Announcing the first round of speakers for Inman Connect New York 2018

Imagine charting a course through a landscape that’s constantly changing and shifting around and beneath you. That’s what it feels like sometimes to operate in the real estate industry — there are so many new tools and business models in addition to t…

Agents spill their most embarrassing home showing stories

A home is its owner’s castle — and when kings and queens put their castles up for sale and then invite strangers to tour them, things can get a little blush-worthy. From falling down in front of clients to interrupting a shower to stumbling over, ahem…

Handwritten notes guaranteed to deliver: 3 experts share their secrets

Here, three real estate professionals share how they use real words on real paper to grow their own businesses and let clients past and future know they’re paying attention. With dedication, sincerity and some pretty pens, these masters of the handwritten word turn another laborious task on the procrastination list into a simple outreach method: sign, seal, deliver.  …

Survival of the richest: Real estate’s technology arms race

What kinds of products are included in the real estate technology landscape? How much of their funding is invested, and how much of it comes from agents and brokers? Where will we see the most growth in the next few years, and which verticals seem to b…

Let’s not take the Zillow co-marketing probe as legal advice

DENVER — “OK, people: Do not run your businesses based on videos made by mortgage brokers,” advised Brian Levy, an attorney at Kattan & Temple, at the RESPRO (Real Estate Settlement Services Providers Council) meeting today. Levy was referring to panicked phone calls he received earlier this year when his clients saw a video that two mortgage brokers put on YouTube …

Comply or die: How to make sure your co-marketing agreement is legit

DENVER — Co-marketing agreements can help agents, brokers, and teams reach a larger audience of prospective buyers. But when forming such an agreement with a settlement service, it’s not enough for the parties involved to know what’s in RESPA (the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act), a 44-year-old law designed to keep settlement services honest for consumers …

Lenda raises $5.25 million in Series A financing

First it was an expansion into new states from California, then a “TurboTax for mortgage” product that allowed consumers to complete the home loan process without a loan officer. Today, online lender Lenda announced the latest disruptive ripple in the …

Trump signs flood insurance program December extension into law

Most homes insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) — the government program that provides affordable flood insurance to property owners and coordinates adoption and enforcement of floodplain management regulations — are in Florida a…

Zillow Group acquires builder platform New Home Feed

Today, Zillow Group announced the acquisition of New Home Feed, “a streamlined listing management technology that allows builders to input, manage and syndicate their listings across the web.” …

What Trump’s DACA repeal could mean for real estate

There are about 800,000 “Dreamers” in the United States — undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. They have jobs, own homes and are enrolled in colleges and universities …