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Special report: Real estate coaching’s payoff
Mon, 25 May 2015 6:00:56
In an industry where brokerages often leave agents to fend for themselves, many agents say they hire coaches to provide personal accountability and moral support. But the survey shows others view the real estate world’s “personal trainers” as hucksters ... read more»

Coming this week: multigenerational housing, Jay Thompson and more
Sun, 24 May 2015 6:00:59
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»

Top 5 posts from last week
Sun, 24 May 2015 5:00:10
Here were the most popular stories on Inman this past week ... read more»

Real estate market recap, May 18-22
Sat, 23 May 2015 6:00:15
Here's what happened this week in the real estate market ... read more»

The week in industry hires and promotions: May 18-22
Sat, 23 May 2015 5:00:32
Who got hired or promoted this week? Here's our weekly rundown, in chronological order ... read more»

Yield-driven investors expanding list of target markets
Fri, 22 May 2015 16:31:49
Yield-driven investors are expanding their list of target markets and acquiring more rental assets in secondary and tertiary cities. During the first quarter of 2015, more than $16 billion of multifamily product traded in secondary and tertiary markets, according to data firm Real Capital Analytics (RCA) ... read more»

Fannie Mae and Ellie Mae: yay for purchase transactions
Fri, 22 May 2015 16:13:16
While the real estate market has experienced a strong surge in refinance transactions in recent years, an economist at government-sponsored enterprise Fannie Mae and the head of mortgage software provider Ellie Mae this week touted an increase in purchase mortgage applications in the past few months ... read more»

Beware Fed chairpersons speaking on Friday afternoons before long weekends!
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:33:50
Another week of anxious pencil-tapping in quiet markets, and one more holiday-shortened week ahead before events will conspire to move the herd. Long quiet, big move. A “data-dependent” Fed means more than ordinary waiting for data. If the Fed is waiting, too, then we’re really waiting. ... read more»

Agents who ignore ‘green’ home features could be leaving money on the table
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:53:29
If buyers knew their prospective new home could come with lower energy bills and be better for the environment, would they pay more for that home? Two recent studies suggest they would. But many listing agents are not doing a good enough job promoting those features ... read more»

‘Johnny Lawsky’ leaves New York regulator post — but not before tackling foreclosure problem
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:11:45
New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Superintendent Benjamin Lawky announced this week that he is stepping down from his post, but he has at least one more parting gift for the real estate industry: tackling the Empire State’s systemic foreclosure problem ... read more»

How to establish loyalty within your brokerage
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:01:28
Better commission splits, according to a recent study by Inman, would motivate nearly half of participants to leave for a different brokerage. Yes, money matters, but creating a team-focused environment for your agents makes them want to work for your firm. Over half of the agents surveyed said they received no career mentoring from their brokerage at all ... read more»

IGuide 3-D home of the week
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:07
From the moment you set foot in this grand eight-bedroom, nine-bath Mediterranean-style home, the expert craftsmanship from floor to ceiling will draw you into the home. If ocean views are your thing, just wait until you experience the master bedroom suite where you can see all the way to Catalina Island ... read more»

Technology doesn’t replace people — specialized people do
Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:13
In my ongoing quest to buy a home this year, I have had many interesting and eye-opening experiences about the same industry that I thought I already knew so well. I mean I spent the past decade of my life specializing in it. I see many people making the argument that technology is replacing people. However, throughout the process of my homebuying experience, I have come to the realization that people -- not technology -- replace people ... read more»

Startup hopes ‘Hollywood’ video ad helps it blast off
Fri, 22 May 2015 10:48:06
A time comes in a startup's life where it has figured out its messaging, nailed down its business model and it's ready to shout the news from the rooftops. That time has come for AgentPair, a startup that hit the real estate scene last year with a plan to sell leads to the highest agent bidder. The firm has since pivoted and narrowed its focus ... read more»

Best portal TV ad? Realtor.com’s takes the cake
Fri, 22 May 2015 9:59:05
Realtor.com's national TV ad does a better job of connecting with consumers than Zillow's, according to the 3,687 readers who took Inman's poll this week. It wasn't a landslide, but with 60.7 percent of the votes, realtor.com came out ahead ... read more»

New search tool ranks listings by expected rental ROI
Fri, 22 May 2015 9:44:10
“We’re seeing a lot of foreign money and investors that want to park their money somewhere,” said Lee Lin, co-founder of rental search website RentHop. “The joke is Manhattan condos have become the new world reserve currency.” But as property ... read more»

Midwest, South represent most affordable regions for graduates
Fri, 22 May 2015 7:59:39
As the rental sector enters what is historically peak leasing season, owners and managers of value-add -- Class B and C -- properties and newly built or Class A product will look to push rents more aggressively. For recent college grads, this will equate to a difficult environment in which to find “affordable” living ... read more»

Mortgage interest deduction said to cause ‘vast distortion’ in global economy
Fri, 22 May 2015 6:28:54
Subsidies that governments give to debt have spawned a "vast distortion" in the global economy that has made the financial system vulnerable to crises, hindered productive investment, curtailed economic growth and aggravated inequality, according to The Economist ... read more»

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