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Chicago Real Estate Firm @properties Names Kevin Van Eck Director Of Agent Development | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Chicago Real Estate Firm @properties Names Kevin Van Eck Director Of Agent Development | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Van Eck will concentrate on training, coaching and business development for Chicago real estate agents | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.
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3 Ways That The Blockchain Will Change The Real Estate Market

3 Ways That The Blockchain Will Change The Real Estate Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Experts have suggested a number of niche industries that will be made more secure by the untamperable data record provided by blockchain technology — including international art dealing, pharmaceuticals and international trade of high-value goods — but to date, very little attention has been given to the potential effects on the real estate market.
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Here's what the old-school computer viruses from the '80s and '90s looked like

Here's what the old-school computer viruses from the '80s and '90s looked like | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"I think it's really important that we try to archive our common digital history the best we can," Hypponen said in an email. "No one else will do it for us." While no one else may do his work for him, others have already lent a hand. Scott said that the collection, which began at 30 viruses, has since grown to nearly 80 thanks to the contributions of other virus collectors. 
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Agents at the Center of Xome’s Strategy for Real Estate 3.0

Agents at the Center of Xome’s Strategy for Real Estate 3.0 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The convenient digital process had abruptly returned to the 20th century. But what excited him was the opportunity he saw, and the common thread of tech companies leveraging traditional agents. “My agents had experience, and that human touch was totally irreplaceable.

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New Ad Campaign Urges Consumers to “Get Realtor®”

New Ad Campaign Urges Consumers to “Get Realtor®” | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
To communicate Realtor® value in helping consumers succeed in all things real estate, the National Association of Realtors® has launched a new advertising campaign, “Get Realtor®.” The campaign targets hyper-connected and emerging generations of home buyers, sellers, owners and investors.
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DOJ Investigating Email Hack

DOJ Investigating Email Hack | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Contact information for 9,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees was released online Sunday evening after hackers compromised the email account of a Justice Department official through social engineering. 
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Tons of massive lanterns transform London garden into magical wonderland

Tons of massive lanterns transform London garden into magical wonderland | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The first-ever Magical Lantern Festival in London celebrates Chinese New Year - which occurs on February 8 - all month long. Chiswick House Gardens are filled with 50 installations that are made up of many colorful lanterns, composed into dragons, temples, and other majestical forms. The lanterns were constructed in China before moving to the UK and some took as many as 300 days to make.
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Jet Lag Doesn’t Have to Ruin Your Business Trip

Jet Lag Doesn’t Have to Ruin Your Business Trip | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
When business is conducted globally, we often have to travel long distances to launch projects, meet with partners, negotiate deals, address crises, manage customer relations, and engage in a variety of other activities on the behalf of our organizations. And if you have to cross time zones, it can wreak havoc on the circadian process that regulates sleep, leaving you feeling tired and groggy just when you need to be your most productive.
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It's A Deal: Foxconn Is Buying Sharp

It's A Deal: Foxconn Is Buying Sharp | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Taiwanese manufacturing and supply firm Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, or more readily known as "Foxconn," will acquire Japan's Sharp Corporation for $5.5 billion, Reuters reports. The deal is expected to close by the end of this month and the amount that Foxconn is offering would make it the largest acquisition by a foreign company in Japan's tech sector to date.
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Facebook Turns 12 Today, And Here's How It's Celebrating

Facebook Turns 12 Today, And Here's How It's Celebrating | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It’s a bit crazy when you think about it, but Facebook is 12 years old today. On February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched his fledgling social media site at Harvard. And the rest, as they say, is history. Twelve years on, Facebook has become the largest social media company ever. It influences myriad aspects of our lives and recently passed a billion active users each day.
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Cisco is buying Internet of Things company Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion

Cisco is buying Internet of Things company Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
New CEO Chuck Robbins has been saying that Cisco's next big bet will be in IoT (or as Cisco calls it, the Internet of Everything). That's when everyday objects get sensors and apps and join the Internet from your automobile to your toothbrush. Cisco has predicted that IoT will become a $19 trillion market in the next decade.
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100% financing is back

100% financing is back | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It took a while, but it seems one of the products often blamed for contributing to the housing collapse is back.

A California-based credit union has announced the release of its 100% financing mortgage product.
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Title companies gear up to manage advanced eClosings

Title companies gear up to manage advanced eClosings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With major industry influencers like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau affirming the benefits of eClosings and eMortgages more strongly this past year, lenders have the support they need to move forward with full digitization of the closing process.
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Q4 2015 Breakeven Horizon: Buying A Home Pays Off For Most – But Not All – After Just Two Years

Q4 2015 Breakeven Horizon: Buying A Home Pays Off For Most – But Not All – After Just Two Years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A persistent combination of healthy home value growth and low mortgage interest rates, combined with robust growth in rents, is helping to keep the buy vs. rent equation tilted heavily towards buying in most areas for those planning on staying in their homes for longer than just a few years. But local markets vary, and that equation is shifting – if even slightly – in some notable areas.
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Madrid Is Covering Itself In Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures

Madrid Is Covering Itself In Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The city is spending millions to expand existing parks, and as many roofs and walls will be covered with greenery as possible. Twenty-two vacant lots will be turned into urban gardens. Paved squares will become parks that can suck up rainfall.
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Appraisal Institute, RESNET partner to increase green home education

Appraisal Institute, RESNET partner to increase green home education | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, and Residential Energy Services Network, also known as RESNET, announced the signing of a “cooperation agreement” to promote education, research and data standards surrounding energy efficient homes.
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Cross-border deals up 334% since 2009

Cross-border deals up 334% since 2009 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the latest report from global real estate services firm Savills revealed that cross-border real estate deals have entered a renaissance, having grown by 334% from 2009 to 2015.

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Tough at the Top: How Luxury Lagged Late in 2015

Tough at the Top: How Luxury Lagged Late in 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
After growing in line with more modest areas throughout much of the first half of 2015, home value appreciation in America’s toniest ZIP codes stalled over the past 6 months – even as growth in entry-level and mid-market communities continued.
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Survey Reveals New-Home Trends

Survey Reveals New-Home Trends | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The latest data reveal that recently built homes are larger and contain more bedrooms and bathrooms than ever before. As of the third quarter of 2015, new single-family homes had a median size of 2,485 square feet, the largest in the 40 years of records.
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Zillow at 10: Rich Barton, Spencer Rascoff and Lloyd Frink on the rise of the real estate media titan

Zillow at 10: Rich Barton, Spencer Rascoff and Lloyd Frink on the rise of the real estate media titan | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In February 2006, a new site called Zillow.com launched to the world, co-founded by former Expedia CEO Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink, a longtime executive from Expedia and Microsoft. Ten years later, the Seattle-based company now known as Zillow Group is a giant in the world of real estate media, with more than 2,100 employees and a market value approaching $4 billion.
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Realtor.com® Achieves Monthly Users Milestone On Heels Of Record Year Of Growth

Realtor.com® Achieves Monthly Users Milestone On Heels Of Record Year Of Growth | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Realtor.com®, a leading destination of online real estate services operated by News Corp [NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA]; [ASX: NWS, NWSLV] subsidiary Move, Inc., today announced that its website attracted 50 million unique users in January 2016. The traffic milestone is the site's latest breakthrough that follows a period of rapid expansion following News Corp's acquisition of its parent company, Move, Inc., in November 2014.  
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60% Of All Mobile Banner Ad Clicks Are Accidents

60% Of All Mobile Banner Ad Clicks Are Accidents | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to a survey from mobile location firm Retale, 60% of clicks on mobile banner ads are mistakes. Users most often encounter banner ads when checking the news (65%), using social media (50%), playing games (47%), watching videos (45%) and listening to music (45%).
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Google's Head Of AI Research Is Taking Over Its Search Division

Google's Head Of AI Research Is Taking Over Its Search Division | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Longtime Google search SVP Amit Singhal, who is largely responsible for fine-tuning Google's search engine, is retiring on February 26. Singhal will be succeeded by John Giannandrea, who leads the company's artificial intelligence research. Giannandrea's new title will be VP of engineering, according to Bloomberg.
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Seth's Blog: Anchoring can sink you

Seth's Blog: Anchoring can sink you | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Great editors, great strategy consultants, great friends--they're generous enough and bold enough to unanchor the conversation and get to the original why at the beginning of a string of decisions.
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Apartment sales worth $150 billion last year

Apartment sales worth $150 billion last year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With sales volume amounting to $150 billion, 2015 proved to be a landmark year for foreign investments in apartment buildings scattered across major U.S. cities, according to the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE).
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Commercial Real Estate Experts: Moderate Expansion, Easing Prices Expected in 2016

Commercial Real Estate Experts: Moderate Expansion, Easing Prices Expected in 2016 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite various global and domestic hurdles hindering economic growth, steady job gains and stable leasing demand should help keep commercial real estate activity expanding in 2016, according to the authors of an annual report published jointly by Situs Real Estat
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