Real Estate News
US education attracts Chinese buyers, study finds
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:30:13
Chinese buyers have been at the center of many international real estate conversations the past few years. Although this demographic's U.S. residential real estate investment is expected to slightly drop this year, that isn't stopping real estate professionals from finding out what makes this integral segment of buyers tick ... read more»

Survival of the tech fittest: Watch Josh Team at ICSF
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:39:25
If you're hoping to see the last of 'disrupters' and 'disruption' in real estate news, you're out of luck. This year alone, we'll see $3.5 billion invested in technology meant to solidify the real estate professionals' value amid disruption and close the gap between consumer wants and industry provisions. Keller Williams' Josh Team explains how the company -- which has set aside $1 billion in tech funding -- is defending its territory, empowering agents and elevating the client experience ... read more»

How to nail the real estate post-close follow-up process
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:36:32
You found your buyers the perfect house and helped them write a winning offer. You held their hand through the closing process and handed them the keys to their new home, then attended the housewarming party. Nice work, real estate agent! But ... now what ... read more»

Agents and brokers: Weigh in on ‘MLS of Choice’ while you can
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:06:52
Alright, agents and brokers, now's your chance: If you have an opinion on whether MLSs can require you to pay for their service even if you don't want it, it's time to say your piece before it's too late ... read more»

360 Mortgage Group touts 8-day closing
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 9:41:39
Many bright-and-shiny mortgage startups tout lickety-split approvals, but actually closing on their loans can take weeks. But 360 Mortgage Group assures us that its new mortgage platform truly can deliver a lightning-fast and frictionless mortgage closing ... read more»

Bamboo Realty closes its offices, ceases operations
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 8:25:23
It's not easy to try to disrupt an industry like real estate. Bamboo Realty was a brokerage that tried, catering first to rental clients and later experimenting with a pay-what-you-want commission deal for real estate transactions. But it looks like December's shuttering of the Houston Bamboo office was foretelling ... read more»

The future of NAR: Action will be the measure, not words
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 7:51:58
I just spent a few days in Chicago with the National Association of Realtors. During my travel, I thoroughly enjoyed Brad Inman’s description of our “fat cat (leadership) gathering.” ... read more»

Facebook ad campaigns made easy with Boost by HomeSpotter
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 3:00:30
Boost by HomeSpotter is a Facebook ad campaign creation and management tool that connects with your MLS to monitor your market movement. Boost does an excellent job of funneling your marketing message from advertisement to landing page builder to qualified lead ... read more»

What do brokers want more than MLS mergers? Power
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 3:00:25
It's been nearly four years since a group of dozens of big brokers laid out a long list of grievances against MLSs and threatened the launch of an industry bombshell that would change the role of the MLS. Since then, that industry bombshell -- Upstream -- has yet to officially roll out. But how are relations between brokers and MLSs ... read more»

Can my buyers back out if they change their minds?
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 3:00:06
Those words: “Can my buyers back out of a house if they don’t like it?” shouldn’t be uttered. Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates delves into why ... read more»

10 ICSF marketing truths that smacked me in the face
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 2:30:40
At every Inman Connect, I learn something -- in fact, I learn a lot -- about where the real estate industry is and where it’s going, what matters to smart agents and brokers, and how to be better at what I do ... read more»

What condo amenities do today’s buyers desire most?
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 2:00:03
When shopping for a condo, you have the delightful task of reading lists upon lists of available amenities -- and then figuring out the difference between which ones are desirable, which ones are necessary and which ones the seller is offering that you weren’t even looking for in the first place (is that rooftop helipad really necessary?) ... read more»

3 ways to turn Facebook into a steady source of buyer leads
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 1:30:42
For many Facebook users, it’s not unusual to spend a significant portion of the day scrolling down the news feed or chatting on Messenger. In fact, according to The New York Times, the average user spends at least 50 minutes ... read more»

6 ideas to fuel your real estate prospecting efforts
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 1:00:33
You’ve held open houses, sent direct mail newsletters and made the dreaded cold calls. You’ve handed out your business card so often it’s become a reflex. But you’re still not generating enough solid leads. Or maybe you are generating leads, but it feels unsustainable ... read more»

‘Everything has changed and nothing is different’: Watch Scott Stratten at ICSF
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:56:25
What does the Ritz-Carlton have to do with your real estate business? Maybe nothing -- yet. But if you're the type of Realtor who would overnight a child's lost stuffed giraffe, you might be on the right path.  ... read more»

From 6 to 80 agents in 18 months: Indie growth on steroids
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:27:56
What happens when a handful of top producers join forces to conquer the luxury real estate market? If you’re anything like the six driven agents who founded Seattle-based boutique brokerage Avenue Properties, what happens is $65 million sold in one week ... read more»

How to build a real estate brand from scratch in 9 months
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:24:47
It takes nine months from conception to birth to have a baby. If you had to build a business from the ground up in less than nine months, how would you do it? West + Main Homes is a brand-new brokerage in the Denver metro area -- broker-owner Stacie Perrault Staub decided in January to "take the next year to develop a brand totally from scratch." ... read more»

Opendoor’s ‘ultimate mortgage’ offers 1% off purchase
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:09:00
To compete on price with real estate agents, high-tech investors known as "iBuyers" will need to figure out ways to sell their homes very fast and for top dollar. Leading iBuyer Opendoor, which makes quick offers on homes and can close in days, has taken another step in this direction ... read more»

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