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Exclusive buyer agents’ group brings new referral service in-house

Consumers can now visit a new page on NAEBA's website, enter some basic information, and see a list of the approximately 170 buyer's agents in the group's referral network who work in their city or county of interest -- at no cost to the user ...

Real estate professionals weigh in: Which CRM is the best?

If there’s any piece of software that’s supposed to be integral to a real estate agent’s success, it’s the CRM (customer relationship manager). After all, pursuing new leads while maintaining close contact with previous clients takes precious time ...

Don’t get real estate crowdfunding? Here’s a resource for you

Real estate crowdfunding, the practice of pooling money online from investors to purchase property, is still a new concept and, though relatively intuitive, can be difficult to wrap your head around ...

IGuide 3-D home of the week

At approximately 6,700 square feet, this home has superior-quality finishes throughout, breathtaking resort grounds and vistas with sweeping views of the Credit River. ...

Why it’s impossible for a title insurance premium to increase

Recently, an Inman reader contacted our editorial team with an interesting dilemma: Her monthly title insurance premiums were steadily going up, and she didn’t understand why. Here's the thing: That monthly premium increase is actually impossible ...

Building permit databases expand, California city launches new app

The demand for improved access to building permit data has pushed one global information provider to grow its database and influenced a city to launch a new app ...

How presentation affects your business

After reading a few current articles on Inman Select, it got me thinking about how we, the real estate community, present ourselves to the general public and how our appearance, including the cars we drive, could convey success or not ...

How your tech gear might be annoying your clients

High-tech gadgets are somewhat tantalizing, often to the point where you can’t keep away. When you’ve got everything (literally) at the touch of a fingertip, how can you focus on the task in front of you ...

Tech platform bridges gap between landlord and tenant to ease headaches all around

Renting an apartment is a common middle ground for those not interested in bumming in their parents' basement, but not quite ready for homeownership. But for a lot of renters, the attention they expect from landlords is lacking, and landlords are juggling a handful of tasks and requests at every moment ...

Ellie Mae’s Encompass solution honored with innovation award

Mortgage industry software provider Ellie Mae announced May 28 that the San Francisco Business Times gave a Tech & Innovation Award to Encompass, a software suite that automates the mortgage process for more than 120,000 mortgage professionals and thousands of mortgage companies, including six of the 20 largest U.S. mortgage lenders ...

Redfin’s wildfire expansion continues to blaze in 2015

Fueled by a December bounty of $70.9 million in venture capital dough, tech-focused brokerage Redfin is taking the nation by storm and becoming a national real estate portal powerhouse in the process ...

Rent growth improves in struggling Northeast markets

Average rent for apartments hit a record high of $1,136 in May in 61 U.S. markets surveyed by multifamily data provider Yardi Matrix, marking a 6.1 percent increase year over year and a 2.3 percent jump over the last three months and prompting Yardi Matrix to predict that the market could exceed annual growth of 4.9 percent during ...

What’s a marginal agent — and are you one?

I keep reading about marginal real estate agents, but I cannot find any actual definition or statistics. How many real estate agents are marginal? How would I define a marginal real estate agent ...

Apartment Finder takes advantage of ‘Swift’ opportunity to launch app

The days of neighborhood scouting for apartments are long gone, and for many online search sites the sun is (hopefully) setting on Craigslist hunting. As one of the top-tier apartment rental search engines, Apartment Finder is taking what seems to be the natural next step in mobile offerings: an iPad application ...

It’s happened: Zillow now serving up 3-D models on listings

Prospective buyers who visit select listings on Zillow can now easily access online 3-D models that let them virtually explore properties without ever visiting them in person ...

Vacation rental site expands to Middle Eastern cities

HomeAway announced Thursday that it made a $2 million minority investment in Turkey's largest vacation rental website, Flat4Day, also known as Hemenkiralik ...

My new-agent quest: what makes an ideal real estate agent

As I sat through my most recent prelicense education course, I couldn't help but look around at all the different people taking the class. I believe I had a preconceived notion that most of the people taking this course would be in their 30s and 40s, dressed in business attire and carrying leather portfolios or briefcases. I couldn't have been more wrong ...

3 tips for attracting real estate leads

The old saying "Nothing happens until somebody sells something" is so true in real estate. Until you sell your services to a buyer or seller, you have no potential for generating commission. Attracting real estate leads is the critical first step in reaching your sales goals ...

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