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  • Why Quicken Loans isn’t really in the mortgage business

    Apr 24, 2018
    The founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, now the largest mortgage company in the U.S., revealed that he does not consider himself to be "in the mortgage business."
  • Realtors in Florida and Canada join forces to swap agent referrals

    Apr 24, 2018
    The agreement is a first for CREA, which represents more than 120,000 Realtors across Canada. Florida Realtors represents 180,000 Realtors in the Sunshine State.
  • Houston Association of Realtors overwhelmingly opposes $30 annual NAR dues increase

    Apr 24, 2018
    The Houston affiliate voted overwhelmingly last Monday to oppose the increase after an internal survey found that 97 percent of the local affiliate’s 34,000 members opposed the additional fees...
  • 15 productivity tips for extremely busy real estate agents

    Apr 24, 2018
    Being a successful real estate agent means being productive. You want to accomplish things in the shortest time possible because you have major goals. You want to work smart, and you definitely don’t want to get bogged down in unproductive tasks.
  • 17 time-sucking tasks real estate agents love to do and how to avoid them

    Apr 24, 2018
    When speaking to a friend who works for a CRM company, she asked about the processes and tasks that real estate agents do. In her mind, it was just a few things, but to her surprise, I rattled off 50 different things that the average agent does. As a result of that conversation, she had an a-ha moment about why it’s so hard to disrupt real estate.
  • Connect the ICSF Speakers: Tavi Truman on ‘A World Without Data Silos’

    Apr 24, 2018
    Ontology is a powerful new way of processing data. And if gene ontology has given us a mapped human genome, imagine what ontology can do when applied to real estate data. Tavi Truman will explain in a special session at Hacker Connect.
  • Connect the ICSF Speakers: Anthony Lamacchia on going from Team to Brokerage

    Apr 24, 2018
    “Agents who are on teams tend to stay on teams for two to three years,” Lamacchia explained, “and I knew a few years in that I’d never be able to build the monster I wanted to under that setup.” Lamacchia will share his story about how he identified and solved his biggest real estate growth problem only at Inman Connect San Francisco.
  • A new breed of leader is needed for MLSs and Realtor associations

    Apr 24, 2018
    There was a collective gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands by some Associations when MLS of Choice became the law of the land. We saw the same thing happen when the National Association of Realtors (NAR) adopted Core Standards for local and state associations. Yet these changes had little effect on most associations or MLSs. Why? Simple answer: good leadership.
  • Keeping up in a hot market can be difficult, but this associate broker is doing it with Inman Select

    Apr 24, 2018
    Laura Levy is a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, specializing in home sales in Lyons and Boulder, Colorado. Her activity in such a vibrant market means Levy needs the right tools in her kit to find buyers and sellers -- and then help them achieve their real estate dreams.
  • California agent charged with price gouging during NorCal fires

    Apr 23, 2018
    On April 16, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed three misdemeanor charges against real estate agent Melissa “Missy” Echeverria for raising the price of a rental from $5,000 per month to $9,000 per month ...
  • Town Residential ceases resale and leasing ops, shedding 400 agents

    Apr 23, 2018
    Manhattan brokerage Town Residential is eliminating its sales and leasing operations to concentrate on international and new development, a spokesperson for the firm confirmed on Friday. The move will force more than 400 agents to find a new home.
  • Earth Day gives real estate reason to celebrate, educate

    Apr 23, 2018
    Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day — a time to appreciate this beautiful planet and raise awareness about the ways we can protect and make it better it for generations to come. 
  • The week in financial markets: no recognizable housing cycle

    Apr 23, 2018
    The Fed has been oh-so-gradually pushing up on the cost of money, an overnight rate, but only this week has that up-pushing (from “underneath” as traders would say) moved long-term rates, specifically the 10-year T-note, which defines mortgages and a lot else.
  • Fake Trulia rental listing causes Denver family to lose $3,900

    Apr 23, 2018
    In April, rents increased month-over-month in 81 percent of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan statistical markets (MSAs), and that number jumps to 89 percent when looking at year-over-year trends. When home and rental prices are all on the rise, it's easy for buyers and renters to be lured into scams with hopes of saving a little extra change -- which is exactly what happened to a Denver family just last week ...
  • How to win in the lucrative global real estate market

    Apr 23, 2018
    As real estate grows more global with the increased transparency and power of the ever-maturing internet, real estate agents have immense opportunities to capture lucrative international, long-distance business to which they didn’t previously have access. This business opportunity is significant.