Keller Williams debuts AI virtual assistant and referral platform

Real estate franchisor Keller Williams debuted an artificial intelligence-based virtual assistant and referrals platform today, announcing to the world it has every intention of thriving in a changing industry …

Inside Trump’s historic $95M mansion deal, 10 years later

In interviews with Florida real estate professionals, including at least one involved in the 2008 sale, agents characterized Trump’s blockbuster deal as simply par for the course in the years leading up to the financial collapse, when appreciation rates climbed at a historic clip and the housing market in Palm Beach and elsewhere in South Florida was like the Wild West …

Competition over SoCal market share heats up, eXp lands talent

After a number of acquisitive brokerages have been circling San Diego in recent months, some key activity exploded this week. Broker-owner Kyle Whissel, whose independent firm Whissel Realty is the most productive brokerage in San Diego County according to Real Trends; and Dan Beer, leader of Keller Williams’ no. 1 team in Southern California by gross commission income, have both joined virtual brokerage eXp Realty …

ICNY 18: Why agent teams will soon replace brokerages

“To be clear, brokerage firms as we currently know them will not exist in the next 10 years,” Compass CEO Robert Reffkin told the audience at ICNY …

Purplebricks’ UK sales figures dispute probably won’t happen stateside

Purplebricks, one of the buzziest flat-fee real estate startups abroad, is six months into its attempt to infiltrate the U.S. market. But a dispute raising questions about its sales figures in the U.K. has the potential to influence how the company is viewed in the U.S — even if the same problems won’t pop up here …

Tell real estate leaders what you really think

Take Inman’s Leadership Survey now, tell your bosses what they are doing wrong, and enter to win two free passes to Inman Connect San Francisco 2018. …

Trelora launches in Seattle, irks residents with marketing stunt

Flat-fee real estate startup Trelora launched in its second city this week — and annoyed some residents with a guerrilla marketing campaign …

Lennar and CalAtlantic Group merger creates largest homebuilder in US

“With stable to improving market conditions, this combination enables our company to use local market concentration to drive synergies and efficiencies.” …

Real estate startups make a splash on Forbes Fintech 50

“Real estate is the world’s largest asset class and the largest capital market. And it is clearly one of the least efficient as real estate capital markets have been laggards in the adoption of technology.” …

Xome operator Nationstar acquired by WMIH Corp.

WMIH Corp. has acquired a majority interest in Nationstar, the mortgage servicing company that owns real estate technology platform Xome and recently rebranded its loan origination operations to “Mr. Cooper.” …