Saturday, 27 May 2017

The week in real estate industry deals: May 22-26, 2017

The week in real estate industry deals: May 22-26, 2017

The Week In Real Estate Industry Deals: May 22-26, 2017

Mergers, integrations, acquistions, partnerships and more



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Top 10 posts from last week

Top 10 posts from last week

Top 10 Posts From May 22-26, 2017

Here were the most popular stories on Inman this past week:



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Broker Connect will hone your brokerage’s edge over the competition

Broker Connect will hone your brokerage’s edge over the competition

Broker Connect Will Hone Your Brokerage's Edge Over The Competition

Sometimes being a broker feels like a series of tensions to juggle. Your agents want the best training, but they're independent contractors -- they also crave technology that you can't require them to use.



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Leigh Brown: 5 points Realtors are missing about Zillow

Leigh Brown: 5 points Realtors are missing about Zillow

Leigh Brown: 5 Points Realtors Are Missing About Zillow

I hear you, Realtors. You are mad at Zillow.



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Zillow Instant Offers lands Realtor 48 seller leads

Zillow Instant Offers lands Realtor 48 seller leads

Zillow Instant Offers Lands Realtor 48 Seller Leads

Realtor Veronica Figueroa has nabbed 48 seller leads through Zillow Instant Offers since it launched on Monday, and she’s working to see how many she can convert into listings. “The numbers just keep on coming in,” she said.



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What you’ll learn at the very first ICSF Women Leaders track

What you’ll learn at the very first ICSF Women Leaders track

What You'll Learn At The Very First ICSF Women Leaders Track

Who runs the real estate world? You'd have a very good argument for responding with Beyoncé's words, as 62 percent of Realtors are women (per the National Association of Realtors). It's an industry that gives its practitioners an unusual degree of flexibility and control over how they operate, and many women have been able to build real estate empires as a result.



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Thinking of reducing your commission? Don’t

Thinking of reducing your commission? Don’t

Thinking Of Reducing Your Commission? Don't

In this week's video, Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates discusses why you shouldn't reduce your commission.



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Daily market update: May 26, 2017

Daily market update: May 26, 2017

Real Estate Daily Market Update: May 26, 2017

We'll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest.



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Craigslist: Forget the ‘it’s so ancient’ mantra

Craigslist: Forget the ‘it’s so ancient’ mantra

Craigslist: Forget The ‘It’s So Ancient’ Mantra

Craigslist offers realtors some better tools than the standard text listing, with the only cost being the time and effort it takes to post.



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dotloop: See How Real Estate’s Only Collaborative Transaction Platform Boosts Brokerage Productivi…

dotloop: See How Real Estate’s Only Collaborative Transaction Platform Boosts Brokerage Productivity



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Friday, 26 May 2017

Realogy recognized for outstanding health initiatives and ethics

Realogy recognized for outstanding health initiatives and ethics

Realogy Recognized For Outstanding Health Initiatives And Ethics

Realogy has received the CEO Cancer Gold Standard re-accreditation for the sixth consecutive year.



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Your first-time sellers might be surprised by $15K in hidden costs

Your first-time sellers might be surprised by $15K in hidden costs

Your First-Time Sellers Might Be Surprised By $15K In Hidden Costs

In its latest study, Zillow turned the spotlight onto sellers and found that homeowners spend, on average, $15,190 in extra or hidden costs to sell their home -- a reality that may blindside the 63 percent of today's sellers who are putting their home on the market for the first time. According to the study, these "hidden or extra" costs come from a lack of awareness about expenses related to closing, home prep, sales taxes and agent commissions.



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$10M listing or bust: Breaking into luxury real estate without being rich

$10M listing or bust: Breaking into luxury real estate without being rich

$10M Listing Or Bust: Breaking Into Luxury Real Estate Without Being Rich

You could say that Zach and Cody Vichinsky, the brothers behind the Hamptons-based boutique firm Bespoke Real Estate, won't get out of bed for less than $10 million. While the young luxury brokerage has only been around for two and a half years, their average listing comes in at $27 million.



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2 quick tips to make your client relationships even stronger

2 quick tips to make your client relationships even stronger

2 Quick Tips To Make Your Client Relationships Even Stronger

As an agent, you can't always control the many variables that impact the client experience, but you can control your client relationships.



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Why you should work with buyers, sellers and renters

Why you should work with buyers, sellers and renters

Why You Should Work With Buyers, Sellers and Renters

Consider the many advantages of representing buyers, sellers and renters. It can increase your referral network, give credence to your industry expertise and offer industry insights you might not otherwise know.



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The problem with cold outbound prospecting in real estate

The problem with cold outbound prospecting in real estate

The Problem With Cold Outbound Prospecting In Real Estate

In this video you’ll learn about the importance of putting time, effort, money and resources into the right leads so you can get “now business.”



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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate Episode 34: Getting through the ugly side of real estate

Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate Episode 34: Getting through the ugly side of real estate

Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate Episode 34: Getting Through The Ugly Side Of Real Estate

In this episode, Leigh welcomes Orlando, Florida Realtor Veronica Figueroa to the Crazy $hit stage!



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Daily market update: May 25, 2017

Daily market update: May 25, 2017

Real Estate Daily Market Update: May 25, 2017

We'll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest.



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CBO Greg Schwartz on Zillow Instant Offers: ‘We come in peace’

CBO Greg Schwartz on Zillow Instant Offers: ‘We come in peace’

CBO Greg Schwartz On Zillow Instant Offers: 'We Come In Peace'

On Monday, Zillow launched a test in Orlando and Las Vegas. The product we’re testing, Zillow Instant Offers, enables potential sellers to receive non-binding quotes from up to five investors (some of whom will fix and flip; others who will rent out the properties) and compare the offers side-by-side with a CMA from a real estate agent.



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Zillow Prize will award $1 million to the person or team who most improves Zestimate

Zillow Prize will award $1 million to the person or team who most improves Zestimate

Zillow Prize Will Award $1M To The Person Or Team Who Most Improves Zestimate

In 2009, Netflix gave $1 million to BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos technology team for building a better movie rating prediction algorithm (to the tune of 10.06 percent) than the one Netflix had been using.



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Daily market update: May 24, 2017

Daily market update: May 24, 2017

Real Estate Daily Market Update: May 24, 2017

We'll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest.



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Quality over quantity: How to turn your network into a renewable resource

Quality over quantity: How to turn your network into a renewable resource

Quality Over Quantity: How To Turn Your Network Into A Renewable Resource

Imagine you're a brand-new real estate agent. You've passed your test, you've found your brokerage and you're ready to get down to the business of selling houses.



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‘How Is The Market?’ could be your best source during listing presentations

‘How Is The Market?’ could be your best source during listing presentations

'How Is The Market?' Could Be Your Best Source During Listing Presentations

Todd Beckstrom is a top producing agent who developed a new way to look at the real estate market that eschews comparative sales.



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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Inman Announces the First 27 Sponsors for ICSF17

Inman Announces the First 27 Sponsors for ICSF17

Inman Announces the First 27 Sponsors for ICSF17

Tallahassee, Fla. (May 23, 2017) – Inman announced the first round of companies that will be sponsoring Inman Connect San Francisco, Aug. 7-11, 2017.



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Luxury millennial consumers will buy soon: Here’s what they want

Luxury millennial consumers will buy soon: Here’s what they want

Luxury Millennial Consumers Will Buy Soon: Here's What They Want

Luxury millennial consumers want their homes to reflect their lifestyle and their growing appreciation for history and heritage.



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Indie Broker Summit arms you with the tools you need to thrive

Indie Broker Summit arms you with the tools you need to thrive

Indie Broker Summit Arms You With The Tools You Need To Thrive

A successful indie broker has a special relationship with her agents -- whether she’s building culture through a virtual office or establishing herself as a supportive leader in person. But how exactly do you establish and maintain that connection, especially while you’re juggling everything else that comes with running a franchise-free brokerage? Agent-broker connection is just one of many facets of the indie broker’s skill set that will be cove...



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Zillow is peddling seller leads, not becoming a broker

Zillow is peddling seller leads, not becoming a broker

Zillow Is Peddling Seller Leads, Not Becoming A Broker

Yesterday, Zillow launched a test -- “Zillow Instant Offers.” The fear mongering was deafening.



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Where homeowners are living large and overleveraged

Where homeowners are living large and overleveraged

Where Homeowners Are Living Large And Overleveraged

They used to call it house poor, but the symptoms are the same: You go through a monthly scramble to pay the mortgage, maintenance and repairs are put off as long as possible, and there's never enough money left over at the end of the month for the finer things in life.



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Agent vs. brokerage: Which matters more to consumers?

Agent vs. brokerage: Which matters more to consumers?

Agent Vs. Brokerage: Which Matters More To Consumers?

Monitoring consumer behavior in other industries, as well as real estate industry studies and surveys, can provide the agent insight into client needs.



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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

How one former fashion stylist built a successful real estate business

How one former fashion stylist built a successful real estate business

How One Former Fashion Stylist Built Her Real Estate Empire

As part of her 10 Questions podcast series, F.C. Tucker broker Angela Raab interviews Nina Klemm, a talented agent who made the switch from fashion to real estate when she moved from Boston to Indianapolis, Indiana.



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How family governance can save your real estate business

How family governance can save your real estate business

How Family Governance Can Save Your Real Estate Business

Family governance can ensure your family knows what your real estate business is all about so they can make informed decisions based on a solid foundation of knowledge and skills.



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‘Because they can’: One industry pro’s take on Zillow Instant Offers

‘Because they can’: One industry pro’s take on Zillow Instant Offers

'Because They Can': One Industry Pro's Take On Zillow Instant Offers

Brian Boero Zillow’s launch of a homeselling service is a big deal. Here’s my initial reaction.



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Listing power: Unlocking the power of a listing

Listing power: Unlocking the power of a listing

Listing power: Unlocking the power of a listing

Inman Educational Webinar: How to be a real estate celebrity



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11 burning questions about Zillow Instant Offers

11 burning questions about Zillow Instant Offers

11 Burning Questions About Zillow Instant Offers

Today portal giant Zillow launched its Instant Offers program in two test markets. The announcement will undoubtedly rattle the industry.



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Opendoor vs. Zillow Instant Offers: Who wins?

Opendoor vs. Zillow Instant Offers: Who wins?

Opendoor Vs. Zillow Instant Offers: Who Wins?

Zillow Group is testing a new service that looks a lot like Opendoor. Sellers can use “Zillow Instant Offers” (Instant Offers) to get a bid on their property within 24 hours, and if they choose to accept it, close in as little as a week.



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Zillow launches ‘Instant Offers’ pilot program for homesellers

Zillow launches ‘Instant Offers’ pilot program for homesellers

Zillow Launches 'Instant Offers' Pilot Program For Homesellers

Today, Zillow launched a pilot program in two cities -- Las Vegas and Orlando, Florida -- called “Zillow Instant Offers,” with the promise that a home sale transaction can be completed in as little as a week. The new Zillow product allows prospective homesellers to receive all-cash offers from a hand-selected group of 15 large private investors along with a side-by-side comparative market analysis (CMA) from a local Zillow Premier Agent.



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Monday, 22 May 2017

How to create a stellar Facebook group and stimulate a thriving community

How to create a stellar Facebook group and stimulate a thriving community

How To Create A Stellar Facebook Group And Stimulate A Thriving Community

It's not enough to simply create a Facebook group. You have to put in the work to cultivate a social media audience that is 100% engaged in your content.



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How agents can make more money with pre-listing inspections

How agents can make more money with pre-listing inspections

How agents can make more money with pre-listing inspections

It’s no secret that certain markets suffer from a persistent lack of inventory.



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How to draw in more qualified, motivated buyers and boost conversion rates

How to draw in more qualified, motivated buyers and boost conversion rates

How to draw in more qualified, motivated buyers and boost conversion rates

It’s easy for real estate agents to develop a love-hate relationship with online buyer leads.



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What type of video content does Facebook reward?

What type of video content does Facebook reward?

What Type Of Video Content Does Facebook Reward?

Learn about video content and real estate marketing in this highlight clip from Real Estate Uncensored. Also watch the full Real Estate Uncensored episode to learn even more about marketing on Facebook.



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Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate Episode 34: How to deal with a sneaky listing agent

Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate Episode 34: How to deal with a sneaky listing agent

Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate Episode 34: How To Deal With A Sneaky Listing Agent

In this episode, Leigh interviews Dawn Roy, an experienced broker based in Virginia. Listen as Dawn shares her crazy experience with almost losing a client because of a sneaky listing agent.



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Saturday, 20 May 2017

NAR tackles lockbox tech in MLS policy changes

NAR tackles lockbox tech in MLS policy changes

NAR Tackles Lockbox Tech In MLS Policy Changes

WASHINGTON -- The board of directors of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) today approved three changes to MLS policies that are meant to position agents and brokers to leverage technology in their businesses. The policies do three things, according to NAR's Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee, which met at NAR's midyear conference, the Realtors Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, this week: Require listing broker attribution ...



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NAR bets on Upstream with additional $9M in funding

NAR bets on Upstream with additional $9M in funding

NAR Bets On Upstream With Additional $9M In Funding

WASHINGTON -- The board of directors of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) today approved an additional $9 million in funding for broker data management platform Upstream. The company behind the platform, UpstreamRE, is expected to repay the funds when it achieves profitability.



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Top 10 posts from last week

Top 10 posts from last week

Top 10 Posts From May 15-19, 2017

Here were the most popular stories on Inman this past week:



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NAR launches grant program for agent safety

NAR launches grant program for agent safety

NAR Launches Grant Program For Agent Safety

WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Realtors has been preaching the gospel of agent safety in recent years and now the trade group is putting some money where its mouth is. On June 1, NAR will launch a grant program geared at helping state and local Realtor associations promote the safety of its 1.



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How Trump’s tax reform could impact homeownership — and home prices

How Trump’s tax reform could impact homeownership — and home prices

How Trump's Tax Reform Could Impact Homeownership -- And Home Prices

We have different household configurations, incomes and living situations, so NAR and PwC teamed up to see who will spend more (or less) under tax reform.



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Daily market update: May 19, 2017

Daily market update: May 19, 2017

Real Estate Daily Market Update: May 19, 2017

We'll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest.



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10 tips for maintaining your zen during real estate’s busiest season

10 tips for maintaining your zen during real estate’s busiest season

10 Tips For Maintaining Your Zen During Real Estate's Busiest Season

Stress can sometimes hinder our ability to be great agents, and it can also negatively impact our income and career if we aren't careful. To avoid this level of stress, try incorporating these 10 tips for maintaining your zen in the midst of chaos.



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Listing Bits: The controversial pivot to API

Listing Bits: The controversial pivot to API

Listing Bits: The Controversial Pivot To API

RETS has been a solid technology standard for fifteen years, and many vendors are resistant to make the change to API. But as mobile needs shift the industry, a new "interstate" is necessary.



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The best way to structure your day in real estate

The best way to structure your day in real estate

The Best Way To Structure Your Day In Real Estate

Create a structured plan to avoid getting sidetracked when working for yourself.



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