5 outdated seller beliefs agents should debunk

Any seller who has not sold a home in the past five years is in for a shock: Everything they thought they knew about selling a home has changed. Sellers who do not understand the new rules of engagement can easily make costly mistakes and jeopardize th…

Why don’t we think about clients’ specific needs?

Other than that narrow exception that agents make for first-time homebuyers, agents don’t think of clients as having specialized needs that require customized solutions. Instead, agents provide a cookie-cutter approach to standardized service with the same scripts, the same materials, the same programs. That needs to change. Here’s how.

Trulia founder Pete Flint’s venture firm NFX raises $275M

NFX splits its investments equally between business-to-business companies and business-to-consumer companies but said that out of 3,000 firms seeking money this year it will ultimately only fund 0.5 percent.

Housing starts surge in April

Housing starts in April rose by 5.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,235,000, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Existing-home sales declined in March after rebound in February

Existing-home sales fell 4.9 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.21 million, according to data from the National Association of Realtors.

Does property activity online boost your listing’s exposure?

Why aren’t we looking closer at views, favorites and the metrics that make a listing stand out? Troy Palmquist digs into popular sites’ metrics, or lack thereof.

Existing-home sales begin seasonal bounce back

Existing-home sales climbed 11.8 percent from January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.51 million in February, according to NAR.

SmarterAgent sues Real Estate Webmasters, HomeAway

SmarterAgent LLC, a technology patent licensing business, is suing HomeAway and Real Estate Webmasters for patent infringement, claiming the latter two companies are infringing on a patent related to location-aware search engines.

Trulia hires a new chief economist

Issi Romem previously worked as the chief economist at contractor search portal BuildZoom and is also a fellow at Terner Center for Housing Innovation, a part of the University of California, Berkeley.

Home price growth slows, but 2019 will still challenge buyers

While still not likely to relieve buyers, the 5.5 percent annual growth was the same as in September, and down from 5.7 percent in August.