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Compass CEO Robert Reffkin calls on Congress to provide aid to agents

Robert Reffkin argued coronavirus aid shouldn't be limited to W-2 workers. The National Association of Realtors has also said it is working to ensure aid packages to benefit agents.

How I Connect Now: Tiffany McQuaid, Joshua A. McGrath, Kim Luckie

Learn essentials from three members of the Inman community ahead of Inman Connect Now, June 2-4, 2020.

Sister of Steve Mnuchin sues potential buyers for deal fallout

Valerie Mnuchin claims her penthouse's potential buyers exploited the COVID-19 crisis to try and renegotiate the sale contract, which resulted in the co-op board rejecting the deal.

Tales from the Trenches: Life on the real estate front line

In this special edition of his Daily Dispatch podcast, Brad Inman gets down to the nitty-gritty with two agents who are experiencing the effects of the pandemic on their business.

New-home sales rose modestly in April

Sales of new single-family homes fell 0.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted rate of 623,000 in April, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday.

Home prices rose in the first quarter

Home prices were up 1.7 percent quarter-over-quarter and 5.7 percent year-over-year, according to the ​Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Even as virus spread in March, home prices grew modestly

Home prices rose 4.4 percent, up from 4.2 percent in the previous month, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index.

10 tips for buyers putting in offers sight unseen amid coronavirus

Buying a property without seeing it in person is hardly ideal. But, in the new world created by COVID-19, virtual touring is becoming increasingly common. Here are 10 ways to help your buyers land a property they'll love.

Lesson Learned: Operate from the client’s perspective

In this column, real estate agents across the nation share stories of the lessons they’ve learned during their time in the industry. This week, find out how New York City broker Tania Isacoff Friedland keeps the focus on client needs to provide the best possible service.

Real estate is looking very different in the Hamptons this summer — here’s why

Top New York real estate agent Jamie Safier is seeing incredible growth in demand in the Hamptons as well as changes in what renters are looking for.

Home staging can be done virtually — here’s how

Just because in-person interactions are limited doesn't mean that agents can't help clients take advantage of services like staging. This is how homeowners can complete the process virtually, step by step.

How Ivis Suarez saved a deal and a family’s dream of going back home

Florida-based Century 21 agent Ivis Suarez shares how she persevered through the toughest transaction of her career to help a family get back to Puerto Rico.

Digital title startup Spruce raises $29M

The New York-based company will use the funding to fuel its expansion and build up its technology.

With summer near, vacation home owners are renting — for now

"Since this happened before Memorial Day, people are saying, 'I can get $400 grand for four months? I'll just list it in September.'"

Coldwell Banker CEO: Real estate has undergone a ‘tremendous transition’

Coldwell Banker CEO Ryan Gorman told CNBC it's not just millennials who are open to buying homes virtually.

7 inspiring ideas for building community through service

In a profession that already brings community together, real estate agents know the importance of lending a helping hand, especially in difficult times. Through acts of service both big and small, agents are able to make lasting impacts on their communities – without focusing on sales.

150 top luxury agents on one call? Hear what they said

It was the middle of March 2020 and no one knew what the weeks ahead would look like. The world was in the throes of the “Great Pause,” commerce was stopped on a global level and capital markets redefined volatility. The stakes appeared to have never been higher as we prepared for new industry safety standards, as well as sheltering-in-place ourselves.

Use these 4 social channels to grow your business

Real estate agents are already fluent in the art of storytelling, whether through well-crafted words, compelling images, or dynamic video. And these tools have only become more important as more client interactions take place online. But choosing where to spend your time online can be a challenge. Which channels are most worth your investment? And how do you stay ahead of the social media curve?

How to handle client objections during the pandemic

The types of objections we're hearing now are going to be with us for a while, and they may become our new normal, so we need to be able to ease clients' fears.

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