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Police handcuffed and searched a black Realtor and his client. Now the agent is suing Cincinnati

'My hope is that no professional is treated the way I was that day,' Movement Realty agent Jerry Isham told Inman.
Original author: Veronika Bondarenko
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Baird & Warner CEO: ‘The buyer should pay the buyer agent’

Steve Baird, the CEO of the 160-year-old Chicago-based brokerage, speaks exclusively to Inman about staying relevant in the face of competitive forces.
Original author: Patrick Kearns
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Quicken sets multiple company records during best quarter ever

The lender originated more than $10 billion in loans each month in the second quarter of 2019.
Original author: Jim Dalrymple II
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Property management platform TurboTenant clinches $6.5M

TurboTenant allows landlords to syndicate listings, manage leads, and vet and accept applications online.
Original author: Teke Wiggin
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Agent-matching site HomeLight snaps up digital mortgage lender

Homelight's acquisition of Eave will allow the startup to offer loans to buyers across California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas.
Original author: Teke Wiggin
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Zillow alleges public record fees are ‘unconstitutional’ in new suit

The machinery of Zillow's empire runs on public records.
Original author: Andrea V. Brambila
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International buyers are spending a lot less in the U.S.

A slowing global economy and a shortage of available U.S. homes contributed to a slowdown in purchases from foreign buyers, according to a new NAR report.
Original author: Jim Dalrymple II
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Building permits drop in June

The number of privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits dropped 6.1 percent from May to June and fell 6.6 percent year-over-year. 
Original author: Patrick Kearns
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Vacasa hires new financial and security chiefs

The new hires will serve in C-suite positions and have backgrounds at big-name tech companies, suggesting the vacation rental startup is in it to win it.
Original author: Jim Dalrymple II
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Fifth Wall Ventures announces new $500M proptech fund

Fifth Wall Ventures announced today it successfully hit its $500 million goal for a second proptech fund. The Opendoor and Blend-backer now has 48 global limited partners across a number of proptech subsectors, giving startups access to some of the industries top builders and management companies.
Original author: Patrick Kearns
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3 tips for newbies from ‘Million Dollar Listing LA’ star James Harris

Learn what “Million Dollar Listing LA” star James Harris’ top tips for up-and-coming agents are here.
Original author: Pat Hiban
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How to talk to clients about iBuyers

Everyone's abuzz about iBuyers and their threat to the real estate industry. But the reality behind the hype is more complex, as a couple of recent news stories show. Here are three quick ideas on how to use these stories to highlight your own value as a full-service agent.
Original author: Troy Palmquist
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‘Honey, stop the car!’ 12 listing description cliches we’re over

In addition to the silly and useless “Honey, stop the car!” here are a few other old, tired and confusing terms that agents really need to retire. 
Original author: Jay Thompson
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EXCLUSIVE: KW partners with DocuSign to improve transaction management

Keller Williams is integrating its proprietary customer relationship management tool with DocuSign, an e-signature and transaction management platform.
Original author: Patrick Kearns
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MoxiWorks brings on former Zillow, NAR execs to help brokers weather ‘tech storm’

Brokerage-owned real estate technology firm MoxiWorks brought on industry veterans Kirsten Wanshura and Heather Glass to act as trusted technology advisors for brokerages.
Original author: Andrea V. Brambila
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Short-term rental firm iTrip Vacations expands to Silicon Valley

The newly created iTrip Vacations San Jose will serve its namesake city, as well as the surrounding communities of Cupertino, Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Gatos.
Original author: Jim Dalrymple II
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‘Former Fox & Friends’ host flees US amid probe into RE deals

Clayton Morris and his wife fled for a coastal town in Portugal in the midst of pending lawsuits involving recent real estate deals.
Original author: Veronika Bondarenko
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Inman announces the launch of the Property Pavilion at ICLV19

July 15, 2019 - Inman Group® announced the Property Pavilion, a dedicated space in the exhibit hall at Inman Connect Las Vegas, July 22 - 26, 2019.
Original author: Lauren Walker
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Buyers trying to cut corners? Don’t let them make these 6 mistakes

Buyers often want to charge full throttle into the homebuying process with a "penny-pinching" mindset, but agents can save these clients money and heartache by taking the time to explain how shortsighted and expensive these corner-cutting tactics can be.
Original author: Cara Ameer
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Half of Americans want to live in the town next door: Study

Most Americans don't live in their dream neighborhood, but for more than half of them, the dream isn't that far away. 
Original author: Patrick Kearns
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