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A Blockchain Future? Cryptocurrencies Gaining Traction in Real Estate Industry

A Blockchain Future? Cryptocurrencies Gaining Traction in Real Estate Industry

Bitcoin started out as blockchain technology with an innovative ideology for a more secure monetary future, and is now taking hold in the real estate world. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, although not yet mainstream, show promise in an industry that typically prioritizes buyers who can provide secure funds for a property in a short amountRead more about A Blockchain Future? Cryptocurrencies Gaining Traction in Real Estate Industry[…]

Women of Color: A Powerful Demographic for the Future

Women of Color: A Powerful Demographic for the Future

The statistics are captivating: American Express OPEN’s 7th Annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report reveals that businesses owned by women of color have grown 467 percent since 1997. Numbering 5.4 million, minority women-owned businesses comprise 46 percent of all women-owned firms, have over 2 million employees and generate $361 billion in annual revenue. In theRead more about Women of Color: A Powerful Demographic for the Future[…]

Chord of Confidence: Making Real Estate Agents Look Like Rock Stars

Chord of Confidence: Making Real Estate Agents Look Like Rock Stars

Editor’s Note: What follows is the cover story in the January issue of RISMedia’s Real Estate magazine. Real estate moves fast, and how quickly you respond to prospective clients can make or break your chances of getting their business. Mortgage lenders, on the other hand, have a captive audience and don’t always feel the sameRead more about Chord of Confidence: Making Real Estate Agents Look Like Rock Stars[…]

Realtor.com: Luxury Softens as Supply Tops Demand

Realtor.com: Luxury Softens as Supply Tops Demand

2017’s housing market was characterized by absent inventory and climbing prices—but at the higher end, those indicators softened, according to new realtor.com® research. “Although 2017 was another strong year for the luxury housing market, it was once again outperformed by the U.S. market overall,” says Javier Vivas, director of Economic Research for realtor.com. According toRead more about Realtor.com: Luxury Softens as Supply Tops Demand[…]

Augmented Intelligence: The Real ‘AI’

Augmented Intelligence: The Real ‘AI’

Brokerages are placing their bets on Buyside to bring smart data to their agents’ fingertips If there’s a trend dominating headlines and transforming businesses today, it’s predictive analytics. To become more efficient in generating and curating sales leads, the best-in-class predictive tools mine databases to augment the best in human intelligence. Today, society benefits fromRead more about Augmented Intelligence: The Real ‘AI’[…]

John De Souza: Keeping Up With Today’s Consumer

John De Souza: Keeping Up With Today’s Consumer

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, John De Souza—president of Cressy & Everett Real Estate—has lived in the South Bend area for more than 24 years, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with both a BA in management and MBA in technology management. He used his education to work as a managing consultant for the betterRead more about John De Souza: Keeping Up With Today’s Consumer[…]

Landing Better Leads With Realtor.com®

Landing Better Leads With Realtor.com®

In the following interview, Kevin Leatherman, broker/owner of Leatherman Homes in Nassau County, N.Y., talks about thriving as an independent firm, landing better online leads and the importance of delegation. Years in Real Estate: 25Number of Offices: 1Number of Agents: 20 Please tell me a little bit about your company’s structure. I’m an independent agency, independently-owned and -operated,Read more about Landing Better Leads With Realtor.com®[…]

Would You Play Pretend Neighbors With These TV Characters?

Would You Play Pretend Neighbors With These TV Characters?

Good neighbors are hard to find—unless you live near your favorite fictional star. Which character on the small screen is the most sought-after in 2018? The best on the block, according to the annual Celebrity Neighbor Survey by Zillow, are Leonard and Penny from “The Big Bang Theory,” with 19 percent of the vote. LeonardRead more about Would You Play Pretend Neighbors With These TV Characters?[…]

Borrowers Beware: These Mortgage Rules Could Soon Get a Facelift

Borrowers Beware: These Mortgage Rules Could Soon Get a Facelift

(TNS)—Getting a mortgage today is much different than it was before the financial crisis. Loans have to meet certain standards and there are many rules lenders and servicers have to follow. But after a shakeup in leadership at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the future of some policies is uncertain. Here’s why: The newRead more about Borrowers Beware: These Mortgage Rules Could Soon Get a Facelift[…]