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Homeownership is the greatest kind of freedom — and it should be for all

With the overwhelming effects of the pandemic and the racial injustices people are facing and fighting every single day, one common need is emphasized now more than ever: the American dream.
Tags: Homeownership, Opinion, Service, Radio, Equality, Agent, Martin Luther King, American Dream, Declaration of Independence, Brokerage, Select, Racial Equality, I Have A Dream, Troy Palmquist

How this essential industry will evolve post-COVID-19

Real estate is an essential service, and there are a number of ways we as industry professionals can navigate the new realities of our practice. Here's how I see our industry changing in the near future.
Tags: Opinion, Radio, Agent, Christopher Alexander, Brokerage, Select, Coronavirus

The Real Word: Should we end open houses?

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they'll discuss a few ways agents can practice safety at open houses and the Houston Association of Realtors' decision to change the term "master" bedroom.
Tags: Video, Opinion, Service, Radio, Agent, Nicole White, Houston Association of Realtors, Brokerage, Select, Open Houses, Byron Lazine, The Real Word, Agent Safety, Houston Association of Realtor, Master Bedrooms

Smart home tech for agents: The niftiest smart kitchen devices today

The kitchen is one of the most frequently used (and loved) areas of a home, especially now. To make day-to-day life more convenient, here are the top smart gadgets and appliances for the kitchen.
Tags: Video, Lifestyle, Service, Radio, Agent, Smart Plug, Bartesian, Refrigerator, Select, Kitchen Appliances, Smart Kitchen, Smart Faucet, Brandon Doyle, Thingq, Moen Smart Faucet

Stop the name-calling! Let’s fix the broken system

Agents need to find the discrimination and exclusive institutions in the industry and start dismantling them one at a time. It's time to rebuild them to be inclusive and anti-racist. If not now — when?
Tags: Homeownership, Opinion, Service, Radio, Racism, Agent, Code Of Ethics, Racial Inequality, Realtor, Brokerage, Select, Fair Housing, Inclusive, Teresa Boardman

David Terbeek knows when to tell a client it’s not the right time to buy

"The relationship and long-term benefit of working with the client is much more important than that one single sale," the RE/MAX Haven Realty founder said.
Tags: Lifestyle, Radio, Teams, Agent, Brokerage, Select, News Brief, Theme Months, Teams Month, Theme-month-202007, Da\vid Terbeek, Re/Max Haven Realty, David Terbeek, MAX Haven Realty

New data shows agents are feeling optimistic moving into summer

As states reopen, and the housing industry remains a solid place for consumers to invest, recent data from Homesnap indicates that 2020 may finish stronger than expected.
Tags: Service, Radio, Optimism, Agent, Inventory, Markets & Economy, Brokerage, Select, Homesnap, Closings, Transaction Volume, Rachael Hite, Coronavirus, Agent Satisfaction, Agent Sentiment, Number of closings

How to fight back against real estate cyberfraud

As with the overwhelming majority of cyberattacks, the most effective defense against real estate fraud is awareness. Here's how you can keep yourself and your clients protected.
Tags: Technology, Service, Cybercrime, Radio, Cyberattack, Agent, Select, Cyberscams, Homebuying Fraud, Kate Rosenthal, Title and deed fraud

Keeping It Real: What’s next in 2020?

On this edition of “Keeping It Real,” a recurring podcast series on Inman, Peter Lorimer talks about coming together during a time of need and delving back into work post-Fourth of July.
Tags: Real Estate, Lifestyle, Service, Radio, 2020, Agent, Columns, Brokerage, Select, Peter Lorimer, People Business, 2020 Goals, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Work your sphere! 3 ways to beef up your referral network

Seasoned agents know that an extensive and proven referral network is critical to long-term success. But how do agents build and maintain a referral network that works for them? They work at it. Here’s how to form an effective communication plan with your sphere of influence and consistently act on it.
Tags: Marketing, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Referrals, Select, Referral Network, Troy Palmquist

Real estate agent beaten by attackers using homophobic slurs

Keller Williams agent Christian Council was attacked early Saturday morning in Oklahoma City. He said the incident "felt like a hate crime" after the assailants allegedly used homophobic language.
Tags: Real Estate, Police, Lgbt, Radio, Agent, Oklahoma, Hate Crime, Gofundme, Industry News, Oklahoma City, Keller Williams, Christian Council, News Brief, Pride Month, Bobby Calmes

New ways to engage the Inman audience

The companies that serve the real estate industry are able to build awareness, drive demand, and establish their executives as thought leaders through the various Inman channels. Each opportunity is purpose-built to deliver a message, an experience, a call to action.
Tags: Podcast, Real Estate, Advertising, Marketing, Digital, Provider, Radio, Display Ads, Agent, Event, Conference, Partnership, Webinar, Virtual, Inman, Town Hall

Want to convert listing appointments into signed listings? Here’s the solution

This week, Tami Bonnell, the CEO of EXIT Realty, weighs in on ways agents can provide more value to their sellers on their next listing appointment and the four questions they need to ask clients.
Tags: Video, Listings, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Solutions, Brokerage, Select, Bernice Ross, Tami Bonnell, 4 Questions, Listing Appointments, Mind-body Connection, Value equals income

The closing process is painful! Someone disrupt it already

Jay Thompson completes his homebuying journey and describes the painstaking and archaic process of closing amid COVID-19, plus a lesson or two for agents.
Tags: Opinion, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Homebuying, Closing, Select, Jay Thompson, Second Homes

KW agent fired after comparing LGBT people to murderers

Bobby Calmes described himself as "anti LGBTQ" in one of several Facebook posts Tuesday. His company fired him within an hour.
Tags: Facebook, Real Estate, Lgbt, Georgia, Bible, Radio, Agent, Pride, Industry News, Keller Williams, Brokerage, Select, News Brief, Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Andy Peters, Bobby Calmes

Real estate marketplace Sundae earns $16.55M in Series A funding

The company, which focuses exclusively on dated and distressed properties, plans to use the funds to expand to new markets beyond Southern California.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Agent, Fintech, QED Investors, Susa Ventures, Founders Fund, Industry News, Sundae, Brokerage, Series A Funding, Distressed Properties, Josh Stech, Sundae Homes, Online Real Estate Marketplace

How one broker is helping immigrant buyers navigate the homebuying process

Kennedy Akinlosotu recently affiliated his brokerage Nations Realty with ERA Real Estate to help him achieve his vision.
Tags: Nigeria, Radio, Agent, Industry News, Brokerage, Select, Sherry Chris, ERA Real Estate, Immigrant Buyers, Kennedy Akinlosotu, Nations Realty

How Many People Can You Spot in These MLS Photos?

If you enjoyed this post, you’ll definitely like these other Just for Fun posts!
Tags: Real Estate, Funny, Photo, Radio, Listing, Mls, Agent, Photographs, Just For Fun, Realtor, Real Estate Agent, People In Photo

Realogy unveils first-ever benefits program for AARP members

The benefits program will allow AARP members to receive $300 to $5,500 when buying or selling a home with one of Realogy's residential real estate brands.
Tags: Lifestyle, Radio, Agent, Industry News, Baby Boomers, AARP, Corcoran, Coldwell Banker, Realogy, Cash Back, Select, Century 21, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Katrina Helmkamp, COVID-19, Baby Boomer Sellers

What agents need to know about mortgages during (and after) COVID-19

As experts and advisers, real estate agents have always played an important role for homebuyers. But it’s clear that during the coronavirus era, they have even more responsibility to educate clients on what's happening in today's market.
Tags: Mortgages, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Mortgage, Loans, Markets & Economy, Brokerage, Select, Homebuyers, Mortgage Application, Mortgage Market, Forbearance, Theme Months, Prospective Homebuyers

5 credit myths to explain to first-time homebuyers

Before first-time homebuyers pull the trigger on buying a new home, they should understand some common misconceptions in the credit reporting industry as they go through the prequalification and preapproval process. Here's how agents can help.
Tags: Interest Rates, Service, Collection, Radio, Agent, Credit Report, DET, Brokerage, Select, Homebuyers, Credit History, Credit Repair, Preapproval, Homebuying Process, Fist-time Homebuyers, Prequalification

Chime and social media ad agency Dippidi announce new partnership

The companies announced on Monday a partnership to help real estate professionals boost lead generation and conversion rates.
Tags: Technology, Youtube, Marketing, Radio, Agent, Facebook Live, Lead Generation, Industry News, Mike McGowan, Marketing Plan, Chime, Lead Conversion, Select, Real Estate Social Media Marketing, COVID-19, Virtual Open House

Nightmare Queens home listed for $829K is ‘unlivable’

Dirt-covered surfaces, cracks piercing the walls, filthy bathrooms with broken tiles and vines invading the kitchen — all for a whopping $829,000.
Tags: Listings, New York City, Lifestyle, Radio, Queens, Agent, Zillow, Teardowns, Department Of Education, Douglas Elliman, Select,, Corner Home, EMT, Douglas Elliman agent

John Legend to Houston Association of Realtors: ‘Fix the real problem’

John Legend asked the real estate industry to focus on housing discrimination instead of fixing "fake" problems, like removing "master" from multiple listing service descriptions.
Tags: Social Media, Radio, Racism, Agent, Tmz, John Legend, Houston Association of Realtors, Select, News Brief, Master Bedroom, Housing Discrimination, Houston Association of Realtors (HAR, Master Bathroom, Mls Descriptions, Racism In Real Estate, MLS terminology

The Inman Handbook on communicating in our new normal

Improve your personal and professional performance with our guide designed to help you better communicate and connect with others and with yourself.
Tags: Marketing, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Select, Theme Months, Productivity Month

How Beth Benalloul went from spinning wheels to sealing deals

Corcoran Group agent and team leader Beth Benalloul explains how she went from teaching spinning classes to becoming one of NYC's top agents.
Tags: Radio, Work-life balance, Teams, Agent, Select, Corcoran Group, New York City Real Estate, Agent Plus, Coronavirus, Beth Benalloul

Trending lighting styles that sell

A luxury home’s ambiance, aesthetic, and visual distinctness depends on the quality of its light. But with such a wide variety of lighting fixtures to choose from, what are today’s luxury homebuyers looking for?
Tags: Sponsored, Real Estate, Radio, Agent, Lighting, Interior Design, Luxury Real Estate, High-End Real Estate, Sotheby's International Realty, Leading in Luxury, Sponsored Sections, Trending lighting styles that sell

Real estate’s catch-22: how to buy when you haven’t sold

Laura owned a condo in San Carlos, California, when she accepted a new job in Portland, Oregon. She was given a challenging timeline: relocate and start in six weeks. She believed her condo would sell quickly and for a great price, but the owner of her dream home in Portland wouldn’t accept her contingent offer.
Tags: Sponsored, Radio, Portland, Agent, Portland Oregon, Laura, Trade-in, San Carlos California, Homelight

So you want to be a mentor? Read this first

Mentoring isn’t easy, and it’s certainly not for everyone. If you’re thinking about becoming a mentor, you should have a solid picture of what you’re getting yourself into before committing to working with another agent. Here’s what you should know.
Tags: Leadership, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Commitment, Mentorship, Mentor, Mentee, Select, Becoming A Mentor, Qualities Of A Mentor, Real Estate Licensee

What should agents post? 5 social media guidelines for 2020

A lot of agents are questioning what’s appropriate to post on social media amid the pandemic and the current protests on racial injustice. Here are a few guidelines on what to post (and what not to).
Tags: Leadership, Education, Social Media, Leaders, Service, Radio, Agent, Black Lives Matter Movement, Valerie Alexander, Posts, Brokerage, Select, Social Media Posts, Racial Injustice, Social Media Guidelines, Katie Lance