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Vancouver is becoming car-free faster than any US city

Vancouver is becoming car-free faster than any US city | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As Citylab notes, people in Vancouver take half of all trips by foot, bike, or transit as of 2015. This is considerably more than any US city of comparable size, including Seattle (21%) and Philadelphia (27%), according to a 2015 United Nations report.
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Best Practices For Animated Progress Indicators – Smashing Magazine

Best Practices For Animated Progress Indicators – Smashing Magazine | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Visibility of system status is one of the most important principles in user interface design. Users want to feel in control of the system they’re using, which means they want to know and understand their current context at any given time, and especially when a system is busy doing work.
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CoreLogic US Home Price Report Shows Prices Up 6.7 Percent in October 2016

CoreLogic US Home Price Report Shows Prices Up 6.7 Percent in October 2016 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased year over year by 6.7 percent in October 2016 compared with October 2015 and increased month over month by 1.1 percent in October 2016 compared with September 2016,* according to the CoreLogic HPI.
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Samsung Beats Apple In The Supreme Court--Here’s What It Means For Design

Samsung Beats Apple In The Supreme Court--Here’s What It Means For Design | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Now, the case will go back to the Federal Circuit for the specifics to be sorted out. Samsung may or may not recoup hundreds of millions of dollars as a result, but the decision will impact all companies filing design patents for years to come. Here's a breakdown of what happened and why it matters.
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Say Hello to WIRED’s Stunning Photo Site

Say Hello to WIRED’s Stunning Photo Site | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
PHOTOGRAPHY IS A visual language. The best photos create a narrative, generate awe, and convey emotion. So when we decided to redesign WIRED Photo, we wanted to make the images sing.
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Never Ever (Ever) Download Android Apps Outside of Google Play

Never Ever (Ever) Download Android Apps Outside of Google Play | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This week, researchers revealed that a strain of malware hit at least 1.3 million Android phones, stealing user data as part of a scheme to boost ad revenue. Called “Gooligan,” it got into those devices the way so many of these large-scale Android attacks do: through an app. Specifically, an app that people downloaded outside the comfortable confines of the Google Play Store.
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U.S. Home Refinance Originations Increase 16 Percent in Q3 2016

U.S. Home Refinance Originations Increase 16 Percent in Q3 2016 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
ATTOM Data Solutions, curator of the nation’s largest fused property database, today released its Q3 2016 U.S. Residential Property Loan Origination Report, which shows more than 1.9 million (1,919,180) loans were originated on U.S. residential properties (1 to 4 units) in the third quarter of 2016, down 2 percent from the previous quarter and up less than 1 percent from a year ago.
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Top Real Estate Markets for 2017: The West Leads the Way

Top Real Estate Markets for 2017: The West Leads the Way | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The West will see the hottest real estate markets in the nation as we head into 2017, according to Cicely Wedgeworth at Realtor.com. According to the team's analysis, the western part of the country will lead the way for prices and sales. Wedgeworth writes:
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HUD bans smoking in subsidized housing

HUD bans smoking in subsidized housing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday it will ban smoking in all subsidized housing in order to protect other tenants from second-hand smoke, according to an article by Tim Devaney for The Hill.

This ban encompasses more than 940,000 homes subsidized by the federal government. HUD Secretary Julián Castro explained some of the motivation behind the new rule.
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One of the biggest real estate developments in London history is this $16.5 billion neighborhood

One of the biggest real estate developments in London history is this $16.5 billion neighborhood | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
London's Battersea Power Station has been part of the city fabric for nearly a century. The iconic brick building — which sits in the center of London — was featured in The Beatles' 1965 film "Help!," on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album "Animals," and in the 2010 film "The King's Speech." 
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Consumer confidence now back to pre-recession levels

Consumer confidence now back to pre-recession levels | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index increased significantly in November to 107.1, up from 100.8 in October. The Present Situation Index increased from 123.1 to 130.3, and the Expectations Index increased from 86 last month to 91.7. This brings the index back to pre-recession levels. The index stood at 111.9 in July 2007.
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Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI is going to decimate middle class jobs

Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI is going to decimate middle class jobs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence and increasing automation is going to decimate middle class jobs, worsening inequality and risking significant political upheaval, Stephen Hawking has warned.
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Sustainable city block offers life on the lake in Amsterdam

Sustainable city block offers life on the lake in Amsterdam | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has collaborated with Barcode Architects to design an impressive looking mixed-use project for a lake in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, that will include zero-energy residences and be accessible by boat, car, and foot. The design brings to mind BIG's award-winning Via 57 West, in the way it riffs on the classic European courtyard building.
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Blackstone CEO, leader of Trump's advisory board expects substantial reduction in regulations

Blackstone CEO, leader of Trump's advisory board expects substantial reduction in regulations | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Steve Schwarzman, the chairman and CEO of Blackstone Group, expects to see a “substantial” reduction in government regulations during the term of President-elect Donald Trump, Reuters reported Tuesday.

And Schwarzman will be well-positioned to help contribute to that regulatory rollback, as he was recently named the leader of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of 16 CEOs that is expected to advise the president-elect on economic issues.
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NAR, realtor.com Score Industry Win Against Patent Troll

NAR, realtor.com Score Industry Win Against Patent Troll | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The patent involves the use of a computer to display a database of real estate listings on a map and to zoom in on listings. The so-called ‘989 patent was granted in 1991 and has since expired, but the patent holder, Real Estate Alliance Ltd. (REAL), claims it is owed millions in licensing fees from past use by real estate agents, brokers, MLSs, and MLS vendors.
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Experts: Short-Term Home Rentals Have Little to No Impact on Housing Affordability

Experts: Short-Term Home Rentals Have Little to No Impact on Housing Affordability | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The growing presence of short-term room and home rental services like Airbnb and HomeAway are not impacting the overall supply or affordability of rental housing in a meaningful and large way, according to experts, though some smaller effects may be felt in certain markets or segments.
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This home could be built using a hex key in under 24 hours

This home could be built using a hex key in under 24 hours | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Building space is increasingly at a premium in central Beijing and even cramped apartments can fetch a small fortune, but China's People's Architecture Office (PAO) recently completed a new home for a first-time buyer for just US$10,000. Based on the firm's patented prefabricated panel system, Mrs. Fan's Plugin House was assembled by a small team in just a few hours, but has the potential to be constructed by a couple of unskilled people in as little as 24 hours using a single hex key.
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With Google's New App, Your Loved Ones Can Find You During Emergencies

With Google's New App, Your Loved Ones Can Find You During Emergencies | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Trusted Contacts allows users to share their location with any of their designated “trusted contacts,” while trusted contacts can request the user's location as well. A person can accept or decline someone’s request, but if they don’t respond, the app will automatically accept the request and share that individual's location.
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The periodic table gets four new official additions

The periodic table gets four new official additions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson are officially official. This week, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry added numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118 to the Period table of elements (114 and 116 – Livermorium and Flerovium – were added in 2012).
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BLS: 178,000 Jobs Added in November; 19,000 in Construction

BLS: 178,000 Jobs Added in November; 19,000 in Construction | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The U.S. economy added 178,000 non-farm payroll positions in November, according to today's monthly employment report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This seasonally adjusted figure—a significant increase from October's downward revised addition of 142,000 jobs—fell slightly short of the Wall Street Journal's expectation of 180,000.
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Chicago expected to be worst of nation's 100 biggest real estate markets in 2017

Chicago expected to be worst of nation's 100 biggest real estate markets in 2017 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The forecast sees Chicago-area home prices rising by 1.95 percent in 2017 and the number of home sales growing by 2.27 percent. Neither figure is the lowest in its category, "but because the forecast for both was weak, Chicago ended up ranking last," Jonathan Smoke, Realtor.com's chief economist, said in an email to Crain's.
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FHA increases loan limits going into 2017

FHA increases loan limits going into 2017 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Federal Housing Administration announced plans on Thursday to increase loan limits in 2017, announcing a significant jump in counties set to increase compared to last year.

Due to home price increases, the FHA said that most areas in the country will see a slight increase in loan limits in 2017.
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Americans rush to refinance as mortgage rates keep rising

Americans rush to refinance as mortgage rates keep rising | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Overall, over 1.9 million loans were originated in the U.S. in the third quarter of 2016. That’s down 2% from the second quarter, but up almost 1% from last year. The total dollar volume of loan originations increased 8% from last year to over $502 billion due to higher average loan amounts.
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Unemployment rate tumbles to a 9-year low

Unemployment rate tumbles to a 9-year low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The unemployment rate dropped to 4.6%, while labor-force participation as a share of the working-age population declined to 62.7%, remaining near the lowest level since the 1970s. Fewer people are active in the labor force partly because baby boomers are retiring in droves.
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November Home sales to decrease slightly according to the Ten-X Residential Real Estate Nowcast

November Home sales to decrease slightly according to the Ten-X Residential Real Estate Nowcast | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Ten-X the nation’s leading online real estate transaction marketplace, has released its latest Ten-X Residential Real Estate Nowcast which indicates a slight decrease in November existing home sales. According to the nowcast, November sales will fall between seasonally adjusted annual rates of 5.26 and 5.61 million, with a targeted number of 5.43 million – down 3 percent from October, yet still 1.1 percent above the year ago level.
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