Amazon’s next big project involves smart robots for the home: report

Amazon is building a series of robots that will drive around the home with built-in cameras, according to a report Monday by Bloomberg, which said the robots will be named “Vesta,” after the Roman goddess of hearth and home, and launch by 2019.

Indie brokerage in Washington state joins Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

“Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate shares our passion for the industry, and being a part of their network will enable us to grow our franchise while maintaining the individual identity that drives our current success.”

loanDepot CEO Anthony Hsieh on Amazon mortgages, Gen Z and the future of lending

Anthony Hsieh founded loanDepot eight years ago, in the depths of the recession. Since then, he’s grown the company to the second-largest nonbank consumer lender in the country …

Bombing suspect dead, Austin real estate community remains vigilant

The jarring news brought some relief to the anxiety permeating the Texas capital, where residents were on high alert for more bombings. Austin police said Conditt was thought to be behind all the attacks — four package bomb explosions and one tripwire…

Amazon could seize opportunity in fractured mortgage market

“They are well positioned to be a player in pretty much any industry they choose to move into because their brand is so strong and they already have an existing business relationship with millions and millions of consumers.” …

3 ways agents will remain relevant as robots approach

I was reading an article the other day that led with: “Millions of workers around the world are at risk of losing their jobs to robots or A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), but it’s Americans who should be particularly worried.” …

NAR says it’s in ‘active discussions’ with tech giants

“They’re interested in wanting to talk to NAR because of the presence that we have with our members in this industry,” said CEO Bob Goldberg during NAR’s Leadership Live event in New York City last month …

The essential guide for real estate leadership on tech disruption

Nearly 30 percent of 787 real estate respondents polled for Inman’s Leadership survey in February said “technological disruption” remains the single biggest threat to the real estate industry, edging out other perils like shifting demographics, market fluctuations and global politics …

HQ2: How the Experts Think Amazon’s Decision Will Shake Out

Since Amazon announced its search for a second headquarters site, experts have speculated on what city will become home to HQ2. In January, the company narrowed down its selections to 20. The area Amazon chooses can expect its economy to surge, and, in the housing market, an influx of new residents. According to experts recently […]

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Zillow survey: Atlanta, northern Virginia likely for Amazon HQ2

Tough luck, New York. Amazon is likely to pick Atlanta or northern Virginia for its second headquarters, according to a survey of housing experts and economists conducted by Zillow …