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
Redfin co-founder sues company over patent infringement
David Eraker claims Redfin has stolen his intellectual property and cost him millions of dollars in the process
by Jim Dalrymple II May 12
North Carolina brokerages partner for Buyer Graph
The anonymized buyer habit data platform from RealScout can give brokerages real-time market data in an era of social distancing
by Patrick Kearns May 12
Google sibling company ditches plans for Toronto development
The project would have remade Toronto's Quayside area but was nixed amid the economic turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic
by Jim Dalrymple II May 11
Lone Wolf's new Marketplace spreads tech wealth industrywide
The new online offering provides countless Lone Wolf customers and members of partnered associations a place to access multiple technology vendors, making it the Netflix of proptech
by Craig C. Rowe May 11
BoomTown rolls out new features and updates for agents
Customers of the popular software can now manage custom video ads from within the system, and new included drip campaigns help agents broach pandemic topics with buyers and sellers
by Craig C. Rowe May 11
Sotheby's launches first-ever global luxury real estate portal in Mexico
Sotheby's International Realty partnered with business publication Expansión to showcase international listings to more than 15 million readers
by Marian McPherson May 11
Web app Quigler offers a new level of deal transparency
Opinion
Quigler uses state law and NAR Code of Ethics deal practices to manage real estate transactions and buyer and seller communications. But is it a guarantee of regulatory perfection?
by Craig C. Rowe May 8
3 showing ideas for today (open houses need not apply)
LA-based The Agency is using these three initiatives to show homes in today's environment — and they're all a major departure from ordinary showing
by James Harris AND David Parnes May 7
Remine investors drop company's valuation, hold founders' feet to fire
Term sheet obtained by Inman reveals Series B funding round will shift control of company's board from founders to investors
VIP Realtors rolls out multiviewer virtual visits on all listings
Notable independent brokerage Crye-Leike will be introducing the same Nodalview-powered concept to its southeastern US offices as the pandemic continues to hamper in-person showings
by Craig C. Rowe May 6
Homesnap update promotes live open houses
An increasingly popular way to tour homes in the age of COVID-19, live open house events can now be promoted within the popular home search portal
by Craig C. Rowe May 6
Orchard builds out its C-suite with two new execs
The real estate startup has brought on its first chief revenue officer and chief technology officer and plans to grow its headcount next year
by Patrick Kearns May 6
W+R Studios announces new virtual product Cloud CMA Live
A new version of the popular CMA creation tool integrates with video conference platforms for coronavirus-compliant listing presentations. There's also live markup and built-in objection handling
by Craig C. Rowe May 5
IXACT Contact’s full-service updates make building relationships a breeze
The CRM has been an industry staple for years. It's now faster to get up and running, and social-savvy agents can automate popular content sharing
by Craig C. Rowe May 4
How these agents are getting listing videos right
Every house has a different story to tell. How do you make sure you're representing it well through video? Here are a few examples of different video styles and what makes them stand out
by Troy Palmquist May 4
Demand more from your CRM! Your future depends on it
Opinion
When it dominates any conversation about how technology is changing the industry — in an era of amazing innovation — is the CRM really doing enough for real estate? As the de facto, must-have industry tech tool, it's time for true innovation
by Craig C. Rowe May 4
Should you RSVP to open house app Block Party?
Opinion
There's potential in this free app's value to open house marketing, but its developer needs to delve deeper into its competition and find out more about how agents leverage open house contacts
by Craig C. Rowe May 1
4 tech tools agents need now
Opinion
Missed this fun, fast Inman Town Hall session about what tech is hot and effective now? Here's a quick recap of the tools
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 30
Frontdoor is giving 5 real estate companies its AR platform for free
The real estate agent offering will be initially introduced in select markets through Realogy and Howard Hanna agents
by Patrick Kearns Apr 30
Looking for a CRM? 15 features you should know
Opinion
Customer relationship management solutions are critical to most in the industry, but they can be challenging to choose. Although common, these features can be executed in a myriad of ways
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 30
Want to ramp up new business? Leverage these digital platforms
As traditional, face-to-face methods of generating new business aren't an option, now is the time to leverage digital marketing instead, using both simple organic strategies and paid traffic
by Elisha Israel Apr 30
PureAgent CRM launches video marketing features after yearlong beta test
The upstate New York proptech has released a new version of its CRM — in the works for 3 years — with live tour and video messaging functionality
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 29
How COVID-19 is changing the title industry
Realogy Title Group CEO Don Casey discusses how his company adapted to the circumstances with curbside closings and online notaries
by Patrick Kearns Apr 29
South Florida's BeachesMLS sees success in Virtual Open House Week
The widely promoted and community-supported event resulted in more than 700 online open houses, and it could serve as a model for associations nationwide looking to keep momentum in the wake of the pandemic
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 28
Compass launches video editor to increase virtual tours
In-person real estate activity is still banned in many markets in which the real estate brokerage operates
by Patrick Kearns Apr 27
Back At You announces direct Instagram publishing
The marketing technology company underwent the arduous process of becoming an authorized Facebook and Instagram Marketing Partner to allow agents to publish directly to the image-sharing platform
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 24
Real estate tech leader joins JPAR
Justin Tracy, the founder of tech startup Kunversion, is joining JP & Associates Realtors' parent company as its first chief technology officer
by Patrick Kearns Apr 24
True or false? TruPlace has what agents need to market homes during a pandemic
Opinion
With a number of photography and virtual showing experiences, TruPlace is showing it can compete with the top of the market. It only needs to enter more markets to gain a strong hold in the industry
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 24
Terradatum announces Listing Home Run for automated video marketing
Market analytics company is using MLS listing data to help agents quickly roll out property videos and web content for only $29.95 per listing
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 22
27 tech terms every agent should know
The industry is becoming ever-more technology driven, digital and at arm's length. These common terms can help you understand what technology vendors are trying to sell you
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 22
Apple's iPhone 12 leaked: What do agents have to look forward to?
Subtle marketing or legit leak? Either way, Apple's iPhone 12 will be larger and faster, and it's rumored to come with lidar scanning tech on its three-lens, 3D camera
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 21
How curbside closings are keeping the market moving
An Atlanta real estate law firm has been conducting mobile closings for 14 years. A global pandemic has given their model, as well as emerging closing technologies fresh, much-needed attention
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 21
Filmmaker-inspired video app wants your help in beta testing
Opinion
The app comes with a shot list and in-screen shooting recommendations to ensure users capture everything that makes a video worth watching. It was developed by a filmmaker and former Sotheby's executive
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 17
The deal is digital: A guide to handling it online from lead to close
The fax machine is finally put to rest. With the onset of e-closing platforms and RON, the real estate sales cycle is 100% online, mobile and in the cloud. Here's a quick list of vendors for each phase of the deal
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 17
Mobile app Yaza geo-tags video content for listings and lifestyles
Opinion
Made for the iPhone, Yaza automatically maps every place you record a video, making it an ideal technology for property tours and neighborhood marketing
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 17
A few tips from top real estate teams on showing houses amid the virus
Debra Beagle and Tommy Choi provide insight and tips at Thursday's Inman Town Hall
by Patrick Kearns Apr 16
How to use YouTube to boost your lead generation
Find out how Jackson Wilkey unlocked the code for generating thousands of leads from YouTube
by Bernice Ross Apr 15
How to create a Matterport virtual video sizzle reel in 5 steps
Use these tips to capture attention for your listing and show your clients and prospects that you're adapting to today's environment
by Jeff Katz Apr 13
Curbio partners with Coldwell Banker Bain for pre-sale reno program
Coldwell Banker Bain is the first partner, but Curbio is hoping to partner with brokerages in every market in which it operates
by Patrick Kearns Apr 9
BoxBrownie releases native 360-degree tour platform
Award-winning image editing and marketing company has grown rapidly by editing others' work. Its new immersive tour product can be created with minimal imagery using affordable cameras and published in 24 hours
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 8
New HomeSpotter ad product pushes virtual tour events
As part of proptech's collective push into virtual business, the digital marketing and lead-gen company launches new retargeting products that automate creation and management of ads to push virtual open houses and video tours
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 8
Brokerage hosts virtual scavenger hunts using 3D home tours
James Jensen, a broker in Valley City, North Dakota, has found a way to turn 3D home tours into games as a way to engage clients during the coronavirus pandemic
Chime speeds release of Facebook, YouTube livestreaming tools
The agent operating system has developed streaming tools for Facebook Live and YouTube and released them ahead of schedule in response to the COVID-19 market reduction of face-to-face business
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 3
Agent Icon makes social media imagery a no-brainer
Opinion
The on-demand marketing content provider debuted at Startup Alley two years ago and at ICNY20, revealed its newest feature, a slick, text-based social media content delivery service.
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 3
6 hidden Zoom features that'll boost your video skills
It seems like everyone is turning to Zoom while social distancing. From creating fresh backgrounds to freshening up your face, these next-level features will enhance your experience
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 1
Transactly raises $3M to boost outsourced transaction coordination
With a total of $4.7M raised in 2 years, the company is aiming to win the market for outsourced transaction coordination. While its software can be used for free by agents and brokerages, the company charges for use of a designated transaction coordination
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 31
DroneBase is taking aerial video to new heights
DroneBase is using drone technology to survey building sites, produce roof damage reports, inspect real estate disaster zones and a number of uses beyond marketing
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 31
How prop tech companies are stepping up for agents during coronavirus crisis
A number of big-name prop tech companies are taking on the COVID-19 downturn head-on by extending discounts, deferring payments and holding educational webinars to help the agent community
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 26
T3 Sixty launches guide to real estate tech
The Tech 500 is a comprehensive analysis of the industry's top tech firms, organized by section and category for easy consumption
by Patrick Kearns Mar 26
Practicing real estate from a distance? 5 virtual meeting platforms you need to know
Opinion
Online buyer meetings, continuing education and digital listing presentations will become more popular than ever, even after coronavirus wanes. Here are some of the more popular virtual meeting options worth checking out
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 25
Rently self-guided tours coming to 75 more rental communities
An award-winning national property manager responds to reduction in face-to-face showings by rolling out Rently's patented touring technology
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 23
Survival of the fittest: What will it take for businesses to outlast this pandemic?
Opinion
Only those who are fast, adapt gracefully, and have the strongest foundations and balance sheets will survive and thrive in the recovery
by Mike DelPrete Mar 23
Zumper fast-tracks online tour tools, presses on with hiring plans
The nation's largest rental search and transaction platform has pushed up the launch of new online tour tools to counter the 'coronavirus market.' HUD's call to delay evictions could have long-standing impact on property market
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 20
Bright MLS debuts coronavirus response program
Bright Steps includes extra granular data about the market, new virtual showing capabilities, webinars and other tools
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 20
New agent-developed app assigns and pays agents for side work
Led in part by a Portland, Oregon-based Keller Williams agent, BrokerHive assigns tasks and pays agents to support their colleagues, helping new agents learn and top producers to keep producing
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 20
IdealEstate aims for agent cooperation with nationwide recruiting, referral power
Opinion
Once a site for helping buyers curate home collections, the Salt Lake City-based proptech is now leveraging its 800K+ user base as a platform for recruiting
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 19
Need a virtual tour solution now? Here are our top picks
Opinion
Self-containment and social distancing have made in-person home tours challenging. These top tech picks and tips can help you wait out the unexpected pandemic
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 18
Coronavirus drives adoption of video tours
Amid quarantines and calls for social distancing, agents are turning to video chats and virtual tours to show off properties
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 17
Northwest MLS halts open houses amid coronavirus crisis
The Washington-based multiple listing service has disabled the open house feature in its tech platform, meaning agents won't be able to input, search or view open houses
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 17
What are the benefits and risks of alternative financing?
Find out what products real estate pros are using to help their buyers buy — and what to watch out for if you choose an alternative finance option
7 impactful ways to build your business while staying home
Think of this slow time as a do-over rather than a disruption, and maximize it to set yourself up for future success
by Lee Davenport Mar 17
Coronavirus could bring consolidation, layoffs to proptech
Venture capitalists have poured billions into real estate technology over the last decade. But as the coronavirus hammers the economy, that funding may begin to dry up
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 13
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