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After weeks of listening to the backlash against Zillow Instant Offers, we figured, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!  In this multi-part series we’re going to unpack the realities about IO programs and show you all the opportunities you’re missing out on by getting swept up in the drama.  If this is where the industry is going, its...
Investor confidence went through the roof at Donald Trump’s election last November. Just take a look at the stock market…it’s posted all time highs throughout the entire year. Trump’s presence in the White House has made the housing market more expensive as well. As usual, when stocks rise, bonds usually sell off and bond yields rise. As mortgage rates usually...
Third quarter tallies for real estate sales give us a good look into the growing divergence between old and new ways of doing business within the housing industry. Zillow nailed the quarter by earning a net profit of $9.24M to mark $1B in revenue year to date. The real news, however, is that Redfin, the tech broker, outscored Zillow...
Compass has pocketed $100 million in a recent funding round that valued the brokerage startup at $1.8 billion. The company has raised a total of $325 million since it was founded in 2012. Gramercy-based Compass plans to use the cash to continue beefing up its technology, specifically integrating more data on transactions, listings and clients into the CRM platform used...
After weeks of listening to the backlash against Zillow Instant Offers, we figured, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!  In this multi-part series we're going to unpack the realities about IO programs and show you all the opportunities you're missing out on by getting swept up in the drama.  If this is where the industry is going, its...
The lock box could become a thing of the past if technology tested by some agents in the Youngstown, Ohio, area takes off. For as long as any of us can remember, to show a house, agents need a key to get in, which is kept in a lock box. Steve Ferrebee, with Northwood Realty, noted that Youngstown area real estate...
There are some market issues that agents just can’t be prepared for, and representing survivors of a natural disaster ranks high on the list. According to a CNN report, in Santa Rosa, housing was already scarce before the fire. Now, there's even less. Altogether, the fires killed 42 people and destroyed 8,400 structures, according to Cal Fire. The fires are almost...
As real estate agents, making appointments with strangers and then go alone to meet them in empty houses is a part of a daily routine. According to a CNBC report, about 38 percent of real estate agents and brokers surveyed  say they fear for their personal safety. Among female agents, the share is closer to half, according to the National...
Napoleon Hill is one of the best known and most respected authors for anyone who chose to change their lives from getting by to being successful. You likely know him from his best known book Think and Grow Rich. Think and Grow Rich was really a condensed version of his life long work the original Law of Success in...
For real estate agents, open houses just might be getting a little easier to manage, thanks to ShowingTime, which has expanded its offering to eight more MLSs. Those areas now offering the showing management and market stats technology provider include Georgia MLS, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board in British Columbia, all remaining...
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