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The states where buyers can get the most bang for their buck

With home prices steadily rising, buyers are spending more for less space, and in some cases, they’re dropping nearly $1 million for fire-damaged or dilapidated homes in desirable locales. But, not all hope is lost, according to GoBankingRates latest home price analysis. In affordable Southern markets, such as Alabama, buyers can get an average of […]

Connect the ICSF Speakers: Jay O’Brien on reclaiming your life

Many people leave a traditional job to try selling real estate because they’re just plain unhappy in an office environment. They prefer to set their own hours, decide how much money they will make and escape the confines of a desk job. But then, far too many agents wind up with insane hours and a […]

Warren Buffet’s HomeServices of America to acquire Ebby Halliday

Ebby Halliday, the largest independent brokerage in North Texas is set to combine forces with industry juggernaut HomeServices of America, a spokesperson for Ebby Halliday confirmed to Inman on Tuesday morning. Source: click here

I toured an Opendoor home for sale, and its frictionless tech was a game-changer

If you make it easier to see a home, could you sell it for a higher price? Google Maps guided me to a home with voice directions. A recent visit to a Scottsdale, Arizona, property listed by Opendoor — the cash-rich startup that touts a painless sale to homesellers by using technology to make quick […]

Artificial intelligence startup First.io raises $5 million

First.io, a startup that uses artificial intelligence to predict when people are going to move, has raised $5 million in Series A funding. Launched in 2016, the Durham, North Carolina-based company develops software that predicts when people are likely to buy a home based on salaries, spending behaviors and major life events. Through machine learning […]

Are your social media posts hurting your real estate business?

International relations, climate change, gun control, health care and natural disasters are just of few of the topics in the news on any given day. We are overexposed to news and information via our social media networks.  Source: click here

10 tips for making a first-time home purchase go smoothly

Able real estate agents know the first step with first-time (and really all) buyers is to get them pre-qualified — preferably with a lender who is accustomed to working with this group of buyers and who has the patience to explain (early and often) all the costs related to a property purchase. Source: click here

6 cryptocurrency questions investors should ask real estate agents (and how to answer)

There’s a new way to invest in real estate — cryptocurrency. Some forward-thinking investors have already used the digital currencies, the most famous of which is bitcoin, to buy real estate. Blockchain — the secure, distributed ledger that permanently records crypto transactions — is the underlying technology that enables cryptocurrencies, and it’s playing a growing role […]

Opendoor will now let any builder sell new homes through its ‘trade-up’ program

Opendoor will extend its home trade-up program beyond its pilot program with Lennar to all builders, the iBuyer announced Wednesday. Customers for this program visit a homebuilder office, find a home from a builder that they want to move into right away or find a lot in progress that’s expected to be ready in a […]

‘Silver Tsunami’ on horizon as aging baby boomers seek to downsize in greater numbers

A “Silver Tsunami” of aging baby boomers could soon heighten demand for smaller, more affordable housing, according to a report from the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. Millions of baby boomers — those men and women born between 1946 and 1964 — could seek to downsize en masse in the coming years as they approach their […]

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