What to expect at HousingWire’s Spring Summit

The focus of the Summit is The Year-Round Purchase Market. Record low rates led to a banner year for mortgage lenders in 2020, and this year is expected to be just as incredible.

How real estate agents can increase profitability in 2021

As real estate professionals strategize on how to do business in this competitive, fast-paced market, they’ll discover the need for better tools to market their listings.

HousingWire's 2021 Spring Summit

We’ve gathered four of the top housing economists to speak at our virtual summit, a new event designed for HW+ members that’s focused on The Year-Round Purchase Market.

An Honest Conversation on minority homeownership

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Zillow gives employees the option to work from home through end of the year

Several real estate companies pivot to new work strategies

The outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in many employees working remotely as stay-at-home orders have caused public places and businesses to close.

Last week, Zillow CEO and Co-Founder Rich Barton took to Twitter to announce that Zillow employees would be allowed to work from home through the end of 2020.

Zillow is working through office re-opening plans now and expects that to be a gradual process over many months. “We want to make sure employees are supported and have the flexibility and visibility to manage their lives with work in these uncertain times,” a Zillow spokesperson said.

“We’ve learned a lot over the past two months and have watched our teams pull together from their homes to keep the company moving forward. This situation has dramatically changed how we envision our future of work and we expect this experience will influence our decisions going forward.”

Other companies have pivoted to new strategies as well. Keller Williams moved its workforce to virtual, Realtor.com has launched livestream open houses, Compass has launched virtual real estate tools, and Century 21 will be launching its live stream open houses later this week.

A Realtor.com spokesperson told HousingWire that collaboration with virtual tours and livestream open houses have been to the benefit of consumers.

“As we move forward, we’ll always put the health and well-being of our employees first,” the spokesperson said. “And we will follow the guidelines of public health officials before making any decisions about when our staff is invited to return to their offices. Different employees in different locations have different needs, and we’ll be responsive to all of them.”

Keller Williams Vice President of People Leslie Vander Gheynst said that the shift to accommodate COVID-19 has barely, if at all, impacted the company’s productivity, despite employees working remotely. Gheynst said that communication and transparency is key.

“As our leaders are clear on expectations, results, and goals, we shifted to become a work-at-home labor force rather seamlessly,” Gheynst said. “As everyone is dealing and experiencing this pandemic differently, we are giving people the space and support they need individually.”

All of this despite some states beginning to open up this week, with a few even allowing in-person real estate showings.

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