New Vacasa service connects agents with vacation-homebuyers and sellers

Vacasa, a vacation rental startup that has grown to become a serious Airbnb competitor, just announced it’s launching a network that connects real estate agents with buyers and sellers of vacation homes.

Broker seeks to advance STEM education for girls in Rwanda

As a little girl, Sarita Dua was a bit of a math and science geek, always finishing her assignments first in class and at times hiding how easy she found it, so as to avoid teasing …

No office, 100% commission: How an 18-state virtual brokerage makes money

Fathom Realty founder and CEO, Joshua Harley, doesn’t like to use the term “100-percent commission brokerage” to describe his fast-growing firm because these companies have reputations as simply “license warehouses,” he says …

Keller Williams’ first agents on what things were like in the early days

Gary Gentry, the first agent hired by the then-called Keller William Realtors, likes to tell the story about the time Gary Keller and Joe Williams invited him to a Chili’s Grill & Bar to talk to him about joining their as yet unnamed firm in late …

Q&A: Dale Archdekin talks team lead generation

Have you ever heard the expression teamwork makes the dream work? This is especially true when teams or individual agents in a brokerage have to work together to generate, incubate and convert leads into a working pipeline …

The 6 texts you should send every online lead

Six is the “magic number” when it comes to converting online leads, according to Wendy Forsythe, head of global operations at Carrington Real Estate Services. If you call or text (or both) leads using six scripts within 24 hours of receiving an inquiry…

Agent teams banned from using ‘real estate’ in names by another state

Stephen Cooley says he’s sunk millions of dollars into marketing his team, the “Stephen Cooley Real Estate Group,” for 20 years. The name appears on his team’s moving truck, billboard and myriad paraphernalia. But a bill recently passed by South Carolina is threatening to …

3 effective ways to share your team’s vision and story

Powerful vision matters. Look at Steve Jobs and how he changed the world by telling a story we did not even know we needed or wanted. He sold a product, but moreover, he sold the idea. The vision. Someone at your organization needs this same type of vi…

Concord was the nation’s top growth city last year, says U-Haul

A roughly 40-mile drive from San Francisco, the city of Concord is attracting a number of new residents. A primary reason for Concord’s attractiveness, housing affordability …

Swanepoel Power 200 honors 270 real estate leaders in 9 lists of rankings

Almost 300 of real estate’s biggest movers and shakers have been recognized in the latest rankings of real estate bigwigs released by real estate research firm The Swanepoel T3 Group. The Swanepoel Power 200 annually ranks the 200 most powerful people …