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‘Silver Tsunami’ on horizon as aging Baby Boomers seek to downsize in greater numbers

An influx of Baby Boomers approaching their 60s and 70s could signal a 'Silver Tsunami" in search of smaller homes, a report from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis found.

Connect The ICSF Sessions: Open Connect

Experience what Inman Connect is all about when you join us for Open Connect. A full day to network and learn the latest business-building trends and tactics with over 4,000 top industry pros. With an Open Connect pass, you'll start your day at Agent Connect and in the afternoon attend Tech Connect. And the best part? Tickets are FREE.

Opendoor will now let any builder sell new homes through its ‘trade-up’ program

Customers for this program visit a homebuilder office, find a home from a builder that they want to move into right away or find a lot in progress that's expected to be ready in a certain timeframe. They get an estimate for how much Opendoor would buy their existing home for in 24 hours...

Are your social media posts hurting your real estate business?

International relations, climate change, gun control, health care and natural disasters are just of few of the topics in the news on any given day. We are overexposed to news and information via our social media networks. 

10 tips for making a first-time home purchase go smoothly

Able real estate agents know the first step with first-time (and really all) buyers is to get them pre-qualified — preferably with a lender who is accustomed to working with this group of buyers and who has the patience to explain (early and often) all the costs related to a property purchase.

6 cryptocurrency questions investors should ask real estate agents (and how to answer)

There’s a new way to invest in real estate — cryptocurrency. Some forward-thinking investors have already used the digital currencies, the most famous of which is bitcoin, to buy real estate. Blockchain — the secure, distributed ledger that permanently records crypto transactions — is the underlying technology that enables cryptocurrencies, and it's playing a growing role in the industry as well.

NAR drops congressman from donor program over anti-LGBTQ stance

The National Association of Realtors has officially dropped Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from Orange County, California, from its President's Circle donation program, NAR confirmed to Inman Tuesday afternoon.

The states where buyers can get the most bang for their buck

With home prices steadily rising, buyers are spending more for less space, and in some cases, they're dropping nearly $1 million for fire-damaged or dilapidated homes in desirable locales. But, not all hope is lost, according to GoBankingRates latest home price analysis.

Meet the color of the future: Neo Mint

Move over, Millennial Pink — Neo Mint is the emerging "it" color, according to London-based trend forecasting and analytics company WGSN. "2020 will be the year that a super-futuristic vision becomes reality," said WGSN color director Jane Boddy in a blog post.

Roomeze raises $2M for shared housing platform

Shared housing platform Roomeze raised $2 million in a seed funding round, the startup told Inman. Roomeze, launched in 2016 to help renters find roommates and housing at the same time, brought on this first significant influx of funding led by real estate and venture capital firm Gideon Asset Management with participation from Allegiant Real Estate Capital and New York residential real estate firm E&M Associates.

Connect the ICSF Speakers: Jay O’Brien on reclaiming your life

Many people leave an office job to try selling real estate and wind up with insane hours and a 24-7 mindset while they try to do it all and inevitably drop some balls. It doesn’t have to be that way, says Jay O’Brien, who will explain how agents can reclaim their lives in a session at Inman Connect San Francisco.

Warren Buffet’s HomeServices of America to acquire Ebby Halliday

Ebby Halliday, the largest independent brokerage in North Texas is set to combine forces with industry juggernaut HomeServices of America, a spokesperson for Ebby Halliday confirmed to Inman on Tuesday morning.

I toured an Opendoor home for sale, and its frictionless tech was a game-changer

If you make it easier to see a home, could you sell it for a higher price? A recent tour of homes in Scottsdale, Arizona, using Opendoor's app, led me to believe that it’s highly possible.

Zillow: Experts predict next recession will hit in 2020

Zillow with the research firm Pulsenomics LLC polled 100 real estate experts and economists about their predictions for the housing market in its quarterly survey in April and May, and this time it included a question about the next recession and its potential triggers, the real estate search giant said in a press release.

Realtors call on NAR to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ candidates

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) spent part of its annual midyear conference in Washington, D.C., reckoning with a dark past — one of exclusion and racism.

Artificial intelligence startup First.io raises $5 million

First.io, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to predict when people are going to move, has raised $5 million in Series A funding.

How we as an industry can become more accountable and transparent

At Inman Disconnect, a group of industry leaders got together and addressed a number of leading real estate issues. They came up with a manifesto called the Parker Principles, which is a compilation of 12 principles.

Inman Select shows my team what we’re not doing — and what we should be doing

Jennifer Kennedy is a broker-owner in Alberta, Canada, who specializes in lifestyle marketing for the area. She’s been a Inman Select subscriber for at least two years and thinks Inman content is so high-quality that her brokerage makes the Inman Connect New York conference experience part of its top agent award.

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