Byron Lazine and Nicole White are two brokers in Connecticut who give us their ideas on the week’s information each Friday in “The Real Word,” a weekly video column on Inman.

Final month, Zillow reported its fourth-quarter earnings in its shareholder letter, which included highlights like a income of $789 million and a web earnings of $46 million, along with full-year outcomes for 2020.

However what’s value listening to, as Byron identified, is the typical month-to-month distinctive customers — a fourth-quarter report of 201 million. For the complete 12 months of 2020, Zillow reported one other report of 9.6 billion of cellular app and web site visits.

In line with Byron and Nicole, Zillow’s shareholder letter is additional proof that the person solo agent is useless. Zillow is competing, as CEO and co-founder Rich Barton mentioned within the letter, in opposition to “an trade of largely single-point answer suppliers.”

“The only agent can’t compete in opposition to 9.6 billion [visits],” Byron stated. “They don’t have time to model themselves, be an excellent negotiator, be an educator for his or her shoppers and for his or her group, have the ability to in a position to farm and market to their group, be a author, be a photographer … ”

“There’s no time for any of that,” Nicole added.

Extra this week: Compass has grown quickly over the previous few years. Byron and Nicole analyzed what they paid to take action, after the corporate’s S-1 filing provided data on a few of its greatest acquisitions. (Suppose: Pacific Union Worldwide, Paragon Actual Property and Contactually, to call a number of).

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Junk mail may not be useless in spite of everything — at the least in accordance with this Inman article. Christy Murdock Edgar made the case for this old-school advertising and marketing technique within the digital world, but it surely solely works if you happen to do it proper.

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