7 tips for better tech adoption within your indie brokerage
Communicate frequently during the ramp-up and training periods, and allow your agents to take ownership of the technology
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 24
Chicago indie brokerage Baird & Warner pays it forward amid virus
Baird & Warner's Stephen Baird and Lucy Wood Baird talk to Inman about the company's 162-year mission of giving, including its most recent philanthropical pursuit
by Marian McPherson Nov 23
Pulse: How our readers cultivate a magnetic indie culture
This week, our readers chime in with their thoughts on what makes for a winning company culture — and how to go about cultivating an environment that encourages productivity and fosters happiness
by Inman Nov 23
5 questions to jumpstart your strategic planning for 2021
Take time to look at the big picture of your business to be better prepared for next year
by Erica Ramus Nov 23
ClosingLock aims to lock down wire fraud
Opinion
As real estate deals continue to be handled online and at arm's length, wire fraud risk has nowhere to go but up. ClosingLock is aiming to stop it
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 20
How indies can take advantage of the same tools as franchises
Indie brokers should feel confident in expressing their needs to vendors when shopping around for different services. A little bit of legwork when establishing the relationship can pay off in the long run
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 18
7 ways indie brokers can cultivate a powerful support system
As an indie broker, you might be juggling a variety of roles and responsibilities — which is not only tedious, but also very lonely. This is why it helps to have a strong support system. Here's how to build it
by Bernice Ross Nov 18
Pulse: How do you cultivate a magnetic indie culture?
This week, we're asking you to share your take on what makes for a positive company culture. How do you build an environment that fosters engagement, productivity and, above all, happiness?
by Inman Nov 18
Pulse: Readers share their advice for aspiring indie brokers
Here, seasoned independent brokers share their best advice on ways to drive business success — from branding to marketing to giving back to the community
by Inman Nov 17
Highly rated iBuyer offer aggregator rebrands and gets even better
Opinion

Atlanta-based OfferBarn is now WyzeGyde. It’s not often that an already worthwhile software product undergoes a substantial overhaul and comes out even better — but this one did.

by Craig C. Rowe Nov 16
6 harsh truths about being an indie broker
Opinion
Opening an indie brokerage allows you the freedom to set your own rules. These are the stories we tell ourselves, but here's the real truth
by Erica Ramus Nov 16
Pulse: What advice would you give to aspiring indie brokers?
This week, we're asking our readers to share their best words of wisdom — the advice they'd like to pass onto aspiring and new independent brokers trying to get their business off the ground
by Inman Nov 11
Pulse: The biggest challenge indies face in 2021
This week, our readers chime in with their thoughts on the biggest obstacles and hurdles independent brokerages should be preparing for going into 2021. Here's what you had to say
by Inman Nov 10
2 Black broker-owners share triumphs, struggles in luxury
Real estate veterans Kofi Nartey and Quiana Watson share how discrimination impacts professionals and consumers of color and what can be done about it
by Marian McPherson Nov 6
5 key ways indie brokers can be competitive in recruiting agents
In order to compete with big franchise names when recruiting, independent brokers must stand out from the pack — here's how
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 5
9 vital lessons one indie broker learned on her journey
Opinion
If you're thinking about opening your own independent brokerage, here are a few things you should know
by Erica Ramus Nov 5
Pulse: What's the biggest challenge indies face in 2021?
This week, we're asking you, our readers, about the obstacles you're expecting to run into next year as an independent broker. How are you preparing for them?
by Inman Nov 4
Pulse: How our readers are preparing for winter
This week, our readers tell us what they're doing to prepare for the winter months ahead, covering topics like virtual learning and marketing. Here's what you had to say
by Inman Nov 3
Lamacchia Realty expands into South Florida
The new office builds on the brokerage's relocation services and will be its first foray outside of New England
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 2
Thinking of going indie? 9 critical points to consider
Opinion
Here's what you must consider to protect yourself, provide the highest possible level of client care and effectively compete with larger players
by Carl Medford Nov 2
Let's dive into the Indie Broker world
Starting, running and growing an independent brokerage is an enormous feat — especially now. All month long, we'll be looking at how to navigate business through market changes, disruption and other industry shifts
by Inman Nov 1
3 superpowers indie brokerages have in 2020
Opinion
After merging with a national brokerage, I realized there were things about the boutique lifestyle that I’d never find in a national brand. Here are the major benefits of indie brokerages
by Andrew Fortune Nov 1
Scaling to freedom: How big does your team need to be?
Opinion
If your goal is to have your business work for you rather than working for your business, scaling is the only way to win
by Ryan Rodenbeck Oct 28
Nation's top BHHS affiliate acquires Ohio indie
BHHS Northwood Realty Services is acquiring Stouffer Realty and now boasts more than 2,100 agents in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania
by Patrick Kearns Oct 20
New company Dippidi handles all aspects of ad campaigns
From budgets to creative headline writing, 13-month-old real estate marketing agency wants to take the burden of online advertising off the shoulders of teams and brokerages
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 20
Preclose updates signal the elevation of transaction coordination
Updates to Preclose include streamlined communications, intake workflows, and an evolving consumer experience
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 15
Avoid these 6 end-of-the-year hiring mistakes
Opinion
Be selective, take your time and if you make a mistake, don’t be too proud to fix it
by Erica Ramus Oct 15
After 2-year stint as indie, Platinum Living joins Corcoran
Corcoran Platinum Living is eyeing growth through acquisition and new development, according to co-founder and broker Jay Macklin
by Patrick Kearns Oct 14
How broker-owner Jackie Soto took a stand with her rebrand
EHomes broker-owner Jackie Soto shares how she successfully navigated a merger and rebrand that led to one of her best years ever in real estate
by Marian McPherson Sep 30
@properties is launching a franchise brand
Chris Lim, the founder of the defunct Climb Real Estate brand, will lead the @properties nationwide franchise rollout
by Patrick Kearns Sep 29
High-rated brokerage communications app WhoHub officially launches
App allows agents, admins, and brokers to interact over deals, vendors, events, and 'coming soon' listings
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 25
3 realities broker-owners can't ignore
As a broker in 2020, if you want to keep your team intact — let alone grow it in numbers — you need to keep your finger on the pulse of what's going on. Here are 3 issues you need to factor in and learn from
by Erica Ramus Sep 17
@properties adds a fourth $100M team to its ranks
Longstanding Chicago indie brokerage Sergio & Banks is joining @properties just ahead of its 25th anniversary
by Marian McPherson Sep 16
Brokermint builds on growth with in-depth accounting updates
Popular back-office software solution Brokermint has added tools for more in-depth company accounting, forecasting and payment processing
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 16
Brokers share how they've thrived through the pandemic
Broker-owners Tiffany Curry and Jorge Guerra moderated a conversation between some of the nation's top leaders on how they've used digital tools to pivot
by Marian McPherson Sep 15
RE/MAX broker: Embrace new ways or become 'extinct'
Agents and brokers need to embrace digital connections and a high-touch approach, leaders agreed at Inman Connect Now
by Patrick Kearns Sep 15
David Hoffman is taking a top Keller Williams team indie
The David Hoffman Group is launching a full-service independent brokerage in Charlotte
by Patrick Kearns Sep 8
See which real estate names made the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies list
LionDesk, Avail, Houwzer and Homesnap land on the Inc. 5000 2020 list, as well as a couple of remote, tech-forward brokerages
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 13
Fleeing New Yorkers are fueling markets in the Northeast
New York City buyers are buying based on the home and agnostic to location, looking as far south as Baltimore according to panelists at Inman Connect Now
by Patrick Kearns Aug 4
Losing leads? Can't afford to? Try ConnectNow
Opinion
Apps that focus on only one aspect of the sales funnel are rare. ConnectNow is a value-add web and mobile app for capturing leads quickly and connecting to any CRM or source you use
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 31
6 tactical steps to drive profitability in your business
Real estate provides the opportunity to grow wildly profitable businesses. Follow these tips to put yours on the path to success
by Chris Suarez Jul 11
Why the 'R' in CRM is so important right now
During an Inman Town Hall session Thursday, brokers shared tips for agents on how to best position themselves to succeed this summer
by Patrick Kearns Jun 25
How to blend your brokerage when adding established agents
Opinion
Make sure all agents know that you’re committed to supporting them, and encourage thoughtful collaboration
by Mike Jones Jun 16
Brown Harris Stevens' agent platform 'couldn't have come at a better time'
The long-standing, NYC-based urban luxury independent has developed an agent productivity solution called MAIA. It rests on a Salesforce backbone
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 5
Indie brokers struggle with racial unrest and coronavirus pandemic
Brokers advised evaluating whether social media messages might come off as 'tone-deaf' but disagreed on whether to express political opinions publicly at Inman Connect Now
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 3
Top indie brokers share how they've navigated 2020's unrest
Independent brokerage owners Thad Wong, Vanessa Bergmark and Kofi Nartey share how three months of social distancing made them and their businesses better
by Marian McPherson Jun 2
Modern Real Estate, a 168-agent indie, is joining JPAR
The flat-fee, 100% commission brokerage is the latest to join the growing franchisor and brokerage amid a ripple of consolidations across the real estate industry
by Patrick Kearns May 29
All Inman content related to running your business in this unprecedented time
Here's how to keep your business moving as the situation shifts
by Inman May 29
How to lead your team through recovery
As the embers of the fires of crisis continue to glow, the best leaders are already in the process of rebuilding to be bigger and better to weather the storms of tomorrow
by Chris Pollinger May 14
VIP Realtors rolls out multiviewer virtual visits on all listings
Notable independent brokerage Crye-Leike will be introducing the same Nodalview-powered concept to its southeastern US offices as the pandemic continues to hamper in-person showings
by Craig C. Rowe May 6
Judge awards Leading Edge damages, attorneys' fees in lawsuit with RE/MAX Integra
Leading Edge initially sued its former franchisor for breaching franchise agreements and engaging in predatory recruiting practices
by Patrick Kearns Apr 24
10 steps for cutting your brokerage's budget now
Opinion
Adjust to the situation, be conservative in your planning, and prepare for a slow recovery
by Erica Ramus Apr 16
Broker-owner Courtney Poulos shares the key to leaving a lasting impression
ACME Real Estate broker-owner Courtney Poulos shares her unique approach to servicing clients, marketing and defining agent success
by Marian McPherson Apr 13
How 3 brokers are making sure their new agents thrive through the pandemic
Brokers in Atlanta, Detroit and New Orleans share the business tactics and personal advice they're providing to real estate newbies
by Marian McPherson Apr 10
7 steps for recession-proofing your business
With uncertainty in the air, what can you do right now to help prepare your business for what’s ahead? Here's where to start