#ICYMI: September 2019 Real Estate News

By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator & Tiana Baur, Marketing Manager

 

September 2019 Real Estate newsIn case you hadn’t noticed by all of the pumpkins and Halloween decorations that suddenly appeared under the cover of darkness… it is officially fall! Three cheers for all of the pumpkin flavored everything we’re going to eat and drink over the next few months and for the fact that we no longer need to be concerned over being seen in our bathing suits. Really, what’s not to like about sweater weather?

Like the pumpkin spiced latte you’re holding in your hand, things have become a little hot in our industry and not in a good way. News of exits, lawsuits, and bad news seem to have poured in over the past month and, in case you missed it, here are those top five September 2019 real estate news stories to know:

1. Maëlle Gavet and Jason Post set to leave Compass

So, good news and bad news. Bad news is that Inman announced that Compass’ COO, Maëlle Gavet, and VP of Communications, Jason Post, are leaving the company. Post is leaving after nine months to go to Google and Gavet is leaving after almost two years, although we’re not sure where she’ll land.

The good news is that after researching Maëlle we’ve decided she’s the absolute bee’s knees and as women in tech writing this article, let us just say, we are BIG fans!

2. CAR hosted their REimagine! event in LA

CAR (California Association of REALTORS®) recently held their REimagine! event in the city of angels. For those that don’t know about this insanely awesome event, here’s the lowdown:

“REimagine! Los Angeles is where learning takes center stage, insta-worthy experiences are around every corner, and networking magic happens inside and outside the conference doors. Collaborate, get empowered, and dare to be bold with industry leaders who are ready to push you out of your comfort zone. It’s time to take it to the next level.”

We had a great time at this event, and none other than our superstar VP of Business Development and Product Evangelism, Georgia Perez, spoke at it! Check out more on that here.

3. RISMedia CEO Exchange: all about rehumanizing technology

Our friends over at RISMedia held their annual CEO Exchange, which we are always honored to be a part of. This year’s theme was all about rehumanizing data and technology in our industry. While other industries have gone the way of automation, and while our industry is always trying to progress and become more productive, we by no means have to dehumanize ourselves in the process. We imagine we’ll be seeing this topic quite a bit more in the coming weeks, months, and even years.

For those of you interested in this topic, this short article is well worth the read.

4. Wayfair stepping up home furnishing model

Well, this one is exciting for anyone and everyone who hates having to design the interior of their living spaces, or just hates having decision fatigue altogether. According to Inman, “Wayfair announced Wednesday that it has begun selling curated collections of furnishings for entire rooms, which the company believes will appeal to everyone from property managers to short-term rental owners.” And for anyone wondering, this isn’t confined to homes, they also have curated sets for dog parks.

Wayfair, you the real MVP.

5. IBM sues Zillow

To keep this one super short and sweet, here’s what you need to know via Inman: “IBM is suing real estate tech giant Zillow over seven charges of patent infringement related to a host of computer processes that Zillow uses to run its website. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleges that Zillow essentially built its business on the back of IBM’s inventions.”

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for another #ICYMI in October!

P.S. Speaking of women in tech, have a listen to our brand-new podcast episode featuring the amazing ladies of WomenUP! via REAL with MoxiWorks! This one is definitely worth listening to from beginning to the very, very end!

Posted on September 30, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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#ICYMI: August 2019 Real Estate News

By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator & Tiana Baur, Marketing Manager

 

amazon's echo: august 2019 real estate newsPumpkin-spiced lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin patches, really all things orange colored and pumpkin flavored are right around the corner. That’s right, summer is coming to an end! I know we sound excited and that might sound weird to some people, but we live in Seattle and were literally born in the rain so give us a break.

So, August was scorching hot when it came to random, weird news stories and, as always, we’re here to tell you about it! In case you missed it, here are the top five August 2019 real estate news stories to know:

 

1. iOi Summit in our hometown

The NAR iOi Summit happened last week in our very own backyard (well, downtown Seattle), and we had SUCH a great time! Curbio won the iOi Summit Pitch Battle, the food was unusually amazing for a conference, and our fearless leader and CEO, York Baur spoke on an interesting new topic: how agents and brokerages can drive more transactions, grow their business, and ultimately, grow the entire economy! Checkout a little snippet here.

 

2. Kanye West’s Affordable Housing Under Scrutiny

So, yeah… this is a very real headline, we promise we didn’t fabricate it. Here’s the lowdown via NAR: “West broke ground last month for an affordable housing community in Calabasas, Calif. But state authorities are reportedly threatening to demolish the village if West doesn’t bring it into compliance with construction permits by Sept. 13.” Honestly, it’s really incredible seeing someone as high profile as Kanye West use his fame for good. The need for affordable housing has skyrocketed and if he wants to get involved, we are here for it.

However, the jury is still out on his architecture design skills. Apparently, these homes are described as “igloos,” “beehives,” and Star Wars dome-like structures. West has about 30 days left to make the homes compliant with city requirements. Fingers crossed they can sort it out in time.

 

3. AgentNEO Rolls Out Alexa Skills for Brokerages

Déjà vu? Earlier this summer we noted the announcement of Realogy’s Agent X, an Amazon Alexa voice assistant for real estate agents. Now, we’re recognizing the fact that Amazon is literally taking over the world growing deeper into the real estate space, with the first large brokerage deploying a voice skill on Amazon’s echo. According to Inman, AgentNEO is “a voice-activated internet (VAI) software company for real estate agents. It helps them create branded apps so customers can ask Alexa about home valuations, finding listings and booking showings. The agent is permanently linked to the user’s device.”

And now they’ve announced a brokerage option as well, which means any franchise or independent brokerage with more than 20 agents can play the game. May the odds be ever in your favor.

 

4. In Race for Tech Talent, Compass Swoops in After Uber Lays off 400

Okay first of all, Uber… ouch. Second of all… very misleading headline. Hard to know if Compass actually hired anyone from Uber (or if anyone from Uber took them up on it), but regardless, this all boils down to a Tweet. There, you’re welcome. #SlowNewsWeek

 

5. The U.S. Is Going Green: The Top 10 States With LEED-Certified Residential Homes

Saved the best for last! Can we get a “whoop, whoop!” for eco-friendly living? According to RISMedia, green homes (aka LEED-certified homes or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified homes) have “increased by 19 percent since 2017, currently at a historic high. Over 400,000 units in the U.S. and almost 500,000 single-family, multifamily and affordable housing properties are certified.”

 

The top 10 states with these homes are California, Texas, New York, Washington, Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Maryland and Georgia. Read more about this topic here.

Thank you for reading our snapshot of August 2019 real estate news and stay tuned for another #ICYMI in September! In the meantime, catch up on the latest industry trends and talk via our AMAZING podcast, REAL with MoxiWorks! If you haven’t started tuning into that, you’re definitely missing out.

Posted on August 30, 2019 at 6:47 am
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#ICYMI: July 2019 Real Estate News

By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator & Tiana Baur, Marketing Manager

 

july 2019 real estate newsThere are officially only five months left in 2019. Woah. Every time we write another #ICYMI, we feel like we blinked, and it became a new month! So far this year we’ve seen tons of positive and growth within our industry. It’s definitely an exciting time to be a part of it! Are you keeping up with everything that’s been happening?

In case you missed it, here are the top five July 2019 real estate news stories to know:

1. Women moving into real estate leadership roles

RISMedia recently wrote that, “Women are taking on leadership positions at a steadier pace than ever before, according to the Pew Research Center.” Also saying that, “Majority female leadership in real estate is becoming more commonplace, as exemplified by a recent leadership restructuring at Title Alliance, a family of full-service title insurance and escrow agencies.”

We can add to this narrative even further with our own recent announcement: adding two powerful women leaders to our Business Development Team.

2. Amazon moves into the real estate industry

So, yeah, this happened. Here’s the breakdown from REALTOR Magazine: “Home buyers who select a real estate agent through Amazon’s new homebuying program can receive thousands of dollars’ worth of free smart-home tech and home service credits for move-in day. Amazon has partnered with Realogy to launch a new program called TurnKey in 15 cities.”

Are we super surprised? Honestly, no, it was bound to happen eventually. Is it really THAT big of news? Yes and no. We’ll let you and their stock price be the judge.

3. Realogy sues Compass

According to Inman, “Realogy, the nation’s largest real estate holding company, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Supreme Court of New York against the well-funded upstart real estate brokerage Compass over ‘unfair business practices and illegal schemes to gain market share at all costs.’”

Inman also pointed out that this isn’t the first lawsuit against Compass. Zillow, Zephyr Real Estate, and Modern Spaces, all have previously filed lawsuits against them. Oh, and this isn’t the first lawsuit filed against them by Realogy either. Yikes.

4. Inman Connect Las Vegas

Last week, many of us in the industry gathered in the scorching inferno that was Las Vegas to attend Inman Connect 2019. We learned that agent marketing right now is all about video, video, and more video. Also, that Amazon is taking over, and you might as well jump on the bandwagon (hint, hint: create your own Alexa flash briefing to get ahead of the trend and wow your clients/sphere/consumers in general). We learned that despite the number of vendors serving real estate, there are still many exciting new vendors popping up on the scene (thanks, Vendor Alley!). We also learned to stay indoors.

5. New ad calls out fakeness in home search

A new campaign from realtor.com® was just launched, making fun of Instagram-perfect homes and their unrealistic nature to many home buyers out there. According to REALTOR Magazine, realtor.com® said, “Our new campaign serves as a humorous reminder to not be discouraged by unattainable stereotypes, and that realtor.com® is here to help you find a real home that matters to you.”

We love the vibe! But to all the grammers out there: please don’t stop posting major mouth-watering real estate eye candy, our feeds wouldn’t be the same without it!

 

We hope you enjoyed our breakdown of July 2019 real estate news. As always, thanks for reading and stay tuned for another #ICYMI next month! In the meantime, catch up on the latest industry trends and talk via our podcast, REAL with MoxiWorks!

Posted on July 31, 2019 at 7:00 am
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#ICYMI: March 2019 Real Estate News

By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator & Tiana Baur, Marketing Manager

 

March 2019 real estate news

March has quickly come to an end and listing season is coming in hot! We’re excited that Spring has finally sprung and can’t wait to see what Q2 has in store for the real estate industry. As always, we’ve boiled everything down that happened this month to the key stories you need to know to stay up-to-date with the goings on in our industry.

In case you missed it, here are the top five March 2019 real estate news stories to know:

1. “Coldwell Banker Announces ‘Project North Star’ Rebrand—Its First in 40 Years”

After four decades, Coldwell Banker hit the makeover button and got an entirely new look. According to RISMedia, “The announcement was made at the brokerage’s convention, the Generation Blue Experience, on Monday, where the company debuted a fresh logo, which combines the ‘C’ and ‘B’ intersection with a star—evocative of its 113-year history, reliability and steadfast vision, now all the more critical in an evolving industry. The beloved blue coloring, Pantone 280, remains the same.”

Kudos to CB for embarking on a new journey with an innovative new look! You can check out some of the new branding (and a surprisingly exciting video) here.

2. “New Windermere campaign highlights agents who go the extra mile — sometimes literally”

So, this is one deserves a spot in the top five March 2019 real estate news stories to know for one blatantly obvious reason: Windermere is showcasing the awesomeness of their agents. “The new campaign’s tagline is ‘All in, for you’ and features the real-life stories of Windermere agents who have gone the extra mile. The campaign includes TV, print, digital marketing, outdoor ads and partnerships with media companies. TV ads begin airing in the Seattle market today,” wrote Inman News.

Words can’t describe how much we love this!! You can listen to some of the insane stories here.

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3. “Realtor.com tests replacing its lead-gen with Opcity, angering brokers”

Not all the top news stories can be feel-good, right?! Unfortunately, when news broke that realtor.com is replacing its lead generation service, it sent many agents into pure, unadulterated, panic mode. It will instead be, “replaced with Opcity, a startup that was acquired by News Corp., the parent company of realtor.com’s operator Move Inc., last year for $210 million,” according to Inman News.

If this news were an emoji, it would be mixture of “grimacing” and our favorite: “face with steam from nose.

4. RealScout released a short film

RealScout hit us with a new video this week – have you seen it yet?! It’s all about the ongoing resource war and the impending doom leering over us all because of it. It discusses the “battle for consumer data deciding the future of the real estate industry” and asks, “can traditional real estate keep up?”

Spare a few minutes today to watch it – it’s well worth it.

5. “Unlikely allies: Redfin and RE/MAX are teaming up”

According to Inman News, “RE/MAX and Redfin announced a new partnership today that will give RE/MAX agents exclusive access to Redfin’s agent referral program — at a discounted rate — in 5,000 U.S. ZIP codes and throughout Canada, where Redfin recently launched its home search website.” That’s it.

 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for another #ICYMI next month!

P.S. If you’re into podcasts (and if you’re not, you should be) we have our very own! Episode #3 of the REAL with MoxiWorks podcast featuring Chris Kelly, CEO of Ebby Halliday, is out now. Have a listen!

Posted on March 29, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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In Case You Missed It: February 2019 Real Estate News

By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator & Tiana Baur, Marketing Manager 

 

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It’s almost the end of Q1 already?! That’s okay, we’re happy winter is almost over – MoxiWorks HQ experienced a bit of a snowstorm. Aside from that, MANY notable things happened in our industry in February. As always, we’ve boiled it down to the key stories you need to know to stay up-to-date with the goings on in our industry.

In case you missed it, here are the top five February 2019 real estate news stories to know:

1. Compass acquired Contactually

So… this happened. Compass bought Contactually and it set off some anger (but also many congrats) in the industry – just checkout the comments. We’re not sure what else we can say that hasn’t already been said by our CEO.

2. There was a giant conference

LeadingRE held their annual conference in Las Vegas (is it just us or did Vegas become the event city of the universe?) and everyone had a blast. We even held a wine event and got to learn some major pointers from a notable sommelier. Want to see some pics from the LeadingRE conference? We got you.

3. Amazon backs out of HQ2 New York campus deal

Well, we can’t say we’re too surprised. According to Inman, “Amazon’s decision to abandon New York City came after, and in response to, fierce opposition from area politicians and some locals.” In December’s #ICYMI, we wrote about just that saying, “their new headquarters in NYC and D.C. are sparking fear and anxiety with residents. Why? They’re worried about being priced out of metro areas. If Seattle’s market history is any indication, the outlook is less than ideal.” Basically, those in the real estate industry are none too happy, but we bet there are some locals rejoicing.

4. Rich Barton, co-founder of Zillow steps back into the role of CEO

After a less than ideal earnings report came out, Zillow made the decision to give Spencer Rascoff the boot, replacing him with Rich Barton, the co-founder of the tech giant. According to Inman, Barton said, “We decided to rotate seats a bit, and Spencer will step out of day to day but continue as an indispensable advisor and overseer on our board of directors.” We should note that under Rascoff’s leadership, the company grew to more than 4,000 employees. But as we like to say at MoxiWorks, what got us here won’t get us there.

5. Keller Williams announces 3 new international markets

Keller Williams is making some serious money moves. They announced that they’re expanding to Chile and Ireland and will soon launch in Italy. Turns out that, “As of Nov. 19, 2018, Keller Williams expanded into six new regions with 31 market centers and a net gain of 1,812 agents in 2018. The company now has more than 7,400 agents operating outside of the United States and Canada.” Wow.

 

There you have it! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for another #ICYMI!

 

P.S. If you’re into podcasts (and if you’re not, you should be) we have our very own! Episode #2 of the REAL with MoxiWorks podcast featuring Matthew Ferrara is out now. Have a listen!

Posted on February 28, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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In Case You Missed It: January 2019 Real Estate News

By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator and Tiana Baur, Marketing Manager

 

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2019 started with a bang – and no we don’t just mean fireworks. 31 days in and there’s already more than enough new stories, headlines, and goings on in the industry to keep us preoccupied. But don’t worry, we’re sticking to the top five! Someone has to weed through the noise and we’re more than happy to do it.

Without further ado, here are the top five January 2019 real estate news stories to know ( in case you missed it):

1. Ex Keller Williams CEO writes an open letter

The Keller William’s OG, Gary Keller, announced he’s taking the throne back. The outgoing CEO, John Davis, however had some words and he did not like the speculation around his sudden departure – so he wrote an open letter. In this letter he clarifies that he resigned.

P.S. We’re totally into his open letter concept. You could even say this cool company we know might’ve even started the trend last year. #winkwink

2. Inman Connect NY is in full swing

Inman Connect – this month’s biggest event – is happening right now. Brokerage leaders, techies, real estate agents, and more are all getting their connections on in the Big Apple. Did we mention it’s located in Time Square? Not too shabby.

There’s one very important part of this annual trip that is getting extra attention this year: desserts. To all those attending this event, instead of taking your usual coffee/snack break, how about gelato or mini pies instead? Our mantra: Life’s uncertain, eat dessert first.

3. Swanepoel released its annual T3 Power 200

Swanepoel made a list and they checked it twice. Ron Peltier, the CEO of HomeServices of America got the win, making him “the most powerful and influential person in real estate.” T3 Sixty has eight different criteria when making the list, including, “the office leaders hold, their tenure, the size of the company they lead, its financial resources, their significance and impact on the industry, their company’s activities in the previous year, other activities outside their own company and their personal power and influence.” We’re proud to say many of our clients and partners (and even our CEO) made the list!

4. Major companies are making moves and impacting real estate in a big way

According to our friends at RISMedia, “Now, Google and Apple are hopping onboard the expansion train, promising new jobs outside the West Coast which could attract an influx of relocating talent, possibly putting a strain on the local housing markets.” Along with Amazon, Google (adding 7,000 jobs) and Apple (adding 100 jobs) also have their sights set on NYC. All eyes are on how this will continue to impact the housing markets over there.

5. Taylor Swift x real estate drama?

Taylor Swift found herself in the middle of a Douglas Elliman lawsuit with former real estate agent over her Manhattan townhouse. Long story short: Douglas Elliman claimed the agent was wrongfully left out of the deal. They did not win, instead, the case was thrown out by the judge. Swifties everywhere are hoping this inspires another “Bad Blood” original.

6. York Baur (MoxiWorks’ CEO) Jumped into a lake. In a cloud suit. In January.

Okay, so we may have lied. We’re sticking to six notable new stories this month, but only because our CEO did the POLAR PLUNGE. York jumped into some chilly waters to celebrate the fact that the Moxi Fund absolutely CRUSHED its fundraising goal, releasing more than $17,000 to the charities within our local Seattle community in 2018. Thank you to all of our employees, clients, vendors and partners who donated to the Fund and made this epic moment happen. A bet’s a bet!

There you have it! Thanks for reading and stay tuned for another #ICYMI!

Posted on January 31, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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In Case You Missed It: December 2018 Real Estate News

By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator & Tiana Baur, Content Marketing Manager

December 2018 Real Estate NewsDoes anyone else feel like they blinked, and an entire year passed? It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, but we’re excited for all sorts of fun new products and good Moxi stuff to hit the market in 2019! However, we can’t move forward without taking a quick glimpse back at the last month in 2018.

In case you missed it, here are the top five December 2018 real estate news stories to know:

1. Look Who’s Sharing Now: Airbnb Moves Into Construction and Real Estate Markets

Airbnb is coming in hot to the real estate development industry. According to RISMedia, “Airbnb is looking to leave its imprint in a more concrete way: designing, building and sharing homes based on contemporary lifestyles.” They’re gearing up to test prototype units as early as fall 2019. While construction completion dates aren’t exactly set in stone, there’s one thing that’s certain: this initiative is just the beginning for Airbnb.

2. Amazon to Spark Massive Real Estate Shift in NYC and D.C. Markets

Amazon is shaking things up… not that that’s news. However, their new headquarters in NYC and D.C. are sparking fear and anxiety with residents. Why? They’re worried about being priced out of metro areas. If Seattle’s market history is any indication, the outlook is less than ideal. In fact, in our home city of Seattle, the “median home value has increased dramatically by 73 percent to $739,600 over the past five years,” according to Zillow. East Coast friends, we have our fingers crossed for you.

3. Portland real estate offices targeted with violent graffiti

According to Inman News, “Vandals spray-painted threatening words including ‘die,’ ‘gentrification’ and ‘get out’ on the windows of two Portland, Oregon real estate brokerage offices over the holiday weekend.” Apparently, the talk of gentrification in Portland has grown a lot, and unfortunately, someone stooped to this level to be heard.

4. RE/MAX hires Under Armour vet, tech founder as new execs

RE/MAX hired Kerry McGovern, from Under Armour, as its new VP of Communications, overseeing all of RE/MAX and Motto Mortgage’s (their fast-growing franchise) internal and external communications and social media. We’re wondering if the dramatic change has anything to do with Under Armour’s lack of performance this year, but who really knows.

Jerry Modes was hired as RE/MAX’s new Senior VP of Information Technology. He is known for co-founding tech companies Teradata and HyperParallel.

5. Compass hiring 100 more engineers for Seattle tech hub

Saved the best for last. Compass announced they are launching a Seattle-based campus, hiring 100 more engineers (although, a little birdie told us it was hundreds). Their CTO stated that, “Seattle is home to some of the best visionary technology leaders and engineers in the world,” and honestly, how could we disagree with that?!

We hope you all have an incredible (and safe) New Years! See you in 2019.

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for another #ICYMI!

Posted on December 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm
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In Case You Missed It: September 2018

By Jessie Trapp, Marketing Coordinator & Tiana Baur, Content Marketing Manager

September 2019 real estate newsLadies and gentlemen, it’s finally Fall. That means we can spend more time focusing on hitting our Q4 goals and less time sitting in our own sweat – hooray! September was chalk-full of events and news stories that impacted the real estate industry, so without further ado, here are the top five stories to know:

1. RISMedia’s 2018 Real Estate CEO Exchange

RISMedia held their 2018 Real Estate CEO Exchange. Our CEO had some takeaways. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® CEO/President, Paul Boomsma, totally rocked the keynote – to say the least.

A couple key quotes from Boomsma via RISMedia:

“There are 350 languages spoken in the U.S., and 22 percent of the country now speaks something other than English at home,” added Boomsma. “We need to be thinking about inclusivity, and be inclusive of all groups,” citing the growing influence of the Asian American, Hispanic and LGBTQ segments.

“The world, in my opinion, is so filled with noise,” said Boomsma. “I think part of our job is to provide a certain amount of peace. Being gracious is something that’s been overlooked, and I think it’s something we have an opportunity as leaders to instill in our organizations. Gracious people are kind and their behavior is characterized by tact. Graciousness may be superficial, but sometimes what’s on the surface is good enough.”

Paul – thank you.

2. “Hurricane Florence: 42 Deaths, Housing Shortages and Increasing Flooding Dangers”

As we all know, Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas and wreaked havoc on the entire region. Over 42 people lost their lives to the hurricane. There has been over $22 billion in damage done. RISMedia said that, “According to realtor.com, the hurricane could create a months-long stall in home sales and construction.” If you would like to donate to The South Carolina REALTORS® Foundation for disaster relief efforts, please do so here.

3. “Zillow breaks into lead referral business”

Inman News says that Zillow is “testing a new referral service in Florida that could shake up how it does business, and for the first time in the company’s history, earn a piece of the real estate commission pie.” No word on how big that piece will be, but the program will fall under their Premier Broker lead-gen umbrella.

4. “Compass rolls out ‘Coming Soon’ pre-marketing blitz nationwide”

Compass Coming Soon” allows agents to market their properties before they are listed on the MLS. Some are saying this is shady, others are saying that this is by no means in the same category as whisper listings, especially since they don’t appear to anyone and everyone on the brokerage’s site. Makes sense to us.

According to Inman News, “Indeed, early or exclusive listings are extremely common, particularly among high-end clients who expect to know about a property before it hits the market. Some of the properties currently listed in Compass’ off-market category include a $3.95 million mountain villa in Aspen and a $5.3 million home in the Hamptons.” We’ll let you be the judge.

5. “Hamptons agent serenades buyers with original country song about $2M property”

Capping off this month’s #ICYMI is a story that should give you a bit of laugh. Apparently when life gives you lemons – and a great voice – you write a country song about your listing. Why not, right? After watching that video it’s clear this Douglas Elliman agent, Telly Karoussos, is definitely not afraid to break out the guitar and do something quirky to sell a home. While the Hamptons home has gotten its moment in the spotlight, the listing is still on the market with plenty (too many) photos of said guitar with it.

What do you think October has in store for us? I have a feeling some people out there will make headlines for questionable Halloween costume choices. Which reminds me, take a moment to think before you decide to wear costumes to work! If even a teeny tiny part of you is thinking, “hmm don’t know if this is appropriate,” then it’s not appropriate. I guess what I’m saying is, don’t give us more to write about!

Thanks for reading. Stay tuned for another #ICYMI!

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 3:11 pm
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