New legislation aims to make mortgages easier for gig workers

Self-employed workers have a hard time qualifying for a mortgage. A new bill called the Self-Employed Mortgage Access Act could change that.

Design-focused indie brokerage Deasy/Penner acquires Podley Properties

SoCal-based luxury real estate brokerage Deasy/Penner has acquired Podley Properties, an independently owned brokerage with a team of 175 agents and 20 support staff spread across six offices in Altadena, Glendora, La Canada, Monrovia, Pasadena and Sierra Madre. 

How has agent safety changed since Beverly Carter’s death?

Beverly Carter’s son and the founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation Carl Carter Jr. shares his thoughts on how the industry has improved and how far it has yet to go when it comes to safety.

‘It’s like buying a first-class ticket’: Opendoor’s acquisition of Open Listings met with mixed reaction

News that Opendoor, the San Francisco-based iBuyer, acquired discount brokerage Open Listings was met with concern and cautious optimism as some agents called the move a “wake-up call.”

Keller Williams partnership aims to create an AI ‘factory’ for its Kelle virtual assistant

The partnership with software company CognitiveScale will allow Keller Williams to speed its development of new “skills” for its agent-facing mobile assistant Kelle.

US refinance loan originations have dropped to a 4-year low

Weakening mortgage demand caused by rising mortgage rates has slowed loan originations to its lowest level since Q1 2014, according to Attom Data Solutions’ latest report.

Figuring out financing is the first step for 73.5% of buyers

In a loanDepot and mellohome survey of 1,000 buyers, 73.5 percent said they researched financing options before they began looking for a home.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices adds C21 Commonwealth to stable of franchisees

Century 21 Commonwealth, a brokerage with 500 agents in the greater Boston market, has shed its ties to Century 21 to join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

First list honoring top-producing LGBT+ real estate agents released

The National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) has released NAGLREP Top LGBT+ Agent List, the first-ever list honoring the top-producing LGBT and allied real estate agents and teams across the United States.

Investment firm Marcus & Millichap expands into Montreal

Marcus & Millichap has acquired Montreal-based McGill Commercial, a move that brings the number of Canadian markets the company operates in to four.