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Quicken slapped with $11M fine in class-action appraisal lawsuit

On one side, you have 2,770 consumers who claim that their lender suggested property values to appraisers (who are supposed to be utterly objective) when securing their loans. And on the other side, you have a lender claiming that the two law firms heading up the class-action lawsuit are “predatory.” In the latest iteration of […]

Case-Shiller: Home prices boom — but it’s not déjà vu

Home prices experienced another 5.6 percent year-over-year increase in the month of May, the same as the month prior; but this is not pre-housing crisis déjà vu, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index. “Home prices continue to climb and outpace both inflation and wages,” said David M. Blitzer, Managing […]

‘First’ marketing service will now set up appointments with likely sellers

Having a sense of which of your contacts might want to list their homes soon is one thing; clinching appointments with these prospective sellers is another. First — a startup that predicts who in an agent’s “sphere of influence” is most likely to transact in the coming months — is now offering to take this work […]

Realtor finds backyard shed covered with agents’ headshots

We can all agree — real estate agents deserve more appreciation than they currently receive, but one Abilene, Texas man appears to have taken his “appreciation” too far, putting the real estate community on guard. According to KTAB News and the Houston Chronicle, Realtor Tommy Simons was with a client touring a home that recently […]

Want 38K people to view your listing? Make it a music video

You can essentially blame strangers at an open house in Nashville, Tennessee, for Johnny Grant’s musical listing videos. The team leader has created two parodies of popular songs (“Body Like A Back Road” by Sam Hunt and “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars) to help sell real estate listings — and one house went […]

Timeline: How to build your new real estate career from day 1

Congratulations! You have made the wonderful decision to pursue a career in real estate as a licensed real estate agent. A career as an agent can be one of the most rewarding jobs you ever have — both personally and financially. On the flip side, there are certainly many challenges and obstacles for anyone who […]

3 Major League Baseball wives hit ‘home runs’ using

In the same way it takes teamwork to hit a home run in baseball, it takes an equal amount of help and coordination to find the perfect place to call home base. Just ahead of the Major League Baseball’s trade deadline, launched “Home Run Home,” a series of videos that feature Julianna Zobrist, Leslee Holliday […]

5 ways to ensure your income-producing activities get done

Let’s face it, there’s a lot to do — especially in real estate. There are 180-plus activities that a real estate agent does on a consistent basis. However, there are only a few things that are actually revenue-generating activities. Here are five tips to increase productivity and sales. 1. Concentrate on discipline and essentialism It’s easy […]

What real estate agents should know about trended credit

A snapshot tells you what someone looked like at a particular moment in time. A long-running video of the same person may reveal patterns of behavior that tell you much more about a person. That’s the difference between the traditional way lenders have evaluated credit scores in the past and newer methods that use trended […]

8 things homesellers risk when they sell without a real estate agent

Selling a home without a real estate agent is like handling your own legal matter. You may only know enough to be dangerous, and worse yet, you don’t know what you don’t know. In that situation, one risks costing themselves time, money, and most importantly, an outcome potentially to his or her disadvantage. The same […]

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