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Stop the toxicity! 9 tips for avoiding bad behavior online

Do yourself a favor, and work on eliminating toxic people and their thoughts. Hit the flush handle, and enjoy the time you spend online. Here’s how.
Tags: Internet, Opinion, Lifestyle, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Industrial Internet Of Things, Select, Jay Thompson, Toxicity

Home energy evaluator WattBuy raises $3.25M in series A

WattBuy, a web app for helping homeowners predict and understand energy usage raises more money as climate change's role in real estate continues to grow.
Tags: Apps, Technology, Climate Change, Radio, Venture Capital, Wildfire, Floods, Carbon Footprint, Series A, Industry News, Select, News Brief, Fund-raising, Wattbuy, Climatecheck, Floodzones

What we know about the luxe agent on HBO’s Christmas reality dating show

HBO Max released a Christmas-themed, reality dating show, and Douglas Elliman luxury agent Garrett Marcantel is one of three stars.
Tags: Video, Hbo, Reality TV, Instagram, Listings, Lifestyle, NFL, Radio, Luxury, Teams, Douglas Elliman, Select, HBO Max, Luxury Lens, 12 Dates of Christmas, Chad Savage

Offers from iBuyers are getting weaker: zavvie report

Total iBuyer purchases plummeted 82 percent year over year in Q3, according to the report.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Zillow, Redfin, Home Swap, Industry News, Select, Opendoor, Knock, Offerpad, Zavvie, iBuyer, Bridge Loan, Lane Hornung

EXp expands brokerage operations to Mexico

It's the sixth international market for the virtual cloud-based real estate brokerage.
Tags: Mexico, Radio, Keller Williams, International Expansion, Brokerage, Select, Exp Realty, VirBELA, Exp World Holdings, Michael Valdes

7 ways to connect with first-time millennial and Gen Z buyers

To appeal to millennial and Gen Z buyers, you should familiarize yourself with their comfort zones, priorities and the challenges they face now. Here's what you need to know.
Tags: Social Media, Service, Radio, Agent, Online Reviews, Millennial, Baby Boomers, Generation Z, Gen Z, Brokerage, Select, Homebuyers, Ben Mizes, COVID-19, Gen Z Homebuyers

Stuck with moving boxes? 10 ways to reduce, reuse and recycle

If you're a new agent, at some point, your clients will likely ask you about the best way to dispose of their moving boxes. Here are a few ways you can help them avoid sending cardboard to a landfill.
Tags: Storage, Organization, Service, Radio, Agent, Recycling, Reuse, Landfill, Moving, Cardboard, Bill Gassett, Brokerage, Select, Moving Boxes, Cardboard Box

Pulse: The state of the indie broker going into 2021

This week, our readers respond with their thoughts on the fate of independent brokerages. Are these businesses primed for success going into the new year?
Tags: Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Pulse, Agents, Indies, Brokerage, Select, 2021, New Agents, Indie Brokerage, Indie Brokers, Theme-month-202009

FTC sues CoStar to stop RentPath acquisition

The regulatory agency argued in a complaint that the move increases concentration in the rental listing space, eliminating the competition that drives advertising prices down.
Tags: Regulations, Radio, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Industry News, Select,, RentPath, Costar, ApartmentGuide, Christine S. Wilson

Sotheby’s agents sweat it out to raise $31K for food relief fund

Sotheby's International Realty and fitness company Barry's teamed up to raise money for World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides chef-cooked meals to those in need.
Tags: Radio, Agent, Barry, Giving Back, Sotheby's International Realty, Jose Andres, Sotheby, Brokerage, Select, World Central Kitchen, Agents Giving Back, Coronavirus, Giving back to community, Deirdre O’Connell, Robin Walpert, Vannessa Kaufman

Mobile lead management and productivity app Quitchet makes solid upgrades

Quitchet, a mobile app for lead management and agent productivity, was first reviewed in 2018, and it launched with some bugs and UX challenges. It's since been updated, and now, it's ready for the open market.
Tags: Mobile, Technology, Opinion, Listings, Ios Apps, Mobile Apps, Radio, Android Apps, Review Updates, Lead Generation, Select, News Brief, Lead Capture, Buyers Tools, Technology Reviews, Listing Search

Compass reorganizes regional leadership amid IPO chatter

Danielle Wilkie, who joined Compass in 2019, will serve as central president, a newly created position, to oversee 4,000 agents in markets including Colorado, Texas and Chicago.
Tags: Ipo, Bloomberg, Radio, Goldman Sachs, Compass, Morgan Stanley, Brokerage, Select, Colorado Texas, Peter Jonas, Kamini Lane, Danielle Wilkie, Neda Navab

5 ways indies are preserving their culture in a digital work world

Here are a few strategies some indie brokers are implementing to try and keep their company's culture going strong in a largely remote work world.
Tags: Lifestyle, Social Media, Company Culture, Virtual Conference, Radio, Culture, Volunteer Work, Community, Agent, Remote Working, Self-care, Brokerage, Select, Face Masks, Michael Rossi, NAR Conference

With CoStar in the game, a new real estate chessboard emerges

People who have done deals with CoStar, or had a catbird seat in CEO Andy Florance's business dealings, say he's cunning, ruthless and plays to win. Sounds like Zillow, right?
Tags: Technology, Radio, Zillow, Rentals, NAR, Jeff Goldblum, National Association of Realtors, Andy Florance, Markets & Economy, Select,, Homesnap, Costar

October contract signings surge way beyond last year’s levels: NAR

The Pending Home Sales Index, an indicator of future sales based on contract signings, rose 20.2 percent from October 2019, according to the National Association of Realtors.
Tags: Sales, Radio, Mortgage Rates, Inventory, NAR, Lawrence Yun, Markets & Economy, Select, Home Prices, Pending Home Sales

Home insurance startup Hippo raises $350M

Japanese insurance giant Mitsui Sumitomo is injecting funds into the company's efforts to usher its insurance product into more than 95 percent of U.S. households.
Tags: Technology, Lifestyle, Investing, Radio, Lennar, Hippo, Select, News Brief, Fifth Wall Ventures, Mitsui Sumitomo, Takashi Sato, Dragoner, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, MS&AD Ventures, Shinichiro Funabiki

How to handle buyer’s agent commissions when a seller won’t pay

Though relatively rare today, some agents foresee a future in which buyers are responsible for their agents' commissions. That could pose a challenge for buyers — though some agents have already figured out solutions.
Tags: Analysis, Chicago, Radio, Pennsylvania, Agent, Industry News, Closing Costs, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Select, Commissions, U.S. Department of Justice, Closings, Exp Realty, Buyers Tools, Leslie Ebersole

6 ways to add a personal touch to daily client communications

We're all doing business from behind our screens this year, but that doesn't mean we should give up the relationship element of a real estate transaction. Here's how to add a human touch to your communication.
Tags: Technology, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Team, Partnership, Testimonial, Local Businesses, Sphere, Brokerage, Select, Soi, Personal Touch, Client photos, Technology usage

13 things buyers need to consider before relocating

With people across the country moving in record numbers, it might motivate others to do the same. Selling a home and packing up to a dream destination might seem rather easy right now, but here are 13 things buyers should consider.
Tags: Radio, Agent, Moving, Select, Relocating, Cara Ameer, Coronavirus, Buyer Advice

Perfect the handwritten note! 5 examples you’ll want to steal

Correspondence is an art, not a science, but these tips will help make your handwritten notes, thank-you's and videos easier to create.
Tags: Video, Communication, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Columns, Select, Thank You Note, Handwritten, Christy Murdock Edgar, Sphere Of Influence, Handwritten Note, Kendall Bonner

Want to hit the ground running in 2021? Follow these 8 steps

To make the most of their time, agents need to hit the restart button now — before jumping into the new year. Cross out these actionable items, and you'll kick off 2021 right.
Tags: Marketing, Business Planning, Social Media, Brand, Target Audience, Planning, Service, Radio, Agent, Content, Growth, Branding, Lead Generation, Business Plan, Brokerage, Select

How smart tech can help reimagine homeowners’ home offices

Home office as becoming a must-have in today's environment. So, this week, John Clancy digs into the trend, discussing the upgrades and new technology homeowners should invest in for a more seamless at-home working experience.
Tags: Work From Home, Technology, Office, Service, Radio, Home Office, Working From Home, Agent, Zoom, Creston, Brokerage, Select, Videoconferencing, John Clancy, Brandon Doyle, Zoom room

The Real Word: Verify your sources always

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they'll discuss why agents need to verify their sources, how to update a home and holiday emails.
Tags: Video, Real Estate, Opinion, Housing Market, Service, Radio, Teams, Agent, Vaccine, Code Of Ethics, NAR, Nicole White, Brokerage, Select, Byron Lazine, The Real Word

Why I’m grateful for the lessons and hardship of 2020

It has been a year of unprecedented anxiety and hardship — the phrase “dumpster fire” keeps getting tossed around — but I can’t help feeling grateful for so much of what has happened this year and the resilience it has produced in all of us and in our industry.
Tags: Thanksgiving, Opinion, Lifestyle, Radio, 2020, Agent, Gratitude, Select, Troy Palmquist, Coronavirus

Read: Inman’s complete interview with CoStar CEO Andy Florance

Brad Inman sat down with Florance to talk about CoStar's business model, plans for Homesnap and a possible CoreLogic deal. By popular demand, we've transcribed the interview.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Agent, Industry News, Inman, Brad Inman, Florance, CoreLogic, Andy Florance, Select, Homesnap, CoStar Group

Title fraud cases surge 31% in Q3

In addition to title fraud, a new report by FundingShield also noted a 90 percent increase in state licensing issues between the second and third quarters of 2020.
Tags: Data, Analysis, Cyber Security, Cybercrime, Radio, Agent, Wire Fraud, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Markets & Economy, Select, Housing Wire, Cyber Risk, Mortgage Industry, Fidelity National Financial, CertifID, Thomas Cronkright

New-home sales soar 41% in October

Inventory continues to be an issue, with an estimated 3.3-months of supply at the current sales rate at the end of the month, down from a 3.6-months supply at the end of September.
Tags: Housing Market, Radio, Hud, Markets & Economy, Select, Home Sales, US Census, New Residential Home Sales

Outdoor kitchens, dining spaces take center stage during holidays

Agents in California, Montana, Arkansas and Louisiana share how buyers are embracing outdoor entertainment spaces for socially distanced holiday gatherings.
Tags: Design, Lifestyle, Radio, Louisiana, Home Design, Kitchens, Select, Pandemic, Outdoor Dining, Coronavirus, Buyer Needs, Entertainment Areas, Blended Spaces, Buyer Wants, Outdoor Kitchens, California Montana Arkansas

3 ways video marketing has pivoted this year (and how to work it!)

Our businesses might look different now — and the marketing aspect of it is no exception. Here are three key factors that can help agents adapt to this changed digital format.
Tags: Videos, Interviews, Marketing, Service, Radio, Agent, Video Marketing, Brokerage, Select, Open Houses, Video Tours, Kathleen Black, Virtual Open Houses, Zoom interviews