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.” …

How online deals will reshape the real estate industry

SAN FRANCISCO — When you see something weird or broken in the world, you have two choices: wait for someone else to fix it or fix it yourself. That’s according to John Collison, 27-year-old Irishman and founder of online payment processor Stripe. The …

Robots vs. real estate agents: Surviving an automated future

An open house with $1 sensors in every room ensuring that browsers opening up closets and cabinets aren’t taking anything with them. Peace of mind when you’re signing a real estate contract that it is along the same lines as other contracts in your mar…

Robots vs. real estate agents: Surviving an automated future

An open house with $1 sensors in every room ensuring that browsers opening up closets and cabinets aren’t taking anything with them. Peace of mind when you’re signing a real estate contract that it is along the same lines as other contracts in your mar…

Robots vs. real estate agents: Surviving an automated future

An open house with $1 sensors in every room ensuring that browsers opening up closets and cabinets aren’t taking anything with them. Peace of mind when you’re signing a real estate contract that it is along the same lines as other contracts in your mar…

Robots vs. real estate agents: Surviving an automated future

An open house with $1 sensors in every room ensuring that browsers opening up closets and cabinets aren’t taking anything with them. Peace of mind when you’re signing a real estate contract that it is along the same lines as other contracts in your mar…

What’s better: Cultivating relationships or buying leads and referrals?

When real estate agents consider their marketing and lead-generation budgets every year, they have a couple of options: They can put their resources toward a few people they already know, or instead they can invest in connecting with many more people w…

From this moment on, nothing will be the same in real estate

The thick tension around recent announcements speaks volumes to their heft. Only when something is truly disruptive or threatening do people flip out. A major industry firestorm is raging since Zillow launched Instant Offers, like nothing I have seen i…