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US education attracts Chinese buyers, study finds

Chinese buyers have been at the center of many international real estate conversations the past few years. Although this demographic's U.S. residential real estate investment is expected to slightly drop this year, that isn't stopping real estate professionals from finding out what makes this integral segment of buyers tick ... READ MORE +

Survival of the tech fittest: Watch Josh Team at ICSF

If you're hoping to see the last of 'disrupters' and 'disruption' in real estate news, you're out of luck. This year alone, we'll see $3.5 billion invested in technology meant to solidify the real estate professionals' value amid disruption and close the gap between consumer wants and industry provisions. Keller Williams' Josh Team explains how the company -- which has set aside $1 billion in tech funding -- is defending its territory, empowering agents and elevating the client experience ... READ MORE +

How to nail the real estate post-close follow-up process

You found your buyers the perfect house and helped them write a winning offer. You held their hand through the closing process and handed them the keys to their new home, then attended the housewarming party. Nice work, real estate agent! But ... now what ... READ MORE +

Agents and brokers: Weigh in on ‘MLS of Choice’ while you can

Alright, agents and brokers, now's your chance: If you have an opinion on whether MLSs can require you to pay for their service even if you don't want it, it's time to say your piece before it's too late ... READ MORE +

360 Mortgage Group touts 8-day closing

Many bright-and-shiny mortgage startups tout lickety-split approvals, but actually closing on their loans can take weeks. But 360 Mortgage Group assures us that its new mortgage platform truly can deliver a lightning-fast and frictionless mortgage closing ... READ MORE +

Bamboo Realty closes its offices, ceases operations

It's not easy to try to disrupt an industry like real estate. Bamboo Realty was a brokerage that tried, catering first to rental clients and later experimenting with a pay-what-you-want commission deal for real estate transactions. But it looks like December's shuttering of the Houston Bamboo office was foretelling ... READ MORE +

The future of NAR: Action will be the measure, not words

I just spent a few days in Chicago with the National Association of Realtors. During my travel, I thoroughly enjoyed Brad Inman’s description of our “fat cat (leadership) gathering.” ... READ MORE +

Facebook ad campaigns made easy with Boost by HomeSpotter

Boost by HomeSpotter is a Facebook ad campaign creation and management tool that connects with your MLS to monitor your market movement. Boost does an excellent job of funneling your marketing message from advertisement to landing page builder to qualified lead ... READ MORE +

What do brokers want more than MLS mergers? Power

It's been nearly four years since a group of dozens of big brokers laid out a long list of grievances against MLSs and threatened the launch of an industry bombshell that would change the role of the MLS. Since then, that industry bombshell -- Upstream -- has yet to officially roll out. But how are relations between brokers and MLSs ... READ MORE +

Can my buyers back out if they change their minds?

Those words: “Can my buyers back out of a house if they don’t like it?” shouldn’t be uttered. Peter Lorimer of PLG Estates delves into why ... READ MORE +