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The week in industry hires and promotions: November 28-December 2, 2016

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

Real estate market recap, November 28-December 2, 2016

Here's what happened this week in the real estate market ...

The week in real estate industry deals: Nov. 28-Dec. 2

While real estate agents chase leads and close deals on houses, there's another level of deal-making that takes place within the real estate industry: mergers, acquisitions, integrations and partnerships. We'll be recapping every week's noteworthy deals that didn't make it into print (and some that did) for your perusal. Here are this week's ...

Interest-rate spike seems to be flattening — but the move up isn’t over

The interest-rate fever has broken for the moment. The 10-year T-note touched a two-year high yesterday at 2.45 percent, mortgages 4.25 percent. Both improved a bit today ...

2 potential economic realities for Donald Trump in 2017

I’ve been analyzing economies and markets since the 1970s, and this is easily the least predictable. So, call it what you will -- chicken or rigged -- there are two equally probable outcomes for what President-elect Donald Trump's economy might look like in ...

Realtor.com operator sells TigerLeads to Commissions Inc.: sources

Realtor.com operator Move Inc. has sold lead-generation company TigerLeads to customer relationship management (CRM) system provider Commissions Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed ...

What Opendoor’s Uber-like funding round means for real estate

Opendoor's deployment of $320 million in equity funding and $400 million in debt will send shockwaves across the industry, perhaps most by popularizing new technology and business practices ...

How technology is putting a new spin on fix-and-flip financing

Residential real estate investment is going through a period of resurgence. Single family home and condo flips hit a six-year peak in the second quarter of 2016, with 51,434 projects completed. That represents a 14 percent increase over the previous quarter. The number of investors flipping homes reached its highest level since Q2 ...

The issues in real estate that no one likes talking about

Realtors Anne Jones and Marguerite Giguere discuss getting past surface-level conversation and asking hard questions of the industry ...

Why real estate agents should be using Instagram for Business

With Instagram making innovations such as Instagram Stories and Instagram for Business, it's crucial for real estate agents to take advantage of the visual social media platform. In this week’s video, Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates discusses the benefits of Instagram for Business. ...

Top comments of the week Nov. 28-Dec. 2

The real estate world keeps spinning, even through food comas and long weekends. This week readers commented on their favorite holiday gifts, excitement about young agents in the field, an FSBO startup that's getting the side-eye from Washington regulators, that gut-wrenching moment when you have to let a client (and a potential commission check) go -- and more ...

Coming soon to Inman tech reviews: Product ratings and categories

We're going to categorize and rate products (from 1 to 5) as part of my deeper reviews ...

How do you ‘sell’ a price reduction to your real estate clients?

We all know that "adjustment" means reduction, don't we? Dress it anyway you like, it is going to be difficult for many of us to mention the subject. As a professional, I assume the role of director and lay the ground work from the outset ...

Why empathy is a real estate agent’s No. 1 sales tool

I have not seen a free webinar for real estate agents about empathy. It is one of those soft skills that we need when we work with people. There are no continuing education classes, and it isn’t on the state licensing exam ...

Daily market update: December 2, 2016

Mortgage rates plus all the latest real estate market news ...

Inman Demo Day Webinar: Turn leads into lifetime clients with IXACT Contact

In this webinar, you will learn how IXACT Contact's CRM, email marketing tools, and agent websites can help you stay in touch and get better organized, to ensure your own success ...

Realogy named one of the ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’

This month, Realogy was honored as one of the Ethisphere Institute's "World's Most Ethical Companies" -- the fifth consecutive time the company has made the list alongside other corporate giants such as Dun & Bradstreet and Prudential Financial ...

Black Knight-Homesnap deal boosts the Broker Public Portal

The Broker Public Portal -- a project to build the nation's first national public-facing MLS website -- has just gotten its biggest boost to date. Black Knight Financial Services, provider of the Paragon MLS system, has signed a deal with Homesnap, BPP's intended provider. The deal will give free use of agent-only, MLS-powered app Homesnap Pro to Black Knight's more than 200 MLS customers representing more than 250,000 agents and brokers ...

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