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ListHub to convert to new RETS syndication standard

ListHub to convert to new RETS syndication standard | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Real estate listing data through ListHub

ListHub is the largest syndicator of real estate listings in the U.S., and is announcing today that by September, they will fully implement the newly released Real Estate Transaction Standard (RETS) Syndication Standard

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State lawmakers push to ease mortgage industry requirements

State lawmakers push to ease mortgage industry requirements | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Could other states soon follow? Proponents claim the changes will cut costs for mortgage professionals in the state, while critics say they would dilute protections for borrowers.
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Austin Board of Realtors moves into new headquarters on Spicewood Springs Road

Austin Board of Realtors moves into new headquarters on Spicewood Springs Road | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The 33,000-square-foot building includes a members' lounge, an outdoor terrace, conference rooms, a coffee bar, a catering preparation kitchen and an event center that can accommodate about 310 people. 

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How to Prevent Experts from Hoarding Knowledge

How to Prevent Experts from Hoarding Knowledge | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Asked if he would be willing to share his hard-earned knowledge with others in the company before he retired, the engineer laughed. “Why would I do that?” he asked. “First off, I don’t owe this company anything more. I’ve given 35 years to this outfit, and I hope they miss me when I’m gone. Or,” he added with a bit of a twinkle, “hire me back at double pay as a consultant.”

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The 17 Most Amazing Christmas Towns In America

The 17 Most Amazing Christmas Towns In America | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and these towns definitely take notice.
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We Surveyed People About Smartwatches And Their Answers Reveal Why This Market Will Be Small

We Surveyed People About Smartwatches And Their Answers Reveal Why This Market Will Be Small | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A global survey BI Intelligence conducted among Business Insider readers during October 2014 illustrates what consumers are looking for in a smartwatch, and whether they intend to purchase one. We generated over 2,000 responses from Business Insider readers, who tend to be young, affluent professionals — ostensibly the target market for a smartwatch. 

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Fyusion’s cool 3D photos could one day power user-generated VR

Fyusion’s cool 3D photos could one day power user-generated VR | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
San Francisco-based computer vision startup Fyusion released a new version of its Fyuse app for iOS and Android Wednesday that allows consumers to record unique 3D photospheres that the company has dubbed “surround view.” The company believes that this could augment all kinds of things, ranging from selfies to fashion shows — but when I got a…
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Countrywide whistleblower will receive $57 million

Countrywide whistleblower will receive $57 million | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The whistleblower at the center of the so-called Hustle case against Bank of America over Countrywide mortgage loans will also receive a hefty payout for his participation in the record $16.65 billion settlement between BofA and the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve claims over toxic mortgage-backed securities on residential mortgage loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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New York establishes new cyber security examination process for financial institutions

New York establishes new cyber security examination process for financial institutions | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

New York’s Department of Financial Services released a letter on December 10, 2014, announcing the details of its plan to focus more attention on cyber security matters in conducting examinations. Directed at New York-chartered or -licensed banking institutions, the letter notes that the Department will be incorporating a number of new security-oriented questions and topics into its pre-examination “First Day Letters.” 

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FHA’s HAWK Program Nixed

FHA’s HAWK Program Nixed | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Federal Housing Administration's pilot program, designed to extend credit to underserved borrowers and help unlock savings on FHA-insured loans, won't move forward.
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Quadriplegic successfully uses mind-controlled robotic arm

Quadriplegic successfully uses mind-controlled robotic arm | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Building on a previous study, University of Pittsburgh researchers gave quadriplegic Jan Scheuermann the ability to control a sophisticated robotic arm and pick up and manipulate objects of varyin...
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Referrals valued more than leads from third-party websites

Referrals valued more than leads from third-party websites | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A recent survey of real estate executives by real estate marketing firm Imprev has shed some light on the issue, finding that the gap in quality between leads acquired through relationships and leads generated through third-party websites is more like a chasm than a ditch.

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Real Estate Firms and MLSs Team Up to Launch New Consumer Website

Real Estate Firms and MLSs Team Up to Launch New Consumer Website | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
ARROYO GRANDE, Calif., Dec. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, real estate brokerage firms representing more than 300,000 Realtors® and 25 leading Multiple Listings Service (MLS) firms with 350,000 agent and broker subscribers announced the formation of a new company that will develop and manage a new consumer website. The name of the new company has yet to be determined. This announcement is the first time that the 50 industry leaders participating in early formation discussions have released
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Zillow: Number of underwater homeowners sliced in half

Zillow: Number of underwater homeowners sliced in half | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
More Americans are coming out of negative equity, with the number tumbling by more than 40% since 2012. However, this doesn’t guarantee a rosy forecast for underwater homeowners.
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Seth's Blog: Who let the air out of the balloon?

Seth's Blog: Who let the air out of the balloon? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Music, newspapers, books... most forms of media were exciting, high-pressure hothouses, environments with hits and winners and action and impact. Many players in these industries are now trying to figure out where all the zing went. The mattering seems to...
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Zillow Expanded Real Estate Partnerships in 2014: New MLS and Brokerage Partnerships Bring 400,000 Direct Listings; Nearly 4,000 Brokerages Now Market Listings on Zillow

Zillow Expanded Real Estate Partnerships in 2014: New MLS and Brokerage Partnerships Bring 400,000 Direct Listings; Nearly 4,000 Brokerages Now Market Listings on Zillow | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z), the leading real estate information and home related marketplace, in 2014, created more new partnerships across the real estate industry than in any prior year. The new partnerships added hundreds of thousands of direct listings, improving their accuracy and timeliness. Partnerships included new relationships with multiple listings services (MLSs), brokerages, technology providers and real estate agents and brokers.

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Take A Ride On America's Top 10 Bike Lanes

Take A Ride On America's Top 10 Bike Lanes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

U.S. cities have long lagged those biking powerhouses. The first protected lane here was installed only in 2008, in New York. But then the last few years has seen steady progress, with more cities building them. There are now 183 projects in all, according to a database kept by PeopleForBikes, a Colorado advocacy group.

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BPG: brand new image format is half the size of a JPEG - AGBeat

BPG: brand new image format is half the size of a JPEG - AGBeat | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

French programmer, Fabrice Bellard, has developed a new image format that could cure this problem. The BPG (Better Portable Graphics) image format delivers the same image quality (or better, from what we’ve seen) as a JPEG file, claiming to be half the size.

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The Best View Yet Of Apple's New 'Spaceship' Headquarters That's Beginning To Take Shape

The Best View Yet Of Apple's New 'Spaceship' Headquarters That's Beginning To Take Shape | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The futuristic campus is designed by Norman Foster's firm, Foster + Partners, and will feature curved glass panels, an underground parking lot, a private auditorium for keynotes and product launches, and a 360-degree view of nature.

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Where Wall Street is Most Likely to Cash out of the Single Family Rental Market

Where Wall Street is Most Likely to Cash out of the Single Family Rental Market | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

After nearly three years and hundreds of thousands of property purchases, the nascent single family rental industry is at a crossroads in terms of future growth and long-term staying power. Many are wondering how many of the players will “cash out” of their property portfolios given the strong home price appreciation over the past few years — and if so how that liquidation would impact local markets with a high density of single family homes purchased as rentals.

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Yellen talks interest rates and oil prices

Yellen talks interest rates and oil prices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen commented on two hot topics in the market right now: interest rates and oil prices. And her answers might surprise you.
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Redfin raises $71 million for continued expansion

Redfin raises $71 million for continued expansion | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In the latest move in what has been a banner year in the battle for domination of the online real estate market, Redfin announced that it received a large injection of funding from several large investors. The company said that it plans to use the money to continue its growth.
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Zillow Shareholders and Trulia Stockholders Approve Planned Acquisition

Zillow Shareholders and Trulia Stockholders Approve Planned Acquisition | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Zillow, Inc. (Nasdaq:Z) and Trulia, Inc. (NYSE:TRLA) today announced that Zillow shareholders and Trulia stockholders voted resoundingly to approve the previously announced definitive agreement, dated as of July 28, 2014, pursuant to which Zillow will acquire Trulia.

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MLS Pin Quietly Rolls Out Public Facing Site

MLS Pin Quietly Rolls Out Public Facing Site | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Site features include a range of options and information similar to those available on other portal sites like Zillow or Realtor.com, including map search, school and neighborhood data and walk scores, as well as photos and tax data. Listings are pulled directly from MLS Pin, ensuring accuracy. Search results display days on market, while listing pages prominently feature the photo and contact info of the listing agent, and only the listing agent. - See more at: http://www.bankerandtradesman.com/news162209.html#sthash.uo4ZoQfp.dpufMLS Pin Quietly Rolls Out Public Facing Site

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Calif - November home sales and price report

Calif - November home sales and price report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Slower price gains and the lowest interest rates in nearly two years did little to spur November home sales as low housing affordability and tight supply conditions remained obstacles to entering the market for would-be buyers, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today. 

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News Corp Announces New Leadership at Move, Inc.

News Corp Announces New Leadership at Move, Inc. | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
NEW YORK---- News Corp announced today that Ryan O’ Hara will become Chief Executive Officer of Move, Inc., effective January 5, 2015. News Corp acquired Move, a leading provider of online real estate services, including realtor.com ®, last month. We are also extremely grateful to Steve Berkowitz for his years of astute and principled leadership, during which period...
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