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gTLDS: Catalyst for Disruptive Innovation

gTLDS: Catalyst for Disruptive Innovation | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Brand applicants have a game-changing opportunity to innovate and develop disruptive new digital models around their top-level domains.
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NAR - Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% in March

NAR - Existing-Home Sales Jumped 4.4% in March | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Total existing-home sales 1, https://www.nar.realtor/topics/existing-home-sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, ascended 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.71 million in March from a downwardly revised 5.47 million in February. March's sales pace is 5.9 percent above a year ago and surpasses January as the strongest month of sales since February 2007 (5.79 million).
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Black Knight’s First Look at March 2017 Mortgage Data: Delinquency Rate Drops to 11-Year Low; Prepayments Up 20 Percent from February’s Three-Year Low

Black Knight’s First Look at March 2017 Mortgage Data: Delinquency Rate Drops to 11-Year Low; Prepayments Up 20 Percent from February’s Three-Year Low | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Delinquencies declined 14 percent month-over-month, hitting their lowest level since March 2006 and the fourth lowest point since the turn of the century
Total non-current inventory – all loans 30 days or more past due or in active foreclosure – fell below 2.3 million, the lowest volume in 11 years
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Wet 'n' windy portable turbine spins up battery power off-grid

Wet 'n' windy portable turbine spins up battery power off-grid | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
While an outdoor adventure is a great time to switch off from the digital world, the modern mountaineer or connected camper might still want to send some snaps to social media. Battery life usually limits that luxury, but there's a tent-load of gadgets you could take with you to top up your devices, and now there's a new one vying for room in your backpack.
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Ninth Circuit Holds Website Can Lose DMCA Safe Harbor by Using Moderators

Ninth Circuit Holds Website Can Lose DMCA Safe Harbor by Using Moderators | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an online provider may become ineligible for the safe harbor provided by Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if its moderators help select content submitted by users.
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Major changes coming to how your credit score is calculated

Major changes coming to how your credit score is calculated | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Using what's known as trended data is the biggest change. The phrase means credit scores will take into account the trajectory of a borrower's debts on a month-to-month basis. So a person who is paying down debt is now likely to be scored better than a person who is making minimum monthly payments but has been slowly accumulating credit card debt.
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Hey banks! Survey says you’re too confident in your cybersecurity efforts

Hey banks! Survey says you’re too confident in your cybersecurity efforts | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
On the other side, the survey found that on average, respondents reported that their banks had experienced 85 serious attempted cyber breaches each year. Of these, about one third (36%) were successful, meaning at least some information was obtained through the breach. In these instances, it took 59% of banks several months to detect breaches that occurred.
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Ohio first state to ban plywood on empty homes

Ohio first state to ban plywood on empty homes | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
According to the Associated Press, the state became the first in the nation to outlaw the use of plywood on properties certified as vacant and abandoned. The prohibition was tucked into one of 28 bills signed by Ohio Governor John Kasich.
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Empty Nest Households Are on the Rise

Empty Nest Households Are on the Rise | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
There are more empty nests in the United States than ever before. The number of older homeowners who live in large, single-family homes with no kids has marched steadily upward over the past decade – rising from 11.9 percent (13.2 million) of all households nationwide in 2005 to 15.5 percent (18.3 million households) in 2015.[1]
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Google Earth just rolled out its biggest update yet — here's what's new

Google Earth just rolled out its biggest update yet — here's what's new | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
In a massive update, the virtual globe has introduced a feature called "Voyager." No longer will you be limited to only exploring places you've heard about, nor will you have to resort to randomly clicking on areas of the planet in hopes of finding a gem. Instead, "Voyager" presents you with dozens of curated journeys around the globe. 
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The Hanging Gardens of .... Birmingham?

The Hanging Gardens of .... Birmingham? | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
British firm Architects of Invention has drawn inspiration from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, for its latest project. Envisioned for Birmingham, UK, the Garden Hill proposal consists of two wooden residential towers with an interesting stepped design and some sustainable features.
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Silicon Valley Sides With Yelp In Battle Over Takedown Order

Silicon Valley Sides With Yelp In Battle Over Takedown Order | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
After Yelp learned about the case, it intervened and asked the judge to vacate the injunction. The company said it should have been able to appear in court and defend its right to display the review.
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Baltimore's solar-powered water wheel has now removed 1.1 million lbs of rubbish from the river

Baltimore's solar-powered water wheel has now removed 1.1 million lbs of rubbish from the river | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Mr.Trash has been in use since 2014, removing over 1 million lbs of rubbish from Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Some of that rubbish includes 8.9 million cigarette butts and half a million polystyrene containers. 
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16 of the coolest apps and gadgets you should use the next time you travel

16 of the coolest apps and gadgets you should use the next time you travel | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
These apps and tech gadgets will help you plan your trip, book your stay, and find cool things to do once you're there.
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Illinois housing market swings into spring with jump in home sales, prices

Illinois housing market swings into spring with jump in home sales, prices | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in March 2017 totaled 13,274 homes sold, up 9.6 percent from 12,116 in March 2016.
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Celebrating the very best in sustainable buildings

Celebrating the very best in sustainable buildings | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Each year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) reveals its 10 most sustainable buildings. Representing some of the best high-profile green architecture you're likely to see in one place, this year's selection includes solar-powered schools, super-efficient universities, and a Singaporean hospital that uses 69 percent less energy than its typical US counterpart.
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Biometric Mastercard features an embedded fingerprint sensor

Biometric Mastercard features an embedded fingerprint sensor | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Citing convenience and security as its motivations, Mastercard has introduced a credit card with an integrated fingerprint scanner. That means users can make purchases using the digits on their hands rather than those on their mind, as is becoming increasingly common on today's mobile devices and computers.
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Sellers and REALTORS® to benefit from format change to Illinois residential disclosure reports

Sellers and REALTORS® to benefit from format change to Illinois residential disclosure reports | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A format change to the Illinois REALTORS® version of the Residential Real Property Disclosure Report will help seller clients and their REALTORS® better document when disclosures are presented to buyers.
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Rents Rise at Slowest Pace in Five Years

Rents Rise at Slowest Pace in Five Years | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Rents across the country rose 0.7 percent from last March, the slowest rate of appreciation since November 2012, as new construction began to meet renter demand and soften the market. The median rent payment in the U.S. is now $1,408, according to the March Zillow® Real Estate Market Reportsi.
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American Society of Appraisers, National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers to merge

American Society of Appraisers, National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers to merge | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A shift in the appraiser world is underway, as the American Society of Appraisers and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers announced Wednesday that the groups plan to merge.
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A low-flying pet supplies company just sold to PetSmart in the biggest e-commerce sale ever

A low-flying pet supplies company just sold to PetSmart in the biggest e-commerce sale ever | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
If you haven’t heard of Chewy, you aren’t alone. But PetSmart, the retail giant with more than 1,500 stores across the U.S., has clearly been tracking the low-flying, five-year-old pet supplies company. According to Recode, it just agreed to purchase its young rival for a stunning $3.35 billion, just slightly more than Walmart paid for Jet.com last year.
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Here’s Everything Facebook Announced at F8

Here’s Everything Facebook Announced at F8 | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, Facebook kicked off its annual F8 developer conference with a keynote address. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others on his executive team made a bunch of announcements aimed at developers, but the implications for Facebook’s users was pretty clear. The apps that billions of us use daily—Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram—are going to be getting new camera tricks, new augmented reality capabilities, and more bots.
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Tech-Driven Economy Drives U.S. Industrial Vacancy Rates To Lowest Levels In Nearly Two Decades

Tech-Driven Economy Drives U.S. Industrial Vacancy Rates To Lowest Levels In Nearly Two Decades | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Latest U.S. Industrial Market Outlook Identifies Nashville, Phoenix, Oakland, San Diego and Seattle as the Top 5 Markets to Buy Industrial Properties
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30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall to Lowest Levels Since November; Current Rate is 3.72%

30-Year Fixed Mortgage Rates Fall to Lowest Levels Since November; Current Rate is 3.72% | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate on Zillow® Mortgages is currently 3.72 percent, down 12 basis points from this time last week. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell early last week, then hovered around 3.76 percent for most of the week before falling to the current rate.
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Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts Uses Smart Design To Make Sense of Government Spending

Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts Uses Smart Design To Make Sense of Government Spending | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
A new project from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Seattle design studio Artefact aims to change that. Called USAFacts, it’s an ambitious, $10 million effort to present government data in a way that’s open, non-partisan, and stupidly easy to understand.
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Experts: Lackluster housing construction growth is disappointing

Experts: Lackluster housing construction growth is disappointing | Real Estate Plus+ Daily News | Scoop.it
Housing starts showed lackluster growth in March as the seasonally adjusted annual rate dropped 6.8%, disappointing economists and leaving the housing market lacking in new housing supply.

Experts explained new construction activity hit its second lowest level over the past six months at a time when the market is in the most need of new housing inventory.
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