Realogy installs new chief tech officer

Inmannews - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 7:17am
Dave Gordon of BMO Financial will take over the role, having previously worked with new Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider, when they were both at Capital One ...
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Real estate daily market update: January 10, 2018

Inmannews - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 6:26am
All the latest real estate market news ...
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HelloAlex nurtures, manages leads with AI marketing

Inmannews - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:00am
HelloAlex is an automated solution for engaging leads from multiple online sources. ...
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Top-producing broker spends $50k per month on marketing

Inmannews - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:00am
Minnesota associate broker-owner Chad Schwendeman's secret sauce is twofold: spend big on marketing, and invest in associated services -- such as property management and title -- to give clients a better experience ...
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3 reasons having a podcast is a no-brainer in real estate

Inmannews - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:45am
We are on the cusp of the audio revolution, which is going to blow video marketing out of the water. Why? Because audio content such as podcasts and audiobooks allow us to multitask in a world where we seem to never have enough time ...
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7 cheap and effective ways to generate leads as a new agent

Inmannews - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:15am
Leads are the lifeblood of any successful real estate agent’s career. More leads mean more business ...
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5 tips for spicing up your real estate blog

Inmannews - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:00am
Most real estate agency or brokerage owners understand the importance of maintaining a solid online presence, including an attention-catching blog -- it’s how they drive traffic to their websites, establish authority and so much more ...
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Gone are the days when $1M could buy a luxury home

Inmannews - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:01am
In many coastal metros, million-dollar neighborhoods are no longer the exception, but the rule -- and this change has caused a shift in what constitutes luxury homes ...
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Zillow video walkthroughs vanish, possibly forever

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:52pm
Zillow has potentially lost or accidentally deleted what appears to be thousands of video walkthrough tours uploaded by subscribers of the real estate technology giant's "Premier Agent" app, Inman News has learned ...
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Move-In Prep: Tips for Landlords Preparing to Welcome a New Tenant

American Apartment Owners Association - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:25pm

Move-In Prep: Tips for Landlords Preparing to Welcome a New Tenant

A quick search on the Internet for moving tips provides a plethora of information from moving day checklists, mishaps to avoid, and moving how-to’s, but what you will find is that a majority of this information pertains to the tenants. However, as a landlord or property manager, you know from first-hand experience that there is much to be done when preparing a space for a new tenant. So, wouldn’t it be helpful if there were some advice catered specifically to you? Well, the following tips will help you prepare for your new tenant so you can welcome them with open arms.

Inspect it Thoroughly

Before a tenant moves in, it is up to you to inspect the property to ensure it is up to your standards and make any necessary fixes or improvements before move-in day. An inspection is more than a walkthrough – it’s a thorough inspection of the space to enable to you to take stock of the current status of the space so you can hold the appropriate party accountable as well as limit the likelihood of a security deposit disagreement. To make sure you have all your bases covered, use a move-in checklist to ensure you don’t miss anything, as you’ll need to check out everything from the walls and floors, to small details such as light fixtures, outlets, window screens, and bathroom caulking. Consider taking photographs of the unit to be used should there be a dispute over charges. Have the tenant sign off on the inspection, and make sure all parties have a copy. Keep in mind that the inspection doesn’t stop on move-in day. It is a good idea to check in regularly with the tenant to check for damages, illegal activity, and safety issues, as well as address any repairs or tenant concerns.

Keep It Clean

Whether or not someone lived in the space previously, a clean-smelling environment is a welcoming environment. Before move-in, give the space a deep clean including mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, washing windows, scrubbing bathrooms, and dusting in all those hard to reach places. If dirt and grime have stained walls and windows, now would be a good time for a fresh coat of paint. While you are in cleaning mode, have an exterminator come in and spray for bugs and pests so that you can let your tenant know you went the extra mile to ensure that their new home is safe and clean. Speaking of safety, make sure the necessities such as electric and plumbing are in good working order well in advance of move-in day.

Take Your Welcome to the Next Level

Moving into a new place is an exciting experience, but it is also filled with unknowns, questions, and maybe even a little bit of anxiety. To ease some of the move-in stress, send your new tenant a welcome letter via snail mail or email a few weeks before move-in day and include important information such as how to turn utilities on, where to go to pick up keys, parking information, and contact information. If you really want to go above and beyond, provide your new tenant with information on moving truck rental information so that they can quickly and easily find reviews and costs. Be sure to also detail the best place to load and unload to avoid blocking traffic and cut down on move-in exhaustion from long treks carrying armfuls of stuff. Consider surprising your tenant with a move-in day welcome basket with items such as snacks, drinks, toiletries, and suggestions for fun things to do or good places to eat nearby (coupons wouldn’t hurt either).

Securing a new tenant is exciting, and the new cash flow is certainly a bonus. However, don’t let all the excitement cloud your most important priority – a happy tenant. Make sure the space has been thoroughly inspected and cleaned, and provide your tenant with all the necessary information for a happy and stress-free move-in day.


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Wildfire insurance out of reach for many Californians who need it

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 1:29pm
"More and more homeowners who cannot afford insurance may decide to go uninsured, risking their life savings," according to a new report ...
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Inman announces partnership with Tom Ferry, and launches ‘Coaching Corner presented by Tom Ferry’

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 1:00pm
Tallahassee, Fla. (Jan. 9, 2018) – Inman is proud to announce ‘Coaching Corner presented by Tom Ferry’. This new section of brings Inman readers education directly from one of the most well-known coaches in the industry on a weekly basis ...
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Keller Williams NYC partners with UrbanDigs to offer real-time market data

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 11:55am
Buyers and sellers can access Chart Room directly from the KWNYC website to view data on available inventory, days on market, and price per square foot ...
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Here are the hottest housing markets of 2018 according to Zillow

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:27am
Bolstered by strong home values and low unemployment rates, San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley and Raleigh, North Carolina, another emerging tech hub, topped Zillow’s survey of the top 10 hottest housing markets of 2018. But nearly all the markets were home to thriving tech businesses ...
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Majority of Americans want their real estate agent to offer VR tours, study finds

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 7:58am
According to Coldwell Banker's 2018 Smart Home Marketplace Survey, VR is becoming an integral part of the homebuying process, and pre-installed smart home tech is on many buyers' wish lists ...
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Re/Max predicts Amazon’s new HQ will help lift housing in 2018

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 7:48am
“What would slow us down?” Contos asks. “Any negative impacts on the stock market, even tighter inventories (there’s that word again)..." ...
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Real estate daily market update: January 9, 2018

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 6:21am
All the latest real estate market news ...
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3 simple tips for taking better real estate headshots

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:30am
It's that time of year for resolutions, rethinking and renewal. If you're re-evaluating your branding and marketing, you may be reconsidering that tired, old headshot ...
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A day in the life of two top producers

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:15am
Between listing appointments, market research, lead generation and constant client communication, achieving the title of a top producing real estate agent is no easy feat ...
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Short-term rentals are money machines in these cities

Inmannews - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:00am
The new year has only just begun, yet it is projected to be Airbnb’s biggest year based on the company’s booking data for the first half of 2018. At the end of the year, Airbnb released travel trends that you can use to your advantage when it comes to investing ...
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