In the end, Elon Musk hired agents to sell his final 'earthly possession'
After putting San Francisco home on market without the help of an agent, the SpaceX CEO relented, tapping Mary and Brent Gullixson of Compass to sell last property in his portfolio
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 16
Display of Confederate flag violates hate speech ethics policy: NAR
Professional Standards Committee passes case interpretation after intense debate
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
Listing agents dropped from NAR's controversial attribution proposal
A requirement to display listing firm contact information 'at least as prominently as any other contact information' was stricken from the proposal, which passed on Saturday
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 15
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
RE/MAX urges NAR to reject listing attribution proposal entirely
Real estate franchisor says giving the listing brokerage equal billing would cause consumer confusion
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 11
Clients may peek online, but 9 in 10 still turn to an agent: survey
A recent survey of thousands of buyers and sellers found they overwhelmingly work with agents, even as their attitudes have shifted
by Daniel Houston Nov 11
Zillow, Realogy push for NAR listing agent attribution
Some MLSs are 'strongly opposed' to requiring the display of listing agents in addition to listing brokerages
by Andrea V. Brambila Nov 10
Jason Oppenheim reveals 'Selling Sunset' spinoff, buys $7M mansion
The Los Angeles broker recently purchased a roughly 13,000-square-foot mansion in Newport Beach, an area in which he'll be spending a lot more time thanks to a new spinoff of his popular Netflix series
by Lillian Dickerson Nov 10
7 simple steps for getting more listings in 2022
By executing these seven steps, you'll be top-of-mind for your targeted homeowners, and you will generate more listings
by Jimmy Burgess Nov 5
Interactive Virtual Tours' floor plan product faces a tough field of competitors: Tech Review
Opinion
To fully leverage IVT's floor plan tool, the user needs two additional vendors: one to produce a floor plan and one to produce the photos. Given what's out there today, this seems more than mildly inconvenient
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 5
The Force lives on in this $11.5M new build in Florida
This sprawling 15-bedroom mansion outside of Orlando, Florida, may look like the typical multimillion dollar home from the outside, but it conceals an extensive 'Star Wars'-themed loft area within
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
Luxury platform Pacaso lifts off in Colorado's iconic ski towns
Buyer agents who sell a Pacaso home share now received a bonus of 500 restricted stock options in addition to a 3% commission
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 1
Realogy's Social Ad Engine makes social media advertising easy: Tech Review
Opinion
The user experience does a good job of recognizing the critical nature of simplicity. That seems obvious, but solutions to the problem of how to help agents create a social presence vary across the industry, and this is one of the better ways to do it
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 28
Keller Offers exec: iBuying is a golden opportunity for agents
RJ Jones, head of Keller Offers, told Inman Connect Las Vegas that the increase in iBuyers and alternative transaction models are driving professionalism and give the industry a lot to look forward to
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 26
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
Studeo adds automated storytelling feature to real estate arsenal
Agents and brokers can now use the natural language processing feature to personalize listing marketing
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
HomeTagz helps listing agents tell the whole story: Tech Review
What gives HomeTagz its character is its dynamic in-image content, visual metadata that empowers property photography to tell as well as show
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 21
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
DOJ to NAR: Increased competition could save consumers billions
In court filings, regulator says rules 'restrict how real estate agents can market properties, dictate how real estate commissions are set, and impede commission negotiations'
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 19
Buyer commissions in — lockboxes out — when NAR votes next month
The trade group will weigh whether to require multiple listing services to allow agents and brokers to display buyer agent compensation, but it won't consider change to lockbox policy
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 15
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
The 20 biggest luxury city sales of 2021 (so far)
Despite cities taking a back seat to vacation markets in 2021, major transactions made headlines across New York, Miami and Los Angeles
The 20 biggest luxury beach sales of 2021 (so far)
From mansions in Palm Beach, Florida, and Malibu, California, to an estate on Hawaii's Big Island, here are the most expensive beach home sales to take place in 2021
As Tesla sets its sights on Austin, listing agents near plant shift gears
With news of Tesla bringing its headquarters to Austin and a factory nearing its opening, agents are advising sellers nearby to think big
by Daniel Houston Oct 12
7 mistakes top producers don't let derail their success
Opinion
Do what the top producers do and avoid the mistakes that can keep you from becoming the best agent you can possibly be
by Jimmy Burgess Oct 7
Al Capone's one-time Miami mansion sells for $15.5M
Developer Todd Michael Glaser and partner Nelson Gonzalez made nearly $5M in profit on the property in just a few months
Why listing feedback is a terrible idea
Opinion
It’s a bad move for your clients, the buyer’s agent and your career. Here's why
by Jay Thompson Oct 6
REX: 'Outmoded' real estate rules 'struck a vein' with DOJ
Brokerage backed by Chris Christie and Jeb Bush says agent steering by commission should 'shock the conscience' of anyone interested in equity in housing
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
REX CEO calls on NAR to repeal 'anti-consumer' rules at conference
In an open letter, Ryan alleges the National Association of Realtors' rules prevent hundreds of thousands of Americans from attaining homeownership. He called on NAR to repeal the rules at its Realtors Conference and Expo in San Diego in November
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 30
Record-breaking cryptocurrency penthouse returns to market
After 4 short months, the 5,067-square-foot lower penthouse unit of Arte by Antonio Citterio in Miami is returning to market. Once again, cryptocurrency bids are accepted
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
New Orleans house full of creepy dolls sells in one day
NOLA Living Realty agent Tony Bertucci decided to spruce up a dilapidated listing with strange dolls
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
SparkOffer's open-bid model helps listing agents market homes: Review
Opinion
This platform benefits agents with unique luxury listings, investment properties, land and other real estate that doesn't get a lot of attention on the local MLS
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 24
NAR to consider listing attribution, DOJ-inspired policies at big event
Lockbox access for non-Realtors and public displays of buyer broker commissions may be added to the list of proposals to be voted on at Realtors Conference and Expo in November
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 24
4 tips for hooking buyers with your listing video
There are so many tools and strategies agents can take advantage of when it comes to listing videos. 'Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles' stars David Parnes and James Harris share their top tips to help you reach new audiences, get the word out to more buyers and find a new owner for your listing
by David Parnes AND James Harris Sep 23
The listing launch plan that gets higher prices, faster sales, more listings
Opinion
Take action now to formulate your marketing plan for listings, and you will see your business grow
by Jimmy Burgess Sep 23
6 things agents wish sellers understood about marketing
Opinion
First impressions are everything when putting a home on the market. That’s just one of several things we wish sellers understood about marketing homes to sell
by Carl Medford 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
12 steps for thriving through a market shift
What can real estate agents do to grow their businesses? Here is Jimmy Burgess' 12-step plan for thriving through a market transition
by Jimmy Burgess Sep 16
NAR vs. DOJ: A timeline of the battle as it stretches into 4th year
An analysis of the association's petition offers a step-by-step timeline of the events leading up to the DOJ's launch of a new investigation of NAR rules
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 16
DOJ quietly resumed NAR probe days after settlement withdrawal
In a 418-page petition filed Monday, NAR contends the antitrust regulator swiftly reopened its investigation into Clear Cooperation Policy and buyer broker commissions in July
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 15
Private Palm Beach paradise gets $35M price hike
The Tarpon Island price hike is in line with the 30% increase that Palm Beach property values have experienced between 2020 and 2021
Inman Review: VSH Media rolls out mobile-based virtual staging
Opinion
Virtual home staging and image enhancement marketing continue to become powerful tools for listing agents. VSH Media's mobile app offers agents an good, affordable option but charges more for faster turnaround
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 10
Realogy calls for NAR rule change on listing broker attribution
Real estate brokerage giant says 'many listing search websites misdirect consumers by obfuscating display of a property’s listing firm'
Largest MLS in nation signs off on slew of big changes to listings
California Regional MLS, which boasts more than 108,000 subscribers, has instituted changes on how listing agents and brokers appear on online listing pages
99 more blog ideas — for sellers
Here are 99 ideas for blog topics that can reach real estate sellers. These content ideas are useful for all online mediums — don't limit yourself to blog posts
by Jay Thompson Sep 8
Inman Review: Real Happy is here to market your listings
Opinion
Developed by a mobile app engineer after a bad homebuying experience, Real Happy is another good entry for listing agents wanting a new, productive way to market and coordinate showings
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 6
Inman Top 5: The biggest stories of the week Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, 2021
Catch up quickly on the biggest stories of the week, as determined by Inman website visitors. Here's the Inman Top 5 for the week
by Inman Sep 3
Joshua Kushner and Karlie Kloss buy family-owned NYC penthouse
The penthouse of the storied Puck building in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood comes with 5,100 square feet of outdoor space
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
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
200-year-old blacksmith shop-turned-home hits the market
The property dates to 1800 and sits on 2.2 acres of wooded land in Chester, New York
Inman Review: Plunk helps homeowners evaluate renovation projects
Opinion
A new app called Plunk, with a reputable pedigree of industry knowledge behind it, has launched to help homeowners better evaluate the return on home improvement
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 30
Confused? Here's how landing pages and single-listing websites differ
Knowing how to best leverage each form of web presence can make you that much smarter a marketer — and your seller that much more satisfied with your effort
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 30
Inman Review: Hate writing listing descriptions? Agently's AI can help
Opinion
There are plenty of dismal writing efforts that somehow make it into the marketplace (sorry, it's true). So, if you're willing to admit you're part of the problem, Agently can help you look like a better writer to your sellers
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 27
Opendoor launches self-guided virtual walk-throughs for sellers
Homesellers using Opendoor can now complete their interior home inspection through uploaded videos and photos, according to a company announcement on Tuesday
by Marian McPherson Aug 26
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
Lone Wolf buys Propertybase in 5th acquisition this year
Propertybase's flexible suite of front- and back-office features is expected to broadly enhance Lone Wolf's technology appeal to brokers and teams
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 25
Pulse: What are the biggest listing cliches?
When it comes to listing descriptions, some agents just miss the mark. This week, we're asking you to share the most cliched, worn-out phrases that you've been seeing in listing copy. What makes you cringe?
by Inman Aug 25
How to bring sellers back to reality as the market cools
After a year of booming home price growth and bidding wars, the market is slowing down. 2 leading brokers share how to help sellers deal with the shift
by Marian McPherson Aug 24
Pulse: Readers share their top listing faux pas
This week, our readers share a couple of listing mistakes and bad habits that can hamper a property's ability to sell. Are you guilty of any of them?
by Inman Aug 24
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
Knight and day: How a lingering listing got a second shot with armor
After a Washington home lingered on the market for more than 200 days, Realtor Jonas Elber staged a photo shoot that included a knight wearing 100 pounds of steel armor
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
5 high-end home design features trending today
Find out what’s hot in luxury homes from Mauricio Umansky, founder and CEO of The Agency in Los Angeles
by Mauricio Umansky Aug 18
Investors say car condos are 'better than owning an apartment'
With a rise in vehicle ownership and a decline in available street parking, Manhattan investors are betting big on car condos as New Yorkers prepare to return to in-person work
by Lillian Dickerson Aug 17
10 must-do sale preparation tasks — regardless of market
Opinion
Buyers are stretching their budgets more than ever, and they want the best their money can buy. If sellers want to capitalize on their homesale, they’ll have to put in the work. Here are 10 seller must-do’s and why they matter to buyers
by Cara Ameer Aug 17
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
A monument to spite, Boston’s ‘Skinny House’ hits market at $1.2M
For the right buyer, the almost impossibly narrow building offers a piece of Boston history and a surprising 1,165 square feet of space
by Daniel Houston Aug 13
Inman Review: Holofy Spaces is leading the vertical video tour revolution
Opinion
Based in London and rooted in retail, this video tour app gives users a simple, cool way to explore homes and also reduces the anxiety many agents have about creating listing videos
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 13
Ready to add a listing agent to your team? 6 traits to look for
Opinion
Find someone who's better than you and who understands how to manage clients, communicate with authority and compassion, and get deals done
by Adam Hergenrother Aug 12
The virtual staging advantages even naysayers can’t deny
COVID-19 took virtual staging from the wings and placed it center stage. Now that we have, through necessity, experienced digital staging firsthand, it will be a dominant factor going forward
by Carl Medford Aug 11
$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
Pulse: What are the biggest issues with listing technology?
This week, we're focusing on the shortcomings, problems and question marks related to listing tech. What's lacking, and what are some of the main issues you're seeing today?
by Inman Aug 4
Emilio and Gloria Estefan sell Miami mansion for $35M
The Estefans bought the house in 1993 for $1.84 million and listed it twice before
How to ensure your listing finds love online
Opinion
Here’s how to maximize your listing’s potential and capture more online views
by Carl Medford Aug 3
Apartment listings startup raises $22M as it prepares to double staff
Wisconsin-based company Rentable aims to hire new employees and keep up with rising demand after securing a new round of funding
by Daniel Houston Aug 3
Homes listed in the MLS sell faster and for nearly 17% more: Study
Bright MLS looked at 442,829 home sales across its 6-state Mid-Atlantic footprint that sold over a 24-month period
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 30
Huge number of homeowners willing to consider an iBuyer: Poll
82% of homeowners in 1000watt survey said they either were more likely to trust information from Zillow than from a real estate agent or to trust them about the same
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 28
Pulse: What do newbies need to know about marketing listings?
When it comes to listings, what makes for a solid marketing strategy? From social media to video tours, we want you to chime in with your best advice and tips for newbie agents
by Inman Jul 28
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
Inman Review: Can iBuyers get you leads? They can with Zoodealio
Opinion
Not quite an iBuyer, Zoodealio does in some instances buy a seller's home, but the software's experience is clearly developed around getting agents more listing leads
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 23
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
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
‘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
Lesson Learned: Overcome any objections with exemplary performance
Find out how Florida real estate agent Jonathan Spears surpassed $1B in career sales before the age of 30
by Christy Murdock Jul 20
How to build solid real estate relationships now
Here, Inman contributor Jimmy Burgess will show you how to launch your marketing efforts inexpensively and build those lifetime relationships using the most convenient, time-saving tools. Plus, he’ll arm you with a solid strategy that generated him $11 million in listings — in three months
by Jimmy Burgess Jul 15
Ricoh360 Tours releases beta phase of virtual staging product
With its Theta line of compact, high-resolution cameras, Ricoh was one of the first major brands to introduce a product specifically for creating online real estate tours
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 14
Engel & Völkers lists Netflix-featured private island for $1.9M
The 3-acre island includes a 3-bed, 2.5-bath home, which has most recently been used as a profitable Airbnb
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 14
Agents reveal 4 ways to drum up more inventory
Everything from newspapers to Facebook Ads can help agents score more listings in the midst of a housing shortage
by Libertina Brandt Jul 13
NAR 'cut a deal' with Trump DOJ to undermine commission suits: CFA
The National Association of Realtors countered that the Consumer Federation of America's assertions are 'wrong and misleading' and 'commissions are very much negotiable'
Vast majority of real estate listings lack good visuals: Study
Most US listings don't include a virtual tour or floor plan and don't use best practices in professional photography, according to a new study released Thursday
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
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
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
Las Vegas home sells for $25M, shatters Sin City sales record
The buyer, loanDepot founder Anthony Hsieh, is leasing the property back to the developer for the next 30 months
Are you poised for growth? 7 things top producers should do now
Set yourself up to thrive no matter what the market does in the future. Here are a few fundamentals to focus on today — to create new highs for your business
by Jimmy Burgess Jun 27
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
Give them leverage! 6 ways to help agents do more
Opinion
It’s a win-win when agents are able to have the freedom to be more focused, more fulfilled and more successful in the long term
by Adam Hergenrother Jun 24
MoxiWorks clients can manage showings with Instashowing
'The best agents have used multiple apps to manage their business and we're excited to see the deeper integrations making agents' lives more seamless,' said Instashowing founder
by Craig C. Rowe 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
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 New Normal for listings is endless evolution
Over the past 20 years, listings have gone from a single photo in a newspaper to having dozens of images, interactive features and 3D tours. The only constant now is change
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 8
Here’s how this agent generated $108K on TikTok in 2021 (so far)
Learn from Atlanta Realtor Glennda Baker how to find new followers, build new relationships and generate new leads that will ultimately convert to more sales
by Jimmy Burgess Jun 4
Want the ultimate client experience? Set up these 5 team systems
Opinion
A real estate team can be the ultimate solution to providing consistent 5-star client experiences — if they're run effectively
by Carl Medford Jun 2
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
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan list Beverly Hills home for $6M
The former couple, who divorced in 2018, are selling the home for the same price they paid for it in 2015
'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
Margot Robbie lists LA home for $3.48M
The 4-bedroom, 6-bathroom home includes notable features like a poolside cabana and a swing suspended from the living room ceiling
by Lillian Dickerson May 26
Get ready! 6 seller tasks that can increase a listing’s value
First impressions are everything. Make sure your listing has a lasting impact in images, during showings and when buyers roll up to the curb
by Santiago Arana May 25
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
6 resources every real estate agent should have on hand right now
Staying up-to-date with the latest resources, tips and tricks will help grow your brand, business — and bottom line
by Rainy Hake Austin May 20
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
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
5 assumptions that can harm your clients and hurt your commission
Opinion
Our advice: Never assume anything, and always practice due diligence
by Carl Medford May 18
'The Royal Tenenbaums' home available to rent for first time
The property made famous in director Wes Anderson's 2001 film is now available for a 12-24 month lease at $20,000 per month
by Lillian Dickerson May 17
KvCORE's spring 2021 release is faster, smarter and connected
Updates to the user experience and some sharply engineered new functionality demonstrate why Inside Real Estate's flagship software remains an industry favorite
by Craig C. Rowe 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
Bright MLS cracks down on abuse of pocket listing rule
'Vast majority' of Clear Cooperation Policy complaints turn out not to be in violation
by Andrea V. Brambila May 11
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
Live tour app HomeRover launches refresh after agent feedback
HomeRover has announced new features to its live tour app for agents and homebuyers. The refocused version includes a more business-tailored interface for agents and improved consumer-facing features and usability
by Craig C. Rowe May 11
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
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
Lakefront 'Stair House' in Idaho’s hottest neighborhood asks $695K, but there’s a catch
This unusual staircase-shaped home in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho — recently named one of the country's hottest housing markets — has a coveted location, but it's missing a few key comforts
The Inman Handbook on how to juggle multiple offers
With some agents seeing upward of 20 or more offers on their listings in today's market, the process can quickly become overwhelming for everyone involved. Here's how to sift through what's important to help sellers make the best decision
Buyers in bidding war? 15 tactics to help them stand out to a seller
Although the real estate market is red-hot, we can improve our buyers’ odds by presenting a deal that directly helps the sellers. Addressing price, time, convenience and certainty can go a long way in positioning our buyers to win the home
by Jimmy Burgess May 2
The buyer's agent who padlocked the gate: Stories from the wild world of real estate
Have you heard the latest boots-on-the-ground, can-you-believe-it story? Here are some of the most unusual and bizarre tales from this highly active spring market
by Christy Murdock Apr 30
What’s Next? Top design trends to expect post-pandemic
As we look ahead to the world post-pandemic, here are the trends that experts, agents and designers are seeing in home design and decor
by Christy Murdock Apr 30
Zestimates can't keep up with wild housing market, agents say
Agents from around the country talk about the widening gap between Zestimates and MLS home value data as inventory shortages push prices to new highs
by Marian McPherson Apr 27
Ethics violation, lawsuit or worse: 10 situations that get agents in trouble
Even earnest agents make false steps that end up in an ethics violation, a suit or revocation of a license. Check out Inman's handy charts to learn the consequences of 10 situations
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 26
What real estate agents need to know about …
Clients appreciate agents who are well-versed on a home’s most sought-after features. If you’re looking to brush up on your knowledge of kitchen layouts, bathtub types and useful home safety tips, here is a primer
by Gerard Splendore Apr 26
9 tips for getting in good with local listing agents
Being an agent others trust and like to work with is a reputation you earn over time. If you're new in the field, there are a few things you can do to develop those helpful ties, showcase your professionalism and cultivate a network you'll rely on time and time again
by Stephanie Lanier Apr 24
Feeling overwhelmed? 4 skills new agents should master first
Navigating the many processes and moving parts of this industry can seem overwhelming — especially to newly minted agents. But you can't be all things to all people. Here are the main things you need to focus on
by Faisal Susiwala Apr 22
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
Here's how I generated $11M in listings — in 3 months
Nothing is more impactful than letting homeowners know the value of their homes in the current market, and nothing will keep you top-of-mind more than this process. Enter the unsolicited seller CMA video
by Jimmy Burgess Apr 16
9 listing presentation mistakes you can't afford to make
Be sure to avoid these common mistakes, and you are well on the way to controlling the market and the ultimate success of your career
by Thomas Mallette Apr 15
Mr. Rogers' one-time home is up for sale in Pittsburgh
The iconic children's TV host and his wife Joanne lived in the home in the 1950s and 1960s
Madonna drops $19.3M on The Weeknd's amenity-filled mansion
Abel Tesfaye, the Toronto-born musician known as The Weeknd, first put his 12,500-square-foot Hidden Hills home on the market last summer
More than half of agents don't bother staging homes for sale
Just over half of listing agents say in a NAR survey that they believe staging boosts how much buyers will offer, but about the same share don't stage. Is reality TV to blame for unrealistic expectations?
1 in 7 homeowners considering selling within next 3 years
Of those not considering moving, 26% said they were concerned about their ability to find or afford a new home, according to a new survey from Zillow
Dive into every Back to Basics story from this month
This month, we’re focused on making you more money. Here are the top stories from our Back to Basics series published thus far. We'll keep this list updated all month long.
by Inman Apr 7
How to deal with unlawful occupants in listings
Rising levels of homelessness have increased the incidents of unlawful access to homes on the market. Here are a few key steps to respond to unauthorized entry and preventative measures to ensure it does not happen in the first place
by Carl Medford Apr 5
The Real Word: When will the market cool down?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss when the market is expected to cool down, a neighbor’s listing that revealed a roaming cat and how landlords are dealing with the eviction ban
by Byron Lazine Apr 2
18 critical move-out tasks that should be on every seller's checklist
In the mad dash that's buying a home these days, important details can slip through the cracks. That's why listing agents need to help sellers transition out of their homes in an organized fashion — without leaving out any critical information buyers might need
by Cara Ameer Apr 1
Ashley Tisdale sells Los Feliz house for $5.78M
TJ Paradise of Sotheby's International Realty was the agent behind the sale of the former Disney Channel star's home
Pulse: What does back to basics mean in 2021?
This week, we're exploring what going back to the basics really means for real estate professionals in 2021. What fundamentals should agents be focusing on, tweaking or relearning this year?
by Inman Mar 31
8 bogus questions sellers ask when interviewing listing agents
Some of the tried-and-true questions sellers have been asking for years are actually totally meaningless. Here are the top bogus questions sellers ask along with ways to effectively counter them
by Carl Medford Mar 30
How to steer your brokerage through extreme markets
Operating a brokerage during extreme market fluctuations? You'll need to develop a strategy — and that starts with supporting your agents, providing superior service and learning how to be flexible through it all
The Real Word: Could independent contractor status die?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the status of real estate agents as independent contractors, how to generate more listings and who's crushing it on TikTok
by Byron Lazine Mar 26
In-N-Out Burger heiress wants $16.8M for swanky LA mansion
Burger heiress and current In-N-Out owner Lynsi Snyder first tried to sell the estate in 2017
Put your listening skills to the test! 10 ways to be a better listener
Think you're a good listener? Now's the time to put your skills to the test. Answer these questions to determine if you're really hearing your clients and their needs and concerns, and then implement these best practices to improve your communication
by Bernice Ross 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
Commission, appraisals, inventory: 11 challenges agents face today
Opinion
Last year forced real estate agents to adapt in an ever-evolving landscape. Here are the top challenges agents face daily
by Kuba Jewgieniew Mar 24
Agents, hold yourselves to a higher standard — especially in a hectic market
Opinion
As professionals, we must focus on the long haul — while working together, helping our clients and always doing the right thing
by Jeff Martel 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
Tom Cruise lists his adventure-primed Telluride estate for $39.5M
The secluded estate sits on 320 acres of land and is surrounded by a forest of aspens
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 12
Silicon Valley's priciest listing, 'Green Gables,' asks $135M
The sweeping compound, which includes 7 residences across 74 acres of land, has become the tech hub's most expensive listing
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 12
11 objection-handling scripts agents need today
When it comes to working with buyers, objections are buying signs. Your role is to uncover their concerns, address them and move your clients forward in making the purchase. Here are a few important scripts to keep handy
by Bernice Ross Mar 10
HomeKeepr, now a MooveGuru product, announces service integration
Moving assistance solution MooveGuru now has the mobile app outreach and marketing power of HomeKeepr, acquired in 7-figure, stock-for-stock transaction. HomeKeepr will remain operating as a MooveGuru company
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 9
What do clients need in 2021? 8 skills every agent must nail
Opinion
In today’s frenzied markets, real estate agents have to be on top of every aspect of the deal. Here’s what buyers and sellers should expect from agents
by Cara Ameer Mar 9
6 ways agents can disrupt the disruptors today
Embracing change, technology and the evolution of our industry is the key to succeeding and remaining relevant as an agent. Do this consistently, and you will emerge as a leader in your marketplace
by Faisal Susiwala Mar 8
How to set the right price and attract a crowd that buyers will follow
Buyers are put at ease when they notice high amounts of buyer activity for a particular listing. There’s comfort in the crowd, especially in today’s highly competitive seller’s market
by Jenny Usaj Mar 8
One week after LA launch, Knock blankets Southern California
A rapid expansion from Los Angeles into San Diego, Santa Barbara and markets inland puts Knock well ahead of its '21 in 21' available markets goal
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 4
Not just a home! Why lifestyle matters most in 2021
Opinion
Today’s real estate consumers believe how they live within their communities is just as important as the layout of their homes. Understanding this shift is crucial for real estate professionals. Here's why
by Scott Beaudry Mar 4
Brooklyn townhouse from 'Moonstruck' lists for $12.85M
The 1829 Federal-style Brooklyn Heights home underwent an extensive renovation and is now listed with The Talbott Team at Corcoran
How to combat 5 common lies listing agents tell — and win the listing
Opinion
Be sure to always ask if the other agent has promised anything that you haven’t. That will be your opportunity to counter any lies with truth
by Carl Medford Mar 2
About Time Tours offers industry mobile app for scheduling showings
The iOS and Android app is ready to go, seeking MLS and brokerage partnerships to streamline in-person property tours
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 1
'Worst house on the street': Brutally honest Florida listing goes viral
'The roof leaks, the floor creaks, and there's a terrible draft,' Future Home Realty's Philippa Main wrote in the listing description
The Inman Handbook on Knock
Fintech or proptech? Both? Home Swap provider Knock is moving quickly to surpass its goal of being in 21 markets before the end of 2021. Here's what you should know about its unique lending model designed to help homeowners buy before they sell
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 1
Mike DelPrete: The top threat to real estate portals
There is one significant risk — an achilles heel — to portals: They don’t control their inventory
by Mike DelPrete Feb 24
11 ways to prepare your listing for its red-carpet moment
Whether it's the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys or other award ceremonies, take note of what happens on the red carpets — it holds major clues for listing agents
by Carl Medford Feb 23
DIY staging: 5 pieces every agent should invest in
If your homeowners can’t afford (or won’t spend extra money on) staging, it pays to have some inventory to help you improve the look of your new listing
by Antoinette Fargo Feb 21
5 reasons to give your transaction coordinators a raise
From getting the most out of your transaction software to being the master of the office calendar, a transaction coordinator's value to an ever-more digital office environment is more valuable than ever before
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 20
How to become a better negotiator in 9 simple steps
Top real estate agents Amie Quirarte and Craig Wilburn share how agents can conquer their negotiating fears and become better advocates for their clients
by Marian McPherson Feb 18
7 ways to deliver value your luxury clients won't forget
Not every agent will be willing to take the extra steps and do the legwork, but when it comes to luxury clients, this makes all the difference. Here's how you can deliver exceptional value to high-end clientele
by Cara Ameer Feb 18
Get it sold! 7 strategies for nailing your new listing's price
Ultimately, pricing your new listing correctly comes down to whether the seller wants to sell as quickly as possible or achieve the highest price. If you price it just right, however, you may often achieve both. Here are a few strategies
by Bernice Ross Feb 17
Inman Handbook on digital home showings
With the evolution of real estate upon us, the Inman Handbook on digital showings is here to help you make sense of this still-evolving, but here-to-stay, property marketing strategy
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 15
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
Dealing with indecisive buyers? File, don't fire
Who has time to deal with wishy-washy buyers in inventory-starved markets? Pat Hiban sits down with real estate coach Darryl Davis to get his top strategies on turning these buyers into opportunities for doubling business
by Pat Hiban Feb 9
5 mistakes you're probably making in your listing descriptions
Your ho-hum property descriptions may be undermining your MLS marketing. Avoid these five common mistakes to make your next description pop
by Christy Murdock Feb 8
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
Super Bowl act The Weeknd still trying to sell LA mansion for $22M
The entertainer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, originally listed the property in June 2020 for $25M, but dropped the price by $3M in December
12 ways to generate listings in a low-inventory market
Here are a few ways real estate agents can proactively persuade potential homesellers to put their properties on the market now
by Bernice Ross Feb 3
Say no to FSBO! 7 risks homesellers take when they go it alone
Opinion
In today's market, the stakes are high, decisions are swift, and there is immense pressure on everyone in the transaction — which is why sellers need a real estate agent by their side
by Cara Ameer Feb 2
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
9 questions everyone's asking about Zillow's IDX shift
Opinion
What does Zillow's IDX shift mean for you and your business? Here are the answers to all your lingering questions
by Jay Thompson Jan 29
8 ways real estate agents can combat commission compression
Keller Williams trainer Dana Cadena and Compass Texas sales manager Bryan Pacholski share how agents can garner the commissions they deserve
by Marian McPherson Jan 27
3 strategies to find listings in inventory-starved markets
Real estate experts Jeff Lobb and Stacie Staub share tips on how to find inventory in today's tight markets at Inman Connect
by Patrick Kearns Jan 26
Agent Image debuts a new solution for digital listing presentations
The Inman Connect audience was offered a unique look at what website developers Agent Image believe is the future of listing presentations and online open houses.
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 26
Stop! 7 bad listing agent behaviors that can hamper a deal
For a transaction to go over smoothly, agents have to maintain professionalism while keeping the process as pleasant as possible for everyone involved. If you're a listing agent, now's the time to stop these irksome behaviors
by Michelle Shelton Jan 26
Sandra Bullock sells Tybee Island estate below asking at $4.2M
After sitting on the market for nearly 2 years, Bullock accepted an offer for her estate that was about $2.33M below the original asking price
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 25
Boston home atop Underground Railroad hits the market for $10.7M
The 1827-built property is an impeccably preserved Federal-style home in Boston's Beacon Hill, and it contains a bunker that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 22
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
7 realities your buyers and sellers should prepare for in 2021
The real estate market boomed last year, as people sought more space, amenities and new jobs that required relocation. But what will 2021 look like? Here's what will likely change — or stay the same — this year
by Cara Ameer Jan 19