Real Trends 500 back online, but hackers ‘may still be lurking’

One day after the Real Trends 500 list of the top brokerages in the country was hacked and taken offline, Real Trends President Steve Murray warned the attackers “may still be lurking.” On Thursday, the Real Trends 500 was back up and functioning.

Real Trends 500 website hacked hours after new rankings debut

Just hours after announcing its latest real estate rankings, Real Trends 500 said it was the victim of a deliberate digital attack that brought down its website.

California has the most ‘best’ agents according to Real Trends

California has the highest number of the nation’s “best” real estate professionals, according to Real Trends’ sixth annual ranking.

The first Guinness World Record-setting real estate agent is …

The winner? Industry legend Ben Caballero, who was the sell-side agent on a whopping 3,556 transactions in 2016, according to Real Trends, from which Guinness drew its data.

If it were only about the money, every agent would always be with the lowest cost brokerage

In the second of a series of three articles, I had the opportunity to get the pulse on recruiting from Steve Murray, president and owner of REAL Trends. Murray has co-authored four books on the valuation of residential real estate brokerage firms.

@properties accuses fellow Chicago indie brokerage Baird & Warner of false advertising

Hyperbole in real estate advertising is nothing new, but one Chicago brokerage alleges its biggest independent rival has crossed a line.

2017 will go down as a big year for real estate M&A

We projected 2017 would be a “good, but not great year” for merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the real estate space, and what unfolded was quite significant, including the biggest brokerage acquisition in decades, an ongoing fight for California market share and a busy stint for large regional independent firms …

Increase your real estate company’s valuation in 5 easy steps

SAN FRANCISCO — Everyone sharpened their pencils today at the Indie Broker Summit as Real Trends’ Steve Murray shared five ways to increase their company’s valuation …

Real estate expansion: 3 traits teams need for successful business growth

Real estate expansion is one of the few ways to boost a real estate business’s profits exponentially and ensure its long-term success …

To sell or not to sell? Merger-and-acquisition sessions at ICSF will help you

You know it’s crossed your mind when you’ve seen a headline cross your screen — “such-and-such brokerage, team or tech company sold for this dollar amount today!” What do you need to know to make it your company in the headline and to get the best pos…