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Setting up a Google alert in 7 simple steps
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 1:00:37
You're getting Googled. All the time. People are Googling your name, your listings, your company, your competition. In a perfect world, the results would display your website, maybe some links to glowing reviews of you and blogs written by or about you ... read more»

Zillow Group signs direct feed agreement with Arizona Regional MLS
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 0:01:32
One of the largest multiple listings services (MLSs) in the country, Arizona Regional MLS, is the latest to sign a direct feed agreement with Zillow Group, giving its 31,000 members the opportunity to send their listings directly to both Zillow and Trulia ... read more»

Court filing claims Zillow used Move’s confidential information to acquire Trulia
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:45:14
A recent court filing in a yearlong legal battle between realtor.com operator Move Inc. and portal giant Zillow alleges a key Move employee tipped Zillow off to confidential information that allowed the company to acquire Trulia ... read more»

App tracks business miles, expenses
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:48:17
Many real estate agents can shave thousands of dollars off their tax bill by deducting their business driving expenses. Because many agents don't keep exact records of the number of their business miles, lots of agents underestimate them, resulting in lost savings. Part of the idea behind the mobile app Deductr is to help people avoid leaving money on the table when claiming deductions for business driving expenses ... read more»

No brick-and-mortar offices for international brokerage; instead, staff meets in virtual reality
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:18:24
The North American cloud-based brokerage eXp Realty International Corp. has taken its virtual lifestyle to a new extreme by investing six figures in the creation of a new virtual headquarters and meeting environment, where it will hold tech trainings for its agents ... read more»

Second mortgages and home equity lines of credit threaten housing recovery
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:00:49
“The property has pretty much been a nightmare since day one,” Joe Schwarz said of a home he bought near the height of the housing market in the Phoenix area. “I’ve wanted to be done with it for years but I couldn’t because of the second (mortgage) to be honest.” ... read more»

Henry Cisneros outlines ‘new era of opportunity’ in real estate book
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:24:21
"Urban Real Estate Investment: A New Era of Opportunity," a new book by former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros published by the Urban Land Institute, mashes up performance indicators based on local economic and demographic trends with city-by-city rankings based on surveys and interviews with real estate professionals. ... read more»

Maryland title agent sentenced for stealing thousands in client escrow funds
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:14:57
A Baltimore, Maryland-area title insurance agent was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution for diverting thousands of dollars in client escrow funds for her personal use ... read more»

6 ways millennials are impacting the global real estate market
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:00:33
A recent National Association of Realtors report, Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends 2015, revealed that the global real estate market is once again witnessing a large number of millennial homebuyers and realty investors. These young financiers have braved the recession that almost strangled the market to death a couple of months ago. However, times have improved and the report indicates they are the largest share of recent buyers ... read more»

Allegations of kickbacks to condo buyers come back to haunt ex-Florida Realtor
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:53:10
A former Florida Realtor could be facing prison time over his alleged role in a mortgage fraud conspiracy at a 390-unit condo complex that prosecutors say cost mortgage lenders more than $15 million. Joseph Pasquale, 38, a resident of Worcester, ... read more»

Property history and insurance claims reports just got easier to access
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:20:57
Housefax, maker of property history reports, is the latest vendor to partner with the Clareity Store, giving more than 100,000 brokers and agents deeper insight into homes they plan to list right from their multiple listing service dashboard without having to log in to a separate account ... read more»

Free social media tools to grow your real estate business
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:00:43
Managing social profiles, status updates, trending topics, etc., can be daunting. Having the proper tools and infrastructure in place for your business is crucial to your marketing success ... read more»

Mortgage industry consulting firm adds valuation services to portfolio
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 9:50:03
Clayton Holdings LLC, an operations and risk management consultant to the mortgage and real estate industries, announced today its acquisition of Red Bell Real Estate LLC, a valuation technology provider, for an undisclosed sum ... read more»

10 ideas for landing every listing from Tom Ferry
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 9:42:46
"I have so much passion for this industry and helping others succeed," says Tom Ferry, co-owner and CEO of Tom Ferry -- Your Coach ... read more»

Amazon offering home services on demand
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 7:11:59
Homeowners in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. can now use Amazon to browse, purchase and schedule hundreds of tasks from home services providers including wall mounting a new TV, house cleaning, appliance installation and equipment assembly ... read more»

Come August, there will be a new roadblock to closing a deal on a house
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 3:00:24
Everyone agrees that increasing consumer protection is a desirable goal. Nevertheless, the unforeseen ripple effects from these changes could seriously disrupt how the closing process is conducted ... read more»

Jed Carlson: ‘It’s important to bring in the people who can continue our growth’
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 2:15:35
The AdWerx CEO talks about overdelivering on the company's value proposition and why the time of day affects his relaxation technique ... read more»

How to get real estate consumers to spend up to 90 percent more time on your website
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 2:00:48
As real estate, mortgage and title company professionals we are seeing marketing shifting to video more and more. Why? Video is one the most powerful and fastest ways to convey a message to your target audience ... read more»

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