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J.D. Power: Which real estate brands rank highest for consumer satisfaction?

The 2017 Homebuyer/Seller Satisfaction Study from J.D. Power confirms what most real estate agents already know: If you invest time and effort with a client, they’ll walk away highly satisfied. “When agents remain transparent, informative and responsive, they can greatly impact customer satisfaction and increase agent reputation and recommendations,” said Greg Truex, senior director of […]

Worried about a tech breach? 26 ways to minimize your risk

Now that we are living so much of our lives online, the risk of identity theft and data compromise — which has always been around — has increased by leaps and bounds. Hackers can install malware on your devices from across the world, holding your personal information for ransom, or send an email from “your” […]

CoreLogic acquires real estate consulting and tech firm Clareity

Real estate technology powerhouse CoreLogic has acquired one of the industry’s most well-known technology and consulting firms, Clareity. The deal closed yesterday for an undisclosed sum. CoreLogic, a publicly-traded firm with a market cap of $3.8 billion, offers global property information and analytics, including its public records product Realist and data aggregation and distribution platform […]

Ben Kinney buys Automabots, cross-platform chatbot technology

Ben Kinney, who owns several Keller Williams brokerages, has scooped up Facebook Messenger bot platform Automabots, the sixth tech firm to be acquired by his technology company, Ben Kinney Companies Technology Division (BKCO). “Automabots is one of the first companies to deliver artificial intelligence technology to real estate agents via chatbots, SMS, and Facebook Messenger,” BKCO said […]

A broker’s case against cold calling: Stop, or I’ll tell your mother

The people who sell internet lead generation services make a lot of cold calls because they know we will never find them on the internet. And if we do, we probably won’t contact them. They call us while we’re driving because everyone knows that those of us in sales are supposed to answer the phone […]

4 mistakes to avoid when your sellers get multiple offers

As inventory continues to tighten, the demand from homebuyers is at an all-time high. It’s become very evident over these past few summer months that the real estate market is on fire. A low supply has resulted in an extremely high demand of motivated homebuyers igniting the real estate market. Because of this boost in […]

New real estate agent success: 3 insights from a top newbie

New real estate agents don’t always have great guidance early on. People who elect to work as solo agents from the start, for instance, are typically forced to figure out what works on their own. Parker Pemberton More often than not, this is a long, painful process, and a large percentage of new agents leave […]

Creating single property websites is a cinch with Rela

Have suggestions for products that you’d like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. Rela is a single property website builder. Platforms: Browser; mobile-optimized Ideal for: All agents and teams; new agents, especially. Top selling points Great looking listing sites done quickly Native Facebook ad campaign builder Unique template designs […]

What’s an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) loan?

Also known as an ARM loan, an adjustable-rate mortgage loan is a loan that allows borrowers to take advantage of compressed rates. Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates explains the benefits and risks.  For example, let’s say a 30-year mortgage is at 4.5 percent. You might be able to get an adjustable-rate mortgage at 3.5 percent […]

Realogy reports $110 million in earnings for Q2 2017

It looks like some of the changes Realogy made to help ignite its growth are starting to show results. In the company’s quarterly earnings results for the second quarter of 2017 (Q2 ’17), it reported 8 percent year-over-year growth in revenue and 9 percent year-over-year growth in homesale transaction volume, and an overall profit of […]

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