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KW, Realogy, RE/MAX and HomeServices slap back at ‘bombshell’ antitrust lawsuit
Thu, 23 May 2019 10:38:57
Realogy, Keller Williams, HomeServices of America and RE/MAX filed a motion on May 17 to dismiss the class action lawsuit filed by homeseller Christopher Moehrl seeking to upend the traditional commission structure in the real estate industry.  read more»

Amazon HQ2 sent home prices skyrocketing in VA neighborhood
Thu, 23 May 2019 10:19:50
Six months after Amazon said it would build a major office in Arlington County, Virginia, home prices in the area have risen by $110,000. read more»

Connect Las Vegas: Throwback to Compass and Realogy CEOs sharing their vision
Thu, 23 May 2019 9:55:14
At the Inman Connect New York 2019 conference, Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider and Compass CEO Robert Reffkin took to the stage to discuss their differing visions for the residential real estate market going forward. read more»

SEC charges real estate developer with fraud in Ponzi scheme
Thu, 23 May 2019 9:20:04
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed an emergency action Thursday against New York State real estate developer Robert Morgan. read more»

Mortgage rates hit yearly lows
Thu, 23 May 2019 8:00:30
Mortgage rates continued to slide downward this week, reaching a new yearly low of 4.06 percent on a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage. read more»

New-home sales drop from March but are up annually
Thu, 23 May 2019 7:09:15
Sales of new single-family homes dropped 6.9 percent from March to April but are up 7 percent year over year, according to the latest data.  read more»

Want to rise above your competition? Try these 5 pro moves
Thu, 23 May 2019 2:05:16
In real estate, showcasing your professionalism is how you get business. It’s how you convince buyers and sellers to work with you over the plethora of other agents out there. What can you do to exhibit competence and display your skillset to past and future clients? Here are five pro moves that’ll set you apart from the rest of the pack. read more»

3 essential social media platforms for newbie agents
Thu, 23 May 2019 0:14:23
When it comes to social media, it’s a bit of a jungle out there. To help new agents suss out what’s crucial, here are the top three platforms and some tips for how to make it all work with your marketing plan. read more» lays off Arizona sales team, consolidates in California
Wed, 22 May 2019 17:59:55
The team in Scottsdale had been working on's lead generation and marketing products, which are geared toward real estate agents. Now, all those sales efforts at will be consolidated into an office in Westlake Village, California, about 37 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. read more»

Redfin’s new agent-free service hits regulatory snag
Wed, 22 May 2019 17:35:12
Redfin Direct, a pilot program that allows consumers to make direct offers on homes listed by real estate brokerage Redfin online without being represented by a buyer's agent, is violating a regulation regarding agency disclosure, according to a Massachusetts state agency that oversees real estate licensees. read more»

Same-sex couples face discriminatory lending practices: Study
Wed, 22 May 2019 14:11:57
Same-sex couples were 73 percent more likely to be rejected for mortgages than heterosexual couples, according to an Iowa State University Ivy College of Business analysis. The study looked at home loans granted over a quarter of a century between 1990 and 2015. read more»

Company that eliminates security deposits ‘locks’ in new partner
Wed, 22 May 2019 12:23:04
LeaseLock replaces security deposits with monthly fees and believes its new insurance partnership shows that the industry is embracing its business model. read more»

Vacasa’s new board member hints at IPO future
Wed, 22 May 2019 10:17:48
Matt Roberts, the former CEO of OpenTable is joining the board of directors for vacation rental management startup Vacasa. read more»

What is company culture? An indie broker-owner gives his 2 cents
Wed, 22 May 2019 10:03:07
Regardless of what type of brokerage you belong to, culture makes a big difference in how a business operates. In fact, a company’s culture can make or break its success. How do you find a culture that's right for you? Regular Inman contributor and indie broker Troy Palmquist shares his thoughts on company culture. read more»

READ: Justice Department’s letter to CoreLogic demanding MLS info
Wed, 22 May 2019 6:39:32
Inman has obtained a letter from the Department of Justice requesting information on multiple listing service data from CoreLogic, a California-based financial services and analytics firm. read more»

ERA Real Estate partners with HomeAdvisor for concierge services
Wed, 22 May 2019 5:32:59
HomeAdvisor provides access to a range of painting, landscaping and home repair professionals. read more»

Moving to a new market? Here’s how to start on the right foot
Wed, 22 May 2019 2:14:32
To offer your clients the most valuable service, you have to learn everything your prospects might want to know about your new market. If you find yourself starting over, here are some tips to make it a little bit easier. read more»

Why don’t we think about clients’ specific needs?
Wed, 22 May 2019 1:15:55
Other than that narrow exception that agents make for first-time homebuyers, agents don’t think of clients as having specialized needs that require customized solutions. Instead, agents provide a cookie-cutter approach to standardized service with the same scripts, the same materials, the same programs. That needs to change. Here's how. read more»

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