Inman beefs up editorial coverage, adding 20 expert contributors and 2 staff journalists

Inman has added 20 additional expert contributors and staff journalists Brittany Morris and Amber Taufen to its editorial roster this week as it readies the launch of Inman Select, a major initiative that will offer members more in-depth reporting and …

Beware of turkey wattles and business card cliches

Attending the National Association of Realtors’ annual convention in New Orleans, Leigh Brown has been noticing that Realtors’ business cards almost always ask for referrals. Not only is it highly improbable that Realtors will get a referral from a stranger, but they always seem to word the request exactly the same way, Brown complains …

NAR’s candidates won big in the elections. That doesn’t mean Realtors will get their way.

With a little help from the National Association of Realtors, Republicans regained control of the Senate and increased their majority in the House of Representatives in last week’s elections. But Realtors attending the trade group’s annual convention were told not …

Drones are an equestrian property specialist’s best friend

Alison Echiverri of Carnan Properties says she used to be skeptical of drones, but now they are her most valuable tool in marketing equestrian properties in the Houston market.

“I don’t know how I could sell my properties without” my drone, Echiverri …

Closing Time no longer just about getting buyers under contract to the closing table

Amitree Inc. is broadening the scope of its Closing Time app and rebranding it to highlight that it can not only guide buyers through the closing process, but that brokers and agents can use it to help prospects qualify to …

Century 21 brand coming to 4 new countries on 3 continents: India, Tunisia, Cambodia and Peru

Realogy franchisor Century 21 Real Estate has signed master franchise agreements for India, Tunisia, Cambodia and Peru that expand the brand’s global footprint to 78 countries and territories. “Extending the brand’s presence in these regions is consistent with our strategic plans for …

Zillow CEO: We are just an ad platform. So is Google.

Some wonder if Zillow will get into the brokerage business, or is out to make multiple listing services obsolete — an idea the company has pooh-poohed since its inception.

Asked where he expects Zillow to be two years from now, CEO Spencer Rascoff su…

Realogy ‘well underway’ in customizing ZipRealty tech platform for franchisees

Franchise and brokerage giant Realogy is “well underway” in customizing the technology platform it acquired when it bought ZipRealty in August, and expects to start making it available to its franchisees in the middle of next year. The Powered by …

Complaining about NAR only gets you so far

The National Association of Realtors’ annual convention in New Orleans doesn’t even officially kick off until Friday, but already, Leigh Brown is hearing a lot of kvetching on social media channels (many who can’t be there are following along on …

NAR’s 2014 election bets pay off

The National Association of Realtors made some smart bets in the 2014 midterm elections, backing the winner in 11 of the 13 races that it pulled out the stops for, and helping Republicans regain control of the Senate and increase …