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Women and minorities still not equal when it comes to home affordability

A new study found that, based on median incomes, single women can afford only two-thirds as much house as their male counterparts and that the highest earning ethnic group (Asians) can afford more than twice as much house as the lowest earning group (blacks). Source: click here

4 Facebook contests that’ll grow your social media following

Most agents aren’t social media gurus, but luckily for you, it doesn’t take a social media guru to run a successful Facebook contest. All it takes is a good giveaway idea, and here are four that are sure to grow your Facebook exposure. Source: click here

Indie brokerages are facing a ‘very, very difficult time’ says Pacific Union SoCal President

Segal is looking forward to expanding his pre-market listings website, the Private View market listings platform, nationwide under the new Compass ownership Source: click here

Why next-level service is the only way to survive a shift

Between business growth and the changing market, there is much to consider in real estate right now — but we’ve been focused on the wrong things. Here’s the real way to survive market shifts and industry changes. Source: click here

Ixact Contact wants to manage your social media now

Ixact Contact, a CRM and marketing solution, has been tweaking its new interface for months and has now launched it along with additional features, such as social media marketing and annual goal tracking. Source: click here

Seattle is more affordable than Detroit? How’s that even possible?

The median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Seattle is nearly $2,000, while the median rent for the same apartment type in Detroit is $780. So, Detroit is clearly the more affordable market, right? Wrong. A new study by Rent.com released Friday reveals that determining rent affordability is far more complicated than simply examining rental […]

How mergers, money and machines are reshaping real estate

The real estate industry is a space ripe for change and disruption — from the way homes are bought and sold, to how people are paying and who’s doing that buying and selling. With change happening at such a torrid pace, it’s often hard to keep up, so we at Inman have rounded up the five […]

Inventory finally on the rise

After years of inventory shortages, rising home prices and bidding wars, the number of homes on the market may finally be going up, according to Trulia’s latest Inventory and Price Watch Report. In the third quarter of 2018, total U.S. inventory fell just 2.5 percent year-over-year, the smallest such decline since the beginning of 2015. While there are still […]

The 5 most important findings from Zillow’s consumer trends report

In a rapidly changing real estate landscape, many agents wish they were telepathic and could read consumers’ minds. But the next best thing might be Zillow’s 2018 Consumer Trends Report, released Thursday. After all, Zillow reported a record 188 million monthly users in its latest earnings call, so it certainly has lots of consumer behavior […]

The government is cracking down on reverse mortgages

Homeowners looking for a reverse mortgage may have to undergo a second appraisal in certain circumstances, thanks to new guidance from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). Under the new requirement, homeowners will have to provide a second property appraisal before receiving a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), commonly referred to as a reverse mortgage, if the FHA […]

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