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BBVA Compass launches zero-percent down mortgage program

BBVA Compass launches zero-percent down mortgage program | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For some prospective borrowers, saving up 3% for a down payment on a home is still a hurdle they can’t quite clear. However, a new program from BBVA Compass will allow borrowers to put down even less for a down payment.
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Trulia Launches a New, Simple Way to Manage Your Home Search

Trulia Launches a New, Simple Way to Manage Your Home Search | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Today, Trulia, a leading home search resource for buyers and renters, introduced a simple way to organize a chaotic home search—boards. Now home seekers can organize, narrow, and share their favorite homes on interactive, visual boards created by them.
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Mysterious 'Upstream' initiative won't be consumer-facing

Mysterious 'Upstream' initiative won't be consumer-facing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Project Upstream would allow brokers to put listings in a database that brokers could then send wherever they wish, including the MLS, Clareity CEO Gregg Larson told conference attendees.
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If Thoreau Took LSD, This Is The Cabin He'd Design

If Thoreau Took LSD, This Is The Cabin He'd Design | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

From the foot of the snowy, picturesque massif that residents of Bergen, Norway, call the Seven Mountains, the Tubakuba looks like any number of modernly designed rural cabins. It's a small cube of wood and glass, perched semi-precipitously upon a rocky incline: the sort of retreat that any writer would give his eyeteeth to call home. But it's when you approach the Tubakuba from the back that the cabin truly takes your breath away: it's got an entry portal that looks like a hole torn in space-time.

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PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android

PhotoMath Brings Its Awesome Math Equation Solving App To Android | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
PhotoMath is a nifty little app. You point your phone camera at a math equation, and it will give you the answer and show you all the steps to solve this..
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United Wholesale tool keeps Realtors updated on mortgage status

United Wholesale tool keeps Realtors updated on mortgage status | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Right now the industry is looking for greater transparency between borrowers and lenders in the industry. United Wholesale Mortgage’s enhanced version of UTrack is designed to fulfill that need.
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Ericsson seeks US iPad, iPhone ban as it sues Apple over patents

Ericsson seeks US iPad, iPhone ban as it sues Apple over patents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Last month Apple and Ericsson went to war over the fees Ericsson is trying to charge Apple for the use of its mobile broadband patents. Apple sued Ericsson in an attempt to have the patents declared non-standard-essential (meaning they don’t automatically command royalties) or, if they are found standard-essential, to have Ericsson’s fees declared unreasonably…
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Open Listings aims to do away with real estate agents

Open Listings aims to do away with real estate agents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There's a new startup in town that's aiming to take the pressure of the home buying process by letting people cut out the middleman – or in other words, the
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Google+ Is Poised For A Big Breakup

Google+ Is Poised For A Big Breakup | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Some major restructuring is going on at Google+, and it looks like it's the end of the social network as we know it—if that label was ever appropriate in the first place. Long-time Google VP Bradley Horowitz has announced that he'staking the management reins from David Besbris and splitting Google+ into separate services called Photos and Streams at the same time.

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This Dr. Seuss-inspired home is everything you think it would be

This Dr. Seuss-inspired home is everything you think it would be | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
You can see it from the road, you can see it with a toad. You can see it from a plane, you can see it is not plain. Climbing the steps will make you tire. Click here to see on HousingWire.
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Pending Home Sales Rise in January to Highest Level in 18 Months

Pending Home Sales Rise in January to Highest Level in 18 Months | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January to their highest level since August 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions except for the Midwest saw gains in activity in January.

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Fortress' quarterly profit beats Wall Street's forecasts

Fortress' quarterly profit beats Wall Street's forecasts | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Fortress Investment Group LLC's stock price climbed 2.5 percent on Thursday after the investment manager announced stronger quarterly earnings that beat Wall Street analysts' expectations after one of ...
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Nationstar generated core EPS of $2.86 per share, up 61% from 2013,

Nationstar generated core EPS of $2.86 per share, up 61% from 2013, | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

For the full year, net income surged to $221 million, or $2.45 per share, up from $217 million, or $2.40 per share for full-year 2013.

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Apartments.com Launches $100 Million Campaign With Jeff Goldblum As Eccentric Futurist

Apartments.com Launches $100 Million Campaign With Jeff Goldblum As Eccentric Futurist | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Apartments.com launched a trippy ad campaign starring Jeff Goldblum as Brad Bellflower, an eccentric Silicon Valley maverick behind the revamped Apartments.com site. New features include
custom search filters, photos, video walk-throughs and detailed neighborhood information. Bellflower dresses only in black and puts on a black-and-white presentation that describes the new Apartments.com. Lightbulbs spell out popular industry terms like paradigm, synergistic and thought-provoking, with Bellflowe

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Warren Buffett Chronicles 50 Years At Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett Chronicles 50 Years At Berkshire Hathaway | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Warren Buffett celebrated 50 years at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway in his annual shareholder letter by hitting on the main themes broached in his last 49 letters and looking ahead to the next 50 years.

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This Billboard Cheers If You Walk By It Instead Of Drive

This Billboard Cheers If You Walk By It Instead Of Drive | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A typical health-related billboard tries to sell you something—a gym membership, weight-loss surgery, a lower-calorie snack. But this conceptual billboard does nothing but cheer if you happen to walk by instead of driving in a car. The faster you walk or run, the louder the crowd screams.

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Can We Please Stop Fighting The Native vs. Web App Wars?

Can We Please Stop Fighting The Native vs. Web App Wars? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

We're not talking about some grand political declaration that Flipboard and others are making. We're just talking about "getting stuff done." It turns out that hybrid approaches to application development are a great way to accomplish this, and always have been.

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FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote

FCC Passes Strict Net Neutrality Regulations On 3-2 Vote | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new net neutrality regulations today on a vote of 3-2, with the Commission's two Democratic..
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First Look: Google's New Digs By Thomas Heatherwick And Bjarke Ingels

First Look: Google's New Digs By Thomas Heatherwick And Bjarke Ingels | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The design shown in the new renderings is a little reminiscent of the biodome Amazon is building in Seattle. The swooping buildings are topped by transparent canopies that turn them into circus tent-like atriums.

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Yup: HP’s buying Aruba for about $3B

Yup: HP’s buying Aruba for about $3B | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It’s true: Hewlett-Packard is buying Aruba Networks and its campus Wi-Fi expertise for about $2.7 billion, exclusive of cash, both companies said early Monday. The per-share price is $24.67 in cash. From the press release: Together, and will deliver next-generation converged campus solutions, leveraging the strong Aruba brand.  This new combined organization will be led by Aruba’s…
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Record Number of Billionaires in 2015, Including MJ, Forbes Says

Record Number of Billionaires in 2015, Including MJ, Forbes Says | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The 29th annual list, released Monday, showed Jordan jumping on board at No. 1,741, well behind Gates, who remained at the top of the list (net worth $79.2 billion), followed by Mexican telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu at No. 2 ($77.1 billion) and the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett ($72.7 billion), at No. 3. Microsoft founder Gates has topped the charts for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes said.

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New Google Street View feature lets you zip-line through the Amazon jungle

New Google Street View feature lets you zip-line through the Amazon jungle | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

On Monday, Google revealed the newest “Street View” feature — now, you can explore even the most remote parts of the Amazon jungle by virtually zip-lining above the trees. To capture the footage, Google gave the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) its Trekker camera with the intention of a representative attaching the device to a backpack and hiking through the jungle. 

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Homeowners Can Now Change Their Home Facts, Watch Zestimate Update Immediately

Homeowners Can Now Change Their Home Facts, Watch Zestimate Update Immediately | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow®, the leading real estate information and home-related marketplace, now allows homeowners to see an immediate change to their Zestimate® home value when they edit facts about their home on Zillow. Previously, it took as long as several weeks for the Zestimate to update.

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Sesame smart lock opens your door with a secret knock

Sesame smart lock opens your door with a secret knock | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If you're looking to smarten up your locks to make your home more secure, you're not exactly short of options. But the makers of Sesame say smart locks could be a little more intuitive, and have d...
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