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Hope Now prevented nearly 130,000 foreclosures in October

Hope Now prevented nearly 130,000 foreclosures in October | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Hope Now's numbers show nearly 130,000 distressed homeowners received some type of escape route from foreclosure during the month of October. 
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Redfin Mortgage expanding to Illinois

Redfin Mortgage expanding to Illinois | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Redfin announced Monday that it’s adding Illinois as Redfin Mortgage’s second state. Redfin also announced that it expects to expand its lending operation again later this year into Virginia, and plans to add more markets in 2018.
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October 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report

October 2017 RE/MAX National Housing Report | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Joining August, July, April and February, September home sales dropped 4.2% year-over-year in the report’s monthly analysis of housing data in 54 metro areas. Going in the opposite direction, the Median Sales Price increased to $225,000. Though the lowest price since March, it was 2.3% higher than September 2016. The last month when home prices did not increase year-over-year was October 2011.
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Freshly-baked museum showcases the best things since sliced bread

Freshly-baked museum showcases the best things since sliced bread | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
the building serves as a museum and exhibition space dedicated to bread, and is packed with an eclectic mix of cultural objects, art, books and toys related to the staple food.
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Airbnb’s Next Step: An Apartment Complex Designed For Home Sharing | Fast Company

Airbnb’s Next Step: An Apartment Complex Designed For Home Sharing | Fast Company | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Airbnb may have found a way to make landlords, tenants, and possibly even lawmakers happy. The home-sharing platform has teamed up with Florida developer Newgard to create Niido, a concept apartment building designed to support home sharing.
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Wespi de Meuron Romeo uses stone and plaster for lakeside house

Wespi de Meuron Romeo uses stone and plaster for lakeside house | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The property is situated on an elevated site overlooking the rooftops of the historic town centre, and is surrounded by lush Mediterranean gardens featuring palm trees and other native plants.
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Watch Hundreds of Colorful Hot-Air Balloons Fill the Sky

Watch Hundreds of Colorful Hot-Air Balloons Fill the Sky | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Dragons, Elvis, Darth Vader, and zebras soar above the dramatic landscape of New Mexico every October during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest annual gathering of hot-air balloons.
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Study shows North Atlantic wind farms could power the whole world

Study shows North Atlantic wind farms could power the whole world | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new study has found that wind speeds over the oceans could allow offshore turbines to generate far more energy than a land-based wind farm – with the North Atlantic, in particular, theoretically able to provide enough energy for all of human civilization.
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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reportedly vulnerable during Deloitte hacking

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reportedly vulnerable during Deloitte hacking | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
"We are currently not aware of any impact to Freddie Mac as a result of the recent cyber incident. We are monitoring the situation closely, and we are working with Deloitte to understand what happened and what additional safeguards it may be considering. We take cybersecurity seriously as it relates to every aspect of our business.”
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Lot Values Stable at Record High

Lot Values Stable at Record High | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Single-family lot prices remained at record high levels in 2016, with half of the lots priced at or above $45,000. According to NAHB’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) data, the median lot value reached $45,000 for the first time in 2015 exceeding the previous record of $43,000 reached in 2006, in the midst of the housing boom when twice as many single-family homes were started.
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Dubai International Airport will replace ID checks with a facial recognition aquarium

Dubai International Airport will replace ID checks with a facial recognition aquarium | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a world in which people are increasingly willing to trade privacy for convenience, facial recognition seems to be a new frontier. And the foremost pioneers on that frontier now appear to be the folks at Dubai International Airport.
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Consumer Confidence Sheds Some Light on New Home Sales

Consumer Confidence Sheds Some Light on New Home Sales | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Conference Board recently reported that the Consumer Confidence Index declined slightly in September. The present situation index declined by 1.5% from 148.4 to 146.1, while the expectations index rose by 0.5% from 101.7 to 102.2.
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What's the Difference Between a Street, a Road, and an Avenue?

What's the Difference Between a Street, a Road, and an Avenue? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Oddly enough, avenues and streets can be combined, too. In a naming convention particular to Tucson, Arizona, some roads are “Stravenues,” which run diagonal to the normal north-south/east-west grid. (The U.S. Postal Service recognizes these by the abbreviation “Stra.”)
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The Role of AI in Assisting Customer Experience

The Role of AI in Assisting Customer Experience | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
People are confused – AI is either considered to be a giant leap towards modernization or a leap towards massive levels of unemployment. It can turn out to be a sign of prosperity for many, thought of as a loyal servant, or it can turn the tide and become the master. The future of AI and what it transpires into, lies in the hands of those controlling the characteristics that bind this innovation.
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Tired of the office? Microsoft builds treehouses for its employees

Tired of the office? Microsoft builds treehouses for its employees | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sitting 12 feet off the ground, the treehouses feature skylights, WiFi, hidden wall plugs and even a gas fireplace. Two structures are now open for use, with a third opening later this year. There’s also a “Crow’s Nest” observation post.
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Dubai police to fly multirotor hoverbikes: What could possibly go wrong?

Dubai police to fly multirotor hoverbikes: What could possibly go wrong? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The magical kingdom of Dubai continues to cement its dual reputations as both the world's most future-forward city, and the most desperate for attention, with the announcement that it plans to add quadcopter-style hoverbikes to its police fleet.
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Lone Wolf Acquires Instanet Solutions | WAV Group Consulting

Lone Wolf Acquires Instanet Solutions | WAV Group Consulting | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Lone Wolf Technologies, the North American leader in residential real estate software, today announced the acquisition of Instanet Solutions, a leading provider of transaction management, electronic forms and eSignature solutions for the real estate industry.
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C.A.R. 2018 California Housing Market Forecast

C.A.R. 2018 California Housing Market Forecast | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The C.A.R. forecast sees a modest gain in existing single-family home sales of 1.0 percent next year to reach 426,200 units, up slightly from the projected 2017 sales figure of 421,900. The 2017 figure is 1.3 percent higher compared with the 416,700 pace of homes sold in 2016.
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Visiting Machu Picchu? Don't Miss This Stunning Rainforest Sanctuary

Visiting Machu Picchu? Don't Miss This Stunning Rainforest Sanctuary | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Among those is a hotel that’s a destination in its own right. Set in a global gem of biodiversity, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is one of the finest—and oldest—ecotourism destinations in Peru.
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China's topsy-turvy bridge actually has three bridges woven into one

China's topsy-turvy bridge actually has three bridges woven into one | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A bridge doesn't need to include the standard, gray concrete beams, cables, and deck. They can twist and turn and pop with color.
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How to Turn a Pineapple Into a Halloween 'Pumpkin'

How to Turn a Pineapple Into a Halloween 'Pumpkin' | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Whether you live in a beachy locale with more sun than squash plants or you’re simply not a fan of scooping strings and seeds, you might feel inclined to try out the new autumn trend that’s sweeping Instagram, according to Insider: carving pineapples into jack-o’-lanterns.
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Foreclosure inventory hits lowest point since July 2007

Foreclosure inventory hits lowest point since July 2007 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
During July, the share of mortgages in some stage of mortgage delinquency, from 30 days past due to those in foreclosure, decreased to 4.6%. This is a decrease of 0.9 percentage points from 5.5% in July 2016, however it is up slightly from 4.5% in June. 
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This Solar-Powered Town Is Home To America’s First Self-Driving Shuttle Network

This Solar-Powered Town Is Home To America’s First Self-Driving Shuttle Network | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Later this year, if someone moves into a house in Babcock Ranch–a newly built, fully solar-powered town in Florida–they’ll be able to take an autonomous shuttle to the grocery store. The shuttles (powered by electricity from the community’s own massive solar farm) will be part of the first autonomous network in the country.
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Interactive crossing lights the way for pedestrian safety

Interactive crossing lights the way for pedestrian safety | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Starling Crossing is aimed at putting people first, using LEDs to paint the road with markings that guide pedestrians safely across the road while also telling drivers and cyclists when to slow down, stop and go.
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14 Things You Owned in the '70s That are Worth a Fortune Now

14 Things You Owned in the '70s That are Worth a Fortune Now | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
From old toys and housewares to books and records, these pieces of '70s memorabilia have aged (and increased in value) like fine wine.
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Smart data exchange will bring value to smart city innovation

Smart data exchange will bring value to smart city innovation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
He believes that there’s an opportunity for cities to embrace a platform business model where the city enables a level of connectivity around its data. Inherent to this is what he calls a smart data exchange, a new kind of asset that enables cities to evolve into a new way of delivering value for its citizens so this when it gets back to the social economic benefits.
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