Auction.com teaming up with Google to offer real estate ‘Nowcast’

Housing reports are not generally known for their timeliness. Forecasts, indices and other indicators are typically based on data that is weeks, if not months, old. Online real estate marketplace Auction.com, with backing from Google, is looking to change that with …

Keep hunter and skinner roles in-house to weather downturns

“There are two kinds of salespeople: hunters and skinners. A hunter can find an albino buyer in a blizzard, and a skinner can get him to buy ice cream. You’re better at one role or the other, and in business you need to know which one that is.” …

Why I don’t want to be a .realtor

Back in the 1990s, real estate agents used their faces and their names for branding and for marketing. Having a first and last name as a domain name was as standard as the static template 1.0 website. Apparently, agents and …

Marketing firm will offer 3-D models to make life easier for agents, sellers

Real estate video marketing provider HouseLens has raised $2 million in a Series A funding round that’ll grease the company’s wheels as it gears up to offer virtual 3-D models and a video walk-through mobile app next year. Nashville, Tennessee-based HouseLens …

It’s over: Fed no longer adding to mortgage stockpile

The Federal Reserve said today it’s put an end to the final round of “quantitative easing” — massive purchases of mortgages and Treasurys intended to goose the economy by helping keep the cost of borrowing low. The Fed’s unprecedented program …

3 body language poses that are bad for business

As you no doubt already know, the way that we present ourselves to others is much more than just words. We are constantly being observed whether we realize it or not, and the way that we stand or sit can say a lot about our confidence level …

Former Detroit casino mogul behind winning bid for 6,350 lots

Herb Strather — a Detroit developer who made a fortune spearheading the drive to legalize casinos in the Motor City — is the leader of a group of  investors who have won the right to buy 6,350 foreclosed homes and …

Black Knight signs first Canadian MLS deal and it’s a big one

Black Knight Financial Services has signed its first multiple listing service deal in Canada with a group of associations representing more than 17,000 real estate professionals in western Canada. Together, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, t…

10 agents you love to hate and how to cope

Recently, we took to social media and asked real estate agents to get real and tell us: When you’re working with other agents, what are the little (or big!) bad habits that drive you crazy? You told us! …

This ‘listing’ has been staged … for Halloween

In case you missed the news that Redfin plans to create 3-D virtual tours for all of its listings with the help of tech firm Matterport, the two companies have teamed up on this spine-chilling spoof, just in time for Halloween! …