Weekly Real Estate News Quiz: Think You're Up On The Biggest Headlines?

From a sudden resignation to an upcoming open house at one of the creepiest homes in America, the real estate industry threw some curveballs. Take Inman's real estate news quiz to demonstrate how strong your talking points and cocktail banter are this week.
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The CEO of this state’s largest multiple listing service, Kirby Slunaker, resigned this week.

REcolorado CEO Kirby Slunaker resigned this week, a spokesperson for the state’s largest multiple listing service confirmed to Inman Thursday.

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In a declaration that spread across oceans last week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they would “step back” from the royal family. This week, rumors spread that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex might be eyeing real estate in this city.

Last week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked royal fans by announcing that they would be stepping back from most royal duties and making a home in Canada. While they have not announced where they plan to live, several signs suggest it could be Vancouver.

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This executive of a large real estate company was named 2020’s most influential real estate leader on Tuesday by T3 Sixty, the real estate consulting firm responsible for the annual Swanepoel Power 200 list.

Rich Barton is the most powerful and influential person in real estate, according to the seventh annual Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200), published by real estate management consulting and research firm T3 Sixty. Barton beat out top executives at the nation’s biggest brokerages and holding companies, including Realogy, RE/MAX, Keller Williams and HomeServices of America, whose chairman Ron Peltier finished atop the list last year.

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The terrifying property that appeared in this Texas-based 1974 slasher flick is opening its doors to guests for an overnight film screening, a first for the Victorian-style home.

The creepiest property in America is hosting an open house.

The macabre home that appeared in the original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” is opening its doors to guests for an overnight film screening, a first for the Victorian-style home.

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The Providence Group, NewStyle Communities, Kindred Homes and Saratoga Homes are among nine homebuilders who have this in common, according to news this week.

Zillow’s nascent partnership between homebuilders across the country and Zillow Offers — it’s direct-to-consumer homebuying and selling platform — is continuing to grow.

The Seattle-based technology company announced Thursday nine new homebuilders across multiple markets have agreed to participate in the program.

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In 2019, foreclosure filings…

Foreclosure filings hit an all-time low in 2019, according to a new study published Thursday by ATTOM Data Solutions, which began tracking the metric in 2005.

A modest 493,066 foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported in 2019, down 21 percent from 2018 and down 83 percent from a peak high of nearly 2.9 million in 2010, according to ATTOM.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate, which serves the Boston area with over 500 agents, acquired this local firm, the brokerage announced earlier this week.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate, which serves the Boston area with over 500 agents, has acquired the local firm Dooley and Mason Realty Group.

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This massive asset manager and investor in publicly traded real estate companies shook up the real estate industry when its chairman announced Tuesday the company would begin making sustainability an integral part of how the company constructs its portfolio.

BlackRock, among the world’s largest asset managers and a significant investor in publicly traded real estate companies, including Realogy, Zillow and RE/MAX, drew the attention of Wall Street — and perhaps the real estate industry — when it’s chairman announced on Tuesday the company would begin making sustainability an integral part of how the company constructs its portfolio.

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This vacation rental giant promoted Jeff Flitton to chief technology officer this week, saying he will now work on machine learning projects, among other responsibilities.

Vacation rental company Vacasa announced today that it has promoted Jeff Flitton to the role of chief technology officer, saying that he will now focus his efforts on developing new tech products and integrating the recently acquired Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

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This state’s biggest city is currently clashing over a controversial upzoning proposal.

Five months after Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a quartet of housing bills — including one that would eliminate single-family zoning in certain cities — Portland residents are split on upzoning certain neighborhoods.

One of the key pieces of legislation, signed in early August 2019, requires cities with a population greater than 10,000 to “allow duplexes in lands zoned for single-family dwellings.” It also requires metro counties and cities with a population greater than 25,000 to allow “middle housing” in neighborhoods where zoning had previously only allowed single-family homes.

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