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Is the "Open Web" in Danger? - Forbes

Is the "Open Web" in Danger? - Forbes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Even as the web becomes more and more a part of our daily lives,  there are storm clouds on the horizon.
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C.A.R. launches Innovators Workshop

C.A.R. launches Innovators Workshop | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) this month launched the C.A.R. Innovators Workshop, seeking to drive further innovation of products, services, and solutions that will create efficiencies, improve productivity, and help REALTORS®, brokerages, and other real estate professionals to do their jobs and serve their clients better, smarter, and more efficiently.
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New home sales reach 8-year high

New home sales reach 8-year high | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
New home sales are up once again, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In fact, they even reached at eight-year high, showing that the low mortgage rates combined with a solid job market are improving the economy, according to this article by Josh Boak for ABC News.
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New home sales are up once again, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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CoreLogic revenue explodes thanks to growing property valuation business

CoreLogic revenue explodes thanks to growing property valuation business | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CoreLogic closed the FNC acquisition in April, with the cost for the provider of real estate collateral information technology and solutions coming in at $400 million instead of the $475 million it was first estimated to cost.

In 2015, CoreLogic purchased LandSafe Appraisal Services, an appraisal management company, from Bank of America for $122 million.
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14 unbelievable concert venues from around the world

14 unbelievable concert venues from around the world | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
From Ireland's Slane Castle, which has hosted musicians like the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, to Sweden's Dalhalla amphitheater, which is built in a former limestone quarry, here are 14 fascinating places you can enjoy live music around the world.
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Party like its 2007 | S&P Dow Jones Indices - HousingViews

Party like its 2007 | S&P Dow Jones Indices - HousingViews | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
House sales and prices are rising.  Home sales in June were 5.57 million at annual rates, the highest since February 2007 when national home prices peaked.  Currently prices as measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index are climbing at a 5% annual rate and are a mere 3% from their all-time peak.
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Homes Selling Fast Amid Low Supply

Homes Selling Fast Amid Low Supply | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Tight inventory continues to be a major factor for home shoppers. The supply of homes for sale is nearly 5 percent lower than it was a year ago, and 38 percent lower than its peak level in 2011. With fewer available options, home shoppers are moving quickly to buy homes, with the average U.S. home closing after 78 days on the market.
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Existing-Home Sales Ascend Again in June, First-time Buyers Provide Spark

Existing-Home Sales Ascend Again in June, First-time Buyers Provide Spark | 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, climbed 1.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million in June from a downwardly revised 5.51 million in May. After last month's gain, sales are now up 3.0 percent from June 2015 (5.41 million) and remain at their highest annual pace since February 2007 (5.79 million).
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CoreLogic: Distressed sales keep falling

CoreLogic: Distressed sales keep falling | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Distressed sales, including real estate-owned and short sales, made up 8.8% of total home sales in April, a decrease of 3% from last year and 1.7% from March, according to this month’s report by CoreLogic.

REO sales made up 5.7% and short sales made up 3% of total home sales in April. REO sales dropped 2.4 percentage points from last year to its lowest for the month of April since 2007. Short sales hovered between 3% and 4% since 2014.
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RealtyTrac launches game-changing property information database

RealtyTrac launches game-changing property information database | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The world of real estate and housing is about to change, as consumers and operators within the industry are about to have more information available at their fingertips than ever before.

That information will be made available starting Tuesday by Attom Data Solutions, the company formerly known as RealtyTrac.
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Smart sutures send wireless status reports from wound sites

Smart sutures send wireless status reports from wound sites | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Now, a team of researchers from Tufts University has taken flexible electronics to their next logical step, embedding them in sutures that can monitor the body from the site of the stitching and broadcast their findings to a Bluetooth-enabled device.
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Coldwell Banker Real Estate Announces Leadership Succession

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Announces Leadership Succession | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC, the original Silicon Valley real estate startup founded in 1906, today announced the appointment of Charlie Young as the brand's president and CEO, which will take effect September 1, 2016.
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July 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report

July 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With the market now in the midst of the popular summer selling season, both home sales and prices are rising with the summer temperatures. Homebuyer demand in June kept sales levels above last year’s by 0.7%, with a strong increase of 9.4% over sales in May. The Median Sales Price in June was $229,900, which marks a 2.2% increase over prices seen in June 2015.
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RealtyTrac: More homeowners are avoiding foreclosure than ever before

RealtyTrac: More homeowners are avoiding foreclosure than ever before | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The good news comes courtesy of RealtyTrac’s Midyear 2016 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report, which shows that there were a total of 253,408 properties that started the foreclosure process in the first half of 2016.
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Case Shiller: May home prices rise at modest rate

Case Shiller: May home prices rise at modest rate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
National home prices increased by 5% annually in May, the same as the previous month, however the 10-City and 20-City Composite both slipped in annual increases, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, formerly known as S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.
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Housing supply increase brings slight relief to California homebuyers

Housing supply increase brings slight relief to California homebuyers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
No one envies the plight of the homebuyers in California, who struggle against low inventory, high demand, and rising prices. Due to a recent rise in inventory, however, it could be getting slightly better.

California pending home sales increased in June, the third straight month of annual increases, according to the California Association of Realtors.
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Calif June pending sales and Market Pulse Survey

Calif June pending sales and Market Pulse Survey | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The California housing market remained very competitive, as C.A.R.’s June Market Pulse Survey** reflected a slight increase in sales with three or more offers over the previous year, particularly in homes priced $300,000-$399,000, which climbed from 8 percent in June 2015 to 18 percent this year.
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IoT and cameras: Going from smart to intelligent

IoT and cameras: Going from smart to intelligent | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Vendors such as Cisco and IBM are key companies in the market. Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are only beginning to integrate intelligent cameras. Here are some examples of IoT platforms that are already using this innovative tech and the potential future market segments.
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With the Yahoo deal, Verizon will pass Google and Facebook to become the biggest web network

With the Yahoo deal, Verizon will pass Google and Facebook to become the biggest web network | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This chart from Statista shows ComScore's June 2016 measurements of visitors to the most popular networks of web properties in the United States. Yahoo has long been number three behind Google and Facebook, and now has about 206 million unique visitors. Verizon also owns AOL's network of sites, including properties like the Huffington Post, Engadget, and TechCrunch, which account for another 153.6 million.
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Key Takeaways from the June Existing Home Sales Report 

Key Takeaways from the June Existing Home Sales Report  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
June existing home sales were up 3 percent year-over-year, slightly lower than the annual pace of growth recorded in April and May (figure 1). Single-family home sales posted stronger year-over-year gains than the condo/coop category in every month during the first half of 2016. In June, single-family home sales were up 3.1 percent from last year, while condo/coop sales were up 1.6 percent over the year.
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Google's New App Isn't The Next Best Thing To The Louvre. It Might Be Better

Google's New App Isn't The Next Best Thing To The Louvre. It Might Be Better | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For instance, you can browse all of Van Gogh's paintings chronologically to see how much more vibrant his work became over time. Or you can sort Monet's paintings by color for a glimpse at his nuanced use of gray.
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June housing starts down slightly from last year

June housing starts down slightly from last year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Privately owned housing starts in June showed an increase from May, but decreased from June 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

June housing starts were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,189,000, an increase of 4.8% from May’
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Densest-ever memory system uses individual atoms to store data

Densest-ever memory system uses individual atoms to store data | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Delft team built a one-kilobyte (8,000 bit) memory on a 96 nm by 126 nm rectangle of copper – which is about 800 times smaller than the width of a human hair – holding a matrix of chlorine atoms. The copper acts as a foundation, while the chlorine atoms reinforce one another to stabilize the matrix.
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Washington state invalidates common mortgage provision

Washington state invalidates common mortgage provision | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a ruling this month, the Washington Supreme Court found that action illegal — a decision that clears the way for a federal class-action case that Jordan brought on behalf of at least 3,600 borrowers in the state, and one that could have broad ramifications on how some lenders respond when homeowners miss payments.
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Android users touch their smartphones more than 2,500 times a day

Android users touch their smartphones more than 2,500 times a day | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
On average, Android smartphone users touch their phones 2,617 times a day, according to Indian Express.

The heaviest users — the top 10% — were found to touch their phones almost twice as much, at 5,427 touches per day. Over the course of a year, this accounts for nearly 1 million touches on average, per user. 
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Realtor.com® and Patch.com Team Up to Help Local Communities Find Their Dream Home

Realtor.com® and Patch.com Team Up to Help Local Communities Find Their Dream Home | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The agreement gives Patch users in more than 900 local and hyperlocal communities access to the most accurate and up-to-date real estate information to help them find the home of their dreams. In addition to a realtor.com neighborhood widget of open houses and for-sale homes, they will also have access to realtor.com News & Advice articles, which range from home buying and selling tips to the latest celebrity real estate trends. The widget links back to realtor.com for full property information.
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