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RE/MAX Agent Productivity #1 in Surveys

RE/MAX Agent Productivity #1 in Surveys | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
eal estate agents affiliated with RE/MAX rank among the most productive in the United States, according to two national brokerage surveys. In both surveys, RE/MAX had the highest per-agent home sales in 2014 among national real estate franchise brands.
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Judge tosses whistleblower letter, limits discovery in Zillow-Move suit

Judge tosses whistleblower letter, limits discovery in Zillow-Move suit | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Chun yesterday granted a motion to strike from the record a letter from former Zillow Group executive that charged that Zillow stole listings data, and which accused former Move executive Errol Samuelson of violating court order limiting his work.
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The Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources

The Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While other parts of business and marketing are becoming increasingly automated, content creation is still a very manual job. Automation hasn't yet replaced what we do (thank goodness).  
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Seth's Blog: Pretty websites

Seth's Blog: Pretty websites | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The design that you and I might see as non-beautiful is in fact a signal to one group of people just as much as it is a turn off to the other group. My argument is that you can optimize for one group or the other, but you can't likely optimize for both.
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Accurate Group launches new appraisal technology

Accurate Group launches new appraisal technology | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“iValueNet delivers lenders a detailed interior property inspection at a lower cost and with faster turnaround time than a traditional appraisal, while still ensuring regulatory compliance,” said Scott Waxman, chief appraiser and president of the ValueNet division of Accurate Group.
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Realogy Holdings reports $1.1B revenue in 1Q

Realogy Holdings reports $1.1B revenue in 1Q | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Realogy Holdings Corp. (RLGY) reported a first quarter loss of $0.22 per share, still $0.02 better than analyst expectations of a $0.24 loss as revenues rose 5.5% year over year to $1.1 billion.
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How Bitcoin Technology Could Make Home Buying Hassle-Free

How Bitcoin Technology Could Make Home Buying Hassle-Free | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Insert block chains: a relatively new and promising technology that could transform the way we digitally exchange value, similarly to how Internet protocols, like TCP/IP, transformed the way we exchanged information.

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Naivete at its best.

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Fortress Revs Mortgage Machine as Its Buyout Funds Stall

Fortress Revs Mortgage Machine as Its Buyout Funds Stall | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Edens saw an opening after the housing crash to take advantage of regulatory changes and drive into the mortgage servicing business. Fortress built Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. into a firm that’s now poised to become the No. 1 nonbank servicer. He accomplished that with financing from the REIT and a private-equity fund that’s also earning robust returns.
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The 15 hottest markets for homebuyers and sellers this spring

The 15 hottest markets for homebuyers and sellers this spring | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Spring ushers in the start of the busiest home-buying season, and according to Realtor.com’s Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke, supply and demand have gained strong momentum, bringing these 15 markets to the top of the list this year.
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Judge Throws The Book At Patent Troll

Judge Throws The Book At Patent Troll | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Seriously, what kind of shenanigans do you have to be up to for every single member of your in-house legal department and outside law firm to be disqualified from a case?
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Tesla unveils battery storage system for home, business and utility use

Tesla unveils battery storage system for home, business and utility use | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Tesla home battery system hinted at by CEO Elon Musk several months ago has finally been unveiled by Musk himself at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California. Dubbed the Powerwall, the stationary home battery offers 10 kWh of storage capacity for the relatively modest price of US$3,500. A smaller unit is also available at 7 kWh for $3,000, and homeowners can stack multiple units if needed.
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Microsoft announces Office plug-ins for Uber, LinkedIn and DocuSign

Microsoft announces Office plug-ins for Uber, LinkedIn and DocuSign | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The add-ins will work across different platforms. Among the first companies to take advantage are DocuSign, which now integrates its electronic signatures with Word, and SAP, which runs in Excel. Plug-ins for Outlook, from LinkedIn and Salesforce, will offer more information and context about people who have emailed you pulled from their own data
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Use Email To Overcome The Customer 'Experience Void'

Use Email To Overcome The Customer 'Experience Void' | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many of the findings point to opportunities where marketers can use or improve email to reduce what the study called "the engagement void." Below are some key findings from the study and what email marketers can do to help their companies shrink the gap.
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Solutionstar re-launches as one-stop shop for homes and mortgages

Solutionstar re-launches as one-stop shop for homes and mortgages | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nationstar announced Tuesday that it is planning to re-launch its wholly owned subsidiary Solutionstar as a “premier real estate search and transaction platform.”
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Nationstar Holdings posts $48.3M loss in first quarter

Nationstar Holdings posts $48.3M loss in first quarter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The earnings per share loss of $0.53 contrasts with the gains of $0.21 reported last year. Revenue for the quarter came in at $215.1 million, versus $295.8 million reported last year.
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Shadow Wi-Fi fights skin cancer by keeping sun worshippers in the dark

Shadow Wi-Fi fights skin cancer by keeping sun worshippers in the dark | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Awareness campaigns, sunscreen and mending the hole in the ozone layer have all played a part in the battle against skin cancer. But the beachgoers of Peru now have another form of relief from the sun's harmful UV rays.
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MBA: Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures drop in 1Q

MBA: Mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures drop in 1Q | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit residential properties decreased to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.54% of all loans outstanding at the end of the first quarter of 2015.  
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15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter

15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
People don't have the time or the attention span to read any more words than necessary. You want your readers to hear you out, understand your message, and perhaps be entertained, right? Here's a list of words to eliminate to help you write more succinctly.
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You'd Never Guess These Gorgeous, Net-Zero Houses Were Built In A Factory

You'd Never Guess These Gorgeous, Net-Zero Houses Were Built In A Factory | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Affordable, high-quality prefab homes have always been a dream not quite within reach. The market today is limited (only 2% of new single-family homes), and known for flimsy cookie-cutter models that don’t appeal to most mainstream Americans.
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Zillow Rental Network Increases Partnerships by 84% YOY | Zillow Pros Blog

Zillow Rental Network Increases Partnerships by 84% YOY | Zillow Pros Blog | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
More and more of the largest property management companies are choosing to include the Zillow Rental Network in their marketing strategy, with nearly 90 percent of the National Multifamily Housing Council’s 50 Largest Apartment Managers counting themselves as Zillow Rental Network customers.
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Google extends Android voice search to Zillow, Shazam, NPR

Google extends Android voice search to Zillow, Shazam, NPR | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“OK Google, where are the open houses in Chicago?” That’s a question that might yield a useful response for Android users, now that Zillow’s real estate service is integrated into Google’s voice search.
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Phoenix bans plywood for vacant REOs

Phoenix bans plywood for vacant REOs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Phoenix residents and government officials decided to take a stand against blight and now is one of the first cities to start mandating the use of reinforced plastic to cover windows instead of plywood.
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Beyond E-Signatures

Beyond E-Signatures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To get perspective on where the industry is today with e-signatures and related technologies, and where it is headed, I recently had a conversation with Andy Wang, the director of financial services solutions at DocuSign.
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Redfin Appoints Bridget Frey as Chief Technology Officer

Redfin Appoints Bridget Frey as Chief Technology Officer | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage, today announced the appointment of Bridget Frey to the role of chief technology officer. Frey most recently served as senior vice president of engineering at Redfin and has been with the company since 2011. As chief technology officer, Frey will lead the entire engineering organization in Seattle and San Francisco, reporting to Redfin chief executive officer Glenn Kelman.
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World's longest glass skywalk opens in China

World's longest glass skywalk opens in China | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The world's longest glass-bottomed cantilever skywalk has been opened to tourists at the Longgang National Geological Park, Chongqing, China. The stunning walkway stretches an impressive 26.64 m (87.4 ft) into thin air, offering a breathtaking vista of the landscape.
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