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Data brokers are gathering your personal info this very minute

Data brokers are gathering your personal info this very minute | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Data companies are scooping up enormous amounts of information about almost every American. They sell information about whether you’re pregnant or divorced or trying to lose weight, about how rich you are and what kinds of cars you have.

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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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Google begins rolling out free internet to public housing in Fiber cities

Google begins rolling out free internet to public housing in Fiber cities | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
After making preliminary moves to do this last year, Google has officially announced that it will be bringing gigabit internet to public housing properties in all cities that offer Google Fiber — for free. The company is starting today with a property called West Bluff in Kansas City, its first-ever Fiber market.
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Former Xome CEO and Groupon exec Kal Raman takes new gig at Samsung as chief digital officer

Former Xome CEO and Groupon exec Kal Raman takes new gig at Samsung as chief digital officer | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The former Groupon COO and Drugstore.com CEO is now the chief digital officer at Samsung, according to a recent change on Raman’s LinkedIn profile.
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Zillow Group to Acquire Naked Apartments

Zillow Group to Acquire Naked Apartments | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Zillow® Group (NASDAQ: Z and ZG), which houses a portfolio of the largest and most vibrant real estate and home-related brands on mobile and Web, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Naked Apartments®, New York City's largest rentals-only platform, for $13 million in cash. The transaction is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the next few weeks. 
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For Better Presentations, Start with a Villain

For Better Presentations, Start with a Villain | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Many executives start presentations about products or initiatives with a vague theme statement, often expressed with as much pith as a puff of smoke: “We have a new focus on customer satisfaction,” or “Our current strategic goals are execution and innovation.” But this approach is not only lacking but lackluster. Did Shakespeare begin Hamlet by saying “This is a play about indecision”? Of course not.
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Is subprime lending ready for a comeback?

Is subprime lending ready for a comeback? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Subprime mortgage lending earned a bad reputation in the years leading up to the financial crisis of 2007-2008, and rightfully so. In the midst of a freewheeling lending environment that ignored most tried and true underwriting standards, Subprime loans played a significant role in a cascade of default causing harm to borrowers, lenders, and investors alike.
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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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Apple ordered to pay $625M in patent dispute

Apple ordered to pay $625M in patent dispute | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Apple must pay VirnetX for using the patent licensing company's Internet security technology without permission in its FaceTime and iMessage features.
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"NFL 2016: Part One" — A Bad Lip Reading of the NFL

"We'll fight y'all on Tiger Mountain!" More fun with NFL mouth shapes. PART TWO COMING SOON! Like on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/badlipreading Follow o...
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Long & Foster Real Estate Launches Moxi Engage

Long & Foster Real Estate Launches Moxi Engage | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Long & Foster Real Estate recently announced that it will make Moxi Engage™ available to all its sales associates in the coming months. The leading customer relationship management (CRM) and productivity solution is part of the product suite from Moxi Works, the leading technology firm in which Long & Foster invested in September 2015.

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Quicken Loans' parent company breaks into personal loans

Quicken Loans' parent company breaks into personal loans | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Quicken Loans’ parent company Rock Holdings is officially taking a step outside of mortgages and adding personal loans to it’s list of offerings by introducing its newest company RocketLoans.

Building off the digital landscape that Quicken Loans has created, RocketLoans was created with the same streamlined intention, with most applications and approvals taking less than 10 minutes.
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