Real Estate News for Realtors and Brokers

The top threat to real estate portals: Mike DelPrete
A new threat emerges that, while still a long shot, possesses the greatest potential to disrupt the dominant position of the portals. As billion-dollar behemoths battle for supremacy, with agents as their unwitting pawns, consumers might be left paying the price.

WATCH: Become a better negotiator in 9 simple steps
Top real estate agents Amie Quirarte and Craig Wilburn share how agents can conquer their negotiating fears. Watch the full video here from last week's Connect Now.

Gary Keller, Dave Liniger and the last of the real estate cowboys
The mercurial Keller Williams founder Gary Keller still operates like a cowboy, running his sprawling global enterprise as he sees fit.

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Ikea is selling tiny homes now — and, phew, no assembly required
In a partnership with Vox Creative and Wisconsin-based tiny home and RV builder ESCAPE, the furniture giant revealed a 187-square-foot tiny home.

Nearly half of real estate regulatory agency websites ignore consumers
Forty-one percent of state real estate regulatory agency websites present "poor" information to homebuyers and sellers while devoting themselves entirely to real estate professionals, according to a new report by the Consumer Federation of America.

New-home sales show healthy gains in January
New-home sales jumped 4.3 percent on a monthly basis and 19.3 percent on an annual basis, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Bigger is better: Square footage is the no. 1 amenity for luxury buyers
A new report on global luxury from Coldwell Banker found that amid the pandemic, high-end buyers put a greater emphasis on more square footage over any other amenity, driving an increase in homes over 5,000 square feet.

Want to crush it on TikTok, Instagram or YouTube? 7 tips for video creation
Tools such as Instagram Reels, TikTok and YouTube Shorts are becoming invaluable to real estate agents — especially because they're free. With a few of these best practices, you can ramp up your views and grow your well-deserved audience through short-form videos.

Pulse: What alternative mortgage services are clients opting for?
As we approach the end of the month, we're rolling our sleeves up and prepping to plunge into our next theme of mortgage and alternative financing. This week, we're asking our readers: What alternative financing models are your clients drawn to?

From cold to close: 3 tips for better digital lead response
In this multipart series, you'll learn about digital transactions from end to end and examine new technologies that can enhance the process. First up? Solutions that keep digital inquiries on the digital path.

From critic to fanboy: How this NAR detractor turned
Ever wonder what exactly the National Association of Realtors does for you? Here’s how Jay Thompson went from vocal critical blogger to NAR defender.

4 lessons I live by as a Black real estate agent
Fair housing tends to garner the most attention when it comes to race in real estate. However, managing broker Janel Randall shares her experience as a Black Realtor and why we need to focus more on inclusion.

Largest MLS in Northern California acquires smaller neighbor
Sacramento-based MetroList adds four counties to its footprint and members of the Sutter Yuba Association of Realtors MLS gain more exposure to list and sell homes in the region.

‘Silence of the Lambs’ home to become themed vacation rental
The lifelong horror fan who bought the Pennsylvania home used to film "Silence of the Lambs" is hard at work turning it into a themed vacation rental.

Study: 44% of millennials would buy a home from photos alone
Clever Real Estate's latest millennial survey published on Tuesday revealed just how far the generation is willing to go to become homeowners.

Tech and diversity questions pile up as agents react to KW shakeup
One Keller Williams agent called the timing of the announcement "awkward" while others decried the fact that no women or people of color were included in the recent leadership promotions.

3 takeaways from Realogy’s year-end results
The real estate holding company is downsizing its office footprint, creating a more integrated transaction experience and reducing debt.

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