Fend off competition from new brokerage models

Commissions are under pressure. Average commission rates for real estate agents fell nearly 1 percent in 2017 and this trend is appearing in the National Association of Realtors 2018 member profile.

DocuSign passes Zillow’s market cap, and NAR is reaping the rewards

DocuSign, the cloud-based electronic signature platform, is skyrocketing in value and even overtook real estate tech giant Zillow Group in valuation, according to public stock data from Yahoo. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is reaping the reward of the prudent investment.

Reeazily’s Broker EZ is ideal for the number-crunching, growth-focused broker

Broker EZ is built by Reeazily to help brokers run the financial aspects of their real estate business. The software can import deal data from DocuSign or dotloop and connect to QuickBooks, and it includes reporting tools and MLS connectivity.

How to find the hidden potholes on the road to agent productivity

It’s easy to get caught up in the lead rat race. After all, more leads = more revenue. However, that equation only holds true if your operations and processes can scale to meet the demand.

Inside NAR’s $45M plan to renovate its Chicago headquarters

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is planning a $45 million facelift to its Chicago headquarters, according to a news report in Crain’s Chicago Business. The renovation will include an 18,000-square-foot office space, conference center and a glass-encased boardroom topped by a halo-like structure adorned with the NAR logo.

NAR made $20 million from DocuSign IPO

The venture arm of the trade group, Second Century Ventures, made a total of $43.8 million from selling shares in DocuSign, returning $20 million to NAR and keeping $23.8 million for recapitalization.

Jim Harrison apologizes for op-ed on Inman

When I stand corrected, I do so as publicly as any other statements bearing my name. The Inman op-ed, while intended to prepare our leadership for the NAR meetings with new info, was in hindsight, not a fair presentation, nor was it truly reflective of…

When good guys get off the mark: A response to Jim Harrison’s NAR criticism

I like Jim Harrison and consider him a friend — I’ve worked with him, shared time socially with him and enjoy spending time with him, and yet I find myself stunned by the way this op-ed has been written and disagreeing with many of the statements he makes. I get that he is concerned, but I believe that he has taken the wrong way to make any kind of cogent point and that this article will create more issues than solutions.

NAR ‘furious’ over criticism of leadership, denies profiteering

A day after MLSListings CEO Jim Harrison criticized the National Association of Realtors for an expected dues hike, the organization has released a thorough defense of its actions and leadership.

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