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Vacasa’s new board member hints at IPO future

Matt Roberts, the former CEO of OpenTable is joining the board of directors for vacation rental management startup Vacasa....

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Company that eliminates security deposits ‘locks’ in new partner

LeaseLock replaces security deposits with monthly fees and believes its new insurance partnership shows that the industry is embracing its business model....

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Redfin’s new agent-free service hits regulatory snag

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....

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Same-sex couples face discriminatory lending practices: Study

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....

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READ: Justice Department’s letter to CoreLogic demanding MLS info

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....

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3 essential social media platforms for newbie agents

When it comes to social media, it’s a bit of a jungle out there. To help new agents suss out what’s crucial, here are the top three platforms and some tips for how to make it all work with your marketing plan....

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New-home sales drop from March, but are up annually

Sales of new single-family homes dropped 6.9 percent from March to April, but are up 7 percent year-over-year, according to the latest data. ...

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ERA Real Estate partners with HomeAdvisor for concierge services

HomeAdvisor provides access to a range of painting, landscaping and home repair professionals....

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Want to rise above your competition? Try these 5 pro moves

In real estate, showcasing your professionalism is how you get business. It’s how you convince buyers and sellers to work with you over the plethora of other agents out there. What can you do to exhibit competence and display your skillset to past and future clients? Here are five pro moves that’ll set you apart from the rest of the pack....

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What is company culture? An indie broker-owner gives his 2 cents

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....

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