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Hiring A Realtor Is Overrated—You Can Sell Your Home Without One

Hiring A Realtor Is Overrated—You Can Sell Your Home Without One | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
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Google, Yahoo Encrypting Ad Network Connections

Google, Yahoo Encrypting Ad Network Connections | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google and Yahoo in separate announcements said they will individually encrypt ad network connections to reduce bot traffic and other types of ad fraud.
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Fannie Mae integrates Collateral Underwriter with Desktop Underwriter

Fannie Mae integrates Collateral Underwriter with Desktop Underwriter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Collateral Underwriter is Fannie Mae’s proprietary appraisal analysis application, providing lenders access to analytics as well as underlying appraisal, public records and other data when evaluating the risk on an appraisal.  
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NAR Study: Return Buyers Expected to Boost Housing Demand in Coming Years

NAR Study: Return Buyers Expected to Boost Housing Demand in Coming Years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nearly a decade since the start of the foreclosure crisis, formerly distressed homeowners with restored credit are re-entering the housing market, but damaged credit profiles and lender overlays will greatly restrict the overall share of those eligible to buy, according to new research from the National Association of Realtors®. California, Florida and Arizona are expected to see the largest share of return buyers within the next decade.
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What NOT To Do With Email Personalization

What NOT To Do With Email Personalization | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If you, as a brand, are going to leverage householding information, and/or appending data to a customer record, it is critical to validate that the information is accurate. When you cannot validate, be very wary of using it – especially in such a blatant and obvious way.
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Dutch Homes Get Free Heating If They Agree To Host A Computer Server

Dutch Homes Get Free Heating If They Agree To Host A Computer Server | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Startups in Holland, France, and Germany are reimagining the conventional data center model, placing servers inside people's homes instead of out-the-way data farms. In the process, they hope to heat homes from excess computer heat, while lowering costs for their clients.
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Google DoubleClick Network Hit With More Malvertising

Google DoubleClick Network Hit With More Malvertising | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Researchers at Malwarebytes Labs have discovered another malvertising campaign, likely from the same group responsible for the recent attack on The Huffington Post and Zillow. An advertisement was
used to deliver the Cryptowall ransomware via an ad built in Flash.
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.REALTOR Top-Level Domains Will Soon be Available to Realtor® Associations and Brokerages

.REALTOR Top-Level Domains Will Soon be Available to Realtor® Associations and Brokerages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Now boards, associations and brokerages will have the opportunity to register for the domain, which lets consumers instantly know that they are working within the Realtor® community, the most trusted source for real estate information and with agents who subscribe to NAR’s strict Code of Ethics.
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Quicken Loans Sues United States Department of Justice and Department of Housing and Urban Development

Quicken Loans Sues United States Department of Justice and Department of Housing and Urban Development | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Quicken Loans today filed suit in Federal District Court against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

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Floating Seahorse boats to offer partially submerged living in Dubai's Heart of Europe

Floating Seahorse boats to offer partially submerged living in Dubai's Heart of Europe | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Developer Kleindienst Group is planning to construct 42 floating properties as part of the Heart of Europe development in Dubai. Technically classified as a boat, the Floating Seahorse offers an entire floor of submerged living, providing clear views of marine life beneath the gentle waves of the Persian Gulf.
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The New York Times Invents A Conference Table That Takes Notes For You

The New York Times Invents A Conference Table That Takes Notes For You | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Like most offices, the New York Times holds a lot of meetings. Editorial meetings, ad sales meetings, design meetings, you name it; all centered around a table seemingly for no other purpose than to have something to congregate around, take notes on, and—at worst—idly tap while bored meeting goers drift off into daydream.
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FHFA leaving g-fees alone, revising primary mortgage insurance requirements

FHFA leaving g-fees alone, revising primary mortgage insurance requirements | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Federal Housing Finance Agency is leaving g-fees largely alone but it is revising requirements for private mortgage insurance companies that insure mortgage loans either owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Here's the rundown.
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Google Algorithm Will Soon Reward Mobile-Friendly Sites: Here's What You Need to Know

Google Algorithm Will Soon Reward Mobile-Friendly Sites: Here's What You Need to Know | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices.
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Waze Is Driving Into City Hall

Waze Is Driving Into City Hall | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While it's known for sitting on dashboards, Waze is increasingly finding its way into city halls and government agencies. In late 2014, the company launched a "Connected Citizens program" with partners including the New York Police Department, Rio de Janeiro, the city of Boston, and the state of Florida.
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Single-Family Rental Market Sizzles in the South

Single-Family Rental Market Sizzles in the South | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Investors that buy single-family homes are much less interested in sudden changes in home values as the recovery in the housing market continues. Homes are no longer steeply undervalued. Instead, investors are looking for good long-term returns based on rental income from their properties as well as appreciation in home prices that is based on long-term demand for houses compared to the supply.
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Auction.com: Flipping momentum grows in first quarter

Auction.com: Flipping momentum grows in first quarter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There’s been a 6.5% quarter-over-quarter increase among auction investor buyers in favor of flipping overall, according to the first quarter findings in Auction.com’s nationwide survey of real estate investors bidding on properties offered for auction. 
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Why ‘Do It For Me’ Is The Next Big Thing

Why ‘Do It For Me’ Is The Next Big Thing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We call it the Do-It-For-Me Revolution, or “DIFM” for short. DIFM is more than software. DIFM combines technology automation with specialized labor to deliver a complete solution to a business problem. It’s as much about people-powered customer service as it is about code-powered efficiency. DIFM is sweeping the consumer world and will do the same for the business world.
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Can't Focus In Your Open Office? Wrap Yourself In This New Cocoon To Tune Out Distraction

Can't Focus In Your Open Office? Wrap Yourself In This New Cocoon To Tune Out Distraction | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When designing Brody, Steelcase tried to eliminate as much stimulus-driven attention as possible. "The average office worker gets distracted every 11 minutes, and takes 23 minutes to get back on task. Add those two things up, and most people never get into flow," says McKenna.
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Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol

Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Using QUIC, a browser can immediately start talking to a server it has talked to before. QUIC also introduces a couple of new features like congestion control and automatic re-transmission, making it more reliable that pure UDP
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Calif March home sales and price report

Calif March home sales and price report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 391,680 units in March, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide
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Realtors® Call on Congress to Ease Regulatory Burdens Curbing Access to Mortgage Credit

Realtors® Call on Congress to Ease Regulatory Burdens Curbing Access to Mortgage Credit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Unnecessary regulatory burdens are preventing qualified, credit-worthy borrowers from obtaining the American Dream of homeownership. That’s according to testimony today from the National Association of Realtors® before the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.  
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These Landing Page Flaws Could Be Hurting Your Conversion Rates [Infographic]

These Landing Page Flaws Could Be Hurting Your Conversion Rates [Infographic] | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When it comes to meeting your lead generation goals, landing pages are the strongest tools marketers have -- which is why it's so important to get them right. Everything about your landing page, from the wording of the title to the size of the image to the length of the description, contributes in some way to how many people decide to fill out the form and turn into a lead (and hopefully a customer, down the road).
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Thanks To Google's Mobilegeddon, Your Search Rank May Be Toast

Thanks To Google's Mobilegeddon, Your Search Rank May Be Toast | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
For years Google largely ignored the mobile Web as it focused on Android and native apps. But recently the company has kicked its mobile Web love into overdrive, announcing a number of initiatives to dramatically improve performance of Web apps on Android. 
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Better presentation of URLs in search results

Better presentation of URLs in search results | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Well-structured URLs offer users a quick hint about the page topic and how the page fits within the website. To help mobile searchers understand your website better when we show it in the mobile search results, today we’re updating the algorithms that display URLs in the search results to better reflect the names of websites,

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Why click-to-purchase real estate could be the future of the industry

Why click-to-purchase real estate could be the future of the industry | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Over $2 billion in real estate sales; 100 auction events; 15,000 homes sold. Those stats show the reality that HomeSearch.com is here to shake up real estate.
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Welcome To The Slow Traffic Movement

Welcome To The Slow Traffic Movement | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The technology already exists to make these predictions a reality. In recent months we’ve seen breathless YouTube videos from Volvo and Ford, a constant stream of press about a Google car, Elon Musk’s proclamation that human drivers will be illegal, and just a few days ago, an Audi drove itself from San Francisco to New York City.
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