Purplebricks raises its fee in Australia, but has ‘no plans’ for a US hike

In the United States, Purplebricks’ flat-fee for homesellers was recently raised from $3,200 to $3,600 USD. Sellers pay the fee upfront, regardless of whether or not their home successfully sells with the brokerage.

NAR’s ‘.realestate’ domains are available for pre-order now

Want a shot at your dream domain? If you’re a Realtor, today’s the day to hop on it, as the new “.realestate” top-level domain is now available for pre-sale for Realtors, starting Tuesday, Sept. 18. Realtors with an active, “.realtor” domain are getting exclusive access to “.realestate” domains, ahead of the public launch on Nov. 27.

Adwerx says it can still target Facebook users who are ‘likely to move’

Despite changes to Facebook’s advertising policies, real estate technology company Adwerx is ensuring its clients they’ll still be able to target, “likely to move” Facebook users, through a new partnership with the social media giant.

California Realtors rally for Prop 5 in face of growing backlash

Prop 5 will allow homeowners to keep old property taxes when buying a new home. Critics fear essential services will bare the brunt of lost revenues.

Compass rolls out ‘Coming Soon’ pre-marketing blitz nationwide

A new marketing initiative by Compass that rolled out last week will allow agents to post listings days before they appear on the market.

Rental platform Zumper raises $46M to build out its product, hire employees

The Series C funding round will help the San Francisco startup with its in-progress online service for connecting renters to landlords.

Reali releases AI tool to predict the winning bid on a home

Reali, the California-based, flat-fee tech-powered brokerage, is giving its clients a leg up on other homebuyers with a new predictive tool that estimates the probability of placing a winning bid on a home.

New iBuyer gets $1B to flip heavily renovated homes at no-haggle prices

A new, extremely well-funded online homeselling startup has entered the fray. It offers a platform that lets buyers search, tour, finance and close on a home and looks positioned to flip thousands of homes in the years ahead.

Looking for the perfect gift? Use this survey to make sure you’re on point

How do you know if you are giving the right gift? And when should a gift be given? After a closing? For a client’s birthday? As a thank you? An analysis of 10,000 agent gifts reveals the answers to these questions and more.

How to become the neighborhood real estate guru

You work hard in your career to define yourself as a specialist so you can be recognized as the master of your trade. Here are three tips for strengthening your personal brand and becoming a true neighborhood guru.