Real Estate News for Realtors and Brokers

Corcoran follows the suburban boom into Westchester County
The brand is setting up shop in the suburbs north of New York City — just as President Trump seeks to characterize it as "ground zero" for crime.

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin calls on Congress to provide aid to agents
Robert Reffkin argued coronavirus aid shouldn't be limited to W-2 workers. The National Association of Realtors has also said it is working to ensure aid packages to benefit agents.

Amid discrimination lawsuit, agents criticize Redfin pricing policies
Fair housing advocates sued Redfin this week over allegations of racial discrimination. On Friday, agents told Inman the online brokerage should be working harder to fix the problem. "The business model ends where people’s housing rights begin," said one.

New York is changing the way real estate agents can post listings
New rules set to go into effect next week govern the way real estate agents can advertise on company websites and real estate portals.

A Halloween display was so realistic police were called — multiple times
Dallas police received several calls from neighbors complaining that artist Steve Novak's Halloween display was a bit too realistic.

3 reasons to subscribe to Inman Select during our spooky Halloween Sale
We’re excited to announce Inman’s new Referral Rewards program. For the first time ever, Select members can share a 90-day free trial and get up to $200 in credit!

Looking for fall pop-by ideas? Here’s what readers are doing
During October's Connect Now, we heard some fun ideas for fall pop-bys. So we asked readers on Facebook to share their fall pop-by ideas. Here are some of our favorites.

Gratitude, Grace and Guts
Brad Inman spent a lot of this summer and early fall criss-crossing the country on an epic road trip. He's going to tell us what he learned November 12 at the next Connect Now. Don't miss it.

Inman Handbook on luxury marketing
What do top luxury agents know about marketing — both themselves and their properties — that can help you move to the next professional level? Find out here.

Louisville, Buffalo, Santa Barbara lure out-of-towners amid pandemic
All three metros have experienced a net inflow increase by over 100 percent in the past year, according to a new report from Redfin released Friday.

Foreign buyer activity is down, but not in ‘Zoom cities’
Travel restrictions, uncertainty and the U.S. handling of the pandemic are taking a toll, but outdoorsy vacation spots are still hot among international buyers.

Side continues C-suite expansion with new chief operating officer
Side, a San-Francisco based real estate brokerage that partners with top-producing agents, teams and brokers to handle back-end operations, has enlisted Elizabeth Tse as its chief operating officer.

Post-pandemic, which foreign investors will be first to return? It depends on who the president is
Inman recently spoke with industry expert Edward Mermelstein about how the pandemic changed the foreign investment market, where he thinks the first post-COVID investors will come from and why he's feeling optimistic.

ReferMe IQ uses old business to earn you new business
Although developed for a range of service-based business, ReferMe IQ has a unique appeal to real estate — and comes ready to go with automated email campaigns.

Smart home tech: The best Alexa-compatible smart devices
If you're building an Amazon-based smart home, listen up. This week's video covers smart doorbell, bulbs, thermostat, switches and everything else that pairs perfectly with Alexa.

The Real Word: Did a chabot just replace an agent?
Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they'll discuss a buyer who purchased a home with a robot, odd seller contingencies, and a ski-in, ski-out VRBO cabin.

Redfin accused of price policies that favor white neighborhoods: Lawsuit
A new suit argues the online brokerage disproportionally serves white neighborhoods. CEO Glenn Kelman countered that Redfin hasn't pushed into lower income areas because it needs to pay agents a living wage.

Realogy’s CEO reveals why he thinks the hot market will continue in 2021
Yes, people really are leaving the city for the suburbs, Ryan Schneider said on his company's third-quarter earnings call Thursday.

Realogy’s stock soars to 8-month high following earnings
Shares of the nation's largest real estate holding company climbed above $12 for the first time since the pandemic hit the U.S.

Quickly pay agents and accept deposits with Bank Shot
The pandemic has pushed every aspect of the transaction deep into the digital age, and this broker-developed app called Bank Shot continues to help everyone get their money faster.