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Flood insurance issues muddy the waters of Houston disaster

Harvey’s timing couldn’t be more interesting from a legislative standpoint. The storm that’s dumped trillions of gallons of water on Houston has coincided almost perfectly with two flood-related legislative tangles, one national and one statewide in scope: A bill to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the 21st Century Flood Reform Act, was referred to […]

Case-Shiller: Home prices ascend up, up and away

June’s S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index shows that home prices are continuing to ascend — impacting affordability and the overall robustness of the housing market. June 2017’s national index comes in at 192.60, a 5.8 percent year-over-year increase from June 2016 and a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent month-over-month increase. “The trend of increasing home prices is continuing,” said […]

Flipping the pyramid with NAR’s new CEO Bob Goldberg

If you feared more of the same when Bob Goldberg was named CEO of NAR, take heart. The rhetoric of our new leadership is focused on engagement, openness and transparency — knocking down the façade of the “ivory tower” and facilitating dialogue with members, even those who disagree. Goldberg has been a senior executive […]

Trulia adds personalized ‘Activity Feed’ to mobile apps

Just four years ago, four out of 10 home searches on Trulia came from mobile devices. Today, the figure is seven out of 10. One takeaway is that a property search tool’s mobile experience is at least as important as its desktop site. Bearing this in mind, Trulia has redesigned the home page for its […]

Real estate’s big players respond to Hurricane Harvey

Keller Williams’ charity arm, KW Cares, has three bright-red 18-wheeler trucks parked at a depot outside Austin, Texas, ready to enter Houston. Packed with generators, nonperishable food, diapers, cleaning supplies, wheelbarrows, flashlights and more, the trucks have been prepared to roll out since Monday, when Hurricane Harvey continued to make its ugly way through the […]

Hurricane Harvey victims granted temporary relief from foreclosure

Hurricane Harvey has caused thousands in and around the Houston area to flee from the rising waters engulfing their homes and killed at least 14 people to date. In this time of crisis, federal mortgage agencies Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) have announced that they are suspending evictions and foreclosures […]

When a real estate agent calls it splits with your brokerage

It’s a fact that real estate agents switch offices. If you’ve got agents working for you, you know that some will leave the business completely, and the ones who make it may leave you for another firm. According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Member Profile, nearly 90 percent of Realtors are independent contractors. It’s […]

Is the real estate industry stuck in a Blockbuster state of mind?

Do you remember this company? You would walk into one of its more than 9,000 stores and turn to the right as you walked to the new releases, usually in backward alphabetical order. You would then proceed to walk counter-clockwise along the outside walls around the entire store, viewing every single VHS or DVD and storing in […]

How to D.R.I.V.E. yourself to success in real estate

Knowing what you want to achieve is often the first step to having a successful real estate business. But how do you follow up on these goals? Are there rules to follow or a path you can stick to in order to get there? Have clear goals Before you start on a new journey, make […]

Put lead gen on autopilot with Chime CRM’s new tools

Have suggestions for products that you’d like to see reviewed by our real estate technology expert? Email Craig Rowe. Happy birthday to Chime. The mobile-first CRM is a year old but possesses the technical wisdom of a much more mature sales and marketing platform. The company shared yesterday news of their acquisition of GeographicFarming, a […]

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