Why I’m excited about Inman Connect Las Vegas

We’re rounding out the 23rd year of Inman Connect and the first ever in Las Vegas. Brad Inman has been at the center of them all. Here’s why Vegas has him more excited than ever.

Earthquake memories

In the past few days, a scad of natural disaster memories flooded back to me. Some were deadly, and some came with happy endings.

Zillow peering in your window may be a good sign

With its impressive stock turn around, Zillow is stalking firms that can support their fast growing instant-offer biz model.

Is a Compass IPO coming soon?

My gut tells me that Compass might file an IPO sooner than later — this year, even. In doing so, they’d seek to join the gaggle of private tech companies rushing to go public before the bubble (if that’s what this is) bursts.

The age of streaming real estate is here

Zillow’s recent pivot from a traditional agent ad model to its all-in, instant-offer business model reminds me of Netflix’s gutsy decision in 2007 to move into streaming and away from its profitable DVD-by-mail model.

The future of real estate: A consumer model

The big takeaway from Inman Disconnect is that there are two fundamental ways of looking at the real estate future: bright or dark. This group of influential real estate professionals resolved that the future was promising because consumers were taking…

An epic fall from grace: Realogy’s total stock collapse

NRT CEO Ryan Gorman is heads down, using big data to figure out how to get out from under commercial leases, reducing the biggest expense of most broker-owners: office space provided to house weak agents. Realogy is also shedding more and more poor performing agents, I am told — something most brokers are afraid to do.

An epic fall from grace: Realogy’s total stock collapse

NRT CEO Ryan Gorman is heads down, using big data to figure out how to get out from under commercial leases, reducing the biggest expense of most broker-owners: office space provided to house weak agents. They are also shedding more and more poor performing agents, I am told — something most brokers are afraid to do.

Heard it through the grapevine

The realty gossip mill is buzzing these days with rumors about Zillow, Keller Williams and NRT.

Gary Keller and his fight for the soul of the real estate galaxy

Gary Keller has embarked on the risky journey of reshaping Keller Williams around his technology vision. The fate of the universe is not at stake, but Keller’s legacy might be.