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What happened when I Connected: Giving attendees a voice

  Brandon Doyle is a Minneapolis Realtor and an early adopter of aerial photography at Matterport 3-D. He’s the co-author Mindset, Methods & Metrics: Winning as a Modern Real Estate Agent. Doyle has immersed himself in the inner workings of real estate and came to Inman Connect New York to meet like-minds, and learn efficient […]

2017 home sales returns hit pre-crash highs

Home sellers in 2017 got the highest return on their investment since before the housing crisis, according to a report from property database Attom Data Solutions. Sellers gained an average of $54,000 on their home price for an average 29.7 percent return on investment, the report said. That’s the highest return on investment for sellers […]

Why 2018 is the year of the agent

The race is on, and agents are becoming the clear winners. All the companies in real estate  — new tech brokerages, legacy franchises and indie brokers — are all trying to cozy-up to the solo practitioner and their small teams. At Inman Connect last week, new Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider said his focus is on […]

NAR suspends AMP and cuts RPR’s funding

The National Association of Realtors’ (NAR) controversial wholly-owned subsidiary, Realtors Property Resource (RPR), has suspended its Advanced Multi-List Platform (AMP) project, in order to “reduce costs by several million dollars in 2018 and allow greater focus on its core initiatives,” the 1.3 million-member trade group announced today in a news release. AMP was designed to […]

The battle between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and PHH is over

On Wednesday, January 31, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ending a two-year debate over the CFPB’s power structure, which stemmed from an ongoing lawsuit between the Bureau and New Jersey-based mortgage lender PHH Mortgage Corporation over the lender’s captive reinsurance practices. The […]

Exclusive: Congressmen urge government inquiry into real estate competition

Influential members of the U.S. Congress have taken a keen interest in real estate competition, especially in regard to listing data. Two congressmen — Republican Tom Marino of Pennsylvania and Democrat David Cicilline of Rhode Island — sent a letter to the leadership of the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission last month, […]

How to make the most of time away from work

For 37 years, Bill Watts was a Methodist pastor. Now he tends to a different flock. As employee relations manager for the SH Enterprises family of realty-related companies in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Watts preaches about the importance of balancing work and family life to SH’s 250 full-time and 250-300 seasonal employees. Taking time to care […]

8 steps for auditing your brokerage’s brand

It’s no secret that every successful brokerage’s branding has gone through several iterations since the original as it evolves to meet the needs of a changing market. These changes concern more than just visuals; they extend to the name and the vision of the company as well. As time goes on, a brand naturally becomes […]

What happened to true customer service?

I have lot of experience being a dissatisfied customer. Most recently, the bank made a mistake, and an extra $9,700 was removed from my account late one Friday night. The bank has admitted that something happened and has acknowledged that the same check was presented twice for payment and paid. There is some money I […]

Real estate daily market update: February 2, 2018

 We’ll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest. Most recent market news Thursday, February 1 Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.22 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending February 1, 2018, up from last week when it averaged 4.15 […]

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