Inman
August 25, 2015

Real estate franchising grows, but not without indie brokers

Takeaways: The percentage of independent firms dipped this year from last, but the large national franchisors didn’t necessarily pick up the slack. Many large independent brokerages operate their own franchise networks. The percentage of agents at franchise and independent firms increased from 2014 to 2015. After surfing a rising wave over…
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Inman
March 17, 2015

Florida title agent jailed for allegedly stealing escrow funds

A Florida title agent faces up to 15 years in prison for allegedly bilking more than $705,000 in escrow funds from clients, according to the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS). Lana Kaye Dargai of Estero, Florida, was arrested last week after investigators discovered that between May and August 2010,…
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Inman
March 17, 2015

NAR rallies troops with TRID training

Although the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures (TRID) rule takes effect Aug. 1 and has many implications for lenders and settlement agents, real estate agents and brokers also will be affected by the use of the new forms and changes to the closing process, and the…
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Inman
March 17, 2015

Real estate in London and Monaco is affecting Britain’s market

There was a time in the not-so-distant past that the real estate property markets in Monaco and London were vastly different. Times change, and so does the real estate market. Today, the prime real estate markets in central London and Monaco look much more like twins, both with similar features,…
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Inman
March 17, 2015

Inman is recruiting: sales professional

Inman, the industry’s leading source of real estate news and events, is seeking a senior sales professional with strong sales experience in the real estate industry. With an engaged community of readers, Inman is an award-winning digital publication covering real estate breaking news, features and industry intelligence. (Inman has 600,000…
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Inman
March 17, 2015

Real estate websites will soon be hosting ‘virtual open houses’

Real estate brokers and agentsreel in many of their online leads by offering features likehome valuation and listing search tools on their websites, often gating such tools behind registration forms. Now there’s another lead-capture feature in the works that may begin popping up on real estate websites later this year:virtual…
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Inman
March 17, 2015

National brokerage expands Florida footprint

Carrington Real Estate Services, the brokerage wing of Carrington Holding Company LLC, has acquired two brokerages to expand its footprint in southwest Florida. With the acquisition of Tampa-basedRealty Direct Tampa and Naples-based Realty Direct Naples, which have approximately 60 agents combined, Carrington now has four offices in the region. “With…
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Inman
March 17, 2015

StreetEasy rolls out NYC marketing campaign

Zillow Group’s New York City-focused portal StreetEasy is capitalizing on the spring buying season by plastering the Big Apple with its new print-based marketing campaign, “Live As You Please.” The city’s streets, sidewalks, subway stations, subway cars and taxis today begin playing host to ads depicting some of theidiosyncratic elements…
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Inman
March 17, 2015

Eliminating the salesperson stigma in real estate

Do you think of yourself as a salesperson or as a real estate consultant? Many real estate agents would say (or at least prefer to say) consultant. Why is that? There seems to be a stigma among us that prevents us from thinking of ourselves as salespeople, but that’s what…
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Inman
March 17, 2015

Heat map reveals where homebuyers only making minimum down payments

Homebuyers in high-priced markets tend to make bigger down payments than buyers in more affordable areas, and it’s not just because the homes they are buying are pricier — it’s because they are putting enough down to avoid requirements that they take out private mortgage insurance. A RealtyTrac analysis of…
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