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Homes.com Fine Tunes Listing Detail Pages to Create More Leads for You
Homes.com is committed to your success and we're always looking for ways to attract more high quality leads for your business. With that goal in mind, we've recently upgraded the listing detail pages on Homes.com. These pages now have more contact forms in easier to locate positions to make it simpler for buyers and sellers to request information on the property they're in love with. What's New Simpler Forms – In the past, we listed the listing agent as well as up to three advertising agents on the main contact form at the top of the listing details page. Now, we've removed all agent names, photos, and phone numbers from the contact forms. This makes the forms easier to understand and has, so far, proven to increase the number of buyers and sellers filling out the form. More Contact Options – We've added additional ways for buyers and sellers to reach out to agents on the listing details page. In addition to the primary contact form, which will remain in view as users scroll down the page, buyers and sellers can contact an agent from the Local Experts section, a call to action in the Home Details section, through the Schedule a Tour tool, and in the Similar Homes section of the page. On mobile devices, "Call Now" and "Request Info" options remain at the bottom of the page so leads can easily reach out to an agent. Direct Connect #s – Having too many phone numbers on the listing detail pages confuses buyers and sellers who want to find out more about a specific property, so our listing pages now offer just one phone number at a time on the primary lead form. This number will be rotated based on an agent's share of Local Connect advertising for the zip code. Any leads coming through this Direct Connect phone number will go directly to the agent and be exclusive opportunity for that advertiser. Local Experts Section – Agents using the Local Connect advertisements now receive special exposure in the Local Experts section of the listing details page. Up to three subscribing agents will have their name, phone number, photo, and a link to their agent profile. If the Local Expert also subscribes to Preferred Listings or Lead Concierge, the corresponding badges will also display under their name. Schedule a Tour– It's easy to fall in love with a listing online. When that happens, buyers want to schedule a tour as soon as possible. We've made it easy to request a tour with this new tool. It offers a variety of times buyers can request a showing and sends that information over to the advertising and listing agents for follow up! Homes.com is always looking for ways to generate more high quality leads for real estate agents, but no matter one thing never changes at Homes.com is our position that the leads your listings generate should always go to you. As such, every time a lead form is submitted on your listing, you will get that lead. To learn more about how Homes.com's advertising opportunities can benefit your business, click here. To view the original post, visit the Homes.com blog.
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Goodbye, Endless Scrolling! Announcing Realtor.com's Photo First Feature
Deep learning technology automatically categorizes and displays photos to simplify home search SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 29, 2019 -- Realtor.com, the Home of Home Search, today announced the release of its Photo First feature, to help home buyers find their must-have rooms and finishes without the headache of scrolling through dozens of listing photos. The first-of-its-kind feature is designed to deliver the best browsing experience by making photos more personal and relevant than ever before. Powered by deep learning, the Photo First feature can automatically recognize characteristics of a room and organize photos into categories with more than 97 percent accuracy. For consumers, photos are an essential element of a home search. Realtor.com® has reimagined the listing photo experience to make it simpler and more useful than ever before. Now, with the Photo First feature, buyers can quickly hone in on the photos that are most important to them by simply selecting a feature category: exterior, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room or dining room. And thanks to the feature's deep learning-based algorithm, there is no additional work required for the seller or listing agent to optimize photos. "Imagine a home search that's completely customizable. One where you can choose all the features that are important to you, and not only find those homes quickly, but view those photos first," said Chung Meng Cheong, chief product officer, realtor.com®. "The Photo First feature uses deep learning to optimize and categorize listing photos for each home to simplify the home journey. So, if you're particular about features in your kitchen or bathroom, you can view those photos right away." Developed by realtor.com®'s mobile and data science teams, the Photo First feature is powered by a proprietary deep learning model for image classification, which enables it to recognize different aspects and automatically associate each photo with the coinciding room. The result is a simple and streamlined interface that users love. In fact, 100 percent of test users preferred the Photo First interface and more than 60 percent engaged with photo categories during testing. The new functionality led to more consumers viewing the home's details and taking the next step to connect with an agent and learn more. Realtor.com® continues to invest in developing the best-in-class user experience for home shoppers. Today's announcement is the first of several planned AI-powered photo feature updates designed to help make buying and selling a home simpler and more enjoyable than ever. Photo First is now available on Android and iOS, and will be coming soon to web and mobile web. About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search℠, offers the most MLS-listed for-sale listings among national real estate portals, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Through its Opcity platform, realtor.com® uses data science and machine learning to connect consumers with a real estate professional based on their specific buying and selling needs. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is a trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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Homes.com and IXACT Contact Integration to Provide Real-Time Lead Generation and Conversion Tools for Agents
IXACT Contact, a leader in real estate CRM and marketing automation, announced its integration with Homes.com, a top consumer real estate resource and leading provider of advertising solutions for real estate professionals. Focusing on real-time data processing, this partnership will enable IXACT Contact customers to acquire and convert potential leads directly through the Homes.com website. Through its search portal and extensive product inventory, Homes.com has been helping real estate agents connect with local buyers and sellers for over 25 years. "We're excited to have Homes.com as one of our integrated partners for incoming leads. Sending new contacts into our database in real time increases the chance to convert that lead into a client," says Rich Gaasenbeek, IXACT Contact's Co-Founder and EVP. Through its Homes.com Connect platform, Homes.com collects early-stage transaction information when properties are listed for sale and as consumers interact with real estate professionals in the home search process. IXACT Contact helps agents convert leads into clients, maintain relationships with current and past customers, manage their spheres of influence, and encourage repeat transactions and the referral business that most real estate agents depend on. Pairing with Homes.com's lead generation and advertising solutions, IXACT Contact's automated marketing tools and email campaigns will streamline the conversion of prospects into buyers while maintaining high referral and retention rates. "At Homes.com, we're committed to connecting real estate professionals with the highly engaged consumers who visit our site. The API integration with IXACT Contact gives our advertisers quick and easy access to manage those incoming leads" said Andy Woolley, Homes.com Vice President of Industry Development. "Speed to first contact is critical in the lead conversion process, so avoiding duplicate data entry offers a big win to our shared customers." For more information about Homes.com marketing services visit marketing.homes.com and for more information about IXACT Contact visit www.ixactcontact.com. About IXACT Contact IXACT Contact® is a next-generation real estate CRM and marketing automation system that is changing the game. IXACT Contact provides a wide range of business-building features and capabilities, including an intelligent Dashboard, automated Keep in Touch call reminders, an automated monthly e-Newsletter, automated lead capture and nurturing, Google Sync, agent websites, Goal Setting and Tracking, and so much more. It is easy to use and setup, especially with our Concierge Setup Service. It is the virtual assistant agents need, and the marketing support they crave. With its robust CRM and fresh, relevant content IXACT Contact helps agents to do more with greater efficiency, affordability, and confidence. Learn more at ixactcontact.com. About Homes.com Homes.com is a division of Dominion Enterprises that offers today's demanding homebuyers, renters and those somewhere in between, a simply smarter home search. With smart search features like Homes.com Snap & Search, home shoppers now have a more personalized and conversational way to search for their next home. Since its launch over 25 years ago, Homes.com offers real estate professionals' brand and property advertising, search engine marketing, and instant response lead generation to help them succeed online. For more information, visit Homes.com.
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Realtor.com Expands Local Expert to Cities
Agents and brokers can now augment their branding with city searches on the site SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 29, 2019 -- Consumers who search for homes on realtor.com® by city may now see branded content and listings from Local Expert agents, teams and brokers in their search results and then again in their social media feeds, thanks to new citywide branding opportunities through realtor.com®'s Local Expert. With this new release, agents, teams and brokers can elevate their brand to consumers on a citywide level as well as targeting specific zip codes. Real estate professionals can customize ads that showcase their current or sold listings with prominent branding that displays in city and/or zip code searches on realtor.com®. Local Expert also targets these potential buyers on social media with first-party data exclusive to realtor.com®. Local Expert Agent Listing Ad Local Expert Broker Branding Ad The city version of Local Expert is available in approximately 25,000 cities across the U.S. "We're excited to expand our successful Local Expert branding program to the city level for brokers, teams and agents, and the initial response has been very positive," said Deepak Thakral, realtor.com® senior vice president, product management. "It's just one more example of how realtor.com® is helping real estate professionals compete in a rapidly changing marketplace." Since its initial launch in November 2018, Local Expert has helped thousands of agents and teams build their brand awareness with customized, branded ads in targeted ZIP code searches on realtor.com® and in home shoppers' social media feeds. According to the 2018 National Association of Realtors®' Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 40 percent of recent home buyers said the most important factors when choosing an agent were the agent's experience, reputation, or knowledge of the neighborhood. Local Expert helps real estate professionals demonstrate their strengths in all of these areas. Agents, teams and brokers can use Local Expert to expand their visibility and awareness with buyers who are looking for homes in their markets of expertise and amplify their marketing tactics for their seller clients' properties at the same time. "Realtor.com® wants to make buying and selling homes easier and more rewarding for consumers, agents and brokers alike," said Thakral. "Whether it's brand building tools like Local Expert, the means to capture, communicate, and connect with leads through solutions like Connections Plus, or our broker concierge service, realtor.com® is anticipating where the market is headed and leveraging those insights to help connect consumers with the real estate professionals who can help them achieve their goals. To learn more about how real estate professionals are leveraging Local Expert in their own businesses, visit https://industry.realtor.com/branding-and-local-expert. About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search, offers the most MLS-listed for-sale listings among national real estate portals, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. Through its Opcity platform, realtor.com® uses data science and machine learning to connect consumers with a real estate professional based on their specific buying and selling needs. Realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is a trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.
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Out with the Fake, in with the Real with the Latest Realtor.com Campaign
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Realtor.com Launches "Public Reality Announcement" Ad Spots as Part of Its New "Homes for the Real of Us" Brand Campaign
New spots call out the difference between reality TV shows and the realities of home buying SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 22, 2019 -- Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search, today introduced its new "Public Reality Announcement" spots that intercept people watching real estate, reality, and food TV shows to help them understand there's a big difference between the homes they're seeing on screen and the reality of home buying. The seven spots are part of realtor.com®'s new brand campaign, "Homes for the Real of Us," which is built around the simple idea that real people need real places to live, rather than the fantasy frequently implied in a majority of real estate advertising. When it comes to searching for a home, consumers want real; they don't want to see luxurious homes they can't afford, they want a realistic picture of a home search, according to research conducted by realtor.com®. The brand's new "Homes for the Real of Us" campaign, which launched earlier this month, focuses on the discrepancy between the advertising-fueled myths of home buying and the sometimes hard, always exhilarating, and eventually satisfying reality of finding the right home. By acknowledging the silliness of the stereotypes and embracing the "real" of the process, realtor.com® is able to inspire confidence in homebuying to provide what consumers really need. It marks the first work from the brand's new relationship with agency of record, Huge. "By poking fun at these misconceptions, our campaign reinforces that people want and need real information and expertise during their home search," said Andrew Strickman, head of brand and chief creative for realtor.com.® "Real is in our name. It's in our DNA. That information and expertise is exactly what realtor.com® offers." "Public Reality Announcement" is a collection of ad spots, within the broader "Homes of the Real of Us" campaign, that are tailored to viewers watching real estate, lifestyle reality, or food television. After satirizing the show's unreal content, each :15 and :30-second concludes with a reminder that when a viewer is ready for a real home search, realtor.com® can help. These ads will appear on channels such as HGTV, MTV and The Food Network, as well as a variety of digital placements across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Strickman added, "Although the drama-filled lavish lifestyles of reality TV and luxury amenities of real estate shows can be really entertaining, they also create unrealistic expectations about the buying process," said Andrew Strickman, head of brand and chief creative for realtor.com®. Jason Musante, Global Chief Creative Officer of Huge, said, "Real. It's in short supply these days but needed now more than ever — especially as it relates to the home buying experience. It took a brave client working collaboratively with the creative team to strike the perfect balance between funny and informative to bring that message to life." "Homes for the Real of UsSM" is the next chapter in the brand evolution of The Home of Home Search, which debuted during the NCAA Final Four, and across broadcast and cable networks earlier this month, and will appear in cinemas preceding "Avengers: Endgame" later in April. Over the next year, the campaign will appear across the primetime television, major cable networks, and digital media. To view the Public Reality Announcement ad spots, please see below: Unreal Real Estate :30 Unreal Reality :30 Unreal Process :30 About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search℠, offers an extensive inventory of for-sale and rental listings, and access to information, tools and professional expertise that help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®. About Huge Huge is a global experience agency providing marketing services and digital transformation to the world's largest businesses and best-known brands. Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, Huge has more than 1,500 employees working across 15 offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The agency is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies. For more information, visit hugeinc.com.
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Realtor.com Launches New 'Price Perfect' Tool to Help Buyers Find Specific Homes that Match Their Needs
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Homesnap Launches 'Flashback Photos' Feature for Pro+ Members
We're excited to announce the latest Homesnap Pro+ feature: Flashback Photos! With Flashback Photos, you can unlock unseen listing photos to get better context for a property's history — valuable for buyer and listing agents alike. Curious about a current listing's recent renovations, strengths and weaknesses? Want to get important insights for a listing presentation based on what a property looked like last time it listed? Uncover all of the above — and impress buyers and sellers — with the click of a button with Flashback Photos via Homesnap Pro+. Here's how it works: 1. Navigate to a property or listing. 2. Click the "Flashback Photos" icon toward the top of the page. 3. If you're a Homesnap Pro+ member, you'll be able to unlock unseen Flashback Photos from previous times when a listing has been on the market. 4. If you're not a Homesnap Pro+ member, you can click "unlock now" to purchase a Homesnap Pro+ subscription and begin accessing unseen photos. As a Homesnap Pro+ member, you'll have other perks, too. Members get verification and management of their Google business profile, which we optimize so you appear more in Google search results and Google Maps. Not a Homesnap Pro+ member and ready to upgrade? Click here! Already a Homesnap Pro+ member and ready to explore Flashback Photos? Just look into any Homesnap property to start using this new feature! To view the original post, visit the Homesnap blog.
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Homesnap Delivers 1 Million Free Leads for Agents
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Realtor.com Doubles Down on New York City Experience for Home Seekers
Users can now tailor their home search to navigate the unique nuances of living in New York SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 29, 2018 -- Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search, today launched a custom New York-centric experience designed specifically to help prospective home buyers and renters navigate the unique nuances of searching for a home in New York City. Users who are looking in New York's five boroughs - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island - will see enhanced building pages and be able to search for homes based on additional property types and building amenities. "People unfamiliar with the New York City housing market may be surprised at how different the home search experience can be here," said Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer at realtor.com®. "Whether you are looking for a no-fee rental or a pet-friendly condo with a doorman, realtor.com®'s new New York experience helps consumers find homes based on their unique wants and needs." The expanded New York experience gives prospective New York home shoppers and renters looking within the five boroughs the ability to: Search by property types, including Condo, Townhouse, Co-op and Condo-op Filter by building amenities: For-Sale: Dishwasher, Doorman, Elevator, Furnished, Outdoor Space, Pets Allowed, Laundry, Parking Garage Rental: Dishwasher, Doorman, Elevator, Furnished, Laundry Room, No Fee Only, Outdoor Space, Pets Allowed View integrated maintenance costs, now included in the monthly cost calculator on every listing page Gain a deeper understanding of the overall building through enhanced building pages, which include background information, highlights, photos, available and recently sold units. "New York is one of the largest and most dynamic real estate markets in the world, but it is also one of the most complex to navigate," said Johnson. "We are committed to simplifying the process by continually developing our New York market offering to deliver a customized, tailored experience and connecting consumers to real estate professionals." All of the New York City-specific features will be fully available by the end of June across the realtor.com® desktop, mobile web and the iOS and Android app experiences. About realtor.com® Realtor.com®, The Home of Home Search℠, offers the most comprehensive source of for-sale MLS-listed properties, among competing national sites, and access to information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers by making all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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Apartments.com and realtor.com Enter into Content Syndication Partnership
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Realtor.com Leads Are Ready to Go
Broker Sterling Hall speaks to the readiness of the prospects he meets from realtor.com. Watch the short video above to learn more!
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Ned and Ariel Fulmer Chronicle Their First Home Purchase with Realtor.com and BuzzFeed
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Homes.com to Offer Free Newsletter Services Starting this Month
Keeping in touch with your leads and clients is a crucial part of generating referral business, and a monthly newsletter is a great way to do that. Homes.com is pleased to announce the arrival of the free agent newsletter. Check your email marketing center each month to review, edit, and send it. Don't have time for all that? Just sit back and Homes.com will automatically send the newsletter to your clients on your behalf each month. What is it? The monthly newsletter is sent from your email address to your contacts. We just write the content. Each month the newsletter will cover a variety of topics ranging from DIY projects, home maintenance tips and decorating ideas, to real estate advice. Who is automatically enrolled? Moving forward, new leads will automatically be enrolled in your monthly newsletter. If you would like to enroll your existing contacts or turn off the auto-enroll feature, simply log in to your Homes.com account, navigate to your email marketing center, and select the "Monthly Newsletter" option to make the changes. Can I edit it? You can! Once a newsletter is available, simply log in to your account, navigate to your email marketing center, and select the "Monthly Newsletter" option to start editing. When will this go out? The newsletter will automatically go out on the last Thursday of each month. Can I opt out of sending the newsletter? Yes. Simply set the "Send Newsletter Automatically" option to "No." How do I select newsletter recipients? At the bottom of your monthly newsletter screen, you'll find the "Newsletter Recipients" section. You can select all contacts or search for individual contacts to add or remove them from the newsletter. Can newsletter recipients unsubscribe from the newsletter? Yes. Each newsletter will offer an unsubscribe option in the footer for any of your contacts who don't wish to receive this type of content. Keep an eye out for the first newsletter to appear in your dashboard, and for more exciting account updates, business tips, and industry updates, follow us socially! Links to our social channels are at the top of the page! For support info, visit support.homes.com or call 866-774-2947. To view the original post, visit the Homes.com blog.
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Closing business from realtor.com
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Apartment List to Power Apartment Community Listings on Realtor.com
Relationship Leverages Fastest-Growing Apartment Rental Marketplace to Provide Renters with Customized Experience SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 6, 2017 -- Move, Inc., operator of realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination, today announced that it has selected Apartment List, the fastest-growing apartment rental marketplace, to exclusively power the apartment community listings on its realtor.com® and Doorsteps.com websites. The Apartment List platform will complement realtor.com®'s rich rental listings content derived from relationships with agents, brokers, landlords and residential property managers nationwide. Apartment List hosts five million visits each month in over 40 cities nationwide. "At realtor.com, our mission is to make the home journey simple, efficient and enjoyable. As we evaluated potential rental partners, Apartment List stood out among a crowded field of competitors," said Ryan O'Hara, chief executive officer of Move, Inc. "Apartment List is changing how people search for apartments by offering a highly customized experience that is built on renters' personal priorities. It's this type of innovation that aligns with our philosophy and makes Apartment List the right rentals partner for the experience we are striving to deliver across our platforms." As housing prices continue to increase, the rental market is often the first place people look for a home. Realtor.com® and Doorsteps.com attract more than 5 million unique visitors each month in search of rental opportunities, resulting in 120 million monthly page views. "We are thrilled to be selected as realtor.com's exclusive partner for apartment community listings, bringing more than 3.5 million rental units to their substantial audience," said John Kobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apartment List. "Through this partnership, we're bringing together two leading digital marketplaces to simplify the rental process for millions of families in the U.S. in search of their next home." The Apartment List rental inventory will begin appearing on realtor.com® and Doorsteps.com in January 2018. About Move, Inc. and realtor.com® Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV], provides unsurpassed real estate information, tools and professional expertise across a family of websites and mobile experiences for consumers and real estate professionals. The Move network includes realtor.com® as well as Doorsteps®, Moving.com™ and SeniorHousingNet℠, and offers a complete solution of software products and services to help real estate professionals serve their clients and grow their business in a digital world. Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by Move under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®. About Apartment List Apartment List is the web's fastest-growing apartment rental marketplace on a mission to make finding a home an easy and delightful process. The company currently has over 3.5 million units on the platform and hosts five million visits each month in over 40 cities nationwide. Since inception, Apartment has raised nearly $60M in funding from investors including Caanan Partners, Matrix Partners and Passport Capital. Founded by CEO John Kobs and COO Chris Erickson, Apartment List launched its pure play rental marketplace in November 2014. The company has been named one of Forbes' "Top 25 Most Promising Companies" and one of Inc.'s "Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S." Learn more at apartmentlist.com.
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Apartment List Partners with Homes.com to Make Multi-Family Renting More Accessible
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Redfin Rolls Out New Search Filters Including the Ability to Search Only for Single-Story Homes
New filters address aging population's desire for accessible homes to age in place SEATTLE — Aug. 24, 2017 — Redfin, the next-generation real estate brokerage, released five new search filters to help homebuyers zero in on the homes for sale that best meet their needs. With a few clicks, homebuyers can now filter for homes in these new categories: Single Story Only Accessible Homes Only Green Homes Only Must Have Pool Must Have Basement Speed matters in today's record-fast housing market. Allowing searchers to instantly narrow their results to only the homes that meet their criteria saves time and effort, so buyers can act fast and book a tour when a promising home hits the market. Not only do the filters improve the search experience, they support our mission to build inclusive products and serve a diverse population. The aging population and people with limited mobility can more easily find accessible homes without sifting through irrelevant listings. "Over the next decade, eight out of 10 new households will be headed by an adult age 65 or older," said Nela Richardson, Redfin chief economist. "Baby boomers today are looking for homes where they can comfortably age in place, so there is an increasing desire for single-story living." Because Redfin is a real estate brokerage with complete, direct access to multiple listing services (MLSs), the databases real estate agents use to list properties, we can offer more information about every home for sale than many other real estate websites. Not only does Redfin have the most thorough data, a recent study found that Redfin notifies its subscribers hours faster than other leading real estate websites when a newly listed home hits the market. Redfin built these new filters at the request of Redfin customers and agents. The new search filter feature is just one way that Redfin is delivering on its mission to make the home-buying and selling experience faster, easier and better. For more information, please click here. About Redfin Redfin is the next-generation real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer's favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country's #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including theRedfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry's lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 80 major metro areas across the U.S. The company has closed more than $50 billion in home sales.
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Homes.com Grabs Zillow Turf In New York City
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Realtor.com® Names the Top 10 Affordable Towns with the Best Elementary Schools
Aurora, Ill., Stone Mountain, Ga., Hampton, N.J., top the list SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 27, 2017 -- Realtor.com®, a leading provider of online real estate services operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today released its ranking of the 10 most affordable housing markets with top elementary schools. Led by Aurora, Ill. (60503), the list also includes towns from all over the U.S., from Royersford, Pa., to Chandler, Ariz. To create the list, realtor.com® analyzed ZIP codes within the top metropolitan areas in the country which contained at least one public school ranked eight out of 10 or higher by GreatSchools. In order, realtor.com®'s top 10 most affordable towns with great elementary schools include: Aurora, Ill.; Stone Mountain, Ga.; Hampton, N.J.; Royersford, Pa; Kingwood, Texas; Rosemount, Minn.; Bowie, Md.; Huntington Woods, Mich.; Stow, Mass.; and Chandler. "When searching for a new home, finding something affordable in a good school district with family-friendly features, such as large backyards, tops the list of homebuyer priorities," said Javier Vivas, manager of economic research for realtor.com®. "These markets offer strong public schools and affordable homes, making them a great fit for homebuyers with elementary school-age children." The monthly cost of owning a median-priced home near a top elementary school is on average only 23 percent of the median household income in the ZIP, which is on-average 41 percent less costly than their surrounding metro area. In addition to offering affordable prices, these markets are home to strong incomes as well with an average household income of $106,525, compared to the national median of $57,462. Realtor.com® also looked into the top affordable towns for middle schools and high schools, Aurora also topped the list for middle schools while Royersford -- which made the top elementary list -- was ranked No. 1 for high schools. In fact, seven of the top 10 elementary school towns also made it onto the top middle school or high school list, including: Aurora (middle school), Hampton (middle school), Royersford (middle and high schools), Kingswood (middle school), Rosemount (middle and high schools), Stow (middle school) and Chandler (middle and high schools). "Staying in your home for at least five to 10 years is one way you can ensure you receive a high return on your home investment," added Vivas. "With strong middle and high schools many of the markets on the list offer families the opportunity to put down roots while building equity in their home." In a realtor.com® survey of first-time homebuyers conducted earlier this year, younger homebuyers who are more likely to have young children in the house were particularly interested in living in a good school district. In fact, millennial home shoppers, as well as shoppers age 35-44, cited family needs as the primary reason for entering the housing market, and noted better school districts as a primary reason for purchasing a new home. Realtor.com® ranked ZIP codes according to affordability of homes within each area, determined by calculating the monthly mortgage costs and other costs to purchase the median-priced home in the ZIP code and dividing it by the ZIP code's median income. 1. Aurora, Ill. (ZIP code 60503) Schools: Homestead Elementary School (rating 10/10), The Wheatlands Elementary School (rating 8/10), and Wolfs Crossing Elementary School (rating 10/10) Housing in ZIP 60503: The 2017 median household income in Aurora is $114,118 with a 2017 median listing price of $259,900. Aurora is 45 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and 47 percent more affordable compared to the U.S. overall. Schools: Oswego Community Unit School District 308 is home to Homestead, Wheatlands, and Wolfs Crossing. As the district's tagline, "world-class schools serving caring communities" suggests, these schools place an emphasis on partnering and engaging with students' families and their surrounding communities. It is also home to the No. 1 middle school on the list Bednarcik Junior High School. 2. Stone Mountain, Ga. (ZIP code 30087) School: Wynbrooke Elementary School (rating 9/10) Housing in ZIP 30087: The 2017 median household income in Stone Mountain is $71,678 with a 2017 median listing price of $218,950. Stone Mountain is 38 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and compared to the U.S. overall. School: Dubbing itself a "theme school," Wynbrooke Elementary seeks to engage students through research-centered assignments and hands-on projects. Its known for its low student-to-teacher ratio, daily homework assignments, and uniform policy. 3. Hampton, N.J. (ZIP code 08827) School: Union Township Elementary School (rating 8/10) Housing in ZIP 08827: The 2017 median household income in Hampton is $118,810 with a 2017 median listing price of $297,000. Hampton is 60 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and 37 percent more affordable compared to the U.S. overall. School: The Union Township Board of Education says it aims to build not just academic abilities, but the entire set of skills necessary to become productive members of society by encouraging their students' individual growth. Union Township Elementary students get to enjoy learning in the fresh air thanks to two recently built "outdoor classroom pavilions" that were constructed with the help of community members and the school's PTA. The school is also considering changing its current half-day Kindergarten to a more rigorous all-day program. 4. Royersford, Pa. (ZIP code 19468) Schools: Brooke Elementary School (rating 9/10), Evans Elementary School (rating 8/10), Limerick Elementary School (rating 9/10), Spring-Ford Intrmd School 5th/6th (rating 9/10), and Upper Providence Elementary School (rating 9/10) Housing in ZIP 19468: The 2017 median household income in Royersford is $83,264 with a 2017 median listing price of $246,125. Royersford is 21 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and 32 percent more affordable compared to the U.S. overall. Schools: Brooke, Limerick, Spring-Ford and Upper Providence are all located in the Spring-Ford Area School District which places an emphasis on making school fun. It operates under the philosophy that elementary school students "should enjoy coming to school" and that creating an enjoyable environment is the best way to help students reach their full potential. 5. Kingwood, Texas (ZIP code 77345) Schools: Deerwood Elementary School (rating 9/10), Greentree Elementary School (rating 10/10), Hidden Hollow Elementary (9/10), Shadow Forest Elementary School (rating 10/10), and Willow Creek Elementary School (rating 10/10). Housing in ZIP 77345: The 2017 median household income in Kingwood is $123,201 with a 2017 median listing price of $323,750. Kingwood is 46 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and 32 percent more affordable compared to the U.S. overall. Schools: The Humble School District, home to Deerwood, Greentree, Hidden Hollow, Shadow Forest, and Willow Creek, is one of Texas' 25 fastest-growing districts. It aims to create students who are "life-long learners, complex thinkers, responsible global citizens and effective communicators." 6. Rosemount, Minn. (ZIP code 55068) School: Shannon Park Elementary School (rating 10/10) Housing in ZIP 55068: The 2017 median household income in Rosemount is $93,743 with a 2017 median listing price of $299,900. Rosemount is 30 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and 32 percent more affordable compared to the U.S. overall. School: Known for its academics and extracurriculars, Shannon Park students have a chance to take part in a plethora of activities, including a geography bee, math olympiad, young Authors Conference and family math night. 7. Bowie, Md. (ZIP code 20715) Schools: Whitehall Elementary School (rating 8/10) and Yorktown Elementary School (rating 8/10) Housing in ZIP 20715: The 2017 median household income in Bowie is $107,865 with a 2017 median listing price of $345,350. Bowie is 29 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and 27 percent more affordable compared to the U.S. overall. Schools: Located just minutes away from Washington, D.C., Prince George's County Public Schools is one of the nation's 25 largest school districts. Whitehall and Yorktown are known for their academic rigor, which is demonstrated by their mission statements "to educate children beyond expectations" and "a rigorous instructional program for every student, in every classroom every day," respectively. 8. Huntington Woods, Mich. (ZIP code 48070) School: Burton Elementary School (rating 8/10) Housing in ZIP 48070: The 2017 median household income in Huntington Woods is $120,265 with a 2017 median listing price of $400,000. Huntington Woods is 15 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and 27 percent more affordable compared to the U.S. overall. School: Burton Elementary school prides itself on its comprehensive and innovative curricula, making parents part of the education process and integrating technology into every subject. The 480 students who attend the K-5 elementary school, also benefit from "differentiated instruction" – programs that help enable the school to cater to all learning types. 9. Stow, Mass. (ZIP code 01775) School: Center School (rating 8/10) Housing in ZIP 01775: The 2017 median household income in Stow is $139,622 with a 2017 median listing price of $504,750. Stow is 45 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and 23 percent more affordable compared to the U.S. overall. School: At Center School, educators use high expectations and cutting edge educational practices to drive students toward academic achievement. It's home to a state of the art 100,000-square-foot building equipped with iPads, Chromebooks and smartboards that give a students hands-on technology experience. 10. Chandler, Ariz. (85226) – Kyrene Elementary District and Paragon Education Corporation Schools: Kyrene De La Mirada School (rating 9/10), Kyrene De La Paloma School (rating 8/10), Kyrene De Las Brisas School (rating 9/10), Kyrene del Cielo School (rating 10/10), Kyrene Traditional - Sureno Campus (rating 9/10), and Paragon Science Academy K-12 (rating 9/10). Housing in ZIP 85226: The 2017 median household income in Chandler is $80,130 with a 2017 median listing price of $324,155. Chandler is 30 percent more affordable compared to its surrounding metro area, and 20 percent more affordable compared to the U.S. overall. School: In Arizona, students can attend any school within or outside their own districts. Kyrene and Paragon seek to attract top students with strong academics, small class sizes, lots of activities – such as technology and art – and the opportunity to use laptops every day. For more information, click here. About realtor.com® Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS.® For more information, visit realtor.com®.
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Realtor.com® Appoints Danielle Hale as Chief Economist
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 25, 2017 -- Realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today announced the appointment of veteran housing economist Danielle Hale as its chief economist. "We are incredibly proud to welcome Danielle to the realtor.com® family," said Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer for realtor.com®. "Danielle's in-depth housing market knowledge and research experience will help us hone and grow our research capabilities so we can leverage realtor.com®'s vast housing database to provide even more insights to homebuyers, sellers and dreamers, and professionals." As chief economist, Hale is responsible for developing and translating real estate trend data into consumer and industry insights. She also is tasked with leading a team of the industry's best analysts and economists with the goal of providing deeper and broader housing insights to people throughout the home journey. "Realtor.com®'s economics and research operation has emerged as a leading resource for valuable, actionable, and reliable housing market information," said Hale. "I look forward to working with the tremendously talented team to provide consumers and industry professionals with the tools and expertise they need to navigate the real estate world during this period of unprecedented competition and demand." Hale joins realtor.com® after nearly a decade as an economist and policy researcher at the National Association of REALTORS®. As managing director of housing research, Hale oversaw the production of closely followed housing market data, including NAR's monthly pending and existing home sales indices and quarterly home price reports. Hale previously served as manager of tax policy research, leading research projects on topics including how federal, state and local policies impact the real estate market. "Danielle possesses a rare talent for applying rigorous statistical analysis in all her work along with the ability to communicate the results to everyday people," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®. "She will be a valuable asset to realtor.com® and for consumers." Before joining the National Association of REALTORS® as an economist in 2008, Hale spent three years at the American Enterprise Institute, where she produced research and managed its executive office's communications. Her work during that time included research contributions to Dr. Allan Meltzer's A History of the Federal Reserve, Volume II (University of Chicago Press, 2010). Hale earned a bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Economics and a master's degree in Applied Economics from Florida State University. To read a Home Made post featuring a Q&A with Danielle Hale, click here. About realtor.com® Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.
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EXIT Realty Adds realtor.com® to Premier Partner Program
Addition gives EXIT's brokerages and sales associates access to realtor.com® platform of advertising products and lead management solutions from realtor.com® operator, Move, Inc. TORONTO, July 6, 2017 -- EXIT Realty Corp. International announced today it has named realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., to its Premier Partner program. The strategic relationship provides EXIT's affiliated brokerages and sales associates' access to the realtor.com® platform of advertising products. The relationship also provides EXIT's affiliated brokerages and sales associates' access to lead management solutions from realtor.com® operator, Move, Inc. "EXIT Realty enjoys tremendous momentum throughout the U.S. and we are thrilled to enhance our portfolio with the best-in-class resources realtor.com® and Move provide," said Tami Bonnell, CEO, EXIT Realty Corp. International. "The realtor.com® and Move platforms gives our sales professionals the tools they need to manage their business effectively while also providing access to the best leads in the industry. This is a win/win for our brokers, sales associates and the communities they serve." EXIT Realty offices will receive enhanced branding on property listings while broker/owners can readily offer all sales associates one-click capability to enhance their realtor.com® Essentials profile page with free upgrades including the EXIT logo and photos, plus the ability to market themselves, their listings and demonstrate value to clients. This marks the first time realtor.com® has collaborated with a franchisor to offer the Essentials product system wide. "We greatly value our relationship with EXIT Realty and are thrilled to join their Premier Partner program," said Ray Picard, executive vice president of sales at realtor.com®. "They recognize the importance the increased visibility and responsiveness can provide in best positioning their brokerages and sales associates to market to the record level of consumers we are attracting." About EXIT Realty EXIT is a proven real estate business model that has to-date, paid out more than a third of a billion dollars in single-level residual income to its associates across the U.S. and Canada. State-of-the-art technology including geolocation Smart Signs™, a comprehensive Resource Center and marketing suite provide an integrated, end-to-end solution for today's busy real estate professional. For more information, please visit www.exitrealty.com. About Move, Inc. and realtor.com® Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV], provides unsurpassed real estate information, tools and professional expertise across a family of websites and mobile experiences for consumers and real estate professionals. The Move network includes realtor.com® as well as Doorsteps®, Moving.com™ and SeniorHousingNet℠, and offers a complete solution of software products and services to help real estate professionals serve their clients and grow their business in a digital world. Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by Move under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com®.
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No Hassle Marketing Materials Automatically Emailed to You for Each New Listing
For years, Homes.com has offered agents and brokers the opportunity to create premium marketing materials through the Homes.com Marketing Center. However, busy agents don't always have time to spend on this time-consuming process. If you're one of these busy agents, read on to discover how to make creating professional, property specific marketing materials easier! With the Marketing Center's new upgrade, you no longer have to set aside time to create each marketing piece for every listing you win. You don't even have to log in to your Homes.com Connect Dashboard to create your marketing materials. All you have to do is check for an email from Homes.com containing links to download your new marketing materials! We'll automatically create a variety of materials for each listing and email them to you 24 hours after your listing imports to Homes.com. Automated Marketing Materials Include: Single Property Website Facebook Post ePostcard Flyer Postcard If you ever want to make changes to your marketing materials, you can! Just log in and edit—it's that easy! Download, share, print, and use these marketing pieces however you choose to promote your listings. In the past, the Marketing Center has been a premium feature only offered with our most exclusive marketing packages. Now we're offering this convenient and affordable feature to everyone. Call us for pricing at (888) 651-8956 or send us an email at [email protected] to learn more! To view the original post, visit the Homes.com blog.
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How to Get Exclusive Leads on Homes.com
By upgrading to Preferred Listings on Homes.com you gain exclusive leads and Preferred Agent branding. With Preferred Agent branding, all preferred listing lead inquiries are sent to the listing agent only. Additionally, no further advertisements (like Local Connect) will show on Preferred Listings. With Preferred Agent branding, your agent profile receives prioritized placement in your coverage areas, boosting your visibility for buyers and sellers doing an agent search. You also get the “Preferred” badge next to your name in the agent directory and on any Local Connect Ads you subscribe to, helping you stand out to buyers and sellers on Homes.com. Use these great benefits to grow your business, highlight your brand, and generate quality leads. Preferred listings are offered in tiered packages—1 listing slot, 5 listing slots, etc.—making it easy to customize your preferred package to meet your needs. Choosing which listings you display as preferred and when they are preferred is easy through your Homes.com dashboard. As a preferred agent, you will have access to the “Preferred Listing Priority Settings” control panel. Through here you can easily choose how your listing preferences will be assigned. The four options for this are listed below. Random Rotation (Default) – Available slots will be filled with your listings at random. Every 24 hours a new set of preferred listings will be selected. Highest Priced Listings – Available slots will be filled with your listings with the highest price. Newest Listings – Available slots will be filled with your newest listings. Manual Mode -You manually determine which of your eligible listings will be marked as preferred. Click here to learn more about Preferred Listings or contact us by phone at (888) 651-8956 or email at [email protected] To view the original post, visit the Homes.com blog.
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Realtor.com® Launches 'Own Home' National Brand Campaign Starring Actress Elizabeth Banks
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Homes.com Introduces New 'Friendly Neighbor Index'
  Norfolk, Va. (Apr. 1, 2017) – Homes.com is pleased to unveil its Friendly Neighbor Index (F.N.I), the latest addition to its real estate tools, providing homebuyers with an innovative feature to make the decision-making process of where to live even more personalized and easy. In the past, when considering a neighborhood, buyers would have to physically make an effort to introduce themselves to their soon-to-be neighbors and gauge their compatibility based on social interaction and small-talk. Leveraging machine learning, public, social and proprietary data, Homes.com®, is now able to make that task easier to complete, without potentially messy in-person interaction. The F.N.I. feature, included in both our for sale and rental listings, takes the guesswork and effort out of assessing your new neighbors with an easy-to-read output available on the Homes.com portal, mobile app, and available via an API for easy integration in partner sites. The F.N.I. simplifies the complex potential of human interaction and compatibility with a user-friendly color scale of green (barbecues and block parties) to red (lawsuits and constant complaints to the HOA). Users will easily be able to select their ideal neighborhoods and perfect neighbors. "With so many individuals today utilizing their mobile devices in their home search, we wanted to capitalize on this audience by empowering perfect neighbor matches," says Grant Simmons, VP at Homes.com, "the advances in artificial intelligence, geo-coding, and personality analysis allowed us to create a nationwide database of real-time personality compatibility." The F.N.I. data will appear within Homes.com websites before the end of April, and will be accessible through the Homes.com mobile app before the summer buying season. With this innovative technology, Homes.com looks to shake-up the housing market by giving homeowners and renters another reason to use Homes.com to find their ideal home and neighbors. Watch for more details in the coming weeks about the upcoming release of F.N.I. Until then, find your perfect home and neighborhood on Homes.com. About Homes.com Homes.com makes it easy to find your first or next home with close to 3 million homes for sale or rent. Since its launch almost 25 years ago, Homes.com has made millions of introductions between homebuyers and real estate professionals, leveraging user-friendly tools, valuable tips, and helpful information so homebuyers have everything they need to find a home that perfectly fits their family and lifestyle. With more than 15 million site visits a month, Homes.com continues to innovate with inspiring photos, simple search functionality and great home decor articles to empower consumers to dream, discover and design their homes. Visit Homes.com to discover your next home or download the Homes.com For Sale, Rentals or Mortgage Calculator apps to power your home search. For creative home design ideas and decorating tips, visit Homes.com/blog. Welcome Home!
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Homes.com: Serving the Real Estate Industry for 25 Years
  Since we first launched 25 years ago as an extension of Homes & Land Magazine, Homes.com has been there to help buyers find homes, help sellers discover what their home is worth, and to connect agents with quality leads for faster conversions. Over the years, user-experience has been a top priority at Homes.com. As such, we've worked hard to cultivate relationships with the multiple listing services that allow us to provide consumers with the most accurate, up-to-date listing data possible. We also take pride in our reputation as a "friend to the industry," earned in part due to our commitment to positioning listing agents as crucial parts of each property inquiry. Each listing is clearly attributed to the agent who listed it and a copy of every lead the listing generates is sent to the listing agent. Our attention to quality and focus on loyalty haven't gone unnoticed. In 2005, Homes.com and RE/MAX forged a partnership to bring our innovative technology and consumer reach to remax.com and RE/MAX agents. We're proud of how far we've come and would like to say thank you for choosing Homes.com as your trusted business partner over the past 25 years. As one of the nation's leading portals, advertising your listings to an engaged audience of ready buyers is our primary goal. However, we have also been able to leverage our technology to develop additional products and services designed to help you exceed your business goals. What's your goal? Do you want to grow your business? Homes.com Fusion's responsive IDX websites are a great way to appeal to buyers and sellers on any device. The easy-to-use websites include map search functionality and detailed information on local schools, property values, and demographics on each listing. SEO Fuel is also available to help boost your website's organic search rankings so you can focus on selling your next home. Do you want to reach more buyers and sellers? Homes.com Local Connect sends you active buyers and sellers requesting information on homes within your zip codes, while Preferred Listings gives you exclusive leads and branding on your listings. We also offer the Homes.com Featured Agent and Featured Office programs so you can take advantage of our prominent position in search results by displaying your listings just a click away from Google. Do you want to be faster? Homes.com's Lead Concierge service is designed to pre-screen all your online leads as they come in so you don't lose them to competitors or waste time on inquiries who are "just looking." Do you want to revitalize your social strategy? With account creation, automated posts, and managed Facebook Ads, Homes.com Social Fuel can help you build connections with social media audiences! Homes.com has evolved and grown over the years to bring you the best results possible. Elena Alm of RE/MAX Choice Properties pointed out that "I joined Homes.com in 1997 and I've stayed with them ever since because it's worth it. Of all the things I've tried since 1997, Homes.com is the best!" If you are looking for an online marketing partner that you can trust, give us a call at (888) 651-8956 or send us an email at productinfo[at]homes.com. We'll be glad to help you develop a marketing and advertising plan to help you meet your goals! To view the original article, visit the Homes.com blog.
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Realtor.com® Brings iMessage® Integration to iOS® 10 App With "Reaction Stickers"
  SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 15, 2017 -- Realtor.com®, a leading provider of online real estate services, operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today introduced iMessage support for its realtor.com® iOS mobile app, making it even easier for consumers to discover, customize and share home listings with family and friends without ever leaving the messaging screen on an iPhone. The feature allows consumers to share their thoughts on what they love about the home with reaction stickers. The app extension makes it even easier for homebuyers to access and share for-sale home listings from the entire realtor.com® database, the most comprehensive source of home listings among competing national apps. "Today's home buyers, especially millennials who make up the largest home buyer segment, are used to searching and communicating on the go," said Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer at realtor.com®. "Our iMessage app was designed with this way of communicating in mind, making it simple to share photos, and listing information of for-sale and for-rent homes instantaneously within an iMessage conversation. We've made the process even more fun and collaborative by giving users the option to call out what they like about the home by adding reaction stickers." With the realtor.com® app for iMessage, consumers are able to: Search for home listings they recently viewed and/or saved on the realtor.com® iOS mobile app, and discover properties they happen to be nearby Preview basic information about a home, such as price data, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and square footage Add a reaction sticker with the phrases "Love It!," "Let's go see it!," "What do you think?," "Love the kitchen!," "Nice bathroom!," or "Has a pool!" to a home listing or a specific photo within a home listing Send off to the recipient as an iMessage Once a home listing is shared via an iMessage, individuals in the conversation can view basic information about a listing or tap the listing to view more property information in the realtor.com® mobile app. If they do not have the app, they will be prompted to download the app on the App Store. The realtor.com® app can be download for free on the App Store here, and the realtor.com® app for iMessage is available for download on iOS 10 and above here. Users must enable the realtor.com® app for iMessage through the app drawer in iMessage to use the functionality. Additional reaction stickers will be available in the coming months. About realtor.com® Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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Among Top Home Buyer Challenges for 2017, Rising Mortgage Rates Are Dampening First-Time Buyer Plans for Spring
  SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2017 -- New data from realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., suggests that the share of first-time buyers planning to buy in spring 2017 fell sharply when mortgage rates began to rise at the end of last year, dropping by as much as 10 percent since last October. At the same time, record low inventory levels, higher prices and heavy buyer competition is creating more urgency for active home buyers. "Last fall, we saw a large jump in the number of first timers planning home purchases, which was very encouraging because their market share is still well below pre-recession levels," said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for realtor.com®. "But, as evidenced by their decline in share, first-time buyers are really dependent on financing and affordability is one of their largest barriers to home ownership. This number could continue to decline with anticipated increases in interest rates and home prices." According to realtor.com®'s January survey of active home buyers, 44 percent of buyers planning to buy in spring 2017 are first-time home buyers. This has dropped significantly since the survey was conducted in October, when 55 percent of buyers of planning a spring purchase indicated they were looking for their first home. The average 30-year conforming rate rose to more than 4.2 percent by the end of December 2016 from 3.4 percent at the end of September 2016. With average rates today about half a percentage point higher than they were in 2016, a median-priced home financed with 20 percent down would cost an additional $720 per year in added interest.  That equals more than 1 percent of the median household's income. Survey data collected by realtor.com® found that first-time buyers were nearly five times more likely than repeat buyers to say they faced challenges qualifying for a mortgage, with affordability ranking highly among first-time buyer concerns. First-time buyers comprised 32 percent of all buyers in November, according to the National Association of Realtors®. "The rise in rates is associated with an anticipation of stronger economic and wage growth, both of which favor buyers," added Smoke. "At the same time, higher rates make qualifying for a mortgage and finding affordable inventory more challenging. The decline in the share of first-time buyers since October suggests that the move up in rates is discouraging new home buyers already." To date, rising interest rates appear to be having the opposite impact on repeat home buyers. Even with the current increases, interest rates remain historically low, and the movement in rates hasn't yet tipped overall buyer demand down. It has actually sparked demand from experienced buyers trying to close before rates increase further, as evidenced by increased realtor.com® listings views and decreased inventory. In the short term, the rate movement seems to have encouraged rather than dampened overall demand. In addition to likely additional mortgage rate increases, prospective buyers should be aware of the following aspects of the housing market realtor.com® expects to see at play over the coming year. Other Significant Challenges for Home Buyers in 2017 There Aren't Enough Homes for Sale. Even after 51 straight months of a below-normal supply of homes for sale, 2017 is expected to be even more challenging. Active inventory in December on realtor.com® was down 11 percent compared to December 2015. As a result, the year has started with the lowest inventory of homes for sale at least since the recession, and possibly in decades. Inventory was a challenge all year but a stronger offseason in the fall depleted the available homes for sale even more than is typical. Prices Remain at Record Highs. Asking prices usually decrease in the fall, but this year the median list price in December, was the same as in July at $250,000. That represents a record price for December and a year over year gain of 9 percent, the highest monthly year-over-year gain in 2016. Rising Rates Have Made Demand Even More Intense. With fewer homes on the market, average listing views were up 40 to 80 percent in the last three weeks of December, compared to the same time in 2015. Multiple potential buyers seem to be interested in virtually every home on the market even though we are in the slowest time of the year for sales. About realtor.com®Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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Homes.com's Top 10 Product News and Updates of 2016
  What a year! In 2016 NASA's probe Juno entered Jupiter's orbit, a solar-powered plane circumnavigated the planet, India planted 50 million trees in a single day, and Giant Pandas were removed from the endangered species list. In the industry, mortgage rates were consistently low and tight inventory made it a great year to be a listing agent. We hope you had a fantastic year too, one full of quality leads, a growing database of prospects, and plenty of sales! It's been a busy year for everyone, including Homes.com. Here are a few of the new products and upgrades we launched in 2016 that you may have missed. Get caught up below! 1. Lead Concierge Launched This new program is a great way to connect with leads fast. This is available for all your lead sources; just use the special phone number and email routing to have the Homes.com Lead Concierge respond to new leads as they arrive. We'll even pre-screen them to help separate serious buyers and sellers from browsers and renters. 2. Social Fuel Program Upgraded with Facebook Advertising We put the Homes.com Social program under a microscope to see what we could do to drive even greater results for our agents. As a result, we've upgraded and rebranded to Homes.com Social Fuel which now offers LinkedIn account management and managed Facebook Ads. 3. .Homes Domain Names Launched New ".Homes" domain names were made available to professionals in the housing industry. All registrants of .Homes domains are verified to confirm the owner is a real estate professional, offering consumers a trusted domain name to find home services. 4. Team Functionality Added Homes.com launched a new "teams" functionality that makes it easy to assign leads to team members, set up lead routing rules, and access reports on leads sent to team members. Agents and brokers can add this free upgrade by contacting customer support. 5. TalkNow Beta App Launched This new, location based app instantly connects agents with exclusive leads for buyers searching for property within five miles of their current location. TalkNow is currently being beta tested in three test markets across the country, click here to ask about TalkNow in your area. 6 & 7. New Listing Manager and Contact Manager It takes more than functionality to make a mobile experience great. That's why we launched the new listing manager and the new contact manager for Homes.com Connect. This mobile optimized design makes it easy to use on any device. 8. New Website Backgrounds Thousands of agents rely on Homes.com for their agent and office websites and we want to make sure they have plenty of great customization options available. To that end, dozens of new website background images were added to help agents create a website that speaks to their audience. 9. NEW Skyline Drive 2.0 and CB Fusion Website Design Themes Now Available! Homes.com's agent sites now have more design options than ever with the addition of CB (Coldwell Banker) Fusion and Skyline Drive 2.0—the mobile optimized version of one of our most popular classic design themes—to the design theme gallery. 10. Partnership with DocuSign Homes.com forged a new partnership with DocuSign that will allow you to auto-populate lead data from Homes.com Connect directly into your DocuSign account, eliminating duplicate data entry. Your DocuSign data will also auto-populate transaction details into your Homes.com Connect dashboard, making it easier to track your listings and contacts from lead to close. Watch for this new integration in early 2017. Thank you for another great year! If you're not working with Homes.com yet, or would like to upgrade your account, we'd love the opportunity to discuss what Homes.com can do for you. Please give us a call at 888-651-8956 or send an email to productinfo(at)homes.com to learn more. To visit the original post, visit the Homes.com blog.
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RealtyUSA Partners with Trulia, Zillow, and Realtor.com
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Canadian Home Searches Spike in Response to U.S. Election Results
  NORFOLK, VA. (NOVEMBER 09, 2016)--Homes.com®, leading online real estate destination, reports a dramatic surge in location-based home searches for Canadian destinations in response to the United States Presidental election. Starting at 9 p.m. EST, as state results from the U.S. Presidental race began to roll in, Homes.com saw a surge in Canadian home searches growing by the hour. By 11 p.m. EST, British Columbia was the highest searched state or province searched on Homes.com, more than California, Texas or Florida. By 12 a.m. EST, Canadian home search traffic was 16 times higher than a normal traffic day. As of this morning, Canadian searches for homes for sale continue to dominate Homes.com visitor behavior, maintaining eleven times more searches than the previous day, with British Columbia seeing 26 percent more home search activity than the most populous U.S. state, California. By 9 a.m. EST, six of the top twenty-five searched cities on Homes.com were Canadian: Vancouver, BC; Surrey, BC; Toronto, ON; Nelson, BC; Richmond, BC; and White Rock, BC. This surge of consumer searches for Canadian properties has not translated into a notable increase in consumers inquiring about these properties. At this point, home shoppers appear to just be checking out Canadian home prices and availability with no clear intention to relocate. On the lighter side of last night's consumer home searches, Ontario, CA benefited from a dramatic, 121-percent increase in home searches, likely due to confusion with the Canadian city of the same name. Wherever (or why ever) you're moving, Homes.com has homes. For Sale. For Rent. For You. About Homes.comHomes.com makes it easy to find your first or next home, with close to 3 million homes for sale or rent. Since its launch almost 25 years ago, Homes.com has made millions of introductions between homebuyers and real estate professionals, leveraging user-friendly tools, valuable tips, and helpful information so homebuyers have everything they need to find a home that perfectly fits their family and lifestyle. With more than 15 million site visits a month, Homes.com continues to innovate with inspiring photos, simple search functionality and great home decor articles to empower consumers to dream, discover and design their homes. Visit Homes.com to discover your next home, or download the Homes.com For Sale, Rentals or Mortgage Calculator apps to power your home search. For creative home design ideas and decorating tips, visit Homes.com/blog/. Welcome Home!
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Realtor.com Launches 'Real Ambassador' Program
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Realtor.com® brings global real estate opportunity within reach for U.S. buyers and sellers, professionals alike
  SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 3, 2016 -- Home buyers have a new, robust experience that makes global for-sale home search more simple and efficient in the United States and across dozens of countries, all within a single interface. Today, realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., announced the addition of U.S. listings to realtor.com/international, giving users access to more than 4.5 million listings from over 70 countries. The site, which relaunched in July as part of a newly formed global property network created by News Corp, REA Group and Move, now allows users to view U.S. listings along with for-sale properties all around the world within an upgraded common interface using their preferred language, currency and units of measurement. It also helps attract more global buyers to realtor.com/international as the only site in the network to display the complete property inventory including U.S. listings in a single location. The American inventory is sourced from realtor.com®, the most comprehensive inventory of for-sale real estate listings in the United States with approximately 1.5 million for-sale U.S. listings updated at least every 15 minutes on average in most areas. The global property network is the world's largest global real estate listing community, offering more than 4.5 million listings from 72 countries. The network consists of 13 leading international real estate sites in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the United States as well as News Corp's Mansion Global and India-based PropTiger, collectively attracting more than 200 million visits globally each month, according to internal metrics. "The expansion of realtor.com/international reflects the increasing demand for global property information and experiences across geographic boundaries, while helping make the process simpler, easier and more personalized for consumers and professionals alike," said Eleonore Rojas, vice president, NAR partnerships and international at realtor.com®. "We are constantly working to enhance our solutions to help connect people wherever they are with properties and with the professionals to help them through their home journey." In addition to making global home search easier for buyers and sellers, the new opportunity offers expanded capabilities to real estate professionals who represent U.S. sellers looking to promote their listings to international buyers. All U.S listings on realtor.com® are displayed and translated on realtor.com/international as a free benefit, accessible by property searchers around the world. Additionally, real estate professionals who wish to take full advantage of the reach of the global property network may opt to syndicate their U.S. listings to other global property network partner sites as a free benefit through ListHub, the nation's leading provider of listing syndication services and performance marketing metrics, also operated by Move. About realtor.com® Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive source of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. It pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. under a perpetual license from the National Association of REALTORS®. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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Catch Your Dream Home: Brand Networks and Realtor.com® Partner on Pokemon Go-Inspired Facebook Campaign
  BOSTON, MA--(Sep 7, 2016) - Brand Networks, the award-winning provider of solutions that simplify social™, has teamed with realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination with more existing homes available for sale than any other national online real estate portal, to raise brand awareness and drive mobile application downloads with a campaign designed to help users find their dream homes. Tapping into the overnight sensation of Pokémon Go, the augmented reality mobile game that sends players on real-world quests to find, train, and battle Pokémon, the companies launched a Facebook campaign that placed similar messaging and imagery from the game into the feeds of Facebook users. Conceived, created, and launched just days after the Pokémon Go game went viral, the campaign reached almost 530,000 unique Facebook users at an impressive $5.24 CPM (cost per thousand impressions) and delivered a 15% conversion rate in just six days. "The Facebook platform enables people with shared interests to connect and share on a massive scale. In turn, marketers are presented with a significant opportunity to monitor these signals and react with meaningful and real-time messaging," said Jamie Tedford, CEO and Founder of Brand Networks. "We identified an enormous audience of Facebook users exchanging tips and broadcasting their participation in Pokémon Go. Our team and software helped realtor.com® tap into this cultural phenomenon, translate signals into an actionable marketing opportunity and use the Brand Networks Platform to reach and optimize messages to this audience on a tight timeline." The campaign used a series of ads with creative influenced by Pokémon Go to promote the free realtor.com® free mobile app. Messaging such as "Be a real-estate master" paired with in-app imagery resembling the game inspired users to "catch" their dream home using realtor.com®. As for audience targeting, the Brand Networks platform was used to target relevant ads to a variety of segments, which were then further optimized against the best performing groups. The campaign capitalized on the fun and lighthearted nature of house hunting, and resonated best with women between the ages of 45 to 54. The entire process was executed in one week in order to access the game's massive base of players in as timely a manner as possible. The campaign was a success for realtor.com® and helped drive brand awareness and downloads for their award-winning mobile app. "Seeing that Pokémon Go became one of the hottest topics trending on Facebook, we wanted to generate similar user excitement and cultural relevance for realtor.com®. Our thought was while users are out and about driving around catching Pokémon, they can also 'catch' their dream home by downloading and using the realtor.com® app," said Genevieve Owyang, Director of Mobile Marketing, realtor.com®. "The Brand Networks team did a fantastic job and we were thrilled to have them in our corner on this initiative." Pokémon Go and Pokémon are trademarks of Nintendo. Realtor.com® is a registered trademark of The National Association of Realtors. Niantic, Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and Pokémon Go are in no way affiliated with Brand Networks nor with realtor.com®. Click here to read the full case study. About Brand NetworksBrand Networks Simplifies Social™. The company delivers award-winning social media advertising software and services to hundreds of enterprise customers, including half of the Fortune 100 and 17 of AdAge's 25 Most Advertised Brands. The Brand Networks Platform uses personalization data and powerful automation technologies to help marketers optimize their media investments across the social web. Media buyers can reduce campaign management time by 75% while increasing their return on advertising spend across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Snapchat. Brand Networks was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Boston with offices in San Francisco, New York City, Rochester, Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Sydney, and Mexico City. For more information, please visit bn.co. About Realtor.com®Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive database of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. As the official site of the National Association of REALTORS®, realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) (NASDAQ: NWSA) (ASX: NWS) (ASX: NWSLV) subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit realtor.com.
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Point2 Homes Traffic Breaks New Records
  According to the latest traffic data, listings search website Point2 Homes managed to beat the growth predictions for the 2016. In July alone, our consumer portal has registered 23.1 million page views, a 71% increase compared to the same month in 2015. This makes Point2 Homes one of the most trafficked consumer portal in Canada. Simply put, this translates into more home buyers viewing more listings, which means more leads for agents. Indeed, looking at the data, we saw that the number of leads received by Point2 subscribers is up by 23% from last year. Traffic on Point2 Homes has reached an all-time high of 3.43 million visits in July – up 39% from last year. Canadian traffic alone is up 71% compared to last year, while US traffic has also been steadily increasing. Another great thing is that visitors are spending more time on Point2 Homes, showing that the improvements made in the recent months have been a success. July was the month with the highest number of pages browsed per visit session, up by 17% from the beginning of the year. The number of browsed pages has risen by 70%, from 16 million in January to 23 million in July, dethroning the previous record by almost 2 million. The increase in page views has been definitely booming. It's only mid-year and the number of page views reached 137 million. And there are still 5 months to go! What does this mean for real estate professionals? Quite simply – Point2 agents will attract more leads and close more sales than ever: statistics don't lie. An ever larger pool of potential clients paired with an ever improving set of marketing tools can only lead to more business. If you're not a Point2 agent yet, now is the time to come aboard! Our traffic has literally never been higher, and it's showing no signs of slowing down. Create a Point2 Agent account now and take advantage of the amazing exposure on Point2 Homes and the top-notch marketing tools included in the membership. To view the original post, visit the Point2 Homes blog.
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Realtor.com® expands international reach with global property network
  SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 28, 2016 -- Realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today announced the expansion of realtor.com/international as part of a newly formed News Corp global property network. Created by News Corp, REA Group and Move, the global property network is the world's largest global real estate listing community, offering more than three million listings from 56 countries. The network consists of 12 leading international real estate sites, attracting more than 200 million visits globally each month. Users of realtor.com and realtor.com/international already have access to both the most comprehensive inventory of for-sale real estate listings in the United States -- with approximately 1.5 million for-sale U.S. listings -- and international properties from 45 countries in multiple languages and local currencies. The network further expands the global footprint to 56 countries on realtor.com/international with plans to showcase listings from sites in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand as well as News Corp's Mansion Global and India-based PropTiger. "This is an important step forward in the evolution of real estate. We're part of a global community of international property sites that enable people to search with confidence for real estate properties and information all around the world," said Ryan O'Hara, CEO of Move. "As the U.S.'s largest and most comprehensive source of for-sale listings, we are delighted to be a formative part of this new global collective as we expand our unmatched access through technological innovation and enhanced cooperation across borders." Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp said: "The global property network being launched today demonstrates the power of combining data across the News Corp digital real estate portfolio, and provides further evidence that News Corp is the largest digital property business in the world. "By combining the listings - and the talent - of REA Group, realtor.com®, and other partner sites, we are creating an opportunity to enhance listings for consumers and customers around the world, while enabling collaboration with News Corp's existing stable of real estate businesses and partners, including Mansion Global and PropTiger. With more global properties than any other source, it's a capability that no competitor can match. We are creating a whole new world of property for consumers, and premium audiences on a global scale for advertisers," Thomson said. With interest in foreign investment on the rise around the world, providing a common search experience across borders is a significant advantage for U.S. home searchers looking to invest abroad. Globetrotting U.S. consumers might be looking to Paris, Hong Kong or Melbourne for an opportunity, and this global property network enables them to view and compare more properties more easily using realtor.com/international. International searchers can enjoy a familiar search experience for global properties based on their location, including international market top searches. For many of the markets in the global property network, this represents the first time consumers can explore properties all over the world, starting from a site they know and trust. Putting the technology and relationships in place to connect buyers, agents and properties is an important leap, but working with a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) – particularly one certified in international transactions – is just as critical. Real estate processes and protocols differ widely across borders, from parameters as simple as bedroom count vs. total room count, to as complex as representation, financing, ownership and international taxation. Realtor.com® has worked closely with the NAR over the past several years to advance professional resources that help agents become conversant in international property transactions. "As the largest and most established international player in the global property network, the National Association of REALTORS® is focused on expanding international real estate business opportunities and bringing more buyers and sellers together across continents," said NAR President Tom Salomone. "The enhanced realtor.com/international website together with NAR's network of Certified International Property Specialist designees will enable more consumers to take advantage of globalization's powerful impact on real estate markets and successfully sell their home to an international buyer or purchase a property abroad." The full international property inventory is now available on realtor.com/international, in a new user experience accessed through the beta button on the site. Additional features and enhancements are planned for the months ahead, and the integration of U.S. listing content into the beta site is planned for this winter. About realtor.com® Realtor.com® is the trusted resource for home buyers, sellers and dreamers, offering the most comprehensive database of for-sale properties, among competing national sites, and the information, tools and professional expertise to help people move confidently through every step of their home journey. As the official site of the National Association of REALTORS®, realtor.com® pioneered the world of digital real estate 20 years ago, and today helps make all things home simple, efficient and enjoyable. Realtor.com® is operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA] [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc. For more information, visit realtor.com. About REA Group REA Group Limited (ASX:REA) is a multinational digital advertising business specializing in property. REA operates Australia's leading residential and commercial property websites, realestate.com.au and realcommercial.com.au, European sites casa.it, atHome.lu and immoRegion.fr, Chinese property site myfun.com and a number of property portals in Asia via its ownership of iProperty Group. REA also has a significant shareholding in U.S-based Move, Inc.
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Leverage Your Homes.com Advertising to Win More Listings
  You've nurtured your lead for weeks, months, or even years with email campaigns, follow-up calls, and mailings, and now your time has come. Your lead is ready for a listing presentation and you get to show them why you are the best agent to sell their home. Your expert insight into the local market, great reputation, and past experience got you the appointment. Now, they want to know how you are going to get their house sold. You need to show them an online-marketing plan for their home that sets you apart from the competition. This is when you need to leverage all those advertising dollars you spent to win that listing. We have created a few customizable pieces that you can add to your Listing Presentation to highlight the advantage you have because of your advertising with Homes.com. Do you have a Featured Agent or Featured Office position on Homes.com? These spaces have limited availability, and your subscription allows you to display your client's listing at the very top of Homes.com, just one click away from major search engines like Google. Your featured position is one of the largest in the industry, making it easy for potential buyers to find your listing. This is the customizable flyer for you: Featured Agent (with basic customization options) Featured Office (with basic customization options) Featured Agent (with advanced customization options) Do you have Preferred Listing status on Homes.com? This is a great way to highlight and enhance your seller's listing. Not only can you post more photos than standard listings, but each preferred listing automatically receives a narrated listing video. Add this customizable Preferred Listing flyer to your listing presentation today to share these benefits with your sellers! Do you subscribe to Local Connect? This is a great way to find active buyers who are interested in your target areas and ready to engage with you! Let your clients know how your investment helps you target buyers who are looking for a home in their zip code. Personalize and share this flyer to highlight these benefits! Do you have Homes.com Premier? Download and share this flyer to demonstrate how your mobile-friendly website makes it easy for buyers to find your property. Don't forget to mention that your website will also showcase your seller's home ahead of other MLS listings, making sure it gets great exposure. Your package also includes Preferred Listing status and daily social posts, meaning you are offering your clients an advantage on Homes.com and social network sites, too. Looking for more listing presentation tip? Check out The 4 "Be’s" of a Winning Listing Presentation. For information about Homes.com products or services, give us a call! Our number is 888-510-8795, or you can reach us at productinfo[at]homes.com. To view the original post, visit the Homes.com blog.
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Homesnap Leaves Broker Roots Behind in Move to BPP
ROCKVILLE, MD--(May 27, 2016) - Homesnap, creator of highly-rated real estate apps for consumers and agents, will abandon its remaining brokerage licenses in conjunction with its recently announced partnership with the Broker Public Portal (BPP), completing the company's transformation into a vital partner of the real estate industry. Homesnap began as a pure consumer app in 2012. At the time, the company operated as a real estate broker in many markets. Homesnap quickly became the highest-rated real estate app in the App Store, used by millions of consumers. But consumers weren't the only people using Homesnap. "Immediately after launch, we noticed something quite remarkable -- real estate agents were using it like crazy," said Homesnap co-founder Guy Wolcott, "we realized there was a significant opportunity to create a professional version, just for agents." Since launching that professional app, Homesnap Pro, the company partnered with leading Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) across the country, leaving its brokerage origins behind to become a trusted vendor to, and partner of, local brokers and agents. As a result, Homesnap is free from ads and paid agent placement. And the company has voluntarily followed "fair display guidelines", protecting agent-client relationships, and driving new consumer inquiries to the listing agent or broker at no cost. Last week, Homesnap announced a historic partnership with the BPP to expand this industry-friendly approach to the entire country, offering consumers a home search experience defined by simplicity, integrity and common sense; and enabling MLSs to provide best-in-class consumer apps across platforms, industry-leading mobile tools for every agent, and a robust broker dashboard to track agent, office and market activity. As a result, Homesnap will divest itself of all legacy real estate brokerage licenses and MLS memberships. MLS listings will only appear on Homesnap -- following "fair display guidelines" -- via the company's partnership with the BPP, and the decision to participate in the BPP will be made by individual MLSs. The BPP is backed by 115 MLSs and real estate companies, including franchisors, independent brands, big brokers, and small brokers, operating in diverse markets across the country and collectively representing over 500,000 real estate agents. Already, MLSs with over 80,000 members have announced their intent to participate in the BPP at launch. Many more are expected to follow suit in the near future. About BPP The Broker Public Portal LLC is a collaborative venture between real estate brokerages and MLSs to create a national consumer home search experience defined by simplicity, integrity and common sense. The portal aims to provide consumers with direct access to the most comprehensive, timely, and complete property information while adhering to fair display guidelines. More information can be found at http://brokerpublicportal.com. About Homesnap Homesnap is the highest-rated mobile real estate app, used by millions of consumers to explore homes and search listings. Homesnap Pro, the professional version of Homesnap, is the fastest-growing mobile app for agents -- now available to every agent in 40 MLSs with over 300,000 members. Both are powered by a specialized homes database that combines MLS data, property tax records, census data, geographic boundaries and more.
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Realtor.com Video Series Starring Elizabeth Banks Wins Three Webby Awards
  SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 10, 2016 -- The 2016 Webby Award winners are in, and realtor.com®, a leading provider of online real estate services operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today announced that its original five-episode, digital video series featuring actress Elizabeth Banks, won an impressive three Webby Awards. The digital series, starring actress Elizabeth Banks, won in the categories of Online Video, DIY Video and a People's Voice Award in the category of How-to and DIY Video. In total, the series has received more than 10 honors to date, including: three Webby Awards, an OMMA award, two gold and two silver W3 awards, the AdWeek Watch Award for best female talent, a San Francisco BIG Star Award and a One Screen Award. Produced in collaboration with Pereira & O'Dell New York, the series adds informative humor to the stressful process of purchasing a home. "'The Home-Buying Process in Plain English with Elizabeth Banks' is just one more step in realtor.com®'s journey to simplify the home buying process for consumers," said Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer for realtor.com®. "We're really excited about winning the People's Voice award because it shows that people are not only listening to the educational tips in the series, but that they like what they are hearing." Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, advertising and media, online film and video, mobile sites and apps, and Social. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). There are two awards available to each nominee; the Webby Award and the People's Voice Award. Members of the IADAS select the nominees and winners for Webby Awards in each category, whereas The Webby People's Voice is awarded by the voting public. The Webby awards ceremony will take place May 17, 2016 in New York and will be available live at www.webbyawards.com. About Move, Inc. and realtor.com® Move, Inc. operates the realtor.com website and mobile experiences, which provide buyers, sellers and renters of homes with the information, tools and professional expertise they need to discover and create their perfect home. News Corp acquired Move in November 2014, and realtor.com® quickly established itself as the fastest growing online real estate service provider in the first half of 2015 as measured by comScore. As the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®, consumers know they can look to realtor.com® for the most comprehensive and accurate information anytime, anywhere. With relationships with more than 800 multiple listing services (MLS), realtor.com® has more than 3 million for-sale listings, which account for more than 97 percent of all MLS-listed for-sale properties. More than 90 percent of the listings are updated every 15 minutes. Move's network of websites provides consumers a wealth of innovative tools, including Doorsteps®, Moving.com™, SeniorHousingNet and others. Move supports real estate professionals by providing many services to grow their businesses in an increasing digital, on-demand world, including ListHub™, the nation's leading listing syndicator and centralized intelligence platform for the real estate industry; TigerLead®; Top Producer® Systems; and FiveStreet and Reesio as well as many free services.
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Builders Digital Experience (BDX) Updates New Home Source Professional Platform For Real Estate Agents
AUSTIN, TX (APRIL 26, 2016)--Builders Digital Experience (BDX) has launched major updates to the NewHomeSourceProfessional.com platform, which allows real estate agents to search for new construction homes and is used by a number of MLSs nationwide to complement their current database. With listing data provided directly from thousands of builders nationwide, the new platform offers a modern interface, more search filters, multiple result views (homes or communities in list, photo, and map options), expanded detail pages, and printable reports, plus saved searches and saved listings that can be shared directly with clients. All agents with a free account on New Home Source Professional now also get a free, multi-purpose Consumer Portal, which serves as both a standalone, agent-branded new construction website for agents to generate new business and a place for clients to review shared listings and searches. In 2015, nearly 10% of all homes sold were new construction, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Yet because much of the inventory is in the form of builder plans that do not have fixed addresses or prices, it often doesn't appear in MLS systems. That's why over 25 MLSs partner with BDX to provide New Home Source Professional to members. Current partners include CRMLS, MRIS, MRED, MFRMLS, MIAMI, ARMLS, MLSListings, GLVAR and ABOR. MLSs have added the platform through a no-cost partnership with BDX, which includes an MLS-branded version of New Home Source Professional. More than 400,000 agents currently have access the platform via their MLS. "New Home Source Professional gives my Subscribers access to the unique information on a new property that does not fit into the traditional MLS," said Sean Murphy, Executive Vice President of the MLS of Southern Arizona. "Their team has been responsive to the feedback from my Subscribers and it shows in the updated platform. The updates to the platform will make using the service a more fulfilling and productive experience for my Subscribers." The new tools are in addition to existing platform features and information, including builder contact information, interactive assets, compensation details, promotions, events, community-level data and educational articles and videos for agents. The updates are for desktop and tablet users, with mobile set for a summer launch. The platform updates were based on feedback from agents and BDX's MLS partners, who are part of an expanding industry effort to make sure agents have single access to all new construction inventory and develop relationships between agents and builders. About Builders Digital ExperienceBuilders Digital Experience (BDX) is a leading provider of digital marketing and sales solutions for home builders. In addition to hosting the top new home listing site (NewHomeSource.com), and providing distribution of new home listings to hundreds of real estate websites, BDX offers website development, interactive floor plans, photo realistic renderings, and digital sales solutions to builders and real estate developers. Together these online and interactive resources help builders create a true digital experience for their buyers. For more information, visit http://www.thebdx.com.
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Realtor.com® and HomeAdvisor Team Up to Provide Home Renovation Information
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Introducing Homes.com Featured Agent and Featured Office
  Over ninety percent of page views on Homes.com are from visitors who are actively searching for their next home. Homes.com's new Featured Agent and Featured Office programs prominently position your brand and your listings in front of these buyers. This listing program offers your sellers the exposure they crave. With one of the largest featured positions in the industry and top of page placement, you can put their home front and center just a click away from major search sites. Each listing is linked to a detail page with links to request more information. On mobile, the featured slot converts to a large click-to-call display at the top of your city. Engage with your leads on your terms. Active desktop buyers can explore your entire inventory through your featured spot, plus you have the ability to direct leads exactly where you want them to go. Link to your website, landing page, or property search, so you can connect with more high quality leads who are ready to begin the home buying or selling process. You can also add your marketing tagline or social links for even more engagement opportunities! Homes.com Featured Agent and Homes.com Featured Office put your listings a click away from search engines. Featured space is limited, so contact us at 888-510-8795 today to claim your city! To view the original post, visit the Homes.com blog.
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Realtor.com® Reaches 50M Unique User Milestone, Agents Impacted
  In January, realtor.com® reached 50 million unique users! This translates into more eyes on your listings and higher brand exposure. Couple this growth with our superior lead quality to see how agents experience tremendous success with realtor.com®. Learn more here!
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Realtor.com® Unveils 'House Talk' as a New Resource for Home Buyers, Sellers and Dreamers
  SAN JOSE, Feb. 9, 2016 – Realtor.com®, a leading destination of online real estate services operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today announced the launch of House Talk, a new online community created to help the millions of people who visit realtor.com® get answers to their home-related questions. House Talk is a resource for all things real estate. Whether you're buying or selling a home, want to share a home improvement tip, or have a question about a rental lease – House Talk is the place for you. With a robust community of peers and professionals, participants are empowered to ask questions and give answers on real estate topics that matter to them. Users looking for fast answers can also search for key discussion topics to see if they have already been addressed by the group. Conversation topics that are currently trending include: adjustable rate mortgages, bathroom remodels and kitchen cabinets. General community topics include: financing, buying and selling, home improvement, renting, talk of the town, unique homes and block party. Realtor.com® House Talk is available at: http://community.realtor.com/. "Buying a home is a complicated process – one that only gets more complicated after you've closed and walk through the front door," said Tapan Bhat, chief product officer for realtor.com®. "House Talk was born from a desire to alleviate uncertainty and give home buyers, sellers, renters and dreamers a forum to ask questions and share their own experiences. When you have someone ready to help, suddenly things seem more manageable." Anyone can join the conversation by simply creating a community account at community.realtor.com. Participants can then click the "start a discussion" button to ask a question or "reply" in an established thread. Users also have the option to "like" a discussion and upload photos or videos to their posts. About Move, Inc. and realtor.com® Move, Inc. operates the realtor.com® website and mobile experiences, which provide buyers, sellers and renters of homes with the information, tools and professional expertise they need to discover and create their perfect home. News Corp acquired Move in November 2014, and realtor.com® quickly established itself as the fastest growing online real estate service provider as measured by comScore. As the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®, consumers know they can look to realtor.com® for the most comprehensive and accurate information anytime, anywhere. With relationships with nearly 800 multiple listing services (MLS), realtor.com® has more than 3 million for-sale listings, which account for more than 97 percent of all MLS-listed for-sale properties. More than 90 percent of the listings are updated every 15 minutes.
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Point2 Homes Sees Highest Traffic Ever in 2015: Over 27.2 Million Visits
  Home buyers, sellers and renters have browsed 152,332,516 pages on Point2 Homes in 2015 – 58% up from the previous year. This translates into roughly 18,000 (!!!) listings browsed every hour on our site. Here are the highlights of the year: And what does this mean for you, the agent? Over 407,000 buyers and renters have contacted agents through the contact forms provided on the site. This is an impressive 66% increase in leads from the previous year, which speaks for the quality of the traffic. We are also happy to say that we're off to a great start to 2016! The first few days of 2016 have already brought us very close to daily all-time highs, in a period when the buying and renting season is far from its peak. We are expecting another very strong year with a predicted increase of at least 30% in traffic and leads. If you are not a Point2 Agent yet, now is a great time to partner with us and grow your business in 2016. Create a Point2 Agent account and add your listings on Point2 Homes. Then take advantage of our premium features and advertising options that allow you to increase your listings' exposure on Point2 Homes. As to our Point2 agents, thank you for being our loyal partners this past year. Here's to a prosperous year for your business in 2016! To view the original post, view the Point2 blog.
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Realtor.com Joins HGTV Dream Home Giveaway with Bonus Entry Opportunity
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Zillow's New "Price This Home" Feature Lets Home Sellers Create a Custom Home Value Estimate
  SEATTLE, December 15, 2015 — Today, leading real estate and home-related marketplace Zillow® launched Price This Home, a new tool that enables home sellers to create a custom, private value estimate for their home based on comparable home sales and listings, personal knowledge of their home and surrounding neighborhoods, and local market conditions. Selling a home is a stressful process, with many sellers primarily focused on selling their home for the maximum possible price. Along with the help of a real estate agent, Price This Home helps sellers understand what their home is worth in the current market by allowing them to quickly and easily compare their own home with homes currently on the market, as well as those that have recently sold. "Deciding to sell a home can be stressful, and many homeowners spend a lot of time researching home values and market conditions before contacting their agent," said Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow chief marketing officer. "Price This Home is an excellent tool in those early days. It shows sellers how their home stacks up against other homes on the market, and allows them to provide extra information to create a more customized value estimate." Price This Home uses the home's Zestimate® home valuation, the estimated market value, as a base, and allows the homeowner to select information that will give them a more customized value estimate. To create a Price This Home value estimate, homeowners take several steps. Verify their home facts are correct by claiming their home on Zillow and updating facts like numbers of bedrooms or square footage. Select from a list provided by Zillow, of for-sale and recently sold homes that are similar to their own home, based on location, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, curb appeal and interior condition, and eliminate those that are not. Since no two homes are exactly the same, Price This Home clearly shows sellers the differences between their home and the comps they have chosen, and how those differences impact the value estimate. Once comparable homes have been chosen, Zillow provides a private estimate to the homeowner, and helps connect the homeowner with a real estate agent to help list their home. Many buyers and sellers use the Zestimate, Zillow's computer generated algorithm, as a starting point for determining a home's value. Zestimates are displayed on over 100 million homes nationwide. This new tool is designed specifically for homeowners who are preparing to sell to privately show them what their home is worth based on comparable for-sale, and recently sold homes. Zillow Zillow® is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. Zillow serves the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. In addition to Zillow.com®, Zillow operates the most popular suite of mobile real estate apps, with more than two dozen apps across all major platforms. Launched in 2006, Zillow is owned and operated by Zillow Group and headquartered in Seattle.
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Realtor.com® builds on trusted listing platform to deliver industry's most reliable resource for learning about agents
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Realtor.com® "House Wrap" Shows You Can't Find Your Dream Home When It's Not There
AUSTIN, Texas, November 12, 2015 — Realtor.com®, a leading online real estate destination operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today wrapped a for-sale home in Austin, Texas, visibly removing it from the residential block to vividly illustrate that you might be missing out on your dream home if you only search on Zillow.com. The experiential advertisement is a part of realtor.com®'s comparative advertising campaign that shows how realtor.com® lists many more MLS-listed, for-sale homes than its chief competitor. The advertising campaign is based on realtor.com®'s statistical analysis conducted in October 2015, which estimates that realtor.com® has approximately 20 percent – or an estimated 300,000 – more MLS-listed, for-sale homes nationwide than Zillow.com. The gap is wider in certain markets, increasing to 109 percent in Salt Lake City, for example. "Buying a home is one of the biggest commitments many of us will ever make, so it's not a decision we enter into lightly," said Nate Johnson, chief marketing officer for realtor.com®. "How confident would you feel about your decision if you knew 20 percent or more of your choices in MLS-listed homes for sale were missing from the real estate site you were using? This advertising campaign draws attention to the fact that, unlike our competitors, realtor.com® provides the most comprehensive view of MLS-listed, for-sale homes. It's why realtor.com® is the best – and truest – provider of real estate information and services for buyers and sellers in the nation." To illustrate the extent to which consumers may be missing out on homes for sale when using the competition, realtor.com®'s new experiential advertisement consists of fully wrapping a home that is currently on the market, located at 8600 Dulcet Drive in Austin, Texas 78745 and brokered by GoodLife Realty. The all-black covering is emblazoned with, "Searching for a home to buy on Zillow? You're missing out on thousands like this," and provides a visual representation of the seriousness of competitor gaps in MLS-listed, for-sale homes. The house will be wrapped until Nov. 14, and on Nov. 15, GoodLife Realty will host an open house in the home from 1-4 p.m. Based on internal analysis conducted in October, realtor.com® provides at least 20 percent more – or an estimated 300,000 more – MLS-listed homes among its for-sale listings nationwide than Zillow.com. This realtor.com® listings advantage is even greater in some local markets including: Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)* Realtor.com® Listings Advantage(compared to Zillow.com) Austin 33 percent Denver 30 percent Memphis, Tenn. 42 percent Miami 52 percent New Orleans 67 percent Salt Lake City 109 percent San Diego 48 percent * Results based on comparing MLS-listed homes for sale in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) Metropolitan Statistical Area ("MSA") for the cities indicated; except for Miami, where the comparison was for OMB's Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall Metro Division of its MSA for Miami. Results shown are as of approximately late October 2015, and are not necessarily representative of other metro areas or locales. The national campaign also includes different variations of animated banner advertising that display the amount of homes currently for sale in hot housing markets as listed on realtor.com® versus Zillow.com. Specific markets featured in these ads include Austin, San Diego, Miami, Denver and New Orleans. Additionally, static digital ads appear on major online news and consumer websites such as Google, Curbed, and Yahoo!, as well as entertainment and social media platforms including Spotify, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The ads feature headlines such as: "There are more homes for sale than Zillow's showing you. Realtor.com® – search more homes for sale," "If you're looking to buy your perfect home, Zillow might not have it. Realtor.com® – search more homes for sale," and "More homes on realtor.com® means more homes that could be yours. Realtor.com® – search more homes for sale." The campaign was developed with the help of Pereira & O'Dell New York, realtor.com®'s advertising agency of record. About Move, Inc. and realtor.com® Move, Inc. operates the realtor.com® website and mobile experiences, which provide buyers, sellers and renters of homes with the information, tools and professional expertise they need to discover and create their perfect home. News Corp acquired Move in November 2014, and realtor.com® quickly established itself as the fastest growing online real estate service provider in the first half of 2015 as measured by comScore. As the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®, consumers know they can look to realtor.com® for the most comprehensive and accurate information anytime, anywhere. With relationships with approximately 800 multiple listing services (MLS), realtor.com® has more than 3 million for-sale listings, which account for more than 97 percent of all MLS-listed for-sale properties. More than 90 percent of the listings are updated every 15 minutes. Move's network of websites provides consumers a wealth of innovative tools, including Doorsteps®, Moving.com™, SeniorHousingNet and others. Move supports real estate professionals by providing many services to grow their businesses in an increasing digital, on-demand world, including ListHub™, the nation's leading listing syndicator and centralized intelligence platform for the real estate industry; TigerLead®; Top Producer® Systems, FiveStreet and Reesio, as well as many free services.
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New Home Listings From BDX Now Featured on Homes.com
AUSTIN, TX, OCTOBER 20, 2015 — Builders Digital Experience (BDX), industry aggregator of the number one new home search site, NewHomeSource.com, and leading provider of digital marketing and sales solutions for home builders announced they have launched their new home listings on Homes.com. Homes.com® is the fourth largest real estate website and leading online real estate destination and provider of real estate marketing solutions. Through the partnership, BDX is the exclusive provider of aggregated new home listings on Homes.com, adding approximately 80,000 new construction listings and dramatically expanding consumer choices as they search for their next home. Builders listing all of their communities with BDX will automatically have their data included on the Homes.com website. "We are excited to expand our distribution of new home content to Homes.com. This partnership provides BDX builder customers with access to a large incremental audience of home shoppers who may not have considered new construction," said Peter Brumme, Builders Digital Experience Vice President and General Manager. "Providing Homes.com with the most comprehensive and up to date set of new home plans means consumers using Homes.com can greatly broaden their options for new homes," said Brumme Through the partnership with BDX home builders will receive the following benefits on Homes.com: Access to more than 13 million transaction-ready consumers visiting Homes.com each month. Leads delivered directly to BDX builders. Placement in a dedicated new homes section on Homes.com. Immediate ability to add new home listings on Homes.com through the BDX platform. New home plans are also featured within the main search results page alongside resale homes. "Homes.com is thrilled to officially launch the BDX partnership on Homes.com, supporting our ongoing efforts to provide consumers with more quality listings along with direct access to real estate professionals in their local area," said David Mele, president of Homes.com. "With 90 percent of the consumers visiting Homes.com looking for their next home, builders listing with BDX offer our consumers additional options to consider when purchasing their next home." Builders interested in having their new home plans included on Homes.com should visit http://www.theBDX.com. About Builders Digital Experience Builders Digital Experience (BDX) is a leading provider of digital marketing and sales solutions for home builders. In addition to hosting the top new home listing site (NewHomeSource.com), and providing distribution of new home listings to hundreds of real estate websites, BDX offers website development, interactive floor plans, photo realistic renderings, and digital sales solutions to builders and real estate developers. Together these online and interactive resources help builders create a true digital experience for their buyers. For more information, visit http://www.theBDX.com. About Homes.com Homes.com is a leading provider of real estate marketing and media services, including brand advertising, property listing exposure and syndication, search engine marketing and instant response lead generation. Homes.com Connect offers the real estate industry's first-ever all-inclusive marketing platform for agents and brokers featuring single-login convenience. Homes.com is visited by more than 13 million consumers each month to search three million properties for sale or rent, to locate real estate agents in their area and to find useful home buying tips. For more information, visit http://www.Homes.com.
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Contactually Now Offers Lead Capture with Zillow and Trulia
Never miss a new opportunity New client interactions are extremely time sensitive and we know how stressful this can be. What if a prospect reaches out in the middle of the night and you miss an opportunity?! Are you expected to stay up all hours of the night in order to respond? When you're out enjoying life with your family and friends you don't want to be worried about new leads. Trust me – no one likes that person who's always compulsively checking their email...and now you won't have to. It's important to initiate contact with a lead as soon as it's submitted. The likelihood of a lead converting is seven times higher if they're contacted within the first hour, and the window of opportunity starts closing in a matter of minutes. When the stakes are this high, trust the Contactually/Zillow partnership to coordinate your efforts. We'll instantly sync new leads to your account from Zillow and Trulia, so you can break through and build a dialogue quicker than ever before. We even take it one step further and allow you to designate which buckets your leads are sorted in, so you can organize, and prioritize without the manual lift. Imagine the possibilities You've gotten a new lead from Zillow of a buyer interested in a property. The buyer's info syncs automatically with Contactually and is placed in your "Zillow Leads" bucket. The bucket is attached to a program which sends the buyer an introduction email within a matter of minutes from submitting his information. You've just connected with a potential client without lifting a finger! With a systemized approach you can engage with your new leads and start building rapport. The framework of trust starts with the first interaction, and with the help of Contactually your new leads will see a genuine message within minutes from the spark of their interest. Zillow and Trulia Lead Capture in real time The new, seamless integration makes it possible to nurture and evolve your relationships like never before. Contactually's powerful features coupled with the improved partnership will help you uncover, manage and nurture more opportunities with less effort. Take five minutes to run through a quick setup on your end and rest assure you'll never miss a potential lead again. Next Steps For Users Step #1 Log into your Contactually account and head over to your settings page. From the Apps tab select the connect to Zillow option and copy your API key. You can also select which buckets you'd like your Zillow and Trulia leads to go to. Try creating a new bucket specifically for these leads if you'd like. Step #2 Head over to Zillow and go to the Contacts Tab on your Agent Hub account page. From here you'll select "Connect to my CRM." Step #3 Click Add Partner, and select Contactually from the drop down options. Step #4 Paste your Contactually API key, and click save. Build better relationships With four quick steps, integrate your Zillow and Trulia lead capture with Contactually. Take full advantage of Contactually and this new found partnership with Zillow and Trulia to automatically sync new leads. You'll never miss a beat with potential new clients or ever have to worry about a prime opportunity slipping through the cracks. Lasting relationships must be nurtured and it all start with the first interaction. We're toiling away to make your business processes easier. As always, let us know what you think...we're all ears. To view the original article, visit the Contactually blog.
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REcolorado Joins Homes.com's MLS Partnership Program
  Norfolk, Virginia (September 16, 2015) – Homes.com®, leading online real estate destination and provider of real estate marketing solutions, has announced the addition of REcolorado to its MLS Partnership Program. The new partnership will offer REcolorado's 18,000 real estate professionals free exposure for their 9,500 active listings by gaining access to Homes.com's audience of more than 13 million monthly transaction-ready consumers. REcolorado brokers can now offer their agents direct access to syndicate their listings on Homes.com, ensuring those listings are advertised accurately and updated regularly. Consumers visiting Homes.com will benefit from the improved quantity and quality of available listings in Colorado, and will have a clear path to connect directly with the local brokerage and agent representing each listing. "Our new partnership with Homes.com offers REcolorado brokers and agents listing-level control where their listings appear, while improving the quality of listings available for consumers on Homes.com," said Kirby Slunaker, president and CEO of REcolorado. "By driving engaged consumers back to either the broker's website or recolorado.com, everyone involved wins." The benefits provided by Homes.com's MLS partnership program include: Data Accuracy – More timely and accurate listing data. Prominent Branding – Clear attribution and branding for the listing agent and broker on listing detail pages. Consumer Leads – All leads from Homes.com are emailed directly to the listing agent. MLS Branding – Prominent branding for REcolorado.com as the trusted source of the listing information. Direct Links – All listings on Homes.com can include "deep links" back to the broker's website or REcolorado's consumer website, REcolorado.com. "The primary objective of Homes.com's MLS partnership program is to provide timely and accurate listing information to consumers searching for their next home, and to ensure those consumers are able to connect directly with the listing agent representing the seller," said Andy Woolley, Homes.com's vice president of industry development. "By prominently displaying the listing broker and agent, and always sending leads directly to the listing agent, Homes.com ensures REcolorado members are able to connect directly with our transaction-ready consumers." For more information on the benefits Homes.com can provide MLSs and their subscribers, visit http://connect.homes.com/mls/. About Homes.com Homes.com is a leading provider of real estate marketing and media services, including brand advertising, property listing exposure and syndication, search engine marketing and instant response lead generation. Homes.com Connect offers the real estate industry's first-ever all-inclusive marketing platform for agents and brokers featuring single-login convenience. Homes.com is visited by more than 13 million consumers each month to search nearly four million properties for sale or rent, to locate real estate agents in their area and to find useful home buying tips. For more information, visit www.Homes.com. About REcolorado Since 1984, REcolorado has been focused on providing the most accurate and up-to-date real estate information for professionals and consumers. Updated every 15 minutes with new and sold listings and powered by the state's largest network of real estate professionals, REcolorado.com is Colorado's most accurate home search website.REcolorado.com also offers consumers mortgage resources, information about Colorado neighborhoods and cities, sold listings, open houses, and a comprehensive database of real estate professionals. REcolorado is the largest Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in Colorado. With 18,000 professional members who operate throughout the state, it is REALTOR® owned and serves Aurora Association of REALTORS®, Douglas Elbert REALTOR® Association,Denver Metro Association of REALTORS®, Mountain Metro Association of REALTORS®, and South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association.
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Homes.com and BDX Announce Exclusive Partnership
  NORFOLK, VA. SEPTEMBER 02, 2015 —Homes.com®, leading online real estate destination and provider of real estate marketing solutions, is now partnering with Builders Digital Experience (BDX), a leading provider of digital marketing and sales solutions for home builders and the digital aggregator of new home content from builders throughout the U.S. BDX will be the exclusive provider of aggregated new home listings on Homes.com, adding approximately 80,000 new construction listings and dramatically expanding consumer choices as they search for their next home. Builders listing all of their communities with BDX will automatically have their data included on the Homes.com website. "This new partnership with BDX offers consumers searching for their next home more quality listings, direct access to local builders and a more comprehensive picture of the local housing market and inventory, while reinforcing Homes.com's position as a leader in the online real estate space," said Dave Mele, president of Homes.com. "With 90 percent of the consumers visiting Homes.com looking for their next home and over half wanting a home that is 'move-in ready,' partnering with BDX to add more new construction options is a win for everyone." Homes.com's partnership with BDX offers new home builders: Access to more than 13 million transaction-ready consumers visiting Homes.com each month. Exclusive, real-time leads delivered directly to BDX builders. Immediate ability to add new home listings on Homes.com through the BDX platform "We know that 56 percent of homebuyers go into a home search considering new construction, and now through our relationship with Homes.com, homebuyers now have access to additional new home content in their search for available home options in their area," said Peter Brumme, Builders Digital Experience vice president and general manager. Builders interested in learning more about advertising on Homes.com or the benefits of BDX should visit http://connect.homes.com/advertise/builders/. About Homes.com Homes.com is a leading provider of real estate marketing and media services, including brand advertising, property listing exposure and syndication, search engine marketing and instant response lead generation. Homes.com Connect offers the real estate industry's first-ever all-inclusive marketing platform for agents and brokers featuring single-login convenience. Homes.com is visited by more than 13 million consumers each month to search three million properties for sale or rent, to locate real estate agents in their area and to find useful home buying tips. For more information, visit http://www.Homes.com. About Builders Digital Experience Builders Digital Experience (BDX) is a leading provider of digital marketing and sales solutions for home builders. In addition to hosting the top new home listing site (NewHomeSource.com), and providing distribution of new home listings to hundreds of real estate websites, BDX offers website development, interactive floor plans, photo realistic renderings, and digital sales solutions to builders and real estate developers. Together these online and interactive resources help builders create a true digital experience for their buyers. For more information, visit http://www.theBDX.com.
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Househappy announces new CEO, David Manougian
PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 3, 2015 -- Real estate startup Househappy formally announced a new CEO, David Manougian, today. Manougian joins Househappy after a diverse leadership career with companies ranging from small startups to major enterprises. He succeeds Founder and former CEO, Kevin McCloskey. Manougian has big plans for this young company. When considering whether or not a startup will succeed Manougian says he "looks for brand potential, a unique customer experience, a business reason for the company to exist and most of all, the talent level of the people. In the case of Househappy it met and surpassed all these areas, especially the people." The primary area Manougian sees as a potential industry disruptor for Househappy is the opportunity to reach the next generation of homebuyers seeking a different experience than what exists today in how they search for, buy and maintain their homes. Househappy is passionate about providing these buyers and homeowners with a more visual and personalized search along with the tools to help them manage the most important purchase most people will make in their lifetime – their home. Manougian has been involved in multiple startups and "absolutely loves to be a part of a team of people creating something that didn't exist before, provides a unique service to the consumer and a benefit to the employees that cannot be found at a typical nine to five." A Portland, Ore. native, he attributes his solid business foundation to the E.&J. Gallo Winery in California, where his career began. Manougian followed that up with five years at Nike immersing himself in consumer focused culture and then went on to become one of the original employees involved with starting The GOLF Channel, where he served in various leadership roles for 13 years – including the final five as CEO. He also launched Comcast Sportsnet NW, is Chair of the Board for Wine Direct and sits on the Board of Albertina Kerr, a Portland non-profit providing services for kids and adults who suffer from developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Recently, Manougian completed a documentary film, "The Big Lonely" which chronicles a year in the life of a homeless man who instead of living under a bridge moved into the middle of the wildness. Under Manougian's leadership, Househappy has released several new features in the past few weeks, including: Property Alerts (real-time notification on listings that become available in this hot market) Search by neighborhood or school district Walkability scores and school ratings An RMLS direct feed for the most up-to-date listing data in Oregon and Southwest Washington A carefully curated selection of the best local real estate agents, links to reputable mortgage lenders, and a Marketplace with home service providers. Househappy recently closed on a $1.3 million funding round with a portion of the funds coming from Fidelity National Financial, one of the nation's largest title companies. The money is being used to revamp the site and launch marketing efforts. The next round is expected sometime later this fall after the team has had a chance to execute on revenue generation from both the marketplace and the real estate component of the site. Focus will be on Portland first, moving up to Seattle and then going market-by market and building out a consumer centered ecosystem guiding people through the process of buying, moving, maintaining, and selling their home. About Househappy Inc. Househappy is located in Portland, OR and was established in 2011 by Kevin McCloskey, a serial entrepreneur and seasoned broker with over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. Our home search website, Househappy.org, launched in March 2013 and continues to evolve and grow. We provide photo-driven home search, a carefully curated selection of the local real estate professionals, reputable mortgage lenders, and a home services marketplace. Most importantly, we want to be your guide every step of the way through finding, purchasing, moving into, enjoying, maintaining, and selling your most important asset – your home.
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Realtor.com® Premieres Exclusive Digital Video Series with Actress Elizabeth Banks Targeting First-Time Home Buyers
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 8, 2015 -- Realtor.com®, a leading provider of online real estate services operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., today announced the launch of a five-episode digital video series created to provide first-time home buyers with practical and entertainingly delivered advice on the start-to-finish stages of the purchase cycle. The original series is part of a broad marketing campaign realtor.com® launched in May and comes at a time when millennial sentiment about buying a home has seen a significant increase. The webisodes, which feature Emmy-nominated actress, producer and director Elizabeth Banks, and are directed by Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor, producer and director Fred Savage, will be promoted across a range of digital platforms and publishers including AOL, Curbed, Facebook, Google, HGTV, Hulu, Reddit and Yahoo, among others. All of the media will drive consumers back to realtor.com® to consume the entire series. "We want everyone to think of realtor.com® as the best real-time resource to help them make the most informed real estate decisions," said Andrew Strickman, Move's head of brand and chief creative. "Our knowledge that many buyers turn to the Web first for help navigating one of life's most important decisions, and the fact that many first-time buyers prefer to consume entertainment digitally, drove the development of the content. With a partner like Elizabeth to help us, there was no question this humorous, episodic approach to the home-buying process was the way to go." The digital video series, "The Home Buying Process in Plain English with Elizabeth Banks," is the latest component of the biggest and boldest marketing initiative in realtor.com®'s nearly 20-year history. Results of a recent realtor.com® survey released in June found that millennials are now more inclined to take the plunge into home ownership and this demographic is primed to gain market share in the second half of the year. Sixty five percent of millennials responding to the survey intend to buy a home within three months, up from 54 percent in January. By mixing humor with solid advice for any buyer, particularly first-time buyers, Banks walks viewers through the key components of the process in each of the five episodes. In the first episode, called "Knowing When You're Ready," she recommends that potential buyers have a heart-to-heart with themselves about what they can actually afford: "Plan for the house you can afford now, not later. The most important thing for a first-time buyer is to live within your budget. Also, don't be an idiot ... But those are really the same thing." Episodes two through five – "Mortgage Lending 101"; "The Search"; "The Offer" and "Closing the Sale" – provide insight on the benefits of mortgage pre-approval, the do's and don'ts of searching for a home, open house etiquette, what to expect when making an offer and the closing process. Regarding why she thinks it is important to infuse humor into the home-buying process, Banks said: "For nearly everyone, buying a home is the biggest purchase they will ever make so there is that mixture of joy and anxiety. It's important to use humor to get people through the process." Banks' directorial debut, the musical comedy "Pitch Perfect 2," premiered in May, with the best opening by a first-time director in history. She currently appears opposite John Cusack and Paul Dano in the Brian Wilson biopic "Love & Mercy." Later this month, she will be seen in the Netflix Original Series reboot "Wet, Hot American Summer," co-starring Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. The digital series was created by Pereira & O'Dell New York, the company's advertising agency, and directed by Savage, who is best known for his iconic role as Kevin Arnold in the 80's hit TV series "The Wonder Years." His directorial credits include the hit series "Modern Family," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and the critically acclaimed kids' shows "Phil of the Future," "Wizards of Waverly Place" and "Zeke and Luther." About Move, Inc. and realtor.com® Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp, is a leading provider of online real estate services. Move operates the realtor.com® website and mobile experiences, which connect people to the most important and accurate information they need to find their perfect home and to the REALTORS® whose expertise guides consumers through buying and selling. As the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®, realtor.com® empowers consumers to make smart home-buying, selling and renting decisions by leveraging its direct, real-time connections with more than 800 multiple listing services (MLS) via all types of computers, tablets and smartphones. In addition to the industry's most comprehensive and accurate information, Move's network of websites provides consumers a wealth of innovative tools, including Doorsteps®, Moving.com™, SeniorHousingNet and others. Move supports real estate agents and brokerages by providing many services to grow their businesses, including ListHub™, the nation's leading listing syndicator and centralized intelligence platform for the real estate industry; TigerLead®; Top Producer® Systems; and FiveStreet; as well as many free services. Move is based in the heart of Silicon Valley – in San Jose, Calif.
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Departing Trulia Executive Joins Broker Public Portal Board of Managers
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Realtor.com® and Airbnb Team Up to Give Home Buyers Opportunity to Live Like a Local Before Purchasing
SAN JOSE, Calif. and SAN FRANCISCO, June 24, 2015 -- Realtor.com®, a leading provider of online real estate services operated by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc., and Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, today announced that they have teamed up to allow potential home buyers to "live like a local" by experiencing a specific neighborhood before purchasing. Visitors to realtor.com® will be able to book accommodations nationwide on Airbnb ranging from single-family homes to condos, lofts and other properties located near their desired neighborhood. "This collaboration with Airbnb reinforces our commitment to giving consumers unparalleled insight to make informed real estate decisions," said Ryan O'Hara, chief executive officer of Move. "Our relationship with Airbnb—a company that helps millions of people feel at home in communities around the world—allows us to reduce some of the unknown factors associated with relocating to a new community. It is what we mean when we say realtor.com® puts the 'real' in real estate." "We're pleased to team up with realtor.com® to encourage and support the home buying process," said Chip Conley, head of global hospitality & strategy at Airbnb. "As we offer a variety of unique accommodations in neighborhoods across the country, we'll be able to allow potential homeowners the special opportunity to experience those neighborhoods as if they already live there - before making the decision to buy." Consumers who visit realtor.com® to look at homes in new neighborhoods can select the option to "Airbnb before buying." The Airbnb option will appear on the homepage and for-sale listing detail pages. These pages will display Airbnb accommodations that consumers can choose to book – allowing them to fully immerse themselves into the local sights and sounds that Airbnb accommodations provide. Starting today, consumers will also get the opportunity to win $500 toward their local experience with Airbnb as part of the Try Before You Buy sweepstakes. To enter, participants can visit: http://marketing.realtor.com/try-before-you-buy-sweepstakes. One winner will be chosen each week through Aug. 23, 2015. The official rules for the sweepstakes are located at: http://marketing.realtor.com/try-before-you-buy-officialrules About Move, Inc. and realtor.com® Move, Inc., a subsidiary of News Corp, is a leading provider of online real estate services. Move operates the realtor.com® website and mobile experiences, which connect people to the most important and accurate information they need to find their perfect home and to the REALTORS® whose expertise guides consumers through buying and selling. As the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®, realtor.com® empowers consumers to make smart home buying, selling and renting decisions by leveraging its direct, real-time connections with more than 800 multiple listing services (MLS) via all types of computers, tablets and smartphones. In addition to the industry's most comprehensive and accurate information, Move's network of websites provides consumers a wealth of innovative tools, including Moving.com™, SeniorHousingNetSM and others. Move supports real estate agents and brokerages by providing many services to grow their businesses, including ListHub™, the nation's leading listing syndicator and centralized intelligence platform for the real estate industry; TigerLead®; Top Producer® Systems; and FiveStreetSM; as well as many free services. Move is based in the heart of Silicon Valley – in San Jose, Calif. About Airbnb Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and over 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
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Zillow Unveils New National TV Spot: Homecoming
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Homes.com Launches "Homes.com School Scores"
  Norfolk, Va. – (May 21, 2015) – Homes.com®, leading online real estate destination, has created Homes.com School Scores, a ranking system to help buyers and sellers find and compare local school information. Since younger homebuyers consider school quality to be a key decision point, this new feature lets consumers make more informed decisions when searching for their next home. Aligned with the Homes.com mandate of making the homebuying process easier, this newly released school ranking system helps consumers determine the caliber of schools in their search area. The Homes.com School Score is calculated from state test performance data of public schools and assigns a letter scale from A+ to D based on rank. To determine the ranking, state test scores for an individual public school are compared to other public schools in that state with the same education level. "With young families and millennial homebuyers placing a higher value on homes located near quality schools, Homes.com is focused on making their buying process easier by offering useful tools and information to make better purchasing decisions," said Dave Mele, president of Homes.com. "Homes.com's School Scores give potential buyers a quick view of how local schools compare to other schools in the same area." Homes.com School Scores are available for almost 3 million sale and rental properties. Start your search at www.Homes.com. About Homes.com As one of the nation's top online real estate destinations, Homes.com inspires consumers to dream big. From affordable houses to luxurious estates, condos, apartment rentals and more, Homes.com features close to 3 million property listings and exclusive distribution of over 20,000 apartment listings from ForRent.com in a userfriendly format, making finding your next home easy. Visitors to the Homes.com blog will find a collection of rich information and posts on DIY projects, painting, organization tips and more, providing the ultimate resource for everything home related. From finding your first apartment to buying your first home, upgrading, downsizing and everything in between, Homes.com is an inspiring and engaging partner in every phase of the home buying or renting process. Visit Homes.com and download the Homes.com Mobile App, Rentals Mobile App, or Mortgage Calculator to assist in your home search. For home decor tips and more, visit Blog.Homes.com.
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Realtor.com® Campaign Speaks to New Yorkers in the Language of the City
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Realtor.com® Strengthens Ties to Realtors® with New Website Improvements
WASHINGTON, May 15, 2015 -- In a move to better position itself for the future and further align itself with Realtors®, Move, Inc., operator of realtor.com®, the official listing site of the National Association of Realtors®, this week introduced new site features to better connect Realtors® and consumers. The announcement, made at the 2015 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, comes at a time when realtor.com® is experiencing substantial year-over-year growth. "Realtor.com® connects buyers, sellers and renters with Realtors® and the tools they need to make informed real estate decisions," said Move, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ryan O'Hara. "Unlike other listing sites, realtor.com® is committed to serving the needs of the real estate industry. We've just launched some website and mobile enhancements that increase the visibility of brokers and Realtors®." Every listing on realtor.com® now prominently displays the listing firm and agent's name below the primary photo, O'Hara announced. Realtors® also have the opportunity to include up to 36 photos, a marketing paragraph, contact information, showing details, open house dates and more. Brokerage firms now have the capability to include an SEO-friendly hyperlink to the listing display page on that firm's website. Realtor.com® also recently launched new agent profiles. When an agent claims his or her profile, they will receive a free link on their listing page. The profiles are a fully responsive design and allow for social media connectivity. Since the importance of technology continues to grow, realtor.com® is continuing to innovate for its consumer users and partners. Now when Realtors® buy a lead from the site, they will receive contact information along with details about how long the person has been searching and the number of homes viewed. The lead also provides specific details about the home they are inquiring about and recent search activity, including the actual listings they've reviewed. This information gives Realtors® added insight from which to start building a relationship. Earlier in the week, O'Hara announced other major changes to realtor.com®, namely a visual rebranding and new advertising campaign. The advertising includes a series of 15- and 30-second television spots and longer-form web videos starring Elizabeth Banks, the Emmy-nominated actress, producer, director and self-proclaimed real estate fanatic. Meeting attendees got a sneak peak of several clips from Banks' video shoots as well as finished spots that will begin airing next week. "More than 90 percent of real estate transactions in this country involve Realtors®. That's because Realtors® are the most productive, the most efficient, and the best real estate professionals," O'Hara said. "It's a pleasure for us to be part of the brand." The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Information about NAR is available at www.realtor.org. This and other news releases are posted in the "News, Blogs and Videos" tab on the website.
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Realtor.com® Steps Out with New Graphic Look for Web and Mobile and National Ad Campaign Featuring Film Star Elizabeth Banks
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Connecticut Multiple Listing Service Terminates ListHub Syndication
Wallingford, CT – A few short weeks ago the newly formed Zillow Group stood to lose its prime source of real estate data when ListHub terminated its long-standing agreements to provide listings from Multiple Listing Services to Zillow and Trulia. Despite this latest salvo in what is sure to be a long fight for dominance between Zillow Group and News Corp (owner of Move), the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service (CTMLS) brokers and agents have been able to remain above the fray. By hammering out direct agreements with both Trulia and Zillow all the way back in 2011 and 2012, respectively, the Connecticut MLS ensured its brokers and agents the uninterrupted ability to advertise listings on Zillow and Trulia, as well as through separate agreements with Homes.com, Homefinder.com, and Realtor.com. "When CTMLS identified that these five websites account for more than 90% of all real estate traffic on the Internet, it was important to move immediately to ensure our brokers' ability to syndicate their listings, while also protecting their data from misuse," said Cameron Paine, CEO of the CTMLS. "We addressed the needs of our brokers by guaranteeing access to the five most dominant real estate websites on the Internet. We also guaranteed data protections with strict contractual terms of use preventing re-syndication, sale, and re-use, among others. For our brokers, it was a matter of professionalism that their listings be as accurate as possible, whatever website they may be found on." Connecticut MLS brokers now have the ability to choose which real estate portals to advertise their listings on directly through the MLS. With broker preference as a default selection, agents can choose from the five real estate portals above directly in the listing input screen of the MLS. "It is critical today that MLSs provide their Brokers with this level of transparency," said Phil Carloni, President of CTMLS. "What CTMLS has created with our partners at Core Logic is a system that gives our brokers the ability to choose which listings to syndicate without the need for a separate platform. This streamlines our process greatly and puts the control of advertising real estate on the Internet back where it belongs - in the hands of brokers." Now that the broker's ability to syndicate will be handled directly within the MLS, the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service will terminate its syndication agreement with Move-owned ListHub effective July 31, 2015. About CT MLS: The Connecticut Multiple Listing Service (CTMLS) is among the top twenty largest MLSs in the country and is recognized as an industry leader. Based in Wallingford, CT, the CTMLS creates opportunities for brokers in all parts of the state to cooperate with each other in the buying, selling and renting of homes, condos, multifamily property, land and commercial properties. CTMLS empowers its clients with knowledge, tools and services that enable them to excel in their profession. The CTMLS listings database has over 25,000 listings and facilitates over $7 billion in annual Connecticut real estate transactions.
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Zillow Group Brands Win Four Webby Awards
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Zillow Mortgages Now Available on Trulia
SEATTLE, April 16, 2015 -- Zillow Group, which houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on mobile and Web, today announced that the Zillow Mortgages shopping experience is now available on Trulia. Today, lenders who advertise on Zillow® are able to reach an even broader audience, the millions of borrowers visiting Trulia®, through one Zillow Group marketing platform. Borrowers on Trulia now have the ability to anonymously shop for custom loan quotes, access more than 130,000 reviews of mortgage lenders, and easily connect with reputable local lenders at both national and regional banks. "Since we closed the Trulia acquisition in February, we've moved incredibly quickly and made enormous progress in the integration of Trulia into Zillow Group," said Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow. "Just last month, we welcomed Trulia into the Zillow Rental Network, bringing new opportunities to our multifamily partners and landlords, and today we are giving our lender partners a new way grow their business." "Over the past seven years, we've worked hard to build a great mortgage shopping experience for borrowers, where they can shop for competitive rates and fees and quickly connect with highly rated and reviewed lenders," said Erin Lantz, VP of Mortgages for Zillow Group. "We're thrilled to extend this experience to borrowers on Trulia." Mortgages on Trulia is available on desktop and mobile Web. About Zillow Group Zillow Group (NASDAQ: Z) houses a portfolio of the largest real estate and home-related brands on the Web and mobile. The company's brands focus on all stages of the home lifecycle: renting, buying, selling, financing and home improvement. Zillow Group is committed to empowering consumers with unparalleled data, inspiration and knowledge around homes, and connecting them with the right local professionals to help. The Zillow Group portfolio of consumer brands includes real estate and rental marketplaces Zillow®, Trulia®, StreetEasy® and HotPads®. In addition, Zillow Group works with tens of thousands of real estate agents, lenders and rental professionals, helping maximize business opportunities and connect to millions of consumers. The company operates a number of business brands for real estate, rental and mortgage professionals, including Postlets®, Mortech®, Diverse Solutions®, Market Leader® and Retsly™. The company is headquartered in Seattle.
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RealBiz Media Group, Inc. Unveils New NestBuilder Backend: PowerAgent
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Chicago's Midwest Real Estate Data to Send Listings to Zillow Group; Joined by 13 Other New MLS Partners
SEATTLE, April 6, 2015 -- Zillow Group, which houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on mobile and Web, today announced that Zillow® and Trulia® have signed 14 new agreements with multiple listing services in the past two days, including Chicago-based Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED). "For every new partnership we build with an MLS, the experience on Zillow and Trulia gets better for everyone – from brokers and agents to home sellers and buyers," said Errol Samuelson, Zillow Group chief industry development officer. "It's a very exciting time for Zillow Group as we are helping more brokers and agents than ever. We appreciate the support of the MLSs who are joining us to work for the benefit of their members." "We received great feedback from our brokers and were able to negotiate an agreement with the Zillow Group that kept the flow of listings to Zillow and Trulia uninterrupted," said Rebecca Jensen, MRED's president and chief executive officer. "Thanks to their input, the new contract will deliver traffic back to the brokerage websites as well as display the brokerage logo on every listing. These were critical components necessary to successfully reaching an agreement." New partners include: Aiken Board of REALTORS® – Aiken, S.C. Ann Arbor Area Board of REALTORS – Ann Arbor, Mich. Bagnell Dam Association of REALTORS Multiple Listing Service, Inc. – Lake Ozark, Mo. Berkshire County Multiple Listing Service, Inc. – Pittsfield, Mass. California Desert Association of REALTORS – Palm Desert, Calif. Chesapeake Bay & Rivers Association of REALTORS – Hartfield, Va. Lake of the Ozarks Board of REALTORS – Sunrise Beach, Mo. Middlesex County Multiple Listing System, Inc. – Ford, N.J. Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC – Lisle, Ill. Multiple Listing Service of Long Island – West Babylon, N.Y. Realcomp II Ltd. – Farmington Hills, Mich. Realtor Association of Martin County, Inc. – Stuart, Fla. Teton County Board of REALTORS, Inc. – Jackson, Wyo. White Mountain Association of REALTORS – Lakeside, Ariz. Through the Zillow Partnership Platform, real estate agents will be prominently displayed as the listing agent on all of their listings and be able to receive leads directly from Zillow. Brokerages will receive attribution, branding, a link back directly to their websites and have daily reporting access. To learn more about the platform, email mlspartners[at]zillow.com or call 206-757-4250. To inquire with Trulia about establishing a direct feed, please send an email to: MLS[at]trulia.com. Zillow Group Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) houses a portfolio of the largest real estate and home-related brands on the Web and mobile. The company's brands focus on all stages of the home lifecycle: renting, buying, selling, financing and home improvement. Zillow Group is committed to empowering consumers with unparalleled data, inspiration and knowledge around homes, and connecting them with the right local professionals to help. The Zillow Group portfolio of consumer brands includes real estate and rental marketplaces Zillow®, Trulia®, StreetEasy® and HotPads®. In addition, Zillow Group works with tens of thousands of real estate agents, lenders and rental professionals, helping maximize business opportunities and connect to millions of consumers. The company operates a number of business brands for real estate, rental and mortgage professionals, including Postlets®, Mortech®, Diverse Solutions®, Market Leader® and Retsly™. The company is headquartered in Seattle.
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16 New MLSs Partner with Zillow and Trulia
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Market Leader Joins Zillow Tech Connect: Leads; Program Exceeds 50 Technology Partners
  SEATTLE, March 25, 2015 -- Zillow, the leading real estate and home-related information marketplace, today announced that Zillow® Tech Connect: Leads has cleared a new milestone: 51 technology partners are now available through the platform, including highly-requested Market Leader, which was acquired along with Trulia in February by Zillow Group. Market Leader tools help agents generate and manage more leads and provide seamless ways to engage and market to their contacts. Zillow Tech Connect: Leads allows technology companies to connect their systems with Zillow, creating a more seamless experience at no additional cost for the brokers and agents who use Zillow as a key component of their marketing efforts. "There's been overwhelming demand from agents and brokers who use Market Leader to have it integrated into Zillow Tech Connect: Leads," said Scott Smith, Market Leader general manager. "We have nearly 200,000 subscribers – many of whom leverage Zillow as part of their marketing efforts. Now those hundreds of thousands of agents are able to integrate their contacts from Zillow into Market Leader Tools and leverage the power of the automated lead management." Market Leader joins other new Zillow Tech Connect: Leads partners, including PropertyPulse by z57, Onjax, Quantum Leads and My Buying Buddy. Zillow already offers its own contact management software, which is used by many brokers and agents. However, Zillow believes that brokers and agents should have the right to choose the technology with which they are most comfortable and that most efficiently connects them to consumers ready to engage on their home search. Agents and brokers can connect to Market Leader, or any other CRM available on Zillow Tech Connect: Leads, through the Contacts section on their Zillow profile. Companies interested in joining Zillow Tech Connect: Leads can email techpartnerships[at]zillow.com for more information. About Zillow Zillow® is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. Zillow serves the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. In addition to Zillow.com®, Zillow operates the most popular suite of mobile real estate apps, with more than two dozen apps across all major platforms. Launched in 2006, Zillow is owned and operated by Zillow Group, and headquartered in Seattle.
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Zillow Launches Agent Finder, New Way for Home Shoppers to Find Most Active, Reputable Agents in Their Desired Neighborhood
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Broker Public Portal Reaches Funding Milestone
  Arroyo Grande, CA – March 19th, 2015 – A nationwide group of leading real estate brokerage firms and Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) have exceeded their initial benchmark of raising $250,000 towards a National Broker/MLS consumer-facing website in just 10 weeks. The initiative, known as the Broker Public Portal, was first made public in January and includes participants from 32 MLSs and 24 real estate brokerages who contributed $5000 each. A webpage for the project is available at www.brokerpublicportal.com. To launch the initiative, this group established a milestone of raising $250,000 to fund the project's start-up expenses and gauge interest in the project. Among other expenses, funds will go to legal fees, administrative costs, and meeting expenses. The effort to raise the organization funds was launched in January of 2015 and the goal was met in 10 weeks, on March 10, 2015. According to Victor Lund of the WAV Group, a consultant for the project, 21 additional brokers and 18 MLSs are processing their agreements, which will add appreciably to the talent pool supporting the organization and to the resources available to it. "The group met their milestone quickly," Lund said, "and we won't turn additional contributors away. The wider the industry support is for this initiative, the more likely its success and durability," he added. Lund explains that MLSs have long provided regional consumer facing property search websites. In December of 2014, a group of like-minded real estate brokerages and MLSs met to discuss the possibility of building a National MLS consumer facing website to fill an unmet need in the online marketplace. "This is an effort that is good for the real estate industry today and will benefit brokers and sales associates for many years to come," said Robert Moline of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices of America. Cameron Paine of Connecticut MLS added, "We have just over one-third of the real estate industry and many of the largest MLSs and brokerages in the country currently involved in this project. By the time we have completed our build out of the Broker Public Portal initiative, the benefits to the brokerage community, the MLSs, and the public will be so clear that I believe we will see even broader support from the industry." The group gathered support for the project widely by engaging broker networks, franchise organizations, MLS networks, attending conferences, and providing information to the media. The first meeting of the contributing organizations was held on March 18th, 2015 by telephone conference where an interim executive committee was announced. The first in-person meeting of the organizers is scheduled for April 22, 2015. Below is a list of corporations contributing to the effort to date. More are expected to join the project before the first meeting next month. ARMLS Austin Central Texas RIS Baird and Warner Carolina Preferred Charleston Trident Cincinnati Board of REALTORS Coldwell Banker Perry & Walston Colorado Real Estate Network Columbus Realtors Connecticut MLS CRIS MLS Crye-Leike Cutler Real Estate Edina Realty F. C. Tucker Real Estate Gardner REALTORS GFLR Greater Tulsa AOR Greenridge HomeServices of America HGAR Howard Hanna Hunt Realty IRIS John Green Realtor Keller Williams Austin Leading RE Long Realty Louisville Realtors Lyon Real Estate Maine Real Estate Info System MARIS - Mid America Regional Info MetroMLS MIBOR Michael Saunders MLS Listings MLSPIN MRED MRIS NNREN NNRMLS NOREIS Toledo NORMLS Pacific Union RealComp Realty USA RealtySouth RealtyWeb Regional MLS of Minnesota Shorewest SIRMLS Trend MLS Watson Realty William Pitt Sothebys Windermere WNYREIS
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Zillow Rental Network Adds Trulia; Significantly Expands Reach of Largest Rental Network on the Web
SEATTLE, March 10, 2015 -- Zillow Group, which houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant rental, real estate and home-related brands on mobile and Web, today announced that Trulia has joined the Zillow® Rental Network. Now, rental property marketers and landlords will have access to Trulia's 55 million monthly unique visitors providing an even larger audience of renters through one marketing platform. As the Zillow Rental Network already attracted the largest audience of rental shoppers on the Web, the addition of Trulia's audience expands this reach even further. "We are incredibly pleased with how quickly we've been able to bring Trulia into the Zillow Rental Network," said Greg Schwartz, Zillow Group chief revenue officer. "Adding Trulia to the Zillow Rental Network brings new opportunities to our multifamily partners and landlords, giving them exposure to a much larger audience while providing a more streamlined customer service experience. Rental shoppers will continue to benefit from two very large and diverse rental sites." Starting today, rental shoppers who visit Trulia or Trulia's mobile apps will have access to hundreds of thousands of rental listings from the Zillow Rental Network. "The Zillow Rental Network has very high standards when it comes to qualified contacts," said Jennifer Staciokas, senior vice president of marketing and training at Pinnacle. "We are excited to see that the Zillow Rental Network is expanding its reach with the addition of Trulia. As a result, we expect our properties will receive even more traffic from better qualified contacts." About Zillow Group Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) houses a portfolio of the largest real estate and home-related brands on the Web and mobile. The company's brands focus on all stages of the home lifecycle: renting, buying, selling, financing and home improvement. Zillow Group is committed to empowering consumers with unparalleled data, inspiration and knowledge around homes, and connecting them with the right local professionals to help. The Zillow Group portfolio of consumer brands includes real estate and rental marketplaces Zillow®, Trulia®, StreetEasy® and HotPads®. In addition, Zillow Group works with tens of thousands of real estate agents, lenders and rental professionals, helping them maximize business opportunities and connect to millions of consumers. The company operates a number of brands for real estate, rental and mortgage professionals, including Postlets®, Mortech®, Diverse Solutions®, Market Leader®, ActiveRain® and Retsly™. The company is headquartered in Seattle.
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