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Backpack Charger Revives 3 Mobile Devices On The Go [VIDEO]

Backpack Charger Revives 3 Mobile Devices On The Go [VIDEO] | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A Southern California company is raising money on Kickstarter to fund production for its backpack charger that can power three mobile devices.
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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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Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos Because Algorithms Are Better At Filters Than You

Facebook Starts Auto-Enhancing Photos Because Algorithms Are Better At Filters Than You | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

We’re not ace photographers, but we all take photos. Most could use a little help with light and shadow. So rather than making you manually filter them, Facebook tells me it will now auto-enhance newly uploaded photos starting today on iOS and soon on Android. You’ll be able to adjust a slider to control just how enhanced you want the light, shadow, and clarity, or revert back to your original shot.

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FOMC: Fed maintains federal funds rate

FOMC: Fed maintains federal funds rate | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the latest Fed meeting, the current 0% to .25% target range for the federal funds rate will likely be appropriate for a considerable time following the end of its asset purchase program in October.
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Senate fails to pass Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

Senate fails to pass Terrorism Risk Insurance Act | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act is critical to the housing industry, and despite passing the House on a bipartisan vote, the Senate failed to reauthorize it before recessing. Here's what the industry has to say.
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Watch 13 Dogs And A Cat Have A Pefectly Civilized Holiday Feast

Watch 13 Dogs And A Cat Have A Pefectly Civilized Holiday Feast | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

In its new holiday ad, online pet food retailer Freshpets takes this sentiment to its ridiculous extreme by giving a collection of 13 dogs and a cat, human torsos, arms, hands, and a holiday dinner table. The combo of the dog's head and human hands device has been used before but, maybe due to the addition of eyeglasses, the result is awesome.

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Eastern N.C. realtor groups to establish regional MLS

Eastern N.C. realtor groups to establish regional MLS | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Seven professional realtor organizations in eastern North Carolina are joining forces to establish a regional multiple listing service, or MLS.
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MMREM acquires real estate auction company RealtyBid.com

MMREM acquires real estate auction company RealtyBid.com | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Matt Martin Real Estate Management announced a definitive agreement to acquire RealtyBid.com. This greatly expands the company’s capabilities with a proven disposition platform for owners of single-family residences and commercial assets.
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Real-Time eMail Tactics

Real-Time eMail Tactics | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

According a report from The Relevancy Group entitled Exploring The Benefits Of Real-Time Email, by David Daniels, 73% of consumers utilize their mobile phone to access one or more email accounts, making it crucial for marketers to ensure that email messages render properly on mobile phones, and to leverage real-time email marketing to keep content fresh.

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5 Ways to Work from Home More Effectively

5 Ways to Work from Home More Effectively | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

More people are foregoing a lengthy commute and working from home. Whether you are a full-time freelancer or the occasional telecommuter, working outside an office can be a challenge. What are the best ways to set yourself up for success? How do you stay focused and productive? And how do you keep your work life separate from your home life?

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This Futuristic Office Doesn't Have Chairs And Desks

This Futuristic Office Doesn't Have Chairs And Desks | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Standing and sitting is boring. A new office concept on display in Amsterdam offers places to leana much less static way of working.
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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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Big Banks Return to Pre-Crisis Lending Standards, Regulator Says

Big Banks Return to Pre-Crisis Lending Standards, Regulator Says | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The largest U.S. banks have lowered their standards for some of the riskiest lending in a sign that weak underwriting is returning to levels seen before the 2008 financial crisis, according to a regulator’s report.
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State of New York bans fracking

State of New York bans fracking | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Citing the potential for air and water pollution and inestimable public-health risks, the state of New York has officially banned the oil and gas extraction process known as fracking. The move becomes that latest in an ongoing nationwide battle over fracking. Here's why it matters for housing.
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Lenders fear weakening mortgage demand in 2015

Lenders fear weakening mortgage demand in 2015 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The outlook for 2015 is generally good, but lenders are worried that demand for mortgages is going to slow. Here's why, and why they may be right to worry.
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Senate approves short sale tax break

Senate approves short sale tax break | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Homeowners who had short sales in 2014 were facing massive tax bills unless Congress extended short sale tax breaks. The House of Representatives did its part two weeks ago, and now the Senate has followed suit.
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Metrolist rebrands as it celebrates 30th anniversary

Metrolist rebrands as it celebrates 30th anniversary | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

"The change of our corporate name to REcolorado is an important milestone in the history of our company," said Kirby Slunaker, president and CEO of REcolorado. "It reflects our broader focus on providing consumers the most accurate and up-to-date resources for buying and selling Colorado homes, while continuing to serve our member base of more than 16,000 Colorado realtors and real estate professionals."

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FHFA’s new regulation on HTF allocations starts today

FHFA’s new regulation on HTF allocations starts today | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The FHFA issued a new rule that prohibits GSEs from redirecting the costs to mortgages originators and is accepting written comments on the regulation.
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Housing starts fall in November led by single-family decline

Housing starts fall in November led by single-family decline | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in November were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,035,000. This is 5.2% below the revised October rate of 1,092,000 and is 0.2% below the November 2013 estimate of 1,037,000.

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What Artificial Intelligence Is Not

What Artificial Intelligence Is Not | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

Artificial Intelligence has been in the media a lot lately. So much so that it’s only a matter of time before it graduates to meaningless buzz word status like “big data” and “cloud.” Usually I would be a big supporter. Being in the AI space, any attention to our often overlooked industry is welcome. But there seems to be more misinformation out there than solid facts.

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Seth's Blog: The annual plan construction set

Seth's Blog: The annual plan construction set | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it

It's that time of year, when big companies race to put together their annual plan for the coming year. These documents, even though they're now digital, involve thousands of hours of analog meetings and discussion and compromise. To save you time, here's a simple list you can use. Just pick one or more phrases, string them together using words like, "using," and a bit of reconjugation and you're on your way.

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