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The 22 Most Expensive Homes Sold This Year

The 22 Most Expensive Homes Sold This Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The most expensive home ever sold in the US hit the record books in 2014, and several famous properties changed hands.

From celebrity-owned estates in Los Angeles to sky-high mansions in Manhattan, here are the most expensive homes sold in the US in 2014. 

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Chicago home sales continue slide as prices rise

Chicago home sales continue slide as prices rise | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sales of existing homes in the Chicago region continued their slide in November, but prices continued to rise, according to data released Monday by the Illinois Association of Realtors.
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Home-price growth will stabilize around 4% through 2015

Home-price growth will stabilize around 4% through 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite likely coming interest rate hikes and depressed energy prices, Capital Economics expects home-price growth to stabilize around 4% in 2015. Here's why.
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These iOS tips will help you take better iPhone photos

These iOS tips will help you take better iPhone photos | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With smartphones like the iPhone replacing point and shoot cameras, taking the best photos possible on a device that was not originally designed to be just a camera can have its challenges.
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All I Want For Christmas Is This Nonexistent Technology

All I Want For Christmas Is This Nonexistent Technology | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, to share in the joy of giving, and to puzzle over a preponderance of technological crap. Those truly terrible widgets and gadgets that line our virtual shelves, the ones designed to want to be wanted by us. But we don't want them.

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Outgoing Move CEO Talks about Transition, Future of Move, What’s Next for Him

Outgoing Move CEO Talks about Transition, Future of Move, What’s Next for Him | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Following the announcement of News Corp’s acquisition of Move, Inc, operator of realtor.com®, this past October, more news was announced last week by News Corp with Ryan O’Hara, a News Corp veteran, taking over as CEO in January.

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Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in November as Inventory Slightly Tightens

Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in November as Inventory Slightly Tightens | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

fter hitting their highest level of the year, existing-home sales slid in November as housing supply showed some tightening, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced a decline in sales compared to a month earlier.

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Seth's Blog: Who let the air out of the balloon?

Seth's Blog: Who let the air out of the balloon? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Music, newspapers, books... most forms of media were exciting, high-pressure hothouses, environments with hits and winners and action and impact. Many players in these industries are now trying to figure out where all the zing went. The mattering seems to...
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Zillow Expanded Real Estate Partnerships in 2014: New MLS and Brokerage Partnerships Bring 400,000 Direct Listings; Nearly 4,000 Brokerages Now Market Listings on Zillow

Zillow Expanded Real Estate Partnerships in 2014: New MLS and Brokerage Partnerships Bring 400,000 Direct Listings; Nearly 4,000 Brokerages Now Market Listings on Zillow | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information and home related marketplace, in 2014, created more new partnerships across the real estate industry than in any prior year. The new partnerships added hundreds of thousands of direct listings, improving their accuracy and timeliness. Partnerships included new relationships with multiple listings services (MLSs), brokerages, technology providers and real estate agents and brokers.

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Take A Ride On America's Top 10 Bike Lanes

Take A Ride On America's Top 10 Bike Lanes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

U.S. cities have long lagged those biking powerhouses. The first protected lane here was installed only in 2008, in New York. But then the last few years has seen steady progress, with more cities building them. There are now 183 projects in all, according to a database kept by PeopleForBikes, a Colorado advocacy group.

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BPG: brand new image format is half the size of a JPEG - AGBeat

BPG: brand new image format is half the size of a JPEG - AGBeat | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

French programmer, Fabrice Bellard, has developed a new image format that could cure this problem. The BPG (Better Portable Graphics) image format delivers the same image quality (or better, from what we’ve seen) as a JPEG file, claiming to be half the size.

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The Best View Yet Of Apple's New 'Spaceship' Headquarters That's Beginning To Take Shape

The Best View Yet Of Apple's New 'Spaceship' Headquarters That's Beginning To Take Shape | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The futuristic campus is designed by Norman Foster's firm, Foster + Partners, and will feature curved glass panels, an underground parking lot, a private auditorium for keynotes and product launches, and a 360-degree view of nature.

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Where Wall Street is Most Likely to Cash out of the Single Family Rental Market

Where Wall Street is Most Likely to Cash out of the Single Family Rental Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

After nearly three years and hundreds of thousands of property purchases, the nascent single family rental industry is at a crossroads in terms of future growth and long-term staying power. Many are wondering how many of the players will “cash out” of their property portfolios given the strong home price appreciation over the past few years — and if so how that liquidation would impact local markets with a high density of single family homes purchased as rentals.

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REA Group and iProperty Ink Marketing Partnership

REA Group and iProperty Ink Marketing Partnership | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The iProperty Group has announced a marketing partnership with REA Group which involves having reciprocal links between the home pages of iProperty Group’s sites and the REA Group's sites.
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Existing home sales collapse 6.1% in November

Existing home sales collapse 6.1% in November | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In the biggest drop since July 2010, existing home sales collapsed in November, despite record low rates and falling median home prices. What's happening? NAR says buyer uncertainty, but that doesn't seem likely.
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More, Better Email In The Offing

More, Better Email In The Offing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

According to the StrongView 2015 Marketing Trends Survey, in which global marketers voiced the importance of getting more out of their eMail efforts by leveraging data and automation to drive more relevant and engaging programs, 61% say email marketing remains the top target for increased investment in 2015, and 93% plan to maintain or increase investment in email for the 2014/2015 holiday
shopping season.

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Oracle Has Acquired Datalogix

Oracle Has Acquired Datalogix | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Oracle has acquired Datalogix, the data broker company that helps brands and agencies figure out whether consumers who saw their online advertising actually went on to buy products in-store. It is the latest of a string of recent acquisitions that Oracle hopes will bolster its efforts to take on leading marketing cloud rivals Salesforce and Adobe.

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Ocwen Chairman Erbey resigns as company admits misconduct

Ocwen Chairman Erbey resigns as company admits misconduct | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Today the chickens have come home to roost for Ocwen Financial. Executive Chairman William Erbey is resigning, and the company will pay $150 million to homeowners. Here's what it means for investors and the industry.
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National Association of Professional Women Announces Peggy Hall, GRI, e-PRO®, Realtor / Broker at Realty Executives of Lenoir, a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year

National Association of Professional Women Announces Peggy Hall, GRI, e-PRO®, Realtor / Broker at Realty Executives of Lenoir, a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

NAPW honors Peggy Hall as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in real estate. As the largest networking organization of professional women in the country, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.

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State lawmakers push to ease mortgage industry requirements

State lawmakers push to ease mortgage industry requirements | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Could other states soon follow? Proponents claim the changes will cut costs for mortgage professionals in the state, while critics say they would dilute protections for borrowers.
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Austin Board of Realtors moves into new headquarters on Spicewood Springs Road

Austin Board of Realtors moves into new headquarters on Spicewood Springs Road | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The 33,000-square-foot building includes a members' lounge, an outdoor terrace, conference rooms, a coffee bar, a catering preparation kitchen and an event center that can accommodate about 310 people. 

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How to Prevent Experts from Hoarding Knowledge

How to Prevent Experts from Hoarding Knowledge | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Asked if he would be willing to share his hard-earned knowledge with others in the company before he retired, the engineer laughed. “Why would I do that?” he asked. “First off, I don’t owe this company anything more. I’ve given 35 years to this outfit, and I hope they miss me when I’m gone. Or,” he added with a bit of a twinkle, “hire me back at double pay as a consultant.”

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The 17 Most Amazing Christmas Towns In America

The 17 Most Amazing Christmas Towns In America | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and these towns definitely take notice.
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We Surveyed People About Smartwatches And Their Answers Reveal Why This Market Will Be Small

We Surveyed People About Smartwatches And Their Answers Reveal Why This Market Will Be Small | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A global survey BI Intelligence conducted among Business Insider readers during October 2014 illustrates what consumers are looking for in a smartwatch, and whether they intend to purchase one. We generated over 2,000 responses from Business Insider readers, who tend to be young, affluent professionals — ostensibly the target market for a smartwatch. 

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Fyusion’s cool 3D photos could one day power user-generated VR

Fyusion’s cool 3D photos could one day power user-generated VR | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
San Francisco-based computer vision startup Fyusion released a new version of its Fyuse app for iOS and Android Wednesday that allows consumers to record unique 3D photospheres that the company has dubbed “surround view.” The company believes that this could augment all kinds of things, ranging from selfies to fashion shows — but when I got a…
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