Rebecca Riskin, Montecito’s ‘first lady of luxury real estate,’ dies in mudslides

“She was like the iconic standard of a luxury real estate agent, she was it. She was also a beautiful, caring, sensitive, genuine person…” …

Hawaii Life merges with top-tier Honolulu boutique Choi International

Hawaii Life principal broker and CEO Matt Beall says the deal is “a huge acknowledgement of who we are and what we’ve achieved.” …

Tech-driven Miami real estate startup Home61 raises $4M

Home61, which launched its first year of official business in 2015, uses automation to streamline the buying and renting experience from first click to closing. The proprietary Home61 platform provides agents with qualified leads and generally frees th…

Realtors stand against hate in Charlottesville aftermath

This week, just two blocks from where several hundred white nationalists and supremacists recently shook the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the nation to its core, team members at real estate brokerage Nest Realty will meet to brainstorm what t…

What to do when agents don’t fit your brokerage model

SAN FRANCISCO — A one-size brokerage model does not fit every agent’s needs. That was a key message from Sherry Chris, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens, at ICSF Broker Connect this week. Three different style brokerages — 100-percent-commission brokerage, Signature; progressive traditional agency, Coldwell Banker King; and tech startup, Door — faced off to talk about how they work together to address this issue not despite their differences, but because of them …

Special Report: How to turn Facebook into a lead generation machine

How many of Facebook’s 1.86 billion users could be a real estate agent’s next lead? The social media top dog is a well-recognized platform for real estate professionals to communicate with consumers, attract buyers and sellers and create their personal and business brand. The key is turning agents’ management of their Facebook advertising from a Wild West scene into a well-oiled machine — without losing that human touch …