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Real Estate News
Real estate startup accelerator seeking new blood
Wed, 04 May 2016 14:40:18
Real estate tech startups looking for a leg up might want to consider applying for one of the newest real estate startup accelerators. MetaProp NYC -- a New York City-based startup accelerator co-founded by an angel investor that's backed many real estate startups -- is now accepting applications for its 2016 class ... read more»

San Francisco breweries create craft beer haven, report says
Wed, 04 May 2016 12:15:06
Hipsters can't be the only ones who enjoy a good craft beer: the Brewers Association found that mid-year domestic craft beer production grew 16.6 percent year-over-year solely in the first half of 2015, reaching 12.2 million barrels total ... read more»

Video headlines: Home prices skyrocket in China and more
Wed, 04 May 2016 11:34:46
Real estate industry expert and Miami Beach agent Arno de Vos recaps the most recent top headlines ... read more»

Celebrity listing: the X-Mansion, home of the X-Men
Wed, 04 May 2016 11:30:43
The X-Men, an exceptional group of individuals whose mutated genes give them unique powers, might be looking for a new home after the Apocalypse rises. Coldwell Banker has landed the listing for Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and it might be one of the biggest of the year: The Westchester County X-Mansion is listed for $75,850,000, but you might need someone with telepathic powers to find it ... read more»

Baird & Warner adds Zillow reviews API to agents’ arsenal
Wed, 04 May 2016 10:00:55
One of Chicago's largest independent brokerages not only became a larger network in April, but it increased its brand presence online. On April 28 Baird & Warner announced its acquisition of Brush Hill Realtors, one of the largest independent brokerages in the Western suburbs. ... read more»

Zillow: Buyers spend more time shopping for a car than their home loan
Wed, 04 May 2016 9:40:47
Survey participants on average reported spending 8 hours -- obtaining just four quotes from lenders -- weighing home loan options, the same amount of time they would spend researching a vacation. In comparison, respondents spent 11 hours shopping for a car. Why are Americans perhaps less diligent when it comes to heftier home financing decisions? The complicated process could be one reason, a problem that TRID was designed to alleviate. ... read more»

Should I stay or should I go: Pros and cons of switching brokerages
Wed, 04 May 2016 9:00:21
My real estate career began at Coldwell Banker, and my only brokerage change thus far was to Keller Williams Realty four years ago. I am very happy at KW, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enticed by the various offers I have received from competing brokerages. Companies such as Sotheby’s with its incredible luxury branding and Compass with its cutting edge technology make compelling cases as to why I should switch to them ... read more»

NYC top-tier home inventory and prices rising, Zillow says
Wed, 04 May 2016 9:00:20
Zillow recently released its Q1 2016 Market Report, noting that inventory across the nation has dropped almost 6 percent annually, with over 10 percent decreases in both bottom and middle-tier homes. The real estate website estimates the national Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) at $186,200 in the first quarter of ... read more»

Community spotlight: Gaithersburg
Wed, 04 May 2016 9:00:15
New urbanism and quality schools have turned Gaithersburg, a northwest suburb of Washington D.C., into Maryland's fourth largest city ... read more»

You got your AMP in my Upstream!
Wed, 04 May 2016 8:00:50
There continues to be confusion about Upstream and AMP (Advanced Multilist Platform). They are two separate projects. They are not dependent upon each other. Allow me to explain ... read more»

Podcast: How to read local market conditions for maximum results
Wed, 04 May 2016 7:24:56
When you can accurately read your market, you'll have the power to advise your buyers and sellers in a way that steers them toward the best outcome, set expectations for negotiations and correctly price your listings.c ... read more»

Xome performance a highlight of Nationstar’s Q1
Wed, 04 May 2016 6:40:18
Nationstar Mortgage Holdings -- which owns and operates the real estate marketplace Xome -- reported adjusted earnings of $28 million for the first quarter of 2016 (Q1), offset by a net loss of $132 million ... read more»

How to identify the 5 stages of a lead lifecycle
Wed, 04 May 2016 3:00:03
Here’s a myth about experienced real estate agents: they all have several hundred, if not thousands, of clients. Here’s a fact: most of the time, real estate agents have zero clients. Where does this discrepancy come from? How can real estate agents know they have so many clients when in reality they do not? The truth comes from knowing how to master the lead lifecycle ... read more»

5 ways to dominate your spring real estate market
Wed, 04 May 2016 2:00:09
Spring is the time of year when buyers really start to come out and look at homes. It's also when homes tend to show their best in many markets with fresh flowers, longer days and a general sense of happiness in the air. As an agent, you know to never rest and always be ready to find the next client, but spring can be a busy season for many industry pros. Here are 5 ways to distinguish yourself from the competition ... read more»

Press releases going unnoticed? These mistakes could be why
Wed, 04 May 2016 1:45:50
Inman writers receive a lot of press releases. Understandably, not all of them get attention for which they were intended. This is the nature of today's press release. It's become an over-used tool of the marketing professional. Sorry. It's true ... read more»

5-star Realtor ratings: A chance for NAR to tighten ethics code
Wed, 04 May 2016 1:00:39
Six weeks ago, I wrote about how the online agent ratings and review landscape is broken, to which Rob Hahn correctly pointed out that I did not provide any suggested solution ... read more»

Daily market update: May 4, 2016
Wed, 04 May 2016 0:01:22
Mortgage rates plus all the latest real estate market news ... read more»

Luxury listing: Moana Residence on Kailua-Kona
Wed, 04 May 2016 0:00:42
This residence in the Kohanaiki resort is an island-lover's dream -- five bedrooms and almost 7,000 square feet on almost an acre of land. It's listed for $22.5 million ... read more»

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