Inman
August 26, 2015

Echovate gives brokers crystal ball for hiring process

Takeaways: Echovate helps smaller businesses identify the best personality fits for a position. Companies that deploy Echovate’s solution select from a monthly program ranging from $349 to $649, depending on how many locations the company has. A typical question may ask a respondent if he cleans his desk before he…
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Inman
August 26, 2015

Best markets for real estate agents right now

Takeaways: Smaller markets account for the majority of top markets for real estate agents. One of the last recovery markets, Las Vegas appears to be on the rebound. Only five primary markets — Denver, Las Vegas, Nashville, Sacramento and Charlotte — were in the top 20. A grouping of midsized…
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Inman
August 26, 2015

Luxury’s rock stars, legends come together to define what’s next

Takeaways: Luxury Connect is an exclusive event for luxury leaders held in Beverly Hills, California, Oct. 21-22, 2015. Brokers and agents from Aspen, Geneva, Miami, the Hamptons, Hong Kong and Beverly Hills will meet to trade successful growth strategies. The latest round of speakers has just been announced and includes…
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Inman
August 26, 2015

Why fidelity bonds are a must-have for real estate

Takeaways: There are important ways you can protect your real estate business with a fidelity bond and leverage it in marketing. Surety bonds are a type of insurance a business provides for its customers. Fidelity bonds are sometimes also called employee dishonesty bonds. If one of your employees commits some…
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Inman
August 26, 2015

Russ Perna: ‘I’d like to see the whole industry working together to make transactions smooth, easy and transparent’

Russ Perna is the Senior Software Architect for Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. What’s your favorite part of what you do? I really enjoy the challenge of programming. In many ways, my job is to come up with things that shouldn’t be able to work and then find a…
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Inman
August 26, 2015

Daily market update: Aug. 26, 2015

National Mortgage Rates by Mortgage Marvel ® Mortgage Widgets | Get Mortgage Rate Quotes National Home Loan Rates by Mortgage Marvel ® Mortgage Widgets | Get Mortgage Rate Quotes   We’ll add more market news briefs throughout the day. Check back to read the latest. Yesterday’s market news: S&P/Case-Shiller U.S.…
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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

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

Go figure: luckiest homeowners, best bar markets and gun-carrying agents

Feelin’ lucky? Armed (?) and dangerous What’s your poison? Have data you’d like to see featured here? Email contributors@inman.com. The post Go figure: luckiest homeowners, best bar markets and gun-carrying agents appeared first on WFG National Title Insurance Company.
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WFG News
March 6, 2015

Heart of Darkness: angels and demons

A few days after my first strange encounter with Eris Roberts, the mysterious agent who contacted my desk to share her zeal and worry for her broker, Frank Needler, I found the following missive in my mailbox. After multiple unsuccessful attempts to contact Roberts and ask her when she received this…
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