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There Is No Health Care Tax on Home Sales

The 2010 health reform legislation introduced a new 3.8% tax on the net investment income of high-income taxpayers.
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16 Reasons Why People Leave Your Website

16 Reasons Why People Leave Your Website | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
You’ve written some really compelling copy for your website. Your product images are polished. Your overall site design is professional. And thanks to marketing initiatives like these ones, you’re getting traffic to your site.

So why is it that so few of those visitors are converting into leads and customers?
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Calif. Desert Association of Realtors finds new CEO

Calif. Desert Association of Realtors finds new CEO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One of the Coachella Valley's largest trade organizations, the California Desert Association of Realtors, is welcoming a new CEO this month.

John Gronewold has joined the 3,200-member group after a six-month search.
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Charter Communications acquires Time Warner Cable in a $78.7 billion deal

Charter Communications acquires Time Warner Cable in a $78.7 billion deal | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Charter Communications has acquired Time Warner Cable in a deal worth $78.7 billion to take on the country's largest cable operator, Comcast Corp.

The deal will see the two companies — which are the second and third largest cable operators in the U.S. — merge in a new company called New Charter. The new company will be one of the largest pay TV and broadband operators in the U.S.

Charter is paying $55.3 billion in cash and stock, and the rest of the price comes through Charter taking on some of Time Warner Cable's debt.
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Jony Ive Is Apple's First Chief Design Officer

Jony Ive Is Apple's First Chief Design Officer | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Jony Ive, former senior VP of design at Apple, is now the company's first Chief Design Officer. He will still oversee Apple hardware and software, albeit less directly, focusing more on bigger-picture projects.

According to an all-staff email written by Tim Cook, leaked by 9to5Mac, "Jony will remain responsible for all of our design, focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas, and future initiatives."
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Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors selects local broker as new CEO

Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors selects local broker as new CEO | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The board selected Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty broker Ulrich Salzgeber from 15 applicants to be the new CEO; Salzgeber will work to set policy and organize continuing education and certification for about 300 member brokers.
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21 awesome aerial photographs show Earth from another angle

21 awesome aerial photographs show Earth from another angle | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand takes breathtaking images of Earth from the sky.
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Calif April pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey

Calif April pending home sales and Market Pulse Survey | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With the California housing market continuing its upward trend, pending home sales registered their fifth straight annual gain, with the last three months being in the double-digits, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.
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Senate banking committee passes massive regulatory relief bill

Senate banking committee passes massive regulatory relief bill | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This would, in effect, free smaller lenders from the heavy capital requirements and strict oversight currently enforced against the big banks. It also includes a provision increasing the $50 billion SIFI threshold to $500 billion, while maintaining some degree of FSOC review.
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Want to get rid of email? These companies are

Want to get rid of email? These companies are | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Four days a year, 150 employees at Chicago staffing firm LaSalle Network must resort to the only kinds of communication available when their parents joined the workforce: phone calls and in-person meetings. Email and internal
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Yellen: If nothing changes, expect higher interest rates this year

Yellen: If nothing changes, expect higher interest rates this year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
And if the economy improves as expected, she believes it will be “appropriate” for the Fed to raise the Federal Funds Rate this year, which in turn, would affect mortgage interest rates.
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dotloop Named Collaboration Platform of Choice for Five Major REALTOR(R) Associations in Illinois

dotloop Named Collaboration Platform of Choice for Five Major REALTOR(R) Associations in Illinois | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
dotloop today announced partnerships with five major Illinois REALTOR® associations to bring its collaborative platform to their nearly 30,000 association members. Those associations include:
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KFC's Tray Typer makes it easier to eat fried chicken whilel texting

KFC's Tray Typer makes it easier to eat fried chicken whilel texting | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The fast food chain's Tray Typers are Bluetooth keyboards installed into food trays, which sync with customers' smartphones and tablets. The campaign only ran for a week in restaurants in Germany; KFC handed one out with each order during the opening week of new restaurants. Sadly, though, you won't be seeing them in U.S. locations.
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Clareity Consulting’s 2015 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo Report

Clareity Consulting’s 2015 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There hasn’t been much mind-blowing innovation demonstrated on the trade show floor in recent years, but this year there was a big splash.
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New home sales jump in April even as prices gain

New home sales jump in April even as prices gain | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sales of new single-family houses in April 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 517,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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The Biggest Pet Peeves of CRO Experts

The Biggest Pet Peeves of CRO Experts | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) isn't a widely known field, even among digital marketers. If you need a quick refresher, CRO is the process of creating an experience for your website visitors that'll convert them into customers.
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CareFirst breach demonstrates how assumptions hurt healthcare

CareFirst breach demonstrates how assumptions hurt healthcare | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Last week, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) reported a data breach that was initially discovered last year. When the incident was first noticed, the company assumed they had taken care of the problem - only to learn that wasn't the case ten months later.
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Mobile Rising, But Desktop Isn't Declining

Mobile Rising, But Desktop Isn't Declining | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Data from comScore covering 2013-2015 shows that mobile Internet usage is indeed growing fast, from an average of just over 400 minutes per month in February 2013 to almost 900 minutes per month in April 2015. But over the same period desktop held steady at around 500 minutes per month, showing no serious variation.
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Jim Leath Joins Altisource as Vice President Enterprise Sales and Business Development

Jim Leath Joins Altisource as Vice President Enterprise Sales and Business Development | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (“Altisource” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: ASPS), a leading provider of mortgage, financial and technology services for the real estate industry, today announced that Jim Leath has joined the company as Vice President Enterprise Sales and Business Development for all Altisource® services.
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25 of the weirdest houses from around the world

25 of the weirdest houses from around the world | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There's no place like home. Particularly when home is built upside-down, made of shipping containers, or erected in the likeness of the Pyramids.

Some dwellings are more unique than others. From domes to caves, treehouses to igloos, people across the globe live in unconventional houses.
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There's no place like home. Particularly when home is built upside-down, made of shipping containers, or erected in the likeness of the Pyramids. 

Some dwellings are more unique than others. From domes to caves, treehouses to igloos, people across the globe live in unconventional houses.

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Black Knight: Total loans in foreclosure fall to lowest level since 2008

Black Knight: Total loans in foreclosure fall to lowest level since 2008 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The report showed that foreclosure starts were down 22% from March to April, falling to a level of 73,500. That total is also down 7% from a year ago.

Additionally, national inventory of loans in foreclosure continued its decline toward pre-crisis norms, falling roughly 25.5% from last April to 1.51%, the lowest it’s been since January of 2008.
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USPS now one step closer to providing financial services

USPS now one step closer to providing financial services | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“The financial services industry is experiencing a period of tremendous change. Banks are closing branches in communities across the country for many reasons, including the rise of mobile banking and the emergence of new players in the payments space,” the USPS-OIG states in the white paper.
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When Were Most People With Your Name Born (And How Many Are Still Alive)?

When Were Most People With Your Name Born (And How Many Are Still Alive)? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Names are a fascinating convention. Letting parents name their children whatever they want has produced some questionable moments, to say the least. Luckily for most kids, names tend to go in and out of style, and most of us sit somewhere in the middle of our name's unique bell curve.
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Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in April

Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in April | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single–family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co–ops, declined 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in April from an upwardly revised 5.21 million in March. Despite the monthly decline, sales have increased year–over–year for seven consecutive months and are still 6.1 percent above a year ago.
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RealtyTrac: Foreclosure activity jumps to highest level in 18 months

RealtyTrac: Foreclosure activity jumps to highest level in 18 months | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Foreclosure filings — default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 125,875 U.S. properties in April of 2015, up 3% from the previous month and up 9% from a year ago, an 18-month high, according to the April foreclosure report from RealtyTrac.
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Denmark Might Eliminate Paper Money: Should We Do The Same?

Denmark Might Eliminate Paper Money: Should We Do The Same? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
By next year, if you walk in a restaurant or gas station in Copenhagen, you might no longer be able to pay with cash. The Danish government is considering allowing some stores to stop taking paper money.
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