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Home prices rose nationwide, especially in Seattle and Las Vegas

December’s S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index shows that home prices are continuing to ascend — December 2017’s national index comes in at 196.23, a 6.3 percent year-over-year and a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent month-over-month increase. S&P Dow Jones Indices managing director and chairman of the index committee David M. Blitzer says the increase in […]

Real estate daily market update: February 27, 2018

 We’ll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest. Most recent market news Tuesday, February 27 Freddie Mac February 2018 Outlook Little has changed in our forecast for 2018 from last month, however, we now expect the 30-year fixed mortgage rate to average 4.6 percent for 2018, up from […]

Indie Broker Summit NY 18: How to help agents become great at their job

Cynthia Lippert, CEO and managing broker at Engel & Völkers North Atlanta, took the stage at Inman Connect New York’s Indie Broker Summit to share best practices for improving agent performance in the workplace, and it all starts with step one: hiring optimistic, passionate agents who in their interview speak enthusiastically about past transactions and are […]

Will NAR crackdown force MLSs to play by the rules?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is using its considerable muscle to crack down on multiple listing services (MLSs) that aren’t toeing the line. On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, the 1.3 million-member trade group put some 90 MLSs on notice: comply with the data standards required by NAR policy within the next 60 days […]

Re/Max acquires real estate tech startup booj

Real estate franchisor Re/Max has acquired tech startup booj — short for the phrase “be original or be jealous” — the companies announced Tuesday. Booj develops end-to-end technology including websites, mobile apps, predictive analytics and lead generation systems for the real estate industry. The Colorado-based startup was founded in 2005 and serves 40 regional real […]

Indie Broker Summit NY 18: Live problem solving

One of the many beneficial sessions at Inman Connect New York is “Live problem solving” at Indie Broker Summit, where the pros discuss audience issues and answer tech queries live onstage. Watch Anthony Lamacchia (Lamacchia Realty, Inc.) and Erica Ramus (Ramus Realty Group) as they answer questions like: I’m the no. 4 indie broker in my market — we do […]

Indie Broker Summit NY 18: Live problem solving II

One of the many beneficial sessions at Inman Connect New York is “Live problem solving” at Indie Broker Summit, where the pros discuss audience issues and answer tech queries live onstage. Listen in as Michelle Walker (broker-owner, STL Buy & Sell Realtors) Raj Qsar (principal/owner, The Boutique Real Estate Group) and Sarah Richardson (president, Tru Realty) lead the second indie […]

4 steps to make downsizing easier for clients

Real estate agents know firsthand how emotional moving is for their clients. So, when their clients also decide to downsize to a smaller space, moving stresses are amplified. Whether downsizing is welcome news for your clients or not, they will need your guidance during the move. Here are some steps you can follow to help […]

4 Facebook sales strategies most of us get wrong

Before Facebook, we had Craigslist. Posting our ads in the real estate section and waiting for the responses to roll in was the game. For me at least, this was a cornerstone of my business in New York City at the time. Nearly none of the skills we learned during that time translate to social media sales […]

5 outrageous seller expectations and how to respond

After 20 years in real estate, I still feel blessed to still be learning. I’m an advocate of not just seeking growth from obvious educational opportunities but also learning from each and every conversation I have with clients. When it comes to seller conversations, I find that some of the most outrageous seller expectations and […]

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