Amazon Realty: The Impact

Recently Amazon teased the industry by launching (then removing) a new “Find a Realtor®” service. Pundits jumped all over it. Zillow shares declined and brokers are left to wonder what’s next. By Steve Murray, publisher  I recall sitting in Zillow Co-founder Rich Barton’s offices a few years back...

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CoreLogic Completes Platform Consolidation For SmartMLS

CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, announced today it has unified the platforms of two multiple listing clients that recently merged to form a new organization called SmartMLS. SmartMLS uses Matrix™ by CoreLogic to serve...

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Systems for Success from Commission Inc. — CINC

This article is sponsored by Commissions Inc.—CINC Systems for Success How this Maryland-based associate broker grew from selling $4 million annually to $130 million through systems. With his start in the commercial division of Cold Stone Creamery, franchising and helping find retail locations,...

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Components of A Top Website in Residential Real Estate

  By Paul Salley, manager of digital marketing What makes a great real estate website great? REAL Trends released its 2017 Website Rankings report on Aug. 16, where we ranked real estate sites in six key categories. Here are some key components that were considered in each of the six...

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Malta: A Strong Economy & Great Residential House Price Growth

  The Republic of Malta is an archipelago situated in the middle of the Mediterranean 50 miles south of Italy. By Peter Gilmour, chief foreign correspondent The Republic of Malta has two large islands, Malta and Gozo, and covers 122-square-miles with a population of nearly 450,000 making it...

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Trump’s Dodd-Frank Regulatory Reforms Offer Future Relief

The Treasury recommendations in the real estate finance arena provide hope for an industry that has wrestled with confusing regulatory guidance and aggressive enforcement. By Sue Johnson, strategic alliance consultant On June 12, Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin unveiled the first...

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What’s Going on With Brokerage Profitability?

  With national gross margin, average commission rates and agent productivity declining, what is going on in real estate?  By Steve Murray, publisher There’s been a lot of discussion about the decline of profitability in brokerage firms over the past 5-10 years. We know that the average...

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