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Posted on : June 26, 2009
5 myths about mega producers
Mega real estate producers are an enigma. They have secrets and magic formulas and know things the rest of us don't, which is why they're so much more successful than everyone else, right? Ironically, some of the biggest misconceptions about top producers are also the biggest reasons many agents don't and won't ever achieve that level of success ... ...»

San Diego MLS rolls out new consumer-facing real estate search site
Sandicor Inc., one of the largest multiple listing services in California, has launched a new public-facing property search portal with responsive design and a common search interface for consumers and real estate professionals. The site, Sandicormls.com, is built on the ... ...»

Teens of Generation Z bullish on homeownership
The 13- to 17-year-olds of “Generation Z” believe homeownership is a more vital component of the American Dream than graduating from college, getting married or having children. That’s according to an online survey of 1,000 teens conducted between July 18 and July 29 ... ...»

Are mortgage regulators trying to turn ‘mythic housing recovery’ into a real one?
By giving lenders some assurances that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac aren’t going to make them buyback mortgages at the drop of the hat, federal regulators are essentially saying, “Go ahead and lend; we’ll hold the paper,” writes David Weidner, ... ...»

Mortgages haven’t been this cheap since summer of ’13
Cheap mortgages are renewing interest in refinancing, but don’t seem to be doing much to spur homebuyers into action yet. Freddie Mac’s weekly survey of lenders shows rates on 30-year fixed-rate home loans at 3.92 percent, the best rate since ... ...»

Re/Max open for business in Beijing
The first Re/Max office in China, Re/Max Eternity, is open for business in Beijing’s Chaoyang business district. Re/Max Eternity broker-owner Xianqiu Kong plans to open two more offices in Beijing in the next three years and is excited about connecting ... ...»

CoreLogic’s Matrix now serves more than 300,000 real estate pros
A Canadian real estate trade group is the latest to sign up for CoreLogic’s Matrix multiple listing service platform, adding to the more than 300,000 real estate professionals using the platform. The 5,200-member Calgary Real Estate Board has signed a ... ...»

.Realty top-level domain auctioned for $5.58M
The rights to administer a new generic top-level domain, .Realty, were auctioned off Wednesday for $5.58 million to “domaineer” Jay Westerdal’s Fegistry LLC. Thanks to its trademark on the term “Realtor,” the National Association of Realtors was granted the right ... ...»

ZipRealty giveth leads to Warren Buffett, Realogy-owned ZipRealty taketh away
Starting next month, leads generated by ZipRealty’s “Powered by Zip” referral network in the Tucson, Arizona market will go to a Realogy-owned brokerage, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Arizona, instead of Long Realty, one of the first two brokerages to ... ...»

Shift your value proposition to land more real estate clients
Real estate technology has come a long way in recent years allowing the consumer more control over the homebuying and selling process. The entire real estate search process has been democratized, leading consumers to ask the question, "Why do I need a real estate agent anymore?" ... ...»

The most popular real estate apps aren’t even real estate apps. Should we worry?
I often ask real estate agents what their three most important real estate websites or apps are, and I get a surprising mix of answers. Namely, most of them aren't even real estate apps. Somehow, Gmail, Dropbox, Evernote, Twitter, Facebook, ... ...»

Coming soon to a theater near you: ‘Pocket Listing’
Real estate brokers and agents may have a hard time suspending their disbelief for a satirical thriller soon to hit theaters depicting a "disgraced Los Angeles property broker" (James Jurdi) who's hired by a "mysterious power player" played by Rob Lowe and his "sultry wife" (Jessica Clark) to "discreetly market and sell their Malibu villa" -- hence the title, "Pocket Listing." ... ...»

Growing number of MLSs helping members track listing performance
The 16,000 members of Colorado’s largest multiple listing service, Metrolist, can now track their listing performance on the MLS’s public website through a dashboard from real estate software startup Vendigi. Vendigi launched its free listing activity monitoring platform, ListTrac, in June. Since ... ...»

MLS that withheld listings makes peace with realtor.com
Realtor.com now identifies the listing agent on all for-sale listings, and will soon give them the opportunity to provide linkbacks to their own websites from their profile pages on the site, prompting North Alabama Multiple Listing Service to turn its ... ...»

6 ways to destress your real estate transaction
With rising sales prices and very low inventory here in Portland, Oregon, I have been noticing a trend over the past several months of buyers and sellers who are carrying a lot of stress about the sale or purchase of their home. More transactions seem to be falling apart over buyer and seller differences, and more tense interactions seem to be occurring among real estate agents as they negotiate deals. ... ...»

Redfin’s first acquisition: Walk Score
In its first acquisition, Seattle-based tech brokerage Redfin has scooped up the neighborhood-information site Walk Score, with plans to import the startup’s rental listings and neighborhood data into its website and mobile tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Walk ... ...»

Northern Nevada Regional MLS feeding listings directly to Zillow
A Nevada multiple listing service has agreed to send its listing data directly to top real estate portal Zillow on behalf of participating brokerages. Reno-based Northern Nevada Regional MLS is the latest MLS to join the Zillow Partnership Platform, a ... ...»

The fastest-growing property search portal you’ve never heard of
Fast-growing international property website Lamudi has more than doubled its listings in just six months. The real estate network, which specializes in emerging nations, began a year ago with 16 countries and now covers 28 nations in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. ... ...»