11 reasons real estate agents should be replaced by robots

Real estate robots could have their own webpages, and they could be programed to appear to have traits like patience and kindness. They could be made to look attractive, too. Each brand could have their own gimmick so that their machines would be a lit…

‘But my Zestimate is higher than that’: 11 ways to respond

You’re in the listing presentation, showing your potential clients the comparable listings in their neighborhood and making a recommendation about price, and it comes — the statement you’ve been dreading: “But Zillow’s Zestimate puts our house at $X h…

Seller’s market, buyer’s market: Why Realtors should never get too comfortable

A decade ago, selling a house came with a special set of challenges. The inventory of homes on the market kept growing and prices went down. We were in a strong buyer’s market and had to think of creative ways to get home hunters to even look at our listings …

What would eliminating individual health care mandates mean for real estate agents?

It’s not looking likely that the American Health Care Act legislation will pass, but because the individual mandate is so controversial, future attempts to tweak or replace ACA will no doubt tackle the mandate as the United States attempts to figure ou…

Agents: Stop asking for technology help on social media

I can totally understand why someone would want to see what a peer in the industry thinks about or an idea, a challenge selling a house or even a company logo, but should a real estate professional be relying on peers for technical support through Face…

Is real estate photography free?

As we all know, all it takes is a camera or a phone with a built-in camera to take a photo. People take pictures all day long. Some pictures are better than others because they were taken with better cameras …

Why professionalism starts with real estate brokers

For years, I have read and listened to complaints about how low the bar is for becoming a real estate agent and about how many “bad agents” we have as a result. Often agents are asked how we can raise standards. How is that working …

Musings on the anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’

Once upon a time, there was a real estate blog called Sellsius, and the two men who published it rented an RV and drove it from New York City to San Francisco to a conference called Inman Connect …

What’s the discrimination issue no one is talking about?

We do not all age the same. Yet there are a lot of stereotypes out there about people who are older, and “older” can be as young as 50. I see old people all the time. They walk hand-in-hand downtown with their faces in their iPhones, and I see them in …

It’s time to speak up, silent real estate leaders

When accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Meryl Streep spoke up and used the stage and the media to voice her opinions and concerns. That takes courage, even for a movie star …