Ransomware attack threatens closings, sensitive client data
Cloudstar, host of title insurance apps, is still down five days after being hit by 'highly sophisticated ransomware attack'
by Matt Carter Jul 21
Clubhouse ditches invite-only system, opens platform to all
The audio-only social app was once the buzziest thing in tech and real estate. Is going wide enough to save it?
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 21
RentSpree scores $8M in new funding
The company plans to use the funds to expand and improve its tech platform, which handles things such as rental applications and tenant screenings
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 21
How to leverage technology and win bidding wars
At Connect Now on Tuesday, Mark Choey, founder and CEO of HighNote, spoke to two California-based agents about how technology is helping them close deals
by Libertina Brandt Jul 20
Zumper launches in-app messaging experience
The new feature will allow renters to communicate directly with Zumper's leasing partners and submit application materials or rental documents within the app
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 20
@properties expands franchise business into Dallas
Jerry Mooty, Jr., will build @properties third-ever brokerage with backing from the owner of the Dallas Cowboys
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 20
Attom Data Solutions adds transportation noise data to offerings
The new data set will include noise scores for roads, highways, airports, railroads and railroad crossings, and fire stations. The product will also summarize a location's overall noise environment
by Lillian Dickerson Jul 19
Dotloop inks new deals with 4 agent associations
The deals include a comprehensive agreement with a Canadian MLS, and will also see dotloop integrate documents that more than 100,000 American agents use for their work
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 19
Signs of seasonal inventory growth return in strained housing market
The number of homes for sale rose in June for the second consecutive month but remained far from a full recovery to pre-pandemic levels
by Daniel Houston Jul 19
3 ways Biden could change real estate
Real estate experts share how President Biden's latest executive order could impact real estate from licensing to noncompete agreements to antitrust lawsuits
by Marian McPherson Jul 19
Inman Review: Produce local videos with Explore My Town
Opinion
Opening an account with Explore My Town means gaining access to a wide array of tools and resources, from a very sleek, simple script-creation tool and shot list to high-end editing and marketing services
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 16
OJO Labs expands into Canada
The company's virtual home shopping assistant and agent referral network are now available in more than a dozen Canadian markets
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 15
Still not making video? 4 excuses holding you back
Although personal videos are easy and cheap to create, a lot of agents still shy away from them. Here are a few excuses you might be using to avoid the camera and what you can do to overcome them
by Kris Lindahl Jul 15
Ricoh360 Tours releases beta phase of virtual staging product
With its Theta line of compact, high-resolution cameras, Ricoh was one of the first major brands to introduce a product specifically for creating online real estate tours
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 14
Weichert Realtors launches end-to-end consumer incentive program
'We Do It All, Guaranteed!' will give consumers cash incentives to use Weichert's products to find things like mortgages and insurance
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 14
EXp's Seth Siegler takes on new role as VP of technology innovation
EXp Director of Special Projects Seth Siegler has been named as the leader of the brokerage's newly-minted tech innovation division, according to an announcement on Tuesday
by Marian McPherson Jul 13
Qualia unveils new suite of automated technology
The new automations should help Qualia users communicate more easily, and are also designed to protect against wire fraud
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 13
Zip Your Flyer joins notable tech entities as member of MoxiCloud
Real estate technology platform MoxiWorks adds marketing software Zip Your Flyer to its list of MoxiCloud partnerships
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 13
Lone Wolf revamps its electronic signature solution, Authentisign
It's mobile responsive and 60% faster from document generation to execution, and the new version of Lone Wolf's Authentisign will roll out in phases across the United States this year
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 13
Showing apps, portals, big tech partner with RESO on data standardization
The lack of uniform terminology and information standards in listing data has long plagued those who advocate for technology adoption and greater transaction efficiency
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 13
Compass is launching its own mortgage company, OriginPoint
OriginPoint will provide origination services to consumers in select Compass markets by the end of 2021, marking the brokerage's latest move toward an end-to-end transaction
by Marian McPherson Jul 13
Privacy rules are changing marketing. Are you prepared?
Opinion
The privacy revolution is here, impacting every single way you do marketing on the internet. You must change too. You're not going to be able to grow your business using yesterday’s playbook — so burn it
by Chris Smith Jul 13
Zavvie teams up with major indie Midwest brokerage
The partnership will give agents at Sibcy Cline Realtors the ability to present a variety of different selling options to their clients
by Jim Dalrymple II Jul 12
Better acquires UK-based mortgage broker Trussle
Founded in 2015, Trussle has brokered more than $3.7B in mortgage loans. Better said Trussle is the perfect partner for its entrance into the UK
by Marian McPherson Jul 12
Inman Review: RentSpree's tools make quick work of tenant challenges
Opinion
RentSpree's founders noticed a leak in the workflow stream and built something not just to patch it — but to augment the entire leasing process
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 9
The Real Word: How is the end of remote work impacting markets?
Opinion
This week on The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss how an end to remote work is impacting real estate markets. Plus, iBuying activity and Instagram’s new focus
by Byron Lazine Jul 9
Cloud-based brokerage Archetape grows services with 2 acquisitions
Archetape has acquired Pinnacle Realty Advisors and Broker Breakup. Agents will now have the option to choose what business model fits their needs, whether that's a full-service, cloud-based brokerage or a while label brokerage experience
NAR brings back 'pitch battle' for real estate tech
Contest winner will get a $15K cash prize at the trade group's 3rd annual Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit
RealScout adds ClimateCheck data to platform
RealScout's addition of climate risk data into its platform follows a recent trend of real estate companies adding similar data to their portals as homebuyers become increasingly concerned about climate change risk
Nextdoor to go public via SPAC with $4.3B valuation
Nextdoor is set to go public through a special purpose acquisition company. The platform will raise $686M from the deal, which is projected to close in Q4 2021
by Marian McPherson Jul 6
Tenant experience apps: Who they're for and what they do
Property managers say they want to add new tenant features to their web portals and mobile apps; these services want their business
by Daniel Houston Jul 6
This millennial agent's listings keep going viral. Here's why
Tampa Bay, Florida, Realtor Philippa Main has become known for her snarky and sarcastic listing descriptions — and against all odds, the unorthodox strategy is working
Inman Review: Property managers have a smart, efficient partner in Leonardo247
Opinion
Leonardo247 serves as a bonding agent between the known and unknown of managing multiple large apartment communities
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 2
Compass fortifies marketing suite with Video Studio
Compass Video Studio is the latest marketing tool for agents of the tech-forward brokerage to leverage for new business and branding
by Craig C. Rowe Jul 1
Tomo launches with aim to 'be the best at purchase mortgages'
The technology-based lender co-founded by former Zillow executive Greg Schwartz is now live in Seattle, Dallas and Houston
by Matt Carter Jun 30
BeachesMLS becomes latest to upgrade to Remine Pro
The more modern user experience includes an enhanced search portal that incorporates public data feeds to augment what users can learn about a listing and its owners
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 30
With new FTC chair, expect greater scrutiny on the real estate industry
Lina Khan's appointment at the Federal Trade Commission last week appears to indicate the Biden administration plans to take an aggressive approach to antitrust regulation
by Andrea V. Brambila Jun 29
Software startup Planitar gets new marketing executive
Yara Al Guindy is a veteran of the healthcare industry and will now lead marketing efforts for the real estate-oriented 3D imaging startup
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 29
@properties to acquire referral platform Suburban Jungle
Suburban Jungle gives consumers personalized information to help identify which suburban community will best suit them as they move out of a big city
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 29
Side readies for IPO, more than doubles valuation
The San Francisco-based startup now says it's worth $2.5 billion — way up from $1 billion just three months ago
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 28
Kris Lindahl on extending his branding savvy into new business
Find out how this team leader and branding and marketing expert created a new service that feeds into his brand while boosting business amid a crazy, pandemic-driven market
by Christy Murdock Jun 28
Are you poised for growth? 7 things top producers should do now
Set yourself up to thrive no matter what the market does in the future. Here are a few fundamentals to focus on today — to create new highs for your business
by Jimmy Burgess Jun 27
Inman Review: Birdeye is a smart take on experience marketing for agents
Opinion
The relatively new concept uses testimonials, reviews and all the online profiles of your company as an evergreen form of brand awareness and lead capture
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 25
EXp-Dave Ramsey conflict ignites debate about referral programs
A disparate group of referral programs actually share some basic DNA — even if that's not immediately apparent to most outsiders
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 25
Rental proptech Lessen secures $35M in Series A
Lessen is a web-based platform for connecting rental property owners and their management services teams with professionals to assist in an array of business-critical operations
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 24
Who owns my data?
From Zillow’s ShowingTime acquisition to pocket listings, RESO's CEO Sam DeBord breaks down all the buzziest tech conversations and debates from Inman Connect
by Sam DeBord Jun 24
Give them leverage! 6 ways to help agents do more
Opinion
It’s a win-win when agents are able to have the freedom to be more focused, more fulfilled and more successful in the long term
by Adam Hergenrother Jun 24
Housing market may be 'stabilizing': ShowingTime
ShowingTime's latest data reveals that home showings saw an unusual dip in May, which could indicate the market is finally 'adjusting and stabilizing'
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 22
MoxiWorks clients can manage showings with Instashowing
'The best agents have used multiple apps to manage their business and we're excited to see the deeper integrations making agents' lives more seamless,' said Instashowing founder
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 22
How to utilize tech to curb multifamily operating costs
Knowing how to deploy the latest technology has played a major role in reducing operating costs, but there are other steps savvy operators can take to reduce expenses for owners while keeping their residents happy
by Nick Mertens Jun 22
Real estate venture firm MetaProp raises $100M
MetaProp will use the new money to invest in early-stage property technology companies. The haul is also more than twice as large as MetaProp's previous fund
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 21
7 daily disciplines that'll make your business boom
Start by implementing at least one of these disciplines to your routine, or add even more for greater growth
by Jimmy Burgess Jun 20
Inman Review: Can Roof take your lead capture to new heights?
Opinion
Roof is chat automation tool that plugs into brokerage websites to capture and nurture leads with traffic metrics and sharp persona-building
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 18
Why Zillow's acquisition of ShowingTime 'flipped the switch'
Homesnap founder Guy Wolcott and ShowingTime President Michael Lane outline how vendors and multiple listing services create a more robust tech and integration experience
by Marian McPherson Jun 17
Real estate shouldn't 'rush back to 2019' as the pandemic winds down
Industry leaders said Wednesday that real estate, and multiple listing services in particular, have evolved during the pandemic — and will continue to do so in the future
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 16
Whistle while you work: Fulfillment, happiness key to how we work now
Craig Robinson, a board member of investing startup Roofstock, believes work is fundamentally changing, and that represents an opportunity for real estate professionals
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 16
Major MLSs join forces to form 'Rosetta Stone' of showing services
The project comes about 4 months after Zillow announced its acquisition of ShowingTime, turning showing technology into one of the hottest topics in real estate
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 15
New tools to unlock trapped home equity could boost home sales
During an Inman Connect session Tuesday, founders of Point and EasyKnock said they're out to revolutionize the concept of homeownership
by Matt Carter Jun 15
Pulse: Readers share their top 3 tech tools
From CRM tools to social media platforms for digital marketing, here are all the tech tools our readers rely on day in and day out
by Inman Jun 15
Jacksonville apartment property website wins Webby honor
A website built for an apartment property in Florida was 1 of 3 in the world — and the only website in the US — to be awarded as an honoree at the 25th Annual Webby Awards
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 15
Kukun offers buyers more power with newly released iHomeReport
Kukun's new tool is another weapon in the data bandolier of buyers trying to compete in heated markets or make offers sight unseen
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 15
Habitat for Humanity is building a 3D-printed home in Arizona
In the midst of the race to solve an acute affordable housing crisis in Arizona, Habitat for Humanity is placing its bet on 3D printing
by Libertina Brandt Jun 14
Bankrupt construction startup Katerra sued by former employees
Former employees of the SoftBank-backed real estate startup say they were laid off without a fair warning
by Libertina Brandt Jun 14
Chris Stuart shares the key to sustainable real estate teams
Industry veteran and newly minted Place, Inc. President Chris Stuart shares his thoughts on real estate teams, simplifying the consumer experience and creating a winning business strategy
by Marian McPherson Jun 14
Tribus teams up with marketing tech firm Evocalize
The partnership will give Tribus customers access to collaborative marketing technology, among other things, all within the Tribus platform
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 14
7 marketing tools that'll help you strategize business growth with ease
Opinion
Quality marketing drives business growth, but creating it can be overwhelming for busy real estate agents, especially amid a summer selling season that never ended. Here are a few tools to help
by Jimmy Burgess Jun 13
The New Normal: Imagining the frictionless transaction of the future
With every sight-unseen offer, iBuyer sale, Knock Home Swap and contingency-free contract that graces a seller's inbox, one more cornerstone gets chiseled away from the foundation of the traditional sale
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 11
@properties launches new listing presentation tool
The Digital Listing Presentation integrates with @properties' existing tech suite and is being billed as a way to save agents time and effort
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 11
Inman Review: VoxDirect makes text marketing simple
Opinion
A 'MailChimp' for text marketing, VoxDirect is a mobile app for both major operating systems, helping agents schedule and leverage text messaging for lead capture and nurture
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 11
Email marketer ActivePipe rolls out brokeragewide nurture campaigns
Helping power the new service is technology ActivePipe acquired in its purchase of HomePrezzo in 2020
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 10
Attom releases platform for on-demand access to real estate data
The service is intended to help technology providers, brokerages, financial institutions and other real estate industry players leverage data on-demand as needs arise for marketing, sales and critical business decisions
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 10
The New Normal: What if everyone just stops paying for leads?
They used to be part of everyone’s business model but, increasingly, paid leads simply can’t compete with organic traffic and referrals
by Christy Murdock Jun 10
Connecting with Veronica Figueroa: Our new normal demands world-class service
Ahead of Inman Connect, the eXp Realty team leader says agents have the chance to offer service that keeps clients coming back
Pulse: What are your top 3 tech tools?
This week, we want to know about the tech tools that are indispensable to you in this new normal. What are you still using and will continue to use in the foreseeable future?
by Inman Jun 9
Looking for leads? Tap into these digital door-knocking strategies
Opinion
Combining these digital door-knocking tips with geo-fencing practices will give you a significant edge over those relying on more traditional digital or print marketing strategies
by Bernice Ross Jun 9
The New Normal: What if your CRM is big tech's next target?
Opinion
Innovation happens in small spaces. Most agents don't realize that as they become more and more entrenched in their CRM, their tech is becoming ripe for acquisition
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 9
CRM Market Leader launches fully managed lead campaigns on Facebook
Market Leader focuses on lead conversion and nurture instead of generation, offering integrations with a deep library of industry lead providers
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 8
Construction startup Katerra files for bankruptcy
The company is seeking Chapter 11 protection as it reports assets worth far less than the venture capital it's raised
by Daniel Houston Jun 7
The New Normal: What if buyers no longer needed hand-holding?
Heated demand and short inventory are shaping our post-pandemic world, but thanks to increased technology and changed expectations, the end result might just be better
by Cara Ameer Jun 7
Inman Review: Agent on Duty simplifies local home search
Opinion
Agent on Duty is an app for finding homes and agents, and has some big names to compete against. It could carve out a niche for mid-market and bilingual agents with its support for 8 languages
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 4
5 do's and don'ts of navigating 'the homebody economy'
Navigating the homebody economy is new for all of us, but success will come when you get back to the basics: Offer something people need, meet them where they are, save them time and money, and design with humans at heart
On Clubhouse? 3 vital tips for making it work for your business
Despite all its growth, Clubhouse is still a young app. If you manage to become the go-to destination for discussions about your location or relevant topic, you will likely remain on top for as long as the app is in active use
by Dave Platter Jun 3
Blimp's blockchain partnership will incentivize leads to share information
Blimp users earn a Home Network Foundation Home token every time they engage with Blimp service providers, who earn a token when an invited stakeholder joins a transaction
by Craig C. Rowe Jun 2
Man offers discounted rent for dog-sitting, draws internet outrage
The Zillow listing for the 3-bedroom Austin home, which was discovered by Reddit user u/KlutzyInflation, offers reduced rent to tenants willing to dog-sit the owner's 16-year-old black lab
Spruce raises $60M in new Series C funding round
The company provides title insurance and escrow services, among other things. Since its founding in 2016, Spruce has raised $110 million
by Jim Dalrymple II Jun 2
RE/MAX launches First app to help agents find new listings
Since its rollout as a RE/MAX app in 2020, the RE/MAX's artificial intelligence-powered First app has identified resulted in over 33,000 more listings for agents, according to the company
by Marian McPherson Jun 1
DepositLink to enable electronic payments for 1,400 NY agents
A growing number of companies facilitate electronic payment of earnest money and commissions through the ACH network
by Matt Carter Jun 1
How technology has shaped multifamily marketing
Even before the pandemic forced everyone to digitally transform, we as an industry had committed to a marketing strategy that was customer- and content-centered. Here's how we've leveraged technology in a way that's most beneficial to potential tenants
by Michael Zaransky Jun 1
The New Normal: What if meetings of the future actually saved time?
Opinion
Pandemic-driven tech facilitated a work-from-home lifestyle and made some aspects of real estate more efficient. Here's what realistic post-COVID meetings could be
by Jeff Lichtenstein May 28
Inman Review: Can Shaker rattle the transaction management space for teams?
Opinion
This team-focused transaction management solution eschews the weighed-down aesthetic of industry competitors to streamline deals and empower communications
by Craig C. Rowe May 28
NestEgg launches month-to-month property management service
With NestEgg Freedom, landlords and property owners can access NestEgg's full suite of services for $29 per month per unit
by Marian McPherson May 27
Cash-offer startup Homeward scores $371M in funding
The funding is split between $136M in equity and $235M in debt and will go toward expanding the company's scale
by Jim Dalrymple II May 27
The New Normal: What if only 3 obstacles stood in the way of the fully digital transaction?
4 real estate leaders share how legislators, lenders, brokers, agents and consumers all have a role to play in blocking paperless transactions
by Marian McPherson May 27
RealScout launches its 15th Buyer Graph in Virginia Beach
8 brokerages have partnered to launch the Virginia Beach Buyer Graph, which hosts real-time anonymized buyer data and habits
by Marian McPherson May 26
Digital closing platform Snapdocs valued at more than $1.5B
Snapdocs has raised $150 million in a series D funding round. The platform now touches nearly 20 percent of U.S. real estate transactions
by Matt Carter May 25
MLS company acquires tech to launch new showing service
Citing 'acquisition anxiety' after Zillow's deal with ShowingTime, MLS Aligned has purchased the technology behind real estate messaging and showing platform Agent Inbox
by Andrea V. Brambila May 25
Chime taps Revaluate to empower lead quality with 'likely to move' scores
'Our industry continues to grapple with an overabundance of online leads,' Chime's Vice President of Sales Mike McGowan said
by Craig C. Rowe May 25
Tribus debuts mobile app to augment lead follow-up, in-house communication
Real estate technology company Tribus has released a new mobile app for Android and iPhone to help agents communicate with leads and manage business
by Craig C. Rowe May 25
Stavvy lands $40M in funding, signs Flagstar Bank
With Series A funding, the Boston-based startup plans to bring expertise in paperless to mortgage servicing
by Matt Carter May 24
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO steps down to lead Place
Place, Ben Kinney's back-end technology platform, has tapped BHHS CEO Chris Stuart to lead the company as its new president, Inman has learned exclusively
by Marian McPherson May 24
The New Normal: What if the brokerage of the future isn't a brokerage at all?
Teams are less and less constrained by geography thanks to powerful new upstart companies, even as control of real estate technology becomes more centralized
by Jim Dalrymple II May 24
Home efficiency startup Pearl Certification raises $9.5M
Pearl Certification evaluates the energy efficiency of new and existing homes. The startup will use the funding to expand its services and market reach
by Marian McPherson May 21
How smart shades support energy efficiency during summer
Automated window treatments can go a long way in boosting a home’s energy efficiency, keeping homeowners comfortable during every season. With summer quickly approaching, here's what you should know about smart shades
by Brandon Doyle May 21
Zavvie raises $1.75M in new funding round
The company, which offers an iBuying platform, says that 60,000 real estate sales professionals now use its technology
by Jim Dalrymple II May 20
Inman Review: Will AgentFire light up your web presence?
Opinion
Using an a-la-carte system of value-add marketing features and modern mobile designs, AgentFire is an ideal for growing teams and agents evolving through the industry
by Craig C. Rowe May 20
Top Coldwell Banker team in Missouri jumps to eXp Realty
The team, which includes 22 agents, is the latest of many that have switched from a legacy brand to the upstart virtual brokerage
by Jim Dalrymple II May 20
Showing management startup Instashowing nabs $4M in funding
Former Trulia CEO Pete Flint once again led the funding round. The company will primarily use the funds to develop an open API for showing services
by Lillian Dickerson May 20
6 resources every real estate agent should have on hand right now
Staying up-to-date with the latest resources, tips and tricks will help grow your brand, business — and bottom line
by Rainy Hake Austin May 20
Zillow launches in-app call feature for Premier Agent
Available today on Apple iOS, Zillow Premier Agents can answer buyer phone calls without leaving the Zillow Premier Agent app
by Marian McPherson May 19
Tomo laying base for homebuyer services with Tom Ferry partnership
Tomo will partner buyers with Tom Ferry-trained agents to help them navigate the platform's digital mortgage and transaction services
by Marian McPherson May 19
NAR ends multimillion-dollar zipLogix partnership
After 6 years and $62M, the trade group says it will reallocate funds to 'other important member-facing initiatives'
by Andrea V. Brambila May 18
Home with rows and rows of storage goes viral on TikTok
The mixed-use property looks unremarkable from the outside, but it's filled to the brim with racks and shelving on the inside
'We're turning every consumer into an iBuyer': Ribbon CEO
The founders of two cash-offer companies — Ribbon's Shaival Shah and Homeward's Tim Heyl — discussed how they are working to 'empower' agents at Connect Now
by Matt Carter May 18
Side CEO: 'There's no more room for mediocre'
A pair of real estate leaders debated new brokerage models Tuesday and concluded that top-producers may need something unconventional
by Jim Dalrymple II May 18
App-based brokerage Torii closes on more funding, launches LA operations
Most Torii agents are salaried employees with benefits and full marketing support. The company is focused on becoming a single provider for all homebuyer needs
by Craig C. Rowe May 18
Chime partners with virtual tour tech provider EyeSpy360
IDX websites and property pages powered by Chime can now be enhanced with one of the industry's leading providers of live online tours
by Craig C. Rowe May 18
Marketing content manager Aryeo raises $3.65M
The 2021 class member of NAR's REACH program started in real estate photography before graduating to the greater need of helping agents control their data and content
by Craig C. Rowe May 17
KvCORE's spring 2021 release is faster, smarter and connected
Updates to the user experience and some sharply engineered new functionality demonstrate why Inside Real Estate's flagship software remains an industry favorite
by Craig C. Rowe May 17
What agents need to know about energy-efficient lightbulbs
The right lighting can not only make a house feel like a home, it can also help homeowners improve their productivity and achieve major energy savings. Here's what agents need to know about the various kinds of energy-efficient bulbs out there
by Gerard Splendore May 17
Inman Review: Tenants and leasing teams get better connected with RentTango
Opinion
Manage your apartment portfolio with RentTango's lead-to-lease solution for marketing vacancies, managing applicants and processing digital leases
by Craig C. Rowe May 14
Smart Home Tech: What are the best smart thermostat options?
Smart thermostats are a great choice for many homeowners. They allow you to adjust and set your home's temperature right from your phone — and save you money in the long run, too. Here are a few options
by Brandon Doyle May 14
Fathom Realty sees jump in revenue, agent count and transactions in Q1
The company, which went public last year, pulled in $49.6 million between January and March — a 72 percent increase year over year
by Jim Dalrymple II May 13
Knock's Carolinas expansion puts Home Swap in 40 markets
'A consumer can qualify for the Home Swap from their mobile device and then confidently shop for the home they want with their own agent by their side and in the app,' said Knock CEO and co-founder Sean Black
by Craig C. Rowe May 13
Meet the 5 agents and tech gurus behind Compass' growth
As Compass begins its post-IPO journey, the company's agents and tech masterminds are going into overdrive. Here are five people behind Compass' success
by Marian McPherson May 13
Home renovation valuation app raises $6.5M, launches in Seattle
Inman was provided an early look at Plunk, which is member of NAR's Reach Accelerator Class of 2021. The funding will be used to further hone the app's first national iteration
by Craig C. Rowe May 11
Lone Wolf Technologies acquires LionDesk and HomeSpotter
'Ultimately, where we want to go is a fully connected digital platform with a single user persona,' said Lone Wolf CEO Jimmy Kelly
by Craig C. Rowe May 11
The New Normal: What if the past year made real estate easier?
Opinion
Although COVID-19 has had devastating effects on our country, both in terms of personal tragedies and economic misfortune, in some ways, it has been a gift as well
by Carl Medford May 11
Live tour app HomeRover launches refresh after agent feedback
HomeRover has announced new features to its live tour app for agents and homebuyers. The refocused version includes a more business-tailored interface for agents and improved consumer-facing features and usability
by Craig C. Rowe May 11
Douglas Elliman launches new cloud-based tech suite for agents
The company's new single sign-on portal called 'MyDouglas' is a customizable and mobile-compatible platform that integrates all of the brokerage's agent resources in one place
by Lillian Dickerson May 10
Smart Home Tech: What are the top smart devices for pets?
For homeowners with pets, smart tech can be a great way to keep an eye on these furry friends, and provide them with what they need to stay happy and healthy. Here are a few devices that pet owners will find particularly useful
by Brandon Doyle May 7
Tech Review: Smart Alto puts people first in its innovative lead qualification solution
Opinion
A alumnus of the Y Combinator startup program, Smart Alto leverages clever talk-tech, sales scripts and human ISAs to qualify leads and set appointments
by Craig C. Rowe May 7
Tribus adds new collaborative search feature to platform
Household will let homebuyers share and collaborate on listings with friends, family members or investors
by Jim Dalrymple II May 6
Accurate Group acquires Coast to Coast Title & Escrow
The deal includes title and closing technology platform that integrates with loan origination systems used by most lenders
by Matt Carter May 5
OJO Labs adds climate risk assessments to portal listings
ClimateCheck's risk assessment scores for a variety of factors like flooding and droughts will now be integrated into listings featured on Movoto, OJO Labs' real estate search portal
Dotloop and Notarize launch long-awaited integration for users
Starting Tuesday, Notarize Business users can integrate their dotloop accounts for a seamless notarization experience between both platforms
by Marian McPherson May 4
Propertybase launches new lead source for loan officers, small teams
BoldMortgage builds on Propertybase's enterprise-level mortgage business growth platform Unify
by Matt Carter May 4
Lone Wolf releases technology solution for recruiting
Targeted agents can be sorted according to performance, tagged for categorization and internal referral, and compared against currently high-performing internal agents
by Craig C. Rowe May 4
In the multifamily space, these tech tools have become indispensable
Certainly, other tech developments lie ahead, but in general, it can be said that innovation has enabled those in the multifamily space to do their jobs better — and that was the case well before the pandemic
by Michael Zaransky May 4
Tech brokerage Avenue 8 raises $14 million
The San Francisco-based company plans to use the new money to expand into new markets, hire agents and beef up its technology
by Jim Dalrymple II May 3
Bitcoin house in San Francisco to auction 75-year NFT leases
San Francisco-based startup co-living space 20Mission will launch the first-ever auction of spaces as non-fungible tokens starting on May 5th, the company announced on Thursday
ProperSign updates with QuickSign to speed digital closings
ProperSign was rated 4 stars in 2020, largely on the merits of its user experience design and Dynamic KBA, or knowledge-based authentication for signer identification
by Craig C. Rowe May 3
Zillow hits back in REX antitrust lawsuit
Discount brokerage REX filed its antitrust lawsuit in March. But in a new filing, Zillow calls REX's claims "self serving" and without merit
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 30
BuzzBuzzHome acquired by new home data provider Zonda
This is Zonda's fourth acquisition in the last 12 months. BuzzBuzzHome claims to be the 'largest and most accurate' new homes database
by Matt Carter Apr 30
What’s Next? Top design trends to expect post-pandemic
As we look ahead to the world post-pandemic, here are the trends that experts, agents and designers are seeing in home design and decor
by Christy Murdock Apr 30
Refreshed and nurture-savvy, Market Leader's CRM deserves your attention
Opinion
After bouncing around Trulia and then Zillow, Market Leader — a CRM and marketing software — has been reborn under Constellation Real Estate Group, and we're better for it
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 30
Shaker updates include in-deal text messaging and Dotloop integration
Text messaging gives agents and clients a fast, convenient way to keep deals progressing, and has become a ubiquitous sales and marketing channel for the real estate industry.
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 29
Property management platform Guesty raises $50M
Guesty, which offers a software solution to manage multiple short-term rental listings through sites like Airbnb, also scooped up a competitor
Cut through the noise! Video marketing strategies that work in 2021
Find out what some of today’s most innovative agents and brokers are doing to set their video content apart from the competition
by Christy Murdock Apr 29
AI-powered mortgage processing: 27 options besides Google
The tech giant recently rolled out a purpose-built solution for the mortgage industry, but it's entering a rather crowded field
by Matt Carter Apr 28
Cash offer startup Ribbon launches appraisal protection service
The company will now cover the difference for under-appraised homes purchased through its RibbonCash Offers service
by Marian McPherson Apr 28
California Association of Realtors teams up with RentSpree
The new partnership will let agents access and use CAR rental documents within the RentSpree technology platform
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 28
Most agents have online passwords that are ridiculously easy to guess
'Password,' '12345' and 'Simon' are the top passwords chosen by real estate agents for their online accounts, according to research from the password safety manager NordPass
Want to level up your marketing? Here's how tech can help
By making the best use of the tools available in today’s tech-laden world, you can free up time to focus on what really matters — building genuine, lasting relationships with clients and helping them find the property of their dreams
by Derek Dowell Apr 28
EXCLUSIVE: Realogy taps MoxiWorks for company-wide technology partnership
In a video call Tuesday, Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider told Inman MoxiWorks will provide its full product suite, including solutions for marketing, recruiting and website creation
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 27
CoStar revenue jumps 17% with help from new addition Homesnap
The company raked in $458 million during the first quarter of the year. It also said that Homesnap, which it bought in 2020, performed well
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 27
EXp launches brokerage operations in Colombia
The virtual brokerage now operates in 14 countries, and has plans to open in others later this year
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 27
Compass to acquire transaction management platform Glide
The acquisition will be completed this week, according to an announcement on Monday. Glide enables agents and brokers to complete disclosures digitally
by Marian McPherson Apr 26
NAR's venture capital fund picks Knock, other startups for REACH program
Second Century Ventures, which is an arm of the National Association of Realtors, has chosen Knock and 7 other startups to be a part of the 2021 REACH scale-up program
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 26
The Inman Handbook on comps in these chaotic times
Agents' expertise has long relied on studying and understanding sales patterns in their markets. But with little inventory and soaring prices, patterns are hard to find
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 26
11 tech tools that'll save you time — and drum up more business
Opinion
Automating your processes will allow you to focus more on building relationships — which is the key to taking your business to the next level. Here's a list of real estate tech that'll make your life easier
by Jimmy Burgess Apr 25
Buy and build with Welcome Homes' online new construction platform
Welcome Homes augments a streamlined business plan with dynamic 3D visualization to let new homebuyers build and buy directly from their browsers
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 23
Pacaso taps dotloop exec Marnie Blanco to lead industry relations
Pacaso named Marnie Blanco as its vice president of industry relations on Thursday. She'll oversee strategic industry partnerships and relations growth
by Marian McPherson Apr 22
SmartRent inks $2.2B merger deal with Fifth Wall SPAC
Once closed, the merger would mark one of the biggest deals between a proptech firm and a special-purpose acquisition company to date
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 22
5 movers and shakers driving Opendoor's growth
These are the executives behind Opendoor's post-IPO growth, which hinges on the company's goal of reaching 42 markets by the end of 2021
by Marian McPherson Apr 22
Don’t miss out! 4 simple ways to generate leads on your website
Be sure to utilize these simple strategies to capture more leads from your website with minimal effort and cost
by Kate Hulbert Apr 21
Digital mortgage startup Better debuts services in 3 more states
The company has funded over $40 billion in home loans since it launched — nearly all of it since the beginning of 2020
by Andrea V. Brambila Apr 20
4 tips for getting the most out of Clubhouse
The audio-only discussion app remains popular among real estate professionals. But those who want the most out of it should follow a few key practices
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 20
Fintor aims to make real estate investing more accessible
The new micro-investing startup, which just raised $2.5 million, lets people start investing in residential real estate with as little as $5
4 fundamental skills agents need to brush up on right now
Are you practicing clear communication? Mastering the art of negotiation? No matter how many years you spend in the business, there are a few essential skills every agent should revisit and polish from time to time
by Santiago Arana Apr 20
How to safely handle an open house
Holding an open house has always been a bit risky and has become even more so during the pandemic. To safely continue the practice, agents should keep these factors in mind
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 19
MailMatic wants to be in your 2021 marketing plans
Opinion
Still effective, especially when combined with integrated digital campaigns, direct mail remains an ideal opportunity for agents looking to build local awareness
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 16
Douglas Elliman parent company invests in another proptech startup
Vector Group, which launched its proptech investment arm in March, has now added Humming Homes to its list of invested in companies
by Lillian Dickerson Apr 15
Browse second-home opportunities on updated Pacaso app
Pacaso's mobile app allows users to browse available homes, share them with aspiring co-owners and friends, and be alerted to new properties or changes to those they're following. The company's intent is to democratize second homeownership
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 15
Lone Wolf Technologies launches Cloud CMA for brokers
Lone Wolf Technologies announced the rollout of a new broker-focused version of the popular listing and market analysis software Cloud CMA
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 15
@properties expands its franchise empire in Wisconsin
The company announced this week that its second-ever franchise will officially launch in La Crosse, Wisconsin
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 15
CoStar to acquire listing site Homes.com
The $156 million purchase should help the company continue its push into the world of residential real estate
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 14
Salaried agent model is a 'game changer' says former Realogy leader
Charlie Young, who left Coldwell Banker last year, is joining the board of a flat-fee brokerage that pays its agents a base salary rather than a conventional commission
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 14
Opendoor expands homebuying pool to meet booming demand
The iBuyer revised its purchase requirements to include pricier homes, older homes and homes in age-restricted and gated communities
by Marian McPherson Apr 13
SentriLock officially launches showing platform
SentriKey Showing Service is among the buzziest new showing management platforms in a space that has growing increasingly crowded in recent months
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 13
Fathom subsidiary IntelliAgent acquires tech platform LiveBy
Fathom Holdings CEO Josh Harley said the acquisition is an integral part of the company's profitability and national portal plans
by Marian McPherson Apr 9
12 videos every agent should make
These 12 video templates, together with the two search rank term tools, will help you reach your target clients and build trust by answering their questions before they ask
by Jimmy Burgess Apr 9
SoftBank invests $500M in fintech startup Better.com
Better.com is set to receive $500 million from SoftBank's Vision Fund, according to a WSJ article on Thursday. This places better.com's valuation at $6B
by Marian McPherson Apr 9
Inman Tech Review: JetClosing is fueling mobile adoption of digital title and escrow
Opinion
Maybe it feels to some that such a light, easy product can't handle the financial and metaphorical weight of a closing, but JetClosing is an app that proves otherwise
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 9
Smart Home Tech: What to know about smart lights
Opinion
Smart lighting is a rapidly growing segment of the smart home tech market — and it's easy to see why. When done right, smart lighting can add personalization and ambiance to any part of your house. Here's what you need to know
by Brandon Doyle Apr 8
Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso to accept bitcoin as rent
Billionaire Rick Caruso plans to roll out a variety of cryptocurrency programs for consumers, including a customer reward option and the ability to pay rent with bitcoin
by Jim Dalrymple II Apr 8
MoxiWorks enters into nationwide agreement with Century 21 Canada, launches HUB21
Agents throughout Century 21 Canada's 400 offices will have access to MoxiWorks solutions through a portal called HUB21
by Craig C. Rowe Apr 8
5 people to watch at RE/MAX as franchisor counts on investment pay-off
RE/MAX intends to keep its agent productivity throne and expects its tech acquisitions in the last couple of years to boost its bottom line in 2021
5 common tech mistakes that could be costing you
When it comes to the technology that powers your business, it's all about what's new and next, but it's important to remember the basics to avoid common mistakes that could be costing you big time
by Teresa Boardman Apr 8
Notarize to open its remote notary platform to independent notaries
Pilot program to launch in Washington and Tennessee with a goal of launching in all 31 remote online notarization-approved states in 2021
by Kelsey Ramírez Apr 7
11% of Americans moved during the pandemic: Zillow survey
Zillow's latest report revealed what pushed Americans to move during the pandemic and which markets experienced the largest inflow of new homebuyers
by Marian McPherson Apr 6
20 tools to help you create killer video content
As any agent will tell you, video creation should have a special place in your marketing plan. Although it might seem intimidating at first, you'll quickly learn there are easy and cheap ways to level up your video game. Here are all the tools you'll need — from basic to pro
by Jimmy Burgess Apr 4
From out of nowhere: 5 new(ish) cities to keep your eye on this year
Starbase, the Texas town Elon Musk announced he was planning to incorporate as part of Brownsville and South Padre, is 1 example of a community conceived seemingly overnight
How one agent uses TikTok to wrangle some of his youngest clients
A year after launching his TikTok account, GZB Realty broker and managing director Alexander Zakharin now generates 80% of his business using the youth-oriented app
Sprout Mortgage gives brokers more control of loan estimate
A new program gives originators better visibility into how lender fees will be presented to borrowers
by Matt Carter Mar 31
Self-tour company Rently raises cash in industry 'ripe for disruption'
The funding amount was undisclosed, but McCarthy Capital typically makes equity investments of between $15 million and $75 million
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 31
Newly listed 'vampire house' features coffins, backyard cemetery
The unusual property listed by RE/MAX agent Matt Godbey went viral thanks to its ghoulish interior design choices
'That's our bloody cat': Man finds missing feline in a listing photo
After learning that a neighbor had listed his home on the UK equivalent of Zillow, a London oncologist decided to take a peek — only to discover his lost cat in the listing photos
Supernatural stairway found on Zillow sends social media aflutter
Known as 'witches stairs,' a type of staircase sometimes seen in old New England homes, has been making the rounds on social media
5 big challenges for REX Real Estate in 2021
The well-connected discount brokerage is trying to raise more funding and grow its business as it takes on industry behemoths NAR and Zillow
by Andrea V. Brambila Mar 29
6 tips you should share with clients before they refinance
Opinion
The lending industry is up to its calculators in mortgage refinances right now. Hopefully most of them are going smoother than mine
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 27
After failing to go public in 2019, WeWork set to try again via SPAC
The special purpose acquisition company merger will reportedly value the combined company at $9B, far below the $47B it was valued at just 2 years ago
by Patrick Kearns Mar 26
The Real Word: Could independent contractor status die?
Opinion
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the status of real estate agents as independent contractors, how to generate more listings and who's crushing it on TikTok
by Byron Lazine Mar 26
Smart Home Tech: How to choose smart sensors for your home
Smart sensors are a great way to gain insight into your home, get notified of issues before they become big problems and control other smart devices you may already own. Here's what to look for
by Brandon Doyle Mar 26
Zentap addresses all your Facebook needs in one place
Opinion
Consistency in social media marketing is a big challenge for busy agents. Zentap can help those who aren't good at it look like they are
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 26
BoomTown acquires Brokermint to create a full 'lead-to-close solution'
BoomTown touted that the acquisition will allow it to become one of the only 'integrated, end-to-end solutions addressing every aspect of the real estate transaction'
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 25
How to successfully work with clients who eschew technology
In a high-tech digital world, the basics of low-tech analog customer service still matter, especially when dealing with buyers and sellers who don't use smartphones or email
by Teresa Boardman Mar 25
Orchard adds concierge service to existing platform
The service allows homeowners to make repairs and upgrade at no upfront cost, before they list on the market
by Patrick Kearns Mar 23
T3 Sixty's annual list of top tech vendors reveals industry consolidation
A total of 15 companies from the 2020 list were acquired prior to the publication of the 2021 list
by Patrick Kearns Mar 23
Former Trulia CEO Pete Flint leads investment round in Instashowing
Flint and other big-name investors including Tom Ferry collectively dropped $1.5M on the showing management startup
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 23
Rocket exec dishes on mortgage trends and beef with UWM
Bob Walters called United Wholesale Mortgage's ultimatum to independent brokers 'deeply offensive'
by Patrick Kearns Mar 23
Marketing through video? Here's how to 10X your reach
To aid in your expanding marketing efforts, here are 5 simple types of videos you can easily make and creative ideas for pushing them out into the world
by Kendall E. Bonner Mar 23
Delta Media Group announces launch of ShowingTime competitor
The platform, called Local Showings, will integrate with brokerage and MLS technology. The company also says it is seeing significant interest in the platform
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 22
Side raises $150M, hits unicorn valuation
The real estate brokerage startup plans to use the infusion of cash to fuel its expansion
by Patrick Kearns Mar 22
Joining Clubhouse? Get the lowdown on this buzzy app
By now, you've probably already heard of Clubhouse, the invite-only audio app that's taking the social media world by storm. As a real estate agent, here are the basics you need to know — plus a few tips to get started
by Katie Lance Mar 20
How the marriage between Spencer Rascoff and Offerpad came to be
Spencer Rascoff and Offerpad CEO Brian Bair spoke to Inman about the behind-the-scenes moves that led to Offerpad's decision to go public via a special purpose acquisition company
by Patrick Kearns Mar 18
How new trends in automation are streamlining title transactions
Just like the rest of real estate, the title industry is embracing technology and its many benefits. When partnering with a title company, be sure to understand how it deploys technology in its systems — and how that tech can be used to help create the best service for you and your clients
by Tom Huddleston Mar 18
Virtual assets are selling for millions. Is real estate next?
NFTs, or 'non fungible tokens,' have upended the art world in recent days. Now, they're gradually pushing further into the world of housing
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 17
Bright MLS launches tool to measure home demand in real time
The 'Bright T3 Home Demand Index,' created in partnership with T3 Sixty, is designed to give Bright MLS subscribers a sense of how the market is doing in real time
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 16
'We're never going back to normal': Pete Flint on our digital future
To kick off Connect Now on Tuesday, Brad Inman and Trulia co-founder Pete Flint discussed the challenges and opportunities tied to the digitization of real estate
by Marian McPherson Mar 16
Matterport and rooomy advance relationship with immersive virtual staging
The partnership aims to provide consumers with as immersive and realistic a home tour as possible before seeing it in person
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 15
Lone Wolf announces collaborative rollout of Digital Title services
This new multiparty solution represents a significant step toward the total digital deal
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 15
The Inman Handbook on Landing
Landing is upending the rental market with furnished, flexible leasing options for members in more than 80 markets around the country
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 15
So you want to live in a tiny home? Here's everything you need to know
We talked to owners and experts about the legal, financial and social aspects of owning a home that's under 500 square feet
Does Zillow's app for online tours stack up?
Opinion
The portal giant's app for creating and publishing immersive online home tours is available to everyone — and it offers enough to make it worth a look
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 12
Mainframe Real Estate debuts marketing tech, agent websites
The launch of a new suite of products continue Mainframe's ongoing efforts to improve the real estate experience by leaning more on technology
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 11
Chicago's @properties debuts new learning service
The service, @academy, will be available to the company's thousands of agents and will include an array of both live and pre-recorded courses
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 11
One homeowner's quarantine project is a basement video rental store (adult section included)
A TikTok video is proving just how far some homeowners will go with a quarantine project. In this case, a man turned his basement into a video rental store
Zumper employs artificial intelligence for rental leads
PowerLeads AI will analyze renter behaviors in order to predict the likelihood of a particular renter signing a lease for a specific apartment
by Lillian Dickerson Mar 11
HomeKeepr, now a MooveGuru product, announces service integration
Moving assistance solution MooveGuru now has the mobile app outreach and marketing power of HomeKeepr, acquired in 7-figure, stock-for-stock transaction. HomeKeepr will remain operating as a MooveGuru company
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 9
RealPage launches new virtual apartment tour solution
The integrated virtual touring solution will provide interactive virtual content for a potential client to explore, as well as a live leasing agent available on-demand
Awareness, growth and leadership: What's in store for EXIT Realty in 2021
Current and former EXIT Realty leaders Tami Bonnell, Bob McKinnon and Jeff Lobb share the challenges and opportunities the brokerage faces in the year ahead
by Marian McPherson Mar 9
Transactly secures $3M amid rapid transaction coordination growth
CEO Bryan Bowles: 'We've grown at a pace greater than 25% month over month, on average, over the last 12 months'
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 8
6 ways agents can disrupt the disruptors today
Embracing change, technology and the evolution of our industry is the key to succeeding and remaining relevant as an agent. Do this consistently, and you will emerge as a leader in your marketplace
by Faisal Susiwala Mar 8
Inman Handbook on Divvy
This unique company has blended altruism with an innovative twist on an old landlord strategy — rent to own. Operating in 16 markets with more on the way, it opened its first branded brokerage in Cleveland
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 8
12 digital mortgage terms every agent should know
Mortgages are going from handshakes to webcams. Here are 12 terms that are defining industry change
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 6
Roomvu makes effective web video marketing fast and affordable
Opinion
Developed by a former high-producing Vancouver agent, the application centers on social video but can tackle much more
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 5
One week after LA launch, Knock blankets Southern California
A rapid expansion from Los Angeles into San Diego, Santa Barbara and markets inland puts Knock well ahead of its '21 in 21' available markets goal
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 4
Opendoor debuts cash-backed offers
Buyers will need to get pre-qualified with Opendoor Home Loans or another mortgage company. Then, Opendoor will pair the buyer with a real estate professional in their market
Gary Keller admits to ‘losing war’ to software bugs
Keller said the company will begin a '66-day challenge of locking down stabilization' of its core technology platform, including its customer relationship management tool Command
by Patrick Kearns Mar 3
Douglas Elliman parent company launches proptech fund
New Valley Ventures from Vector Group aims to invest in startups focused on supporting a 'rapid transformation of the real estate industry for the benefit of the agent'
Constellation Real Estate Group acquires CRM maker from Move
Top Producer offers a customer relationship manager, as well as a suite of other tools. The company had been a subsidiary of Move Inc. before Constellation picked it up this week
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 2
Century 21 at 50: What’s in store for the brokerage’s golden year
As Century 21 approaches its 50th anniversary this year, the company faces unique challenges when it comes to technology and brand relevance
About Time Tours offers industry mobile app for scheduling showings
The iOS and Android app is ready to go, seeking MLS and brokerage partnerships to streamline in-person property tours
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 1
CoStar ups its bid for attempted CoreLogic acquisition
CoStar CEO Andy Florance believes the CoreLogic board will deem its offer 'superior' to a winning joint bid by Stone Point Capital and Insight Partners within 48 hours
by Patrick Kearns Mar 1
New camera promises 3D home scans in 15 minutes
Planitar's new Planix camera builds on the company's promise to enable fast and efficient 3D home scans
by Jim Dalrymple II Mar 1
The digital transaction is great — but mortgage tech still needs work
It's easier than ever to complete a transaction without ever meeting in-person, but the mortgage lending process is one pain point in which multiple agents have aired grievances
The Inman Handbook on Knock
Fintech or proptech? Both? Home Swap provider Knock is moving quickly to surpass its goal of being in 21 markets before the end of 2021. Here's what you should know about its unique lending model designed to help homeowners buy before they sell
by Craig C. Rowe Mar 1
From cold to close: How to ensure a seamless closing?
In this third and final part of the series on digital transactions, we will move past search and showings and onto the signing and closing process. Here are the main types of digital signings (and their perks) to know
by Marvin Stone Feb 26
Smart home tech: How to keep your home network safe with Firewalla
For the past year or so that we've been working virtually, so much of our daily lives and work revolved around our home networks. That's why it's important to keep that beating heart alive and well. Here's how Firewalla can help keep it secure
by Brandon Doyle Feb 26
Rental leasing startup Sunroom nabs $11M Series A round
The company works with real estate agents and property managers to handle all aspects of the leasing process
by Patrick Kearns Feb 25
Startup from former Zillow exec creates 'Agent Advisory Council'
Tomo, a still-secretive fintech platform focused on the real estate transaction, is tapping agents from across the country for feedback
by Patrick Kearns Feb 25
From cold to close: How virtual showing tools benefit your long-term business
In this second part of a multipart series on digital transactions and new technologies, we're focusing on the all-virtual tools that will make your remote showings a breeze instead of a 'can you hear me now' moment
by Marvin Stone Feb 25
Want to crush it on TikTok, Instagram or YouTube? 7 tips for video creation
Opinion
Tools such as Instagram Reels, TikTok and YouTube Shorts are becoming invaluable to real estate agents — especially because they're free. With a few of these best practices, you can ramp up your views and grow your well-deserved audience through short-form videos
by Bernice Ross Feb 24
From cold to close: 3 tips for better digital lead response
In this multipart series, you'll learn about digital transactions from end to end and examine new technologies that can enhance the process. First up? Solutions that keep digital inquiries on the digital path
by Marvin Stone Feb 24
Pulse: Readers share the most painful part of digital transactions
Digitizing real estate has made things easier and more convenient for a lot of industry professionals during the pandemic. That said, there are areas that need improvement. Here are a few, according to our readers.
by Inman Feb 23
How the pandemic made us better, faster and more efficient
Despite all the negatives, last year did bring about rapid change that has benefited us in more ways than one. Here are the tech advancements, business practices and cultural shifts that should stay post-pandemic
by Kendall E. Bonner Feb 23
11 ways to prepare your listing for its red-carpet moment
Whether it's the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys or other award ceremonies, take note of what happens on the red carpets — it holds major clues for listing agents
by Carl Medford Feb 23
Knock hires mortgage industry vet Laura Gray as head of lending
A mortgage industry veteran with more than 3 decades of expertise will head operations for Knock's unique home lending program as it expands into more markets. Knock Home Swap is already available in 17 cities
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 22
5 reasons to give your transaction coordinators a raise
From getting the most out of your transaction software to being the master of the office calendar, a transaction coordinator's value to an ever-more digital office environment is more valuable than ever before
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 20
360 tour provider Peek has big plans for the industry
Opinion
A NYC-based 360-degree tour provider adds a few sharp touches to make its offering stand above others on the market. With 4,700 tours in NYC, company plans call for expansion to Miami and LA
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 19
What makes for a solid team? The right people and a strong culture
Finding the right people and building a culture based on shared values can help a team thrive, speakers at Connect Now said on Thursday
by Lillian Dickerson Feb 18
These are the questions that could make or break Compass' IPO
Panelists at Inman Connect Now argued that Compass is going to have to think hard about recruiting, commissions and other issues as it prepares to go public
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 18
How agents can leverage AI to create a 'robust' client experience
During Connect Now, The Agency President Rainy Hake Austin and Triplemint CEO David Walker explain how agents can use tech to create rock-solid businesses and repeat clients
by Marian McPherson Feb 18
RealScout's Buyer Graph launches in San Diego
The tool, which allows brokerages to gain insights from anonymized buyer data, is being launched in partnership with six area brokerages
by Patrick Kearns Feb 18
ActivePipe's SmartSend advances the role of email in lead nurture
Email list maintenance is crucial to any agent's lead nurture and branding efforts, yet it's too often looked upon as a passive marketing activity. Recent updates from ActivePipe are making easy work of it
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 18
Agent advertising platform Audience Town applauds $2.1M in new funding
CEO Ed Carey: 'Audience Town has built the first advertising platform powered by proprietary data and designed to meet the needs of the real estate industry'
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 17
Here's a first look at Zillow 3D Home Tours' newest features
With 200M unique monthly visitors and a consistent IDX stream, Zillow's updated app is ripe to normalize the immersive home tour experience
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 17
Pulse: What's the most painful part of the digital transaction?
This week, we're reaching out to readers and asking you to chime in with your biggest issues, pain points and annoyances with digital transactions. What could be improved?
by Inman Feb 17
Not over yet! CoStar makes another play to buy CoreLogic for $7B
In a letter to CoreLogic shareholders, CoStar Group CEO Andy Florance outlines a 'superior' proposal to trump private equity bidders
by Patrick Kearns Feb 16
Detroit brokerage to become first @properties franchise
Alexander Real Estate, which currently has 45 agents in the Detroit area, will rebrand itself to operate under the @properties banner. The company has ambitious expansion goals
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 16
Growth among 5 biggest challenges RE/MAX faces in 2021
The company also needs to prove its technology investments have been worth the effort and continue to grow Motto Mortgage
by Patrick Kearns Feb 16
Pulse: Readers tell us about a time when tech saved the day
This week, our readers share the tech tools they valued the most during the pandemic — digital solutions that did everything from close a deal to salvage years-old photographs
by Inman Feb 16
Bye, Amazon! Here's the package system luxury renters are pining for
Position Imaging's AI-powered Smart Package Room system is vying to become the hottest new amenity in the luxury residential development space
by Marian McPherson Feb 16
RE/MAX exec dispels 'myths' around Zillow's ShowingTime acquisition
Nick Bailey has a message for agents concerned about the move: 'Don't panic'
by Patrick Kearns Feb 15
Inman Handbook on digital home showings
With the evolution of real estate upon us, the Inman Handbook on digital showings is here to help you make sense of this still-evolving, but here-to-stay, property marketing strategy
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 15
Tech-enabled mortgage startup UpEquity raises $25M in funding
The company is one of many that have flocked into the mortgage space in recently years, aiming to disrupt a process that until recent remained stubbornly analog
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 12
To the precipice of insanity and back with Clubhouse, the buzziest app in the world
Or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the Club
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 12
Hollywood at home: What happens when you let the film crews in
While having your property chosen can be tough, homeowners can make up to $20,000 a day by letting crews film inside their home, real estate agents told Inman
Interest in Instashowing soars: Is it the next ShowingTime?
Opinion
A showing management solution for brokerages and multiple listing services, Instashowing does a terrific job of not overcomplicating the process of arranging a showing
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 12
The war is on: CoStar speeds up its own scheduling tool to rival Zillow
A day after Zillow announced its acquisition of ShowingTime, Homesnap announced it was putting the 'pedal to the metal' on developing an alternative to the showing scheduling tool
by Patrick Kearns Feb 11
Faster, easier, more personal: How tech is shaping luxury real estate
Opinion
These three tech trends allow luxury agents to give their clients a better experience, which is why they will change the face of real estate in 2021 and beyond
by Mauricio Umansky Feb 11
Agents fear Zillow's ShowingTime acquisition, worry about their data
After Zillow announced its acquisition of ShowingTime for $500M on Wednesday, real estate agents expressed concerns about the portal's growing reach and the fate of their data
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 10
Zillow to acquire ShowingTime for $500M
The company plans to continue to operate ShowingTime as an open platform for all real estate agents, not just those who partner with Zillow
by Patrick Kearns Feb 10
Investing platform PeerStreet launches new diversity program
The Evolving Neighborhood Uplift Fund is designed to provide funding for would-be entrepreneurs in traditionally underserved communities
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 10
Creating YouTube content? 7 ideas for generating infinite topics
When it comes to marketing your business, video can prove to be an indispensable tool. If you're ready to up your video game and create hyperlocal, engaging content, here are a few strategies to keep in mind
by Bernice Ross Feb 10
Is CoStar a Zillow competitor? Of course it is
Opinion
As CoStar made a huge splash entering residential real estate with the purchase of Homesnap and Houses.com, many questions were left unanswered
by Jay Thompson Feb 10
Pulse: Tell us about a time when tech saved the day
This week, we're asking you to share your best experiences with tech — those moments when you welcomed digital tools into your process with open arms
by Inman Feb 10
5 tips for taking traditional door-knocking digital
You don't have to abandon your traditional real estate door-knocking values — you simply have to pivot them. Here's how you can put a modern-day twist on something you've been doing for years
by Stacey Soleil Feb 9
Doorvest's unique investor assistance model is modernizing fix-and-flip
This online solution for rental property investing buys, fixes and leases a home for clients before selling it back to them
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 8
Real estate photographers robbed in broad daylight in San Francisco
The couple was driving from a photo shoot when someone smashed the window of their car and stole $7,000 worth of camera equipment. The driver of a Tesla caught it on video
Rich Barton responds to 'SNL' sketch comparing Zillow to phone sex
'You used to want sex, but you're in your late 30s now ... You need Zillow,' according to a mock commercial that aired this weekend on 'Saturday Night Live'
What's the status of remote closings across the US?
Since the pandemic began, 31 states have passed remote online notary laws allowing digital closings to take place, with 29 of those states now permanently allowing digital closings
by Patrick Kearns Feb 8
Inman Handbook on digital lead generation
Paid or organic? Email marketing or direct mail? The Inman Handbook on lead generation is here to help you understand the nuance in lead types, qualification and marketing tactics
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 8
How to create top-of-mind awareness with e-newsletters
It’s one of the biggest ways people are staying in touch during COVID-enforced shutdowns, but how can you make sure your email blasts are gaining traction?
by Christy Murdock Feb 6
WATCH: Are 'hybrid brokers' the future of real estate?
Former Zillow exec Greg Schwartz predicts industry with 'hybrid brokers' offering additional tech-enabled services to clients. Here, watch the entire video from last month's Connect as a special Select subscriber benefit
by Inman Feb 5
Virtual 3D marketplace All3D is here for real estate
Opinion
The 3D marketplace has grand plans for the real estate space, the first of which includes an experiential retail and photo-realistic virtual staging offering
by Craig C. Rowe Feb 5
As Jeff Bezos steps down as Amazon CEO, feast on his giant RE portfolio
From LA to Seattle and even West Horn, Texas, Jeff Bezos owns property all across the country. As he prepares to step down as Amazon's CEO, Inman takes a look at his portfolio
Knock adds Airbnb executive to its board of directors
Vijaya Kaza, Airbnb's chief security officer and head of engineering and data science for trust and safety, will help Knock scale its Home Swap service
by Marian McPherson Feb 4
Ticktock! 8 time-wasters agents should avoid
Opinion
Here’s a look at some of the biggest time-sucks real estate agents are up against in today’s world in hopes that you don't fall into these traps
by Jay Thompson Feb 3
Opendoor's revenue plunged nearly 50% in 2020, according to SEC filing
The newly public company revealed in US Securities and Exchange Commission filings Tuesday that it expects to report $2.58B in revenue in 2020, down from the $4.7B in 2019
by Patrick Kearns Feb 3
12 ways to generate listings in a low-inventory market
Here are a few ways real estate agents can proactively persuade potential homesellers to put their properties on the market now
by Bernice Ross Feb 3
Zillow orders data company to stop scraping its content
In a cease-and-desist letter, Zillow accused Datafiniti of improperly using its data. Datafiniti, which also appears to have harvested Redfin data, says it scans info the way Google does
by Jim Dalrymple II Feb 2
Rent-to-own startup Divvy scores $110M in latest funding round
The company plans to use the new capital to expand into new markets and launch additional products to create an end-to-end homebuying experience
How this agent increased sales volume (by millions) without leaving the house
John McCarthy increased his production by millions without leaving the house to meet clients. Here’s how he leveraged resources to get deals done
by Ryan Rodenbeck Feb 2
February is all about the digital transaction here at Inman
Let’s dig into the tech driving the industry and the innovative companies making it happen
by Inman Feb 1
10 impressive consumer tech products to watch in 2021
As one of the most important tech events in the industry, CES provides us a great view into what the future has to offer. And this year's digital event didn't disappoint. Here are a few noteworthy products
by Brandon Doyle Feb 1
Numa helps you respond to every lead, every time
Opinion
Using automated text responses for leads and clients, Numa is targeting real estate after success in helping small retail businesses never miss a call for new business
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 29
9 questions everyone's asking about Zillow's IDX shift
Opinion
What does Zillow's IDX shift mean for you and your business? Here are the answers to all your lingering questions
by Jay Thompson Jan 29
Proptech startup bringing AI to builders scores $1M in seed round
Launched in 2018, Propertymate uses artificial intelligence to predict which communities will see new waves of interest
Greg Schwartz predicts an industry with 'hybrid brokers'
During Inman Connect, the former Zillow Group exec discussed his new startup and why he sees a future where most brokers will merge tech-enabled services with traditional, human-touch assistance
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 28
After failed IPO, WeWork now in talks with SPAC to go public: Report
The embattled co-working company is reportedly seeking to go public — again — this time via a special purpose acquisition company
by Patrick Kearns Jan 28
4 ways to embrace real estate's pandemic-induced digitalization
Opendoor Chief Product Officer Tom Willerer shared what the customer should expect after a year spent almost entirely online at Inman Connect
Move CEO: 'Even after 25 years of digital real estate, it's still too hard'
David Doctorow, CEO of realtor.com operator Move Inc., says company won't become a broker, lender or iBuyer 'in any foreseeable time period'
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 28
Is Compass more innovative than Redfin? This VC doesn't think so
Sapphire Ventures' Paul Levine called the timing of Compass' IPO 'fantastic,' but he cast doubt on how innovative it is compared to other publicly traded real estate companies
by Patrick Kearns Jan 28
Zillow expands renter protections tool to fight income discrimination
The company is expanding the bounds of its Local Legal Protections tool to help renters combat discrimination based on how they pay rent
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 28
'Fundamental shift' to digital in real estate is not going away
At Inman Connect, panelists from Zillow, realtor.com, OJO Labs and Qualia discuss how the pandemic has transformed the industry and how agents can compete
by Andrea V. Brambila Jan 27
Coldwell Banker CEO: Adopt tech tools that will delight clients
In a conversation at Inman Connect, Coldwell Banker CEO M. Ryan Gorman said that savvy agents should look for new technology that increases efficiency while delighting clients
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 27
Agent Image debuts a new solution for digital listing presentations
The Inman Connect audience was offered a unique look at what website developers Agent Image believe is the future of listing presentations and online open houses.
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 26
'2021 is going to be an insane year': Mike DelPrete's 5 megatrends
Mike DelPrete's 5 megatrends of real estate tech include the ongoing growth of new business models, a battle for adjacent services and one that might surprise you
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 26
Brad Inman: Now is the time for a new 'housing dynamism'
Inman Publisher Brad Inman praised real estate professionals for their ability to adjust to working during the pandemic during his opening talk at Inman Connect on Tuesday
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 26
DocuSign partners with the California Association of Realtors
The partnership will let California agents access CAR documents directly within the DocuSign platform
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 26
3 essential uses of Excel for real estate investors
For those who know how to use it, Excel is a cost-effective, portable alternative to expensive industry programs. Instead of looking for specialized solutions, here's why this simple tool can get the job done
by Larry Alton Jan 26
Inman Handbook on choosing a new brokerage
Choosing a new real estate brokerage is harder than ever as new models emerge, technology has risen to prominence and outside industrialists are pushing for mindshare
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 25
Revamping your social media? 5 absolute necessities for 2021
If you're in the throes of revamping your social media strategy and are wondering what to focus on, look no further. Here, social media expert Katie Lance gives her top social media tips for 2021
by Katie Lance Jan 23
Phixer Mobile brings professional editing to DIY photography
Opinion
Photo editing service provider Phixer developed an agent-focused photography app that connects agents' photo libraries with its team of professional editors
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 22
RealtyFeed is crowdfunding a 'disruptive social network' for real estate
Looking for a minimum of $25K, RealtyFeed is a product of technology company Realtyna, and it aims to combine agent collaboration features with search tools for consumers
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 21
Venture capital firm Fifth Wall Ventures latest to launch a SPAC
The firm is raising $250M through its public offering with the goal of acquiring and taking public a startup, the company confirmed in an SEC filing on Wednesday
by Patrick Kearns Jan 21
Notarize hires its first-ever president and chief commercial officer
Technology veteran Larry D'Angelo has been tapped to be Notarize's first-ever president and CCO. D'Angelo will help lead the company's 2021 growth strategy
by Marian McPherson Jan 21
Thinking of moving your team? 5 critical points to consider first
If you're considering making a move to a new brokerage, here are a handful of questions that'll help you determine if your team is ready to pack up
by Chris Pollinger Jan 21
New realtor.com partnerships will add more 3D tour options
The listing portal will now support 3D tours from imaging startups Asteroom and CloudPano
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 20
With 1 day until inauguration, DC locals press hotels, homeowners to follow Airbnb's lead
Despite Airbnb's decision to block and cancel all reservations during the week of the inauguration, Trump supporters are finding new ways to book stays in our nation's capital
MoxiWorks predicts 30% rise in home sales by end of January
If the company's predictions are correct, the US will see 422,000 home sales in January and another 447,000 in February, a significant increase from 2020
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 19
T3 Sixty launches searchable real estate tech vendor marketplace
The interactive digital marketplace was launched ahead of the company's annual print compendium of the industry's top technology vendors
by Patrick Kearns Jan 19
Retarget like a boss: How to boost your sales with advanced audience segmentation
Here’s a look at the latest trends in advanced audience segmentation and how to jumpstart your 2021 sales using Facebook Ads
by Victoria Kennedy Jan 19
Fidelity National Financial announces digital closing tool
'Close inHere' is part of the company's 'inHere Experience Platform,' an end-to-end platform that provides transaction tracking, e-notarization and e-closing services
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 18
A comprehensive list of 2021 real estate events — virtual and in-person
With the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out across the country, many companies and associations are planning in-person events for the coming year
Luxury senior living platform seeks to hire 1 lucky 'undercover grandma'
CaringAdvisor.com is offering $500 a month — and living and travel expenses — to a 'glam grandma' interested in living it up at high-end senior housing communities nationwide
Need print and social media marketing fast? Enter CoVault
Opinion
An agent from Victoria, British Columbia, has built a new listing and social media marketing solution for the busy agents everywhere
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 15
Smart home tech: Which smart locks are best for security?
Opinion
A smart lock can offer homeowners security, convenience and a peace of mind. Here's how to find the best (and most compatible) smart lock in a sea of options — plus a few tips on keeping your home extra secure
by Brandon Doyle Jan 15
Elm Street Technologies acquires Flow ROI
As a result of Elm Street Technologies’ second acquisition of 2021, Flow ROI's transaction management software will become part of Elevate, making the office management and marketing solution an end-to-end competitor with the likes of Chime, kvCORE and others
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 14
7 new tech products every agent should know about
Held virtually, the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show revealed the latest in home and business technology, including a home recycling solution, wearable joysticks for hands-free control and even 'smart tub' from Kohler
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 14
Knock names former Lyft and Uber executive as chief financial officer
In 2019, Michelle DeBella, Lyft's former vice president of finance, was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 14
What powers your business? 7 components every agent needs
Agents are a lot like computers — they need several key systems to function properly. Here are a handful of crucial components every agent needs to operate efficiently and without a hitch
by Faisal Susiwala Jan 14
Ex Zillow, Trulia execs add funding to Latin American housing startup
La Haus, a startup aiming to transform home sales in Mexico and Colombia, raised $35M as part of its Series B funding round, it was announced Thursday
by Patrick Kearns Jan 14
3 tips for maximizing your team's virtual open house efforts
Start by strategizing promotional campaigns for your listings, work as a team to host progressive virtual open houses, and extend your livestreams by reposting on social media so that viewers can watch over and over again
by James Harris AND David Parnes Jan 14
Real Estate Webmasters teams up with RE/MAX INTEGRA in Canada
The partnership will give thousands of Canadian agents discounted access to REW's new Renaissance platform
by Jim Dalrymple II Jan 12
Orchard expands to 4 new markets in the Southeast
The company is already operating in its newest market Houston and will begin offering its services in Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham and Washington, DC
by Lillian Dickerson Jan 12
'Do I sound too salesy?' 3 steps for selling in difficult times
Opinion
If you bear these ideas in mind and apply them when you can, you won't need to worry about sounding pushy or making people feel like they're just another customer
by Justin Tucker Jan 12
5 digital marketing topics that'll shape 2021
After hundreds of conversations with agents across the country, one real estate pro breaks down the main digital marketing topics that dominated the narrative — and consequently, business
by Aaron Lacey Jan 11
Pay rent, earn rewards. Piñata app connects landlords, tenants
Piñata is an app that serves as a loyalty program for property managers, encouraging tenants to pay in full and on time each month
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 11
How to become a local real estate celebrity in 2021
To become an authority in your region, you need to become a master of engagement using video — here's how
by Victoria Kennedy Jan 9
Lone Wolf Technologies sues forms partner Glide over ‘theft of trade secrets’
Lone Wolf Technologies says that Glide is using proprietary tech for forms outside of their agreement, while Glide insists that Lone Wolf is trying to avoid competition
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 8
Smart home tech: Choosing wired vs. wireless security cameras
Although battery-powered cameras have their perks, the delay in recording can be a deal-breaker. Here are a few reasons wired security cameras are a better option
by Brandon Doyle Jan 8
NestEgg cracks the code for small landlords and the agents who help them
Opinion
An exceptionally well-orchestrated rental business app for small landlords, you'll be hard-pressed to find a stone this software doesn't uncover
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 8
Stagnant productivity? 6 tips for recharging your brokerage's batteries
Falling into a routine can often result in an unmotivated, stagnant workplace — which is why it's important to break those patterns. As a broker, here's how you can create a progressive and productive environment
by Faisal Susiwala Jan 7
Asteroom shoots to become Matterport for the mid-tier market
Asteroom has been rolling out a series of affordable updates to address growing demand for ways listing agents can compete for online market share
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 7
Elm Street's Elevate gets new lead-gen capabilities after VoicePad acquisition
VoicePad's automated appointment setting and phone follow-up solution will be integrated with Elm Street's Elevate, an omnichannel marketing and sales support product for agents, teams, and brokerages
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 6
T3 Sixty creates the 'WebMD' of real estate
The consulting and analysis firm has launched a new portal that provides digital access to its library of research and reports
by Patrick Kearns Jan 6
What the heck is Clubhouse? Here's the haps on this invite-only app
The iPhone-based app's invite-only and celebrity-endorsed status gives it an air of mystique, which is why people are begging for a way in. Here's what you need to know before giving it a whirl
by Jay Thompson Jan 6
Pulse: Readers share their biggest challenges of 2020
Before we leave 2020 completely behind, this week, our readers share the toughest obstacles they had to overcome. From adapting to new tech to keeping agents engaged, here are all the challenges you listed
by Inman Jan 5
5 ways agents can take advantage of the off-season
Most agents dread the off-season, but savvy agents see it as an opportunity. Use the winter months to make a plan, build relationships and research trends that will ultimately make you useful to your clients in the long run
by Ben Mizes Jan 5
Quakes, floods and fires: These are the 10 riskiest counties in the US
Los Angeles County has the highest risk of earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters
Ascend Lead Sites is ready to elevate agents in 2021
Opinion
Rebranded from Zephyr Leads, Ascend Lead Sites focuses on offering IDX-powered websites for lead generation that rests on a fully featured CRM, content management system and a menu of digital advertising integrations
by Craig C. Rowe Jan 4
10 video influencers to keep on your radar in 2021
Here, we’re giving a nod to some of the industry’s best video creatives — those who know how to use the medium to make an impact and steer online conversation, all while staying true to their unique brands, styles and niches
by Megan Eskey Jan 3
SoftBank invests $200M in building startup Katerra
The investment is on top of the $2B SoftBank already sank into Katerra, and it will give the Japanese fund a majority stake in the startup
by Jim Dalrymple II Dec 31
Broker-built Stacks announces 2021 updates
Stacks app will go live with a number of new features and updates, including a significant price reduction and white labeling opportunities targeted at brokerages, teams, and coaching organizations
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 31
A look at 2020: A year of reckoning for housing policy and equality
From eviction bans to redlining, zoning reform and the NAR Code of Ethics update, 2020 has been a year of reckoning on real estate's checkered past
by Marian McPherson Dec 31
LeadJolt plugs into the power of Facebook lead gen
Opinion
The ISA-based advertising and marketing company creates and helps agents monitor lead generation campaigns on Facebook. Its month-to-month contracts make it stand out among its hardline competitors
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 31
Beloved Nebraska agent found dead after showing, homicide suspected
Mickey Sodoro, a 70-year-old agent with NP Dodge, had not been heard from by his team since entering a home in Omaha's Bellbrook neighborhood for a showing on Monday night
KW Command launches into 2021 with new features
Opinion
Command's SmartPlan suite offers agents companywide access to colleagues' best ideas. Campaigns and Designs will power online marketing and branding
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 30
Pulse: Readers share their New Year’s resolutions for 2021
2021 is all about starting a new chapter. So, this week, our readers share what they hope to achieve in the new year. From big, ambitious goals to the little things, here’s everything they had to say
by Inman Dec 29
5 nifty apps and software to help you achieve more in 2021
As an agent, you spend a lot of your time out in the field — which is why you need to have the right set of tech tools in your arsenal at all times. Here are a few invaluable apps that will make your work life easier and more efficient
by Santiago Arana Dec 29
Be prepared! 11 reasons agents might leave your brokerage in 2021
Every year, new agents join the office, and others leave. Your job as broker or manager is to look for red flags and identify which issues, life events or frustrations can affect your agents and staff members right now. Here are a few to watch out for
by Erica Ramus Dec 29
Inman Handbook on getting started with BoomTown
BoomTown is one of the more popular sales and marketing software solutions in real estate. It's rich array of marketing technology and CRM tools can be a lot to take on for some brokerages. Find out what its major offerings entail, and why it's not just for the big national players
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 28
9 new real estate technology products that lit up 2020
Opinion
A number of new real estate software products emerged in 2020 — some from new companies and others from established players. Here are nine of them that stood out
by Craig C. Rowe Dec 28
How to blog your way through more website traffic
Don’t overlook the importance of blog posts for bringing in new viewers — and potential business. With a little effort and consistency, you can give your website a considerable bump in SEO, social media engagement and traffic
by Eric Eltzholtz Dec 28
10 superior agent bios — and how to reverse engineer yours
Struggling with writer’s block? Take a look at these stellar agent bios, and use their best features to guide your writing process
by Christy Murdock Dec 27
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
by Christy Murdock Dec 22
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