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3 reasons your leads aren’t closing and what you can do about it

Quick agent fame, overnight sensations and companies who build crowd followings fast have always scared me. Why? Because I know, billboards don’t make deals. Whether you’re marketing mansions or selling special spoons, the buzz you generate isn’t half as important as the clients who actually close the deal ...

Brand or boutique? Agents will base decision on systems and services offered

Whether you’re a boutique brokerage operating out of a virtual office or a providing services to agents at a traditional brick-and-mortar location, agents will decide whether or not they want to work for you based on the systems and services ...

Real estate disruption may not be what you think it is

When I was a journalist in the 1980s and 1990s, I penned 1,500 bylined articles that appeared in metro newspapers around the country. Last year, I resolved to use my old dry clippings to start fires in my wood burning ...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau taking mortgage complaints seriously

A Realtor friend of mine recently asked me about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: “Do they really do anything when somebody submits a complaint about their mortgage company? Can I tell clients that it’s not a waste of time to ...

Evernote: very cool real estate tech tips No. 6 (6 of 10)

Evernote is a very cool program that, like Dropbox, you can put on all of your devices for access. Also, like Dropbox, it is one of those things that I have had for a couple of years and never used. It wasn't until I saw the CEO of Evernote, Phil Libin, interviewed by Charlie Rose that realized I was missing out and needed to finally check it out ...

Existing-home sales remain flat

Sales of existing homes in March underperformed by historical standards, with purchases remaining mostly flat, the National Association of Realtors reported today. Existing-home sales slid 0.2 percent from February to March, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million, a 7.5 percent ...

Home values in 20 percent of US housing markets headed for record highs within a year

Home values in almost 20 percent of all U.S. metros will surpass their housing boom peaks over the next year, and affordability problems that have begun to affect a fraction of markets may spread to others over the next few ...

Placester will expand business model with $5.5M in funding

Armed with a new round of $5.5 million in Series A funding, real estate website developer Placester will begin powering real estate sites for local publishers — starting with those owned by the media giant Hearst Corporation. The funding, led ...

Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, gun control advocate Mark Kelly, to keynote NAR convention

Mark Kelly — a retired astronaut turned gun control advocate after his wife, former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was nearly killed in a 2011 mass shooting — will deliver the keynote address at the National Association of Realtors’ annual conference ...

Does your home inspector use a thermal camera? You had better hope so

This is what you and I see. A pretty basement wall, in a flip, with new drywall, new receptacles, new floor molding and new carpeting. This is what my clients saw online. Along with a couple dozen other photos. All of the photos were just as spectacular! ...

VScreen launches automated listing video platform for brokers

Brokers looking to create videos for their listings have a new tool that will do it automatically — in real time. ListingVideos.com from VScreen pulls listing data like photos and home stats from a broker’s multiple listing service data feed, ...

What we are lacking right now is not intelligence, but wisdom

“When you look around the world right now, you see an amazing number of leaders, with very high IQs, making terrible decisions,” says Huffington Post Media Group Chairwoman, President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. “The problem is not that they are not ...

Are you ready for the next Heartbleed bug?

The recent of announcement of the Heartbleed bug caused mass confusion and panic across the Web. Although there are still some websites that are vulnerable to the exploit, the majority of the Web’s most popular sites have been patched. Encryption ...

Homes below $1M ‘a dying breed’ in NYC

The median sale price for an apartment in the Manhattan borough of New York City reached $972,428 in the first quarter of 2013, up 18.5 percent from the same period a year ago and close to an all-time high reached ...

Potential impacts of joint NAR-realtor.com national marketing campaign ‘underappreciated’

A joint marketing campaign from the National Association of Realtors and Move Inc.-operated realtor.com is expected to boost traffic and awareness of the site — a potential boon to agents and brokers whose listings appear on realtor.com or who advertise ...

Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com haven’t changed what defines a great Realtor

The Internet has not changed what defines a great Realtor. If anything, what the Internet has really done is time-shift the point at which a great agent gets called upon to display their real value. ...

What’s a new client really worth? [webinar recording]

Knowing the long-term value and short-term value of your clients can help you decide the best strategies for client retention and marketing, and knowing where to target those efforts. Join us for a discussion hosted by Laura Monroe of Inman News and Jed Carlson, online marketing expert and CEO of AdWerx ...

NAR picks 8 startups for ‘REach’ tech accelerator class of 2014

The National Association of Realtors has announced the eight members that will comprise the class of 2014 for its tech accelerator program, REach. Now in its second year, the program, run by NAR’s 6-year-old investment wing, Second Century Ventures LLC, ...

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