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ICNY 18 Data: What you need to know about net neutrality

“For Redfin, if it hadn’t been for net neutrality, we couldn’t have gone from a startup to a public company,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “It was an essential part of bringing our technology from the small scale to a big scale, and now we feel a responsibility to make sure that dominant players […]

ICNY 18 Data: How MLSs might run afoul of federal regulators

Did you get into real estate because you wanted to own data? No — you likely got into it because you wanted to help people, and people are best served when they have the ability to search unlimited data for information. This is what Daniel Castro, director at the Center for Data Innovation, explained onstage […]

ICNY 18 Data: The race is on for MLSs to solve broker pain points

“… if MLSs work together to coincide everything with data delivery, then it’s just going to be easier for all of us because we can market the same,” said Rebecca Jensen, president and CEO at Midwest Real Estate Data, onstage at Inman Connect New York. “Maybe one MLS is quick to the draw in technology but […]

Fed announces rate hike, mortgages already on the rise

In a widely anticipated move, newly appointed Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday announced a modest benchmark interest rate hike of between 1.5 percent and 1.75 percent amidst continued optimism over economic growth in 2018. In the first of what economists predict will likely be three adjustments in 2018, the Fed called for a […]

E-signature giant DocuSign reportedly gearing up to go public

The company behind the digital signature frequently used in real estate may open itself up to shareholders in the next six months. On Monday, TechCrunch broke the news that the electronic signature company has confidentially filed an IPO (initial public offering) and is planning to go public in the next sixth months. An IPO is the first stock […]

How to carve out a real estate niche for yourself

Real estate is an extremely competitive field. In fact, there are about two million active real estate licenses in the U.S., according to the Association of Real Estate Law Officials. Chances are, you aren’t the only real estate agent in your area, so you need a way to set yourself apart from your competition. One […]

4 tips for making your customer service unforgettable

The real estate industry is about building relationships with your customers and creating an experience that wins them over. You’re looking to exceed expectations and wow customers so that they can’t help but refer you to the next person in their network who’s buying or selling a home. I’ve been a part of this industry […]

Why Milan might be the new hot spot for affluent buyers

I spent much of last year with my Inman articles talking about global affluence, how the real estate process works in different countries and how valuable it is for U.S. luxury agents to understand what is happening around the world. I’ve been in plenty of conversations with U.S. luxury agents where they do an amazing […]

These new devices are helping Amazon’s Alexa control your home

Have suggestions for products that you’d like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. Ecobee, a smart home device company, has released two new devices to help Amazon’s Alexa control your home — the Switch+ and the ecobee4 smart thermostat. Resembling a suburbanite-friendly version of HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey” (but […]

Book preview: Inman’s 360-degree view on real estate leadership

The following is the introduction to Inman’s book titled “Leadership: How Real Estate Leaders Can Act Decisively to Change the Industry,” a compilation of articles and Q&As published throughout our first-ever Leadership Week. A limited edition of the book will be given to the nearly 200 attendees coming to Inman’s Disconnect in The Desert event […]

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