4 ways to create a winning customer experience

Zillow’s Vice Racquel Russell offers four tips on having the best approach to customers while also setting sights on long-term growth. We’ve got a full slate of digital and in-real-life events coming up for the best community in real estate. Join us in person in October at Inman Connect Las Vegas and Luxury Connect, and stay in … Read more

Home sale-leasebacks are surging, but are they good for homeowners?

The coronavirus pandemic hit many U.S. homeowners hard, leading them to opt into national mortgage forbearance plans while struggling to stay afloat. About 2.2 million homeowners are now enrolled in forbearance plans, according to the New York Federal Reserve. In addition, approximately 1.77 million U.S. households have serious mortgage delinquencies, or are more than 90 … Read more

Major MLSs join forces to form ‘Rosetta Stone’ of showing services

The project comes about four months after Zillow announced its acquisition of ShowingTime, turning showing technology into one of the hottest topics in real estate. Four months after Zillow’s acquisition of ShowingTime sparked an intense debate among real estate agents, three major multiple listing services (MLSs) have joined forces to create what they describe as … Read more

Lumber prices finally drop and the stockpilers prepare to sell

After soaring lumber prices fueled conspiracy theories this spring, and challenged homebuilders faced with an inventory shortage, prices are starting to come down. After soaring lumber prices fueled conspiracy theories this spring, and challenged homebuilders faced with an inventory shortage, those lumber prices are finally beginning to come down from their great heights. For the … Read more

Builder confidence dips slightly in June — to lowest level since August

Builder confidence took a slight downturn in June, but remained relatively high with a Housing Market Index (HMI) of 81. The downturn suggests that the high price of building material costs and supply chain shortages are still impeding homebuilders, more than one year after the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The index, released on Tuesday … Read more

Rent prices growing faster than pre-pandemic levels: CoreLogic

Rent prices across the country are growing at breakneck speed, now more than double what they were at the same time in 2020. According to the latest Single-Family Rent Index report from CoreLogic released on Tuesday, nationwide rent prices grew at 5.3 percent in April — more than double the 2.4 percent growth seen in … Read more

Kukun offers buyers more power with newly released iHomeReport

Real estate data services company Kukun has launched a home property report tool that provides homebuyers and investors with financial and community intelligence to aid in offer situations and due diligence, according to a press release. Called iHomeReport, the consumer-facing solution offers access to Kukun’s Investment Outlook Score (KIO), a proprietary key indicator of future … Read more

Tribus teams up with marketing tech firm Evocalize

The partnership will give Tribus customers access to collaborative marketing technology, among other things, all within the Tribus platform. Real estate software provider Tribus announced Monday it has teamed up with Evocalize, a marketing technology firm, to offer custom advertising programs for real estate professionals. The partnership, which is being called “Tribus Engage,” will specifically … Read more

Realty ONE Group expands franchise operations into Spain

Entrepreneur Istvan Pasku has acquired Spanish franchise rights as Realty ONE Group continues its push into various parts of the globe. Real estate franchisor Realty ONE Group announced this week that it’s expanding its operations into Spain. The expansion is part of a multi-year effort, according to a company statement, which ultimately led to businessman … Read more

@properties launches new listing presentation tool

The Digital Listing Presentation integrates with @properties’ existing tech suite and is being billed as a way to save agents time and effort. Technology-focused brokerage @properties has debuted a new cloud-based listing presentation tool that, the company says, will allow agents to easily customize their pitches and ultimately win more business. The new tool, dubbed … Read more

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