Moving Real Estate Agents From Gatekeeper To Facilitator

CEO/Founder of Ask DOSS, a voice-activated digital real estate assistant that’s like having a REALTOR in your pocket. #proptech  

Today, everything that could technologically cause real estate agents to become obsolete already exists. As the old phrase says, “What goes up, must eventually come down!” The real estate industry was more formally founded in 1908 as the National Association of Real Estate Exchanges in Chicago, Illinois. It went through two separate name changes in 1916 and 1972, it became the National Association of Realtors (NAR) known to today’s consumers. Created more than eight decades before the internet was commercialized in 1995, the real estate industry, along with everybody else, was unsure if not outright skeptical about the World Wide Web and its potential of becoming the next paradigm shift. 

Fast forward to 2021, 26 years after the internet was commercialized, and the core structure of the real estate industry still hasn’t changed much. Given all the technological advancements and law changes over the decades, the cost — commissions — to transact real estate is still relatively the same with real estate agents still indispensably at the center of the real estate transaction. Buyers almost always need to be

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The Agency’s Founder & CEO Mauricio Umansky Talks Luxury Real Estate Moving Into 2021

The Agency’s founder & CEO Mauricio Umansky talks luxury real estate moving into 2021. Umansky founded the luxury brokerage firm in 2011 as an “industry disruptor” with one small Beverly Hills office.  Fast forward to today—The Agency has global brand status with over 700 agents in 36 corporate-owned and franchise locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.  

The Agency’s latest Annual Report: The Red Paper 2020 took a deep dive into 16 U.S. and 6 international markets with Agency locations.  

Here are a few highlights from The Agency’s Red Paper:

Pent-Up Demand and Limited Inventory: Markets that saw a slow to steady pace of absorption pre-COVID, experienced extreme demands for inventory. For instance, in Park City and Aspen, properties such as lots and pre-construction homes, which typically spent months on the market before the right buyer came along, sold for handsome sums to buyers looking to custom build or live a little way outside of town.

Lifestyle-Driven Real Estate Transactions: A wave of lifestyle-driven real estate purchases began across the country in the spring. Scores of newly minted remote employees fundamentally moved markets—an impact that

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Modern home decor is moving out to make room for more comfortable trends – and it’s about time

  • Modern home decor has gone out of style as a result of the pandemic.
  • Instead, people are choosing more comfortable pieces for their homes.
  • But modern decor has felt out of place in houses for years, turning homes into places made for being looked at rather than actually living your life.

In my childhood home, there were roosters everywhere.

No, my home wasn’t filled with live animals; my mom paid homage to the fluffy creatures with our decor. We had roosters on pillows, rooster-shaped vases, and even a chalkboard with a rooster trim.

It might sound kitschy to have livestock decor be a focal point of your home, but the animal print was homey and inviting, fitting perfectly with the oversized red couch I watched TV on and the light-wood kitchen table where I did my homework.
The pieces set the tone for our house, and almost everyone who came over would comment on how chic our space was. My home was both comfortable and stylish, and it stood in stark contrast to the modern decor I found many of my friends favoring in adulthood.

But to my delight, it seems people are finally going to reject modern home decor

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Modern home decor is moving out to make room for more comfortable trends



a living room filled with furniture and a table: Modern decor is being replaced by comfortable pieces. Michael Robinson/Getty Images


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Modern decor is being replaced by comfortable pieces. Michael Robinson/Getty Images

  • Modern home decor has gone out of style as a result of the pandemic.
  • Instead, people are choosing more comfortable pieces for their homes.
  • But modern decor has felt out of place in houses for years, turning homes into places made for being looked at rather than actually living your life. 
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In my childhood home, there were roosters everywhere. 

No, my home wasn’t filled with live animals; my mom paid homage to the fluffy creatures with our decor. We had roosters on pillows, rooster-shaped vases, and even a chalkboard with a rooster trim. 

It might sound kitschy to have livestock decor be a focal point of your home, but the animal print was homey and inviting, fitting perfectly with the oversized red couch I watched TV on and the light-wood kitchen table where I did my homework.

The pieces set the tone for our house, and almost everyone who came over would comment on how chic our space was. My home was both comfortable and stylish, and it stood in stark contrast to the modern decor I found

Read More