Housing set to pick up pace in 2015, realtors believe


Home sales likely will remain subdued early on in the year before picking up in the second quarter and then maintaining a brisk pace for the rest of the year, predicts a new Reuters poll of economists.

Choosing the best tech solution for your real estate brokerage


Developing the best agent-facing technology strategy for your brokerage is a lot like finding the perfect home. There can be an overwhelming number of things to consider, and once you commit, you’ve got to do everything in your power to make it work.

Winter misery takes its toll on real estate


The harsh winter weather throughout the country is shuttering open houses, delaying closings, and keeping some home buyers out of the market.

Analyst warns Trulia could lose 40% of its listings


ListHub’s announcement last week that it intended to stop supplying listings to Trulia set off warning bells in the investment community, with one analyst telling investors that Trulia could lose 40 percent of its listings.

Multifamily construction boom set to last until 2016


Strong demand in the multifamily sector is evident as new construction projects try to keep pace with a growing number of renters.

ListHub dumps Trulia after it’s acquired by Zillow


Following the finalization this week of Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia, ListHub announced that it will no longer send thousands of listings to Trulia effective next Thursday.

‘Vanilla Ice’ arrested in residential burglary


Robert Van Winkle, the former rapper known as “Vanilla Ice” who now renovates homes for the DIY Network, faces charges of burglary and grand theft of a Florida property that was in the process of foreclosure

Real estate tech & tools to win new customers


This week I’ll share some of the new technology, websites and applications as well as some of the ways US agents are now using social media to communicate with clients.

Appraisers, home owners strike a chord at last


Appraisers’ opinions of home values are mostly falling in line with home owners’ estimates, according to the latest reading of Quicken Loans’ Home Price Perception Index.

Drones could soon have lift off in real estate


The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed long-awaited rules that could give small commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles systems – more commonly referred to as “drones” – a lift off.