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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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Big SEO news: How to find out if your site will be penalized - AGBeat

Big SEO news: How to find out if your site will be penalized - AGBeat | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Google’s always on the hunt to trip up websites that are trying to get away with shady SEO practices. They’ve recently made a few big announcements regarding some of these practices, one of them being doorway pages. There will now be a “ranking adjustment” when Google finds a doorway page.
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Zillow Group to Give MLS Partners Free Public Record Data

Zillow Group to Give MLS Partners Free Public Record Data | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Zillow Group, which houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on mobile and Web, today announced it will begin offering its industry partners access to free public record data with broad usage rights, through a new program, Zillow Group Data Connect (ZGDC).
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The battle to save the free Internet is just getting started

The battle to save the free Internet is just getting started | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This week, the major lobbying firms that represent Internet service providers, cable companies and wireless providers leapt to challenge the rules. The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and CTIA-The Wireless Association both announced on Tuesday the filing of legal challenges.
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Homeowner value perceptions don’t mesh with appraisal realities

Homeowner value perceptions don’t mesh with appraisal realities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Even as home values fall, homeowners have rose-colored glasses in regard to their home values – rating them higher again last month than even professional appraisers would.
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House makes decision on points and fees bill

House makes decision on points and fees bill | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The bill changes the way points and fees are calculated under the Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule. Under the regulation’s ability-to-repay (ATR) standards, QM cannot have points and fees more than 3% of the loan amount, which includes charges by affiliated settlement service providers.
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Why pre-customers matter

Why pre-customers matter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Leads are so 2014 – you’ve got to think about customers long before they fill out your online inquiry form. Here are three pre-customer software tools that can help.
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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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Court filing reveals name of anonymous whistleblower in Zillow/Move lawsuit

Court filing reveals name of anonymous whistleblower in Zillow/Move lawsuit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new filing in the ongoing lawsuit between Zillow Group (Z) and Move (MOVE) names the anonymous whistleblower: former Zillow Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Chris Crocker.
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Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion

Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
he Finnish company said the all-share transaction will be on the basis of 0.55 of a new Nokia share for every share of Alcatel-Lucent. The share offer values the French concern at 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion).
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Houses passes Mortgage Choice Act of 2015 by 286-140

Houses passes Mortgage Choice Act of 2015 by 286-140 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"The American dream for so many low- and moderate-income Americans is that one day they can achieve financial independence,” said House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas. “We are trying to ensure that low- and moderate-income Americans have convenience, that they have choice, that they have lower prices.”
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The Next Big Thing In Design? Less Choice

The Next Big Thing In Design? Less Choice | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
At its core, the function of anticipatory design is to gather the data necessary and move from the era of personalization to automated decision-making. While most companies are still taking baby steps towards the future, emerging examples of anticipatory design are gaining traction for their convenience, and beginning to define new standards for what users will expect from their devices and services.
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Fannie Mae launches program to help first-time homebuyers with closing costs

Fannie Mae launches program to help first-time homebuyers with closing costs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Fannie Mae has launched the HomePath Ready Buyer program, qualifying first-time homebuyers to receive up to 3% of the purchase price in closing cost assistance toward the purchase of a HomePath property. That’s if the buyer completes an online homebuyer education course. 

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