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The story of why people haven’t been buying homes: Fear of rejection
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 3:00:20
A year has passed since I worked with a client on a national survey of prospective buyers that would help real estate professionals understand better why the numbers of mortgage applications keep falling below expectations. At that time, as now, it looked like the stars had aligned for home buying ... read more»

Anouk Nora on how transparency vs. privacy depends the client
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 2:15:59
The TOWN Residential representative talks about her visual orientation, how she decides whether to meditate or relax with a cocktail -- and why she's "a compulsive searcher." ... read more»

Creative strategies for overcoming seller staging objections
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 2:00:38
Your ability to overcome the seller's objections about staging not only influences how much the seller will net, but how hard you will have to work to sell the listing. If you're struggling with the objection, "I don't see any need to stage our property," a little creativity can quickly put that objection to rest ... read more»

5 simple ways real estate agents can use JotForm
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 1:45:47
A critical part of every website is its capture methodology. That is, the tactic for leading a site user to your "Contact Us" form, or some such iteration of an online form that results in a person giving you permission to reach out to them. Forms are under-used, in my opinion. We should put them in more places than contact pages ... read more»

Toby Boyce on Outlook, Contactually and the other digital tools that drive his brokerage
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 1:30:35
"I use Outlook through an Exchange server," Boyce says. "I’ve used it for years, and basically everything I look at compared to it are working to match what Outlook does. I like the exchange portion so that all team members have access to the 'schedule,' working well for planning and not having overlap." ... read more»

Rental owners’ top 5 mistakes
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 1:00:28
Purchasing a rental property is a significant investment and can be the start of a scary but rewarding adventure for many of us. We purchased our first vacation rental over 15 years ago in Colorado, and we needed the rental income to afford the property. ... read more»

Coming this week: staging objection counters, ‘green’ listings and more
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 6:00:09
What can you expect from Inman in the coming week? Here are some news items we're excited to share with our readers ... read more»

Why do agents and brokers choose to syndicate listings?
Sun, 26 Apr 2015 5:00:57
Despite all the controversy around syndication, every day brokers and agents choose to send their listings to Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com and other third-party portals for two main reasons: to satisfy sellers and to generate leads. That's according to the 93 brokers, 169 agents and 11 other industry pros who took Inman's online survey that ran from March 31 to April ... read more»

Top 5 posts of the week
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 6:00:06
Here were the most popular stories on Inman this past week ... read more»

The week in industry hires: April 20-24
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 5:00:07
Who got hired or promoted this week? Here's our weekly rundown, in chronological order ... read more»

Know these 6 weaknesses of real estate data
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:13:56
Real estate data can help agents better guide clients through the buying and selling process. But its proliferation has also given rise to some pitfalls for agents, creating more potential for agents to inadvertently mislead clients or dilute their level of service. Speakers recently discussed the matter at ... read more»

Associations not allowed to display listings under .realtor domain
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:00:42
Come May 7, U.S. and Canadian brokerages and associations who want to make sure their home on the Web reflects their Realtor affiliation will be able to claim their own .realtor URL. But associations won't be able to link to or display property listings at that URL -- something many, if not most, currently do on their websites ... read more»

The Fed has misinterpreted the effect of falling oil prices and a strong dollar
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:21:53
The good news is very nice: mortgage rates are stable near 3.75 percent, sales of existing homes have risen 10.4 percent in the last year, and sales of new ones have soared 19 percent. Even the poor news is good: a softer-than-expected economy is holding the Fed at bay ... read more»

Why catering halls trump restaurants for any corporate event
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:00:59
Corporate events are the backbone of any large company. They include demonstrating the latest products, celebrating milestones, informing the public and recognizing employees. Whether your company hosts yearly or monthly conferences, trade shows, dinners, ceremonies or networking events, the Inn at New Hyde Park explains why catering halls are the best fit for your next corporate event ... read more»

Re/Max, Century 21, Coldwell Banker named among top 100 global franchisors
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:54:56
Rubbing elbows with some of the world's most familiar brands like McDonald's and Subway, Re/Max, Century 21 Real Estate and Coldwell Banker Real Estate were named among the top 100 franchisors in the world in the 2015 edition of an annual ranking by Franchise Direct ... read more»

Spring blooms with lower mortgage rates
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:48:33
April showers are said to bring May flowers, but this spring season, they are also bringing lower mortgage rates, Freddie Mac said this week. According to the government sponsored enterprise’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.65 percent this week, down from last week when it averaged 3.67 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 4.33 percent ... read more»

3 top expectations of online real estate consumers
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:00:13
As co-founder of a web-based mortgage technology company dedicated to radically improving the consumer experience, I have spent a lot of time studying the online real estate landscape. I've gained an understanding what today's online real estate consumer actually wants ... read more»

Home flippers launching entire real estate funds through crowdfunders
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:12:26
Real estate crowdfunding platforms typically let investors buy slices of properties or make mini loans that, combined with other mini loans, finance the purchase of properties (or stakes in properties). But investors are also using crowdfunders to cobble together full-blown funds that finance the continual purchase and sale of many properties, not just one. That's expanding real estate crowdfunding's reach to more home-flippers and other real estate investors ... read more»

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