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NAR made $20 million from DocuSign IPO

The venture arm of the trade group, Second Century Ventures, made a total of $43.8 million from selling shares in DocuSign, returning $20 million to NAR and keeping $23.8 million for recapitalization. Source: click here

Harbor CEO says blockchain will let you easily split real estate ownership

Harbor is one of the more complicated blockchain startups out there, but it has the potential to upend the investment side of the real estate industry. The company is working attaching digital tokens to asset-backed securities, like real estate. “Tokenizing” these assets, as the process is called, makes it easier for investors to trade them […]

Former Trulia exec joins venture capital firm to spur real estate tech

Former Trulia president Paul Levine will join the venture capital firm Sapphire Ventures as a partner, where he will look for companies building on Trulia and Zillow’s innovation in the real estate industry by improving the real estate transaction, he said Friday. Source: click here

Connect the speakers: Zero-cost marketing tactics with big ROI

“When you implement something new as a solo agent, it can feel like turning the Titanic,” says Katie Lance, a real estate marketing expert and consultant. “You’re establishing a new habit.” That’s why she suggests that attendees of Inman Connect San Francisco this summer focus on implementing just one or two ideas that can grow […]

Did NAR consider tech partners other than zipLogix?

WASHINGTON — The National Association of Realtors has never given transaction management firms other that zipLogix — a firm the trade group partially owns — a chance to compete for its business through price or any other means, according to three of the most popular such firms in the industry. Instanet, Zillow Group (owner of […]

Mark Spain expands state by state on his terms

One of the benefits Mark Spain, former Keller Williams top team leader, finds in running his own company is he can expand at will. He doesn’t have to have diplomatic talks with other Keller Williams offices to see if they will accommodate his team. Source: click here

Real estate agents see electric scooter boom as mixed blessing

But Realtors in San Francisco and Los Angeles seem to be in two minds about whether they are in favor of the new wheeled sensations. If there’s any consensus, it’s that the scooters are a mixed blessing — and a fun idea that could help sell an area to buyers, especially millennials. Source: click here

Experian reveals the 5 states with the lowest foreclosure rates

Although issues with low inventory and fast-growing home prices still abound, the market has greatly improved since the housing bubble in 2006, and the latest foreclosure rates prove it. In 2017, residential home foreclosures fell 27 percent to 676,525 — the lowest level since 2005, according to a recent Experian report. “Thanks to a housing boom […]

Connect the speakers: David Greenspan on the path of least resistance

For years, David Greenspan, vice president at Keep-In-Touch Systems, has been thinking about “mindshare” — the relative public awareness of a business or a product — and he believes that harnessing the phenomenon is the best way to form a path of least resistance between you and your prospective clients. After all, if you can […]

House flipping is on the rise despite high home prices, CoreLogic reports

As anyone who regularly watches Flip or Flop already knows, house flipping is on the rise, and a new report from property data developer CoreLogic confirms this.  An analysis of public records found that the ratio of flipped properties to sales reached 6.2 percent in the first quarter of 2018, the highest it’s been since […]

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