Agents reap the spoils of new technology, not consumers

In real estate, innovations in technology have ignored the consumer. Instead, agents get clever digital marketing tools and backend applications.

Realtors understand local housing problems better than anyone

Last week at the C.A.R. real estate summit, a Realtor gave a rousing speech about problems with the homeless. And while she acknowledged the need for compassion, she described the woes it creates for her community. She blasted local leadership for not …

Lessons from the epic economic meltdown, 10 years later

This month is the 10-year anniversary of the global economic collapse. Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008, and the world changed forever.

A blueprint for brokers

Like independent bookstores, local brokerages are important institutions worth saving. But they must embrace a new attitude.

Why real estate agents will be in business forever

Good real estate agents aren’t carpetbaggers, they are part of the weave in a community’s tapestry. They are hyper-local beings who do purposeful work, helping people buy homes and to create communities.

Who wins, loses if market slows?

For some, a housing market slowdown can be unforgiving. For others, it presents new opportunities.

The naysayers are wrong about 2018’s biggest real estate deal

Mark McLaughlin lusts for opportunity. The Compass deal, the biggest in real estate this year, is consistent with the Pacific Union CEO’s singular vision.

In real estate ecosystem, Zillow’s octopus arms reach far and wide

Extending beyond listings into mortgage lending, iBuying, property management and more, Zillow’s reach is expanding, but rivals have nothing to fear.

Is the inventory crisis over?

The inventory crisis is coming to an end. Like rolled up skinny jeans, a for-sale housing shortage is becoming old news. Buyers have more choices.

The three doorways to real estate’s future

The disruption ahead is often positioned as something to fear, or worse, dismiss. But these changes are actually loaded with lucrative choices and map to the variety of professionals in the industry. They can be roughly divided into three models, or do…