Smart Home Tech: What are the top smart devices for pets?
For homeowners with pets, smart tech can be a great way to keep an eye on these furry friends, and provide them with what they need to stay happy and healthy. Here are a few devices that pet owners will find particularly useful
by Brandon Doyle May 7
Tech Review: Smart Alto puts people first in its innovative lead qualification solution
Opinion
A alumnus of the Y Combinator startup program, Smart Alto leverages clever talk-tech, sales scripts and human ISAs to qualify leads and set appointments
by Craig C. Rowe May 7
Tribus adds new collaborative search feature to platform
Household will let homebuyers share and collaborate on listings with friends, family members or investors
by Jim Dalrymple II May 6
Accurate Group acquires Coast to Coast Title & Escrow
The deal includes title and closing technology platform that integrates with loan origination systems used by most lenders
by Matt Carter May 5
OJO Labs adds climate risk assessments to portal listings
ClimateCheck's risk assessment scores for a variety of factors like flooding and droughts will now be integrated into listings featured on Movoto, OJO Labs' real estate search portal
Dotloop and Notarize launch long-awaited integration for users
Starting Tuesday, Notarize Business users can integrate their dotloop accounts for a seamless notarization experience between both platforms
by Marian McPherson May 4
Propertybase launches new lead source for loan officers, small teams
BoldMortgage builds on Propertybase's enterprise-level mortgage business growth platform Unify
by Matt Carter May 4
Lone Wolf releases technology solution for recruiting
Targeted agents can be sorted according to performance, tagged for categorization and internal referral, and compared against currently high-performing internal agents
by Craig C. Rowe May 4
In the multifamily space, these tech tools have become indispensable
Certainly, other tech developments lie ahead, but in general, it can be said that innovation has enabled those in the multifamily space to do their jobs better — and that was the case well before the pandemic
by Michael Zaransky May 4
Tech brokerage Avenue 8 raises $14 million
The San Francisco-based company plans to use the new money to expand into new markets, hire agents and beef up its technology
by Jim Dalrymple II May 3
Bitcoin house in San Francisco to auction 75-year NFT leases
San Francisco-based startup co-living space 20Mission will launch the first-ever auction of spaces as non-fungible tokens starting on May 5th, the company announced on Thursday
ProperSign updates with QuickSign to speed digital closings
ProperSign was rated 4 stars in 2020, largely on the merits of its user experience design and Dynamic KBA, or knowledge-based authentication for signer identification
by Craig C. Rowe May 3
Zillow hits back in REX antitrust lawsuit
Discount brokerage REX filed its antitrust lawsuit in March. But in a new filing, Zillow calls REX's claims "self serving" and without merit
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 30
BuzzBuzzHome acquired by new home data provider Zonda
This is Zonda's fourth acquisition in the last 12 months. BuzzBuzzHome claims to be the 'largest and most accurate' new homes database
by Matt Carter 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
Refreshed and nurture-savvy, Market Leader's CRM deserves your attention
Opinion
After bouncing around Trulia and then Zillow, Market Leader — a CRM and marketing software — has been reborn under Constellation Real Estate Group, and we're better for it
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 30
Shaker updates include in-deal text messaging and Dotloop integration
Text messaging gives agents and clients a fast, convenient way to keep deals progressing, and has become a ubiquitous sales and marketing channel for the real estate industry.
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 29
Property management platform Guesty raises $50M
Guesty, which offers a software solution to manage multiple short-term rental listings through sites like Airbnb, also scooped up a competitor
Cut through the noise! Video marketing strategies that work in 2021
Find out what some of today’s most innovative agents and brokers are doing to set their video content apart from the competition
AI-powered mortgage processing: 27 options besides Google
The tech giant recently rolled out a purpose-built solution for the mortgage industry, but it's entering a rather crowded field
by Matt Carter Apr 28
Cash offer startup Ribbon launches appraisal protection service
The company will now cover the difference for under-appraised homes purchased through its RibbonCash Offers service
by Marian McPherson Apr 28
California Association of Realtors teams up with RentSpree
The new partnership will let agents access and use CAR rental documents within the RentSpree technology platform
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 28
Most agents have online passwords that are ridiculously easy to guess
'Password,' '12345' and 'Simon' are the top passwords chosen by real estate agents for their online accounts, according to research from the password safety manager NordPass
Want to level up your marketing? Here's how tech can help
By making the best use of the tools available in today’s tech-laden world, you can free up time to focus on what really matters — building genuine, lasting relationships with clients and helping them find the property of their dreams
by Derek Dowell Apr 28
EXCLUSIVE: Realogy taps MoxiWorks for company-wide technology partnership
In a video call Tuesday, Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider told Inman MoxiWorks will provide its full product suite, including solutions for marketing, recruiting and website creation
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 27
CoStar revenue jumps 17% with help from new addition Homesnap
The company raked in $458 million during the first quarter of the year. It also said that Homesnap, which it bought in 2020, performed well
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 27
EXp launches brokerage operations in Colombia
The virtual brokerage now operates in 14 countries, and has plans to open in others later this year
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 27
Compass to acquire transaction management platform Glide
The acquisition will be completed this week, according to an announcement on Monday. Glide enables agents and brokers to complete disclosures digitally
by Marian McPherson Apr 26
NAR's venture capital fund picks Knock, other startups for REACH program
Second Century Ventures, which is an arm of the National Association of Realtors, has chosen Knock and 7 other startups to be a part of the 2021 REACH scale-up program
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
11 tech tools that'll save you time — and drum up more business
Opinion
Automating your processes will allow you to focus more on building relationships — which is the key to taking your business to the next level. Here's a list of real estate tech that'll make your life easier
by Jimmy Burgess Apr 25
Buy and build with Welcome Homes' online new construction platform
Welcome Homes augments a streamlined business plan with dynamic 3D visualization to let new homebuyers build and buy directly from their browsers
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 23
Pacaso taps dotloop exec Marnie Blanco to lead industry relations
Pacaso named Marnie Blanco as its vice president of industry relations on Thursday. She'll oversee strategic industry partnerships and relations growth
by Marian McPherson Apr 22
SmartRent inks $2.2B merger deal with Fifth Wall SPAC
Once closed, the merger would mark one of the biggest deals between a proptech firm and a special-purpose acquisition company to date
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 22
5 movers and shakers driving Opendoor's growth
These are the executives behind Opendoor's post-IPO growth, which hinges on the company's goal of reaching 42 markets by the end of 2021
by Marian McPherson Apr 22
Don’t miss out! 4 simple ways to generate leads on your website
Be sure to utilize these simple strategies to capture more leads from your website with minimal effort and cost
by Kate Hulbert Apr 21
Digital mortgage startup Better debuts services in 3 more states
The company has funded over $40 billion in home loans since it launched — nearly all of it since the beginning of 2020
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 20
4 tips for getting the most out of Clubhouse
The audio-only discussion app remains popular among real estate professionals. But those who want the most out of it should follow a few key practices
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 20
Fintor aims to make real estate investing more accessible
The new micro-investing startup, which just raised $2.5 million, lets people start investing in residential real estate with as little as $5
4 fundamental skills agents need to brush up on right now
Are you practicing clear communication? Mastering the art of negotiation? No matter how many years you spend in the business, there are a few essential skills every agent should revisit and polish from time to time
by Santiago Arana Apr 20
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
MailMatic wants to be in your 2021 marketing plans
Opinion
Still effective, especially when combined with integrated digital campaigns, direct mail remains an ideal opportunity for agents looking to build local awareness
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 16
Douglas Elliman parent company invests in another proptech startup
Vector Group, which launched its proptech investment arm in March, has now added Humming Homes to its list of invested in companies
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 15
Browse second-home opportunities on updated Pacaso app
Pacaso's mobile app allows users to browse available homes, share them with aspiring co-owners and friends, and be alerted to new properties or changes to those they're following. The company's intent is to democratize second homeownership
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 15
Lone Wolf Technologies launches Cloud CMA for brokers
Lone Wolf Technologies announced the rollout of a new broker-focused version of the popular listing and market analysis software Cloud CMA
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 15
@properties expands its franchise empire in Wisconsin
The company announced this week that its second-ever franchise will officially launch in La Crosse, Wisconsin
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 15
CoStar to acquire listing site Homes.com
The $156 million purchase should help the company continue its push into the world of residential real estate
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 14
Salaried agent model is a 'game changer' says former Realogy leader
Charlie Young, who left Coldwell Banker last year, is joining the board of a flat-fee brokerage that pays its agents a base salary rather than a conventional commission
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 14
Opendoor expands homebuying pool to meet booming demand
The iBuyer revised its purchase requirements to include pricier homes, older homes and homes in age-restricted and gated communities
by Marian McPherson Apr 13
SentriLock officially launches showing platform
SentriKey Showing Service is among the buzziest new showing management platforms in a space that has growing increasingly crowded in recent months
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 13
Fathom subsidiary IntelliAgent acquires tech platform LiveBy
Fathom Holdings CEO Josh Harley said the acquisition is an integral part of the company's profitability and national portal plans
by Marian McPherson Apr 9
12 videos every agent should make
These 12 video templates, together with the two search rank term tools, will help you reach your target clients and build trust by answering their questions before they ask
by Jimmy Burgess Apr 9
SoftBank invests $500M in fintech startup Better.com
Better.com is set to receive $500 million from SoftBank's Vision Fund, according to a WSJ article on Thursday. This places better.com's valuation at $6B
by Marian McPherson Apr 9
Inman Tech Review: JetClosing is fueling mobile adoption of digital title and escrow
Opinion
Maybe it feels to some that such a light, easy product can't handle the financial and metaphorical weight of a closing, but JetClosing is an app that proves otherwise
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 9
Smart Home Tech: What to know about smart lights
Opinion
Smart lighting is a rapidly growing segment of the smart home tech market — and it's easy to see why. When done right, smart lighting can add personalization and ambiance to any part of your house. Here's what you need to know
by Brandon Doyle Apr 8
Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso to accept bitcoin as rent
Billionaire Rick Caruso plans to roll out a variety of cryptocurrency programs for consumers, including a customer reward option and the ability to pay rent with bitcoin
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 8
MoxiWorks enters into nationwide agreement with Century 21 Canada, launches HUB21
Agents throughout Century 21 Canada's 400 offices will have access to MoxiWorks solutions through a portal called HUB21
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 8
5 people to watch at RE/MAX as franchisor counts on investment pay-off
RE/MAX intends to keep its agent productivity throne and expects its tech acquisitions in the last couple of years to boost its bottom line in 2021
5 common tech mistakes that could be costing you
When it comes to the technology that powers your business, it's all about what's new and next, but it's important to remember the basics to avoid common mistakes that could be costing you big time
by Teresa Boardman Apr 8
Notarize to open its remote notary platform to independent notaries
Pilot program to launch in Washington and Tennessee with a goal of launching in all 31 remote online notarization-approved states in 2021
by Kelsey Ramírez Apr 7
11% of Americans moved during the pandemic: Zillow survey
Zillow's latest report revealed what pushed Americans to move during the pandemic and which markets experienced the largest inflow of new homebuyers
by Marian McPherson Apr 6
20 tools to help you create killer video content
As any agent will tell you, video creation should have a special place in your marketing plan. Although it might seem intimidating at first, you'll quickly learn there are easy and cheap ways to level up your video game. Here are all the tools you'll need — from basic to pro
by Jimmy Burgess Apr 4
From out of nowhere: 5 new(ish) cities to keep your eye on this year
Starbase, the Texas town Elon Musk announced he was planning to incorporate as part of Brownsville and South Padre, is 1 example of a community conceived seemingly overnight
How one agent uses TikTok to wrangle some of his youngest clients
A year after launching his TikTok account, GZB Realty broker and managing director Alexander Zakharin now generates 80% of his business using the youth-oriented app
Sprout Mortgage gives brokers more control of loan estimate
A new program gives originators better visibility into how lender fees will be presented to borrowers
by Matt Carter Mar 31
Self-tour company Rently raises cash in industry 'ripe for disruption'
The funding amount was undisclosed, but McCarthy Capital typically makes equity investments of between $15 million and $75 million
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 31
Newly listed 'vampire house' features coffins, backyard cemetery
The unusual property listed by RE/MAX agent Matt Godbey went viral thanks to its ghoulish interior design choices
'That's our bloody cat': Man finds missing feline in a listing photo
After learning that a neighbor had listed his home on the UK equivalent of Zillow, a London oncologist decided to take a peek — only to discover his lost cat in the listing photos
Supernatural stairway found on Zillow sends social media aflutter
Known as 'witches stairs,' a type of staircase sometimes seen in old New England homes, has been making the rounds on social media
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
6 tips you should share with clients before they refinance
Opinion
The lending industry is up to its calculators in mortgage refinances right now. Hopefully most of them are going smoother than mine
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 27
After failing to go public in 2019, WeWork set to try again via SPAC
The special purpose acquisition company merger will reportedly value the combined company at $9B, far below the $47B it was valued at just 2 years ago
by Patrick Kearns Mar 26
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
Smart Home Tech: How to choose smart sensors for your home
Smart sensors are a great way to gain insight into your home, get notified of issues before they become big problems and control other smart devices you may already own. Here's what to look for
by Brandon Doyle Mar 26
Zentap addresses all your Facebook needs in one place
Opinion
Consistency in social media marketing is a big challenge for busy agents. Zentap can help those who aren't good at it look like they are
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 26
BoomTown acquires Brokermint to create a full 'lead-to-close solution'
BoomTown touted that the acquisition will allow it to become one of the only 'integrated, end-to-end solutions addressing every aspect of the real estate transaction'
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 25
How to successfully work with clients who eschew technology
In a high-tech digital world, the basics of low-tech analog customer service still matter, especially when dealing with buyers and sellers who don't use smartphones or email
by Teresa Boardman Mar 25
Orchard adds concierge service to existing platform
The service allows homeowners to make repairs and upgrade at no upfront cost, before they list on the market
by Patrick Kearns Mar 23
T3 Sixty's annual list of top tech vendors reveals industry consolidation
A total of 15 companies from the 2020 list were acquired prior to the publication of the 2021 list
by Patrick Kearns Mar 23
Former Trulia CEO Pete Flint leads investment round in Instashowing
Flint and other big-name investors including Tom Ferry collectively dropped $1.5M on the showing management startup
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 23
Rocket exec dishes on mortgage trends and beef with UWM
Bob Walters called United Wholesale Mortgage's ultimatum to independent brokers 'deeply offensive'
by Patrick Kearns Mar 23
Marketing through video? Here's how to 10X your reach
To aid in your expanding marketing efforts, here are 5 simple types of videos you can easily make and creative ideas for pushing them out into the world
by Kendall E. Bonner Mar 23
Delta Media Group announces launch of ShowingTime competitor
The platform, called Local Showings, will integrate with brokerage and MLS technology. The company also says it is seeing significant interest in the platform
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 22
Side raises $150M, hits unicorn valuation
The real estate brokerage startup plans to use the infusion of cash to fuel its expansion
by Patrick Kearns Mar 22
Joining Clubhouse? Get the lowdown on this buzzy app
By now, you've probably already heard of Clubhouse, the invite-only audio app that's taking the social media world by storm. As a real estate agent, here are the basics you need to know — plus a few tips to get started
by Katie Lance Mar 20
How the marriage between Spencer Rascoff and Offerpad came to be
Spencer Rascoff and Offerpad CEO Brian Bair spoke to Inman about the behind-the-scenes moves that led to Offerpad's decision to go public via a special purpose acquisition company
by Patrick Kearns Mar 18
How new trends in automation are streamlining title transactions
Just like the rest of real estate, the title industry is embracing technology and its many benefits. When partnering with a title company, be sure to understand how it deploys technology in its systems — and how that tech can be used to help create the best service for you and your clients
by Tom Huddleston Mar 18
Virtual assets are selling for millions. Is real estate next?
NFTs, or 'non fungible tokens,' have upended the art world in recent days. Now, they're gradually pushing further into the world of housing
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 17
Bright MLS launches tool to measure home demand in real time
The 'Bright T3 Home Demand Index,' created in partnership with T3 Sixty, is designed to give Bright MLS subscribers a sense of how the market is doing in real time
by Jim Dalrymple II 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
Matterport and rooomy advance relationship with immersive virtual staging
The partnership aims to provide consumers with as immersive and realistic a home tour as possible before seeing it in person
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 15
Lone Wolf announces collaborative rollout of Digital Title services
This new multiparty solution represents a significant step toward the total digital deal
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 15
The Inman Handbook on Landing
Landing is upending the rental market with furnished, flexible leasing options for members in more than 80 markets around the country
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 15
So you want to live in a tiny home? Here's everything you need to know
We talked to owners and experts about the legal, financial and social aspects of owning a home that's under 500 square feet
Does Zillow's app for online tours stack up?
Opinion
The portal giant's app for creating and publishing immersive online home tours is available to everyone — and it offers enough to make it worth a look
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 12
Mainframe Real Estate debuts marketing tech, agent websites
The launch of a new suite of products continue Mainframe's ongoing efforts to improve the real estate experience by leaning more on technology
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 11
Chicago's @properties debuts new learning service
The service, @academy, will be available to the company's thousands of agents and will include an array of both live and pre-recorded courses
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 11
One homeowner's quarantine project is a basement video rental store (adult section included)
A TikTok video is proving just how far some homeowners will go with a quarantine project. In this case, a man turned his basement into a video rental store
Zumper employs artificial intelligence for rental leads
PowerLeads AI will analyze renter behaviors in order to predict the likelihood of a particular renter signing a lease for a specific apartment
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 11
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
RealPage launches new virtual apartment tour solution
The integrated virtual touring solution will provide interactive virtual content for a potential client to explore, as well as a live leasing agent available on-demand
Awareness, growth and leadership: What's in store for EXIT Realty in 2021
Current and former EXIT Realty leaders Tami Bonnell, Bob McKinnon and Jeff Lobb share the challenges and opportunities the brokerage faces in the year ahead
by Marian McPherson Mar 9
Transactly secures $3M amid rapid transaction coordination growth
CEO Bryan Bowles: 'We've grown at a pace greater than 25% month over month, on average, over the last 12 months'
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 8
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
Inman Handbook on Divvy
This unique company has blended altruism with an innovative twist on an old landlord strategy — rent to own. Operating in 16 markets with more on the way, it opened its first branded brokerage in Cleveland
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 8
12 digital mortgage terms every agent should know
Mortgages are going from handshakes to webcams. Here are 12 terms that are defining industry change
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 6
Roomvu makes effective web video marketing fast and affordable
Opinion
Developed by a former high-producing Vancouver agent, the application centers on social video but can tackle much more
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 5
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
Opendoor debuts cash-backed offers
Buyers will need to get pre-qualified with Opendoor Home Loans or another mortgage company. Then, Opendoor will pair the buyer with a real estate professional in their market
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
Douglas Elliman parent company launches proptech fund
New Valley Ventures from Vector Group aims to invest in startups focused on supporting a 'rapid transformation of the real estate industry for the benefit of the agent'
Constellation Real Estate Group acquires CRM maker from Move
Top Producer offers a customer relationship manager, as well as a suite of other tools. The company had been a subsidiary of Move Inc. before Constellation picked it up this week
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 2
Century 21 at 50: What’s in store for the brokerage’s golden year
As Century 21 approaches its 50th anniversary this year, the company faces unique challenges when it comes to technology and brand relevance
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
CoStar ups its bid for attempted CoreLogic acquisition
CoStar CEO Andy Florance believes the CoreLogic board will deem its offer 'superior' to a winning joint bid by Stone Point Capital and Insight Partners within 48 hours
by Patrick Kearns Mar 1
New camera promises 3D home scans in 15 minutes
Planitar's new Planix camera builds on the company's promise to enable fast and efficient 3D home scans
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 1
The digital transaction is great — but mortgage tech still needs work
It's easier than ever to complete a transaction without ever meeting in-person, but the mortgage lending process is one pain point in which multiple agents have aired grievances
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
From cold to close: How to ensure a seamless closing?
In this third and final part of the series on digital transactions, we will move past search and showings and onto the signing and closing process. Here are the main types of digital signings (and their perks) to know
by Marvin Stone Feb 26
Smart home tech: How to keep your home network safe with Firewalla
For the past year or so that we've been working virtually, so much of our daily lives and work revolved around our home networks. That's why it's important to keep that beating heart alive and well. Here's how Firewalla can help keep it secure
by Brandon Doyle Feb 26
Rental leasing startup Sunroom nabs $11M Series A round
The company works with real estate agents and property managers to handle all aspects of the leasing process
by Patrick Kearns Feb 25
Startup from former Zillow exec creates 'Agent Advisory Council'
Tomo, a still-secretive fintech platform focused on the real estate transaction, is tapping agents from across the country for feedback
by Patrick Kearns Feb 25
From cold to close: How virtual showing tools benefit your long-term business
In this second part of a multipart series on digital transactions and new technologies, we're focusing on the all-virtual tools that will make your remote showings a breeze instead of a 'can you hear me now' moment
by Marvin Stone Feb 25
Want to crush it on TikTok, Instagram or YouTube? 7 tips for video creation
Opinion
Tools such as Instagram Reels, TikTok and YouTube Shorts are becoming invaluable to real estate agents — especially because they're free. With a few of these best practices, you can ramp up your views and grow your well-deserved audience through short-form videos
by Bernice Ross Feb 24
From cold to close: 3 tips for better digital lead response
In this multipart series, you'll learn about digital transactions from end to end and examine new technologies that can enhance the process. First up? Solutions that keep digital inquiries on the digital path
by Marvin Stone Feb 24
Pulse: Readers share the most painful part of digital transactions
Digitizing real estate has made things easier and more convenient for a lot of industry professionals during the pandemic. That said, there are areas that need improvement. Here are a few, according to our readers.
by Inman Feb 23
How the pandemic made us better, faster and more efficient
Despite all the negatives, last year did bring about rapid change that has benefited us in more ways than one. Here are the tech advancements, business practices and cultural shifts that should stay post-pandemic
by Kendall E. Bonner Feb 23
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
Knock hires mortgage industry vet Laura Gray as head of lending
A mortgage industry veteran with more than 3 decades of expertise will head operations for Knock's unique home lending program as it expands into more markets. Knock Home Swap is already available in 17 cities
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 22
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
360 tour provider Peek has big plans for the industry
Opinion
A NYC-based 360-degree tour provider adds a few sharp touches to make its offering stand above others on the market. With 4,700 tours in NYC, company plans call for expansion to Miami and LA
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 19
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
These are the questions that could make or break Compass' IPO
Panelists at Inman Connect Now argued that Compass is going to have to think hard about recruiting, commissions and other issues as it prepares to go public
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 18
How agents can leverage AI to create a 'robust' client experience
During Connect Now, The Agency President Rainy Hake Austin and Triplemint CEO David Walker explain how agents can use tech to create rock-solid businesses and repeat clients
by Marian McPherson Feb 18
RealScout's Buyer Graph launches in San Diego
The tool, which allows brokerages to gain insights from anonymized buyer data, is being launched in partnership with six area brokerages
by Patrick Kearns Feb 18
ActivePipe's SmartSend advances the role of email in lead nurture
Email list maintenance is crucial to any agent's lead nurture and branding efforts, yet it's too often looked upon as a passive marketing activity. Recent updates from ActivePipe are making easy work of it
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 18
Agent advertising platform Audience Town applauds $2.1M in new funding
CEO Ed Carey: 'Audience Town has built the first advertising platform powered by proprietary data and designed to meet the needs of the real estate industry'
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 17
Here's a first look at Zillow 3D Home Tours' newest features
With 200M unique monthly visitors and a consistent IDX stream, Zillow's updated app is ripe to normalize the immersive home tour experience
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 17
Pulse: What's the most painful part of the digital transaction?
This week, we're reaching out to readers and asking you to chime in with your biggest issues, pain points and annoyances with digital transactions. What could be improved?
by Inman Feb 17
Not over yet! CoStar makes another play to buy CoreLogic for $7B
In a letter to CoreLogic shareholders, CoStar Group CEO Andy Florance outlines a 'superior' proposal to trump private equity bidders
by Patrick Kearns Feb 16
Detroit brokerage to become first @properties franchise
Alexander Real Estate, which currently has 45 agents in the Detroit area, will rebrand itself to operate under the @properties banner. The company has ambitious expansion goals
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 16
Growth among 5 biggest challenges RE/MAX faces in 2021
The company also needs to prove its technology investments have been worth the effort and continue to grow Motto Mortgage
by Patrick Kearns Feb 16
Pulse: Readers tell us about a time when tech saved the day
This week, our readers share the tech tools they valued the most during the pandemic — digital solutions that did everything from close a deal to salvage years-old photographs
by Inman Feb 16
Bye, Amazon! Here's the package system luxury renters are pining for
Position Imaging's AI-powered Smart Package Room system is vying to become the hottest new amenity in the luxury residential development space
by Marian McPherson Feb 16
RE/MAX exec dispels 'myths' around Zillow's ShowingTime acquisition
Nick Bailey has a message for agents concerned about the move: 'Don't panic'
by Patrick Kearns Feb 15
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
Tech-enabled mortgage startup UpEquity raises $25M in funding
The company is one of many that have flocked into the mortgage space in recently years, aiming to disrupt a process that until recent remained stubbornly analog
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 12
To the precipice of insanity and back with Clubhouse, the buzziest app in the world
Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Club
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 12
Hollywood at home: What happens when you let the film crews in
While having your property chosen can be tough, homeowners can make up to $20,000 a day by letting crews film inside their home, real estate agents told Inman
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
The war is on: CoStar speeds up its own scheduling tool to rival Zillow
A day after Zillow announced its acquisition of ShowingTime, Homesnap announced it was putting the 'pedal to the metal' on developing an alternative to the showing scheduling tool
by Patrick Kearns Feb 11
Faster, easier, more personal: How tech is shaping luxury real estate
Opinion
These three tech trends allow luxury agents to give their clients a better experience, which is why they will change the face of real estate in 2021 and beyond
by Mauricio Umansky Feb 11
Agents fear Zillow's ShowingTime acquisition, worry about their data
After Zillow announced its acquisition of ShowingTime for $500M on Wednesday, real estate agents expressed concerns about the portal's growing reach and the fate of their data
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 10
Zillow to acquire ShowingTime for $500M
The company plans to continue to operate ShowingTime as an open platform for all real estate agents, not just those who partner with Zillow
by Patrick Kearns Feb 10
Investing platform PeerStreet launches new diversity program
The Evolving Neighborhood Uplift Fund is designed to provide funding for would-be entrepreneurs in traditionally underserved communities
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 10
Creating YouTube content? 7 ideas for generating infinite topics
When it comes to marketing your business, video can prove to be an indispensable tool. If you're ready to up your video game and create hyperlocal, engaging content, here are a few strategies to keep in mind
by Bernice Ross Feb 10
Is CoStar a Zillow competitor? Of course it is
Opinion
As CoStar made a huge splash entering residential real estate with the purchase of Homesnap and Houses.com, many questions were left unanswered
by Jay Thompson Feb 10
Pulse: Tell us about a time when tech saved the day
This week, we're asking you to share your best experiences with tech — those moments when you welcomed digital tools into your process with open arms
by Inman Feb 10
5 tips for taking traditional door-knocking digital
You don't have to abandon your traditional real estate door-knocking values — you simply have to pivot them. Here's how you can put a modern-day twist on something you've been doing for years
by Stacey Soleil Feb 9
Doorvest's unique investor assistance model is modernizing fix-and-flip
This online solution for rental property investing buys, fixes and leases a home for clients before selling it back to them
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 8
Real estate photographers robbed in broad daylight in San Francisco
The couple was driving from a photo shoot when someone smashed the window of their car and stole $7,000 worth of camera equipment. The driver of a Tesla caught it on video
Rich Barton responds to 'SNL' sketch comparing Zillow to phone sex
'You used to want sex, but you're in your late 30s now ... You need Zillow,' according to a mock commercial that aired this weekend on 'Saturday Night Live'
What's the status of remote closings across the US?
Since the pandemic began, 31 states have passed remote online notary laws allowing digital closings to take place, with 29 of those states now permanently allowing digital closings
by Patrick Kearns 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
How to create top-of-mind awareness with e-newsletters
It’s one of the biggest ways people are staying in touch during COVID-enforced shutdowns, but how can you make sure your email blasts are gaining traction?
WATCH: Are 'hybrid brokers' the future of real estate?
Former Zillow exec Greg Schwartz predicts industry with 'hybrid brokers' offering additional tech-enabled services to clients. Here, watch the entire video from last month's Connect as a special Select subscriber benefit
by Inman Feb 5
Virtual 3D marketplace All3D is here for real estate
Opinion
The 3D marketplace has grand plans for the real estate space, the first of which includes an experiential retail and photo-realistic virtual staging offering
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 5
As Jeff Bezos steps down as Amazon CEO, feast on his giant RE portfolio
From LA to Seattle and even West Horn, Texas, Jeff Bezos owns property all across the country. As he prepares to step down as Amazon's CEO, Inman takes a look at his portfolio
Knock adds Airbnb executive to its board of directors
Vijaya Kaza, Airbnb's chief security officer and head of engineering and data science for trust and safety, will help Knock scale its Home Swap service
by Marian McPherson Feb 4
Ticktock! 8 time-wasters agents should avoid
Opinion
Here’s a look at some of the biggest time-sucks real estate agents are up against in today’s world in hopes that you don't fall into these traps
by Jay Thompson Feb 3
Opendoor's revenue plunged nearly 50% in 2020, according to SEC filing
The newly public company revealed in US Securities and Exchange Commission filings Tuesday that it expects to report $2.58B in revenue in 2020, down from the $4.7B in 2019
by Patrick Kearns Feb 3
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
Zillow orders data company to stop scraping its content
In a cease-and-desist letter, Zillow accused Datafiniti of improperly using its data. Datafiniti, which also appears to have harvested Redfin data, says it scans info the way Google does
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 2
Rent-to-own startup Divvy scores $110M in latest funding round
The company plans to use the new capital to expand into new markets and launch additional products to create an end-to-end homebuying experience
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
February is all about the digital transaction here at Inman
Let’s dig into the tech driving the industry and the innovative companies making it happen
by Inman Feb 1
10 impressive consumer tech products to watch in 2021
As one of the most important tech events in the industry, CES provides us a great view into what the future has to offer. And this year's digital event didn't disappoint. Here are a few noteworthy products
by Brandon Doyle Feb 1
Numa helps you respond to every lead, every time
Opinion
Using automated text responses for leads and clients, Numa is targeting real estate after success in helping small retail businesses never miss a call for new business
by Craig C. Rowe 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
Proptech startup bringing AI to builders scores $1M in seed round
Launched in 2018, Propertymate uses artificial intelligence to predict which communities will see new waves of interest
Greg Schwartz predicts an industry with 'hybrid brokers'
During Inman Connect, the former Zillow Group exec discussed his new startup and why he sees a future where most brokers will merge tech-enabled services with traditional, human-touch assistance
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 28
After failed IPO, WeWork now in talks with SPAC to go public: Report
The embattled co-working company is reportedly seeking to go public — again — this time via a special purpose acquisition company
by Patrick Kearns Jan 28
4 ways to embrace real estate's pandemic-induced digitalization
Opendoor Chief Product Officer Tom Willerer shared what the customer should expect after a year spent almost entirely online at Inman Connect
Move CEO: 'Even after 25 years of digital real estate, it's still too hard'
David Doctorow, CEO of realtor.com operator Move Inc., says company won't become a broker, lender or iBuyer 'in any foreseeable time period'
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 28
Is Compass more innovative than Redfin? This VC doesn't think so
Sapphire Ventures' Paul Levine called the timing of Compass' IPO 'fantastic,' but he cast doubt on how innovative it is compared to other publicly traded real estate companies
by Patrick Kearns Jan 28
Zillow expands renter protections tool to fight income discrimination
The company is expanding the bounds of its Local Legal Protections tool to help renters combat discrimination based on how they pay rent
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 28
'Fundamental shift' to digital in real estate is not going away
At Inman Connect, panelists from Zillow, realtor.com, OJO Labs and Qualia discuss how the pandemic has transformed the industry and how agents can compete
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 27
Coldwell Banker CEO: Adopt tech tools that will delight clients
In a conversation at Inman Connect, Coldwell Banker CEO M. Ryan Gorman said that savvy agents should look for new technology that increases efficiency while delighting clients
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 27
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
'2021 is going to be an insane year': Mike DelPrete's 5 megatrends
Mike DelPrete's 5 megatrends of real estate tech include the ongoing growth of new business models, a battle for adjacent services and one that might surprise you
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 26
Brad Inman: Now is the time for a new 'housing dynamism'
Inman Publisher Brad Inman praised real estate professionals for their ability to adjust to working during the pandemic during his opening talk at Inman Connect on Tuesday
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 26
DocuSign partners with the California Association of Realtors
The partnership will let California agents access CAR documents directly within the DocuSign platform
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 26
3 essential uses of Excel for real estate investors
For those who know how to use it, Excel is a cost-effective, portable alternative to expensive industry programs. Instead of looking for specialized solutions, here's why this simple tool can get the job done
by Larry Alton Jan 26
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
Revamping your social media? 5 absolute necessities for 2021
If you're in the throes of revamping your social media strategy and are wondering what to focus on, look no further. Here, social media expert Katie Lance gives her top social media tips for 2021
by Katie Lance Jan 23
Phixer Mobile brings professional editing to DIY photography
Opinion
Photo editing service provider Phixer developed an agent-focused photography app that connects agents' photo libraries with its team of professional editors
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 22
RealtyFeed is crowdfunding a 'disruptive social network' for real estate
Looking for a minimum of $25K, RealtyFeed is a product of technology company Realtyna, and it aims to combine agent collaboration features with search tools for consumers
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 21
Venture capital firm Fifth Wall Ventures latest to launch a SPAC
The firm is raising $250M through its public offering with the goal of acquiring and taking public a startup, the company confirmed in an SEC filing on Wednesday
by Patrick Kearns Jan 21
Notarize hires its first-ever president and chief commercial officer
Technology veteran Larry D'Angelo has been tapped to be Notarize's first-ever president and CCO. D'Angelo will help lead the company's 2021 growth strategy
by Marian McPherson Jan 21
Thinking of moving your team? 5 critical points to consider first
If you're considering making a move to a new brokerage, here are a handful of questions that'll help you determine if your team is ready to pack up
by Chris Pollinger Jan 21
New realtor.com partnerships will add more 3D tour options
The listing portal will now support 3D tours from imaging startups Asteroom and CloudPano
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 20
With 1 day until inauguration, DC locals press hotels, homeowners to follow Airbnb's lead
Despite Airbnb's decision to block and cancel all reservations during the week of the inauguration, Trump supporters are finding new ways to book stays in our nation's capital
MoxiWorks predicts 30% rise in home sales by end of January
If the company's predictions are correct, the US will see 422,000 home sales in January and another 447,000 in February, a significant increase from 2020
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 19
T3 Sixty launches searchable real estate tech vendor marketplace
The interactive digital marketplace was launched ahead of the company's annual print compendium of the industry's top technology vendors
by Patrick Kearns Jan 19
Retarget like a boss: How to boost your sales with advanced audience segmentation
Here’s a look at the latest trends in advanced audience segmentation and how to jumpstart your 2021 sales using Facebook Ads
by Victoria Kennedy Jan 19
Fidelity National Financial announces digital closing tool
'Close inHere' is part of the company's 'inHere Experience Platform,' an end-to-end platform that provides transaction tracking, e-notarization and e-closing services
by Lillian Dickerson 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
Luxury senior living platform seeks to hire 1 lucky 'undercover grandma'
CaringAdvisor.com is offering $500 a month — and living and travel expenses — to a 'glam grandma' interested in living it up at high-end senior housing communities nationwide
Need print and social media marketing fast? Enter CoVault
Opinion
An agent from Victoria, British Columbia, has built a new listing and social media marketing solution for the busy agents everywhere
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 15
Smart home tech: Which smart locks are best for security?
Opinion
A smart lock can offer homeowners security, convenience and a peace of mind. Here's how to find the best (and most compatible) smart lock in a sea of options — plus a few tips on keeping your home extra secure
by Brandon Doyle Jan 15
Elm Street Technologies acquires Flow ROI
As a result of Elm Street Technologies’ second acquisition of 2021, Flow ROI's transaction management software will become part of Elevate, making the office management and marketing solution an end-to-end competitor with the likes of Chime, kvCORE and others
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 14
7 new tech products every agent should know about
Held virtually, the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show revealed the latest in home and business technology, including a home recycling solution, wearable joysticks for hands-free control and even 'smart tub' from Kohler
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 14
Knock names former Lyft and Uber executive as chief financial officer
In 2019, Michelle DeBella, Lyft's former vice president of finance, was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 14
What powers your business? 7 components every agent needs
Agents are a lot like computers — they need several key systems to function properly. Here are a handful of crucial components every agent needs to operate efficiently and without a hitch
by Faisal Susiwala Jan 14
Ex Zillow, Trulia execs add funding to Latin American housing startup
La Haus, a startup aiming to transform home sales in Mexico and Colombia, raised $35M as part of its Series B funding round, it was announced Thursday
by Patrick Kearns Jan 14
3 tips for maximizing your team's virtual open house efforts
Start by strategizing promotional campaigns for your listings, work as a team to host progressive virtual open houses, and extend your livestreams by reposting on social media so that viewers can watch over and over again
by James Harris AND David Parnes Jan 14
Real Estate Webmasters teams up with RE/MAX INTEGRA in Canada
The partnership will give thousands of Canadian agents discounted access to REW's new Renaissance platform
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 12
Orchard expands to 4 new markets in the Southeast
The company is already operating in its newest market Houston and will begin offering its services in Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and Washington, DC
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 12
'Do I sound too salesy?' 3 steps for selling in difficult times
Opinion
If you bear these ideas in mind and apply them when you can, you won't need to worry about sounding pushy or making people feel like they're just another customer
by Justin Tucker Jan 12
5 digital marketing topics that'll shape 2021
After hundreds of conversations with agents across the country, one real estate pro breaks down the main digital marketing topics that dominated the narrative — and consequently, business
by Aaron Lacey Jan 11
Pay rent, earn rewards. Piñata app connects landlords, tenants
Piñata is an app that serves as a loyalty program for property managers, encouraging tenants to pay in full and on time each month
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 11
How to become a local real estate celebrity in 2021
To become an authority in your region, you need to become a master of engagement using video — here's how
by Victoria Kennedy Jan 9
Lone Wolf Technologies sues forms partner Glide over ‘theft of trade secrets’
Lone Wolf Technologies says that Glide is using proprietary tech for forms outside of their agreement, while Glide insists that Lone Wolf is trying to avoid competition
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 8
Smart home tech: Choosing wired vs. wireless security cameras
Although battery-powered cameras have their perks, the delay in recording can be a deal-breaker. Here are a few reasons wired security cameras are a better option
by Brandon Doyle Jan 8
NestEgg cracks the code for small landlords and the agents who help them
Opinion
An exceptionally well-orchestrated rental business app for small landlords, you'll be hard-pressed to find a stone this software doesn't uncover
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 8
Stagnant productivity? 6 tips for recharging your brokerage's batteries
Falling into a routine can often result in an unmotivated, stagnant workplace — which is why it's important to break those patterns. As a broker, here's how you can create a progressive and productive environment
by Faisal Susiwala Jan 7
Asteroom shoots to become Matterport for the mid-tier market
Asteroom has been rolling out a series of affordable updates to address growing demand for ways listing agents can compete for online market share
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 7
Elm Street's Elevate gets new lead-gen capabilities after VoicePad acquisition
VoicePad's automated appointment setting and phone follow-up solution will be integrated with Elm Street's Elevate, an omnichannel marketing and sales support product for agents, teams, and brokerages
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 6
T3 Sixty creates the 'WebMD' of real estate
The consulting and analysis firm has launched a new portal that provides digital access to its library of research and reports
by Patrick Kearns Jan 6
What the heck is Clubhouse? Here's the haps on this invite-only app
The iPhone-based app's invite-only and celebrity-endorsed status gives it an air of mystique, which is why people are begging for a way in. Here's what you need to know before giving it a whirl
by Jay Thompson Jan 6
Pulse: Readers share their biggest challenges of 2020
Before we leave 2020 completely behind, this week, our readers share the toughest obstacles they had to overcome. From adapting to new tech to keeping agents engaged, here are all the challenges you listed
by Inman Jan 5
5 ways agents can take advantage of the off-season
Most agents dread the off-season, but savvy agents see it as an opportunity. Use the winter months to make a plan, build relationships and research trends that will ultimately make you useful to your clients in the long run
by Ben Mizes Jan 5
Quakes, floods and fires: These are the 10 riskiest counties in the US
Los Angeles County has the highest risk of earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters
Ascend Lead Sites is ready to elevate agents in 2021
Opinion
Rebranded from Zephyr Leads, Ascend Lead Sites focuses on offering IDX-powered websites for lead generation that rests on a fully featured CRM, content management system and a menu of digital advertising integrations
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 4
10 video influencers to keep on your radar in 2021
Here, we’re giving a nod to some of the industry’s best video creatives — those who know how to use the medium to make an impact and steer online conversation, all while staying true to their unique brands, styles and niches
by Megan Eskey Jan 3
SoftBank invests $200M in building startup Katerra
The investment is on top of the $2B SoftBank already sank into Katerra, and it will give the Japanese fund a majority stake in the startup
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 31
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
A look at 2020: A year of reckoning for housing policy and equality
From eviction bans to redlining, zoning reform and the NAR Code of Ethics update, 2020 has been a year of reckoning on real estate's checkered past
by Marian McPherson Dec 31
LeadJolt plugs into the power of Facebook lead gen
Opinion
The ISA-based advertising and marketing company creates and helps agents monitor lead generation campaigns on Facebook. Its month-to-month contracts make it stand out among its hardline competitors
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 31
Beloved Nebraska agent found dead after showing, homicide suspected
Mickey Sodoro, a 70-year-old agent with NP Dodge, had not been heard from by his team since entering a home in Omaha's Bellbrook neighborhood for a showing on Monday night
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
Pulse: Readers share their New Year’s resolutions for 2021
2021 is all about starting a new chapter. So, this week, our readers share what they hope to achieve in the new year. From big, ambitious goals to the little things, here’s everything they had to say
by Inman Dec 29
5 nifty apps and software to help you achieve more in 2021
As an agent, you spend a lot of your time out in the field — which is why you need to have the right set of tech tools in your arsenal at all times. Here are a few invaluable apps that will make your work life easier and more efficient
by Santiago Arana Dec 29
Be prepared! 11 reasons agents might leave your brokerage in 2021
Every year, new agents join the office, and others leave. Your job as broker or manager is to look for red flags and identify which issues, life events or frustrations can affect your agents and staff members right now. Here are a few to watch out for
by Erica Ramus Dec 29
Inman Handbook on getting started with BoomTown
BoomTown is one of the more popular sales and marketing software solutions in real estate. It's rich array of marketing technology and CRM tools can be a lot to take on for some brokerages. Find out what its major offerings entail, and why it's not just for the big national players
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 28
9 new real estate technology products that lit up 2020
Opinion
A number of new real estate software products emerged in 2020 — some from new companies and others from established players. Here are nine of them that stood out
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 28
How to blog your way through more website traffic
Don’t overlook the importance of blog posts for bringing in new viewers — and potential business. With a little effort and consistency, you can give your website a considerable bump in SEO, social media engagement and traffic
by Eric Eltzholtz Dec 28
10 superior agent bios — and how to reverse engineer yours
Struggling with writer’s block? Take a look at these stellar agent bios, and use their best features to guide your writing process
Home improvement marketplace Porch makes stock market debut
Porch has evolved into an enterprise software company as well as a consumer-facing marketplace. The firm is the latest to use a merger with a blank check company to go public
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 24
Showing app Entro has potential — but should address agent safety
Opinion
With some decent features and a user interface worth seeing, Entro could succeed if not for leaving agent safety and lead quality totally out of the equation
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 24
Qualia raises $65M, acquires software company
Qualia offers digital closing and title services. With the new funding, the company's valuation has now soared to more than $1B
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 22
Here are the gifts NYC developers are dangling to entice condo buyers
From offering major discounts to brand new cars, New York City developers are pulling out all the stops to draw in buyers who have fled the city in recent months
Real Estate Webmasters set to launch new agent website platform
The new platform is called Renaissance and represents a complete reimagining of Real Estate Webmaster's offerings. The waiting list is currently backed up until at least February
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 22
Home for the holidays? Nope, say vacation rental companies
Demand for family- and pet-friendly properties during the holidays is on the rise. Nationwide, reservations with children are up 15% year over year while New Year's Eve vacation rentals jumped nearly 20% compared to last year, according to Vacasa
Dear Marketing Mastermind: What tech is must-have for 2021?
Find out which tech tools are paying big dividends for real estate pros with help from Jeff Lobb of SparkTank Media and Kenny Truong of eXp Realty
How to grow your inner entrepreneur in 2021
If you want to up your business' success and make a splash next year, you have to tap into your inner entrepreneur. Here are a few ways to get into the right mindset
by Mark Choey Dec 21
Local Logic updates with enhanced demographic data, granular market reporting
Opinion
The website add-on tool made listings shine with local narratives. New features do even more with big data and buyer information tools
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 18
Bunkers, Bezos and the Bahamas: The biggest luxury stories of 2020
A booming luxury market, an obsession with spaciousness and high-profile celebrity sales in the midst of a pandemic have made 2020 a year like no other
Here's the real estate tech worth knowing in 2021
Opinion
In 'Best Use of New Tech Brainstorm: An Inman Workshop' at Connect Now, moderators Jeff Lobb and Kenny Truong led a discussion that balanced the best of today's tech tools with some unique, off-market creative solutions
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 18
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
11 tech products we loved in 2020
Opinion
From digital closings to a powerful way to analyze your CRM database, here are 11 products that stood out in a year of remarkable evolutions in real estate tech
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 18
How homeowners can get more from their solar investment
With careful analysis and smart decisions, solar homeowners have the potential to reduce their reliance on nonrenewable energy sources. Here are a few factors to consider
by Brandon Doyle Dec 18
Dreaming of your brokerage being on the big screen? Try ITESMEDIA
Opinion
From wide screens to retail brokerage storefronts, interactive video screens and kiosk display technology offer brokerages and agents a cool, compelling way to differentiate
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 18
The lessons this broker learned and is taking into the new year
Opinion
A lot of changes took place in 2020, and many of us will likely reflect on them for years to come. Here are one broker's observations — the things she'll leave behind and the lessons she'll take with her into the new year
by Teresa Boardman Dec 17
The best 2020 holiday gifts for every kind of agent
This year, step away from clichés with a personalized hometown puzzle, a sanitizing phone charger or online design class, all befitting the theme for the mess of a year that was 2020
Homes.NYC is the newest New York City home search
Opinion
Launched by Gabriels Technology Solutions and powered by RealPlus, New York's newest property portal emphasizes building video and neighborhood fly-overs.
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 15
Pulse: Readers share the accomplishments they're proud of this year
It's been quite a chaotic year, and now that we're approaching the end of it, it's time to look back and acknowledge the major wins you accomplished
by Inman Dec 15
Can Compass deliver in 2021? Here are 5 things to watch
The company needs to navigate a successful public offering all while retaining agents and delivering on its tech promises
by Patrick Kearns Dec 15
OJO Labs' referral network is now live nationwide
Chris Heller, the chief real estate officer at OJO Labs, believes the interest in the platform shows how the industry's feeling on referral networks has evolved
by Patrick Kearns Dec 14
Fintech startup Homebuyer raises $1.4M in seed funding
Founded by mortgage expert Dan Green, Homebuyer is a platform that offers first-time homebuyers personalized information and loan origination options
by Marian McPherson Dec 14
The Inman Handbook on digital advertising with Adwerx
Is 2021 the year you make digital advertising a part of your success? Here's everything and more you need to know about Adwerx, one of the industry's longest-standing platforms for web and streaming media display advertising
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 14
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
How to connect on a real level in a virtual world
Despite the absence of face-to-face meetings, the pandemic opened many virtual doors for relationship-building. Here's how experiential marketing, forced intentionality and tech have changed the way agents form bonds and engage with clients
by Sam Trimble Dec 13
Engel & Völkers debuts marketing tech platform
MaX uses a proprietary algorithm and millions of data points to build custom campaigns, and to help agents know where to focus their efforts
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 11
Streamline new agent engagement with Guru Solutions
Opinion
The butts-in-seat model of building a brokerage may make a lot of money, but it rarely makes top producers. Doing better by your new recruits starts with better onboarding.
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 11
Digital closing tech JetClosing opens Austin office, its 5th nationwide
Operating in seven states and having raised $35 million to date, JetClosing is now running in the innovation hub of the southwest
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 11
Smart home tech: A look at Shelly's Wi-Fi-based products
Homebuyers are increasingly interested in purchasing homes with smart features or retrofitting their homes. The ability to recommend the right products and the right installer is a critical added value for your clients
by Brandon Doyle Dec 11
Airbnb valuation soars after wildly successful debut as public company
The travel company's share price shot up to more than $168 at one point after an initial price of $68 per share on Thursday, the company's first day on the Nasdaq
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 10
This container house in the middle of the desert can be yours for $3.5M
Envisioned by Whitaker Studio architecture firm, the so-called Starburst Container House in Joshua Tree will be built from shipping containers arranged in the shape of a star
Orchard adds home warranty and insurance to product offerings
The company adds the new services to an existing suite that includes a home loans and title division
by Patrick Kearns Dec 10
Fidelity National Financial launches end-to-end platform, inHere
Called inHere, the platform includes transaction tracking, e-notarization and e-closing services for agents and consumers
by Marian McPherson Dec 10
Take control! 5 ways to generate your own leads
As a real estate agent, you're operating your own business, which means you have to be in charge of generating your own leads. Here are a few tried-and-true strategies
by Faisal Susiwala Dec 10
4 digital marketing tips guaranteed to boost productivity in 2021
Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned Realtor looking to step up your game, these tips will help you create a successful marketing plan for the year ahead
by Victoria Kennedy Dec 10
United Real Estate and Benchmark Realty merge, aim for $1B in savings
Both firms operate under 100% commission, fee-based business models, which, along with a focus on technology, United expects will result in '$1 billion in transactional efficiencies'
AppFolio to pay $4.25M settlement to Federal Trade Commission
The governmental agency alleged that the company failed to properly verify the accuracy of tenant criminal and eviction history before including such information in reports
SoftBank's Vision Fund rebounds with help from Opendoor, DoorDash
After the WeWork debacle, gambles on DoorDash and Opendoor appear to be paying off big time for SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. Could a Compass IPO be the fund's next big win?
by Patrick Kearns Dec 9
3 digital marketing strategies you'll need in 2021
2021 will be the year of eye-catching content. Here are a few ways to drive more eyeballs to your listings and get the exposure needed to elevate your business
by Mauricio Umansky Dec 9
Deal integrates Google's Nest with Samsung's smart home ecosystem
Google Nest devices, which include thermostats, cameras and doorbells, will be Works With SmartThings certified starting in January 2021
Stewart Title acquires NotaryCam to advance digital closings
The deal aims to enhance Stewart's 'vision of digitizing, securing and simplifying the title and closing process'
Replay Listings, RentCity partner to ensure transparency in NYC rentals
Replay Listings, an all-video tour app for New York City apartments, will now have the fast-growing ratings from RentCity to accompany its listing search results
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 7
Influencers marketing condos? Some developers are counting on it
Some New York developers are enlisting influencers to help sell units, by having them create content featuring condos to share images on Instagram
5 strategies for getting more clients without meeting face to face
Just because you're practicing social distancing doesn't mean your team should give up on engaging with prospects and clients. Here's how to build quality connections online
by Brandon Doyle Dec 4
ProperSign is another step toward fully digital transactions
Opinion
Built by the one-time CTO of a title due diligence firm, ProperSign will help real estate take another step toward 100% digital deal-making
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 4
BoomTown and Sisu announce formal, customer-driven integration
In another deep technical integration among big-name industry players, users of performance coaching software Sisu can link BoomTown communications to their goals and dashboards
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 3
Virtual brokerage Real announces $20M funding round
The $20 million equity investment deal will enable Real to improve its mobile app and expand its footprint to 50 states and several international markets
by Marian McPherson Dec 3
Top Reno, Tahoe brokerages partner to launch tech tool
8 of the region's top brokerages are launching a Buyer Graph tool in conjunction with real estate tech company RealScout
by Patrick Kearns Dec 3
CRM giant Salesforce to acquire communication platform Slack for $27.7B
Slack is Salesforce's largest acquisition. Real estate agents should expect to see pitches on how to integrate the communication software
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 2
Airbnb may actually be undervalued ahead of IPO: Study
A new analysis by consumer analytics company ValueChampion found that the pandemic has actually helped Airbnb achieve greater dominance over the travel booking industry
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 2
Home energy evaluator WattBuy raises $3.25M in series A
A web app for helping homeowners predict and understand energy usage raises more money as climate change's role in real estate continues to grow
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 2
What we know about the luxe agent on HBO’s Christmas reality dating show
Douglas Elliman's Garrett Marcantel stars in HBO Max's '12 Dates Of Christmas'
How to make staging possible — regardless of budget
Although most agree that staging works, hiring a professional stager is not always an option. Here are 6 levels of staging that'll make it possible in every level of home
by Carl Medford Dec 1
Mobile lead management and productivity app Quitchet makes solid upgrades
Opinion
First reviewed in 2018, the app launched with some bugs and UX challenges. It's since been updated, and now, it's ready for the open market
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 30
Home insurance startup Hippo raises $350M
Japanese insurance giant Mitsui Sumitomo is injecting funds into the company's efforts to usher its insurance product into more than 95% of US households
6 ways to add a personal touch to daily client communications
We're all doing business from behind our screens this year, but that doesn't mean we should give up the relationship element of a real estate transaction. Here's how to add a human touch to your communication
by Angelica Olmsted Nov 30
Real Grader helps keep agents' online reputation on track
Opinion
Multifaceted technology service helps agents market and manage their digital footprint with tools for social media, contact sharing and profile monitoring
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 27
How smart tech can help reimagine homeowners' home offices
Home office as becoming a must-have in today's environment. So, this week, John Clancy digs into the trend, discussing the upgrades and new technology homeowners should invest in for a more seamless at-home working experience
by Brandon Doyle Nov 27
Interactive content creator Studeo launches OpenBlvd for localized marketing
The well-regarded digital content automation service now has a tool for agents and brokers focused on becoming local experts, and better storytellers
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 24
The best 2020 Black Friday deals for every type of agent
Retailers will be slashing prices on everything from home security systems and Apple products to luxury personalized stationery
10 real estate players named on Deloitte’s 2020 Technology Fast 500
Find out which real estate tech companies made this 26-year-old ranking list, designed to recognize what it takes to be an industry disruptor
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 23
EOriginal updates again with hub for remote online notarizations
The fast-growing online closing platform has been updated with new features to empower online document notarization
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 23
Airbnb exec resigned over data sharing with China
The former FBI deputy director had brought up concerns over the company sharing renters' addresses and phone number with the Chinese government
How one indie brokerage grew its sales by thinking like a doctor
Mike Regan wants agents to get the same kind of prestige and respect as doctors and lawyers — and he's structured his brokerage to make that happen
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 23
'This is huge': After Homesnap acquisition, agents have questions
Will CoStar be more industry-friendly? What happens with MLS data? Agents are full of questions after CoStar acquired Homesnap
by Patrick Kearns Nov 23
Sick of your Zoom background? 6 ways to jazz it up
If your Zoom wall looks the same as it did at the start of the pandemic, it's time for an upgrade
by Antoinette Fargo Nov 23
In chaotic times, Zillow becomes the solution to doomscrolling
People in 2020 are treating the ubiquitous real estate portal as part social network and part salve amid a global pandemic and geopolitical chaos. But don't expect a comments section
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 20
How smart home tech can offer discounts to home insurance
This week, find out how smart home systems can help homeowners save money on their insurance and the most common claims insurance brokers see — plus some proactive tips to take
by Brandon Doyle Nov 20
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 you can bring tech-powered growth to your business in 2021
Moving forward, the real estate world will be divided into two groups — those who harness the power of technology and those who don’t
by Mike McGowan Nov 20
Knock launches its Home Swap service in North Carolina
Home Swap lets real estate consumers buy a new home without having to repair and list their existing residence
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 19
Notarize announces partnership with dotloop
The new partnership should let agents using dotloop get their documents notarized with the click of a button
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 18
Zillow CEO on how COVID-19 vaccine may impact real estate tech
Barton called the vaccine a 'miracle,' praising the scientists behind the effort, and noted that the industrywide move toward digital is likely 'a long-term trend'
by Patrick Kearns Nov 18
Notarize opens platform to more notaries, launches tool for agents
Notarize also revealed during a virtual conference Wednesday that it has seen significant growing interest in virtual transactions during the pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 18
Offerpad remakes its C-suite as its business model evolves
Steve Johnson joins Offerpad as chief operating officer, as the company expands its real estate offerings beyond iBuying
by Patrick Kearns Nov 18
Home improvement startup Curbio raises $25 million
The company handles repairs for homeowners, then takes payment for the work when the home later sells
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 17
TikTok user mocks multimillion-dollar Zillow listings in viral videos
Unlike agents who use TikTok to engage with young homebuyers, @cyberexboyfriend is gaining a following by mocking homes listed on Zillow in his 'Roasting McMansions' series
Kleard launches self-touring tech for rentals
Kleard's third app for both iOS and Android clears the way for landlords to allow aspiring tenants to tour rental listings unaccompanied
by Craig C. Rowe 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
Zavvie is bringing its tech platform directly to agents
Through zavvie Pro, agents can provide their clients a variety of selling options, including iBuyer offers or bridge loan solutions.
by Patrick Kearns Nov 16
TikTok-inspired 'Compass Clips' among highlights at Hackathon
Compass' annual Hackathon this year included a shareable year-in-review platform and technology that allows clients to browse and shop for furniture staged in listing photos
by Patrick Kearns Nov 13
Digital escrow provider Endpoint closes on $40M more
The digital deal continues to broaden its reach as technology company Endpoint takes in more money, expands in the west and doubles its employee count
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 13
CoreLogic launches consumer search with OneHome
Opinion
Data and analytics company's new invite-only, lifestyle-driven home search portal is mostly good, with consumer resources and tools for agents to collaborate
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 13
Setting up a smart home? Here's what to look for
This week, Alex Lelchuk explains the mistakes many DIYers make when installing a smart home system, how to choose the right professional to set up automation and the benefits of video distribution
by Brandon Doyle Nov 13
EasyKnock founder: 'Agents have to differentiate themselves'
EasyKnock CEO Jarred Kessler argued during Inman Connect Now Thursday that agents need to show that they're on the cutting edge
by Jim Dalrymple II Nov 12
Fire risk prompts recall of hundreds of thousands of Ring video doorbells
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission received 23 reports of second-generation Ring doorbells catching fire
Temporary rental provider Tweener Homes strikes deal with Expedia
The Chandler, Arizona-based real estate company offers fully furnished homes on short-term leases for families 'in between' permanent residences
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 10
Coredadi offers industry another source for geographic lead gen
Map-based lead generation and farming is not new, but there is a growing number of proptechs that offer fast, web-based list creation and built-in marketing
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 10
Fathom Holdings to launch title insurance services after acquisition
Fathom Holdings, the parent company of cloud-based brokerage Fathom Realty, has acquired North Carolina-based title company Verus Title
by Marian McPherson Nov 9
7 virtual staging services to increase your listing's appeal
Virtual staging is becoming increasingly in demand — and for good reason. Not only is it more cost-effective and convenient, it also dramatically enhances the property's digital aesthetic appeal. Here are a few firms that do it right
by Megan Eskey Nov 9
Up your social media look with Feed Appeal
Opinion
The new social media content company has its design roots in Silicon Valley, but it's aiming to make the real estate industry look better online
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 6
How to integrate traditional security with smart systems
This week, Nate Clark, founder and CEO of Konnected, shares tips on integrating existing wired home security sensors into an upgraded, smart-home ecosystem
by Brandon Doyle Nov 6
Zillow CEO predicts how tech trends will impact agents
New tech tools in the real estate industry will forever change consumer expectations, Zillow CEO Barton said on a company earnings call
by Patrick Kearns Nov 5
Tribus acquires Solid Earth to bolster CRM, MLS experience
Tribus CEO Eric Stegemann said the acquisition of Solid Earth will enable the company to bolster its CRM and streamline users' MLS listing entry experience
by Marian McPherson Nov 5
3 simple steps to a successful video walkthrough for buyers
Touring clients through a home over video is the new normal — here's how to do it right
by James Harris AND David Parnes Nov 5
Compass offers agents new solution for digital ad campaigns
The brokerage founded primarily on offering agents new technological advantages adds digital advertising to its suite of Marketing Center solutions
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 4
Chime, Brokermint partner for a 'deep technical integration'
Chime said its pursuit of a Brokermint integration stemmed from customer requests and the desire for a single 'lead-to-cash' solution
by Craig C. Rowe Nov 2
ReferMe IQ uses old business to earn you new business
Opinion
Although developed for a range of service-based business, ReferMe IQ has a unique appeal to real estate — and comes ready to go with automated email campaigns
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 30
Smart home tech: The best Alexa-compatible smart devices
If you're building an Amazon-based smart home, listen up. This week's video covers smart doorbell, bulbs, thermostat, switches and everything else that pairs perfectly with Alexa
by Brandon Doyle Oct 30
The Real Word: Did a chabot just replace an agent?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss a buyer who purchased a home with a robot, odd seller contingencies, and a ski-in, ski-out VRBO cabin
by Byron Lazine Oct 30
Quickly pay agents and accept deposits with Bank Shot
The pandemic has pushed every aspect of the transaction deep into the digital age, and this broker-developed app continues to help everyone get their money faster
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 29
Former Zillow exec Greg Schwartz wants to make buying a home easier
New startup Tomo is aiming to improve the real estate transaction experience with a $40M seed round
by Patrick Kearns Oct 27
Imaging startup Asteroom strikes up deal with BHHS Fox & Roach
Asteroom was founded in 2018 and lets users create 3D tours with just their Android or Apple smartphones
by Jim Dalrymple II Oct 27
Building video content? Here’s a simple 4-step formula
As people are now shopping for properties online, agents should try to increase their brand awareness through content marketing videos. Here are a few ways to get them right
by Lisa Suazo Oct 25
Vista Equity Partners sells stake in Lone Wolf
The real estate tech company is getting a new investor in Stone Point Capital
by Patrick Kearns Oct 23
Realable puts a unique spin on virtual tours
Opinion
A former agent built this unique take on how to present listings to clients using Zillow, realtor.com and Matterport. It's part screen-share, part video tour
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 23
Smart home tech for agents: Which is the better security camera?
Right now, security cameras can offer peace of mind for those staying and working at home. So, when it comes to price and functions, how does Eufy fare against Arlo?
by Brandon Doyle Oct 23
Want more clients? Tap into marketing automation
The automation of marketing allows agents to stop wasting time and effort on mundane tasks and focus their attention on the customer experience instead. Here's how to go about it
by Abhi Golhar Oct 22
CoreLogic launches 'dramatically' more accurate new AVM
The automated valuation model is aimed at working for all business use cases without sacrificing hit rate
by Patrick Kearns Oct 21
Ylopo: Dynamic PPC 2.0 is the industry's best response to big-portal leads
The digital marketing platform has been beta testing a new consumer home search experience for months to accompany its innovative Dynamic PPC ad strategies
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 21
HouseCanary adds HomeAdvisor integration to streamline reno process
The HomeAdvisor integration allows homeowners to view projects with the highest ROI, connect with licensed professionals and secure financing for home renovations
by Marian McPherson 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
Constellation Real Estate Group acquires digital marketer Paradym
CREG continues to grow in the marketing space by absorbing long-time industry player, which first offered CD-ROM tech in the early 1990s
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 19
'Opendoor for rentals' startup adds former WeWork, Opendoor veterans
Rental operations firm Doorstead announced new hires Monday, including WeWork's former chief real estate officer and executives from Opendoor, Expedia and Uber
by Patrick Kearns Oct 19
Growth-oriented Keap hits most of the CRM high notes
Opinion
Previously Infusionsoft, this CRM is focused on small businesses in multiple industries but has some unique ways to appeal to real estate agents
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 16
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
Adam Neumann, former WeWork CEO, returns to real estate industry
Adam Neumann, the embattled co-founder of the coworking startup, has invested $30M in residential management startup Alfred
by Patrick Kearns Oct 15
OJO Labs acquires fintech startup Digs
The move brings OJO Labs closer to its stated goal of aiding consumers throughout the entire homeownership journey
by Patrick Kearns Oct 15
Notarize, Adobe partner to enhance digital closings
Adobe's Sign platform will now offer remote online notarization at a time when digital closings are booming due to the COVID-19 pandemic
by Patrick Kearns Oct 15
When future-proofing your business, don't forget these 3 basics
Taking the time to reflect and plan for the future? Now's the right moment to start incorporating these three basic practices in your day-to-day business
by Kathleen Black Oct 15
StreetEasy launches Zestimate-like tool for New York City
StreetEasy Valuation is available to New York City homeowners by request only, however, unlike the public-facing Zestimate
by Patrick Kearns Oct 15
EasyKnock and Knock file dueling lawsuits against each other
On Monday, Knock and EasyKnock filed lawsuits against each other alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition, among other allegations
by Andrea V. Brambila Oct 14
SoftBank's Vision Fund is seeking startups to take public: Report
Rajeev Misra, the head of the Vision Fund, hinted that SoftBank is launching a special-purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, in an interview with Bloomberg
by Patrick Kearns Oct 13
Hines branches out to property management with new firm
Hines, a real estate development company with offices in over 200 cities, is launching Willowick Residential, a branch specifically aimed at multi-family property management
Snapdocs closes on $60M to further defragment real estate closings
From notary marketplace to raising more than $85 million in under a year, the software company is putting its stamp on digital escrow
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 12
Part Instagram, part Pinterest, property search gets social with Rila
Opinion
This new app, inspired by social media, is perfect for real estate listings and agent lead generation. Fun and engaging, the app's success will fall largely on consumer adoption
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 9
Smart home tech for agents: Want the best home office setup?
This year, the home office became a treasured room in most people's homes. To improve your WFH experience (and make it infinitely more comfortable), here are a few smart tech options
by Brandon Doyle Oct 9
MoxiWorks launches tool to predict number of home sales
The new prediction model will run on a monthly basis to forecast the number of U.S. home sales two months in advance based on data from the company's presentation builder
Digital marketer Ylopo and CRM Chime spark strategic partnership
Ylopo partners with CRM providers to help users nurture and convert campaign leads. The company's co-founder called Chime one of its many 'best-in-class' partners
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 7
ClimateCheck calculates climate change risk for homeowners
Launched Wednesday, ClimateCheck takes the guesswork out of climate threats for homeowners by allowing access to a property's vulnerability to environmental impacts
The leaders have emerged — and they're retiring RETS
Most of the real estate industry is driving its data around in a clunky, decades-old car. But now, leading MLS technology organizations are finally helping us trade it in for a newer and more efficient model
by Sam DeBord Oct 6
Nest Seekers International adds No. 1 real estate YouTuber to its ranks
YouTuber and producer Erik Conover has joined Nest Seekers after building one of the top luxury real estate and lifestyle channels with 1.5M followers
by Marian McPherson Oct 6
Orchard launches platform to digitize entire real estate transaction
Fresh off its $69M Series C funding round, Orchard debuts the Orchard Dashboard
by Patrick Kearns Oct 6
Compass acquires title and escrow software startup Modus
The 60-person team behind the closing services startup will join Compass to bolster the latter's goal to build an end-to-end platform for real estate
by Patrick Kearns Oct 5
Propy gets cash infusion from 'legendary investor'
Venture capitalist Tim Draper, an early backer of Tesla and Skype, has invested an undisclosed amount in the blockchain transaction startup
Manage leads, listings and loans with Townify
Opinion
The agent operating system combines a practical set of features and emphasizes loan-officer integration to keep agents on track of leads and listings
by Craig C. Rowe Oct 2
Smart home tech for agents: What to look for in light strips
Light strips can add a lot to a home, especially when they can be controlled via an app on your phone. Here are the various options available on the market today and a few of their notable features
by Brandon Doyle Oct 2
JP & Associates and zavvie partner to launch seller option platform
Through Sure Sale, consumers can choose to list with an agent, sell to an iBuyer or opt for the company's home trade-in platform
by Patrick Kearns Oct 1
RealScout's Buyer Graph comes to Washington DC
The tool will allow brokerages in the nation's capital, including Century 21 New Millennium and Keller Williams Metro Center, to share anonymized buyer data and habits
by Patrick Kearns Oct 1
Zillow co-founder Spencer Rascoff wants to help you buy a second home
Spencer Rascoff and dotloop founder Austin Allison are launching a new co-ownership startup for second homes, Rascoff's third venture this year
by Patrick Kearns Sep 30
Utah MLS kills old data standard, sets vendor deadline to adopt API
Come January, UtahRealEstate.com will be the first MLS to have all of their nearly 200 vendors use their new API for every type of data feed
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 30
Toronto's Properly to expand alternative brokerage model with $100M infusion
Seeking to provide Canadians with a new option for buying and selling, Properly has been funded by U.S. proptech players Silicon Valley Bank and I80 Group
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 30
Smart intercom creator ButterflyMX nets $35M round
The funding round was led by Volition Capital, with participation from Egis Capital, RiverPark Ventures and Stifel Financial Corporation
by Lillian Dickerson Sep 29
Closing Center 2.2 offers an enhanced, ramped-up preclosing experience
A recognized name in digital closing long before the pandemic, eOriginal's newest version ramps the critical preclose process with secure buyer-document review and execution
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 29
Rebranded and funded, powerful lead app Auctm grows by $5M
Five-star rated, lead-empowerment app SquadVoice has rebranded from the top down upon Series A funding. The company is called SqaudStack, and the product is now Auctm
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 28
Zillow's former CEO is looking for a startup to take public
Spencer Rascoff is co-chairing a new special-purpose acquisition company and seeking a 'business that addresses a large market'
by Patrick Kearns Sep 28
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
OpenFrame brings new twists to its virtual home tour app
Opinion
The iOS app comes with a 360-degree camera and tripod, as well as some sharp value-add features that make it stand out among the growing selection of virtual tour tools
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 25
Smart home tech for agents: Should you buy your own router?
Because a lot of us are spending more time at home, having a robust, reliable home network is more valuable than ever before, which is the exact reason you should consider buying a router. Here's how it works
by Brandon Doyle Sep 25
OJO Labs launches exclusive referral network for 'top' agents
The company will pre-vet consumers and provide AI-fueled insight to real estate agents
by Patrick Kearns Sep 24
New England MLS rebrands as 'wicked smart'
'We are a technology company hidden inside an MLS,' says MLS Property Information Network CEO Kathy Condon
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 23
Royal LePage, kvCORE deploy custom software across Canada
Canada's largest real estate brand sought a customized solution to streamline its technology offering for 18,000+ professionals
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 23
From mindset to marketing: How to reach and convert leads
From marketing tips to advice on exercising your mindset muscle, last week's Connect Now was chock-full of useful information all agents need to hear. Here's a list of the most important takeaways
by Bernice Ross Sep 23
Hundreds of thousands have used Fidelity National Financial's new closing tech
StartSafe, which debuted in February, is meant to make real estate transactions faster and safer. FNF announced Tuesday that it has sent the product to 800,000 consumers
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 22
Struggling with video? 4 tips for improving your hustle
Video allows you to communicate and build 'know, like and trust' relationships unlike any other marketing tool
by Kendall E. Bonner Sep 22
As ban looms, here are some of the best real estate TikToks we've seen
TikTok has become a creative marketing outlet for scores of real estate professionals. Now it's facing increased pressure from the Trump administration
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 18
Switcher Studio brings easy, broadcast-level video production to the iPhone
Opinion
IPhone video content app enables multiple devices to broadcast on a single stream and add rich graphics on the fly. Sorry Android users — this one is iPhone-exclusive
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 18
Smart home tech for agents: How to choose a robot vacuum
Robot vacuum technology has advanced significantly over the years, and there are now a lot of options to choose from. Here are the perks and drawbacks of the most popular devices at every price point
by Brandon Doyle Sep 18
States Title debuts tech product to speed up closings
Instant Closing Disclosure uses technology to automate parts of the closing process, potentially allowing them to happen faster and with greater efficiency
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 17
Let tech lead! How to get more clients in 2021
Using technology in conjunction with your existing marketing efforts is sure to make lead generation, qualification and management much easier. Here's how you can harness the power of tech to your advantage
by Abhi Golhar 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
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
Marketplace for land-focused agents could result in $500M in commissions
The deal with RealX will provide the Land Broker Co-op's 16,000 agents with a platform where they can connect directly to companies interested in leasing property rights
by Andrea V. Brambila Sep 15
4 tips for upping your video marketing efforts
Agents Sue Pinky Benson and Brad McCallum on Tuesday shared how they turned video into a pivotal part of their business
by Jim Dalrymple II 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
DIY smart home security has its perks — here are a few
Now that so many people are spending more time at home, safety is a topic that's on everyone's mind. Chris Carney, co-founder and CEO of Abode Systems, weighs in on why agents should encourage clients to consider smart home security
by Brandon Doyle Sep 11
Looking for a simple solution to social media? Try PropertySimple
Opinion
The social media management company started in Chile, then followed its first customer to Arizona. Making paid ads and organic lead generation easy, PropertySimple is now ready for users across the country
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 11
Orchard raises $69M, sets ambitious goals to be real estate's Amazon
The company plans to use the money to expand its product offerings, grow its existing teams and launch in new markets
by Patrick Kearns Sep 10
Knock brings its 'Home Swap' platform to Houston
The reimagined platform is now available through more than 8,000 real estate agents
by Patrick Kearns Sep 10
Tribus unveils 'Slack for real estate' chat tool
Tribus Chat lets real estate professionals break their communication into different channels, which the company believes will improve efficiency
by Jim Dalrymple II Sep 9
Brown Harris Stevens goes back to basics with revamped site
According to CEO Bess Freedman, the new website design reflects BHS' commitment to delivering a simple, easy consumer experience
by Marian McPherson Sep 9
Insta360's ONE R camera line to power Matterport tours
In an ongoing effort to open up its technology, Matterport's Capture app will now work with 3D camera maker Insta360's new ONE R line of devices
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 9
Adwerx now allows you to stream your next listing on Hulu
The forefather of web advertising for real estate continues to evolve with enterprise solutions, including a quick, affordable way to run ads on popular streaming media services
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 7
Engel & Völkers strengthens its focus on Midwestern markets
The Hamburg-based luxury brokerage is expanding its footprint in the Midwest with a new office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as buyers look toward secondary markets
by Marian McPherson Sep 4
How can smart shades add functionality and value to a home?
From convenience to energy efficiency, smart home tech touts many benefits to the homeowner. One popular choice? Smart shades. Here, Scott Stephenson of Hunter Douglas explains why smart shades are a valuable part of any smart home ecosystem
by Brandon Doyle Sep 4
Want video landing pages in a snap? Real Estate Shows might be for you
Opinion
With a whole new user experience and modernized landing pages, Real Estate Shows is a marketing add-on that can be a sleek, simple addition to any real estate marketing quiver
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 4
Opendoor makes changes to C-suite
Board member and TPG Capital veteran Carrie Wheeler is joining the company as chief financial officer while Gautam Gupta is set to leave the company
by Patrick Kearns Sep 3
Built launches new disaster-tracking tool for lenders
The tool provides the company's lender clients with unique insight into federally declared disaster zones
by Patrick Kearns Sep 3
With app launch, MoveEasy becomes agents' branded platform
Continuing to grow throughout the pandemic, online moving concierge company offers fully white-labeled relocation platform for real estate industry
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 3
'Alexa, show me the unit': Amazon debuts voice assistant for property managers
The new product allows property managers to offer built-in, voice-assisted smart technology to their tenants
RE/MAX acquires fintech startup to support mortgage brokerage biz
The acquisition of wemlo, a startup that provides third-party mortgage loan processing services, is an investment in the company's rapidly growing Motto Mortgage franchise business
by Patrick Kearns Sep 1
Majordomo releases app for pre-inspection home ratings
The 4-star rated inspection analysis tool now has an app for quickly rating the quality of a home before an official inspection
by Craig C. Rowe Sep 1
RealPage enters the smart building space with acquisition of Stratis IoT
RealPage provides full property management services to about 12,200 clients globally
How a Sotheby's broker used Realogy's open API to build his own tech
J Kuper launched Brokerage Engine for his own company but has since signed on more than 45 clients from brokerages across all brands
by Patrick Kearns Aug 31
What's the future of iBuyers in light of COVID-19?
Opinion
Although no one knows exactly what the future holds for real estate, things seem particularly uncertain for iBuyers. Here's a look at the advantages and disadvantages these companies are facing as they navigate the current housing market
by Luke Babich Aug 28
Openhouse Live makes Matterport tours a group event
Opinion
The trend of multiple viewers partaking in virtual and 3D home tours and open houses continues with this U.K.-based Matterport embed
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 28
Smart home tech for agents: Which Amazon Echo product is right for you?
Amazon Echo products are nifty, convenient gadgets, and they can leave a lasting impact on clients when presented as closing gifts. But with a sea of options out there, which one should you go for?
by Brandon Doyle Aug 27
Despite digital acceleration, Zillow execs say consumers need agents more than ever
At Zillow's virtual Unlock event, two company executives emphasized the importance of their partners as they build digital tools
by Patrick Kearns Aug 26
Realtor.com will include flood risk data for every home
First Street Foundation's flood risk model will appear on both on- and off-market properties
by Patrick Kearns Aug 26
Coldwell Banker rolls out slew of tools to all affiliated agents
Tech platform Desk and marketing program Exclusive Look will now be available to the more than 94,000 real estate professionals working under the Coldwell Banker brand
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 25
WattBuy empowers better buying decisions with big data-backed energy intelligence
Seattle startup uses multiple energy and carbon tracking sources and Zillow's API to power comprehensive home energy reports
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 25
Echovate's update aims to help brokers become coaches
Hiring isn't easy. It's even harder in real estate. Echovate's Trait Activation Theory offers brokers and team managers a host of ways to coach agents and lead teams
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 21
Not good at arranging throw pillows? Good thing there's Stagerie
Opinion
A web app developed by a Des Moines agent gives those who aren't good at staging — or those who don't like having that conversation with their clients — a way to offer advice without coming across as pushy
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 21
HomeLight meets 'end-to-end' goal with acquisition of Disclosures.io
HomeLight announced on Tuesday the acquisition of listing management platform Disclosures.io and its rebrand to HomeLight Listing Management
by Marian McPherson Aug 18
Radius Agent is launching a virtual, 100% commission brokerage
The tech startup behind the 70K-agent social network and lead generation marketplace is getting into the brokerage business
by Patrick Kearns Aug 18
Knock’s ‘Backyard’ system helps agents easily manage Home Swap
Opinion
The creator of the Home Swap, Knock's 'Backyard' software helps certified agents manage their deals and clients, not a common practice for a mortgage lender
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 17
RealScout launches biggest Buyer Graph yet in New England
A total of 17 brokerages are partnering to share real-time anonymized buyer habits
by Patrick Kearns Aug 14
Zillow president: Digital real estate experience isn't a flash in the pan
Zillow President Jeremy Wacksman discussed the digital tailwinds of COVID-19 with Brendan Wallace, the managing partner and co-founder of Fifth Wall Ventures
by Patrick Kearns Aug 14
Why aren't more consumers adopting smart home tech?
Opinion
To many, smart home technology still feels unaffordable and complicated to set up. Why is that? And what are smart tech companies like Wyze doing to overcome those concerns? Scott Wilson, the senior director of product marketing at Wyze Labs, weighs in
by Brandon Doyle Aug 14
PureAgent CRM reduces automation dependency, ups ante on live tours
Opinion
Small in size but big on sales help, Onjax's PureAgent CRM has launched after a 3-year renovation of tools and tech, and for the most part, it was worth the wait
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 14
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
Zumper, Matterport to tag-team 3D apartment tours
The well-funded, fast-growing online apartment marketplace is now offering Matterport tours to its landlords, revealing in a survey that 72% of tenants would rent sight-unseen if a 3D tour was available
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 13
ActivePipe rolls out custom content campaigns
The Australian email marketing company's newest offering lets agents send emails according to categorized personas for more accurate targeting
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 12
Do agents still need websites? Hell yes
Opinion
Some agents argue that there's no need to put the time and effort into building and maintaining a website when there's strong social media game. Wrong!
by Jay Thompson Aug 12
Startup AerialSphere takes 360-degree 3D IDX search to 26 new markets
After a successful beta test in December, Pheonix-based startup AerialSphere is expanding its 360-degree, 3D map coverage to 26 new markets nationwide
by Marian McPherson Aug 11
What investors need to know about predictive cleaning amid COVID
Technology experts share how property owners are using sensor-enabled predictive cleaning to streamline resources and enhance safety amid COVID
by Marian McPherson Aug 11
Are we witnessing the end of professional real estate photography?
Opinion
With full-service, overnight editors, apps, creative middlemen and the rise of smartphone camera capabilities, have professional photographers lost their hold on your listings?
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 11
Planitar partners with Floorplanner and adds powerful multiparty home tours
The Canadian real estate software company's new partnership with Floorplanner and its fast, browser-based virtual showing feature adds significant horsepower to its proptech stable
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 10
Will Instagram's new video feature Reel in fleeing TikTok users?
Facebook's newest social media tool Instagram Reels was announced 24 hours before President Trump announced a ban that will take effect in 45 days on TikTok
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 7
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
RE/MAX to investors: COVID-19 accelerated tech transformation
The pandemic also underscored how agents remain the most important part of the transaction, Chief Customer Officer Nick Bailey told investors Friday morning
by Patrick Kearns Aug 7
What agents need to know about smart home protocols
Setting up a smart home can really add value to a home — not to mention, enormous convenience for the homeowner. But where do you get started? And how do you set up a centralized smart home hub? Here's what you need to know
by Brandon Doyle Aug 7
Broadcast your next listing: HomeRover is moving the bar for livestream tours
Opinion
The Android and iOS app allows multiple parties to view, screenshot and make a list of what they want to see. This marks a major maturation of video tour proptech
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 7
Compass launches AI-powered CMA tool for agents
The new tool is the latest in a series of product rollouts for the New York City-founded brokerage
by Patrick Kearns Aug 6
Real estate tech facing 'gale-force headwinds' amid pandemic
A new report from venture capital firm MetaProp shows COVID-19 has sapped investor confidence, though the firm's founder remains optimistic about the future
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 5
Naberly stamps its place in CRM conversation with sharp revamp
Opinion
With a host of inspired feature decisions, an elegant user interface, video email and Slack-like activity drivers, Naberly is now a name in the proptech space you should know
by Craig C. Rowe Aug 5
How are agents in the Southeast thriving? By mixing the old and new
During Inman Connect Now's Southeast Regional Breakout, agents shared how they're using the digital and analog worlds to thrive through the pandemic
by Marian McPherson Aug 4
Brad Inman: 'We must stay focused on what is certain'
During his opening remarks at Inman Connect Now, Inman's publisher shared his thoughts on how the industry has thrived through a pandemic and what's next
by Marian McPherson Aug 4
ReferralExchange joins NAR Realtor Benefits Program
The new partnership will give NAR members access to ReferralExchanges' concierge-based lead vetting service
by Jim Dalrymple II Aug 4
EXp acquires Showcase IDX, plans consumer search portal
The company will continue to serve its existing clients, eXp World Holdings confirmed
by Patrick Kearns Aug 3
Losing leads? Can't afford to? Try ConnectNow
Opinion
Apps that focus on only one aspect of the sales funnel are rare. ConnectNow is a value-add web and mobile app for capturing leads quickly and connecting to any CRM or source you use
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 31
How can Americans cope with energy costs this summer?
With so many people working from home this year, it's no surprise that utility bills are ticking up. Mike Phillips, co-founder and CEO of Sense, shares tips on what people can do to reduce energy use in your home
by Brandon Doyle Jul 31
TopHap empowers real estate data like no other
Opinion
Set to go live in California next week, the data analytics platform has shifted from a data geek's new toy to a powerful, market-data-know-it-all, now runway-ready and gorgeous
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 30
Rently self-guided apartment tours to roll out nationwide
The self-guided tour pioneer inked an agreement with Pinnacle Living to help prospective tenants visit apartments on their own within a 160K-unit portfolio
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 30
Coronavirus has made real estate tech mainstream — but more innovation is needed 
Opinion
Although the bulk of the real estate transaction used to occur offline, this year, things have changed. Innovation is now a priority, and consumers are widely adopting digital solutions — but are the efforts enough?
by Tom Willerer Jul 30
Search With Style helps agents market architectural styles
Founded in part by agents at Compass Nook Real Estate Group and a proptech entrepreneur, the new portal lets buyers find specific architectural styles and agents offer sellers a new marketing resource
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 29
As tech companies go remote, Bay Area rents tumble
Denser counties close to big tech companies are seeing significant year-over-year rent decreases, with San Francisco experiencing a 7.4% decline, according to a new study
by Patrick Kearns Jul 29
Zumper offers new online leasing suite for free
Smaller landlords and multifamily investors will now have a free suite for online leasing, payment collection and virtual tours
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 28
Zavvie and Easyknock team up to bring 'bridge' option to more consumers
The partnership means agents using zavvie's technology can offer their clients the option of selling their home but continuing to live in it while looking for somewhere new
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 27
Local video app Yaza adds new features as agents pile on
Opinion
Starting with one real estate agent user, the location-marking video app has ballooned to 2,000 in as many months.
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 27
3 mistakes newbies make while shooting video
There's one reality that agents need to get used to — video is here to stay. So, here are a few basic but powerful principles that can help transform a video from amateur to professional-looking
by Andrew Fortune Jul 25
How smart tech can help sell homes in today's world
In today's world, real estate agents should have their fingers on the pulse of trends that help sell homes. One trend worth noting? Smart home tech, which can add tremendous value to a property — especially now
by Brandon Doyle Jul 24
Endpoint offers the industry a great start to mobile e-closings
Opinion
The result of a chinwag between First American and Boston Consulting Group's Digital Ventures, the app keeps every party in check with the closing process in a hybrid tech-team solution. It offers terrific promise for the future of e-closings
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 24
Amid acquisition dustup, CoreLogic releases visual marketing services portal HomeVisit
Tested by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors & State-Wide MLS, the new portal will allow agents to streamline ordering of multiple marketing services
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 23
Realtor.com partners with Opendoor, others for 'seller's marketplace'
The new platform from realtor.com provides sellers with options from from Opendoor, EasyKnock, HomeGo and WeBuyHouses.com, as well as listing on the open market
by Patrick Kearns Jul 23
Rental Beast listing database partners with AI platform
The partnership will allow the businesses to get a full picture of the real estate market, CEO says
by Andrea V. Brambila Jul 22
How to use virtual renovations and 3D renderings to market properties
Virtual renovations and 3D renderings can be powerful tools in marketing properties that are currently under construction, haven’t been built yet or need a little facelift. So, what does the process entail, and how does it work?
by Brandon Doyle Jul 22
10 clever ways to use Zoom for lead generation
This year, Zoom proved to be essential in connecting with your sphere, generating more leads and marketing your listings. Here are a few productive and fun ways you can make the most out of the platform
by Bernice Ross Jul 22
Dear Marketing Mastermind: How can we confront the challenges of a COVID market?
Opinion
What are the biggest challenges in the current market and on the horizon for real estate? Inman’s Town Hall last week offered some insight — and ways forward — from industry experts on the frontlines
CoreLogic is fending off acquisition attempts from two investment firms
The two firms argued they could boost CoreLogic's performance. CoreLogic said they undervalued the company, and the ensuing disagreement has turned into a bitter month-long battle
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 21
Homeowner's insurance startup Hippo raises $150M Series E round
The fundraising round values the tech-focused home insurance company at $1.5 billion
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 21
FaceTime showings and drive-thru closings: How 1 team handles crisis
Elite Nebraska Real Estate owner Troy Benes has been leading a 30-agent team amid the virus and an unexpected rise in clients that came as his area began opening up
ActivePipe launches new property matching service
Smart Match builds profiles for agents' clients, then customizes the listings it sends them via email
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 21
LionDesk seeks to go 'beyond the CRM' with launch of ad portal
CEO David Anderson said he's continuing to work to move his company 'beyond the CRM' by releasing software features that help agents manage the entire lead and sales cycle. Here's the latest
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 20
T3 Sixty promotes former NAR executive to chief technology officer
Mark Lesswing first joined T3 Sixty last August to help build the firm's technology division
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 20
How to jump-start your real estate YouTube channel
Consistent, relevant content is key to making the most out of your videos
by Katie Lance Jul 19
Can Constellation1 help brokerages navigate the market? It's up in the air
Opinion
The product brings together a number of stand-alone proptech innovations owned by Constellation Real Estate Group to efficiently serve large brokerages and multiple listing services — but is it what they need?
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 17
3 automation tools that'll prime investors to scale
There are several automation tools that exist out there. These three can really help investors boost their long-term work productivity and take their real estate business to the next level
by Victoria Kennedy Jul 17
Smart home tech for agents: 6 video doorbells and their perks
There are so many video doorbells out there — Ring, Nest Hello, Arlo, Eufy, Remo+ and GateLabs, to name a few. Which one should you go for? Here's a comparison
by Brandon Doyle Jul 17
Florida title search company enters remote closing field with ProperSign
PropLogix of Sarasota reacted to COVID-19-era requirements by developing its own solution to socially distant deal-making
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 16
Knock pivots to mortgage financing, bridge loans, concierge service
The home trade-in company, once lumped in with iBuyers, is charting a new course and partnering with agents to do it
by Patrick Kearns Jul 16
Remember all that fuss about VR? What happened there?
Once upon a time, virtual reality was touted as a potential game-changer for many industries. So, why didn't it take off as expected? And what potential does it still hold?
by Troy Palmquist Jul 16
Orchard launches a home loans division
Consumers who choose to buy and sell with the real estate technology company can now get financing as well, all on one platform
by Patrick Kearns Jul 15
Silicon Valley wants to reimagine multifamily housing
The arrival of construction startup Juno highlights the ways that Silicon Valley and its deep-pocketed investors are increasingly looking to real estate for the next big idea
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 14
Wondering how to crush 360 tours? Right this way
The popularity of 360 virtual tours has exploded this year, which is why agents need to know how they work and how to create them effectively. Here are a few tips from BoxBrownie's Peter Schravemade
by Brandon Doyle Jul 14
Say hello to BoxBrownie's 3D tours of virtual homes
The image marketing technology company from Down Under has combined interior rendering with the market's desire for 3D tours
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 13
Smart home tech for agents: Practical smart home automation ideas
When implemented properly, smart home technology can add a level of security, comfort and entertainment to a home. Here are a few ideas on how to use smart home tech today
by Brandon Doyle Jul 10
EyeSpy360 is the virtual tour platform you don't know you're already using
Opinion
The powerful touring app is already behind national virtual showing products for eXp and RE/MAX, and it has experienced 1,000% growth in just over one month
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 10
Lone Wolf announces new integrated cloud solutions for every stakeholder
The popular technology provider is packaging its businesswide solutions according to industry stakeholder to better communicate product offerings and help agents, teams and brokers connect systems
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 8
Compass Lens to help agents envision, value major renovations
The tech-leaning brokerage announced today the launch of a computer vision-based tool that searches and categorizes room renovations to help agents price homes
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 8
Attom Data Solutions acquires geospatial data company
The acquisition of Home Junction Inc. will boost Attom's data resources with the addition of school and neighborhood boundary data, crime, points of interest and demographics
What happens when top real estate portals join forces?
Opinion
Merging two real estate portals consolidates market and pricing power within one organization and allows a quickened growth pace, but it also allows for an increased value — a good deal for consumers
by Mike DelPrete Jul 7
Smart home tech for agents: The niftiest smart kitchen devices today
The kitchen is one of the most frequently used (and loved) areas of a home, especially now. To make day-to-day life more convenient, here are the top smart gadgets and appliances for the kitchen
by Brandon Doyle Jul 3
Fast (and well-timed), video-tour app Replay Listings hits all the marks
Opinion
Co-founded by a former agent and currently available to New York City agents, the web and mobile video listing portal has its sights set on major market expansion, and it might have the chops to pull it off
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 3
How to fight back against real estate cyberfraud
As with the overwhelming majority of cyberattacks, the most effective defense against real estate fraud is awareness. Here's how you can keep yourself and your clients protected
by Zack Schuler Jul 2
Ricoh Tours launches new features, announces rebrand
Users can create 2D listing images with a new auto-crop feature and create teams so fellow brokers and agents can access video recordings
by Marian McPherson Jul 1
Inside Real Estate acquires dashCMA
The software will now have access to 600+ MLSs just a year after inception, and founder Karen Abram says she’s ‘beyond excited to join the Inside Real Estate family’
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 30
Beta tested for 3 years, this CRM is set for early 2021 launch
Developed by a high school dropout and aerial photography pioneer, CRM will focus on agent websites, property marketing and customer relationship management
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 29
Zip Your Flyer announces eVIDEOS, dynamic content for social media marketing
The Seattle-based, family-owned company helps agents market listings to other agents, and it is now producing animated social media posts for multiple networks
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 26
Not like all the rest? 5 lesser known CRMs that should be on your radar
Opinion
Rich in innovation, the CRM segment of tech is popular, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. These products might not be top-of-mind, but they are worth checking out
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 26
Smart home tech for agents: How to curate a smart bathroom
For those who want to improve the bathroom experience, there's a host of options available — from heated toilet seats to voice-activated mirrors that can read you news and give weather updates
by Brandon Doyle Jun 26
Bring your design in-house with RelayThat's easy-to-use tools
Opinion
Another option for agents and marketing staff looking to bring their design in-house, this web-based marketing resource provides creative cues, just enough brand control and plenty of value
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 26
CINC and Structurely team up to build a better chatbot
The popular lead generation and nurturing solution has worked for 9 months with intelligent automation company Structurely to deeply entrench its tech
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 25
Home tours rebound 21 percent in May: ShowingTime
According to ShowingTime's latest report, virtual showing technology and loosened shelter-in-place restrictions boosted May homebuyer traffic by 21 percent
by Marian McPherson Jun 25
Elm Street Technology bolsters web services with IDX Broker acquisition
The acquisition-minded proptech Elm Street Technology has acquired IDX Broker in its first purchase in the year of COVID-19 to strengthen national MLS reach and web marketing offerings
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 24
Cloze excels in empowering real estate relationships
Opinion
First reviewed 5 years ago, this powerful, mobile-first CRM continues to standout as an advanced way to focus on existing relationships as a source of new business
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 22
Homesnap launches future commission-based payment service
The new payment system, created in conjunction with eCommission, will allow agents to pay for Homesnap products using future commissions in lieu of cash or credit
by Lillian Dickerson Jun 22
6 tips for making sure prospects find you online
To the thousands of people searching the internet for information on neighborhoods, properties and agents, your online presence is your first impression and your best chance to impress. Here are some ideas to take it to the next level
by Brandon Doyle Jun 22
Smart home tech for agents: Which smart switch is right for you?
Controlling the lights in a home through a tried-and-true voice assistant or a smartphone app is not only helpful, but also incredibly convenient. Here's what homeowners should look for when weighing their options
by Brandon Doyle Jun 19
Digs app unearths the saving secrets to homebuying
Opinion
With its own FDIC-insured savings account and a sharp, well-executed experience, Digs is part fintech, part proptech, and it's designed to help agents help clients buy their first home
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 19
How to step up your listing video game in 2020
Now that agents are relying more and more on property videos, what can they do to step up their game and boost their production value? Drew Appolonia, video manager with BorrowLenses, answers our most pressing shooting and editing questions
by Brandon Doyle Jun 18
EasyKnock raises $20M as instability fuels demand for equity
The startup is wagering that as widespread pandemic-induced unemployment continues to grow, homeowners will consider tapping into home equity
PlanetRE's consumer app is more MLS than search friendly
Opinion
Partnering with MLSListings, Inc. of Northern California, the software company's consumer search app misses the mark on several fronts but mainly in its core purpose: consumer home search
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 12
Green is the new black: 3 green living misconceptions debunked
Opinion
As we move to a healthier and more conscious way of life, our homes will, too. Here's how making eco-conscious choices will come into play for consumers in a post-COVID-19 world — plus, a few myths debunked
Smart home tech for agents: Comparing Ring and Nest video doorbells
Opinion
For homeowners wanting more protection and screening of visitors, video doorbells bring a lot of important features to the table. So, when pitting Ring and Nest against each other, which one is the better smart video doorbell?
by Brandon Doyle Jun 12
Don't let uninvited guests derail a productive Zoom meeting! Ramp up security
Zoom allows real estate professionals to maintain much of their business efforts, from farming to showings and closings, which is why, despite security concerns, Zoom still reigns supreme as videoconferencing tool of choice. Here are a few extras to consider for secure meetings
by Aaron Stelle Jun 10
Email marketer ActivePipe buys content creator HomePrezzo
ActivePipe will use acquisition of HomePrezzo to further power what its agents can deliver to prospective buyers, sellers and renters. Terms of the deal were not disclosed
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 9
Property management software is soaring in popularity amid virus
AppFolio, which provides cloud-based property management software, saw its shares grow by 44.3% in May. The growth came as property managers adapted to work-at-home orders
What will real estate tech look like a year from now?
During the pandemic, technology was (and still is) at the heart of every real estate agent's business. But after the world reopens, how long will its impact last? A few agents weigh in
by Kari Klaus Jun 9
Learn to love your CRM: 11 simple daily tasks to master
Opinion
Robert Reffkin mentioned at Inman Connect Now that only 20% of agents use a CRM in a meaningful way. From lack of time to feature bloat, adoption is a challenge, but one new work habit each day can help
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 9
Zavvie expands reach to 52,000 more agents with new partnership
The iBuyer for brokerages announced on Monday its selection as a Preferred Alliance Program member of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate
Your CRM is the lifeblood of your business — so nurture it
Clients want to work with people they trust — which is where the CRM comes in. A properly organized, categorized and cultivated database can help you not only manage, but also strengthen client relationships. Here's why
by Brandon Doyle Jun 8
A superior virtual tour will answer these 10 questions
Answering these questions live will give your prospective buyers the best virtual tour experience
by Nicole Solari Jun 8
You've got 7 seconds to sell — here's how to maximize your listing
Even with COVID-19 restrictions, buyers still want to visit homes in person. They are, however, using online pictures, marketing and 3D tours to dramatically shortlist the homes they will actually visit. Here's how to make your listing stand out
by Carl Medford Jun 7
Brown Harris Stevens' agent platform 'couldn't have come at a better time'
The long-standing, NYC-based urban luxury independent has developed an agent productivity solution called MAIA. It rests on a Salesforce backbone
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 5
The economic downturn won't end investment in real estate tech
Venture capitalists Constance Freedman and Paul Levine said Thursday that there's still plenty of space for innovation and money to disrupt the real estate industry
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 4
Homesnap's Mazur: It's time for agents to go all in
In multiple talk tracks at Tech Connect, leaders in sales, fintech and proptech all agreed on one thing: The COVID-19 pandemic has totally changed how people market, sell and buy real estate
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 4
3D tours are hard to navigate? Not in my experience
Opinion
In an interview with Zillow's Rich Barton, Brad Inman said he found 3D home tours difficult to navigate. I say they've never been easier, and they're only getting better
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 3
Trulia co-founder Pete Flint tells agents to 'lean into' transaction revolution
During Connect Now, Trulia co-founder and NFX Managing Partner Pete Flint explained what agents must do to stay relevant during the digital transaction revolution
by Marian McPherson Jun 3
3 ways the real estate industry is using data to power innovation
RESO CEO Sam DeBord and CMLS CEO Denee Evans led a three-part conversation about data access, privacy and policy, and how it impacts real estate
by Marian McPherson Jun 2
Top indie brokers share how they've navigated 2020's unrest
Independent brokerage owners Thad Wong, Vanessa Bergmark and Kofi Nartey share how three months of social distancing made them and their businesses better
by Marian McPherson Jun 2
'Normal is over,' and agents need to lean on technology
'Million Dollar Listing' star Ryan Serhant said Tuesday that during a period of crisis, agents should turn to everything from Instagram to phone calls
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 2
Ryan Serhant: 'We need to stand with the Black community'
The 'Million Dollar Listing' star said during Inman Connect Now that Americans need to proactively fight racism
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 2
Want to keep your online profiles on point? Here are 5 tips
What people see when they Google you matters, especially when it comes to old and outdated profiles. Controlling your online presence is tricky, but doable. Just have a little patience, and follow these five tips
by Andrew Fortune Jun 2
Should you change brokerages during the pandemic?
Opinion
It's a great time to think about making a change, but to make a meaningless change would be a terrible mistake
by Teresa Mack Jun 2
Voiceter Pro to permanently shut down due to coronavirus
The company was founded nearly 4 years ago and struck up partnerships with numerous real estate organizations. But it couldn't weather the economic turmoil of the pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 1
kvCORE users to get video email through exclusive BombBomb integration
Agents and teams using Inside Real Estate's most popular product, kvCORE, will have access to video email come June through BombBomb. All users will have free basic access or the ability to upgrade to a premium account
by Craig C. Rowe May 29
Smart home tech for agents: How does Ecobee fare against Nest?
Opinion
Although lacking brand awareness, Ecobee is a smart thermostat that readily competes with Nest. Here's what it does and how it works, plus a few perks to consider
by Brandon Doyle May 29
All Inman content related to running your business in this unprecedented time
Here's how to keep your business moving as the situation shifts
by Inman May 29
Kerbox Media wants to see all agents in the video spotlight
Founded by a former Southern California agent, the creative services company focuses on all things real estate video, from market updates to Zoom-call coaching
by Craig C. Rowe May 27
Realogy and OJO Labs partner for lead conversion tool
Conversion Boost aims to nurture prospective buyers using artificial intelligence
by Patrick Kearns May 27
Digital title startup Spruce raises $29M
The New York-based company will use the funding to fuel its expansion and build up its technology
by Jim Dalrymple II May 25
CNipIT doesn't let web leads leave
A spin-out of an app called ConnectNow, CNipIT is similar to live chat tools. It leverages agent availability, helps keep mobile agents connected to their home offices, and it's free for 30 days
by Craig C. Rowe May 22
Leverage your video content better with vidREACH
Opinion
This software is ideal for those agents and teams that are already comfortable with being on camera but need a better way to organize the marketing and outreach efforts around video content
by Craig C. Rowe May 22
Digital closing startup States Title raises $123M latest funding round
The company, which was founded in 2016, plans to use the money to beef up its machine intelligence technology
by Jim Dalrymple II May 21
How I upped my tech game and created my own 'Zoom room'
Opinion
In today's COVID-19 reality, videoconferencing has become the best alternative to in-person communication. And although virtual meetings are inherently a different experience, there are a few things you can do to look your best and appear as professional as possible
by Teresa Boardman May 21
How to host a property tour on social media as a team
Conducting live tours on social media as a team can be a great way to reach a wide audience and have some fun along the way. Here's how one LA-based agency hosts weekly progressive Instagram open houses, plus a few helpful tips
by James Harris AND David Parnes May 21
Newest version of Top Producer proves why so many agents still rely on it
The Move, Inc. CRM has been around for years, first reviewed in 2015. It's new version, X, has upped its user experience with speed, integrations and added coaching tools
by Craig C. Rowe May 19
A peek at Compass CRM
The industry was surprised when the tech-forward franchise acquired a fan-favorite, but Compass' in-house solution for managing and marketing to contacts is still a worthy industry player
by Craig C. Rowe May 19
Here's a simple approach to making listing videos
Opinion
Getting started with video can be daunting. Your next listing can shine on camera, all you need is a smartphone, a few apps and a couple hours, from start to finish
by Craig C. Rowe May 19
How to identify and avoid internet scams during COVID-19
COVID-19 brought about a set of new obstacles to industry professionals, including an increased risk of cybercrime. So what can real estate agents do to avoid falling victim to internet scammers?
by Justin Stutz May 19
SoftBank posts record loss, warns some investments may go bankrupt
The investor behind Compass and Opendoor predicted that, of the 88 companies the Vision Fund invested in, 15 could go bankrupt due to COVID-19
by Patrick Kearns May 18
Postcard marketers, rejoice: ProspectsPlus adds lead lists
The company behind 3-click mailing has made it even easier with included regional lifestyle and demographic lead lists and improved creative tools
by Craig C. Rowe May 15
Homeward raises $20M in equity, $85M in debt funding
Tim Heyl, a Keller Williams agent, wants to keep agents at the center of 'transaction innovation' with his real estate startup
by Patrick Kearns May 14
Nestio waives fees for Funnel contact center software amid pandemic
The New York-based property management and listings platform will not charge fees for its digital leasing software for 90 days