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California foreclosures plummet 17.6% in 1Q | HousingWire

California foreclosures plummet 17.6% in 1Q | HousingWire | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
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MRED AND THE TRUE COST OF HOME OWNERSHIP

MRED AND THE TRUE COST OF HOME OWNERSHIP | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), Chicagoland’s multiple listing service (MLS), was formed six years ago. Our customers are real estate brokers. It is our job to facilitate the buying and selling of real estate. A significant part of that is to make sure our customers have as much information as possible so that their clients can make the right decisions – whether selling or buying.

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NAR planning big changes for local associations

NAR planning big changes for local associations | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
After years of talking about ways to "raise the bar," the National Association of Realtors (NAR) is implementing changes that will have a widespread impact.
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Happy Returns: RE/MAX Plaza Continues Its Growth, Adds 3 Former RE/MAX Brokers, Now Has Sales Team of 41

Happy Returns: RE/MAX Plaza Continues Its Growth, Adds 3 Former RE/MAX Brokers, Now Has Sales Team of 41 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 22, 2014 -- RE/MAX Plaza continues to expand its presence in McHenry and Lake counties in northern Illinois as the real estate market gathers momentum. Recently three outstanding brokers rejoined RE/MAX as members of the growing RE/MAX Plaza sales team.
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16 Earth "Porn" Pics Hotter Than Global Warming

16 Earth "Porn" Pics Hotter Than Global Warming | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

If Mother Nature is your thing, here is some Earth "Porn" to turn you on.

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GSEs lower expectations on housing market for 2014

GSEs lower expectations on housing market for 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The government-sponsored enterprises are lowering their housing expectations for 2014, citing shrinking inventory and tightened credit standards among other reasons.
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HUD’s Donovan: This is the worst rental crisis in this nation, ever

HUD’s Donovan: This is the worst rental crisis in this nation, ever | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan called on members of Congress to pass housing finance reform now because “this might be the only chance we have to get something done in this decade.”
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America's Richest Counties 2014

America's Richest Counties 2014 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Want to live the good life? Move to Washington, D.C. Or, specifically, to its suburbs. Six of America's 10 wealthiest counties lie within a stone's throw of the Beltway. Forbes staffer Tom Van Riper spins the rankings.
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Zillow 2014 Q1 Real Estate Market Report

Zillow 2014 Q1 Real Estate Market Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow’s first quarter Real Estate Market Reports show home values increased 0.5 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 to $169,800 (Figure 1). The Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) climbed 5.7 percent from March 2013 levels (Figure 2). On a monthly basis, home values are up 0.2 percent nationally. 

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How The Most Successful Brands Dominate Instagram, And You Can Too

How The Most Successful Brands Dominate Instagram, And You Can Too | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While Instagram is one of the fastest growing apps, it is also surprisingly one of the most underutilized by marketers. Stand out above the...
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Home Values at or Near Peak Levels in 1,000+ US Cities

Home Values at or Near Peak Levels in 1,000+ US Cities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Zillow analyst Svenja Gudell dives into Zillow’s first quarter Real Estate Market Reports, which show home values increased 0.5%from the fourth quarter of 2013 to $169,800. The Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) climbed 5.7% from March 2013 levels. Month on month, home values are up 0.2% nationally, continuing a slowdown in the rate of increases. It's all about what's selling, and where.
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Existing-Home Sales Remain Soft in March

Existing-Home Sales Remain Soft in March | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Existing-home sales were essentially flat in March, while the growth in home prices moderated, according to theNational Association of Realtors®. Sales gains in the Northeast and Midwest were offset by declines in the West and South.

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#9 - Naperville, IL - Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads 2014 | Livability

#9 - Naperville, IL - Top 10 Best Cities for New College Grads 2014 | Livability | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One of the largest Chicago suburbs, Naperville, Ill., offers a blend of small-town charm and big-city amenities to recent college grads.
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Impact of joint NAR-realtor.com national marketing campaign 'underappreciated'

Impact of joint NAR-realtor.com national marketing campaign 'underappreciated' | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A joint marketing campaign from the National Association of Realtors and Move Inc.-operated realtor.com is expected to boost traffic and awareness of the site -- a potential boon to agents and brokers whose listings appear on realtor.com or who advertise on the site.
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Fracking decreases property values as much as 15%

Fracking decreases property values as much as 15% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“This is not a short-term boom,” said Harry Weiss, of Ballard Spahr’s Environment and Natural Resources Group. This is a many, many, many year process. Someday, somewhere, somehow you’re going to see it everywhere.”
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Comment by May 1 on Mandatory Core Standards for Local Associations

Comment by May 1 on Mandatory Core Standards for Local Associations | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Association Executives attending the AE Institute in Baltimore March 21-25 got a preliminary look at new mandatory core standards for local REALTOR® associations, which are expected to be finalized in time for the NAR Board of Directors’ May 17 meeting. The advisory group is accepting comments on the proposal through May 1. 
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Neighborhood information like sex offender, school and crime data will fuel residential segregation

Neighborhood information like sex offender, school and crime data will fuel residential segregation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Anthony Longo, CEO of the neighborhood information app CO Everywhere, believes that such services would “unintentionally redline neighborhoods,” spurring buyers and renters sorting through listings to shun areas that they might otherwise have been open to exploring. “Now all of a sudden ...
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COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE LAKE FOREST OFFICE ANNOUNCES AFFILIATION WITH MARY KAY BRUNNER-DASSE

COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE LAKE FOREST OFFICE ANNOUNCES AFFILIATION WITH MARY KAY BRUNNER-DASSE | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
NORTHBROOK, IL. (April 21, 2014) - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recently announced that Realtor Mary Kay Brunner-Dasse is now affiliated with their Lake Forest office.
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Chicago-area home sales fall again in March

Chicago-area home sales fall again in March | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sales of existing single-family homes and condominiums in the Chicago area fell for a third consecutive month in March, compared with a year ago, but the double-digit decline isn’t as bad as it seems.
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HAPPY 100TH, WRIGLEY FIELD! A FEW MEMORIES

HAPPY 100TH, WRIGLEY FIELD! A FEW MEMORIES | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, marks the 100th anniversary of its first game on Wednesday with a matchup against Arizona. The ballpark that opened as Weeghman Park on April 23, 1914, has hosted millions of fans and been the scene of some of baseball's most indelible moments. Some stars who graced its friendly confines offer their memories:

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New home sales plummet 14.5% in March

New home sales plummet 14.5% in March | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sales of new single-family homes in March plummeted 14.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, hitting the lowest level since July 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday.
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AT&T Takes On Google, Eyeing 21 Cities For Ultrafast Internet

AT&T Takes On Google, Eyeing 21 Cities For Ultrafast Internet | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

After years of slowing its rollout of faster Internet connections, what's the rush? Thank Google, whose first location for Google Fiber high-speed Internet was Kansas City, in the heart of AT&T's local-service area. Now Google is expanding to Provo, Utah, and Austin, and recently announced that it was exploring adding more cities like Atlanta, Georgia; San Jose, Calif.; and San Antonio, Texas.

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8 Surprising Places To Get Work Done

8 Surprising Places To Get Work Done | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Think outside the crowded coffee shop with these ideas for taking work That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re working at home, though, or even at Starbucks or a co-working space. If you’re location independent, here are some other places that, in a pinch, might work to get things done.

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Top 10 ‘Green Neighborhoods’ in US: Redfin study

Top 10 ‘Green Neighborhoods’ in US: Redfin study | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As Earth Day inches closer, the Redfin Blog has compiled a list of neighborhoods that have the most number of green homes.
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Illinois median home prices increase in March; Number of homes on market improves, but inventories remain tight

Illinois median home prices increase in March; Number of homes on market improves, but inventories remain tight | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in March 2014 totaled 9,929 homes sold, down from 11,226 in March 2013. The number of houses on the market in March was down 15.8 percent compared to a year earlier, dropping from 69,869 homes for sale in March 2013 to 58,858 this year.

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UBS: Housing Is Set For A Sharp Spring Rebound

UBS: Housing Is Set For A Sharp Spring Rebound | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

But UBS's Maury Harris attributes this to the exceptionally cold winter saying.

 

Harris and his team now expect a spring rebound in housing starts.

He raised his Q2 forecast to a 1.15 million annual pace, compared to previous expectations for 1.10 million starts. 

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