Inman Handbook on team structures today
Learn about a variety of team models, and find out which one — or which combination — might be right for you
by Christy Murdock Jun 21
Inman Review: Can Roof take your lead capture to new heights?
Opinion
Roof is chat automation tool that plugs into brokerage websites to capture and nurture leads with traffic metrics and sharp persona-building
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 18
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
Compass attempts to recruit owner of large Beverly Hills brokerage
According to a Real Deal report on Monday, a Beverly Hills-based Compass recruiter attempted to recruit Normand & Associates President Michael Nourmand as an agent
by Marian McPherson Jun 8
The New Normal: What if meetings of the future actually saved time?
Opinion
Pandemic-driven tech facilitated a work-from-home lifestyle and made some aspects of real estate more efficient. Here's what realistic post-COVID meetings could be
by Jeff Lichtenstein 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
Lesson Learned: Be prepared to go with the flow
Find out how UK native and Florida broker-owner Simon Isaacs learned to expect the unexpected
by Christy Murdock May 24
Inman Review: Will AgentFire light up your web presence?
Opinion
Using an a-la-carte system of value-add marketing features and modern mobile designs, AgentFire is an ideal for growing teams and agents evolving through the industry
by Craig C. Rowe May 20
Buying leads? Your business will be kaput in 2 years
Opinion
If the majority of your transactions aren’t generated from a platform that you own, then you won’t be around in two years
by Kris Lindahl May 19
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
Follow the 5 P's to define your company's purpose
A company's purpose is much more than a mission statement or business plan — it's why agents and employees join your team and what sets you apart from the competition
by Jim White May 13
Baird & Warner commits $215K to fair housing law scholarship
The scholarship is named after developer John W. Baird, who championed fair housing when it was unpopular in the real estate industry to do so
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 29
Make more money! Go 'Back to Basics' with Inman this April
For the entire month, we'll be laser-focused on what's working in the industry and how to set your business up for more profit
by Inman Apr 1
Bay Area indie Sereno Group merges with Dwell Realtors
The combined company will have nearly 600 agents spread out across much of Northern California
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 26
Expanding to new territory? 8 ways to maintain your brand
Opinion
The president of The Agency shares a few tried and true tactics to keep in mind when entering new markets
by Rainy Hake Austin Mar 25
How to support your agents in this ultra-competitive seller's market
Opinion
It's been tough out there, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it's our job as leaders to inform our agents of these conditions and give them hope
by Ryan Rodenbeck Mar 24
A year into the pandemic, what has real estate learned?
Opinion
One broker reflects on the new realities and lessons learned after a year of adapting to life and work amid COVID-19
by Erica Ramus Mar 18
5 questions team leaders must ask their agents (and staff) every day
Add these into your cadence of accountability with your team, and watch your relationships grow and your team members flourish
by Adam Hergenrother Mar 18
Agent/broker perspective: Should brokerages police industry violations?
Opinion
It's up to us as a profession to uphold high standards and accept nothing less than the behavior reflected in the NAR's Code of Ethics
by Anthony Askowitz Mar 16
How indies can thrive in today's market
Opinion
There are challenges, but the rewards of charting your own course are even greater
by Mark Choey AND Chris Lim Mar 16
Scared of losing talent? 3 tips for better retention
Instead of focusing on external factors and symptoms of greater problems, leaders should turn their attention to the things within their control. Here's how
by Marion Weiler Mar 15
14 tips for cultivating strong leaders within your brokerage
The president of The Agency shares her tried-and-true practices for building an effective and successful leadership team. Some of your greatest leaders may come from the most unlikely sources
by Rainy Hake Austin Mar 11
50% of agents will leave: One broker predicts real estate's future
Opinion
As an industry, we should stop obsessing over things we can’t or won’t fix and take a look inward at the things that make us special as individual agents and organizations. Here's why
by Ryan Rodenbeck Feb 26
Create a magnetic company culture by taking these 4 steps
Follow these proven practices to create a team culture that attracts — and retains — successful agents and employees
California's Red Oak Realty launches home improvement service
Enhance will do up to $40,000 worth of staging and repairs to a home before it hits the market. Sellers don't pay for the work until the sale closes
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 18
Agent/broker perspective: How to create safe spaces in a polarized office
Opinion
To work in harmony, the broker can also encourage a safe space culture where differing points of view are respected
by Anthony Askowitz Feb 16
Interest in Instashowing soars: Is it the next ShowingTime?
Opinion
A showing management solution for brokerages and multiple listing services, Instashowing does a terrific job of not overcomplicating the process of arranging a showing
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 12
Knock expands to Colorado Springs and Tuscon, now in 17 cities
Now available in 17 markets across the country, Home Swap helps sellers sell before they buy and move without worrying about showings, vendors and other traditional hassles of having a home on the market.
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 11
Hawai'i Life joins invite-only network Forbes Global Properties
The luxury brokerage now has an ownership stake and a seat on the board of directors of the exclusive real estate network
Inman Handbook on digital lead generation
Paid or organic? Email marketing or direct mail? The Inman Handbook on lead generation is here to help you understand the nuance in lead types, qualification and marketing tactics
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 8
Put 'thank you' in action! 4 ways to show agents your gratitude
Try adjusting it to show appreciation more often, and see what a difference it makes in your office and your agents' happiness
by Erica Ramus Feb 4
How this agent increased sales volume (by millions) without leaving the house
John McCarthy increased his production by millions without leaving the house to meet clients. Here’s how he leveraged resources to get deals done
by Ryan Rodenbeck Feb 2
Streamline your workflow! 5 steps to improve customer experience
If you want your work to be more predictable and manageable, embrace processes within your business. Efficiency and a consistent, exceptional client experience will reward you. Here’s how to get started
by Lindsey Hood Jan 30
3 top indie brokers share why they decided to go solo
Indie brokers Kofi Nartey, Terrance Murphy and Sarah Richardson shared what led them to branch out on their own and the keys to building a brand that lasts
by Marian McPherson Jan 27
Inman Handbook on choosing a new brokerage
Choosing a new real estate brokerage is harder than ever as new models emerge, technology has risen to prominence and outside industrialists are pushing for mindshare
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 25
Show your agents love! 12 simple ideas for 2021
Reach out to your agents on a regular basis to keep them motivated and inspired
by Troy Palmquist Jan 21
How indies can teach their agents to showcase their value
By focusing on these 10 simple areas, agents will up their level of service to compete with even the biggest of franchises
by Andrew Bearden Jan 21
How to grow agent leaders within your team or brokerage
Talented real estate agents want to grow and see their path forward. Here’s how I suss out leaders and nurture their leadership growth
by Adam Hergenrother Jan 14
Broker-built Stacks announces 2021 updates
Stacks app will go live with a number of new features and updates, including a significant price reduction and white labeling opportunities targeted at brokerages, teams, and coaching organizations
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 31
Solopreneur vs. entrepreneur: Which path is right for you?
Whether you’ve decided to build a solo business or are determined to hire and scale, both require a lot of sweat equity, focus and consistency. Here’s how to tell which direction is right for you
by Adam Hergenrother Dec 24
How indie brokerages can thrive in 2021
To thrive in the new year, indies must be ready to quickly shift to their clients' new needs and get ready to network with agents across the country and the globe
by Lillian Dickerson Dec 17
What's standing in the way of a national MLS? A lack of teamwork
Thad Wong, the CEO of @properties, revealed the big roadblock to a national broker-agnostic search platform during an Inman Connect Now session Thursday
by Patrick Kearns Dec 17
4 telltale signs an agent is planning to exit your brokerage
Opinion
Here are a few behavioral changes that indicate an agent is planning to make a switch
by Erica Ramus Dec 17
5 challenges indies will meet head-on in 2021
The real estate landscape has shifted over the years. Today, independent brokerages need to have a clear view of those changes and use their strengths to pivot and meet them. Here's how they can thrive in 2021
by Andrew Bearden Dec 16
Crye-Leike Cloud to help train, power 3,200+ agents
Crye-Leike will now offer its 130 offices a range of marketing tools and training programs to navigate through in-house and external resources
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 14
Latter & Blum CEO on taking the reins of a 104-year-old brokerage
'Everybody has to get sharper,' Lacey Merrick Conway told Inman on the challenges of running a brokerage in today's industry and amid a global pandemic
by Patrick Kearns Dec 4
John L. Scott Real Estate acquires local Portland firm
The acquisition of Meadows Group Inc., Realtors will add nearly 100 agents and brokers to the brokerage's ranks in Portland
Latter & Blum acquires top Louisiana rival Gardner Realtors
The acquisition further entrenches Latter & Blum's position as the biggest real estate brokerage in the Gulf South
by Patrick Kearns Dec 2
Expanding your leadership team? 3 tips for finding the right person
Before hiring talent, consider a few things. Defining the process, evaluating a candidate thoroughly and making the best chemistry match will ensure a perfect fit and elevate your brokerage's performance
by Kevin Woody Dec 2
Pulse: The state of the indie broker going into 2021
This week, our readers respond with their thoughts on the fate of independent brokerages. Are these businesses primed for success going into the new year?
by Inman Dec 1
5 ways indies are preserving their culture in a digital work world
Here are a few strategies some indie brokers are implementing to try and keep their company's culture going strong in a largely remote work world
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 30
When is the right time to graduate from team to solo agent?
Opinion
What worked for you at the beginning of your career might not be what's best for you as your career evolves
by Ryan Rodenbeck Nov 25
Pulse: What is the state of the indie broker going into 2021?
This week, we want to hear your thoughts on the fate of indie brokerages. Are they thriving and outdoing their competition? Or are they just barely hanging on?
by Inman Nov 25
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
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
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