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The TRUTH About Being A Part-Time Agent

The TRUTH About Being A Part-Time Agent

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Team Structures Are RUINING Rankings

Team Structures Are RUINING Rankings

Just how meaningful is a ranking system for real estate teams if no one can agree on what the word “team” actually means? This week on The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White start their discussion on an Inman article written by BAM Creator Troy Palmquist—with a...

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On this week’s episode of The Real Word, Byron and Nicole start with Zillow’s recent acquisition of VRX Media, what the latter brings to the Zillow Group ecosystem, and what it means for agents.Next up was a BAM article on Realtor.com®’s list of the hottest housing...

Could This Cost Opendoor BILLIONS?

Could This Cost Opendoor BILLIONS?

For today’s 250th episode of The Real Word, Byron surprised his co-host with a gift before launching into the day's meatiest topic: the existential crisis facing Opendoor and the future of iBuying. If Opendoor’s behavior has been raising eyebrows, the next breaking...

Is This THE END of iBuying?

Is This THE END of iBuying?

Landlords are charging tenants pet rent and $600 fees, according to a recent MarketWatch article. And with the higher cost of everything right now, pet owners feel that extra pinch. On this week’s episode of The Real Word, Byron and Nicole discuss the topic of pet...

Paying Your Rent Will NEVER Be The Same

Paying Your Rent Will NEVER Be The Same

The downward pressure on the housing market is real. Do you know how to survive it?On this week’s The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss big drops in pending sales and showings and what the slowing market means for real estate agents. Plus, a disruption...

Real Estate Companies Ripe for Acquisition in 2023

Real Estate Companies Ripe for Acquisition in 2023

In today’s market, real estate technology companies are splitting into two camps—predators and prey—based on their financial standing. So, what does this mean for brokerages like Compass?In this week’s episode of The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss...

Why Realtor.com is CRUSHING Video Marketing

Why Realtor.com is CRUSHING Video Marketing

Appraisers are feeling the pressure. But it may be for different reasons than you think. Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss appraiser challenges on this week’s The Real Word, along with a brilliant new marketing campaign by Realtor.com and why you should pay...

Florida Housing Crisis Post Hurricane Ian

Florida Housing Crisis Post Hurricane Ian

This episode of The Real Word Podcast started with news of a Hurricane Ian relief fund and a special offer from Byron. That segued nicely to the first topic – Hurricane Ian and a New York Times piece on the storm and its impact on homeowners. Next up was an Inman...

Why Opendoor Is Selling Homes At a LOSS

Why Opendoor Is Selling Homes At a LOSS

Opendoor, like the now-retired Zillow Offers, is selling homes for less than the purchase price for the first time.This week on The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White sit down to discuss the Opendoor news, along with the latest lawsuit against Zillow for...

Remote Work is DOOMING Florida Housing

Remote Work is DOOMING Florida Housing

This week on The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the heightened risk of mortgage fraud and the impact of remote work on Florida’s housing market—specifically the rise in rents and housing prices thanks to competition from the remote work...

Goldman Sachs Predicts Housing DOOM

Goldman Sachs Predicts Housing DOOM

This week on The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss a new forecast by Goldman Sachs on falling home sales and the return of the 40-year fixed mortgage. Today’s “Left, Middle, Right” focused on California blackout risks (and what that means for California...

The TRUTH About Zillow’s ShowingTime Acquisition

The TRUTH About Zillow’s ShowingTime Acquisition

This week on The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss Zillow’s acquisition of ShowingTime, along with confusion over the term, ‘housing recession,’ which has been used to stoke fears. Turns out even economists can’t agree on a clear meaning for it. Today’s...

The WORST Home Appraisal of All Time

The WORST Home Appraisal of All Time

The Real Word is live from Dallas at the Tom Ferry Success Summit this week! Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss the appraisal process—including a recent headline about an appraisal company that undervalued a home based on the homeowner’s race—and slashed...

Could This IMPLODE The Housing Market?

Could This IMPLODE The Housing Market?

On this week’s episode of The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss recession in real estate, the decline in homebuilder confidence, and Inman’s “Industry Blueprint for a Changing Market.” For today’s “Left, Middle, Right” segment, Byron delivers hot takes...

The Real Estate Partnership SHOCKING The Industry

The Real Estate Partnership SHOCKING The Industry

Nicole is back for the 234th episode of The Real Word podcast with Byron, and both hosts are ready to launch the new third segment, which they explain at the end. Before diving into today’s topics, they took a moment to congratulate Matt Lionetti and The Broke Agent...

Exposing Opendoor — MASSIVE Legal Trouble!

Exposing Opendoor — MASSIVE Legal Trouble!

Nicole White wanted to join in this week from her family vacation in the Florida Keys, but the wifi at her vacation house is like AOL start-up—the worst Byron has ever seen. So, for the first time on The Real Word, Byron Lazine is going solo to discuss the FTC...

Did Congress Just DOOM The Housing Market?

Did Congress Just DOOM The Housing Market?

This week on The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss NAR’s appeal to Congress and the biggest real estate transitions of 2022. NAR Testifies to CongressFirst up is a headline from Realtor Magazine: “Yun to Lawmakers: Market Won’t Improve Without Action on...

Homebuilder Sentiment Is Plummeting: Here’s Why

Homebuilder Sentiment Is Plummeting: Here’s Why

On this week’s episode of The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss why homebuilder sentiment is plummeting and five truths every agent should know about shifting markets. Homebuilder sentiment plunges in JulyFirst up is a CNBC article on homebuilder...

8 Mistakes Agents Must Avoid

8 Mistakes Agents Must Avoid

The heat is on as an Inman article puts the spotlight on eight mistakes realtors make. That’s the starting point for today’s episode of The Real Word with Byron Lazine and Nicole White. They also discuss helping worried consumers prepare for a recession and inviting...

Bidding Wars Have Driven Up Rents THIS MUCH

Bidding Wars Have Driven Up Rents THIS MUCH

On this week’s episode of The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss bidding wars for renters, the impact of the housing market on global shipping, and content creators cashing in on Zillow listings.  Bidding Wars for RentersFirst up is a Wall Street Journal...

The TV Show Changing An ENTIRE Housing Market

The TV Show Changing An ENTIRE Housing Market

On today’s episode of The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss PPP loans, unprecedented home equity gains, and Yellowstone, the addictive Paramount series Montana residents love to hate.Billions in PPP Money for Real Estate AgentsInman reports, “More than...

The Shifting Real Estate Market

The Shifting Real Estate Market

On this episode of The Real Word, Byron and Nicole talk about the jump in home listings (accompanied by a drop in pending sales), the power and structure of real estate masterminds, and Chris Smith’s new book.Home Listings JumpRacket #1 is all about a recent CNBC...

The Truth About Real Estate Reality TV

The Truth About Real Estate Reality TV

In this episode of The Real Word, Byron Lazine and Nicole White discuss reality TV, the spike in Google searches on the housing bubble, and the NAR rebranding of their annual event. Reality TV good or bad?First on the agenda is the Inman article: “Things just got...

How NAR is Spending Your Money

How NAR is Spending Your Money

In episode 221 of The Real Word, Byron and Nicole discuss the increase in the National Association Of Realtors dues, where exactly NAR spends the bulk of their money, and the new streamlined offer management and communication service for listing agents.Agents React to...

Fate of Housing Market in Fed’s Hands

Fate of Housing Market in Fed’s Hands

In episode 220 of The Real Word, Byron and Nicole discuss how the fed's big decision on interest rates will impact the housing market, the huge Costar news affecting Zillow and realtor.com, and a TikTok that every agent can duplicate to get hundreds of thousands of...

New Bill that could DESTROY Homeownership

New Bill that could DESTROY Homeownership

Homeownership - and the increased wealth that comes with it - is at a high point. Could one bill destroy it all?California Speculation ActIn what could be the biggest racket of all time, the California Speculation Act is a bill proposing a tax on selling property if...