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Coming this week: staging objection counters, ‘green’ listings and more

What can you expect from Inman in the coming week? Here are some news items we're excited to share with our readers ...

Why do agents and brokers choose to syndicate listings?

Despite all the controversy around syndication, every day brokers and agents choose to send their listings to Zillow, Trulia, realtor.com and other third-party portals for two main reasons: to satisfy sellers and to generate leads. That's according to the 93 brokers, 169 agents and 11 other industry pros who took Inman's online survey that ran from March 31 to April ...

Top 5 posts of the week

Here were the most popular stories on Inman this past week ...

The week in industry hires: April 20-24

Who got hired or promoted this week? Here's our weekly rundown, in chronological order ...

Know these 6 weaknesses of real estate data

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 ...

Associations not allowed to display listings under .realtor domain

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 ...

The Fed has misinterpreted the effect of falling oil prices and a strong dollar

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 ...

Why catering halls trump restaurants for any corporate event

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 ...

Re/Max, Century 21, Coldwell Banker named among top 100 global franchisors

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 ...

Spring blooms with lower mortgage rates

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 ...

3 top expectations of online real estate consumers

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 ...

Home flippers launching entire real estate funds through crowdfunders

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 ...

8 ways to raise your profile in real estate

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. ...

Slew of real estate tech firms are ready for Apple Watch launch

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 ...

Federal lawsuit escalates Quicken probe

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) ...

50 shades of real estate video marketing

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." ...

Andrea Pettitt on dialing down her checklists to focus on efficiency

The Group One Real Estate agent talks about creating scalable systems while maintaining quality, and the stress-relief method she employs every day ...

2015 real estate ‘techscape’ reveals increased consumer tech, more mature companies

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 ...

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