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‘Consumer resilience’ boosts May existing-home sales

After a “notable decline” in April, existing-home sales are back on track with a record high in median home prices and a record low for the median days on market. In May, the National Association of Realtors existing-home sales rose 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 5.62 million — up from a downwardly […]

CEO of HomeServices of America’s brokerage division announces retirement

Robert Moline Robert (Bob) Moline, who’s been running the HomeServices of America affiliate for Berkshire Hathaway, today announced that he’ll be retiring. Moline is also on the board of managers for both the Broker Public Portal and Upstream. “With Moline’s retirement, HomeServices is expanding its executive leadership team to include five regional presidents from within […]

Lead thinks you’re the listing agent? Zillow’s StreetEasy offers responses

“You’re not the listing agent?” It’s a common question agents hear from leads who came through a listing portal, where agents who aren’t the exclusive listing agent can pay to have contacts routed to them. And responding can be a challenge, as buyers may be puzzled or feel misled when they’re surprised by who’s on […]

Fast and furious: 10 attributes of a winning indie broker

Over the years, Inman has published a series of stories on indie brokers, including surveys and reports on their DNA, their operations and their strategies. We have profiled a variety of companies and their founders and put the best ones on stage to share their successes. The characteristics below represent the ideal makeup of a […]

Daily market update: June 21, 2017

We’ll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest. Most recent market news Wednesday, June 21 ‘Consumer resilience’ boosts May existing-home sales May existing-home sales rose 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 5.62 million — up from a downwardly revised 5.56 million in April. This month’s […]

Saving time for hobbies can boost your career

Are you happy? Do you feel inspired? Investing in your creativity is a great way to boost your mood and your productivity. The American Institute of Stress recommends making time for hobbies to reduce stress and fatigue; hobbies like painting, gardening and cooking can help busy professionals relieve themselves of stress and increase happiness. Here […]

Rivals FBS and Solid Earth team up to offer MLS ‘front end of choice’

Real estate agents and brokers know that sometimes cooperating is the best way to both compete and serve their clients. Two MLS vendors, FBS and Solid Earth, have struck a deal in that spirit. FBS, the third-largest provider of multiple listing service (MLS) systems in the nation, is also a pioneer in developing standardized data […]

3 tips for converting online real estate leads into clients

So you have an online lead. Now what? Once you receive a response to one of your online campaigns, you might find yourself on a slippery slope when it comes to responding and monetizing. The strategy below has worked successfully for my clients and me. Take it offline Once you come across someone who wants […]

How do you relaunch a listing that hasn’t sold with other agents?

Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates offers his top tips for relaunching listings that weren’t sold by other agents. A large part of our business involves selling houses that other real estate agents haven’t been able to sell. Sellers get fatigued, so the most important thing to remember is that we are here to be of service to […]

3 types of content that will help you stand out from the herd

One of the most overlooked tools in every real estate agent’s toolbox is content. It’s taken for granted. Those that who at the larger brokerages just pass out whatever material they are provided with — sometimes from some marketing department hundreds of miles away staffed by folks who know nothing about individual markets. As a […]

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