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Posted on : June 26, 2009
ShowingTime inks biggest MLS deal to date
Showing management technology service ShowingTime has inked its biggest deal with a multiple listing service to date, wooing a North Carolina-based MLS away from a competitor. Carolina Multiple Listing Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association, has ... ...»

Trulia could add a fourth agent to ‘three-headed monster’ ads
After adding a third agent advertiser slot to the query box on listing detail pages this year, Trulia could conceivably add a fourth in 2015, CEO Pete Flint told investors on the firm’s third-quarter earnings call. Flint said that the firm ... ...»

National brokerage sets up shop in the nation’s capital with acquisition
Carrington Real Estate Services, the brokerage wing of Carrington Holding Company LLC, has entered the Washington, D.C., market by acquiring the largest affiliate of Realty Direct LLC’s franchise network. Wendy Powers, former majority owner of the acquired firm, now heads Carrington’s Washington, ... ...»

Agents, brokers commit not to show homes to strangers
In the wake of the kidnapping and murder of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter, more than 350 agents and brokers have signed a “Realtor Safety Pledge” promising to limit certain behaviors that could potentially put them in harm’s way. The ... ...»

Serving luxury buyers and sellers requires hefty budget, ‘boots on the ground’
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — What does it take to locate, convert and successfully close a transaction with an ultra high net worth individual (UHNWI) client? In many respects, it's an entirely different game from the typical real estate transaction. At ... ...»

How well-meaning agents are unwittingly annoying their prospects, clients and colleagues
Hey did you know daylight saving time is ending this weekend? Of course you did! Leigh Brown, broker-owner of Leigh Brown and Associates with Re/Max Executive Realty, wonders why so many real estate agents feel compelled to remind prospects, clients ... ...»

Who am I? Identity crisis plagues real estate agents
When I ask other Realtors to tell me what their brand is, I am told, "I don't have a logo yet." It seems everyone thinks their brand is their logo ... ...»

Today’s economy is a three-ring circus, and then some
Mortgage and long-term rates are still near their lows — reassuring, considering everything else has lost its marbles. Or perhaps bonds are doing well because everything else is nuts … a fair proposition to which we'll return. When I was ... ...»

Realtor problems: cries of anguish from the trenches
Real estate agents are like pinballs: They can score big, but often only after ricocheting around a minefield of obstacles. These occupational hazards are many and various. And they produce their own special flavor of shell shock. Can you relate ... ...»

You’ll wonder how you ever lived without these 9 mobile apps
We're not going mobile anymore, we've gone mobile. And that's a good thing! It means you can (and should) set up your business so you can manage it on the go. Doing so gives most clients exactly what they want: ... ...»

Big MLSs on both coasts rolling out ‘Coming Soon’ listings
Two major multiple listing services on opposite sides of the country will be among the first to launch a “Coming Soon” listing status to help agents generate interest for their listings before they’re ready to sell. Rockville, Maryland-based Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc. ... ...»

You’ll wonder how you ever lived without these 9 mobile apps
We're not going mobile anymore, we've gone mobile. And that's a good thing! It means you can (and should) set up your business so you can manage it on the go. Doing so gives most clients exactly what they want: ... ...»

Alyssa Hellman joins BHGRE Go Realty
Alyssa Hellman, who shared her wisdom about the “Uberfication of real estate” at the most recent Real Estate Connect conference, has left her position as a sales manager and agent with Long & Foster Real Estate to head up Better ... ...»

Judge rules MSNBC host Donny Deutsch skipped out on $1.2M commission
Just because MSNBC host Donny Deutsch already knew the buyer a real estate broker brought to the sale of his $30 million Hamptons home doesn’t mean he can skip out on the $1.2 million commission the broker claims he’s owed, ... ...»

The Real Estate Network planning 2016 cable TV launch to 50 million homes
A former commercial real estate broker from Minneapolis sees room on the cable TV dial for another network, and says The Real Estate Network will also include a website that lets user explore homes, schools and other properties. Founder Bobby ... ...»

Realogy franchisor’s luxury listings get automated videos
Onvedeo, maker of automated listing video tech for real estate brokers and agents, has signed an agreement with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate that gives luxury listings in the Realogy franchisor’s “Distinctive Collection” a video boost. Onvedeo, which launched last ... ...» teaming up with Google to offer real estate ‘Nowcast’
Housing reports are not generally known for their timeliness. Forecasts, indices and other indicators are typically based on data that is weeks, if not months, old. Online real estate marketplace, with backing from Google, is looking to change that with ... ...»

Keep hunter and skinner roles in-house to weather downturns
"There are two kinds of salespeople: hunters and skinners. A hunter can find an albino buyer in a blizzard, and a skinner can get him to buy ice cream. You're better at one role or the other, and in business you need to know which one that is." ... ...»