Portal Watch (and more): Awakening the giant

Quote of the week (Well … actually, quote of the decade): “Storm clouds are coming.” — Gary Keller, co-founder of Keller Williams. When? 2005, when he predicted the Great Recession and poised his feisty firm to truly compete with the big guys …

5 social media mistakes that real estate agents make

Think social media still isn’t important to your marketing strategy? Think again. More than 93 percent of Americans are on Facebook (according to HubSpot), and 90 percent of homebuyers start their real estate searches online. …

Do you dial, swipe or text? Matt Murphy

Tech maven Matt Murphy says drone use by real estate brokerages will really take off when regulators provide more clarity on rules governing their use …

The reformers: Douglas R. Miller

Douglas R. Miller is the executive director of CAARE (Consumer Advocates in American Real Estate), the only nonprofit public charity dedicated to consumerism with real estate brokers. Did you have causes when you were younger? What were they? Not reall…

Berkshire Hathaway brand rollout: Warren Buffett poised for global real estate expansion

Look around. All over the country, you are seeing their for-sale signs: Berkshire Hathaway has arrived. It may have taken a while for him to get into franchising, but Warren Buffett is no newcomer to residential real estate. Berkshire Hathaway …

FHA is back in the black, but don’t hold your breath for premium rollbacks

The Federal Housing Administration’s mutual mortgage insurance fund is unlikely to need another taxpayer bailout, but that doesn’t mean homebuyers looking to finance purchases with an FHA-backed home loan will get a break on their premiums anytime soon. To make …

Google launches new ‘mobile-friendly’ website label

There are hundreds of factors that Google considers when they send their bots off to crawl your website. Google bots analyze and interpret web pages inside and out based on a combination of factors, also known as an algorithm, to see how relevant and h…

Think the Fed is standing pat? Think again

Mortgage rates have been stable near 4 percent, held there by the 10-year T-note moving hardly at all in the last month, 2.31 percent-2.38 percent since Halloween. Such stability is most unusual, best understood as a market gathering tension for …

Samsung Ventures backs DocuSign

DocuSign, an e-signature and transaction management software provider, has detailed strategic investments the company says will help it grow its mobile reach and expand into Spanish-speaking countries, Singapore and across Asia. The commitments come from Samsung Ventures, BBVA Ventures and the investment arm of …

6 unique holiday gift ideas for clients

With the holidays fast approaching, it is crunch time when deciding what to send to your clients. Sure, you can send a traditional card, but does that really stand out among the 50 other cards they will receive from family, friends or other businesses?…