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  • Home Savi, RezList and Realicity: Will these 3 new real estate startups defy the odds?
    Real estate startups touting revolutionary low-fee models are coming out of the woodwork these days. Most of their predecessors have fizzled because they haven't provided the expertise and handholding that have proven time and again to matter to most consumers ...
  • 1 in 3 homebuyers making offers sight-unseen: Takeaways for real estate agents
    With properties selling like hotcakes, one out of three recent homebuyers made an offer on a home without seeing it in person, according to a new survey from high-tech brokerage Redfin. The finding underscores how leveraging new marketing technology and serving up as much property data and imagery as possible can benefit agents while marking […]
  • McMansion Hell blogger fighting back in Zillow listing photo battle
    Do you need permission to make fun of listing photos on the internet? That question has real estate pros divided and may lead real estate giant Zillow Group into yet another legal battle over listing photo copyrights. This week, Zillow Group, a company whose market cap currently stands at $8.9 billion, sent a cease-and-desist letter to […]
  • 10 things your clients should know before moving to a newly built home
    Getting clients into a newly built home can be thrilling, but there are things you, and they, need to know ahead of time to help them have the best experience possible. You'll be able to help clients move into their house feeling confident that you've done everything to ensure it will be a home by […]
  • Property Panorama aims to give agent listings a big SEO boost
    The same search engine optimization tool used by Zillow, realtor.com and other aggregators is now being used by a major producer of virtual tours to allow agents to once again deliver homes for sale directly to would-be buyers ...
  • NAR: Pending home sales plummet for third consecutive month
    “Monthly closings have recently been oscillating back and forth, but this third consecutive decline in contract activity implies a possible topping off in sales,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Buyer interest is solid, but there is just not enough supply to satisfy demand. Prospective buyers are being sidelined by both limited choices and home […]
  • Zillow helping homebuilders figure out where to break ground
    Homebuilders that advertise with Zillow Group can now get deeper insight into homebuyer preferences and housing supply to figure out where to break ground next ...
  • How a real estate broker added value to his business by launching the Seattle School Guide website
    Phil Greely, a real estate broker at Realogics Sotheby's International Realty in Seattle, understands better than most real estate salespeople that school ratings don't give a complete picture of any school. "I was going to be a high school teacher before I got into real estate; I have my master's in teaching from the University […]
  • 36 useful items for real estate agents to keep in the car trunk
    Between the listing appointments, buyer showings, open house events, home inspections and office meetings, real estate agents tend to spend a lot of hours in their vehicles. And when you're accustomed to all that windshield time, your car becomes a stash spot for important items -- things that help you do your job and essentials […]
  • 6 hard truths about buying a fixer-upper
    The lure of the fixer-upper is tempting for buyers. The “bargain” price of a fixer, compared to the price of an average house nearby, makes a real estate agent's phone ring off the hook with showing requests ...

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