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Inside Engel & Völkers’ virtual reality theater for home tours

The moment I put on the Oculus Rift headset, I felt like I was inside one of Engel & Völkers’ listings. It only took a few seconds to master and then I was free to roam the house, admiring the tray ceilings in the dining room, wandering into the cozy den, ascending the stairs and […]

These U.S. counties rely on real estate tax breaks the most

After House Republicans passed a bill in mid-November to overhaul the current tax code, the Senate followed with its own proposed legislation, which earlier this month was voted through after a flurry of last-minute amendments. Real estate professionals and industry associations have expressed concerns over how such reform, including changes to the mortgage interest tax break, […]

NAR directors surprised to learn Upstream not just for Realtors

Who should Upstream be for? That’s the question at the heart of a discrepancy Inman has uncovered between the people paying to fund the ambitious (yet thoroughly delayed) online real estate data platform and the project’s leaders. As Inman has previously reported, Upstream was conceived as an online platform that would give brokers more control over property […]

5 things every real estate agent should know about bitcoin

Bitcoin has been front and center in the headlines over the past week. It’s a cryptocurrency that exists purely in digital form and has been steadily gaining popularity since its inception in 2009. With the launch of bitcoin futures by major exchanges in the coming weeks and months, we can expect the fervor to continue. […]

Zenplace’s roving iPad kiosks allow agents to show rentals remotely

Have suggestions for products that you’d like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. One day, the robots actually will replace us. Until then, GPS-enabled roving iPad kiosks will have to do. Zenplace is a Silicon Valley-based property management company that developed an automated apartment tour service allowing prospective tenants […]

5 holiday gift ideas for every kind of client

With the holiday’s right around the corner, gift shopping for family and friends can quickly become overwhelming. Throw gifts for clients into the mix, and you can find yourself at a complete loss for what to buy. If you need inspiration, here are a few quick suggestions for gifts that your clients will love. For […]

Why you shouldn’t ask for pre-approval proof before a showing

You’ve probably heard this as often as I have. It was one of the first pieces of “advice” I received regarding working with homebuyers: “No mortgage pre-approval letter, no showings.” That’s how a lot of real estate agents operate their business or at least try to. We’ve all heard of this practice, and we all […]

It’s your move: 5 tips for placing a counter offer

When buyers find the home they’ve been looking for, they excitedly place an offer. However, sellers can always counter, and then negotiations start — the buyers are hoping to lock down their dream house, and the sellers want top dollar for their home. Counter offers can go back and forth from the buyer’s side to […]

The Compass haters are starting to look lost

Three years ago, even after Zillow acquired Trulia and cemented its hold on the industry, the doubters and haters dug in, second-guessing the portal’s business model, blowing smoke about it not making money and persistently questioning the true intentions of the company. The peak of this Zillow arc was an amateur “Stop Zillow” movement (and […]

Pacific Union acquires majority stake in Gibson International

Marking its fourth Golden State market-share grab within the last year, San Francisco-based real estate giant Pacific Union is acquiring a majority stake in Gibson International, a luxury Los Angeles boutique, effective in the first quarter of 2018. Since 2015 Pacific Union has held a controlling 35 percent stake in Gibson, co-founded by Scott Gibson and […]

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