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Infographic: States with the fastest-growing companies in America

Where companies and economies grow, real estate isn't far behind -- so which states were looking the most robust in 2007, and which are top of the heap today ...

HomeLight spoon-feeds ‘top-agent’ lists to news outlets

HomeLight, a Google-backed referral site that matches agents with consumers based in part on MLS performance statistics, has hit on a promising marketing strategy: publishing lists of "top agents." The agent-matching site recently released lists of the top Sacramento agents that clinched coverage from The Sacramento Bee, which CEO Drew Uher said is the market's largest newspaper ...

Opinion: Is Zillow becoming a brokerage?

Disruption and innovation abound in today's real estate technology world. With the recent announcement of Zillow Group acquiring transaction management firm dotloop, Zillow continues to be mentioned in headlines -- and social media threads -- as a threat to the real estate industry ...

How agent reviews bring you business

Errol Samuelson, the chief industry development officer at Zillow Group, shared how agents are using reviews to enhance their business. Watch the video ...

What’s one thing that can prove a home’s value and avoid litigation?

According to the BuildFax Index, approximately 7 million building permits for nonreplacement residential work were issued in the U.S. in 2014. But these building permits represent only a small percentage of the work performed nationwide by contractors for additions, remodels and alterations. ...

My House in the Cloud could use just a little help from above

My House in the Cloud isn't technically sophisticated software. Its purpose is simple: to serve as a place for agents to store documents related to their sales. Users can enter and access contact information on lenders, insurance agents, HOA contacts, home warranties, and other stakeholders for each transaction, or "Escrow." ...

Fred Mannila: ‘In conversations about what “different” meant to us, we put together our business plan’

"I saw an opportunity to build a different, creative and more innovative kind of real estate company," says Mannila. "I have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and fully believe that you don’t have to follow the herd in any career. I like being different!" ...

5 real estate crowdfunding predictions for 2015 and beyond

Few markets offer as much promise and opportunity as crowdfunding. According to Massolution's 2015CF industry report, the crowdfunding market is expected to reach $34.4 billion in 2015, a staggering increase from $5 billion in ...

Daily market update: Aug. 28, 2015

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

Luxury listing of the day: Penthouse condo with panoramic ocean views in Bonita Springs, Florida

This five-bedroom penthouse includes a relaxing patio where you can sip a drink and watch the light play on the ocean, a chef's kitchen, gorgeous bathrooms, and plenty of room to entertain friends and family. It's listed for $4.35 million with Engel & Volkers ...

27 real estate business cards to spark design ideas

Business cards may feel increasingly antiquated in the digital world, but real estate brokers and agents know they're still a vital tool, better yet if they have a killer design ...

Does sexy sell real estate?

Scoping a Costa Rican time share a few years ago, Virginia real estate agent Claudine Ellis saw more of the listing agent than she wanted to. "This girl had on a short see-through frock," Ellis noted. "When she walked up the stairs in front of (my husband and me) … thongs and all … and she kept crossing her legs constantly when she sat across from us. You can imagine from there," she added. That crossed the line for Ellis, from sexy to inappropriate. The woman didn't get the sale ...

Where can you find true real estate leadership?

Lately, I have lamented the fact that the real estate industry craves more leadership. Then, out of the blue, Trulia founder Pete Flint re-enters the real estate stratosphere, announcing on Facebook, “After thinking about homelessness for 10-plus years but not having the bandwidth to help, I'm delighted to join @NewStoryCharity as an adviser.” ...

Podcast: Proven prequalification scripts and strategies — Part 2

So you're getting leads -- but are they worth your valuable time, or just a waste of your time? In yesterday's broadcast, we started a discussion of buyer and seller prequalification, and introduced some key scripts and strategies you can use to help identify the valuable, motivated, qualified leads worth investing time in ...

Guaranteed Rate’s online mortgage application process attracts thousands

If you have watched any television lately, you may have seen “Extreme Home Makeover” host and home improvement expert Ty Pennington stumping for Guaranteed Rate in commercials, touting the mortgage lender and technology company’s “low, low mortgage rates.” ...

Freddie Mac’s diagnosis: Housing markets are in stable condition

Taking its Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi) stethoscope to the U.S. housing market, government-sponsored enterprise Freddie Mac gave more than half of the states a clean bill of health this week ...

Jacky Teplitzky on offering education, preparation and top-notch training to new hires

Jacky Teplitzky, a Douglas Elliman broker, talks about her heroes, changing the view of the agent as commission-obsessed salesperson and how she attracts top talent ...

How to explain that recommendations aren’t kickbacks

When your buyer is closing on a home, you probably give them a list of recommended and trusted professionals whom they can use to purchase title insurance, get a home inspection or choose a home warranty company ...

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