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Top agents, agent teams averaged more than 140 transactions in 2012 - Inman.com

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 18:26

Top agents, agent teams averaged more than 140 transactions in 2012
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America's top real estate agents and agent teams closed more transaction sides and handled more sales volume in 2012 than they have at any time in the the seven-year history of survey-based rankings compiled by Real Trends with The Wall Street Journal.

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Head of NAR's tech accelerator program judging Techweek LAUNCH - Inman.com

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 18:04

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Head of NAR's tech accelerator program judging Techweek LAUNCH
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Constance Freedman — the National Association of Realtors' vice president of strategic investments, and managing director of NAR's “tech accelerator” program, REach — is one of six judges at Techweek LAUNCH. More than 70 startups are exhibiting today ...

How to reach, market and close global business - Inman.com

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 17:25

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How to reach, market and close global business
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International buyers accounted for 6.3 percent of U.S. existing-home sales volume during the year ending in March — about $68.2 billion in sales all told, according to the latest estimates from the National Association of Realtors. That's a smaller ...

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Bill would ban housing discrimination against LGBT community - Inman.com

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 15:46

Bill would ban housing discrimination against LGBT community
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On the heels of a study that found same-sex couples looking to rent homes are more likely to experience unfavorable treatment than heterosexual couples, lawmakers have once again introduced a bill that would amend the Fair Housing Act and make it ...

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Associations vote to dissolve Florida-based Regional MLS - Inman.com

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 09:57

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Associations vote to dissolve Florida-based Regional MLS
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The board of directors of Jupiter, Fla.-based Regional Multiple Listing Service Inc. has voted to dissolve the 11,000-member MLS following the settlement of a lawsuit filed by one of its shareholder associations. Regional MLS members are now receiving ...

Silicon Valley property tax rolls at record high - Inman.com

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 21:26

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Silicon Valley property tax rolls at record high
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Homes and other property in California's Silicon Valley have never been worth more, according to the Santa Clara County Assessor, which is about to send out letters to 478,000 property owners who can expect to see their assessments go up by an average ...

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In a bid for more listings, ZipRealty launches 'Seller Center' - Inman.com

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 20:33

In a bid for more listings, ZipRealty launches 'Seller Center'
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In a bid to attract more listings, tech-focused brokerage and referral firm ZipRealty Inc. has launched a “Seller Center” that provides property value estimates and a tool for identifying comparable sales, and offers to connect sellers to an agent who ...

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Low manufactured home construction constrains affordable housing - Inman.com

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 14:02

Low manufactured home construction constrains affordable housing
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While overall home construction plummeted by 70 percent between 2006 and 2011, manufactured home construction continued along a descent that began in 1998, according to the report. Fannie Mae said since hitting a high of 374,000 units that year, ...

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Connect: where the real estate industry met Larry Page - Inman.com

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 10:34

Connect: where the real estate industry met Larry Page
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On July 22, 2001 — eons ago in the digital world — a man stood on stage at the Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco and told an audience of real estate bigwigs and tech entrepreneurs from around the country that many homebuyers would ...

101 topic ideas for your real estate blog - Inman.com

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 10:07

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101 topic ideas for your real estate blog
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I have been a real estate blogger for almost eight years. But how many months or years I have been at it is irrelevant. What really matters is that I have written thousands of blog posts over the years. Each one of them is out there on the Internet ...

Majority of Realogy's board now independent - Inman.com

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 21:05

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Majority of Realogy's board now independent
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Realtor.com enlists social media for 'Find it First' campaign - Inman.com

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 18:28

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Realtor.com enlists social media for 'Find it First' campaign
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Realtor.com will harness Twitter and other social media channels to ramp up its “Find it First” marketing campaign, which the listing portal launched in March to emphasize the timeliness and accuracy of its listings. Realtor.com is partnering with ...

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Are people who click the like button 'engaged users'? - Inman.com

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 10:36

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Are people who click the like button 'engaged users'?
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For others, this confusion is just a small worry in the back of the mind — like wondering whether the water was left running before you left for the day. Specifically, it's a confusion about the meaning of what it is that people do while using social ...

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Imprev offering mobile marketing center to individual agents - Inman.com

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 09:16

Imprev offering mobile marketing center to individual agents
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Bellevue, Wash.-based real estate marketing software firm Imprev Inc.'s tablet-focused mobile marketing platform featuring responsive single-property websites, property tours, brochures, and e-newsletters is now available to individual agents. The ...

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New index reveals mortgage credit easing - Inman.com

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 19:19

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New index reveals mortgage credit easing
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Continuing an upward trend, mortgage credit availability rose in May compared to the month before, according to a new index from the Mortgage Bankers Association and mortgage information provider AllRegs. The Mortgage Credit Availability Index, ...

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Dropbox for Business is more than a rebrand - Inman.com

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 18:49

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Dropbox for Business is more than a rebrand
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Dropbox, the popular cloud storage service, has released “Dropbox for Business,” a new service that's much more than a rebranding of Dropbox for Teams, the company's previous business offering. Dropbox has been widely adopted by the real estate ...

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International buyers scale back purchases of US homes - Inman.com

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 17:26

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International buyers scale back purchases of US homes
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Foreign buyers purchased a smaller share of U.S. homes sold in the year through March 2013 compared to the year before, according to an annual report from the National Association of Realtors. An 11.5 percent drop in average sales price, to $354,193, ...

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Market Leader adds lead-capture feature to CRM tools - Inman.com

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 12:46

Market Leader adds lead-capture feature to CRM tools
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Market Leader has announced additions to its Smart Lead Technology that make leads generated by major listing portals and franchises as well as agents' branded websites automatically appear in its customer relationship management (CRM) tools. “Market ...

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Experts doubt surge in mortgage rates will derail housing recovery - Inman.com

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 20:16

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Experts doubt surge in mortgage rates will derail housing recovery
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Surging mortgage rates may have little effect on the housing market, at least in the near term, housing experts say. Mortgage rates rose sharply last week following comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that the Fed will begin tapering ...

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'Storytelling' helps luxury buyers picture themselves in a home - Inman.com

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 19:33

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'Storytelling' helps luxury buyers picture themselves in a home
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Editor's note: This is part five of a six-part series on marketing luxury properties. Regardless of the price range in which you work, writing great ad copy is important. In the luxury market, it's even more essential. What are the elements that ...