Chris George


Real Estate News
New mortgage fee won’t debut until after spring homebuying season
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 22:28:07
Industry groups continue to object to a new Fannie and Freddie fee aimed at some riskier borrowers as a burden on lenders and consumers. read more»

Even after layoffs, 3 in 4 mortgage lenders lost money in Q4 2022
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 21:20:50
Lenders lost $2,812 per loan as business dropped off faster than they could trim expenses and production costs hit a record-high $12,450 per loan, a Mortgage Bankers Association survey found. read more»

‘All strapped in’: Luxury clients face whiplash as banking fallout unfolds
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 18:13:36
The sudden change in the global banking landscape has left luxury real estate clients hanging out "in the parking lot," Kofi Nartey said, as they wait to see where the remaining chips will fall. read more»

How that ‘Distracted Boyfriend’ meme could end up costing you
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 17:44:22
Sharing the latest funny photo is an almost irresistible impulse. However, if it crosses the line into marketing, you could be setting yourself up for financial consequences. read more»

Zillow CEO Rich Barton: ‘The real pain is probably coming’
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 17:11:19
Zillow — which held $3.4 billion in cash and investments at the end of 2022 — is well prepared to weather any storm, including the banking fallout, Barton said in a new interview on Thursday. read more»

SVB, CB, DOJ: Inman’s Top 5 stories of the week March 10-16, 2023
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 17:00:54
Catch up on the most-read stories of the week, as determined by Inman readers. Here's Inman Top 5 for March 10-16, 2023. read more»

That’s such a turnoff! 7 major marketing mistakes agents make
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 16:52:23
Marketing that repulses the intended audience is much worse than marketing with no redeeming qualities, writes Laura Viñalet. Your marketing should be strategic, purposeful and professional. Here are seven major marketing turnoffs that you should avoid. read more»

QUIZ: Test your real estate marketing IQ
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 15:36:59
Are you a real estate know-it-all? Just a big trivia buff? Take Inman's real estate marketing quiz. Test your knowledge to see if you're on the right track or if you need to study up. read more»

Real Matters hires new chief financial officer as revenue dwindles
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 14:18:21
Executives with the Canadian real estate tech company said its U.S. expansion plan and ambitious goals to grow its appraisal and title insurance market share are still in place. read more»

Beagel’s custom offer management is more than it promises: Tech Review
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 8:56:32
Beagel aims to be a deeply integrated software partner leading with an in-browser open offer solution that allows buyers to bid on homes and agents to manage the process read more»

Real estate industry reacts to the SVB meltdown: The Real Word
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 8:55:16
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss Brad Inman's view on the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, Plunk's impact on the real estate industry and Elon Musk's future Texas fiefdom. read more»

Mauricio Umansky’s 6 tips for helping new agents navigate a shift
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 8:00:40
It’s not always possible to predict how the world — and therefore the market — will shift. What we can do is teach new agents how to navigate the changing tides. read more»

The 5 best outdoor smart-tech home upgrades
Fri, 17 Mar 2023 8:00:33
The days are getting longer, and many of us are looking forward to spending more time outside. Here are five favorite smart outdoor updates. read more»

As losses mount, Blend looks beyond mortgage for future growth
Thu, 16 Mar 2023 22:44:19
The San Francisco-based cloud banking software provider has trimmed the company's payroll by nearly 800 employees and cut annual expenses by $72 million. read more»

Coldwell Banker latest brokerage to settle in wake of ‘Newsday’ exposé
Thu, 16 Mar 2023 20:46:29
Coldwell Banker agents subjected prospective homebuyers of color to different requirements than white homebuyers, according to the Office of the New York State Attorney General. read more»

How scary is a contagion? Imagine if everyone sold their house at once
Thu, 16 Mar 2023 17:50:26
Could a contagion hit real estate? Not now, Inman founder Brad Inman writes. But cavalier lending, greed and bad actors can all wreak havoc on the housing market. read more»

Redfin Premier expands nationally to more than 100 new markets
Thu, 16 Mar 2023 16:26:45
Redfin Premier, which matches luxury homebuyers and sellers with a Redfin Premier agent and marketing tools specific to the luxury brand, is launching in every market the brokerage operates. read more»

Multifamily construction delivers boost to housing starts in February
Thu, 16 Mar 2023 15:04:26
Apartment building construction soared 24 percent in February, lifting new housing starts overall despite a weak month for single-family builds, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. read more»

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