Web Extras

Each month broker/owners turn to Real Estate Broker’s Insider for practical news reports, how-to information, and hundreds of real-world examples of how agencies are growing and prospering.

We often have valuable background material, additional information, or related resources that we just can’t fit in the newsletter. The links below will take you to the full documents, articles, videos, websites, marketing materials, and more.


August 2017

With in-office coffee bar, high-traffic location, young broker goes old-school  — California broker Troy Palmquist owns The Address in Oxnard, CA, and his first office is in a high-traffic retail space. See photos of his Starbucks-like space which includes a leather couch and a bar with coffee, beer and kambucha on tap. ...

Commissions will remain under intense pressure, industry disruptors say — Real estate commissions mostly have defied the predictions of the doomsayers who anticipate brokerage fees will plummet. But the onslaught continues, this time from British discounter Purplebricks, which plans an ambitious expansion into the U.S. real estate market. Learn more about the Purplebricks British invasion....

To read more — login/sign up

July 2017

Homeowner sues Zillow over "sloppy" value estimate, predicts more pushback  — Since 2006, Zillow has been posting "Zestimates" of property values and for just as long, homeowners and agents have griped about what they consider inaccurate estimates. See disgruntled seller Barbara Andersen’s lawsuit against Zillow....

To read more — login/sign up

June 2017

With inventories tight, try door knocking  — If your buyer is eager to buy but faces a lack of inventory, get aggressive about ferreting out homes that aren’t on the market. See more tips from sales coach, Tom Ferry. ...

ALTA warns consumers of scams  — Home buyers are being targeted by wire fraud schemes aiming to poach funds for real estate closings. The Federal Trade Commission provides the publication, Start with Security: A Guide for Business to help business owners protect themselves. ...

National home prices hit another record  — See a comparison of hot and cold markets in the U.S. ...

To read more — login/sign up

May 2017

British discounter plans ambitious expansion into U.S. market  — Purplebricks Group, a company that has ruffled feathers in Britain’s real estate market, says it aims to spend $60 million to expand in the United States. Watch some of Purplebricks’ cheeky adverts. ...

Underwater homes mostly disappear  — Did your state gain or lose? See an interactive map of the large metro areas with the most and fewest underwater homeowners....

To read more — login/sign up

December 2016

Hard-nosed approach? Discount brokers tout savings by cutting out buyer agents  — Amid a renewed focus on discounted commissions, a new breed of brokers is offering a sharp-elbowed way for sellers to save money. The strategy: Cut buyers’ agents — and their 3 percent commissions — out of deals. Watch a marketing video from 3in3 Realty that explains this idea. ...

To read more — login/sign up

November 2016

Leader of fast-growing team uses old, new strategies to drive expansion  — Bob Lucido of Keller Williams Integrity was skeptical of predictive analytics until he decided to give it a try. He phoned owners pinpointed by analytics, and was surprised to learn that many were in fact considering a move. For more on how brokers are using this technology, read the archive article, Real estate industry turns to predictive analytics to refine marketing efforts....

To read more — login/sign up