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  • Realtor.com lays off Arizona sales team, consolidates in California May 23, 2019
    The team in Scottsdale had been working on realtor.com's lead generation and marketing products, which are geared toward real estate agents. Now, all those sales efforts at realtor.com will be consolidated into an office in Westlake Village, California, about 37 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
    Jim Dalrymple II
  • Redfin’s new agent-free service hits regulatory snag May 23, 2019
    Redfin Direct, a pilot program that allows consumers to make direct offers on homes listed by real estate brokerage Redfin online without being represented by a buyer's agent, is violating a regulation regarding agency disclosure, according to a Massachusetts state agency that oversees real estate licensees.
    Andrea V. Brambila
  • Same-sex couples face discriminatory lending practices: Study May 22, 2019
    Same-sex couples were 73 percent more likely to be rejected for mortgages than heterosexual couples, according to an Iowa State University Ivy College of Business analysis. The study looked at home loans granted over a quarter of a century between 1990 and 2015.
    Lew Sichelman
  • Company that eliminates security deposits ‘locks’ in new partner May 22, 2019
    LeaseLock replaces security deposits with monthly fees and believes its new insurance partnership shows that the industry is embracing its business model.
    Jim Dalrymple II
  • Vacasa’s new board member hints at IPO future May 22, 2019
    Matt Roberts, the former CEO of OpenTable is joining the board of directors for vacation rental management startup Vacasa.
    Patrick Kearns
  • What is company culture? An indie broker-owner gives his 2 cents May 22, 2019
    Regardless of what type of brokerage you belong to, culture makes a big difference in how a business operates. In fact, a company’s culture can make or break its success. How do you find a culture that's right for you? Regular Inman contributor and indie broker Troy Palmquist shares his thoughts on company culture.
    Troy Palmquist
  • READ: Justice Department’s letter to CoreLogic demanding MLS info May 22, 2019
    Inman has obtained a letter from the Department of Justice requesting information on multiple listing service data from CoreLogic, a California-based financial services and analytics firm.
    Patrick Kearns
  • ERA Real Estate partners with HomeAdvisor for concierge services May 22, 2019
    HomeAdvisor provides access to a range of painting, landscaping and home repair professionals.
    Veronika Bondarenko
  • Moving to a new market? Here’s how to start on the right foot May 22, 2019
    To offer your clients the most valuable service, you have to learn everything your prospects might want to know about your new market. If you find yourself starting over, here are some tips to make it a little bit easier.
    Jackson Cooper
  • Why don’t we think about clients’ specific needs? May 22, 2019
    Other than that narrow exception that agents make for first-time homebuyers, agents don’t think of clients as having specialized needs that require customized solutions. Instead, agents provide a cookie-cutter approach to standardized service with the same scripts, the same materials, the same programs. That needs to change. Here's how.
    Joseph Rand