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Five Housing Issues to Watch in 2013

Five Housing Issues to Watch in 2013 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Home prices finally hit a bottom in 2012. So will 2013 be the year of recovery or relapse? Each day this week, we offered an area of focus for 2013.
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47% of Homes Are Selling in Less Than a Month

47% of Homes Are Selling in Less Than a Month | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Nationally, properties typically stayed on the market for 34 days in June, the shortest number of days since the National Association of REALTORS® began tracking in May 2011. Short sales spent the most time on the market with a median of 129 days,
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The two biggest challenges plaguing the appraisal industry

The two biggest challenges plaguing the appraisal industry | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In an interview with HousingWire, Scott Pickell, vice president and chief appraiser at LRES, discussed recent hurdles appraisers are facing, focusing on compliance and new appraisers.
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Stagefright vulnerability lets criminals send malware by text

Stagefright vulnerability lets criminals send malware by text | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Vulnerabilities in Android's "Stagefright" code allows criminals to send malware via text, and infect the user even if they didn't open the message
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Ten $10 million cars head for Pebble Beach

Ten $10 million cars head for Pebble Beach | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Only 18 cars have ever sold at auction for more than US$10 million, and 11 of them have sold during the Monterey Car Week auctions surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in mid-August each year. A few weeks from now, that number will likely rise dramatically as there are 10 cars going to auction over the three day Monterey auction period that are estimated to surpass the $10 million barrier
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RealtyTrac Appoints New CEO Rob Barber

RealtyTrac Appoints New CEO Rob Barber | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com), the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, today announced it has hired a new CEO for its rapidly expanding data file licensing business to continue building on the company's double-digit revenue growth cultivated over the last three and a half years. Barber will begin August 17 and will supplement the already impressive staff of industry leaders the company has been assembling for its management team.
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The Housing Market Still Isn’t Rational

The Housing Market Still Isn’t Rational | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The bottom line is that there is no reason to assume that the real estate market is even close to efficient. You may want to buy a house if you love it and can afford it. But remember that you cannot safely rely on “comparable sales” to judge that the price is fair. The market isn’t efficient enough for that.
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SALt lamp runs on a glass of water and two teaspoons of salt

SALt lamp runs on a glass of water and two teaspoons of salt | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many of the more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines lack access to electricity, so after the sun goes down light usually comes by way of kerosene lamps. While cheap, these fire hazards are bad for the environment and human health.
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New home sales fall 6.8% from May

New home sales fall 6.8% from May | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Sales of new single-family houses in June 2015 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 482,000, down 6.8% from May’s revised rate of 517,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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The Best Email I Ever Received

The Best Email I Ever Received | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
One of the most important lessons I learned from her was the 40/40/20 Rule of Email Marketing. I would walk into just about any meeting with her, and she would tell clients that 40% of their program’s success was driven by delivering someone the right message; 40% was driven by getting the message to them at the right time; and 20% was determined by the creative.
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Bank of America shakes up senior management

Bank of America shakes up senior management | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Despite seeing a $3 billion jump in its net income in the second quarter, Bank of America (BAC) is shaking up its senior management, replacing Bruce Thompson, the bank’s chief financial officer and chief risk officer, and making other moves.
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Amazon is now bigger than Walmart

Amazon is now bigger than Walmart | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Amazon, with its online power, has grown even bigger than Walmart.

Amazon's market value surged past Walmart's in after-hours trading Thursday, fueled by an unprecedented lurch in the e-commerce giant's profits.

The company shocked Wall Street by posting net income of $92 million, or 19 cents a share — a dramatic rebuke to the skeptical analysts who predicted the company would lose 14 cents a share.
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Black Knight: Foreclosure inventory drops to lowest level since 2007

Black Knight: Foreclosure inventory drops to lowest level since 2007 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The national foreclosure inventory continued to drop and dipped to the lowest level since 2007, the latest First Look report from Black Knight said.

The delinquency rate is down 3% from May and down nearly 16% from one year ago.
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Deadline to increase jumbo loan limits approaching quickly

Deadline to increase jumbo loan limits approaching quickly | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), which sets jumbo loan limits, began collecting public opinion about a proposed increase in the jumbo loan threshold and the deadline to submit input is July 27.
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C.A.R. Opposes Tax on Home Buyers in Senate Bill

C.A.R. Opposes Tax on Home Buyers in Senate Bill | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is opposing a provision in the highway bill now being considered by the U.S. Senate that taxes home buyers by increasing the fees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge on their loans.
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14 of the best beach houses by contemporary architects

14 of the best beach houses by contemporary architects | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Beach houses have long been associated with traditional clapboard architecture – but architects are reinventing the vernacular, swapping roofs for swimming pools and introducing dramatic cantilevers. Here are 14 of the best contemporary examples from the pages of Dezeen.
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Homeownership rate drops to 48-year low

Homeownership rate drops to 48-year low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The homeownership rate in the United States in the second quarter declined to 63.4%, the lowest it has been since 1967, according to data from the Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau.
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Black Knight Home Price Index Report: May Transactions U.S. Home Prices Up 1.1 Percent for the Month; Up 5.1 Percent Year-Over-Year

Black Knight Home Price Index Report: May Transactions U.S. Home Prices Up 1.1 Percent for the Month; Up 5.1 Percent Year-Over-Year | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Black Knight HPI combines the company's extensive property and loan-level databases to produce a repeat sales analysis of home prices as of their transaction dates every month for each of more than 18,500 U.S. ZIP codes. The Black Knight HPI represents the price of non-distressed sales by taking into account price discounts for REO and short sales.
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How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
We all want it both ways: to get what we want from a tough negotiation and to walk away with our relationship intact. The good news is that kind of outcome is possible. But how exactly do you drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills? How do you advocate for what you want without burning important bridges?
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Update on the Autocomplete API

Update on the Autocomplete API | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In the interest of maintaining the integrity of autocomplete as part of Search, we will be restricting unauthorized access to the unpublished autocomplete API as of August 10th, 2015. We want to ensure that users experience autocomplete as it was designed to be used -- as a service closely tied to Search. We believe this provides the best user experience for both services.
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With Rs.70 Million Seed Funding; India’s FirstPproperty Multiple Listing Service IndiaMLS Launched

With Rs.70 Million Seed Funding; India’s FirstPproperty Multiple Listing Service IndiaMLS Launched | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
With Rs.70 Million Seed Funding; India’s FirstPproperty Multiple Listing Service IndiaMLS Launched. Listed online real estate database operator Zillow Group (NASDAQ: Z) valued at $4.8 bn, and Commercial Real Estate Information company CoStar Group Inc. (valued at $7 bn) have set the tone for online real estate valuations worldwide.
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Village now charges real estate agents to display for sale signs

Village now charges real estate agents to display for sale signs | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Officials in Corrales, a village just north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, surprised real estate agents this week when they hung black plastic bags over 35 “For Sale” signs in an effort to finally enforce a local ordinance, an article in the Albuquerque Journal said.
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CoreLogic 2Q revenue hits $386M, misses expectations

CoreLogic 2Q revenue hits $386M, misses expectations | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
CoreLogic (CLGX) reported second-quarter revenue of $386.0 million, up 5.5% from prior-year levels, as higher U.S. mortgage origination volumes, market share gains in core underwriting solutions and demand for property data and analytics drove improved results. 
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Veros connects Sapphire to FHA electronic appraisal portal

Veros connects Sapphire to FHA electronic appraisal portal | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Santa Ana, California-based Veros Real Estate Solutions  residential collateral valuation management platform, Sapphire, will now provide lenders with a direct connection to the Federal Housing Administration Electronic Appraisal Delivery portal.
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Redfin debuts new housing demand index, and it's got some bad news

Redfin debuts new housing demand index, and it's got some bad news | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Homebuyer demand, an early indicator of housing­market performance, was up 13% year over year in June, the smallest increase since January, according to Redfin’s new housing demand index, which debuted Thursday at a level of 113.
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An Immersive Geometric Maze Built On The Site Of A Coal Mine

An Immersive Geometric Maze Built On The Site Of A Coal Mine | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Getting lost in tight spaces isn't normally a good thing if you're at a coal mine. That is, unless you're lucky enough to be wandering the corridors of Belgian architects Gijs Van Vaerenbergh's immersive steel labyrinth, located on the old Winterslag mining site in Genk, Belgium.
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