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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»

8 ways to raise your profile in real estate
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:00:12
To become a successful real estate professional it is important that you know the correct marketing strategies. Innovative ideas can give you an edge over other professionals because, let's face it -- this is a competitive market, and you need to be able to generate leads as well as convert them into customers. ... read more»

Slew of real estate tech firms are ready for Apple Watch launch
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 9:54:55
Apple's long-awaited smart watch, Apple Watch, officially hits the streets on Friday, and many familiar real estate tech leaders have apps ready ready to go that will empower their software with the immediacy and digital intimacy the device offers consumers and real estate pros alike ... read more»

Federal lawsuit escalates Quicken probe
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 9:49:34
A three-year battle between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Quicken Loans came to a head yesterday when the department filed a lawsuit alleging the Detroit-based lender violated the False Claims Act by improperly originating and underwriting mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) ... read more»

50 shades of real estate video marketing
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 3:00:47
Video marketing and virtual tours have become one of the most significant pieces of the real estate marketing puzzle. A few years back, they were more of a novelty but have moved into the must-have category. Today's technology has allowed these productions to become both easier to produce and in most cases have become cost effective. If crafted correctly, a well-produced virtual tour may separate the serious inquiries from the "tire kickers." ... read more»

Andrea Pettitt on dialing down her checklists to focus on efficiency
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 2:15:50
The Group One Real Estate agent talks about creating scalable systems while maintaining quality, and the stress-relief method she employs every day ... read more»

2015 real estate ‘techscape’ reveals increased consumer tech, more mature companies
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 2:00:12
Our annual "The Chart" project -- which puts the real estate techscape in a visual format -- showed a few big shifts in real estate tech from 2014. Some highlights ... read more»

HomeKeepr keeps agents in touch with clients after the close. But for how long?
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 1:45:06
I never recommend restaurants to people. I tell them about places I've enjoyed, but I never say, "You must go." You just never know if that's the night a server was served with divorce papers, or if the line cook forgot his hairnet. Experiences vary. Service is up and down. Even the best chefs have bad nights. I feel you should never handcuff your brand to a performance outcome on which you don't have control ... read more»

Sylvie Zolezzi on how hyperlocal content results in a thriving social media presence
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 1:30:30
"When I started my Facebook page, I did what the majority of agents do: I asked my friends to like my page and posted my listings, open houses and some real estate articles and was rewarded with total silence from my few followers and zero engagement," says Zolezzi. "I had the most success when I posted my own unique content, and more specifically, hyperlocal content in the form of beautiful pictures of Marin County." ... read more»

Understanding the expectations of cash investors
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 1:00:49
I work primarily listing and selling homes valued in our area greater than $600,000, in the luxury industry. By default, this experience also positions me as a real estate expert in the investment niche as well ... read more»

The new 3 P’s of selling a home
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:35:59
It's not enough to put a sign in the yard, put a listing in the MLS and pray that the house sells. The game has changed -- here, Chris Scott and Garry Wise of The Paperless Agent disclose the new "3 P's" of selling a home ... read more»

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