8 real estate myths that need to be busted for good

Consumers believe these falsehoods about the real estate industry — we need to debunk them – by CARA AMEER People don’t know what they don’t know, and what they do know is enough to create false perceptions of a profession that is often surrounded by damaging assumptions. Here are eight real estate myths — busted! 1. […]

College Debt Dwarfs Housing Market’s Worth

America’s collective college debt eclipses every home listing in the nation, according to a new realtor.com® report.  By Suzanne De Vita Adding It Up According to data from realtor.com, the average down payment, 10 percent, on a median-priced property, $260,000, totals $26,000—$8,500 less than the average college loan obligation, $34,500. The bigger picture: The amount of college debt, […]

Genuine communication is the antidote to iBuying

The Agency founder Mauricio Umansky believes the art of communication is being lost, which gives the advantage to real estate disrupters BYJIM DALRYMPLE II Mauricio Umansky believes that art of genuine communication is dying, and it’s up to real estate agents to keep it alive or lose ground to disruptive real estate tech companies pushing […]

Realogy launches new, improved iBuyer platform for bevy of brands

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA and Sotheby’s International Realty are all rolling roll out the new iBuyer program. BYPATRICK KEARNS Realogy is revamping its year-old iBuyer platform to give sellers more security as they go to market, and give agents an offer benchmark to beat for their clients. The new platform, renamed RealSure, […]

NAR: Commission lawsuits could be ‘disastrous’ for both buyers and sellers

How should the industry make agent commission structures more transparent before angry consumers and the Justice Department forces it to do so in ways that might be harmful? BYANDREA V. BRAMBILA If the homeseller plaintiffs of two major real estate commission lawsuits get their way, the impact could be “disastrous” for both homebuyers and sellers, Jack Bierig, […]

Amazon gets into real estate with major Realogy partnership

The nation’s largest real estate company and an e-commerce juggernaut want to change the way people buy homes.  BYPATRICK KEARNSStaff Writer Amazon is diving headfirst into the real estate industry with a new partnership alongside industry giant Realogy, the companies announced Tuesday. TurnKey, a new platform that rolls out Tuesday with the heft of a major marketing blitz […]

The future of real estate: A consumer model

Here are the predictions influential real estate professionals made at Disconnect 2019 BYBRAD INMAN A select group of influential real estate professionals gathered in April in the desert of Palm Springs for the 2019 edition of Inman Disconnect. They wrestled with the pressing real estate issues of the day. They worked earnestly to figure out where […]

Zillow will buy and sell homes in LA, Austin, San Diego and more

Zillow Offers is expanding to 6 more markets nationwide for a planned total of 20 by early next year BYPATRICK KEARNS Real estate tech giant Zillow announced on Thursday it’s expanding its direct-to-consumer online homebuying and selling platform known as Zillow Offers to Austin, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego and Tampa within the next year. By the end of […]