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Austin Realtor rebels win open board seats in election

By | October 17th, 2017|Inman Select|

Austin Realtor rebels win open board seats in election Marian McPherson They blabbed. They petitioned. They sued. And now they’re ready to lead the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR). In what’s been a whirlwind few months for ABoR, members made their alliances clear at an election held today by voting in members of a rebel [...]

August 2017 Housing Affordability Index

By | October 17th, 2017|NAR|

At the national level, housing affordability is up from last month but down from a year ago. Mortgage rates increased to 4.19 percent this August, up compared to 3.74 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from a year ago in August moving the index down 8.4 percent from 163.7 to 149.9. The median sales [...]

Augmented Reality and drones win NY real estate hackathon

By | October 17th, 2017|Inman Select|

Augmented Reality and drones win NY real estate hackathon Patrick Kearns Dozens of innovators in technology and real estate spent last weekend in a fourth-floor midtown Manhattan tech incubator to devise creative ways to tackle some of the biggest problems plaguing the real estate industry. The Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) 2017 hackathon, [...]

Redfin Mortgage expands to Illinois, eyes Virginia

By | October 16th, 2017|Inman Select|

Redfin Mortgage expands to Illinois, eyes Virginia Fabiana Gordon Redfin announced today that it is now offering loans to homebuyers in Illinois through its lending arm, Redfin Mortgage. The Seattle-based tech-powered brokerage also plans to expand Redfin Mortgage into Virginia later this year, with more markets to come in 2018. Redfin Mortgage launched in January 2017, [...]

Lone Wolf acquires Instanet Solutions in real estate software war

By | October 16th, 2017|Inman Select|

Lone Wolf acquires Instanet Solutions in real estate software war Craig C. Rowe Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies announced today that it has acquired competitor Instanet Solutions, an end-to-end digital transaction management software company, for an undisclosed sum. Ontario, Canada-based Lone Wolf is an almost 30-year-old company that provides software products to help real estate [...]

Coming soon: Airbnb-branded apartments

By | October 16th, 2017|Inman Select|

Coming soon: Airbnb-branded apartments Marian McPherson After years of butting heads with local zoning officials, landlords and rental property owners, Airbnb may have found a solution to its short-term rental woes: opening up an Airbnb-branded apartment where tenants will be allowed to sublet their spaces up to 180 days per year. Airbnb has partnered with [...]

My top 10 Inman Connect moments

By | October 16th, 2017|Inman Select|

My top 10 Inman Connect moments Inman Those who attend Inman Connect know there’s no shortage of unique networking opportunities, brilliant mentors and poignant presentations. Every attendee leaves with a booklet full of notes and a mind full of fresh ideas, ready to uplift their own teams and elevate their business back home. So after [...]

One week later, California is still on fire

By | October 16th, 2017|Inman Select|

One week later, California is still on fire Gill South It’s been just over a week since thousands of Northern California residents frantically left their homes in the early hours of the morning as fires raged into wine country’s highly populated areas. More than 100,000 people have evacuated, while the death toll has risen to [...]

Home Purchase Originations Rose by 10 Percent in 2016, But are Still Below Pre-Housing Crash Level

By | October 16th, 2017|NAR|

Amid improving macroeconomic conditions, residential lending continued to increase in 2016, based on the recently released 2016 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. [1] [2] The number of first-lien loan originations for the purchase of one-to-four unit properties intended for owner occupancy rose to 3.46 million in 2016, a 10 percent increase from 3.12 million [...]

3 essential tools that will 10X your real estate marketing

By | October 16th, 2017|Inman Select|

3 essential tools that will 10X your real estate marketing Joe Skousen Spraying your message high and wide does not breed online marketing success; rather, standout results emerge when you pair smart, strategic decisions with the right tools. An integrated marketing strategy ensures your message reaches the right audience at the right moment—the marketing holy [...]