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Is Purplebricks really in turmoil? A closer look
The stock price is significantly down from the highs of last year, the U.S. and U.K. CEOs are out, and revenue guidance has been repeatedly downgraded. Find out what other challenges Purplebricks faces in the U.S. here.
HomeSmart’s new website serves up listings from wherever you go
HomeNearMe.com is a desktop and mobile site developed in-house that serves up multiple listing service listings from 96 markets nationwide. Users see listings based on proximity, so they can see the properties closest to them without having to search or know addresses.
The sacred pact of cooperation between brokers is unraveling
In the end, broker cooperation becomes less and less important. The listing business, as we know it, will be much smaller. Buyers will compete with institutions, and agents will deliver on-demand service or risk being left out.
3D imaging companies say Zillow’s app is not true 3D
Inman has interacted with imagery from all of these providers, and the three-dimensional spaces created by Matterport and GeoCV do have more features and are more immersive than those produced by Zillow's 3D Home.
HUD releases new income limits for housing programs
According to a primer provided by HUD, eligibility for programs is based on three income levels — extremely low income (less than 30 percent of the median family income), very low (less than 50 percent of the median family income), and low (less than 80 percent of the median family income).
Back from the dead: Zillow kickbacks lawsuit returns
According to the court filing, the plaintiffs made their case in part through the testimony of two anonymous witnesses who used to work for Zillow as a regional sales manager and a sales and operations trainer, respectively.
Bloomberg launches luxury listings section
The section launched Tuesday, and for the next 30 days, it will exclusively feature listings from Sotheby's International Realty.
Paul Simon lists Connecticut estate for $13.9M
In efforts to downsize, iconic musician Paul Simon is looking for someone to buy his Connecticut estate for $13.9 million.
Vacasa launches interior design service for rental owners
Kimberly White, the company's head of interior design services, told Inman that the program has three different service tiers that are flexible enough to accommodate everyone from DIYers to property owners looking for a full service experience.
3 critical areas to organize in your flexible career
Some of the most successful agents in the world are meticulously organized and have a set schedule that they live by. Here are a few organizational tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your not-so-strictly defined job.
5 online tools for keeping tabs on your reputation
Every individual and business should be aware of what is being said about them online — but the internet is so vast, you might need a little help knowing how or where to begin. Here are five online tools every real estate agent can use to monitor their online reputation and keep tabs on any cyber chatter surrounding their brand.
Recycle this post! 8 ways to get the most bang for your ideas
Blogging has many steps — writing, rewriting, editing and writing again. The key to working smarter — and not harder — is to make sure that one of those steps includes recycling your best insights so that you get the most ROI from your efforts. Here are eight ways to reuse your hard work.
10 proven ways to boost your real estate business’ profitability
What’s the one thing agents can do to dramatically increase their profits? Take it from 10 pros who know, and tap into their ideas for keeping more of your hard-earned commission moving forward.
For agents looking to leave Contactually, the best alternative CRM is …
A thread on Inman's Coast to Coast Facebook group ignited volumes of debate about which CRM software is the best and what agents should do if they no longer want to work with Contactually. Here are the top contenders according to our readers.
Home profit margins soften nationwide
Homeowners who sold their home in Q1 2019 experienced an average price gain of $57,500 since purchase — a $2,500 quarter-over-quarter decline from Q4 2018 and a $767 year-over-year increase from Q1 2018.
How Vancouver college kids live in mansions on the cheap
Owners of luxury homes, many of which happen to be close to the university, have been renting out bedrooms to avoid being hit with extra taxes. Because most students are already expecting to have roommates rather than a whole apartment, they are the ones who respond to the ads.
The money question for Compass
The company faces stiff competition from other firms, such as Redfin, Zillow and Opendoor, all of which have built businesses that deviate from the traditional brokerage. Finding new reliable revenue streams from ancillary services, then, would likely go a long way to proving that Compass deserves its enormous valuation.
Houzz app now lets you test new floors in augmented reality
Although the tool is geared toward consumers, Houzz head of visual technologies Sally Huang says real estate agents can use View in My Room 3D to do on-the-spot staging that helps buyers make a home-purchasing decision or helps sellers make a design choice that could potentially boost a home's value.
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