Genuine communication is the anecdote to iBuying

The Agency founder Mauricio Umansky believes that art of genuine communication is dying, and it’s up to real estate agents to keep it alive or lose ground to disruptive real estate tech companies pushing things like iBuying.

Video marketing, staging matter more than ever for luxury listings

At Inman Luxury Connect, Carrie McCormick, a development specialist at @properties, said that video marketing is a “requirement” these days, and her co-panelists said that staging is a top priority to create an emotional impact with buyers.

Data, honesty key to giving sellers realistic expectations: Gary Gold

Today’s sellers may have done their own research and come up with their own prices, so it’s up to agents to manage expectations and gently deliver reality.

Luxury agents need to be ‘smarter than the internet’

Brad Inman argued Wednesday morning at Luxury Connect that the real estate market today is dominated by change and that agents need to be smarter to thrive.

Bright MLS debuts new pocket listing rule

Major East Coast multiple listing service Bright MLS announced Wednesday that it has rolled out a new policy on so-called “pocket listings,” requiring agents to add any properties they are publicly advertising to the system or, eventually, they’ll face…

What you need to know before investing in a damaged home

Some expect to do one or two repairs and forget about it while others specifically seek out properties that have been damaged in hurricanes and fires as a modest property investment.

Opendoor appoints new batch of executives, board members

The new leaders — none of whom have backgrounds in real estate — have previous experience working at Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and in the venture capital industry.

175-agent Miami brokerage affiliates with eXp Realty

Kurz Real Estate CEO David Kurz hopes the move will “empower agents with the ability to build economic freedom for themselves.”

Compass launches 2 new agent feedback initiatives

Compass Concierge, Compass Coming Soons, Compass Cares and a forthcoming bridge loans program were all brought to Compass by agents, CEO Robert Reffkin said.

Las Vegas MLS to give agents new CRM, mobile app products

The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors will now provide members with Prospects CRM and MLS-Touch, it was announced Monday.