The Inman Weekender, December 15-16, 2018

The week’s top real estate industry stories, plus practical advice to use this weekend.

The Real Word: What does concierge marketing mean for agents?

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week: NRT’s marketing concierge for Coldwell Banker.

BHHS Fox & Roach launches new agent tech platform

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach is launching a new marketing technology platform for its 5,100 agents in the Tri-State area.

Realogy’s big bet for 2019

Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider spoke with Inman in a wide-ranging conversation in which he reflected on his first year at the real estate holding company and why he’s heavily investing in agents.

Connect the Sessions: Get 2019 tips, trends and insights at Hacker Connect

Get an edge on the competition by staying at the cutting edge of real estate technology and everything you need to know, whether you’re building it yourself or buying it from a vendor.

Connect the Sessions: Find your indie advantage at the Indie Broker Summit

In the age of disruption, where everything from teams to discount brokerages are poised to poach your business, are indie brokerages more relevant than ever?

Redfin hires a renovations chief as it builds up its iBuyer program

Redfin beefed up its iBuyer program Wednesday, announcing that it has hired its first-ever “national head of renovations” for RedfinNow.

Compass hiring 100 more engineers for Seattle tech hub

Compass is launching a west coast technology campus and looking to nearly double its technical staff to populate the new hub.

3 ways to make giving back part of your business

From large corporations to individual agents, giving back is becoming more mainstream. If you’ve made the decision to make charitable work part of your business, it’s time to think through execution. Here are a few ideas we’ve seen work well in the industry.

The long, messy road to NAR’s costly breakup with Upstream

After reaching out to pilot brokerages and multiple listing services nationwide, it appears brokerages may not be using Upstream at all.