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SoCal real estate community reeling from rare December wildfire

Wildfire in December? This is not normal, said seasoned real estate agents in the Southern California this morning. But tell that to the 60 to 70 mile winds blowing through the region since Monday. At the time of this article’s publication, some 27,000 people had been evacuated from their homes in SoCal’s Ventura county as […]

Home prices up 7%: is a bubble looming?

Led by double-digit appreciation in Nevada, Washington, and Utah, home prices soared 7 percent year-over-year in October and are on track to rise another 4.2 percent next year, according to a new state-by-state property analysis released Tuesday by CoreLogic. The analysis, however, also signals a grim possibility: Of the country’s 100 largest metropolitan markets, 37 […]

Connect/Reflect: You can’t afford not to go

Andrea Geller, broker associate at Hot Property The Chaz Walters Group at Coldwell Banker in Chicago, knows a thing or two about what it takes to make the most of your time at Connect. A passionate advocate of growing your business at the event, Andrea shares some practical advice on how to seize the opportunities […]

WomanUP!™ Inman Connect event is a pathway to a better business

Real estate has long been a field that provides a space for strong, independent women to build their businesses from scratch — but there’s still room for improvement, and that’s why the California Association of Realtors (CAR) created the WomanUP!™ initiative: to elevate the entire industry. And now CAR and Inman are teaming up to […]

MLS vendor FBS acquires competitor Solid Earth

When multiple listing service (MLS) vendors FBS and Solid Earth announced a partnership earlier this year, it was as competitors looking to serve their mutual MLS clients. Nearly six months later, the two are rivals no more. FBS will acquire Solid Earth’s assets and employ all five of its existing employees in a deal slated to […]

Scott Durkin promoted to president at Douglas Elliman

Last night Barbara Corcoran cooked Scott Durkin, the newly named president of New York City brokerage Douglas Elliman, his favorite dish — a pot roast — to celebrate his promotion. She joked with her protege of many years at the Corcoran Group: “I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to take all the credit […]

Diminishing returns: Are brokers becoming irrelevant?

Am I relevant? If so, how do I stay relevant. If not, how do I become relevant? These are the questions many indie brokerage owners ask themselves. Moderator Bill Lublin (CEO, Century 21 Advantage Gold) discussed this topic with speakers Sam DeBord (Managing Broker, Coldwell Banker Danforth), Jeff Corbett (Director, Moderne Ventures), Christopher Lazarus (Principal Broker, COO, Sellect Realty) and […]

Shift happens: How does a brokerage keep up?

John Turpin (Turpin Realtors), Sean Becker (Sean Z Becker Real Estate) and Tamela Ekstrom (Haven Real Estate and Design) are three indie brokerage owners who’ve let the market guide them to success. Listen in to hear how they identified shifts in the market and what they did to make the best of those shifts and […]

Should you use emojis when communicating with clients?

Should you use emojis? What did your gut tell you when you first read the question? My immediate response was, “it depends.” Even now, my stance hasn’t changed, as any action you take should ultimately focus on your particular target. The same way that you don’t take your first-time homebuyer with a pre-approval of $400,000 […]

How to attract quality real estate agents to your team

Real estate team leaders all want to attract the best talent possible. History tells us that the easiest way to do that is to provide more leads, better commission splits and less required meetings. Is it really that simple? These are hot topics, but seasoned real estate agents are looking deeper into the company infrastructure […]

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