Property crime is down nationwide: FBI

Homeowners can breathe a small sigh of relief: property crime is on the decline, according to a report released by the FBI on Monday.

Only 9% of buyers find agents online, the same as 10 years ago

Despite the massive growth of online home search portals, many more consumers find their agents through referrals from friends or family, according to NAR data.

Win all of your listing appointments without breaking your budget

While Compass, Keller Williams, Redfin and the rest are duking it out for the best tech, what can a single agent do to beat the competition on listing appointments? Spend about $50 a month on technology that’ll win sellers over.

Pitching your real estate tech to Inman? Avoid these 6 blunders

If you’re a technology company stakeholder trying to catch the eyes of Inman’s tech-forward, deal-savvy audience, steer clear of these six mistakes when creating your pitch.

How a small Minnesota brokerage is using Opendoor to its advantage

A Minnesota boutique indie is jumping into the iBuyer game — not armed with the capital of companies like Zillow, Knock, Redfin and Offerpad — but with a partner in Opendoor.

Zillow’s CEO is bullish on blockchain

Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff believes that blockchain, a broad term for online ledger systems that can be used to keep track of all sorts of information, will prove as important as the internet itself.

Amazon unveils new Echo devices, Alexa microwave

You might soon be hearing a lot more from Alexa around your house. On Thursday, Amazon unveiled a range of new and redesigned smart-home gadgets with its popular virtual voice assistant.

Real estate photographer sues Zillow for copyright infringement

A California photographer of high-end properties says his contract with agents is “not transferrable and prohibits third party use without permission.” Zillow says his claims are without merit.

MailChimp launches direct mail beta, admits print’s not dead

Mailchimp is in beta with a direct mailing feature. Using the company’s similar email template builder user interface, Mailchimp users can upload logos, custom imagery and messaging and easily control their budgets.

Hamptons agent serenades buyers with original country song about $2M property

Hamptons agent Telly Karoussos decided to liven up his property listing with a short video of himself singing the home’s praises.