Watch videos from the FTC-DOJ real estate competition workshop

For those who didn’t get to catch every minute of the real estate competition workshop held by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last week, the FTC has posted videos from the workshop on its website.

Triumph of the nerd: how eXp Realty’s founder built a $1 billion business

EXp Realty’s founder Glenn Sanford, a Keller Williams vet-turned-competitor, has found success by embracing his geeky side. Now he’s got a ‘Big Bang’-sized hit on his hands.

Be the future of real estate

This summer is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco, when 100,000 young people descended on the City by the Bay. It was an exciting, ebullient time that shaped art, culture, education and politics around the world for decades to …

It’s time for NAR to ditch the dues hikes, or face member revolt

The industry’s campaign to raise member dues is a troubling example of its arrogance. Members have complained about the dues increase, but the NAR insiders pounced on the resistors as disloyal and even resorted to name calling

What’s the no. 1 thing you’d change about the real estate industry?

Improving industry leadership would be at the top of the wish list for many, as would raising the barriers to entry to becoming an agent in the field, increased transparency, and better benefit offerings from brokerages …

Real estate pros want leaders to break out of the ivory tower

“They don’t engage with agents or brokers or anybody of any importance. They become the invisible ghost. They jet in and jet out.” …

Could Gary Keller and Compass’s Robert Reffkin be more similar?

I recently sat with Compass CEO Robert Reffkin in his slick new offices on New York City’s 5th Avenue, when suddenly the image of Texan Gary Keller oddly flashed before my eyes. It was an illusion that quickly lifted, but something clicked in my head that I had missed before …

Battling insurance: The dark side of disaster recovery

In the aftermath of four major natural disasters in the last month — Houston, Puerto Rico, South Florida and now Napa and Sonoma — plans to rebuild have already begun. And insurance companies are wringing their hands, plotting their next moves …

Suit up for change: Discover, grow, collaborate

“Connect is truly about connecting,” Brad Inman said on stage at ICSF this year. “It’s not about connecting to Facebook — it’s about connecting with one another.” …

The future of NAR: Action will be the measure, not words

I just spent a few days in Chicago with the National Association of Realtors. During my travel, I thoroughly enjoyed Brad Inman’s description of our “fat cat (leadership) gathering.” …