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The Real Word: Will Zestimates become live offers?

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, Zestimates. The AVM (automated valuation model) put Zillow on the map. If Zestimates become live offers, how will agents fare?  Source: click here

3 things you must refine to get your image in check

The shallowness and importance of a first impression in the real estate industry are undeniable, which is why it’s important to nail your personal brand image from the get-go. Here are the three most important factors that make up your personal brand image — get these right, and you’ll sculpt an impressive yet genuine brand […]

Time for a brand overhaul? Here’s how to tell (and launch)

To find out if a brand evolution or rebrand is necessary, an excellent place to start is with a brand audit. The result of the review will shed light on whether your brand is still relevant and valuable or if it’s time for a change. If it is, just follow these steps to rebuild and […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt lists classy, 1940s-era LA home for $3.85M

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is moving on in life. His stylish 1940s Los Angeles ranch just hit the market for $3.85 million. Courtesy of Compass The 3847 Franklin Avenue property, which is located in the upscale Franklin Hills neighborhood, boasts 3,771 square feet and sits on one-third of an acre of land. The house, which was built […]

Real estate companies sued over unsolicited text message spam

Agent cold calls have come under attack recently, and now their text message equivalent are also under scrutiny, according to a series of Florida lawsuits. Source: click here

Police launch website asking for tips on Realtor’s unsolved murder

In an effort to finally solve the 2011 murder of a young Realtor, Iowa police have launched a website in which the public can submit tips about the crime. Back in 2011, 27-year-old Ashley Okland died after getting shot twice while showing a model home in West Des Moines. While all open houses in the […]

Low mortgage rates are leading to more affordability: NAR

The National Association of Realtors affordability index ticked up in February, meaning the typical family had more estimated income to afford a home at the national median price, according to data released Friday. The affordability index reached 156.9, meaning the typical family possessed 156.9 percent of the estimated income required to purchase a home. It’s […]

The Inman Weekender: The essential guide to Wall Street and real estate

  Catch up on the news this weekend The essential guide to Wall Street and real estateBY JIM DALRYMPLE II | APR 8 Man used stun gun on real estate agent during open house: PoliceBY VERONIKA BONDARENKO | APR 9 Does the car an agent drives to a listing appointment matter?BY JIM DALRYMPLE II | […]

Real estate investor accused of billion-dollar Ponzi scheme

A California luxury real estate investor whose homes have drawn the attention of Hollywood celebrities was arrested along with two of his associates on charges of running a $1.3 billion-Ponzi scheme that swindled millions of dollars from thousands of investors, including ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos. In 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began […]

Zillow has been buying homes for a year now. How’s it going?

It’s been a year since Zillow’s ambitious undertaking to buy and sell homes to consumers with quick-close, all-cash offers under the “iBuying” model. Source: click here

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