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Real Estate News
17 arsenals of real estate apps: gallery
Wed, 27 May 2015 14:00:43
No fewer than 45 apps appear in the "real estate" and "productivity" folders of Todd Pearl's iPhone. And that excludes three other apps that the real estate agent regularly uses on the job: Evernote, TripLog and eKEY. Those tools show up on his smartphone's home page. ... read more»

Leave an impression with client communication techniques
Wed, 27 May 2015 14:00:08
We’ve talked about dressing the part and not looking like you just rolled out of bed, but what about how you handle yourself aside from your appearance? The way you communicate, look others in the eye and empower them to purchase or sell homes is important, too ... read more»

Mortgage lenders warm up to e-signatures
Wed, 27 May 2015 13:13:04
In the wake of increased regulatory oversight, economic pressures and shifting customer expectations, mortgage lenders are adopting electronic signatures — a development that agents, brokers and their clients may view with relief. The change is an effort to reduce paper-based ... read more»

Agents, to attract LGBT clients, focus on reputation
Wed, 27 May 2015 13:07:19
People in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, while psyched about the investment benefits that come with homeownership, are concerned about discrimination in their real estate deals, according to the results of an online survey released today. The survey indicated agents looking ... read more»

Facebook could bring ‘telepresence’ to real estate
Wed, 27 May 2015 11:23:19
Facebook-owned Oculus VR, a maker of virtual reality headgear that will let prospective buyers explore 3-D models of homes, has purchased Surreal Vision, a startup that focuses on “real-time 3-D scene reconstruction,” according to a post on Oculus VR’s blog. The acquisition highlights the fact ... read more»

Real estate marketing is moving online in Pakistan
Wed, 27 May 2015 11:00:03
In Pakistan, there is now over 30 million Internet users and 15 million smartphone users. In fact, recent statistics showed a staggering growth of over 550 percent between September 2014 and April of this year, with the total number of 3G subscribers crossing 11 million ... read more»

Infographic: How to sell a house
Wed, 27 May 2015 10:00:02
Nine steps to successfully selling a home the professional way. ... read more»

Texas newspapers tap Placester to power real estate sections
Wed, 27 May 2015 7:27:20
Newspapers covering all the major metro areas of Texas have adopted a listing search platform powered by Placester — a move that could help them earn revenue through agent advertising. Placester, a provider of agent and broker websites, has announced that The Dallas Morning ... read more»

Stop zooming and pinching marketing emails — get responsive design
Wed, 27 May 2015 4:00:29
Have you tried to open an email on your phone, only to realize it's too difficult to see because it's in a tiny font? You spend the next few minutes pinching and zooming with your fingers, trying to enlarge the text so you can read it and see the images. ... read more»

Why lending standards won’t get better
Wed, 27 May 2015 3:00:31
Of all the players still on the field today -- lenders, politicians, regulators, brokers, GSEs -- young homebuyers are the only innocent ones. They were in high school or grammar school when the bubble burst, and today's first-time buyers are paying the price for the mistakes, greed and outright fraud that contributed to the worst housing crash since the Depression ... read more»

Steve Weiss: ‘Technology has given me better control over my client base’
Wed, 27 May 2015 2:15:17
The broker-owner at Coast & County Brokers talks about sleepless nights and where he touts transparency over privacy ... read more»

High-rises are going high-tech
Wed, 27 May 2015 2:00:33
We at The Residences Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, have found that our residents appreciate the high-tech services we provide, and here are a few of them. ... read more»

PlanwiseConnect keeps agents in front of their Web-browsing buyers
Wed, 27 May 2015 1:45:27
It's official: The industrywide property portal debate has devolved into a full-fledged circus of back-biting executives and partisan practitioners baying and barking back and forth on whatever stage has the suitable bandwidth. From article comment threads to industry conference panels, everyone has a take on what lies ahead for listing properties on the Internet ... read more»

Gil Fleitas: ‘The forces of the new consumer are too powerful for the industry to resist’
Wed, 27 May 2015 1:30:49
Gil Fleitas says that technology has already irrevocably changed the real estate industry. "'Technology' is nothing more than a word to describe the inherent human quest and drive to adapt, grow, prosper, fix things, innovate, make a better world that addresses the problems of today." ... read more»

A house is not a home — a look at millennials and their buying power
Wed, 27 May 2015 1:00:27
Millennials have been a hot topic for the housing industry worldwide. Why? Because this next generation is unlike any other with respect to marketing. Smart corporations such as Visio Financial Services know the power of investing in critical research to delve into how this generation ticks. ... read more»

C21’s ‘drumbeat’ marketing campaigns gives its network something to tweet about
Tue, 26 May 2015 16:41:33
To help its broker and agent affiliates beat in time with graduation season, Century 21 Real Estate released a series of "#EmptyNesters" videos, the latest instance of the brand's 2-year-old real-time marketing campaign ... read more»

Unit absorption becomes increasingly difficult in certain metros
Tue, 26 May 2015 15:17:00
In the third and fourth quarters of 2015, overall unit delivery volume will peak with roughly 62,000 units brought to market in each quarter. Of the markets with the largest wave of second half 2015 deliveries, Atlanta, Austin, D.C., Houston and San Antonio should have the hardest time absorbing new product ... read more»

3 reasons why the CFPB should delay TRID enforcement
Tue, 26 May 2015 13:30:44
Sweeping changes are coming to the mortgage closing process -- and congressional lawmakers are working with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to enact a “hold-harmless” enforcement period for the real estate, mortgage and title and settlement services industries ... read more»

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