Want to rise above your competition? Try these 5 pro moves

In real estate, showcasing your professionalism is how you get business. It’s how you convince buyers and sellers to work with you over the plethora of other agents out there. What can you do to exhibit competence and display your skillset to past and future clients? Here are five pro moves that’ll set you apart from the rest of the pack.

3 essential social media platforms for newbie agents

When it comes to social media, it’s a bit of a jungle out there. To help new agents suss out what’s crucial, here are the top three platforms and some tips for how to make it all work with your marketing plan.

Realtor.com lays off Arizona sales team, consolidates in California

The team in Scottsdale had been working on realtor.com’s lead generation and marketing products, which are geared toward real estate agents. Now, all those sales efforts at realtor.com will be consolidated into an office in Westlake Village, California…

Redfin’s new agent-free service hits regulatory snag

Redfin Direct, a pilot program that allows consumers to make direct offers on homes listed by real estate brokerage Redfin online without being represented by a buyer’s agent, is violating a regulation regarding agency disclosure, according to a Massachusetts state agency that oversees real estate licensees.

Same-sex couples face discriminatory lending practices: Study

Same-sex couples were 73 percent more likely to be rejected for mortgages than heterosexual couples, according to an Iowa State University Ivy College of Business analysis. The study looked at home loans granted over a quarter of a century between 1990…

Company that eliminates security deposits ‘locks’ in new partner

LeaseLock replaces security deposits with monthly fees and believes its new insurance partnership shows that the industry is embracing its business model.

Vacasa’s new board member hints at IPO future

Matt Roberts, the former CEO of OpenTable is joining the board of directors for vacation rental management startup Vacasa.

What is company culture? An indie broker-owner gives his 2 cents

Regardless of what type of brokerage you belong to, culture makes a big difference in how a business operates. In fact, a company’s culture can make or break its success. How do you find a culture that’s right for you? Regular Inman contributor and indie broker Troy Palmquist shares his thoughts on company culture.

READ: Justice Department’s letter to CoreLogic demanding MLS info

Inman has obtained a letter from the Department of Justice requesting information on multiple listing service data from CoreLogic, a California-based financial services and analytics firm.

Moving to a new market? Here’s how to start on the right foot

To offer your clients the most valuable service, you have to learn everything your prospects might want to know about your new market. If you find yourself starting over, here are some tips to make it a little bit easier.