Sat.Oct 21, 2023 - Fri.Oct 27, 2023

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Redfin eliminates salaries, pivots to commission model in LA and SF

Inman

Redfin will still classify agents as employees but, beginning next year, will transition those in some California markets to an all-commission-based pay program.

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Pickleball Helps Florida Broker Net Real Estate Deals

National Association of Realtors: Culture Scan

Pickleball Helps Florida Broker Net Real Estate Deals Jay Granieri of One Sotheby’s International Realty in Fort Lauderdale says America’s fastest-growing sport is a perfect match for finding new leads.

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New listings data unfazed by 8% mortgage rates

Housing Wire

The haunted house ride with the bond market and mortgage rates continued this week, but one housing data line hasn’t been spooked. New listing data appears unafraid of the mortgage rate ghost story over the last few months. Unlike last year, when new listings data had a noticeable move lower once mortgage rates reached 6%, 8% mortgage rates haven’t had any noticeable impact on the latest new listings data.

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Why Home Prices Keep Going Up

Keeping Current Matters

If you've ever dreamed of buying your own place, or selling your current house to upgrade, you're no stranger to the rollercoaster of emotions changing home prices can stir up.

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The 4 Most Impactful Actions to Take in Real Estate in 2024

Strategic real estate professionals know that the name of the game right now is to stay informed, adaptable, and ready to make confident decisions. In this free download, Inside Real Estate CEO, Joe Skousen, shares what he believes are the top 4 most impactful actions in real estate right now. We've been actively engaging with industry experts, analyzing data, and listening intently to the experiences of our agents on the ground.

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What is the Cost of a Transaction Coordinator in Real Estate?

RIS Media

The world of real estate is known for its complexities, paperwork and intricate processes. Buyers and sellers often rely on professionals to guide them through these intricacies. One such professional is the real estate transaction coordinator (TC). We will explore the role of a transaction coordinator in real estate and the cost associated with their… The post What is the Cost of a Transaction Coordinator in Real Estate?

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Total Housing Completions Will Likely Increase Slightly in 2023; The Mix will Change

Calculated Risk Real Estate

This is an update to an article I wrote in May. Although housing starts have slowed, completions will likely increase slightly in 2023. This graph shows total housing completions and placements since 1968 with an estimate for 2023 based on completions through September. Note that the net additional to the housing stock is less because of demolitions and destruction of older housing units.

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One remarkable year, and one resilient industry

Real Estate News

There’s been no shortage of news — and challenges — in the past 12 months. But real estate pros keep finding ways to win, and we’re proud to tell their stories.

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The Home Buyer Education Most Agents Fail to Deliver

Tom Ferry

If you’re working with buyers, offering a home buyer education is not a perk – it’s a necessity. And too many agents are leaving their clients in the dark. When the real estate legends at 1000watt release a survey, you can bet there are always important lessons to glean from it. But the one they […] The post The Home Buyer Education Most Agents Fail to Deliver appeared first on Tom Ferry.

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Homebuyers have many options; let’s make sure they’re aware of them

Housing Wire

To many, homebuying is a daunting, often confusing process. Admittedly, the myriad of documents requiring signatures can be overwhelming, especially for first-time homebuyers. Thankfully, there are a number of online resources that can help homebuyers navigate the process. The American Land Title Association, alongside our real estate industry partners, are committed to making transactions easier for everyone through consumer education efforts.

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The Perks of Selling Your House When Inventory Is Low

Keeping Current Matters

When it comes to selling your house, you’re probably trying to juggle the current market conditions and your own needs as you plan your move.

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Need Curated Pre-foreclosure Lists to Generate New Real Estate Leads? Trellis Has the Data!

Trellis is a state trial court research and analytics platform that provides Real Estate Professionals (Buyers, Foreclosure, Loan Modification, etc.) with LEADS on Pre-Foreclosures, Lis Pendes, Distressed Assets and more — to help uncover **new** opportunities and grow their business. The process is quick and easy — and all in real time. Trellis will supply you with a link to the relevant dockets, a Leads sheet and access to its UI where applicable.

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NAR might have more paths to victory in commissions cases

Real Estate News

Defendants presented opening arguments during week one of the Sitzer/Burnett trial. An industry lawyer sees two additional ways they might prevail in court.

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How to ensure the best outcomes for clients buying property overseas

Inman

For the past three years, luxury buyers have been on the move. Increased opportunities to work remotely — and, by extension, live remotely — have enabled them to embrace new lifestyles or seek a higher quality of life, whether that means exploring regions and markets with better weather, lower costs, or a more relaxed pace.

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Opinion: Local MLS broker marketplaces, rules equitably advance American homeownership

Housing Wire

As the trial of Burnett v. the National Association of Realtors (NAR), et al kicked off this week in a Kansas City, Missouri, federal courtroom, there is a lot at stake for consumers and business competition. Class action attorneys allege real estate commission rates are too high and buyer brokers are being paid too much due to NAR rules. In reality, consumers are better off and business competition thrives very much because of NAR’s rules and how well local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) broker

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Unmasking Scary Myths about Today’s Housing Market [INFOGRAPHIC]

Keeping Current Matters

Here’s what you really need to know about a few myths causing fear in today’s housing market.

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Accelerating Real Estate Sales Pipelines to Streamline Buyer Journeys

Navigated 360° tours, like YourVRTours, advance pipelines by engaging clients further along the sales funnel. These immersive experiences provide comprehensive property insights, increasing buyer intent and readiness. By embracing navigated tours, agents can optimize property exposure, better qualify leads, and streamline the sales process. Stay ahead in the ever-evolving real estate landscape with innovative technology that elevates buyer journeys and progresses pipelines more effectively.

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Gary Keller says there’s no such thing as a standard commission

Real Estate News

Testimony from the KW co-founder as well as President Marc King closed out week 2 of Sitzer/Burnett, with both leaders denying a conspiracy.

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Tom Ferry podcast video delivers fresh drama at Sitzer | Burnett trial

Inman

On Tuesday, plaintiffs’ attorney Michael Ketchmark played a video of a Tom Ferry interview with Allan Dalton of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices that drew objections and threatened to derail proceedings.

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Weekly mortgage rates soar closer to 8%: Freddie Mac

Housing Wire

Average mortgage rates on 30-year fixed home loans continued their march towards 8% this week as the Treasury yield surpassed 5%. Rates have been steadily climbing for seven straight weeks, the longest consecutive increase since Spring 2022, according to Freddie Mac ‘s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The average 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 7.79% as of Oct. 26.

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Invest in Yourself by Owning a Home

Keeping Current Matters

Are you wondering if it makes sense to buy a home right now?

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Maximizing Your Online Presence: Tips for Real Estate Agents on Social Media

Speaker: Sarah Santa Ana, Real Estate Coach, Move4Free Realty

Networking is one of the crucial elements in every real estate organization's success. Both agents and real estate companies need to maintain robust networking links. This is why social media is essential for any real estate professional! Social media enables you to stay in touch with your present clients, maintain connections with your past clients, and engage potential customers and investors.

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Plaintiffs zero in on antitrust violations as they wrap their case

Real Estate News

A former NAR committee member called traditional compensation practices “the ultimate form of restraint of trade,” claiming that NAR looked the other way.

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Late eXp icon Rick Geha honored with $100K fundraiser

Inman

Rick Geha Team founder Rick Geha suddenly passed away one week after eXp's annual conference in Las Vegas. The Geha family is honoring the late agent's memory with a $100,000 fundraiser for the Oakland A's Make-A-Wish Community Fund.

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Patton Gade, top LO for VA loans, heads to UMortgage

Housing Wire

Patton Gade, the top producing loan officer for VA home loans in the U.S. last year, has joined brokerage firm UMortgage , the company announced on Tuesday. Arizona-based Gade, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will continue to originate loans and hold the national director of military lending position at UMortgage. He’ll join forces with fellow veteran loan originator Jay Bunte in the brokerage firm.

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Affordable Homeownership Strategies for Gen Z

Keeping Current Matters

The idea of owning a home has always been a big part of the American Dream.

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3 Real Estate Office Hacks to Help Kickstart the Busy Season

Ready to better your Back Office? Dive into the secrets to a powerhouse back office with Brokermint expert, Jessica Souza. In this free download, she shares her 3 transformative hacks designed to clean house, get everyone on the same page, and set yourself up for success. From optimizing agent profiles to ensuring flawless transactions and boosting agent retention, these strategies are your ticket to a seamless operation.

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Defense paints picture of bleak future; plaintiffs strike back hard

Real Estate News

The defense in Sitzer/Burnett called on three experts to discuss the consequences of decoupling commissions, with one facing aggressive cross-examination.

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First Team sheds Christie’s affiliation, names new CEO

Inman

The largest privately held brokerage in the state of California has decided to separate from Christie's International Real Estate, launch a rebrand and promote former COO Michele Harrington to CEO, Inman has learned exclusively.

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Commission lawsuit: HomeServices files motion for judgment as a matter of law

Housing Wire

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The second week of the Sitzer/Burnett class-action buyer broker commission antitrust lawsuit kicked off with a bang. Just prior to the plaintiffs resting their case late Monday afternoon, HomeServices of America , one of the three remaining defendants in the commission lawsuit , filed a motion for judgment as a matter of law.

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Is Having a Buyer’s Broker Really Necessary?

RIS Media

Buying a home is a significant milestone in anyone’s life. It often comes with many decisions and complexities. One of the smartest moves you can make as a homebuyer is to enlist the services of a buyer’s agent. But what does a buyer agent do, and how can they help you in your real estate… The post Is Having a Buyer’s Broker Really Necessary?

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Rise of The Apps: Building Your Dream Tech Stack For Real Estate Success

Speaker: Trey Willard, Realtor/Team Leader at Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

In order to create continued success in today’s real estate market, realtors need to utilize an arsenal of technology that will increase their efficiency and presence on social media. Using technology to manage your prospects and tap into their needs through websites, social media, and other channels is critical for real estate success in 2022 and beyond.

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Pending home sales tick up in September

Real Estate News

After big declines in August, sales recovered slightly, but “pending contracts remain at historically low levels,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun noted.

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Young homebuyers could lead the recovery. So what do they want?

Inman

First-time buyers are less likely than homeowners to be holding out for lower mortgage rates. But they hold a host of other priorities and concerns, according to an Intel analysis of buyer behavior.

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NAR CEO back on stand for second day of defense testimony in commission lawsuit trial

Housing Wire

KANSAS CITY, Missouri — National Association of Realtors CEO Bob Goldberg was back on the stand Tuesday morning at the start of the seventh day of the Sitzer/Burnett class-action buyer broker commission antitrust lawsuit. After undergoing questioning from Ethan Glass, NAR’s lead attorney on Monday, Goldberg faced Michael Ketchmark, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, at the start of Tuesday’s proceedings.

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Housing Lottery Opens for First-Time Home Buyers for 11 Bed Stuy, Crown Heights Houses

Brownstoner

An affordable housing lottery has opened for the sale of 11 two- and three-family houses in Bed Stuy and Crown Heights. The lottery is specifically for first-time home buyers with households of between two and seven people earning between $104,500 and $227,630 a year. The cheapest house in the lottery,… Read More > The post Housing Lottery Opens for First-Time Home Buyers for 11 Bed Stuy, Crown Heights Houses appeared first on Brownstoner.

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5 Data Proven Ways Agents Can Do 18% More Business

Curious as to how you could do 18% more business? How about 14 more transaction sides per year? Check out this infographic with data from a RealTrends study to learn more.