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Realtor.com®: We Need You

Realtor.com® has had its ups and downs this year as it works to reclaim its once-top spot as the go-to site for consumers. While its traffic has grown 18 percent over the past year, the site faces some stiff...
August 21, 2014

Investors In Your ‘Pocket’

We’ve been writing a bit about how investors are beginning to retreat from the market, with mega-investors’ bulk-buying sprees on the decline and a larger portion of cash sales being attributed to individual home buyers. (You’ll want to check...

Realtor.com®’s First Economist: I’m Anything But Typical

While real estate portals like Zillow and Trulia have long had their own economists providing insights to consumers about the industry, a similar leading figure interfacing with the public has been missing from realtor.com®. Under the agreement between the...
July 28, 2014

REALTOR® University Graduates: Setting a New Standard

The pioneering class of REALTOR® University’s Master of Real Estate program is re-entering the industry armed with new knowledge and a new title that can help lift their careers to new levels. Since claiming their diplomas at REALTOR® U’s...
June 4, 2014

Wanna See How an MLBer Lives?

There’s a lot of overlap between baseball and real estate: “home” run, “home” game, safe at “home.” The natural connection between the two is what brought Coldwell Banker and Major League Baseball together to create a video series that...

3 Surprising Revelations at the REALTOR® Party Convention

I’m a bit floored. There are all kinds of obscure laws — or would-be laws — pertaining to real estate that can throw practitioners for a loop. But three points of discussion came up during Wednesday’s sessions at the...
May 14, 2014

After Trulia Merger, ActiveRain Has More to Prove to Its Users

It’s not clear how active the users of ActiveRain will remain, as the real estate social site seems to be reaching a watershed moment following its latest move to further merge with Trulia. Bloggers on ActiveRain moved quickly to...
April 15, 2014

Are You Sure Your Agents Have the Right Personality for the Job?

It’s a good thing I love writing and I’m not quitting my day job — because I’d never make it in real estate. Maybe it’s because I’m way too direct? Not friendly enough? (OMG, am I a mean person?)...
April 11, 2014

Olympians Win the Gold in Their REALTOR® Families’ Hearts

While a few U.S. Olympians in Sochi, Russia, are celebrating bringing home the gold, their real estate families back at home are making room on the mantle for their prestigious awards. That seems to be a familiar storyline in...
February 21, 2014

Rent-to-Buy? Try ‘Vacation-to-Buy’

We thought we’d seen it all when we caught wind of a peculiar marketing tactic to let potential home buyers spend the night in a house before making an offer. But, of course, things can always go a step...
February 7, 2014