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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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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Leading Brokerage Firm in 125 Metro Areas

Insights into the Annual REAL Trends Market Leaders report. by Scott Wright, director of mergers and acquisitions The annual REAL Trends Market Leaders Report is always a popular addition to our acclaimed 500 rankings, and its recent release on our website again attracted a lot of attention. This...

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Single-family Investment Market Study

New study looks at the demographics and size of the single-family residential investment market. By Steve Murray, publisher Andrew Waite, former publisher of Personal Real Estate Investor and a partner in two previous studies with REAL Trends, has finished a new report about the U.S. single-family...

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Are Builders Ready to Wind Down Construction?

Apartment Construction Peak in Sight, Single-Family Development Could Fade in 2018  By Steve Hovland Director of Research HomeUnion    The new residential construction report from the U.S. Census Bureau offers a mixed outlook on the supply side of the housing market. Year-over-year,...

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