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Seth's Blog: Do we have to pander?

Seth's Blog: Do we have to pander? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The road to the bottom is paved with good intentions, or at the very least, clever rationalizations. National Geographic goes into a cable TV partnership and ends up broadcasting shameless (shameful?
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Black Knight's Mortgage Monitor: Home Price Increases Muting Affordability Gains from Low Interest Rates; Refinanceable Population Grows to 7.5 Million

Black Knight's Mortgage Monitor: Home Price Increases Muting Affordability Gains from Low Interest Rates; Refinanceable Population Grows to 7.5 Million | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Early 2016 interest rate declines would have saved $44/month on purchase of median-priced home, but home price appreciation cut savings to just $18/month
- Home price gains in Washington, Colorado and Oregon completely cancel out interest rate savings; now cost more per month than at end of 2015
- Rate drops have increased refinanceable population by 2.3 million borrowers year-to-date, now 7.5 million total
- Overall mortgage delinquency rate now below pre-crisis average; it will still take more than two years at current rate of reduction for seriously delinquent inventory -- including active foreclosures -- to reach "normal" levels
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Hacked Tesla pulled out of garage using Amazon Echo

Hacked Tesla pulled out of garage using Amazon Echo | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Jason Goecke has provided us with a little glimpse of the future, that's actually possible right now. The California developer hacked together a way to command his Tesla Model S to pull itself out of his garage using his Amazon Echo.
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Susan Young joins Real Safe Agents(r)

Susan Young joins Real Safe Agents(r) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Susan stated, “I’m very excited to join the team at Real Safe Agent©. I have so many dear friends in this industry, and have seen the impact crime has on our community. Knowing that Real Safe Agent can prevent crime and the industry finally has an answer, joining the team feels more like a mission than a career move.”
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Texas housing inventory officially hits all-time low

Texas housing inventory officially hits all-time low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the 2016-Q1 Texas Quarterly Housing Report released by the Texas Association of Realtors, housing inventory fell to an all-time low of 2.8 months in 2016-Q1, a decline of 0.6 months from the first quarter of 2015.

To help put into perspective just how dire the situation is, the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University estimates that a monthly housing inventory between 6.0 and 6.5 months is a level at which the supply and demand for homes are balanced. This is about 47% to 43% less than where is needs to be in order to be balanced.
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Ellie Mae launches mortgage app tracking Millennials

Ellie Mae launches mortgage app tracking Millennials | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Ellie Mae announced today the launch of its new Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker, which will track Millennial loan trends in the U.S. via an interactive online tool.

This tool will refresh with new data during the first week of every month in order to provide up-to-date demographic data about the incoming generation of homebuyers.
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New Android Malware Imitates Banking Apps

New Android Malware Imitates Banking Apps | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
This is basically the oldest trick in the book, as far as online scams go. But what makes this situation somewhat unique is that the bogus apps are officially available on the Google Play store, where you’d expect to download apps safely.  
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We've Been Approaching The Internet Of Things All Wrong

We've Been Approaching The Internet Of Things All Wrong | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Consumers may still not quite understand the appeal of the IoT, but the bean counters sure do. Which is why Helium might be a sign of what's to come. In the future, you might not have to pay to make your home into a smart home. Your insurance company might just subsidize it
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Flood Insurance Legislation Promises Flexibility for Consumers

Flood Insurance Legislation Promises Flexibility for Consumers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
H.R. 2901 would change this by clarifying that private flood insurance that meets state law provides continuous coverage. If the bill becomes law, property owners could move seamlessly between the NFIP and private insurance markets without the risk of arbitrary rate increases.
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Can you guess which state charges the highest property tax?

Can you guess which state charges the highest property tax? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Property taxes vary state to state, and include the total taxes paid to several different agencies, which can include the county, village and school districts. Due to these variances, estimating a property tax can be challenging at times.
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Realtor.com® Operator Move, Inc. Names Vineet Singh Chief Data Officer 

Realtor.com® Operator Move, Inc. Names Vineet Singh Chief Data Officer  | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Singh brings more than 25 years of experience focused on data mining, research and analytics at world class technology companies, including Intuit, HP, Hitachi, Ltd. and IBM.  At Move, he will report to Suhail Ansari, the company's chief technology officer.
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Facebook played the shift to mobile perfectly, and it's still reaping the rewards

Facebook played the shift to mobile perfectly, and it's still reaping the rewards | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
As this chart from Statista shows, all of that growth has come from a single source: mobile advertising. Facebook is perfectly positioned for the shift to mobile — more than 1.5 billion people check Facebook on their phones at least once a month and nearly 900 million check Facebook only on their phones
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The 100 best photographs ever taken without photoshop

The 100 best photographs ever taken without photoshop | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nature and humankind are both great artists, and when they join forces, amazing masterpieces can be produced.
Today Bright Side has collected for you works in which the combined efforts of mother nature and photographic artists have captured magic moments showing the wondrous diversity of modern life and the natural world.
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Ten-X Names New Chief Marketing Officer for Residential Divsion

Ten-X Names New Chief Marketing Officer for Residential Divsion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Lambros will report to Jason Allnutt, General Manager of Ten-X’s residential division. She will lead all marketing and branding efforts for the newly launched Ten-X Homes, a transaction platform that empowers consumers to do everything involved in the process of buying or selling a home entirely online—and Auction.com, the company’s online marketplace exclusively focused on the sale of residential bank-owned and foreclosure properties.
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These Optical Illusions Make Drivers Slow Down For Crosswalks

These Optical Illusions Make Drivers Slow Down For Crosswalks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Zebra crossings—the striped crosswalks common on roads around the world—don't necessarily work very well. In one Swedish study, drivers stopped for pedestrians only 5% of the time at the crosswalks, and rarely slowed down.

A city in India is experimenting with another approach: By adding some perspective shading to the stripes, the crosswalk looks a little like a roadblock from a distance.
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4K multitouch coffee table supports “tangible” objects

4K multitouch coffee table supports “tangible” objects | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We've seen plenty of multitouch tables from Ideum, but its latest effort adds full UHD resolution and upgraded internals. It's also designed to recognize real-world objects, opening the door to interactive experiences that could help out in professional settings.
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Kevin Hughes joins Centralized Showing Services (CSS)

Kevin Hughes joins Centralized Showing Services (CSS) | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Clareity Security customers got an announcement today notifying that longtime employee/partner Kevin Hughes will be leaving the company later this month. Kevin is joining CSS as their VP of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development
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The digital mortgage revolution is happening now. Are you ready?

The digital mortgage revolution is happening now. Are you ready? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Before I could even finish a digital innovation feature piece for HousingWire’s magazine, get it edited, published and put on the website, let alone delivered in the mail, Wells Fargo had already rolled out an entirely new, more simplified and streamlined app for cell phones.
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These Awe-Inspiring Photos Show Just How Beautiful Insects Can Be

These Awe-Inspiring Photos Show Just How Beautiful Insects Can Be | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
“We are surrounded by these creatures every day, yet we cannot normally see them, so one of the aims of ‘Microsculpture’ is to make it more accessible and palatable for us to view these stunning creatures,” Biss told The Huffington Post.
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The most expensive home to rent in every state

The most expensive home to rent in every state | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Rental prices range widely across the country, from as low as $3,050 a month for a log cabin near Jackson Hole to as high as $300,000 a month for a Miami Beach waterfront mansion.
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Canada’s largest real estate board stifled competition, tribunal rules

Canada’s largest real estate board stifled competition, tribunal rules | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Toronto Real Estate Board prevented competition and stifled digital innovation by prohibiting its realtor members from posting sales data on their websites, the Competition Tribunal says in a decision that could have reverberations throughout the country.
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CFPB: Top 6 mortgage complaints from consumers

CFPB: Top 6 mortgage complaints from consumers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s latest monthly complaint report, the CFPB has handled approximately 223,100 mortgage complaints since July 21, 2011, making mortgage the second most-complained-about product after debt collection, representing 26% of total complaints.
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These Are The 10 Best Sustainable Buildings Of 2016

These Are The 10 Best Sustainable Buildings Of 2016 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Every year, the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment scours the country for the best new green buildings—which, as they point out in a new report, can be built for the same amount or even less than standard architecture. They just happen to be much better at saving energy and water—and nicer to work inside, thanks to better light, materials, and cleaner air. Here are the 10 that won this year.
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Zillow Group Hires Dan Spaulding as Vice President of People and Culture

Zillow Group Hires Dan Spaulding as Vice President of People and Culture | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Zillow Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: Z and ZG), which houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on mobile and Web, today announced Dan Spaulding has joined the company in the new position of Vice President of People and Culture. Spaulding oversees all aspects of the company's human resources, recruiting and learning & development teams. He reports to Zillow Group COO Amy Bohutinsky.
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Retsly Announces "Retsly Connect"

Retsly Announces "Retsly Connect" | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Retsly, a software company that collects and normalizes real estate data from multiple listing services (MLSs) and from more than 3,000 counties, today announced "Retsly Connect", a new service that enables software developers to create front-end software that brokers can use in conjunction with the listings management software provided by their MLS. Retsly is owned by Zillow Group.
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Pending Home Sales Maintain Momentum in March

Pending Home Sales Maintain Momentum in March | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, climbed 1.4 percent to 110.5 in March from an downwardly revised 109.0 in February and is now 1.4 percent above March 2015 (109.0). After last month’s slight gain, the index has increased year-over-year for 19 consecutive months and is at its highest reading since May 2015 (111.0).
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