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Real Estate News
NAR hires first-ever director of creative and marketing strategy
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 8:55:12
The National Association of Realtors has added a new position to its integrated marketing communications team according an announcement made on Thursday. Twenty-year entertainment industry veteran Alicia Bailey has been hired as NAR’s first-ever director of creative and marketing strategy, effective May 6. read more»

A real estate developer and an FBI agent charged with bribing city employee
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 8:42:40
A Maryland real estate agent and developer and a South Carolina FBI agent are accused of coming together to bribe a city housing employee. read more»

The Inman Weekender: What kind of agent are you?
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 8:30:05
Getting back to basics, plus this week's top news. read more»

Modus wants to make earnest deposits as easy as Venmo-ing
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 7:31:13
Modus hopes to bring that same ease of use to the process of paying earnest money. In an email, Modus co-founder and chief operating officer Jai Sim told Inman that users can connect Digital Earnest Money Deposit to their bank accounts, though it is not compatible with a credit card. read more»

Housing discrimination by zodiac sign?
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 7:00:28
While most discrimination laws apply only to landlords and brokers rather than people seeking roommates for themselves, any tenant would have a difficult time making a discrimination case due to their astrological sign, said Dr. David Wachsmuth, a McGill University urban planning professor and Canadian housing law expert. read more»

3 investing truths from a tenured agent and investor
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 2:30:24
Chris Haddon sits down with D.C. agent and investor Cher Castillo, who shares why jumping into real estate — both investing and working with clients — has ultimately created her success and what she’s learned along the way. read more»

Thinking of switching brokerages? Ask yourself these 7 questions first
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 0:46:45
Before making any major decision — in life or in real estate — it’s imperative to do a little soul searching first. Here are seven questions you should ask yourself before jumping ship to a new brokerage. read more»

A fool-proof approach to creating and scheduling content
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 0:36:46
Today's consumers seek and soak up content now more than ever before — that's why real estate agents need to create and disseminate their content the right way. Here's how to create amazing content and distribute it so it reaches your target audience quickly and effectively. read more»

3 things listing agents can do to up their customer service game
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 0:28:23
In today's super competitive real estate arena, constantly upping your game is the only way to stay ahead — and who doesn't want that? Here's how to up your game by providing information, communicating data and building a value-add Rolodex. read more»

Is Purplebricks really in turmoil? A closer look
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 22:36:06
The stock price is significantly down from the highs of last year, the U.S. and U.K. CEOs are out, and revenue guidance has been repeatedly downgraded. Find out what other challenges Purplebricks faces in the U.S. here. read more»

HomeSmart’s new website serves up listings from wherever you go
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:36:04
HomeNearMe.com is a desktop and mobile site developed in-house that serves up multiple listing service listings from 96 markets nationwide. Users see listings based on proximity, so they can see the properties closest to them without having to search or know addresses. read more»

The sacred pact of cooperation between brokers is unraveling
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:29:38
In the end, broker cooperation becomes less and less important. The listing business, as we know it, will be much smaller. Buyers will compete with institutions, and agents will deliver on-demand service or risk being left out. read more»

3D imaging companies say Zillow’s app is not true 3D
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 13:42:20
Inman has interacted with imagery from all of these providers, and the three-dimensional spaces created by Matterport and GeoCV do have more features and are more immersive than those produced by Zillow's 3D Home. read more»

HUD releases new income limits for housing programs
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 13:08:34
According to a primer provided by HUD, eligibility for programs is based on three income levels — extremely low income (less than 30 percent of the median family income), very low (less than 50 percent of the median family income), and low (less than 80 percent of the median family income). read more»

Back from the dead: Zillow kickbacks lawsuit returns
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:40:23
According to the court filing, the plaintiffs made their case in part through the testimony of two anonymous witnesses who used to work for Zillow as a regional sales manager and a sales and operations trainer, respectively. read more»

Bloomberg launches luxury listings section
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 9:31:35
The section launched Tuesday, and for the next 30 days, it will exclusively feature listings from Sotheby's International Realty. read more»

Paul Simon lists Connecticut estate for $13.9M
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 8:29:58
In efforts to downsize, iconic musician Paul Simon is looking for someone to buy his Connecticut estate for $13.9 million. read more»

Vacasa launches interior design service for rental owners
Thu, 25 Apr 2019 5:13:32
Kimberly White, the company's head of interior design services, told Inman that the program has three different service tiers that are flexible enough to accommodate everyone from DIYers to property owners looking for a full service experience. read more»