Zillow mania: $1.7B value boost, 27K haters

Inmannews - 36 min 5 sec ago
Though it feels like a lifetime of cacophony, today marks the one-month anniversary of Zillow’s controversial Instant Offers program, which connects homesellers with investor bids alongside CMAs from participating Zillow Premier Agents (ZPAs). What have we learned ...
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Bob Goldberg named next CEO of the National Association of Realtors

Inmannews - 36 min 18 sec ago
Bob Goldberg has just been named the next CEO of the National Association of Realtors ...
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Becoming the real estate referral matchmaker in your area: A guide

Inmannews - 4 hours 4 min ago
DENVER --"I don't talk about real estate very much at all, but I do generate a lot of business from the internet,"  Marguerite Giguere said at REWSummit ...
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Bungalow, Cottage or Colonial? The agent’s architectural house styles cheat sheet (part 2)

Inmannews - 4 hours 17 min ago
Ranch, Craftsman, Cape Cod, Shotgun, Tudor, Victorian, Art Deco, Mediterranean and Contemporary -- they are all featured in part one of the agent's architectural house styles cheat sheet. But there are a number of other designs that are equally popular, as one reader reminded everyone with her comment: "What? No Colonial?!" Here's how to identify some of the more well-known -- and a couple rare -- home architectural styles ...
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Landlord To Pay $20,000 To Settle Pet Discrimination Case

The owner of several Reno, Nevada apartment complexes has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle allegations pet discrimination and Fair Housing Act violations involving requiring pet deposits from prospective tenants who require assistance animals, according to a release.

The Silver State Fair Housing Council filed four complaints against the owner and manager of Silver Lake Apartments, Vale Townhomes, Oak Manor Apartments and Angel Street Apartments with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  These complaints allege ERGS, Inc. and Silver Lake Apartments, LLC discriminated against prospective tenants who required assistance animals by requiring applicants who required support animals to pay a pet deposit fee.

Under the conciliation agreement, ERGS, Inc. will pay Silver State Fair Housing Council $20,500.  ERGS, Inc., and Silver Lake Apartments, LLC, will also adopt a written policies that are consistent with the Fair Housing Act and provide fair housing training for all employees who interact with tenants or applicants

Kate Zook, executive director of the Silver State Fair Housing Council, told Rental Housing Journal that a woman with an emotional support animal had tried to apply at the apartments and was told they do not accept pets.

The Silver State Fair Housing Council did follow-up testing on emotional support animals and rentals at the apartment complexes. She said they found, “People with emotional support animals were told they do not qualify as a service animal.”

The organization then filed the complaint against the owner and managers of the apartment complexes.

“I hate filing cases,” Zook said. But she said unfortunately sometimes it takes publicity about these issues to get people’s attention. “It is too bad. Somebody has been hurt in this.”

Both Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act can apply in these situations.

In addition to the Fair Housing Act’s protections, HUD provided guidance in April 2013 reaffirming that housing providers must provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities who require assistance animals. Read HUD’s notice.

Pet discrimination and disability

Disability is the most common basis of fair housing complaints filed with HUD and its partner agencies. Last year alone, HUD and its partners considered over 4,900 disability-related complaints, or more than 58 percent of all fair housing complaints that were filed.

HUD writes in the notice that, “An assistant animal is not a pet. It is an animal that works, provides assistance or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. Assistance animals perform many disability-related functions, including but not limited to, guiding individuals who are blind or have low vision, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to sounds, providing protection or rescue assistance, pulling a wheelchair, fetching items, alerting persons to impending seizures, or providing emotional support to persons with disabilities who have a disability-related need for such support. For purposes of reasonable accommodation requests, neither the FHAct nor Section 504 requires an assistance animal to be individually trained or certified.”

“Housing providers are to evaluate a request for a reasonable accommodation to possess an assistance animal in a dwelling using the general principles applicable to all reasonable accommodation requests. After receiving such a request, the housing provider must consider the following:

  • Does the person seeking to use and live with the animal have a disability — i.e., a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities?
  • Does the person making the request have a disability-related need for an assistance animal? In other words, does the animal work, provide assistance, perform tasks or services for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provide emotional support that alleviates one or more of the identified symptoms of a person’s existing disability?

If the answer to those two questions is “yes,” then the housing provider is to modify or provide an exception to a “no pets” policy.

Read “How to Handle Service Pet Policies Without Discriminating” to learn more.



The post Landlord To Pay $20,000 To Settle Pet Discrimination Case appeared first on AAOA.

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Real Trends: Meet 2017’s 1,000 top-producing real estate agents and teams

Inmannews - 7 hours 31 min ago
There's a lot of talk and braggadocio in the real estate industry, but the numbers don't lie. And the top 1,000 agents and teams were ranked today based on the data alone. Real Trends, in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, just released he 12th annual The Thousand list, which is divided into four categories: individual agent sales volume; individual agent transaction sides; team sales volume; and team transaction sides. ...
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6 most (and least) affordable mountain resort towns in the US

Inmannews - 12 hours 47 min ago
Your real estate clients dream of skiing across snow-covered peaks in the morning and mountain biking down rocky slopes at night; and now they've made up their mind to search for the perfect mountain home ...
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Why I die a little inside when hack agents get hired

Inmannews - 13 hours 32 min ago
It is becoming my life’s work to eliminate hacks from the real estate industry. Every day thousands of internet geeks wake up and try to figure out how to make Realtors the travel agents of that year. Expedia killed travel agents. Why? Because they provided minimal value and couldn’t articulate their value beyond “I have access to Sabre and can shop reservations for you.” ...
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6 tips for managing sellers if the deal goes south

Inmannews - 14 hours 17 min ago
Have you experienced the ever-dreaded, Chicken Little, "The sky is falling," phone call from a buyer's agent days before closing on your listing? Yeah. Me too ...
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You can gain much more when you give back

Inmannews - 14 hours 26 min ago
Caroline Pinal, co-founder of Giveback Homes, works with real estate agents all over the country to provide safe homes for families throughout the world. Caroline's non-traditional business model of making "doing good" part of a company or personal brand is inspiring, and it reminds us there is no blueprint for success: it comes in infinite forms ...
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How do you know when to hire a buyer’s agent?

Inmannews - 15 hours 2 min ago
You’ve got a bunch of clients, you’ve closed a bunch of deals, you’re working from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and you're constantly pleading with the universe for more time. ...
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Crazy Sh*t In Real Estate: Oops … I just held an open house in the wrong neighborhood

Inmannews - 15 hours 3 min ago
In this episode, Leigh Brown interviews Mark Allen, vice president of industry relations at Move Inc. ...
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Generating business with an all-in-one marketing solution

Inmannews - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:55pm
You need an all-in-one marketing solution that can help attract, capture, and nurture leads into lifelong clients. With Placester’s unified solution, real estate agents sell 31% more homes than other agents ...
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Zillow: Lack of for-sale inventory due in part by increased single-family rentals

Inmannews - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:16pm
According to Zillow's May 2017 Market Report, part of the reason for the drop in for-sale inventory is the growing number of single-family rentals since the housing market crash ...
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Why listening to your clients is key to growing your company

Inmannews - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:53pm
Philip Lang, the Co-founder and COO of TripleMint, a technology-enabled real estate brokerage based in New York City, knows that to start a company you have to ask yourself: "Who is going to buy my product? Who is my target market? How do I reach said market?" ...
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FSBO platform Homie gets broker license after investigation

Inmannews - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 2:02pm
A Utah FSBO platform that has roiled local Realtors has reportedly acquired a broker license, in part due to an investigation by the Division of Utah Real Estate. Real estate startup Homie, which recently closed a $4.5 million funding round, uses proprietary technology and attorneys to serve sellers and homebuyers. Investigators with the Division of Utah Real Estate questioned a number of Homie clients about the startup ...
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How to use PR to become a local real estate expert

Inmannews - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 1:31pm
DENVER -- "If you want to be found online, you have to share what you know." That was advice that Molly McKinley, executive vice president at Relola, shared at the Real Estate Webmasters Summit (REW Summit) in Denver this morning ...
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Zillow wins bid to slash multimillion-dollar VHT photo copyright verdict

Inmannews - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:22am
Looks like real estate giant Zillow Group may only be on the hook for half of a copyright infringement verdict awarded to real estate photography firm VHT earlier this year ...
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How this brand-new indie broker is differentiating himself through a visionary office space

Inmannews - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 9:54am
If you were an experienced real estate agent looking to set up shop as a new independent brokerage, what would you do to set yourself apart from the crowd? If you're Troy Palmquist, who works in the high-end Santa Monica, California, real estate market, then you create an office space that makes passersby do a double-take -- and stop in for a drink and a chat ...
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Master Lock targeting real estate agents with digital lockbox

Inmannews - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 9:38am
Master Lock recently announced the launch of its new Bluetooth Lock Box, which "allows users to grant access to their property at anytime from anywhere through the use of their smartphone device," the company said. The product, available in a portable ($172.50) and wall-mount ($162.50) version, is targeted at real estate agents and landlords and those who offer their home via sites like VRBO and Airbnb ...
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