Luxury Connect: The biggest news and takeaways

The industry’s top agents descended on Los Angeles this week from all corners of the globe to network, make new connections and hear advice on how to take their business to the next level.

Compass defends productivity claims, pushes back on criticism

Compass is defending its productivity claims from attacks by MoxiWorks, a “competitor” that CEO Robert Reffkin says is “trying to damage our reputation.”

WATCH: ‘I’ve never recruited an agent.’ Umansky, Reffkin and more at Luxury Connect

Featured in the morning sessions at Luxury Connect on Wednesday October 17th, Brad Inman moderated a discussion diving into the questions and concerns of the modern brokerage. Panelists included Mauricio Umansky (CEO, The Agency), Tami Pardee (Owner, H…

Humility, not arrogance, is the new real estate leadership trend

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin, in an interview with Inman, expressed regret about the public tone his company had recently adopted.

Compass nabs 17-agent team from Coldwell Banker

Compass welcomed Jonathan Keith’s TeamJK to the fold after the team opted to leave Coldwell Banker for better technology, according to a Tuesday press release.

‘We will not discount our commissions’: Umansky, Reffkin and more on the future of brokerages

On Wednesday, executives from Compass, The Agency, Keller Williams and Climb Real Estate discussed how agents can cut through the noise.

Kinder, gentler Compass CEO regrets ‘arrogant’ marketing

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin sat down with Inman to discuss the past six years and the state of both his company and the real estate industry as a whole.

Opendoor, Compass and their big investor are silent on Saudi Arabia controversy

Nearly half of the Softbank Vision Fund’s $93 billion in total value is financed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the money controlled by the country’s ruling family — $45 billion. It recently committed the same sum to another mega tech fund that SoftBank wants to raise. SoftBank is also helping the Saudi government with various economic projects, including building a new mega city and a solar firm.

Why real estate tech investment won’t stop anytime soon

A massive amount of money is flowing into the real estate technology space and Jeffrey Berman, general partner at real estate tech investment firm Camber Creek thinks it’s only going to grow.

Leading Edge Real Estate lands suitor following Compass jilt

Three months after being stranded at the altar by Compass, Leading Edge, the Boston-based real estate brokerage, has finally found a suitor in MoxieWorks.