Finding solace in isolation

Here’s some perspective from a contributor who spent a year in a remote Zen temple with 10 hours of meditation each day, which turned into a lifelong contemplative practice.

Mega 1000: The real estate industry’s most comprehensive, accurate brokerage company rankings

As the real estate industry grapples with sweeping changes, innovation and increased competition, thorough, accurate industry information has become increasingly important, especially with respect to the size and scope of its largest companies.

Swanepoel Trends Report helping brokerages navigate rapid real estate industry change

The real estate industry is undergoing immense change. All industry professionals see it and feel it, from the meteoric rise of Compass and eXp Realty to the proliferation of the iBuyer business model to the changing brokerage and agent consumer value …

For US’s oldest brokerage, success is about ‘always looking forward’

Stephen Baird, president and CEO of Baird & Warner Real Estate, which claims to be the oldest real estate brokerage in the U.S., hopes he can pass the firm on to the sixth Baird generation. Whether Baird’s daughter, Abigail, 30, or his nephew, Wyllys, late 30s, end up succeeding him at the helm of the Chicago-based firm when he’s ready to go will depend on their competence, not just their blood. Baird, 62, took over the firm from his father, John, in the early ’90s at around age …

Zillow Group hosting San Francisco ‘hackathon’ competition

Zillow Group is inviting hackers, coders, designers and engineers to dream up new real estate software at an all-night “hackathon” at its San Francisco offices, Nov. 6 – …

Top producer #FastAgent spills his secrets

Near my studio apartment in the not-yet-up-and-coming neighborhood of West Oakland, California, sits a bus bench with an ad featuring just the words “#FASTAGENT” in black lettering on a white background — nothing else. Its bold design began grabbing my attention earlier this year …

DJ Grubb winning with a traditional real estate model

It’s Tuesday morning. Real estate agent Michael Friedman is wearing a tie, nice slacks and monk strap shoes, polished so their rich umber brown shines golden. This morning, he’s bantering light-heartedly with two of his well-dressed agent colleagues at…

Real estate agents turn to ‘spirit sweepers’ for haunted homes

Four years ago, Dallas real estate agent Scott Carlson won a listing that he said carried a “dark energy.” That’s when Carlson turned to Jay Quinn, a Washington, D.C.-based energy healer who helps real estate brokers and agents improve the atmosphere o…

Chicago broker bakes on-demand videos into search platform

Clinch, maker of automatic marketing videos, joined the growing field of firms offering portals, brokerages and agents the ability to feature dynamic videos on listings in their search platforms by signing up Chicago-based brokerage Dream Town Realty i…

BoostUp helps real estate brokerages, agents and lenders crowdfund their way into first-time homebuyers’ hearts

Southern California real estate agent Yvette Thomas is offering a $750 rebate to homebuyers who work with her. The offer comes through crowdfunding startup BoostUp, a savings platform that allows homebuyers to crowdsource their down payment from friend…