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Disney Nailed Attention to Detail Long Before Apple

Disney Nailed Attention to Detail Long Before Apple | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
I recently returned from a family vacation to Walt Disney World in Florida. There, my son noticed the manhole cover. Right in the center is Mickey Mouse. On the manhole cover! Although my son noticed it, not everyone does.
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Rising Housing Markets: Smaller Cities Edition

Rising Housing Markets: Smaller Cities Edition | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In order to find the smaller cities with rising housing markets, we looked at data on home values, incomes, population size and housing units. Specifically, we looked at data on each of these factors in 2011 and 2015, and then looked at the percent change.
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Consumer confidence surges to 16-year high

Consumer confidence surges to 16-year high | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Consumer Confidence Index improved significantly in March to 125.6, up from 116.1 in February. The Present Situation Index increased from 134.4 to 143.1 and the Expectations Index increased to 113.8, up from 103.9 last month.
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March Existing Home Sales Increase As Prices Rise According To The Ten-X Residential Real Estate Nowcast

March Existing Home Sales Increase As Prices Rise According To The Ten-X Residential Real Estate Nowcast | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Ten-X Residential Nowcast Model Projects March Existing Home Sales of 5.59 Million Units (SAAR) and a Median Sales Price of $232,551

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Firm floats plan to hang colossal skyscraper from an asteroid

Firm floats plan to hang colossal skyscraper from an asteroid | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Harnessing the power of planetary design thinking, it taps into the desire for extreme height, seclusion and constant mobility. If the recent boom in residential towers proves that sales price per square foot rises with floor elevation, then Analemma Tower will command record prices, justifying its high cost of construction."
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MBA chief economist: The answer to the rising cost to produce a mortgage

MBA chief economist: The answer to the rising cost to produce a mortgage | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
After updating attendees with the status of the industry in a speech marked with the typical inventory drought and ever-rising interest rates, Michael Fratantoni, chief economist and senior vice president of research and industry technology with the Mortgage Bankers Association, concluded his presentation early Tuesday morning with a call to action for everyone attending the mortgage technology conference.
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How graphene quantum dots can fight cancer, counterfeiting and wine spoilage

How graphene quantum dots can fight cancer, counterfeiting and wine spoilage | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
But perhaps the most intriguing application is in bio-imaging, where GQDs could be administered to patients to help hunt down and highlight cancer in the body, or be used for targeted drug delivery.
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Real Estate Commissioner Issues Warning To Agents and Brokers

Real Estate Commissioner Issues Warning To Agents and Brokers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The earlier advisory began by noting, "Under California law, with its two-tiered licensing system, real estate salespersons cannot provide -- or advertise that they can provide -- real estate services independently of their responsible brokers. Moreover, salespersons must be associated or affiliated with a responsible broker in order to engage in real estate licensed activities in this State."
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Wells Fargo Advisors' Intuitive Investor robo-adviser technology files ADV registration

Wells Fargo Advisors' Intuitive Investor robo-adviser technology files ADV registration | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The service will require a minimum investment of $10,000 and charge a 50 basis point fee, the firm said in a filing of its ADV registration documents for the digital service. The fee also includes access to financial advisers as needed via phone support.
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Airbnb user fined $1,000 for listing in Trump Tower

Airbnb user fined $1,000 for listing in Trump Tower | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While renting out most apartments has been illegal for several years, new legislation passed last year makes it easier to regulate Airbnb listings. Now, even advertising the listings, not just listing them, is illegal.
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California's Richest Communities: Do You Live In One Of Them?

California's Richest Communities: Do You Live In One Of Them? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new analysis of census data published by Bloomberg indicates that cities and towns with ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley had the highest U.S. household incomes in 2015. The richest households weren't isolated to the coasts, with some communities in between also making the list.
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National Noise Map Charts Americans’ Aural Misery

National Noise Map Charts Americans’ Aural Misery | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
And all of it puny compared to the rumbling of trucks, the honking of horns, the roaring of airplanes. New figures from the Department of Transportation show 98 percent of Americans are exposed to around 50 decibels worth of road- or aviation-related screeching, the audible equivalent of a refrigerator hum.
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Hackers demand $150K ransom, threaten to wipe millions of Apple devices

Hackers demand $150K ransom, threaten to wipe millions of Apple devices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The group, which calls itself Turkish Crime Family, claims to have login credentials for more than 627 million icloud.com, me.com and mac.com email addresses. These are email domains that Apple has allowed for users creating iCloud accounts over the years.
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Black Knight Financial Services' First Look at February Mortgage Data: Prepayment Activity Continues to Decline, Down 40 Percent So Far in 2017

Black Knight Financial Services' First Look at February Mortgage Data: Prepayment Activity Continues to Decline, Down 40 Percent So Far in 2017 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Data & Analytics division of Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. (BKFS) reports the following "first look" at February 2017 month-end mortgage performance statistics derived from its loan-level database representing the majority of the national mortgage market.
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This Neighborhood Is Transforming By Letting Artists Buy Its Vacant Homes For Cheap 

This Neighborhood Is Transforming By Letting Artists Buy Its Vacant Homes For Cheap  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In Indianapolis, the Artist and Public Life Residency program is designed for artists who are particularly interested in community and placemaking. “What we’re really looking for, first and foremost, is leadership in trying to invest in the community, and use the talents and resources that you have to support your own neighborhood,” says Walker.
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NAR - Pending Home Sales Leap 5.5% in February

NAR - Pending Home Sales Leap 5.5% in February | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Pending Home Sales Index,* www.nar.realtor/topics/pending-home-sales, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, jumped 5.5 percent to 112.3 in February from 106.4 in January. Last month's index reading is 2.6 percent above a year ago, is the highest since last April (113.6) and the second highest since May 2006 (112.5).
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How Restaurants Use Big Data To Learn More About Their Customers

How Restaurants Use Big Data To Learn More About Their Customers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This sort of aggregate data is a selling point that OpenTable promotes to restaurants: Use a cloud service to gain insight into your diners as a mass audience, and you have information to offer promotions, advertise to customers, or adjust your menu in a way that you couldn’t do just based on one-on-one conversations in between servings.
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Case-Shiller: Home prices keep rising, hit 31-month high

Case-Shiller: Home prices keep rising, hit 31-month high | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Home prices continued to rise in January, reaching a record-high for the fifth month in a row, according to the new S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, a measure of U.S. home prices.

The indices are generated by S&P Dow Jones and CoreLogic and cover all nine U.S. census divisions. The latest version of the indices showed a 5.9% annual gain in January, up from an annual gain of 5.7% in December.
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Case-Shiller reaction: What to make of record high home prices

Case-Shiller reaction: What to make of record high home prices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Opinions appear to be a bit mixed in that regard, with some analysts viewing January’s data as a significant drawback for certain segments of the home-buying market, while others say the rising prices aren’t a concern, yet.

Case in point: Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell said the rising prices won’t impact home buying, but another factor could dampen 2017’s prospects – rising interest rates.
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Brainstorming Doesn’t Work–Try These Three Alternatives Instead

Brainstorming Doesn’t Work–Try These Three Alternatives Instead | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
People aren’t necessarily more creative in groups than alone, or vice versa. In fact, creativity needs both conditions; our performance peaks when we alternate–first working alone, then coming together to share our ideas, then going off by ourselves again to mull over what we heard.
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One of the world's tallest single-family homes is on the market in Arizona 

One of the world's tallest single-family homes is on the market in Arizona  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The 10-story, 6,200-square-foot structure with three bedrooms and four bathrooms was designed by Phoenix architect Sukumar Pal. Pal designed his home so the tubular tower portion causes heat to rise and vent in the summer but capture the heat during the winter.
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Tech talk at MBA: Do we build technology or do we partner?

Tech talk at MBA: Do we build technology or do we partner? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
No one in the mortgage industry needs to be convinced about the power, prominence and appeal of technology anymore. Despite the industry’s initial reluctance to integrate more technology into its processes, innovation and automation are now watchwords in the industry.
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May I Virtually Help You? Chatbots Move Into the Real Estate Sector 

May I Virtually Help You? Chatbots Move Into the Real Estate Sector  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
They cannot help show a customer a house, market a home, hold an open house, or negotiate the price of a home," said Matt Murphy, CMO of Chime Technologies, an online real estate platform in San Francisco. "Agents are still a critical part of the real estate transaction, but they can leverage chatbots and automation technology to help save themselves time."
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NFL approves move of Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas

NFL approves move of Raiders from Oakland to Las Vegas | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
By a 31-1 vote Monday, NFL owners approved the Raiders’ plan to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, where the club intends to build a $1.6-billion stadium to open in 2020. The plan calls for the Raiders to remain in Oakland while their new stadium is being constructed.
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Renters Now Rule Half of U.S. Cities

Renters Now Rule Half of U.S. Cities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fifty-two of the 100 largest U.S. cities were majority-renter in 2015, according to U.S. Census Bureau data compiled for Bloomberg by real estate brokerage Redfin. Twenty-one of those cities have shifted to renter-domination since 2009.
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Watch an Amazon Prime drone make its first delivery in the U.S.

Watch an Amazon Prime drone make its first delivery in the U.S. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a video uploaded to YouTube, the drone is seen delivering a small box containing a few bottles of sunscreen in southern California on Monday, where the MARS 2017 conference was taking place. Last year, Amazon made some drone deliveries in the U.K.
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