NAR CEO Bob Goldberg: Disrupters aren’t ‘the bogeyman’

Realtors can be a fearful lot, seeing threats in new technologies and new business models that might change the way they do business. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has in some ways encouraged this mindset, often disparaging companies such …

How online deals will reshape the real estate industry

SAN FRANCISCO — When you see something weird or broken in the world, you have two choices: wait for someone else to fix it or fix it yourself. That’s according to John Collison, 27-year-old Irishman and founder of online payment processor Stripe. The …

9 ways to maximize your Facebook marketing in real estate

SAN FRANCISCO — Let’s face it: articles about appraisals, mortgages and home inspections aren’t likely to go viral online. So when Colorado real estate agent Mor Zucker considered her own social media strategy, she wanted to write something that she h…

Zillow Group and CFPB head into settlement talks

A federal investigation of Zillow Group’s co-marketing program for potential anti-kickback violations appears to be over, but that doesn’t mean the real estate giant is out of hot water.  …

Zillow Group busts previous revenue record, posts $21.8M net loss

In an earnings report today, Zillow Group, the operator of listing portals Zillow, Trulia and RealEstate.com, posted a net loss of $21.8 million in second-quarter 2017, up from a $4.6 million loss in the first quarter of 2017, but a steep drop from a $156.1 million loss in second-quarter …

How to compete with Keller Williams before it grabs more of your share

SAN FRANCISCO — “Keller Williams isn’t taking any of our market share,” Jerry Holden told attendees at today’s Inman Connect San Francisco Indie Broker Summit …

Why Zillow ‘Instant Offers’ seller leads are yours to lose

Most real estate agents know that a lead is nothing without follow-up. That holds true even when that lead is coming from a shiny new — if controversial — tech product. When Realtor Veronica Figueroa receives a home seller lead from Zillow Group’s In…

Broker’s ‘evil genius’ idea shows off listing agents

Sometimes adding one plus one equals more than two — a lot more. Chicago-based independent brokerage @properties, founded in 2000, is a success story by multiple measures. But that doesn’t mean that its co-founder, Thaddeus Wong, believes the firm has…

Down Payment Resource bolsters agent lead gen tool

About a year and a half ago, real estate agent Ronnie Burnham was looking for a tool that would both help him reach more homebuyers and give him an edge over other agents in his market …

SmartMLS merger goes live in record time

MLS mergers can be troublesome and even the smoothest can take years to fully roll out. But one newly merged MLS has gone from idea to reality in seven short months …