the National Association of Realtors and Zillow use NAR's segregation rule to hinder competitors who don't comply with NAR's commission rule
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 21
Defend your commission: 5 reasons you're worth it
To handle the commission objection with utmost confidence, you have to first know your value. These five reasons that illustrate why you’re worth every penny are truly just the tip of the iceberg
by Darryl Davis Jul 22
'You'll be on call 24/7': 14 realities your recruiting broker probably didn't tell you
Opinion
Recruiters understand that your chances of surviving your first year in the business are low, and they'll say almost anything to get you onboard. Here is a list of truths they won't prepare you for
by Carl Medford Jul 21
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
Showings 'hyperactive' in first 5 days of listing: ShowingTime
Buyer demand has slowed overall and ShowingTime expects more inventory to ease upward pressure on home prices
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 21
Condo prices jump more than 20% as sales rebound across the US
A new Redfin report found that the median price of a condo hit an all-time high of $304,000 in June
Home office eclipses short commute as a buyer must-have, agents say
Nearly 60% of agents surveyed by HomeLight said they expect a home office to be a top priority for buyers in a post-vaccine landscape
by Daniel Houston Jul 21
13 tips for crafting a better buyer offer
Learn the upsides (and downsides) of contract strategies, and find out how to guard against the most common errors
by Christy Murdock Jul 26
Dueling NAR and REX op-eds hint that DOJ will target commissions
National Association of Realtors: 'The Administration has publicly signaled a lack of understanding about the MLS system and the associated commission structure'
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 22
Mortgage rates hit new all-time low for 15-year loans
Interest rates for a 15-year mortgage hit new all-time lows amid high sale prices and low inventory; rates for 30-year loans dipped as well
by Daniel Houston Jul 22
What you need to know about luxury real estate in Alaska
'We have always beat to a different drum in that our market does not typically follow the lower 48,' RE/MAX broker Janelle Pfleiger told Inman
With home prices slow to fall, would-be buyers are getting squeezed out
People who lost income during the pandemic are finding it hard to buy their first homes as real estate prices grew faster than incomes, according to a new Harvard University report
by Daniel Houston Jul 23
Selling to buy? It should get easier in coming weeks, report says
Conditions should start to improve for buyers while remaining great for sellers if current trends hold, according to a new Redfin report
by Daniel Houston Jul 23
How to couch armchair expert advice
Opinion
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
Lesson Learned: Connect with your colleagues
Find out how Florida agent Liz Hogan learned that it’s not just what you know, it’s often who you know that gets results
by Christy Murdock Jul 26
'A slippery slope': 14 pros weigh in on biggest contract mistakes
Are you writing an error-free, winning offer? We reached out to industry professionals across the country to find out what contract details agents are getting wrong in today's market
by Christy Murdock Jul 27
22 ways you may be violating the Realtor Code of Ethics
Agents misrepresent themselves and aspects of their transaction, sometimes without even knowing it, according to broker and ethics hearing officer Barbara Betts
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 27
Brooklyn Nets owner, Alibaba founder secretly buys $157M condo
Joe Tsai, who cofounded the Chinese shopping behemoth Alibaba alongside Jack Ma, scored the United States' most expensive real estate sale of 2021
Agents should probably learn to play nice with institutional investors
Institutional investors are a growing presence in the US real estate market. The savvy agent should learn how to adapt to their ways — even if it feels a little bit unnatural
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 27
3 ways agents can help today's savvy, educated buyers and sellers
Online resources can give buyers and sellers an advantage when it comes to accessing information on the market and current listings. But nothing can replace the expertise and knowledge of an experienced agent
by James Harris AND David Parnes Jul 29
Foreign buyers may soon swoop back into US housing market
International buyers were less involved in the US housing market during the first year of the pandemic — but that may soon change
by Daniel Houston Jul 28
Casper co-founder pays $500K over asking for Brooklyn townhouse
Mattress company co-founder Luke Sherwin and his wife, celebrated chef Clare De Boer, paid $5.25M in cash for the home in Brooklyn's family-friendly Park Slope neighborhood
Banks offer exposure to mortgage risk — and investors want in
The new bond products offer higher yields in a low-interest-rate environment; but if the loans go bad, investors are on the hook
by Daniel Houston Jul 29
Hippo debuts inspection insurance to cover homes' structural issues
The product functions similarly to a home warranty, except that it covers structural items such as roofs and foundations, Hippo Chief Growth Officer Daniel Blanaru told Inman
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 29
Near historic lows, mortgage rates see little movement in late July
Mortgage rates held steady near month's end, with interest rates on 15-year fixed rate loans remaining at all-time lows, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly lender survey
by Daniel Houston Jul 29
Dallas 'mansion' with no bedrooms, windows mocked on social media
While the house appears to be a typical mansion, the inside drew attention on social media for its bunker-like layout: 'That's where they brought Jason Bourne during his flashbacks'
Renting vs. buying: Here are some points to ponder 
Given current market conditions, there really are no bargains, so it comes down to what a given individual wants — financially and personally. Here's what to consider in the buying vs. renting debate
by Michael Zaransky Aug 3
Bidding wars are cooling off: How to prepare for a shift
What happens when the market starts to tilt in buyers' favor? Here's what agents need to be thinking through, preparing for and learning about to better serve their future clients
by Cara Ameer Aug 3
When sellers use hidden cameras, sometimes their agent is the target
For reasons ranging from safety during showings to snooping on their own agents, homesellers dish on why they do or don't use hidden cameras
by Daniel Houston Aug 3
$27.5M home is the priciest listing on Manhattan's Upper West Side
David and Dana Luttway bought the townhouse in 2015 and undertook five-year gut renovation
End the year strong: 5 smart ways to spend your marketing dollars
August is a terrific month to set yourself up for the rest of the year. Take advantage of it by using these tactics and effectively spending your marketing dollars. Here's how
by Bernice Ross Aug 4
AI-based real estate startup Localize raises $25M
Company provides buyers with information on hundreds of building and neighborhood attributes and helps brokers cultivate and qualify leads
Penthouse of celebrity-packed 'Jenga Building' sells for $50M
The musician Frank Ocean and actor Keegan-Michael Key are among the Lower Manhattan building's well-known residents
These 5 metros were most popular with buyers in 2020 — here’s why
According to a new report by CoreLogic, homebuyers were on the move in search of more space and fewer people
by Libertina Brandt Aug 4
Pamela Anderson leaves Malibu for Canada, sells mansion for $11.8M
The 'Baywatch' actress owned the house since 2000 when she bought the property for $1.8 million
California's scorching-hot housing market expected to stay 'incredibly competitive'
California Association of Realtors blames lack of supply for 'terrible consequences' on quality of life for potential buyers
August opens with lower mortgage rates as Treasury yields dip
Interest rates on 30-year mortgages fell further as bond markets reacted to the delta variant's potential impact on the global economy
by Daniel Houston Aug 5
https://www.inman.com/2017/12/26/housing-shortage-softening-buyer-demand-in-major-us-metros/
Real estate employment numbers continued to rise in early July, but some segments of the industry grew faster than others
by Daniel Houston Aug 6
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
3 strategies for beating institutional investors in a bidding war
Beating out institutional investors in a bidding war is a lot like beating out other buyers, but with a bit of a twist. Agents should aim to become fluent in all the relevant tools available
How to reach stalled homebuyers
Whether they’re ready to spend their quarantine savings or are restarting an abandoned home search, here’s how to talk to these eager buyers
by Christy Murdock Aug 10
Home prices show signs of leveling off for first time in months
After five consecutive months of record home prices, the market appears to be plateauing, according to several key indicators
by Daniel Houston 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
8 cutting-edge listing tech tools you should get to know
Real estate data is an ecosystem, a cyclical, self-replicating entity connecting every transaction, and here are a few of the companies helping to forge this new reality
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 15
How inflation has impacted this broker
Opinion
Inflation can have a deep and lasting impact on housing and the larger economy. Here, one broker steps back to recount what it was like during the 1970s inflation and what's different now
by Gretchen Rosenberg Aug 12
Are real estate commissions going down? Not so much
Opinion
If home prices are at an all-time high, how can we say that commissions are going down? Here's what agents might not be noticing when it comes to their commission
by Teresa Boardman Aug 12
3 simple tactics for getting your luxury waterfront listing sold
Selling a luxury house that overlooks the water can be lucrative, if you know how to do it right. Here are a few tried-and-true tips to help you promote the benefits of living in a waterfront residence
by Larry Alton Aug 12
Healthy jobs report drives up mortgage rates for first time in weeks
Mortgage rates on 30-year loans rose this week for the first time in over a month after the latest jobs report came in better than expected
by Daniel Houston Aug 12
Half of homes sold over list price in July: Study
But the latest numbers, provided by OJO Labs, do hint at possible improvements in the ongoing inventory shortage
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 12
How to strengthen your negotiation chops
Sharpening your negotiation skills will ensure you are equipped to represent clients and provide the best possible service. And just like anything else, you'll need constant practice. Here are a few tips to help you
by Santiago Arana Aug 16
The US is getting more diverse — and moving to the West
Shifts in demographics and geographies will reshape how Americans think of housing, new data from the US Census Bureau shows
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 16
Forget moratorium worries: Here's why now is the best time to invest in real estate
Now more than ever, properties are selling well over list price, and buyers are chomping at the bit to purchase. Here's why you shouldn't wait to get in on the action
by Victoria Kennedy Aug 18
Pulse: Readers share how to make listings stand out in 2021
From virtual staging to 3D tours, agents today have a lot of tools and services at their disposal to really make a listing shine. Here's what our readers are using today
by Inman Aug 17
Builder confidence drops to lowest level in more than a year
Nationwide builder sentiment fell by 5 points to 75 in August, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index
Summer housing slowdown brings bidding wars back to earth
Competition eased throughout the nation for Redfin agents, who reported only 60% of their offers were part of a bidding war in July
by Daniel Houston Aug 17
Compass nears profitability, outperforms competition: Mike DelPrete
The hot real estate market has fueled strong growth across the industry. Compass' growth is noteworthy, and it demonstrates that though the industry moves slowly, some players move faster than others
by Mike DelPrete Aug 18
Agents in 9 new markets eligible to become Knock-Certified
A Knock mortgage is priced competitively, and agents and their clients have the benefit of working through a digital, two-way transaction solution
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 19
Reali raises $250M in equity and debt financing
The company has flat-fee and cash-offer programs for both buyers and sellers, and it has now raked in more than $300 million in total funding since its founding
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 18
'Dire days lie ahead': The impact of COVID-19 and wildfires on housing
Opinion
The recent onslaught of wildfires and accompanying smoke blanketing many states are combining with the pandemic with deadly results. It is not just personal health that is being affected — there are significant implications for real estate as well
by Carl Medford Aug 19
Mortgage lenders deal more purchase loans amid fewer refis
The latest numbers from Attom Data Solutions show that mortgage lenders issued more purchase loans in the second quarter of the year but lost ground on the refinancing side
by Daniel Houston Aug 18
Everyday real estate investors power GroundFloor's rapid growth
The company has experienced 212 percent revenue growth over the last three years as a result of its model that democratizes the backing of residential real estate construction and rehab investments
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 19
Why homebuyers aren't taking advantage of drop in mortgage rates
Builder backlog, ongoing listings shortages and rising home prices prompt Fannie Mae economists to cut forecast for 2021 home sales
by Matt Carter Aug 19
Ahead of Fed tapering reveal, mortgage lenders kept rates steady
Low mortgage rates that had risen off a strong jobs report remained unmoved earlier this week, according to Freddie Mac's lender survey
by Daniel Houston Aug 19
The Weeknd drops $70M on gigantic LA mansion
The former owners of the Bel Air property originally had no interest in selling the home but were later convinced by Rayni and Branden Williams of the Beverly Hills Estates
How to bring sellers back to reality as the market cools
After a year of booming home price growth and bidding wars, the market is slowing down. 2 leading brokers share how to help sellers deal with the shift
by Marian McPherson Aug 24
Pulse: Readers share their top listing faux pas
This week, our readers share a couple of listing mistakes and bad habits that can hamper a property's ability to sell. Are you guilty of any of them?
by Inman Aug 24
HomeLight brings its cash-offer and trade-in offerings to Colorado
Starting this week, buyers and sellers across Colorado can use HomeLight's two newest services. Dedicated staff will be in Denver
by Marian McPherson Aug 24
Sidestep client conflict: 17 tips for managing expectations
Opinion
The recent extreme sellers market has created equally extreme client expectations. These fundamental steps (and tips for every part of the process) allow you to manage those expectations effectively and win the approval of your most demanding clients
by Carl Medford Aug 25
America's hottest neighborhoods: Milwaukee's Northpoint community
For higher-end buyers, this lakeside neighborhood boasts unparalleled access to both the shoreline and Milwaukee city life
by Daniel Houston Sep 7
Gary Keller: 'There’s going to be a price correction'
Gary Keller said Tuesday at his company's Mega Camp conference that when home prices grow too much, a correction could be waiting in the wings
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 25
Blockchain-backed Blimp raises $200K to reinvent the real estate deal
Blimp Homes announced it has raised $200,000 as part of a new $1 million campaign to back Blockchain-based home sales app
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 25
Viral Reddit thread places HOAs in the doghouse
One owner's battle with her homeowner's association over her pets went viral on Monday. Here's what a pet-loving broker has to say about finding the best place for a furry friend
by Marian McPherson Aug 24
Columbia, South Carolina Downtown Skyline with Highway
The move is part of the iBuyer's continued expansion efforts as it prepares to go public later this quarter, a spokesperson said
by Daniel Houston Aug 24
How to choose the right virtual tour provider for you
If you haven't pivoted to offer virtual tours to your clients, what are you waiting for? Virtual tours are becoming industry standard, and they're not going away anytime soon. Here are 7 providers to choose from and what they bring to the table
by Georg Chmiel Aug 27
Investors will lead home sales for foreseeable future: Study
John Burns Real Estate Consulting's new Resale Housing Market Index report reveals how buyers are struggling to beat investors in a frenzied market
by Marian McPherson Aug 25
Why fewer Home Depot shoppers isn't a bad sign for housing
Opinion
As the home improvement retailer's earnings report revealed, there are fewer Home Depot shoppers now than when the pandemic first began. However, that shouldn't necessarily spark concern about the housing market
by Bret Weinstein Aug 27
Interactive: Half of new home builds now sell for more than $400K
Prices under $200K have nearly disappeared from the market for newly constructed homes, according to new data
by Daniel Houston Aug 25
Keller Williams leader: Diversity is good for business
Julia Lashay Israel argued during the Keller Williams Mega Camp event that the future will be more diverse and that agents should embrace it
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 25
Extreme seller's market shows more signs of leveling off: Redfin
The typical home price has been holding roughly steady for weeks as inventory continues its slow path to recovery
by Daniel Houston Aug 26
Lenders hold firm on mortgage rates after Fed dust settles
Rates remain near historic lows despite Fed's willingness to consider tapering mortgage purchases this year
by Daniel Houston Aug 26
How to prepare buyers for the brutal seller's market
A group of Keller Williams panelists argued that it's all about communication and managing expectations
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 26
Halo's rent-to-own model gets $450M boost
Halo's SFR2O offers aspiring homeowners the opportunity to own based on their future propensity to financially manage a mortgage instead of their current economic position
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 30
LQBTQ+ community comes into focus in US Census report
Opinion
Just this month, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would ask respondents their sexual orientation and gender identity when conducting its Household Pulse Survey. Here's what the latest report revealed
by Ryan Weyandt Aug 31
Pulse: The biggest listing cliches today
What cliches in listing copy make you cringe and shake your head? Our readers share the most common stock phrases agents are using (but should probably stop) to entice buyers
by Inman Aug 31
Realtor.com taps senior VP to head product team
The real estate website has promoted Leslie Jordan to its chief product officer position, where she will oversee product strategy and design
by Daniel Houston Aug 30
Redfin extends iBuyer service into select areas in Atlanta, Nashville
With these latest moves, the Seattle-based brokerage is now offering instant cash offers to sellers in 27 markets throughout the country
by Daniel Houston Sep 1
Americans' preferences for bigger houses are growing
Bigger and more spread-out housing is more popular now than it was two years ago. That preference cuts across political divides, as well as demographic categories based on race, education and age
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 1
How agents can retain clients when they take a break from the market
When clients decide to put a pause on their home search, agents can ensure homebuyers and sellers stick with them when they're ready to reenter the market by staying top-of-mind
Homeowners are staying in place longer. What's it mean for agents?
By 2037, the median homeownership tenure will nearly double from 8 years to 15 years. Here's what 11 ERA broker-owners are doing to thrive through the market shift
by Marian McPherson Sep 2
The homebuyer in 2021? Middle-aged, married and college educated
Zillow Group's 2021 Consumer Housing Trends Report breaks down what buyers looked like in 2021, what they wanted most and how that compared to previous years
Mortgage rates cap off their most stable month of 2021 so far
Rates for 30-year mortgages barely budged over the last month, even as lenders sifted through new statements from Federal Reserve officials
by Daniel Houston Sep 2
5 top agents share how they're preparing for fall success
Using rent-to-own platforms, helping buyers secure a home, doubling down on your niche market — 5 agents share how to make this fall your best yet
by Marian McPherson Sep 8
Home inventory healthier in cities than suburbs, where buyers spar
Suburbs have made up a growing share of Zillow's top areas by views per listing — a product of the pandemic's effect on inventory, according to a new analysis by the search portal
by Daniel Houston Sep 3
Can 3D tours upend pro listing photos? Not likely
Although 3D tours certainly saw an uptick during the pandemic, using them on every listing isn’t practical or necessary — especially in a hot market. Here's why traditional listing photography, despite its flaws, will still be standard practice
by Anthony West Sep 9
Offerpad stock surges on second day of trading as iBuyers see gains
The iBuyer's stock spiked 27% on Tuesday before settling back down to $10 per share as investors continued to show interest in companies that make direct cash offers for homes
by Daniel Houston Sep 8
Bowling alleys? Glam rooms? 6 luxury amenities buyers want now
From state-of-the-art gyms to custom salons and high-end sports courts, today’s luxury buyers are seeking more than just the finest fixtures and finishes — they want a resort-style destination to escape to
by James Harris AND David Parnes Sep 9
Notarize and Snapdocs team up on digital closings
Partnership will make Notarize remote notaries accessible from within Snapdocs platform
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 9
Orchard raises $100M to become real estate's latest $1B unicorn
New York-based Orchard has raised $100M in a new Series D funding round, lifting its total equity to $255M and reaching a valuation of more than $1B, it was announced Thursday
by Libertina Brandt Sep 9
Rates for 15-year mortgages continue slow rise from prior lows
Mortgage rates have remained largely unchanged in recent weeks, aside from a gradual rise in rates for 15-year loans
by Daniel Houston Sep 9
Is your client ready to buy a home? This is the best time to do it
The best time to purchase a home is the week of Oct. 3, according to realtor.com
by Marian McPherson Sep 13
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
These are the most family-friendly suburbs in the US
While not cheap, the suburbs chosen by realtor.com are best-fitted for families with kids
Prices for home construction materials dip for first time in 2021
Builders got a break in August from the price increases of previous months, but the unpredictable swings in costs remained unwelcome
by Daniel Houston Sep 14
Bidding wars reach lowest level since August 2020: Redfin
Thanks to the reemergence of seasonal market patterns, bidding wars have slowed to their lowest level in over a year, according to Redfin's latest market report released on Tuesday
by Marian McPherson Sep 14
'Coming Soon is a hot mess': Here's why it needs to change
Opinion
Although it was originally designed to help consumers, 'Coming Soon' has now become a fragmented and ill-defined status used to attract buyers with the false promise of an oasis of hidden home supply. Can it be reformed, or should it be retired?
by Matt Fuller Sep 16
It looks like the US is headed for a 2nd wave of homeowner reshuffling
A large share of employees want to work remotely, but some say their employers' lack of guidance on this policy is delaying big decisions
by Daniel Houston Sep 15
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
Inman Handbook on Homesnap
Like many online platforms, the past year has been a time of innovation and development for Homesnap. Find out how to put these new features to work for your business and what the company is rolling out later this month
by Christy Murdock Sep 20
‘Holding pattern’: Virus extends stable period for mortgage rates
Rates for 30-year mortgages have remained virtually unchanged for 2 months even as lenders reported recent movement on other loan types
by Daniel Houston Sep 16
Fewer homes sell in August than last year, a first since pandemic boom
Home sales declined in August on a seasonally adjusted basis, settling in 6% lower than the same time last year, according to new data from Redfin released Thursday
by Daniel Houston Sep 16
4 ways to ensure buyers don't regret their purchase
Over the past year, homebuyer regret has reached record highs. Here are NerdWallet's tips for making sure your clients don't experience the same thing
by Marian McPherson Sep 16
Home sales should stay strong this fall: MoxiWorks report
The tech startup's data suggests that, thanks to the pandemic and low interest rates, home sales will see less of a seasonal drop off this fall than they have in prior years
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 16
Pacaso backlash draws on amid latest funding round
The luxury home co-ownership startup's influx of cash and investor backing can't buy away the company's troubles with vocal protesters in Northern California
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 17
America's hottest neighborhoods: Oregon's Old Bend district
With plenty of cash and high incomes, young professionals from bustling metros have made a big imprint on the sleepy ski town of Bend, Oregon
by Daniel Houston Oct 4
Instashowing spends investment on buyer tour, offer submission tools
The software that rolled out on the heels of Zillow's ShowingTime deal added features for buyer tours and submitting offers, and it launched single sign-on for MLS accounts
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 21
Knock now in 65 markets after expansion into Portland, Oregon
Knock has expanded into Portland as well as 5 other metros in Oregon and Washington
by Libertina Brandt Sep 20
How this new agent sold her first $15.5M home at the height of COVID
It takes unwavering confidence, social-media savviness and superior relationship-building skills to navigate (and successfully complete) one of the highest recorded sales in the state — especially as a new agent. Here's how Siena Dorsey of The Agency did it
by Siena Dorsey Sep 21
Got your first celebrity client? 6 tips for making an impression
Helping celebrity clients find their dream homes can be tricky. What's the right approach? How can you impress? Who's the VIP in the entourage? Here are a few tips for real estate agents to make an impression and ensure repeat business
by Jason D. Greene Sep 21
Fall housing outlook: Cooling prices, tighter inventory, less competition
As the weather cools, so too will competition and housing prices, experts told Inman for its 2021 Fall Housing Market Outlook. Still, agents can expect inventory to remain tight
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 22
Offerpad launches Kansas City, St. Louis markets in ongoing expansion
The iBuyer's two new metros were the first since the company went public earlier this month; Columbus, Ohio, is next on the list
by Daniel Houston Sep 20
Builder confidence rebounds after 3 months of declines
Prices for softwood lumber and some other building materials ease, but workers remain in short supply, according to the National Association of Home Builders
by Matt Carter Sep 21
Struggling homeowners may evade foreclosure thanks to surging prices
Only 1 in 20 homes that hit the market next year will be foreclosed properties, according to a survey of real estate experts and economists
by Daniel Houston Sep 21
Is this the one? 4 factors to consider when buying an investment property
No two investment properties are the same. The history of repairs, market conditions and the long-term growth potential of the area — as well as your own risk preferences — all factor into whether a property is the right fit for your portfolio
by Michael Hills Sep 21
Startup iBuyer Flyhomes expands to Austin, Dallas and Houston
In addition to the new Texas markets, the company operates in Seattle, Boston, Portland, the Bay Area and Southern California
by Libertina Brandt Sep 22
Interest in second homes remains down for third consecutive month
Many buyers are still considering second-home purchases, but the number was down from last year's blistering levels, according to a report from Redfin on Wednesday
by Daniel Houston Sep 22
RealScout launches its largest buyer graph yet in LA
24 brokerages have partnered to launch the Buyer Graph, which hosts real-time anonymized buyer data and habits, and climate risk data.
by Marian McPherson Sep 23
Low mortgage rates keep home costs in an acceptable range
Ownership costs for the median home remain within a normal range but are nearing the point where lenders might start to balk
by Daniel Houston Sep 22
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
Mortgage rates continue to flatline ahead of Fed tapering details
Mortgage rates stayed the course this week as lenders continued to monitor the Federal Reserve's tapering plans
by Daniel Houston Sep 24
How to get more listings in 2021
We’ve tapped into the top advice from Inman contributors to bring you this guide to getting the deal — from finding listings and getting your foot in the door for appointments to perfecting your pitch and winning the listing
by Dani Vanderboegh Sep 24
Homebuilders primed for big year of earnings. Here's the stocks to watch
Anticipating a high demand for homes, a research team at JPMorgan Chase is bullish on several real-estate stocks and investment trusts, according to a new analysis
by Daniel Houston Sep 24
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
Berkshire Hathaway franchise network adds Tennessee brokerage
Tennessee's Lakeside Real Estate Group will do business under the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand, the franchise network announced
by Daniel Houston Sep 27
5 ways to bring a stale listing back to life — without a price reduction
Listing not getting enough traction? Well, the good news is that there's a buyer out there for every home. Sometimes, all you need to do is freshen up the photography, copy and marketing. Here are a few tips to consider
by Santiago Arana Sep 28
Ideal Agent forges partnership with mortgage, title advisory consultants
Partnering with Incenter allows Ideal Agent customers a more streamlined process for finding and leveraging professional service providers when buying and selling a home
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 28
3 moments that made Adena Hefets into an industry disruptor
From watching her parents struggle to make ends meet as a child to connecting with an excellent mentor as an adult, these are the moments that shaped Hefets' career
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 13
US home price growth tallies biggest gain in a generation
Annual price growth soared 19.7% in July, extending a 14-month streak of increases while marking the highest rate of growth since Case-Shiller began recording the data in 1987
How to manage expectations and move sellers to realism
Join us for Luxury Connect, Oct. 25-26, in Las Vegas to find out secrets on how to navigate tricky conversations, price homes right, and manage client expectations with Tami Pardee and Aaron Kirman
by Inman Sep 29
Are sellers getting greedy? Asking prices surge to new record
The median asking price of newly listed homes for sale surged 12% year over year to a record high of $361,250, according to a Redfin report
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 29
Why REX pays buyer agents and uses MLSs — sometimes
REX's general counsel Michael Toth says the discount brokerage pays buyer agents in at least 40% of its list-side transactions
With wildfires on rise, these 5 states bear more risk than California
A new report from CoreLogic finds that the typical home in Wyoming is nearly 3 times as likely to go up in flames as one in California
by Daniel Houston Sep 30
How to help clients 'Airbnb' their home
Agents can play a valuable role ensuring their clients are set up for rental success by identifying homes that might be great rentals, suggesting improvements and updates, and informing owners of local rules. Here's what to know
by Jenny Usaj Sep 30
Knock's GO mortgage offers appraisal coverage and cash-offer close certainty
Knock GO, which stands for Guaranteed Offer, is a 'cash-like' conventional mortgage product that allows buyers to write an offer on a home without including a financing contingency
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 4
78% of buyers consider natural disaster risk when house hunting
The majority of respondents in a recent realtor.com survey said the threat of a natural disaster played a role in where they looked for a new home
by Libertina Brandt Sep 30
Redfin brings cash offer service to 2 largest markets in North Carolina
The Seattle-based brokerage has launched its iBuyer service in Charlotte and Raleigh
by Daniel Houston Sep 30
Showingly proves itself a comprehensive tool for showing property: Tech review
Companies seeking to organize and track consumer interest in their listings could realize benefits in using this app, as could MLSs seeking an alternative software in this category to offer members
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 1
A mansion so nice, she sold it twice: Cindy Ambuehl on a $25M deal
Luxury agent Cindy Ambuehl told Inman how she closed the sale of a $25 million mansion overlooking the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles
by Daniel Houston Oct 8
Hundreds of public figures escaped taxes through real estate: Report
A new trove of documents details how the wealthy and well-connected have used shell companies to conceal real estate transactions
by Daniel Houston Oct 5
With launch of YourHomeHub, MooveGuru offers agents franchise opportunities
In a first, MooveGuru is selling proptech franchises by offering the real estate industry an opportunity to invest in YourHomeHub locations
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 8
Offerpad launches in 106 central Ohio cities, including Columbus
The publicly traded iBuyer has launched its services in the Columbus metro area, bringing its number of markets to 21
by Daniel Houston Oct 5
Is HomeSmart's tech worth the switch? A look at its client-first app: Tech Review
Opinion
The team at HomeSmart makes it a priority to stay on top of what the HomeSnaps and Zillows of the world are up to, as should any savvy proptech team trying to know what consumers are looking for
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 12
Knock Home Swap
Most Americans think it's a bad time to buy a home but a good time to sell, and high home prices are the culprit
by Matt Carter Oct 7
Now's the time to invest in small-town commercial real estate. Here's why
Although any property investment presents a mix of risks, drawbacks and rewards, there are many small towns that offer great real estate investment opportunities far and above what the big city can present
by Victoria Kennedy Oct 8
Give clients a standout experience! 5 customer service must-do's
Providing outstanding customer service that helps create memorable experiences for your clients is absolutely paramount in our industry. Here's how you can ensure a positive and value-driven buying and selling experience
Mortgage rates hold steady following late-September spike
Mortgage rates barely changed a week after rising bond yields and Federal Reserve statements led to rate hikes across the board
by Daniel Houston Oct 7
Blimp drives deal communication, compensates for data: Tech review
Opinion
Imagine if Facebook compensated users for every like, image post or ad campaign they started. That's the idea behind Blimp's approach to bettering the industry
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 8
16 luxury buying and selling trends you can't ignore
The way we live, work and play has significantly changed over the past year or so, and these shifts will continue to drive luxury consumer behavior as far as how and where they choose to live. Here are a few trends you need to be ready for
by Cara Ameer Oct 8
3 moments that made Side CEO Guy Gal
Gal's billion-dollar company has its origins in its co-founder's own experiences — both good and bad — buying real estate
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 19
Housing affordability improves for 2nd consecutive month
Thanks to decreases in monthly mortgage costs and a normalizing market, the National Association of Realtor's Affordability Index improved once again in August
by Marian McPherson Oct 12
'OK Boomer': Older homebuyers make gains as millennials struggle
Baby boomers made gains over first-time homebuyers in the decade before the pandemic, growing to 24% of recent home purchases in 2019, according to a new analysis from Zillow
by Daniel Houston Oct 14
As list prices continue to soar, not all homebuyers are willing to play ball
Homesellers have been pushing list prices to new heights, but a report released Thursday by OJO Labs indicates buyers aren't as eager to shell out for the pricier pads
by Daniel Houston Oct 15
Mortgage rates continue their ascent onward into mid-October
Rates creeped upward once again across all major mortgage types, part of a rise from their all-time lows earlier this year, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly lender survey
by Daniel Houston Oct 14
America's hottest neighborhoods: Blackstone District in Omaha, NE
Omaha, Nebraska, has risen to the top of up-and-coming market lists due to its affordability. But Omahans — especially those in the Blackstone District — know it has more to offer than cheap housing
by Marian McPherson Nov 8
Abortion policies are a dealbreaker for 27% of movers: Redfin
Americans are taking a second look at state laws when choosing where to relocate, a new Redfin study released Monday revealed
by Marian McPherson Oct 18
8 ways to get the most (leads) out of your next open house
Like with everything in life, the more you put into an open house, the more you get out of it. If you're not putting in time and energy into properly preparing for your open house, you're missing out on an enormous opportunity. Here's what you need to consider
by Danny Brown Oct 19
Agent bares all in full-frontal NSFW listing photos
'I wish I could say that I had an epiphany like a parting of the Red Sea moment but I just thought it'd be funny,' agent David Ferrugio told Inman
What the US climate-risk review means for FHA, VA loans and more
Government agencies are looking to better quantify risks from climate change, a step with implications for government-backed home loans
by Daniel Houston Oct 19
4 things high-net-worth buyers want in an agent
With high prices come high expectations, so as a luxury real estate agent, you have to always bring your A-game and provide the highest level of service to your clients
by Timothy Smith Oct 20
3 reasons your clients should transact now
Spiraling home values, soaring inflation and increased interest rates mean less buying power for all consumers. In other words, the house they can afford today may be out of reach tomorrow. Here’s what your clients need to know
by Bernice Ross Oct 19
Outlook improves for home sales through end of 2021, beyond: Zillow
Strong numbers of pending home sales and applications for purchase loans have pushed up sales forecasts through the end of the year
by Daniel Houston Oct 20
September sees new upturn in demand for second homes
More buyers were seriously considering a second-home purchase last month, and locked in mortgage rates to prepare for the transaction
by Daniel Houston Oct 20
Are love letters so bad? Real estate attorney weighs in: Real (Estate) Talk
Unfortunately, not every seller works with an agent who is committed to fair housing beyond the logo on flyers. To that point, Oregon has been a trailblazer in banning love letters. Should other states follow? Closing attorney Mehrnush Saadat shares her thoughts
by Lee Davenport Oct 21
Home sales on track for one of the strongest years in real estate history
A strong fall and winter season should mean 2021 will wrap up with nearly 7M in sales, making it one of the strongest sales years in history, according to a new MoxiWorks analysis
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 21
Consumer watchdog: The real estate industry regulates itself
A report from the Consumer Federation of America found that the vast majority of seats on state real estate commissions are held by industry members and not one is held by a consumer or housing advocate
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 21
Rates for 30-year mortgages reach highest point since early spring
Mortgage rates continued their month-long rise in mid-October as buyers and sellers navigated unusual market conditions, according to a lending survey from Freddie Mac
by Daniel Houston Oct 22
Inside Real Estate targets client retention with CORE Home launch
'We’re stepping forward arm-in-arm with our broker partners to provide what the industry needs next,' Inside Real Estate CEO Joe Skousen told Inman
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 25
NAR president to DOJ: Step up and honor the agreement
Opinion
In response to the Department of Justice hitting back against a petition from the National Association of Realtors, NAR president Charlie Oppler urged the DOJ to honor their agreement, calling for fair markets, fair housing and a fair chance for small businesses
by Charlie Oppler Oct 22
Wealth, taxes and politics: The Las Vegas housing market's wild ride
Home values in the gambler's paradise recently eclipsed records from the 2006 housing bubble. As Inman Connect Las Vegas kicks into gear, agents describe a remarkable run
by Daniel Houston Oct 25
Instashowing launches offer management tool InstaOffers
InstaOffers helps reduce the confusion of multiple offer submission channels that stems from the industry having no single standard for accepting and considering offers
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 25
How pocket listings cast aside minority homebuyers
5 housing experts explain how pocket listings impact the struggle for equity and inclusion in US housing stock, creating de facto segregation
by Marian McPherson Nov 2
Zillow's iBuyer misstep will soon be 'a distant memory': Mike DelPrete
Opinion
Within the context of long-term industry disruption, Zillow's loss may simply be an embarrassing detour on its inexorable march to transform real estate
by Mike DelPrete Oct 25
US home price growth continued to sizzle in August: Case-Shiller
The S&P/Case-Shiller US National Home Price Index remained virtually unchanged since July, when gains rose 19.7% while continuing a 15-month streak of upward growth
Why tough conversations with buyers can't wait
Luxury agents Dee Dee Guggenheim Howes and Tyler Whitman discuss why sharing bad news with buyers needs to happen as soon as possible
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 26
China considers something new — mandating a national property tax
The nation remains one of the few world powers without widespread taxes on real estate values — but that could soon change
by Daniel Houston Oct 27
New Redfin tool allows shoppers to phone a friend with FaceTime
The feature lets buyers hop on a FaceTime call with their agents and others, browse listings and share their favorites with the group
by Daniel Houston Oct 27
Brad Inman challenges agents to embrace the future: 'This is your time'
Inman founder Brad Inman shares how venture capitalists and tech giants have changed the industry and what agents can do to stay relevant in the future
by Marian McPherson Oct 27
Here's how to put your client communication on autopilot
If you’re looking to scale your business without sacrificing your communication with clients, start shooting videos that explain the next steps in their process. Not only will these videos help you as an agent, your clients will be better served as well
by Jimmy Burgess Oct 28
Homeward founder says agents can lead real estate's tech revolution
Tim Heyl, CEO of real estate startup Homeward, says brokers know the issues that can be solved by technology and investment
by Daniel Houston Oct 27
The 4 biggest real estate trends to bet on in 2022
Clelia Peters and Homeward CEO Tim Heyl shared with the Inman Connect audience the industry trends every real estate professional should be following
Reaching disadvantaged buyers requires rethinking the incentives
Cyril Berdugo of Landis Technologies and Charles Myslinsky of OJO Labs discussed how tech companies can reach disadvantaged homebuyers and make money in the process
by Daniel Houston Oct 28
Why Greg Schwartz left 'the portal war' for the mortgage industry
Tomo co-founder and CEO Greg Schwartz shares what's wrong with the mortgage industry and how tech can revolutionize the consumer experience
by Marian McPherson Oct 28
Move CEO David Doctorow pushes back on anti-portal rhetoric
The top executive at realtor.com's parent company said agents remain essential customers for listing portals, even as companies offer services to buyers and sellers
by Daniel Houston Oct 28
Tech takeaways from Inman Connect: Mortgage's evolution, betting on iBuyers and more
Technology themes at Connect were dominated by a new wave of mortgage providers changing the way buyers enter homebuying, brokers' mixed agreement on how to deliver technology to agents and how iBuying is opening new ways to advise clients
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 2
Be a better buyer's agent: 6 steps for an exceptional client experience
Opinion
Buyers need a facilitator who will help them purchase the home they want to buy and protect them throughout the purchase process
by Carl Medford Nov 2
All gas, no brakes: Knock speeds into Detroit en route to 75 markets
At Inman Connect Las Vegas, Knock revealed a new slogan, 'In agents we trust'
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 4
7 up-and-coming tech companies real estate pros should know
At Inman Connect Las Vegas, a group of innovative technology change makers hawked their wares to a tech-savvy audience
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 4
Rise in mortgage rates sees hiccup — but don't expect it to last
The dip in mortgage rates this week was small compared to the rise recorded over the last month; economists say they expect more increases
by Daniel Houston Nov 5
Home sales seen as immune from economic pessimism
Increasingly negative consumer sentiment not seen as immediate threat to home sales, as homebuyer demand continues to outpace available listings
by Matt Carter Nov 8
America’s priciest enclaves: The big risers and fallers in 2021
The most exclusive communities in the US got even tougher to buy into in 2021, as home prices soared in the nation's priciest ZIP codes, according to data firm PropertyShark
by Daniel Houston Nov 9
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
Recent pullback in mortgage rates lifts outlook for home demand
A monthlong upswing in mortgage rates came to a halt in the past 2 weeks, with rates for 30-year loans retreating back below 3 percent
by Daniel Houston Nov 11
Houston Association of Realtors debuts home showing platform
Starting Thursday, HAR's 45,000 members can schedule and manage home showings through ShowingSmart. A mobile app will be available early 2022
by Marian McPherson Nov 11
Clients may peek online, but 9 in 10 still turn to an agent: survey
A recent survey of thousands of buyers and sellers found they overwhelmingly work with agents, even as their attitudes have shifted
by Daniel Houston Nov 11
3 agents per home: Is Daytona Beach the canary in the coal mine?
In September, approximately 2,200 agents licensed in the Florida beachside community of 70,000 were vying for just 674 listings. Is this the fate in store for the rest of the country?
by Daniel Houston Nov 18
5 reasons to be optimistic about the 2022 housing market
At the National Association of Realtors' national conference on Friday, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun shared promising insights about 2022
by Marian McPherson Nov 18
Homeward kicks off 20-market expansion effort in Phoenix
Fintech platform Homeward has launched its largest expansion effort since 2019. The company already launched in Phoenix with the goal of being in 20 new markets by the end of 2022
by Marian McPherson Nov 17
How to make home sales less painful for your clients
Referrals come from clients who've had a good experience with you. And what's the secret sauce to a seamless homebuying or selling process? Having detailed, organized systems in place that guide your customers through it all, step by step
by Victoria Kennedy Nov 18
Compass lays out 2022 vision plan, unveils 'Find an Agent' platform
A supersized transaction management and referral platform, a new client dashboard and continued market expansion are all at the heart of Compass' mission to create 'clients for life'
by Marian McPherson Nov 16
NAR launches website to enlist Realtors in 'court of public opinion'
The National Association of Realtors' legal team says members can help the trade group fight its antitrust war while the association fends off the DOJ, REX and various commission lawsuits
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 18
Ribbon jump-starts 2022 expansion push with 2 new markets
The homeownership startup has December and January launches planned for markets in Alabama and Virginia. The company plans to be in 25 states by the end of next year
by Marian McPherson Nov 19
Flyhomes Cash Offer now available in Idaho
Program is now available to real estate brokerages and their agents in 7 states through Flyhomes for Agents
by Matt Carter Nov 18
5-year study finds Bitcoin is a way better investment than real estate
A study published by Point2Homes.com revealed extensive return on investment comparisons between the most popular form of cryptocurrency and real estate. The results are staggering
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 18
'Love letter' ban to see day in court as First Amendment comes into play
A first-in-the-nation Oregon law restricting love letters between buyers and sellers, set to begin in January, is being challenged in court by the conservative-leaning Pacific Legal Foundation
by Daniel Houston Nov 22
US migration drops even as remote work fuels long-distance moves
As remote work took hold, a smaller share of people actually moved within their state or county, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
by Daniel Houston Nov 22
'We have a lot of work to do': LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance reflects on 2021
The CEO of the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance looks back on the progress made for LGBTQ+ homebuyers and renters in 2021, and the work that still lies ahead
by Ryan Weyandt Nov 22
Fathom raises $32.7M to fund more acquisitions
Company looking to buy smaller real estate brokerages in new or smaller geographic markets
by Matt Carter Nov 22
Targeting Zillow again, CoStar's Homesnap unveils new showing tool
The company announced its latest management tool, which it bills as a direct competitor to the widely used ShowingTime product
by Daniel Houston 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
After brief dip, pending home sales bounce back stronger in October
The number of contract signings grew 7.5 percent from September to October, the National Association of Realtors reports
by Daniel Houston Nov 29
6 stories readers might have missed while eating Thanksgiving leftovers
Whether you were stuffing your face with pumpkin pie or breaking up a brawl between brothers who aren't on speaking terms, here are the top stories you might have missed this weekend
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 29
Zavvie leans into power buyers with marketplace update
Real estate startup zavvie has added 9 power buyers to its marketplace. Now zavvie users can compare cash offer and rent-to-own options in one place
by Marian McPherson Nov 29
As Omicron COVID variant spreads, real estate agents grin and bear it
Disease experts are racing to address the Omicron variant, but in real estate, few expect the new threat to be a game changer — even as it threatens to extend the holding pattern on life decisions
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 30
Home price hikes persisted in Q3 as September signaled growth decline
Prices rose 4.2 percent in the third quarter of 2021 and were up 18.5 percent over the same time last year, according to the latest House Price Index by the Federal Housing Finance Agency
by Daniel Houston Nov 30
Key moves real estate investors should make before the end of 2021
Whatever your goals as an investor, now's the time to take stock and determine the best way to close out 2021 in order to position yourself for success in 2022. Here are some things to keep in mind
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 30
'Highly uniform' commissions designed to thwart competition: study
The Consumer Federation of America pushes for an end to the sharing of commissions between listing and buyer brokers to spur price competition
Zillow cancels 400 Zillow Offers contracts due to closing restraints
Hundreds of sellers awaiting new builds will have to sell their homes another way after Zillow canceled contracts for closings set for late 2022 through its defunct iBuyer, Zillow Offers
by Marian McPherson Nov 30
Record increase in Fannie, Freddie loan limits fuels debate
An 18% increase in conforming loan limit, to $647,200, is the biggest leap in records dating to 1970
by Matt Carter Nov 30
Next year to be a 'mixed bag' for real estate: realtor.com report
Recent inventory shortages may ease somewhat in 2022, but demand will probably still exceed supply and affordability will be challenging
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 1
After rocky November, rates for 30-year mortgages stabilize above 3%
The average rate for a 30-year mortgage has been climbing in recent months and now rests 17 percent higher than its all-time low in January, according to Freddie Mac’s latest lender survey
by Daniel Houston Dec 2
Zillow close to unloading more than half of its iBuyer homes
Real estate giant also announces $750M stock buyback following the company's stock price tumble after Zillow Offers shutdown
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
Better CEO under fire after Zoom call layoffs go viral on TikTok
The online mortgage company is facing scrutiny from former employees and on social media, where a video of CEO Vishal Garg firing employees over Zoom drew thousands of reactions
by Daniel Houston Dec 6
4 non-salesy excuses to call potential sellers
Most agents won't even bother with circle dialing because they have convinced themselves that it is not worth the effort. Which is exactly why you should jump in on the opportunity. Here are 4 reasons to pick up the phone now
by Tom Toole Dec 7
Mobile homes see values surge faster than single-family homes
For all the rapid price growth single-family homes have seen in the last year, an unexpected segment of the housing market has actually seen even faster price growth in recent years, according to a new report
'I blundered': Better CEO apologizes to workers after layoffs go viral
Better CEO Vishal Garg has apologized to the mortgage company's staff, saying he failed to show adequate respect for the 900 former employees who were let go last week
by Daniel Houston Dec 8
The holiday gift guide real estate agents actually want you to shop
Struggling to come up with gift ideas for the real estate agent in your life? Inman has you covered
by Daniel Houston Dec 9
LA broker sentenced to 10 years for role in pandemic relief scheme
Tamara Dadyan will spend time in prison for her role in a scheme to apply for COVID-19 small business loans under fake or stolen identities
by Daniel Houston Dec 9
Biden tariff policy propels lumber costs back to record highs
Booming buyer demand, withering US lumber supplies and a tariff hike on Canadian softwood have pushed lumber prices to a pandemic high, with sales contracts closing at $950 Wednesday
by Marian McPherson Dec 9
Markets remain volatile, but mortgage rates stay the course
The average rate for a 30-year, fixed rate loan was 3.10% this week, according to Freddie Mac's latest lender survey
by Daniel Houston Dec 10
It's official: Inflation ramps up to fastest annual pace in 40 years
It's not just the housing market. The prices of US consumer goods have been rising faster than at any 12-month period since 1982, according to the Consumer Price Index released Friday
by Daniel Houston Dec 10
Win the winter sales slowdown with these 5 cozy real estate listing tips
Sellers that highlight their home's coziest winter features can stand out in what is traditionally considered a slower time for sales, according to a new analysis from Zillow released Monday
by Daniel Houston Dec 13
2022 game plan: 20+ buyer and seller facts to inform your business
What's critical to buyers and sellers now, and what's changed over the past year? If you're in the throes of strategizing for next year, here are a few key demographics, trends and takeaways — plucked from NAR's 2021 buyer and seller research — broken down for brokers, teams and agents
by Christy Murdock Dec 15
2021 broke records for days on market, median price and more
A new report from Redfin describes 2021 as 'remarkable' and identifies numerous records that fell over the last 12 months
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 13
DOJ, home prices and equality: Brad Inman talks real estate's future
Inman reporters Marian McPherson, Andrea Brambila and Jim Dalrymple discuss coverage of the biggest stories in real estate — and how those stories might chart the industry's path
by Daniel Houston Dec 14
Redfin calls on real estate websites to drop crime data
The company cited the real estate industry's history of redlining, as well as the potential to reinforce racial bias, as reasons to abandon crime data on search portals and other websites
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 13
Knock partners with HomeSmart to roll out services in Baltimore
Baltimore puts Knock at 70 markets nationwide, up from 14 at the start of 2021. The tech-enabled, home loan solutions platform will offer its full gamut of products to the region's consumers
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 16
Zillow listings now link buyers with down-payment assistance info
The Seattle-based home portal has added a new listing feature that connects a buyer with details about down-payment programs in their area
by Daniel Houston Dec 15
Redfin is right: Why crime data doesn’t equate to ‘safety’
Opinion
Redfin proclaiming that no real estate site should show neighborhood crime data is a pretty bold call to action. Here's why I agree with it — and why you should give strong consideration to not displaying those statistics on your websites
by Jay Thompson Dec 15
Home prices hit near-record high as inventory bottoms out
Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather says homebuyers are finding themselves 'priced out of homeownership'
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 15
The luxury market in 2021: sky-high prices, scandals and acquisitions
The luxury housing market had a strong year in 2021, filled with big acquisitions, eye-popping deals and exciting new trends
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 17
'It's a hopeful sign': Builders forge ahead on new home starts
Builders kicked off construction on 129,400 new housing units in November — a half-percent increase on a month when starts typically decline, according to the US Census Bureau
by Daniel Houston Dec 16
HAR's ShowingSmart is the latest entry in the race to replace ShowingTime: Tech Review
Opinion
ShowingSmart is a software solution for scheduling showings and arranging buyer tours developed for members of the Houston Association of Realtors
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 17
RealScout closes 2021 with new Buyer Graph in Detroit
9 brokerages have partnered to launch the Buyer Graph, which hosts real-time anonymized buyer data and habits, and climate risk data
by Marian McPherson Dec 16
Before the Fed sped up tapering, mortgage rates saw little change
With mortgages likely getting more expensive for borrowers down the road, the rates for 30-year loans have been holding steady for weeks
by Daniel Houston Dec 16
Why the housing market won't burn quite as hot in 2022
The housing market will cool slightly in 2022, but will scorch as a multitude of buyers chase too few homes, according to economic experts who spoke with Inman
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 30
For years, homeowners were staying put. Is that trend about to change?
Americans used to spend less time in their homes before selling. Then came the housing crash of 2008. But according to a pair of new surveys, the pandemic may be reversing that change
by Daniel Houston Dec 20
Opendoor vs. Zillow: Pricing is a 'competitive advantage for iBuyers'
Opinion
A comparison of Zillow Offers and Opendoor highlights the critical importance of pricing in iBuying. There's an understated elegance in the detail; it's not just buying low and selling high. But what makes for a successful pricing operation?
by Mike DelPrete Dec 20
Home inventory hits all-time low
Fewer homes were available in November than in any period on record, driving prices 15% higher than last year, Redfin reports
by Daniel Houston Dec 20
TopHap continues to better how the industry can use data
The blending of public and private data is now a part of every great proptech solution on the market. It can be molded to fit into any number of business use cases — so many, in fact, that using it to merely find names of possible buyers seems pedestrian
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 20
4 tips for working with relocation clients
Working with relocation clients boils down to the same thing that we, as agents, do best — building a strong relationship based on trust. Here are a few strategies to help your clients feel as comfortable as possible about their move
by Joel Lock Dec 22
Elderly, infirm and unemployed: How far should you go for listings?
In an inventory-deprived market, agents are often tempted to use aggressive tactics to score listings. One broker thinks such strategies should be avoided. But what do you think?
by Anthony Askowitz Dec 22
With money from chores (and help from dad), 6-year-old buys house
As a lesson in property investment, a father taught his 6-year-old daughter and her 2 siblings how to build a property portfolio — and they ended up with a brand new home
by Daniel Houston Dec 21
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From buyers who tell the truth to agents who actually pick up the phone and sellers who understand the Zestimate is bunk, here's what Realtors would really love to see under the tree
by Carl Medford Dec 23
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The median sales price, meanwhile, soared 13.9% year over year in November as inventory plunged 13.3%, according to data released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 22
News Quiz: Test your knowledge of real estate's biggest stories of 2021
Acquisitions, spats, implosions and brawls: As the year wraps up and real estate professionals wish for the best in 2022, test your knowledge of the biggest real estate stories of 2021
by Inman Dec 31
US home sales prices hit another all-time high, leaving buyers in the dust
A new report released Wednesday by Redfin painted a bleak picture for homebuyers already fatigued by a tough market
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 23
New home sales soar by double digits
After increasing by a modest 0.4% in October, new home sales saw a 12.4% increase in November, according to the US Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development 
by Ben Verde Dec 23
Mortgage rates dip as Omicron variant triggers market volatility
30-year mortgage rates fell to 3.05%, down 7 basis points from the week prior, according to Freddie Mac’s most recent lender survey, released Thursday
by Daniel Houston Dec 23
Joan Didion, architect of the California myth, dead at 87
Didion's writing helped make California seem both alluring and dangerous — which continues to drive demand for life in the state today
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 23
Near-record home price growth persists, but slowdown underway
Home prices were 19.1% higher in October than the same time last year — a near-historic rate, but slightly lower than recent months, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index
by Daniel Houston Dec 28
Home price growth in New England states slows to a crawl in October
Home prices have continued to rise quickly throughout the US, but price growth halted in October in the Northeast, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s House Price Index
by Daniel Houston Dec 28
New York mandates higher fines, more training to combat housing discrimination
Broker and agent license fees and fines will go toward a new Anti-Discrimination in Housing Fund for fair housing testing
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 29
7 questions sellers will ask on listing appointments in 2022
Educating and empowering clients will lead sellers to being comfortable with making good decisions and hopefully generating some more inventory in this challenging market. Here are a few questions they'll most likely be asking you in 2022 — and how to expertly answer them
by Cara Ameer Jan 3
Pay raises aren't keeping up with rise in home prices, mortgage rates
Homebuyers used to be able to count on falling mortgage rates and rising wages to offset red-hot home prices; that's no longer the case
by Daniel Houston Dec 29
US home sale prices hit new all-time high as supply drops to record low
The median home sale price rose 14.6 percent from the previous year to a high of $361,171 during December, according to a new Redfin report
by Ben Verde Dec 30
Will Brad Inman's 2022 predictions come true? The Real Word weighs in
Opinion
This week, Bryon Lazine and Nicole White discuss Brad Inman's real estate predictions for the new year and the top 10 most expensive celebrity home sales of 2021
by Byron Lazine Jan 4
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Opinion
From low interest rates to the ongoing pandemic, a number of factors have come together to create the current inventory crisis
by Carl Medford Jan 5
Oregon love letter ban now in full effect — at least for a month
Listing agents in Oregon now have to comply with a new ban on homebuyer love letters in the state. However, a lawsuit by the libertarian Pacific Legal Foundation seeks to undo it
by Daniel Houston Jan 4
Crypto billionaire closes 2021 with purchase of LA estate for $133M
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong is just the latest cryptocurrency billionaire to purchase a lavish home as currencies like Bitcoin continue to draw a following
by Daniel Houston Jan 4
On anniversary of all-time low, mortgage rates climb past 3.2%
Mortgage rates rose 11 basis points this week as the Federal Reserve signaled it intends to shrink its balance sheet, according to Freddie Mac’s latest lender survey
by Daniel Houston Jan 6
Housing costs will be 'permanently higher' following pandemic: Study
As home prices normalize and rental prices rebound from the height of the pandemic, OJO Labs warns buyers and renters should prepare for a housing market with 'permanently higher' prices
by Marian McPherson Jan 6
One Sotheby's debuts new category: Real-life mansion with a metaverse twist
One Sotheby's International Realty is preparing to sell an entirely virtual metaverse mansion, but it comes with a curveball: an 11,000-square-foot, brick-and-mortar doppelgänger in Miami
by Daniel Houston Jan 7
Demand for houses is way up. Are first-time buyers driving it there?
The share of first-time homebuyers was up last year, but far below the runup to the housing crash of 2008, according to NAR's Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. What's happening?
by Daniel Houston Jan 10
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
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In his annual letter to clients, the luxury broker and star of 'Million Dollar Listing New York' sang the praises of blockchain technology and its expanding impact on the real estate industry
by Daniel Houston Jan 12
Redfin ramping up mortgage business with $135M acquisition
Bay Equity Home Loans closed nearly 10 times as many loans as Redfin Mortgage in 2021
by Daniel Houston Jan 12
US home sales tally biggest drop since start of pandemic
Record-low inventory dragged home sales down by a seasonally adjusted 3.6% nationwide in December, according to a new Redfin report released Friday
by Taylor Anderson Jan 14
COVID hit the US 2 years ago today. Housing hasn't been the same since
Agents remain optimistic 2 years into the pandemic as the market waits to see who breaks first: buyers or sellers. Buyers, meanwhile, continue to pay record prices. Will the surge continue?
by Taylor Anderson Jan 20
4 states reach pre-pandemic job levels, with more on the way: Report
Economists told The Wall Street Journal how population growth has driven the strongest job recoveries — most recently in Texas and Arizona
by Daniel Houston Jan 18
New RE/MAX ad campaign highlights importance of agents in tough times
In honor of agents' tenacity during the pandemic, RE/MAX launched on Tuesday a new ad campaign that highlights all the hard work it takes to make consumers' dreams come true
by Marian McPherson Jan 18
JPAR names Mark Johnson as its new president
The company closed more than 26,000 total transactions in 2021, according to the news release. That's up from 19,787 in 2020 and 12,575 in 2019.
by Taylor Anderson Jan 18
Salary-based, tech-forward Prevu launches in Seattle
The company believes its rebate program will be attractive to homebuyers in particularly hot markets, such as Seattle, where home prices have increased 68.4% since 2016
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 19
Bidding wars hit the luxury market hard in December: Redfin
Winter weather didn't slow down buyers in December, according to Redfin's latest market report. Although most buyers faced bidding wars, luxury homebuyers bore the brunt of low inventory at the $800K to $1 million mark
by Marian McPherson Jan 19
A desert landscape
Of the median 8 homes buyers saw in 2021, they toured 3 of them virtually, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 19
Offerpad's market cap slips below $1B amid slide on Wall Street
Stocks slid for major iBuyers and tech companies on Wednesday, continuing a difficult start to the year on Wall Street for Offerpad
by Taylor Anderson Jan 19
A eulogy for the (fun) open house
Jan. 20 marks 2 years since the first COVID-19 case in the US, and open houses — along with the dreams they embodied — have never been the same since, reporter Jim Dalrymple II writes
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 20
US home inventory drops below 1M
Home inventory dropped to the lowest level on record last month as buyers competed over an already sparse range of choices, according to data released Thursday by Zillow
by Daniel Houston Jan 20
OfferForm hits target in goal to turn over offer creation to buyers: Tech Review
Opinion
The software was built in response to the often redundant and very tedious task of creating offers, a process made even worse in fast-paced markets, like Bend, OR, where the company's founders reside
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 24
Which reality TV real estate star are you? Take this quiz and find out
We knew you were wondering, so we put together this personality quiz to let you know your reality TV doppelgänger
by Taylor Anderson Jan 21
Compass continues Midwest expansion with Indiana team
Compass announced on Thursday it was adding Indianapolis-based Gallery of Homes and its team, which closed 2021 with 182 homes sold and more than $43M in sales volume
by Taylor Anderson Jan 22
How to talk to millennials as they take over the real estate world
Millennial real estate preferences are shaped by a desire for convenience and amenities, coupled with the lingering effects of the Great Recession. This is the first installment in Inman's 5-part series on the ways people from different generations approach the homebuying experience
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 23
Do you speak your millennial clients' language?
Take Inman's millennial quiz to see how well you understand the largest homebuying cohort in the US
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 23
Do you speak the same language as your Gen Z clients?
Take Inman's Generation Z quiz to see how well you understand the youngest homebuyers in the U.S.
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 24
How to survive the future as Generation Z hits the real estate market
Generation Z includes people now in their 20s and teens. They're young, but beginning to buy houses and poised to become a major force in the near future.
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 24
Inside the metaverse: How agents can benefit from virtual real estate
More top luxury brokers are venturing into the metaverse; Inman explores what agents need to know about this nascent category of real estate
by Daniel Houston Jan 31
Move Inc. CEO questions Zillow's 'closed ecosystem,' CoStar's motives
On CoStar: 'Eventually the playbook is to charge for paid inclusion of listings and to raise prices over time as people become more and more reliant on CoStar'
by Taylor Anderson Jan 25
Glenn Sanford on the 1 player that could change the game in 2022
The founder of eXp Realty told Brad Inman there's plenty of business for agents in the year ahead during a Connect Now session Tuesday, but he's also keeping an eye on potential setbacks
by Daniel Houston Jan 25
Celebrity-backed rent-to-own startup Landis expands to Florida
Company's services are now available in 5 Sunshine State markets: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville — growing Landis' footprint to 51 cities in 12 states
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 25
From Realtors with love: 89 tips for new real estate agents in 2022
Inman reached out to more than 200 of the country's top agents by transaction sides and sales volume and asked 1 simple question: What's your advice for agents launching careers in 2022?
Why age is just a number when you're working with clients

Lumping people into “generations” based on population shifts on a graph and applying wholesale marketing techniques to them makes about as much sense as me telling you to avoid people born in the year of the rabbit, says Jay Thompson. Here’s why he thinks marketing by age demographics is a racket.

by Jay Thompson Jan 28
Why 2022 is poised to become the year of the off-market deal
Beach Properties of Florida executive Jimmy Burgess and @properties luxury broker Carrie McCormick discussed how old-school tactics can still work in a changing market at Connect Now
by Daniel Houston Jan 25
Do you speak your Gen X clients' language?
Generation X is sandwiched between the millennials and the baby boomers, but over the years they've also become a major force in the housing industry
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 25
Realogy's Sherry Chris to brokers: Now's the time to invest in yourself
Sherry Chris shared how brokerages can diversify revenue streams and navigate agent preferences in an increasingly virtual world during an Inman Connect Now session Tuesday
by Taylor Anderson Jan 25
How to work with Gen X clients: A powerful (but overshadowed) force
Generation X is smaller than the cohorts that came both before and after. But the group is also in its prime earning and homebuying years now, meaning it's a force to be reckoned with
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 25
Agents need to stop being relentless with seniors
Opinion
If you must target seniors in your marketing, please treat them with respect, and know that when the say 'no' they mean it
by Teresa Boardman Jan 26
Demand for mortgage refinancing down 53% from a year ago
Rates on 30-year fixed-rate loans rise for the fifth consecutive week, to the highest level since March 2020
by Matt Carter Jan 26
How to work with baby boomers, the X-factor in today's housing market
Baby boomers are the second-largest generation in US history. They're now becoming empty nesters and retiring but remain a force in the housing market
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 26
Do you speak your baby boomer clients' language?
Take Inman's baby boomer quiz to see how well you understand one of the biggest generations the US has ever seen
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 26
For homesellers, 2021 profits marked greatest windfall in years
The typical seller last year made $94,000 more than they paid for the home, a profit margin unseen since at least 2008
by Daniel Houston Jan 26
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Understand and believe in what you bring to the equation, and you'll be able to speak from your heart and not your head to earn both the trust and business of your sellers
by Darryl Davis Feb 5
News Quiz: Do you know the biggest stories for the week of Jan. 23?
Million Dollar Listing, a crime family and Move Inc. CEO David Doctorow made headlines this week. Test your knowledge of the biggest stories to see if you're up to date on the industry
by Inman Jan 28
How to protect and leverage your database
Staying top-of-mind is all about staying in touch. Here's how savvy agents reach out on a regular basis to their database
by Tom Toole Jan 31
Why buyers really aren’t liars
They may think they know what they want, but it takes a savvy agent to help buyers hone in on their deepest desires
by Bernice Ross Feb 3
Mortgage-specific solutions from The Work Number now integrated into Encompass
Mortgage lenders can instantly pull income and employment information tailored to meet specific needs within the loan origination process
by Daniel Houston Jan 27
Pros and cons of a cash deal on a home purchase or sale
While cash may be king in some markets, closing with greenbacks may not always be the best option for homebuyers or sellers
by Jenny Usaj Feb 9
5 ways to make your brokerage stand out in a crowded marketplace
Attracting buyers, sellers and new agents is about more than service. It's about capturing mindshare to stay front and center in the local market
by Mark Choey Feb 3
Florida home listed for $650K in proof-of-concept crypto auction
Ownership of the home will be transferred using a unique blockchain token — known as an NFT — that can be held in a crypto wallet
by Daniel Houston Jan 31
Black-owned fintech startup Esusu hits $1B unicorn valuation
Esusu partners with landlords to report tenants' on-time payments to credit bureaus. The company secured $130M in Series B Funding on Thursday, boosting them to unicorn status
by Marian McPherson Jan 31
Mortgage lenders more willing to loan to 'non-prime' borrowers
TransUnion finds home loans provided to subprime, near-prime borrowers were up 17.6 percent during Q3 2021
by Matt Carter Feb 2
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The discount brokerage is now a member of 6 multiple listing services, but says it's still avoiding 'traditional' agent fees by offering a low commission when it submits listings
19 tips for writing an airtight real estate contract
Filling out a contract, or making a needed change, requires precision and expertise. Here are 19 ways to ensure you're dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's
by Cara Ameer Feb 7
Why I didn’t sell my home
Opinion
A week ago, Brad Inman called his Realtor with good news: With only a DocuSign signature standing in the way of an imminent sale, he was abruptly taking his LA home off the market
by Brad Inman Feb 2
When will it be a buyer's market? Hold that thought, experts warn
Even with rising rates, record high prices and an increase in new home construction, the seller’s market isn’t set to end soon, economists and housing experts told Inman
by Taylor Anderson Feb 2
Forget what Punxsutawney Phil says: Spring already here for buyers
Spring, the hottest time of year for homebuyers and sellers, has started early, according to economists who spoke to Inman. 'Home shopping season appears to already be in full swing!'
by Ben Verde Feb 2
Why some sellers consider iBuyers
Not every seller is focused on squeezing every dime of equity from their home. There are several reasons why
by Jay Thompson Feb 3
Asian Real Estate Association of America appoints first female CEO
Former AREAA Executive Director Hope Atuel has become the association's first female CEO. Atuel is taking the reins from Jim Park, AREAA's co-founder and national chairman emeritus
by Marian McPherson Feb 2
It's only business: Watchdog says Florida agents aren't loyal to clients
Most Florida agents are transaction brokers who don't have to disclose they have no obligation to look out for customers' best interests, according to the Consumer Federation of America
19 agents share how tooting their own horns is bringing in business
Client testimonials don't just feel good, they're a powerful way to build authority online
by Christy Murdock Feb 4
Technology-first broker Prevu is more than its message: Tech Review
Opinion
While the team at Prevu uses Expedia and Carvana to describe its approach, to me it's closer to the consumer insurance industry's move to shed its suit-and-tie, bureaucratic reputation with online quotes, service and mobile experiences
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 4
Last year's stimulus could still be fueling this year's home purchases
Nearly 1 in 4 people planning to buy a home in the next 12 months set aside stimulus money for the transaction, a Redfin survey shows
by Daniel Houston Feb 4
Salvage a failing real estate deal with these 3 tips
The most common culprits for hindering an agreement are often avoidable missteps. Be prepared to guide your clients
by Santiago Arana Feb 8
Homebuyer sentiment hits new low in Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey
Affordability and supply constraints seen as limiting opportunities, particularly for younger buyers
by Matt Carter Feb 7
Metaverse investors to real estate agents: Butt out
Janine Yorio, CEO of Republic Realm, said the role of a third-party broker in digital worlds may look unlike its counterpart in reality. 'In the crypto world, the middleman is the villain,' she said
by Daniel Houston Feb 7
Black Americans can afford only 20% of housing stock: NAR
A new study reveals how market conditions during the pandemic have made it harder to close racial homeownership gaps, as minorities tend to earn less than their white counterparts
by Marian McPherson Feb 7
Clear Capital's latest innovation can help better mortgage underwriting
'Overall customer satisfaction with primary mortgage originators has dropped 5 points (on a 1,000-point scale) this year, driven largely by declines in satisfaction with the refinancing process,' JD Power
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 11
75% of homebuyers acknowledge some regret over recent home buy
Three-quarters of survey participants who purchased a home in the past 2 years had some regrets about at least one aspect of their new home, according to an analysis released Tuesday by Zillow
by Ben Verde Feb 8
Houlihan Lawrence dual agency case is now a class action lawsuit
The New York- and Connecticut-based brokerage says it will appeal the ruling, which will allow plaintiffs to sue on behalf of some 20,000 homebuyers and sellers going back more than a decade
News Quiz: Do you know the biggest stories for the week of Feb. 6?
Keller Williams, eXp Realty, Opendoor and Zillow all made headlines this week. Test your knowledge of the biggest stories to see if you're up to date on the industry in February
by Inman Feb 11
Want privacy as a luxury buyer? In info age, don’t count on it, agents say
Publicity around celebrities buying and selling homes has long been a given. That doesn't mean they like it. Agents told Inman that protecting clients' privacy has become a full-time job
by Taylor Anderson Feb 11
Home price growth eased up in Q4 but not enough to help buyers: NAR
Although the annual median home price growth slowed from 15.9% in Q3 2021 to 14.6% in Q4, homebuyers still struggled under the weight of booming sales prices, according to NAR Q4 data
by Marian McPherson Feb 10
More restrictions expire, ushering in new wave of home foreclosures
The number of homes with foreclosure filings rose 29% in January as lenders took advantage of expiring federal restrictions, according to new data from Attom Data Solutions
by Daniel Houston Feb 10
What's behind highest inflation since 1982? Just ask homeowners
The prices of shelter, food and electricity rose substantially in January, driving most of the inflation felt throughout the US, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Thursday
by Daniel Houston Feb 10
1 in 10 households were priced out of newly built homes in last year alone
Only 31% of U.S. households can afford to buy a newly built home, down from 40% a year ago
by Daniel Houston Feb 14
With vacancies piling up, San Francisco weighs 'empty homes tax'
Proposed ballot measure would impose a tax on housing units that sit empty. The measure would apply to condos and apartments.
by Taylor Anderson Feb 15
Get creative or go condo: 4 ways to score a win for luxury homebuyers 
Sotheby's International Realty outlined what's ahead for luxury consumers in its latest annual outlook, and how a shift in perspective can help buyers get ahead
by Marian McPherson Feb 18
Hybrid brokerage Luke offers agents another option: Tech Review
Opinion
There is a new breed of brokerage sprouting through the cracks of expansion created by the need to meet consumers in new places, and they're heavily leveraging in-house technology to deliver totally unique real estate experiences
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 18
Facade Flags Justice Department Building Washington DC
Janette Miller of Miller & Perotti Real Estate Appraisals in California argues that the Fair Housing Act doesn't apply to appraisers, but a federal regulator disagreed this week
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 16
Builders remain confident as they 'wait months' for cabinets and doors
Homebuilders remained optimistic in February, but moderated their expectations amid supply-chain issues and rising mortgage rates, according to data from NAHB released Wednesday
by Daniel Houston Feb 16
Don’t take hot market for granted, California economist warns agents
Jordan Levine, the chief economist for the California Association of Realtors, delivers mixed forecast despite good economic outlook during an Inman Connect Now session Thursday
by Taylor Anderson Feb 17
A black couple unpacking boxes in their new home
A new fund launched with help from the Seattle-based brokerage offers deferred, low-interest loans of up to $12K for home purchase costs
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 17
How real estate agents can work with RedfinNow
Redfin's iBuyer, RedfinNow, forgoes incentives for agents but offers a dedicated customer service team and local title options. Here’s how to get started
by Daniel Houston Feb 22
Gary Keller calls 2022 'uncharted territory' in Family Reunion speech
In a 2.5-hour opening address at Keller Williams' 2022 Family Reunion, Gary Keller said agents can navigate the 2022 housing market with good data and excellent service
by Marian McPherson Feb 20
Families aren't only buyers feeling heat from Wall Street investors
Smaller real estate investors are also feeling the impact of a new wave of institutional investors into markets across the country, economists and investors told Inman in the wake of new data
by Taylor Anderson Feb 22
Home prices are still on a tear, but there’s no doubt growth is slowing
Houses sold for 3.3% more in the fourth quarter of 2021 than they did in the third quarter, even as the pace of growth slowed again, according to the latest House Price Index report from the FHFA
by Daniel Houston Feb 22
Homie joins the ranks of Power Buyers with cash offer program
The flat-fee brokerage is now offering bridge loans to turn home-seekers into cash buyers. The Homie Cash program is available in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Colorado
by Andrea V. Brambila Feb 22
Evergreen Home Loans expands cash offer program to 6 states
CashUp by Evergreen program offered with lower fees and down payment requirements to homebuyers in Washington, Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon
by Matt Carter Feb 22
Black Americans left behind during pandemic homeownership boom
In its latest study, the National Association of Realtors explained how discrimination, income inequality and skyrocketing housing costs are keeping Black Americans behind
by Marian McPherson Feb 23
New home sales falter in January, but more inventory in the pipeline
Homebuilders have made strides in replenishing inventory, but much of it remained under construction as sales took a hit in January, according to data from the US Census Bureau
by Daniel Houston Feb 24
Mortgage payments shoot past their 2007 highs — and at faster pace
Rising home prices don't always mean higher monthly payments. But as the pandemic-era market wears on, buyers are increasingly feel the squeeze
by Daniel Houston Feb 25
Pending home sales dip amid anticipated 'retreat' in demand
The number of homes that went pending in January, a leading indicator of future sales, fell 9.5% year over year, according to data released Friday by the National Association of Realtors
by Daniel Houston Feb 25
Homebuilding innovator Veev raises $400M in Series D round
The funding will help to spread the company's proprietary home construction method that curbs carbon dioxide emissions by 47% compared to traditional methodologies
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 1
Second-home platform Pacaso enters island time with Maui buy
Pacaso is making available 1/2 to 1/4 shares of the Maui home, which will be operated by a team of local service providers
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 2
Fifth Wall real estate investment firm bails on latest plan for SPAC
Fifth Wall had planned to raise up to $150M to create a SPAC focused on investing in the real estate industry. The company would have traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker FWAB
by Taylor Anderson Mar 1
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
Now you can look at 5 homes at once on Zillow with 'Homes to Compare'
The 'Homes to Compare' tool allows users to compare more than 70 details of a listing side-by-side, including price, square footage, lot size, property condition, interior features and more
IBuyers purchased over 70K homes in 2021, doubling previous record
'IBuyers purchased 70,402 homes in 2021, more than double the previous annual high of 32,726 homes in 2019,' according to Zillow's Q4 iBuyer report
by Taylor Anderson Mar 2
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
'Mortgages in Russia will die': Agents in Moscow fear worst as Ukraine invasion intensifies
Western sanctions are driving up mortgage rates in Russia to previously unseen levels. Inman spoke with Russian-based real estate insiders about how decades of gains are slipping away
by Daniel Houston Mar 3
Home lending activity drops at fastest pace in 3 years
Loan activity dropped 11%, the fastest rate of decline since 2019, according to Attom Data Solutions. Refinance, purchase, home-equity mortgages were down in the fourth quarter of 2021
by Taylor Anderson Mar 4
Nikki Field on Manhattan's luxury market and disruption abroad
Nikki Field, founder of The Field Team in Manhattan, spoke to Inman about women in leadership, working alongside her daughter and how a team member went missing in Moscow
by Taylor Anderson Mar 4
Prices surged in February amid ‘extreme shortage of homes’
The median home-sale price rose to an all-time high of $363,975 in February, and Russia’s war on Ukraine is partially to blame, a new Redfin report says
by Taylor Anderson Mar 4
Judge orders Oregon to pause its homebuyer love-letter ban
A U.S. district judge agreed these letters can lead to discrimination, but said the state law goes too far in restricting free speech
by Daniel Houston Mar 4
High demand and low inventory is weeding out unqualified buyers
More than 9 in 10 homebuilders reported their homebuyer prospects were either more qualified to buy a new home or about as qualified as the ones from last spring, according to a new survey
by Daniel Houston Mar 8
‘They told us … to not worry’: Better staff share their layoff stories
Severance pay arrives early. Work computers shut down. Former Better employees describe how they found out they were let go Tuesday
by Taylor Anderson Mar 9
Ever show the wrong house? This agent did — and it went viral
An agent mistakenly showed a house neighboring one for sale, as captured by Ring camera footage that has gone viral on TikTok
What love letters? Homebuyer notes slow to resume since ban lift
The first legal 'love letters' have started to trickle in after Oregon's ban was halted last week. But so far, buyers are taking it slow
by Daniel Houston Mar 8
These 10 states have the highest vacancy rates in the nation
Approximately 16 million homes sit vacant across the United States, according to a recent study from LendingTree
by Ben Verde Mar 8
Why social media is crucial to every real estate agent in 2022
With 3.6 billion people globally on social media, there is no better place to get eyes on your listings. Here's how to leverage those platforms and your audiences and convert them into closings
by Victoria Kennedy Mar 22
Zillow's Susan Daimler on the tech giant's mysterious 'super app'
Ahead of Inman Connect New York, Zillow's president dished about the company's goal to build a housing super app, its interest in power buyers and why housing should be 'delightful'
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 14
Will Washington be the second US state to limit love letters?
An effort to ban possibly discriminatory homebuyer love letters fell short in the Washington State Legislature, but could come back next year
by Daniel Houston Mar 10
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Learn how you can best serve your clients in today's market at Inman Connect Now
by Jodie Cordell Mar 15
Inman Connect Now Series
Tim Heyl shares his insights on what's ahead and how to prepare at Inman Connect Now
by Jodie Cordell Mar 16
COVID caused a 'Great Reshuffling.' Soaring costs are behind a new wave
With priced-out buyers seeking to relocate this spring, real estate agents stressed the importance of referral networks as the latest migration wave comes on the heels of an overheated market
by Taylor Anderson Mar 17
Fresh off more layoffs, Better names new head of human resources
Richard Benson-Armer, who had been serving at the mortgage company on an interim basis, has been named the company’s Chief people, performance and culture officer
by Taylor Anderson Mar 16
The key to success in business? Stop trying to solve 'all' the problems
At Connect Now, Homeward Founder and CEO Tim Heyl told agents and brokers to focus on what they do better than anyone else and predicted 'the bundled transaction' would gain steam
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 17
Spring sprang early: 11th-hour tips to win the hottest season of the year
Due to a rush of activity this winter, agents didn't have time to pause and prepare for real estate's busiest season. Luckily, agents can still harness these 6 tips to position themselves for success
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 18
TikTok or door-knock? 3 brokers on how agents can win big this spring
Corcoran affiliates Jason Karadus, Liane Jamason and Marilyn Carson share how old-school prospecting and high-level service are winning the day in a topsy-turvy market
by Marian McPherson Mar 17
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Rent rose sharply, but it didn’t keep up with the rapid increase in the price of a monthly mortgage, according to a Redfin report released Monday
by Taylor Anderson Mar 21
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Are you ready to grow your real estate business? Connect with the smartest real estate pros and learn their secrets at ICNY
by Jodie Cordell Mar 22
Hispanic homeownership could hit 50% by 2025 despite 'hostile' market
The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals report details impact of inventory shortages on Latino homebuyers
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 22
Judge allows sale of troubled mega-mansion, concluding 10-year saga
Approved by a bankruptcy judge Monday, the $126M sales price for 'The One' caps a decade-long saga of construction delays and price overruns. Approval came over objections from creditors
by Taylor Anderson Mar 22
The iBuying lessons Jason Aleem is bringing to Redfin's sales team
After helping Redfin's iBuyer business navigate a period of change, Jason Aleem is now tasked with leading its sales team into the next era
by Daniel Houston Apr 13
Trulia's former president on what makes a 'world-changing' company
Ahead of Inman Connect New York this month, former Trulia president and current proptech investor Paul Levine talks iBuying, company culture and the future of real estate
by Taylor Anderson Apr 7
Millennials glow up: Tech savvy age group nears 50% share of US buyers
In 2021, millennials made up the largest share of buyers at 43%, up from 37% in 2020, according to the National Association of Realtors' Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 23
The 42 best and worst real estate agents in movie history, ranked
In honor of the 94th Academy Awards this Sunday, Inman combed through dozens of movies — including a few killer alien flicks — to see what Hollywood really thinks of the real estate industry
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 25
RentPath rental listings go live on Redfin's real estate portal
For the first time, Redfin users will now be able to search the Seattle-based brokerage's online listing portal for homes and apartments for rent, it was announced Wednesday
by Daniel Houston Mar 24
RealScout kicks off 2022 with record-breaking buyer graph in New Jersey
25 brokerages have partnered to launch the New Jersey Buyer Graph, which hosts real-time anonymized buyer data and habits, and climate risk data.
by Marian McPherson Mar 25
Pending home sales dip for 4th consecutive month
Pending home sales decreased 4.1% in February from the previous month, and were down 5.4% from the same period last year
by Ben Verde Mar 25
A comprehensive guide to finding inventory in today's market
Here, Inman has created an extensive resource for ways to find inventory — from old-school methods to more creative approaches — when it seems like there's nothing left on the shelves
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 30
The homebuilding supply chain is broken. How can we fix it?
As homebuyers falter under the weight of scant inventory and booming home prices, everyone is counting on homebuilders to tip the scales by increasing supply. However, the specter of The Great Recession and coronavirus-induced supply chain issues means help — for builders and buyers — is far away
by Marian McPherson Mar 28
As homebuyers pine for options, startups scramble to fill the void
A new class of tech company is responding to the home inventory shortage by taking sellers to the edge of the MLS — and sometimes beyond — with off-market appeals and more
by Daniel Houston Mar 29
The condo recovery is underway — but houses remain hotter
Competition for condos has been fierce in the past year as buyers once again looked for homes nearer their cities' urban centers
by Daniel Houston Mar 29
It’s time to ditch mortgage lending’s outdated appraisal model
Opinion
It’s time for the mortgage lending industry to move to an AVM-based appraisal model. There is too much room for error, especially in today's super-fast-paced market
by Bernice Ross Mar 31
One third of millennial homeowners looking to sell within a year: Survey
A Coldwell Banker survey found that 35% of millennial homeowners and 44% of Gen Z homeowners plan to sell within a year and expect their agents to be social media savvy
by Ben Verde Mar 29
Home affordability erodes at fastest annual pace since 2004
Despite record-high prices, homes remain much more affordable for buyers than they were in 2006, but buying power has taken a big hit lately
by Daniel Houston Mar 30
How real estate will look in 2030: The view from Disconnect
Top real estate leaders met for 3 days this week in Palm Springs, California, at Inman Disconnect to arrive at predictions for the future of real estate. Here's what came out of those conversations
by Taylor Anderson Mar 31
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
New tools from Clear Capital facilitate desktop appraisals
Real estate agents and brokers approved by Clear Capital provide property information that supplements data from public sources, helping appraisers complete accurate desktop appraisals
by Matt Carter Mar 31
Home prices may be 'unhinged' from fundamentals, Fed analysts say
For months, the rise in home prices was in line with underlying indicators. Now, it may have gone too far, a Dallas Fed report suggests
by Daniel Houston Apr 1
How to skirt the bidding war: Agents share their strategies
In today’s competitive market, houses in all price ranges are drawing multiple offers, leaving many buyers in the lurch and exhausting agents. Here’s how some pros are getting by
by Ben Verde Apr 1
Keller Williams Pres. Marc King has a plan for unproductive agents
Keller Williams President Marc King says the company has a TBA plan to help the 80% of agents who are underproducing level up — playing to the company's belief that the agent is always no. 1
by Marian McPherson Apr 11
Reports of 'Great Migration' may be greatly exaggerated, new study says
Most homebuyers considering a move are looking to relocate relatively close to their current home, according to new data released Thursday from proptech company OJO Labs
by Ben Verde Apr 4
‘New York market remains a juggernaut’ in Q1, condo sales thrive
Quarterly market reports released this week from several area brokerages revealed a luxury market in high demand, with climbing prices and little inventory
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
Clearing the cash-to-close hurdle in a single bound
Home affordability is an ever more elusive dream for many in today's market. Down payment assistance programs can be buyers' bridge to the reality of owning a home by overcoming the cash-to-close hurdle
Mortgage rates surge to 5% as era of the ultra-cheap loan begins to fade
After hovering near 3% for nearly 2 years, mortgage rates have rebounded faster than expected. But amid uncertainty, economists are divided on whether 5% rates are here to stay
by Daniel Houston Apr 7
As supply dwindled, nation's biggest brokerages gained market share
The biggest real estate brokerages and franchise networks made big gains in market share in 2021 and accounted for 61% of home sales, a new report reveals
by Daniel Houston Apr 7
Homeowner support grows for mother-in-law units: Survey
Homeowners, long resistant to new apartments in their neighborhoods, are increasingly open to other ways of adding housing units, according to a new survey by Zillow
by Daniel Houston Apr 11
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
How to win a bidding war against a buyer who's paying all cash
Opinion
There are smart ways to overcome a cash offer for that apartment, condo or co-op your buyer really wants. Here's how to go about making your buyer's offer more competitive
Discrimination second only to high prices as biggest obstacle to buying
The National Association of Realtors latest consumer survey revealed affordability is the main thing plaguing homebuyers, followed by discrimination, mortgage access and agent performance
by Marian McPherson Apr 14
Property tax hikes slowed last year even as home sale prices soared
The average property tax bill rose by 1.8 percent in 2021. That's the lowest increase in years, despite record home price growth, according to a new report from Attom Data Solutions
by Daniel Houston Apr 14
Homie to expand Power Buyer program amid surge in demand
The expanded program and a new buy-before-you-sell offer will be unveiled in Colorado and Utah in the next 2 weeks, followed by Arizona, Nevada and Idaho, executives told Inman exclusively
by Taylor Anderson Apr 14
Despite March’s home sale slump, prices grow at fastest clip since 2013
Nearly 4% fewer homes sold in March than did the month before, after accounting for seasonal factors. Prices rose by 6%, the largest monthly price increase since 2013
by Daniel Houston Apr 15
Power Buyer Knock enters Seattle market, adds jumbo mortgages
To serve 5 new markets in Washington, Knock has partnered with local real estate brokerages, half of which are affiliated with Keller Williams
by Matt Carter Apr 19
Former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff says CoStar is 'rooting for chaos'
The CEO-turned-proptech investor warns a government probe into cooperative compensation between agents could be a 'black swan' event that benefits CoStar
by Taylor Anderson Apr 19
4 predictions for what's coming next in real estate
Real estate leaders gathered Tuesday at Inman CEO Connect to discuss what kinds of changes might shape the next chapter in the housing business
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 19
Tomi Rose says being a good agent can include filling in for Uber
Top-performing agents share what it takes to succeed in real estate in 2022 during the second day of Inman Connect in New York
by Taylor Anderson Apr 20
Can buying a home be as easy as pie? KW tapped Domino's engineer to see
KW President Marc King, Douglas Elliman CEO Scott Durkin and Rocket Mortgage EVP Christian Wallace discuss the barriers to creating a fully digital transaction at Inman Connect
by Marian McPherson Apr 20
Zillow changes tune on 2023 home values and sales. Here's why
Zillow now expects home value growth to reach 14.9% through March 2023, down from its previous estimate of 16.5% growth. What's with the downgrade?
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 22
HUD to 'punish' appraisers and lenders who discriminate
Shortly after the Biden administration announced its plan to end housing discrimination, HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge said the department is taking a more hardline approach to enforcement
by Marian McPherson Apr 22
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
How homebuilders can take the sting out of supply chain woes
Opinion
The pandemic presented unprecedented challenges, and multifamily leaders had to adapt. Here are just some of the ways builders are softening the blow of supply chain issues
by Michael Zaransky May 3
Bidding wars dip for first time in 2022 — but competition still fierce
New data from Redfin shows the market in March was slightly less brutal than one month prior
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 25
Home prices soared 20% annually in February. Analysts say we've peaked
Prices grew at the third-fastest annual pace in 35 years, according to the US National Home Price Index, released Tuesday. Since then, experts have observed early signs of a cooling market
by Daniel Houston Apr 26
Family, staff and hours: 7 sacrifices agents are making amid tough times
As they consider the uncertain future ahead, here's what real estate agents are giving up in their professional and personal lives
How much has the industry changed for LGBTQ agents? Not much
The LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance's latest member survey reveals the continued challenge discrimination poses, despite the increase in diversity and inclusion initiatives
by Marian McPherson Apr 26