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Real Estate News


  • Home Savi, RezList and Realicity: Will these 3 new real estate startups defy the odds?
    Real estate startups touting revolutionary low-fee models are coming out of the woodwork these days. Most of their predecessors have fizzled because they haven't provided the expertise and handholding that have proven time and again to matter to most consumers ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • 1 in 3 homebuyers making offers sight-unseen: Takeaways for real estate agents
    With properties selling like hotcakes, one out of three recent homebuyers made an offer on a home without seeing it in person, according to a new survey from high-tech brokerage Redfin. The finding underscores how leveraging new marketing technology and serving up as much property data and imagery as possible can benefit agents while marking a striking generational shift toward pulling the trigger from afar ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • McMansion Hell blogger fighting back in Zillow listing photo battle
    Do you need permission to make fun of listing photos on the internet? That question has real estate pros divided and may lead real estate giant Zillow Group into yet another legal battle over listing photo copyrights. This week, Zillow Group, a company whose market cap currently stands at $8.9 billion, sent a cease-and-desist letter to 23-year-old graduate student and blogger Kate Wagner demanding that that she remove photos obtained from Zillow from her popular architecture criticism blog McMansion Hell ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • 10 things your clients should know before moving to a newly built home
    Getting clients into a newly built home can be thrilling, but there are things you, and they, need to know ahead of time to help them have the best experience possible. You'll be able to help clients move into their house feeling confident that you've done everything to ensure it will be a home by staying involved in the process with a little research. ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Property Panorama aims to give agent listings a big SEO boost
    The same search engine optimization tool used by Zillow, realtor.com and other aggregators is now being used by a major producer of virtual tours to allow agents to once again deliver homes for sale directly to would-be buyers ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • NAR: Pending home sales plummet for third consecutive month
    “Monthly closings have recently been oscillating back and forth, but this third consecutive decline in contract activity implies a possible topping off in sales,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Buyer interest is solid, but there is just not enough supply to satisfy demand. Prospective buyers are being sidelined by both limited choices and home prices that are climbing too fast.” ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Zillow helping homebuilders figure out where to break ground
    Homebuilders that advertise with Zillow Group can now get deeper insight into homebuyer preferences and housing supply to figure out where to break ground next ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • How a real estate broker added value to his business by launching the Seattle School Guide website
    Phil Greely, a real estate broker at Realogics Sotheby's International Realty in Seattle, understands better than most real estate salespeople that school ratings don't give a complete picture of any school. "I was going to be a high school teacher before I got into real estate; I have my master's in teaching from the University of Washington," he explained. "So the internet in general and websites like greatschools.com were becoming more prevalent, and it was pretty clear that anything that was online to evaluate a school was based on raw data, which typically translated into standardized test scores." ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • 36 useful items for real estate agents to keep in the car trunk
    Between the listing appointments, buyer showings, open house events, home inspections and office meetings, real estate agents tend to spend a lot of hours in their vehicles. And when you're accustomed to all that windshield time, your car becomes a stash spot for important items -- things that help you do your job and essentials you simply can't live without ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • 6 hard truths about buying a fixer-upper
    The lure of the fixer-upper is tempting for buyers. The “bargain” price of a fixer, compared to the price of an average house nearby, makes a real estate agent's phone ring off the hook with showing requests ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • What goes into ‘quality’ real estate photography?
    With more than 90 percent of buyers starting their home search online, listing photos are your new curbside. And if you want buyers to stop and investigate further, your exterior photos, especially, need to create a positive first impression ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • 3 things you need to stop overthinking when creating video
    Creating video isn't an option when it comes to successful marketing for real estate agents -- it's a necessity. Here are 3 things you need to overcome ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • This marketing technique works wonders for Australian real estate site
    Domain, the Australian real estate site owned by Fairfax Media (ASX: FXJ), reckons its transformation from the “other” property site into a serious contender for the market-leading spot was due to a renewed focus on its parent company’s specialty: journalism ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • First-time buyers hardest hit when it comes to low inventory
    We often hear about the burden of low inventory, but who does it actually affect and how exactly does it effect them? Those are the answers Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin sought to answer in the latest Trulia Inventory and Price Watch report ...

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

  • Brokerage punished with $5M verdict in agent poaching case
    Competition for agents, especially top producers, is par for the course among real estate brokerages. But a jury has found that one prominent firm crossed the line -- and is making the firm pay dearly for it ...

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Tick tock: Can this generation’s real estate agents prove their worth?
    A friend of mine just sold his company in the Valley and is dabbling in venture capital investing. He explained to me how tech will soon eliminate agents. Convincing him otherwise required a couple of cocktails and a description of the unpredictability and vast idiosyncrasies of the transaction, and the defensible relationships between consumers and one million-plus agents. He conceded. Agents will survive for one last generation before software proves its superiority. ...

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Daily market update: June 27, 2017
    Mortgage rates plus all the latest real estate market news ...

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • 15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers
    To help make your clients' first home purchase a success we've put together a go-to checklist outlining 15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers ...

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017