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New version of DocuSign goes anywhere, provides new tools for brokers

DocuSign says the latest version of its paperless real estate transaction management platform, DocuSign for Real Estate PLUS, allows mobile users to handle deals from start to finish, and provides additional capabilities for brokerages including Salesforce integration. The update also provides ...

‘When a******s send you referrals, it’s other a******s': Leigh Brown

When Leigh Brown can’t accept new business, she routes it to two other real estate agents in her market. One agent is “good,” so she gets the “good people,” Brown said. The other? “I refer all the assholes to [her] ...

Female Realtors barraged with salacious phone calls, texts

A man pretending to be a homebuyer from Florida is targeting female Realtors with lewd and suggestive phone calls and text messages, the San Antonio Board of Realtors warned members this week. The man — who has used a number ...

Fed affirms plans for rate liftoff, but mortgages are another story

The Fed has affirmed its intention to “liftoff” from 0 percent. Mortgages are a slightly different story, with 30-year fixed-rate, low-fee loans in the 3.75 percent area, depending on borrower characteristics, the spread widening to the 10-year T-note ...

How to break into luxury real estate

NEW YORK — The path to becoming a “luxury agent” isn’t always a long and arduous journey. Sometimes agents can take a quantum leap into the niche. That’s what happened with one greenhorn that Diane Ramirez, CEO of New York City-area ...

Florida Realtors have new CEO, mum on predecessor’s departure

The 140,000 members of Florida’s statewide Realtor association are getting a new CEO — Michigan Realtors CEO Bill Martin — but leaders of the Florida association are saying little about the departure of his predecessor, John Fridlington, who worked for ...

How to convert like a tech startup

NEW YORK — Lead conversion is a complicated art, but technology is making it easier to engage consumers and increase the chances they’ll turn into business. Jonathan Aizen, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Amitree Inc., maker of a tool that ...

Chief economists mostly bullish on 2015 housing market

NEW YORK — Four chief economists from some of the nation’s most popular real estate websites are optimistic about the housing market this year, citing an expected increase in home sales, and low mortgage rates and oil prices leaving more ...

Handling client expectations in an era of open real estate data

Our clients now have access to more information than ever before. We are no longer the gatekeepers to protected information. And I feel like we are spending a lot of time fighting against this changing environment when we should be embracing it ...

10 smoking-hot real estate Web design trends

Web design is a faced-paced industry, and we often see big trends come and go. But many of the Web design trends we've seen rising in the last few years are still around, and more new trends are emerging in ...

Love it or hate it, Zillow is here to stay

Love it or hate it, Zillow is not going anywhere. I posted a simple question to my Facebook wall the other day, and the replies indicated why consumers trust Zillow more than they trust real estate agents. Here's what I learned ...

Scott Strevell: ‘Local content produces our best results’

"Today's social media allow a larger daily reach," says the broker associate at KC Homes 365 Team. "It's all about the building relationships." ...

Radical innovation is coming to real estate: Will you survive it?

Webster's Dictionary defines innovation as "the act of introducing something new." That's weak. Someone could introduce a new shape of marshmallows into the market, but it creates little change ...

Building the dream MLS

NEW YORK — It’s time for the multiple listing service to go back to its roots and remember its main reason for being: to foster cooperation between agents. That’s according to several real estate leaders asked to imagine their “dream” ...

Technology fueling commission rebates to Toronto homebuyers

Canadian brokerages TheRedPin and CommissionMadeFair.com say technology that lets homebuyers do much of the legwork involved in finding the home of their dreams themselves lets them offer commission rebates to buyers. Homebuyers “can filter through all the facts until they’re ...

No locked doors at indie brokerages — and in some cases, no doors

NEW YORK — Inman’s independent broker survey revealed that a big factor behind the current boom in unaffiliated firms is the freedom broker-owners have to pursue their business and adapt to changing conditions as they see fit. An open office floor plan is one way ...

Renowned real estate coach basks in ‘bad guy’ image

NEW YORK — Mike Ferry doesn’t want to be your friend. Not if you’re his coaching client, at least. The industry bigwig, widely regarded as the granddaddy of real estate coaching, believes coaches who socialize with their clients are less likely ...

Ability to customize and integrate helps vendor keep big client

Keller Williams Realty has renewed an agreement with its custom intranet provider, BackAgent, which touted its ability to build new features suggested by the franchisor and improve integration with Keller Williams’ existing systems for the extension of a relationship dating ...

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