Mark Spain expands state by state on his terms

One of the benefits Mark Spain, former Keller Williams top team leader, finds in running his own company is he can expand at will. He doesn’t have to have diplomatic talks with other Keller Williams offices to see if they will accommodate his team.

Real estate agents see electric scooter boom as mixed blessing

But Realtors in San Francisco and Los Angeles seem to be in two minds about whether they are in favor of the new wheeled sensations. If there’s any consensus, it’s that the scooters are a mixed blessing — and a fun idea that could help sell an area to buyers, especially millennials.

Turn your time into money

I’m sure it’s happened to you. You show up at the office with the best intentions to make the most of your day. Yet hours later, you head home feeling like you didn’t accomplish one thing that will bring in the bucks.

10 design ideas to revive your outdated listings in 2018

Most real estate agents can walk into an original space and date the construction based on the wall and ceiling finishes, the color of the hardware, the way light fixtures look and the colors employed. And let’s be honest, a dated home will draw less i…

OJO Labs raises $20.5 million for house-hunting AI assistant

Real estate artificial intelligence startup OJO Labs raised $20.5 million in a Series B round backed in part by Realogy.

Notarize raises $20 million from Lennar, Realogy and others

Notarize, a startup that offers services to legally notarize real estate documents online, just raised $20 million in funding from giants including homebuilder Lennar and real estate holding company Realogy, among others.

4 things every agent should know about creating the perfect social media strategy

In March, Ignite Visibility CEO John Lincoln released “Social Media Marketing: The Movie,” a 45-minute film where 10 social media experts explain how each of the top social media platforms work and share how to find success on each platform as a busine…

NAR postpones vote on 2.5% annual dues increases

The National Association of Realtors will not vote this year on whether to raise dues for members by 2.5 percent annually, but it’s still considering this year’s $30 increase.

California agent launches first of its kind — an institute for divorce-related real estate matters

In January, Laurel Starks, a divorce-property specialist and Keller Williams’ team leader, launched the Divorce Real Estate Institute (DREI), a series of online videos and brick-and-mortar courses taught by an experienced faculty of family law attorneys, mediators, lending experts and family court judges.

Why you don’t need to use fear tactics to sell your services

As a group, there are definitely a few things real estate professionals, and by that, I mean those of us who sell real estate, should avoid. We don’t need headlines like “8 reasons selling without a real estate agent is a recipe for disaster.”