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Real Estate News for Realtors and Brokers

Court refuses Gary Keller’s request to merge John Davis lawsuits
A fraud lawsuit filed by Davis against Keller, Keller Williams and Josh Team will continue separately from a sexual misconduct suit filed by Inga Dow against Davis, Keller, and KW.

Offerpad cutting more jobs in conjunction with $90M raise
The struggling iBuyer confirms the company has laid off an unspecified number of employees, with more details coming on the Feb. 22 fourth-quarter earnings call.

Purplebricks is a ‘cautionary tale’ for all tech disruptors: DelPrete
U.K.-based Purplebricks remains one of the best examples in the world of a real estate disruptor going from zero to one, according to Mike DelPrete. Here's what we can learn from its journey.

SERHANT. says goodbye to top broker Tamir Shemesh
The motivation for Shemesh's termination was not immediately known and came just over one year after Shemesh and his four-person team moved to SERHANT. from Douglas Elliman.

Does the commission lawsuit spell the end for NAR? The Real Word
This week, Byron Lazine and Nicole White are talking about year-end home sales numbers, Jason Oppenheim's commission lawsuit comments, and the weekly media review Left, Middle, Right.

M. Ryan Gorman breaks silence on Coldwell Banker ‘termination’
In a Medium post published on Thursday, Gorman promised to lead by example with a shift into affordable housing projects while revealing new details about his departure from Coldwell.

Broker Spotlight: Megan and Damon Williamson, The Agency Dallas
Find out how Dallas Realtors Megan and Damon Williamson are combining their individual talents to grow The Agency's brokerage presence in Dallas, Texas.

Wells Fargo lays off 140 as it backs out of correspondent mortgages
In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, the company outlined its plans to reduce its workforce size. The company began executing the plan Tuesday in Springfield, Illinois.

What we can learn from Ana Walshe’s disappearance
A new year and yet another agent is missing. How can agents keep the conversation about safety practices for women as an ongoing conversation? Trainer Rachael Hite says women need to make safety a part of their daily routine for themselves and the ones they care about.

ICYMI: Here’s a roundup of the trends, buzz and sage advice from Inman Connect New York
The biggest takeaway from ICNY for trainer and author Bernice Ross? Regardless of what the market does or whatever the latest whiz-bang technology is, the basics are still the name of the game when it comes to real estate. 

Real estate agents of TikTok say a big market shift is afoot
All across the country, real estate agents are posting positive signs of change from the trenches and revealing they're suddenly dealing with packed open houses and intensifying bidding wars.

Revaluate’s ‘data detox’ service invigorates your CRM
Revaluate announced a new database cleanup service for any and all agents who need a more accurate CRM to execute marketing initiatives.

New MLS-owned showing tool launches in second market, which partially owns Aligned Showings, says its integration offers agents listing-by-listing showing options.

Mortgage rates may ease as modest Fed rate hike could be its last
Fed Chair Jerome Powell is telegraphing one more small adjustment in March, but some bond market investors think the rate hike campaign may now be over.

Compass names Wendy Forsythe president of 3 western states
"California, Nevada and Hawaii represent our largest market, and we are thrilled to have Wendy onboard to lead our teams and agent entrepreneurs in this key market," CEO Robert Reffkin said. "Her expertise and dedication to the industry are ideally suited to this important role.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices unveils updated branding
The company refreshes its brand identity for the main franchise and luxury brands ahead of its 10th anniversary. The new look will roll out through a phased approach starting this week, the company said.

Home showings dip in December, but slowdown may be easing
Showings were way down year over year but only dipped a little bit month over month, according to a new report from ShowingTime. They remain up compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Valuation technology provider Clear Capital lays off 250 employees
Clear Capital CEO Duane Andrews issued a statement on Wednesday saying the software company "must now face a market that will represent the greatest challenge yet."

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