WFG News
January 28, 2015

3 ways to prove you’re a local expert

The year is 2015, and many agents are still wondering how to leverage technology to grow their business. Brokerages everywhere are hosting weekend seminars about how to use social media, but I sincerely hope no one thinks that social media requires you to create content. Your business is content. As…
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WFG News
January 28, 2015

Diane Szoke: ‘You need to embrace losing if you want to learn’

Diane Szoke is the CEO of Relocality. Describe what you do in one sentence: As a woman, I’m accustomed to balancing the needs of complex social, professional and personal networks on a daily basis — as an entrepreneur, my passion, vision and “intuitive muscle” serve me well in building startups that innovate,…
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WFG News
January 28, 2015

Turn down the portal-attack noise to hear the truth

Every time I read an article or a comment criticizing one of the evil media portals, I can’t help but think of an age-old issue we have as an industry. All too often we seem to suffer from memory loss about the not-so-long-ago past. I can vividly remember when the…
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WFG News
January 28, 2015

Back office system helps brokers gauge customer satisfaction

Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies Inc. has completed an integration with agent review platform RealSatisfied, enabling brokers to automatically invite their agents’ clients to fill out a RealSatisfied customer satisfaction survey whenever a transaction closes. The integration with Lone Wolf’s back office broker management system, brokerWOLF, “reduces data entry, saving…
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WFG News
January 28, 2015

125 MLSs now sending listings directly to Trulia

Trulia, the nation’s second most popular real estate listing portal, has signed direct feed agreements with 125 multiple listing services, 69 of them in 2014. The agreements are a sign that MLSs are increasingly comfortable sending listings directly to third-party portals rather than through listing syndicator ListHub. Zillow, the nation’s…
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WFG News
January 28, 2015

Why News Corp bought realtor.com instead of Zillow or Trulia

NEW YORK CITY — The new owner of realtor.com operator Move Inc. kicked the tires of its two chief competitors, Zillow and Trulia, before  acquiring Move for $950 million in November, News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson revealed today. In a one-on-one conversation with Inman Publisher Brad Inman at Real Estate Connect…
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WFG News
January 27, 2015

Listing agents may have provided condo keys to Craigslist rental scammers

Real estate agents may have unwittingly aided a Craigslist rental scam that swindled hundreds of thousands of dollars from would-be renters, by providing fraudsters who posed as buyer’s agents with keys to vacant condos that legitimate brokers had listed for sale. The scammers would use photos and other information from…
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WFG News
January 27, 2015

Here come the ‘boomerang buyers’

More than 7 million homeowners who lost their properties to foreclosures or short sales during the housing bust will return to the housing market over the next eight years, according to a RealtyTrac report. It can take seven years to undo the damage that a foreclosure or short sale does…
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WFG News
January 27, 2015

Can driving for Uber trump a career in real estate?

As real estate industry leaders ponder the challenges of recruiting millennials, it’s a question worthy of consideration: Can Uber drivers really make almost as much money as real estate brokers? A chart accompanying a story in The Atlantic, “The Uber Economy,” would suggest just that. Source: theatlantic.com. Uber drivers in…
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WFG News
January 27, 2015

Watch Connect NYC 2015 keynote speakers via ‘Connect Live Streaming’

Inman Select members will have exclusive access to all 33 Real Estate Connect NYC 2015 keynote presentations from any laptop, tablet or mobile device as Inman broadcasts LIVE streaming video through midday Friday from the main stage. “The next best thing to being at Connect NYC is watching it live…
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