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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Buyers viewed a record low number of homes before purchasing in 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ryan Serhant to clients: Half of all homes will be purchased with crypto
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
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
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
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
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
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
10 key factors producing a perfect storm in real estate inventory
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The end of Zestimates and 14 other gifts Realtors really want from Santa
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
Fueled by climbing mortgage rates, existing-home sales rise again
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
'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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
How pocket listings cast aside minority homebuyers
5 housing experts explain how pocket listings play into de facto segregation and create roadblocks for minority homebuyers and sellers. This is the 2nd story in a 5-part series
by Marian McPherson Nov 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Homebuyer sentiment drops back to record low
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
‘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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Inman Review: Beans Tour is an app for managing home tours
The app's geospatial technology parent company is called One Hundred Feet, and it came about when two California entrepreneurs wanted to make sure their Uber Eats driver could accurately deliver a pizza
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 3
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Managing expectations? 17 communication tips to stay above a fray
At the heart of every real estate transaction is a series of expectations, and they might be a little skewed as we're coming out of an extreme seller's market. Here are the 3 fundamental steps (and tips for every part of the process) to manage them effectively and win your client's approval
by Carl Medford Aug 25
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
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
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
Offerpad launches in Columbia area as it expands through Carolinas
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
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
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
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
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
Inman Review: Ribbon puts a bow on a unique package of fintech and proptech
Opinion
Ribbon helps buyers buy before they sell, rescues bad deals and gives first-time buyers a way to win deals in what might be the industry's first hybrid fintech-proptech application
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 23
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Homebuilders bolster workforce in July as real estate hiring slows
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
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
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
$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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
'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 common ways agents violate the Realtor Code of Ethics
Broker and ethics hearing officer Barbara Betts details the ways agents misrepresent themselves and the transaction, sometimes inadvertently
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 27
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
11 tips for crafting an offer that won't get passed over
Learn the upsides (and downsides) of contract strategies, and find out how to guard against the most common errors
by Christy Murdock Jul 26
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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
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
Inman Review: Produce local videos with Explore My Town
Opinion
Opening an account with Explore My Town means gaining access to a wide array of tools and resources, from a very sleek, simple script-creation tool and shot list to high-end editing and marketing services
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 16
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Suburban condo conundrum: Sales soar as buyers hunt for elusive deals
Amid a nationwide inventory shortage, suburban condominiums are a way for many first-time buyers to enter the market — if they can afford it
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
Attom acquires GeoData Plus in bid to beef up its property comparisons
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
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
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
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
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
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
45 real estate terms that new and experienced agents need to know
No matter a real estate agent's experience level, some terms are integral to helping clients navigate the buying and selling process. Here are 45 definitions you need to know in the new year
by Daniel Houston Jul 1
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
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
How mortgage brokers and lenders can be better partners to agents
By fostering strong relationships with agents, mortgage lenders and brokers can grow their business — here's how
by Roger Odoardi Jun 30
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
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
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
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
9 contract terms that win sellers over
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
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
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
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
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
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
Helping new build buyers? 5 pre-construction tips
The top things you should prepare pre-construction buyers for early
by Jason D. Greene Jun 26
IBuyer transactions return to near pre-pandemic levels
IBuyer purchases by Redfin, Zillow Offers, Opendoor, Offerpad and Bungalo rose 20% in the first quarter of 2021, but remained down year over year, according to new data
by Daniel Houston Jun 25
Mortgage rates tick back above 3% as economic recovery continues
Freddie Mac's chief economist said rates could continue to rise during the second half of the year after reaching historic lows in January
by Daniel Houston Jun 24
Ohio's largest MLS ditches 'Coming Soon' status
MLS Now says the status caused 'unintended consequences' and has been the most common complaint among agents in the past year
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 24
Remote work named No. 1 issue affecting real estate
The share of people working from home full- or part-time could double permanently, impacting homebuyer demand and land use, according to a new report from The Counselors of Real Estate
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 23
‘I’ve never seen anything like this’: 580 Seattle homes have sold for $300K above ask this year
A new Redfin report found that homes in some of America's largest metro areas sold for well above asking price in the first half of 2021, bucking an established trend
by Daniel Houston Jun 23
Millennials, baby boomers upbeat about current housing market
A large majority of Americans think now is a good time to buy and sell, though only a minority think the market will stay strong for another year
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 23
Stand out to win! How to make your buyer's offer jump off the page
With a barrage of impressive, over-asking offers flying in, how can your buyers stand out? It's no easy task, but these tips and strategies from the pros can help move your clients to the top of the list
by Bernice Ross Jun 23
Spike in refis led last year's home-lending boom, new data shows
Lenders in 2020 refinanced more than twice as many loans as they reported the previous year, a dramatic feature of the pandemic lending boom
by Daniel Houston Jun 22
‘Homebodies' hampering housing market potential by not selling
Homeowners with low mortgage rates and seniors choosing to age in place aren't eager to sell, according to a new analysis by First American Financial Corp.
by Matt Carter Jun 22
Get buyers homes! 7 tips for sniffing out off-market properties
In today’s heated seller’s market, these tactics can help you stand out from the pack and help your buyers find their dream homes
by Luke Babich Jun 22
Putting in an offer? 4 ways to sway listing agents and sellers
It's not just about submitting the highest offer. In today's crazy market, you need to stand out to both listing agents and sellers. Here are a few ways to sway them in your buyer's favor
by Mark Choey Jun 21
Real (Estate) Talk: What one realty firm is doing to boost Black homeownership
Opinion
This year, the federal government has taken steps to recommit to fair housing, but what can be done locally? Here's what this Wisconsin firm is doing to help would-be homebuyers overcome barriers to homeownership
by Lee Davenport Jun 18
What agents and their buyers need to know about escalation clauses
An escalation clause can help buyers gain a crucial edge in today's seller's market, but these offer addendums need to be handled with care
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 18
Crypto in real estate: How new tech may affect contracts, transactions
Shortly after facilitating a transaction with cryptocurrency, Propy CEO Natalia Karayaneva discussed the technology's future at Inman Connect
by Daniel Houston Jun 17
The future of second-homeownership is bright
Pacaso co-founder Austin Allison and The Agency CEO Mauricio Umansky talk about the future of second-homeownership as Americans prepare for a new normal
by Marian McPherson Jun 16
Kukun offers buyers more power with newly released iHomeReport
Kukun's new tool is another weapon in the data bandolier of buyers trying to compete in heated markets or make offers sight unseen
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 15
Buyers relocating? How to guide them in a cross-country move
In a highly competitive market such as real estate, every agent needs that competitive edge. Here's how to make helping relocating buyers yours
by Victoria Kennedy Jun 15
Full disclosure: Sellers fear transparency — here's how to get past it
Sellers often approach disclosures with dread. Agents need to counsel them about the many benefits of disclosure, from building mutual trust to offering legal protection
by Jenny Usaj Jun 14
What real estate agents need to know about laminate flooring 
As a real estate agent, it counts to be well-versed on flooring options. Whether they're selling or buying a home, your clients will appreciate your know-how and expertise
by Gerard Splendore Jun 14
How to help clients 'hack' their way into investing
House hacking is a great strategy to introduce to clients who are interested in purchasing an investment property but may not afford a stand-alone rental property
by Ben Mizes Jun 14
The New Normal: Imagining the frictionless transaction of the future
With every sight-unseen offer, iBuyer sale, Knock Home Swap and contingency-free contract that graces a seller's inbox, one more cornerstone gets chiseled away from the foundation of the traditional sale
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 11
The New Normal: What if sellers become complacent?
Opinion
The pandemic dramatically shortened the listing and selling process, and forced buyers to become decisive about what they want. Now that sellers have gotten a taste of it, will they become unrealistically overconfident?
by Cara Ameer Jun 11
After buying frenzy, demand for second homes comes down to earth
New lending restrictions and buyer preferences meant slower growth last month in mortgages for vacation homes and investment properties
by Daniel Houston Jun 10
Why agents and title agencies don’t always see eye to eye
While the title agency tends to bear its fair share of a transaction's detail-oriented work, it’s when communication and cooperation collapse that closings tend to be delayed
by Aaron Davis Jun 10
Working with investors? 5 key skills to master
Although they're lucrative to work with, investors come with their own set of challenges. And unlike working with homeowners, representing investors requires a different set of skills. Here are a few you need to master
by Andrew Syrios Jun 10
Amid housing shortage, investors double down on prefab startups
Construction startups have raised $1.5 billion since the start of this year as builders rush to address the shortage, according to Crunchbase
by Daniel Houston Jun 9
Share of LGBTQ buyers and sellers hasn't grown since 2015: NAR
The share of LGBTQ homebuyers and sellers has remained at 4 percent since 2015, according to NAR. Lower household incomes and less access to affordable housing are 2 of the largest barriers
by Marian McPherson Jun 9
Pacaso launches grant equity referral program
Real estate agents, Pacaso employees and homeowners will receive 500 restricted stock units for every closed referral
by Marian McPherson Jun 9
Connecting with Veronica Figueroa: Our new normal demands world-class service
Ahead of Inman Connect, the eXp Realty team leader says agents have the chance to offer service that keeps clients coming back
Staging and marketing company Guest House raises $3M
Guest House offers homesellers high-touch home staging services that include a interior designer working directly with a number of national and local home furnishing retailers
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 8
Out-of-town movers head for cheaper areas with larger homes
A greater share of movers than usual left the suburbs for more rural neighborhoods in 2020, according to a new study released Tuesday by Zillow
by Daniel Houston Jun 8
Facing backlash, Pacaso implements changes in NorCal
The second home co-ownership startup announced it will only buy homes valued at $2 million or more in Napa and Sonoma, California, so as to not compete with homes in the markets' median price tier
Inventory shortage sends home prices soaring at record rate
14.8% annual home price growth is the highest seen in Black Knight data going back nearly 30 years
by Matt Carter Jun 7
The New Normal: What if buyers no longer needed hand-holding?
Heated demand and short inventory are shaping our post-pandemic world, but thanks to increased technology and changed expectations, the end result might just be better
by Cara Ameer Jun 7
How to execute an effective walk-through inspection
A walk-through inspection won't uncover everything a full inspection would, but it can still help reduce buyer risk in a hot market. Here's how to make the most of it
‘The great reshuffling’: Zillow COO argues housing boom is no bubble
In a recent podcast appearance, Zillow Chief Operating Officer Jeremy Wacksman argues the housing market's fundamentals are strong
by Daniel Houston Jun 7
America's Hottest Neighborhoods: Willow Glen in San Jose, California
Robust work-from-home policies following the pandemic and an upcoming development by Google, as well as other amenities, are making Willow Glen an enviable place to live
Condo prices take a tumble at Trump-branded properties
Falling prices at Trump-branded buildings outstripped those occurring at similar properties, according to an Associated Press report
by Daniel Houston Jun 4
Connecting with Ryan Schneider: Flexibility is the key to success
Ahead of his session at Inman Connect, Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider shares what consumer trends will endure after the pandemic and how flexibility is a key to success
by Marian McPherson Jun 4
The Real Word: Is sight unseen the way to go?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss buying a home sight unseen, co-housing and how to win bidding wars
by Byron Lazine Jun 4
It’s listing season! 6 strategies to connect with more sellers 
When was the last time you called everyone on your list and asked them if they had any life changes that would require them to buy or sell? If it's been a while, take a look at these best practices for reaching out to your database
by Todd Conklin Jun 4
How to take advantage of the backup offer on both sides of the transaction
Agents told Inman that they typically only see a small proportion of backup offers become primary offers, but the tactic can still prove beneficial for both seller and backup buyer
Most pandemic homebuyers remained in the same state: Knock
Nearly three-quarters of pandemic homebuyers moved to a new area, and most were millennials or Gen Z-ers, according to a recent study by Knock
Why office exclusives are not a good look for the industry
Opinion
Here's why the concepts of office exclusives, designated agency and double-dipping are a big no-no to this broker
by Teresa Boardman Jun 3
The Inman Handbook on existing-home sales
3 leading economists share what existing-home sales reveal about the market and how to properly use statistics to make client decisions
by Marian McPherson Jun 3
What really matters when valuing a property?
Opinion
Although the terms 'intrinsic' or 'extrinsic' may be unfamiliar to most, understanding what they imply will help explain what makes real estate valuable, not just expensive — and why being able to identify these elements is essential
by Ricardo Wolf Jun 3
Blimp's blockchain partnership will incentivize leads to share information
Blimp users earn a Home Network Foundation Home token every time they engage with Blimp service providers, who earn a token when an invited stakeholder joins a transaction
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 2
SoftBank-backed construction startup shutters US operations
After a final $200M investment from SoftBank, Katerra is closing after years of financial mismanagement and rising construction costs
by Marian McPherson Jun 2
Want to rake in listings? FSBOs hold the key
With inventory starvation, agents need to explore all possibilities to gain more listings — and FSBOs are ripe for the picking. Here is a novel way to get in front of potential (and actual) FSBOs
by Jay Thompson Jun 2
Construction spending rises again in April as lumber costs climb
Residential construction spending continued to grow in April, rising 1.3% month over month for new single-family builds, according to report from the US Census Bureau
by Daniel Houston Jun 1
Listing Lessons: How I got a developer $50K more
In this listing story, Anthony West shares how confidence and a strong understanding of the market’s inventory are key to your success as a real estate professional
by Anthony West Jun 1
5 reasons buying sight unseen isn't as risky as you think
Opinion
Homes.com conducted a survey of 1,500 visitors that discovered 42% of buyers are willing to buy a home sight unseen. Here's why that number shouldn't surprise you
by Craig C. Rowe May 29
51% of homes sold above listing price in May: Redfin
Continued inventory shortages and heightened buyer demand led to a red-hot May where nearly 60% of homes went under contract in 2 weeks
by Marian McPherson May 28
In a galaxy far far away: 'Darth Vader House' lists for $4.3M
The house was originally built by a surgeon to look like the 'Star Wars' villain's helmet
The New Normal: What if specialization is the answer?
Post-COVID buyer needs are changing, creating new opportunities for agents who are willing to specialize. What segments stand to gain in the new normal?
by Christy Murdock May 28
Top Agent Network takes aim at office exclusives in NAR pocket listing policy
Top Agent Network argues that office exclusives result in less inventory, less exposure for listings and less consumer choice while benefitting large brokerages
by Andrea V. Brambila May 27
'Double-dipping agents' overcharge consumers billions in commissions
The Consumer Federation of America says dual agency should be banned, but double-ending should not be so long as agents discount their commission and act as facilitators
by Andrea V. Brambila May 27
The New Normal: What if only 3 obstacles stood in the way of the fully digital transaction?
4 real estate leaders share how legislators, lenders, brokers, agents and consumers all have a role to play in blocking paperless transactions
by Marian McPherson May 27
Buyers shouldn't wait to build. Here's why
What's the best time to build, you ask? Right now. Yes, even with commodity prices up. When clients decide to build a home, there are more factors to consider than just the price of lumber
by Adam Hergenrother May 27
Glenn Kelman shares 14 reasons the market is so 'bizarre' now
The Redfin CEO's latest Twitter thread reveals how far buyers are willing to go to win a home, including offering to name their child after a seller
by Marian McPherson May 25
US home prices soared in Q1 thanks to housing shortage, mortgage rates
Boise, Idaho, experienced the steepest price hikes in the country at 28.2%, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index released Tuesday
Realogy iBuyer platform RealSure expands into 6 new markets
RealSure is now available in 6 markets across California, Utah and the Carolinas
by Marian McPherson May 25
8 things sellers need from their agents in today's market
In this current market, sellers need to have realistic expectations of what's to come. Here are a few things sellers should be prepared for
by Cara Ameer May 25
Connecting with Pacaso's CEO: The future of the second home market
Pacaso CEO Austin Allison explains how remote working, inventory shortages and co-ownership models are changing the fabric of second-home markets
by Marian McPherson May 25
4 tips for dealing with buyers' fears in an overheated market
Opinion
Fear commonly immobilizes buyers from making the choices that will ultimately enhance their lives. Here’s how to coach your clients to succeed despite the potential risks
by Carl Medford May 25
Home affordability drops for first time in more than 2 years
The First American Real House Price Index found that home price gains wiped out affordability boost from rising household income and low mortgage rates
by Matt Carter May 24
Leonardo DiCaprio buys $7.1M house for his mom
The 'Titanic' star bought the Los Feliz mansion from 'Modern Family' actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, Justin Mikita
Why the EB-5 program is critical to residential real estate
It's critical that the public, the residential and commercial real estate sector, and elected officials across the country understand the EB-5 Program’s benefits, the jobs it creates and saves, and the potential it has to buttress the post-COVID economic recovery
by Aaron Grau May 24
Home efficiency startup Pearl Certification raises $9.5M
Pearl Certification evaluates the energy efficiency of new and existing homes. The startup will use the funding to expand its services and market reach
by Marian McPherson May 21
In today's market, does down payment assistance really help?
Opinion
What we really need is more housing — especially affordable housing. Prices are still going up, and soon, there won’t be any houses priced low enough to be affordable for people who are within the income limits that qualify them for financial help
by Teresa Boardman May 20
5 people to watch at realtor.com as the company plots its next move
The News Corp. subsidiary is laser-focused on growing traffic and improving the consumer experience as it maintains its industry ties
by Andrea V. Brambila May 20
Knowing new construction gives you a competitive edge — here's why
Opinion
The inventory shortage isn’t going to last forever. In the meantime, studying the economy, real estate market statistics and particularly the new home construction process will make you a fierce competitor in today’s market and the future
by Adam Hergenrother May 20
5 helpful tips for choosing your first investment property
With market fluctuations and an evolving economy, investing in real estate can prove to be a profitable insurance policy for your financial future. If you're thinking about making your first investment, here are a few things to consider
by David Parnes AND James Harris May 20
Tomo laying base for homebuyer services with Tom Ferry partnership
Tomo will partner buyers with Tom Ferry-trained agents to help them navigate the platform's digital mortgage and transaction services
by Marian McPherson May 19
How to generate listings by using buyers as a lead magnet
Jimmy Burgess, Kaciana Champlin and Katie Day tackle how agents can use old-school tactics in new-school ways at Inman Connect Now
by Andrea V. Brambila May 19
Is the inventory dam about to burst?
Opinion
Given the soaring costs we’re seeing in almost every aspect of our lives, the end of forbearance programs and rent moratoriums, coupled with the age of boomers who own 42% of the inventory, the inventory dam has definitely started leaking
by Bernice Ross May 19
Rude buyers? Toxic sellers? Here are the do's and don'ts of firing clients
Opinion
Letting a client go is never fun or easy. Unfortunately, it’s part of being an entrepreneur and running a business. Here are a few useful tips on ending the client-agent relationship — and preventing challenges from cropping up in the first place
by Jay Thompson May 19
Rising construction costs curbed homebuilders' pace in April
The rising cost of lumber and appliances slowed the momentum of single-family building permits, starts and completions in April
by Marian McPherson May 18
Agent/broker perspective: How can brokers resolve frustrations over uneven commission splits?
Opinion
A buyer's agent is upset about listing agents demanding a larger piece of the sales commission. How should her broker react?
by Anthony Askowitz May 18
How LGBTQ+ discrimination hinders path to homeownership
Opinion
For the LGBTQ+ community, housing discrimination is preceded by many other impactful forms of discrimination that create barriers to homeownership
by Ryan Weyandt May 18
App-based brokerage Torii closes on more funding, launches LA operations
Most Torii agents are salaried employees with benefits and full marketing support. The company is focused on becoming a single provider for all homebuyer needs
by Craig C. Rowe May 18
Thinking of getting into property management? Here's a strategic approach
Whether you plan to manage 2 properties or 100, there’s never been a better time to leverage your experience and contacts to start a high-cashflow business in property. Here's how
by Victoria Kennedy May 18
What agents need to know about energy-efficient lightbulbs
The right lighting can not only make a house feel like a home, it can also help homeowners improve their productivity and achieve major energy savings. Here's what agents need to know about the various kinds of energy-efficient bulbs out there
by Gerard Splendore May 17
NAR board votes to require addresses on MLS listings
The ongoing, controversial debate surrounding pocket listings finds some resolution, with NAR voting to make addresses immediately available to other MLS subscribers. Here are the details.
by Andrea V. Brambila May 14
8 strategies to get more leads — and sell more real estate
With discipline, persistence and an action-oriented acceleration plan, you can turn your real estate business into a high-growth, high-profit enterprise. Here are a few tried-and-true strategies
by Don Wenner May 14
Nearly 75% of offers written by Redfin agents entered bidding wars in April
Low mortgage rates and a historic inventory shortage is leading to an ultra-competitive market in most American cities
Want to be better at prospecting? 10 traits and strategies to adopt
As real estate agents, we are sales professionals. We find customers, we talk to customers, we serve customers. If we are trying to skip any of those steps, we are not doing our jobs. Here are the attitudes and behaviors of top sales professionals
by Todd Conklin May 14
NAR: Housing market is 'topping out' due to inventory shortage
Lawrence Yun, chief economist for NAR, reports that the GDP is back to its pre-pandemic peak, consumers are ready to spend their stimulus checks and single-family housing starts are ramping up
by Andrea V. Brambila May 13
Days on market drops by nearly 50% amid inventory crisis
New listings are up 19.1 percent year over year, but demand continues to outpace new listings, leading to increasingly fewer days on market
by Lillian Dickerson May 13
Knock's Carolinas expansion puts Home Swap in 40 markets
'A consumer can qualify for the Home Swap from their mobile device and then confidently shop for the home they want with their own agent by their side and in the app,' said Knock CEO and co-founder Sean Black
by Craig C. Rowe May 13
How long will the housing shortage last? Years — here's why
Opinion
Thinking optimistically and knowing a little about US homebuilders and American ingenuity, builders might create an average of 2M homes annually and achieve a supply-demand balance in about 6 years
by Ben Caballero May 12
3 ways to boost buyers' confidence in a hot seller's market
Although guiding homebuyers through a competitive market is a challenge, it's important to encourage them to be patient and trust the process. Here are a few ways to prepare your clients and help them stay ahead of the game
by Santiago Arana May 12
7 crazy critter encounters in real estate — and what to do about them
Stumbling across snakes, raccoons, coyotes and other wild animals during a showing isn't ideal — and oftentimes, it can even ruin a deal. Here are some steps to take (and the appropriate disclosures to make) when it comes to unwanted critters
by Bernice Ross May 12
NAR: 'The MLS is under attack'
Lawsuits alleging that NAR rules regarding multiple listing services prop up commissions that inflate buyer and seller costs keep proliferating
by Andrea V. Brambila May 11
Pulse: Readers share their tips for second-homebuyers
In today's market, how are agents helping buyers looking to invest in getaway properties? This week, our readers share why working with the right agent — with a well-rounded knowledge of the market — matters
by Inman May 11
The New Normal: What if the past year made real estate easier?
Opinion
Although COVID-19 has had devastating effects on our country, both in terms of personal tragedies and economic misfortune, in some ways, it has been a gift as well
by Carl Medford May 11
10 new construction gotchas agents should watch out for
Navigating new construction is like walking through a field of landmines right now. You can never really be certain of the ground you are setting foot on because all continues to change at a rapid pace
by Cara Ameer May 11
Fannie, Freddie must curb appetite as demand for second homes soars
The trend toward remote work, along with the rising value of stock portfolios and home values, has fueled the demand
by Matt Carter May 10
MHAuthority.com offers buyers direct access to manufactured living options
Launched by State Listings, Inc., MHAuthority.com is a website specifically for the marketing of manufactured homes and mobile homes for rent and sale nationwide
by Craig C. Rowe May 10
Inman Handbook: How not to lose your real estate license
Understand the types of behaviors that can result in disciplinary action and the process that follows to stay on the right professional track
by Christy Murdock May 10
America's hottest neighborhoods: North Winton Village in Rochester, New York
The older neighborhood has long been a more affordable alternative to other trendier parts of the city, but that may soon change as home prices and rents are rising
by Lillian Dickerson May 10
How to effectively clean a smoker's house
The smell of smoke can not only drastically reduce a home's resale value, it can also be harmful to the health of the home's new buyers. Here are a few ways to get the stubborn smell of smoke and its residue out of house
by Kim Tucker May 10
Bubble Trouble: The impending 'bubble burst' is mythical at best
For those who believe an impending doom is on the horizon, here is some bad news: It's not going to happen. In this second of two opposing opinion pieces on the housing crash, Matthew Gardner shares why we won't see any mythical bubble bursting
by Matthew Gardner May 7
New realtor.com market report hints inventory relief is coming
Realtor.com's latest weekly market report showed a boost in new listings during the last week of April — a hopeful signal that lower home prices are near
by Marian McPherson May 6
Sorting through pandemic predictions: What held true?
Opinion
With the pandemic winding down in most parts of the country, one broker-owner is looking back at some assumptions made about real estate last year. Which predictions were untrue, and which were right on the money?
by Teresa Boardman May 6
Bubble Trouble: The housing crash will be even worse than I predicted
Opinion
This is the homeseller market crash. Inventory is at historic lows, affordability is rapidly eroding, and rates are climbing
by Chris Drayer May 6
Is it time to stop writing buyer love letters? 
Opinion
Buyer love letters can be fraught with fair housing violations, but should the practice be banned entirely? Educate yourself on the type of information you can and can't include
by Bernice Ross May 5
Pulse: What's your top tip for second-homebuyers?
With lockdowns and remote work becoming the norm, it's no surprise demand for second homes spiked during the pandemic. So, how are you helping buyers wanting to purchase getaways right now?
by Inman May 5
You see another agent's for-sale sign in your neighbor's yard. Now what?
Opinion
Losing a listing is tough, but it’s not the end of the world. Keep your professionalism front and center, learn from this experience, and incorporate that learning so it’s less likely to happen in the future
by Jay Thompson May 5
What's the dark side of record-low interest rates? Here are 5 problems
You would automatically think that low interest rates would be wonderful. Unfortunately, there is a dark side as well that's producing a significant rift across the country between the haves and have-nots
by Carl Medford May 4
Pulse: Readers share how they're overcoming the bidding war objection
This week, our readers share how they're working with buyers to set expectations about bidding wars and multiple-offer situations — a common objection in today's fierce market
by Inman May 4
Rising lumber costs add $36K to new home sales prices
The battle between supply and demand has hit the lumber industry hard, as mills struggle to keep up with demand and homebuilders push the costs to buyers
by Marian McPherson May 3
ProperSign updates with QuickSign to speed digital closings
ProperSign was rated 4 stars in 2020, largely on the merits of its user experience design and Dynamic KBA, or knowledge-based authentication for signer identification
by Craig C. Rowe May 3
Pocket listings undermine equal access to housing: Glenn Kelman
Opinion
After promises to promote social justice, the housing industry doubled down on exclusion, and pocket listings remain a problem. The Redfin CEO shares his ideas on what the industry should do about it
by Glenn Kelman May 3