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Seth's Blog: The curse of incremental improvement

Seth's Blog: The curse of incremental improvement | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In an industrial, competitive culture, most things are just barely good enough. Cell phone calls, if they were any worse, would be unusable. MP3 files sound not nearly as good as they could. Car mileage goes up, but really slowly....
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MRED’s Help Desk Does What Michael Jordan Couldn't - Four-Peat

MRED’s Help Desk Does What Michael Jordan Couldn't - Four-Peat | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

 Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS), is pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year its Technical Help Desk has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Call Centers in the United States and Canada by BenchmarkPortal. MRED’s Help Desk has been identified as one of the best small business centers in the category of organizations having 5 to100 full-time call center personnel.

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Mark Pullinger Named Marketing Director for City Region of Coldwell Banker

Mark Pullinger Named Marketing Director for City Region of Coldwell Banker | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Named the new marketing director of the city region for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, marketing veteran Mark Pullinger is to now oversee marketing operations of six branch offices and 700 real estate agents.

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Department of Energy Issues Draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation to Foster Clean Energy Innovation

Department of Energy Issues Draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation to Foster Clean Energy Innovation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Department of Energy Issues Draft Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Solicitation to Foster Clean Energy Innovation
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Q1 2014 Home Equity & Underwater Report

Q1 2014 Home Equity & Underwater Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
9.1 million U.S. residential properties were seriously underwater representing 17 percent of all properties with a mortgage in the first quarter of 2014.
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Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Help Communities Boost Solar Deployment

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Help Communities Boost Solar Deployment | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

 In support of the Administration’s goal of doubling renewable energy generation for a second time by 2020, the Energy Department today announced $15 million to help communities develop multi-year solar plans to install affordable solar electricity for homes and businesses.

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Could you live in a home the size of a parking space?

Could you live in a home the size of a parking space? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

A team of students and professors at Georgia's Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) recently unveiled a tiny house prototype cited as the future of urban living. Dubbed SCADpad, the home in question can fit into a standard-sized car parking space and is expected to cost around US$40,000 to produce.

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Is Your Connected Car Safe From Hackers?

Is Your Connected Car Safe From Hackers? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new breed of Internet-enabled cars from Tesla, Ford, GM, Toyota, and others offer drivers new features and conveniences--but also create loopholes...
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Already exploited on TV cop and spy shows

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The World's Coolest Prefab Houses

The World's Coolest Prefab Houses | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Prefab used to get a bad rap. Mass-produced in factories, modular homes were considered cheap, like the architectural equivalent of TV dinners. Buster Keaton famously parodied the prefab house in his 1920 slapstick filmOne Week, in which a couple receives as a wedding gift a home-in-a-box that can supposedly be built in a week. It doesn't go so well.

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With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets

With Gnip, Twitter Is Ready To Sell Your Tweets | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Twitter on Tuesday announced the acquisition of social data analytics startup Gnip, which is one of the only companies with access to Twitter’s firehose of data—all the tweets and activity streams on Twitter since the platform launched in 2006. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Wells Fargo to expand acceptance of e-sign docs

Wells Fargo to expand acceptance of e-sign docs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The move comes months after the Federal Housing Administration’s announcement that it would be accepting more electronic signatures on mortgage-related documents as well.
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The Quick and Dirty on Data Visualization

The Quick and Dirty on Data Visualization | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Displaying data can be a tricky proposition, because different rules apply in different contexts. A sales director presenting financial projections to a group of field reps wouldn’t visualize her data the same way that a design consultant would in a written proposal to a potential client.

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Realtor.com finalizing new version of AgentMatch search tool

Realtor.com finalizing new version of AgentMatch search tool | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
AgentMatch -- the agent search tool from realtor.com that ranked agents by their multiple listing service transaction stats before trials in two test markets were suspended last year -- will soon have a successor.
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Here's proof the housing bubble is about to burst

Here's proof the housing bubble is about to burst | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If those economists who believe the government will continue to intervene are right, the outcome would further fuel a false demand for available housing. But will this government or even a new one want to step in again to bail out consumers?
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Realtor.com® March 2014 Housing Report: National Growth in Housing Inventory and Days on Market Signal Healthier Market for Spring Home Buyers

Realtor.com® March 2014 Housing Report: National Growth in Housing Inventory and Days on Market Signal Healthier Market for Spring Home Buyers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate operated by Move, Inc. (MOVE), today released its National Housing Trend Report for March 2014. The report shows year-over-year growth in inventory and days on market, which are welcome signs for spring home buyers. Combined with modest price increases, this growth speaks to a healthier market currently than in the early home buying season in 2013.

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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
California’s housing market ticked upward in March to reach the highest level in four months, but sales were still lower than a year ago as declining housing affordability continues to put downward pressure on the market.
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Infants Are Unable To Play With Building Blocks Because They're Too Addicted To iPads

Infants Are Unable To Play With Building Blocks Because They're Too Addicted To iPads | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The children know how to use the devices, but barely know how to play with actual toys.
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‘Redefining the American Dream’: Rental properties take off in Naperville

‘Redefining the American Dream’: Rental properties take off in Naperville | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Time was when the American Dream included a house, a family with a couple of kids, a dog and a vehicle to schlep everyone around to soccer games, PTA meetings, the grocery store and church.
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Homes.com Reveals "Green" Homes Are Becoming More Dominant Across the Country

Homes.com Reveals "Green" Homes Are Becoming More Dominant Across the Country | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

As Earth Day approaches and peak real estate season draws near, many renters and homeowners are considering how their decisions impact the planet. Homes.com, leading online real estate listing site and lifestyle resource, delved into the earth-friendly listings available on the site to determine which areas of the country are home to the most 'green' listings, 

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How to Find Financial Assistance for Your Down Payment

How to Find Financial Assistance for Your Down Payment | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The 20% down that many lenders require before issuing a mortgage is making the dream of owning a home less of a reality for some.
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Hundreds of programs immediately available to every MRED customer

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5 brilliant insights in the CoreLogic April MarketPulse

5 brilliant insights in the CoreLogic April MarketPulse | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Shorter-term mortgages are on the rise, rising rates and equity may mean more HELOCs and short sales may fall of the cliff.
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This French Technology Could Help Save Shopping Malls

This French Technology Could Help Save Shopping Malls | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

The technology, called the Inspiration Corridor, was created in partnership with the digital advertising agency DigitasLBi. It's basically a booth shoppers can step into that surrounds the shopper with visual representations of clothing they might like to buy.

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Uber's NYC Manager Defends Taxi Driver Who Ditched Passenger For An Uber Client

Uber's NYC Manager Defends Taxi Driver Who Ditched Passenger For An Uber Client | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Monday night, New York-based Guardian editor Erin McCann says she got kicked out of a cab by a driver who wanted to pick up an Uber customer, Valleywag first reported. 

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Arrogance of success?

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Latest CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Analysis: Price Momentum for Commercial Real Estate Continued to Build in February

Latest CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Analysis: Price Momentum for Commercial Real Estate Continued to Build in February | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

his month's CoStar Commercial Repeat Sale Indices (CCRSI) provide the market's first look at February 2014 commercial real estate pricing. Based on 1,028 repeat sales in February 2014 and more than 125,000 repeat sales since 1996, the CCRSI offers the broadest measure of commercial real estate repeat sales activity.

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Court denies Move's motion to block new Zillow employee

Court denies Move's motion to block new Zillow employee | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A King County Superior Court Judge has denied a motion by Move Inc. to block the employment of Errol Samuelson at Zillow, a legal case that's drawn interes
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Skyrocketing prices trigger backlash against foreign buyers

Skyrocketing prices trigger backlash against foreign buyers | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Following in the footsteps of Hong Kong, Singapore has raised the buyer's stamp duty on overseas real estate investors by an extra 15 percent.
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