Your park bench may be connected (7/22/2014)
What do tech savvy buyers want in a home and city? Experts say that Internet-connected “dumb” objects, such as doors and appliances, will soon go mainstream.
Keeping private information private (7/16/2014)
So far, consumers seem comfy with personal data on the web, but expect more concern down the road as even refrigerators get their own Internet connection.
Brokerage giant warns agents against drones (7/15/2014)
NRT, which includes Coldwell Banker, advised its members to stop flying drones to capture listings or even hire a photographer after the FAA’s latest ruling.
Apps creating ‘on demand’ real estate services (7/3/2014)
Traditional “floor time” at brokerages is going high tech. A buyer can now tap an app to say, “I want to see this house.” Minutes later, a Realtor shows up.
FAA subpoenas real estate firms that use drones (7/2/2014)
Brokers and agents cannot operate drones for listing photos without a commercial license, the FAA says, and it recently took steps to enforce that position.
Realtors investing more in mobile technologies (6/26/2014)
NAR tech survey finds that brokers spent $1,410 on technology, up from $1,122 a year earlier; agents spent $848, up slightly from $822 in 2012.
Realtor.com and Bankrate launch mobile mortgage app (6/24/2014)
App users can view a listing and see if what type of mortgage makes ownership possible; or they can select a mortgage and search only the listings that qualify.
Realtor.com still under attack and slow (6/20/2014)
Move Inc., which oversees the website for owner NAR, says it received a ransom note before the attack. Law enforcement and tech specialists are involved.
RealtyTrac: Take a photo, read the home’s history (6/18/2014)
The new app allows buyers to get free info, including its foreclosure status, by taking the home’s picture. For an additional fee, it includes auction dates, etc.
Realtor.com mobile adds new-home tools to app (5/29/2014)
Android and iOS users can access about 60,000 new-home plans from 7,500 new-home communities through a joint Move Inc. and Builder Homesite Inc. venture.
Brokers want a tech tool that rules them all (4/16/2014)
Survey: Brokers have automated tools to manage their customers, transactions, e-signatures and more. Now they want a tool to integrate them.
iPad marketing tools: An all-in-one video solution (4/14/2014)
With the help of a few apps, agents can film and edit high-quality videos – both listings and general advice – and quickly upload them to a website.
New buyer question: Is my data secure? (4/7/2014)
Could a hacker tap into clients’ financial data? Americans worry more now thanks to the recent Target data breach, and agents should have an answer prepared.
Move Inc. and PCM announce an iPad just for Realtors (3/31/2014)
Move Inc. says its realtor.com iPad will come with realtor.com and other pre-loaded productivity apps favored by real estate pros. Sales begin in a few months.
Fla. offers consumer alert about bitcoin (3/19/2014)
Virtual currency can be used to purchase homes or anything else, but a warning from Fla. OFR says it’s risky – especially in light of recent bitcoin problems.
Agents have love-hate relationship with Internet (2/24/2014)
Just 7% of Realtors consider the Internet a major source of business, despite the fact that 98% of buyers use the Internet to find homes.
Florida Realtors rolls out new MLSAdvantage upgrade (2/18/2014)
Members with access to MLSAdvantage can now experience the newest version’s “dramatically redesigned” user-friendly layout, fast data entry and more.
Company says it owns disclosure technology and sues (2/11/2014)
Property Disclosure Technologies owns a patent on a “real estate disclosure method.” Claiming copyright infringement, it’s suing 13 real estate companies.
Digital devices can cause eye strain (2/3/2014)
Work a lot on a computer or smartphone? “Computer vision syndrome” can cause irritated eyes, fatigue, eye strain, blurry vision, headaches and shoulder pain.