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State agencies are playing with money meant to stem foreclosures

In a blistering 85-page report, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program says more than $400,000 in “critical taxpayer dollars” were spent by some state housing agencies to fly around the country to attend non-germane conferences and hole up in luxury hotels and resorts. Source: click here

Who’s to blame for falling co-op commissions?

Brokers across the nation have agents who are very unhappy about one thing: falling co-op commissions. With an increasing number of alternative brokerage models, commission splits are changing. Source: click here

Dear Marketing Mastermind: How can I raise my game?

In this monthly advice column, Marketing Mastermind Christy Murdock Edgar answers three burning questions from the real estate industry at large. This month’s topic: What are some of the game-changing things you can do to make your marketing and reputation stand out in your area? Source: click here

Delinquency rates fall to pre-housing crisis levels: CoreLogic

The number of homeowners failing to make mortgage payments has dipped to levels unseen since before the 2008 housing crisis. Nationwide, only 4.1 percent of homeowners were delinquent on their mortgage in December, according to CoreLogic’s latest Loan Performance Insights report released Tuesday. Down from 5.3 percent in December 2017, the latest rate is the […]

‘Alexa — open Platinum Agent’

RE/MAX Platinum Living has developed an Alexa skill in-house that allows consumers to contact agents directly through their Amazon echo devices. Source: click here

National Association of Realtors takes on ‘Wall Street Journal’ op-ed

The National Association of Realtors and real estate tech startup REX are duking it out over the value of Realtors in the pages of “The Wall Street Journal.” Source: click here

Flat-fee brokerage Redefy to go public

Redefy, a flat-fee brokerage that charges homeowners $3,500 to sell online, has announced plans to go public. The real estate company has entered into a definitive share exchange agreement with Mister Goody, a publicly traded management consulting firm. In order to become full Mr. Goody subsidiaries by the second quarter of 2019 Redefy will need to […]

‘This is just another home with a past’: Mansion where Phil Spector killed girlfriend hits the market

The estate where Phil Spector shot and killed his girlfriend is now on the market for $5.5 million. The famed music producer, who is currently serving a 19-year prison sentence for murder, was found guilty of fatally shooting girlfriend Lana Clarkson at his California estate in 2003. Hilton & Hyland agent Ladd Jackson is now tasked with […]

WATCH: How do you compete as a team?

With teams, big or small, the product is a sum of its members who each bring varying talents to the table. In the age of signing bonuses and payout promises, what collaborative steps can teams take to ensure success in a shifting market? Source: click here

New FEMA plan could make flood insurance more costly for some

Federal officials are reportedly exploring a new flood insurance reform plan that would rely more heavily on data, potentially offering homeowners more transparency about the risks they face while also driving up rates in some areas. The proposed plan would use data, referred to as “commercial catastrophe models,” to more accurately calculate the actual risk […]

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