Realtor.com operator News Corp. acquires real estate decision-making engine

After taking a 25 stake in Indian real estate portal, PropTiger.com, in November, realtor.com’s new maestro, News Corp., is investing in another Indian company with real estate ties. The media giant announced the acquisition of Mumbai-based BigDecisions.com, which claims to help Indian consumers …

Real estate’s fear doctors

Andrea Quyn, an agent at Roseville, California-based Suncal Real Estate Group, recently wondered aloud to her real estate coach why she has trouble acquiring listings. The reason was her “fear of the unknown,” explained her coach, Julie Harris, who runs …

MLS data triggering postcard marketing campaigns to agents’ farms

Online advertising may be where agents are putting most of their dollars, but many continue to see value in print. Case in point: More than 100,000 active agents send marketing postcards to prospective clients via direct mail company QuantumDigital. A …

How excuses can derail your brokerage business

“I know I should be doing so … but I am not.” Do you know how many times I have heard that? Too many! It’s the basic broker excuse. Here are a few others …

5 economic uncertainties that can wake you in the middle of the night

Markets are already quieting down with the approach of two holiday-shortened weeks, after two calm-shattering ones. The five things unresolved, still on the table beside the turkey: What is the Fed up to? What is the support for an apparently …

Redfin, flush with cash, announces 4 more new markets

Fresh off the announcement of its $70.9 million funding round, Redfin says it’s launching brokerage operations in four additional markets, capping a year of remarkable expansion for the Seattle-based brokerage. Redfin now has agents on the ground in New Jersey; Detroit; San Antonio, …

All I want for Christmas is this Realtor superpower

Real estate agents and brokers have more tech tools at their disposal every year, providing them with deeper insights into housing markets and allowing them to find — and serve — clients more efficiently. Improvements in technology are incremental, to …

Christmas Zillow style, thrill-seeking Murdoch, and the hunt for tech talent

Zillow and Trulia each have sharp chief economists whose mission is to get their respective companies’ brands in front of consumers’ noses. They do this by populating the interwebs with a never-ending stream of commentary and analysis of housing market…

What ‘Serial’ can teach you about real estate

Sitting around the Christmas dinner table, if your family is like mine, you’ll discuss the year that’s gone by and your aspirations for 2015. And if your family is really like mine, you’ll also discuss your theories about “Serial.” …

Douglas Elliman pushes into another luxury market

Continuing an aggressive push into luxury markets outside of its New York City base, Douglas Elliman Real Estate has skied into the Aspen, Colorado, market by snapping up Joshua & Co., a brokerage with four offices and 40 agents in …