Keller Williams eying big change for growing teams
The brokerage’s new ‘Expansion Network’ is meant to make the process of expanding a team into a new city more streamlined and efficient. It should also turn those teams into an asset for the existing Keller Williams personnel in the new city
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 20
Pick up the phone! Top team leaders on making it in a hot market today
Renee Funk, Lance Lokan and Kris Lindahl said during Connect Now that teams should build themselves from within and keep in touch with their communities to stay afloat
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 20
‘The burnout is real’: Team leaders share how they’re fighting back
Team leaders at Sotheby's and Keller Williams discussed steps their teams are taking to finish the summer strong at Inman Connect on Tuesday
by Daniel Houston Jul 20
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
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
Pair of top South Carolina indie brokerages join Keller Williams
Chucktown Homes and Bowen and Associates have joined KW, according to an announcement on Wednesday. The move will be complete before the end of July
by Marian McPherson Jul 7
15 tips for first-time real estate investors, straight from the pros
Inman spoke with industry pros to learn their top tips for first-time real estate investors, and they had plenty of knowledge to share with newbies in need of a little bit of confidence
Changing work-from-home rules are rattling buyers — and their agents
Some homebuyers are being called back to the office earlier than expected, and it’s forcing them to drop out of deals and list the homes they just moved into, agents told Inman
by Libertina Brandt Jul 6
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
Keller Williams, EXIT Realty and dozens of others sued for discrimination
The suit alleges 36 real estate companies, agents and landlords illegally refused to accept Section 8 housing vouchers in New York's Westchester County
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 30
'Teams are the exciting future of real estate': Vija Williams
Williams believes teams have a leg up on traditional brokerages, but they can better position themselves to be the changing face of real estate
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 28
Keller Williams’ president on tech, the future of real estate and that IPO
Keller Williams President Marc King knows the real estate industry is experiencing disruption, but he believes consumers will continue turning to agents as trusted fiduciaries
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 15
Top 1,000 teams' transaction volume ballooned 49.7% in 2020
RealTrends and Tom Ferry's The Thousand and America’s Best Real Estate Professionals debuted on Friday, with the top 1,000 teams increasing their average sales volume per top team to $173 million in 2020
by Marian McPherson Jun 11
The New Normal: What if your CRM is big tech's next target?
Opinion
Innovation happens in small spaces. Most agents don't realize that as they become more and more entrenched in their CRM, their tech is becoming ripe for acquisition
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 9
Connecting with Keller Williams' CEO: On inventory and an IPO
KW CEO Carl Liebert hinted at Keller Williams' progress toward a stock market debut and talked about how the pandemic will change the industry
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 7
Keller Williams expansion team grows to more than 400 team members
After merging with the Edie Waters Network, Lucido Global now covers more than 42 markets
Why are so many teams suddenly joining eXp Realty?
Recent months have seen team after team decamping for eXp. The leaders of those teams say they were persuaded by lucrative revenue sharing options and by watching fellow agents switch first
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 3
No. 1 Keller Williams team in Ohio Valley joins Hergenrother Realty
With the addition of The Forney Group, 8 agents will be added to HergGroup Indianapolis's ranks and roughly $70M in sales volume
Keller Williams appoints agent to lead diversity efforts
Julia Lashay Israel will work to bring diversity training courses to thousands of Keller Williams agents over the next year
by Jim Dalrymple II May 25
The Inman Handbook on real estate's biggest rivalries
Compass versus Realogy. Keller Williams versus eXp. REX versus everyone. The real estate industry is full of big names and big feuds, and Inman's unpacking all of them
by Jim Dalrymple II May 21
Keller Williams sees rising agent count, sales volume amid hot market in Q1
The industry giant's agents closed 272,688 transactions and did $98.1 billion in volume between January and March. The company also now has 180,376 agents across the world
by Jim Dalrymple II May 11
How 5 top brokerages revamped their training programs
As the industry shifted in unprecedented ways over the past year, many of the country's biggest brokerages upgraded their training strategies to better serve their agents
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 30
Keller Williams expands into Albania and Mongolia
The two new franchises will open offices in the third quarter of this year and are part of Keller Williams' continued expansion across the globe
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 26
The Inman Handbook on comps in these chaotic times
Agents' expertise has long relied on studying and understanding sales patterns in their markets. But with little inventory and soaring prices, patterns are hard to find
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 26
How to navigate multiple offers: It comes down to money
From thoroughly vetting buyer finances to learning all about 'option money,' speakers at Connect Now shared how agents can help their sellers accept the best offer
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 20
Keller Williams' leadership team makeover isn’t finished yet
The company is getting a new chief financial officer and a new chief people officer as well as a new head of business development
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 19
How to safely handle an open house
Holding an open house has always been a bit risky and has become even more so during the pandemic. To safely continue the practice, agents should keep these factors in mind
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 19
Keller Williams partners with the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance
The partnership will give Keller Williams a seat on the Alliance's advisory board, among other things
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 8
Keller Williams, Realogy take top spots on T3 Sixty enterprise list
Realogy and Keller Williams led T3 Sixty's list of the top real estate enterprises and franchise brands by sales volume, transaction sides and agent count
by Marian McPherson Apr 6
Major Keller Williams team in Utah jumps to eXp Realty
The Salt Lake City-based Perry Group has more than 50 agents. The team was drawn to eXp thanks to the brokerage's focus on technology
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 2
Is Compass the last hope for agents?
Opinion
How Compass’ IPO performs this week will tell us a lot about what the future holds
by Brad Inman Mar 30
Keller Williams hires 4 new top executives
The new executives come from a variety of backgrounds and will now take the lead on legal issues, financial services and other topics
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 29
5 big challenges for REX Real Estate in 2021
The well-connected discount brokerage is trying to raise more funding and grow its business as it takes on industry behemoths NAR and Zillow
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 29
'She-cession' takes on new meaning for moms in the real estate industry
Time. Sleep. Relationships. These are just a few of the things that real estate professionals who are also mothers have had to sacrifice over the past year in order to hold it all together
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 26
Knock Home Swap moves into the Twin Cities and Nashville
The expansion into the new markets will bring Knock's total market count to 27
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 25
Compass, Sotheby's roped into latest suit alleging 'inflated' commissions
The new antitrust lawsuit, filed Friday in California, also names the National Association of Realtors, Realogy, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and several other companies as defendants
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 23
Consumer groups support REX suit against anti-rebate law
The Consumer Federation of America and the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group argue that prohibiting rebates to buyers and sellers stifles commission competition and harms consumers
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 16
'We're never going back to normal': Pete Flint on our digital future
To kick off Connect Now on Tuesday, Brad Inman and Trulia co-founder Pete Flint discussed the challenges and opportunities tied to the digitization of real estate
by Marian McPherson Mar 16
Is Wall Street taking over real estate?
Opinion
Of the 10 largest real estate firms, eight are now publicly traded. These companies represent 575,000 agents, almost 45% of all Realtors
by Brad Inman Mar 9
Gary Keller admits to ‘losing war’ to software bugs
Keller said the company will begin a '66-day challenge of locking down stabilization' of its core technology platform, including its customer relationship management tool Command
by Patrick Kearns Mar 3
Keller Williams stays the course amid leadership changes
Opinion
Like with most growing organizations, leadership changes over time, but Gary Keller's message has not
Pending-home sales see another monthly decline in January: NAR
The Pending Home Sales Index declined 2.8% from the previous month to 122.8, but was up 13% from the year before and marked an all-time high for January
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 25
Gary Keller, Dave Liniger and the last of the real estate cowboys
Opinion
The mercurial Keller Williams founder Gary Keller still operates like a cowboy, running his sprawling global enterprise as he sees fit
by Brad Inman Feb 24
Tech and diversity questions pile up as agents react to KW shakeup
One Keller Williams agent called the timing of the announcement 'awkward' while others decried the lack of women and people of color in recent promotions
by Patrick Kearns Feb 23
READ: Gary Keller's letter to agents announcing changes at KW
The founder of Keller Williams says Josh Team's departure was 'amicable and mutual'
by Patrick Kearns Feb 22
Marc King named new president of Keller Williams
King will fill the role vacated earlier today by Josh Team's departure
by Patrick Kearns Feb 22
Josh Team is leaving Keller Williams
Josh Team, who had been serving as the president of Keller Williams since January 2019, announced his decision Monday on Facebook
by Patrick Kearns Feb 22
What makes for a solid team? The right people and a strong culture
Finding the right people and building a culture based on shared values can help a team thrive, speakers at Connect Now said on Thursday
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 18
Here's KW's plan to hit back at Zillow after ShowingTime buy
At the KW Family Reunion Tuesday, Gary Keller likened it to a 'fight.' Wednesday, Keller Williams revealed its plan of attack
by Patrick Kearns Feb 17
Keller Williams topped 10% of total market share in 2020
The company also committed to slowing down its technology product rollouts in 2021 at the KW Family Reunion
by Patrick Kearns Feb 16
Gary Keller on Zillow: 'This is a fight, and there's no way around it'
The Keller Williams founder said at the KW Family Reunion that real estate agents will determine the fate of the industry with their dollar spend
by Patrick Kearns Feb 16
Most cities are making a comeback — but not the priciest ones
Data from Redfin shows that cities are making a comeback, and young white-collar workers are seizing low mortgage rates and work-from-home policies to move to affordable cities
Is Zillow the Robinhood of real estate?
Opinion
Zillow and other innovative companies are attempting to make the trading of homes simple and easy. Somewhat like Robinhood, they are doing so with fewer intermediaries
by Brad Inman Feb 5
Inman Handbook on healthy choices for health insurance
Insurance remains a challenge for many agents, many of whom have independent contractor status. But there are more and more options out there
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 1
WATCH: Redfin and KW execs go head-to-head at Connect
Redfin's Glenn Kelman and Keller Williams' Josh Team forcefully defended their companies' respective approaches to agent employment. Now, watch the entire video as a special Select subscriber benefit.
by Inman Jan 29
Pending-home sales dip for 4th consecutive month
Despite continuing monthly declines, the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) hit an all-time high for the month of December at 125.5
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 29
A commission suit with a twist: It's the buyers who are getting screwed
A new lawsuit filed earlier this week sits in stark contrast to 3 previous homeseller suits that allege commission sharing between cooperating brokers inflates seller costs
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 29
Employees or contractors? KW, Redfin execs debate philosophy
During Inman Connect, Redfin's Glenn Kelman and Keller Williams' Josh Team forcefully defended their companies' respective approaches to agent employment
by Jim Dalrymple II 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
As DC readies for new president, agents predict a strong spring
The dawn of a new administration is already bringing hopeful energy to a city that's seen a lot of turmoil in recent months
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 19
Inman Handbook: Paying attention to getting paid
Most agents today make commissions, but there are many ways those commissions can actually work
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 18
A comprehensive list of 2021 real estate events — virtual and in-person
With the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out across the country, many companies and associations are planning in-person events for the coming year
Zillow CEO Rich Barton is still the most 'powerful' person in real estate
The Zillow CEO tops the annual SP 200, a list of the most powerful people in the industry compiled by T3 Sixty
by Patrick Kearns Jan 12
Top-ranked BHHS Fox and Roach team moves to Keller Williams
Keller Williams announced the move of Erica Deuschle and her 10-person team on Tuesday
KW Command launches into 2021 with new features
Opinion
Command's SmartPlan suite offers agents companywide access to colleagues' best ideas. Campaigns and Designs will power online marketing and branding
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 30
Brad Inman's 21 predictions for '21
Opinion
Keller Williams will amp up its recruitment program, Zillow will acquire Opendoor, and nursing homes will die. These and 18 other predictions for 2021 from Inman's founder
by Brad Inman Dec 30
Here are Inman's 20 most-read news stories of 2020
Bidding wars, record mortgage rates and lots of Keller Williams news dominated the conversation, and Inman's headlines, in 2020
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 23
MLS, brokerage giants hit with commission price-fixing lawsuit
Homesellers accuse Massachusetts-based MLS PIN, Realogy, Keller Williams, RE/MAX and HomeServices of America of conspiracy to stifle competition and inflate commissions
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 22
5 big challenges Keller Williams faces in 2021
The company will aim to take a bigger piece of the pie through a la carte services to agents and a more streamlined consumer experience. But a focus on tech may not be enough
by Andrea V. Brambila Dec 22
The 10 biggest real estate tech stories and trends of 2020
COVID-19 may have led to increased tech acceleration, but technology was already reshaping the industry even before the pandemic struck
by Patrick Kearns Dec 18
Keller Williams is shutting down Smarter Agent
In an email to clients obtained by Inman, Smarter Agent confirms it will continue to honor client contracts until the agreement in place expires, at which time services will end
by Patrick Kearns 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
DC-based Menkiti Group launches mortgage company with NewRez
The venture will focus on residential mortgage lending and will make a donation to a charitable cause with every closed loan
Earnings round up: Q3 was the real estate industry's comeback quarter
The scorching housing market lifted the nation's largest real estate companies out of their second quarter slumps, according to Q3 earnings calls this week and last week
by Patrick Kearns Nov 6
Keller Williams sets company records as housing market blazes
According to third-quarter earnings released Thursday, the company outpaced industry averages in transaction and sales volume increases, KW President Josh Team said
by Patrick Kearns Nov 5
Who does Zillow fear? Not who you think
Opinion
A 33-year-old commercial real estate data company is scratching at the door of online residential real estate and could be on the scene by next year
by Brad Inman Nov 2
Winter is coming: These are most in-demand cold weather amenities
As homebuyers and owners prepare to settle in for what may be a long COVID-19 winter, fire pits, hot tubs and heated floors have never been more desirable
by Lillian Dickerson Oct 28
Keller Williams NYC gets a new CEO
Lauren Balbuena will move from a Long Island Keller Williams franchise to lead the Manhattan-based company
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 27
'This is Gary stepping up': Keller Williams leaders sound off on reshuffle
The reaction by Keller Williams team leaders came after the company announced it would create a holding company, KWx, of which Gary Keller would serve as executive chairman
by Patrick Kearns Oct 9
Gary Keller is paving the way for the next era of Keller Williams
Opinion
By stepping back as CEO and establishing KWx, Gary Keller has shown us all what’s possible when you meet the next challenge head on
Gary Keller steps back from CEO role in massive leadership shuffle at KW
The company announced Wednesday it's creating a separate holding company and giving its leadership structure a complete makeover
by Patrick Kearns Oct 7
Who is Carl Liebert, the new CEO of Keller Williams company KWx?
Liebert, a 30-year leader of top companies across multiple business sectors, was named Wednesday as the CEO of Keller Williams' newly created parent holding company, KWx
by Patrick Kearns Oct 7
READ: Gary Keller's letter to KW announcing leadership shuffle
Keller announced Wednesday that he's stepping back from his position as CEO to serve as executive chairman of a newly created parent holding company, KWx
by Patrick Kearns Oct 7
Frustrated clients? Top real estate agents offer tips for staying positive
Historically low inventory is leading prospective clients to miss out on dream homes, brokerage leaders said Tuesday during a virtual roundtable discussion hosted by Chris Heller, the chief real estate officer of OJO Labs. Here's how to help them stay positive
by Patrick Kearns Oct 7
Judge denies motion by NAR to dismiss buyer commission lawsuit
Judge Andrea Wood argued that the plaintiffs would have paid 'substantially lower commissions' if not for the buyer broker commission rules
by Patrick Kearns Oct 5
Former Keller Williams franchise owner Seth Campbell accused of sexual battery in new lawsuit
Keller Williams is in the final stages of removing Campbell, a top franchisee and expansion owner, after an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual harassment
by Patrick Kearns Oct 2
MTV or real estate? How 3 agents use music videos to market homes
These agents have taken their video marketing to the next level by producing full-on music videos and commissioning musicians to create original works to help sell specific properties
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 29
Annie Switt on why 'Keller Williams' brand stands for agent-centric'
KW Marketing Vice President Annie Switt discussed the tools the company gives franchises and how Keller Williams has guided its network amid the pandemic
by Patrick Kearns Sep 28
Keller Williams adds 'equity' to core belief system amid racial unrest
In the wake of national discussions on race, Keller Williams agent leaders have also added diversity, equity and inclusion committees to local leadership councils
by Patrick Kearns Sep 17
Keller Williams president: '50% of your database is in jeopardy'
Keller Williams President Josh Team shared exclusive insight from Google that shows why there's so much market share up for grabs right now and how agents can take advantage
by Patrick Kearns Sep 16
Keller Williams debuts team-friendly updates to Command
Team leaders can now distribute leads to teammates via a lead routing feature and better connect with their entire team and clients through updated customer service features
by Patrick Kearns Sep 16
Gary Keller: 'We’re going to have a year or two of tough'
The Keller Williams CEO and co-founder outlined the two stages of 'what's next' for the housing market during a virtual company conference
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
Keller Williams expands into its 50th international market
The global COVID-19 pandemic hasn't stopped Keller Williams from expanding across the globe
by Patrick Kearns Sep 2
How Keller Williams rewrote its playbook amid a pandemic
Keller Williams Coaching Vice President Monica Reynolds shares the story behind BOLD Pivot and how brokers can launch a successful training program of their own
by Marian McPherson Aug 28
NY State will hear from agents in discrimination probe next month
All but Ryan Gorman originally ignored the State Senate's earlier request to speak on the 'Newsday' report into housing discrimination
by Patrick Kearns Aug 25
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
Gary Keller: Amid Q2 declines, agents are serving 'critical roles'
Keller Williams agents have shown 'remarkable resilience and fortitude over the past several months,' the Keller Williams CEO said during a Q2 earnings call in which the company reported a 15% year-over-year decline in transactions and sales volume
by Patrick Kearns Aug 7