Top 10 posts from last week

Inmannews - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 3:00am
Here were the most popular stories on Inman this past week ...
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Home sales aren’t ‘collapsing’: July markets in perspective

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:50pm
You would think that the biggest single industry in America would have really good reporting of sales activity and other market measurements. Dream on ...
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Going from solo real estate agent to team

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:22pm
Are you ready to build your team? If you're an agent looking to expand, you have a lot to think about: Who should my first hire be? Am I really ready to take this step? What mistakes can I avoid? Watch Vija Williams, Keir Weimer and Danielle Lazier answer these questions and share their best team building tips on the Inman stage ...
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Blend’s mortgage tech attracts $100M funding round

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:19pm
Blend, a Silicon Valley-based technology company that seeks to make the lending process for buyers and lenders faster and more straightforward, has raised $100M in Series D funding ...
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Texas agents, homeowners brace for Hurricane Harvey

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:21am
Spare a thought for brokerages in Houston and other coastal Texas towns in the path of Hurricane Harvey today and into next week. With a storm warning in effect for hundreds of miles of the Texas coastline and a predicted Category 3 hurricane expected to hit landfall by Friday night, Harvey will be bringing with it a "deadly storm surge," and flooding all along the Gulf of Mexico ...
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To bolster homeownership rates, make housing accessible to minorities

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:07am
Despite a healthy jobs market and historically low interest rates, overall U.S. homeownership rates have remained at a 50-year low. As a result, real estate institutions have begun working with their local, state and federal government to craft programs that facilitate the homeownership process. But as a recent study by Apartment List reveals, minorities -- especially black Americans -- need extra support to reach their goals ...
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Amitree, maker of Folio Gmail extension, raises $7M

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 7:03am
More than 30,000 agents use Amitree's AI-powered email assistant, Folio, to manage about 5 percent of total real estate transaction volume, with more than 200,000 transactions managed to date, according to Amitree ...
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Going live with your hyperlocal Facebook strategy

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 6:56am
Your audience lives on Facebook, right? Meet them where they are to both inform and entertain ...
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Do my sellers have to disclose everything?

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:00am
The question of whether sellers need to disclose some aspect of their property comes up a lot. Peter Lorimer from PLG Estates weighs in on this video ...
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Upgrade your Real Estate Webmaster’s property sites with video and VR

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:00am
Real Estate Webmasters (REW) helps real estate agents make an impression on the internet and then translate that impression into clicks, leads and clients. The company is now seizing the growing need for enhanced visuals in property marketing ...
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The real estate agent’s ultimate closing gift guide: 135+ ideas

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:00am
You work with your real estate clients for months on end, and every conversation is an opportunity to learn. Their daughter loves dance class. Dad is a total movie buff. The most precious resource in this family isn't money but time.  ...
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4 ways Russian luxury real estate investing is evolving

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 2:15am
I had a meeting with a Russian. I admit it. In fact, I had several meetings with Russians. And the meetings have even occurred in Moscow! I thought that might get your attention. But please understand that there was nothing sneaky here, and you do not need to tell ...
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What are the secrets of top selling agents? Q&A with author Joe Sesso

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:15am
Most real estate agents are looking for the magic pill — the secret, the key, that one thing successful agents know — that could triple their business. Secrets of Top Selling Agents: The Keys to Real Estate Success Revealed, by Joe Sesso is a summary of all the magic pills agents have been looking for in an easy-to-read format ...
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Want to build a brand in real estate? Do these 5 things

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:10am
Your brand is your business in real estate. It's everything including the way you carry yourself daily, your website, your closing and communication with a client after a sale ...
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Generating referrals: How to build rapport with today’s buyers and sellers

Inmannews - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 1:00am
It’s tempting, with all the technology layers between you and your prospects, to forget that behind every email, text message or Facebook post, is a human being -- buyer or seller -- with fears, desires, hopes and ambitions ...
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Get Facebook referrals without annoying your friends and followers

Inmannews - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 3:50pm
Did you know that, according to Forbes, 78% of salespeople who are active on social media outsell their peers? RE SocialBot is an easy-to-use marketing platform that posts custom content to your social media channels on your schedule to drive traffic to your personalized web page ...
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Builders ditching granite and vinyl for mid-tier priced products

Inmannews - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 2:19pm
What do cast iron sinks, granite countertops and vinyl tile have to do with the current housing market? They're either either too cheap or too expensive -- and therefore at odds with the types of homes builders are building right now.  ...
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Nextdoor: Know your neighborhood

Inmannews - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:47am
Watch Nextdoor founder and CEO Nirav Tolia explain how his platform elevates real estate agents' visibility and the keys to leveraging the private social network's recently announced new real estate section and ad product for agents ...
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Existing-home sales dip for second month in a row

Inmannews - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 9:05am
Existing-home sales have declined for the second consecutive month, thanks to continued inventory woes and lack of access to affordable housing. The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) existing-home sales dipped 1.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 5.44 million in July -- down from 5.51 million in June. This month’s sales pace is 2.1 percentage points above July 2016 and is the lowest SAAR sales pace of ...
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Zestimates emerge from legal attack unscathed

Inmannews - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 8:18am
Zillow Group has emerged unscathed from a legal attack on its online home valuation tool: The Zestimate. On Wednesday a judge threw out the lawsuit alleging that Zestimates constitute illegal appraisals and violate consumer privacy laws, granting Zillow Group's motion to dismiss ...
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