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Commission advance companies have helped tens of thousands of brokers manage cash flow crunches over the past decade. But can they handle coronavirus? (Illustration by The Real Deal)

“I don’t want to chase money from a desperate person”: Commission advancers pull back on broker lending

In an industry of independent contractors whose fortunes hang on the ebb and flow of dealmaking, little-known commission advancing companies provide a key source...

“I don’t want to chase money from a desperate person”: Commission advancers pull back on broker lending
Real estate brokers are getting a lifeline from the federal government’s massive stimulus plan (Credit: Pixabay)

Stimulus gives brokers lifeline, but may not be enough for deluge of unemployed

Real estate brokers are generally in the eat-what-you-kill business, working as independent contractors whose main source of income is...

Stimulus gives brokers lifeline, but may not be enough for deluge of unemployed
You know those other people that brokers always tell you want the same property you do? Turns out they all definitely exist.

Small Talk: I Am the Other Person Interested in Buying This Home

Hi there. It’s me, the other person the broker told you was interested in this property. Yes, that’s right:...

Small Talk: I Am the Other Person Interested in Buying This Home
Kim Hamaura Phillips (inset) and the Diamond Princess cruise ship (Credit: Facebook and Getty Images)

Canadian real estate agent among thousands stuck on coronavirus cruise ship

A Canadian real estate agent has been describing her experience as a passenger on the Diamond Princess, a 2,500-passenger...

Canadian real estate agent among thousands stuck on coronavirus cruise ship
Welcome to the broker hunger games: Only “the strong will survive.” (Photo credit: Lionsgate)

Welcome to the broker hunger games

A decade from now, the real estate marketplace may not be swarming with as many agents as there are today. Automation and increased consolidation of business with top agents will whittle down the ranks....

Welcome to the broker hunger games
Clockwise from top left: John Gomes, Ronita Kalra, Eric Beniam and McKenzie Ryan (Credit: Getty Images, iStock, Wikipedia)

“We’re putting ourselves in situations where anything is possible”: Real estate agent’s killing rattles industry

John Gomes had what he called “a danger feeling.” It was Halloween and the real estate agent was meeting a client in Lower Manhattan...

“We’re putting ourselves in situations where anything is possible”: Real estate agent’s killing rattles industry
WATCH: Here’s the shit real estate agents really say

WATCH: Here’s the shit real estate agents really say

From negotiating with buyers to tidying up their client’s listings, there are a few sentiments real estate agents...

WATCH: Here’s the shit real estate agents really say
WATCH: Here’s the shit real estate agents really say

WATCH: Here’s the shit real estate agents really say

From negotiating with buyers to tidying up their client’s listings, there are a few sentiments real estate agents...

WATCH: Here’s the shit real estate agents really say
Real estate teams are rapidly extending their sales lead over individual agents

Real estate teams are rapidly extending their sales lead over individual agents

New analysis shows that real estate teams have made dramatic gains in market share since the housing crisis a...

Real estate teams are rapidly extending their sales lead over individual agents
Calling all agents: Reality show casts wide net for “beach junkie realtors”

Calling all agents: Reality show casts wide net for “beach junkie realtors”

Know any young, hot brokers who specialize in selling beachfront real estate and are “beach junkies?” A new reality...

Calling all agents: Reality show casts wide net for “beach junkie realtors”
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