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Real Estate News for Realtors and Brokers


Moving to a new market? Here’s how to start on the right foot
To offer your clients the most valuable service, you have to learn everything your prospects might want to know about your new market. If you find yourself starting over, here are some tips to make it a little bit easier.

Why don’t we think about clients’ specific needs?
Other than that narrow exception that agents make for first-time homebuyers, agents don’t think of clients as having specialized needs that require customized solutions. Instead, agents provide a cookie-cutter approach to standardized service with the same scripts, the same materials, the same programs. That needs to change. Here's how.

We’re better than this: Stop trolling other Realtors
In case you missed it, when the National Association of Realtors announced that President Donald Trump would speak at NAR Midyear, trolling from both sides of the aisle ensued. Here’s why it’s not only unprofessional, but also against the Code of Ethics.

HUD Secretary slammed for confusing REO with Oreo cookies
Despite the controversy that has swirled around his tenure, following the Oreo incident, Ben Carson attempted to downplay his apparent confusion.

Compass poaches entire 22-person Coldwell Banker team
Los Angeles-based WSA Real Estate operates in the tony western half of Los Angeles. Team members are now decamping for Compass, which is not acquiring the entity itself.

Trulia founder Pete Flint’s venture firm NFX raises $275M
NFX splits its investments equally between business-to-business companies and business-to-consumer companies, but said that out of 3,000 firms seeking money this year it will ultimately only fund 0.5 percent.

Missing girl found safe after Ring camera captures kidnapping
A missing girl in Texas whose kidnapping was captured on a Ring camera has been found safe and returned to her parents.

Airbnb launches partnership with DNA testing company 23andMe
The partnership comes amid what Airbnb says is a rise in "heritage travel," or trips people take to connect with their ancestors' homelands.

Is US government investigating MLSs and vendors for antitrust?
The Department of Justice is reportedly demanding CoreLogic and other MLS vendors hand over information related to buyer broker commissions.

Inside the mass exodus at Purplebricks US
The U.K.-based discount brokerage launched in the U.S. in 2017 and has had a massive turnover in leadership roles in recent months.

Meet the man behind the viral Amazon tiny home
The DIY homes have been reimagined as art galleries, chapels and Airbnb rentals since going viral last week. No one is more surprised than Allwood Outlet CEO Tapani Pekkala.

Best friends 4ever? Redfin strikes deal with Zillow to list in 4 cities
Long-time rivals Zillow and Redfin have finally made peace — over one issue at least — and struck a deal that allows the former to directly host the latter's listings in four U.S. cities.

Existing-home sales dip in April
Existing-home sales for single-family homes, townhomes, condos and co-ops fell 0.4 percent from March to April and were down 4.4 percent year-over-year.

Rent skyrockets in March — especially in the Southwest
Nationwide, rental rates continue to rise, particularly in the Southwest, according to the latest data from CoreLogic, released Tuesday.

4 tips for avoiding toxic behavior in real estate
Whether it's clients creating roadblocks over the smallest details or other agents working to bring their colleagues down, today's entrepreneur needs to be equipped to not only combat the problem when face to face, but also prevent it from ever happening. Here are a few tips on how to eliminate the toxicity from your professional life.

Agent/broker perspective: How to handle a beloved broker leaving
In this monthly column, Anthony Askowitz explores a hypothetical Miami real estate situation from both sides of the broker/agent dynamic. After a long and successful tenure, an office's broker has decided to resign her position. How should her inner circle of top agents respond?

Federal Housing Administration seeks to loosen condo financing: NAR
For a decade, NAR has urged the Federal Housing Administration to make it easier for condo buyers to qualify for FHA-insured mortgages. Now the FHA is making progress on this front.

NAR files motion to dismiss ‘bombshell’ buyer-side lawsuit
In a statement, NAR said it wants the suit thrown out because it "misrepresents" the organization's rules that govern multiple listing services.